In Memory of Dave Garland: 1967-2020

Dec 4, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  



Following the tragic news that broke last Saturday of World Cup Mechanic Dave Garland passing away from a suspected heart attack while out on the trails, we reached out to some of Dave's closest friends to share their memories and experiences with him.



Eulogy

THE LEGENDARY DAVE GARLAND
Father, Husband, Brother, World Cup Mechanic, 4X and BMX Racer, Raver and Friend.
Written by Si Paton

You know when you're walking down the street and notice instinctively from one mile away that the kid riding towards you has their forks on backwards? Well, that is how I would explain Dave Garland, except we are talking fine, fine detail here. Ride past him in the pits and he'd be like, "you need another spacer to raise your bars", "you need a 50lbs lighter spring on that shock", "can I pop a few more psi in your front tyre?" The knowledge and wisdom that man possessed and was willing to share could have filled Wikipedia.

That said, he didn't just offer advice, he would bring out that spacer and a set of allen keys and offer to fit it for you, free of charge, explaining exactly what he was doing and the benefits to you. He wanted to help. In fact, I would go so far as to say Dave was the first person to bring World Cup professional bike set up to the everyday racer, the weekend warrior. What Dave did was the real deal, all-round bike package, full bike service, prep and spec for racing. He could take your bike and with several fine adjustments knock a minimum of one second off each minute of racing was his promise and he delivered it. That is three seconds off a three-minute track, the difference between the podium and being outside the top ten for many.

Maybe an unknown fact to many was that Dave was also an accomplished bike rider and racer, starting off in his hometown of Bristol riding with his twin brother Dan in the early 80s. This picture here is from the opening day of St. George's Skate Park in Bristol where he was featured in the local newspaper. Just look at that, 40 years ago, no helmet, no pads, concrete, tee-shirt, jeans and sending it!


Now fast forward to 2007 and Dave had spent the dark and deep winter, squirreled away with Martin Ogden unbeknown to us, training for the 4x and BMX season ahead. Back to back sprint starts in the local car parks each night meant that when we lined up against him on the start line for the 1st NPS 4X round at the 'Indoor Dream' in Sheffield, that was the last time we saw him! Dave cleaned up that year in both 4X and BMX.

The biggest highlight came at the British National BMX Championships. Lining up in the cruiser finals against riders with an average of 30 years dedicated BMX race experience, Dave was surely up against it. The gate dropped and bang, he was out in front and led start to finish. His win certainly caused an upset, stealing the Gold from right under the old guard of BMX. The controversy arose from the fact that Dave was on a mountain bike, changing gears down the start straight! Even Dale Holmes (2x BMX World Champion) had to step in to calm things down, saying surely he would have been faster if he was on a BMX!

I just wanted to say thanks for the friendship, support, memories and for those valuable seconds off each race run. Save gate eight on the start gate up there for me mate!




bigquotesThis is incredibly difficult for me to write and, at first, I was not going to contribute as I wanted this article to be for the mountain bike world, but then a voice reminded me I am part of that world too. So, as Dave would say, I am turning on “FedEx Mirk” and getting on with it.

Dave believed in me and trusted me with his company SA Springs when I moved to the UK in 2016. He gave me the confidence to develop Super Alloy Racing and make it my own. When I was in Canada, I knew very little about mountain bike suspension. I was the Senior Manager of FedEx Ground in Edmonton, Alberta. I rode bikes, I loved bikes, I even owned seven mountain bikes when we met. Dave was horrified. N+1 was lost on him - why would you want to own so many bikes when you could have one completely dialled bike that fit you like a glove?

Our love story is one of fairytales. After meeting online and Skyping for a month, he invited me to meet him at Sea Otter in Monterey. I bought a plane ticket, lied to my boss about being invited to race (sorry Jack), and took a chance. I got off the plane and that was it. Neither of us ever looked back.

Dave allowed me to see the bigger picture in all facets of life. I am so blessed that I had someone like him in my life. He was a gift in every sense of the word. Every day was a new adventure with Dave. He had the uncanny ability to make light of even the darkest day. He was my sunshine, my rock and my superhero. Every cliched thing you hear people say, that was Dave but in real technicolour life.

