2019 Race film by Joby Newson / Images by Sam Mcqueen
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.
Full Results:Womens Final Mens FinalWomens Seeding Mens Seeding
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
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
Carl, Jame and Dave Clarkson
The British cycling commissars
AM Building services
Local Scaffold Service Ltd
Expert bike repair
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