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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fargo Street Hill Climb March 6, 2011 (Part One)

The videos on YouTube and all the pictures in the world do no justice in capturing the STEEPNESS of Fargo Street in Los Angeles. At 33% Grade, Fargo Street is the second steepest hill in the USA. According to some, its the third steepest in the world.

Today Kevin and I set out on the annual Fargo Street Hill Climb. It was tough and I managed to climb it 15 times before calling it quits. I think I had 5 to 10 more climbs in me, but I needed to get home.

By 8:45 am, many riders started gathering around to take on Fargo Street. I'm guessing there were easily over 100 riders.

Kevin, signed his life away and is ready for his climb. This hill is STEEEEEPPPPP!

Below, these guys are deciding on how best to climb up. Most zigzagged up the hill. It was just to steep to ride straight up.

Below - Looks like the Captain lost his Stroker!

Kevin is warming up.

Zigzag, zigzag up and up Fargo Street. If you plan to do more than 3 climbs, its best to zigzag up.

Below - This guy holds the record for the only one to ride up on one wheel.

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