Steve Peat is welcomed into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
Peaty and the original hucker Josh Bender are two of the greats to be joining the illustrious ranks of the MTB Hall of Fame this year
As MTB legends go, they don't get much bigger than Steve Peat, which is why we're celebrating the announcement that he's just been inducted into the Marin Museum of Bicycling- MTB Hall of Fame.
For those of you who are still wet behind the ears, the MTB Hall of Fame was set up way back in 1988 and, ever since, three to seven iconic figures have been inducted annually. An ongoing exhibition in the Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax, California, illustrates the history of the sport and the part these legends have played in it.
Peaty is undoubtedly one of the finest mountain bikers the UK has ever produced, with one World Championships gold medal to his name, three World Cup overall titles, nine national titles, 17 World Cup wins and 52 World Cup podiums. Besides this, he's also been an incredible ambassador for the sport, nurturing young talent and massively boosting the Sheffield scene.
If you've not yet seen it, we highly recommend watching the full-length documentary on Steve, Won't Back Down.
And these days, even though Steve has retired from World Cup racing, he's not slowed down one bit, as a victory in this year's 'Ard Rock Enduro (over none other than Danny Hart) shows. What's more, he's not shy of going big, as you can see in his recent segment from the GAMBLE film. We think this line from the movie, spoken by Alan Ford – aka Bricktop from Snatch – sums it up well:
"Leaving a legacy to inspire the next generation, I give you a world champ, the people's champ, the King of the facking Norf – Steve Peat!"
The other new inductees are American freeride legend Josh Bender, Leadville Trail 100 founder Ken Chlouber and Kiwi MTB stalwarts the Kennett brothers.
Former Mountain Biking UK features editor Ed Thomsett is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He's raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro, and has spent several summers living in the Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirtbag lifestyle. Now Ed calls upon his years of experience riding bikes to the limit as a writer and reviewer for MBUK and BikeRadar. He's also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and believes the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.