Hammerheads are very welcome; just know the focus will be on majority of other cyclists.
Like last year, I organized a GAPS ride in N GA for those ‘GAP virgins’ as well as for those who may have done those epic climbs but just didn’t feel comfortable either with their climbing…or even moreso…with descending. With several big climbing organized rides about to show up on our calendars, like the 6GAP/3GAP, Hincapie Gran Fondo, Gran Fondo Italia just to mention just a few, it’s that time again for another trip north.
Here’s your chance to get some great climbing and descending tips throughout the day. It’s just another opportunity for me to give back to the sport that I passionately love and blessed to do as a living.
We will gather at Turners Corner store 13870 Highway 19 N Cleveland GA 30528. Ride start time will be 8:00am, so arrive early enough to get yourself and your bike ready to ride by 7:50am. There will be a Ride Meeting at 7:50am sharp; we roll promptly at 8:00am.
The route is approximately 36 miles and will include Neels Gap (7.5 mile climb), Wolfpen Gap (2.5 mile climb) and finally Woody’s Gap (2.5 mile climb). Once you descend Woody’s Gap to the ‘RockPile’ (once you see it you’ll know why it’s called that), the route turns left and then rollers with a few short climbs back to Turners Corner.
Part of the intimidation factor for those new to the GAPS, is feeling like they have to keep up with the group and therefore tend to ‘blow up’ early and have little in the legs to finish off the ride. NOT this ride. NO pressure to keep up with anyone, except with yourself.
We will have a support vehicle that will allow you to put any extra bottles and/or food that you may want to access during the ride. We will have some First-Aid items, bike tools, and we are hoping to have a Lumpkin County EMT to actually drive; more on this as details are finalized. If you ever wanted to feel like riding in the Tour de France, just raise your arm to get the support vehicle to ride up and give you a fresh bottle.
We wil have re-group points at the top of every climb and at the bottom of every descent. Though you may not have a riding partner beside you for every pedal stroke, you WILL have re-group points to allow you to re-connect with everyone. Unlike typical group ride re-group points, if you happen to be the last one to re-join, we won’t take off as soon as you roll up; that’s just not cool.
NOTE: To help compensate our support vehicle driver’s time and to help offset the gas, we are asking that you make a donation ‘to the pot’. This is not mandatory but highly encouraged. You wouldn’t want to be that cyclist who didn’t drop a donation but end up having to use the support vehicle.
Appetites are sure to be on the rise after a great day in the saddle. The official gathering spot will be Zaxby’s, 217 S Main St. Cleveland, GA 30528.
Hope you will join us for a fantastic day of climbing, descending, epic views and just hanging out with a bunch of other cyclists in N. GA on the 24th.
See ya on the road,