Saturday 5th March saw the inaugural running of Steve Peat's Steel City Downhill in Grenoside Woods – the first ‘official’ Sheffield downhill since 1995!
The mini downhill was run in association with the Wildlife Trust and thisissheffield.co.uk and was in aid of the Greno Woods appeal. The appeal aims to try to raise £1 million over two years to help protect the woodland. See http://www.grenowoods.com/ for full details of the campaign.
The event day came and it was rainy and overcast, however this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm. Riders from 10 year old rippers to 50 year old vets turned up to ride the race, which sold out in less than a day. Riders included XC mega star Nick Craig (& son), DH World Champion Steve Peat, fellow Santa Cruz Syndicate rider Josh Bryceland, Trials star Chris Ackrigg, 'The Hair' Wardell and loads of local riders including Swinny, Rob Stokes (who returned from working in France just for the race) and Polaris’ very own Oliver Green.
Practice took place between 9 and 12am, and then it was down to business. Racers were allowed 2 timed runs down the twisty and loamy course, which culminated with a large drop into the event arena. This area seemed to be the most popular area for viewing, especially due to the presence of Bradfield brewery and there fine range of ales (ed’s fave is Brown Cow btw).
For full results click here - Results - event timing was provided by MIJ Events.
The event was followed up with an Alex Rankin film “Progression” at the Sheffield showroom cinema and a Q & A with Peaty.
Event prizes were provided by Royal, SRAM, 18 bikes, The Bike Tree, O’Neal, Polaris, Five Ten, Cotic, Chromag, Smartwool, Monster, Arcteryx and many more.
Thanks go to everyone who helped make a great event – long may it continue!
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