This climb takes place in a tree-covered canyon, so GPS accuracy is a bit iffy sometimes. With GPS drift, there's a risk that your your track won't segment-match on Strava. So it's a good idea to carry a backup GPS or hand time with a stop watch! But even if you don't, if your Strava activity doesn't segment match, you can still estimate your time using Strava Analysis. So check and make sure you got the segment!
Corralitos, Bike Parking ( Andy Crews photo )
|distance||4.9 miles (8 km)|
|climbing||1247 ft (380 meters)|
|when?||23-24 Oct 2021|
|what time||Anytime from 10 a.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday.|
|why?||Ask not why; just do!|
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Eureka Canyon is an old potholed paved road through a redwood forest, just east of the Forest of Nisene Marks, that climbs the shady canyon below the ridge of Dirt Summit Rd to Highland Way, not far from the Soquel Demonstration Forest.
In the town of Corralitos you will find a porta-potty at the bus stop, and the historic Corralitos Market and Sausage Co in the town square, where you might purchase provisions. There is a water spigot in the park across the street from the Market. There is also a water spigot between the garage doors of the fire station up Eureka Canyon Rd on the right.
The course begins about 3 miles (5 km) up the canyon. You will cross a bridge with guardrails on both sides over Eureka Gulch (easy to miss!). A couple of corners later there is a sort of turn-out on the left side, followed by a yellow diamond "Rough Road" sign on the right. Start pushing now--the start line is in the next right-hander!
In 5 miles (8 km), the finish line is at Four Corners, a sort of a dirt clearing with a crossroads. Actually, these are the ends of four different roads. Be sure to keep going well into the intersection to trigger the end of the segment!
Despite some real little kickers, the course is not very steep, and therefore pretty fast. The challenge of this course is finding a quick path through the potholes, broken pavement and roots! It is a bone rattling climb! And it gets worse the closer you get to the finish. Beware!
This climb will be in Self-Ride Individual Time Trial format.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 before you has started before you start! Give them wide a 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
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!
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".