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Pittsburgh Cyclists Race The “Dirty Dozen”

(Photo Credit: Tom Birdsong)

(Photo Credit: Tom Birdsong)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Almost 200 local cyclists made their way through some of the city’s steepest hills for the “Dirty Dozen” race.

The bicycle riders started out at the Bud Harris Cycling Track on Washington Boulevard at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Along the 50 mile track were Pittsburgh’s 13 steepest hills including Mt. Troy, Mt. Washington and the infamous Canton Hill in Beechview.

The Canton Hill is considered the steepest street in the U.S.

“I like it because it shows a lot of the uniqueness of the neighborhoods around the city,” cyclist Doug Siler of Murrysville said.

Siler said it’s definitely a race that any cyclist should knock off their bucket list.

“It’s up there as probably one of the most difficult races I do every year,” Siler said. “I don’t look to race in it, I’m just looking to finish it and feel good about myself after accomplishing something like this.”

The cyclists planned to celebrate the race at Over The Bar Bicycle Café on E. Carson Street Saturday night.

This is the 19th year bicyclists have participated in the “Dirty Dozen.”

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