Monday 11 April 2016

Get ready for speed, thrills, tricks and maybe a few tumbles as Peaty’s Steel City Downhill races through Sheffield’s woodland on Saturday 16 April.

Now in it’s sixth year, taking over Grenoside Woods Steve Peat’s Steel City Downhill is an awesome downhill race where young and old, and pros and beginners alike take to the woods, experience the thrills and compete for their category title, with spectators getting a piece of the action and the chance to cheer on their world champion.

Featuring 250 riders across nine categories including overall male, overall female and junior champion this race has room for everyone – with entrants ranging from 10 to 70 years old, world class riders and total beginners.

The event is growing year on year in participation and spectation, with 300 entrants and 3000 spectators at last years event. Now nicknamed ‘the biggest little race’, this year is set to be extra-special as Steve Peat marks his last season before retiring from competing in the world cup.

Sheffield born, World Champion mountain biker and Steel City Downhill organiser Steve Peat said: “This is an extra special one for me because it’s my last year racing World cups – I missed out last year due to injury so I want to make this race a memorable one for me and everyone else.

“The beauty of this race is that it’s inclusive to people of all ages and abilities which means for some this could be their first ever race – but who knows what that might inspire them to go on to.

“Sheffield is The UKs mountain bike Mecca – we have so many asweome spaces it really is a playground for people who love the outdoors.”

Not only a World Champion but Steve Peat was awarded Sheffield Legend status in 2015, nominated by members of the public for his outstanding achievements in the mountain biking world and raising Sheffield’s profile in the eyes of the world.

With trails like Parkwood Springs and Lady Canning’s Plantation, Sheffield is growing its reputaion as The Outdoor City and is already on the map in the mountain biking world. People come from all over the UK, Europe and beyond to take part in the Steel City Downhill, or just to join the thousands of spectators who line the trail to experience the adrenaline from the sidelines.

Chris Heeley, Head of Countryside and Environment said: “What a fantastic opportunity to enjoy Sheffield’s great outdoors, experience the thrill of the race and watch world class riders in action. It’s going to be an action-packed day of racing but there’s lots more on offer too – you can explore the city’s beautiful woodlands, enjoy food and drink from some great local traders and get involved in the activities around the bomb-hole.

“Sheffield’s unique offer of big city life and access to woodlands and the outdoors means that people living here don’t have to go too far to fulfil their love of outdoor adventure. I would encourage people to come out and join in the excitement, this is one for all the family and is not to be missed.”

The trail covers 0.8km, with all riders setting off from the start ramp at 30 second intervals from 11am, flying down the side of a wooded hill at high speed, with a second opportunity to beat their time on another run in the afternoon, then closing the day with a presentation ceremony for the overall winners.

Taking place in Sheffield’s beautiful Grenoside Woods, the festival-style event has become a great day out for all the family. The infamous ‘bombhole’ will be the centre of action for this year’s spectators – in addition to the great view of the racers there will be a host of local stalls so you won’t have to go hungry or thirsty. Bradfield Brewery will be pulling a pint or two, coffee lovers can get a boost from Motoré Café and the Bean Machine and for hungry onlookers there’s a BBQ and hog roast from Whirlow Hall Farm Café, award winning burritos from Streetfood Chef and tasty toppings from Netheredge Pizza Co, plus music and entertainment from Monster Energy.

Whilst this event attracts many mountain bike enthusiasts, it’s also an exciting experience for anyone looking for a day out with a difference, with plenty of room for picnicking, activities from the Wildlife Trust and the whole woodland to explore. Families are encouraged to come along, find a spot and soak up the electric atmosphere of this of the race, while getting the chance to watch and cheer on a world champion in action.

It’s free to attend with plenty going on throughout the day from around 10:30am – 4:00pm. Visitors are encouraged to use the woodland car park with a small fee of £3, to prevent access issues in the area.

The event is organized by The Steel City Series – Steve Peat and pals (Henry Norman and Steve Hardcastle from Ride Sheffield and Nick Hamilton from This Is Sheffield), in partnership with Sheffield Wildlife Trust.

More information about the event is available at www.steelcitydh.com and people can keep in touch on facebook at www.facebook.com/SteelCitySeries or twitter @steelcityseries.

To learn more about The Steel City Down Hill and all of the other people, places and events that make Sheffield The Outdoor City visit www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk