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.
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
Tandem Bike: 1 (with no stoker)
Roller skater: 1
Roller Bladers: 2
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