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Steve Heading

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Steve Heading

Lumicycle bike lights sponsors Polaris Challenge winner Steve Heading. Sponsoring the best atheletes in their field Lumicycle is proud to sponsor him with the best possible bicycle lights.


Name: Steve Heading

Age: 38

Occupation: Teacher

Team: Whyte bikes

Best result: 27th World Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) Championships, Australia 2004


I started cycling following in the tyretracks of my elder brother, Andy. Initially it was cycle touring. When I left school I rode down to Greece (whilst Andy was crossing the Sahara) stopping off in the Alps to do some walking.

 Soon Andy and I had bought our first mountain bikes, and completed a traverse of the Pyrenees. We even entered our first event, the Hell of the North Cotswolds – a ride in which I have more recently been first finisher. More ideas developed, with frequent trips to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, as well as local riding in the Peaks.

I left to work in Southern Africa, where cycling became just a means of transport. After four years I returned to the U.K. and found I had a lot of catching up to do. The ‘Matlock Mafia’ were riding and racing hard – they had a top reputation in the world of Polaris and Trailquest. After months of suffering I could eventually keep up and also started competing in mountain bike orienteering events. I progressed through the placings and finally recorded my first win in 2000.

MTBO remains my favorite format, and most successful – in 2005 I finished with a world ranking of 30th. I do however like to ride a whole range of events - training and fitting them all in is the problem! Whilst I continue to enjoy, I will hopefully continue to compete.


Winner of several Polaris Challenges (U.K. and abroad) and quite a few trailquests.

British team member for MTBO championships all three years of the event.

Winner of Dusk ‘till Dawn pairs, and second as a solo rider.

Top placings in most of the SSMM and SITS team events.

And various placings, both high and low in lots of other events…..