Howard St Dual – This Saturday

This Saturday sees Sheffield City Centre set alight by torch light and two wheels, the Howard Street Dual returns for its 3rd Year. Bringing the excitement of head to head bike racing right in to the heart of the Outdoor City, taking mountain bikes out of the woods and down our streets to be cheered on by the assembled masses.

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The invited riders represent the cream of the local crop including Sheffield’s own Legend Steve Peat, the current Howard Street Champion, as well as many riders from further afield. Brett Penfold, 2017 winner, is back and ready to challenge for the top spot, will he meet Peaty in the final again? German downhill champion, Nina Hoffmann, has flown in especially to race and challenge our lasses, who will fair better on the slick grass corners and steep wooden berms? The talented lads and lasses will put on an amazing show which will be as much fun to watch as it will to take part.

Racing starts at 5pm and will be streamed live on Youtube, presented by Anna Glowinski and Richard Cunynghame. Finals will be around 7pm with the fastest lads and lasses having two chances to make their mark, the fastest combined time taking the win.

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On site commentary will be provided by the master, Toby Parodi, a top his tower backed up with beats from Redbulls sound system. With cow bells and noise makers lining the track, the racers will be cheered from top to bottom making it great fun for the whole family and the best hecklers in town. The course makes the most of what Sheffield Hallam University has to offer, starting on its doorstep and sending riders at high speed down Howard St to the train station.

Time
15:00 Course opens for practice
16:15 Seeding/Quali Runs Begin
17:00 Racing Begins
19:00 Finals begin
19:30 Race finishes – Prize giving

In true This is Sheffield style every one of the 60 racers will receive a prize. All our amazingly generous sponsors’ gifts will be piled up and the winners will get the honour of picking first. This year our prizes come from:

  • Hope Technology
  • Leighton Vans
  • Peaty’s Products
  • Cotic Bikes
  • Airdrop Bikes
  • 5:10
  • HKT Products
  • Bike Track
  • Bike Rehab
  • Expert Bike repair
  • Go Outdoors

Like slalom ski racing, riders negotiate a series of gates pitting themselves against each other and the clock in a head to head knock out format. The course has a stack of great features sendable by the best and rollable by all. It starts down a long set of stairs before kicking left in to a set of four custom built rollers across hallam square. The best will double these up or manual through the whole set. This sets up the riders for a big wooden kicker up on to a unique set of downhill grass rollers with two tight flagged corners. The riders are then spat out on a set of stairs or a custom ramp straight in to Chaos corner, a hard 180 degree bermed corner through street furniture. The riders then face a series of flat grass corners which will test their cornering skills and speed. They are split by a wooden booter where the fast ones will be trying to keep it low and fast. After an awkward right hander the racers drop in to the FML fade, the final feature, a steep grassy bank which will accelerate them across the finishing line. For the best, this will be about 30 seconds.

It will be a great time to be in Sheffield with so much going on for the Outdoor City Festival; the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, the Big Running Weekend and The Magnificent Seven anti-enduro road race on the Sunday, another great spectator sport if you like you riders in lycra. However, don’t forget to come and show us your love of two wheels and displays of amazing skill down on Howard street this Saturday.

 

The Rules of Dual

The format of the day is a round of qualification followed by head to head racing.

Dual Slalom is an elbow to elbow, knockout race format.

Each pair of riders will race twice, once in each lane negotiating the obstacles.

The rider with the fastest combined time will move through to the next round.

Riders are seeded so that the slowest faces the fastest in the first round.

They are ordered so the fastest two seeded riders won’t meet until the finals.

Qualification is decided by the fastest times set during a solo run in one lane.

Riders will have to qualify, there are 32 places for the lads, 16 for the lasses.

If a rider falls, their time becomes that of their opponents plus 1.5 seconds. This gives them a chance for a comeback.

There is a round of 32, then 16, the quarter finals with 8 riders, and semi finals with 4.

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The winners of the semis meet in the big final, the losers race for 3rd place in the small final.

If a rider misses a gate they are penalised by 25 seconds.

The top 3 riders will receive a medal

All riders will receive a prize from our kinds sponsors. They are all put in to a pile and the winners get to pick first.

Howard St Dual – Saturday 23rd 2019

Howard St Dual – Saturday 23rd 2019

 

Don’t call it a comeback… we’ve been here three years. Back for its 3rd year the Howard Street dual returns pitting European riders against the finest local talent.

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Dual is the most exciting form of mountain bike racing, the head to head, shoulder to shoulder nature gets riders and spectators hearts racing. The knock out format see’s the fastest qualifiers meeting in the final rounds, always drawing the largest gasps.

The unique city centre location houses a course rammed full of testing terrain running from the Millennium Galleries down to the Train station. The mixture of wooden features and street furniture with slick off camber grass corners challenges riders in a way that rewards speed and skill but punishes mistakes harshly. Racing elbow to elbow forces mistakes and riders must keep their heads if they want to do well. Each round consists of two legs giving the racers a chance to make a mends or just more mistakes.

