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To faciltate physical distancing, Hamilton is now also extended to four days - Thursday through Sunday! Be aware that road work may be in progress,
particularly on Friday.
Please avoid proximity to others, and wear a face covering whenever you do get near other people! Stay safe, stay healthy - and keep everyone else safe and healthy, too!
We may need to cancel scoring of some or all of this hillclimb if further restrictions are imposed by Santa Clara County or the State of California.
Hamilton( Lahary Ravuri Photo, 2011 )
|distance||18.3 miles (29.44 km)|
|climbing||3747 ft (1142 meters)|
|where?||Alum Rock Ave and Mt Hamilton Rd|
|when?||26 Nov - 29 Nov 2020|
|what time||Climb anytime after 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.|
|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
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The route this year is slightly abbreviated. Because the gate to the Observatory is closed, we just stop at the gate! (It's probably better to roll past it up the road another 50 m to make sure you finish the Strava segment.) If the Lick Observatory should reopen by the time of this Hillclimb, we'll revert to the traditional course up to the parking lot.
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 Thanksgiving as well as after 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. 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.
There won't be many amenities this year, but there is a water spigot on the building at the finish line!
Dress warmly, be safe, and . . .
Go get 'em!
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".