2016 Low-Key Hillclimbs: Climbs of Passion
HillClimbs: | net | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 |
MegaMonster: | 2008 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 |

Thanks to all for a successful 2016!

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1 01 Oct 2016 Montebello 1995(1) 1996(1) 1997(1) 2006(1) 2007(1) 2008(1) 2009(1) 2010(1) 2011(1) 2012(1) 2013(1) 2014(1) 2015(1) The Climb of October! profile Strava results!
2 08 Oct 2016 Highway 9 1995(7) 2006(4) 2011(7) Fantastic group climb profile Strava results!
3 15 Oct 2016 Butano Fire Road new! Road bikes get down and dirty! profile Strava results!
4 22 Oct 2016 Old Santa Cruz - Mt. Charlie - Summit Rd. new! Super-scenic climb to Summit! profile Strava results!
5 29 Oct 2016 Pescadero Climbs CCW new! Coastal Classic! profile Strava results!
6 05 Nov 2016 Mines Road new! Endless slog from Livermore! profile Strava results!
6x 05 Nov 2016 Mines Rd. + San Antonio Valley Rd. new! Just for your type 2 fun, not a part of Low-Key overall scores. profile Strava results!
7 12 Nov 2016 Tunitas Creek Road 1997(6) Follow the creek through the redwoods! profile Strava results!
8 19 Nov 2016 Los Altos Hills new! Bill Bushnell's menu of hurt! profile Strava results!
9x 24 Nov 2016 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) 2014(9) 2015(9) Not part of the formal series this year, but a tradition this strong cannot die! profile Strava results!

Complete Guide to Climbing
John Sommerson's excellent Complete Guide to Climbing by Bike series, with new and improved 2nd edition, is a 2016 Low-Key sponsor!!!

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...


We use EventBrite for event RSVP and voluntary donation. We'll open this the weekend before Montebello, the first climb of the series. If this goes well we'll continue with it for the rest of the series.

All fees above direct expenses are donated to the Peninsula Open Space Trust, a charity doing excellent work to preserve Peninsula lands from development.

Please fill out the RSVP form. Low-Key policy is that all riders must RSVP.

Note we are using on-line waivers this year via EventBrite, so no need for printed waivers!

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!

Abloc Waterbottles are sponsoring Low-Key for 2015! These are great for hillclimbs: light, clean, easy in and out of cages or pockets!


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 riders. We always need more volunteers, but especially can use them for week 1. 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 the URL of a Strava activity from which we can determine your time. 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 & Twitter

An email list is our primary communications channel: http://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.

On Twitter we're @lkhillclimbs


The 2015 Low-Key Hillclimbs Specialized Purity waterbottle will be given away to volunteers or for sale for a measly $10.

Another waterbottle option is the sleek new Abloc bottle, Abloc sponsoring Low-Key Hillclimbs for 2015! We'll be awarding Abloc bottles to top placers at climbs this year.

Scoring Details

Detailed scoring information is available for those who 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. 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".


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

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