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Archives: Steve Peat
Theres something special that happens in Greno Woods in Sheffield each year. When Peaty’s magic in sprinkled liberally, amazing things tend to happen. The Steel City DH is one of those things; a local race with the atmosphere and attendance of a round of the World Cup.Continue reading
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.
Trade stands already confirmed include:
Plus the limping mancunian warrior…
UPDATE: Tickets for the World Premiere are now Sold out!
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Sharing ‘a brew’ with Steve Peat over breakfast this morning he shared a few details about the exciting plans he has in store. This lad never slows down, on or off the bike.
The film charting his long career as a professional mountain biker is about to be shown to the world for the first time. Clay Porter has taken on the job of documenting his hero’s rise to become the legend he is today, how he got there and what he’s been through. Peaty is arguably the most recognisable and certainly the most well liked downhill mountain biker of all time. His 20 year career has so many highlights that this promises to be an unmissable film.
Clay and John Lawlor are currently locked away in an Irish ‘editing suite’ putting the finishing touches to the edit ready for the World Premiere. Where else would this premiere take place but in Steve’s home town of Sheffield. He’s taking over the Pennine Lecture theatre of Sheffield Hallam University on Saturday 7th December to let 500 lucky viewers see the film for the first time. There will be Steve’s own ‘Wont back down’ beers for sale and a gallery of some of the amazing photos of his life.
Tickets go on sale on NOW!
Monday 25th November through the boxoffice and the trailer for the film will go live the same day over on the website wontbackdownfilm.com. The US premiere of the film will be on Friday December 13th at the Rio theatre in Santacruz, California home of Santa Cruz bikes.
In January a worldwide movie tour kicks off and Steve reckons the film will be available to download on Itunes and buy on DVD sometime in February. So you’re going to have a wait just a while longer to see if if you can’t get to a premiere.
Just from our brief chat this morning it was clear to see just how excited Steve is about this project. He hasn’t seen the final edit himself yet and may well wait until the World premiere to do so just so that he gets goose bumps along with the other viewers.
This one’s not to be missed. Get booking as soon as you can and this is guaranteed to be a sell out.
May the forth be with you. Well it was, last weekend, for the 3rd Steel City DH as this great edit from Gee Milner shows. The biggest little race in the North just keeps on expanding. This year, aside the 200 racers who ensured the entry was sold out within an hour and a half, over 100o spectators filled Grenoside woods heckling and eating and drinking everything that was on offer in the bombhole. When was the last time (other than a fort bill world cup) a mountain bike race had that many spectators in the UK? Peaty had to think back to the Malvern classic’s way back when to remember a similar atmosphere.
This great edit from X Trail Films gives another angle of the day.
This years race was given a bit of a twist as it was on 4th May, we pushed May the forth be with you as much as possible with Cotic offering a BFe frame for the best dressed Star Wars character! It was won by a plastic bin tranformed in to a fully functional R2D2. Peaty himself was rocking a full on Storm Trooper outfit with a custom TLD lid aboard his Santa Cruz Brosnon Speeder Bike
For the first time ever for the race, the sun had been shining for the fortnight leading up to the race and the woods and the track was dry. The funds raised from last years race had been ploughed back in to the woods by the Sheffield Wildlife Trust and improvements to the track made by local firm Bike Track and volunteers from Ride Sheffield made for the fastest racing yet. Gone were the days of the muddy slog pedal fest, pumping through the rocky course and carrying speed through the bermed corners was the order of the day.
As ever the generosity of the events sponsors was overwhelming with prizes galore for all podiums places and the every popular raffle. The race has always served to be completely inclusive with kids from age 10 upwards racing in the rippers category. This year we also had 30 ladies racing, amazing for a race of 200 people. They were split in to two groups; one for those racing for the first time and the other for those more experienced. Our oldest entrant was Pat Horscroft was in her 70th year and celebrating by racing for the first time ever. She was rewarded with a special award and bear hug from Peaty on the podium.
As ever the atmosphere all the way along the track but particularly at the gap jump and finish bomb hole was electric. With so many people out watching and banging the hell out of the noise makers they had brought the racers were often seen smirking from the hilarious heckles.
