Life’s still all downhill for mountain bike star Steve

Steve Peat still gets the biggest cheer on the hill.
Steve Peat still gets the biggest cheer on the hill.
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Sheffield’s former world mountain bike champion Steve Peat has become the star of his very own show.

The 39-year-old from Chapeltown – the most successful downhill mountain biker – was at the premiere of his film Steve Peat - Won’t Back Down at Sheffield Hallam University’s Pennine Theatre on Saturday.

The film looks back at his 20-year career in the sport, which has seen him win the World Championship in 2009 in Canberra, Australia, and pick up a record 17 World Cup series victories.

Steve said it was the perfect time to release the film as he prepares to ride on the world tour as a 40-year-old next year.

He said: “We’ve been working on this for four years, pulling together all the old historical footage.

“I certainly don’t feel like a film star. It’s just the story of my life in mountain biking and how I got there.

“There are things that are hard to show, like when I was younger and was riding around Grenoside and Wharncliffe Woods chasing my older brothers, but we’ve tried to use photographs to explain all that.

“It’s not just on-bike footage either. We’ve tried to show what we get up to when we’re not racing and give people a look at what we do.

“It’s nice to be able to show people that.”

The former Ecclesfield School student has been at the top of his sport for two decades.

And he is still competitive racing riders 20 years his junior.

Steve said: “I’ve no plans on packing up just yet.

“ The next youngest guys are in their early 30s, but I was in good form towards the end of last season, so I’m confident for next year.”

He still lives in Sheffield and regularly trains on the tracks around Grenoside where he learned his trade.

There are plenty of thrills and spills in the film, but as he says, he has no intention of slowing down.

Steve said: “As you get older you get a bit wiser to the risks involved with the sport and know how much it hurts, but that experience helps. You also know what to do for training.

“We used to have time off at the end of a season but it’s pretty much non-stop now.”

The North American premiere is set for Friday, December 13, in California.

The full premiere tour kicks off in January with the film available on DVD in late February.