You only have one chance at life. I still am in disbelief of what came down our road. We had “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost read at our wedding in 2016. It speaks volumes to our relationship and how the choices we made turned into a life better than either of us had ever dared to dream of. I promise to not let his legacy down. I am heartbroken but I will be okay. Dave wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Mirka Garland, Dave's wife



Dave and Danny talk setup. Hart is always one to watch here and had red hot pace at the British National a few weeks ago.


bigquotesDave has been a massive part of my life since I was 11 years old. He started helping me back when he ran the Stendec team in 2003 by supporting me with Romic shocks, soon after that I joined the team with backing from Giant bikes.

I remember going to his house all those years ago, he had this full factory looking Giant VT waiting for me as I arrived. I did some stoppies and wheelies around the yard, I remember it all like it was yesterday. It was from that day on he began to help develop me as a rider.

Fast forward to 2012 and working together at the Giant Factory Off Road Team, it was here where Dave played the one of the most crucial parts of my journey to the top of World Cup racing. His experience helped me out greatly and we had so many laughs along the way, a day wouldn’t go by where we wouldn’t be play fighting and messing about! When I left Giant at the end of 2014, unfortunately, this meant leaving Dave, yet thankfully, a few years later we managed to get together again at Madison Saracen in 2018, it was like we’d never been apart!

One thing I will always remember Dave for was his work ethic, but also he knew when to have a laugh. No job was too small for Dave he was a pure grafter and I will always be thankful for his backing and dedication to me as a person, my career, as well as his impact on the cycling industry as a whole. You will be missed mate! RIDE IN PEACE!
Danny Hart

Photo: Victor Lucas

Dave Garland on a wheel building mission at the Giant pit. Guillaume Cauvin is on impressive form riding for his new team in French terrain.

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Photo: Victor Lucas
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Photo: Victor Lucas


bigquotesI first met Dave early on in my DH MTB days around 1997 and got to know Dave for his bike mechanic wizardry and his great sense of humour and funny (to me) West Country accent.

Dave was always someone who had so much enthusiasm about racing, riding and wanting to help you ride better and faster. He was so positive about your abilities, even if you didn’t believe in them yourself. He would always have time to fix and prepare my bike (and anyone's) totally free of charge (so rare in this industry) any time of day and genuinely was the most generous and helpful person I know.

I became good friends with Dave and ended up working for him in the off-season of 2001 / 2002 in Chester, England where he started his suspension company Stendec. I really enjoyed it, taking customer calls, details, payments and boxing up forks and shocks once Dave had finished work on them. Dave used to let me have Fridays off to train and ride. I was travelling 4 days a week over an hour each way, which was expensive and a lot of travelling and Dave had just moved into a small house in Chester city centre, so I decided to move in with him and rent a room to help share the costs.

This was one of the best winters I can remember, we had a lot of fun and laughs at work, going out in Chester on a Friday night getting drunk and eating Dave's cheese on toast and riding at the weekends. Of course, my bike was always dialled to perfection from Dave also, and we lived and talked about bikes and racing 24/7.

In 2002, it was the first time the WC was held in Fort William and Dave worked on mine, Chris Kovarik and Vanessa Quinn's bikes (all free of charge) came up to the top with us for qualifying and finals. Of course, that was Chris' iconic WC win of over 14 seconds, Vanessa got 2nd and I got a career-best 10th place, my result was totally down to Dave believing in me and telling me I could do it. He just made to want to do well as he put so much work and effort in.

I stayed friends with Dave over the years and we rode a lot together at BMX and pump tracks, dirt jumps and MTBing as Dave loved to ride all that and had a super fast BMX gate start. He was a great rider and his enthusiasm is just so infectious. Dave even came with me to Canada in 2006 when I raced the Masters DH World Championships, he got my bike sorted and paid for himself to get there and never charged me a penny, I didn’t really have any back then! I didn’t do too well in the race, think I came 6th and remember feeling like I had let Dave down.

In 2007, I started discussions with Chain Reaction Cycles about starting a Downhill race team with them and, of course, Dave was the person I went to first to ask if would he be the head mechanic. Dave agreed and I honestly would not have been able to put the team together without him. We had a great team of four riders and on our first World Cup outing in 2008 at Maribor we did amazing! Julien Camellini came 2nd, Chris Kovarik 7th, Matt Simmonds 23rd and Ruaridh Cunningham 33rd, if I remember correctly. My friend Mark Cordall came and worked for us and he learned a lot from Dave.

