2023 Inductee: Off-Road Competitor (1960- 2017)
Steve Tilford was a cyclist who successfully crossed between road and off-road categories, with his best results arguably in the off-road categories of cyclo-cross and mountain bike. He represented the US in both road and off-road world championships. He was a tenacious competitor until his untimely death at 57 from a vehicle crash.
Steve began racing at the young age of 14 in Kansas. His passion for cycling and racing developed quickly. His hard training and natural skills caught the attention of the U.S. National Team coaching staff, and at 19, he became a permanent resident at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. He represented the United States on the National Road Team, racing throughout Europe and South America including 4 stints on the US team at the World Championships. He also represented the US at the UCI world cyclo-cross championships. He took up Mountain Biking in 1983 winning the first NORBA championships.
Steve continued road racing and turned professional in 1986. He raced several seasons in Europe and represented the United States on 4 World Championship Road Teams. He won two UCI World Mountain Bike Championship Masters titles and raced well into his 50’s. He was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2000.
4X US National Cyclo-Cross Champion
3X US World Road Team Member
1st US NORBA National Mountain Bike Champion, 1983
2nd 1996 Mt. Bike Olympic Trials
UCI World Mountain Bike Championships Masters 1998 & 2000, 1st