Peaty's Steel City Downhill - Photo Epic and Video

Apr 18, 2016
by Dan Hearn  



For the sixth year running, the Steel City Downhill returned to Grenoside Woods to fund ever-important trail building and maintenance in the local area. It has grown the reputation for being the 'biggest little race on the calendar' by attracting folk from all across the country of all ages and abilities to race in a fun and friendly environment. It's also a rare chance to compete against some of the biggest names in British mountain biking. As Peaty said, "It's getting better every year!" The race also appeals greatly to spectators, who can heckle from the side of the track, enjoy food from one of the stalls around the finish area, or browse and buy products brought in by exhibitors. As ever, Bradfield Brewery were on site to provide their fantastic event beer 'Peaty's Trail Ale'.

Steve's ACL surgery early last year prevented him from competing in the last race, but he was back with a score to settle and fresh energy to deliver the goods. Josh Bryceland, who took the win last year, was not present, and so it was up to the remaining Elite men to challenge Peat for victory. A heroic first run from Craig Evans put him in the lead, and bettered by his own second run, but a scorcher of a second race run laid down by Peaty brought home the win.

Also, present on the day was decorated British rider Tracy Moseley, who most recently became the Enduro World Champion for three consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015). She claimed victory by over six seconds, showing her prowess once more.

I am sure everyone present at the race would like to give thanks to everyone who helped organise the race and make it a success: Steve Peat, Nick Hamilton, Steve Hardcastle, Henry Norman, all the marshals, medics, exhibitors and the sponsors.

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A common site in Farmer Jack s field throughout the day. It wasn t long before the Land Rover was deployed to tow vehicles about... until that got stuck In came the tractor.
A common site in Farmer Jack's field throughout the day. It wasn't long before the Land Rover was deployed to tow vehicles about... Until that got stuck! In came the tractor.
Peaty s Steel City Downhill
White van + muddy field

Early morning sign on for riders started the day off.
Early morning sign on for riders started the day off.

The team behind the race arrived on site long before any riders to prepare the course. Thankfully only a light dusting of snow fell overnight and clearing it didn t take long.
The team behind the race arrived on site long before any riders to prepare the course. Thankfully only a light dusting of snow fell overnight and clearing it didn't take long.

Grenoside was looking particularly picturesque with a dusting of snow
Grenoside was looking particularly picturesque with a dusting of snow

Peaty s Steel City Downhill

Peaty started preparations at the crack of dawn with his crack team of race organisers.
Peaty started preparations at the crack of dawn with his crack team of race organisers.

A welcoming cup of coffee from Bean Rover to help wake up - and warm up.
A welcoming cup of coffee from Bean Rover to help wake up - and warm up.

Race-day snowy bike Instagram posts were obligatory.
Race-day snowy bike Instagram posts were obligatory.

Chicken wire preventing face plants on the icy wooden start ramp.
Chicken wire preventing face plants on the icy wooden start ramp.

Only the elite know about the aerodynamic number board placement technique... Craig Evans gaining every possible advantage.
Only the elite know about the aerodynamic number board placement technique... Craig Evans gaining every possible advantage.

Practice session is a go
Practice session is a go!

Ice hanging from the tape had just about thawed by around lunch time.
Ice hanging from the tape had just about thawed by around lunch time.

Jake Peat riding a rather swanky Santa Cruz. He did a practice run but decided not to race.
Jake Peat riding a rather swanky Santa Cruz. He did a practice run but decided not to race.

Kade Edwards may only be in the 15-16 age category - and only completed one race run - but would have placed 5th in Elite men. This kid is fast.
Kade Edwards may only be in the 15-16 age category - and only completed one race run - but would have placed 5th in Elite men. This kid is fast.

Peaty leading Tracy Moseley down a practice run. These two went on to win their respective categories.
Peaty leading Tracy Moseley down a practice run. These two went on to win their respective categories.

While most people walked Tracy preferred the pedal to the top of the course.
While most people walked, Tracy preferred the pedal to the top of the course.

Steve and Tracy always have time to indulge their fans. It s a rare opportunity to have two legends of the sport at such a humble mountain race.
Steve and Tracy always have time to indulge their fans. It's a rare opportunity to have two legends of the sport at such a humble mountain race.

Blue skies bikes and bells.
Blue skies, bikes, and bells.

2nd place elite Craig Evans showing some style as the sun decided to come out to play.
2nd place elite Craig Evans showing some style as the sun decided to come out to play.

James Swinden and Chay Granby race for Cotic bikes and have played characters in promo videos for the company. Meet Rocketman Swinny and Straightline Chay .
James Swinden and Chay Granby race for Cotic bikes and have played characters in promo videos for the company.
James Swinden and Chay Granby race for Cotic bikes and have played characters in promo videos for the company. Meet Rocketman Swinny and Straightline Chay .
Meet Rocketman (Left - Swinden) and Straightline (Right - Granby).

