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Steele Bishop, OAM - World Cycling Champion

After winning his first State championship aged 15 Steele vowed to become “the best cyclist in the world”.

He moved states and countries to gain experience mixing with the elite cyclists the world. At the age of 19 he was the youngest cyclist to be selected for the 1972 Munich Olympics. His career spanned nearly 18 years, nine as an amateur and nine as a professional.

Steele was born in 1953 in the hill district of Kalamunda, 35 minutes east of Perth, Western Australia.

As the youngest of four children, he was often left to play alone as his nearest sibling was four years older.

He played in the family garden kicking a footy and his imagination always had him kicking the winning goal in the last seconds of a game. Always the hero... more

Motivation for writing his book

For many years my wife, Sheila, has been encouraging me to record my cycling history for the benefit of my family's future generations. Sheila was persistent, mainly because time was marching on and the fifty years of scrapbook history, photographs and memory were deteriorating. It was also time to try something new in life.

Talking about my career as a champion cyclist does not come easy as I have never been one to big note myself and do not talk about my achievements in cycling unless asked directly.

Then, after consultation with and encouragement from friends and authors, I believed that my story might inspire others to achieve their potential, be it in life, sport or business, whether young or old.

On re-reading the thousands of newspaper clippings in my scrapbooks and “reliving the past”, I recognised that I was an extraordinary achiever in cycling and saw that other people have dreams and aspirations that they never do anything about because they don’t believe in themselves.

I didn’t believe I could write a book, but my sporting lessons helped me trust that I could be coached to do anything I wanted.