Stevie Smith here on Pinkbike, Ask Me Anything!

Oct 1, 2013
by Steve Smith  
What do you want to know from Steve Smith himself?

Ask away in the comments below starting at 10am PST / 1pm CST / 6pm BST

Thanks Pinkbike, all sore from typing! Gotta get back on the plane to fly home.

steve smith


Ask Me Anything - Oct 1st 2013

Rules

• Be courteous, being a jerk will get you banned.

• Use propping to acknowledge good - or not so good - questions. Bump them up or down to where they belong.

• Before asking Stevie a question, look to make sure it hasn't already been asked.

• Be patient with an answer, Steve is a world class rider, not typer.


1,533 Comments

  • + 319
 So, Has Gee spoken to you since the final? Wink
  • + 12
 Thats gotta be the best question thats gonna come up Razz
  • + 456
 yeah, we spoke behind the podium before the awards. he had nothing but positive things to say, great competitor.
  • + 38
 Good to hear! Friendly competition pushes the sport!
  • + 2
 What's your favorite beer? Other the. Kokanee!!
  • + 76
 Kokanee is not on the list.... Tacate..
  • + 15
 Stevie Knows best! Saludos From Mexico
  • + 76
 What is the average salery a profeessional mountain biker can make?
  • + 6
 What was the worst injury you've had?
  • + 2
 What was the worst question you've had to answer?
  • + 11
 No bad questions....yet
  • + 2
 Best way to drink a Tecate is ice cold in the can, squeeze a lime in and on top of the lid,add salt, Enjoy!!!
  • + 3
 (Might have been asked) But whats been the hardest thing you've had to overcome on your way to becoming a pro racer?
  • + 15
 Stevie what's your 50 cents on wheel size?
  • + 63
 A few years ago in an interview, Brendan Fairclough bemoaned WC tracks (think it was Canberra at the time) that prompted any number custom-built or heavily modified shorter travel bikes, just like Pietermaritzburg this year. More interestingly though, he also said "It would be awesome if instead they built courses so gnarly that we all needed bikes with way more travel, not way less". Would you like to see these kinds of racetracks too? Or do you think DH bikes are already closed to topped out in terms of their technical capability (cos let's face it, geometry and travel haven't changed all that much since the 2002 Intense M1) and that events like the Mt 7 Psychosis already ticked that box? If you reckon there IS room for events like that... wanna harass Red Bull to put it on?
  • + 1
 @socket - damn good question, I can't prop you more than 1.


NBC FacePlant is the beer to be talking aboat... Or AfterDark.... but fir shore, kokanee is old school and perfect for those valley parties :-)
  • + 2
 Stevie, do you still use the thrust bearing on the rear? And is it a k9?
  • + 6
 @Socket - Fair play on the course question, I'm with you there. But to say that geometry and travel hasn't changed much since '02 is a bit of a stretch, isn't it? I'd argue that the quality of the travel is much high these days, especially with some of the shocks available now, and that most DH riders weren't running such a low and slack setup (not that it's always the correct way to go, mind you) bikes back in 2002.
  • + 8
 I don't think it's that much of a stretch. For example, Joel Panozzo had a 61 degree head angle on one of his bikes back then. I'm not saying things aren't any better now, they obviously are, but what I'm saying is that the changes since then have been relatively small. For comparison's sake:
2002 M1 (one of the most popular bikes at the time) in the slack setting, long wheelbase, size medium: 17.25" stays, 45" wheelbase (about 1.5" shorter reach than a lot of DH bikes now run in size medium), 64 degree head angle, 13.5" BB height, 9" of travel. Other than the reach (and front centre) being quite short, it's actually very close to current geometry, though it did run a 7" fork instead of an 8" fork like we've all been running since 04/05. Has the quality of the travel improved much? Noticeably (as compared to a Van RC or 5th Elephant) yes, but not so substantially that you couldn't get on one of those bikes and rip still. The much vaunted TPC damping that everyone's getting excited about in the Dorado and Manitou's other new forks was in fine form back then too. The big change that's happened since then is that bikes now weigh half as much and last twice as long. And people finally worked out how to attach toilet seat stoppers to their frames so you wouldn't have to hope your fork bumpers didn't shift or rotate.

Point is - can we take the tracks up a notch and develop bikes to match too, or have we already gotten to the point where you can't take the geometry/travel much further because it's no longer controllable or faster or whatever?
  • + 9
 The example of the M1 certainly backs up your thoughts, but I guess that I'm thinking in the broader sense. Nowadays a guy can pick from 30 (?) or more different DH bikes that all have proper geo, sorted suspension (most anyways), and some that can even pedal well. Pickings were pretty slim back in 2002 in that regard.

Anyways, I would LOVE to see the track that had the pros asking for more travel and crazy geo, and I think guys like Brendan and Hart would place higher if that was the case. I know the question is for Stevie, but I'm going to give me politically incorrect opinion: it won't happen because both male AND female pros need to be able to get down it. I'm sure that's not the only reason, but it has to play a part.
  • + 26
 @mikelevy - I'm not quite sure what you are insinuating there Mike, are you saying that girls don't have balls?

I have just come back from Thailand and can confirm that they do.
  • + 0
 ohh Big Grin You guys 'talked' behind the podium 3 just like in highschool!
jk, keep it up :Smile
  • + 144
 Could you give Danny Hart some facial hair tips!!
  • + 316
 You can't groom what you can't grow Smile
  • + 21
 Oh snap
  • + 15
 Dayum!
  • + 120
 By being the best overall rider in the world, does it help with picking up chicks?
  • + 494
 absolutely.
  • + 67
 Lad
  • + 110
 Soooo rachel atherton......Wink
  • + 22
 She's already with Ben Reid
  • + 128
 She doesn't dig dudes from the colonies...
  • + 92
 have you payed your mum back for all the diesel used taking you up that mountain?
  • + 368
 yes in hugs
  • - 23
flag thinkbike (Oct 1, 2013 at 11:30) (Below Threshold)
 Wait, so either the Geo Tracker burns diesel or she got a bigger truck?
  • + 19
 He bought her another car because he crashed the tracker. It was in Decline magazine.
  • + 92
 Did Norbs actually get robbed!
  • + 292
 absolutely. someone should go to prison for that robbery
  • + 24
 OMG *hyperventilates*
  • + 83
 Did you use moustache wax this season?
  • + 139
 It grows in just like that!
  • - 95
flag VPPFREEDOM (Oct 1, 2013 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
 Is it true your moustache is actually armpit hair glued to your face?
  • + 0
 Will Devinci use the DGR colors for the 2014 Wilson Carbon or at any certain point?
  • + 5
 The DGR colors for 2013 will not be for sale. The colors end with the season.
  • - 63
flag VPPFREEDOM (Oct 1, 2013 at 14:48) (Below Threshold)
 One a scale of one too one thousand how stoked were you on your crash in the first corner at worlds?
  • + 21
 @VPPFREEDOM, I have never been so compelled to comment on such adolescent baboonism until now. You suck.
  • + 67
 You ever ridden in Wales? Want to? Do you enjoy paying for hotels? Do you find mountain bikers to be,on the whole, cool, fun, chilled out people you could happily crash with for a few days? Are you comfortable sleeping on a sofa? Do you enjoy being shown the best of a local trail network by a local rider? Are you OK with a cheap curry and a beer for post-ride chow?

I have a sofa.
  • + 50
 lol. Thanks man! I am yet to ride in Wales...I do love curry!
  • + 43
 All good bro. Ya always welcome here.. We got some sweet coastline and a few decent local brews.. I have a good mate from Canada - Jeff. I call him "Canadian Jeff". He loved it here. We slept on the beach one night, and he got woken up by a random dog.
  • + 13
 Your comment was pure gold.
  • + 68
 A lot of fans would like to see a much longer race season.. 10 - 15 would be amazing. Hypothetically speaking, if the support and venues were there, would you like to see a much longer World Cup season?
  • + 4
 Yes please!
  • + 25
 Many pro roadies do 100+ days of racing, and moto and auto guys have huge calendars.. it just seems like it should be longer, although it obviously isn't that simple given that venues have to pay to host to events, and many teams might not have the travel budgets to deal with a 10 - 15 race season.
  • + 84
 for sure, love to see it at 10. it wouldn't really mean more racing for me, cause I'm filling in my time with racing other events, so I'd just do less of those
  • + 5
 But you gotta come to nationals again next year!! Please!
  • + 62
 Steve, I've been watching the news and it seems like your win has passed under the radar here in Canada. I mean a CANADIAN World DH Champion!!! I live in Quebec, and I won't speak for the rest of Canada, but I would've expected to see something in the headlines! Are you bummed by the lack of media coverage the sport of mountain biking gets here?
  • + 103
 I am bummed for sure.
The governing body (CCA/Cycling Canada) failed to send out a press release about my achievements at the Norway World Cup and Leogang events. They were focused on the road World Championships at the time and the communications person opted to cover the road side of things. This is really disappointing to me. That being said I do receive great support from lots of great people at the CCA, I guess the communications department doesn't love me.
  • + 18
 I guess you have to make up a reason for what they did!!! Seriously, as an athlete, it must feel horible to not get recognize for such an achievment! Further more, you've always made it clear that you are CANADIAN and in my eyes a great ambassador for the country and the sport. Being who you are (although I don't know you personaly), you are a great role model for a great bunch of kids and even older kids (adult bike riders! eheh)...

For a country that usually has great pride in it's athletes (ie. Wayne Gretzky, Nancy Greene, Gilles Villeneuve, Georges St-Pierre, Geoff Kabush to name a few), I think it's a shame that you did not get the glory you deserved.

Anyhow... congrats on the win and although the personal achievement is one thing, I hope that the CCA will apologize and make up for it! Smile

Cheers.
  • + 6
 Think that's the same in many countries - the Atherton's are only just getting "mainstream" coverage in the past month or so.... and I'm guessing that's due to the "Rachel" effect... had it be Gee winning I doubt it would've made it. It's a bummer, but you just need your Canadian fans to bombard the mainstream media twitter handles with news all the time...
  • + 4
 good question !! i tried to find any articles in french media .... just got nothing !!!!
  • + 3
 Not just the french media, pretty much all of it!
  • + 5
 A mention here and there would be great... however.... be careful what you wish for too! If DH received the same level of interest and coverage as some other sports then you'd never get near the likes of Stevie - nor be sitting here gone on 3 or 4 hours later on a Q & A chat.... it'd end up like, for example, formula 1 - you'd be a fan, and that's it. Not much chance of interaction. There is, of course, a happy medium! would be great for the winners to receive recognition... for themselves more than anything. It takes years of dedication, hard work, financial and personal sacrifices to get to the level of World Cup / Champ level.
  • + 1
 I'd tend to disagree with you. I think this all depends on the athlete. Formula one is a whole different world (litteraly). I work in that field and have been many times in the paddocks. Thing is with the athletes is that you have to be a fortunate fan to be around them. As for the DH and mountain bike world, it's a lot more relaxed. A good example of this is Cedric Gracia. That dude is a rockstar in the MTB world. Yet, he is easily approachable.

I think that all athletes have responsabilities, but the athlete can always choose how they interact with their fans.