Peaty s Steel City Downhill
Peaty

Monk twin 1 - Jake missed out on the race entries and settled for marshalling instead.
Monk twin 1 - Jake missed out on the race entries and settled for marshalling instead.
Monk twin 2 - Oscar got his place and took second place in the age 17-18 male category.
Monk twin 2 - Oscar got his place and took second place in the age 17-18 male category.

Peaty s Steel City Downhill

Matthew Atkinson keeping her low and fast.
Matthew Atkinson keeping it low and fast.

Age 13-14 category winner Thomas Dodd. His times are only two second off being competitive in the Elite field.
Age 13-14 category winner Thomas Dodd. His times are only two second off being competitive in the Elite field.

After winning the PMBA Enduro just a month ago Dan Hole achieved an impressive second place here in Grenoside. Second only to Kade Edwards.
After winning the PMBA Enduro just a month ago, Dan Hole achieved an impressive second place here in Grenoside. Second only to Kade Edwards.

Luke Wall during his first race run which was his fastest and enough to claim the win in age category 17-18.
Luke Wall during his first race run, which was his fastest and enough to claim the win in age category 17-18.

Bradfield Brewery were on site as usual to provide beverages to spectators as well as prizes to those on the podium. Better than champagne
Skinsuit for the crowd!

Bradfield Brewery were on site as usual to provide beverages to spectators as well as prizes to those on the podium. Better than champagne
Bradfield Brewery were on site as usual to provide beverages to spectators, as well as prizes to those on the podium. Better than champagne?
Peaty s Steel City Downhill

With all the spectators in the bombhole trampling the wet ground into mud queuing for a beer became a slippery affair.
With all the spectators in the bomb hole trampling the wet ground into mud, queuing for a beer became a slippery affair.

Evidence of mountain bike spectators Helmet coffee beer.
Evidence of mountain bike spectators: Helmet, coffee, beer.

Crowd pleasers.
Crowd pleasers.
Crowd pleasers.
Crowd pleasers.
Crowd pleasers.
Crowd pleasers.
Crowd pleasers.
Crowd pleasers.
Crowd pleasers.
Crowd pleasers.
Bombhole no-hander
Bombhole no-hander

SPS rider Becci Skelton brought home 8th but was full of smiles all day.
SPS rider Becci Skelton brought home 8th but was full of smiles all day.

A big crowd had gathered around the Jolley Gap Jump by finals time. All eyes on T-Mo.
A big crowd had gathered around the Jolley Gap Jump by finals time. All eyes on T-Mo.

Periods of rain didn t dampen the spirits of the crowd
Periods of rain didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd!

Craig Evans laying down a belter of a finals run. His second race run was faster by just 0.12 seconds. 2nd place.
Craig Evans laying down a belter of a finals run. His second race run was faster by just 0.12 seconds. 2nd place.

Joey Gough navigating the tight twisty corners to take second place.
Joey Gough navigating the tight twisty corners to take second place in Elite Women

SPS rider Tom Grice crossing the line as 5th place Senior.
SPS rider Tom Grice crossing the line as 5th place Senior.

The diversity of entrants was astounding. Riders spanning at least three generations came to compete at all levels in Grenoside.
The diversity of entrants was astounding.
10-12 boys - 2nd place rider Kenzie Nevard. The diversity of entrants was astounding. Riders spanning at least three generations came to compete at all levels in Grenoside.
10-12 boys - 2nd place rider Kenzie Nevard.

The diversity of entrants was astounding. Riders spanning at least three generations came to compete at all levels in Grenoside.
Riders spanning at least three generations came to compete at all levels in Grenoside.

Jim Buchanan the UK editor of Enduro Mag came to race at the Steel City DH again. He couldn t quite match his 4th place of last year and settled for 9th instead.
Jim Buchanan, the UK editor of Enduro Mag, came to race at the Steel City DH again. He couldn't quite match his 4th place of last year and settled for 9th instead.

This was a noisy crowd that s for sure Noise makers of all shapes and sizes came out to deafen the oncoming riders.
This was a noisy crowd, that's for sure! Noise makers of all shapes and sizes came out to deafen the oncoming riders.

Carl Newbigging laying a table into the bombhole.
Carl Newbigging laying a table into the bomb hole.

