28 October 2015

A world champion mountain biker today joined Sheffield’s prestigious ‘walk of fame’.

Steve Peat was selected to become the latest Sheffield Legend and will join the likes of Joe Cocker, Sean Bean, Michael Palin and Jessica Ennis-Hill on the city’s ‘Hollywood Boulevard-style’ attraction outside the Town Hall.

Peat was born in 1974 and grew up in Chapeltown, north Sheffield. Nicknamed ‘Sheffield Steel’, or more commonly just plain ‘Peaty’, he is a professional downhill mountain biker.

Prior to his career as a downhill cyclist Peat was employed as a plumber. He is now married to Adele Croxon and has two sons, Jake and George Peat.

Steve was delighted to be selected to become a Sheffield Legend. He said: ”It is a huge honour to be selected by the people of Sheffield to join some of my heroes on Sheffield’s ‘walk of fame’. It is always great to be acknowledged by the people from my home town, as I have always been proud to represent Sheffield and this country wherever I’ve competed around the world.”

Peat began his career with little success riding for the Saracen team alongside Rob Warner, before moving in the mid-90s to Team MBUK. He rode for GT Bicycles in the late 90s and for the Orange team between 2002 and 2005, winning the Fort William downhill world cup round in 2005. He then joined the Santa Cruz Syndicate team for the 2006 season, which saw him finish first overall, and has continued with it since.

Peat’s successes include second places in the Mountain Bike World Championships in 2000, 2001, 2002 and again in 2008 and becoming World Cup champion in 2002, 2004 and 2006. In 2009, at the UCI World Cup in Vallnord, Peat became the most successful male downhill mountain bike racer ever by number of wins – a title he held for over six years.

He has also won the Lisboa Downhill, held in Lisbon, Portugal, eight times. In September 2009 Peat won the World Championships in Canberra for the first time in his career.

Aside from his professional riding career, Peat has other involvements with the sport, including contributing to the design and manufacture of specialist riding clothing made by Royal Racing of which he is part owner. Peat is also involved with young cyclist academies and is a strong supporter of youth involvement in the sport.

Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain added: “There were many worthy nominations to be the next Sheffield Legend, but the Selection Board drawn from representatives from various sectors across the city chose Steve Peat.

“Steve has proudly represented Sheffield around the world and his success has certainly enhanced the city’s reputation as The Outdoor City in the UK.”

More information about the Sheffield Legends can be found at www.sheffield.gov.uk//legends.

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Notes for editors:

This is the current list of Sheffield Legends:

Gordon Banks – England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper.
Sean Bean – internationally-renown actor.
Jarvis Cocker – iconic lead singer with Pulp and radio presenter
Joe Cocker – internationally famous musician.
Sebastian Coe – Olympic medal winner and Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Derek Dooley – Sheffield footballing legend with both United and Wednesday.
Dame Margaret Drabble – internationally respected novelist and critic.
Jessica Ennis – Olympic Champion heptathlete.
Professor Barry Hancock – leading cancer treatment specialist.
Brendan Ingle – trainer to world champion boxers.
Def Leppard – top-selling rock band.
Nick Matthew – World squash champion.
David Mellor – internationally-acclaimed designer.
Michael Palin – famous film and television personality.
Joe Scarborough – unique Sheffield artist.
Helen Sharman – first British astronaut.
Joe Simpson – one of the world’s premier rock climbers.
Michael Vaughan – Yorkshire and England cricket captain.
Clinton Woods – World Champion boxer.