Dirty Dozen bike riders welcomed on the Slopes

 

December 5, 2017

Jamie Earl

Riders make their way up to the South Side Slopes during the "Dirty Dozen."

Several hundred riders in Danny Chew's Dirty Dozen bicycle race on Saturday, Nov. 25, arrived at the Barry-Holt-Eleanor street run on the South Side Slopes, hill number 12 in the race and one of the 13 steepest hills in Pittsburgh.

Over the course of the afternoon, Cobden Street residents welcomed four groups of cyclists and their fans to the top of the rise with a water, coffee and cocoa stop.

For the third year in a row, Denise and Bill Filip of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association partnered with Cobden Street Block Watch lead Jamie Earl to host the rest break. The team of volunteers served more than 300 cups of cocoa and coffee, many gallons of water, pounds of candy and a heaping helping of Slopes hospitality to the weary competitors. Karl Norman and Liz Heidenreich, members of the South Side Smart Streets, and Sue Banks of the Cobden Street Block Watch also volunteered.

Jamie Earl

"It was so great to be able to do this again," said Mr. Earl, co-captain of the Block Watch with Jessica Benham, "The riders all tell us that this is their favorite stop, and that they're so grateful for the welcome and the hot drinks after that tough climb." In an emerging tradition, the final group of riders give the volunteers a rousing cheer as a thanks for the welcome.

The block watch also hosted a water stop on the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association's Step Trek in October. "We love showing off our awesome views, our little park and our friendly neighbors," said Mr. Earl.

The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, the Cobden Street Block Watch and the Friends of the South Side Park host events and do community improvement projects in the Slopes all year long. For more information, check out all the organizations on Facebook.

 

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