Steve, what's you take on this?
  • + 3
 We don't actually disagree! I agree entirely with what you've said - perhaps my typing hasn't put across exactly what I intended. If you look at a different sport altogether (so not any other God-like MTBer) then it is difficult for that athlete to do what the MTBer's are doing - simply due to the level of interest in them and the high number of fans. So a high achieving footballer / soccer; tennis player, etc... they are not as easy to mix with than the MTBers.... unfortunately.
  • + 1
 We indeed do not disagree at all! Smile You are right in that sense. I took your comment a little too litteral! Smile
  • + 3
 Ah! we're all good in the MTB world - all chilled, mellow and super good friends! Must say - only took up DH this summer, in Verbier, and it's felt a little like "speed dating" in the lifts! I'm one of only a handful of girls but all the guys (strangers) have been super nice, really great. Patient showing me lines and trails. With nothing more than just wanting to be nice. Love the bikers! Went to Fort Bill and Val di Sole - and I'm loving how accessible the "big" MTB stars are - long may it continue! ;-)
  • + 10
 I think the lack of Canadian media attn.payed to Stevie is an absolute shame! Such a monumental Canadian sport achievement and they really dropped the ball.
  • + 2
 Global news out of Vancouver did a piece on Stevie Smith winning the race and becoming the world DH champion the day after the last race...it was'nt alot but it was still nice to see some coverage
  • + 2
 i was bummed as well that he got no mention on the CBC or the national news at night and never noticed anything on TSN either,to bad thats what mtb needs in canada is to get the recognition that the national ski team members receive.
canada lost there shit when rob boyd won a world cup ski race in canada when i was a kid , steves accomplishments this season were nothing short of amazing and should put him up for canadian male athlete of the year...... or priminister.
wheres this countries pride?
  • + 2
 That is jacked! But at the same time... Instead of hoping that some national association would do anything, can't you or your team manager activate the Redbull Machine, who has more media credibility than the CCA anyways to push out press releases and push for more recognition? Even if just at Redbull Cananda... Seems like missed opportunities for coverage for you and those sponsors that support you and could take lead on promotion. Especially since RB has all of the footage from the WC season and could easily spin something out to media/tv etc that would really be interesting story and visually impactful on screen.
  • + 2
 I see your point @tekko but I think it's more to do with SS's manager than RB. With every business (and you have to think like this!) you really need a permanent marketing / PR guru - posting everywhere (Twitter / Insta / FB / Pink Bike / etc) all the time. They also need to draft up Press Releases and issue them to every single possible news outlet - immediately. This side of the "business" is one that most MTB teams just don't have a) the resource for or b) the expertise. The team manager's sort out every other aspect of the rider - and the rest of the team - and this crucial media courting just isn't there. I can't see RB doing much in publicity for every one of their sponsored athletes - just not on their radar. They're using the athletes as Ambassador's all around the world to "advertise" RB - they provide some kit and provisions... some fitness physio / training and probably that's it? (sure they do more than that, but not the publicity machine!).... up to the team's themselves to be on the ball and get the press releases out.
There were tons of twitter messages being sent to Rach Ath and the UK top TV channels - luckily her story got picked up (September) and she has had a fair amount of coverage - which is great! But the Ath's have been the UK MTB "royal family" for absolutely years now... taken a while to get the coverage!
  • + 62
 Stevie do u plan on getting drunk with peaty and rattboy again any time soon !!!! Lol
  • + 219
 actually yes. soon.
  • + 23
 Would you ever do your own webisode series? Perhaps "This is Stevie"? I'd watch it...
  • + 61
 Can you understand Ratboy?
  • + 87
 Yeah , 100%. It's an acquired thing, you gotta train your ears!
  • + 5
 Priceless!
  • + 3
 Or just live anywhere north of London for a week
  • + 54
 Steve,
Picture the scenario after your World Cup win you are celebrating in a bar. A hells angels gang turns up and starts a fight with the riders. You have to pick 3 other riders from the World Cup to battle your way out of the bar who are they :-)
  • + 95
 Brook MacDonald
Steve Peat
Marcus Stokel (MS Moondraker team manager)
  • + 4
 who are some of your best friends in the WC circuit, and back in Canada
  • + 11
 Can't say I have 3... The are a sick group of lads.
  • + 56
 If you were forced to choose between crunchy peanut butter or smooth... Which one would you choose and why?
  • + 136
 Crunchy... Not even close.
  • + 4
 hahaha yes! Eric Im so glad I just stumbled upon this!
  • - 36
flag seraph (Oct 1, 2013 at 13:25) (Below Threshold)
 Fail.
  • + 8
 14 negatives! Bwahahaha
  • - 14
flag seraph (Oct 1, 2013 at 20:05) (Below Threshold)
 Smooth is sophisticated. Crunchy is for neanderthals.
  • + 6
 What fun is smooth when you cant even tell upon exit!
  • + 2
 The pebble dash effect lol
  • + 57
 has specialized left you a message saying join them?
  • + 126
 I will check my voicemail
  • + 10
 nooo the curse of trades to Speesh cannot touch Stevie, or his 2014 mustache!!
  • + 49
 What was the first thing that your mom said to you after you won the overall world cup title?
  • + 131
 Congratulations, I love you, I am so proud of you.
  • + 26
 Hi, Mrs. Smith.
  • + 46
 Stevie, I'm 17 and have been riding for 3 years. I raced danish champs this year and got 8th. My question is, is it too late to start focusing on DH on a competitive level, since one my biggest dream is to stand on the WC podium one day, It feels like I'm late to the game, since most top racers started young, and I don't have a huge selection of trails in my area. What do you think?
  • + 23
 same question but, ...... I'm aproaching 40! Smile
when was the time in you'r riding that you started to get fast, i mean realy fast? an could you put it down to any one thing be it it bike setup, training, passion or just huge balls?
  • + 139
 It's never too late...Just look at Peaty he started early 20's and now he is legend, and still charging. Gwin didn't even start until 20.... Just focus, and get to where the good tracks are.
  • + 6
 cheers and massive congratulations!!!
  • + 22
 You're only 17 - Go for it!
  • + 9
 17 in the grand scheme of things is super super young..right now you might think you're "older/later" than everyone else, but just being a few years older than you (21), you'll look back and realize that you have had a great start as a young rider.

I'm no pro myself, but anyone can see the general formula for success is relatively similar for any type of passion/sport/skill, putting in lots and lots of hours of experience/efficient training and always pushing your lap times.
  • + 0
 Du skal bare ud og gi' den max gas! En skam du ikke kan kører super meget DH i Danmark, men så skal du bare sørger for en god grund form fysisk, og ud og ha' en masse tid på DJ/BMX/Motocross.

- Held & lykke med det, vi trænger fandme til noget dansk indflydelse i MTB verdenen, post Henrik Djernis Wink
  • + 2
 Well thanks for all the comments! Big Grin That was super motivational!!!! Daniel, ja, det ville være vildt fedt med en dansker eller to i top 10! Big Grin Og jeg har en bmx bane/klub i mit område, så jeg skal lige se om jeg ikke kan få trænet lidt der! Smile
  • - 2
 Gwin kørte jo meget motorcross fra han var 12 til 17, og Danny Hart bruger det jo også en del i hans træning, tror det giver en god fornemmelse for farten og hoppende, når man nu ikke kan tæve DH-baner. Klø på! Smile
  • - 1
 Jeg giver ikke op før kroppen svigter Wink Der er desværre også en del penge involveret i MX, og dem vil jeg helst bruge på min DH-bike, så jeg tror jeg holder mig til xc/dj/bmx/dh! Smile
  • + 2
 i was once living on the Stoget in Copenhaun a long time ago, and went to the supermarket for some mineral water... not being able to read Danish (althought I did know Smor and Hytteost for some reason), I ended up with Kondi Vand. Good memories. I ended up with worse things in Japan when I first arrived mind you ((bee larvae cooked in sugar and soy sauce was interesting, as were the crispy deep fried crickets). And I say it is never too late. Put your all into it and see where you end up!
  • + 5
 Huh?
  • + 49
 How much Red Bull do you actually drink?
  • + 5
 Even at all?
  • + 18
 Depends on how my week has gone, and how I am feeling.
  • + 55
 very diplomatic answer there stevie Wink
  • + 17
 That means none...Unless it's with college chicks and vodka!
  • + 11
 Or maybe a Jagerbomb.
  • + 49
 Where is your moustache?
  • + 219
 sadly down my drain, it was a horrible decision. I feel naked
  • + 14
 So now a pony tail?
  • + 17
 i think a mullet would suit you nicely
  • + 3
 grow it back, that's why you was so fast Smile
  • + 59
 It will be back
  • + 4
 can you convince any other racers to experiment with cool taches?
  • + 2
 yeah mullet!!
  • + 4
 I'd say go for a beard--it's a great dust catcher (keepin it outta your eyes) and you don't get as sunburned.
  • + 1
 Don't worry,now it will come back even fuller than before
  • + 45
 Who would you say the best looking Female DH rider is?
  • + 346
 No offence to Mick....But Tracy might take it..
  • + 9
 Yes Stevie!!! :-)
  • + 21
 YOU LEGEND
  • + 28
 Over Gatto???
  • + 27
 I know shes a little young but she is legal........how about Lauren Daney
  • - 1
 O yeah! L.D an T.H! HOTTIES
  • + 24
 holly feniak...
  • + 13
 I'm with meathooker, Gatto for sure.
i.imgur.com/K5PLZdO.jpg
  • + 61
 Gatto is not my style, Daney is not a World Cup racer, Feniak is too young and doesn't race World Cups.
  • + 9
 I swear Holly was racing world cups in the Junior category at one point?? Either this year or last? Smile
  • + 7
 For sure Nicole Myriam
  • + 6
 hahhahahahaha YEAAAAAAAAAAH BUOOOOY ! TRACEY alll the way !
  • + 3
 Not even Casey Brown?
  • + 16
 Nicole has a boyfriend
  • + 65
 ... I love the internet
  • + 3
 How about Emmeline Ragot?
  • + 90
 I'd drink her bath water
  • + 12
 OMG why has no one mentioned Caroline Buchanan!!!!!
  • - 3
 Or Rachel herself, cmn.
  • + 5
 What about Manon Carpetnter ?
  • + 45
 did i just read that? "I'd drink her bath water" coffee went thru my nose. grrrr.....
  • + 6
 Stevie you dog!!
  • + 2
 Perfect combination Stevie and Tracey...'nuff said
  • + 3
 If only that was an option for my gta 5 online characters parents
  • + 37
 To take the question "What's your favorite food?" a little further... How closely do you pay attention to your nutrition? Vegan? Gluten-free? Raw diet? Three cases of Red Bull a day like Brett Tippee? Also, congrats on making history!
  • + 10
 Please answer this one
  • + 38
 Nutrition is really important. With all the training you need to give your body what it needs. Just a healthy balanced diet..
  • + 38
 Is it weird that me and 3 other friends blare taylor swift in my car and cry the whole time because shes so good and so hot?
  • + 63
 It's cool...
  • + 2
 Never weird, TSwift blasting out of your backpack on a Morzine decent and through the goat village with a group of mates is even better.
  • + 36
 Steve, is there one or two things that you can credit your success this year to? Maybe changes in your program compared to previous years?
  • + 50
 The list is huge, there are a lot of people who have helped me through the year. I have a great team of people behind me.
  • + 45
 So gutted you didn't say 'my moustache'
  • + 1
 Looks like Stevie doesn't like stating the obvious Razz
  • + 2
 @StevieSmithDH What are your plans for Rampage?
  • + 8
 I won't be at rampage this season.
  • + 38
 Will you marry me?
  • + 149
 Dinner date first
  • + 22
 Hahaha. Fair. I'll even buy.
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 R Kelly style
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flag The-mnt-life365 (Oct 1, 2013 at 14:39) (Below Threshold)
 Hey man R Kelly style ain't all that bad, until he/she pees on you/in your mouth..... Gah thts so gross
  • + 34
 in terms of suspension setup, both front and rear, what is your personal preference, and how has your setup/tune changed over the years? (stuff like rebound speed, hsc, lsc, spring rates)
  • + 31
 What's your thought on gwins rise and fall and how it has affected the level of riding on the WC circuit this last two years? Has he got slower or has the field just risen to his level?
  • + 95
 i can't say if he got slower or we got faster. but he definitely forced us to push ourselves the last couple years to the next level.
  • + 2
 Follow up. Vital ran an article saying Gwin ruined the DH vibe by making everyone get so much more serious..

m.vitalmtb.com/features/Blue-Ribbon-Banter-Gwinning-Killed-The-MTB-Star,568

Any comments? Or you still out there having fun every time you drop in?
  • + 87
 The vibe hasn't changed at all at the races. It's still a great group of lads that are out riding bikes.
  • + 10
 Right on! Thanks buddy. We here in North Idaho have been rooting for you as our local boy. Good luck next year!
  • + 7
 #AllTheLads !!!!!!!!
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 I loved Gwin's response on Twitter to that article: "Funny read posted up at @VitalMTB. You guys must be bored. Online drama is whats making the sport less fun. Try wearing out your bikes as much as you do that keyboard #word"
  • + 3
 TBH, it's hard to have a serious sport, where sponsors are interested, without the athletes being serious. Even the surfers train hard these days to be competitive and they're... Well, surfers! Razz Same goes for slopestyle guys on everything, bikes, skis, snowboards, etc.
  • + 17
 Yeah that article is absolutely ridiculous. If people weren't serious about racing they just... wouldn't race and freeride instead? It takes huge commitment to get to world cup level, everybody there wants to win.
  • + 1
 agree
  • + 32
 What's your take on 650b? Will it have a place in DH after some time? Or is 26" always gonna be the way to go?
  • + 38
 It's hard to predict the future, we are testing, I am open to it. But time will tell
  • + 5
 You're like a miniature buddah.
  • + 32
 Wanna try Rampage?
  • + 3
 Pretty sure I thought I saw him on the invite list for Rampage. Am I wrong?
  • + 125
 yes of course that's on the list. but after such an awesome year, would be a shame to injure myself. I'm just happy to be home and healthy
  • + 3
 Good luck! Thanks
  • + 5
 Why the relation of injury and rampage are so close.
  • + 30
 Do you think using clip shoes really helped you get faster?
  • + 82
 I have used clip shoes for a long time growing up. Tried some flats for a season or so, but I 100% think clips are faster.
It makes me feel way more connected to the bike.
  • + 14
 What is your favorite pedal shoe pairing?
  • + 29
 i'm going to guess: his sponsors Wink
  • + 32
 Five Ten and Crankbrothers..
  • + 9
 That's it! The Stash has spoken. The clip vs flat debate is settled for all time. Thank God that is over.
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 Steve, if lycra was legal, would you wear it? Would you feel forced to if other top riders wore it?
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 for sure. you gotta do what you gotta do to shave off seconds
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 why not just an XS jersey?
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 There are actual rules stating how tight racers' clothing can be... its completely arcane and stupid.
  • - 2
 That's quite stupid... Because that time advantage you can gain could me gained by differences in what concernes the components of the bike itself.
Also, is there any rule that doesn't allow racers to race without a visor on their helmets?
  • - 1
 Lycra in DH MTB would be pretty silly, I mean look at the damage doing 30mph on the road can do, let alone 30mph on Fort William...
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 Who said anything about not wearing padding?
  • + 2
 Nobody, from what I've seen a lot of the WC racers seem to only wear knee and elbow pads.
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 This reply seems like it might be unpopular by the tone of other replies but I like the enforced 'no tight clothes' rule ie no lycra. I associate DH mountain biking far more with snowboarding than with even XC mountain biking by which I mean it's the alternate strain of the sport and I think it's important the athletes look cool doing it to reflect the attitude of fun which runs through the sport. Fox or Troy Lee moto gear looks amazing when someone is tearing down a mountainside wearing it (see Sam Hill, Brendan Fairclough, Stevie Smith!), tight lycra doesn't. Aerodynamics only matters on shit tracks like PMB and not proper tracks like Champery or Val Di Sole.
  • + 6
 Well said BDJ! Lycra makes you look like a sex pest.
  • + 25
 The world suddenly freezes, every human, animal and machine. Everything. Except you. What do you do?
  • + 254
 Melt the hottest girls I can find.
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 Spoken like the true champion you are. Cheers! Hope I can shake your hand in person one day and congratulate you!
  • + 5
 How would you go about melting these hot girls?
  • + 21
 Peeing on them obviously
  • + 1
 Yea but I want to hear/see/read Stevie Smith say it.
I thought he might have some good input on this considering he is the world champion. Hint hint SS
  • + 61
 R Kelly Style
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 This is the best day ever. I love you Stevie Smith.
  • + 7
 Hahahah Stevie thats 2 on the day for the R Kelly references keep it up this is hillarious!
  • + 5
 I have to agree, Stevie you are the man!!
  • + 22
 Tell us your side of this photo,
www.pinkbike.com/photo/10127073
It generated a lot of comments, most of it rubbish but it was funny for us fans.
What did you think? Did you take it in the good humour it was meant?
Congrats on the title, well deserved and great to watch.
Kept us hanging on right to the end.
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 Great humour. We were staring at each other thinking/saying "When are we allowed to get down"!
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flag Rambo1501 (Oct 1, 2013 at 16:51) (Below Threshold)
 [P=http://i.imgflip.com/3suab.jpg size=m align=c][/P]
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 ^wtf was that you piece of junk
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 I wanted to ask you to marry me, but it already been asked... !
Seriously, congrats on your great season, hats off for the show you throw down in MSA, that's what riding is about !

