Back in 2012 David Blom and I put on the first edition of the Melbourne Dirty Dozen, a challenging ride through the Dandenong Ranges inspired by an event that started in the US back in the 1980s. That event, the original Dirty Dozen, still runs today, and features 13 tough climbs around the US city of Pittsburgh. Our plan was to bring a similar event to Melbourne.
The first edition of the Melbourne Dirty Dozen saw roughly 50 people turn up, and the following year we had more than 100. Last year, in our third outing, we got more than 200. Now the Melbourne Dirty Dozen is back for its fourth edition and this time around we’re doing things a little differently.
The concept of the ride is still the same — a route featuring 13 challengingly steep climbs — but this time we’re moving things from the Dandenongs to the town of Warburton, just outside Melbourne. Why?
There’s no doubt the Dandenongs has a multitude of great, steep climbs and we’ve had plenty of fun exploring those over the past three years. But there are great, steep climbs to experience in other areas around Melbourne as well, including Warburton. We know it’s a little bit further away than the Dandenongs but we have no doubt that if you liked previous editions of the Melbourne Dirty Dozen (and even if you didn’t), you’ll find the DD15 course to be challenging, satisfying and more than a little scenic.
The other big change this year is the addition of some unsealed climbs. Adding these gravel ascents introduces another element to the challenge and allows us to include some truly beautiful stretches of road around Warburton. In a sense, we’re putting the ‘dirty’ back in ‘Dirty Dozen’. In the weeks to come we’ll have more information about these climbs and how to tackle them.
In fact, over the next few weeks, we’ll reveal all 13 climbs of DD15 one-by-one, as we have done in previous years. We’ll also have more about the ride itself including where and when the ride starts and other details you’ll need to know.
In the meantime, we’d encourage you to:
- Buy a ticket! – The $15 entry fee helps cover the cost of traffic management and public liability insurance for the day. It also gets you a nifty souvenir map and a BBQ lunch at the end of the ride. Spaces are limited so get in while you can.
- Sign up to the Facebook event page – Stay up to date on all the latest info and chat with fellow riders about the event.
- Read about previous editions of the ride – Follow the links for reports and photos from 2012, 2013 and 2014.
- Tell your mates about the ride – the Dirty Dozen isn’t a race. It’s a challenging recreational ride that’s best enjoyed alongside a couple of friends. Get a crew together and come and enjoy the day!
- Get training! – You’ve got roughly five weeks to get out there, sharpen up your climbing legs and get yourself psyched up for DD15!
Thanks for reading. We hope to see you in Warburton on Sunday September 20 for DD15!