SHEFFIELD’S World Champion mountain biker Steve Peat inspired 170 riders to take part in a woodland race he helped organise in the city.
The multiple World, European and British downhill champion, who was born in Chapeltown and went to Ecclesfield Comprehensive, helped stage the city’s first mini-downhill race in Greno Woods on Saturday.
The event gave local riders the chance to compete and also raise cash needed to buy the woodland which is popular with bikers.
Steve got involved in the inaugural Steel City Series event to help Sheffield Wildlife Trust raise £1 million needed to buy Greno Woods in Grenoside, which is up for sale.
The Trust wants to keep the woodland for the people of Sheffield and to preserve the wildlife.
A total of 170 riders - some aged just 10 - took part in the race, with bikers in each category having two timed runs.
The three fastest in each category received a prize.
Roy Mosley, who helped host the event for Sheffield Wildlife Trust, said: “We had a great turn out - there were about 500 people there and 170 riders.
“It was a fantastic day of downhill mountain bike racing and it was really buzzing in the woods.”
Sheffield Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Nigel Doar said: “Encouraging people to enjoy the natural environment in the great outdoors is part of our goal.
“We’re thrilled Steve and the Steel City Series organised this fundraising event for our appeal which will help us improve the site for all users.”