2012 Dirty Dozen Training Rides
It is never too early to start! I won’t be able to make the one during bikefest due to a conflict with another ride, but I would appreciate if any of the future time and dates of training rides are posted here! thanks.
Tentatively, I’m planning on leading DD training rides for the WPW every Sunday at 10 AM starting at the First Ave bike rental, beginning September 16th.
We’ll start with 3-4 hills at a time, then we’ll work our way to Dirty Half-Dozens and beyond.
ah thanks. now i remember you had told me that, but i couldn’t recall if a start date was set in stone.
Wondering how Rialto will be handled this year. It’s missing 30 or so feet at the bottom due to construction.
It was always the shortest hill anyways. What’s another 30 less feet?
That 30 ft is the flattish part where you could get a stroke and clip in. The way the road is cut now, the start is 24% grade. I think it will need to be handled like a time trial start… a handler for each rider, rider starts clipped in, handler gives a solid push.
Anonymous 09/04/2012 at 9:59pm #
Bumping this topic to the top. Any new info on these rides? No sign of these rides on the wpw website.
Anonymous 09/05/2012 at 1:22am #
bah, i need to change my work schedule, all the fun stuff is always on sundays.
Anonymous 09/05/2012 at 1:25am #
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My bike is ready. I am not. Looking forward to 10am on the 16th.
I thought this started this weekend for some reason I forgot the start date.
I suppose I should get these posted on the WPW calendar, eh?
Actually, thanks for bringing this up, as it reminded me that I need to correct the start date…the first DD training ride will be Sunday September 23rd, not Sunday the 16th. I promised to take my son camping on the GAP that weekend, and, well, priorities and all that.
As far as bikes and readiness go, hah. in fact, double hah. I fully expect to be crawling, given the lack of serious riding I’ve had over the last few months.
Okay, the basic info has been posted to the WPW Calendar.
To summarize: All rides start at 10 AM, Golden Triangle bike rental. (Note that there is no ride on 10/28, and that we’re giving Rialto a miss entirely in this year’s series.)
11/11: As many as we feel like
anyone feel like gathering tomorrow for a few hills, even if it means we have to suffer through it without dan or the support of the wheelmen?
Anonymous 09/15/2012 at 6:03pm #
i would be down for it, except i work on sundays and cant make any of these dates.
There is a hilly ride out of thick at 7:30am on Sundays if you are interested in hills. If we do the fox chapel area we could ask adam if perhaps we could do a dirty dozen hill or two. I have to get my road bike in working order again.
@HV, I am interested in a DD type training ride, but not a 730 start.
Anonymous 09/16/2012 at 4:20pm #
Ooooh is there any way this could be at 11 instead of ten so I could gooooo!?!?!?!? I really reallyreally wanna ride the dd this year!!!
@W Roger: I don’t want to change the time at this point, but I’d be happy to take you on a DD tour at some other time. PM me if you’re interested, and let me know what your schedule looks like.
Arg, I really want to do the DD this year but alas, no spare monies to change up the gearing on the bike.
Anonymous 09/17/2012 at 4:28pm #
Yeah, Stef is gonna do it on her fixie and make us all feel like chumps.
We’ll see about that. I would have to change my gearing. I need to see if it is possible. It is a goal, but I may not be able to do it.
@WR, you could always join mid ride – of course everyone will give you shit for missing the first hills, but it’s part of the (type 2) fun.
Alright, I’ll try and make a training ride to judge my abilities.
*bump* for this coming Sunday, and repost of the schedule:
All rides start at 10 AM, Golden Triangle bike rental.
11/11: As many as we feel like
The ride on 9/30 (High, Logan, Suffolk) should be fairly comedic, as I’ve managed to schedule myself for a 300K the day before. I’m fervently hoping not to hike-a-bike, but fully expect the legs to be feeling not so fresh. So, for anyone who wants to ride some of the worst DD hills, but feels really self-conscious about their likely lack of blazing speed…9/30 will be a really good day to pick.
I hate Logan. Very seriously dreading that one. Doubtful now that I will be doing this fixed with all of the downhill between the real hills. Not sure that I want to beat myself up that much. I guess the mind blocks out unpleasant things. I forgot how long the first two climbs were. I need to find where the right gear for me is. Granny gear is too low. I felt so wobbly going up berry hill. Thanks for leading the ride, Dan. Hope you made it home safely. Quizbot – didn’t realize that was you on the specialized. Hope the knee is ok.
Also if I even think about doing this with one gear, I have 28x700c tires, 165mm crank arms, and 46T in the front. Any opinion on a rear cog size that wouldn’t kill me?
Anonymous 09/23/2012 at 6:33pm #
boo, i no longer enjoy working on sundays.
(Heh…I didn’t realize that was Quizbot either.)
He and I made it back just fine…a slow leak in the rear merely required topping up on an occasional basis. And hey, I got a bonus climb back up Browns Hill in the bargain…extra training is always good, right?
@stef: You could always singlespeed it, ya know.
More like poop hill road.
Edit: I read this aloud and from the other room, Colin said that a slow leak is normal at his age.
_I_ don’t leak, thank you very much. It’s either full pressure, or glorious catastrophic blowout for me…none of that sissy in-between stuff.
(But I would top off at Sheetz. If I needed to. Which I never do. But I would.)
Ha, ya, that was me flying under the radar? I thought the helmet cam would’ve been a giveaway.
That was the most annoying slow leak I’ve had in a while. Should’ve just fixed it when I had the wheel off but then convinced myself that I forgot to close the valve after topping off this morning. Duh. Thanks to Dan for coming back to check up on me
@stefb – knee held up pretty well, thanks. These were my first DD grade climbs since surgery a year ago… first test felt ok. Quads… that’s another story.
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