COVID-19 FAQs & Rider Information

The Six Gap staff have been working with USA Cycling and local health officials and will run the event in accordance with their guidance to ensure rider health and safety.

There have been many modifications made for late registration, packet pickup, parking, ride start protocol, rest stops, medical support and other areas, which pertain to staff and volunteers as well as participants.


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

Note to Riders
Mask Policy
Registration

Cancellations & Refunds
Volunteers & COVID-19 Measures
Bike Expo 2020 Canceled
Saturday Check-In, Packet Pick-Up & Registration (DRIVE-THRU)
Sunday Check-In, Packet Pick-Up & Registration (WALK-UP)
Start/Finish & Staging
Jerseys & Merchandise
Restrooms / Locker Rooms / Showers
Rest Stops
SAG
Rider Numbers
Timing & Transponders
Parking
T-Shirts
Start Times & Cut-Off Times
Safety
Medical
Bicycle Repair & Maintenance
Sunday Breakfast
Course Food
Bag Check
King of the Mountain / Queen of the Mountain Challenge
Funeral Procession Etiquette
Leave No Trace

Note to Riders

All areas of the operational plan for ride weekend are being assessed during the current crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are and will continue to provide updates regarding implementation of new practices and thorough measures to ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants, volunteers, staff, and partners at this event.

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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Mask Policy

  • Masks are NOT required for riders who complete Saturday drive-thru check-in and registration.

  • Masks ARE REQUIRED for riders who complete Sunday walk-up check-in and registration.

  • Masks ARE REQUIRED while inside the High School building.

  • Masks are NOT required while outside on the High School property, except when riders are not able to maintain social distance from people outside of their household (including at the MASK start).

  • Riders have 2 options – a MASK start and an individual, NONMASK start. See details below.

  • Masks are NOT required while riding.

  • Masks ARE REQUIRED at rest stops when riders are not able to maintain social distance from people outside of their household. Disposable masks will be available at each rest stop.

  • Volunteers that are not able to socially distance ARE REQUIRED to wear a mask.

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Registration

 

The Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride takes place rain or shine. Registration will be open through the ride start, but will close if the ride limit of 2,500 riders is met. Drive-up registrations will be taken on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 6:00 am to 8:30 am, if ride limit of 2,500 has not been met.Registration includes:

  • Food & Drink at Rest Stops
  • Custom Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride T-Shirt (if registered by September 8, 2020)
  • Timing chip
  • Post Ride Spaghetti Dinner (11:00 am - 6:00 pm)
  • Law enforcement support
  • Medical Support
  • SAG, Tech Support and On-Course Communication
  • Discount on Official Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride merchandise (pre-ordered online sales only)

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Cancellations & Refunds

In response to COVID-19, a new refund policy has been adopted to provide flexible options for participants. Should the event be cancelled later in the summer due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, participants can defer their registration to 2021, request a refund (minus any transaction/processing fees), or donate the registration fee to the beneficiary partner, ConnectAbility.

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 25, 2020. 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.. Registrations may only be defered for up to one year, and are non-transferable.

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Volunteers & COVID-19 Measures

  • Volunteers that are not able to socially distance will be required to wear a mask.
  • Volunteers that will be handling food or items that will come in contact with riders will be required to wear gloves.

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Bike Expo 2020 Canceled

For the safety of our riders, vendors, and volunteers, the Six Gap Bike Expo has been canceled for 2020.
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Saturday Check-In, Packet Pick-Up & Registration (DRIVE-THRU)

  • DRIVE-THRU Check-In & Registration will be offered on Saturday, September 26th at Lumpkin County High School (2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA) between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
  • Masks are NOT required for riders who complete Saturday drive-thru check-in and registration.
  • 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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Sunday Check-In, Packet Pick-Up & Registration (WALK-UP)

  • WALK-UP Check-In & Registration will be offered on Sunday, September 27th at Lumpkin County High School (2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA) between 6:00 AM and 8:30 AM.
  • Masks ARE REQUIRED for riders while inside the High School building and while in contact with volunteers while they complete Sunday walk-up check-in and registration.
  • 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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Start/Finish & Staging

