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Highway 9
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Results are posted!

It appears there will be no lane closures for Hwy 9 on Saturday, so we are a GO! See you all at Saratoga!.

Alec Proudfoot photo
Back in the day ( Alec Proudfoot photo )

results?right here!
distance6.67 miles (10.7 km)
climbing2128 ft (648 meters)
where?see below
when?08 Oct 2016
what timecheck-in 9:00 to 10:00
climb starts @ 10:10
how?small group
how much?$10 (free for juniors
and those with volunteer credit)
why?Ask not why; just do!
volunteerssign up!
Bay area winds
deja-vu?1995(7) 2006(4) 2011(7)
route map (look here!)

Cover your head, not your ears...

Sorry, folks! Our insurance requires 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...


start location

Deja-vu from Bohlman, with a lot less pain: we'll meet at Saratoga Elementary School near Oak and Fourth in Saragoga. Here's a map. Starting at 10:10 am (or when we're ready) we'll send groups off from Highway 9 just west of 6th Street. Groups will be organized by rider speed (based on prior Low-Key results or, lacking those, assessment), with the fastest group leaving first, then in sequence. Highway 9 is a great climb for small groups, with gradual slopes near the bottom well-suited for drafting, but with relatively heavy vehicle traffic by Low-Key standards, running everyone together could be too much.

Parking:This is really important. No rider parking at the school. There's plenty of parking in Saratoga. Please park away from the school -- there's plenty of options! This is suburbia: parker's paradise. So no parking at the school.

I know what you're thinking: but is there parking at the school for me? The answer is no: no parking at the school for you. See previous paragraph.

Toilets:Toilets are available at numerous businesses in the town, or at Wildwood Park on 4th a block across Hwy 9.


Volunteers make Low-Key tick! Without them, we no longer function. Please sign up for any week in the series using our volunteer form! Thanks!!!

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