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Mountain Biking Athlete

Steve Peat

United Kingdom United Kingdom

BIOGRAPHY

The man, the legend. It’s safe to say that mountain bike racing in the UK and beyond would never be the same without Steve Peat. Hailing from Sheffield, England, the pioneer grew up chasing his two older brothers around on BMX bikes. After catching the mountain bike bug in the rolling hills of Yorkshire, ‘Peaty’ started causing a stir on the amateur circuit in the 1990s and won his first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup race in 1998. Since then, “Sheffield Steel” has cemented himself as one of the most accomplished competitors in MTB history: Steve Peat is an eight-time UK Downhill National Champion, three-time European Champion, and the 2009 World Champion. He took 17 wins at UCI DH Downhill World Cups in his career and was crowned overall World Cup series champion in 2002, 2004, and 2006. The star of his own video game ‘Steve Peat - Downhill Mountain Biking' is a strong proponent for attracting young talent into mountain biking. Officially retired from racing, Steve Peat was inducted into the MTB Hall of Fame in 2018 and received an honorary doctorate degree from Sheffield Hallam University for his accomplishments and contributions to charity. Far from finished, you can still find him out at the racetrack: As the Head Coach for Santa Cruz Syndicate bikes, he mentors young talent including Monster Energy riders Luca Shaw and Loris Vergier to keep evolving the sport that he impacted like no others before him.

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