2019 DD Start & Registration Info

Danny Chew's DD Rider Indexes: Find out what rider finished in what place scoring how many points in what year.


2005 DD Photo by Steve Mellon on Cover of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Newspaper:
Joe Ross Running up Canton Ave. Against 2004 & 2005 DD Winner Steve Cummings.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article on Canton Avenue: The Steepest (37%) Dirty Dozen Hill.


Article on Canton Avenue: text only

Dirty Dozen Route Map: With All 13 Hills Listed.

Dirty Dozen Riding Old (DO NOT GO THRU THE LIBERTY TUNNELS) Route Cue Sheet: Thanks to Bikely.com.

Dirty Dozen Driving Route Directions by the late Mark Powder.


30th Anniversary DD Jersey Order Info
34th Annual / 2016 DD Jersey Order Info
34th Annual / 2016 DD Posters & T-Shirts
35th Annual / 2017 DD Jersey Order Info
36th Annual / 2018 DD Jersey Order Info
Million Mile Man Fundraiser T-Shirts


2014 & 2015 Media Links
2016 Media Links
2017 Media Links
2018 Media Links

HISTORY OF THE DIRTY DOZEN

DIRTY DOZEN PHOTO GALLERY

THE HILLS.

2018 RESULTS...

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...1984 Oct. RESULTS

1984 Jan. RESULTS...

...1983 RESULTS

DIRTY DOZEN WINNERS AND WEATHER

RIDERS WITH 5 OR MORE DIRTY DOZENS TO THEIR CREDIT




HISTORY OF THE DIRTY DOZEN

In 1983, Dan & Tom Chew and Bob Gottlieb wanted to showcase Pittsburgh's steepest and toughest hills in one ride, never getting more than 10 kilometers away from the center of the city. We searched out hills on Unites States Geological Survey (USGS) maps by counting the 20 foot contour lines/intervals. The closer the lines, the steeper the hill. Sometimes the "road" was merely steps for pedestrian traffic only. So on Saturday December 17, 1983, the first Dirty Dozen ride was held in 27 degrees F with snow flurries. Among the 5 starters were Oscar Rattenberg and Ron Reider, but only Dan, Tom, and Bob finished. Dan & Tom were deemed the two strongmen of the ride. The 5 place points system was first used in 1988 when 13 starters showed up. The 10 place points system was used in 2007 when 131 riders started, in 2008 for women, and in 2011 for men. When Tom Chew moved away from Pittsburgh in 1985, Dan Chew took over as the ride organizer. Back in the early years (the 80's) a macho attitude prevented any rider from using gears lower than a 42x24. In recent years, the ride has gotten easier due to lower gearing and several of the hills being paved (asphalted) which used to be rough cobblestone or wavy blacktop, killing what little momentum the rider had. In recent years, riders have used a 39x32 gear which makes the ride much less taxing on the rider's upper body.

In 2016 after a bad cycling accident left Danny paralyzed from the chest down, the format of the DD underwent a major change - instead of one big group, head marshal/ranger Chris Helbling came up with the idea of having many smaller groups, of which only the lead group could score points (both men & women). This made for a safer event, and also for safety reasons, the 4 mile road race section before the last hill was eliminated and the route started taking the Hot Metal Street Bridge instead of the Glenwood Bridge. Also in 2016, the 3rd hill - Berryhill (often barricaded off after the first snowfall) was replaced with 57th St./Christopher St. in Lawrenceville. In 2018, the women started getting their own separate points group.



DIRTY DOZEN OFFICIAL FINISHER STATUS

To be an official DD finisher, you must ride up every hill using your own current power available without stopping or crashing. You must have continuous forward motion UP the hill! You can weave back and forth as long as you are continuing to go UP. As soon as you start to go level or back down the hill, you are disqualified. You can go back down to the bottom of the hill, and try again as many times as you want. In the early days of 20 or fewer riders, I was able to keep track of who made all the hills, but once the DD grew bigger than this, I was unable to police it anymore. Now there exists an honor system where riders keep track of themselves.



