It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which means two things: people are finally awakening from their food-induced comas and it’s time for the annual Dirty Dozen ride/race. The race is celebrating its 35th year, and perhaps more importantly, it is celebrating the return of its co-founder and longtime face of the event, Danny Chew. Missing last year’s event after suffering a crash that left Chew paralyzed from the chest down, his return was an emotional one. As he was greeted by over 400 riders and volunteers, the contrast of moods between this year and last was an obvious one. Chew chatted excitedly with the riders; his trademark high-pitched ramblings could be heard around the Bud Harris Cycling Track as the event waited for its start.
The Dirty Dozen is a carnival of bikes on the streets of Pittsburgh. Riders from all over descend on the city with hopes of ascending 13 of its steepest hills. What began as a small group of friends testing each other in the winter months has turned into a full-blown cycling event that is a destination for many. Men, women, children, hand-cycles and a unicycle all took their chances against these monstrous slopes. These hills are steep and then they get steeper. By the time the riders reach Canton Avenue, the unofficial steepest hill in the world, they are well aware that these hills are no joke! Having already clawed their way up 8 rugged climbs, including what many feel to be the hardest on Suffolk Street in Pittsburgh’s Northside, the party and refreshments at the top of Canton were a welcomed sight.
Participants were greeted with clear skies and mild temperatures, likely aiding in the record attendance this year. Ian Baun went on to win his second consecutive Dirty Dozen and his third overall, and Stef Sydlik also took home her third overall win in the women’s category. While riders enjoyed the day of camaraderie and physical exhaustion, it was Chew who benefitted most. Friends and family of Chew know how much this day meant to him, to return back to his favorite day of the year. It was another milestone in what has been a long year for Chew; this past weekend was a huge lift for his mental state, remarked a relative. Chew is aware that he faces a long uphill battle, but let’s face it, long uphill battles are where Danny Chew excels.
The Sun Valley Bike Festival will be taking place June 29-July 2 in Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s a celebration of life on two wheels, including races, group rides, clinics, and demos. There will also be live music and plenty to do in town during the festival.
Sun Valley boasts over 400 miles of singletrack, including some lift-serviced gravity trails, and hundreds of miles of country roads and bike paths.
While the main highlight of the festival is the SCOTT Enduro Cup, there are plenty of less serious races and rides for the public to participate in. The event kicks off with the SheepTown Drag Race, which challenges riders to race down the streets of Hailey, Idaho with flaming logs chained behind their bikes. The next day, the Downtown Criterium Team Relay pits costumed four-person teams against each other in this fun race. There’s even a kids criterium as well. The Idaho Pump Track State Championship draws over 150 kids and adults alike for an evening of friendly pump track competition. There will also be a kids mountain bike race, and free guided rides with local experts all weekend long.
Check out www.ridesunvalley.com for more information, full weekend schedule, and to register.
All photos by Noah Wetzel and courtesy of Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival.
All of the handmade, drool-worthy bicycles are back for another year when the North American Handmade Bicycle Show drops the curtain at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City March 10th through the 12th. In its 13th year, NAHBS is the show to attend if you want to look at (and maybe even touch) some of the finest, most painstakingly-crafted bicycles and components. Road bikes, fixies, mountain bikes, cruisers, grocery-getters, track bikes and gravel rigs…they’re all on display.
“With a rich history dating back to 1829, NAHBS aims to be a meeting point for frame builders and anyone who has a curiosity for rich culture and exquisite attention to detail. Think of it as a community of bike brands and cycling enthusiasts coming together to swap ideas and showcase their talent.
Whether you know the ins and outs of the handmade bike community or you just like to be immersed in sharing of ideas and artwork, NAHBS is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.”
Public tickets just went on sale, and you and grab yours by hitting this link.
But before you do that, you might want to check out the official NAHBS teaser video. It’s a super-quick clip, but it’ll definitely get you anxious for some handmade goodness.
We’ve got plenty of past NAHBS coverage here on the site. Click here for a big list of all of our articles, galleries and more from over the years.
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L’Eroica was born in 1997 out of a love for the values of a bygone cycling era—an era that inspired Italian literature, culture and music and that left its mark on Italian history. The core identity of a L’Eroica ride is to strip away the trappings of modern cycling, revert to a time before carbon fiber and electric gear shifting, and embrace the pain and joy that comes from the pure experience.
For 20 years, cyclists have been pulling on wool jerseys, saddling up their vintage steel road bikes and exploring dirt roads, beautiful countrysides and enjoying fine food at these events. L’Eroica expanded to the United States in 2015 with Eroica California, which returns this year as the premier race. At that event, four routes are offered: 120 miles (the Eroica or Heroic), 85 miles, 67 miles and 38 miles. See the full event calendar, below.
This year, L’Eroica will travel to South America for the first time with Eroica Punta del Este. Famed for being one of the most scenic and welcoming tourist destinations on the continent, Punta del Este in the Maldonado region of Uruguay will welcome riders December 4-6 2016.
Expanding the list of L’Eroica events taking place in Europe this year is Eroica Limburg July 3, which brings the unique blend of vintage flair and arduous suffering to the Netherlands—a country that is as steeped in cycling heritage as Italy, France and Spain.
The new Eroica South Africa completes the trio, taking place on 23 April 2016 in Montagu of the Cape Winelands district—famous for its mountains and hot springs.
- April 10: Eroica California, Paso Robles, United States
- April 23: Eroica South Africa, Montagu
- May 1: Eroica Primavera, Buonconvento, Italy (20th anniversary)
- May 15: Eroica Japan, Eiyu
- June 5: Eroica Hispania, Cenicero
- June 19: Eroica Britannia, Bakewell, United Kingdom
- July 3: Eroica Limburg, Netherlands
- December 4-6: Eroica Punta del Este, Uruguay
Event founder Giancarlo Bocci said it is the “the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of the conquest” that keeps riders coming back.
More information: eroica.cc
Bay Area Peeps! Be there November 22 at the Cow Palace for the seventh annual celebration of cycling know as the SF Bike Expo. Now a one-day event with a low $5 entry fee, there is sure to be something for everyone, from tall bikes to lowriders. We sure love this event for the way it captures the diverse Bay-Area cycling culture.
Awesome bike shops like College Cyclery and Yuba Expeditions. Gear from Abus, Two Fish, Hydrapak, DZR, E-thirteen, and Light and Motion. And of course, your own Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag magazines will have some lovely offers.
There will be a “Rail Jam” contest and a swap meet that is not to be missed. We’ll be there from 11am so please stop by!