The Court of Trustees have adjudged that Steve Peat be granted the Award in recognition of his achievements in Downhill Mountain Biking – in particular becoming World Champion in 2009.
Steve Peat was born in Sheffield in 1974. He was interested in BMX cycling from an early age and progressed to mountain bike racing when 19 years old, racing with BATS mountain bike club and Langsett Cycles, Steve turned professional in 1995 and presently races for Santa Cruz Syndicate. His superb achievements include eight times Lisbon Downtown Champion, seventeen World Cup wins (with a total of fifty podium places), twice European Champion, eight times British Champion, and three times World Cup Champion.
After gaining the silver medal on four occasions Steve achieved his ultimate ambition in 2009 by becoming UCI Downhill World Champion in Canberra, Australia.
Steve has proved to be a great ambassador for Yorkshire cycling and is justly worthy of the Award.
The memorial was instigated in 1961 as a tribute to the memory of Charles Arthur Rhodes (1895-1961) doyen of the Yorkshire Road Club, co-founder in 1932 of the Yorkshire Cycling Federation and a nationally recognised timekeeper and administrator. The Award is regarded as the greatest distinction Yorkshire Cycling can bestow.
Steve Peat and Dai Robot. Watch out for more Dai….