Steel City DH t-shirts were available to buy in blue blue or blue from the Ride Sheffield stall in the finish area. The awesome design is by Sheffield based company TADO. Last years design proved so appealing one racer had it tattooed on his leg
Steel City DH t-shirts were available to buy (in blue, blue or blue!) from the Ride Sheffield stall in the finish area. The awesome design is by Sheffield based company TADO. Last years design proved so appealing, one racer had it tattooed on his leg!
50 01 and ClaySpades joined forces to provide some quality merchandise for purchase. James Pettitt is to thank for the centre t-shirt design.
50/01 and ClaySpades joined forces to provide some quality merchandise for purchase. James Pettitt is to thank for the centre t-shirt design.

The hashtag lastorders appeared in a number of places signifying Peaty s last year of World Cup racing.
The hashtag #lastorders appeared in a number of places, signifying Peaty's last year of World Cup racing.

Lee Hawden powering for the line to take 4th place in the Senior Men category.
Lee Hawden powering for the line to take 4th place in the Senior Men category.

Josh Loosedog Lewis living up to his name in finals.
Josh "Loosedog" Lewis living up to his name in finals.

Peaty dropping into the infamous bombhole to claim victory at the 2016 Steel City Downhill race.
Peaty dropping into the infamous bomb hole to claim victory at the 2016 Steel City Downhill race.

Nick Hamilton saying a few words to the gathered crowd during podiums and prize giving.
Nick Hamilton saying a few words to the gathered crowd during podiums and prize giving.

Elite Women s podium. 1st Tracy Moseley 2nd Joey Gough 3rd Rebecca Baraona.
Elite Women's podium. 1st Tracy Moseley, 2nd Joey Gough, 3rd Rebecca Baraona.

Elite Men s podium - 1st Steve Peat 2nd Craig Evans 3rd James Swinden.
Elite Men's podium - 1st Steve Peat, 2nd Craig Evans, 3rd James Swinden.

Swinny Peaty Craig. Elite men s podium.
Swinny, Peaty, Craig. Elite men's podium.


Before...
The parking field. Before...
And after.
...And after. We're sorry Farmer Jack! Please let us come back next year!

RESULTS
Full results are available on Roots & Rain, HERE.

Leighton Vans Elite Men
1 - Steve Peat
2 - Craig Evans
3 - James Swinden

Joystick 17-18 Boys
1 - Luke Wall
2 - Oscar Monk
3 - Jamie Stewart

Polaris 19-29 Men
1 - Jonathan Walker
2 - Sam Hockenhull
3 - Joe Tindale

The Cycle Barn 10-12 Boys
1 - Jordan Williams
2 - Kenzie Nevard
3 - Finn Gorman

Expert Bike Repair 13-14 Boys
1 - Thomas Dodd
2 - Moacyr Atkinson
3 - Charlie Mosley

Bike Garage 15-16 Boys
1 - Kade Edwards
2 - Dan Hole
3 - Kieran Kenney
Hope 30-39 Men
1 - Jordan Gould
2 - James Risker
3 - Neil Farmery

Hop Hideout 40+ Men
1 - Scott Turtle
2 - Jason Dickinson
3 - Chris Whitfield

60Sticks Elite Women
1 - Tracy Moseley
2 - Joey Gough
3 - Rebecca Baraona

Polaris 18-29 Women
1 - Abigale Lawton
2 - Hannah Saville
3 - Ellen Flewitt

THE Industries 30-39 Women
1 - Katy Sunter
2 - Caroline Heathcote
3 - Cath Tilford

Bike Rehab 40+ Women
1 - Beverley Adipura
2 - Lindsay Hanley
3 - Nicole Doughty
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45 Comments

