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3-gap ride in Dahlonega Georgia

Old 10-05-10, 09:25 PM
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3-gap ride in Dahlonega Georgia

Being a Clyde, wind and hills are not big on my list of rides to do, but a friend of mine recently encouraged me to try the 3 gap ride in Dahlonega Georgia just over a week ago. Needless to say, it was the biggest challenge in my riding career. It is one thing to start the ride, but it is another thing to finish such a ride. Being big and on a bike carries a certain stigma. Most riders are nice to you, but write you off and and automatically assume you will walk up hills and not be able to keep up with the group. Well, I am proud to say I made it! I did it, pedaling all the way. Granted, there were times I was really slow, and my auto shutdown (it was set for 3 mph) kicked in, which is the reason for my recorded distance to be less than the distance of the actual ride, but I did it. Below is a link of my ride. Sure, I still get dropped on fast rides, but each day I am a little bit faster, a little more stronger, and hanging on a little longer, and someday there are going to be some really surprised faces when I pull with the big boys in a group ride.


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Originally Posted by dfritch
Being a Clyde, wind and hills are not big on my list of rides to do, but a friend of mine recently encouraged me to try the 3 gap ride in Dahlonega Georgia just over a week ago. Needless to say, it was the biggest challenge in my riding career. It is one thing to start the ride, but it is another thing to finish such a ride. Being big and on a bike carries a certain stigma. Most riders are nice to you, but write you off and and automatically assume you will walk up hills and not be able to keep up with the group. Well, I am proud to say I made it! I did it, pedaling all the way. Granted, there were times I was really slow, and my auto shutdown (it was set for 3 mph) kicked in, which is the reason for my recorded distance to be less than the distance of the actual ride, but I did it. Below is a link of my ride. Sure, I still get dropped on fast rides, but each day I am a little bit faster, a little more stronger, and hanging on a little longer, and someday there are going to be some really surprised faces when I pull with the big boys in a group ride.


https://connect.garmin.com/activity/50697038
5k feet of elevation change is a respectable amount for a 50 mile ride. I tip my helmet to you, sir.
 
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Thats a GREAT job!

Those rides up there, 3gap, 6 gap and OMG 10gap are not easy rides.

I've never done the 3 gap. Does it go up hogpin gap? I pretty sure thats the name of the tough climb on those rides.

Anyway job WELL DONE.
Now train hard and try 6 gap next year.
You can do it!
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Wow, congratulations. I don't have the cajones to even consider this ride yet.
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Nice... And, not too far from me! Looks like a challenging ride! I'll have to try that one some time, once I get in a little better shape- hills kick my butt at the moment. I'd probably DIE on that one
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3 gap goes up Neels' gap (3,097 ft), Wolfpen gap, and Woody's gap (3,212 ft). Hogpin is in the 6 gap ride and I believe it is the hardest of the 6 gap ride. Wolfpen is 3,364 ft in 3.2 miles, and it was my my hardest climb. Living in South Florida, I never get to do much climbing because it is so flat, so I was not prepared for it. Going up Wolfpen was not only physically challenging, but mentally it was hard. It is steep and you just keep pedaling uphill on a winding road with a couple of switchbacks. It seems like it will never end, and you will never get to the top. At my current weight (288) that's a lot of gravity to fight! I'm riding in Mt. Dora this weekend and going to tackle Sugarloaf, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XRiF4fYjrA[/B] and Buck Hill. Someone told me a long time ago that it never gets easier, you just keep getting faster!!!!!
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No worries, I've ridden all of those rides, seeing I lived in both Jax and Atl.

Mt Dora is much easier, providing the wind doesn't play with you.

You should be and deserve to be proud. Wolfpen is no easy climb.

It gets easier, mind you, it's still hard, but it does get easier.
I use to chant "hills are my friend". Then I would throw up!

Keep training, soon you will be doing 6 gap and the 200 brevet 10 gap.
BTW; randoboy has a good write up on 10 gap. You get Wolfpen and hogpin twice. It's GREAT!

Good luck this weekend, I really do wish I was there. They put on a very good event.
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Congratulations on doing the Three Gap ride! I was out of town that weekend riding an MS 150 ride or I would have given it a try. I just started riding again this year and one of my goals is to be in good enough shape to ride Six Gap by next year. I live about 30 minutes from the ride route so next year I plan to do a lot of my training rides up there. The MS ride that I did was from Camden SC to Sunset Beach NC. Riding on the flats was much tougher than I expected it to be. I am used to getting an occasional break on the downhills, on the flats it was non stop pedaling and the headwinds made it even tougher when we got close to the coast.
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