Do you plan to ride some enduro (it seem to be the fashion stuff to do among DH riders) ? And what is your feeling about this sport, were do you see it going ?
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 I am still open, how about dinner first. I will try some enduro races for sure as they fit in the schedule. I still think they need to tighten up the rules on practicing beforehand and some of the other rules to curb the cheating. I think DH is going in the right direction right now, but always room to improve.
  • + 5
 The first Scottish EWS will be on at Tweedlove (bike festival) right before the Fort Bill stage in 2014 - Scotland can't believe it's luck! ... would be great to see you at both! Dinner or coffee included!
  • + 16
 I gotta love this sport, damn it being able to ask stupid question to your idols AND having them answer !!
  • + 20
 Stevie what will be your main campaign platform when you run for prime minister?
  • + 88
 i know nothing about politics. but bikes for everybody!
  • + 97
 Here in the states that makes you overqualified.
  • + 3
 it really does haha
  • + 21
 Hi, what was your result from your first ever DH race?
  • + 126
 raced an island cup and my shoe fell off, came close to last
  • + 4
 Just had my first DH race last weekend...crashed into some bushes and lost a minute cause my kneepad got stuck to the bike. Not sure if I finished last, but this is encouraging. Definitely finished last in the XC though.
  • + 21
 Ski or snowboard?
  • + 48
 Enjoy both. Snowboard more but I'm going to do some skiing this year for sure.
  • - 29
flag wuzupjosh (Oct 1, 2013 at 10:30) (Below Threshold)
 yee i wann a know
  • + 7
 ski bike haha
  • + 19
 Do you make your living from downhill or you have some extra business? Smile
  • + 74
 All biking
  • + 22
 Congratz! You live your dream! Smile Keep it up dude!
  • + 17
 When are you coming back to the Island? What is your favorite local trail? If you weren't before, you are now our local hero Smile
  • + 35
 I'm already back! Every trail on Provost
  • + 38
 Awesome! Hope to run into you out there... If I see you out there should I play it cool and wave or go all crazed fan and cheer like you are on a World Cup run? Wink
  • + 18
 That pic looks like the Homer Street RedBull Office.. Can I come by for a free RedBull? I live 2 blocks away! lol
  • + 72
 yeah man, stop in for a drink
  • + 2
 Jelly
  • + 16
 Im 13 year old and have riding like 3 years now! I have my first DH race in 6 days. And are a little nervous. Do you have any tips on what to do before the race.
  • + 21
 Be the bada$$ you already are at 13 and SHRED! Good Luck
  • + 2
 Grip it and rip it!
  • + 17
 why do they call you the chainsaw ?
  • + 58
 ask Warner.
  • + 14
 When you go riding with your buddies, do you still go on race mode and try to get the fastest line or do you like to go stylish and go the funnest line with the most air time?
Cheers from Germany, great season!
  • + 27
 Depending on the day. I never straight line my own trails! I try to make the most of the trail by going as fast as I can!
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 What's your off season plans?
  • + 68
 go sunny places and train like a mad man. ride my bicycle and have fun.
  • + 5
 so then come to ibiza! you can also train!
  • + 3
 if u go to ibiza, you can train R KELLY style !
  • + 2
 Come to visit us in Israel Stevie! we have one of the best winters for riding around here!
  • + 11
 I just want to say how inspiring your progression and accomplishments have been. I don't typically pander to celebs but your story is exceptional as was your season. You had a dream and made it real. My four year old son and I watched the races in our kitchen and we were literally on our feet the entire run in Leogang, from start gate to finish line. My son: "is Steve Smith the winner?" Me: "yes. yes he is!" Both of us chanting: "Steve Smith! Steve Smith!" You keep racing, we'll keep watching.

Since this is about questions: Is it Steve or Stevie?
  • + 11
 I'm stoked to make an influence on such a young kid. the bike world calls me Stevie, friends it's half and half.
  • + 9
 you influence the old kids too Smile

train hard and go after it next year. you got this.
  • + 11
 Now that you've won an overall title, what are expectations are you placing on yourself for next year? Do you think Gee, Greg, and all the others now have the target aimed at you, like you are now the standard to measure against? Do you think last year's overall champ Aaron Gwin will push back to the top next season, or has the opportunity to outrace the field (by such margins as he did) disappeared because everyone is training at such a high level and with such focus and preparation.



And where's the stache???
  • + 24
 Tough to answer. I'm gonnna work and train as hard as I can and race as fast as I can. The field is incredibly tough and we continue to push each other and the limits every season
  • + 15
 How long can you handstand for?
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 This is my pathetic attempt... www.pinkbike.com/photo/10162936
  • + 12
 Are there any techniques you use to memorize a track and your lines? Is there anything you could pass on to us mortals, as far as how to understand how to pull it all together?
  • + 15
 At track walk stopping regularly remembering corner to corner. It's all from track walk and repeat riding mainly
  • + 14
 Do you listen to Iron Maiden ?
  • + 4
 Do you listen to Wax Tailor ?
  • - 1
 I dont know why but I always assume people with wicked staches listen to Wax Tailor... In fact I should probably grow one too then.
  • + 12
 So obviously you're young so you've got plenty of time for more world cup seasons but what do you think will come after downhill for you?
  • + 34
 i haven't made plans that far ahead yet. But i definitely want to do something in the bike industry, it's my life
  • + 11
 What are your worst injuries? I recently did my collar bone racing.. My 10th break from riding.. Wondered how that compares to a pro..
  • + 69
 never had anything super horrible. collarbones, wrists, patella, fingers, hands. bones heal the best. ligament damage is the worst. I'm at more than 10 breaks though. keep up Wink
  • + 6
 ha yeah nothing "super horrible"
  • + 2
 That's like a semi pro bud of mine back at uni when asked about injuries. "Never anything too bad....I punctured a lung once."
  • + 11
 First off - congrats on a great season!

All I want to know is this...are you going for the 3-peat next season in the Underworld Cup?
  • + 7
 I want to make that happen and 3peat, awesome course. Just need to check the schedule, probably won't know for a couple months if possible.
  • + 2
 Hopefully the UCI rule doesn't go into effect, or they at least revise it to make races like that possible for elite-level riders. It's obvious you guys (and gals) seem to really enjoy that track and these types of races in general - as much as us mere-mortals appreciate seeing the top-tier riders at our events.

Needless to say, you bring the ride and we'll bring the noise!!
  • + 8
 Why don't you use Leatt brace? You are a serious rider and it would be a shame to end up with a broken neck. You don't crash as much and as hard as other riders, but common sense must tell you that when you fall, and eventually it will happen, it won't be nice. Keep safe and why to gamble if you don't have to, and this is coming from a guy that broke his back twice.
  • + 8
 Brilliant win congratulations... Did you shave your "tache" off because the old guy with the MASSIVE beard at the finish line intimidated you ? And do you realise there's thousands of us out here have been growing tache's in the hope that it would give us some mystical bike handling skills !
  • + 31
 That guy was the beard growing world champion. true story. I don't think I could ever live up to him.
  • + 7
 First of all, congratulations on your season. So stoked for you.

1.) How much involvement do you have in your suspension set up? For example, do you fiddle with compression and rebound knobs yourself, or do you give your mechanic feedback on how you want the bike to be riding and let him do it?

2.) If SRAM hadn't been able to deliver a 650b Boxxer to you for Pietermaritzburg, were you really prepared to run a Pike?

3.) What sort of tire PSI are you regularly running during races front and rear?
  • + 27
 I don't touch the suspension, I tell my mechanic what it feels like and changes I think I would like and the blackbox mech try things and we try new things. 2. yes. I tested it on gnarlier trails and it was great 3. changes, front between 25 and 28, rear, 28 to 31
  • + 5
 Thanks!
  • + 9
 After riding with a guy like Semenuk, did you ever wanted to do more freeride or slopestyle events or are you real focused on racing ?
  • + 56
 I keep the freeride stuff for fun. Those guys push the limit too much for me.
  • + 7
 Considering how short the World Cup season is, and how much missing a round or two can cost in the overall standings, why don't you guys ride with more protection than you do? Is it really THAT big of a hinderance?

- Also, congrats on the wins, you're almost forcing me to buy a Devinci! Wink
  • + 9
 be honest some of us are probably stubborn. for myself there is a lot of good stuff, but my arms just get too big during the run. You need as much blood flow and don't want to hinder that.
  • + 7
 Well done for taking the past 3 WC rounds and the overall! You got me unbelievably stoked to ride and gave me the will power to grow the most pathetic attempt of a moustache in the history of moustaches. Anyway... my question is: What music do you get hyped to before a World Cup run?
Big shout from Madeira Island, Portugal. We love you out there.
  • + 8
 SMITH ! Bring back the Red Bull Mount 7 Psychosis race !! You ripped that track so hard boostn rooostin everything ! 2007 !!! 2nd place to sam hill now you are Whoooping World Cups ! CHAINSAW MASSACRE !!
  • + 6
 Steve,

I was checking out Seasons not too long ago for the X number of time (www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2Y3_Nygzq0) ... I had a chuckle when you mention you'd like to be standing next to Sam Hill and Steve Peat. How do you look back on this now. How does it feel to have accomplished what you were aiming for? (something that does not happen too often to many of us)
  • + 22
 It feels great. I hope to inspire many riders to get our there and chase their dreams
  • + 9
 Is this the first thing you've done since getting home other than drinking and stealing golf carts?
  • + 13
 I have hit the gym a few times, and some normal life projects
  • + 10
 How did you get your first sponsor
  • + 18
 Hard work.... People will notice.
  • - 3
 Asking helps too. Most people don't get tapped for sponsorship
  • + 10
 Can you make some more videos with Ian Morrison? Those were so awesome!
  • + 26
 More coming this off season...
  • + 1
 Yesssss my favorite videos!!!
  • + 8
 do you see yourself using that 27.5 bike at another world class event other than the world championship?
congrats and cheers!!
  • + 15
 Only time will tell....
  • + 7
 How do you feel about next years courses? Would you like to see more steep track on the circuit and if there was a world cup in BC where would you like to see it?
  • + 2
 YES! Great questions.
  • + 5
 Advice for someone who wants to race competitively?
Save up lots of money and do UCI as a privateer or try racing locally first?
I live in a small country, so I don't know if racing locally will get me sponsors, even if I smash everything.
  • + 25
 Build your confidence by racing locally and training hard. If you enjoy the training you will be on the right track, sponsors will come
  • + 5
 How does it feel to be a redbull athlet? Is anything different than before? Do you can get so much hats, caps and lids as you want? Are you skiing/snowboarding with a redbull lid or hat too? Many questions but i always wanted to know this! Keep racing buddie Wink
  • + 19
 Red Bull offers great support. I have been with them for a long time. They keep me well outfitted with gear. I only ride bikes in the Red Bull helmet as I am bike athlete for them.
  • + 31
 I'm just glad to to have met the expectations. the hats are a bonus
  • + 7
 Stevie before you get too tired,
What would you have pursued in life if it wasn't for racing downhill?
  • + 4
 Are you disappointed with result in UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2013 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa? Most of people thought that you are be the champion but you fell of a bike in first corner. We all know that you are a World Cup overall winner, but do you miss that World Champion title?
  • + 9
 I thought the style he threw down in his run after the slip in the first corner was awesome...
  • + 4
 What I mean is, with all the pressure of a World Cup race, and the pressure on him personally due to his position in the standings, when he messed up at the top, he was able to just chill, despite the disappointment, and throw down a fun run for the fans. Cool beans...
  • + 15
 Of course, I was disappointed and frustrated. I felt like asking UCI for a re-run! I just had fun on the way down from there.
  • + 1
 @StevieSmithDh Congrats on the win!! one more reason im proud to be from B.C. Why didnt you continue a fast run in south africa? You crashed in the canadian open race at crakworx and still won.
  • + 4
 Congratulations, Steve. Given the same conditions and track, would you use the same "track specific bike" approach again at the World Champs? Would you like to use a more track-specific, lower travel bike for courses requiring more pedaling in the future again?
  • + 29
 For sure - that bike was the shit
  • + 4
 I missed getting to ask questions because I was in school.......but I think everything possible was already covered. Props to Stevie for being a bad ass, and taking the time to talk with the fans who make this sport so great
  • + 8
 what is your opinion on the bikepark leogang and the track itself?
  • + 9
 That track has harder deeper ruts and bumps than any track out there. Super physically demanding! Not your typical 'bike park' track
  • + 4
 How do you manage risk during a run? Some risk-taking is no doubt required to win, but too much risk taking can result in a crash or sloppy riding. How do you determine when to go for it and when to dial it back?