DIRTY DOZEN RECORDS

Most wins: 11 by Steve Cummings from 2004-2013 & 2015
Most consecutive wins: 10 by Steve Cummings from 2004-2013
Most wins, women (tie): 3 by Betsy Shogren in 2009, 2010 & 2014 and Stefanie Sydlik in 2015, 2016, & 2017
Youngest winner: 16 year old Josh Smith in 1992
Oldest winner: 41 year old Danny Chew in 2003
Youngest hill winner: 15 year old Willem deBoer in 2013
Oldest hill winner: 53 year old Gunnar Shogren in 2015
Youngest points scorer: Tie - 14 year olds: Max Bergholz in 1987 & Willem deBoer in 2012
Oldest points scorer: 60 year old John Brockenbrough in 2018
Most DD finishes: 32 by Danny Chew
Most consecutive DD finishes: 25 by Danny Chew from 1983-2007
Youngest finisher: 11 year old Luke Gunnett in 2015
Youngest female finisher: 15 year old Angelina Palermo in 2011
Oldest finisher: 69 year old Paul Salipante in 2014
Oldest female finisher: 58 year old Tammy Killebrew in 2017
Heaviest winner: 186 pound Tom Chew in 1983 (first DD)
Heaviest finisher: 285 pounds by Don Snow in 2015
Lightest/Smallest finisher: 85 pounds & 4'9" tall by 13 year old Xavier J. Szigethy in 2012
Longest time between DDs: 27 years from 1985 to 2012 by Joe Casile
Highest low gear winner: 42x23 {1.826} by Danny Chew in 1988
Highest low gear finisher: 36x17 {2.118} (also single gear/speed) by Montana Miller in 2011
First woman finisher: Diane Blackburn in 1997
First fixed gear finisher: Montana Miller in 2009
First female single gear/speed finisher: Winner Betsy Shogren in 2014
First tandem finisher: Brothers Jody & Adam Lobert in 2000
First mixed tandem finisher: Seth Gernot & Rebecca Rankin in 2012
Highest score to ever win DD (5 place points system): 64 points (out of 65) by Danny Chew in 1988, women's winner Betsy Shogren in 2009 & women's winner Stefanie Sydlik in 2015
Most riders: 453 in 2017
Most female finishers: 9 in 2010 & 2014
Coldest: High of 27 degrees F in 1983 (first DD)
Warmest: High of 66 degrees F in 2006
Most DD hills ridden in a day: 66 times up/down Canton Ave. in 2 hours in a 42x24 {1.75} gear in 1985 by Danny Chew


THE HILLS

1.

Center Ave./Guyasuta Rd. in Aspinwall

2.

Ravine St./Midway Dr. in Sharpsburg

3.

Berryhill Rd. between Saxonburg Blvd. and Middle Rd.—removed in 2016-8 and replaced by 57th St./Christopher St., which became the first hill in 2018

4.

High St./Seavy Rd. in Etna

5.

Logan St. in Millvale

6.

Pigg Hill/Rialto St. across from the 31st St. Bridge (Eliminated in 2012)

7.

Suffolk/Hazelton/Burgess Streets on Northside

8.

Sycamore St. on Mt Washington

9.

Canton Ave in Beechview

10.

Boustead St. in Beechview

11.

Welsh Way on the Southside

12.

Barry/Holt/Eleanor Streets on the Southside

13.

Flowers Ave./Kilbourne St./Tesla St. in Hazelwood



DIRTY DOZEN WINNERS AND WEATHER

Year

# of Riders

Winner(s)

Weather - High Temp. in *F

1983

5

Danny & Tom Chew

27

Snow Flurries

Jan-84

4

Danny Chew

34

Partly Sunny

Oct-84

5

Doug Grauel

50

Sunny

1985

6

Lane Rodgers &
Danny Chew

54

Rain

1986

8

Bob Gottlieb

52

Sunny

1987

7

Danny Chew

50

Rain

1988

13

Danny Chew

64

Partly Sunny

1989

20

Danny Chew

51

Partly Cloudy

1990

20

Danny Chew

55

Partly Cloudy

1991

17

Gunner Shogren

32

Partly Sunny

1992

8

Josh Smith

34

Cloudy - Sleet

1993


 NOT HELD IN 1993

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1994

14

Rob Acciavatti

34

Cloudy

1995

16

Rob Acciavatti

43

Cloudy - Light Drizzle

1996

22

Johnny Knotts

44

Rain - Fog

1997

29

Danny Chew

52

Periodic Light Rain - Fog

1998

35

Johnny Knotts

63

Sunny

1999

54

Ryan McDermitt

50

Mostly Sunny

2000

28

Rob Acciavatti

33

 Cloudy/Snow

2001

47

John Oshlick

65

 Partly Sunny/Windy

2002

39

Justin Pokrivka

38

 Cloudy/Rain/Snow

2003

8

Danny Chew

35

 Cloudy/Snow/Windy

2004

44

Steve Cummings

57

 Mostly Sunny/Windy

2005

51

Steve Cummings

42

 Mostly Cloudy

2006

125

Steve Cummings

66

 Sunny

2007

131

Steve Cummings

36

 Variable Cloudiness

2008

147

Steve Cummings & Patty Buerkle

42

 Mostly Sunny

2009

185

Steve Cummings & Betsy Shogren

46

 Sunny

2010

182

Steve Cummings & Betsy Shogren

34

 Cloudy/Windy

2011

305

Steve Cummings & Anne-Marie Alderson

60

 Mostly Cloudy

2012

232

Steve Cummings & Acadia Klain

33

 Cloudy/Snow Showers/Windy

2013

261

Steve Cummings & Ryanne Palermo

39

 Variable Sunshine

2014

328

Ian Baun & Betsy Shogren

48

 Sunny to Cloudy

2015

244

Steve Cummings & Stefanie Sydlik

45

 CLOUDY/light rain all ride

2016

382

Ian Baun & Stefanie Sydlik

45

 Cloudy

2017

453

Ian Baun & Stefanie Sydlik

57

 Partly Sunny/Windy

2018

~300

Will Cooper & Shaena Ulissi

34-> 43

 CLOUDY/rain most of the ride