Dirty Dozen Training Rides
Seems what we need is a Spectator Cue Sheet page, probably two or three, say, one for Hills 1,4,9,13; another for Hills 2,6,10; a third for Hills 3,7,11. Or some such. With suggested parking & walking directions.
In general, though, if you can bike from one spot to the next, great. If you can’t bike it, then motorcycle or scooter. Carpool if possible. The last thing you want to do is drive from one spot to another.
I myself have never seen half the DD hills, and only spectated one hill one year (S-H-B, last year), so I might not be the best person to write this document, but I would be happy to help. I do have the experience of having helped put on about 20 motorcycle enduros, and attended 100 more.
I plan on biking between locations.
Sara is still figuring out where/what hills to go check out.
So far, I’m gonna play it by-ear, but for sure I’ll be a Hill #1 and at Canton Avenue. The rest will depend on how much time I spent cheering/traveling between hills and letting the riders do their thing
So, to make thing easy, maybe meet at Hill one? For the spectator crowd?
I wonder how possible it is to bike to all 13 hills and not climb any. Has anyone ever tried that? I’d be up for a 60ish-mile ride, and I suspect I might not be the only one. If it was known how this could be done, it might help alleviate traffic concerns, too.
I’ll see you at the top of Hill 1…..
Looking forward to seeing all the fun.
I have been on all of the hills and honestly they all sux! A lot of the hills don’t have room for car parking. Hills I would suggest as spectator friendly: Center (1), High (4), Logan (5), Rialto (6), Sycamore (, & Barry-Holt-Eleanor (12). Center has Sidewalks on the first half and side streets to park on. High has sidewalks and some side streets to park on and also has a big switchback near the top that would be a great place watch. Logan and Rialto has no real parking but they have city steps along the street you can walk up or down and would be cool to watch from. Sycamore has a set of city steps that you can walk down from the top that will put you in the middle of the hill and it also has the big switchback near the top that will be a cool spot. Barry-Holt-Eleanor has city steps and sdewalks to stand on. Just my 2 cents…
So, Im in for the DD! (with zero training). I did it in ’07. The sunny high of 62F is drawing me in!
Congrats & my respect to all those brave souls who did the DD deed today! It was a lot of fun to watch!
So, I parked my car on Milvalle by Hill #4 & then took on my own bike-power to watch the first 5-Hills. After that I got back to my car to follow the rest of the race in 4-wheels. I did miss 2 1/2 hills, but the rest of them I did get to watch!!
Thank you for all the advice on how to tackel “spectatoring” the DD!
Pretty neat! Pretttyyyy neat!! Although I did feel kinda silly just being there just-’cause, BUT didn’t care! Although I did run into coworkers, friends, and bikepgh msg board regulars while there!
bikeygirl, was that you who wanted to run across welsh way when i was on my way down? someone yelled “epic beard!” at me on canton, if you want a reasonable physical description.
also, did i see scott riding this? well done, all!
@Hidden Variable. -Yes, that was me crossing Welsh, and I remember seeing cyclists letting me cross the street, but I do not recall details. Lots of jerseys and bikes and people today!!
I took photos, I’ll upload the best of them!
Well, that was my second dirty dozen (no walking both times). I have to say it was easier then my first because of the temp. No stinging lung pain.
I did it with my 1×8. 8 speeds was plenty. The granny gear is the only one that matters on this ride.
I decided Saturday morning that a leisurely breakfast with the kids was more my speed than heading out to the Oval. Eventually got on the bike and headed out to Tarentum, then came back via Logan’s Ferry and happened upon the Major Taylor club at the base of Hulton. Came back to town with them via Freeport.
Given the number of people who showed up for the DD, I’m quite glad I opted for a pleasant ride along the river instead.
Congrats to Steevo (again!) and to all who did the ride.
Did it, with moderate training (most of my rides have a lot of gradual climbing and include Sycamore and other hills). Stopped on the last two hills to stretch out a cramp and continued. I was expecting Canton to be like Sycamore at 37% grade. With the exception of wheel spin, it was the easiest hill for me considering the duration and my expectations. My map for people that like looking at numbers and such: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/131243096
Thumbs up to the organization; I had no idea how supported it would be. Several people were giving the safety rider a hard time when in hindsight he was just yelling at people to stop riding into oncoming traffic or blocking traffic at the top of hills.
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