Final details for the race on Saturday,  we’ve been working hard to make it a great event for you all. Please invite all your friends along to come and watch and cheer everyone along. Practice starts at 9, racing will start about 12 and prizes will be dished at about 3:30.

On the day we’ll have catering from PJ Taste and a Bradfield Brewery beer tent open to keep you all moving. There will also be free bike checks from J E James cycles who will also have some basic spares for sale in case you break bits. The Bike Tree and Cotic are bringing along demo bikes for you to try out. Singletrack will be there giving away spot prizes as will Sustrans. We’ll also have a mini north shore area for everyone to try out.


We’ve  had a bunch of raffle tickets printed to raise further funds for the appeal. Tickets are only £1 and all money goes direct to the Charity and it will be drawn following the podium presentations. Tickets are on sale now, please contact or on race day get them direct off the Wildlife Trust. Prizes on offer include:

  • Cotic BFe Frame worth £400
  • Exclusive Steve Peat signed race jersey
  • 5:10 Goodies
  • SRAM Handlebars and Code Brakes
  • Smart Wool Socks
  • Single Track World Subscriptions
  • Polaris Garments
  • Bradfield Brewery Beer
  • Monster Prizes

And many many more.


Santa Cruz main man Rob Roskopp has also been incredibly generous and has given us a Santa Cruz Nickel frame to Auction off. The frame will be signed by Steve Peat himself and is worth at least £1300. Bids are now being accepted via our bidding hotline at . Please email us your

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • and Bid

and we’ll add you our list. Bidding will continue on race day where your details will be taken by the Wildlife Trust. The highest bid currently stands at £500 and all money is going direct to the Charity so please be generous.


Steel City T shirts will also be for sale at £10 each at the registration desk and around the site on the day.

Video and Photo Contest are sponsoring the video contest to demonstrate your camera and editing skills. The challenge is to put together an 1½ minute edit of the day’s race to be shown in the Showroom bar at 9pm the same day for all to see. Its up to you to make your work stand out and give the best impression of the day. All submissions must be submitted by 8:30pm to Will Ockelton, from Freecaster, in the showroom Bar and must be in a format to play on a Mac Laptop. The winner of the Video Contest will get an all expenses paid trip to the Fort William World Cup to join the Freecaster Crew and experience life as a professional cameraman for the weekend. All the best submissions will be featured on the website.

The photo contest is being sponsored by Arc’teryx and is your chance to showcase your mountain bike shooting skills. You need to submit your 3 best shots of the day in JPG format also by 8:30pm to Will Ockelton in the Showroom Bar. They will all be shown alongside the video submissions in the bar on the big screen. The prize is an Arcteryx jacket worth hundreds of pounds to keep you warm and dry up on the hill next time you’re shooting. All the best submissions will be featured on Freecaster and future promotion of the Steel City Downhill.

The judges for the contests read like a who’s who of mountain biking. The video contest will be judged by Steve Peat, Alex Rankin, Rob Warner, and Will Ockelton.The Photo contest will be judged by Dirt Magazine Photographer Grant Robinson and Art Director Jon Gregory, two men who know a good photo. If your work is good enough, there is a good chance it will end up in the magazine.

Before entering either contest you must sign a disclaimer and release form at the race registration desk on the day. If you have not signed a disclaimer, you will not be eligible to enter.

Race details

The car park for the day is located in a field just past the main Wharncliffe/Greno car park on the Woodhead road (postcode for satnav S35 7DS and then follow the signs). This is a little walk/ride to the race site itself so it would be worth bringing bits and bobs for the day with you when you leave. Please use the suggested route on the map below rather than walking on the road as its very busy!!

There is a map here with the location

Registration will take place in the car park from 8.15-10.00. Please bring a £5 note (we won’t have change for everyone so please fivers only) with you as a deposit for your number board (refundable at the end of the day when you return it as long as your number isn’t destroyed). You will need to sign on at this time and all under 18’s will need a parent or guardian to sign for them. You won’t be able to sign on at the course finish so please do this before you leave the car park! You’ll get a pair of smartwool socks and a cliff bar free.

Practice will run from 9 until 12, the push up is less than 15 minutes walk so there will be lots of time to get plenty of runs in. At 12 we will finish practice, give all the marshalls a 10 minute break and then first race runs will start at 12.15. Each rider will get 2 race runs with the fastest counting toward final results. There will be no gap between first and second runs and please make sure you are at the top in time for your run. Run times will be posted in the finish area no later than 11am to allow you to check them.

There will be prizes for the top 3 in each category presented at the end of racing provided by our very generous sponsors. Each category is sponsored by an individual company:

  • Rippers – Polaris
  • Juveniles – O’Neal
  • Youth – Chromag
  • Junior – Royal
  • Senior – 5 10
  • Masters – 18Bikes
  • Veterans – Bike Tree
  • Ladies – Smartwool
  • Pro Am – SRAM.

Many of our sponsors have provided spot prizes too.

One final note which will help us out greatly, please take any rubbish with home with you at the end of the day. There will be a few bin bags around the place and at the start to take bits and bobs but please do take with you what we can. We need to keep the place tidy to keep the woods on our side for future races!


Along side the race we’re teaming up with SHAFF, Sheffield’s adventure film festival at The Showroom Cinema. At 6pm on the evening of the race we urge you to follow us into town for an exclusive Alex Rankin film “Progression”.

The film montage will take us from the early days of Sprung, all the way up to the latest Earthed release, showing how things in the sport of Downhill have taken a radical step in the last decade. The film will be followed by a Q&A interview session with Steve Peat who will be interviewed by Rob Warner. Tickets are now sold out, but there is a big party in the Showroom bar following the showing and we’ve got a very late licence and lots of musical entertainment.

If you have any queries before the event please check the website and if you can’t find the answer there then email them to

We look forward to seeing you all enjoying yourselves on the day.
The Steel City Series Team