2002 SIX GAP CENTURY
After riding Six Gap for years I finally thought to stick a camera in my pocket and shoot some pictures. This years event drew over 1,000 riders and had near perfect weather. Last year I nearly froze to death and during the late 90's there was rain for four years straight. Always being held on the last Sunday of September any type of weather is possible but usually beautiful early fall conditions bless the riders. The official site for the Six Gap event is www.dahlonega.com.
While my odometer usually only clocks 99 miles, the 10,000 plus vertical feet of climbing more than makes up for the ride being a few tenths of a mile under 100. After leaving Dahlonega early in the morning the ride goes over Neil's Gap first. The next climb is Jack's Gap which has one really steep pitch at the beginning of the climb but then becomes more reasonable. After a good rest coming down the backside of Jack's then Unicoi Gap offers a moderate climb and a fairly fast decent. The fourth climb of the day is Hogpen Gap and starts at the 55 mile point. Seven miles of utterly sick climbing leads to the top of one of the fastest decents around. I can regularly break 60 m.p.h. here but if you are not very familiar with this hill then ride some brake. Folks have been hurt and killed on this section. The next climb is Wolfpen Gap and is the last difficult climb of the ride. The final climb up Woody's Gap is the easiest of the day and followed by a 14 mile downhill run back to the truck. See ya'll next year.
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