Sheffield’s Piste Map Launch Party

Practical art from Cotic Bikes

We were gutted that we missed the launch party for ‘Sheffield’s first ever piste map for cycling’, but by all accounts in was a cracking night.

The idea was the brainchild of the Cotic Bikes crew and they employed the illustrative skills of Long Beach resident Nick Sawyers to make their dreams a reality. The launch was at the APG Gallery in Sheffield (of course) and was lubricated by the ever helpful and generous Stancill Brewery. The event also included a super cool photo exhibition from talented image makers such as Richard Baybutt, Chris Davies, Niall Flinn, Dom Mason, Sebastian Ott, Duncan Philpott and James Vincent. The exhibition runs until March 6th, so if you are in the area you still have a bit of time to go and check it out.

Here’s all the info on the map itself:

The Map

Grit & Steel is Sheffield’s first ever piste-map for cyclists, featuring over 45 spots to get sideways and rad on a bicycle. The Outdoor City just became infinitely more accessible – without losing any of its unrivaled spirit or irreverence. The map produced by Cotic, is a call to arms for all riders from all locations to get exploring all corners of our wonderful home. There’s magic hidden in the hills, now you know where to look.

The Artist

Nick Sawyers has brought a drop of Californian sunshine, from his home 8,500 miles away in Long Beach, to the Steel City. You can find Nick riding the world famous Sheep Hills on his BMX, getting his monster truck axle-deep in the sand dunes of Baja, or creating prodigious murals all over LA. With his Bachelors from Alabama in Industrial Design and experience as an illustrator, Sawyers uses his diverse skills for clients such as S&M BMX, Alice + Olivia and Bud Lite.
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And finally, there are 50 numbered, embossed, archival giclée prints are available to purchase from here. Get them while you can.

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