A ride that touches every single Pittsburgh neighborhood
There is also some road construction on brownsville road in Knoxville and Mt Oliver, but it should be passible. Just a heads up.
“A couple of questions:”
A couple of answers:
2. The latter, although as a practical matter we will probably roll out at ten after eight.
3. Yes, basically. See the ride description.
I can’t make it this year. I will be in VT. Have fun everyone. I may try to this on my own at another date
@marko82 – I was riding through there today and thinking that rather than stay on busy and dangerous Brownsville, why not take Calhoun to Louisa Way to Ormsby and then re-join Brownsville after the construction? Maybe in future years. It’s hilly back in there and would add to the challenge while removing some traffic dangers.
Saturday’s All-Neighborhoods Ride was another fun one for me. I was slated to be leader of the Slow group, but as it turned out there were so few people that wanted to bike slowly that we merged groups and I became sweep for the Intermediate group. By my count we started with 17 in that group and finished with 7.
Stats: 74 miles, 6400 feet of climbing, 10 hours, high 86F, 90 neighborhoods visited.
Thanks for the food, drinks, and mechanical help at the rest stops.
Rest stop at Jake’s shop in Allentown.
Climbing Main St out of Lawrenceville – penultimate big hill at mile 62!
+1 Thanks for the food, drinks, and mechanical help at the rest stops.
and to Jake, Kelley, Matt, Jenny and everyone who helped to make this event happen. It’s appreciated.
Yes, many thanks to all that made this ride happen and supported the riders along the way. John and I had our own group of 2 cantankerous older fellows. We started a little earlier that everyone else and finished last. But we got to see all of the other groups, at various points in the ride, went at our own pace, broke when we wanted or needed to, and finished feeling pretty good. I worked all day, the next day, with a Mattock and shovel, on my patio that I’m re-building! That is something I couldn’t have imagined doing last year, when I had to drop out of the ride in Squirrel Hill. John had the 2014 route in his Garmin and I had the cue sheet from 2015. We made a few wrong turns, overshot a few and had to double back. We ended up with 76.6 miles. John’s Garmin had just shy of 6500 feet of climbing. I would agree with Paul Heckbert, the toughest hill was the combination that is one big climb, beginning with Main Street out of Lawrenceville, crossing the Bloomfield Bridge, and then the hill that is a combination of Blessing and Webster Streets. My calf muscle on the left side started to cramp on Centre Avenue, so we stopped in the shade, ate a little, drank some, stretched, and continued on to the finish without further difficulty. Everyone was very nice and pleasant. I’m already looking forward to next year!
A short video of the ride down Glenbury Street (Brookline) to Route 51 (Overbrook) –
This ride (the sixth year if I recall correctly) is Saturday, August 12 at 8:00 a.m., at Doughboy Square in Lawrenceville. Please read the full description:
This is a road ride of around 72 miles which touches all 90 City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods (as well as a few suburbs). It’s not “every neighborhood that can be reached without too much climbing” or “every neighborhood where there are yuppies, coffee shops and yoga studios,” rather it is EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD. Be advised that the course involves between 5,500 and 7,000 feet of climbing, depending on whose GPS you believe, and is not an easy ride.
We will probably have three (3) ride leaders and three (3) groups, which will essentially be the “fast” group, the “intermediate” group and the “slow” group. “Fast” does not mean “your private training ride,” so if you are the kind of person who tries to turn someone else’s group ride into a training ride, please do that on some other ride, or better yet, just enter a race.
The ride leaders will make reasonable efforts to keep their groups together. However, given the distance and hills it is NOT a “no drop” ride. In other words, we won’t be jerks about it, but we cannot and will not babysit riders who are out of their league and get dropped repeatedly. For riders who wish to cruise along at their own pace, that is all well and good. Cue sheets will be distributed at the start, but you are otherwise on your own, and don’t expect anyone to be waiting for you at the rest stops.
We mostly avoid busy roads, but a few roads will not be ideal for bicycles. There will be rest and food stops at various points, replete with a bathroom, bike repair tools, etc. for folks who stay with the ride leader(s). There are some serious descents; a properly functioning bike with good brakes is needed.
There are many good points to “bail out” and return to the start if you want to do part of the ride. If you plan to do the whole ride, anticipate a long day on the bike and plan accordingly; complaints such as “Can we hurry up, I have to get home to feed my ferret” will not be entertained or well taken.
The ride will obey all laws and traffic devices; running stop signs and the like will be condemned. Helmets are required. Other than a serious all-day storm, rain does NOT cancel the ride. Riders participate AT THEIR OWN RISK and are solely responsible for their own safety, and acknowledge as much through their participation. The aide stations will be stocked with food, but bring money for the bus if you bonk or have a mechanical problem, and bring enough tubes for a few flats. Again, please note the considerable climbing and pack light!
To attend, please send an email to Jacob McCrea at jacobmccrealaw at gmail dot com. There is no entry fee, no social or political causes, and we are not asking for a donation, but if you would like to bring food or drinks, or give something to BikePGH in our names, that would be appreciated. Email me to discuss bringing food or drinks, if inclined.
This is twelve days away and the cookie-baking has begun in earnest. To make sure we don’t bake too much, or to little, kindly email me if you plan to attend. We are hoping for a sixth year of good weather and good times, and hope to see a nice turnout.
Bump; this is tomorrow!
I made up a sheet listing the neighborhoods and when we touch them. Also some info on how the neighborhoods got their names. I’ll bring some copies to the ride tomorrow. You can print your own copy if you like: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0SsCVLENRv4VTJjSkM1UUt3RWM
A big Thank You to all who worked on making this ride happen.
Another good edition of this ride. The fast group was a nice group of people with strong legs and strong social skills, and we cruised through the course in what I think was the fastest time ever. I heard that the intermediate and slow groups had some troubles as a few limped into the Squirrel Hill rest stop bloodied, bruised and haggard.
Once again the ProBikes+Run company sent a box truck, food, drinks and a mechanic to the first rest stop, while NovaCare Rehabilitation let us use their Squirrel Hill clinic as the third rest stop. Should you need their products or services, please consider their long-running support of our region’s cycling scene in deciding which local businesses to support.
Did anyone else come out for this, and if so, what did you think?
Just posted my blogpost about it here.
The TLDR is:
- it’s a challenging ride,
- the organizers do an awesome job,
- trying to overcome this ridiculous landscape fosters a sense of camaraderie.
Hey, we may have been bloodied, bruised, and haggard, but we still completed the ride. Jen said we had the highest percentage of finishers ever.
The seventh edition of this ride will be Saturday, August 4 at 8:00 a.m. The same ride description, words of caution, etc. as in past years apply. We hope to see you there; please email me at the address in my post of 7-7-17 to confirm your attendance in advance.
The eighth edition of this ride will be Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 a.m. Hopefully the September date will coincide with some cooler temperatures.
The same ride description, words of caution, etc. as in past years apply (see above). Please read my ride description and a little bit of this thread to make sure this is something you should be doing, and email me at jacob at jacobmccrealaw.com in advance to confirm your attendance. As always there is no entry fee, no social or political causes we are supporting – nothing but a long, fun group ride.
If anyone would care to volunteer at the rest stops, so that all of the organizers can also ride, that would be appreciated. And we’re always happy to receive donations of athletic food, Gatorade, etc. for the event.
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