how's this for an idea. with so many new folks doing the stp every year how about placing a sign at the bottom of the hill. " prepare to down shift" i know it is obvious to those of us who have done the ride many times but a lot of folks out of the area think a hill is a traffic calming device. how often have you seen someone jumping off their bikes in panic a hundred feet into the hill. maybe with a little for warning they would actually try another of those 27 speeds they have on their bikes. maybe half way between the town and the hill there might be a sign saying,"prepare to use your granny gear". to get their attention there could be a sign," real cyclists know when to shift".