Sheffield’s Howard Street Dual - Photo Report

Mar 11, 2018
by Tristan Tinn  



It’s a drizzly Saturday afternoon on the 10th March 2018; we find ourselves in Sheffield town centre, UK. Amongst the hustle and bustle of the high-street shoppers, the scene is set for some elbow-to-elbow dual slalom action, with an eclectic mix of some of the biggest names in World Cup mountain biking, thrown in with some local heroes and a dusting of 50:01 hooligans.

The event is part of Sheffield's Outdoor City Weekender, another reason why the city is leading the way in promoting city-based outdoor lifestyles. In previous years the racing has taken place during daylight hours; this year’s schedule has been pushed back into dusk to add another dimension. Hope Technology are stepping in, providing the lumens to turn night into day.

The course is moderately moist and runs from the top of Hallam square, across the front of the main Hallam university building and down to the bottom of Howard Street. The event has been made possible by Sheffield City Council and organised by ThisIsSheffield.

The men’s line-up includes Sheffield’s own Steve Peat, his fellow 50:01 crew including Josh ‘Ratboy’ Bryceland and Josh ‘Loose Dog’ Lewis, along with 2017 Redbull Hardline winner Craig ‘Seven’ Evans and ‘right hand’ Sam Dale. Matt and Dave Hockenhull will also be taking part along with last year’s reigning champion Brett Penfold and second place Ben Moore. Elite downhill pinner Jono Jones is making his way up from Woburn, too. Team Cotic will be represented by the Rocket Man himself, James Swinden, who will doubtlessly be chased down Straightline Chay Granby.

The women’s line-up is headed up by last year’s winner Carrie Poole who held her 4-month-old son aloft on the podium. She’ll be chased down by last year’s runners-up Anya Tolwinska, Ellie Dewdeny and Katy Thorpe. BMX superstar Chloe Taylor will be challenging for the top step alongside downhiller Becci Skelton.


Peaty arrived early to weigh up the lines
Peaty arrived early to weigh up the lines

The 50 01 boys are back in town
The 50:01 boys are back in town

The chosen ones sign in
Nick Hamilton event mastermind lays down the rider brief
The chosen ones sign in before Nick Hamilton, event mastermind lays down the rider brief

Some people are just hard to please
Some people are just hard to please

Peaty and Ratboy cracking jokes
Peaty and Ratboy cracking jokes

Two totally different ways to spend a Saturday fortunately the race kept Peaty out of there
Two totally different ways to spend a Saturday, fortunately the race kept Peaty out of there!

Mass start to bed in the track and warm up the crowd
Mass start to bed in the track and warm up the crowd

Brett Penfold the man to beat sporting the number 1 plate
Brett Penfold the man to beat sporting the number 1 plate
Brett Penfold, the man to beat, sporting the number 1 plate

Loosedog finds time for steeze
Loosedog finds time for steeze

Your ride awaits luckily no one required the paramedics today
Your ride awaits, luckily no one required the paramedics today

Slippin n rippin
Slippin n' rippin

Ben Moore keeps the back wheel glued to the ground approaching the tractionless bottom turns
Ben Moore keeps the back wheel glued to the ground approaching the tractionless bottom turns

Carrie Poole on the outside
Carrie Poole on the outside

Bringing the sport to the masses
Bringing the sport to the masses
Bringing the sport to the masses

Loosedog zips through the stairs ankle apparently feeling better
Loosedog zips through the stairs, ankle apparently feeling better!

Peaty hammers the Hallam square steps
Peaty hammers the Hallam square steps

Anthony Croft topping out the berm
Anthony Croft topping out the berm

Names for the dual board
Names for the dual board!

Peaty obliterates his component through the inside berm on so-called chaos corner
Peaty obliterates his component through the inside berm on so-called chaos corner

Chay Granby and Ben Moore race to the finish the final hurdle where many did fall
Chay Granby and Ben Moore race to the finish, the final hurdle where many did fall!

Rayboy and James Hughes battle it out across the rollers
Rayboy and James Hughes battle it out across the rollers

Ben Moore last years runner up battles it out of one of the few hardtails against Jordan Gould
Ben Moore last years runner up battles it out of one of the few hardtails against Jordan Gould

Chloe Taylor and Ellie Dewdeny out of the start gate as night falls
Chloe Taylor and Ellie Dewdeny out of the start gate as night falls

The event was fantastic for bringing the sport into the public eye
The event was fantastic for bringing the sport into the public eye

It wasn t Hardline victor Craig Evans day knocked out by runner up Brett Penfold in quarter finals
It wasn't Hardline victor Craig Evans day, knocked out by runner up Brett Penfold in quarter finals

James Swinden and Steve Peat charge the chaos corner in quater finals
James Swinden and Steve Peat charge the chaos corner in quater finals

Becci Skelton and Chloe Taylor battle it out in semis
Becci Skelton and Chloe Taylor battle it out in semis

Peaty and Ratboy go head to head in semis... Rat I am your father
Peaty and Ratboy go head to head in semis... 'Rat, I am your father'

Chloe and Carrie battle it out in the lasses final
Chloe and Carrie battle it out in the lasses final

Foot out flat out Peaty shortly before his big crash on the final bank
Foot out flat out, Peaty shortly before his big crash on the final bank

