Ascend 6 Gap with Tom Danielson & Cinch Cycling

Tom Danielson is a former professional cyclist who's competed in the biggest races in the world like the Tour de France, Giro d'italia, and the Vuelta Espana. Tom is excited to return to Georgia for this years 6 and 3 Gap event and will be hosting a free motivational and insightful talk on the morning of Satuday Sept 28th at the Dahlonega Market place. During the talk, Tom will be giving athletes tools and strategies to use on the day of the 6 and 3 gap ride.

JOIN Tom Danielson and Cinch Cycling for a free clinic on how to plan and execute your best ever 3 and 6 Gap Century. We will present you with the strategy to best use your fitness on the course, the right nutrition to get through the event optimally, new climbing techniques to climb faster, and put you i n the right mindset to ensure you win your 6 Gap Ride. Afterwards, please join them for an easy social recon ride of the final 25 miles of both the 3 and 6 Gap routes.

Tom Danielson will be  located at 100 Public Square N, Dahlonega, Georgia on Saturday, September 28th from 8:30AM - 9:45 before the Dahlonega Gold Criterium races. 

A Top North Georgia Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Insight on Common Cycling Injuries

A Top North Georgia Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Insight on Common Cycling Injuries

By Dr. G. Alan Binkley, MD, FAAOS – Northview Orthopaedic Associates in Dahlonega


As an orthopaedic surgeon and former avid cyclist - I once rode all the way from Vancouver down to Tijuana, Mexico along Hwy 1 – I’m all too familiar with cycling injuries one can experience while engaging in this exhilarating and always adventurous physical activity. The bottom line is that cycling injuries can be traumatic or related to overuse. The most common muscle and joint overuse conditions related to cycling include knee pain, Achilles tendonitis, wrist pain and back and neck pain. In some cases, orthopaedic problems can be relieved by altering cycling mechanics and combinations of stretching, rest and ice. When simple measures do not work and pain persists, an orthopaedic surgeon that understands the mechanics of cycling can evaluate the condition and offer tailored management options that work for the athlete.

Knee pain

This is one of the most overuse injuries in the cycling. Knee pain often be improved with adjusting seat height and/or cleat position. In some cases, cycling insoles can help foot position and improve knee pain. Hamstrings tightness can contribute to knee pain, so a good stretching program is important.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is common in cyclists due to the stress put through the back of the ankle just above the heel with each pedal stroke. The tendon can become irritated and inflamed and may worsen with frequent cycling. Proper seat height and cleat position adjustments may prevent or relieve Achilles tendonitis. Gentle stretching, rest and ice are important for cyclists with symptoms of Achilles tendonitis.

Wrist Pain

Cyclists may develop wrist pain due to the weight through their arms and wrists through the handlebar. In some cases, adjusting handlebar height, angle or distance from the seat to the handlebar changes the position of the wrist and can help relieve wrist pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome is also common among cyclists from long periods in a position that causes pressure on the tendons and ligaments of the wrist. In this case, cyclists may experience pain, numbness and tingling in the wrist or hands while riding and, in more severe cases may persist after cycling. Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome may include changes to the handlebars and seat position to decrease stress on the wrist, physical therapy, ice, anti-inflammatories and surgery.

Lower Back and Neck Pain

Spending long periods of time in the same flexed position can put stress on spinal joints and muscles of the back and neck. Seat and handlebar height adjustments may improve this issue. Flexibility stretches for the spine are important and exercises such as yoga may help cyclists who have back pain. Rest breaks and frequent change in hand position on the handle may also relieve pain.

Dr. Binkley is a surgeon with Northview Orthopaedic Associates, a practice he founded in Dahlonega in1994. It is the only surgery center with accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) - for any specialty - in Lumpkin, Dawson, White and Union Counties. For more information call 706-864-7904 or visit

Six Gap Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available!



The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty is known for being the toughest ride and having the steepest climbs in the southeast. Thousands of cyclists return year after year to test their abilities and conquer the gaps.

This is your opportunity to get in front of them! We offer sponsorship opportunities at a variety of levels to fit your company’s marketing goals. Secure your spot early to ensure you get the most marketing exposure throughout the months leading up to Six Gap Weekend.



The Six Gap Expo showcases a variety of different cycling products, services, and merchandise from leading industry brands. This opportunity provides maximum exposure for you to promote your merchandise or services. The Six Gap Expo takes place downtown on the Dahlonega Historic Square where over 2,000 riders will complete the Six Gap check-in process and view the Criterium on September 23, 2017.



Bike Light Law Reminder

For safety reasons, if you plan to ride your bike to the High School from Lumpkin County Middle School or a hotel downtown while it's still dark (before 6:55 a.m.) and after the ride concludes (after 8 p.m.), you will need to have a light placed on the front and rear of your bike. If you do not have lights placed on the front and rear of your bike, you will be cited.

If you would prefer to ride without a light remaining on the front of your bike, we do have a bag check.

Georgia bike laws state the following in regards to lights:

Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a light on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of 300 feet to the front and with a light on the back which shall emit a red light visible from a distance of 300 feet to the rear. Any bicycle equipped with a red reflector on the rear that is approved by the Department of Public Safety shall not be required to have a light on the rear of the bicycle.

You can find more information about Georgia Bike laws at

Six Gap Registration Now Open!



The Six Gap Century’s ultra challenging route takes you up and down six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia Mountains. Test your stamina with more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing over the 104 mile course. Elevations for the six gaps in this ride range from 2,949 feet to 3,490 feet. The toughest climb, Hogpen Gap, will test even the strongest riders, averaging a 7% grade for seven miles, with sections as steep as 15%.


The Three Gap Fifty’s alternative route offers half the gaps and half the distance, but is nevertheless a demanding and challenging course at 58 miles. Elevations range from 3,109 feet to 3,280 feet.

The 35-mile Valley Ride is a great introduction to the infamous Six Gap Century. Taking place in Georgia's Premier Cycling Venue, the Six Gap Valley Ride boasts some of the most scenic mountainside in the Southeast. This route will cast a special spotlight onto Yahoola Valley, Turner's Corner, and R-Ranch in the Mountains.


The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty supports Georgia Bikes! One dollar of every registration supports Georgia Bikes, and is used to increase bicyclist safety through education, outreach, and better streets and trails.


Our Bike Expo will be held in beautiful Historic Downtown Dahlonega on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Avoid the lines! Come join us for Early Check-In on Saturday as well.


The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty starts in Dahlonega, Georgia, at Lumpkin County High School. There is plenty of parking, with overflow parking nearby if necessary, and restroom facilities and showers will be available. The ride is sagged for safety (no personal sags, please), and refreshments are provided at well-organized rest stops along the course. To ensure timely completion of the ride for all participants, Century riders must be through Jack's Gap (35 miles from start) by 11am. Cyclists reaching that point after 11am will be directed to the Three Gap Fifty course. Any cyclists passing Jack's Gap after 11am will not be guaranteed rest stop support.


Registration will end September 22nd or at the ride limit 2,500 riders, whichever occurs first. The registration fee includes t-shirt, snacks, drinks, showers, and a dinner (from 11am-6pm) at the end of the ride. Fees are nonrefundable. Please note that t-shirts are only guaranteed if registered by September 10, 2019 at 11:59pm ET. T-shirt availability for registrations after that date will be on a first-come, first-served basis. T-shirts will be distributed at Early Check-in on Saturday, September 28, and day of Ride check-in. Event takes place rain or shine.

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