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Cyclists show steely side in Sheffield woods

Steel City Race entrants.

Steel City Race entrants.

Hundreds of bike riders pushed themselves to the limit in a popular charity race in Sheffield.

The Steel City DH ‘mini downhill’ event in Grenoside Woods involved cyclists aged 10 to 70.

A record number of women also entered, with 51 female competitors in total joining the family-friendly community event.

Sheffield champion mountain biker Steve Peat hosted the event with the support of friends, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team and Ride Sheffield volunteers.

He also came first place, leading by four seconds, for the fourth year in a row, while wife Adelle also took a place on the podium. Crowds of about 2,000 spectators cheered on the riders.

Grenoside resident Wendy Duggan, who was riding for the Over-Ride Ladies mountain biking group, said: “This was my first mountain biking event and I was really nervous but all the riders have supported each other.

“Everybody has been so kind and friendly, the atmosphere was fantastic.”

Bradfield Brewery and other businesses also hosted stalls at the race on Saturday.

Grandad Peter Barlow, 69, said: “We’ve all really enjoyed it, we brought our three-year-old grandson on his bike to watch both his mum and dad race.

“We all live locally and walk the dog and cycle in the woods but I’ve never seen it this busy before.”

Money raised will go to the Sheffield Wildlife Trust to help pay for the upkeep of bike trails in the woods.

 

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