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|distance||9.46 miles (15.25 km)|
|climbing||3182 ft (970 meters)|
|when?||3 Nov 2016|
|what time||no registration needed|
Meet at 10, climb starts 10:10 am, or any time Saturday
|why?||Ask not why; just do!|
|route map (look here!)|
The biggest consistent climb in the bay area calls to us, and we will answer: Mt Diablo from the North Gate. Cars pay an entry fee here, but bikes enter for free.
Meet up just past the ranger staton at the North Gate around 10 am.
I will chalk the "official" starting line nearly 2 miles past the gate, where the rollers finally turn into a consistent ascent. We can use that 2 miles as a warm up. It should be this segment.
There is plenty of street parking in the residential area just a mile North on N Gate Rd. before the gate. (Wow sentence has a lot of Norths and gates.) The easiest parking is some neighborhoods very near the intersection of Oak Grove and N. Gate Rd.
I will not chalk the finish! :( But it will be where you enter the parking lot, after that delightful final 200 meters at 15% grade. It will be glorious. (We just may not remember much due to the self induced hypoxemia.)
--- Andy Crews
Sorry, folks! We require 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...
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".