Nearly a century ago early automakers would drive their most recent models up and down the steep streets of Echo Park to draw publicity and prove that these new contraptions could survive the terrain. The modern-day equivalent of those early auto endurance demonstrations was held earlier this month: the Fargo Street Hill Climb. But this event involves bikes and brawn, not sputtering jalopies. About sixty riders signed up for this year’s hill climb, sponsored by the Los Angeles Wheelman club. But only 46 riders made it up Fargo between Allesandro Street on the bottom and Alvarado Street at the top.
It would seem that one time up the hill would be enough. But rider Doug Kubler rode the hill 30 times. He would have ridden 31 times but his chain broke.