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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Going Up: Dirty Dozen Bike Race Rides Again This Weekend | 90.5 WESA

Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA
Pete Buryk, 32, of Mt. Lebanon, will compete in the Dirty Dozen race this weekend. Photographed at the top of the city's steepest paved street — Canton Avenue — this will be Buryk's first time competing in the event. "It seems cliche," he said, "but it's the ultimate bike challenge around here."
One of Pittsburgh’s most popular bicycling events turns 30 years old this Saturday.
The Dirty Dozen bike race challenges cyclists to climb the 13 steepest hills in the city. The 50-mile route takes riders from Highland Park, through the North Hills and the North side, across the Roberto Clemente and Smithfield Street bridges, through the South Hills and the South Side, ending in Hazelwood.
Danny Chew founded the race in 1983 with his brother Tom and their friend Bob Gottlieb. Chew said that first year, only five people rode the race, including Gottlieb and the Chew brothers.

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