On hillsides lit by headlamps and in the dark forests of South yorkshire, Nick Hamilton has forged his reputation as the Mates’ Race King. On Saturday he finally had his day in the spotlight as he took his famous Dual formula to the centre of the Steel City.
Dual slalom may have fallen out of favour in the racing mainstream but it’s probably the most relatable race formula out there. Two riders start and the winner stays on, keep going until the fastest guy is the last man standing.
Despite this, there’s probably only one city in Britain that could host a dual slalom race that runs right through the centre and get away with it – Sheffield. With the backing of ‘Mayor’ Jon Dallow and as part of The Outdoor City Weekender, the ThisIsSheffield crew were allowed to close off Howard Street from Hallam University (big props to those guys for letting 40 rowdy mountain bikers rip through their grounds) down to the train station and hold what could be the world’s first Urban Dual Slalom race.