Have there been features in a course that have scared you?
  • + 0
 Too bad. this is a great Question and I also would have loved to see Stevie's Answer.
  • + 6
 Would be great to see you at DirtMasters Festival in Winterberg (Germany). Gee, Gwin, Sick Mick were there the last few years.
  • + 7
 Being North American based if it works with the schedule, I will be there.
  • - 4
flag crazy-high-21 (Oct 1, 2013 at 11:14) (Below Threshold)
 yeah and you could also come to 26trix in leogang.

btw what do ya think about my phone case Smile www.pinkbike.com/photo/10163109
  • + 7
 Does the fact peaty could power clean that quad and you couldn't really annoy you?
  • + 11
 no. peaty is the man. maybe if i didn't have as many beers in me..
  • + 4
 Congrats 1st off! Mental last race - great for the fans! Q - you were steady all season - just how much fitness training did you have to do to keep up the pressure? (I mean in between all the races) and how stressful (boring?) is it from practice to race? Thanks!
  • + 12
 I constantly work on my fitness and preparation. Between practice and race, there's a lot of nervous yawns going on!
  • + 2
 Thanks! I'd love to start training mtb elite athletes (strength, endurance, conditioning) - I'm a personal trainer - and I'm very interested in what you guys do during and off season.
Keep up the focus and training. It's working very well. Thought your consistency was superb throughout 2013! And the stache looked good ;-)
  • + 7
 I love your riding in Seasons, Follow Me and From The Inside Out, do you have any upcoming movie projects underway?
  • + 10
 nothing at the moment, doors are wide open
  • + 2
 yea hes in arrival!!!!
  • + 2
 if doors are open, come to poland and film gibon movie 2 with us
  • + 8
 Do you miss Tech Tuesdays?
  • + 32
 no, but my mechanic does.
  • + 6
 Steveie, first of all you are an inspiration to many riders and you deserve all of the greatness! But why no PinkBike account 'til now???
  • + 36
 I've always had one, since I was 13 I think, just keep it hidden hah. I spend most of my internet time on Pinkbike, the place to be
  • + 8
 Hahaa, thank you for answering my dumb little question. Before this today I only had 2 favorite pro-riders, but after seeing you committing to this Q & A for a couple hours now and reading your replies I can tell you're a quality individual. I now have 3 favorites and to tell the truth I think you shot right up to #1 in that regard as well. I wish you nothing but the best in your future, you deserve it and you better get some dark sunglasses because it's bound to get even brighter. Your Mom must be soooo proud of you, cheers on being a good man as well.
  • + 4
 Stevie Ive alwasy been a HUGE fan, and watched you ride growing up and its amazing to see what you have finally come to achieve! You deserve it! One question Im wondering is before your last couple minutes before your final race run, what was the one thing that came through your mind that you will never forget? Cheers! Keep up the amazing riding!
  • + 12
 Being the last guy Leogang, it's a ghost town up there. It's quiet, mellow, relaxed. If you don't think about the hype at the bottom, you are safe.
  • + 3
 Hey steve just wondering what you do in race mornings for practice. Do you just do as many laps as possible or like just one or two? Also do you do them at full speed or just take it easy on them? And one more thing what do you do after your practice until your race run?
  • + 3
 Never less than two. Very rare I do more than two! Only if the first two were catastrophic and I really need to sort some shit out will I do more! After practice its back to our team accommodation to think and prepare mentally.
  • + 5
 Stevie, we all know your hanging out the back of Hannah but do you think flirting with gees sister could be deployed as a tactic next year?

Well done anyhow.
  • + 3
 stevie....
what do you think about the geometry on gee's fury?
the "longer frame for more space to move arround" thing.
at the beginning of the season he looked like he was unbeatable. much faster than in 2012.
do you think most people ride to small frames?
what size do you prefer?
  • + 3
 Congrats Stevie, you're the man ! Once talked to you in Val d'Isère last year, super chilled. So glad you won cause you seem like such a nice guy. (and an amazing rider of course !).

I know this isn't a question but just wanted to say this anyway.

See you in Méribel next year !!
  • + 5
 Thanks!
  • + 6
 How has working with your Devinci Global Racing and Swiss guy Nick Beer been?
  • + 5
 Anyone with the last name Beer is a pleasure to work with. Great teammate and awesome to be around.
  • + 7
 What the best part about travelling the world racing your bike?
  • + 12
 Riding my bike and seeing my friends and ultimately doing it all with cool people!
  • + 5
 What's your plan for the winter now Stevie ? You'll go in New Zealand for spend some good time and be ready for start a new season ?
  • + 13
 Training at home and a few trips. Maybe NZ - undecided right now
  • + 3
 Massive congrats Stevie you are not only a great talented guy but also a true icon of the sport! Any chance of you coming to ride or test anytime soon to the UK , or next time it will be Fort Will next year? Also flat or riser bars for DH?
  • + 10
 2014 plans are not out yet for my travel calendar!

Riser - my Truvativ Pro model 30mm! Wink
  • + 5
 Added to my shopping list! Cheers and congrats again!
  • + 4
 Congrats, Stevie. It's inspiring to see someone strive so hard for such lofty goals, and achieve those very goals. Well done, sir. Enjoy the off season. You've earned it. Cheers-
  • + 5
 Cheers!
  • + 3
 Not a question, merely a statement. I'm sure I speak for all on this forum, from watching you in Seasons, being shuttled by your mum, you have since been followed by so many fans, and to see you win the title was just awesome, your mum must be so proud. Congratulations Stevie, good luck next 'season'.
  • + 3
 The young guns are heading towards the spot light, do you keep up with the progress of these atletes? Loic Bruni and Troy Brosnan had an awesome year, how long do you think it will take them to conquer the so desired higher step of the podium?
  • + 5
 Those guys will continue to be serious contenders
  • + 3
 I am sure your diet is very controlled during the race season. Is there one meal you were looking forward to after the season that you could not have during it? A Greasy Burger? Taco Bell feast after a night at the bar? Maybe 5 whole pizzas?
  • + 23
 definitely 5 whole pizzas.
  • + 6
 i love the segment in Seasons with your mom. does she ever go to your races? how's she doing? she seems so nice!
  • + 50
 Thanx....I'm doing good....very proud of my boy. I go to any races that are close by...Crankworx etc; I also drove to Quebec & New York a couple of years ago to watch Steve race.
  • + 8
 well we just love him and we're so proud for canada. great job on the mom-skills! and thanks for answering :-)
  • + 19
 she's comes when she can. she's killing it and super happy for me. life is good in the Smith household.
  • + 4
 That's great support there. No wonder the Smith household is feeling good :-)
  • + 5
 How many hours each day do your ride bikes and how many days in a week! - Freaking love your riding style Stevie!! - Love here from flat Denmark!
  • + 8
 Changes each week.. No schedule... But try to get out 5-6 days a week wether it is DH, XC, ROAD, or Moto
  • + 3
 Congrats on the win, my 5 year old chose watching the final race over cartoons, you should feel blessed!

While the rivalry between you and Gee made for good press, has entirely too much been made out of it? Was there tension between camps coming into the finals, or are you all pretty friendly about the whole thing?
  • + 8
 I wouldn't say the tension was too bad. It was mostly pressure we put on ourselves. At the top, it wasn't overly friendly, let's just say we're not wishing each other good luck.
  • + 3
 How big of an influence do tires play in having a solid run? What do you guys take into consideration when cutting spikes? Do you sacrifice some traction for less rolling resistance or vice versa?

Congrats on the win Stevie.
  • + 4
 Tires depends on the track, every track is different. I qualified in Leogang with a front cut spike. It was worth sacrificing rolling resistance because the top corners were so slippery.
  • + 3
 I doubt you will/could answer this, but as a fully sponsored champion DH racer, what piece of your current equipment (bike or body related) would you want to change/explore from your current selection if you could ride/use whatever you wanted?
  • + 8
 My sponsors are always giving me new products to try and I'm fortunate that they take my input on things and put them into future designs.
  • + 5
 Stevie, how closely do you work with Weagle during the season? If you're at a race, will he ever chime in with suspension setup advice?
  • + 14
 There's a whole bunch of discussions with suspension tuning, improving the product to make it the fastest bike out there. We run a few testing sessions through the year. In a few weeks I am heading to Europe to do just that!
  • + 1
 Feel free to swing by Verbier (Switzerland) ;-) lifts open til end Oct - welcome to crash at mine.
  • + 3
 Hey Steve, congrats on taking the overall this year, MSA &Leogang were insane runs! Training wise and off the big bike what is your favourite and your most hated session? What do you feel has given you the biggest improvement?
  • + 2
 Hey steve, congrats for the overall title! those last races were sick to watch! Hey, wanted to ask you what goes on your mind before the final run... I mean, on the gate, and the minutes before... how do you control the nervous state of mind?
  • + 2
 Hi Stevie, I've been riding for a few years and now attempting to get into racing on a competitive level, would you recommend riding road for training or have you found it useful? I am a student so it's tough the justify the investment of a road bike over something like a trainer at the gym or just running. Thanks!
  • + 7
 I like the combo of everything. But you need to find the thing which is going to push you the most to do it. Pick whatever method will get you out there.
  • + 2
 Stevie, when you look back on a film like "seasons", how does that really make you feel to know that you did exactly what your goal was, to be right up there with sam and minnar and the rest of the field, to get canada up on that podium! ? And did this goal come sooner than later or at the right moment? With ur succes this year \, im sure it only makes you want to mpush harder! To me , ur the best rider! cheers ! good luck next year.
  • + 7
 It's always a good thing to have a goal to focus on - I never put a time line on reaching that achievement. The fact it happened how and when it did was amazing.
  • + 3
 Thats so awesome! An its amazing to me, to see you from then to now! STEVIE#1
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 Do you still have your old orange Cove Shocker that you ride around at night when Devinci isn't looking?
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 I'll be honest. I've been making my 7 year old son, who rides, race his mother down the road after she drops him off at the top. (He only get's in trouble if he loses and really he just has to miss dinner is all) Wink
Great win this season StevieSmithDH.
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 Who gave me negative props? It was a joke people.....
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 Congratulation for your WC season!
I have 2 question:What push you to ride every day? And What would you like to do(job) when you was younger?
Sorry for my english i'm a f*cking french!
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 Its not a push to ride every day its a privilege! My Grandma told me I should be a builder or architect so I used to think about doing something like that. That was until I started racing bikes!
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 I think it is a good philosophy!Smile
One more question:a advice to progress on a bike?
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 Hey Stevie.. Congrats on all the success this year! Two questions.. Firstly, which do you prefer, gnarly technical trails or fast and flowy?.. and second - favorite whistler bike park run?
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 I like variety! both! Schleyer, Dwayne Johnson, Afternoon Delight
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 Right on man!! Thanks.. Hope you get a chance to shred the Shore on the off season! Smile
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 What did you say to your mother after all the shuttle runs paid off
in the overall title( congrats by the way!) ?Smile
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 Sportsnet had the Mount St. Anne on in August. Watched it with my boys (7 &5) and they ran around the house cheering Ya Canada!! after you won. Thanks for that!
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 First off congrats on your success this season. What do you think is the biggest thing that contributed to your wins? Do you think it was mental state, fitness level or an improvement in bike skill? Thanks for spending some time to answer questions today and I hope you can continue your results.
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 First of, Congrats on the World Cup overall win...

