ONE of the most successful mountain bikers of all time, Sheffield-born Steve Peat, opened the Sheffield Hand Centre at the Northern General Hospital.
Steve, who lives in Chapeltown, has won a host of titles, including the World Championships in Australia in 2009, as well as being three times World Cup champion.
He has suffered numerous injuries to his hands and wrists, only this season suffering a broken wrist and having to ride with a brace for several races.
He met patients and staff at Sheffield Hand Centre last Friday.
One of only five of its kind in the country, it aims to offer world-class treatment of hand and lower arm injuries, combining expertise in both orthopaedic and plastic surgery.
Predominantly a day case facility, the new Northern General unit means three times as many patients can now be treated in-hours by a consultant surgeon than was possible previously.
Steve, aged 37, is a passionate advocate for youth involvement in his sport and has shown his commitment to his home city by helping to launch the Wharncliffe Weekender, an event of mountain biking, racing, camping and live music in aid of Weston Park Hospital, attracting people from across the country.