We’ve teamed up with Jeep, who are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, to shine a spotlight on some of the ultimate renegades from the world of action sports – past, present and future. Pioneering rider Adele Croxon has done a lot to push women’s mountain biking in the UK, and is cited as a major influence by none other than current World Champion Rachel Atherton. Yet as Mike Rose explains here, despite her enormous impact on the sport, Adele only really started mountain biking by chance…
Many of you out there may know the name Adele Peat, but before Adele became a ‘Peat’ she was in a fact a Croxon – a super fast BMX racer turned mountain biker who raced on the World Cup Downhill circuit in the years around the year 2000.
Adele started out interested in all things two wheeled and off-road when she started watching her brother racing motocross when she was around seven years old. She wanted to give it a go but her mum didn’t think that it was a good idea. The whole family was bike mad, so Adele was destined to be on some kind of bike.
With motocross being a no-go she was encouraged to go and watch her cousin who had started racing BMX locally, and that (as they say) was that. She was hooked. Any interest in MX went out the window and it was all systems go on racing BMX. She won her first local race and then the following year she decided to do the national series (the Schweppes National) which she also won.
“The whole family was bike mad, so Adele was destined to be on some kind of bike.”