Peaty's Steel City DH is one of the most anticipated events of the Outdoor City's mountain biking calendar and it's almost here. The 'biggest little race' returns to Greno Woods for its seventh year on Saturday 20th May. Organised by Steve Peat - aka Peaty - (and friends), it takes all the best bits of MTB races that Steve has experienced around the world and puts them into a small woods in Grenoside.
Hugely popular with mountain bikers of all ages, entry to the race sells out matter of minutes. The downhill allows rippers (aged 11-12) to race the same course like world champions such as Steve Peat and Tracy Moseley, and also boasts one of the biggest fields of women competitors nationally.
The race starts at midday, but if you're an early bird, you can catch some first practice runs at 9am. The car park opens at 7am for racers and their supporters. Racers do two runs with second runs usually at about 2.30pm, finishing off at 4.30pm, with the all-important prize giving taking place at 5pm.
Location and parking
The race is held in Greno Woods and the event car park is just off Woodhead Road. If you are travelling from Sheffield, it's about a mile and a half from Grenoside Village. Organisers ask all visitors (racers and spectators alike) to use the official car park and not the Forestry car park, or on the sides of the road. Event parking costs £3 and all money goes to running the race and looking after the woods. You can also ride to the event if you want: the race site is on the Trans Pennine Trail.
Getting around the site
The car park is about a 5-minute walk from the top of the track and a further 15 minutes from the event arena in the bomb hole. There is spectator access down the side of the race track, or you can walk down one of the bridleways directly to the bomb hole. The tracks vary in quality of surface (none are actually surfaced) and the gradient isn't too steep across on the site.
Make some noise!
It can get pretty loud in sections of the course, particularly at the Jolley Gap Jump and down in the bombhole. Rather than shouting yourself hoarse all day, why not bring along something to make a noise - cow bell or horn, anyone?
Peaty's Steel City Downhill is a family-friendly event where everyone is welcome. Come and make a day of it, be thrilled by the atmosphere and watch not just the best riders in the city, but some of the top riders in the world.
All-terrain pushchairs should handle the rougher ground fine. For younger fans, it's easy to find a quietish spot away from the crowds to put down a rug, have a picnic and enjoy the action at your pace. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a lead at all times and be cleaned up after.
Eating and drinking
You won't go hungry during race day, as foodie favourites Nether Edge Pizza, Whirlow Hall Farm and Out to Lunch will be cooking up a storm for the assembled masses. Bradfield Brewery will be serving up their fine local ales and Forge Coffee and Motore Café will keep you in hot drinks. And how could we forget dessert? There'll be a cake stand to satisfy your sweet cravings. The countryside code applies: please put any litter in the bins or take it home with you.
More about the race
The Steel City Downhill is organised and run by a dedicated group of volunteers who raise money to build and maintain MTB trails around Sheffield. Check the dedicated race website for latest information, or their social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The race is run as a not for profit event, with all funds raised from the race go directly back into the trails in Greno Woods and to support mountain bike projects around the city.