Trailer: WON'T BACK DOWN - The Steve Peat Story

Nov 24, 2013
by Scott Secco  


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First off, congratulations on this past season, your results in Hafjell and Leogang were incredible. Were you satisfied with your year?
To be honest the start of this season was terrible for me, I felt good coming in but seemed to be carrying my bad luck from 2012. It finally came good towards the end and I was very happy with 6th and then 9th at Norway and Leogang.

Normally, we see documentaries like Won’t Back Down when an athlete’s career is finished, yet you’re still a legitimate podium threat. How does it feel looking back on your life and career while still being highly competitive?
(Laughs) Yeah it is a little strange for me too, but when is the right time to do something like this? People know who I am now and I think Clay and John will tell an amazing story, it’s been a long time in the making so hopefully everyone can enjoy and I can keep my story going!

Photo by Duncan Philpott
  It's strange to think that Steve has been racing World Champs for more years than the Juniors have been alive and each year he proves his worth.

In 'Seasons' you mentioned riding shady jumps with your brothers. What was your first bike? Did you fall in love with cycling at an early age?
My first bike was something that my Dad stuck together out of old parts from my brothers and bits he found in Skips, I also rode BMX for a while but my first mountain bike was a Muddy Fox Roadrunner, still have it today too. I would say I did fall in love with bikes from a very early age, it gave me independence when I was riding round the estate I grew up on.

You started your career racing cross-country, what was your first downhill race? Were you hooked instantly?
Yes, I started racing XC first and I always enjoyed the downhills, it was at a time when the two started to split and it was natural for me to continue with DH rather than XC. My first DH race was on the same bike I road XC on the day before.

Was there a moment where you knew downhill racing could be your career? When did it become a fulltime profession?
In 1995 I was still working as an apprentice plumber but racing every weekend, then this team approached me and offered me money, I was nervous and didn’t want to let my boss down, it turns out he was the one who said ”Steve, you’re pretty good at this mountain biking lark, why don’t you go and give it a go.’’

Whether you’re racing dual slalom at Sea Otter or a World Cup round, you always look like you’re having fun on a bike. What keeps you fast and motivated?
Exactly what you said! Having fun keeps me motivated; if I take it too seriously then I think I would have burned out many years ago. I have always enjoyed riding bikes and want to keep it that way forever.

With the woods being unnaturally dry it made for fast and loose riding. Steve fits in filming into an already tight schedule between world cups it is increidble to think he has been doing this for 20 years
  With the woods being unnaturally dry it made for fast and loose riding. Steve fit filming into an insanely tight schedule between racing World Cups, it is incredible to think he has been doing this for 20 years.

What is your mindset toward racing: is it more about beating the competition or do you just try to satisfy yourself personally (and the results come with that)?
I am highly competitive obviously, and because of this I feel like I put the most pressure on myself because I want to win. I have tasted the top step on the podium and like how it feels so that keeps me competitive.

Your 2009 World Championship win was an emotional moment for race fans everywhere. Is that win your career highlight?
It is a huge highlight for me, more so because it took me 17 years to finally get there, the sense of relief I felt that day was massive. I have other highlights that mean a lot to me personally but the World Champs is the biggest race out there for fans looking in.

Porter mentioned that much of the best archival footage is from your camera. When did you start bringing a camera to races? Did you have a plan for this footage or would it have sat in storage for years?
I just enjoyed filming what we were up to, it started quite early for me but I am not good at logging footage so if we didn’t do this project now it probably would have sat in a box in my loft forever (laughs).

What’s your all time favorite track?
It used to be the 1999 Slovenia track, I felt like it had a awesome mix of everything good, the last two years I have enjoyed Hafjell Norway and feel that also has a great mix of all the good stuff. The jumps and berms are very well built too.

Despite being his home ground there is never a shortage of new stuff for Steve to ride thanks to a generation of inspired local riders constantly digging.
  Despite being his home ground there is never a shortage of new stuff for Steve to ride near Sheffield thanks to a generation of inspired local riders constantly digging.

How do you balance your time between, training, racing, business, and family? How has that balance changed over the years?
Who knows? I don’t! (Laughs) It certainly gets tougher the older the kids get and the more things that fill my life. There just seems to be no rest these days so I have to crack on.

Have you shown your friends and family Won’t Back Down yet? If yes, what has their reaction been?
A few select people have seen the trailer, but not even I have seen the whole thing, Clay and John are deep in editing mode as we speak and the movie won’t be off the press until the day before the premiere. Makes me nervous too.

What does Won’t Back Down mean to you personally? Is it a fitting biography?
I don’t know, I haven’t seen it yet (laughs).

