Video and Photo Epic: Steve Peat's Steel City Downhill

May 4, 2015
by Sam Needham  
 
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Saturday 2nd May saw Steve Peat's Steel City Downhill return to Grenoside woods in Sheffield for the fifth year running. And once again, the event attracted folk from all corners of the country to come and race the short, eye-wateringly fast downhill track that pinballs its way through the tightly knitted trees of Grenoside. This year would be the first year that racers weren't out there to try and beat Mr Peat down his local trail, of which in the past, Steve has dominated on with barely even laying down a pedal stroke. Due to a knee injury, Peaty was hobbling track-side this year and had recruited Josh Bryceland to be there to set the pace. So 8 broken collar bones, 900 litres of beer, 300 cowbells, a large gaggle of rowdy crowd members, 70 lasses racing and 1 World Cup champion later, Steel City DH raised the bar of grass roots racing for another year running.

Of course, such an event wouldn't be made possible without a great team behind it. Hat's off to Steve Peat, Nick Hamilton, Henry Norman, Steve Hardcastle and everyone else in the amazing crew that makes it all happen.
Until next year.


Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Ominous clouds loomed over the woods all day. The rain finally arrived for the riders second timed runs of the day. A slippy second run meant that times didn t change much from the first runs.
  Ominous clouds loomed over the woods all day. The rain finally arrived for the riders second timed runs of the day. A slippy second run meant that times didn t change much from the first runs.

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Jake Peat s going to be one to watch. 3rd place on the day for the stylish chap.
  Jake Peat s going to be one to watch. 3rd place on the day for the stylish chap.

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Custom race plate goodness for Ratboy...
  Custom race plate goodness for Ratboy...

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

No racing this year for the main man but Steve was still there on top form and hobbling around the place. Heal up soon Steve.

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve and Jake Peat. Jake finished 3rd in the rippers category and was looking stylish doing so. There must be something in the Yorkshire water.

Dan Hole s first downhill race and what a first race to enter. Steel City Downhill is hands down the biggest smallest race on the planet.

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

I d say this is 1 of the whole heckle squad that graced the woods for the race. There must have been at least 1000 spectators who gave it their all to heckle every man and woman inside and outside of the tape.
  I d say this is 1 of the whole heckle squad that graced the woods for the race. There must have been at least 1000 spectators who gave it their all to heckle every man and woman inside and outside of the tape.

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Rich Norgate... A man of many talents and a man who knows a thing or two about good beer flat out and into 6th place.
   Rich Norgate... A man of many talents and a man who knows a thing or two about good beer flat out and into 6th place.

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

[PI=12188049 size=h align=c]Joe Bowman the other side of the tape and looking fast. All that time with Steve and the gang seems to be paying off.
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[PI=12188050 size=h align=c]There was plenty of opportunity to throw down some style as riders descended the track. Style wins here too... As the best crowd pleaser over the Jolly Gap Jump gets awarded £100 for their efforts.[/PI]

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat once said that he could put a couple of pedals in out of the start gate and then pump the rest of the track and keep gaining speed from corner to corner. Sam Flanagan adopting the low to the bar pump technique.
  Steve Peat once said that he could put a couple of pedals in out of the start gate and then pump the rest of the track and keep gaining speed from corner to corner. Sam Flanagan adopting the low to the bar, pump technique.

The course was fast very very fast and fun too. Despite the track not being technical the fast nature of it still caught people out. Here Craig Evans weaves through the trees into 3rd place.
  The course was fast, very very fast and fun too. Despite the track not being technical, the fast nature of it still caught people out. Here Craig Evans weaves through the trees into 3rd place.

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

This is grass roots racing at it s finest. Some people still take it pretty seriously mind and don their finest skin suits bar ends and retro speed machines.
  This is grass roots racing at it's finest. Some people still take it pretty seriously mind, and don their finest skin suits, bar ends and retro speed machines. Wink

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

For 2015 the Steel City Downhill track had changed slightly with the addition of a second gap jump towards the bottom. Extra heckles and stoke-points were a plenty for clearing the gap.
  For 2015, the Steel City Downhill track had changed slightly, with the addition of a second gap jump towards the bottom. Extra heckles and stoke-points were a plenty for clearing the gap.

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Steve Peat s Steel City Downhill

Ratboy warp speed through the heckle filled trees and into 1st place.

