Remembering Stevie Smith, 1989-2016

May 10, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  



Two years have passed since the death of Canada's greatest downhill mountain bike athlete. Many came to know him from his segment in Seasons where his mum shuttled him to the top of the mountain for lap after training lap, and then by his success on the World Cup circuit. But more than just a driven athlete and fierce competitor, Smith was humble and grounded off the track and a notable influence on all young and aspiring Canadian gravity racers and others around the world.



Downhill at the 2013 Leogang UCI MTB World Cup Finals Austria.

A force on the Canadian downhill racing scene for years, he became an international household name in 2013 after pocketing World Cup wins at Leogang, Hafjell, and Mont-Sainte-Anne. Those efforts culminated in the World Cup overall title the same year—downhill racing’s ultimate achievement.


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Less than a year ago, the Stevie Smith Bike Park opened on Vancouver Island. This bike park will be Stevie's legacy. Not only will the talent it helps create keep the Canadian team strong in the future, but it gives the kids of Nanaimo a safe place to ride their bikes and put their energy towards something constructive that will keep them out of trouble.


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The Stevie Smith Memorial park is set to be a hot bed for bike riding on Vancouver Island and together with the Velosolutions pump track, the dirt jumps built by Jordie Lunn and the existing BMX track, the legend of Stevie Smith will live on in future generations and the thriving community of riders.


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Stevie Smith massively impacted our world of mountain biking and we were not ready to say goodbye to him so soon. Through shared photos and memories, our community paid tribute to the incredible person he was - both on and off the bike, and the legacy he leaves behind.


 during the 2016 UCI MTB World Cup round two Cairns Australia.

We miss you, Stevie.


116 Comments

  • + 232
 Forever a legend #longlivechainsaw
  • + 19
 F***in' oath mate.

To all of his friends and family all of my love and respect. There aren't words.
  • + 127
 Just watched his ghost run from Fort Bill again and brings a tear. So happy UCI, RedBull and all the other partners came together to make that happen. Thank you. #LongLiveChainsaw

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEy0rE8O6PI
  • + 17
 Thanks for posting that dude, I've never seen it from that view before. Amazing stuff.
  • + 15
 The only thing about the ghost run is that Stevie would have been way faster than the camera was panning. #longlivechainsaw
  • + 7
 Boy...it was tough making it through that one.
  • + 7
 thanks for posting, i always make it until the end, the cheers always bring a tear or two.
#longlivechainsaw
  • + 8
 Damn onions..
  • + 2
 Thanks for sharing!
  • + 1
 Was stood just behind the guy who filmed that, pretty overwhelming moment
  • + 1
 Man that was beautiful.
  • + 1
 Who's that guy at 1:12 on the big screen flippin' double birds? What a twat to do something like that during such a moment.
  • + 1
 @RideTahoe707: I think he did not know what was going on
  • + 69
 His smile gets more people to want to get out and ride and be good to each other on trails than hundreds of MTB videos. Long live Chainsaw spirit!
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flag benhempymtb (May 10, 2018 at 5:47) (Below Threshold)
 Wow, WAKI has turned a corner?!
  • + 29
 an absolute canadian hero. did nothing but follow his dreams and accomplished what he worked his whole life for. it always saddens me to think about what a loss stevie is to the biking community as a whole, not only in canada, but then i remember his passion, attitude, and love of anything with 2 wheels and then i start to get stoked to ride. he was my idol, growing up watching a small town canadian boy become one of the best dh riders of all time was awe inspiring, reminding me their should never be a ceiling on my dreams.

#longlivechainsaw
  • + 31
 I'm not crying, your crying
  • + 15
 Yeah I am Frown
#longlivechainsaw
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flag colincolin (May 10, 2018 at 12:33) (Below Threshold)
 *you're
  • + 4
 @colincolin: really? That's your contribution??
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flag colincolin (May 10, 2018 at 15:45) (Below Threshold)
 @gtrguy: Yes and I'm glad you spelled 'your' correctly!
  • + 16
 Canadian National Treasure. Global ambassador for mountain biking. Charming and highly likable. An adopted brother to all who enjoy biking. We all miss you, Stevie.
  • + 13
 Oh my god. I'm 3 minutes into the first video and....goosebumps.

