Peaty's Steel City Downhill 2017 - Photo Epic

May 21, 2017
by Dan Hearn  



For the seventh consecutive year, Grenoside Woods played host to Peaty's Steel City Downhill race to support the local trails. The charity event organised by Steve and his team offers riders of all abilities the chance to compete in "the biggest little race" of the year, in a field of over 250.

Steel City Downhill wouldn't be the same without some interfering weather! Holding the race a month later than in 2016 gave spring a chance to emerge, avoiding the snow dusting that greeted riders last year. Despite holding off for longer than predicted, the heavens opened half-way through the first round of race runs. Thankfully the track is not badly affected by rain and racers were able to lay down similar times in both runs.

In his first visit to the race, Phil Atwill held the lead after first race runs. Eddie Masters, who raced previously in 2014, laid down a storming second run, taking the win by just over half a second. Phil held onto second, Craig Evans finished third. In the women's, Tracey Moseley laid down two near-identical times that were too fast for her rivals. Chloe Taylor and Martha Gill placed second and third respectively.

Gaps were sent. Noise was made. Beer was drunk. Check out the action below!


Registration at Peaty s van began the order of the day as usual.
Registration at Peaty's van began the order of the day as usual.

A tactical relocation to the car park this year for the Motore Caf who were serving non-stop in the morning.
A tactical relocation to the car park this year for the Motore Cafe who were serving non-stop in the morning.

Race entry gets you a goodie bag. But most important of all it also gets you a free beer after the race.
Race entry gets you a goodie bag. But most important of all, it also gets you a free beer after the race.

The wintery scenes of last year s race were distant memories as a mild spring morning greeted riders.
The wintery scenes of last year's race were distant memories as a mild spring morning greeted riders.

With minor delays due to radio issues over 250 riders eagerly awaited the chance to get on track.
With minor delays due to radio issues, over 250 riders eagerly awaited the chance to get on track.

Two practice minimum followed by two race runs. Go go go
Two practice runs minimum, followed by two race runs. Go, go, go!

Compared to the bleak snowy scenes of last year it felt like summer Marin s Martha Gill brought home third in Pro-Am women just 0.1 seconds off 2nd place.
Compared to the bleak snowy scenes of last year, it felt like summer! Marin's Martha Gill brought home third in Pro-Am women, just 0.1 seconds off 2nd place.

Craig Evans took third place - one down from last year but he was stoked with the result
Craig Evans took third place - one down from last year but he was stoked with the result!

Phil Atwill on his storming first race run to take the hot seat.
Phil Atwill on his storming first race run to take the hot seat, a time bested only by Eddie Masters later in the day.

Speed blur through the endless wall of spectators.
Speed blur through the endless wall of spectators.

Pat Horscroft - AKA Granny McGnarly - was the eldest competitor at 73 years old. There will always a place in the photo report for you Pat
Pat Horscroft - AKA Granny McGnarly - was the eldest competitor at 73 years old. Awesome. There will always a place in the photo report for you Pat!

It may feel like a mates race but it still needs BC commissaires Ian Jones of Fort William Marshal 6 fame rose to the occasion.
It may feel like a mates' race but it still needs BC commissaires! Ian Jones of Fort William Marshal 6 fame rose stoically to the occasion.

Eddie described his second race run technique as pedal like f ... everywhere It must have worked
Eddie described his second race run technique as "pedal like f***... everywhere"! It must have worked!

A fast and furious berm-gap took no prisoners for those landing short or off balance
A fast and furious berm-gap took no prisoners for those landing short or off balance!
Superman found his Kryptonite a berm-gap
Superman found his Kryptonite: a berm-gap

Josh Bryceland sailing over the berm gap prior to checking it out on foot.
Josh Bryceland sailing over the berm gap prior to checking it out on foot.

Another win for Tracey Moseley who flew back from the Nove Mesto XC the day before the race
Another win for Tracey Moseley who flew back from the Nove Mesto XC the day before the race!

Phil Atwill keeping it super low into the bomb hole.
Phil Atwill keeping it super low into the bomb hole.

