End of season write up – Part 2

End of season write up – Part 2

Val di Sol IXS cup

I was lucky enough to chosen by British cycling to represent at Val di Sole World Cup 2013 & it was without doubt the highlight of my short career. What an unreal track! Val di Sole is pretty brutal, ride too conservative & it’s actually more difficult a track to ride.. Push it that bit too much however & the high speeds & nature of the track can bite you in the arse.

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Peatys Jumble Sale

Peatys Jumble Sale

Do you need some new shiny bits for your bike? Would you like to grab a bargain? Fancy trying before you buy?

Well Sir Peat has got the event for you. He’s put together a Bike Bonanza at Ponds Forge on the 2nd November. The idea is that Shops, Pros and the general public will all buy an exhibition space and set out their stall (this could be you) full of great bikes and components they want to sell. Joe public (this could be you) then comes along when the doors open and ferrets around for the biggest and best bargain to be had in the hall. Everyone goes home happy.

There’s more information and booking over on the website and Facebook page. Get involved.

Trade stands already confirmed include:

Plus the limping mancunian warrior…

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End of season write up – part 1

End of season write up – part 1

Steel City DH

The opening event of the year for me & a great way to start it. Steel city DH has always been so much fun since it’s first event 4 years ago. It’s great to see such an amazing local crowd swarm around Grenoside woods, seeing many faces I know cheering on gives such a buzz when on track. I was more determined than ever that this year I was going to deliver & be able to thoroughly push & challenge the unbeaten Steve Peat to a tense & exciting finale.

Race runs both had small errors in, with pushing so hard on such a short, fast, tight track, it was always going to be a battle to not push the boundaries too far & result in errors..

It’s important or stay smooth, fluid & relaxed on this course. There isn’t much room for pedal strokes so flow is incredibly important. A jammed chain early on in run 1 had me uncomfortably set up for the run & put me back in fourth. My 2nd was going much better, until I over cooked one of the ‘S’ bends, tucked the front tyre under & bobbled off track, spoiling the run.

It was incredibly tight & exciting racing throughout all the categories, but once again Steve came out triumphant & remains the King of Steel City. For me, 5th place.. There’s always next year.

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Nicks had his bike stolen. Please look out for it.

Nicks had his bike stolen. Please look out for it.

Just had my bike robbed from work. Please keep em peeled and let me know if you see owt…

Sheffielders. I’ve just had my bike nicked from Work. Its a 2013 Giant XTC composite 29er 2 as in the picture. Its stock but has formula ‘the one’ brakes, carbon bars and seatpost. It also has a SteelCitySeries sticker on the rear chain stay. Its got headset spacers above the stem too as I never got around to cutting down the steerer.

Just in case you see anyone riding it around… please shoot first and ask questions later. Eternal gratitude and mega hugs for information leading to its return. nick@thisisheffield.co.uk

Please share this around the riders of Sheffield in the unlikely event its not already in another county/country.

Thanks
Nick

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For Sale: Santa Cruz V10c

For Sale: Santa Cruz V10c

A banging Santa Cruz V10c is available!
Built up in June of this year, this bike comes as a complete package, with a few added extras thrown in for good measure!!

 

Full Spec list:
Santa Cruz V10c frame XL
Marzocchi 380 C2R2 Ti fork, with World Cup upgraded internals.
Marzocchi moto C2R rear shock, with World Cup upgraded internals.
Stans ZTR flow EX rims on Stans 3.30 HD hubs.
Maxxis High Roller 2 3C tires.
Shimano Saint/zee brakes & gears.
Uberbike components low friction gear cable kit.
Uberbike components floating disc rotors.
FSA Gravity light Bars & Stem.
FSA Gravity light cranks & chain device with 38t chainring.
FSA carbon seatpost & Joystick saddle.

Extras included;
Crank brothers Mallet DH pedals.
2 X Stans Flow EX rims.
A selection of dry & wet tyres

£3650.00

Contact:- jswinny7@gmail.com

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Mini Spring Series – Round 1 – Dual

Word and Photos: Nick Hamilton

I was a bit nervous about asking people to spend their hard earned cash on a kid’s bike they may only ever race four times, but I needn’t have been. Like the wheels, the cost is very small and like the us, the fun is very large. The arbitrary set of rules I can up with were:

  1. Wheels must be no larger than 16”
  2. The frame must be designed for 16” or smaller wheels
  3. Bike modification is encouraged and may be rewarded.
  4. The races shall remain secret until just before the event

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