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Dahlonega, Georgia
United States
Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce/Dahlonega Wheelworks
65F / 18C
Total Time = 7h 10m
Overall Rank = 463/1117
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 61/173
  • 7h 10m
  • 104 miles
  • 14.51 mile/hr

Lined up about 50 yds back in the huge crowd (1200+). Went out fast, ~22 mph. There were so many cyclists it was easy to find someone going the right pace. At the first climb the crowd really stretched out. I motored up, watching my heart rate hover at the top of zone 3. The event included chip timing on the two toughest climbs. The 7 mile climb to Hogpen Gap is hard to adequately describe. Several long, brutally steep sections. It was like climbing stairs. Throughout the day each climb was followed by a thrilling, scary high speed descent. I hooked up with 5 solid riders at the bottom of the last descent for the 12 miles of rollers to run in to the finish. A great day.
Post race
Event comments:

Epic climbs, beautiful mountain views, great support = a fantastic ride.

Last updated: 2012-10-01 12:00 AM
07:10:00 | 104 miles | 14.51 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/173
Overall: 0/1117
Performance: Good
Rolling time about 6:40.
Course: Excellent weather day, ranged from cool 58 at start to high of 70F. Mostly overcast. "The toughest ride in the Southeast", yes, probably so. It was a very tough challenge. 104 miles with 11,280 feet of climbing - 2 miles vertical.
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Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-10-01 8:33 AM

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Subject: Six Gap Century

2012-10-02 2:00 PM
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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Subject: RE: Six Gap Century
I've always wanted to do that ride.  It sounds like you had a great time.
2012-10-02 2:11 PM
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I was in Atlanta Cycling on Saturday.  A couple of people there were talking about doing the ride.  I was thinking ... maybe ... someday.  11,000 ft of climbing. Naaaaaah.

It must be an epic ride.


2012-10-02 7:53 PM
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University Park, MD
Subject: RE: Six Gap Century
Good ride! And that sounds like a cool event -- I love big events with lots of climbing, so I should add this one to my to-do list.
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