Dave didn’t only work on the bikes, he did everything to help me run the team - picking the van we needed, the awning, absolutely everything we worked together on. When we did National DH races and I raced, he insisted on getting my bike to the same standard as the team riders' bikes and coming up to the top of the hill with me. At the time I thought it was over the top for my level, but Dave just had that unrelenting passion to want to help you do the best you could and you felt you had to try that bit harder for him.

We had so many funny laughs on the team with Dave, we laughed, argued, shouted at each other, took the piss out of one another and Dave put up with me and my stubborn ways. I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to work alongside, he truly was a great friend, and work colleague. The best! At the time I never appreciated him as much as I should have.

These past few years, Dave and I didn’t spend as much time together as he was working with other great athletes like Danny Hart, who he always loved helping and many other top riders. I now realise I missed him, we were only chatting on the phone a week ago to organize going testing with Elliott Heap and he seemed just as eager and excited as when we first started the CRC team all those years ago. I was really pleased we were going to be working together again and spending some time together. I miss Dave's enthusiasm and commitment.

Reading people's nice messages about Dave, it's not just me he helped out and made a huge difference to peoples lives in bike riding and racing, he just really wanted to help. When I heard the news on Saturday from Dave's wife Mirka, I was deeply shocked and confused, I couldn’t believe it. Since Saturday, it's all I can think about, its really hit me hard. I guess I never told Dave how much of an impact he made on my life, how much I loved having him as a friend and I wish I could spend more time with him and just go for a ride. I'm gonna miss you my friend.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Dave's wife, family, daughter Niva and all his close friends. He made a huge impact on the sport of mountain bike racing and don’t think he will ever be replaced. You were one of a kind Dave. Rest in Peace mate.

Your friend 
Nige.
Nigel Page

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Photo: Victor Lucas

bigquotesI first met Dave as the mechanic at CRC when I was privateering my way through some World Cups Great friends Matti Lehikoinen, Chris Kovarik and Claire Buchar were on that team so I spent a lot of time with them all. He'd finish wrenching on their bikes then always sneak me in to make sure I could ride and race well. Without him, I wonder if I would even have made it through some weekends. But it wasn't just me, he did this for anyone and everyone he could. I'm sure more than I know will pipe up and say 'yep, me too'.

I laugh when I think about Dave because he really got our (Claire and I) weird, quirky sense of humour. Dave got it. He'd jump right in and be a part of stories. He loved Schinken, the trivet chicken that traveled the WC's, and was just as upset as us when he was stolen (and THAT is a whole other story but if you know, you know!)

But overall Dave cared. He really cared. I mean, he even cared about a trivet in the shape of a chicken! And this last year it has been more apparent than ever as he and Mirka stepped up, from across the world, and supported me through some really tough times.

I will forever be thankful for Dave, as many of us will. I look forward to laughing together again, and until then, rest easy my friend.
Katrina Strand

Talking Telemetry with Dave Garland.
Talking Telemetry with Dave Garland.

bigquotesI started working with Dave back in the Giant days when I was still racing downhill. It goes without saying what an amazing mechanic he was, but as a person, he was a lot more. I’ve never met anyone with the enthusiasm of Dave when it came to racing the bicycles, his passion for the sport was unrivalled. But as a character, he’ll leave an even bigger hole in the pits.

Apart from his knowledge, it was good to work with Dave cause he was so f*ckin' funny. I mean the banter was always sharp, harsh, and relentless, in a good way of course. All delivered in that unmissable West Country accent.

A few years after I’d quit professional racing I got the opportunity to race again in a tongue in cheek ‘comeback’ show for RedBull. It was an amazing weekend at Antur Stiniog. Dave was back on the spanners bollocking me every step of the way and loading me up with more info than I could ever understand. I watched it the other day when I heard he was gone, nothing has made me laugh and cry that hard at the same time, love ya Dave, you’ll be missed my friend.
Rob Warner

Dave appears at 1:00, 1:49 & 4:24

Talking Telemetry with Dave Garland.

bigquotesDave - somehow he managed to balance being one of the most skilled and knowledgeable mechanics, with being open, friendly, and always willing to give advice to the younger mechanics. Although you knew his understanding was far more advanced than your own, he never let you feel that way.

