Sunday, March 14, 2010

Fargo Street Hill Climb

Tacking up Fargo Street.
Close to the top.
3rd fall of her day.
Made it.
The starting line.
Traffic jam near the top,
This kid did it under a minute!
Rode strait up.
The starting line.
Cyclist from all over L.A. attempt to climb the city's steepest street, Fargo.
Fargo Street is only a couple of blocks long but measures around 33% grade around the top. Many cyclist do not make it up. This year drew around 100 contestants, several did the climb a few times. Most cyclist rode altered mountain bikes with gearing at around 1:1. A couple of roadies showed up and did the climb with 34x25 gearing, going strait up with little or no tacking. One 17 year old roadie made the accent in under a minute.
The record for completed accents is 101, set by Steve Gilmore in 2008.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2010