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Fargo Street Hill Climb Challenge, 3/24/13

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Fargo Street Hill Climb Challenge, 3/24/13

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Fargo Street Hill Climb Challenge, 3/24/13

It had been two years since entering my first ever Fargo hill climb event, and today I returned, on 3/24/13, in an attempt to successfully climb the massive 32% grade monster hill again. As it turns out, I had/have a fractured rib, sustained as a result of a drop while riding MUni last week. Up until yesterday I wasnt sure if I would be physically able to even attempt the climb, but the pain was all but gone this morning so I decided to go for it!

I ended up doing THREE climbs, with the first two counting as official. Although I finished the third climb, I momentarily dismounted to avoid a collision with bike. The first two climbs were done earlier before the hill got overly congested with participants. I was told again today that Im still the first and only person to successfully climb this monster hill on a unicycle in the event's 30+ year history! Im pretty proud of that.

So this makes 4 official climbs; two for this event and two at the 2011 event. Plus three more training rides made to the top. This video includes *both* climbs and both descents, plus a couple of fun interviews. The guy who filmed the second climb held the camera steadier and is a better depiction of the steepness. Hope you enjoy.

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attempted it for the first time last year on a 1986 steel masi weighing about 22 lbs. spent the previous 3 months doing all the steepest climbs in metro san diego.
our steepest grade only reaches about 28% but is a regular block. fargo st. is an extra-long block. tried to ride straight up and avoid the paperboy weaving back & forth
which seems like cheating to me. lowest gear i have is a 27. made it about 70% of the way up before falling over-unable to clip out in time. it's nagged me ever since.
will likely try again on a lighter bike with the same gearing and a 10 lb lighter me in a few months. still gonna try a head-on assault vs the weaving back and forth.
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