Dirty Dozen Training Rides
Ah, fall, when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of slowly wobbling up some steeps.
I’m leading a regular Sunday ride through mid-November, tackling subsets of the Dirty Dozen hills. Shan’t be blazingly fast-paced, and we’ll plan to stop at bottom and top of each hill. No-one gets left behind, and any mockery shall be good natured.
See the WPW Calendar for the latest and greatest.
All rides start 10 AM at bike rental on the Jail Trail.
10/23: Center, Ravine, Berryhill, High.
10/30: Logan, Rialto, Suffolk-Hazelton-Burgess, Sycamore.
11/6: Sycamore, Canton, Boustead, Welsh.
11/13: Sycamore, Welsh, Barry-Holt-Eleanor, Flowers-Tesla.
11/20: Center, Ravine, Berryhill, High, Logan, Rialto, Suffolk-Hazelton-Burgess.
I will try to make all of these. I went back and did Rialto and Logan last weekend. This time I took my road bike. I still struggle to get up Logan without stopping because of my breathing. Rialto was probably not the easiest I have done so far, but broken glass and small branches are all over the place.
This year will be the year I show up for one of these rides, which will maybe result in showing up for a CTC training ride or two this springinstead of relying on commuting miles and stubbornness to finish.
@eric: If nothing else, come out for the Free Radical-enhanced recumbent attempt on Canton. Should be worth a laugh.
A DD victory on a recumbent would be awesome.
Personally, I’ll be happy just to complete the darn thing. Canton’s been bugging me for three years now.
You should come out at least for the first ride next Sunday, mr marv. Seriously.
um….. No! Not ready to be embarrassed by you and stefb, maybe I should come and cheer you on. My plan is to work out and try it next year but definitely not this year.
I bet I will fall over sideways on canton. I have unclipped a few times on some of the hills for fear that I was going to tip over, when I could probably have kept going. Granny gear is your friend, mr marv. You should come out to one of them and try. High street i think is the one that was not that intimidating. Just to see the hills in person is a sight! And Dan, if you want me to somehow stand on the front of your bent so that you don’t flip over, I can do that. I know you have strong legs.
@ stefb I still can’t get up that hill near our Rite-Aid
Also (although I’m not involved with these), there are DD rides on Saturdays starting at 9:45 AM, Schenley Park Visitors Center. I think Lance usually takes people up the South Side slopes hills…heh.
Grumbling because there’s no way I can get on board this year… next year, with vengeance.
Berryhill… I attempted it once, and never shall again
Greenwood Street connecting Morningside and Stanton Heights could probably be worked into a route somehow…
I feel as though I should give some of these a try as I dont have nay idea what 95% of them look like and therefore I don’t have a predisposition on them to hold me back…
Berry hill is like a wall. First time I saw it, I said “f you ” to it.
I really ought to try this, but just don’t have that much oomph. The one training ride I turned out for a couple years ago, I couldn’t even keep up on the flats getting out to Center, let alone climb anything. (I did make it up Center. Then bailed.)
tough != strong
I’ll try to get out for these rides, if only to defend my title as Worst Climber IN THE WORLD. I’ve ridden up Logan twice in my life and I tend to think that’s enough, but maybe I could make it three if the company’s good.
@stefb “Berry hill is like a wall. First time I saw it, I said “f you ” to it.”
I said the same thing.
I was committed to trying it this year but I haven’t been able to train for the past few weeks and won’t be able to at all in November. But I have a friend coming to town who wants to try it, and I haven’t tried it on my touring bike yet (with 22 up front and 34 in back as opposed to my road bike which is 39×25).
i know some other people planning a ride for sunday morning. they expect to be slower, and i think are only planning the first two hills.
berry hill is one of my nemeses, but only because the only time i actually tried the dd, i broke my cassette on it. the crappy road makes it trickier, but it’s very forgivingly short.
greenwood in morningside isn’t so bad. i rode up it last winter after a dentist appointment, probably drooling all over my beard. but my legs felt good enough.
mr. marv, you should try high/seavey just across the river (if you live in morningside, as it seems). it gradually kicks up the steepness; it lets you really ease into it. plus you can take the wide way around to cut out some of the steepness, and you get a tiny moment of respite just where you’re hurting the most. it is almost universally regarded as the easiest hill on the ride.
