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Montara Mountain
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Montara, 2013( Alexander Komlik photo )

Results are posted!


Before it rained, the ground was loose dust on hard surface, and slick, and mountain bikes would have been advised, especially for the descent! CX or gravel bikes would have needed really skilled pilots.

After last weekend's heavy rains, conditions could be anything, so be prepared for anything!

Whatever you are riding, remember: Uphill has Right of Way! This is particularly important in places where the deep ruts force the climber into a narrow path. Descend slowly and carefully, and stay out of the way of climbers, even if you have to get off the bike and wait.
Be aware, there are very steep sections, there are deep, wide ruts, and there are rocky thresholds to mount. Choose your steed wisely.

results?Right here!
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distance3.76 miles (6.1 km)
climbing1766 ft (538 meters)
where?see below
when?30 - 31 Oct 2021
what timeAnytime from Saturday 6 a.m. to Sunday 3 p.m.
how?small group
why?Ask not why; just do!
Bay area winds
deja-vu? 2013(8)
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Mountain bike, CX, gravel? What'll it be? Montara Mountain is a really hard dirt climb, and many will have to dismount and push along the way. Some have cursed it, fot some, it's never again! (really?) But everyone who has done it remembers.

Format: This is an Individual Time Trial dirt climb. Ride alone. Drafting is not allowed. Start at least one minute after the rider before you.

Please descend carefully and stay out of the way of climbers!

You may climb anytime between 6 a.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday

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