  • + 32
 This was an awesome event. We were super impressed when we saw the more mature lady racing but then blown away when someone told us she was 71 years young!!!!!! Not sure if it was entirely true so if anyone can confirm that we'll be blown away on a Monday too. Definitely going back next year for more.
  • + 16
 Pat horscroft is indeed rad and rumour has it 71!
  • + 8
 @bigbluebike: Nice one. She deserves her own category, can you imagine how awesome a podium in your seventies would be?!
  • + 95
 @bigbluebike: Thanks guys. 73 in August actually!
  • + 23
 @Sandpiper-pat73: we salute you Smile
  • + 17
 @Sandpiper-pat73: Beyond epic! Keep up the shredding
  • + 10
 @sandpiper-pat so it isn't true, you're actually older???? If I hadn' t seen it with my own eyeballs it would be hard to believe. Me and the missus (and anyone who rode a MTB bike ever) think you are absolutely top banana!
  • + 5
 @Sandpiper-pat73: That is awesome, Congratulations!! that should be in video. Smile
  • + 1
 @Sandpiper-pat73: should I neg-prop to get it down to +73? Methinks no!!!!!
  • + 1
 pat is one of the nicest people you could meet and she can ride as well go PATTTTTTT Smile
  • + 23
 PB is too embarrassed to post photos of the Sea Otter "DH". California's finest groomed dirt paths. This on the other hand is the real steel.
  • + 18
 PEATY WON ... AGAIN !!!!!!!!!! After 24 years in mtb, the guy stills rocks and every one loves him! Legend !!!!
  • + 13
 After moving to Oz because I hated British weather, I've really come to appreciate how the perpetual bad weather creates a certain comraderie and hardiness amongst Brits, it simply never matters what the weather's like. I used to ride slippery chalk rock in the snow or torrential rain and play football in blizzards and ice cold sleet, knee deep in mud. You definitely learn bike handling skills riding in the UK and even now I'm the only person out riding at my local trails when its pouring down and stormy, getting loose on all the rocks and roots. This gallery is beautiful and defines riding to me, stuff all these stupid freeride skids around berms!
  • + 1
 A little coffee and maybe some spirits...def cool vibe. I'd love to try that ale and the bottle would go on the shelf. Anyone down to export, hopefully I could get something worthy of a trade.
  • + 12
 Whehey! Made it on to PB ... and all I had to do was wear a hillbilly skin suit Big Grin
  • + 4
 Awesome day as usual! Cheers to Peaty, Nick and the crew! This was my first race and I'm glad I started with this one! Atmosphere almost like a World Cup. Cracking day with a few beers and a bit of bike riding thrown in.
  • + 3
 What a fantastic event. First downhill race for my 10 year old and a pic with the legend himself. Ballot pending we'll definitely be back. Who knows I might even man up next year and enter with him!!
  • + 1
 the best day I've ever had took me some time to get in it but i had the race of my life and to say there where two legends of the sport racing was even better thank you to steve peat, nick and all the rest of the crew heres looking forward to next year Smile
  • + 1
 Always the highlight of my year. Heading up to the local woods. Amazing atmosphere amazing food and amazing beer. Yes 3 years ago it was a heat wave last year had rain and this year had snow. But who cares!!! You even get whole family's of non bikers out every year regardless of the weather having fun as a family. It really is the best sporting event in the UK never mind sheffield
  • + 1
 only peaty could make a race like this and get so many people there i have been to every one from the first one and it took me six years of trying to get in the race, And last year i got in it was the biggest buzz every to be in peatys event and race against him and tracey mosley was unreal hears looking forward to this year Smile
  • + 5
 Quality photos Daniel
  • + 2
 Gets bigger and better every year, awesome atmosphere, biking and beer with friends in the woods - Heaven
p.s. Pats a little older than 71, dont tell her I told ya Wink
  • + 2
 I cannot believe how quick they got this page and slick video done.. amazing.
  • + 1
 @ElZorillo Aup fella, we actually had it done by 5 o clock Sunday morning, worked through the night. But chose not realise so it didn't get mixed up in sea otter stuff.
  • + 1
 Any info on that very interesting DH bike at 2:07 of the video?? I'd love to hear a bit more about it... crazy seat mast attachment.
  • + 2
 It's made by North Bucks Machining. Three CNC'd pieces of aluminium - Front, rear, seat mast.

www.facebook.com/SJDPALPHA/photos/a.1592439231014731.1073741830.1545771769014811/1712570255668294/?type=3&theater
  • + 1
 @danhearn: Wow, thanks for the update. Those are some expensive billets!!!
  • + 1
 Darnit, didn't know this was one till i went there yesterday to have a look around after a trip to the On one store in Barnsley and then saw the signs.
  • + 3
 Finally made it to PB - well, my wellies did anyway Big Grin
  • + 1
 I guess you could say in the women's 18-29 catagory that Ellen... flew it... with that result. I'm so sorry.
  • + 1
 I'm already missing Mr. Peat from the circuit, but he's a dad and more needed there...
  • + 1
 Only Peaty can organise and win his own race - go Steve! & what a great crowd in attendance, hecklers the lot of them.
  • + 1
 Actually looks like nice weather considering it is England, sun out and all. Cheers to Peaty!
  • + 1
 Wasn't at the event but really enjoyed the article. Good to see so many smiling faces in one of the shots!
  • + 1
 Steveee! Always love reading about him!
  • + 1
 This is the correct way to document an event! CHEERS!
  • + 1
 awesome event cheers Peaty!!!
  • + 1
 "Pee-tay" Pee-tay" "Pee-tay" haha
  • + 1
 Damn that just looks like a good time
  • + 1
 Looks like a proper big event now.might have to have a go next year!
  • + 1
 Is that a 4S?
  • + 1
 Great photos Dan!
  • + 1
 Cheers buddy!
  • + 0
 Steel City? Gary, Ind., or Pittsburgh?
  • + 1
 Liaoning.

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