Steve Peat at Parkwood Springs, Sheffield
Steve Peat at Parkwood Springs, Sheffield

Downhill legend Steve Peat thrills local children in Sheffield

Good fortune came to kids from Parkwood Springs when local downhill legend Steve Peat turned up to give them a few tips and ride with them around their local track.

The event was kept low key to make sure that the locals were the only ones who would  enjoy the day.

The 2km track has been years in the making and was officially opened a year ago. Jon Dallow, of Sheffield City Council Woodlands Team, has co-ordinated the six-year long project with the help of Cycling UK Education Officer Dan Cook's vision, bringing prime singletrack trails to the city centre.

It hasn’t been at all easy, but I have had a lot of help from many people along the way." 

Jon Dallow,
Sheffield City Council Woodlands Team

Through their hard work, they managed to unlock the £250k of European funding required for the wider project through Sport England and South Yorkshire Forest.

There has been huge amounts of community engagement and support throughout the project too from The Friends of Parkwood Springs, who have been very positive, as have the locals.   

The Track at Parkwood has even enabled GCSE Mountain Biking to take place at the  local secondary school, Parkwood Academy.  

Parkwood Springs must be the best kept secret in Sheffield!