Steve Peat was the guest of honor at Sheffield Hellam University last night. He thanked the University for their support which played a major role on his win at the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike Championships in Canberra.
The hometown hero has a career that any biker would envy. He has been to the podium more than 50 times and has won the Lisbon DH race 8 times. This record has not been broken yet and remains Peat’s own.
Steve believes that his win in 2009 was a combination of both physical and psychological training. “Training at Sheffield Hallam has given me a new focus. The training programme that the Podium Performance guys here put together helped me structure my training and leave time for my family. It was definitely one of the things that helped me win the World Championships.”
During his speech, Peat pointed out the pressure he felt to win the World Championships in Canberra. He confided in Dr. Rob Copeland regarding this matter and the University psychologist took action to help him. Dr. Copeland sent him emails that have become his daily inspiration to gain confidence during the race.
To make the event more memorable, Yorkshire Cycling representative John Churchman, awarded Peat the C.A. Rhodes Memorial for 2009 which bears the title ‘Yorkshire Cyclist of the Year’. This was for his achievements in Downhill Mountain Biking.