Sheffield mountain bike superstar Steve Peat to tell his amazing story in new book

Sheffield mountain biking legend Steve Peat has signed a book deal with city publisher Vertebrate.

Thursday, 31st December 2020, 3:03 pm

The book, Steve Peat: A biography, will tell the extraordinary story of his journey from Sheffield plumber to top professional mountain biker, competing all over the world.

Steve said: “Writing this book will be a great experience and a huge memory jogger for myself, when I sit and chat about different stories all kinds of fun things spring to mind.

"I feel very lucky to have found mountain biking and I am excited to share my ups and down with you guys.

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FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND - JUNE 05: Steve Peat competes in the Men's Downhill at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on June 5, 2016 in Fort William, Scotland

"I feel I have always tried to be honest and approachable and I hope we can get this across in the book, along with all the fun stuff.”

Steve Peat has had a long-standing career racing downhill mountain bikes that has spanned more than 25 years.

His many racing achievements include 2009 Downhill World Champion, 3X Downhill World Cup Champion and 2X European Champion.

Former mountain bike world champion Steve Peat trying out a new skate and scooter park in Grenoside in 2018

In 2016, Steve raced his last UCI World Cup downhill but he continues to race in local and enduro events.

In 1998 he founded Royal Racing, a clothing manufacturer of race kits for cyclists through which he helps young riders achieve their goals.

He has worked as a brand ambassador for Santa Cruz Syndicate since 2006 and began a rider development programme called Steve Peat Syndicate in 2010, which provides support and coaching for riders.

Over the years he has taken part in various charity events raising money for cancer and, through the Steel City Downhill race, he’s also raised money for The Sheffield Wildlife Trust, to support mountain bike projects around Sheffield.

Steve Peat: A biography will be published in October.

Vertebrate Publishing, based in Sharrow, is a specialist publisher of outdoor guides and mountaineering books and climbers’ biographies.

World-leading Sheffield climber Pete Whittaker was announced as the winner of the $2,000 Guidebook category award at the prestigious 2020 Banff Mountain Book Festival with his guide to Crack Climbing, published by Vertebrate.

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