Upcoming 2016 Dirty Dozen on Saturday, November 26th

*** Important — Please read *** October 16 Update

Danny Chew was seriously injured in a cycling accident near Lodi, OH on September 4
th. He suffered a spinal cord injury and currently has no feeling or control below mid-chest level. He is undergoing rehabilitative therapy in Chicago. Danny has made it clear he wants the Dirty Dozen ride to be held this year, and he has lots of new and returning volunteers to make it happen. Proceeds from the ride will go towards Danny's expenses. If you're willing to donate more to this cause then please do so at YouCaring.com. If you and/or other cycling friends will be in the Chicago area between now and Thanksgiving then consider giving Danny a visit—he would like the additional company. You can request details by sending your information to DanChew@yahoo.com.

There will be some minor changes in the ride this year to promote greater safety and to accommodate a large number of riders in the event we have good weather. Please monitor this page to keep abreast of the changes.

The following changes are definite:

• The ride will be separated at the start into groups of approximately 50 riders, each with at least one volunteer who knows the route.
• The first group will leave the track at 9:00 am. This group will contain males and females planning to compete for points.
• We anticipate that the lead group will complete the ride at least two hours earlier than in recent years. One hour is gained from the earlier start. With smaller groups the hilltop waits will be less, especially for the stronger groups. The allowance for the lead group will likely be five minutes after the first hilltop finisher.
• The downhill and flat competitive sections are removed (Brownshill Rd., Rts. 837/885). Although these sections were fun, the high speeds involved led to safety issues that were difficult to address given the open roads and the varying bike-handling skills of the participants.

The following items are still under consideration:

• The qualifications needed to be in the lead, competitive group, such as previous points and/or résumé.
• Which riders will be in which of the following groups. Of necessity there may be an element of “first-come, first-served.” However, matching riders by strength is desirable, with stronger groups departing earlier. Therefore, stronger riders should aim to start the ride between 9:00 and 9:30 am; other riders can aim to start between 9:30 and 10:00 am.
• The intervals between departure times for the different groups. These may be adjusted to ensure everyone is underway by 10:00 am.
• An earlier pre-registration deadline, perhaps as much as 10 days pre-event.

You can continue to pre-register by PayPal or US Mail as instructed below. However, expect a delay in acknowledgement of mailed paper submissions.

The 34nd Annual Dirty Dozen up Pittsburgh's 13 steepest hills will be held on Saturday, November 26th at 9 am. Anticipating another large crowd this year, please show up as early as 7:30 to 8 am to start registration early. Meet at the Bud Harris Cycling Track (Where the ACA holds weekly criterium races in the summer) at 1401 Washington Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Overflow parking is the gravel lot to the North - between the oval/track and Allegheny River Blvd.

I recommend a low gear of 39x27 for racers, and 34x28 or lower for recreational riders. The route is 50 miles, but will take at least 5 hours because we go neutral between the hills, and there are 2 stops (Millvale's Riverfront Park on the Allegheny River at the bottom of the 5th hill Logan, and at the top of the 9th hill Canton Ave. in Beechview) where I offer snacks and drinks. We will ride neutral (no racing) between the hills, and I will blow a whistle at the bottom of each hill start.

Again this year, there will be a 3-place prize list for men and women riders, but they need to ride up EVERY HILL to be eligible. The breakdown will be:

1st woman - $ 150
2nd woman - $ 100
3rd woman - $ 50

1st man - $ 150
2nd man - $ 100
3rd man - $ 50

For the men, a 10 place points (10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, & 1) system will be used at the top of each hill to determine overall podium positions. For the women, a 5 place points (5, 4, 3, 2, & 1) system will be used at the top of each hill to determine overall podium positions. The women will ride amongst the men, and will be picked out from a pink ribbon around their handlebars.

To pre-register ($30), either snail mail: send a check made out to me at:

Danny Chew
5846 Marlborough Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

and please print out, sign, and fill info out on the Liability Waiver
and send to the address above.

Or e-mail me $30 at:


using Paypal and include the names, ages, gender, e-mail addresses, and number of DD's ridden (including this year) of the people you are registering. Print out the Liability Waiver (above), sign it, and bring it with you when you check in on event day.

Entry fees are non-refundable if the DD is held on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

You can also e-mail me, and I will send you a PayPal invoice.

Thanksgiving Day (November 24th) is the pre-registration deadline. I have to receive it by the end of that day (midnight).

Event day registration ($40 entry fee) will be between 8 - 10am.

If you live nearby, please try to ride to the start, or carpool so we don't run out of parking spaces at the Oval. Overflow parking is the gravel lot to the North - between the oval/track and Allegheny River Blvd. Please do not park at the top of the last hill - Flowers/Kilbourne/Tesla this year. Last year, too many cars were clogging up the streets making local residents angry. The last thing we need is to have them call the local police on us over this.

For a listing of the hills, history of the event, and former winners, go to:


For a cue sheet of the old route (Do not ride thru the Liberty Tunnels), go to:


It may be a wise idea for one person in the group you are riding with to have a cue sheet as riders have gotten lost in previous years. With the field size growing to over 300 riders in 2011 & 2014, my primary concern is safety. Can I
please have volunteers who know the course to marshal the most dangerous intersections? I will give you bright orange vests to wear. In order to insure the DD's future, we will no longer be riding thought the Liberty Tunnels (illegal for bicycles) between the 9th and 10th hills. Instead, we will be climbing a connecter hill (no points) over Mt. Oliver.

There were far too many vehicles (DD affiliated) on the route last year - clogging up roads and pissing off local residents. This year, only 5 vehicles will be allowed to move along with the huge pack:

1. Officials to score points atop hills
2. Food
3. Technical support
4. Photographers
5. Clothing drop off

If you want to take photos or cheer on your riders, go way ahead of the pack, park legally somewhere, and wait for the riders to show up. Wait until the entire pack has passed by before you leave, and then perhaps hit every 3rd or 4th hill this way.

Please feel free to call me at (412)421-3143 for more info.

A big thanks to my returning sponsors: Big Bang Bicycles
Eat'n Park Restaurants
Red Bull Energy Drink
Three Rivers Rowing Association

The official DD after party will again be held at Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe at 2518 E. Carson St. on the South Side at 7pm.