NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Born and raised right here in Connecticut, Mike Steidley has made a name for himself on the mountain bike circuit.
“I grew up in Guilford, Connecticut. We would always ride our bikes around town as any 14-year-old would do,” Steidley recalled. “I went to my first competition on a whim, just to give it a go and I won first place at the time and so I felt pretty accomplished.”
Fast forward to the end of high school and Steidley won the junior national championship. Since then, the awards haven’t stopped coming.
“I have 12 national championships and I hold the record for the most individual gold medals in the history of the sport,” Steidley said. “I also have 16 regional championships and I’ve represented the U.S. at the world championships on seven different occasions.”
Nowadays Steidley makes a living doing what he loves. Part of his time is spent competing in mountain bike competitions.
“Mountain bike trials riding is all about getting up and over obstacles and from point a to point b,” Steidley explained.
He also has his own stunt show that he takes on the road. You can see his tricks in action this Friday night at the New Haven Grand Prix.
“The race directors do a great job bringing cycling right downtown,” Steidley said. “It blocks off pretty much the whole of downtown. The whole city comes out.”
For him, there’s nothing better than returning to his roots.
“I’ve traveled all around the U.S. to various cycling events to do shows and it’s really cool to do one in my hometown,” Steidley explained. “I was born in New Haven and currently live here now.”
For more information about the New Haven Grand Prix event, visit NewHavenGP.com.