When Mom says "pinning it," you know it's a family affair.

Miss you buddy, we all do.
  • + 11
 I think everyone liked Stevie, he always seemed so charismatic when being interviewed and he just seemed so unstoppable when riding and those last three rounds in 2013 were a pleasure to watch. RIP Stevie Smtih Longlivechainsaw
  • + 11
 I was just at the Stevie Smith bike park last weekend. I was blown away by the amount of under 13 yr old talent at that park. 8--9 yr old girls blasting 8-10 feet over the wooden kickers...kids doing insane gaps throughout the pump track. No town in the world, over the next few years, will be able to compete with the talent that Nanaimo and the Stevie Smith bike park is pumping out. Chainsaw IS long lived.
  • + 5
 Living in nanaimo and being down at the bike park multiple times a week it still blows my mind seeing all these lil guys and gals just tearing it up!
  • + 11
 as a parent it is inspiring and so heavy to watch he and his mom's segment in seasons. i hope she and stevie's family and friends are well. rest in peace, stevie.
  • + 8
 Man, this article gave me a buzz. I remember I used to watch the Seasons segment of Stevie over and over. I even showed my mom how cool his mom was, in hopes that she would shuttle me.. Didn't ever happen though. Its great to see the love and support people have for Stevie. More people need to be like him, SPREAD the love... #longlivechainsaw
  • + 9
 That tribute always coincides with me cutting onions. What an amazing life.
  • + 9
 that seasons segment gets me every time
  • + 11
 His and Bulldogs section in UnReal has been one of my favourites for a while now, plus who can hate on going sideways on a mobility scooter while dressed as an old man.
  • + 4
 That was inspiring, you can truly see in these videos what mountain biking means to so many, and how people get on. It just epitomizes the community of how we (as pedantic standard hating, water bottle loving ass hats) connect with each other and ride to have fun. Loved it
  • + 4
 stevie smith's story to success and his mothers amazing support were things i always found to be very rare and inspiring in mountain biking. the people with the biggest opportunities for pro careers typically have no shortage of financial , or personal support. steve beat the odds and became a legend. i had a #longlivechainsaw sticker on my old specialized, and now have one on my new devinci. i still can't believe he's gone :'(

NSMB.COM : STICKER PACKS ARE $10CAN AND PROCEEDS GO TO HIS LEGACY FUND, BUY THEM.
  • + 4
 That second vid is one I routinely watch for some motivation and inspiration to go ride, week in and week out. Yeah, he was fast as F@#k racing, but he always looked like he was having even more fun just rippin' between the tape. Thats mostly why I'm a fan. Thank you, Stevie, for showing us all what fun is on a bike in any setting. Your legend lives on. R.I.P.


#longlivechainsaw
  • + 7
 Longlivechainsaw!!!!!
  • + 4
 Thank you Pinkbike for sharing these wonderful memories! I don’t always cry when i watch bike park opening videos, but when I do, it’s because of Calvin Huth.
  • + 2
 Young and old alike. Stevie inspired us all. Weather DH was your thing or not. He embodied Vancouver Island life to the fullest. His passing still hits hard for many of us. Gone but never ever forgotten. Thank you for all you gave us Stevie #longlivechainsaw!
  • + 2
 That seasons segment was inspiring, shows you what dedication, commitment, and support can get you. In 2011 I just got on the chairlift as Steve Smith passed the finish line to win the Canadian Open DH. Watching him I heard of the name before but didn't know he was the young lad in the seasons movie. Only to hear his name more as he moved a top the podiums in the years to come. Seeing him get to the pinnacle of our sport, fulfilling a dream was pretty awesome. An inspiration to all of us. #longlivechainsaw
  • + 2
 Not too many get to predict their own destiny and become a world champion. A life too short, but one well lived. Will always be an inspiration to me to go faster than I should. Long live chainsaw!
  • + 1
 I was never able to meet Stevie, nor have I had the chance to meet anyone who has. But the lasting impression that he has left on this world is truly incredible. His love for life and appreciation for where he was and how he got there was unrivaled and infectious. A true legend in this world, and as we all know "heroes get remembered, but legends never die." Rest In Peace Stevie #longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 I will continue to share your spirit. Be kind to young riders, push them to ride more and better. Life goes on ! Missing you on every WC round
  • + 1
 The World was a Much-Much better place with Stevie in it....So absolutely saddened and gutted for his untimely passing and everyones great loss...Loved watching this guy do his thing...He was and always will be a true Legend for us all !!
  • + 3
 It feels like a personal loss. Can't be a Canadian thing as he obviously touched so many people internationally. I think he embodied the things that we love about this sport.
  • + 3
 that tribute video with the cold war kids song always has me feeling all fuzzy inside. Such a fawkin legennd! #longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 so rad Jordie Lunn got to build the dirtjumps at Stevie Smith's park ... what an honor

