A never before seen event for the city and an exciting addition to The Outdoor City Weekender, we’re excited to announce The Howard Street Dual (AKA Steel City Dual Slalom) will be taking place on Saturday 18 March.
This unique dual slalom mountain bike race, will see riders race head-to-head, two at a time, down a course in an exhilarating knockout-style event. The fastest two riders of the day will then take each other on in the Grand Final.
Featuring a line-up of specially invited riders including former Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion and Sheffield Legend Steve Peat , the race will be a chance to see some of Sheffield’s home-grown talent, who are usually out at the likes of Wharncliffe, Grenoside and Parkwood Springs, right here in the city centre. The event will be free for spectators to come and watch.
The course will take the riders from the top of Howard Street towards the railway station via a descent along grassy and gritty slopes, across the front of Sheffield Hallam University's main central campus building and finishing behind The Howard pub. The course even includes some special custom-made wooden features to provide extra thrills. With cow bells and noise makers lining the track, the racers will be cheered from top to bottom making it great fun for the whole family and the best hecklers in town.
The invited racers, selected for their race performance, represent a wide range of Sheffield talent as well as riders from further afield. The first-ever city-centre Howard Street Dual is set to be an amazing show and as much fun to watch as it will to take part. There are still a handful of places for female riders up for grabs and entry is now open to register visit the British Cycling website.
Racing will begin at 2:30pm with practice and seeding runs from midday. Finals will be from 5pm with the prize-giving taking place immediately after.
As well as the Howard Street Dual, headline events of The Outdoor City Weekender will be the Magnificent Seven bike race, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) and the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF).