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We're going to the top! The gate and parking lot is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ! This is the classic route, ending at the top of the ramp to the parking lot.
Adrien Costa wins in 2012( Bill Bushnell photo, 2012 )
|distance||18.3 miles (29.44 km)|
|climbing||3747 ft (1142 meters)|
|where?||Alum Rock Ave and Mt Hamilton Rd|
|when?||24 - 27 Nov 2022|
|what time||10:00 on Thanksgiving. Or arrive anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m, Th-Su.|
|why?||Ask not why; just do!|
|aerial view||Stanford Cycling|
Bay area winds
|links||checkpoint 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
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|route map (look here!)|
We're going to the top! This is the classic route, ending at the top of the ramp to the parking lot.
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. Feel free to ride Thursday through Sunday.
The lobby is open with water fountain, vending machine and toilets just like it used to be. You'll also need a mask to go inside!
Go get 'em!
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".