Lancaster County will be host to the First Annual Lancaster “Dirty Dozen” Bicycling event on Saturday November 23. The term “Dirty Dozen” symbolizes more than a dozen challenging bicycling climbs put together over a course that leaves participants in some cases “dirty” and asking ” I thought there was only a “dozen” climbs!!
Parking is available at Donegal Group Parking Lot, East side, adjacent to school facility and across the street from Sheetz Store, Registration is still at Sheetz.
Inspired by Pittsburgh’s “Million Mile Man” & Two -time Race Across America Winner Danny Chew’s original event which selected 13 of the steepest climbs in the City of Pittsburgh, Lancaster’s Version of the “Dirty Dozen” event will challenge participants to assault a combination of 15 summits, including 11 Category 5 Climbs (in Bicyclist’s terms, “Above Difficult”) with a combined 6,000+ elevation over a 55 mile distance. http://www.dannychew.com/dd.html
Presented by the Dream Ride Ultra Cycling Team and sponsored by Dream Ride Projects and the Lancaster League of American Bicyclists this first annual event will begin at 8:30 on Saturday November 23 at the Sheetz Store in Marietta, parking instructions will be posted here on Thursday November 21st at 8:30PM.
The event will be organized to follow similar rules to the original Pittsburgh event and is open to ALL categories of bicycling levels and bicycles, rules will be posted on the Dream Ride Projects web site under Events & Rides by 8:30AM Thursday November 21st and will be slightly modified for Lancaster event.
The Challenge will include “timing to the summit” for “Timers” and “last rider to the top” recognition for “Climbers” and activities similar to the original Pittsburgh version. These are the nicknames we have adopted for our participants.
Participants will be requested to complete a Waiver of Liability, Make a donation of $15.00 to the Center City YMCA (cash or check), wear a helmet at all times, and either provide their own refueling items for the ride or assist in the securing of donations from sponsors for a maximum of two “Feed Stations” that will be announced on the day of the event.
100% of each $15.00 donation will be used by the Center City Lancaster Family YMCA to support its Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner “Food Box” Donation Drive. The YMCA’s goal is to provide 250 Thanksgiving Food Boxes in time for Thanksgiving and right now they have secured 17 Turkeys.
This event’s participant cut-off for registration will be based on these totals; presently the event is now limited to 233 participants, and will be updated with each registration or donation that the YMCA receives from today until Friday November 22, by 8:30PM.
Follow daily updates on the Lancaster League Facebook page and this web site blog. Register by “joining” the event and please share this event with your Facebook Bicycling and non-Bicycling Friends!
Let’s Do This!!