 One more time I wonder how many times Steve s heard that over his career.
  'One more time,' I wonder how many times Steve's heard that over his career.

Will you encourage your sons to race?
I let them make their own decisions; right now they are into BMX and have raced already, no pressure from me though.

What do you think your legacy is? How would you like your career to be remembered?
I would like to think I have inspired a few people to get out on their bikes and have some fun along the way. I always try to have time for the fans and kids and be a nice person. Hopefully this relates to getting a few bums on saddles.

You’re absolutely beloved by riders everywhere, both as a racer and as an ambassador to the sport. What words of advice do you have for the next generation?
Get out in the fresh air, get muddy, dusty, tired, happy and all the fun stuff, and don’t take yourselves too seriously.

Cheers everyone,

Film Directors: Clay Porter and John Lawlor
Still Photography: Duncan Philpott

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  • 108 1
 'Sheffield Steel' ..... Peaty is one of a number of ambassadors of the sport who seem to have been around forever but.... Steve always seemed approachable, handing out advice for free, passionate about his sport but outwardly seeming to take things not to seriously, have fun, and enjoy life...
He also is an incredibly skilled rider, centred, and when need be absolutely committed to the job in hand... He is a shining light in the sport of mtb, someone that young and old (myself) can look to as an example of what's possible... and he likes a pint ! Long may he reign :-)
  • 34 0
 Downhill will not be the same without St Peat, so long live the King Peaty !
  • 9 3
 aw shit! so hyped!!
  • 12 0
 Looks like such a sick documentary! Hope we get to see Peaty to ride for years to come
  • 8 0
 awesome guy, and a true legend of the mountain bike scene

had the pleasure of racing him in 1993 at Eston Hills near Redcar, North-East England.

my first DH race, Steve Peat came 1st on a fully rigid Kona (explosif?), I came 11/320 on a prototype full suspension bike. he truly whipped all our asses with his skills!

I had the pleasure of regularly riding with his friend JMC who was my team mate at Hardisty Cycles, and an honorary member of our mountain bike club in Newcastle, and also racing against his other peer Rob Warner. miss those old days, when it was all new, exciting and changing so quickly...

never met Steve Peat personally, but admired his success ever since and from speaking to riders who have met him, they have nothing but good things to say about his great attitude and warmth
  • 7 0
 I think 'Legend' is over used. In this case though, it doesn't seem enough in all honesty. He's a hero for the sport!
  • 2 0
 THIS IS GONNA BE SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! don't know if i will be able to endure such awesomeness
  • 2 0
 ^^ Drop something mate?
  • 1 0
 Remember watching Peaty at Worlds 2007 at Fort Bill, had a chat about getting into downhill, couple years later I got a scrap built up orange 222 then got my V10, not looked back since, all down to Peaty!!
  • 44 0
 I'm 14 now and the this is peaty series got me in to the mtb scene. Now it's all I can think about, mtb is a major part of my life and I tribute that to Steve. I just want to thank you Steve for something I will cherish and love my whole life!
  • 10 1
 for me that was Wade Simmons, and he seems to have a similar style to Peaty.
  • 1 0
 ah... still remember the day I fell in love with mountainbiking as if it were yesterday
  • 2 0
 Yep Wade and Peaty, two peas in a pod.
  • 28 2
 ...."when I was riding round the estate I grew up on" i like how when Canadians and Americans read this they will imagine a downton abbey style country estate kind of place lol, not chapeltown.
On another note, absolute icon of the sport who still inspires people after 20+ years, he has made downhill what it is today. hero.
  • 2 0
 Brought back memories bluumax! There were two kinds of estates in the UK when I was a kid, ones with stables, barns and an absence of chinlines, and the others (where Steve and the 99.9% of the rest of us grew up) with broken Kit Kat machines outside corner shops, Ford Capris on bricks and every 5th streetlight on the blink. There is something more "worthy" about a story about a kid from the second kind that we all hold up to show how awesome we all can be. Cheers Steve!
  • 25 0
 If I live half the life he has, I'll be a happy man.
  • 24 1
 Steve what a legend! good to still see him going hard
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flag poozank (Nov 25, 2013 at 1:15) (Below Threshold)
 I just knew 'Legend' was going to be sprinkled all over the comments haha
  • 17 0
 And so it should be!! LEGEND!
  • 18 0
 I've served Steve Peat pissed up twice in a bar I used to run. Once when he binned it at world champs and was drowning his sorrows. The other when he won a World Cup and was celebrating. Both times he was the same top fella. Though he did have a bigger grin after the win. Honored to pour your beer mate.
  • 24 8
 If the World Premiere is in the UK then maybe put the date like we write it in the UK??? We write the day, then the month, then the year - so for those, like me, who thought ''WTF??, the premiere was in July?''.... it's actually on the 7th December. We should be proud to be British, not pander to Americanisms.
  • 9 11
 Petty nationalism.
  • 6 1
 @ jbravo, don't worry, we are not all brain washed nationalists here.
  • 7 3
 Actually it's not all that petty. Dates expressed like this are strange to us, Americans are welcome to use this format regarding their affairs. We like it the other way round especially when it is info that regards our affairs. I'm sure if this was an English website advertising Rampage with the date dd/mm/yy there would be a tonne of criticism directed at it. Just saying...
  • 6 3
 When did being proud of your country and/or traditions become a bad thing? I don't particularly care how they express the date but making an off the cuff remark about how a date is written does not in my opinion warrant the term "brain washed nationalist".
  • 14 2
 I'm proud to be an American but it's stupid the way we write dates. The UK way makes much more sense.
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 Isn't this site Canadian?
  • 1 1
 good point.
  • 12 0
 Absolute legend!!!
  • 12 1
 Peaty is bees knees
  • 6 0
 Love Peaty! Exemplifies the best in mtn biking and being champion. Got to meet him this year at Sea Otter, so totally nice and friendly. Amazing drive without taking it too serious- best philosophy for life ever! Utmost respect my man!
  • 9 0
 This guy is what inspires me to ride.
  • 10 1
 Clay porter is bar none the best director in the business right now
  • 1 0
 I will so second that! Great films! 'PEATY' the best legend in dh mtb, this film is ganno be so rad, its even gonna touch hearts!!!! CAPPuchino steve!
  • 1 3
 His films suck balls.
  • 6 0
 Hes a legend, not just in the UK, but globally. Im lucky enough to have met the guy too. A true ambassador for the sport I love. Long live Sir Peaty!!!!
  • 8 0
 I just woke up, why you makin' me cry?
  • 7 0
 C'mon Peaty - I BELIEVE - WE BELIEVE! Just one more time!!!
  • 4 0
 I think the word "Legend" is overused these days on people that simply do not deserve it.

