Elite cyclists pushed their endurance to the limit as they tackled some of Sheffield’s steepest hills.
Around 50 riders from across the country took part in the Magnificent Seven, a cycling event billed as the first of its kind in the UK.
The female winner Natalie Creswick, aged 35 - who won the title ‘Queen of the Hills’ - travelled from her London home specifically for the extreme challenge.
She said: “It was absolutely magnificent. It feels brilliant to win, it was such a good event. It was fun and pretty challenging, by the fifth hill I was really feeling a lot of leg burn. I’d definitely come back for it - I hope it comes back next year bigger and better.”
The male winner, ‘King of the Hills’ Kieran Wynne-Cattanach, 18, said: “I’m happy, it’s the first race I’ve done this year so it was a good way to start the season. This suited me quite well because I’m quite light and I tend to go well up the hills.”
He said he thought the second climb - up cobbled street Birkendale Road, in Upperthorpe - was the hardest, adding: “I’ve never ridden on cobbles, the bike was bouncing all over. If they do it again, I’ll do it, I think it’s a great event.”
After the ride, cyclists were treated to lunch at The Norfolk Arms pub, Ringinglow, where there was also an awards ceremony. It is hoped the event will become a regular part of the Outdoor City Weekender - a new annual celebration in Sheffield.