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(NOT) CATCHING UP WITH PEATY

Pete Scullion catches up with one of the most successful mountain bikers of all time, and a giant of the sport in many ways.

Rolling down Steve Peat’s driveway seems awfully familiar, although I’ve never set foot in this part of the world until now. The area that surrounds the house of one of our most famous cyclists has appeared in magazines and videos for around two decades – long before I turned my hand to the media side of riding.

The greeting at the door hammers home why he’s known by some as ‘The Big Man’. A slab chest precedes that iconic grin over the threshold, and at six foot three and fourteen odd stone, Steve has a foot and six stone on me. I’m offered a handshake, but warned to go easy following an excursion off the trials motorbike the previous day that has left his right thumb somewhat sore and swollen.

Coffee is poured and we retire to the conservatory, which is already warm enough courtesy of the strong late-March sun. Chat turns to jumps in the garden, parenting, Winter X Games wins and fails on a gold GT i-Drive, being overtaken by John Tomac in the air, and the plan for our day ahead. With Grenoside and WharncliThe Woods straddling Steve’s house, there’s no surprise he’s been happy here for the last 18 years, and on a dry, dusty spring day there are few riders who have this quality and quantity of trails on their doorstep. There’s no loading of vans – it’s just bikes out of the shed and off we go.

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