Steel City Down Hill. 21st April

Steel City Down Hill.  21st April
Steel City Down Hill.  21stApril

After yet another week of ‘April’ showers and reports that the track wasn’t fairing well it was inevitable that I would be loading the van in the rain on a cold Saturday morning. Thankfully during the hour drive down the weather improved and appeared to be turning into quite a nice day.
Once parked up and registration taken care of it was time to ride to short distance down to the course and have a steady first run down. The impressive 6ft high start ramp at least let you get off to a good start, but from then on it was a pedal fest, I was glad I had my Trail bike rather than the Downhill Rig!
One plus side to a flat pedal fest track is the push up is flat too, in fact it was easier to pedal up it than walk it if you were on a short travel bike, this enabled 4 or more runs an hour were achievable if you had the legs for it. After 3 practice runs I trip back to the van (losing my goggles on the way!) to make a few changes and set Adams bike up on clips!
Thankfully on the way back to the course my goggles were hanging from a tree – thank you to whoever found these and did this – a testament to the riders and the event! I thought they were gone for good.
2 more practice runs later and it was time for the first race runs. I was having a reasonable run until the lower third where I lost a foot and had good sized moment, but thankfully managed to avoid the nicely painted yellow tree stump! I crossed the line in a time of 2:02 which placed me 13th.
With only seconds separating most riders I felt confident I could easily improve on my time and hopefully make the top ten. This time from the word go I pedalled my little legs off, which is why I entered one of the first few corners all wrong and ended up making a right mess of it, annoyed that I’d almost stopped I gave the rest of the track every thing I had and when I crossed the line I was spent, unfortunately the mistake had cost me far to much time and I ended up a second slower! My first run time of 2:02 would have to do – I eventually finished 15th.
Adam and Liam were cursing their Downhill bikes weight and I honestly think if either one of them had had the right bike for the race then podiums would have been on the cards. Even so Liam finish 5th and Adam 7th – top to lads on Downhill bikes!
Overall a great little event that has a relaxed atmosphere and would be a great way for anyone to try there hand at down hill racing.

Adam Hurst: Race report for steel city.
Up bright and early, kick started by 4 chocolate weetabix. got the bikes and kit into the car and headed off to the steel city venue which is 20 mins from my house. signed on, got the number cards and headed out to the track for the first practise run. the track was amazing. it was super fast and flowy with the odd double and table top in for good measure. a few high speed corners and a few rocky sections. the gradient was flat pretty much so i knew it was going to be hard to do well with the big bike so i switched to my spd pedals which gave me that extra pedal power i needed. i managed 4 practise runs overall which i would say it is a lot due to it being a push up event. Anyway i downed a monster and headed up for my first race run. my first race run went well, hitting my lines, clearing the gap at the top and just using my energy wisely. This put me in a nice position with not too much pressure for my second run. I properly pushed it on my second run. Pedalling in every place I could. I was absolutely shattered at the end and was quite glad it was over to be honest. At the end of the day I managed a time of 1:48.044 which put me in 7th place overall in the junior category. Would just like to say a big shout out for everyone who organised the event and making it worth while. cheers



After passing a strange man giving us thumbs up in the other lane on the motorway me, my girlfriend and friend arrived at grenno woods for the steel city race. when we arrived we couldn’t help notice that nearly every body was on a all mountain bike which was the perfect weapon for this track. Once smashing in the first two runs it was clear why people were riding lighter bikes. the track was 1:30-2:00 mins of flat out pedaling which was extreamly lung burning on a downhill bike. After trying numerous times on my practice and my first race run to clear the gap jump it was abvious that i could not find the speed until my final race run came around and i cleared the lot which gave me plenty of speed into the grassy part of the corse before entering the woods. Through the woods it was yet again flat out pedaling around the hard packed berms and over some more jumps which then led into the opening where the crowds cheered while riders came over the drop and across the line. After nearly taking out the timimng man at the bottom if came a way with 5th place with a time of 1:46 beating my firt run by just over 1 second.
The day was awesome and me adam and rich all received great results. It would of been great if one of us from the team could reach the podium but we shall be saving that for farmer johns next month. see you there.
and a big thanks to the people who built the tack and organised the event and also the sponsors.