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Registered for 6 Gap... Pretty Excited

Old 04-02-21, 07:54 PM
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Registered for 6 Gap... Pretty Excited

I've done nine centuries, two with 4,800 feet of climbing and one with 8,500 feet of climbing, but I'm pretty stoked to have registered for 6 Gap in NE Georgia this September. It's 104 miles with 11,200 feet of climbing and 6 mountain gaps to climb (hence the name). I started training for this last year, have been working with a cycling coach and I've made pretty good progress. But I'm still a bit nervous considering the amount of climbing involved.

I've been committed to this for a while, even booking my hotel for it months ago. Tomorrow I will drive to Clermont, FL (about a 2.5 hour drive from home) just to ride hill repeats. The hills section I ride in Clermont is about 11 miles round trip. The hills are not long but they are pretty steep. Each round trip provides about 1,000 feet of climbing. I hope to do at least 4 rounds tomorrow, but I'm shooting for 6. This may be routine for some of you, but it is not for me. My plan is to continue to work with my coach with Zwift hills at home, ride our local hills (repeatedly) and visit Clermont once a month, increasing my workout each time.

I'm not sure why I shared this except that I'm pretty psyched about doing 6 Gap.
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I'll see you there! I registered yesterday but I'm just doing the 3 gap. First time for me and if all goes well I'll plan on doing the full 6 gap next year.
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I'm excited the military will now let me travel more than 100 miles from home (Augusta, GA) so I might actually be able to go and do this (or the three gap). The big issue for me will be my weight. My new bike/wheels will save about 3 pounds but I've got about an entire bike of weight to lose as I'd like to get from 190 to 175 bike September.
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I'm excited the military will now let me travel more than 100 miles from home (Augusta, GA) so I might actually be able to go and do this (or the three gap). The big issue for me will be my weight. My new bike/wheels will save about 3 pounds but I've got about an entire bike of weight to lose as I'd like to get from 190 to 175 bike September.
I'm 210 and not a climber but I'm gonna do this. Hope to be 200 or less for the ride. In any event I'm not going to be dancing up those mountains.
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I should be there, itís an awesome event. Probably make a decision on which one closer to event. I did it a couple weeks ago from the rock pile with some friends chill pace was really enjoyable with the leaves gone scenery was fantastic

A guy that started riding in my friends club was nearing 5 hrs last year, his chip didnít work which was bummer but strava had his speed at 20 mph, he wouldnít have won but I still canít fathom how amateurs can go at that speed and he hasnít been cycling very long!

Just finishing is a huge accomplishment in my opinion
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Originally Posted by Bassmanbob View Post
I've done nine centuries, two with 4,800 feet of climbing and one with 8,500 feet of climbing, but I'm pretty stoked to have registered for 6 Gap in NE Georgia this September. It's 104 miles with 11,200 feet of climbing and 6 mountain gaps to climb (hence the name). I started training for this last year, have been working with a cycling coach and I've made pretty good progress. But I'm still a bit nervous considering the amount of climbing involved.

I've been committed to this for a while, even booking my hotel for it months ago. Tomorrow I will drive to Clermont, FL (about a 2.5 hour drive from home) just to ride hill repeats. The hills section I ride in Clermont is about 11 miles round trip. The hills are not long but they are pretty steep. Each round trip provides about 1,000 feet of climbing. I hope to do at least 4 rounds tomorrow, but I'm shooting for 6. This may be routine for some of you, but it is not for me. My plan is to continue to work with my coach with Zwift hills at home, ride our local hills (repeatedly) and visit Clermont once a month, increasing my workout each time.

I'm not sure why I shared this except that I'm pretty psyched about doing 6 Gap.
Alot of riders come up from Florida and Iím always surprised at how well they do with Florida being so flat

Just pace yourself especially on the ride out there are some pretty good rollers before the gaps even start. Wolfpen is pretty rough length and grade. The rest arenít real steep. Neels is long

I did three gap my first time and my buddy said Iíd be wanting more when I finished: he was wrong that was plenty
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Originally Posted by guachi View Post
I'm excited the military will now let me travel more than 100 miles from home (Augusta, GA) so I might actually be able to go and do this (or the three gap). The big issue for me will be my weight. My new bike/wheels will save about 3 pounds but I've got about an entire bike of weight to lose as I'd like to get from 190 to 175 bike September.
Maybe we should ride together. I'm in the process of losing weight. I lost 33 pounds in the last 14 months, now down to 199. I want to lose at least another 20 before 6 Gap. It'll be difficult; 6 Gap is now 25 weeks away.
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Originally Posted by Grouperdawg View Post
Alot of riders come up from Florida and Iím always surprised at how well they do with Florida being so flat

Just pace yourself especially on the ride out there are some pretty good rollers before the gaps even start. Wolfpen is pretty rough length and grade. The rest arenít real steep. Neels is long

I did three gap my first time and my buddy said Iíd be wanting more when I finished: he was wrong that was plenty
I hear that a lot about Florida riders. But we, along the coast deal with pretty strong wind sometimes which can simulate an uphill climb-- I know it's not the same. Another thing is that with all the flat terrain, we never stop pedaling. It's a different kind of riding. We have some snowbirds that come here each winter. Some of them are surprisingly spent at the end of our group rides because they never get a chance to stop pedaling since there are no descents.
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I just received an email from the event organizers. They are reversing the climb up Hogpen Gap to make it "more fun" up the steeper side of the mountain... oh joy.
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Did it 2019, fantastic event, great roads, aid station at the top of each climb. Rode for a while with some folks from Florida, they were doing really well for not having any/much climbing training. lol Might have to do it again this year, but won't know if I'll be able to until it gets closer.
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