Steel City Mini DH Course Preview

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Jon popped over to Sheffield the other day, mainly to chat access with some of the guys behind Ride Sheffield but also to take a quick look at the upcoming Steve Peat Steel City Mini DH race which is going to be held in Grenoside Woods. The track looks like it’s going to be a good one, with plenty of fast and flowing sections with a bit of nadge thrown in as well. It’s designed to be ridable by all abilities and ages rather than a select few on big travel bikes. As well as being a fun day’s racing, it’s all for a good cause too, helping to raise money for the Greno Woods Appeal. Here’s Nick talking about the course…

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Yes, that is Steve Peat in the background with a shovel...

The team were busy at work getting rid of the particularly soggy sections and building a nice drop which should make for an entertaining spectacle at the finish area. Steve Peat himself turned up to do a bit of digging and to cast an expert eye on the track, which isn’t something you see in many other sports. Noone has ever seen Michael Schumacher turn up to do a bit of tarmacking at an F1 track, have they?

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Getting the landing sorted out...

Singletrack Magazine has entered our ‘bad dream team’ of Messrs. Letch, Haworth and Woodhouse, a combination that covers Veterans, Master and Seniors. In finest Singletrack style we’re unlikely to win but as well as racing we’ll be handing out a few spot prizes and will be hanging around our Easy-Up if you want to head over for a chat. There will also be a load of other category prizes, a raffle with two Cotic BFe frames up for grabs, a Santa Cruz Nickel frame to give away and Smartwool socks for every entrant. There’s also free servicing and some demo bikes available.

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The finish line drop will be 'entertaining' we reckon...

Entries for the race have all sold out but it’ll be worth turning up to have a look. There are some big names racing too – Steve Peat, Chris Akrigg, Jess Stone of the Trek Gravity Girls and Emily Horridge of Transition Bikes. There’s also a mysterious rider ‘X’ who appears to be a ringer for ThisIsSheffield. Why didn’t we think of that? If you’d like to see who’s riding then a full entry list is available HERE. It seems another mountain bike magazine have entered some riders too…


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The finish line area is a nice natural amphitheatre

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After the event, The SHAFF film festival will be on in Sheffield city centre, so you can go and make a full day out of it. Starting at 6pm, Alex Rankin’s ‘Progression’ film is set to be unmissable event, but there are only a few tickets left, despite it being moved to a bigger venue. For all ticket enquiries, call the Showroom directly.

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