Steve Bate MBE on Scotland Project 24

Paralympian and twice gold medal winner Steve Bate MBE recently completed Scotland 24; an epic cycle from the English border at Coldstream to Tongue in the Highlands – in just 24 hours.

Rogue Magazine chatted to Steve about his adventure.

Why did you decide to take on this challenge?

Ever since living in Scotland it has held a special place in my heart. I feel there is a life time of adventures to be had in the north, and even though I live in Hebden Bridge these days, I’m often hatching plans to cross the border. I completed the challenge in a time of twenty-two hours and twenty minutes. Spending nineteen hours and nine minutes of that in the saddle. Yes, it has been ridden faster, but that was never my goal, in-fact that was never going to happen as I chose to ride into a head wind all the way.

That sounds tough…

I wasn’t looking for an easy ride, I wanted to push myself. We learn from struggling, fighting, digging deep, going beyond ourselves. That’s when I learn about myself anyway, that’s the experience i want to have.

Did you ever feel like quitting?

Yes – there was one point at GlenShee when I was shivering uncontrollably, my core temperature had dropped so low, hypothermia was about to set in. Dan, my Coach (from British Cycling) told me to get back up on the bike, my only option was to keep pedalling and warm up. I told myself to get my sh*t together.

Did you have a huge entourage?

Just my Coach, Katie (British Cycling’s physio) and a videographer.

What bike did you ride?

I rode my Sonder Colibri with Hunt wheels.

Any other special kit?

I’m an ambassador for Alpkit, so I used a lot of their stuff, including their down jacket, which helped get my core temperature back to normal. I’m also sponsored by Dirty Dog eyewear and Lusso clothing. I’m pretty lucky really to have such amazing guys behind me.

Would you do it again?

The ride had its low points, and it wasn’t easy by any means, but it was also magical. The views, the team, the effort, and the learning experience was enriching, something money will never buy.

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Firgas Esack

Firgas Esack is a London based writer and publicist, mother of three kids and owner of three dogs. She prefers martinis stirred not shaken.

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