Today marks three years since the passing of Steve Smith, the legendary Canadian downhill racer, and inspiration to so many Canadian mountain bikers.
Smith launched from being a force on the Canadian scene to the international spotlight in 2013. That year, he won three downhill World Cup’s, including at home in Canada at Mont-Sainte-Anne. That season culminated in Smith winning the World Cup overall title, which ranks as the top honour in mountain biking.
No one would doubt that Smith’s legacy would be substantial and long lasting. In downhill racing alone, Smith’s impact can be seen here in the resurgence of Canadian downhill racing, at home and on the international scene. It’s not just his Vancouver Island training partner, Mark Wallace who is finding success. Long-time friend Miranda Miller has cited Smith’s impact on her career, including her 2017 downhill world championship title. Smith’s influence influence can also be seen in the current crowd of junior and young elite riders from around B.C. pushing into the top levels of World Cup mountain biking.
Smith’s legacy lives on beyond the race course as well. His infectious enthusiasm for riding continues to inspire riders at all levels of the sport. In his home town of Nanaimo, B.C., the Steve Smith Memorial bike park provides an easily accessible opportunity for local riders of all abilities to engage with the sport.
On the anniversary of his passing, we return to his friend Rob Parkin’s moving tribute to the fallen rider:
The Stevie Smith Legacy Fund is still open, should you wish to support Canadian downhill youth in Smith’s memory.