His unquenchable thirst for racing meant you were as likely to see him helping out a random privateer as you were to see him wrenching on a bike with the number 1 plate, and this eventually led him to develop Stendec Data systems, in his never-ending effort to make riders faster, and help other mechanics continue to learn.

Thank you Dave Garland, it will be some time before we even realise what we have lost.
Nigel Reeve, Canyon Factory Racing mechanic

Dave Garland whipping Hart s Boxxer into race shape.

bigquotesMy Dad was truly one of a kind. He was a caring and loving soul, witty at the best of times, which I know everyone loved about him. He always pushed me to my full potential from a young age and I will forever be grateful, I definitely wouldn’t be the girl I am today without him. A part of my heart and soul that can never be filled has gone with him. I'm so proud and happy he made such an impact on many people's lives so I will always try my best to make him proud with everything I do. I know a day won’t go by without him crossing my mind. I will always love him and I will miss him greatly.Niva Garland, Dave's daughter

Dave Garland gets to work on a rather sleek looking data acquisition setup.

bigquotesI only spent the 2018 season with Dave, however in only a year, he became a character I’ll never forget. Looking back now, I only have good memories of Dave, many I’ll never forget and some have me bursting at the sides with laughter when I’m reminded about them. That is the best way to remember him, an all-around great guy with a serious passion for helping riders achieve their best. A very influential figure for many young riders as they started their career’s in the UK. Always happy to provide advice, guidance and share his knowledge where possible. Not many have single handed-ly done so much for our sport in Britain. For that we are grateful. Cheers, Dave!Matt Walker

Dave Garland Yoanns mechanic hard at work to get the bike in order

bigquotesI got to know Dave through the back-and-forth traversing across the globe that is World Cup bike racing. Those, few in number, members of the tribe know what this sort of life is like - to say the least, it requires a passion for racing that puts the professional above the personal, and a lot of sacrifices need to be made without much question to keep going year over year.

The funny thing is that Dave was doing it since I was literally in kindergarten, and yet he didn’t seem to lose an ounce of this kid on Christmas level of infectious enthusiasm for it. Racing was his lens to the world and it didn’t matter if someone was a fan, novice or seasoned World Cup contender, if you were there for the same reason, he was happy to lend a hand and, in effect, his heart and passion. My deepest condolences to Mirka and those who have a place in their heart for him.

It might not be the best photo, but it is the one I have in my head when I think of the guy. We spent a lot of time in Leogang over the years, and this day/time has a special place in my memory.
Joe Staub, Product Development Manager & Off-Road Marketing, Giant

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Photo Victor Lucas

Photo: Craig 'Stikman' Glaspell
bigquotesDave was a great guy, we had the best laughs with Nigel Page on the CRC Intense team. More times than not we were in tears of laughter! I think he was also ahead of the time as a mechanic, one of the things he'd do for me is to loosen my spokes from the factory so the wheel would flex a little more to gain more traction in the corners. A damn legend we will miss!Chris Kovarik

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Photo: Victor Lucas
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Photo: Victor Lucas

bigquotesI was lucky enough to spend a couple of years working, travelling and witnessing the antics with Dave on the CRC Intense team. He was a true legend, both as a WC mechanic and as a human being. He helped so many riders over the years, from the biggest names in the sport to struggling privateers alike and he contributed so much knowledge and progression to the sport. He had a pure passion for racing, mountain biking has lost a really important guy.

We've also lost a great character. I feel so lucky to be able to have so many memories of Dave that make me smile at the very least. Most of them make me burst out laughing! I'm glad to have known you Dave and thank you for your hard work, patience, support, success, laughs and adventures around the world.
Claire Buchar

Dave Garland - Danny Hart

Mirka Garland, Dave's wife, has requested that instead of flowers, she would like people to donate to the NSMBA, as Dave loved Fromme, or the Welsh Air Ambulance in his memory.



57 Comments

  • 345 1
 If there is anything you can take from this, it is the gift of giving. Support each other, be kind, be generous, share your knowledge and wisdom for free, pick up litter at the trails, build trails, give your old parts away for free, volunteer to be a race marshal.. Be like Dave.
  • 64 0
 I love you Si. Thank you x
  • 9 0
 That instantly reminded me of Baz Luhrmann's Sunscreen lyrics.... www.youtube.com/watch?v=5giWfpANMac

And be excellent to each other.

