Jordie Lunn passes away after riding accident in Mexico

October 11th, 2019 by | Posted in MTB | Tags: ,

Canadian freeride pioneer and mountain bike legend Jordie Lunn has died following a mountain bike crash in Mexico.

The Victoria rider was 36 years old.

Jordie Lunn was riding in Cabo San Lucas on Oct. 9, 2019 when he was involved with a crash, reports Pinkbike.

Lunn will be remembered for his wide-ranging accomplishments on the bike, as well as his larger-than-life personality. The Parksville, B.C.-born rider was instantly identifiable by his extensive tattoos and brightly coloured riding kit. Off the bike, the wild personality he presented publicly was matched by his kindness, gentleness and enthusiasm for life and mountain biking.

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Most recently, Lunn has become known for his boundary-pushing freeride videos, including the Rough AF series. The Canadian’s 20-year career spanned disciplines, though. After a brief start in cross country, Lunn switched to downhill where he excelled. Racing with his two brothers, Jarrett and Craig, he rose through the ranks to take on the World Cup circuit. Lunn pushed what was possible for a Canadian in DH racing, earning Canada’s first elite men’s top-20 and finishing the 2003 season as the top-ranked North American in the World Cup standings.

Red Bull Rampage 2018
Jordie Lunn at 2018 Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah. Image: Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

At the same time, Lunn was starting to appear in the freeride films of the early 2000’s. From parts in the iconic 2001 film, Ride to the Hills to The Collective and others, Lunn appeared in many of the best-remembered mountain bike movies from that era.

After leaving World Cup downhill racing behind, Lunn appeared on the biggest stages in freeride mountain biking. He rode at Crankworx, Red Bull Rampage and, more recently, the Fest Event Series events. He helped progress freeride mountain biking, including landing the first corked 720 on a mountain bike.

Jordie Lunn is survived by his parents Bonnie and Brian Lunn, his brothers Jarrett and Craig Lunn.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends he leaves behind.

Jordie Lunn’s parents sent the following message to Pinkbike:

“On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Jordie was trail riding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with friends.

We are shattered to inform you, a simple but tragic accident occurred and Jordie sustained a fatal head injury.

Jordie lost his life doing exactly what he loved.

Jordie had an incredible 20+ year career as a mountain biker. He will always be cherished for his heart and love that he gave to his family, friends, and fans, as well as the incredible talent that he had on his bikes.

We will inform you at a later date regarding a celebration of his life.

With love: Brian, Bonnie, Craig, Jarrett Lunn, and our large, loving families.”

Since news of Lunn’s death was announced, tributes to the Canadian from fellow riders, photographers and friends have been pouring onto social media:

Ale Di Lullo

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HEARTBROKEN #longlivejordie

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Mark Matthews

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The world lost a very special human being this week. The news of @jordielunn passing put me in a wave of shock like I’ve never felt before. As someone who’s struggled with social anxiety my entire life, I have found it difficult to build close friendships, but with Jordie this wasn’t the case. He was one of my very best friends. Jordie was the kind of guy you could go months without seeing and it didn’t matter, he was always there for you. We were roommates for a couple years, we did road trips together and drove through the night telling stories back and forth for hours, he surprised me on my birthday multiple times, and his invitational events were always a blast! Every time we got together for a ride it made the day better. He was such a thoughtful, kind, genuine dude who didn’t give a fuck about anyone judging him because he was too happy being himself. His unique style was sometimes misunderstood, but he made such a positive impact on anyone who met him. The world needs more people like Jordie, he was truly one of a kind. I’m forever grateful to have called you my friend. See you on the other side. ❤️ #longlivejordie

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I remember Tom and I were stoked the two of us could actually take him down. He could beat the crap out of both of us but never would- the kindest, gentlest giant… With neck and head tattoos. He was easily intimidating to those who didn't know him, but was the complete opposite and greatest friend to those who did. He was so sweet to my kids and wife; to everyone. Jordie was so happy to be progressing again and still doing what he loves at 35. It doesn't seem real at all… One of the coolest and closest families I've ever known. Such amazing people. | These other pictures are of Jordie and I in Austria in 2007, so funny rooming and roaming with him. | From being the first Canadian to be top 20 in the World Cup overall, first to cork 7 a DH bike on a step down, to riding down a 60 foot tree, he was a legend as much as he was an incredible friend and human off the bike. One of a kind, incredible human to say the least. That amazing maniacal laugh will forever be in my head but he will be severely missed. #longlivejordie

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Remi-Gauvin

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Jordie, I honestly believe that I would not have the passion I have for this sport if it had not been for your willingness to invite me, and all the kids like me in our home town to the jumps in your parents back yard all those years ago. I remember leaving those days so fucking stoked to go ride more… All at an age where I could have just as easily decided that bikes werent that important to me. You were my first hometown hero. You showed me just how damn good you could be on a bike. I remember riding the local DH track and you saying the line was to jump off the road to some far hump. Barely a landing… A line that at the time, I couldn’t comprehend any pro being able to do, let alone myself. When you did do it my jaw dropped. I had never seen speed and power on a bike up close in person like before. You went on to ride things that none of us could comprehend… Thank you for showing us all what mountain biking could be. Thank you for being unique. Thank you for sending it. Thank you for always being one of the nicest guys I will ever know. Thank you for being you.

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