>> Saturday, November 10, 2012
Every Nov/Dec, there's an infamous bike race in Pittsburgh that covers 13 of its steepest hills within 6 miles of downtown. It's known as the "Dirty Dozen." It's a pretty low-key informal race, but I found this on their website:
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.
Here's a video from 2010 showing some "Dirty Dozen" highlights (the action really kicks off at 0:50):
I'm a glutton for punishment... where do I sign up?... :)