with the World Champs at Hafjell next year (and you having won there twice in a row) and you being the man to beat at the minute, do you honestly think you could do the double?

if not, why?
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 yes, and I am ready to do the triple!
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 He already did the double.
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 no he didn't, not world champs and overall...
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 Sorry my bad, I thought you meant 2 in a row in Hafjell (Stupid Beer Smile
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 Hey Stevie,
I thought long and hard about what i was going to ask you and settled on: What does it take to become pro, especially coming from California just a mile or so outside of downtown LA. Everything is terrible around here for mtb. I am 14 years old and am a freshman in high school. I want to be pro slopestyle/freeride. Yeah, we have snow summit, which is pretty awesome but i definitely dont have time to go down there each weekend. My parents dont exactly believe in me either. So what will it take to be the best? I know freeride isn't your thing but just to be pro in general. I watched a video on you and it really seemed like you had a lot of support from your mom. I dont have that. So will i really need to drop everything and only focus on getting better? I cant imagine doing anything else as a job and will do anything to get where i want to be. Thanks a ton for your time.
-Miles Lopez
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 Stevie, congrats on an awesome, inspiring race season. If you ever have time in your hectic schedule I'm inviting you out to the Grand Enduro DH race held in September in Castlegar... 9km of ripping singletrack descent over 3000' of vertical... 20 minutes of sick racing for our local experts, although I am sure you would rip it in under 18... take care and stay healthy my friend.
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 Hey Stevie! Way to go!!! I was riding with Shandro the other day and he had a great question, "Why doesn't the Canadian media recognize your accomplishments?" I know that's not what you strive for, but it would sure be appropriate...
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 Dude your so awesome! I live in Victoria, and I ride Tzuhalem and it's just so cool to think that the best downhiller in the world grew up on those trails! And do you prefer Devinci over Evil, why did they stop sponsoring you?
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 Hey Steve,
I am a 16 year old racer out of calgary. I am moving up to jr ex next season. Being that you win world cups, what are some tips you could give me to mentally prepare myself before racing? That has always been a big obstacle for me
Ps congrats on your worldcup overall! Still so fired up!
Cheers!
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 meditation
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 How awkward was it standing with Rachel for the overall?
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 Not at all.
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 Hey Stevie! Congrats on the Win! I was rooting for you the whole way. I am a DH/Freeride mountain biker and I want to get into better shape for the sport. I go almost everyday after school and ride. I go to the gym 3 times a week and do free weights. I was wondering if road biking is a good training tool for DH mountainbiking? Also, what are some good body weight exercises that I can do to improve riding? Thanks man!
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 I dont ride dh anymore but bought a road bike for training and just for getting out more on the bike in general. After a couple of months hard road riding, and then jumping on the mtb i feel way faster and fitter. I can push much harder gears now riding my local trails - hardly ever use the small chain ring now! I also found road riding more fun that i thought it would be! You don't even need an expensive road bike either tbh. I do bit of running too, has boosted my cardio fitness.
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 First off, Congrats ehhh!!!!!! The American continent has had it for 3 years in a row now.

Second, have you ridden tracks, trails in Costa Rica? If not, you should come down here (mid Dec thru April are the best months since it is drier). There's a Devinci dealer that will surely hook you up nicely (Carlos Castillo from Ciclon Bike Shop). Alot of good race tracks, and epic trails as well.

Third..Any plans on competing in the following PanAms as you've done before? There's pretty good competition (Marcelo Gutierrez, among others). I wonder why Gwin and other top US riders haven't raced at it yet.

Cheers!!!!
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 Thank you, Never ridden in Costa Rica - but I'd love to. Carlos sells Devinci bikes down there! Not decided on the PanAms yet...
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 Would you be able to comment on whether racing BMX when you were younger effected your success and if so, how?
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 Hey Steve!

What do you think, what makes the sport more popular, and more accepted by the society? In my country being a biker almost equivalent as being a criminal, because the society thinks we means threat to the environment. Wish you the best from Hungary, and congrats for your win!
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 racing on real tracks closer to big cities. you needs fans there. Cypress...time for a world cup
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 please
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 ^this^
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 thank you for the reply! tup
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 Steve
If you could ride any trail in the world tomorrow, what/where would it be and why?
Congrats on such a great season!
Jono
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 Hey Jono, at this moment - Whistler, Dirt Merchant to A-line - cause I just wanna have some fun
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 In the "Road to Rampage" video a few days back we saw Darren Berrecloth in spandex on a road bike...do you roll that way too sometimes??
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 Sure do.
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 Hey stevie, Ive been doing are Locale FVMBA races and have won 2 of 4 them and came 1st in series final for all the Super D enduro. I feel i can ride better and have my skill higher. I got to ride with wade simmons in the area, he showed me some tips on how to break my nervous system, but when i get in that mood i ride horribly am just scared to let off the break. Ive talked to some people including specialized reps. they say i have high Potential in riding and i have the right skills but need to learn how to let off the break a bit. if you could provide any tips and or ideas? It would be great, Cheers from William Big Grin -- From British Columbia Canada
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 Your MSA race was the most inspiring race I have ever watched. Those guys before you were looking sluggish in the rain, and then you came down like the stars aligned just for you. IMHO, it was the best race I have watched you win. What would you say has been your best race ever?
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 Would you care to visit us in Norway again? Although we don't have the warmest weather for you're off season, we have good skiing options Smile . And btw what do you think about the halfjell track? Looking forward to world champs there?
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 I am looking forward to the champs in Hafjell. It's feels close to BC.
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 Yeah, went to BC last year, nearly lik waking up at home, but with more and better trails. Good luck next year btw Smile
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 Any advice to young riders hoping to get into the competetive world of mtbing? Like what problems you faced as a young rider, finacially, mentally, ect... Just wondering cause I want to get into comps more than anything else in the world! -a younger person Smile
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 Thanks for the best year of DH I have ever seen. My son idolizes you and I coach him but worry about pushing too hard. What advice would you give a dad who loves riding with his 8 year old son? Btw Ste. Anne was insane I was worried you would get mobbed for a sec, thanks for signing his helmet it meant the world to him.
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 Hi Steve, congrats on the title and everything Wink now the question Big Grin what do you think about urban downhill, in 2014 the urban downhill world cup is suppose to start, will u be racing that too? chance to get two overall titles in one year sounds cool Wink
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 Urban DH races have their place from the spectator side of things and accessibility. It's not personally for me and I will be sticking to DH World cup circuit
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 Cool man thx, keep it up, gl next season Smile
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 So you already mentioned that you'd probably pick Tracey Hannah for best looking female dh'er. She was looking a little sweet on you in the Hafjell course walk. Anything going on there? (don't worry no one will tell Mik)
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 Nothing going on... Just a friend. Just joking around
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 From watching her vid on the track walk I'm pretty sure she was at least tipsey walking down
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 What would you say to the guys that walking in the DH scene, and what you think about the hardtails in the DH. Congratulations about the WC win, it was amazing race between you and Gee. I'm want to see what's coming for the next yer. Good luck, have a good ride Smile
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 Hi Stevie, what's your thoughts on the overall level of training in DH athletes.... it seems that guys like you, gee, gwin, minaar, etc are training at a much higher level to others. What's it like seeing riders with so much potential, that you are (I'm assuming) buddies with and race with so often, not getting the results they could do, if they got their program more dialled and pro. You seem to have that great balance of having fun out there, but also taking training and racing as seriously as you need to win. An insight in to this and how athletes view others as friends vs. competitors would be awesome. Congrats on your season dude, totally deserved!
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 First congrats on your world cup overall win! Amazing season to watch. My question is, do you ever find yourself burnt out on biking? I find myself there now and need a boost to get me riding more again.
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 I change things up so often with a wide variety of bikes and places to ride so It saves me getting burnt out on biking. Mix it up is my advice
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flag nhp890 Plus (Oct 1, 2013 at 12:27) (Below Threshold)
 Unless you're not pro or can't afford to travel a lot or change bikes frequently
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 Congrats Stevie for a well fought and deserved overall win.
I am just wondering how the relationship between top riders is. Is everyone chill with each other or does a lot of rivalry and competitiveness exist between the top riders?
Did you think a lot of the other top riders were a bit sour with your win?

Cheers from Portugal! Hope to see you around here someday!
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 I don't think you can be in a more mellow sport. The group is pretty tight. It's a great group of guys and everyone gets on, but things get serious when we get to the top.
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 Awesome work man, you're kicking ass!!! A lot of racers quit because after a while it becomes a job and stops being fun, especially the constant pressure to perform at your best... Training sucks... How do you keep it fun??? What motivates you???
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 Congratulations on your season Steve!
How particular are you on cockpit setup? Are you sensitive to stem length or the hight or backsweep of your bars? Do you find that small adjustments such as rolling your bars forward or backward can affect your confidence on the bike?
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 congrats on the overall victory
i have 2 question's for you, 1 is when you feel nervous about a certain line that is defiantly more faster but at the same time it scares you or you are not confident hat do you do to overtake that mental block and do it
the other, is how many times per week you go to the gym and do your road bike riding, enduro, and dh?

thank's
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 Hi Steve! I'm 15 years old and i ride since I'm 3 years old. My biggest dream is to become a worldcup racer and earn my money with that. Only problem is that I cant go to bikeparks that often ( once in two weeks ). My question is i have to ride every day DH to become good or is it enough to just focusing when I'm at the training and doing races?
Cheers Man!
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 Other than MSA, do you ride somewhere else in Quebec? Like Bromont maybe?

BTW, congrats for your win, after having an awsome astronaut in the space, we now have a mtb world champion.
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 My respect for u and the training you have been doing this last years, im following you since your starts and know that you will be doing it right this year, congrats ¡ and the question is : Whats your opinion of running world cups with single crown forks?
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 Hey Im 14 and you are my role model and I really want to start racing and become you someday and I was wondering how to get faster and faster and how to get sponsored and I have a Trek session a used to have a Kona Operator, do you like the Wilson out of all the bikes you've ridden?

Cheers, Tyler
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 Sponsorship comes when it is due. Put in the hard work and results and rewards will follow. I love my Wilson, Devinci is a great crew to work with.
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 And what is your riding style? I've learned that every bike is different and experienced it coming from Kona to Trek, does the suspension feel like the demos in the off the back kind of feel?
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 Damnit, I would like to ask, but i dont have a clue, what to ask.

What do you think a WC track should look like? More roots and natural rocks and sutt, or some more huge jumps like in Hafjel?
What do you think about the track in Andorra?

Congratulations to your great victory!
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 Steve..Fellow Islander here..Great weather hey?

You talk a lot about how much training you do to keep in shape and ready for race season. I'm curious to know more detailed how you train. Obviously riding Prevost as much as possible is huge for keeping on your DH toes but as for fitness do you just ride Tzouhalem to keep fit or run or what's your fitness flavor? Curious how much effort towards fitness the world cup champ puts in.
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 Congrats to an awesome 2013 season! Just wanted to let you know that I bought a Devinci Wilson beacuse of your domination at the 2012 Crankworx and the last 2012 UCI DH race. I shred at Winter Park CO. Hit me up if you ever make it my way.
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 congrats on the wins stevie!

just wondering if like me you ever feel that you hit a point with you riding speed that you can't get past.. then a few months later you manage to go up a notch. or do you feel like you gradually but consistently improve?

also how do you deal with nerves before doing something new that requires commitment (like a massive gap)?

