© Duncan Philpott
The first time I ever rode a bike in Wharncliffe Woods I was around 13; Wharncliffe became my playground and it still is. Biking is a massive part of my life. Both my boys and my wife ride and race.
Despite getting to ride the world over, Sheffield is still my favourite place to ride. Why would I live anywhere else? Look at it. The people. The mountain bike scene. The trails. Sheffield is the best place in the world to ride a bike.
It’s got everything you need. Trails like Lady Canning’s Plantation out at Ringinglow, the awesome rides at Grenoside, or if you’re looking for something more urban there is the Parkwood Springs trail which overlooks the city centre. All easy to get to, all offer a different ride and opportunity for progression depending on how you roll them. But it isn’t just the places. It’s the people. The scene here is prolific and it's all come about from local businesses and bikers putting time and money into making something awesome for everyone.
Sheffield undoubtedly grows its own talent but we also attract talent, with people choosing to live here because of the landscape and the facilities. We’ve got seven hills to ride up and down. Big ones.