Any sense in attempting these practice rides on a singlespeed?
@chemicaldave: It has been done before. (I wouldn’t, but I’m a bit of a multi-gear addict when it comes to steeps.)
No harm in trying, eh?
I could imagine doing it on a single speed geared like my (obviously, not that heavy), but not my SE lager. It is geared way too high.
My SS is 32lbs and geared like your lager. I couldn’t even make it up a 25% grade today. I think I’ll pass
My cell # is posted on the ride listing on the WPW calendar linked above…I’ll wait a few minutes if anyone calls/texts to say they’ll be late, but will otherwise plan to depart promptly at 10.
I’m going to try and make it tomorrow, but I’ve not biked much the last few weeks so I’m not sure how long I can hang…
Uggh! Who the hell builds streets like these? Thanks Dan for putting these together, now where did I leave my lungs….
This was a fun ride. About 2/3’s the way up Ravine my chain poped off, I fell over, tore off part of the soul of my cycling shoe, and puked…not neccessarly in that order.
I’m glad I got a chance to meet a few people. Dan thanks again for organizing the rides.
(@Greasefoot: I’m just glad you waited for us at the bottom of Middle…I was concerned after the group split due to Brian’s mechanical and we lost track of you..my apologies for that.)
I hesitate to jinx it, but the long-range forecast looks good for next Sunday too…that’ll be a fun set, consisting of Logan, Rialto, Suffolk-Hazelton-Burgess, and Sycamore.
+1 ” I fell over, tore off part of the soul…”
That wasn’t your shoe.
Freud is dead.
Dan, after I left you guys I got a flat on Second Av by the jail. I walked back to the bike rental place and tried to pump it up but it was not taking air. I took the wheel apart and the tube was split and could not be patched. So I pushed my bike over the Smithfied St bridge and took the incline up to Mt. Washington. I was crossing Grandview when the couple that joined us on High St had just finished Sycamore. I joked with them that I had a flat and pushing my bike I beat them to the top.
@ALMKLM, I told my sister about what happened to me on Ravine and her reply was “oh so now you need to go shoe shopping, do you want to go to the mall”
so, i did center/guyasuta, ravine/sharp’s hill, and high/seavey yesterday morning. i was amazed at how far along i apparently am, despite not having ridden a dd hill in probably like two months, and i may actually have a go at this thing. pretty sure i could’ve made it up berry hill as well. i mean, i still would’ve made you guys wait for who-knows-how-long, but i can at least make it up. maybe i’ll join the big boys group one of these days.
i will most assuredly want to be there to see dan try canton a few more times, of course.
@hv: given my current level of fitness, I assure you, sight unseen, that you are quite ready to come along now.
We on for tomorrow? Should be dry according to most reports, although temps will be in the mid-30s. I have a wild accoutrement of winter gear, I can probably throw together something functional. I’ve never been a serious winter rider, but there’s always a first. My biggest issue is usually cold ears, which gives me a brutal headache. Gotta find a good headband or something…
What’s the route for tomorrow? Or, really, I just mean, whats hill #1, since that’s probably all I have.
@ricerocket: Yep, we’re on.
Hills for tomorrow include Logan, Rialto, Suffolk-Hazelton-Burgess, and Sycamore. We’ll likely go through Troy Hill to the top of Logan, then down and back up, as the 40th St Bridge is closed, and I expect the trail to Millvale will be a bit mucky after the last few days’ weather.
I just took my dog out, holy hell is it cold out. I’m gonna experiment with stuffing hand warmers in random places. I forgot how clunky my gloves are too, operating STI shifters is gonna be interesting.
See ya in the morning!
I’m being lame and bailing on this. Partly because it’s SO DAMN COLD, but also because I rode these during the Bikefest scouting ride. Maybe next week though, those will be all new hills for me.
I used this today, and my little ears were fine.
These shoe covers absolutely kick butt too:
These socks are great too.
And I’m not a super-huge fan of PI stuff. . .
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