Peaty tumbled through the tape in the first head2head with Brett
Peaty tumbled through the tape in the first head2head with Brett

Peaty and Brett battle it out in chaos corner
Peaty and Brett battle it out in chaos corner

Lads Outcome
Lasses Outcome
Lads and Lasses outcome boards

A little confusion was had whilst times are discussed and the 1.5 BC Dual Rule clarified before the winner in announced
A little confusion was had whilst times are discussed and the 1.5 BC Dual Rule clarified, before the winner in announced

Womens podium champagne shower
Carrie Poole 1st, Chloe Taylor - 2nd, Toni Fryer - 3rd, Becky Skelton - 4th

Peaty - 1st Brett Penfold - 2nd Bryceland - 3rd Sam Dale - 4th
Peaty - 1st, Brett Penfold - 2nd, Bryceland - 3rd, Sam Dale - 4th

Steve, how does it feel to win on home turf?
bigquotesIt feels really good. Brett was on it all night, riding awesome. Until I got to the final, I'd not rode as well as I did. I absolutely hammered it because I knew that Brett was really quick. I over pushed it on the first run and ended up with a 1.5 disadvantage. Luckily, for me, I hammered the second run, and Brett made few mistakes but I beat him by 2.1, so strong yeah.

It’s awesome, dual racing is mint and to have one in Sheffield city Centre, my own town, is absolutely awesome. For me to be able to win it – cool.
Steve Peat, Mens Winner

Full results:
Lads
Lasses


Mentions: @steelcitydh // @hopetech // @LadLife // @ratskid23 // @tris400d



43 Comments

  • + 17
 awesome format! dual rules...participated in one in the mid 90ies. the 50:01 crew loves their 5010´s...time for a namechange santa cruz!
  • + 14
 I love that picture of the 50:1 clan. They look like street hooligans getting ready to go out and cause trouble. Which they kinda are.
  • + 1
 First thing that came to my mind was Kubricks "Clockwork Orange"... oh no - here comes The Rat and his droogs, ready to get wasted in The Korova Milk Bar, stoned on milk laced with narcotics...
  • + 6
 Anyone able to explain the BC 1.5 rule to me and why it applied to Peaty but not Becci Skelton in her semi final?
  • + 2
 I would like to know too. I was there, and as a fan would always be pleased to see the big guy win. It was great to see him fight back from a loss in heat one by about ten seconds, to win the second by what seemed about 1 second. Penfold was declared what looked to be a very deserved winner by the commentator, only for the decision to be reversed for the podium. It was very frustrating as a spectator.
  • + 1
 As far as I am aware, the 1.5 rule only applies to a crash in the first run of the 2, so any crash in the second run just gets timed as usual. The only reason it exists is to make it more exciting for spectators and put a bit of pressure on the crashed rider to try pull it out of the bag in second run, thus more exciting than rolling down because you know you can't make back the time. It was the same rule last year too and everyone was made aware of it at the rider briefing. Hope that helps clear things up Smile
  • + 1
 @AbsVL: Cheers
  • + 6
 'Rat, I am your father' Lmao. This is going to be classic.
  • + 3
 Lovely Recap!! Proving the spirit and show of the event!
  • + 1
 I've never understood riding while carrying your helmet. It never gets in the way when it's on my head, it's like it was meant to be there or something...
  • + 1
 This is awesome @tris400d a mega job and very nicely done mate!! Low light is so hard, drives camera's wild, being that them boys are so fast!! Catch ya soon my man :-)
  • + 2
 Thanks Brett, I just upgraded to a 2.8 70-200, and bloody glad I did too. Very tricky conditions for sure - and too many people about to be setting up remote flashes etc!
  • + 1
 @tris400d: no probs, yeah dude I bet ya were!! Mega lens that!! Hahaha yeah that would of been a nightmare getting them setup and moving about, awesome work dude!
  • + 2
 Need to head up to Sheffield for this next year!
  • + 2
 This is a result of the bike culture of Brits. Bravo!
  • + 1
 @tris400d awesome work on the low light photos, plus a lil bitta grain looks a bit old skool in urban shots! nice job
  • + 2
 Cheers, I'd like to say it was a creative decision - although no grain wasn't an option unless you were after an article full of pan shots (which in retrospect I might have done more of)!
  • + 1
 @tris400d: haha yeah fair enough, good shots none the less
  • + 1
 The night time shots remind me of the old floodlit 4 cross racing from back in the day at the WC. All we needed was some CG!
  • + 1
 we should get one of those around here too, looks super fun
  • + 1
 So Ratboy is definitely running Rockshox then
  • + 1
 Ti amo Sheffield. Is Josh Lewis still alive then?
  • + 4
 I'm alive and kicking haha Smile
  • + 1
 @LadLife: thank f*ck for that!
  • + 1
 @LadLife: hope you're ok after riding down those stairs. I went down them in 1999 and they were rowdy.
  • + 1
 Top quality photos, get this boy at a DH WC!
  • + 1
 The daylight ones are pretty awesome, not a fan of the night shots at all though.
  • + 2
 @Jono-wade: Sorry, the low light was challenging, lets say! @miketizzle cheers!
  • + 1
 Yeah this Peaty chap could go far!
  • + 2
 Fair play lads
  • + 0
 Drink Water!
  • + 1
 ... save Zubrovka!
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