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Steve Bate

Based
Hebden Bridge

From
Moray, Scotland

Date of birth
24/08/1977

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Steve was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa in late 2011 and officially registered blind. A keen climber it had always been Steve’s dream to solo climb El Capitan in Yosemite, California and in 2013 he made that dream happen, and in doing so became the first visually impaired person to complete the climb.

After being accepted onto the Great Britain Cycling Team Paralympic Podium Programme in December 2014, Steve Bate announced himself to the sporting world at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 winning two gold medals and a bronze alongside his pilot Adam Duggleby.

Career in numbers

3

Total Paralympic Games medals

1

Total UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships medals

Biography

Following Steve's climbing success, the keen sportsman was after a new challenge and was encouraged to try para-cycling by friend and Great Britain Cycling Team rider Karen Darke. He was accepted onto British Cycling’s Paralympic Development Programme in 2013 with his pilot Adam Duggleby and in their first year riding together they became British national road and time trial champions as well as winning the Tandem Tour of Holland.

These early results were enough to see Steve and Adam selected for the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships where they finished sixth in the pursuit with a personal best of 4.27.299.

However it was on the road where they really started to make an impact finishing on the podium in the road race and the time trial at the first world cup of the season in Maniago in June 2015. They finished the year in fine fashion winning a gold medal in the time-trial at the final world cup of the year in Pietermaritzburg as well as picking up a bronze in the road race.

A golden 2016

With the best year of their career behind them attention turned to gaining selection for the Paralympic Games in Rio.

They began their season with the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Italy knocking a huge chunk of their personal best time and just miss out on a medal with a time of 4.16.555.

They were then selected for the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend in May where a bronze in the time-trial was enough to see the pairing selected for their first Paralympic Games.

In Rio they dominated the tandem endurance events, setting a new world record in qualifying to win gold in the tandem pursuit on the track, winning gold in the time-trial on the road before rounding off a magnificent 10 days by picking up a bronze medal in the road race.

Steve finished 2016 with a month long cycling expedition in Patagonia with fellow Paralympic gold medallist Karen Darke.

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Great Britain Cycling Team's Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby
Great Britain Cycling Team's Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby

On track for Tokyo

After some time off following their 2016 exploits Steve and Adam returned to training with one goal for 2017 - become world champions for the first time. They got their season off to a fantastic start, winning gold in the time trial at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Maniago, Italy. The pairs excellent form on the road continued at their second UCI Para-cycling Road Word Cup in Holland where they picked up bronze medals in the time trial and road race.

That earned a duo selection for the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where they went in search of their first-ever world titles.

The pair won silver in the time trial, just missing out on gold by 3.66 seconds - a bittersweet result given they lost 25 seconds in the opening lap due to a mechanical. In the road race, despite a brave solo attack, they missed out on the medals in a bunch sprint for silver and bronze, finishing seventh.

Their quest for rainbow stripes continued at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships - and a return to Rio saw them crowned world champions for the first time.

At the scene of their Paralympic triumphs, the duo won gold in the individual pursuit.

Palmarès

2018
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Individual pursuit Gold
2017
UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa) Time trial Silver
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Maniago (Italy) Time trial Gold
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Emmen (Holland) Time trial Bronze
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Emmen (Holland) Road race Bronze
2016
Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Individual pursuit Gold
Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Time trial Gold
Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Road race Bronze
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Ostend (Belgium) Time trial Bronze
2015
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa) Time trial Gold
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa) Road race Bronze
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Maniago (Italy) Road race Silver
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Maniago (Italy) Time trial Bronze