FAQs & Rider Information

The following information is provided to ensure your safety and the safety of all participants.

Note to Riders
Rider Check-In / Packet Pick-Up
Registration
Cancellations & Refunds
Rider Number
Timing & Transponders
Parking
T-Shirts
Start Times & Cut-Off Times
Safety
Medical
Bicycle Repair & Maintentance
Sunday Breakfast
Course Food
Bag Check
King of the Mountain Challenge
Merchandise
Funeral Procession Etiquette
Leave No Trace

Note to Riders

The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride management reserves the right, without the refund of any portion of the entry fee, to refuse admission to or eject any person(s) whose conduct is deemed to be disorderly or who fails to comply with these or other event rules. Any violation of these rules by riders may result in removal from the event and any future events.
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Rider Check-In / Packet Pick-Up

Check-In / Packet Pick-Up is held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, and again on Sunday, September 25, 2017 from 6:00 am to 8:30 am at Lumpkin County High School. All registered riders must complete the check-in process.

Registered riders must pick up their own ride packet. Riders must present a photo ID at time of packet pick-up. We will not give out packets to friends, family, spouses, etc. Only one rider packet will be distributed per rider.
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Registration

Fees are nonrefundable. The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride takes place rain or shine. Registration will end September 22nd or at the ride limit 3,000 riders, whichever occurs first. Walk-up registrations will be taken on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 6:00 am to 8:30 am, if ride limit of 3,000 has not been met.

Registration includes:

  • Food & Drink at Rest Stops
  • Custom Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride T-Shirt
  • Timing chip
  • Post Ride Spaghetti Dinner (11:00 am - 6:00 pm)
  • Law enforcement support
  • Medical Support
  • Official Participant Numbers
  • SAG, Tech Support and On-Course Communication
  • Give Aways from Sponsors
  • Hot Showers after the Ride
  • Discount on Official Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride merchandise (pre-ordered online sales only)

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Cancellations & Refunds

Fees are nonrefundable. In the event that you cannot participate in the ride for a medical reason, you may defer your registration for up to one year. A doctor's note is required for registration deferment. Rider will have to notify the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce in writing of a deferment request by Friday, September 22, 2017. You can email your deferment request and doctor's note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to (706) 864-0139. Registrations may only be defered for up to one year, and are non-transferable.
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Rider Number

The rider number must be attached to the rider's back on the outer layer with provided safety pins. Be sure to complete your emergency and medical information on the back of your rider number. Your helmet number must be attached to the front of your helmet. Both numbers are required for access to the rest stops.

These numbers also identify you to Peacock Sport Photo, the official course photographer. Visit their website after the event at http://www2.backprint.com/peacocksportphoto/127969 to view and purchase your pictures.
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Timing & Transponders

Timing is provided by Epic Sports Marketing. You will be issued a disposable timing transponder for your use during the ride when you check-in. 

Please note:

  • This is a ride, NOT a race – only 2 of the climbs (Hogpen Gap and Wolfpen Gap) will be timed.
  • Your overall ride start time begins when you cross the start line, not when the first person crosses the start line.
  • If you are registered for Six Gap, but only complete the Three Gap course, your time will be recorded and posted under Six Gap; however, you will be listed as a DNF. If you need to change your "Six Gap" or "Three Gap" category, please do so at check-in / packet pick-up.

Timing is provided by Epic Sports Marketing. Official ride times will be available on their website at www.epicsportsmarketing.com 24 hours after the event. Any discrepancies in your results need to be reported directly to Epic Sports Marketing.
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Parking

The Ride will begin and end at Lumpkin County High School. The school's main entrance will be closed - please use the side entrance off Camp Glisson Road. Overflow parking will be available at Lumpkin County Middle School on Business 19, located one mile south of the High School. We encourage riders to carpool whenever possible.
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T-Shirts

Registered riders receive a custom Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride T-Shirt. Riders who register by September 8, 2017 are guaranteed a t-shirt in their size. T-shirts will only be given to riders on Saturday, September 23, 2017 and Sunday, September 24, 2017, and will not be mailed after the ride. Riders may not pick-up t-shirts for other people.
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Start Times & Cut-Off Times

The Six Gap Century starts at 7:30 am. For safety reasons, the Six Gap Century start is staged - riders who believe they can complete the ride in under 6 hours may start ahead of the tape (signs will be posted). The staging does not apply to Three Gap Fifty and Valley Ride participants. The Three Gap Fifty and Valley Ride both start at 8:30 am.

