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Black + Gist
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Results are posted!

Frank Paysen. 2021
, 2021, Frank Paysen GoPro still

results?Right here!
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distance3.2 miles (5.1 km)
climbing1578 ft (481 meters)
where?see below
when?09-10 Oct 2021
what timeAnytime from 10 a.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday!
how?self-timed ITT
why?Ask not why; just do!
Bay area winds
deja-vu? New!
Ride With GPS


Black is steep and narrow, and Gist is steeper and narrower but shorter and with less traffic. We climb from Lexington Reservoir to South Skyline.

ATTENTION! There is a left turn from Black onto Gist Rd. Oncoming traffic has right of way! Visibility is good at this turn, but oncoming downhill traffic may be very fast (especially bikes)! If you are delayed by traffic, let us know so we can credit you the time. There is no reason to take any risks. Please avoid descending Black through this intersection after your climb; instead find a different route home.

Format: This is a Self-Ride Individual Time Trial. You may climb anytime between 6 a.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Drafting is not allowed. Wait at least one minute after the rider has started before you start! Give them wide margin when passing. 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