Although most prizes were given away on the podium or in the raffle one very important one remains. A brand new Blur TR donated by Santa Cruz bicycles. In a size large it up for auction on Ebay with all proceeds (minus the ebay fees) going directly in to the charity pot. The frame with a Fox Float CTD Adjust Kashima Shock is worth over £1900 and we are open to reasonable offers. Please use the best offer system on Ebay to make your bids. Ideally You’ll collect from Sheffield to give cash on collection so we can avoid paypal fees.
If you want to win it, get your bids in here.
So back to the racing. For the 3rd year running, Dr Peat took the win, this year on his Santa Cruz Brosnon. That means he’s won on a different wheel size each year. Maybe 20″ next year? Full results are available on roots and rain but here’s the podiums
|1||1||Steve PEAT||Santa Cruz Syndicate||1:17.293 (1)||1:16.644 (1)||1:16.644||–|
|2||4||James SWINDEN||StevePeatSyndicate||1:20.373 (2)||1:21.004 (2)||1:20.373||3.729s|
|3||3||Sam DALE||Madison / Saracen||1:22.124 (3)||2:36.933 (10)||1:22.124||5.480s|
|1||22||Sam TAYLOR||Biketrack.org||1:47.219 (1)||1:43.888 (1)||1:43.888||–|
|2||17||James ELLIOTT||1:52.664 (2)||1:52.988 (2)||1:52.664||8.776s|
|3||18||Luke MUMFORD||TeamCHR||1:56.900 (3)||1:56.530 (3)||1:56.530||12.642s|
|1||30||Kade EDWARDS||Torico Morzine||1:45.902 (5)||1:36.766 (1)||1:36.766||–|
|2||31||Oscar MONK||Sheffield Dirt Society BMX||1:37.401 (1)||1:55.542 (7)||1:37.401||0.635s|
|3||32||Jake MONK||Sheffield Dirt Society BMX||1:37.657 (2)||1:37.529 (2)||1:37.529||0.763s|
|1||40||James HURST||Evolution Racing||1:28.898 (1)||1:29.597 (1)||1:28.898||–|
|2||44||George VEALL||1:33.691 (2)||1:33.784 (2)||1:33.691||4.793s|
|3||39||Tom GRICE||1:37.935 (6)||1:35.601 (3)||1:35.601||6.703s|
|1||51||Liam MCDERMOTT||TRG Racing||1:32.205 (2)||1:29.145 (1)||1:29.145||–|
|2||52||Sam ROBSON||MIJ Downhill Events||1:31.759 (1)||1:33.699 (3)||1:31.759||2.614s|
|3||56||Marco WOOD-BONELLI||Sheffield Dirt Society||1:33.402 (3)||1:31.767 (2)||1:31.767||2.622s|
|1||217||Luke MEREDITH||StevePeatSyndicate||1:24.251 (1)||1:24.546 (1)||1:24.251||–|
|2||227||Andrew WALKER||1:25.368 (2)||1:24.842 (2)||1:24.842||0.591s|
|3||232||David CAMUS||The University of Sheffield Cy||1:27.892 (6)||1:25.626 (3)||1:25.626||1.375s|
|1||141||Chay GRANBY||Cotic / Steel City Media||1:23.862 (1)||1:25.082 (1)||1:23.862||–|
|2||142||Rich NORGATE||1:25.262 (2)||1:25.246 (2)||1:25.246||1.384s|
|3||144||Adam TAYLOR||Plushhillcycles.co.uk||1:27.395 (3)||1:29.328 (5)||1:27.395||3.533s|
|1||171||Scott TURTLE||1:30.809 (1)||1:31.374 (2)||1:30.809||–|
|2||177||Martin CREASER||1:32.223 (2)||1:30.956 (1)||1:30.956||0.147s|
|3||151||Simon CHATTEN||1:33.171 (3)||1:32.319 (3)||1:32.319||1.510s|
|1||79||Cheri MILLS||1:38.970 (1)||1:39.744 (1)||1:38.970||–|
|2||88||Carrie POOLE||Osprey / Thebiketree.co.uk||1:44.287 (2)||1:44.072 (2)||1:44.072||5.102s|
|3||83||Becci SKELTON||Team Cycopath||1:45.489 (3)||1:54.870 (10)||1:45.489||6.519s|
|1||67||Emma PEASLAND||Stilettos on Wheels||2:05.149 (5)||1:49.278 (1)||1:49.278||–|
|2||73||Jody VALLANCE||1:53.076 (1)||1:52.788 (2)||1:52.788||3.510s|
|3||74||Jessica WIEGAND||Atgni||2:00.245 (2)||2:02.635 (4)||2:00.245||10.967s|
Massive thank you’s to all the event Sponsors, Helpers and Marshals. Many people willingly give up their valuable time to make this race happen and it could not happen without them. Its part of what makes this race so special, the people and smiling faces that help year in and year out. Thank you!
