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

Results are posted! photo
Sadly, the bear lost, but defended herself and her cub bravely ( photo )

results?right here!
distance4.38 miles (7.0 km)
climbing1156 ft (352 meters)
where?see below
when?21 Nov 2015
what timecheck-in 9:00 to 10:00
climb starts @ 10:10
RSVPcheck back later!
how?small group
how much?$10 (free for juniors
and those with volunteer credit)
why?Ask not why; just do!
volunteerssign up!
aerial viewGoogle Earth
Bay area winds
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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...


For today's Santa Cruz adventure we begin with prayer... okay, the prayer is optional, but check-in is not, and that will be (tentatively) at the Saint Augustin Catholic Church in Scotts Valley, ( map ) where we will have parking and toilet access. Rumors of a Papal blessing of the bikes is not yet confirmed.

From the church it's two miles to where we will stage the small groups. Each group will ride 1/4 mile to the base of Mountain Charlie Road where we will start the timers. Climb to the summit of Mt. Charley to the junction with Riva Ridge. The finish is there. For extra fun, climb an extra 1/2 mile up Riva Ridge after you're sure we have your number.

Suggested return: Climb Riva Ridge until you reach Summit and then turn left to get to Zayante. See Strava Route here.

Note this climb is on the Santa Cruz County list of 3 for Climbers' Crown. Use LKHC to nail down a good time, then you just need to do Bonny Doon & Empire Grade.


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. This includes riding to the right of the road when practicable, and not crossing double yellows to pass riders or to get through corners faster. 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