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Results are posted!
Franz Kelsch photo
Lisa Penzel, Palomares 2011 ( Photo by Franz Kelsch )

results?Right here!!
distance4.5 miles (7.27 km)
climbing1060 ft (323 meters)
where?See below
when?23 Nov 2019
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!
Bay area winds
deja-vu? 2011(5)
route map (look here!)


4.5 miles, average 4%. Sound easy? The best ride will need some planning, when to stick with the group, when to break. Let's meet at the East intersection of Niles Canyon Rd and 238. There is a little park there. On the other side of the road is a big dirt parking lot. I'll be there by 9:45 per usual. At 10:00, we will bike 2 miles down Niles Canyon Rd. It's not particularly bike friendly, but there is shoulder for most of it and there is nowhere closer to the event to meet up or park, really. Palomares is a left turn off Niles Canyon. At 10:10, we start up!

--- 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