Fargo Hill – One for the Gladiators

Today, the LA Wheelmen had their annual Fargo Hill climb challenge. For those that don’t know, Fargo Hill is the steepest climb in LA. It is ridiculously steep … 33%. That’s right, 33%.


This goes on all day, but we, or the ringleader, decided to get there early, because a bunch of other bike clubs will make this their destination, and could get pretty crazy and busy there. It was good, as we got to see a Penny Farthing, a really interesting tricked out tandem (with ultra low gears), and lots of enthusiasm from knowledgeable cyclists, who know how difficult this is.

Pictures don’t really tell you how steep this climb is … but maybe this one will help?

And yes, we did have a Penny Farthing attempt to climb this hill, but only made it 1/3 of the way … but he later hopped on his mountain bike, and climbed this straight up .. no tacking.

More pics at http://spingineer.smugmug.com/gallery/7608806_kyvtb/1/491980524_jq5YB. This was a lot of fun, even though I didn’t get a really big workout.

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