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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.

Kents Incredible 51st Ascent of Fargo Street Closes Off the Day
One of the Last Riders on the Hill
Age 64 - Made It!
Well Dressed Cyclist
Strong Rider
Darryl Levesque Forgot Something Up the Hill
Darryl LeVesque and Carol, his wife, were the first known tandem riders to conquer Fargo Street, in 1974.
Another Skater - Steven Goldmaker
Another Attempt by Ivan on a Flat Tire
Ivan Rides Alone on his Tandem (He Made It)
Kent Pulls Through the 33% Grade
Leon Halfon - Longtime Fargo Street Resident
Eric in Civic Minded Mode
Eric Cleans the Hills
Sporting the Colonel Allensworth Jersey
Fargo in Reflection
Ted - Cyclist Turned Cameraman for a Morning
Watching Riders Progress
ABC Cameraman
Rosalie Again
Rosalie and Riders (She Made 12 Ascents!)
A Man Alone
Wbere it Starts to Hurt
Yes, its That Steep
It Really Is a 33% Grade
Keep Spinning 2
Keep Spinning 1
Doug Again
ABC Cameraman
Kent - 51x Up Fargo Street!
Ready to Go
Rosalie Kneebone, after riding up Fargo, controlled the Flow of Riders up the Hill
Doug on One of his Ascents
One of Three Women to Attempt the Hill
A Lower Gear
Low Gear
More Action is Happening Up the Hill
One of his 30 Attempts
Tacking Up the Hill
One of Two Skaters (Both Made It)
Looking Strong
Dan Wyman - Record Holder - Has Ridden the Hill Most Years Since 1977, Longer Than Anyone Else
Eric Ostendorff
Eric is a regular on the Hill. His wife recently had twins. cutting deep into Eric's training time, but it didn't keep him from ascending Fargo Street.
Starting Strong
Next in Line
Its a Long Way Down
She Knows Something
The Crowd - and Channel 7 - Watches
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