2016 Dirty Dozen Bicycle Ride
on Saturday, November 26th
The 34th Annual Dirty Dozen Bicycle Ride up 13 of the
Pittsburgh area's steepest hills
Registration, check-in and ride start are at the Bud Harris Cycling
Track, 1401 Washington Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
When: Early online
registration is open now. Registration and check-in start at 8:00 am
on the day of the event, November 26th. Groups of riders
depart from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, competitors first. Registration
for competitors ends at 8:45 am.
of the 2016 event—Danny Chew injured
media links **
New info **
New info—third hill changed **
New info **
New info—lead group follow vehicle to carry spare wheels **
Official 2016 Dirty Dozen
New this year
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Background of the 2016
Chew was seriously injured in a cycling accident near Lodi, OH on
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 December 1st
then consider giving Danny a
visit—he would like the additional company. You can request details
by sending your information to DanChew@yahoo.com.
2016 media links
Hamill's article on Danny and Attila Domos in the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Twist of fate flips the role for iconic Pittsburgh
cyclist Danny Chew
Donahue's article on Danny and the DD in Outside Magazine: Danny Chew
Won't Let Paralysis Keep Him From Riding 1,000,000 Miles
Fusion's live broadcast of the Dirty Dozen on their Facebook page!
Sandberg plans to live-stream the Dirty Dozen from inside the ride
via his action camera.
deadline for pre-registration has passed. For convenience, you can
still register online until 11:59 pm on Thursday, November 24 by
paying the full $40 entry fee. We will email acknowledgements for all
submissions, but may be slow with paper entries.
send the funds to DanChew@yahoo.com. In the PayPal note include the
names, ages, genders, e-mail addresses, and number of DDs ridden
(including this year) of the people you are registering. Print out
Waiver, one copy for each rider, have each rider sign one, and
bring the waiver(s) with you when you check in on event day. We will
have extra forms if needed.
Those wanting to compete should
indicate so and provide qualifications.
fees are non-refundable if the DD is held on Saturday, November 26,
2016. Although the event has never been called off due to weather,
accumulating snow or ice could lead to cancellation.
registration fee is $40. After the pre-registration deadline you can
still register online as instructed above until 11:59 pm on Thursday,
November 24. Otherwise, register in person on event day starting at
8:00 am. Cash or checks are ok. You can save time by printing and
filling out the Liability
Waiver in advance. Plan to register at least 45 minutes before
your expected ride departure time. Competing riders will leave at
9:00 am. Other strong riders should plan to leave in groups in the
range of 9:00 to 9:30 am, and remaining riders will leave in groups
from 9:30 to 10:00 am.
event day those who have registered in advance will only need to pick
up their numbers, and sign waivers if they haven't already. Helmet
numbers are to be mounted on the front, center of your helmet, just
above the brim. These will be needed for identification throughout
the ride. Competitors will also receive frame numbers, which are to
be mounted towards the front of the bikes' top tubes where they are
clearly visible from either side. You must mount these to receive
is available where the ride starts, at the Bud
Harris Cycling Track. This is where the ACA holds weekly
criterium races in the summer. Overflow parking is available in the
gravel lot to the north, between the track and Allegheny River Blvd.
If you live nearby then please try to ride to the start, or carpool
so we don't run out of parking spaces. Parking in many locations
along Beechwood Blvd. is also an option. Beechwood Blvd. is used to
transit from the last hill back to the track. If you park on
Beechwood then you can ride to the track as a warm-up, and have less
distance to your vehicle after the last hill.
parking or rider pick-ups at the top of the last
hill—Flowers/Kilbourne/Tesla. The congestion antagonizes the local
residents. Group leaders will escort groups of riders from the last
hill back to the track.
route is about 50 miles if you include the section back to the track
from the final hill. Typically the ride takes at least 5 hours to
complete because of the stops and the easy pace between the hills.
Most or all of the route can be toured virtually with Street View on
**** O'Hara Township has barricaded the usual third
hill, Berryhill Road, for the season. We are planning to include
Christopher Street as a replacement. This requires crossing the 62nd
Bridge to get to the new hill, completing a loop and then returning
to Etna for the usual fourth hill: High Street/Seavey Road. This
change has a minimal effect on the overall distance of the ride.
Christopher Street is a respectable climb of about 240 feet. The
whistle will be blown on 57th
here for a listing of the hills, history of the event, and former
here for a version of the route stored on the Garmin website.
