One Saturday morning before the Peddler Night Market, seven of Sheffield's bravest (most foolish?) riders took on three of its toughest urban climbs: Copper Street, Trinity Street and Snow Lane. The magnificent seven included road racers Adam and Daniel, fixie skidders James and Josh, E-bike enthusiast Bruce and finally Russell and Monty from your favourite bicycle shop.
We eased into the hill climb on Copper Street, full of energy and eager to shake off the morning chill. On this first round, Adam sprinted to the top of the leader board, flying the flag for Sheffield Hallam University Cycling Club.
Next in line was Trinity Street, ramping up the intensity of the challenge. Alongside battling with the gradient, we had to contest with rogue musicians loading their gear into a neighbouring building – how inconvenient! Despite this, our fearless riders rose to the challenge and defeated the second hill. James of Kinell (Sheffield fixed gear) proved that simplicity is the key to victory, racing up the hill and claiming the fastest time.
Saving the best till last, our third hill stood before us in the form of Snow Lane. This deceptive hill features a kink in the road, hiding the steepest final section which can easily catch a rider out. We had to muster all of our strength for the final push and there was no holding back, with admirable efforts from every competitor. James claimed victory over Snow Lane and therefore proved himself king of the mountains. Who says you need a fancy carbon road bike to go fast?
A big thanks goes to everyone that came along and contributed to such a friendly atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you again on future rides. From scenic steep climbs to casual urban meanders, join Russell's Bicycle Rides on Facebook and stay up to date with the latest events. See you at the next one!