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Dirty Madonna
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Tilly's Ark ( Andy Crews photo )

Results are posted!

results?right here!
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distance2.39 miles (3.84 km)
climbing1735 ft (525 meters)
where?see below
when?09 Nov 2019
what timeMeet at 10:00
climb starts @ 10:10, or anytime Saturday
how?small group
why?Ask not why; just do!
volunteerssign up!
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route map (look here!)


We can do this beautiful dirt (partially paved) climb as a group and that is a low key first. Usually dirt climbs don't have an organized start. The bottom mile is paved and clean. The paving is chip-sealed but with no loose gravel. About mile one up, it shifts to sand and a tiny bit of gravel on top of some long-ago paving. You can do this climb on a road bike. As Alexander said, you will be a little happier on slightly fatter tires.

There is parking for maybe 6+ cars right at the base, at the intersection of Redwood Retreat and Mt Madonna. The climb starts 20 meters from that intersection so pause your garmins when you get close until it starts! (Don't worry if you trip the start early we can reverse engineer your time.) This one is suitable for runners, too. If more people than me run I'll need to figure out how that scoring goes... I likely will not chalk the end. Finish when you can see the path split around the giant redwood at the end!

I'll be at the base by 9:45 and start to climb at 10:10am This one is a long way away, I know. It's beautiful. Lets do some carpooling.

-- Andy Crews

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