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Sheffield is the Outdoor City and the Howard Street Dual is the jewel in the crown of the month long festival of the outdoors. Each year two thousand people have witnessed the racing either captivated by the spectacle as they passed by or in it for the long haul enjoying the local pubs’ and cafes’ supplies.

Sheffield’s finest Steve Peat and inaugural champion, Brett Penfold, have unfinished business. Last year’s nail biting finish saw Steve fall spectacularly on the last feature but manage to make up time on the second run in a breath taking display of skill and mathematics.

The race is about showcasing the excitement of mountain bike racing right in the heart of the city, educating the masses about what goes on normally tucked away in the woods or ont moors.

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On Saturday 23rd March, 32 lads and 16 lasses from across disciplines will meet on Howard St to do battle. Racing begins at 5pm as darkness descends with finals from 6 and prizes at 7, hyped by Toby Parodi atop his tower through the Redbull sound system. Racing will be broadcast on the big screen for the assembled masses and streamed live on YouTube from 5pm presented by Anna Glowinski and Richard Cunynghame.

Racing amongst others will be Peaty, Ratboy with his 50:01 brethren Sam ‘Dave’ Hockenhull, Dual Champ Brett Penfold, German DH Champ Nina Hoffmann with European guests Fabio Schäfer and Jasper Jauch #BikesNotBrexit. However, we’ve left some race places open for other fast lads and lasses. So, if you’ve got a string of good results and you’re keen to race, get in touch with your roots and rain details: ThisiSheffield@gmail.com

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This race is put on by This is Sheffield and made possible by Sheffield City Council, the most forward thinking mountain bike city in the land. There really is nothing quite like the excitement of dual racing: it entrances spectators from the uninitiated to the expert; challenges riders skills and ability to keep their cool and most importantly puts a massive grin on everyone’s face, just remember to bring your cowbell! #DualRules

The Gamble

The Gamble

Its here! Gamble by name, Gamble by nature. Sheffield’s own Steel City Media and his partner in crime, Creative Concept have put it all on the line to bring us the most amazing mountain bike film we’ve had in years.

Going back to basics, they’ve brought together the creme de la creme of the worlds DH racers and set them loose on locations all around the globe. With a keen eye and style this will be a visual treat for us all. However the biggest treat will undoubtedly be seeing the Steve Peat let loose on a custom track in Sheffield showing that he’s still got as much speed and style as he’s always had.

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Its available for pre-order before its general release on the 15th May and there are a few tickets still available for the Global Premiere in Sheffield on the 13th April. 

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Howard Street Dual – 10th March – Its on!

Today we race. The ultimate form of head to head mountain bike racing returns to Sheffield City Centre to celebrate the Outdoor City Weekender. The Howard Street Dual course will pitch the best riders against each other and the resulting spectacle will surprise and delight seasoned race fans, families of all ages and unsuspecting passers by. To enhance the drama this year we will be racing in the dark; once the sun goes down the course will be lit up making the elbow to elbow action even more entertaining.

This year we even have a live stream of the event if you can’t make it down to watch. We have also have live results and an explanation of the rules

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Made possible by Sheffield City Council the riders will race from the top of Hallam Square, across the front from Sheffield Hallam university’s main building and on down to the bottom of Howard street. They must negotiate a series of features sendable by the best and rollable by all. It mixes man-made constructions with street furniture, flat grass corners and custom wooden features. Last year the finish fadeaway and infamous chaos corner claimed many riders winning ways.

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Timetable

  • 3:00 – Practice
  • 4:15 – Qualification
  • 5:00 – Racing
  • 7:00 – Finals

Dual Slalom is a knockout race format, pitching riders against each other, literally duelling their way down the hill. The winner stays on and the fastest racers progress through to the finals and the glory. 

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In true This is Sheffield style, every rider who races will get a prize from our incredibly generous sponsors combined with a big cheer and all the glory. The fastest racers on the day will get to pick from the pile first. We have space for 32 lads and 16 lasses.

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1 Brett Penfold 1 Carrie Poole
2 Ben Moore 2 Anya Tolwinska
3 Steve Peat 3 Ellie Dewdney
4 Tim Pearson 4 Katy Sunter
5 Luke Meredith 5 Chloe Taylor
6 Sam Dale 6 Becci Skelton
7 Chris Pearson 7 Gabriele Gelgotaite
8 Sam Hockenhull 8 Abigale Lawton
9 William Swinden 9 Hanna Jonsson
10 Jake Monk 10 Megan Forman
11 Matt Hockenhull 11 Toni Fryer
12 Stephen Taylor 12 Hannah Saville
13 Michael Vickers 13 Nush Lee
14 Anthony Croft 14 Abigail Legge
15 Alistair Baron 15 Kelly-jayne Emmerson
16 Richard Baybutt 16 Rachael Crellin
17 David Camus 17 Hannah Tew
18 Josh Bryceland
19 Craig Evans
20 Jono Jones
21 James Swinden
22 Aiken Collinge
23 Josh Lewis
24 James Hughes
25 Nikki Whiles
26 Damian Groves
27 Jordan Gould
28 Andrew Devine
29 Gareth Jones
30 Chay Granby
31 Daniel Bateson
32 William Easey
33 Wes Fife
34 Joe Wallbridge
35 Jack Sprogis
36 Jack Drogan

Sponsors

Massive thank you’s to all these lovely people who made the race possible!

