What Goes Up Must Be Crazy

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/01/fargo-thumb.jpgI love this picture at right (click to biggify) of the awesome Dave Wyman making one of his outrageous 33 ascents of Echo Park’s infamous Fargo Street during last year’s edition of the L.A. Wheelmen’s annual Fargo Street Hill Climb. Why do I love it? Because it shows how wonderfully crazy cyclists can be, and more specifically it perfectly demonstrates how truly madly steeply the street’s 33% grade is.

But as if pedaling up just one of these monsters isn’t lunatic feat enough, here comes the news of an event from Bike Swarm that’s part of L.A. Bike Winter involving a race up and down 10 of them รณ and yes, Fargo is on the list. Scheduled for Saturday January 14, sign-ups will take place at 8 a.m. at 210 N. Rampart Boulevard (north of Tommy’s on the same block). A group ride will then proceed to the first paved beast and the race will get started. There are unspecified prizes for whoever comes in first place, and every finisher gets a T-shirt. Plus there will be post-race pancakes around 1 p.m. back at the sign-up station on Rampart.

Photo by Dan Wyman from the Los Angeles Wheelmen website.

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