Yearly Archives: 2013

Winter Dual – Round 2

Winter Dual – Round 2

That was the most mental dual ever. Last night, we raced dual in a blizzard, with temperatures well below zero, with gusting winds and the sloppiest of mud. We were all wet, cold and grinning. There were a couple of cases of near hypothermia, many hands didnt work well enough to pull brake levers let alone hold on to bars. The chattering of teeth could be just about heard over the wind and there were many shouts of  “Cant we just go home now?”.

In short.


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Winter Dual – Round 1

Winter Dual – Round 1

The clocks have changed, the nights have drawn in, it’s wet; which can mean only one thing.


Last night saw the season opener and it was a cracker. It pissed down all night, it’s was as slick as I’ve seen it and it was so much fun. In the brief history of TiS dual, this is the first night I can remember when Its rained all night. Thankfully I’d thought to pack a tarp so Steph, our timing angel, stayed relatively dry. As did the laptop.

With it being the start of the season, interest was peaked, and we had a total of 39 riders. Too many! This meant the first half an hour of the evening was spent with quails whittling it down to 32. Great fun though as the left lane had a killer 2nd left turn. You had to setup for the following traverse and stay high otherwise you’d be paddling or running up the little hill. Several fell victim.

Racing was tight from the off and the mud took many a victim, changing racers fate in a heart beat. Big wheels were in abundance, with the 4 mid sized versions in the top ten.

Its great to be back in the woods.

Heres the results

winter dual 1 2013-14 - Overall

winter dual 1 2013-14 - fastest

winter dual 1 2013-14 - Points

Lady Gagas: £11,500 by Christmas

Lady Gagas: £11,500 by Christmas

Have you ridden at Parkwood? Good eh?

Have you ridden on the trails in Greno?? Reet good eh?

How much has it cost you to ride on either of those trails?


Parkwood came about through a grant secured by future Mayor, Jon Dallow, and the new trails and improvements to existing trails in Greno were all financed through the profits made from Peaty’s Steel City race.

Now. Would you like more purpose built mountain bike trails to ride? Some alternatives to the existing two, that could be ridden year round even when your local trails or the Peak is sloppy??

Its time to give back to the sport you love!

Cycling Citizens of Sheffield. Get tha’ hand int pocket and pull out some paper.

Back in February our ‘responsible brothers from another mother’ Ride Sheffield launched a campaign to crowd fund new trail development at Lady Cannings  in the south west of the city. Its been going pretty well and they have managed to raise £8500 so far. Which considering this is Yorkshire, is amazing. Its still a lot less than a fully spec’d V10 though.

However, Plans have changed, the ambition has risen! They’re proposing a phased approach to the work which will cost a  total of £60,000 when its all done. But this will be a much longer, professionally built trail rather than one built by volunteers which would be unlikely to take the hammer it would undoubtedly receive.  Full details of proposal are over on Ride Sheffield and they look magnificent.


Phase 1 though is to create a 1.2km Downhill run from the top to bottom of Cannings running parallel to the road, which will link up with the newly surfaced bridleway up the middle of the woods.  This would give a great 2.5km loop to play on or be part of a ride out to the Peak.

This first phase will cost £20, 000. That’s £11,500 more than they already have. And they need to plug that gap by Christmas so the work can be scheduled to start in March 2014.

The only way this will happen is if YOU. That’s YOU reading this, who likes riding bikes and having fun, puts YOUR hand in YOUR pocket and give generously to the Fund. If YOU don’t do that, the trail will not get built. Its that simple.

So, its very easy to donate. You can transfer straight to their bank account.


Account is with HSBC.

Or you can donate via Paypal. The address for Paypal payments is please make sure this is a gift payment so that they receive all of your money.

I would suggest a minimum donation of £50 if you ride in Cannings regularly, more if you can afford it and even if you have already given.

I have pledged this much.

So you know what needs to be done. No excuses. Just get it done.


Dave Camus: Get Rad #SoBig

Dave Camus at Bolehills: Photo: Marco W-B Photography

Dave Camus: Get Rad #SoBig

Dave Camus is a legend around these parts purely because his levels of Stoke. There are few other people on the planet who can maintain, contain or emit such stokedness. His constant pursuit of Radness and ‘Factory’ mean he is often left in an emotional state.

Teaming up with Marco Wood-Bonelli they have distilled down Daves Stoke to 5 minutes of a video goodness which takes in some of the great riding spots around Sheffield. Filmed over a 3 week window in our indian summer Dave gets sideways on the trails at Greno, Bolehills and Sheep Skull. The final gap he hits is not fairly represented in the film; its massive and well sketchy. Get Rad!

Dave Camus at Bolehills: Photo: Marco W-B Photography

Dave Camus at Bolehills: Photo: Marco W-B Photography

The Cotic/Steel City Media Whores

The Cotic/Steel City Media Whores

We introduced Cotic Steel City Media Racing back in March, the result of a forward thinking bike manufacturer identifying local talent through our mates races. Our boy JoBo has just come through with his end of the bargain and produced the SCM end of the bargain with this banger of an edit introducing the lads and their racing Rocket Steed.

Josh Lewis and Chay Granby are regulars at our Mates Races and proved their worth over the winter dual season. They’ve been smashing out laps at the UK Gravity Enduro Series where Chay is currently sitting in second place overall in the Master’s Category with Josh 15th in the Elites.


With two rounds left to race its looking like Chay will be moving on up to the big boys league next year and deservedly so.




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