Nick Hamilton

Winter Dual 2016 – Round 1 – Endcliffe

As we’d received a month’s worth of rain during the morning, it just had to be the opening race of the winter dual season. Traditionally as soon as the clocks go back we rendezvous on a Wednesday night somewhere in Sheffield to continue a tradition that dates back to 2010. This is when we first attached our bike lights to trees, stuck some posts in the ground and raced flood lit and loose. These events are for some the most competitive racing they do; they matter more than winning trials competitions or national DH rounds. For others, this is the only racing they do making it even more important. For everyone, it may be a laugh but as soon as the whistle sounds the elbows are out, the race face is on and friendships forgotten.

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The first race of the season is always a good one. It’d been over 6 months since we’d met up for a dual race and the old friendships and rivalries soon fire up. The community that has grown up around dual speaks for itself; Sheffield is put to rights and plans for world domination formed between those trees. A lot of the doers of our scene bump knuckles and trade shite prizes through the winter, trading as many compliments as insults. It’s a reet laugh.
Conditions were almost unbelievable. Despite the deluge Endcliffe was dry and running fast, but unpredictably loose as always. With a track that featured a massive right drifter and Timmy’s death corner finale there were some spectacular crashes. Matt had a huge high side, Baybutt double punctured and even the mighty unshakeable Chrisy P drew blood from a nasty gash. Sam and Willy’s coming together off the line was one of my favourite moments, neither of em giving a shit about the other and both ending up in a scrambling heap on the floor. Classic Dual.
The results tell their own story, which misses out the technical issues of dying laptops and Chris not being anywhere near as good as Steph at timing.

At the micro pub afterwards a new rule was discussed which will be known as the Pearson Rule. These trials riding brothers have dominated or races throughout the seasons with their unbelievable skills and consistency. Chris was barely off the top spot all last season and Tim was only just behind him. In an attempt to open up the overall a little and also to give some of us slower riders a chance to advance beyond round 1 we’re trying out a new t’ing. Rather than being a random start order, riders will be seeded based on their position in the overall. The fastest will face the fastest in the first round, meaning only one can continue. With slower riders also facing their own. Let’s see how this goes… we’ll report back.
Although the lack of light in the evenings may depress us, at least we have dual to keep us sane. See you in a fortnight.

Massive respect to my fellow semi finalist Rich Baybutt for Chopping together the videdit and Rhino for shooting in portrait. Never one to conform.

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Cam Zinc’s Reach for the Sky – UK premiere

Cam Zinc’s Reach for the Sky – UK premiere

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You’ve got to love the Hook it boys. Three local Sheffield lads making waves in the bike industry with there no nonsense Yorkshire attitude and top quality products.

Like this première for example. Sheffield hosting another exclusive off the back of them distributing Cam Zinc’s own rubber creations… well in boys.

They’re taking over Sheffield University’s auditorium (its on the bottom floor of the students union) to show Zinc’s new flick ‘Reach for the sky’. Having seen what Cam is capable of over the past few years there is no doubt that this will be one hell of spectacle. Its his life story in cinematic glory with interviews and archive footage brought to life with carefully woven narrative.

Hook It will spice up the night with prize give aways and a raffle. Its #ZincandDrink so the Interval bar will be the place to start. If you get your beer in a plastic cup, you can take them in with you. Genius!

Tickets are available through the unions own website so get your tickets before they get gone. Check out level 2 on this map to find out where to go. Graves entrance for beer, East entrance for the auditorium cinema.

 

Lady Cannings new mountain bike trail for Sheffield

Lady Cannings new mountain bike trail for Sheffield

Its time for a collective high five, followed by Knucks, fist bumps and wo/man hugs. Lady Cannings is finished and open for business. If you responded to any of our bullying to put your hand in your pocket and donate to the building of this trail. Well done! You did it!!

What has been built is a great swoopy blue, a flow trail, accessible to all and 1.4 km of fun. Even on the flat bits there are enough bumps to pump to not have to pedal.

