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Hamilton( Alexander Komlik photo, 2016 )
|distance||18.4 miles (29.6 km)|
|climbing||4399 ft (1340 meters)|
|where?||Alum Rock Ave and Mt Hamilton Rd|
|when?||24 Nov - 30 Nov 2019|
|what time||no registration needed|
Meet at 10:00, climb at 10:10 on 24 Nov
or whenever you want before 5PM on Nov 30
|why?||Ask not why; just do!|
|aerial view||Stanford Cycling|
Bay area winds
|links||checkpoint 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
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|route map (look here!)|
The short of it is: Climb anytime this week, starting Sunday, Nov 24 to Saturday, Nov 30.
There will be a group starting tomorrow at 10:10 AM on Sunday, 11/24. Meet at 9:45-10 at the base of Hamilton, T with Alum Rock Ave. Feel free to arrange other groups during the week.
There will be a car going to the top, departing at 10:00, that can carry spare clothing, food, and space heaters to the top. It would be good if you included contact information in it, just in case.
Scoring: By default, I'm declaring this an x-week climb, which means it does not figure into the Overall Classification. HOWEVER, if by the end of Saturday Nov 30 there is no objection, I WILL by unanimous consent RE-CHARACTERIZE THE CLIMB TO NORMAL STATUS, so that it does count in the OC.
Background: Normally this is the traditional LKHC Thanksgiving climb. But on Thanksgiving, we need to expect adverse weather conditions like snow and freezing rain near the summit, that being the forecast at this time. To avoid anyone slipping on black ice, the Hillclimb has been broadened to the above outlined format. You can still climb on Thanksgiving if you like, but we advise awareness of the weather situation. In any case, you climb at your own risk, whenever you choose to climb. nobody else assumes responsibility for anything.
Be aware that there may be road work and one way controls on the climb. If you are stopped at a control, don't worry: keep track of your stopped time and we'll subtract it, or we'll use your Strava moving time.
Go get 'em!
--- Frank Paysen
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".