Remembering Stevie Smith, 1989-2016

May 10, 2019
by Pinkbike Staff  



Three years have passed since the death of Canada's greatest downhill mountain bike athlete. Today all mountain bikers should celebrate the incredible person he was - both on and off the bike, and the legacy he leaves behind. Many came to know him from his segment in Seasons where his mum Tianna Smith 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. Steve proved that it was possible for Canadians to be at the top at the highest level. Last year, many of those Canadian riders remembered him at the Steve Smith Memorial DH at Mount Washington.


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A force on the Canadian downhill racing scene for years, Stevie 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.


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

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


We miss you, Stevie, but you ride on in the next generation of riders that you helped inspire.




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. Devinci has put together a beautiful playlist of videos to pay honor the legend.


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105 Comments

  • + 302
 I ride my bike to work, and I've modelled my "arrive at work mtb dismount" on Steve's dismount at the end of his winning run at 2013 Leogang. There are no cheering fans and nobody hi-5's me, only a few confused colleagues. But it starts my day off right.
  • + 16
 Brilliant !
  • + 5
 @jlague: The only way to dismount
  • + 1
 3 that is what it's all about!
  • + 3
 hahaha I just watch that Steve Smith 2013 Leogang winning run and YES the dis mount was PERFECTION
  • + 1
 Please tell me you dance around with your arms up in the air then pull off your breathe right strips!
  • + 3
 Dont forget you need to miss the first hi-5
  • + 2
 man stevie had so much style
  • + 38
 This has been on my "to watch later" section of youtube ever since the day we lost him. I still go back to it every now and then. Such a good vibe and such an heavy video at the same time... #longlivechainsaw

https://youtu.be/ANPeEashVUg
  • + 6
 This video is giving me goosebumps every time I watch it, it's so emotional!
  • + 2
 dammit why did i click on this link!?

*closes office door for a minute*

wish i had worn my Stevie shirt today.
  • + 4
 I watch this vid a few times a year.....It was put together so well. Really sums up Stevie.
  • + 6
 I smile and I cry every time I watch it... Like most of the Chainsaw fans, I'm sure.
  • + 1
 @meathooker: Funny, I wore my, Long Live Chainsaw shirt to bed last night, and woke up in it this morning..
Spooky...
  • + 1
 @mbiker35: yup, you're not wrong there.
  • + 2
 @mbiker35: I saw that my 12 year old wore his Chainsaw socks to school today. I'll let him know that today is the day we lost him.
  • + 2
 @meathooker: I wear my chainsaw watch every single day.
  • + 26
 "Its just another bike race, right".....
  • + 25
 Worst case scenario I'm still happy Best case scenario I'm damn pumped Legend
  • + 1
 "he's playin games at him ? Not this year!" ~Sven
  • + 1
 @RedBurn: Yes best statement ever. Maybe stupid to say, but I use this a lot now. We miss Stevie.
  • + 19
 only ever "met" stevie as a fan at the fort William WC's but every time I watch these it makes me feel like i lost a friend. He seemed like a sound lad and taken well before his time.

#longlivechainsaw
  • + 19
 The "seasons" video made me start Mountain biking ... Miss u Stevie !
  • + 3
 Just out of interest how did you ever stumble across Seasons if you weren't already Mountain Biking?

Best wishes to Stevie's family.
#longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 @chainspotting: I share the same sentiment.... For years I had popped into my local shop unable to really afford an mtb. One day my gf (now wife) came home and said there was a mountain bike movie premiere in our local park. At the time, not knowing the sport, I figured it was a documentary on a big xc race or something,I didn't know there was even a genre for Seasons. Needless to say I checked it out, got a free copy of it and another anthill movie... Played those DVDs every damn day until I got an mtb. Still listen to the tracklist on the way to the trailhead.
  • + 3
 @xjrides: cuz we got 2 shoes for dancin' !!!

#longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 @xjrides: yeah the soundtrack still gets plenty of play! So true
  • + 2
 @panchocampbell: dancing to be free
  • + 11
 I was at Stevie’s first BC cup race and many after that. From the beginning he always impressed me with his humble and respectful attitude. Once he was on the World Cup circuit my wife, myself and our four young kids would get up, no matter how early in the morning, to watch him race. It hasn’t been the same since he’s been gone. Such a bright flame gone too soon.
  • + 9
 Seems like whenever Stevie is mentioned, everyone feels like they've lost a friend even if the closest most of us ever got was seeing him through a screen...he gave off that happy welcoming vibe like if you met him at the trailhead he'd do a lap and have a beer with you even if he never met you
  • + 7
 If Steve was racing at 3am, I'd set my alarm and watch it on my computer I was that much into his career. He made the most sense as a rider to me in terms of raw strength. The way he attacked a course was unprecedented and his fearless approach was what inspired me the most. We've got Crosby for hockey and Votto for baseball but Smith was the first legitimate Male DH rider from Canada to really make it known to the world that we have serious contenders in the racing scene
  • + 2
 I was the same. Now I just watch the replay. Just not the same without him.
  • + 5
 Living in his hometown as I do, hardly a day goes by when I don’t see #longlivechaimsaw on someone’s vehicle.

