Dirty Dozen – Event Day
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Hey, last year I went out to the Dirty Dozen to spectate, and ended up serving as a course marshall.
I think I will be in town again for this year’s event, and would certainly be willing to fill that role again.
Anyone know who I should contact? Or should I just show up again and talk to someone there?
Danny Chew is looking for volunteers for his annual Dirty Dozen race on November 24. Anyone interested should contact Danny at email@example.com.
If anyone wants to PM me I can give you the email address for the guy who is organizing the DD volunteers. I recieved an email about volunteering I can send along as well if you would want it.
Hey, can someone post a map/routing? It was very helpful last year.
Also, last year I was able to post general rider location information here as they moved from hill to hill. Was that helpful to anyone? Should I plan to do it again?
Yes, that would be super helpful and much appreciated. A hash tag on twitter could also be used.
Just a cautionary note…it’s looking a bit chilly (30s), with some chance of precipitation. Please be prepared for cold weather, especially when standing around sweat-soaked on top of a hill for 10 minutes, waiting for people to finish up.
being that i expect to be one of the people finishing up, i’m not too worried about standing around, except at rest stops. but i haven’t spent a whole day out in the cold since last year. what will everyone be wearing? assuming the forecast (low 30s, chance of snow) remains the same.
@HV: I just had this conversation elsewhere. Here’s a reprint:
Given that most of the ride will be moderately paced, with bursts of hard effort followed by standing around for a while, I’d recommend stuff that wicks well and keeps you warm while wet (wool),plus adjustable layers. Make sure you can unzip easily and get some ventilation on your torso while climbing, maybe go short-sleeved plus arm warmers, so you can roll the warmers down if you get too hot.
Worst case is likely to be drizzle and mid-30s, in which case you’ll probably want a thin waterproof layer you can throw on if necessary.
I’ll probably go with toe covers, wool socks, knee warmers, shorts w/ a chamois (the chamois helps keep “the boyz” warm on long descents), a wool baselayer tee, short-sleeved wool jersey, wool arm warmers, wool glove liners under fingered gloves, and a cap or bandanna under the helmet. I’ll also bring my Showers Pass jacket rolled up and stashed in a pocket, in case it’s colder/wetter than I expected.?
that’s pretty much what i had planned, but i am wondering how many layers to do. for commutes (which only last about 20 minutes), i find a long sleeve wool base layer, long sleeve wool zip-up, a shell, gloves with liners, wool socks, wool tights, and knickers keeps me fine down into the low 20s/upper teens. add cycling shorts to that, and i should be fine?
i am probably not going to bother preparing any more for rain. #ifitrainstakethebus
it occurred to me this morning that i no longer have shoe covers. toe covers sound like a delightful option. i wonder if any cycling place will be deluged friday with shoppers (especially rei), or if i can pick them up without trouble.
How difficult is your commute? That’s a lot of layers. I overheat if I do more than a windstopper baselayer with my Showers Pass softshell (and I usually have the front unzipped down, pit vents open, and rear vent open) but that’s with a moderate to high level of exertion around freezing temps. I’ll close a vent or two if it dips lower, but I avoid those temps mostly because my toes freeze before anything.
I can’t attend any if this, but I’d suggest carrying a cheap foil “space” blanket. Folds up small, fits in a pocket and retains heat enough…
@sloaps: Ah, yes; the ever-popular cyclist burrito aesthetic.
I suggest buying some instant hand warmers. They are inexpensive and you can buy them at Target and other fine retailers!
Anonymous 11/21/2012 at 9:00pm #
i need to buy some real gloves on friday, i may grab some heat packs while im out shoppin.
maybey a waterproof jacket as well (i dont really need to give comcast anymroe money this month.)
@pbeaver: every so often, a very sexy goretex waterproof jacket comes up on chainlove for $69.99. if they had it in blue (and if i didn’t already have an adequate rain jacket), i would have bought it already. it may be worth keeping an eye out for.
