Upcoming 2016 Dirty Dozen on Saturday, November 26th
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:
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
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
3. Technical support
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
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.