Road Nazi Hunter
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Slow! But Ahead of You.
Bikes: Kuota Kredo, Litespeed Vortex, Aegis Victory, Burley Tandem, Cannondale Rush
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I would ride Three Gap First, starting either at the Rock Pile or Turner's Corner, climb Neel's Gap first, 35-40 minutes, 7.5 mile climb, not too steep but loooonnnng. As soon as you pass Vogel State Park, you will turn left and climb Wolfpen, about 1/2 as long but steeeep. You will really enjoy a 25 or 27 rear cassette or a compact. I have gone to a compact and a 12/25. Woody Gap is a bump after the other two, and you will enjoy a major league downhill on the other side. You can run as hard as you want down the hill except for the last turn steepens in on you. Watch for the warning signs, one will say 20 mph and look like a 180, that's the tough one. After that you can work the acid out of your legs on your way back to the car. You can go to Dahlonega.org website or Map my ride to get more detail on the 3-gap routes. Map my ride has elevations as well as distances. If you want more detail, PM me and I will help where I can.
If you liked Three Gap, and feel strong, you can try the other three. We start at Vogel State Park, ride up to 180(mostly downhill) and turn to Jack's Gap, Unicoi Gap and Hogpen Gap. Fabulous ride, Hogpen is absolutely brutal, only run at it when you feel strong. Speed on the downhill after Hogpen is only limited by the famous cajones factor. At just under 50, I eased back. Then you ride back to Vogel and it's Miller time. If you ever feel really ambitious, you can climb Brasstown Bald, there is a section on it that is over 20% and it feels like you are climbing a tree straight up.