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Steele Bishop – Four Times World Masters Champion

"I looked at what made the journey to winning the World Professional Pursuit back in 1983 so successful, and it was having the right team alongside me — also having the best equipment."


As a time tester myself ‘back in the day’, I’ve always had an interest in the great Pursuit riders. A year or two ago I was fortunate enough to interview Steele Bishop, World Professional Pursuit Champion in 1983; and then, earlier this year I reviewed his autobiography, Wheels of Steele.

When I saw he was competing at Manchester in the 2019 Veteran’s World Track Championships I resolved to keep an eye out; I knew he wouldn’t be there to make up the numbers.

He duly won four titles – here’s what he had to say to me after he’d ‘done the business.’ 

Congratulations, Steele – but why come back this year?

“In 2018 while following the second week of the Tour De France, I decided that I was going to break the World’s Best Time for the pursuit in the masters 65-69 age group. 

“The reason for this was that my Wheels of Steel autobiography which I had just finished ended in the late