#longlivechainsaw
#jordielunn
  • + 3
 His seasons segment was my favorite clip ever. Defiantly gunna get some pedals in after work for you!
  • + 3
 a true legend stevie will all ways be mist but never forgotten #LONGLIVECHAINSAW R.I.P dude
  • + 4
 thanks for the ride Stevie, miss ya.
  • + 2
 impossible to not cry at this tribute... I must have watched this tribute at least 30 times in the last 2 years.. mannnn

You are truly missed Stevie Frown
  • + 2
 What I miss the most about Steve was how well he represented what we are as Canadians. Humble, Friendly and we love to go down hills
  • + 3
 The ghost run always breaks me I will always remmember Stevie Great inspiration
  • + 3
 #LONG LIVE CHAINSAW I think of you and your style every time I ride my bike (Devinci). Thank you!
  • + 3
 Already two years oh my gosh. It's a big unbridgeable void #longlivechainsaw
  • + 2
 I never had the pleasure of meeting Him in person but it still feels like I lost a family member even after 2 years.
  • + 3
 Steve as a Young gun youtu.be/QE3p817b2Pg?t=168
  • + 2
 Thanks for being an inspiration to this day. We all mist you Stevie. #longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 Still hard to believe he's gone, Stevie was such an inspiration.
  • + 2
 Thanks for the memories.. thanks for the inspiration..
#longlivechainsaw

Salute
  • + 3
 What a person. Inspiring for many people. Long live chainsaw......
  • + 3
 Shred in Peace!
#longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 What a sad day it was and still is. R.I.P
  • + 2
 Rest in Peace Stevie Smith.... Legend lost, but never forgotten!!!!! #LongLiveChainsaw
  • + 3
 It just hasn’t been the same without Stevie. Miss you!!!
  • + 3
 gone but never forgotten,Legend.
  • + 1
 The part that saddend me was that mcgazza, chainsaw, and the miracle, had to leave the biking community within the same year..
  • + 3
 Such a legend.


#longlivechainsaw
  • + 4
 send it in the skyes
  • + 3
 Respect all rides and ride ur own ride
  • + 2
 Listenig Wintersleep - Orca right now and remembering you as a huge inspiration. #longlivechainsaw #rideinpeace
  • + 3
 That tribute movie always triggers a couple leaks... #longlivechainsaw
  • + 2
 Such an amazing rise to the top of his sport and he will remain there forever
  • + 3
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 What an amazing man. I love that he had such a supportive family. Huge inspiration.
  • + 3
 Forever young.....
  • + 2
 What everyone else has said..
#longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 Longlivechainsaw.
  • + 1
 Yep, that tribute video still gets me. Bless that mother of his... What a person.
  • + 2
 #LongLiveChainsaw R.I.P Stevie Smith
  • + 3
 Chainsaw forever!
  • + 3
 Love that duster
  • + 3
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 2
 We love you Stevie!! #longlivechainsaw #rideinpeace
  • + 2
 Boss on the bike and so awesome he got the overall, RIP.
  • + 3
 chain saw
  • + 3
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 2
 Thanks for putting this together @pinkbikeaudience .
  • + 2
 Apparently I’m not over it yet.
  • + 3
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 :'(
  • + 1
 Only the good die young. Grande Stevie Smith !!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 He’s the one that made me get a Devinci
  • + 1
 #longlivechainsaw his smile gets me the most
  • + 2
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 2
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 Legend
  • + 1
 A real Canadian hero
  • + 1
 H E R O E R O
  • + 1
 Lump in the throat
  • + 1
 DOC HOLLIDAY.
  • + 1
 Right in the feels.
  • + 1
 peace!
  • + 1
 Legend.
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