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    Any other BF 50+ers riding Six Gap

    I'll be riding my first Six Gap Century this Sunday. Anyone else from here planning to be there?

    I have no time goals, just to finish the ride without walking up any hills.

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    I sure wish I were joining you. Maybe next year?? You'll do fine. Five of the climbs are actually nice--I did feel Hogpen and was glad I had my 32. Some folks hit 55-60 mph coming off Hogpen so be careful there.

    It seemed like I was either going up or going down all day. Great route!
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    Hey, BluesDawg, how did your ride go? I looked at the results and didn't see anything for BluesDawg. Maybe you used a pseudonym?

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    a past friend of mine did a similar ride in Vermont and he said he loved it! but he would never do it again.
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    Saw your results on FB. Congrats! I'm not sure I'm man enough for 6 gaps, I'm trying to get ready for the "Horrible Hundred" in November. Last year I walked so much I should have been wearing hiking boots This year the goal is to not walk. I'm down about 40 lbs and in better shape than last year so maybe I can stay on the bike
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    I've never gone down to ride any of the Gaps even though it's not that far. Every year I entertain the thought of doing 6 Gap but the timing never works out. I hear it's a great ride though. Be careful coming off Neal's Gap as the 3 Gap riders have to slow to turn while the 6 Gap riders continue going down the hill. I've heard of accidents happening there. Also, as JPPE mentioned, the backside of Hogpen is very steep. A rider died there during 6 Gap after losing control. I hope the weather is great for your ride. My friends that do this ride most every year say the weather makes or breaks the event. On a nice Fall day I would think this ride is hard to beat. Have fun!

    EDIT. Doh! My internet has been down for 6 days so I guess this ride is now over! Well, good job then! lol
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    One heck of a tough ride! But I paced myself and managed it with no real difficulty. Hogpen Gap is every bit the beast that everyone says it is. Amazing to see that some completed this ride in a little over 5 hours. I was happy to get in under 11 including just over 2 hours at the 9 rest stops. The weather was about perfect. I'd hate to do this one on a hot day or a rainy day, especially descending Hogpen. That was scary enough on dry pavement.

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    rollin by BluesDawg, on Flickr


    Hogpen begins by BluesDawg, on Flickr


    top of Hogpen by BluesDawg, on Flickr


    scenery by BluesDawg, on Flickr


    final rollers by BluesDawg, on Flickr
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    Looks like a hell of a ride, BD. Congrats on finishing it. Nice pics, too.
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    Very nice! Looks a lot like the terrain in Tennessee for the Harpeth ride last June, only hillier. Alas, no suffer score to record for posterity.

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    A real man would have added the out and back up Brasstown Bald! lol. Looks like a well organized ride. It's probably the most iconic ride in Ga. Great job getting it done!
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    BTW, you're now qualified to ride the Tour de Cashiers up here next spring. I'll expect to see you there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
    BTW, you're now qualified to ride the Tour de Cashiers up here next spring. I'll expect to see you there!
    When is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    When is it?
    Usually the first weekend of May.
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    I'll have to talk my brother into coming back down again next September. We've only done it once but it was one of our favorites. I really enjoyed all the ups and downs except for Hogpen. That hurt!

    I saw 3 other finishers on the results from Milledgeville---are those the fellas in your picture?

    (Good luck in Columbia this weekend. That could be a season maker.)
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