Local Hero - Steve Bate

In 2013 Steve became the first visually impaired climber to solo El Capitan, a shear 3000ft rock face in Yosemite Valley, California. He climbed the face 3 times in all, twice with British climbing legend Andy Kirkpatrick. Andy said that Steve’s ascent with his disability could possibly be the most audacious climb on El Capitan.

He then headed in a totally new direction. Having never raced a road bike, never ridden in a velodrome, never raced a tandem he set himself the impossible goal of making the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as a visually impaired cyclist. This bold intent would push him beyond what he thought was possible.

Returning from America he was a guest with the British Cycling Development Programme, then he was asked to join the team and was paired with Adam Duggleby (sight pilot). Together the two quickly proved their worth and in a remarkably short time the two became double Paralympic champions in Rio. Steve returned home with two gold medals, one bronze and a world record in the 4km individual pursuit.

Steve’s journey is far from over. However the question everyone’s asking is just what will this character set his tunnel visioned sights on next . .

Venue: Elgin Town Hall

Free entry: 1x U16 per paying adult

Sat 17 Jun 17, 19:30 - 21:30 at Elgin Town Hall, Elgin

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Steve Bate
Steve solo climbing the 3000 foot face of El Capitan, Yosemite

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