Steve Peat’s somewhat of a local hero around here. But, travelling the world racing and being Downhill World Champion and Triple World Cup Champion hasn’t meant that Peaty forgot his roots. Once a year Peaty’s Steel City Downhill race turns the legend’s local trails into a busy mini-festival for a day. With 12 classes of riders, men and women aged 11 and up, and everyone getting two timed runs down the course, the whole day is packed with riding. The large ‘bomb hole’ at the bottom of the hill provides the perfect climax to the race and is packed with riders and fans. The final challenge, a large drop into the hole and the finish line dissects the main hub of the event, which is lined with food stalls, music, and a pop-up bar.
The weather was temperamental throughout the day. Snow and frost lined the course as practise got underway, with the main race pivoting between patches of sunlight and brief hail storms. Whilst this dampened the trail, it didn’t dampen the spirits of riders and fans, as 3000 people turned up to watch the 300 riders race. After a long day filled with excitement and action Peaty himself set the fastest time of the day, on the second to last run, and took the prized 1st place on the podium – but you wouldn’t expect anything less from a former world champ