To ensure timely completion of the ride for all participants, Six Gap Century riders must be through Jack's Gap (39 miles from start) by 11:00 am. Six Gap riders reaching Vogel State Park after 10:30 am MUST take the next left-hand turn onto Hwy-180 and finish the ride on the Three Gap route. Six Gap riders reaching Jack's Gap after 11:00 am MUST turn around and finish the ride on the Three Gap route. Any cyclists passing Jack's Gap after 11:00 am will not be guaranteed rest stop support. All riders must be off the course by 7:30 pm.
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Safety

Safety is the most important component of this event. The organizers insist that you adhere to this safety information for your safety and all other event participants. While we have tried to outline the necessary information for you to have a safe ride, please remember that this event can be dangerous! Be careful, your safety is your responsibility. Ride at your own risk! Safety violaters will be removed from the event and future events.

This is NOT a closed course ride - there will be vehicular traffic on the roads with you! Please be cautious around curves and downhills, and remember to stay in the right lane at all times. Traffic in the oncoming lane WILL NOT be stopped. 

  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED AND MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES!
  • Be alert and respectful to other riders.
  • Be aware of vehicular traffic. Obey all traffic laws.
  • Reduce downhill speeds.
  • Use your brakes sparingly and evenly on descents, rims can heat up from brake pad friction.
  • Watch for overheating brakes.
  • Ride single file and stay to the right at all times.
  • Beware of unexpected wind gusts.
  • Aerobars are cautioned due to the excessive speeds during the descents on the mountains.
  • Heed course marshal warnings.
  • Watch for bumpy road conditions. Carry extra tubes, a pump, etc. so you are prepared for hazards.
  • No earphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc.
  • Unexpected weather changes (cold, heat, wind, and rain) can quickly occur in the mountains to be prepared by having extra layers of clothing.
  • No child carriers.
  • There are NO private SAGs allowed on the course on the day of the ride.
  • Be aware! The Three Gap route make a very sharp left turn onto Hwy-180 shortly after Vogel State Park.
  • The Six Gap and Three Gap routes makes an extremely curvy sharp right turn into R-Ranch (after the descent down Woody Gap). PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION ON THIS TURN!
  • Please be alert and exercise caution at all times on this ride. There are some dangerous sections on the route. Ride smart and remember: Your safety is in your hands.

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Medical

Please check your medical insurance coverage. If you are seriously injured, medical transportation from the course to a medical facility is mandatory, and can easily exceed typical insurance coverage. Many places on the course could require helicopter evacuation depending on the injury.

Be sure to completely fill out your personal information on the backside of your rider number. Our medical personnel need this important information if you are transported to a medical facility.
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Bicycle Repair & Maintenance

You are reponsible for the care and maintenance of your bicycle. Be sure to carry all repair items you anticipate requiring. Technical support will be available at the High School before the start of the ride, at the Turner's Corner rest stop, the Vogel rest stop, and the Hogpen Gap summit rest stop. Please note that there may be a fee for parts.
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Sunday Breakfast

Pre-ride breakfasts will be sold at Lumpkin County High School from 6:00 am to 8:30 am or while supplies last. Breakfast includes a biscuit with chicken, sausage or bacon, eggs, grits or oatmeal, yogurt, a banana, and a cup of coffee.
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Course Food

