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Wheels of Steele : The makings of a World Champion - Steele Bishop

Wheels of Steele

The makings of a World Champion

By: Steele Bishop

Paperback | 1 March 2019

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No sport excited Steele Bishop as much as cycling. At 13, something urged him to go for greatness. He abandoned all other sports and was determined to be a great cyclist. After two decades, he became champion of the world, not before retiring early and being lured back by money, and not selling out in the last moments before the final race. He shares lessons of determination and perseverance needed to succeed in all areas of life.

An inspirational story!

About the Author

Steele Bishop was born in 1953 in Subiaco, Western Australia. From 1971 until his retirement in 1984 he won numerous Australian professional track titles, including the 5000 metre pursuit eight times. In Western Australia, he won the Westral Wheel race six times between 1975 and 1984 and won the first two Griffin 1000 road races. In 1972, at the age of 19, Steele represented Australia in the 4000 metre team pursuit at the Munich Olympics. In the world championships in Zurich in 1983 he reached his zenith, retiring shortly after while at the peak of his career: riding in the 5000 metre Individual pursuit on a specially built pursuit bicycle made in Switzerland by Leo Estermann in 1981. The bicycle was badged by Malvern Star by sponsor General Accessories, and later rebadged Steele Bishop. The Estermann stamp on the head tube remains.

Steele faced off against Swiss Robert Dill-Bundi, the 1980 Olympic pursuit gold medalist. Riding the race of his life, three laps from the finish he caught his opponent, a feat almost unheard of in world-class cycling, thus winning the race and the championship. He set a personal best in the race of 5 minutes 51 seconds, and became the first Australian to beat 6 minutes in the event. Steele was awarded the Western Australian Sports Star of the Year award in 1983 and was inducted into the Western Australian Hall of Champions in 1985.

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