cheers
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 honestly interested by other peoples replies to this (tho particularly a pro's) as i started riding mtb just over two years ago after many years of road riding. i'm not sure if i'm plateauing and thats as good as i'm going to get, or whether the doubt is the same for the pros.
also the nerves i get stop me from trying new things such as large drops (6ft+) or doubles and hamper my progress as a rider. should i just man up or am i just be being impatient trying to do too much with the skills i have.
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 You should try and find a coach.... work with them for a few sessions. I had one for some afternoons only and it made a huge difference to my riding. Well worth the money and time...
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 to be fair i noticed a massive difference when i had a coach with my road racing but that was a perk of the team and i need a better job before i can afford to hire one for mtb/dh
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 yup - I was lucky - Verbier Bike School ran some free ladies DH days - which I went to. The coaches all race Swiss Cup (Elite's) so couldn't have asked for any better! You Wales based? there are bound to be some cheaper group based coaching sessions - look on Facebook and try to find some DH / MTB groups and ask the question. Good luck!
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 IMO, the way you improve is when your scared to do something, then your doing something right. Weather it's going on the same trail but faster till it scares you, you might crash but you'll find the line between smooth and fast. Or jumps, like once there was this north shore which scared the shit outta me, it took ages to attempt it but once I did there was no better feeling, and it have me more confidence to push to go faster and so on.
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 yea i'm wales based. food for thought anyway, cheers
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 North Shore at Verbier Bike Park? I just rode / walked that the other day! And you're right - riding the same trails faster and pushing yourself to the "scared" zone is exactly it! A bit of nervous sweat did no one any harm!
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 i find im fine to push into the scared zone as long as my tyres are on the ground its when i leave the ground that it it goes past scared and into panic/dead sailor mode. which makes me avoid staying in the air for more than a second
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 Sladevallydh - go onto FB and look for "UK Gravity Enduro" page.... on the top right hand side you'll see a little search icon... type in "coaching" and you'll see a post with tons of MTB coaching suggestions. One is: www.facebook.com/pages/Neil-Donoghue-Coaching-MTB-Skills/116301015063162 Hope you can see the link ok... any issues look for me on FB and I'll try to help you find the page ;-)
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 sorry - I meant to say matt5311 not Sladevallydh....
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 Nah, a north shore jump youtu.be/9QeqctyNuig in Ireland, it's not much but at the time it scared me a lot. But it improved everything about my riding
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 ha ha! nice one - just watched the video - looks pretty neat! well done!
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 cheers bellechick i've heard of the guy so will get some coaching sorted
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 Matt You know yourself what you have to work on, practise, coach, peer pressure, whatever works but at least you know what it is you have to work on.
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 group coaching will be cheaper... well worth it... do it now before you freeze up... and before the weather gets properly shit!
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 Hey Stevie, firstly i hate you (you ruined the fairy tail ending for a british double) but big well done that was some awesome riding.
This year saw a big change in ranks in the WC series, the usual top 3 weren't dominating and the "Gwin era" may have ended (or did you decide). Who do you see as the main guys at the top to worry about and who are the main guys coming up biting at the heels.
(also if you got time)
the end of last season there were lots of team changes and letters etc, you got any plans for next season or you happy where you are?
Well done again and enjoy the off season dude
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 First, obvious, Congrats on the season ,witch you so welly deserved. This boys and girls shows you that if you ride everyday and belive in yourself that you can do anything and have the support of your family anything is possible so my question to you is and I am just throwing this out there, ok two part question, one , do you ride Mototcross and two would you ever consider maybe doing a motocross race? I have watched a lot of the top DH riders such as Minnar and Gee and of course Gwinn and they seem to have that no fear thing going on. To me , it seems to help them. That is all and thank you for inspiring a whole new up and comeing riders. Great role model and to me off the wall Dales Pale Ale is the best beer in a can..Just Sayin..
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 Hi I'm 15 I have just started dh and at the moment I am pleased with my speed but would like to get faster my main problem is I seem to think to negatively and worry about stuff Is there any advice you could give me on how to improve my confidence Thanks
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 Hey Stevie, Why did you and Devinci decide to design a bike from the ground up instead of going with what you knew and making changes to that? also why go back to a frame design that looked like the older Devinci bikes? Wouldn't a newly developed design be better than what seems to be an older design?
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 So im a 15 year old xc/enduro racer and i train alot... as in road biking before school, and a trail or xc ride right after we get let out. It seems to be a good strategy as i almost qualified for nationals this season. My question is, how do you think i could improve my training... and i know you probably have a setup plan, but i kinda do what i can when i can... should i have a more dedicated training schedule or continue as is? it seems to be working because trails that used to take me over 40 minutes now take me under 25, closer to twenty... and i pretty much get faster everyday, so if you have any advice whatsoever it would be great. Thanks and congrats on the win!
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 Congrats Steve! You deserve it man, I remember racing against you a few times (Island Series) I could tell you were way more focused than everyone in our class, Glad it paid off. If you ever need a tour/place to stay in Bellingham WA, I would show ya round!
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 Apologies for last question being rather repetitive. Here's a different one: I'm currently training in medical school to be an orthopedic surgeon at the moment. At all levels of riding, orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries are very common. But they make a huge, huge impact at the professional level...even minor ankle tweaks. On the WC circuit, do you know if each of the riders has their own personalized orthopedist/sports medicine physician, or do they all see one or a few well-renowned, experienced doc(s) or therapists?

(Could I be your orthopedist one day?)
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 One last question. On the pinkbike facebook page, they have a pic of you typing and staring at the computer screen answering questions. Are you really typing all the answers yourself or is someone doing it for you?
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 When is it too late to try and make it as a biker? Im 22 and have only been dowhilling for about 15months, I have been doing well in races and believe I have the drive to give it a good go. What advice would you give? Thanks, and well done this year...was awesome watching you race.
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 I was hoping that 165mm bike would be in the catalogue for next yr (pretty much as is frame wise). any idea if or when we might be able to get one?

ps- congrats. super stoked for you. did a lot of clapping and waving my arms like a moran in front of the monitor this yr that's fo sho
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 We're still testing several bikes. Not sure exactly what will do in to production. Not my call, but the more people out there asking, the more likely it'll happen.
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 Hi Stevie! What is your motivation to keep doing what you actually do? I mean racing and keeping everything together in race season. I know that all of the wins, fans and stuff pushes you forward but it may be something else too Smile

And of course big congratulations! You deserved it.
Stash for the win
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 Steve, following up on Mike's question from earlier, what are some of the reasons (from your perspective as a rider) as to why the WC season is as short as it is (funding/coverage/people in high places)? And if you could have any new WC venue location, where would you have it?
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 Also thx for being a boss
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 Hey Steve! First of congrats on such a great season. I wanted to know what/how you cope with injury? I recently broke my foot and will be out for almost 3 months. Also how do you transition back into riding? Cole
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 Hey Stevie, first of all... Hello and congrats from Vancouver Island baby!!! We are all so proud of you!! Secondly.. I read about how you received your first bike.. Too cool. Being a mountain biker, mother and wife to a family of bikers... Ever thought of some day being involved in a way to promote biking for kids. Maybe kids that are less fortunate? Just want to say.. Momma rules!!
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 Hi Stevie,First of all thank you very much for giving us this amazing opportunity.Now my question is in Follow me you said when you were in New Zealand, "if there was a chairlift here, Id move here" well queens town New Zealand now has a gondola,will you be moving to New Zealand? or perhaps visit New Zealand for our national series. Everyone here would be stoked to meet you and watch you ride!
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 I am very curious about the bikes you have owned and about your all-time favorite bikes since you got involved with the sport. Also, what happened to that Cove you rode on Seasons? And of course congrats on your success man I've been hoping for this for years so simply respect! Cheers!
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 Hey Stevie! Congrats on the Win! I was rooting for you the whole way. I am a DH/Freeride mountain biker and I want to get into better shape for the sport. I go almost everyday after school and ride. I go to the gym 3 times a week and do free weights. I was wondering if road biking is a good training tool for DH mountainbiking? Also, what are some good body weight exercises that I can do to improve riding? Thanks man!
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 There's been a lot of talk in the UK lately as DH seems to be making the mainstream media more and more. As a pro do you think that's a good thing? I personally can see some downsides. Also, could you please come ride some UK trails but tweet when and where so I can 'accidently' bump in to you?
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 Hi Steve. Writing from Venezuela! Yeah... you are a legend all around the world. Do you ride at you 100% when racing? or you save some in case it is needed (prevent a fall)?
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 I go as fast as I can without falling, it's really hard to put it at a percentage. But I make sure to feel comfortable.
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 As awesome as our moustache is, and it seems to be either that or the training that is making you super human, are you looking at any other styles? I think next season you should smash in a "hulk hogan" handle bar moustache. P.s. you rock!
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 you'll have to wait and see.
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 On the fan side 7 WC races per year are not enough, we would like to see you guys shred more often but thats because we are sitting on the couch with pizza and beer. Would you like to have more races? Where would you like them to be? Maybe go south in winter and not habe such a big time off?
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 More races would be amazing.
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 Hi Steve- the source of bike inspiration for many of us. I'm sitting on my homework right now, so my question is: literature or mathematics? What did you prefer in school time? Cause I think the bike is the best choice Wink
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 Literature
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 Dirt Park & Coronet Peak. You likey? I got to ride Coronet about 2 weeks after you and Gee were there with my buddy Daz - who worked on the mountain. Pretty awesome to hit that spot considering it isn't open anymore. Anyway, based on your experiences down in NZ, do you think there should be more races outside Europe? It's clear there is potential for great tracks, but do you think the sport can grow enough in the short term so most guys on the tour can fund more travel?

Seriously though, tecate? why not some spinakers or phillips or something.
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 Hey Stevie! Congrats on the Win! I was rooting for you the whole way. I am a DH/Freeride mountain biker and I want to get into better shape for the sport. I go almost everyday after school and ride. I go to the gym 3 times a week and do free weights. I was wondering if road biking is a good training tool for DH mountainbiking? Also, what are some good body weight exercises that I can do to improve riding? Thanks man!
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 Mr. Smith, are you too expensive for Devinci now? *Smile.*

Whenever you become a free agent, would you stick with a Canadian brand out of patriotism, or go for fat stacks from the highest bidder? I realize a sponsored rider is contractually obligated to answer a certain way; however, for the sake of fun, who would you choose other than Devinci if you could chose?
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 Steve, massive congrats on the title! It must be somewhat surreal looking back at your time on Season's now.

My question is, did you always know you would one day take the title? Especially with such a stacked field of talent. Or did it creep up on you in a kind of "Holly shit, I can actually do this!!" kind of way Smile
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 It all came together near the end of the season. Gee had an amazing start and after MSA it was all of sudden within reach.
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 Hi Stevie,before you became professional,had you ever felt like "ok,I give up,I will never be as fast as guys riding world cup are" ? and what did you do to go through that? Smile
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 congrats on the overall victory
i have 2 question's for you, 1 is when you feel nervous about a certain line that is defiantly more faster but at the same time it scares you or you are not confident hat do you do to overtake that mental block and do it
the other, is how many times per week you go to the gym and do your road bike riding, enduro, and dh?

thank's
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 I am on the bike and training 5-6 days a week.
  • + 1
 Hi Stevie! have you ever felt scared of a track or of coming back after an injury? how do you face fear? have you got some advice for a biker that loves so much riding and is training hard to start racing dh but has to face the reality of a job a "common" life?
it's not always easy not to think about the fear.

feel free to answer sincerely and directly, thank you and congratulation for the inspiration that you give us
  • + 1
 Congratulations Steve, you've made Canadians proud on many levels and you've brought a fantastic Canadian company to the centre of the world's stage.

When you were riding in Brazil or in any other extremely hot conditions how do you cope/train for the heat? Have you suffered from heat stroke or exhaustion?
  • + 4
 Drinking copious amounts of water.
  • + 2
 great use of copious
  • + 1
 Yo Steve I've been working the cycle industry for the past ten years now and have always wanted to be a race mechanic. Mainly yours. I know you have a good bunch of guys on your team already but could you tell me if you know of anyone who needs a good mechanic or how I go about it. Cheers
  • + 3
 Hi Steve,
Congrats with the overall win. You're absolutely an amazing rider with one of the best attitudes.
I have 1 question: blondes or brunettes?
  • + 11
 Equal opportunity...
  • + 1
 So First of All, i will go be honest with you,i will stay vvery glad if you or gee won the WC because of the batlle that you and gee have created..congratulations for your title and your huge season. Question- in your practice, do you ride alone or with some friends, or teammates? If you don't have anyone to ride with, do you will practice alone? Thanks, and realy sory for my f***** english Smile
  • + 1
 Congratulations for achieving the massive undertaking that is winning a season overall. All canadians DHers are very proud of you.

Now that you've accomplished what was most likely the dream of your life, how does an athlete like you sees the future? You're obviously going to want to stay on top for as long as you can. Is there a risk that the dream will become "work as usual" or you have other goals to keep it challenging?
  • + 3
 I have goals that I still want to achieve, so I am going to keep pushing.
  • + 1
 Hi Stevie, congrats on your WC overall win, will you make a little space on your schedule to come to the Azores islands?! so i can congratulate in person and celebrate with beer and riding! lol
Hope you have an even better 2014 season. cheers from the Azores
  • + 1
 Congrats on the season Steve. I had the pleasure of meeting you in Nanaimo a few years back.

2 questions if you have time:

1) Would you say that riding Mt Prevost over the years is the foundation of what has made you the rider that you are? Or, put another way, have you ever encountered anything on a WC track that you wouldn't have already experienced at Prevost or around home

2) Sushi connaisseur that you are, is there a place in or around Nanaimo that you would say is the best?

