Some time ago I rode my first downhill race. I don’t consider myself a competitive cyclist. In the past I have been though, racing everything from sprints on the velodrome to 12 hour mountain bike endurance races. In general, I don’t bother with racing now, but Peaty’s Steel City is a pretty special race, and worth an exception.
Peaty’s Steel City DH is a Downhill race held in Greno Woods, Sheffield. Championed by the mountain bike legend that is Steve Peat himself, and organised by a dedicated team of volunteers, I had heard great things from previous years of this event. You have to be on the ball to get a space. With only 300 entries available overall, the Senior Mens’ category is usually filled within an hour or so, and none of the other cats take much longer to reach full capacity. But this indiscriminate exclusivity is a key ingredient for the super cool feel of this event. In common with many other of the best UK bike races, it is a collective event, with all profits from entry and sales being put back into the local trail scene. Continue reading