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Bill Bushnell photo
Copernicus Peak ( Bill Bushnell photo )

results?right here!
distance23.80 miles (38.3 km)
climbing4074 ft (1241 meters)
where?see below
when?05 Nov 2016
what timeno registration needed
climb starts @ 10 am (w/ week 6), or any time Saturday
ResultResults are closed
how much?free!
why?Ask not why; just do!
volunteerssign up!
Bay area winds

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...


This climb is held in conjunction with week 6 and shares the same start location: the intersection of Mines Road and Del Valley Road in Livermore (see map).

The best approach is to do the week 6 Low-Key, then keep going to the Hamilton summit! You'll want to take it easy to Isabel Creek, with a suggested stop at the junction store at the intersection with Del Puerto Canyon Road. Then immediately after crossing the creek, it's time to turn on the afterburners once again for the climb to the summit. You'll want to give it your all, but it's still a long, long way back to the start!

There's calories and liquid available in the observatory (it's a left turn, beyond Copernicus Peak). You'll definitely want to replenish before riding home. An alternative to riding back the way you came is to carpool to the start then descend the west side of Hamilton into San Jose, either riding home or taking Caltrain from there.

This competition is only for riders who ride the entire distance from the base of Mines Road to Copernicus Peak. No hopping in a car for a ride! We'll be checking...

Needless to say, this optional "fun" competition isn't for everyone....


This is a self-timed week, so we won't have check-in and results. However, there's still volunteer options! You can volunteer to help 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