Enjoy the limelight Steve, you deserve it.
  • + 1
 Hi Stevie & congrats !
Seen those geek stats DMag is regularly putting after each WC ...
Do you think it can be used for improving here and there ?

dirt.mpora.com/events/downhill/uci-world-cup/fort-william-2013-world-cup-geek-stats.html
dirt.mpora.com/news/val-di-sole-2013-world-cup-geek-stats.html
dirt.mpora.com/news/vallnord-2013-world-cup-geek-stats.html
dirt.mpora.com/news/mont-sainte-anne-2013-world-cup-geek-stats.html
dirt.mpora.com/news/geek-stats-2013-hafjell-world-cup.html
dirt.mpora.com/news/geek-stats-leogang-world-cup-finals-2013.html

Then ... you were sooooo fast ;-(( ;-)) in PMB that the radars can't even catch you !
dirt.mpora.com/news/geek-stats-2013-mtb-dh-world-championships-pietermaritzburg-south-africa.html

You made like only 50 meters after the start before crashing ... I was there for the masters one week before and crashed 150 m before the finish line (money maker) what's better ?
  • + 5
 Who do you consider the most naturally talented rider on the DH circuit?
  • + 28
 everyone on the WC circuit is super talented. but the guy who looks the most talented is prolly ratboy
  • + 2
 ratboy put in a good run in the final hopefully he can start giving you a run for your money someday!
other than gee who do you think will be your toughest competitor next season?
  • + 2
 I would love to see Rat Boy up there...He is one of the lads. I think it will be the same crew up top battling it out.
  • + 5
 Hit the Gym or Hit the Trails?
  • + 6
 Both...Double header
  • + 5
 Are you going to Rampage?
  • + 1
 Came here to type this.
  • + 14
 No Rampage for me this year. Need to focus on next season
  • + 4
 Ah bummer! But at the same time, yea man, focus and make it happen again!
  • + 4
 You talk a lot about your mom and her support through your mountain bike carrier. Where's your father in the picture?
  • + 43
 they divorced when I was 2 and she's been raising me solo
  • + 4
 She's a "double-parent". Well done. Like me - I'd do what I could for my boy.
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 Your mom's the real deal. Give her a hug from me.
  • + 6
 she did a good job!
  • + 3
 Have you paid your mother back for all those uplifts? or atleast bought her a new truck now that you're the best in the world? Congratulations on an amazing season
  • + 4
 Steve! I'm so happy for you to win and thanks for answering me on Facebook. It brought awesome motivation to ride fast!
  • + 10
 Rip it up.
  • + 2
 I got say Gwinn lesson is do not switch bikes just like that ,looks like Demo frame was not his kind ride set up , what do you think about that ,do you think is a lesson for everybody?
congrats in the WC cup
  • + 10
 Haven't thought much about Gwins bike set up. Hope he gets it sorted.
  • + 1
 Let's hope you stay with devinci!
  • + 1
 I remember you stating your goals in the Collective video. 2013 is an amazing year for you. Im stoked a Canadian from B.C. winning the world title. You make me proud. Will you train localy in the winter or travel to drier climates?
  • + 4
 I will be training for the majority at home but have a few trips planned
  • + 1
 Just checked out Mt Prevost..........shuttles sweet! I wonder if the BnB is open in the winter?
  • + 1
 EEKKK..I don't know say what to you, I am sooo excited talk to you. OMG....ok, first I am Chinese student, I ride downhill for one year, and study in U.S. I really really idolize you, and my bike is even Devinci Wilson global team racing version. I really want to have a signature, lol I know it's impossible for me. Oh yeah, I just watched the movie UnReal, and I see you sited on a wheel chair with draft, it's so funny. Anyway, thank you for be a bike rider and make me know you! --Hulk
  • + 4
 What's the first thing that came into your mind when you won your first World Cup EVER ?
  • + 18
 Holly Shit....
  • + 2
 First off, congrats stevie!! Makes me so proud to see a Canadian and fellow Vancouver Islander accomplish what you did this season.... So my question is what is your beer of choice and are you a pub or club guy?
  • + 42
 pub for sure. clubs are horrible
  • - 5
flag ScaryGerry (Oct 1, 2013 at 10:53) (Below Threshold)
 Golf Clubs are awesome!
  • + 2
 Also I saw you got sponsored by Mypakage.... It seems you've had much success since they hooked you up, how much would you say they've contributed to your domination of mtb as of late...
  • + 9
 I haven't had sore nuts in a long time. They feel feel amazing, once your wear a set anyone will understand. Hands down the best underwear I have ever worn. Sponsorship aside.
  • + 1
 congratulations and greetings from Argentina stevie .. Any chance you compete in any enduro race? what you think of the evolution of the enduro, which opinion do you have of the devinci Troy?
Greetings from the Crew of Destino all mountain
  • + 4
 Not sure when at this stage. But I am sure I will. The Troy has been good to me, I raced it at the A-Line race in Whistler.
  • + 1
 Bike geo preferences aside, do you feel the bike design itself has a big influence on rider performance at the WC level? Or can riders at your level perform on any bike with their desired geo?
  • + 1
 Stevie, do you remember to style it up in races or does it just happen? And do you reckon you could get me one of those Red Bull drinks mats ? Huge congratulations man, so stoked for you !!!
  • + 2
 About your training for the off season, are you going to stick with the program from last year or have you looking ways to improve your training for next year?
  • + 1
 it's just like my bike. We're always looking to improve everything we do. everyone else will be trying to get better, so we have to continue to progress at everything.
  • + 1
 What was the tipping point that made you dedicate yourself to professional racing, in other words, when did you know you'd have a good shot? On another note, will you be coming back to NZ (maybe Christchurch?) any time soon?
  • + 1
 Great Season Stevie. I was up at the NW CUPS racing this year, awesome course. When you are focusing on your race, what aspects of the trail get your attention more that others?
  • + 4
 it's all about keeping speed and not slowing down. so any parts that slow you down I try to think how to maximize speed. roots, rocks, corners, you gotta look at all of it.
  • + 1
 Bike geo preferences aside, do you feel the bike design itself has a big influence on rider performance at the WC level? Or can riders at your level perform on any bike with their desired geo?
  • + 1
 I don't have anything to ask. I just want to say Steve makes me proud to be a candian mountainbiker. The Tripple win at crank worx in 2012 and the double in 2013, on top of all Your other wc wins.You're a legend man.
  • + 4
 How old were you when all the doors started opening up for opportunities?
  • + 15
 16. Gabe Fox approached me with a sponsorship from Cove and the rest is history.
  • + 2
 What has been MOST helpful in terms of what bike company you ride for? Has the difference been the bike itself or the support from the company (travel, pay, mechanics, etc)
  • + 2
 For younger riders is the key to success training training training! or can having fun, riding with mates improve your riding?
  • + 2
 With year round riding down here in Port Angeles (Underworld Cup), what are the odds that you'll venture down for a shred weekend?
  • + 2
 The trails are sick down there.... I would love to come down for some riding.
  • + 1
 Hey Stevie!

In light of your recent amazing success with the World Cup over title, would you be interested in being in a student film over in Vancouver this fall?

Also never shave the stash!
  • + 2
 i see your on the invite list for rampage. are you going? i would love to see your wc winning speed there with your freeride skills!
  • + 3
 what can U advice how to prepare for big drops mentally ? Thank you for answer you are my favorite rider Smile !
  • + 10
 Always check it out before you hit it. Visualize yourself landing it. Gauge your speed and maybe follow someone if its your first time (not like this guy) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-tYvSt1kvE
  • + 1
 Ah even the voice over version! So damn funny! AAIIYYYEEEEEEEEEEE!
  • + 1
 Is that really Bryn Atkinson's youtube account? Ayeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Pedroooooooooooooooooo! Brilliant!
  • + 2
 What are your plans for the off season this winter, on top of growing back a new mustache? :p Oh and what age did you start racing downhill? Smile
  • + 1
 How do you judge the Hafjell Bikepark in Norway and the Worldcup track there? Worked there for some weeks and put so much effort into care of the tracks there... Is there anything you would change? Smile
  • + 1
 The Hafjell bike park is sick, I think it is one of the best bike parks out there. Their berms are amazing... And the World Cup track has a lot of diversity.
  • + 1
 I want to start a career in downhill racing, what steps can I take to help me get to the pro level. Other than practice, thx Steve! Ps I'm rockin a poser stache' until my next race!!! Wish me luck
  • + 1
 hey man i sent you a personal msg explaining this but im also from nanaimo and my friends dad apparently knows you i go to Dover bay high school and im a big fan of yours. congrats on the win hope to ride with you soon Smile
  • + 1
 Who are some of your favorite guys to watch ride or ride with in dh and freeride, respectively? Do they keep you pumped to get out and have fun on your bike and kill it, or is it all internal?
  • + 2
 A couple years ago you and the SRAM group put out a video in which you said a lot of funny stuff, but also gave us a look into your home life and activities. Where did it go?
  • + 2
 How do you feel about next year courses? Would you like to see mores steep tracks on the circuit and if there was world cup in BC where would you like to see it?
  • + 18
 I love the variety next year, but something in south america would be cool. And in BC, anything on the north shore would be rad. Cypress needs to get their shit together
  • + 3
 100% agree. It's like having hockey played everywhere but Canada"
  • + 1
 So proud of your mom's determination and willingness for you to succeed! And stoked that you were able to do exactly what you said!!! Hell of a year buddy! Blondes or Brunettes or an equal opportunity employer?
  • + 19
 Equal opportunity. Even for the gingers. I am not afraid of anything.
  • + 1
 Dark complexion gingers all day long. Giddy up! Super cool you are doing this!
  • + 1
 I know when gwin was on top he was fairly vocal about making the WC series longer. Like a moto gp series or any moto series for that matter. Whats your take on that? More races? If so how many do you think?
  • + 0
 Any chance you wanna make your way to Ottawa this weekend to ride our local DH spot. Its not high but it gets technical points! You'd make a lot of people friggin' happy. Everybody at the hill has nothing but good things to say about you.
  • + 1
 Just want to say congratulation to you. I'm 45 but still going for it on a bike. You're such an inspiration for a lot of different generations. Sick last few runs my friend! Keep it up Stevie!!!
  • + 4
 How blind have you been the past week?
  • + 5
 How big is your penis?
  • + 42
 it's shaped like a tuna can, short and wide
  • + 7
 Oh my god, you just made my day xD
  • + 2
 Props from Ontario on a big year dude!. Hope your enjoying your down time. If your ever in the Niagara region, Beer's are on me! Cheers!
  • + 2
 Stevie, i need your infinite wisdom on facial hair, teach me your ways !,
PS if you have kept yours after shaving it off, can i have it ?

Kris
  • + 1
 Stevie has ever run in Portugal?, If not a day'd like to come and experience our track? and the last, whatt do you think about the evolution of our sport ? cheers and congrats you have a dream life Wink
  • + 2
 I haven't been to Portugal. One day I would like to go. I think DH is moving in the right direction.
  • + 3
 Steve, are you left foot or right foot forward?

Can you ride either foot forward if you need to?
  • + 1
 Do you have any interests outside cycling or do you have to be obsessionally focussed in order to get where you are?

Congrats on your wins. Even tho I am a Brit I was totes rooting for you this season.
  • + 1
 How much money does a world cup pro like you earn?
And do you have helmets special built for your head because I think not every helmet of your sponsor fits your head...
Thank you for answering my questionsWink
  • + 2
 Nice work this year man! Had the whole shop in Fernie cheering after Mount Saint Anne. Thanks for giving us someone to cheer for!
  • + 1
 Hey Steve,

Congrats on the overall. This come almost ten years to the day of your fast time on a borrowed bike as a u15. Do you think your work with Shaums March in the early years helped you attain your goals?
  • + 1
 I'm from a small town in alberta and we dont have much for trails here. I'm one of the only people in town who does downhill. What would the best way to get more community support for trail building?
  • + 4
 I ride a 29 inches bike. Do you also see me as a gay like everyone here?
  • + 1
 Hey Stevie, I was wondering how you stay focused before a big race? And what you think about when your in the staring gate? Lastly how does it feel to have such a successful season?
  • + 1
 Hey Stevie. Awesome year mate - congrats! Schwalbe are promoting their new gravity casing as being up for downhill duties. Are you running those tyres or standard dh casings when racing!
  • + 1
 So, relating to the question of a longer race season. If there cold be a World Cup held in B.C (which there should be) Where do you think the best place/terrain for a World Cup Track would be?
  • + 1
 I've been planing and hopefully will get to finally experience BC riding next season.

Which bike park in BC would you recommend for an overall awesome experience for freeride/DH (on a student budget)?
  • + 4
 Silverstar!!!
  • + 1
 From the island originally too. Live in Australia now. Going to see you race in Cairns. Have you been to Australia before? it'll be hot up there. Is the warmer climate a concern?
  • + 2
 Steve. biggest ever fan! Will you be coming back to the nwcup in 2014? You've won 2 years in a row. Also would you give me a shout out on instagram? jake_an_bakex
  • + 1
 You have been travelling the world, riding awesome tracks etc ( 2 part question) and seen soo many faces. Which is your most enjoyable track & what country has the hottest girls?
  • + 1
 Reading this reminiscing. Stevie was such a good dude, he answered way more questions than I have ever seen on an AMA. More than any rider, any person on Reddit, he crushed them all. We miss you Stevie. Rest easy buddy
  • + 1
 Hi Stevie, first of all, congrats on the win!
My question is, have you ever done any riding of any discipline here in New Zealand, if you have, where did you go and what type of MTB did you ride?
  • + 2
 Watch follow me
  • + 1
 Epic battle to the end, congrats!

Does pro life ever get overwhelming? Have you ever tried snus(wet tobacco)?