Steve Peat's name should be listed as the definitive example of what that word truly means.
  • 4 0
 Man, This will have to be 2.5 - 3 hours long to have even half the footage in it that people are gonna crave... Its gonna sell by the truckload too!
  • 2 0
 Legend of a man! I ve been mtbing for 23 years since I was twelve and have seen his amazing carreer continue to this day which says it all really!, Got his autograph once at the Peebles NPS DH in the nineties and he was super cool and nice to everyone .can't wait to see the film!
  • 6 0
 the true king of downhill hopefully he will get knighted eventually
  • 6 0
 Long live the legend!
  • 4 0
 Steve is the G.O.A.T. Can't wait for this. Everything about him is what's great about this sport. Keep chargin Peaty!!
  • 1 0
 Ha! Funny to think of his kids and his side as a father. I wonder if it's either the coolest thing ever to have peaty as your dad or if it's f*cking terrifying (as in: whatever you do in your life, you'll always seem lame compared to your dad).
  • 2 0
 Even non mountain bikers know who he is. He is very important to our sport.

I remember reading/seeing him in MBUK riding a GT Lobo - GT LTS and GT RTS and Rob Warner on his Giant ATX along time ago. Oh the memories.
  • 1 0
 I met him in lets gets in 03 I think it was. He had just lost the world champs on the last corner after being a few seconds ahead. He seemed propper gutted but still had time to natter and sign a pic for an injured friend. Propper ambassador to the sport! Pretty sure he was on his 3rd or 4th Stella by this point.
  • 1 0
 I've been on bikes pretty much my whole life, but for whatever reason it was Peaty's segment in Seasons that took me from enjoying Mountain Biking to being "into" Mountain Biking. Now that I'm an old man with a kid on the way and creaking joints :-) Peat still motivates me to get out there and continue to push it more than anyone else. Pre-ording a dozen copies of this now!
  • 1 0
 My interest in MTBing hit me after watching 'Get A Grip' in secondary school; for which Steve was heavily involved (back when MBR was decent).

