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Wrights Station and Loma Prieta

Results are posted!


There are two one-way control stop signs at washouts on Bache/Loma Prieta. Obey traffic laws! If you are delayed due to traffic, please keep track of the time you lost and let us know! We will credit you the time.
There is a flattish downhill section in the middle that has some potholes. Be attentive!
Wrights Station is narrow, twisy and sometimes steep. Descenders take extra care and expect uphill traffic! There is a left turn at the top of Wrights Station onto Morrill. Watch out for cross traffic!

Frank Herman Mattern (photo), 1905
Wrights Station ( Frank Herman Mattern, Photo, 1905 )

results?Right here!
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distance1.49 + 3.1 miles (2.4 + 5 km)
climbing630 + 1100 ft (194 + 335 m)
grade8.2% & 6.7%
where?see below
when?06-07 Nov 2021
what timeAnytime from 10 a.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday.
how much?free!
why?Ask not why; just do!
Bay area winds
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Wright was a traffic hub in the Santa Cruz mountains, where freight trains were loaded with local produce for Bay Area markets. The 1906 earthquake changed all that. Now it is just a bridge over the Los Gatos Creek, and the fenced off other end of Aldercroft Heights Rd.

This week is a double header. The first is a really short burst up from the bridge at the bottom of Wrights Station. Careful: it is narrow, twist, sometimes steep, and quite possibly cold and damp. Turn left on Morril, and you're almost done with this part. Stop short at Summit Rd.

At your leisure, follow Summit Road and Highland Way eastward to the bottom of Mt Bache Rd on the left.

Start the Hillclimb up Mt Bache, and bear left onto Loma Prieta. There are two washouts with one-way-control stop signs. Yield if traffic rules dictate! (We'll give you lost time back). Some of the climb is fairly steep, then there is a flat middle section, and then the grade kicks up again. After you pass by a gated dirt road going up a hill on the right, the finish line is at a "Rough Road, 15 MPH" sign. The pavement suddenly becomes more pothole than pavement and starts to descend.

Feel free to go on to the intersection with Dirt Summit, but you don't have to be fast.

You can do these climbs in either order.

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 previous 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

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