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Steel City DH this weekend!
by Phil on 28th February 2011
The inagural round of the Steel City DH Series takes place this weekend. It sold out in hours so if you didn't get the jump on everyone else and make the start list, why not head up to Greno to watch the action and see everyone from World Class racers and the next big thing to the just-having-a-laugh continguent tearing up a local track. If you can't make it up, log on to Freecaster to watch the action with commentary from Rob Warner!
Date : Saturday 5th March.
Location : Greno Woods, near Sheffield.
The buzz has been going on for a while and the start list is fully loaded with everyone from former World Champions to local kids racing for the first time. Check out the start list to see who you are up against or who you are going to support. There's a full line-up of sponsors with some great prizes so expect fast and furious racing.
Start List: The start list is available on ThisISheffield.
The big discussion is bike choice - the hill is a relatively mellow angle so the big bike is not necessarily the one. However, a finish line fly-off into the old quarry might favour slacker angles and more grip. Tactics will play a part in this mini-DH event.
For the non-racers, there's loads to do as well as spectating. Enter the raffle, shoot some photos and video then head to the Showroom cinema at night for the wrap up - and premier of Alex Rankin's Progression (sold out!).
Proceeds from the race go towards raising £1m to help The Wildlife Trust purchase Greno Woods. Read more about Greno Woods and the appeal at http://www.grenowoods.com/
If you are not racing, there's still a chance to contribute and maybe win one of a whole raft of excellent prizes from Cotic, 5:10, Smartwool, Santa Cruz and loads more.
Raffle and Auction details here.
Freecaster.tv are sponsoring the video contest to demonstrate your camera and editing skills. The challenge is to put together an 90 second edit of the day's race to be shown in the Showroom bar at 9pm the same day for all to see. It's up to you to make your work stand out and give the best impression of the day. All submissions must be submitted by 8:30pm to Will Ockelton, from Freecaster, in the showroom Bar and must be in a format to play on a Mac Laptop. The winner of the Video Contest will get an all expenses paid trip to the Fort William World Cup to join the Freecaster Crew and experience life as a professional cameraman for the weekend. All the best submissions will be featured on the Freecaster.tv website.
The photo contest is being sponsored by Arc'teryx and is your chance to showcase your mountain bike shooting skills. You need to submit your 3 best shots of the day in JPG format also by 8:30pm to Will Ockelton in the Showroom Bar. They will all be shown alongside the video submissions in the bar on the big screen. The prize is an Arc'teryx jacket worth hundreds of pounds to keep you warm and dry up on the hill next time you're shooting. All the best submissions will be featured on Freecaster.tv and future promotion of the Steel City Downhill.
The judges for the contests read like a who's who of mountain biking. The Video Contest will be judged by Steve Peat, Alex Rankin, Rob Warner, and Will Ockelton. The Photo Contest will be judged by Dirt Magazine Photographer Grant Robinson and Art Director Jon Gregory, two men who know a good photo. If your work is good enough, there is a good chance it will end up in the magazine.
See you at the weekend
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