I owe a lot to how I view the world from riding bikes and am grateful that such excellent people such as Steve represent the 'front page'!
  • 1 0
 In some respects the film will be secondary to the overall feeling towards Steve, the comments made alone on this forum will bring a buzz to his big ole heart, and a wry grin to his face... the film may fill in some blanks, but the man will be feeling pleased that he has effected so positively so many lives no matter how the film is received... Like i said, long may he reign....
  • 5 0
 steve the bestSmile Smile Smile
  • 4 0
 At 3:26 it looks like everything behind him will explode
  • 2 1
 Seen Peaty at Hamsterley Forest on Saturday & Sunday 23rd/24th Nov, with his syndicate, he was just one of us and was great to see him at our local trail, Go on Peaty !!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Steve peats been a massive influence on the British scene, It just wouldn't ever and I mean ever be the same without him. Steve you sir are the legend.
  • 1 0
 YEH MAN thats cool ,,,ha my son cleaning his peaty grips ,with jif right NOW ,,WITH TOOTH BRUSH ,,HAAA HA ,,there white ,,haa ,2 seconds ,,and ye ,,haaa ,,bless him ,,cool dude ,,,gonna get vid oh YEHH ,,AWWWSOME ,,
  • 3 0
 I can't wait to see this film
  • 2 0
 Absolute Legend! Doubt there ever has or will ever be another rider like him again.
  • 4 0
 LEGEND Says it all
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  • 3 0
 King Peaty, give him the crown!
  • 4 0
 A MUST see film
  • 3 0
 World Premier 12.07.13! We can't go back in time!! Long live Sir Peaty!
  • 4 0
 Long live the king!!
  • 2 0
 What a stud. Congrats to you Steve, for a life well lived! Looking forward to what looks like an excellent movie.
  • 1 0
 When is the expected release date for dvd/bluray? I will pre order immediately if put for sale on pinkbike! cant wait to see it!
  • 2 0
 Really, winter 2014????? Is that right, a whole year away? f*ckin' hell, I can't wait that long!!!
  • 2 0
 Nope - and this is good news. "Winter 2014" is meant as in the season that is upon us now. The sold out World premiere occurs on Dec 7th in Sheffield, the US premiere is in Santa Cruz, CA on the 13th, a worldwide tour begins in January and it will go to iTunes by February.
  • 2 0
 Panic over, cheers buddy!
  • 3 2
 Clay Porter FFS. The editing will be painfully bad and the music will sound like a 90's hair product commercial. Should've been Rankin's film.
  • 1 1
 the only thing painful are your trolling comments.
  • 3 0
 No. I just know shit films when I see them. Hope you enjoy the endless panning shots of Steve's face and slow mo footage of him walking towards the camera while describing in commentary that it was 'the worst race of my life' etc.
  • 1 0
 I like his style and I do like Alex's as well. It seems all you do is criticize why not say something positive?
  • 1 0
 Opinion entitled dude.
  • 2 0
 Words can't describe it he's a true legend to the sport
  • 3 0
 Woah gave me goose bumps
  • 1 0
 so insprational if i got the chance to be as sucsfull as Steave I would never stop riding !
  • 2 0
 Bossing at his best!! Long live SIR PEAT!
  • 1 0
 Long live Peaty Dog, it feel it an honour to live only a couple of miles away
  • 3 1
 the premier has already past 12.07.13
  • 3 0
 Haha. Different date format?
  • 1 0
 Such a legend. It feels unreal to ride the same areas and trails that he cut his teeth on. Love living in Sheffield!
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 What a racer a legend a king you are the one bro bless you have fun in 2014 and kick some @ss
  • 1 0
 Steve Peat ....a real nice down to earth bloke ....been a hero of mine for years ...good ode Peaty
  • 1 0
 Felt like a little kid at Christmas after watching this trailer, may have to freeze myself until it comes out, can't wait.
  • 1 0
 How could you not love this man? My age, a thousand times faster. Just as long as he rides too old is no excuse!
  • 2 0
 Is it too early to start using the phrase 'Oscar buzz'?
  • 1 0
 The banner says 07,2013, shouldn't that be 2014?

Top bloke absolute legend
  • 1 0
 My apologies, US time format....
  • 1 0
 UUUUUUUFFFFFFF !!!!!!!!!!! right about time for a movie like this, more than well deserved Dr. Peat
  • 1 0
 Poozank go and pop a zit you Yankee tosspot....I bet your fat and shit slow too....cock
  • 2 0
 can,t wait!!!
  • 1 0
 I remember see Steve Peat racing at 1993 Worlds on a Saracen
  • 1 0
 Cant wait... Winter 2014???? D:
  • 1 0
 Check the stashe at 2:05, just aswell its Movember!
Cant wait for this!
  • 2 0
 Winter 2014??? Damn!!
  • 1 0
 To the power shake LEGEND.
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 CAPPUCCINO STEVE!! the true legend of the sport, what a guy!!
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 My Favorite Rider !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Steve should write a book. Would be a best seller, hands down.
  • 1 0
 Them Handlebars were way too thin for him back in the 90's....
  • 1 0
 This man deserves a knighthood!
  • 1 0
 等不及啦!!!! Can't wait!!!!!

cheers from Taipei Taiwan.
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 Can't wait !!!!!!£
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 Desire to win
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 Steve Peat = Legend !
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