I'm wishing all the 70.3 Augusta athletes the best of luck this weekend. It looks like the weather will be beautiful for late September.
Karel and I are doing the 6 gap century (104 miles) ride in Dahlonega, GA on Sunday. We are leaving this afternoon to make our long drive up to the mountains. Tomorrow morning we will ride 2 hours and on Sunday, well, it looks like I have a long ride in (and out) of the saddle.
I've never done this event before, but Karel did it last year. I am really looking forward to a challenge and to do some climbing. The descends scare me a bit but I am a completely different rider compared to a few years ago. Karel and I, and a group of our Gearlink friends, stayed in cabins in Dahlonega and did most of the gaps that are on the 6-gap race course. However, we didn't do them all in one day. The great thing about this event is that it isn't a race. Well, for the majority of the 3000 participants, we won't be racing. As for a few of the fast guys (Karel included), they will put their cycling skills to the test and I'm sure there will be some competition of who can descend the fastest (I think Karel's max speed last year was somewhere in the 50-55mph range) and finish the course the fastest. Nope, not me. Just doing my thing, hoping that I can stay strong and finish strong...oh, and have lots of fun for the 5,6,7 hours I am out there.
If you are ever interested in the event, here's a brief description...
The Six Gap Century’s ultra challenging route takes you up and down six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia Mountains. Test your stamina with more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing over the 104 mile course. Elevations for the six gaps in this ride range from 1,400 feet to 3,460 feet. The toughest climb, Hogpen Gap, will test even the strongest riders, averaging a 7% grade for seven miles, with sections as steep as 15%.
The Three Gap Fifty’s alternative route offers half the gaps and half the distance, but is nevertheless a demanding and challenging course at 58 miles. Elevations range from 1,400 feet to 3,364 feet.
We are proud to present the 2nd Annual Valley Ride. This 35-mile valley option is a great introduction to the infamous Six Gap Century. Taking place in Georgia's Premier Cycling Venue, the Six Gap Valley Ride boasts some of the most scenic mountainside in the Southeast. This route will cast a special spotlight onto Yahoola Valley, Turner's Corner, and R-Ranch in the Mountains.
There is a distance for everyone and most of all, you will be challenged, and find your inner strength, no matter what course you decide to do.
Here are some pics of our trip to Dahlonega back in 2007 when we rode the gaps and watched the Tour de Georgia.
Phil Liggit is great! I was so excited to meet him.