Pendle’s Olympic Champion
Steven is Pendle born and bred and the youngest ever recipient to be awarded the Freedom of the Borough. An Olympic Bronze medallist in Beijing 2008 at just 20 years old, and an Olympic Champion at London 2012, not to mention World Champion and World Record holder in the 4000 metre Team Pursuit. Steven was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year’s honours list.
He is the inspiration behind the development that would take his name in recognition of his Olympic success and act as the nucleus and hub for cycling activity in Pendle. Steven is delighted at the prospects this development brings and at the part he is able to play in the post London 2012 legacy and its aim to Inspire a Generation.
Pendle is very proud to have him in our midst and equally he is proud to be part of the development of young riders and the fulfilment of the hub dream. Steven’s success in Beijing inspired the formation of CSP and since then both Steven and the club have gone from strength to strength. CSP was instrumental in taking the Hub idea forward.
“It’s a massive honour to have something named after you, but much more important than that would be the thought of my success having a positive influence on cycling in my home town and area, especially for children who would have a wonderful opportunity to experience cycling in all its forms.”
In November 2019, Steven announced his retirement from the Great Britain Cycling Team. With gold metals in the track Team Pursuit in 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, and a Bronze in the track Individual Pursuit in 2008 Olympic Games, and many more medals along the way he has had an exemplary career in track cycling.
CDPP wishes him well with his future plans, and welcomes him anytime to CDPP events and associated facilities.