@rice rocket – that is for when the temperature is in the teens. today, with the temp at about 43° or so, i was sweating wearing a wool t-shirt, a wool zip-up (half unzipped), and a super light nylon windbreaker (all unzipped).
I’m going to volunteer. I’m waiting for a reply back to see what they need me to do.
Anonymous 11/21/2012 at 9:35pm #
i also volunteered (thru a proxy) but cant check that email from work. going to see whats up when i get home.
im wondering if the marshal vests are the same used on the keg ride? those were surprizingly warm for consisting of mesh & velcro.
Anonymous 11/22/2012 at 2:19pm #
What is the deal with “Chu” spray painted all over the place? Can’t say I approve of that crap. It is everywhere. Just ride, don’t spray paint stuff all over our beautiful city.
Anonymous 11/22/2012 at 8:18pm #
@gg, i don’t think the grafitti tag is related to the event. I beleive its just some knucklehead with a can of spraypaint.
“Chu” started popping up in Highland Park / E. Liberty at the beginning of the summer. Looks like a wide ass sharpie, not paint. Unrelated to the ride.
Good luck to everyone on Sat. Rules #5 and possibly #9!
Anonymous 11/23/2012 at 2:30am #
Saw a new “Chu” with an arrow by the zoo yesterday. There is one spray painted on the Highland Park Bridge, but I didn’t pay much attention to it until I saw one with an arrow. I don’t know what the route is, but if it follows that arrow… well that would be enough for me.
I will leave my old post for the idea of one’s first thought, but the arrows and such with Chu don’t match up with the ride, so I guess that is something different. I will ask around a bit.
Anyway, enjoy the ride. Hope to ride a bit of it to… well just have a look. I don’t have a bike set up for such hills.
A few years back, someone similarly left hundreds of “Serg” tags all over the city. They caught the guy, he was convicted, and he may have done jail time in addition to paying a huge fine. It’s been long enough that I don’t remember the specifics.
Anonymous 11/23/2012 at 3:02pm #
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is it just me or is it completely insanely hilarious that anyone would think danny would tag anything?
No, it’s that guy from Japan with a similar name and a bike fetish. He flew here straight from Tokyo so he could mark up everything in town.
Anonymous 11/23/2012 at 9:18pm #
Yeah, I certainly wouldn’t think it was Chu himself. Anyway, it is obvious the ride and those tags are separate.
anyone have any opinions on what the best hills are for spectators? my girlfriend will be in town this year and wants to check it out. obviously canton is the best. things to consider are availability parking, impact on the neighborhood of having people watching, impact of the neighborhood on the people watching, and entertainingness of the hills.
I disagree that Canton is the best. There’s a lot of waiting with Canton, as folks take the hill one by one. I prefer the two on the South Side (Welsh Way, and then Berry/Holt/Eleanor). Or, similarly, on in Northside, where there is a sharp turn halfway about halfway up, and then another turn further up (Sufflok/Hazleton/Burgess). Great vantage points throughout the various turns. I’ll check the map and get the names.
And you can hop skip and jump from the first hill, to the northside hill (6) to the southside hills (11 and 12) and permit time to get there and find parking. You probably would have to choose between 11 and 12 however — hard to catch both of them.
Anonymous 11/24/2012 at 3:25am #
Um, spelling isn’t usually the graffiti folks strong point. lol
Logan is fun to watch. Riders should be there around 11:45 if I’m remembering correctly.
You can bus to SHB. The 11 Fineview goes right to it; the 8 Perrysville gives you about a quarter-mile non-flat hike; the 12 McKnight gets you to the bottom of it.
The 1 Freeport Rd gets you to the bottom of hills #1 thru #4. The 4 Troy Hill gets you near the top of Logan.
Can’t offer much advice on the hills south of town.
A bus pass and a bicycle will do you well today, though. And be sure your brakes are working pretty darn well before you set out.
Please come out and watch me eat shit on canton as my tires spin out n wet cobble. Thanks, weather. Thanks.
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