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2009 Low-Key Hillclimbs
Week 2: OLH
10 Oct 2009

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Aerial photo of OLH, courtesy of Stanford Cycling


OLH. So classic we need not even mention it by name. It's the benchmark climb of the Peninsula. How good a climber are you? Well, Low-Key score is a good indicator, but for many, it's your time right here. From the bridge to the stop sign, everyone knows their number. Watts per kilogram? Too abstract. VO2-max? Too theoretical. This is the real deal. This is what counts.

Here's your chance to put a stake in the ground: set your number, meet your goal, maybe even enjoying the scenery as you wind through the redwoods.

The center section was repaved in October 2008, and conditions are as good as ever to lay down a fast one. So eat right, get a good warm-up, strip off the all extra weight from your bike, put on the race tires and show up this morning for a great chance to test your end-of-season fitness. No excuses.

Hard Heads

Our insurance demands it: helmets are required. Sorry kids, no exceptions!

Hard of Hearing

USA Cycling rules do not allow ear plugs. We don't think it's a good idea either. So for safety sake, please leave both ears open during all Low-Key events!

Trailers pulling boom boxes are fine, however.

Time and Place

We'll meet at the Windy Hill parking area off Portola Valley Road. There may be some parking at the lot, but we recommend parking elsewhere, for example in Woodside, then riding to the registration area. From Windy Hill, we'll send small groups to the base of Old La Honda, from which we'll start groups of 10 or less to avoid impacting local traffic. Registration opens at 9:15am, closing at 10am. Please don't go to Old La Honda directly; we want groups to all start at Windy Hill. Faster riders will start in earlier groups, more endurance-oriented riders in later groups.

Check here for a map to the starting area.

More Details

stats 3.35 miles, 1290 feet, 7.3%
format small groups
time reg 9:15 - 10:00
start 10:10am
aerial view Stanford Cycling
route profile plot of Lucas Pereira's data
Lucas Pereira's profile
weather Weather Underground
Weather Bonk
PDF release form
entry fee $10 voluntary donation
free for juniors
2 free for volunteers
free for coordinators


Dan Connelly