Sheffield unveils first ‘dual slalom’ bike track

Sheffield-born mountain bike champion Steve Peat tries out Sheffields first official dual slalom track for the first time at Parkwood Springs.
Sheffield-born mountain bike champion Steve Peat tries out Sheffields first official dual slalom track for the first time at Parkwood Springs.
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Sheffield-born mountain bike champion Steve Peat has ridden the first official ‘dual slalom’ track for the first time.

The new mountain bike track at Parkwood Springs is the latest development in the wider ‘making tracks’ project, a partnership by Sheffield Council, Sport England and the Sheffield mountain bike community, to radicalise the city’s mountain bike infrastructure.

The dual slalom tracks will allow two riders to race side by side down two almost identical trails at the same time.

Steve said: “It’s amazing that Sheffield has got behind a new dual track. Dual is the funniest mountain bike discipline for spectators and riders to race and watch.

“Sheffield has such a good scene going right now and thanks to Jon Dallow of Sheffield Council for pushing it along. Good times ahead at Parkwood and the rest of Sheffield.”

Last year Sheffield launched itself The Outdoor City, raising the profile of the people, places, businesses and events that create the city’s unique outdoors lifestyle.

With a strong community of riders already, including Steve, Sheffield is making headlines worldwide because of its mountain bike scene.

Council woodlands officer Jon Dallow said: “It was amazing to see Steve Peat dual race on our latest bit of trail at Parkwood.

“ People in Sheffield have so much energy and passion for our city and you can really see that when you look at how many people have got behind and are proud to call Sheffield The Outdoor City.

“The dual track at Parkwood is the latest mountain bike trail we’ve opened in the city and the first inner city trail of its kind in the UK.”

The new track at Parkwood Springs is recommended for seasoned mountain bikers looking for the thrills of a serious downhill experience.

With the city centre as its backdrop, it encapsulates Sheffield’s unique proximity between urban living and outdoors adventure.

Parkwood opened its first 2km single track in 2012 and is now a popular destination for school groups, local mountain bike businesses, riders and mountain bike event organisers.

The dual track addition was built by Sheffield trail building company Biketrack, which is also responsible for the trails in Lady Cannings and Greno Woods.

The dual track is open to the public.

n For more, visit www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk