Peaty's Steel City Downhill is one of the most anticipated events in The Outdoor City's mountain biking calendar.
Having run annually since 2011, the 'biggest little race' returns for its ninth year on Saturday 4 May 2019, when 200 racers and thousands of spectators will descend on Greno Woods to bring an atmosphere unlike any other race.
Organised by former World Champion mountain bike rider and Sheffield Legend, Steve Peat - AKA Peaty - and a whole bunch of his 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. The race is all about putting the riders and spectators first- plus giving back to the trails that keep Sheffield's MTB community grinning all year round.
The downhill allows rippers (aged 10-12) to race the same course as World Champions such as Steve Peat and Tracy Moseley, and also boasts one of the biggest fields of women competitors nationally. Hugely popular with mountain bikers of all ages, entry to the race sells out matter of minutes.
So what can you expect from this year's race?
Local trail builders Bike Track will be refreshing and changing the track, so there will be a few fun changes, not to mention the odd curveball. Who can forget the berm gap? Equalling the Jolly gap jump for wild and sketchy moves and crowd cheers. Once the high speed rollercoaster of a track is negotiated, riders will then drop into the cauldron of noise at the Bomb Hole finish arena, ready for another run or a bit of a refreshment.
The race starts at midday, but if you're an early bird, you can catch some first practice runs at 8.30am. 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 5.30pm.
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- the event village in the Bomb Hole is where you will find excellent locally-sourced food from pizza to pulled pork, with great coffee and beers provided by Bradfield Brewery. A wide range of exhibitors will also be on hand, from local long-term supporters Cotic to Santa Cruz bicycles, alond with an amazing race merchandise stand. Just a little remider, the countryside code applies- so please, please put any litter in the bins provided 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.
7:00 – Official car park Opens
8:00 – Registration opens in event car park
8:00 – Course open for on foot inspection (no riding)
8:30 – Course open for Practice
10:00 – Registration Closes
11:40 – Practice Closes
11:45 – First Race run begins
2:30 – Second race runs begin
3:00 – Car Park Entrance Closes
5:30 – Podiums and Prize Givings
7:00 – New Barrack Tavern for beers and cheers
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