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Results are posted!

Bill Bushnell photo
Frank Paysen stumbles through a speech ( Photo by Bill Bushnell )

results?right here!
distance18.4 miles (29.6 km)
climbing4399 ft (1340 meters)
where?Alum Rock Ave and Mt Hamilton Rd
when?22 Nov 2018
what timeno registration needed
Meet at 10:00, climb at 10:10
or whenever you want on Thursday
how much?free!
why?Ask not why; just do!
aerial viewStanford Cycling
Bay area winds
summit (current)
web cam
linkscheckpoint 1: Hamilton at Alum Rock
checkpoint 2: top of 1st climb
checkpoint 3: start of 2nd climb
checkpoint 4: top of 2nd climb
checkpoint 5: start of 3nd climb
checkpoint 6: turn to observatory
checkpoint 7: Hamilton summit
deja-vu? 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) 2016(9x)
route map (look here!)


The traditional Thanksgiving Hamilton Hillclimb will take place on Thursday, November 22. Start anytime that day, but please aim to get your times to me before 4PM. A group will meet shortly before 10 AM at the corner of Alum Rock and Mt Hamilton Rd. A car will be available[*] to carry warm layers to the top for the descent. The car will depart at 10 AM, and the group will start the hill climb at 10:10.

Start and end will not be marked. The start is just a couple of pedal strokes after turning onto Mt Hamilton Rd, the end is at the top of the ramp when you enter the parking lot of Lick Observatory.

It looks to be cold, and possibly wet. Please take care to bring adequate clothing and take care especially on the downhill sections. You are solely responsible for whatever you do, or whatever happens. Your are just out on a bike ride, this is not a race! I am merely facilitating your ride. This is Ultra Low Key.

--- Frank Paysen

Cover your head, not your ears...

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...

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 /// Frank Paysen