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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2011 Dirty Dozen is Saturday, November 26th

Registration and start info is now on my website at:

The 29th Annual Dirty Dozen up Pittsburgh's 13 steepest hills will be held on Saturday, November 26th at 10am. Anticipating another large crowd this year, please show up as early as 8-9am to start registration early.  Meet at the Bud Harris Cycling Track (Where the ACA holds weekly criterium races in the summer) on Washington 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. The two exceptions to this rule are before the 3rd hill (Berryhill), and between the last two hills where I blow the whistle early (miles before the last hill).  
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
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 ($15), 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 $15 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, 2011.

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 ($20 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.

For a listing of the hills, history of the event, and former winners, go to:
For a cue sheet of the route, 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 almost 200 riders last year, my primary concern is safety.  Can I please have a few 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 10th and 11th 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 sponsor: Big Bang Bicycles


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