With the announcement that the great Steve Peat will be retiring after the 2016 season, we take a look at some of the sport defining moments that Steve has created over his 20+ year career and some images that make him the champion he is.
That fact he is still going now is a testament to the man’s will to win. I remember hearing the same comments back in 2009, and here we are, nearly 7 years later saying the same thing.
16 world cup wins, 3 world cup overalls, 1 world championship. Millions of people inspired. ( I bought my Azonic bars for my Raleigh Max as Steve had them in all those amazing Malcolm Fearon Images )
Here is a man that has made DH what it is. Enjoy.
What more can we say. Humble. Champion. Winner. Legend. @zachfaulkner
The early days – known as the Pinball wizard. Steve was flat out from the get go.
Not a race, but video segments like this, when World Cup footage was impossible to find until they end of the season cemented Steve’s iconic image. Credit: Spasic / Rankin
Skip to the end to see Steve take his first World Cup overall, beating his nemesis Nico Vouilloz. This came four years after Steve’s maiden WC race win in Snoquailme.
Les Gets. 2004. An iconic moment. Leading by 2 at the split, Steve went down within site of the finish. Moments of defeat are to be cherished as much as the victories. They shape who we are.
From the lows to the highs. Having failed to qualify at this World Cup, I got to watch this from the stand. The footage is sketchy but the emotion is huge.
“More natural talent than Susan Boyle” . This was the fulcrum for a something special later in the year.
What can you say. Relief, ecstasy. A victory of unthinkable magnitude.
Over the last few years we’ve seen Steve in wide ranging roles, and this Santa Cruz 5010 video is a belter of his diversity.
Val Di Sole 2015. After a year of injury, it was awesome to see Steve back on his bike. @zachfaulkner
Always up for a laugh, Steve has brought on countless incredible riders. None more so than Josh. @zachfaulkner