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Week 3: Lomas Cantadas

Results are posted!


The route is not intuitive! It is advisable to memorize the course, or to follow the Ride with GPS track. Be aware that there is a short but steep downhill - be careful! There is a left turn from El Toyonal onto Vista del Orinda. Yield to oncoming traffic!

Brandon Smith (photoi), 2021
Brandon Smith photo

results?Right here!
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distance2.57 miles (4.1 km)
climbing1190 ft (362 meters)
where?see below
when?16 - 17 Oct 2021
what timeAnytime from 10 a.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday! - or meet at 10:00 Saturday, climb at 10:10 with the group!
how?self-timed ITT
why?Ask not why; just do!
Bay area winds
deja-vu? 2008(6) 2013(7)
Ride With GPS


Lomas Cantadas is a short but steep climb in the Berkeley Hills, climbing from near downtown Orinda up to Tilden Park.

There is water and restrooms at Orinda Community Park. There is also a toilet at the Tilden Stream parking lot at the top.

Format: This climb will be in Self-Ride Default Start format. You may ride in a small group or alone between 6:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday. A start group will meet at Rio Vista at El Toyonal by 10:00 a.m., and start the climb at 10:10 on Saturday. If you have not been vaccinated against Covid, or have any suspicion that you are infected, please ride alone.

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

Concerning Covid:

If you have not been vaccinated or have indications that you might be positive, please ride alone, and do not come to the mass start or ride in any groups!

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