Kade Edwards recently signed by Trek Factory Racing took 3.5 seconds out of his 17-18 year old competition to take the win.
Kade Edwards, recently signed by Trek Factory Racing, took 3.5 seconds out of his 17-18 year old competition to take the win.

Tracey Moseley soaring over the crowd at the Jolley Gap Jump.
Tracey Moseley soaring over the crowd at the Jolley Gap Jump.

10-12 boys winner Owen Rick showing many of the older racers how the Jolley Gap Jump is done
10-12 boys winner Owen Rick showing many of the older racers how the Jolley Gap Jump is done!

Peaty s Trail Ale kept spectators refreshed from the mid-track bar.
Peaty's Trail Ale kept spectators refreshed from the mid-track bar.

Kade Edwards would have placed 7th in Pro-Am men unsurprising when he has the speed to boost gaps like this
Kade Edwards would have placed 7th in Pro-Am men, unsurprising when he has the speed to boost gaps like this!

The Stoke-O-Meter was redlining for Jake Monk who came second to Kade in the 17-18 boys category.
The Stoke-O-Meter was redlining for Jake Monk who came second to Kade in the 17-18 boys category.

Cotic filmstar James Swinden sans Rocketman outfit this year. Times were tight 5th position and just 1.1 seconds from the win.
Cotic filmstar James Swinden sans Rocketman outfit this year. Times were tight: 5th position and just 1.1 seconds from the win.

The big man wasn t going to give up the top spot easily
The big man wasn't going to give up the top spot easily!

With fans loitering to get a photo with Josh it was hard to get a word in edgeways
Fans were loitering to get a photo with Josh.

Chloe Taylor brought home second in Pro-Am women in front of a raucous crowd.
Chloe Taylor brought home second in Pro-Am women in front of a raucous crowd.

Peaty dropping into the bomb hole to a huge cheer.
Peaty dropping into the bomb hole to a huge cheer from the crowd.

Eddie Masters bettered his first run by a second to slide into first place in front of Phil Atwill.
Eddie Masters bettered his first run by a second to slide into first place in front of Phil Atwill.



Rad custom number boards now with a fresh coating of Grenoside dirt.
Rad custom number boards, now with a fresh coating of Grenoside dirt.

Stephen Hardcastle of Ride Sheffield warms up the crowd with promises of free goodies and stickers
Stephen Hardcastle of Ride Sheffield warms up the crowd with promises of free goodies!

Worth it for the stickers...
You've got to be prepared to battle if you want those stickers!

Pro-Am Women s podium. Tracey Moseley Chloe Taylor Martha Gill.
Pro-Am Women's podium. Tracey Moseley, Chloe Taylor, Martha Gill.

Pro-Am Men s podium. Eddie Masters Phil Atwill Craig Evans.
Pro-Am Men's podium. Eddie Masters, Phil Atwill, Craig Evans.

Winner s delight. Congrats Eddie
Victory tastes sweet.

Steve still couldn t resist some glory having finally been beaten at his own race
Steve still couldn't resist some glory having finally been beaten at his own race!

RESULTS
Full results are available on Roots and Rain, here.

Leighton Vans Pro-Am Men
1. Eddie Masters
2. Phil Atwill
3. Craig Evans

60 Stick Pro-Am Women
1. Tracey Moseley
2. Chloe Taylor
3. Martha Gill

Shred XS 10-12 Boys
1. Owen Rick
2. Kenzie Nevard
3. Max Ward

18 Bikes 13-14 Boys
1. Jordan Williams
2. David Wilcox
3. Lewis Beardsell

Flare Clothing 15-16 Boys
1. Wesley Fife
2. Ben Jackson
3. Matteo Crompton

Expert Bike Repair 17-18 Boys
1. Kade Edwards
2. Jake Monk
3. Luke Knight
Bike Garage 19-29 Men
1. Ed Thomsett
2. Jack Read
3. Matt Hockenhull