The race is organised by a team of 4 riders, myself Nick Hamilton, Steve Hardcastle, Henry Norman and Joe Bowman. If you see us out on the trails or at the bar, give us a pat on the back if you had a good day in the woods.
Until Next year…..
Here’s Ratboy and Peaty showing how to ride new tracks in Greno woods, which were built by money raised by Peaty’s Steel City Series. They start out on the newly completed DH3, then jump over to the Pub Run. The camera is well shaky but the whips are massive!
First off… watch this great edit done by Baybutt, it’ll sum up the nights activities much better than my waffle.
Round 6 was planned to be held up at Farmer Jacks field on the amazing cow patted berms. Massive thanks to him for letting us play! That was before the snow came… again. In the days leading up to last Tuesday there were many texts and phone calls checking on conditions and accessibility. It all just adds to the excitement. On the day, the roads were clear but the farm yard and the berms were under a few inches of neige. Peaty was out early shovelling off the first few corners to make sure they were running ok and Josh Lewis had run a quad over them a couple of days before. JoBo helped with the final few corners later in the afternoon after he’d played cash in the attic at Steve’s.
When I arrived the Genny and bulding lights were getting set up and Jack already had a massive fire going to keep us warm. All the makings of a royal nights racing. Once the rest of the lights were set up to illuminate the lower turns practice started in earnest. Despite the snow the course was actually pretty grippy once you could distinguish between snow berm and dirt berm. That track is so much fun with a couple of very challenging corners.
With 23 riders signed up racing got underway at 8 and straight in to the big guns, Will Swinden vs Chay Granby. Chay is currently trying to chase down Timmy at the top of the table and is feeling the pressure. He managed to fend of Mini Swinny… but only just! Team ‘This is Peaty’ also faced off in the first with Steve deliberating whether Joe could use the points more than him. He decided not and smashed him. Craig Evans was on fire from the off and carrying more speed out of the first right hander than anyone else by far, absolutely amazing to watch.
As our lovely timing ladies had decided to take the night off I was down at the finish line being ably assisted by a lovely cast of drop outs. First of Chris Pearson joined me and we developed the ‘rocking out’ technique for stop watch synchronisation. After being put out in the first round Baybutt and Joe Spivey also came to help out and we danced about, took the piss and jumped out of the way of crashing racers getting squirly on the finish table top. Tom England rounded out the evenings timing crew, many thanks to you all. That poor, poor whistle.
The 2nd round put an end to Chay’s points dream as Dave Camus showed him who was boss. Craig Evans also broke the 15 second mark for the first time while racing Tom Duncan who ended up over a berm. The Quarters saw Timmy out classed for once by Craig, amazing, and Loose Dog also showed me how it was done but at least he gave me a smile doing it. This setup a Peat, Evans Semi which was much hyped and anticipated. Craig had been putting down consistently faster times all night, could old school rise to the challenge? They both felt the pressure and had sloppy and slow first runs but Craig was ever so slightly ahead. In the other semi Chris Pearson showed his skills and kept his cool dispatching Loose dog who had another massive off in his second run. The same happened to Craig in his second run, misjudging the flat left and giving the win to Peaty. This was almost as humiliating as loosing his car keys and having to call his mum to rescue him. Steve went on take the win although only on time as Chris won the second leg and Craig had to make do with 3rd.
One thing that struck me again about Dual was that the racing is actually only a sideshow to the main event. Socialising. There’s so much chat and banter going on all night that a lot of the runs actually go almost unwatched. With there being a lot of snow about of course there was the obligatory snow ball fight, epic by any proportions. Naturally this also spilled over to the racing and the last few rounds of racing had added flying obstacles. Brilliant.
This leaves the top of table pretty tight but Timmy is looking pretty unassailable at this stage. Can Chay pull his Socks up and catch him up or will Chris overtake him before he gets chance? Until the next time…