Race Report: Sheffield's Howard St Dual

Mar 26, 2019
by Steel City Media  

2019 Race film by Joby Newson / Images by Sam Mcqueen


Now Then.

Who'd of thought this time last year that we'd be racing in tee-shirts down the streets of Sheffield? But as we all know, it's always tropical in 'Gods own county' so it was rad to welcome everyone to the third annual #HowardStreetDual with added vitamin D.

Local heroes and some pinned visitors from afar meant the depth of talent in the field this year was deep... We had a stacked women's field with 16 racers, including German national champ Nina Hoffman who was in town the whole week checking out the sites and sounds of the city. For the men, could Brett Penfold be a king-slayer once again? Could Peaty hold onto his home-town crown? It was all to play for.

Born out of a love for dual slalom and racing your mates, the event has evolved each year through the passion and vision of Nick Hamilton, Jon Dallow, The Outdoor City campaign and countless other volunteers and riders, who all thrive off showcasing and supporting the thriving MTB scene that Sheffield has to offer.

The course snakes through the city centre, smack bang in the centre of the busy Howard St which on a Saturday night is one of the major funnels into town for those heading for a more lubricated kind of evening, which means there's an amazing mix of die-hard fans and first time spectators who are seeing the sport for the first time.

Riders ready, watch the gravy, bee bee beeeeep.

Welcome to Sheffield.


Howard St Dual 2019 imagery by ammcqueen
#DUALRULES

The HowardStDual in Sheffield 2019 All images by sammcqueen
Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen

The rules of dual are beautifully simple. Two lanes, one quali run and during racing, the slowest combined times out of the two riders is out.

One of the best things about this event is the mixture of abilities, bikes and people that show up to race and spectate. The one thing that's consistent though is the big grins you get from all involved.

Apart from the big ball of fire in the sky, new for this year was an improved live feed with the addition of more cameras, slicker production and the fantastic Anna Glowinski who helped narrate all the action to those of you who tuned in online. The track itself hadn't massively changed, but with the dry terrain comes more speed and new opportunities for 'creative' lines.


How to organise your own dual

• Grab a few mates and bikes.
• Some poles to stick in the ground.
• Two phones or stopwatches.
• A piece of land, ideally on a slope.
• MSRP: £0

The HowardStDual in Sheffield 2019 All images by sammcqueen
The HowardStDual in Sheffield 2019 All images by sammcqueen

Howard St Dual images by ammcqueen

Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen
Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen

Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen
Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen

Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen
Plenty of time to try new lines and throw in some style for the spectators during practice. These grassy mounds are situated right outside Sheffield Hallam University, who kindly let us skid down their lawn each year, all in the name of bikes.


Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen
After grabbing his crown back last year, all eyes were on Dr. Peat, but with a mechanical in the second round it was once again all to play for...

Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen
The HowardStDual in Sheffield 2019 All images by sammcqueen
Nick Hamilton of @thisissheffield is the man with a plan. A shiny new race board was presented this year by @customlaseretch too!

Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen
More drama early on saw fastest qualifier Brett Penfold (not pictured) crash out as well, leaving it open to a new, maybe local hero?

Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen
Duncan Ferris taking a break from building bike tracks to take home a solid 4th place finish here after a nail biting small finals against Cotic Bikes Will Easey.

Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen

Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen
Nina Hoffman. A name you might not have heard yet, but will do soon no doubt. She's current German national DH champion and had 2x WC 6th place finishes in 2018 and was on fire all night here with big winning margins each round, resulting in the overall win. Not bad for a first trip to Sheffield!

Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen
Will Keogh. Another name you might not have heard yet, but will probably know soon. Studying literally at the building in the background by day and winning dual races outside it by night. Everyone loves an underdog and it was rad to see him take the top step, all smiles even when struggling for close to 5 minute to open his first ever bottle of champagne haha!

The HowardStDual in Sheffield 2019 All images by sammcqueen
Howard St Dual images by ammcqueen


Howard St Dual 2019 images by sammcqueen

Full Results:

Womens Final
Mens Final

Womens Seeding
Mens Seeding

For the full live feed replay, hit play below!



We can't say a big enough thank you to all the organisers, volunteers, fans, racers and sponsors that make this great event happen each year....

For those of you looking to come up and give it a go or spectate next year, do it! Remember there's plenty to do in the day time close by, so come up and make a day of it in the steel city and keep an eye out for an announcement towards the end of this year for another large scale urban event with a 'DH twist' in 2020... shhh.

Ta ra duck.

The Outdoor City
'Mayor' Jon Dallow
All our amazing marshalls
Sheffield Hallam Uni
Toby Parodi
Richard Cunnynyham
Anna Glowinsk
Carl, Jame and Dave Clarkson
Ranger Tom
Ranger matt
Steve Taylor
Rob Shaw
The British cycling commissars
Hope Tech
Leighton Vans
Five Ten
Cotic
HKT Products
Peatys products
AM Building services
Local Scaffold Service Ltd
Bike track
Airdrop
Bike Rehab
Expert bike repair
Redbull


For more info on the @OutdoorCity check us out on Social Media or visit our Website to book your stay now!

#TheOutdoorCity
#HowardStreetDual


7 Comments

  • 5 2
 Massive big up to my mate James Farrar who came 5th, first ever race, someone hook him up with a bike brand ???????? sick job as always boys, photos looking rad
  • 3 0
 Those grass terraces are an AWESOME feature. Would be cool to see a bigger set of those on a World Cup off camber section.
  • 10 7
 Cheers @steelcitymedia for not one mention! Appreciated bro! ????????
  • 10 2
 what did you do?
  • 1 4
 @WillCoates: nowt it seems, just had an arvo out in Sheff.
  • 2 0
 @JamesHughes: sorry who are you?
  • 1 0
 This Peaty mechanical was entertaining = getting old forgets crank & pedal after dropping in !
What's the dirt on this ?
Cheers !

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