This may be transferred to Garmin devices and will be updated as the
route is finalized. It can be used for training on all the
here for the Strava page of the route.
here for the RideWithGPS page of the route, which includes
here for a cue sheet of the old route (do not ride through the
recommends a low gear of 39x27 for racers, and 34x28 or lower for
recreational riders. These assume 700c wheels.
are two food stops. The first is at Millvale's Riverfront Park on the
Allegheny River. This is at the bottom of the fifth hill, Logan
Street. There will be three portable toilets in the area, and the
Three Rivers Rowing Association is also allowing us to use its
boathouse facility. Please give female riders priority access. The
second stop is at the top of the ninth hill, Canton Avenue. There
will be two portable toilets near the end of the street. Snacks and
drinks will be provided to registered riders at both locations.
Bang Bicycles will have two vehicles on the route to provide
mechanical assistance. One will follow the lead group and the other
will move between the groups of riders, providing assistance as
needed. We will have a separate follow vehicle that can carry a
reasonable number of spare wheels. This is primarily to be used for
flat tires that require only a short stop by the vehicle. Lead group
riders can check a set of spare wheels or other items with this
vehicle until 8:45 am. Items can be reclaimed further along on Tesla
Street until about 30 minutes after the leaders have arrived, and
later, back at the track.
lead group of riders will contain those qualified riders wanting to
compete for points on the contested hills. The number of positions
available for men in the lead group is limited, so those wanting to
compete are strongly encouraged to (pre-) register early and must
indicate their desire to be in the lead group. Those who have scored
points in and
of the previous four events (2012-15) are automatically qualified.
Others must provide evidence that they are likely to be competitive.
Points won in earlier years will be considered, along with
bike-racing category, results and references. Strava finish times
will be considered if submitted with pre- or advance registration.
Those who are not pre-qualified are much
less likely to
be in the points competition if they wait until the day of the event
Because of their limited numbers, this year all
female riders are pre-qualified to start with the lead group if they
so choose. However, all riders will need to have very good fitness or
face being left behind.
The pace between the hills is neutral
and riders must stay together. When approaching the start of a hill,
riders must stay even with or behind the riding official who signals
hill starts. The official blows a whistle at the beginning of each
contested hill. Only then may riders go as hard as they want to the
top in an attempt to score points, while still remaining alert for
road hazards and traffic. For the men, a ten-place points system (10,
9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, & 1) will be used at the top of each hill
to determine overall podium positions. For the women, a five-place
points system (5, 4, 3, 2, & 1) will be used at the top of each
hill to determine overall podium positions. The competing women will
ride with the men and will be distinguished by their numbers and by
pink ribbons around their handlebars.
To remain eligible for a
placing in the points competition riders must successfully ride every
hill and finish the final hill within 20 minutes of the first
finisher. Successfully riding a hill means the rider makes continuous
uphill progress to the top under his own power and the only contact
points with the ground are the two wheels; falling down, putting a
foot down, grabbing poles or other stationary objects, jockeying in
place, etc. are disqualifying, and the hill must be restarted from
the bottom if any of these occur. Riders not making the final hill
time cutoff will retain their points, but will be ranked below
finishers arriving in time. Again this year there will be a
three-place prize list for men and women riders based on total
points. The breakdown will be:
1st woman - $ 150
- $ 100
3rd woman - $ 50
1st man - $ 150
2nd man - $
3rd man - $ 50
If two or more riders have the same
point totals then a tiebreaker will be applied: Whoever has the
greater number of higher placings, starting with the highest, wins
the tie. For example, a rider with a single 9th-place
hill finish receives two points and wins the tie against a rider with
finishes who also receives a total of two points.
violations are subject to penalties applied at the discretion of the
officials, and may range from loss of points on one hill to
disqualification from the points competition.
Official 2016 Dirty Dozen
are available from Aero
Tech. Proceeds will benefit Danny.
New this year
will be some minor changes in the ride 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, as
some decisions are yet to be made.
The following changes are
• 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 qualified males and females planning
to compete for points.
• We anticipate that the lead group will
complete the ride between 1 ½ and 2 ½ 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.
• We will have numbers
for the participants this year.
• The pre-registration deadline
is moved to the Monday before the event. Online registration is still
possible until Thursday.
• There will be a time cutoff on the
final hill for the points competition.
The following items are
still under consideration:
• The qualifications needed to be
in the lead, competitive group. Most who scored points in the past
four events are pre-qualified. Others must supply information
suggesting they can be competitive. Waiting until event day is not
• 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 will be
adjusted to ensure everyone is underway by 10:00 am.
thanks to the new and returning sponsors:
Bull Energy Drink
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 7