Monday, December 7, 2009

Low-Key Hillclimbs: most climbed

A little analysis I found surprising about the Low-Key Hillclimbs: which are the most-climbed climbs?

Well first and second are obvious: Hamilton and Montebello. Each has been very popular, perhaps Montebello with slightly more turn-out, but Hamilton was used twice in 1998 compared with no Montebello that year, so I'd guess Hamilton's been climbed (or more accurately, finished) more times.

Then, what's next?

Hmmm.... One of the Diablos? OLH? Kings? Page Mill?

Well, for one thing I was wrong about Hamilton: average turn-out is actually higher there, so the comparison with Montebello isn't even close. But I was most surprised with the climb ranking third. Cool: really great climb.
climb                        used finishers
Mt_Hamilton 9 901
Montebello 7 625
Soda_Springs 3 317
OLH 4 282
Mount_Diablo_(S) 4 278
Hwy_84/WOLH 3 238
Bohlman_-_On_Orbit 5 234
Kings_Mountain 4 198
Mount_Diablo_(N) 2 191
Page_Mill 3 150
Sierra_Road 2 130
Montevina 2 129
Tunitas_Creek_Road 1 109
Tunitas_Creek-Star_Hill-Swett 1 109
Quimby_Road 3 104
Highway_9 2 99
West_Alpine 1 93
Hwy_84_-_Haskins_Hill 1 83
Alba_Road 1 83
Metcalf_Rd 1 82
Bohlman-Norton-Kittridge... 1 78
Bear_Gulch 1 72
Quimby_Road_(Murillo_start) 1 70
Welch_Creek 1 67
Hicks_-_Loma_Almaden_(extended) 1 53
Jamison_Creek_Rd 1 51
E_Alpine_-_Joaquin 1 49
Lomas_Cantadas 1 43
Alpine_Fire_Road 1 30
E._Dunne_Ave 1 21
Fairfax-Bolinas_-_Ridgecrest 1 11
Willow_Springs_ITT 1 0
Bohlman 1 0

Some details: "used" includes canceled weeks. And week X from 1996, OLH, is included.

Rich Hill photo

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