2014 Low-Key Hillclimbs: Climb and Punishment
HillClimbs: | net | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 |
MegaMonster: | 2008 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 |

The RSVP form for the 2014 Low-Key Hillclimbs is not yet open! Check back closer to Montebello.

Thanks to all who ordered our first-ever Low-Key cycling kits! We look forward to seeing them on the road!

The series begins 04 Oct 2014 with Montebello!

weekdayclimbprevious yearscommentprofileStrava!trophy
1 04 Oct 2014 Montebello 1995(1) 1996(1) 1997(1) 2006(1) 2007(1) 2008(1) 2009(1) 2010(1) 2011(1) 2012(1) 2013(1) The climb of October! profile Strava  
2 11 Oct 2014 Sierra Road 1995(12) 2007(8) 2011(2) Tour of California Classic profile Strava  
3 18 Oct 2014 Welch Creek 2007(6) 2010(6) +1 profile Strava  
4 25 Oct 2014 Berkeley Hills new! Nifty Low-Key profile Strava  
5 01 Nov 2014 Calaveras-Felter new! Not just for descending any more! profile Strava  
6 08 Nov 2014 Hicks - Mt Umunhum (white line) 2010(8) 1996(8) Have permit, will climb! profile Strava  
7 15 Nov 2014 Mount San Bruno (W) new! Daly City to San Bruno summit profile Strava  
8 22 Nov 2014 Headlands: Miwok + Marincello new! Visit the Marin Headlands! profile Strava  
9 27 Nov 2014 Mt Hamilton 1995(8) 1996(9) 1997(9) 1998(1) 1998(7) 2006(7) 2007(9) 2008(9) 2009(9) 2010(9) 2011(9) 2012(8) 2013(9) Who needs football? profile Strava  

Complete Guide to Climbing
John Sommerson's excellent Complete Guide to Climbing by Bike series, with new and improved 2nd edition, is a 2014 Low-Key sponsor!!!
Low-Key is partnered with Beat the Clock time trials

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...


Each week, registration will open an hour before the listed time, closing 15 minutes before. voluntary donation, volunteers get 2 weeks free, under 18 years old are free, coordinators are free! Waivers available at registration. Two free entries if you volunteer.

All fees above direct expeneses are divided between the LiveStrong Foundation or the Peninsula Open Space Trust, two charities each doing excellent work.

RSVP for the 2014 Low-Key Hillclimbs isn't open yet! Check back within a week of the Montebello... We look forward to seeing you there!

Then, if you can, you'll want to print and fill out the PDF release form before the event.

Coordinator Info!

Coordinators are what make Low-Key tick! Coordinators check here for useful notes on making the day a typical Low-Key success story!


Volunteers are what make the Low-Key series work! Here's a list of volunteers so far. It's a great chance to give back to other rider. We always need more volunteers, but especially can use them for week 2. Volunteers get two free, transferrable climbing credits, and may have volunteer weeks credited with an average score from climbs ridden (see rules). Sign up using our new volunteer form!


On self-ride weeks there's no coordinator, no Low-Key volunteers, no donations, no bananas. Since Low-Key won't be there, it's up to you to judge conditions and the safety of the climb (there's no problem skipping these climbs and still getting your 5 weeks). When done, submit ythe URL of a Strava activity from which we can determine your time (for Montara we'll also allow self-recorded times). Feel free to climb whenever you wish during the designated Saturday, solo or in a small group (less than 20 riders). There is no organized event, so please show respect for all other users of the road or trail. If you need to come to a complete stop to yield right of way, let us know for score adjustment: nobody should feel the need to take undue risks or incourtesies due to this series, and any reports of irresponsible behavior, on or off the bike, will result in scores being disqualified.

Email List & Facebook

An email list is our primary communications channel: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/lkhc.

We're also have a Low-Key group on Facebook It's the place to be for facebookie type stuff.

Scoring Details

Detailed scoring information is available for those whoy want to know the nitty-gritty!


Rating of the climbs calculated using the special Low-Key Hillclimbs rating formula are available here!

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".


Our insurance covers Low-Key series organizers, not riders, so like virtually any other solo or group ride in which you participate, your participation in Low-Key Hillclimbs is at your own risk.


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

Dan Connelly