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Portola State Park
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Results are posted!

results?Right Here!
distance4.75 miles (7.65 km)
climbing1758 ft (536 meters)
where?see below
when?16 Nov 2019
what timeMeet at 10:00
climb starts at 10:10
Or anytime Saturday
how?mass start
how much?Nada.
why?Ask not why; just do!
volunteerssign up!
Bay area winds
route map (look here!)


Portola state park climb Saturday!

It's a beaut. It'll pay to know where to push because this is anything but a steady grade. Two regulars this year, Fred E and Stephen F did it the last time it was Low Key in 2010, and maybe they'll show us how it's done.

Lets meet near the house with a bright red fire hydrant (hard to miss), a very short distance past the start. The start is pictured above at the Portola Redwoods State Park sign. I'll be there at the fire hydrant at the usual time 9:45, then we'll roll out so we start the climb at the usual 10:10am.

Weather looks good: I see a prediction of 16C (60F) for that spot at 10am, presumably warming up a bit as we climb.

--- 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