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Dirty Dozen - this Saturday in Pittsburgh

Old 11-22-07, 09:13 PM
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Dirty Dozen - this Saturday in Pittsburgh

Anyone doing it?

Unfortunately I forgot my handy-dandy 11-28 cassette in Michigan, where it's sitting in my living room waiting to be loaded into the car. Currently I have a 11-21 (Michigan gearing) on the bike. So I'll be hitting the LBS's tomorrow...
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Old 11-23-07, 06:14 PM
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Yeah, It will be my first time. I have ridden 9 of the 13 hills so I know what to expect. If you are not trying for points I suggest you take it easy and save some energy for the next hills.
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Well, I just installed my 12-27. I'll be on the silver Motobecane that looks like it's slowly going in reverse.
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So how did you do?

It was amazing seeing all those riders climbing up the hills. I heard someone say, "It's like critical mass with 13 hill races thrown in".

I made it up all the hills without putting a foot down, but I was dead tired during the last hill.





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My first time, and I beat that F%cker! Can't wait until next year.
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I actually thought Canton was the easiest. I believe I had to stop on two hills - one when I got into wet leaves, another for a flipped bike. Finished 22nd in the points, which I didn't think was bad considering I'm 15 lbs overweight and knew nothing about the start/finish line on 12 out of 13 hills...
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