Peanut butter, jam, honey, crackers, pretzels, cookies, trail mix, fresh fruit, sandwiches, sports drink and water. Course food is based on availability and is subject to change without notice. Always carry additional water and energy snacks.
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Bag Check

Bag check will be available for no charge in the Lumpkin County High School Cafeteria on Sunday, September 24, 2017 beginning at 6:00 am. The bag check station will be open until 6:00 pm. Any bags leftover will be returned to the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce at 13 South Park Street, Dahlonega. You will have five days to claim your bag or contact us about shipping your bag. Any unclaimed bags will be given to charity.
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King of the Mountain Challenge

The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty is known for being the toughest ride and having the steepest climbs in the southeast. Many of you return year after year to test your abilities and to conquer the gaps. To recognize your efforts, we are excited to present the Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride King of the Mountain Challenge.

The KOM designation will be bestowed only on the most skilled cycling athletes who can successfully take on the ultra steep Hogpen Gap and Wolfpen Gap climbs. The Six Gap KOM title and custom kits will be awarded to the male and female riders with the lowest combined climb times on Hogpen Gap and Wolfpen Gap, in three age categories of 34 & Under,  35 - 54, and 55 & Over. The Three Gap KOM title and custom kits will be awarded to the male and female rider with the lowest climb time on Wolfpen Gap.

KOM Challenge Rules:

  • Each climb has a sign that marks the start and finish of the KOM Challenge. As you pass the start and finish points, you will cross a detection point that will time stamp your passing. Your climb time is the difference between these 2 time stamps.
  • NEVER enter the climb and then turn around to restart – if you do your time for that climb will be disqualified. There are no ‘do-overs’ or restarts.
  • The King of the Mountain Challenge is applicable to both riders completing the Six Gap Century (104 mile) route and the Three Gap Fifty (58 mile) route. A DNF (Did Not Finish) listing will disqualify you from competing for the KOM.
  • If you are registered for Six Gap, but only complete the Three Gap
  • course, your time will be recorded and posted under Six Gap; however, you will be listed as a DNF.
  • The male and female riders with the lowest climb time on Hogpen Gap and Wolfpen Gap will win the Six Gap KOM title. The male and female rider with the lowest climb time on Wolfpen Gap will win the Three Gap KOM title.
  • Full climb times will be posted online by Monday, 09/26/16 and emailed to those athletes with email addresses.
  • Your overall ride finish time has no bearing on the KOM Challenge.
  • Due to the wide range of finish times for Six Gap and Three Gap, the KOM winner will not be announced until 24 hours after the results are posted.
  • Riders will be given 24 hours from the time the results are posted to protest any results for KOM.
  • Your age category will be determined based on your age on 12/31/2017.
  • You must be a registered rider for the Six Gap Century or Three Gap Fifty under your own name to be eligible to win the KOM Challenge.

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Merchandise

Merchandise is available at our online store through Thursday, September 21, 2017. The online store will re-open on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Merchandise ordered before September 21, 2017 will be available for pick-up at the ride for no shipping and handling fee. Any orders not picked up at the ride will be charged shipping and handling. Limited quantities and sizes of merchandise will be available for purchase at the Expo on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Inventory is not guaranteed. Orders may be placed for this year's jersey designs ONLY (please allow up to 12 weeks for manufacturing and shipping). All custom orders must be placed by Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. No refunds. Exchanges only for same merchandise.
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Funeral Procession Etiquette

A tradition that is mostly a Southern custom is pulling your vehicle over to the side of the road when you see a funeral procession. There is a funeral home across the street from the Six Gap start/finish line, so riders may experience this. We ask that if you come across a funeral procession, please pull your bicycle over to the side of the road until the procession passes.
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Leave No Trace

Do your part to prevent littering, defacement and other forms of pollution so that others may enjoy the wonder and beauty of the North Georgia Mountains just as you have! Please place empty food wrappers in your pocket until you are able to dispose of the waste properly. There are trash bags at each rest stop.  
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Food & Drink at Rest Stops