Champion mountain biker tries out new dual slalom track in Sheffield

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Champion mountain biker Steve Pete has given his seal of approval to a new ‘dual slalom’ mountain bike track in Sheffield.

City-born Steve tried out the track at Parkwood Springs before it was officially opened to the public,

Dual slalom tracks allow two riders to race side by side down two almost identical trails at the same time.

The new mountain bike track is the latest development in the wider ‘making tracks’ project - a partnership between Sheffield Council, Sport England and the Sheffield mountain bike community to improve the city’s mountain bike infrastructure.

Speaking about the new trail, Steve, one of the most successful mountain bikers of all time, said: “It’s amazing that Sheffield has got behind a new dual track.

“Dual is the funniest mountain bike discipline for spectators and riders to race and watch.

“Sheffield has such a good scene going right now and thanks to Jon Dallow, of Sheffield City Council, for pushing it along. Good times ahead at Parkwood and the rest of Sheffield.”

Steve, from Chapeltown, is a professional downhill mountain biker with seven World Cup wins, 52 World Cup podiums, one World Championship, two European Championships and nine British Championships to his name.

Jon Dallow, Sheffield Council’s woodlands officer said: “It was amazing to see Steve Peat dual race on our latest bit of trail at Parkwood.

“People in Sheffield have so much energy and passion for our city and you can really see that when you look at how many people have got behind and are proud to call Sheffield, The Outdoor City.

“The dual track at Parkwood is the latest mountain bike trail we’ve opened in the city and the first inner city trail of its kind in the UK.”

The new track is recommended for seasoned mountain bikers.

Parkwood opened its first 2km single track in 2012 and is now a popular destination for school groups, local mountain bike businesses, riders and mountain bike event organisers.

The latest dual track addition was built by Sheffield’s own trail building company, Biketrack, who are also responsible for the trails in Lady Cannings and Greno Woods.

For more details on Sheffield’s mountain bike scene as visit www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk