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Fargo Street Hill Climb

Sunday, March 23 – 9:00 a.m. (Medium 24 miles – 1200 feet, Short 19 miles).

Click here to see the finishers list and ride report from the 2013 Fargo Street HIll Climb.

The route sheets will be published Tuesday, March 18.  From the main menu, go to Rides / Route Overview and select the medium route or the short route on the right.

START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills.  From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 12 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.  Click here for a map of the start location.

The official schedule for the Fargo Street Hill Climb is 9 am until noon.   However, those wishing to try to make or exceed 50 climbs can start as early as 7:30 am, and they will have until noon to complete 50 climbs.  Monitoring will remain available until 1 pm for anyone who successfully completes 50 climbs by noon, and wishes to try for more.

Each year we ride from The Corner to watch cyclists charge to the top of Fargo Street – or get there in some unique style. One rule: You can’t put a foot on the pavement. Many fail, but many succeed, often multiple times. The reward: Bragging rights and a handsome commemorative Fargo Street patch. Everyone is welcome to start the climb and heartily and noisily encouraged to reach the top.  Our rides to the hill climb location  start and end at “The Corner” (see above).  For those who just want to climb Fargo Street,  head straight for the hill climb location at the  intersection of Fargo and Allesandro Streets, near the south end of the Glendale Freeway.  Click here for a map of the hill climb location.  If you drive be certain to observe parking restrictions near the hill.

This annual event dates back to the 1970s, but is almost as popular today as ever. 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 questions 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 50. 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. It’s 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-hillclimb celebration at Philippes near Olvera St. The shorter route goes straight back. Neither is very long or difficult (unless you ride Fargo too).

Guests: bring a signed waiver <link>. Free.