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Steve Peat’s Steel City Downhill

Hurry up and enter, the places are going like hotcakes for Steve Peat’s Mini Downhill race at Grenoside Woods, Sheffield on Saturday March 5th.

Just checked the entry form now and Senior, Masters, Ladies and Vets have all sold out.

But there are still places for Ripper, Juvenile , Youth, Junior and Pro Am.

Click Peaty’s Steel City Downhill to enter.

Photo: Forrest Arakawa

Peaty’s Steel City Downhill

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Sheffield’s own Downhill World Champion and multiple World Cup Winner, Steve Peat, presents the city’s first official Mini Downhill race, in association with the Wildlife Trust and ThisISheffield.co.uk.

Held in aid of the Greno Woods appeal, the event will be held in Grenoside Woods, Sheffield on the 5th March 2011. Open to all ages from 10 years and up, the race track is fast and flowing, suiting mid travel trail bikes and riders who can carry speed!

This inaugural Steel City Series race is organised by ThisISheffield.co.uk, with professional timing provided by MIJ Events.

Freecaster.tv will be covering the event, producing a full length feature hosted by the inimitable Rob Warner. This will include coverage of the whole track, top ten race runs with commentary, interviews, helmet and cable cameras… and a Course Walk with Rob himself.

There are prizes from Royal, SRAM, 18 bikes, The Bike Tree, O’Neal, Polaris, Five Ten, Cotic, Chromag, Smartwool, Monster, Arcteryx and many more.

GET INVOLVED! If you want to help us promote this event at your local bike shop, school, Uni etc then download a copy of the event poster HERE and get it stuck up!

Race Info

It’s been a long time since the last ‘official’ Downhill race in Steel City, the last one was a National in Greno way back in 1995. This time around riders of all ages and abilities will be able to race in the Mini Downhill format.

The course caters for riders of all abilities from 10 year old rippers through to seasoned Vets. Various line options are available but at speed it will be a challenge to all. The track length is around 1:30, with a dedicated and easy Fire-Road push up back to the start. It suits mid travel trail bikes rather than full on DH rigs.

Whatever your reason is for attending the race, be it for the serious competition or just to have the experience of racing Downhill, we’ll make it fun for all. Riders will get two timed runs with the fastest 3 riders in each category receiving a prize.

Spectators will be able to see large stretches of the track, so make sure you bring your friends and family along.

Categories:

Ripper
Age 10-11 £10
Juvenile
Age 12-14 £10
Youth
Age 15-16 £15
Junior
Age 17-18 £15
Senior
Age 19-29 £20
Master
Age 30-39 £20
Veteran
Age 40+ £20
Pro-Am
Open £20
Ladies
All ages £15

Timetable:

Registration
8:30 – 10:30
Practice
9:00-12:00
Race
12:30
Prize Giving
15-15:30

There will be on site Medical cover, catering, toilets and car parking available.

Professional timing for the race will be provided by the MIJ team. The same guys that provide you with the fantastic MIJ Welsh downhill series.

You can check out a GPS map of the track, which has some more info on the drop/length of the course HERE.

A general location map of the event can be found HERE.

Registration

You can register for the race here:
http://www.activeglobal.com/uk/off-road-cycling/sheffield-uk-england/peaty-s-steel-city-downhill-2011

By The Active Network

Film Contest

Calling all budding film makers… Freecaster.tv is hosting a contest during the event to uncover new talent!

The challenge is to film and produce a one and a half minute edit of the race, to be aired in the Showroom Bar later that day (after Alex Rankin’s “Progression” screening). Videos must be submitted by 8:30pm, and will be judged by a panel including Alex Rankin, Freecaster, Rob Warner and Steve Peat himself.

The winner of the Film Contest will get an all expenses paid trip to the Fort William World Cup to join the Freecaster Crew and experience life as a professional cameraman for the weekend! All the best submissions will be featured on the Freecaster.tv website.

Photo Contest

If you prefer to be behind the lens of a photo camera, there will be photo contest alongside the race which is another chance to make your own mark on the festival. The challenge is to capture a series of 3 images which you think capture the spirit of the event. All submissions must reach us by 8:30pm the same day and will be exhibited in the Showroom Bar for judging.

The winner of the photo contest will receive an Arcteryx jacket for those cold days on the hill. All the best submissions will be featured on Steve Peat’s Website.

Steve Peat Interview & Alex Rankin Film

Along side the race we’re teaming up with SHAFF, Sheffield’s adventure film festival at The Showroom Cinema. On the evening of the race we urge you to follow us into town for an exclusive Alex Rankin film “Progression”.

The film montage will take us from the early days of Sprung, all the way up to the latest Earthed release, showing how things in the sport of Downhill have taken a radical step in the last decade. The film will be followed by a Q&A interview session with Steve Peat. Ticket information is TBC, so keep an eye out on the usual social networks and ThisISheffield.co.uk

Greno Wood Appeal

The Greno Woodland appeal is an on-going fund raising campaign, where the local community is attempting to raise £1 million to buy the forest back.

This would secure the woodlands use and maintenance for years to come, with Mountain Biking being one of the many activities in mind. All profits from the race will go directly to the Wildlife Trusts appeal.

Please pledge your support at: www.grenowoods.com

Contact

For any further information contact: SteelCitySeries@gmail.com

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