The best postcode for the trail is the same as the pubs, S11 7TS. The trailhead is at this grid reference SK 28238 83343. If you need to drive there, why not ride?, then you can park on Ringinglow road or just off houndkirk road. Or perhaps in the pub car park if you’re stopping for a well earned post ride pint?

The trail is open access, its totally free thanks to everyone that has donated to make it possible. However, be responsible, ride within your limits and don’t ride it when it soaking. That’s what parkwood is for.

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Photo: Marketing Sheffield/Duncan Philpod

We’ve written several times about the developments spearheaded by our resonsonsible brothers on the south west tip of Sheffield. Cy Turner, with his Ride Sheffield hat on, came up with the idea of Crowdfunding a new trail in the ill managed plantation off ringinglow road known as Lady Cannings. Within a spit of the Norfolk arms pub it is a site that is a gateway to the Peak District for those riding out from town on our bridleway network.

It was back at the start of 2013 that the palm was officially out stretched for donations from from the very riders that would benefit from a new bespoke trail. It has taken until halfway through 2015 to actually realise the dream, but ambitions changed along the way, problems were encountered and a whole host more cash was donated. The fifteen thousand pounds of crowd funded cash was leveraged to persuade local businesses to pitch in big money to turn the project from a volunteer built prospect into picking up the phone to call in local legends Biketrack.org. Cotic Bikes, Avanti Conveyors and Norton Mayfield Architects as well as Sheffield City council have all parted with hard earned money to see the project through to completion. Go Outdoors then swung in at the last minute to donate the final £5k as part of a larger investment of £60k to build even more trails in these woods. Future mayor and Fixer Jon Dallow has made sure that everything actually happened as well as securing support from the council.

Bigs ups to all; Lets ride!

#SheffieldUnreal

Congratulations to Dave Camus who smashed the competition with this video from Wharncouver showing just why Sheffield is so unreal for riding. Perhaps he should thank the ClaySpades crew for providing the sendooorrr for him and Jake Monk to press send on.
Dave wins two tickets to this Thursday’s premiere of Anthill Films latest release unReal thanks to Cycle to the Cinema
It’s showing at 8pm in Shef Uni’s student union. Tickets are still available for sale here: http://tickets.sheffieldstudentsunion.com/ents/event/7824/

WIN Tickets!! Sheffield Unreal – The British Premiere

Coming to Sheffield on Thursday 25th June the collaboration between Anthill Films and Teton Gravity Research will hits our fair city and country. Cycle to the cinema are bringing us UnReal.

Anthill are known for their high budget, expertly produced and polished creations. Think back to their ‘collective’ beginnings with seasons and roam. Through to Arrival, Not Bad, and Strength in numbers. They take their art seriously and present mountain biking through a lens quite unlike any other.

You can catch the making of over on YouTube

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Details of the event can be found on Facebook and you can buy tickets through the students union.

It takes place:

  • Sheffield University’s Student Union
  • 8pm Thursday 25th June
  • £8/£6 students

However, you can win a pair of tickets saving yourself £16.

Simply follow @ThisiSheffield on Instagram, then use the instagram hashtag #SheffieldUnreal to tag a photo or video that demonstrates why sheffield is so unreal for riding bikes. Entries close 5pm 23rd June, you can enter as many times as you like and the judges decision is final. The winner will be DM’d through instagram with details of how to claim your tickets.

Good luck and get creative… a photo you railing on non descript berm in wharncouver will not get the win however rad it looks. We will be rewarding the idea not necessarily the execution of your photo.

Bolehills Forever

Bolehills Forever

All photos shamelessly pinched from Bolehills facebook and Duncan Philpott

Sheffield’s Bolehills BMX track is a 30 year old institution. Ridden by many and loved by more, the track has seen a transformation over the past few months. Richard Baybutt and Dave Camus have been leading the army of volunteers who have been putting in hours of graft and have made the magic happen.

Kicking off back in November 2014 they began claiming back the full width of the track from the grass and weeds which had grown over time.

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