  • Riders have 2 options – a MASK start and an individual, NONMASK start.
  • Masks will be required for everyone while on the High School campus when they are within 6-ft of someone not in their household, including during the staging process at the start and at any rest stops. Once riders begin to distance themselves, masks can be taken off.
  • Staging Process for MASK Start:
    • Starting at 7:30 AM, the Six Gap Century start will be staged in three waves. Riders will divide themselves in groups based on their OVERALL AVERAGE SPEED, for any previous rides longer than 80 MILES:
      • Group #1: 20+ mph average
      • Group #2: 16-19 mph average
      • Group #3: 15 mph and below
    • Starting at 8:30 AM, the Three Gap Fifty and Valley Ride start will be staged in three waves. Riders will divide themselves in groups based on their OVERALL AVERAGE SPEED, for any previous rides longer than 50 miles:
      • Group #1: 20+ mph average
      • Group #2: 16-19 mph average
      • Group #3: 15 mph and below
  • Start Windows for NON-MASK Start:
    • There will also be start window​s for all routes. Riders may start at any time during their route's start window after the initial 3 MASK start groups have left. This allows riders to start without a mask on, provided they are able to socially distance from others outside of their household.
      • Six Gap Century: 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM​ (can start immediately after the initial MASK staging groups have left)
      • Three Gap Fifty & Valley Ride: 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM (can start immediately after the initial MASK staging groups have left)
  • Start times will be recorded as of the time a rider crosses the start/finish line.

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Jerseys & Merchandise

  • Six Gap 2020 jerseys, bibs, and shorts are available for purchase online at Pactimo. Enter the Team Password "SIXGAP" to enter the Six Gap store. The online store will close on Sunday, October 11th, 2020. Orders will be shipped directly to your house.
  • The Six Gap Merchandise tent will be set up on Sunday, September 27th at Lumpkin County High School between 6:00am and 6:00pm selling vintage jerseys and other Six Gap merchandise.

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Restrooms / Locker Rooms / Showers

  • There will be restrooms available at Lumpkin County High School. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized frequently.
  • There will be NO ACCESS to the locker rooms or showers before or after the ride.

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Rest Stops

  • Masks are required at rest stops when riders are not able to maintain social distance from people outside of their household. Disposable masks will be available at each rest stop.
  • Single-serving beverages and snacks will be provided by volunteers at each rest stop. The fruit will not be cut or segmented.
  • Bottled water will be provided at each rest stop.
  • Portable toilets will be available at each rest stop. Volunteers will have disinfecting atomizers available to clean portable toilets regularly.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at each rest stop.
  • Volunteers at rest stops will wear gloves and masks.
  • Rest stops will be set up with one-way in/one-way out for riders when accessing the food/beverage stations.

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SAG

  • Riders are required to wear masks when entering a SAG vehicle.
  • SAG vehicle seats will be covered with disposable plastic covers and replaced after each cyclist.
  • SAG vehicles will be carrying less people than normal to maintain social distance.

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Rider Numbers

  • Instead of rider numbers owrn on the back this year, we are switching to rider number wristbands. Your rider number wristband must be worn.
  • Your helmet number must be attached to the front of your helmet. These numbers also identify you to official course photographers. 
  • Your rider number wristband is required for access to the rest stops.

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Timing & Transponders

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 Runners Fit Race Works. Official ride times will be available on their website at www.runnersfit.com/calendar.html 24 hours after the event. Any discrepancies in your results need to be reported directly to Runners Fit Race Works.

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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 12, 2020 are guaranteed a t-shirt. T-shirts will only be given to riders on Saturday, September 26, 2020 and Sunday, September 27, 2020, 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. 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 11:30 am. Six Gap riders reaching Vogel State Park after 11:00 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.
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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

Single-serve items will be served at the rest stops, including an assortment of snacks, fruit, energy bars, gels, and bottled water. Course food varies at each rest stop and is based on availability and is subject to change without notice. Always carry additional water and energy snacks. 

We are taking precautions at the rest stops to ensure social distancing and minimize contact. Riders may consider becoming more "self-sufficient" and carrying their food with them to further minimize contact at rest stops.  
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Bag Check

Bag check will be available for no charge in the Lumpkin County High School Cafeteria on Sunday, September 27, 2020 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 / Queen 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 five age categories of 29 & Under, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, and 60 & Over. The Three Gap KOM title and custom kits will be awarded to the male and female riders with the lowest climb times on Wolfpen Gap, in five age categories of 29 & Under, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, and 60 & Over.

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.
  • You must start at the advertised time for your ride and cross the start/finish line mat.
  • 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 combined climb time on Hogpen Gap and Wolfpen Gap will win the Six Gap KOM title. The male and female riders with the lowest climb time on Wolfpen Gap will win the Three Gap KOM title.
  • Full climb times will be posted online by Monday, 09/28/20 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 12/31/2020.
  • 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.
  • If you have an electric assisted bicycle, you will be disqualified from the KOM Challenge.

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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