The Outdoor City Weekend is one of the most exciting weekends of the year for cyclists in this parish. Three days celebrating Sheffield, the Peak District and all the wonderful outdoor activities we can get up to in them. We’ve put together a list of all the cycling activities being put on this weekend, and where you can find them.
The weekend starts with the launch of the Mend our Mountains campaign. Mend our Mountains aims to raise £1 million for a range of vital path repair projects within Britain’s entire family of 15 National Parks. The campaign launch will be hosted by Niall Grimes and Mary-Ann Ochota and is part of the ShAFF launch.
The Howard Street Dual is one of the cycling highlights for the Outdoor City Weekender. Mountain bikers go head-to-head on a dual slalom course in Sheffield city centre. Expect thrills, spills and an appearance from Sheffield MTB royalty Steve Peat in this truly unique urban cycling event. Racing starts around 5pm on Hallam Square.
Unfortunately, the Sporteering Polaris Challenge that had been scheduled for Saturday has had to be postponed due to adverse conditions. However, British Cycling will still have an events hub in the Peace Gardens offering advice and tips on how to get out on your bike more regularly.
The Magnificent Seven is another unique event for the Outdoor City Weekender. Effectively seven hill climbs rolled into one event, the Magnificent Seven sees local club riders take on seven of the most brutal climbs Sheffield has to offer. Riders are escorted between climbs by support vehicles and get to race up closed roads with crowds wielding cow bells cheering them all the way up. Racing kicks off at 8:30am, with a full schedule of the climbs available here.
Sunday also sees a Cotic Demo Day at Lady Cannings and a Trail Advantage MTB Skills Coaching Session. Speaking from personal experience, the Cotic demos are a great chance to both sample some very cool bikes and meet some fellow cycling enthusiasts. The MTB Coaching session, led by Adam Simmonite, starts on Houndkirk Moor and covers bike set up, body position, braking, reading the trail and cornering.