Hope Tech – Lights so we can see and Brakes
Cotic – Score boards and untold hours of labour
Leighton Vans – Cash prizes and pimp as race van
Five Ten – Shoes for racers feet
HKT Products – PIMPin Medals for the winners
Peatys products – Unicorn Jizz and loam foam
AM building Services – Those amazing berms, Alan built Them!
Local Scaffold Service Ltd – For all your scaffolding needs, they erected Toby’s Tower
Bike track – Moar Cowbells!
Airdrop – Mudguards and Jerseys
18 Bikes – Only the finest prizes
Go Outdoors – Calibre Bikes and paying for Lady Cannings!
Expert bike repair – Keeping our bikes running smooth
ALine mountain bike coaching – Coaching you better
SHAFF – Tickets for any show

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Sheffield will be a hive of activity during the Outdoor City weekender; from the Sheffield adventure film festival, to the Magnificent 7 road anti-enduro and the Climbing works international festival. Dual racing is both spectacular and easy to follow, and will provide as much of a thrill for the spectators as it does the participants themselves. With cow-bells and noise-makers lining the track, the racers will be cheered from top to bottom making it great fun for the whole family and the best hecklers in town.
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Keep up to date with all the latest race information at ThisiSheffield.co.uk

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Start list – Who’s racing?

We’ve 36 lads and 17 lasses lined up to race, who will be victorious?

//Lads //Lasses
1 Brett Penfold 1 Carrie Poole
2 Ben Moore 2 Anya Tolwinska
3 Steve Peat 3 Ellie Dewdney
4 Tim Pearson 4 Katy Sunter
5 Luke Meredith 5 Chloe Taylor
6 Sam Dale 6 Becci Skelton
7 Chris Pearson 7 Gabriele Gelgotaite
8 Sam Hockenhull 8 Abigale Lawton
9 William Swinden 9 Hanna Jonsson
10 Jake Monk 10 Megan Forman
11 Matt Hockenhull 11 Toni Fryer
12 Stephen Taylor 12 Hannah Saville
13 Michael Vickers 13 Nush Lee
14 Anthony Croft 14 Abigail Legge
15 Alistair Baron 15 Kelly-jayne Emmerson
16 Richard Baybutt 16 Rachael Crellin
17 David Camus 17 Hannah Tew
18 Josh Bryceland
19 Craig Evans
20 Jono Jones
21 James Swinden
22 Aiken Collinge
23 Josh Lewis
24 James Hughes
25 Nikki Whiles
26 Damian Groves
27 Jordan Gould
28 Andrew Devine
29 Gareth Jones
30 Chay Granby
31 Daniel Bateson
32 William Easey
33 Wes Fife
34 Joe Wallbridge
35 Jack Sprogis
36 Jack Drogan
A Short history of Sheffield’s MTB Scene

A Short history of Sheffield’s MTB Scene

I was very pleased to be asked to write a piece for Redbull/bike to promote Sheffield and the Howard Street Dual. I’m a massive fan and very thankful for their coverage of the Downhill world Cup, literally the only sport I watch on TV. They wanted a potted history of the Sheffield Bike scene in 600 words, from mates races to the howard st dual, what follows is my first go. I wrote a more in-depth piece years ago for Dirt working with Grant Robinson to document what was going on in with bikes in sheffield in 2011.

All images Sam McQueen  unless specified

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A short history of the Sheffield MTB scene – from mates races to the Howard Street Dual

Mates Races

I’ve been running mates races around Sheffield for a many years. It started back on a misty November weekend on a DH track me and my mates used to session. We met up with a stopwatch and a pair of mobile phones, that’s literally all it took. Everyone loved it and wanted to do it again and from there, things grew quickly. The 4th time we ran the race 40 people entered including one world cup champion. From this acorn spawned the This is Sheffield winter dual slalom series which has been running since 2010 and countless ridiculous ideas for races which just had to be made reality: Megadeath, TryAwfulOn, Two pint time trial, Hardcore Hartails, Mini Bike jousting, Gravity racers, Special Olympics, the list goes on. In the city the dual mates racing ethos goes way back to the late nineties at the Sheffield Ski Village with the legendary Iron Justice. What’s brought it together are a group of likeminded souls (mountain bikers) and the opportunities (radness) Sheffield offers to ride our bikes on all kinds of different terrain.

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