Riders hit top gear for Sheffield downhill bike challenge

Peaty�"s Steel City Downhill
Greno Woods
Sheffield
Picture Dean Atkins
Peaty�"s Steel City Downhill Greno Woods Sheffield Picture Dean Atkins
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Sheffield’s love affair for all things on two wheels cranked up a gear on Saturday as hundreds of race fans enjoyed some downhill bike racing.

Peaty’s Steel City Downhill challenge raced through Grenoside Woods on Saturday and it did not disappoint.

Peaty�"s Steel City Downhill
Greno Woods
Sheffield
Picture Dean Atkins

Peaty�"s Steel City Downhill Greno Woods Sheffield Picture Dean Atkins

This year’s event involved around 250 entrants from across the UK and beyond, from world class riders to total beginners.

Sheffield-born world champion mountain biker and Steel City Downhill organiser Steve Peat said: “This is an extra special one for me because it’s my last year racing world cups.

“The beauty of this race is that it’s inclusive to people of all ages and abilities, which means for some this could be their first ever race – but who knows what that might inspire them to go on to.

“Sheffield is the UK’s mountain bike Mecca – we have so many awesome spaces, it really is a playground for people who love the outdoors.”

Peaty�"s Steel City Downhill
Greno Woods
Sheffield
Picture Dean Atkins

Peaty�"s Steel City Downhill Greno Woods Sheffield Picture Dean Atkins

Max Webster, aged 24, of Holmesfield near Sheffield, took part in his first ever race and wants to return to Grenoside woods again.

He said: “It was my first time racing so I was nervous but everyone was really friendly.

“The crowd was really great – you were cheered on all the way. There was some heckling as you expect but it’s all good fun.

“The final bombhole drop was fantastic and the course in general was amazing.”