RIP Dave. I never met you but you were the first person who custom tuned a shock for me and you were super helpful and patient on the phone. Always stuck with me that.
  • 5 0
 What is odd, that is almost every person I meet on a bike,...road, mountain or Tri...it is only on the internet that we are in general not "one".

Simply, on bikes, we have more in common than not.
  • 12 0
 @Mirks: The least we could do for Dave it was an honour to be involved in this. #belikedave
  • 2 0
 Spot on.
  • 3 0
 word. Thank you Dave and si-paton for reminding me to be grateful and give back. I built trails and jump line for my selfish progression. I am no way near a pro level but I am ready to give back and provide free session class, mainly jump session and I'm referring to the tiny table tops I built at the local.
  • 50 0
 A wonderful and emotional tribute to a truly great man. Brought tears to my eyes!
  • 20 0
 I'm one of the sprogs in that very first picture, watching Dave rip up St. George's Skate Park, in bristol on it's opening day.

There were MANY more days like that one, and i and a good few of my mates got to know the brothers fairly well. It wasn't hard to gravitate and admire Him and Dan being a little bit older and in the know, about pulling off a trick, a new place to ride, or slightly iffy part deal, in fact i think i bought my first pair of skyway tuffs off him, if i remember rightly.
As kids do, we all moved on and did that unfortunate thing of growing up, and i lost touch with Dave, but If there's a good memory i have of my youth on a BMX,(and thankfully that was most of the time) he's probably in it.

