Peats Jerseys (1 of 16)
Peats Jerseys (1 of 16)

steve peat's race jerseys

Steve Peat is a legend on the British and International race circuit. It was a few years ago now when I was at his house rummaging around in his attic for something when I came across these boxes full Steve Peat's race jerseys... there where loads of them.

dirt issue 66 - August 2007

Words by Mike Rose.

Many of them were very old in fluorescent day–glo colours and had the sweet smell of victory still on them (a strange mixture of stale sweat and cheap champagne). I searched through a little deeper and it soon became apparent that this was a real treasure trove, the complete race history of one of the greatest mountain bike racers of all time. So here it is, Steve Peat’s career in all its polyester and viscose multicolouredness.

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[part title="1992 - BATS"]

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Peats Jerseys (1 of 16)

Steve’s first official club team, the Beighton All Terrain Squad, or BATS, a Sheffield based mountain bike club.

[part title="1993 - LANGSETT CYCLES"]

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Peats Jerseys (2 of 16)

Steve’s first proper team. He got a cheap deal with Kona bikes via the shop and went on to win the Sports Class XC National series and the Senior Downhill series. He also made the British Worlds team in Metabief. He was team mates with Will Longden and two guys called Noddy and Mark.

[part title="1994 - LANGSETT CYCLES AND KONA"]

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Peats Jerseys (3 of 16)

Raced his first World Cup and the Reebok Eliminator in Mammoth Mountain, USA. Team mates with Will Longden and Chris Horsefield.

[part title="1995 - SARACEN CYCLES"]

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Peats Jerseys (4 of 16)

First year pro and his full first World Cup season. It was a big team made up of Rob Warner, Andrew Titley, Bobby Blake, Helen Mortimer, David Baker and Deb Murrell. They had some big name sponsors onboard too, including Coors, Esquire and Reebok.

[part title="1996 - MBUK / GT"]

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Peats Jerseys (5 of 16)

Steve’s first World Cup podium, a second place in Panti Cosa, Spain. And he was sixth overall in the series. Rob Warner, Karen Van Meerbeck, Tom Edwards and Will Longden made up the rest of the team.

[part title="1997 - GT"]

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Peats Jerseys (8 of 16)

First year on an international team and first personalised Troy Lee Designs helmet paint job. The move to GT was a big one, he joined a legendary team with a lot of top riders: Mike King, Hans Rey, Nolven Le Clair, Mercedes Gonzales, David Baker, Alison Dunlop, Juli Furtado and Jerome Chiodi all helped to make GT the team of the day. He rode a silver LTS and started his long term partnerships with mechanics Andy Kyffin and Doug ‘Hatrick’ Hatfield.

[part title="1998 - GT"]

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Peats Jerseys (9 of 16)

The year of Steve’s first World Cup win in Snoqualmie, USA, on a black Lobo. This was to be the start of a long line of World Cup wins.

[part title="1999 - GT"]

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Peats Jerseys (6 of 16)

The GT team changed a little in ’99, out went King and in came Eric Carter, Fabien Barel and Katja Repo. Steve rode the all new yellow, blue and black i–Drive frame.

[part title="2000 - GT"]

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Peats Jerseys (10 of 16)

Second overall in the World Cup series behind Nico Vouilloz. 4X star Brian Lopes joins the team. This time it is an all black GT i–Drive.

[part title="2001 - GT"]

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Peats Jerseys (7 of 16)

A mixed year for Peaty. After leading the World Cup series after two rounds an injury put an end to his title hopes for the year.

[part title="2002 - ORANGE"]

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Peats Jerseys (11 of 16)

Big changes in 2002. The GT team rather unceremoniously folded and Steve was left to go it alone. He rode a red and black 222 and took his first World Cup series win. Andy Kyffin became his Manager/Mechanic and he rode for one year in Troy Lee Designs race kit.

[part title="2003 - ROYAL ORANGE"]

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Peats Jerseys (13 of 16)

Another big move for Steve, ’03 saw him riding in his own Royal Racing kit. A polished 222 saw him have an up and down year. Highs, first in Mt St Anne…lows, 59th in Alpe d’Huez.

[part title="2004 - ROYAL ORANGE"]

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Peats Jerseys (14 of 16)

Steve took his second World Cup series win in ’04, but disappointing fell whilst being almost certain of the win at the World Championships in Les Gets.

[part title="2005 - ROYAL ORANGE"]

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Peats Jerseys (12 of 16)

A new bike, the Orange 224, in yellow and black, and a new mechanic, Giacomo Angelli. Steve took the first round in Vigo and the last in Fort William, Tracey Moseley also won in Scotland, making it a British double on home soil.

[part title="2006 - SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE"]

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Peats Jerseys (15 of 16)

A big year for Peaty, a new team in the form of the powerhouse Santa Cruz Syndicate (along with Nathan Rennie, Kirt Voreis and others), and his third World Cup series win. He won in Willingen and stayed consistent throughout to take the overall victory.

[part title="2007 - SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE"]

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Peats Jerseys (16 of 16)

Who knows what will happen in ’07. The backroom staff of team manager Kathy Sessler and mechanics Rick Clarkson and old friend Doug ‘Hatrick’ Hatfield, mean that everything is running sweet for another year. He had the leaders jersey for one race, but we will have to wait and see where it ends up.