Steele Bishop was born in 1953 in the hill district of Kalamunda, 35 minutes east of Perth, Western Australia. As the youngest of four children, his brother introduced him to the perils and fun of riding a bicycle.
Despite loving and playing all sports, he couldn’t shake the passion of riding a bike, and after winning his first State championship at 15 years old, he abandoned all other sports to concentrate on becoming “the best cyclist in the world”.
He moved states and countries to gain experience mixing with the elite cyclists in the world. At 19 Steele was the youngest cyclist to be selected for the 1972 Munich Olympics and in 1973, he rode the World Championships in Spain.
Despite his desire to be the best cyclist in the world, Bishop stepped away from cycling for a few years only to return to win the worlds in 1983 as a 30-year-old. At 66, he’s back on the bike and enjoying his racing.
To date Steele has enjoyed a series of achievements in his career including:
- First West Australian to win a World Championship
- First cyclist to win the WA Sports Start of the Year Title
- First Australian to break six minutes in the 5000m Pursuit
- Youngest cyclist to be selected for the Munich Olympics
- Holder of 13 Australian Professional Cycling Titles
- A Record Six Wins of The Westral Wheel Race
This year Steele will be competing in the following:
- Cycling Australia National Masters Track Championships
7 – 10 April 2019 / Brisbane, AUS
- Masters Track Cycling World Championships
5 – 10 October 2019 / Manchester, UK
- OAM (Order of Australia Medal)
- Centenary Medal
- Australian Sports Medal
- Foundation Member of The Western Australian Sports Hall of Champions