Steel City DH Podium. 1st Adele Peat 2nd. Becci Skelton 3rd Rachael Walker
  Steel City DH Podium. Master Women 1st: Adele Peat 2nd. Becci Skelton 3rd: Rachael Walker

Steel City DH Podium. 1st Ratboy 2nd. James Swinden 3rd Craig Evans
  Steel City DH Podium. Pro Men 1st: Ratboy 2nd. James Swinden 3rd: Craig Evans

Pro Men:
1st | Josh Bryceland
2nd | James Swinden
3rd | Craig Evans

Pro Women:
1st | Rebecca Baraona
2nd | Joey Gough
3rd | Carrie Poole

Ripper Boys:
1st | James Wilson
2nd | Lewis Carr
3rd | Jake Peat

Juvenile Boys:
1st | Evan Davies
2nd | Sam Taylor
3rd | Matteo Crompton

Youth Boys:
1st | Jordan Beighton
2nd | Richard Brown
3rd | Jake Monk

Junior Men:
1st | Bradley Swinbank
2nd | Sam Hockenhull
3rd | James Hurst

Senior Men:
1st | Ben Lord
2nd | Thomas Cooper
3rd | Oliver Watson

Master Men:
1st | Jonathan Matthews
2nd | James Risker
3rd | Jordan Gould

Veteran Men:
1st | Ben Jaggard-Smith
2nd | Richard Burgoin
3rd | Martin Creaser

Senior Women:
1st | Rebecca Baraona
2nd | Suzanne Lacey
3rd | Ellie Dewdney

Master Women:
1st | Adele Peat
2nd | Becci Skelton
3rd | Rachael Walker

Veteran Women:
1st | Lindsay Hanley
2nd | Janine Wolstenholme
3rd | Melissa Pearson


For Full results see: https://www.rootsandrain.com/race3132/2015-may-2-steel-city-steel-city-dh-greno-woods/
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29 Comments

  • + 18
 Amazing day with a wicked atmosphere how dh races should be, only thing they let it down was the muppets booing people who took opted to take the chicken run round the doubles!!!! Really no need
  • + 12
 Quite a lot of it was just banter between friends. I'm sure no one took it personally. I know for a fact some of the lads being boo'd (is that a word?) have been taking sh1t and will continue to take sh1t, for quite some time until they do the gap!
  • + 3
 I got booed. Made me laugh for the rest of the run, which was great considering I hit a tree prior to that.
  • + 11
 Yes two photos in here! That skin suit was the best thing I ever bought off eBay!
  • + 1
 I want that elastic band bike!
  • + 6
 It s incredible how steve peat introduced the "older WC downhillrider mode" . Now he's alone, but in 15 years there will be at least 10 guys like him. What a legend!
  • + 3
 he's not alone. the rest have just gone enduro
  • + 7
 I said downhill Wink
  • + 4
 Good to see the ankle isn't holding you back. Ratboy ftw!!!!!
  • + 2
 Stoked it was very much a family affair by the looks of things. What a talented fam
  • + 3
 I'm pretty sure joey gough won the master women?
  • + 1
 adele peat came 3rd?
  • + 2
 I did, but cause I was second on the overall womens times for the day i got bumped off the masters podium as did carrie poole ! But the overall results arent even listed here. Ah well...
  • + 1
 How does that work.....?
  • + 5
 As we didn't have enough eiite ladies to have a pro am ladies cat (like we do for the guys) we decided that the cash prizes would go to the fastest 3 ladies from all of the ladies categories and that those beneath them would nominally get moved up so the fastest didn't get two sets of prizes. Our cash prizes were equal for the fastest men and women.
  • + 1
 Think they were confused as to why my names not here at all. The overall/pro womens podium isn't listed.
  • + 1
 Props for such a great event though, and for putting up equal prize money. One of most fun races i've ever been to... across all disciplines!
  • + 3
 Results now sorted!
  • + 1
 Stoked to be in the video and on the bit before you play it Smile
Mega day and will be returning next year
  • + 1
 Amazing day! Thanks to everyone who made it possible! Also, meeting ratboy and Steve was the best, great guys!
  • + 3
 Brilliant pictures
  • + 1
 Peatys trail ale was a bless.
  • + 1
 Nice one Peaty! and way to go Jake Peat!
  • + 1
 I really should've gone to this i missed out big time
  • + 1
 Looked awesome! Good work Peaty! On the the to do list!
  • + 1
 Unlike the english weather that was really good. Awesome event
  • + 1
 what a crowd, i want to race there!!
  • + 1
 To many "the" lol.
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