L.A.’s Fargo Street Climb: By the Numbers

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I slapped on a Scwhalbe Furious Fred, my power tap, and did some climbing to set a new women's record for the infamous Fargo Street Hill Climb in Los Angeles. This is an annual event held by the LA Wheelman Club and the crazies come out! Riding a fully rigid carbon Air9 Niner was the perfect set up to get the job done. It was a great day to see all sorts of riders out there falling, giggling, and ascending. Why were they doing these three things? Here's a quick By the Numbers to help you understand the race.
–Heide Volpe

Fargo Street 1930 

Grade: 33% (Some say 32%. Either way it's effin' steep. The Los Angeles Fire Department uses the climb to test trucks before they purchase them.)

Miles: .2  (One city block)

Elevation gain: 182 Feet

UniCycyles: 1

Tandem Bike: 1 (with no stoker)

Roller skater: 1

Roller Bladers: 2

ElliptiGo: 1

Women's Record: 26 laps in 1:47

Most Climbs in One Race: 101 (Over a 9 hour time period, in 2008 by Steve Gilmore.)

Oldest Rider: 71

Youngest Rider: 15

Oldest to Walk the Hill: 78 years young

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