Polaris 30-39 Men
1. Ben Deakin
2. Gareth Jones
3. Tom Harrison

Hope 40-49 Men
1. Jason Dickinson
2. Chris Whitfield
3. Woody Hole

Fasthouse UK 19-29 Women
1. Abigale Lawton
2. Hannah Saville
3. Toni Fryer

Joystick 30-39 Women
1. Anya Tolwinska
2. Catrin Oldfield
3. Jaime Gray

Royal Racing 40+ Women
Beverley Adipura
2. Cath Tilford
3. Julia Ferguson

First or last but always there for the good times A big thanks to Steve and the whole crew for the hard work that went into making the race run so smoothly. See you next year
Regardless of position, Steve is always there for the good times! A big thanks to Steve, Nick Hamilton, Henry Norman, Stephen Hardcastle and the whole crew for the hard work that went into making the race run so smoothly. See you again next year!



38 Comments

  • 105 0
 the 73 yo lady is pure rocknroll :-D
  • 1 0
 where?
  • 1 0
 @steezer: Granny McGnarley... Pat Horscroft!
  • 16 0
 Granny mcnarly.is amazing met her last year at a porc race her daughter was racing in.
  • 11 0
 Check out all the categories in the full results.
10-12's, 13-14's, 15-16's, 17-18's and all big categories.
A race truly for everyone who wants to go against Steve.
How cool is that?
  • 13 0
 Banging report Dan, good work !
  • 8 0
 the argument of being too old to race is thrown out the window, as it's sick that she can still race at 73, i'd love to do that if i live that long.
  • 9 0
 Pat you are my new hero!Keep ripping.
  • 7 0
 Is Ratboy riding the new Hightower? Or just special colored one?
  • 1 0
 I think he's on a 5010......
  • 1 0
 @seidla: i asked a guy who was holding his bike near the santa cruz stand and he just looked at me and said "its a prototype" that was it haha
  • 1 0
 @seidla: On the 5010 the shock mount is on the toptube. Thats either a hightower or a nomad
  • 1 0
 @nehuen93: Yeah someone did say it was a nomad
  • 5 0
 Granny McGnarly is the raddest thing I've seen on pinkbike. Kudos to her, she's my new role model.
  • 3 0
 man unreal day thanks to steve and all the staff involved cheers and see you next year Smile
  • 2 0
 The guy in the background of the Ian jones photo (BC commissar from fort William) looks like he's just done something naughty
  • 1 0
 It's Joe from danny harts descend bike park lol
  • 3 0
 Brilliant event as always. I'm still s**t faced now!
  • 2 0
 I want to go to this race, just so granny can beat the shit out of my time.
  • 2 0
 Ben Daekin in the 30+ category ;-)
  • 2 0
 sandbagger
  • 1 0
 @bthomson84: again.
  • 2 0
 This story brought a smile to my face Smile .
  • 2 0
 Sickest race of the year!
  • 2 0
 youtu.be/Iknw5dsYv3I bit of footage from the race yesterday Smile
  • 1 0
 The dude on the right on pic #12 looks like a reincarnation of "monk-dawg"...!!!
  • 2 0
 Woody Hole.
  • 1 0
 Owns Hope Technology doesn't he?
  • 2 0
 what bike is jb running
  • 2 0
 Looked like a Hightower LT to me
  • 1 1
 @JosHan: my money is on new Nomad that link looks very similar to the spy shot the other week.
  • 2 0
 @STomlinson: Its not the new nomad.. Linkage and shock are alot lower on the new nomad. Trust
  • 1 0
 @samoooli: Not seeing the image of the frame...can you guys point me in the direction of the newest creation. Cheers
  • 1 0
 @Loamhuck: thus is a pic u took of it
www.instagram.com/p/BUUYjsADNrK
  • 1 0
 @Loamhuck: I dont have any pictures sorry. I did see the press release. Shock goes through the lower section of the seat tube.. You should see a release here in the next few weeks. 170 rear end.
  • 1 0
 I was stood next to that bike for at least 15-20mins. Had a nosey at the new fork but never paid any attention to what frame it was.
  • 2 0
 @STomlinson: i asked a guy who was holding his bike near the santa cruz stand and he just looked at me and said "its a prototype" that was it haha, someone in the background did say it was the new nomad
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