In The UK? Outdoor City Weekender 2017 Is A Must-Attend

If you’re in the United Kingdom, or can easily get there, then you might want to take the time to check out Outdoor City Weekender this weekend. It takes place in Sheffield from March 17 through the 19th (for 2017).  This is actually the second year of this celebration, and it has something to do for everyone.

In case you don’t know, Sheffield is known as The Outdoor City thanks to their proximity to all sorts of awesome outdoor activities for the adventure-minded. Check out the video below to get an idea of what to expect.

The Outdoor City Weekender 2017 from Welcome to Sheffield on Vimeo.

This year they are introducing the Howard Street Dual, which sounds like a pretty awesome (and unique) mountain biking event. Are you ready for this? It’s an urban street duel with the action going down in the city center. Two-by-two the mtb riders will go head-to-head in a knockout style event to rival any other mtb event. At the end, it will be the fastest two MTBers going against each other to see which wins the race. This cool mtb event happens on Saturday at 2:30pm, with finals from 5:00pm, and you definitely won’t want to miss it.

According to the event organizers, the event features a line-up of specially invited riders including former Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion and Sheffield Legend Steve Peat , the race will be a chance to see some of Sheffield’s home-grown talent, who are usually out at the likes of Wharncliffe, Grenoside and Parkwood Springs, right here in the city centre. The event will be free for spectators to come and watch. The course will take the riders from the top of Howard Street towards the railway station via a descent along grassy and gritty slopes, across the front of Sheffield Hallam University’s main central campus building and finishing behind The Howard pub. The course even includes some special custom-made wooden features to provide extra thrills. With cow bells and noise makers lining the track, the racers will be cheered from top to bottom making it great fun for the whole family and the best hecklers in town.

One of the more interesting parts of The Outdoor City Weekender is the ShAFF: Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. You can catch some cool adventure-themed films at the Showroom Cinema all three days of this special event. Check out the trailer below to get an idea of what will be playing all weekend.

If you’re into climbing, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF). You can even participate! It’s a fun time for everyone and it’s open to all climbers, regardless of age or ability. The CWIF encourages everyone to come along and test their strength and technique alongside the professionals.

Details from the event organizers: Register and pay the normal Climbing Works entry fee – the organisers just ask for a donation of £10 for teams, which goes to charity. Alongside all the climbing, expect a BBQ, giveaways, and special deals on kit over the weekend from Rab and other sponsors.

And if you want to see some cyclists ride up seven of the city’s steepest hills, then you’ll want to watch the Magnificent Seven on Sunday. According to event organizers, this is not for the fainthearted, the race is a cross between a sportive and a hill climb, that invites participants to face seven of the city’s toughest hills.The route, which is nearly 27 miles, presents each rider with over 3,800ft of climbing, with inclines ranging from 9 to 23 per cent.

The 2017 route climbs will include the infamous Côte de Oughtibridge which was part of the 2014 Tour de France stage 2. The other challenging climbs include Hangram Lane, Blake Street, West Lane, Hagg Hill, Foxhall Lane and Fern Road/Thrush Street, the latter of those being this year’s infamous “cobbled” section of the route.

Registration for the Magnificent Seven is already full, so you’ll have to be a spectator for this one.

If none of those events appeal to you, then you’ll be happy to know that there are some additional fringe events taking place over the course of the weekend. Organizers mention Yoga in the Winter Garden; City Orienteering; Accelerate’s Adventure Run; Trail Advantage Mountain Bike Coaching and a Cotic Bikes Demo Day, as well as a series of volunteer day opportunities from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.

We think that this definitely sounds like a fun way to spend this weekend. If you’re able to attend, then please report back and let us know how it was for you. And, have fun!

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