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Who is going to the Six Gap???????(13 posts)

Who is going to the Six Gap???????Natchez
Sep 24, 2002 8:27 PM
I have been thinking of going to do the six gap century. I have never done a century with this much climbing but I do a good deal of climbing around home. I ride a double with a 27tooth cog Should I put the Mt bike cogs on or what? Whos going? Whats it like? Will it be ok to just show up and sign up the day of the event? I am driving from East Alabama How long does it take to get to the six gap from Atlanta?

Thanks for the Help
I'll be thereMike P
Sep 25, 2002 3:10 AM
I have not ridden in that area but I have spent a lot of time in the mountains just north of there. I think (hope) a 12x27 will be fine. I am driving in from Chattanooga, TN so I do not know how long it will take you from Atlanta.

There is a post from a few days ago with other folks going. I'll be in town to locate the start and have some lunch Saturday afternoon. Look for me Sunday, say hello. . . red nissan pick-up, white/blue Raleigh.

saturday: me tooJS Haiku Shop
Sep 25, 2002 6:50 AM
chicken legs, grizzly adams goatee, silver 2dr honda civic. say hi...
DO IT!!!_sprocket_
Sep 25, 2002 4:51 AM
You should definitely do the century. It's one of the most challenging and scenic anywhere around. You should be fine with the 27 although there is a 2 mile section (mile 3 to mile 5) on the hardest gap (Hogpen) that will HURT. To be safe, give yourself 1.5 hrs from Atlanta to get there.

Check out for more info. It says you can register the morning of from 6 am - 7 am. Good luck!
Great ride!Ian
Sep 25, 2002 5:19 AM
I did it two years ago and I am going again this year. I will do it with a 39/27 combo. The other poster is correct, the middle of Hogpen is the worst, with that gear it feels like doing leg presses, but I made the whole thing.

And I believe about 1.5 hours form Atlanta is correct.

Good luck.

re: Who is going to the Six Gap???????JS Haiku Shop
Sep 25, 2002 6:48 AM
12x23 is going, and so am i. he's done it before, i haven't. i'll be bringing all my gears (ultegra triple/xt/11-32 cassette), *and* wearing mtb shoes in case there's some walking to be done. DFL beats DNF.


do a web search from for "6 gap century" and read the reviews. there were some posts on, also.

do it! going beyond our perceived limits is the only way to expand them.
i'll be there..._rt_
Sep 25, 2002 7:19 AM
and riding a double with a 12 x 27 cassette.

sorry, can't help you with the time to get there from E. Alabama, but if it helps any, it's about 1.5 hrs from midtown Atlanta.

i've never done the ride before, and in fact, have never done a century before!! should be interesting....assuming i live!

have a great ride.

12x23 with his 12x27 (nm)12x23
Sep 25, 2002 9:02 AM
AKA "bionic knees" AKA "the six hundred dollar man" nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 25, 2002 10:09 AM
AKA "friends don't let friends drink ensure preride" :-) nm12x23
Sep 25, 2002 3:41 PM
is there anyplace to drink in dawsonville?JS Haiku Shop
Sep 26, 2002 6:47 AM
not sure i'd like to "carbo load" in dahlonega, then drive back to dawsonville. remember, i take "carbo loading" pretty seriously. luckily, that place in chattanooga was close to the hotel (walkable). :)
you guys are making me homesicktarwheel
Sep 26, 2002 6:45 AM
I grew up 50 miles from Dahlonega (in Clayton) and would love to do that ride. It's about a 400-mile drive from where I live now, however, and I'm not too thrilled with the idea of cycling up hills for 7 hours and then driving home for 7 more. ... Seriously, take my advice on this -- go eat at the Smith House in Dahlonega while you're there.
Smith houseIan
Sep 26, 2002 12:46 PM
I don't get it. I went there 2 years ago after Six Gap and wasn't that impressed. Maybe I'm just not a fan of that type of cooking. I remember it was expensive (nearly $20) and I didn't eat that much. It was fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, stuff like that. I would have much rather had a nice plate of lasagna, or a nice filet (steak), or a piece of grilled salmon.

Driving back to Atlanta on Sunday evening this time. Looks like we are going to the Cheesecake Factory. And they have a bar too!