PS check out the rest of the black hippy crew if like kendrick lamar.
  • + 1
 i know you own a dirtbike so just curious is that your favourite thing to do besides ride your bike & do you race it or just ride for fun. also what is your favourite fox gloves?
  • + 11
 Yes, I love riding my dirt bike, I switch between enduro and the track but do lot's of other activities when I'm not riding my bikes. My favorite Fox Head glove is the Digit.
  • + 1
 awesome thanks so much for replying!!! huge fan your my fav dh rider id love to meet you someday go canada congrats on the wc title man! my favourite glove is the airline & dirtpaw cheers
  • + 3
 You are the man! How was filming in Brazil? Do you think Rio could one day be part of the DHI calendar?
  • + 9
 Brazil was an amazing experience! Super hot but lots of fun. I sure hope one day we can go race a world cup there.
  • + 3
 Hell yea!
  • + 1
 I have no clue if this has been asked yet or if your even still responding but hey Stevie favorite pump up song to get u turnt for ur race runs, and does your mom still nag you about how unsafe she feels downhill is?
  • + 2
 Congrats!!!!! I started the season routing for Gee & ended the season routing for you!!
Do you think it's all over for Arron Gwin?
  • + 4
 On a bike, what skillset is most valuable for saving time and going fast?
  • + 8
 Being well rounded. Being able to go the fastest as slow as you can.
  • + 1
 The media (and message boards) seemed to play up your 'rivalry' with Gee those last few races. How much of that was real and how much of that was media hype? What is your relationship with Gee really like?
  • + 0
 Steve, congrats on an awesome season! You've opened the door for WC coverage and popularity with the way things played out with Gee in the final and also DH racing in general when you destroyed Crankworx. Two questions: Will we ever see DH in the Olympics? and for us mere mortals, what advice can you give for off-season training?
  • + 6
 Ask Brian Crookson! He seems to be a fan! That'd be awesome to see! Train hard and focus in the off-season
  • + 1
 Steve, how much does the bike factor into performance for you at a pro level? Are all brands pretty good with their top of the line bikes or do some brands make a noticeably better bike for professional racing?
  • + 2
 favorite tyre? when are u going to ride a Northern Downhill race(british one) and whos ur favorite rider on the scene personality wise?
  • + 4
 Going of the results...Magic Mary is the way to go
  • + 1
 stevie is your mom as proud as we are??? shes the best mom man! helping you out like that, "to me thats what moms do" a genious! with support everything is possible and LOVE! hugs everyone!
  • + 2
 Hey Stevie, I have admired you since i was 14 and just starting to ride downhill. I just turned Pro and im trying to get to the next level. Any tips?
  • + 1
 Steve, witch bike components you prefer the most on your bike, the one that makes a difference on your ridding? Devinci Frame, Black Box Boxxer fork, Vivid shock, X0 trail brakes
  • + 1
 Hi steve way to go on the over all. We all have seen how Steve Peat has put a lot of effort into bringing up younger racers from GB. Are you interested in doing something along the same line here in Canada.
  • + 1
 I've gotta start by saying congratulations.... Best season finale for a while.... But if you were to give advice to racers hungry to make something of themselves in this sport what would it be??
  • + 1
 Stevie ... You are the biggest legend !!!! I wish I could meet you one day congrats with the win so stoked for you ! What inspired you to get to where you are and to go bigger every time ? Cheers man !!
  • + 2
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/10157797

Would you go straight or turn left?

LOL

Or maybe I should ask Bryn that question?
  • + 1
 Hey Stevie,

I was at the race when you set your fast time on a borrowed bike as a u15 racer. How much influence did Shaums March have on your racing technique and success early on?
  • + 4
 Did you sleep the night before world cup finals?
  • + 8
 yeah quite well actually. the five hours between practice and finals was the most stressful, but once I got to the top i wasn't nervous.
  • + 1
 really happy you got the overall, well deserved, cheers from Colombia.
  • + 1
 Hello, I'm 16 years old and my biggest dream is to be a redbull athlete!
I have a question, how can you get to be a redbull athlete? Do they notice you at the races or how does that work?

Cheers, your awesome!
  • + 1
 Easy Steve you did the smith family proud bro, am proud to be a fellow smith.
I meet you at the fox tent in 2012 at fort William and so stoked to of met you.
What you got planned for the off season?
  • + 1
 How many days a week do you get on your DH bike between races? I get to ride trail bikes monday-friday but when the race weekend comes it takes me all weekend to get back up to speed on the DH bike
  • + 1
 Hey Stevie congrats on the win! What are your thoughts on riding your personalized Wilson vs the prototype bike you raced in PMB? I personally think the Wilson looks better ( I own a 12 Wilson). Any thoughts? Thanks!
  • + 2
 Do you think its now possible (due to your recent overall win, new UCI president) for a new UCI DH world cup race in Western Canada? i.e. Whistler?
  • + 1
 We will see who puts through a bid.
  • + 3
 How do you handle the ridiculous pressure put on you to have a perfect run, and then have a perfect run?
  • + 1
 How do you feel about rampage? I'm stoked to see you ride that comp! Wish i could be there in person! But congrats on a great season! Always rooting for you man you are my favorite?
  • + 1
 Hey Stevie! Congrats on the win! I watched the run and it was truly incredible. looking at coming to UBC for college. I've heard there is some sick riding up in canada.

Ever raced road? If so how did you do?
  • + 2
 1. when you were young(13-14) how did you mange to balance schoolwork sports and mtb
2. Is it true that the claw wrestles a grizzly bear once a week
  • + 1
 Some guys have a natural born talent at what they do and some have trained and trained just to be competive! Which one best describes you? I think your a natural but of course I don't personally know you.
  • + 3
 I'd have to say a bit of both Wink
  • + 4
 Is your name actually Steven?
  • + 1
 I live in Sitka Alaska and it's really awesome here, big mountains but we don't have a lot of trails. So my question is should I move somewhere that I can ride more or just keep digging?
  • + 4
 Are you staying put with Devinci?
  • + 1
 We are all hoping that what you have accomplished will finally spur on a wave of Canadian downhillers looking at trying to do the same. Are there any young Canadian racers you think could have the same potential?
  • + 5
 I'm excited, as I'm sure there's a bunch of Canadian rippers I'm not aware of yet! My team mate Mark Wallace is certainly on the rise
  • + 2
 Steve, first of all: congrats! Secondly, what are your thoughts on DH racing in the Olympics? Any thoughts on the new UCI president?
  • + 6
 Lets hope it happens. I know the new president is a fan of DH
  • + 1
 Great job on the overall win! Really cool how got to were your are today just plain hard work no silver spoon. Hope you can make it to some NW Cup races next year as you have in the past. Great job on the title!
  • + 3
 Damn Steavie you make that Devinci Wilson
Look so damn good . Makes me want to get one and pretend I'm you Smile
  • + 3
 How does it feel to have had a segment in dropin season 3 getting attacked by bees?
  • + 10
 it stings
  • + 1
 Stevie as you get to enjoy the World Cup, what would you advise me when I was 17 years old Boy Who loves the sport but does not have enough technique is well prepared for the winter? diet and such things?
  • + 1
 First of congratz on the awesome season! Been rooting for ya this whole time! Any tips, for mental and/or physical aspects, for up and coming riders trying to make it to where you are?
  • + 4
 The mental thing is the biggest part of DH racing. A lot of reading and picking what I choose to hear(listen) from other athletes and peers. The mental side of things out weighs the physical game come race day. Diet, commitment, hard work and focus are all key to my physical game.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the reply! definitely have to work on my mental preparedness coming into next season after multiple combined injuries putting me off the DH bike for 10 months. Good luck next year!
  • + 1
 Stevie Smith congratulations on an unbelievable season and thanks for bringing the World Cup overall title to Canada for the first time! What would you consider the most important factor contributing to your rise to success?
  • + 9
 My up bringing
  • + 4
 did you ever play other sports? and which
cheers!
  • + 4
 baseball, played about 5 years. i was pretty average hah.
  • + 2
 Who do you see as an up and coming rider? Anyone we might not pay much attention to that you think could be winning races in the next few seasons?
  • + 3
 Hi Stevie, congrats for your title, any plan to run a Enduro race of EWS like Peaty, Minnar, Graves?..just for fun
  • + 2
 What sacrifices have you had to make to become a world champion? And do you regret any of them?
  • + 7
 I think I live a great life. I am thankful for everything I have.
  • + 2
 AT WHAT AGE YOU HAVE NO POSSIBILITIES TO BECAME A PROFESSIONAL DOWNHILLER??
  • + 4
 Age has no limits
  • + 10
 Why are you yelling?
  • - 1
 For me... my dream!
  • + 1
 What would you have to say to young riders wanting to get into prof. Mtbing? Like any advice on how to get beginner sponsorships? Steps to getting to a position that your in?
  • + 3
 When you have a mechanical during a race is it the mechanics fault?
  • + 3
 it happens that a mechanic can mess up, but never happened to me
  • + 1
 Rocks of all sizes like to hurt bikes and components. Mechanics probably dread that the most.
  • + 1
 Riding and results don't seem to be enough for juniors anymore. How do you recommend getting juniors proper exposure and the best route to getting to big show?
  • + 1
 With all do respect, how did you convince your mother to be so optimistic about the sport, supporting you and cheering you through all the moments?
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 Do you ever get scared riding some of the bigger tracks and how do you combat the fear?
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 Other than the first bike you had as a child, and your current bike DH race bike, what's the funnest bike you've ever ridden?
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 Whats your opinion on Hecklers Rock?
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 scares me cause I always nose dive to flat on it
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 Congrats on the WC Overall, When are you planning to move to NZed now that we have Gondala assisted DH riding in Queenstown, cheers!
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 what is it like having all these sponsorship commitments, do you feel that it mean you get less time to yourself, or do you see it as part of the job?
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 It's part of the job, but it is cool to see what people are out there are up to as well.
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 were coming to whistler for the first time june 21st next year ,any advice or offers of guiding, thanks and well ridden this year ,Rob Miles
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 Now that you've won the overall, when can we expect to see campaign ads of you running for Prime Minister?
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 That sounds like a lot of work.
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 Okay might be a dumb question, and my only excuse is that I'am not that long in racing, but is your name Stevie or Steve? Sry, feel pretty ashame.
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 either way is fine.. Steve or Stevie
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 Why doesn't gta 5 online work...
Oh and I am the kids who met you at crankworx in the village the night after air DH and hit on your girlfriend, sorry Wink
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 What advice do you have for aspiring riders wanting go pro?
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 Hi Stevie ! Congratulations for the great win on the final sprint of the WC.

How many time do you spend training on a speed or xc bike along the week ?
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 Sorry for the mistake.

How much time do you spend training on a speed or xc bike along the week ?
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 on a scale of 1-infinity, how much does Felix Gauthier love you right now?
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 not as much as I love him
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 well played sir
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 did you plan that dismount or was it spur of the moment?
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 Spur of the moment... But it ended up amazing some how
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 we were watching at our place and the moment you swing that bike we all thought davinci is gonna fly into crowd! funny as hell. btw congratz Smile
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 Any news outlets OUTSIDE mtb hit you up for an interview regarding the overall win yet? TV interview?
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 Congrats and respect ! We can really feel bike passion in your rides ! inspiring ...
(Atherton rejects remain f***ing talented by the way)
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 Hey Stevie you want to go back to Brazil?
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 Sure do. It was a great trip with the boys
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 What is the average salery for a professional mountain biker? And can you live off it?
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 Are you sure DH WC is going on the right way ? What about a come back to tracks less worked, more natural and technical, like Vallnord this year ?
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 Steve, do you think your mustaches are as beautiful as your Red Bull mate Filip Flisar? ;]
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 Filip might have me here.
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 There once was am a man from Nalene, who invented a f*cking machine. Concave or convex, didn't matter the sex, but oh how would you clean?
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 Tits or ass ?
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 How is yours training looks like.?? What type of trainings makes the best progress?? When you start trainings before sesson?
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 Tell us your funniest story while hanging out with the claw.
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 How was sliding down the slippery slope of freeride during your last film trip in Brazil with the Coastal Crew?
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 Stevie, what's your favourite trail on Prevost?
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 what is your favourite devinci performance hybrid bike? mine would have to be the Sydney
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 What advice would you give the mom of a 13 yr. old that LOVES downhill riding..what's the best way to support his passion?
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 Hey Stevie: knock, knock? Wink
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 Who's there?
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 The broken pencil... But on a more serious note; what is the movie you've had the most fun filming and being featured in?
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 Follow Me, NZ segment. Shuttle runs with helicopters chasing us down - always a good time! Brazil was awesome too, big hucks and having fun.
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 Awesome man! Follow me is by far my favorite film!
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 Steve, are you a religious person or more of an agnostic guy?
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 no religion.
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 In case you haven't noticed you're part of the biggest and most peaceful religion on earth - Bicyclism. And this year you happened to be the God for many of your followers - Smithsonians. Anyways, thank you for a great show you've put for all of us this year. Praised be Stevie Smith!
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 How was the trip to South America with the Coastal Crew? was the riding what you thought it would be?
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 Firstly ; congratulations on your finish at the world cup however my main point why i'm here is i would like some tips please. So you might have guessed that i am 14 and want to become a full time pro further up. I would love to know the thinking pattern of who has actually achieved it. I have never entered a race however i am pretty fast and experienced. I have everything i would need therefore as of equipment theres nothing holding me back. (Maybe money...) I would just like to know what i will have to do to achieve my goal also how you did it. Is there anything i should definitely do.Just watch out for me!! When i get heated up i will be on your tail. After all theres only a few years separating us. Thanks for taking the time to read this all mighty UCI world cup racer. Big Grin
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 Thats a big one...At 14 you need to put the time in. Have some fun on the bike.
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 Favourite trail or combination of trails on Prevost, have you seen the new trail Riley is building on Maple Mtn, and do you ever ride Tzouhalem?