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Because we're having Bad Air Days, and because we had to postpone Week 2 Jamison Creek indefinitely, we're extending Montebello over two weekends! So climb anytime this weekend or next during our normal hours! Climb only if you are comfortable with whatever the air quality is, and please don't take risks with your health!
Go get 'em!

Results are posted!

Start Photo
Vineyards on the Ridge

results?Right here!
distance5.3 miles (8.5 km)
climbing1940 ft (591 meters)
where?see below
when?03-04 Oct 2020
what timeAnytime from Saturday 6 a.m. to Sunday 3 p.m.
why?Ask not why; just do!
aerial viewStanford Cycling
Google Earth
Bay area winds
deja-vu?1995(1) 1996(1) 1997(1) 2006(1)
2007(1) 2008(1) 2009(1) 2010(1)
2011(1) 2012(1) 2013(1) 2014(1)
2015(1) 2016(1) 2018(1) 2019(1)


Welcome to another Ultra Low-Key Hillclimb kick-off at Montebello! It's different this time, alas, but hopefully things will be better next year!

But the Beautiful Mountain remains the same! There are peacocks and wineries to distract you, schools and ridges! And you fight on, because Αυτη εíναι η Σπαρτη!

As of this writing, all Ultra Low-Key Hillclimbs 2020 will be Self-Ride Individual Time Trials. You may climb anytime between 6 a.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday (except for Thanksgiving Hamilton, which will be handled separately). Come to the start alone, ride alone, do not draft anyone or allow anyone to draft you. Don't gather in groups. If there is another participant at the start before you, wait 3 minutes after that person starts before you go. Good luck!

Rule 1 is be safe and stay healthy!

Join the Strava Low-Key Hillclimbers Club to get your time recorded "automatically". Or message/email your time to Andy or Frank, or post it on Facebook LKHC group.

The Facebook LKHC group is also a good place to get the latest announcements and discussions.


-- 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