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This week is a Low-Key classic: Bohlman-Norton-Kittridge-Quickert-On Orbit-Bohlman. Many consider this the most feared climb in the Bay area, with grades peak rivaling those of any Euro pro race. If you have not experienced the exquisit joy of On Orbit Lane, this week is a must.

RSVP for today's climb after the previous week's climb!

Results are posted!

Thomas Preisler photo
On Orbit Lane ( Thomas Preisler photo )

results?right here!
distance4.44 miles (7.1 km)
climbing2034 ft (619 meters)
where?see below
when?19 Oct 2013
what timeregistration 9:00 to 10:00
climb starts @ 10:10
RSVPcheck back later!
waiverPlease fill one out before the climb!
how?mass start
how much?$10 (free for juniors
and those with volunteer credit)
why?Ask not why; just do!
volunteerssign up!
aerial viewStanford Cycling (lower)
Stanford Cycling (upper)
Will Van Kaenel, Google Earth
weatherWeather Underground
deja-vu?2009(6) 2011(4)

Cover your head, not your ears...

Sorry, folks! Our insurance requires all riders wear helmets during the climb, and we follow the USA Cycling rule against ear buds or other head phones. Rock to tunes before the climb, perhaps, but we need riders to pay attention to what's happening during the climb...


start location

As in 2007, we'll meet at Saratoga Elementary School near Oak and Fourth in Saragoga. Here's a map. At 10:10, we'll ride together to the cemetary at the intersection of 6th and Bohlman (see map). Then after regrouping, and indulging ourselves with a considerable dose of denial at the pain which follows, we'll head up the hill.

We'll have a marshal at potentially dangerous turns, and arrows marked on the road in red chalk at all turns.

The route we've chosen to On Orbit is not the simplest, but it's not as hard to navigate as it looks on a map. You just need to make the initial left onto Norton. From there, go with the uphill flow until you hit On Orbit.

On Orbit climbs memorably to a short descent. At the bottom, there's a T intersection, where we'll take the left onto Bohlman. We'll have another marshal here.

Key to remember is Low-Key is traffic, so if there's cars approaching the T intersection, their task is to stop the bicycles, not the cars, which have right of way. Take my word for it, you'll appreciate an excuse for a few seconds of recovery!

Ironically, the place where people have taken a wrong turn is approaching the finish. There's a right turn here which may seem attractive. Don't take it: once turning left onto Bohlman from On Orbit, remain on Bohlman. We ride that to the end.

Parking:There's plenty of parking in Saratoga. We want to leave the school lot open to users of the school. Please park away from the school -- there's plenty of options!

Toilets:>Toilets are available at numerous businesses in the town, or at Wildwood Park on 4th a block across Hwy 9.


Volunteers make Low-Key tick! Without them, we no longer function. Please sign up for any week in the series using our volunteer form! Thanks!!!

The Low-Key Way

Low-Key is all about a group of friends riding up a hill together. It's like any other informal group ride, except we time you to the top and report the results on our web site. But we have no road closures, no lead vehicle, no follow vehicle. We are traffic, sharing the roads with other traffic, following the laws and courtesy which applies to traffic. Think of it as a human-assisted Strava. We're each responsible for our own actions out there, on and off the bike, both as users of the road as as courteous visitors to the neighborhoods we pass through. "Ceci n'est pas un race".

"Get your ass up that hill!" -- Kevin Winterfield, Fovnder
Dan Connelly