It's no exaggeration to say Dave was one of a very few, responsible in a rather large part, for my lifelong love of all things bike. His love of them was plain to see, and was seriously infectious. Clearly that stuck with him all his amazing life, and it's heartening to see i was just one of what must be thousands, he imparted that infection on too.
That's QUITE a legacy, and i doubt you'll find many on earth that get to leave one quite like it. You can count yourself rather blessed if you had spent any amount of time with Dave.
For those that will miss him most, Niva and Mirka, all his other family, and his closest friends, you have my deepest condolences for your loss.
  • 18 0
 As amazing as this tribute is being just two years younger than Dave the best part to me is the photo from the 80s. A full life surrounded by bikes. Ended way too soon? Yep. But sounds well lived. RIP
  • 8 0
 That picture rules. For some reason it really speaks to me about the positive impact bikes can have on a kids life.
  • 18 0
 In January I will have been on this website 20 years. I have never read a more moving tribute and article in all that time. Much love to his family and all who knew him.
  • 13 0
 I never met Mr. Garland at all, yet reading these two articles has teared me up. Through my work and simple, general personal struggles, I am one of the army of average who try, and succeed or not in varying degrees, to be a better person and husband. Thank goodness there are people in the world who are already that...better people. So I am teared up that one of those impactful, sincere and memorable people that can lead our averageness has been taken from us. For family, friends and everyone Mr. Garland made an impact on, sending you the best of thoughts. But it sounds like Mr. Garland left you with plenty of them anyway.
  • 9 0
 spoken like a true Canadian. Cheers mate x
  • 2 0
 I agree. Not many of us will ever come close to making this kind of memorable impact on so many people in a positive way. Hopefully reading all these great comments and stories about Dave helps make us all better people...RIP
  • 11 0
 Met Dave through racing in the Uk. I had one of those Romic shocks that Dave was appointed the endless task of repairing. He would always fix it for me and tell me how it was one of the best performing shock there was. Only years later I realised he was right. He was a real selfless bloke with advice, even for small time privateers like me. Through the years I bumped into him every once in a while and always found it funny how he would remember me and stop for a chat. Lost a good one.
  • 9 0
 I never met him in person but I took my bike to Scott mears (Danny harts current mechanic) about 10 years ago because there was an issue with the rear shock. Scott couldn’t fix the problem so he gave me daves number and told me ‘he’s the guy to sort your shock’. I phoned Dave and he was amazing on the phone. Talked me through all kids of different set ups and said he’d fix it and tune it for me. We must have been chatting on the phone for over 20 mins. I’m just an ordinary guy who doesn’t race and mainly a weekend warrior but I can vouch for this guy giving up his time to make sure my shock was fixed and right for me. You were a top man Dave ????
  • 7 0
 I photographed Dave for a WC mechanics feature in Privateer mag back in 20 whatever, and did a season shooting the Chain Reaction team so we chinwagged quite a bit. But I knew Dave long before that. Probably from his days with Flooksie. He was unaffected and modest, easy to talk to because he put you at ease with his calm personality. I am older than Dave, but I like to think that he would be the perfect mad uncle. The kind of bloke a kid wants to see whenever he gets a chance, to learn new stuff, new bike tricks and to laugh and enjoy his company. The outpouring of love won't come as a surprise to those that knew him. Ride in peace DG.
  • 7 0
 Got to know Dave about 14 years ago , just passing in my van & asked if he needed his stone walls fixing.
After that Dave fixed my bikes , I have worked on his house & he came & rode some of my local trails,
Just wanted to say that He was always happy to help you in way he could...!
RIP Dave
  • 6 0
 What a guy! I interviewed Dave about Danny Hart’s set up in 2018. I was and still am very green, just using an iPhone for the video but he gave me his time and respect and an awesome overview of Danny’s bike. His knowledge knew no limits. He will be missed.
  • 6 0
 What a great article. This inspires me to be more knowledgeable, kind and generous to everyone and focus on cultivating the passion for riding bikes in whomever I meet. Please to have learned about this legend of a man.
  • 6 0
 A life that ended too soon but also a life we are all better for learning more about. Thanks PB for doing this. Pieces like this are important and appreciated.
  • 4 0
 Only spoken to dave a few times but obviously I knew his reputation. he helped me set my sar spring up on my bike and had all the time in the world to help me (a stranger) with setup. A true legend of the sport and a genuine nice guy. My thoughts are with his family
  • 4 0
 Rest in peace Dave . You'll be missed . Always willing to take an extra step to help out . Working at hamsterley dh he always had time to talk to people who asked advice . A walking encyclopedia of bike knowledge. Plus an all round cool guy . You'll be missed buddy
  • 8 0
 Godspeed. You left the world a better place than when you came into it.
  • 5 0
 Well said. I really enjoyed reading all these memories of Dave (including the pictures) and the outpouring of love, friendship and respect for such an exceptional person. It is always so difficult to see someone with such a kind heart and full of life leave this world way too soon. You will be sorely missed and my outmost condolences to Mirka and Dave's family. RIP Dave and I hope your favourite trail will be (re)named in your honour,,,
  • 5 0
 So many true words written about Dave. He helped me many times, even when he was mega busy. He will be missed. Thoughts are with @Mirks RIP Dave.
  • 3 0
 I first met Dave via Pager sometime around 2005, I got on with him straight away, he was 1 of those people you could instantly take the piss out of, I’d do a piss poor impression of his West Country accent, and he revelled in calling me a “garden shed mechanic”. I didn’t spend much time with him until 2007 when Pager started the CRC Intense team. I was incredibly lucky in that Pager offered me a chance to work on the team, I knew my way around a bike, and I’d done plenty wrenching on rally teams, but i was in no way what-so-ever a World Cup bike mechanic. I won’t lie in that as i left my real job making Aeroplanes to become a CRC mechanic i felt under huge pressure and was shitting myself, I knew Pager had a lot riding on this team. I needn’t have worried, Dave was amazing. Not only did he instantly take me under his wing, he found the time to teach me so many of the finer details of how to make a bike and its rider go faster, things he had taken years to figure out, a lifetimes work, not just bikes, but the whole racing set-up, and he was happy to bestow all this hard earned info onto me. I will be forever grateful for that.

