Steve Bate at the Big Shakeout

Paralympic athlete Steve Bate will be sharing the secrets to balancing intensive olympic training with adventures into the wilderness.

Gold medal winning cyclist by day, wilderness fat biker by night; Steve Bate just can't help but be inspiring. He'll be talking olympic training, wilderness adventures, and finding that all-important balance between the two at the Big Shakeout Festival on 22nd - 24th September.

On June 14th 2011, Steve Bate MBE was diagnosed with the degenerative eye condition Retinitis Pigmentosa, with a worst case outcome of blindness in four years.

A prognosis like that makes you re-evaluate your life and, with the looming prospect of losing his adventurous lifestyle, Steve realised that there were a whole lot of things he wanted to see before he couldn't see.

One thing that you need to know about Steve is that if he puts his mind to something, he's likely to achieve it. Like many climbers, Steve dreamed of seeing the world from the top of Yosemite Valley and in 2013 he realised his dream, becoming the first visually impaired person to solo climb the 2300 metre face of El Capitan.

When a friend remarked on Steve's potential for the GB para cycling team, Steve turned his attention to a new goal: Rio 2016. A tall order for any athlete, not to mention someone who'd never raced a roadbike, used a tandem, or even rode in a velodrome before. Nonetheless, Steve and his pilot, Adam Duggle, returned to the UK in 2016 with two gold medals and a world record.

Adventure is never very far from Steve's mind (especially when it involves a fat bike)

Despite his high intensity day job, Steve is ever in pursuit of adventure, filling his downtime with wilderness adventures (generally on his fatbike) such as his recent Search for the Mountain Haggis in Scotland. Although race season is filling Steve's calendar for the time being, we wouldn't be surprised if he were cooking up a new adventure as we type… We're just trying to figure out what he might turn his hand to next!

Steve will be talking dedicated training, adventuring in the wilderness, and maintaining a balance between the two, at the Big Shakeout. In the meantime, you can check out what he's getting up to on his website.

The BSO talks programme is currently deep under wraps, so keep an eye on the Big Shakeout News to stay up-to-date with the wheres and whens.

18 07 2017

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