Me and my kids ride the Stevie smith bike park regularly. Thank you, chainsaw, for your leasing impact on our community.
  • + 7
 Absolute legend. We are very proud on our Island of Stevie. He is gone but never forgotten. #longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 I was fortunate to meet and ride with Stevie. Super friendly, approachable and just fun to hang out with. Honor him today by following his example and helping others and be that person that others want to be with. The mountain bike community is great to be part of. Have fun and ride for Stevie.
  • + 4
 Who's the bastard trying to ruin my weekend? I'm a miserable enough c*nt as it is. Don't need these reminders.

Too much respect for the greatest Canadian downhiller of all time. Legends never die #LongLiveChainsaw
  • + 7
 Nice touch Pinkbike..R.I.P. Stevie.
  • + 2
 I never met him and never knew him but when I watch the videos and read about him, I tear up. What a huge loss and he must've been a fantastic person to be able to continue to influence and be remembered by all of us around the world.... long live chainsaw!!!...
  • + 2
 Fort William was my first ever visit to WC event and hoping to meet Stevie was on my hitlist, the news just before was a real shock. More of a shock was being at the finish line for the ghost lap that had been suggested by a user on here. It turned the atmosphere from electric to other-worldly. The roar from the crowd as the run finished made the hairs on my neck stand on end and still do now if I see it on YouTube or Facebook. One of those moments that vividly stays with you forever.
  • + 6
 "SEW ON PATCHES COMING SOON"
  • + 4
 where'd you see this?
  • + 1
 @captainderp: I'm the European distributer
  • + 6
 LEGEND !!! Gone but never forgotten..
  • + 1
 Hell yeah dude
  • + 1
 Hard to believe it has been years already. Steve was a riders rider, a champion with the drive to take it from a kids dream to top of the podium. Trained and rode with passion but never forgot the fun of it all. He will always be missed and loved. Time to go fire up the saw!
  • + 4
 Legends never die. He will for ever continue shredding in our memories. And so in that way Long live the chainsaw.
  • + 5
 Pink bike please ban this fu@#tard @Balgaroth
  • + 0
 Agreed, he got immediate downvotes then deleted his comment pretty fast
  • + 1
 Actually the post got hidden as below threshold sorry
  • + 3
 If you look on his profile, seems he has a notorious reputation for posting douchebag comments. I agree with @markz , ban this f*cktard Pinkbike. RIP Stevie. #longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 Time doesn’t make this loss any easier. I have the Orca tune on my playlist in the car and it always brings back such a great memory of how that hungry kid who stole our hearts achieved what we all wanted him to do - best in the World.
  • + 2
 Very few of the top guys (and girls) look like they just love riding their bike as much as he did. Never did he look like it was his job. Always seemed like some dude riding his bike .............natural and pinned!
  • + 3
 Bringing anything back to the store to help support the legacy fund?

#longlivechainsaw
  • + 3
 Watching that memorial at Mt Washington one thing came to mind ;
“I Love this sport”! ...........inspiring. Thank you
  • + 1
 One more amazing pic....cheers boys! and yes, I will have a drink after work and toast to Stevie, rip.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/13508350
  • + 2
 Ah the gap that took him out for a season. I heard a story that Bernard Kerr said that the gap was not possible. Stevie hucked it.
  • + 1
 @rideonjon: that was crazy...almost made it, well he did, just busted his ankle on that landing
  • + 3
 Pound sand you arrogant f*cking twat! 8====D - -
  • + 3
 This is supposed to be a reply to @balgaroth but I f*cked up
  • + 2
 Legend! Dude sent the shit out of it! Literally cried when I heard he died! Rest In Peace Stevie! #longlivechaindae
  • + 1
 I’ll ever forget this massive huck to case.
INSANE. Dude is a beast. RIP.
m.pinkbike.com/news/video-steve-smith-nz-gap-case.html
  • + 1
 Ah the gap that took him out for a season. I heard a story that Bernard Kerr said that the gap was not possible. Stevie hucked it.
  • + 4
 legend
  • + 3
 Gone but never forgotten. We will always look up to the person he was, both on and off the bike.
  • + 2
 Shout out to the mummy’s boy of seasons that everyone loved and wanted to see win. Long live chainsaw.
  • + 3
 Haha...yup, that he was!!
  • + 1
 Rumour confirmed. Haha
  • + 1
 So sad, still after all these years, Bring back the Stevie Smith shirts, I sure many would love to contribute to his fund.
  • + 1
 Long live Chainsaw. You are and always will be an inspiration to me and many others. Thanks big man.
  • + 2
 Miss you Stevie - you will never be forgotten!
  • + 2
 The loss of Stevie still hurts and I never even met the man. RIP sir.
  • + 1
 Rip, he was a good one. Did anyone every hear any details from the moto accident?
  • + 2
 Miss you Stevie

#longlivechainsaw
  • + 2
 The legacy is real. #longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 Where's Finn at? It would be awesome to see him race there.
  • + 2
 what an awesome guy
  • + 1
 My heart!. Ride In Paradise Stevie.
  • + 1
 Every time I see that face it makes me tear up
  • + 2
 rip Stevie
  • + 1
 "it was the moustache"


#longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 *lasting* impact...
  • + 1
 Legend.
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