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Fargo Street Hill Climb

Sunday, March 31, 2019

This annual event dates back to the 1970s, but is almost as popular today as ever. However, its future is a little up in the air this year because Fargo Street has now been made a one-way street in the wrong direction for our purposes. We are looking into getting a permit to hold our event and are hopeful all will go well. If not, we will substitute another ride from this same start location. But let’s assume we will be holding the hill climb. What it is? It is dedicated to the truism that most cyclists have never seen a hill they didn’t want to climb. The question today is, “Can you do it?” And the second question is, “If you can, how many times can you do it?” The hill in question is Fargo Street, reputably the steepest hill in Los Angeles. It’s only a couple of blocks long, but at over a 30% grade, it’s quite a feat if you can climb it. Many will just want to see if they can make it up the hill at all. Amazingly, others vie to see how many times they can make it up the hill in one day. The record is now well over 100. Even if you don’t feel up to the challenge, many show up just to watch the others try. So, come out to cheer them on and maybe you will be inspired to give the hill a try yourself. Its a thrill either way. You don’t have to worry about how to get there. We have rides to take you there which leave from the Corner. Both go directly to Fargo, but the longer returns through downtown to join the traditional post-hill climb celebration at Philippe’s near Olvera St. The shorter route goes straight back. Neither is very long or difficult (unless you ride Fargo too). START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills.  From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off and north La Cienega 1 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux. (Medium 24 mi and 900 ft, Short 19 mi. and 700 ft)

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Club: Los Angeles Wheelmen click for this clubs Click for Rating

Type: Road  Where: Southern CA

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