rit Steve Peat is a true legend of downhill mountain biking, whose victory in the 2009 World Championships in Canberra was one of the most popular in the history of the sport - he had previously had four near misses at the event, finishing second in 2000, 2001, 2002 and again in 2008. He has competed in an incredible 20 World Championships. However, perhaps his greatest successes have come in the World Cup series, where he has three times been named the overall champion (in 2002, 2004 and 2006), and finished on the podium 52 times. He won his sixteenth World Cup race in La Bresse in 2009, equalling the record held by Nicolas Vouilloz, and he won again the following week in Vallnord, making him the most successful male downhiller ever by number of World Cup wins. Born in Chapeltown near Sheffield in 1974, Steve began riding road bikes at the age of three, following his two older brothers around their local park with such skill that he was soon given the nickname ‘the Kamikaze kid’. “It was so natural for me to hop on a mountain bike and just ride,” says Steve. “I have always enjoyed riding bikes and will not stop enjoying it.” This enjoyment, coupled with his famously fun and approachable personality, are clear for all to see both in his riding and in his films and web-based edits. There is no doubt that the man they call ‘Sheffield Steel’ has positively influenced multiple generations of world-class downhillers from Great Britain.
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