Dirty Dozen – Event Day

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Swalfoort
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I hope to be at SHB and BHE. Just have to figure out how to navigate around parade downtown. Be safe out there!


Swalfoort
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Downtown parade starts at nine. Route is 18th or so and Liberty to Grant to Fifth to Liverty to PSP or thereabouts. Crossing fifth shhould be challenge, so might be best for DD spectators to avoid going THRU downtown.


stefb
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Careful of the icy conditions. The local news is showing car crashes on overpasses and bridges.


Andrew
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Anyone racing today is more hardcore then I!!!

Might go down and watch canton / boustead. And ride them too. What dime would they be at canton?

3ish?


Swalfoort
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I am going to be posting times/locations when i can. 10.40 now, and i am at Logan in Millvale. No sign of riders yet. (hill 5).

I’ll then jump to shb, on nortside for hill 7. Will try to post departure time from there. From there, riders do sycamore to canton.


Andrew
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Andrew
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Currently at the top of hill #2


Swalfoort
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11 can see marshall on Grant in millvale. No sign of riders yet. Food stop at park, then on to hill 5.


Anonymous #

Good luck, all–stay warm!


Swalfoort
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Spectator reports support vehicles are on hill 4. Then food stop, and on to Logan…


TeamDecaf
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Live stream is awesome!


Swalfoort
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Riders on grant, food or no, then logan


Swalfoort
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Riders on grant, food or no, then logan


Humberto
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whoever is doing the live stream, BIG KUDOS.


Swalfoort
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Hill 5 complete, on to rialto the shb on northside


Swalfoort
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Riders on shb, sycamore then canton next up.


Anonymous #

Rialto is closed.

Thanks for the streaming. I have never been to this ride, but have ridden many of those hills. That is one long day and to ride all of them like that… wow I am impressed with those that can finish and those that are going for points? Must be some kick azz riders. Are there any pros out there? This IMHO, could be a great media event. Pittsburgh really has the topography for this to be a very publicized event. If it were more publicized it would have a good effect for the cycling community, showing what cyclists deal with around here and sort of saying, come out and ride, if you think you can. lol


Anonymous #

Who won? Second? Third?


stefb
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I got second in women’s. the field was also kinda shallow. great job, sarah. she finished also. Watching her climb canton helped get me up it.

steeveo won the men’s again.

It was tough.


boostuv
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Steph, who was 1st place women’s?


stefb
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A girl named Acadia. Really nice. Just met her. A few leaders DNFed on the back half for various reasons.

Oh and congrats to the tandem!!!!


TeamDecaf
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Congrats Stef!

Live feed was cool.


stefb
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thanks


Anonymous #

Great job, Stef and everyone else!


KBrooks
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Yay Steph! It was nice doing (at least part of) another miserable ride with you.

I was one of those who dropped out, due to ridiculously bad last-minute equipment choices and subsequent floundering. Thanks to Evan at Big Bang, though, for helping me try to rectify things. Actually I don’t know if any of that made a difference in the end, as I just wasn’t feeling it, physically or mentally. And I was looking forward to bad weather, too. Eh. Next year!


stefb
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Karen, you were doing so well. But it is diffcult to continue to do something like that in miserable conditions when you just arent into it. Thanks for the support!


HiddenVariable
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i didn’t finish last year, but i did make it to halfway up the second-to-last hill (before mechanical failure). and this year was, for probably a number of reasons, so much more difficult. the cold, the wind, maybe my lack of training this year. so i made it all the way, but it was extremely difficult this year.

so, serious kudos to stefb! you can try to minimize your feat, but you came in second place in your first dirty dozen! you can say others might have been better than you, but the fact remains that they weren’t.


stefb
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That is great! Congrats! And thanks. It was very difficult. It takes a lot mentally in addition to all of the physical work. I actually felt a whole lot better riding back to the oval knowing it was over! A crazy bunch we all are, huh? I actually only did it to meet Danny chew. I even got a photo with the legend. And now I get to say that I did the same race as steeveo, who crushed it again. My brain has a hard time understanding how he and others like him can just fly up those hills like they have a motor attached to their bikes. And they were all standing at the end.


Greasefoot
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@Stepb it was frickin cold today! Congrats! You rock!


Anonymous #

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/with-grit-sweat-they-tackle-em-the-dirty-dozen-663572/

Nice to see some press about it this year. Good job to those that finished.


steevo
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StefB Thanks. Its all relative. I have eaten

a lot of humble pie in my bike racing so I

know that it is just a matter of being the

fastest that shows up. ive raced guys who

can do for 20 minutes what I can for 5.


edmonds59
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It was on the 11:00 news last night. Forget which channel. Cool.


Anonymous #

StefB – Congratulations on finishing.

I got as far as Canton.


salty
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Congrats stef and steevo and everyone else who finished. I knew my coworker Danielle rode but I had no idea she was doing the DD – I saw she was #4.

PS steevo, I have no doubt I can do the same distance in 20 minutes that you can do in 5. Just sayin’…


stefb
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Oh I didn’t know you work with Danielle. She does some team decaf rides and other misc rides. She is a pretty strong rider, as were all of the other ladies.


cburch
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@gg this ride isn’t exactly unpublicized. People come from all over the country for it, there have been short documentaries made about it and last year Rick Sebak did the inaugural episode of his new weekly series on the ride. 2-300 people is about as big a turnout as the ride can handle without having to make some serious changes in the nature of the ride. Changes that no one involved wants to make. We’ve already seen what happens to a long running, and quite successful underground cycling tradition when it gets too big with the death of the Punk Bike Enduro. There are a lot more accessible rides that are a much more suitable vehicle for your very admirable goals than the Dirty Dozen, such as Pedal Pittsburgh or the Flock of Cycles Party Rides. Sometimes a thing is perfect exactly the way it is, and some things should remain elusive and for the truly dedicated.


StuInMcCandless
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I marshaled about five intersections, a couple of them as an assistant, a couple solo. The most grief I got was at South 18th & Sarah, where I corked cross traffic on Sarah for maybe two changes of the light. Oh, the horns. All it would take is a couple of truly pissed off people to make enough of a stink to put future rides of the DD and others in jeopardy.

OTOH, I enjoyed the opportunity to try riding inbound Saw Mill Run Blvd between the Liberty Tubes and Woodruff Street, then a beautiful ride through the Wabash Tunnel. Those will be my take-aways from DD Day.


Anonymous #

cburch. Thanks for that information. I have to say, after watching that streaming, I may have to ride that next year. Looks like a lot of fun. I don’t have a bike geared for that kind of ride at the moment though.


Marko82
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2012: stefb = 1st lady CTC, 2nd lady DD

2013:?

Great job to all who took part yesterday!


stefb
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Thanks. Marko, did you drop by at the top of SHB? I thought for a minute I saw you but then lost you.

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