His work ethic was ridiculous, I remember being a few races into the season and thinking that the workload was just too much, race weekends were often 6AM to 11PM days, it was only when i stopped to think about it that i realised we had finished on the team bikes hours earlier, Dave just had an endless stream of other riders who’s bikes he worked on too, I just mucked in and helped out where I could. He wouldn’t say no to anyone, no matter what they needed, or when they needed it. I had some of the best times travelling the world with Dave and the whole CRC team, and i wouldn’t have met half the people i did, if it was’t for the fact Dave had such a huge heart and everyone in the pits always called in to chat to him. He really was a one of a kind, and will be sadly missed. My thoughts go to Niva and Mirka.
  • 2 0
 Makes me really sad ????
Dave was awesome. He set my SX Trail up for a trip to Whistler back in 07, I’m I'm sure if he hadn’t sprinkled has magic over my bike, the trip wouldn’t have been has good, and he’d serviced numerous sets of forks for me over the years.
He’ll be sadly missed !!
RIP Dave
Till the next time pal ????????
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 Ride in Peace Dave. I know we only corresponded a few times but your loss stings nonetheless. Mika, my heart goes out to you. I wish there was something I could say that would make any of this feel better for you but I know that's not the case. Maybe this and all the others who posted here will show you that you and Dave affected so many around the world with your kindness and positivity. This is still your community and I hope you will continue on in Dave's memory.
  • 2 0
 It’s Sad to loose a friend or family member. To see and here how many lives has influenced for the better is an inspiration. Be good to everyone even if they don’t deserve it. You never know who’s watching or how you can positively effect someone’s life.
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 Last year I contact Super Alloy to buy a coil for my bike, Dave and Mirka where so helpful with all the questions that even they call me to discuss wich spring was the right one. Thanks for your kind words and the time to explain me some of your knowledge. My condolences Mirka, when you read such a loving tribute you know that the sport and life just loose a truly gentleman!!!
  • 6 0
 Ride in Peace!
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 What great tributes. I only knew Dave by reputation - he sounds like the kind of guy I'd chat with over a pint or two. RIP Dave - thoughts to your family, friends and colleagues.
  • 5 0
 This was nice , good job pink bike God speed Dave
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 This makes me sad and proud at the same time for all of us on the trail to somewhere we really don't know where we are riding but the love for the ride pushes us and forges life long love and friendships. Man I love mountain bikes and the amazing people that are key cogs in the "runnings". Rest in peace Dave I prey I am worthy some day.
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 Sometimes when I read news like this I just brush it off and think things happen, but this news has really hit me deep to the core.
I had some great times with Dave, the Vigo WC was one of many bonkers trips.
RIP , the world really is a C##T right now.
  • 3 0
 How does the saying go - the good die young? There are so many mega scumbags that grow very old and such good guys like Dave have to go so soon........
  • 4 0
 @Mirks I'm so sorry. He reads like a great friend anyone would want to have.
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 literally the best. Thank you so much for your kindness. My family is stuck in Vancouver unable to travel, they are trying. Today was shit. I bought things I would have never imagined. I powered through. I tried to make Dave proud. I weathered the storm of funeral directors in a covid world. I cooked a duck he wanted me to make. His favourite wine and treats keep arriving daily, always the one to please I wanted the perfect Christmas as we were to stay home (we usually go to West Van to be with my family). I test cooked the turkey to make sure it was awesome. Now I feel lost and empty. What is it all for? No one wants to go to the police station and collect their husband's things. I still haven't seen him. I am trying so hard to be strong. I should have been with him. I should have asked him to stay home (we had a 7-hour ride planned the following day), I should have.....there is no should, would, could have, there is just what it is.
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 @Mirks: You have been so strong, I am sending you the biggest of hugs right now. x
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 I was fortunate to meet Dave on couple of occasions a truly nice gent who new his stuff. Going to his home to drop my forks off he always had some major Downhillers bike in the stand. I was in awe, asking him more about their bikes than my forks. He even let me swing a leg over one once so I could feel the power. As a big fan of the dh seen back then it was like a dream come true. He spoke about my idols like close friends as he knew them so well. Very sad that he's gone, but if I got to choose a way to go being on my bike is up there. Ride in peace bud ????????
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 I never met the guy, but knew of him - and he sounds an amazing person. Reading these tributes and stories is really inspiring. Gone but not forgotten, RIP.
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 Met him in Aosta valley, where we had some rides together with Dany Soft. Dave was a good, nice human beeing.. With a nice addiction to electronic music Not just a bike bummer R.I.P
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 Diamond Dave, rest easy my man.. Wonderful eulogies! Really makes you look at your own inadequacies as a human being and how I can be a better person.
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 He died doing what he loved. This is amazing to see all the love the mountain biking community is capable of giving.
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 #belikedave
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 A glorious tribute to a guy I knew by reputation but never met in person.
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 What a wonderful tribute - RIP Dave.
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 I enjoyed reading this. RIP Dave, wish I would of met you.
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 Seems to have been a top bloke RIP Dave
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 I was born in 1967 so this article stoppped me to see how he died...in the process I learned about a great, caring man.
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 Really, really nice. A fantastic read and a great tribute to Dave.
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 Great tribute to a great guy.
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 Great tribute. RIP, Dave.
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 Oh great man .Bye Dave.
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 RIP Dave.

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