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The Fargo Street Hill Climb, Version 2010

Each year, cyclists attempt to conquer the steepest hill in Los Angeles. Rising up in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, Fargo Street, at 33%, is steeper than any hill in San Francisco. (Los Angeles is a far from flat place to live). It's steep enough that walking up more than a few house's worth of distance is a tiring endeavor.

This year, 106 cyclists made a run at Fargo Street, and 67 riders were victorious at least once, a good percentage. The total elevation gain is merely 182 feet, the distance a mere tenth of a mile. Yet most normal humans are unable to ride even halfway up the hill; they give up or fall over.

In recent years, several riders have tried to set a record within a nine-hour time frame for the most ascents, and a few hardy souls tried again this year. However, one was able to break Steve Gilmore's remarkable 101 ascents (made in the nine-hour time period), made in 2008. Only one woman made the top of the hill this year.

The hill climb, loosely sponsored by the Los Angeles Wheelmen, is a unique Los Angeles event stretching back to at least the early 1970s. My brother Dan, pictured below, has ascended the hill at least once almost every year since 1977. Dan and many other cyclists will no doubt be back next March for another run up the hill.
Reflect With Inner Eye Upon The Hill and Gird Thy Loins for the Challenge
Reflect With Inner Eye Upon The Hill and Gird Thy Loins for the Challenge
Cover Shot - Bicycling, 1979
Cover Shot - Bicycling, 1979
Flying High
Flying High
It's Steep
It's Steep
Riders on the Hill
Riders on the Hill
Francis Ignacio On One of His 30 Runs Up the Hill
Francis Ignacio On One of His 30 Runs Up the Hill
Kermit - Hill Climb Record Keeper, Former Club Prez
Kermit - Hill Climb Record Keeper, Former Club Prez
Francis Lets it All Hang Out
Francis Lets it All Hang Out
Doug Kubler, Former Record Holder for Most Times Up in a Day
Doug Kubler, Former Record Holder for Most Times Up in a Day
Climbers' Reward - The Official Fargo Street Patch
Climbers' Reward - The Official Fargo Street Patch
Signing In at the Bottom of the Hill
Signing In at the Bottom of the Hill
Still Signing In at the Bottom of the Hill
Still Signing In at the Bottom of the Hill
The Crowd - and Channel 7 - Watches
The Crowd - and Channel 7 - Watches
She Knows Something
She Knows Something
It's a Long Way Down
It's a Long Way Down
Next in Line
Next in Line
Starting Strong
Starting Strong
Eric Ostendorff
Eric Ostendorff
Dan Wyman - Record Holder - Has Ridden the Hill Most Years Since 1977, Longer Than Anyone Else
Dan Wyman - Record Holder - Has Ridden the Hill Most Years Since 1977, Longer Than Anyone Else
Looking Strong
Looking Strong
One of Two Skaters (Both Made It)
One of Two Skaters (Both Made It)
Tacking Up the Hill
Tacking Up the Hill
One of his 30 Attempts
One of his 30 Attempts
Francis
Francis
Eric
Eric
More Action is Happening Up the Hill
More Action is Happening Up the Hill
Low Gear
Low Gear
A Lower Gear
A Lower Gear
One of Three Women to Attempt the Hill
One of Three Women to Attempt the Hill
Doug on One of his Ascents
Doug on One of his Ascents
Rosalie Kneebone, after riding up Fargo, controlled the Flow of Riders up the Hill
Rosalie Kneebone, after riding up Fargo, controlled the Flow of Riders up the Hill
Rosalie
Rosalie
Ready to Go
Ready to Go
Kent - 51x Up Fargo Street!
Kent - 51x Up Fargo Street!
ABC Cameraman
ABC Cameraman
Doug Again
Doug Again
Keep Spinning 1
Keep Spinning 1
Keep Spinning 2
Keep Spinning 2
It Really Is a 33% Grade
It Really Is a 33% Grade
Yes, its That Steep
Yes, its That Steep
Wbere it Starts to Hurt
Wbere it Starts to Hurt
A Man Alone
A Man Alone
Rosalie and Riders (She Made 12 Ascents!)
Rosalie and Riders (She Made 12 Ascents!)
Rosalie Again
Rosalie Again
ABC Cameraman
ABC Cameraman
Watching Riders' Progress
Watching Riders' Progress
Ted - Cyclist Turned Cameraman for a Morning
Ted - Cyclist Turned Cameraman for a Morning
Fargo in Reflection
Fargo in Reflection
Sporting the Colonel Allensworth Jersey
Sporting the Colonel Allensworth Jersey
Eric Cleans the Hills
Eric Cleans the Hills
Eric in Civic Minded Mode
Eric in Civic Minded Mode
Leon  Halfon - Longtime Fargo Street Resident
Leon Halfon - Longtime Fargo Street Resident
Kent Pulls Through the 33% Grade
Kent Pulls Through the 33% Grade
Ivan Rides Alone on his Tandem (He Made It)
Ivan Rides Alone on his Tandem (He Made It)
Another Attempt by Ivan on a Flat Tire
Another Attempt by Ivan on a Flat Tire
Another Skater - Steven Goldmaker
Another Skater - Steven Goldmaker
Darryl Levesque Forgot Something Up the Hill
Darryl Levesque Forgot Something Up the Hill
Strong Rider
Strong Rider
Well Dressed Cyclist
Well Dressed Cyclist
Age 64 - Made It!
Age 64 - Made It!
One of the Last Riders on the Hill
One of the Last Riders on the Hill
Kent's Incredible 51st Ascent of Fargo Street Closes Off the Day
Kent's Incredible 51st Ascent of Fargo Street Closes Off the Day