VIDEO: Cyclists take on Sheffield's seven hills
Elite cyclists pushed their endurance to the limit as they tackled some of Sheffield's steepest hills.
Around 50 riders from across the country took part in the Magnificent Seven, a cycling event billed as the first of its kind in the UK.
The female winner Natalie Creswick, aged 35 - who won the title ‘Queen of the Hills’ - travelled from her London home specifically for the extreme challenge.
She said: “It was absolutely magnificent. It feels brilliant to win, it was such a good event. It was fun and pretty challenging, by the fifth hill I was really feeling a lot of leg burn. I’d definitely come back for it - I hope it comes back next year bigger and better.”
The male winner, ‘King of the Hills’ Kieran Wynne-Cattanach, 18, said: “I’m happy, it’s the first race I’ve done this year so it was a good way to start the season. This suited me quite well because I’m quite light and I tend to go well up the hills.”
He said he thought the second climb - up cobbled street Birkendale Road, in Upperthorpe - was the hardest, adding: “I’ve never ridden on cobbles, the bike was bouncing all over. If they do it again, I’ll do it, I think it’s a great event.”
After the ride, cyclists were treated to lunch at The Norfolk Arms pub, Ringinglow, where there was also an awards ceremony. It is hoped the event will become a regular part of the Outdoor City Weekender - a new annual celebration in Sheffield.