IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: 2017 SIX GAP CRITERIUM

Dahlonega’s Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bicycle Ride turns 29 this fall, with thousands of cyclists expected to test their skills and endurance during the last full weekend in September.

The Six Gap Bike Expo, to be held on Saturday, September 23rd, will again be a featured event during Six Gap weekend; however, the timing of a planned street resurfacing project in Downtown Dahlonega, which had been scheduled to start in late August/early September, forced the cancellation of Saturday's exciting and popular Criterium race, despite our best efforts to identify an alternative race route.

We learned late last week that the project has been delayed and that the roadwork will not begin until after Six Gap. We immediately pursued trying to make the Criterium happen, but have found that at such short notice and without sufficient time to plan, produce, and promote the event, we are still unable to hold the Criterium this year.

We are excited about bringing the Criterium back in 2018 on newly resurfaced streets to celebrate Six Gap’s 30th Anniversary.

Look for more details later on the 2018 Criterium, but in the meantime, don't miss this year's Six Gap Weekend.

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 www.georgiabikes.org.

Six Gap Registration Now Open!

SIX GAP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

SIX GAP CENTURY

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%.

THREE GAP FIFTY

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.
VALLEY RIDE

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.

SUPPORT GEORGIA BIKES!

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.

BIKE EXPO

Our Bike Expo will be held in beautiful Historic Downtown Dahlonega on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Avoid the lines! Come join us for Early Check-In on Saturday as well.

MORE INFO

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 DETAILS

Registration will end September 21st or at the ride limit 3,000 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 7, 2017 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 23, and day of Ride check-in. Event takes place rain or shine.

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Six Gap Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available!

SIX GAP SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES NOW AVAILABLE!

SIX GAP SPONSORSHIP NOW OPEN

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.

SPONSORSHIP PACKET

SECURE YOUR SPACE IN THIS YEAR'S SIX GAP EXPO

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.

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Six Gap Supports Georgia Bikes!

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The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty is proud to support Georgia Bikes this year! One dollar of every registration supports Georgia Bikes, and is used to increase bicyclist safety through education, outreach, and better streets and trails. As a Chamber of Commerce, we have enjoyed working with Georgia Bikes on various initatives over the years to support our long-term goal of making Dahlonega a Bicycle Friendly Community!