A Local’s Guide to Pittsburgh: Two(Too) Extreme Road and Mountain Biking Events
Have you been hitting the bike trainer hard this winter, dreaming of new races and places? Are you looking to do something Extreme this year? Look no further.
Pittsburgh’s Dirty Dozen
The Dirty Dozen serves up generous portions of pain and determination. Cyclists are tasked with racing the 13 steepest hills in Pittsburgh, each with at least a 20% grade. Most infamous is Canton Avenue, a 100-yard long cobblestone street with a 37% grade. First held in 1983, the race continues to be organized by founder Danny Chew and remains an underground event; No title sponsor, no city permits, hand-drawn chalk finish lines, $15 registration fee. Race takes place at the end of November. Registration can usually be done here, although the site seems to be down. I’ll update if the registration site changes.
24-Hour Champion Challenge at Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Be warned, the 12-mile course at Seven Springs Mountain Resort ends with riding *up* the North Face slope. The objective: to ride as many laps as you can in a 24 hour period either by yourself or as part of a team (2-8 members). Enjoy the morale booster of seeing the sun rise after your middle of the night lap. Camp in tents and enjoy the camaraderie of your team. The relay format allows racers of varying ability levels to participate. Race takes place around the first weekend in September from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday.
Dirty Dozen WQED Feature (27 min): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiu-y-WxHqc&feature=related
Other Pittsburgh Biking Resources:
Commuter bike map: http://bike-pgh.org/campaigns/commuter-bike-maps/handheld-bike-map/
Cycling events calendar: http://bike-pgh.org/events/calendar/
Mountain biking: http://www.pittsburghmountainbiking.com/
Pittsburgh to DC, Great Allegheny Passage: http://www.atatrail.org/ 334.5mi
Have you participated in either of these events? Would you? How gnarly are the people that do? Comment below!