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Georgia's Annual 6 Gap Century. Who is doing it??

Old 09-27-11, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
I think the problem likely was that they were doing 45mph down Hogpen. To stay below 45 mph, you've got to being using the brakes a lot.

Carbon clinchers, particularly some of the older ones will melt ( or soften enough to blow out) So with the number of people riding carbon clinchers now, the steepness of Hogpen, it's not that surprising that several people had problems with them on that spot.
I figured the same as well. I can see how people coming from flat FL, for example, could be very intimidated by the fast descends, and they should be as they are very dangerous and should not be taken lightly. But, that should be the first incentive to learn how to descend. Even reading about it a bit helps tremendously to get the anxiety and fear out of your mind and to get your hands off the brakes. At least it did for me the first few times.

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Does anyone know where the pictures are or will be? I saw a lot of photographers, were they professionals hired by the ride?
There is a link to the photographers on the 6 GAP webpage. They won't be out for a couple of days.
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Originally Posted by Menel
Is noone capable of reading? The results and the photography organization are in Stephanie's emailings. Photo's aren't likely up, I'm not even gonna bother looking until at least the weekend, that many photographers, photos, indexing, uploading, takes awhile.
It is that high level of expectation that will ruin your life LOL.......................
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Is noone capable of reading? The results and the photography organization are in Stephanie's emailings. Photo's aren't likely up, I'm not even gonna bother looking until at least the weekend, that many photographers, photos, indexing, uploading, takes awhile.
I have recieved zero emails, I must not have made it on the list or it's getting caught as junk somewhere. I was able to find the results via the facebook page, but there had not been any mention of photos there.
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I'm no where near the best descender because I simply don't have that many chances to do it. Combine that with not knowing what the road looked like, where the switchbacks were, and the horror stories everyone tells about that part of the ride--the backside of hogpen was downright scary. I was very "tight" the entire time down.

I have no idea what my speed was going down because I never looked down, and I haven't downloaded my information yet. I do know that I was sitting upright as I could possibly get, and I used my brakes as often as I felt comfortable.


The trip down Unicoi was flat out AWESOME. Loved every minute of that.
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Originally Posted by AMFJ
I'm no where near the best descender because I simply don't have that many chances to do it. Combine that with not knowing what the road looked like, where the switchbacks were, and the horror stories everyone tells about that part of the ride--the backside of hogpen was downright scary. I was very "tight" the entire time down.

I have no idea what my speed was going down because I never looked down, and I haven't downloaded my information yet. I do know that I was sitting upright as I could possibly get, and I used my brakes as often as I felt comfortable.


The trip down Unicoi was flat out AWESOME. Loved every minute of that.
You're better off getting low, and back. Lowering your center of gravity and moving it further back off the front and over the rear wheel.
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First part of Hogpen descent stats:

Distance, mi 1.61
Work, kJ 135
Temperature, F --
Average Power, Watts 38
Average Cadence 13
Average Speed, mph 45.21
Average Heart Rate --
Ride Time (Time Moving) 00:02:02


Avg. Moving Pedaling Max
Speed (mph): 45.21 47.07 -- 55.84
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Originally Posted by KendallF
Hey, you took a picture of my leg! You should've said Hello... That crit was a blast; amazing crowd out there and a fun course with the elevation gain on the back side, some sweeping corners, and the half circle past the spectators. I got caught behind a crash, gapped, and finished about 20th but still had a great time.
I thought about it, but then I figured it might be weird to approach someone simply on the basis of them riding Psimet wheels so I didn't.

Next year, we should arrange for a Florida BFers ride up there...
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Originally Posted by KendallF
There will be a bunch of us from the Jacksonville area as usual. We were up there about a month ago and rode the course; I think I actually like riding it outside the organized century better. Either way, good times..
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Midweek in the off-season is the way to do this. The first time I did this I stayed at the Hampton Inn in Helen just because they paid for ad time on VS for cycling coverage (and I made sure that corporate knew this!) and they were OK with bikes in the room. Next time I do it I will book rooms in the motel in Helen with the windmill and I will sleep in the windmill. I just looks like a funky place to be.

And I wish that I could remember the name of the bar/restaurant that is just off of the river in Helen that sponsors a racing team. I made a point to eat/drink there as well.

It is great riding up there and for every one doing it this year "Have Fun!"
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are the pics out yet? I went to ASI photo and could not find them.
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