Interesting article: "Defying the Dirty Dozen: Cyclists take on steepest of Pittsburgh's steep hills"
Since 1983, the race has covered Pittsburgh's 13 steepest hills, with grades ranging from 20% to 37%. Only the hills count, with the space in-between remaining "neutral," and untimed. I liked this bit at the end:
In the men's race, Steve "Steevo" Cummings, 31, a Howard Hanna real estate agent from Lawrenceville, won the men's race for the eighth time in a row.
Before the race he insisted he was "scared" because it was "so much pain" to contemplate doing the race again -- a sentiment he couldn't completely let go, even after winning.
"I don't want to come back," he said with a smile while leaning on his bike, still breathing heavily after completing the last hill on Tesla Street in Hazelwood. "I hope it snows a lot next year so we don't have to do it."
There is also a 27-minute documentary on the race, which I haven't yet watched but apparently it won a regional Emmy:
This is a Metafilter post with a bunch more links about the race:
37 grade--Westernport Wall peaks at 31! I remember seeing those ridiculous hills (from afar, thankfully) at the Pittsburgh Tri. (More interesting content from communications czar Kevin M.)