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The main parking lot of the Lick Observatory remains closed, so there is limited parking, and we will be using the same course as in 2020. If the observatory parking lot opens by the time of the climb, we will revert to the classic format!

Bill Bushnell photo
Adrien Costa wins in 2012( Bill Bushnell photo, 2012 )

results?Right here!
distance18.3 miles (29.44 km)
climbing3747 ft (1142 meters)
where?Alum Rock Ave and Mt Hamilton Rd
when?25 Nov - 28 Nov 2021
what timeMass start departs at 10:00 on Thanksgiving. Or climb anytime after 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.
how much?free!
why?Ask not why; just do!
aerial viewStanford Cycling
Bay area winds
summit (current)
web cam
linkscheckpoint 1: Hamilton at Alum Rock
checkpoint 2: top of 1st climb
checkpoint 3: start of 2nd climb
checkpoint 4: top of 2nd climb
checkpoint 5: start of 3nd climb
checkpoint 6: turn to observatory
deja-vu? 1995(8) 1996(9) 1997(9) 1998(1)
1998(7) 2006(7) 2007(9) 2008(9)
2009(9) 2010(9) 2011(9) 2012(8)
2013(9) 2014(9) 2015(9) 2016(9x) 2018(8) 2019(9) 20209(9)
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The route this year is slightly abbreviated, just like last year. Because the gate to the Observatory is closed, we just stop at the gate! (It's probably better to roll past it up the road another 50 m to make sure you finish the Strava segment.) If the Lick Observatory should reopen by the time of this Hillclimb, we'll revert to the traditional course up to the parking lot.

Format: this climb will be Self-Ride Default Start format. A group may gather at Alum Rock and Mt Hamilton Rd by 10:00 and start the climb 10:10 a.m. on Thanksgiving day.

Of course You may climb anytime between 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving as well as from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on any day until Sunday.

There won't be many amenities this year, but there is a water spigot on the building at the finish line!

Dress warmly, be safe, and . . .
Go get 'em!

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