You may know that Canton Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the most famous climb in the annual one day cycling race, the Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen. But did you know that it’s also America's steepest cobbled street at a whopping gradient of 37%?
Historically, the Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen would take place on the first Saturday following the Thanksgiving holiday in November and would see between 200-300 riders take on a 50-mile challenge featuring 13 of the toughest climbs in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately just like lots of other events this year, the 2020 renewal has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fear not! We’re giving you the opportunity of completing one of the shortest but toughest climbs in America, Canton Avenue, only 225m but at an average gradient of 12.9% - available now in the Wattbike Hub.
Connect to the Wattbike Hub and Strava before you start to see your Canton Avenue sprint added to Strava as a virtual ride. Set yourself a target and challenge your friends to beat your time!
The Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen
The event was founded in 1983 by two brothers Tom and Danny Chew and their friend Bob Gottlieb, in an attempt to find and ride the steepest hills in Pittsburgh. The original Dirty Dozen route included 12 climbs, and in its history has seen as many as 15, but since 1988, the race has typically featured the same baker’s dozen of 13 hills.
- Center Ave./Guyasuta Rd. in Aspinwall
- Ravine St./Sharps Hill in Sharpsburg
- Berryhill Rd. between Saxonburg Blvd. and Middle Rd. in O'Hara
- High St./Seavy Rd. in Etna
- Logan St. in Millvale
- Rialto St. across from the 31st Street Bridge
- Suffolk/Hazleton/Burgess streets on North Side
- Sycamore St. on Mt. Washington
- Canton Ave. in Beechview
- Boustead St. in Beechview
- Welsh Way on the South Side
- Barry/Holt/Eleanor streets on the South Side
- Flowers Ave./Tesla St. in Hazelwood