Fixed-gear riders brave inaugural ‘Hell Ride’

Riders gave SoMo hell, or perhaps it was the other way around when they pushed their fixed-gear machines up South Mountain on the hottest day of the year.

The event was so crazy, 12News covered it in a time-lapse video and story. Check it:


Inaugural ‘Hell Ride’ tests cyclists’ mettle

While to most casual cyclists, this event holds little appeal, to the tight-knit fixed-gear community, it is a devilish delight.

By Lynn French, 12News |

Dustin Lehman checks his three water bottles to make sure they are full before he tucks them into the pockets lining the backside of his cycling jersey. They are cold now, but will quickly heat under the midday sun.

He is one of the 163 people who RSVPed on Facebook confirming his presence at the July 19 event which, to most, would seem like questionable fun. He mounts his fixed-gear bike, joins a few dozen other riders under the noon-time sun at the base of South Mountain. They are about to do the inaugural Hell Ride.

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