Stevie Smith to Be Inducted Into Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame

Jul 27, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  
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We all know how much of a legend Steve Smith is. The best downhill racer ever to come from the Canadian shores, Steve rose to the top pretty quickly thanks to his fierce determination on the race track. That said, it's amazing to see him getting that same recognition, which we know he deserves, from a major body like the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame. Steve will be one of three Canadian athletes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017, with the celebration taking place on October 1st, in Ontario.

Steve will be joining Gary Longhi, a five-time Paralympic medalist, and Karen Strong, a recognized forerunner for many of Canada’s top road athletes, as well as builder, Albert Schelstraete-Coulier as the class of 2017. Steve's legacy lives on with great progress in Canadian downhill racers as a result of his influence on the community in Canada and let's not forget his soon to be opened Steve Smith Bike Park in Nanaimo, B.C. The 2013 World Cup Champion has had a larger impact on racing in Canada, and the world, than he probably could ever have imagined.

The celebrations inducting Steve and the other athletes and builder into the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame will take place on Sunday, October 1st at RattleSnake Point Golf Club in Milton, Ontario. A luncheon will be held after a number of morning activities (Ride of Legends road through Halton Hills alongside many of Canada’s Hall of Fame inductees as well as current National Team athletes) where the 2017 class will be honoured and celebrated.

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Established in 2015, the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution to cycling racing in or for Canada. There are currently two categories of membership in the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame: Athletes and Builders. At present, sixteen members have been inducted to the Hall of Fame; fourteen athletes and two builders that were selected in 2015 and 2016.


• When: Sunday, October 1st from 8:30am–2:30pm
• Where: RattleSnake Point Golf Club (Milton, ON)
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#longlivechainsaw

Smith after his incredible winning run.



57 Comments

  • + 132
 That tribute video always gets me. I can't hear that song and not think of Steevie. A well deserved spot in the Canadian Cycling HOF. Long live chainsaw!
  • + 9
 Great tribute indeed!

Can anyone share the link for the documentary/recap of the 2013 season when he made up the points with 4 races left and won the overall over Gee. I can't find it anywhere. Cheers.

Long live Chainsaw.
  • + 1
 @Ride12: you mean 3 minute gaps?
  • + 1
 @speedyjonzalas: is 3 minute gaps not Gee vs Minnaar? Were dirt still doing their web series covering each round, can't remember what it was called? Maybe "Finally" or something, I think they covered that year?
  • + 3
 @cky78: that was awesome, thanks for sharing the link.
  • + 3
 @cky78: LOVE THAT VID
  • + 4
 @cky78: Chills, full body chills from that.
  • + 5
 @FriedRys: Yeah totally! When he crossed the line in Leogang and wings his bike around...or hearing Warner lose his shit when Stevie won at MSA...Getting goosebumps writing this...haha
  • + 5
 @cky78: Chicken skin reading this…
  • + 3
 @cky78: YES, that's the one. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait for MSA such mixed feelings being there.
  • + 2
 @cky78: I think my girlfriend is still mad at me for waking her up that morning. I'm OK with that, I'll cheer at my loudest every time I see that. Thanks a lot for posting.
  • + 49
 Fuckin onions
  • + 23
 It's ok to cry over a fallen brother man
  • + 1
 Ya done cuttin those suckers yet...? Damnit they're strong.
  • + 30
 I'm surprised this hasn't already happened!! Sounds like a no brain-er to me, guys a friggin legend.
  • + 1
 STILL a legend, nothing changed, even if he's not here, still an absolute guru of a bloke
  • + 20
 This is a great !!! But Stevie needs to be in the Canadian sports hall of fame to !!! Right up there with all out hockey and Olympic greats He belongs there right beside Wayne Gretzky and terry fox
  • + 4
 My thoughts too! Good work Stevie! Still odd now not seeing you at the start hut :-(

Ride in peace dude! \m/
  • + 1
 It will probably happen at some point to be honest. But that one will take longer.
  • + 19
 Long Live Chainsaw! What a top notch tribute. I haven't watched that in a while.
  • + 12
 It gets thrown around a lot but... Legend!!!
  • + 7
 I will never forget that 2013 season on the edge of my seat screaming at my computer screen every race. Was fortunate enough to have a beer and a chat with him in fort bill post race. Such a solid human being. Taken from us way too soon.
  • + 8
 Awesome tribute. And no disrespect to Jon Cornish, but Stevie should have won the 2013 Lou Marsh award for Canada male athlete of the year. Such an incredible year he had in 2013! Amazing memories. Thanks Stevie.
  • + 4
 Man, I'm missing him... such a nice guy with an always friendly and happy attitude.
I also miss races in which Warner almost loses his voice and goes totally berserk.
I still like to watch races and in some way I like the professionalism nowadays... but it seems to me that DH is losing what made it special. The wildness. Warner went from a hobby narrator who was in it with his heart and enjoying the races with some beers himself to a 100% professional employee. It's just not the same.
  • + 9
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 6
 Just make it a national holiday. Stevie Smith Day, when everyone rides their bike without brakes for a day. [other ideas/mottos welcome]
  • + 7
 You always make my eyes water stevie
  • + 2
 I didn't know Stevie personally but from everything I have watched and read both past and present he seemed like such a grounded, hard working thoroughly nice bloke and these tributes always get to me, dunno if it's because I'm a Dad now and I think of my son or I'm just a soft shite! But it says a lot about a person when even after someone has gone they are remembered by so many and regarded so highly. I love the part of Seasons where Steves Mam drives an uplift for him too, pure dedication and love on both parts!!
  • + 2
 Crap I have to watch this video... What a legend. I remember buying the DVD "Made" and there was a segment in it with his mom shuttling him up the hill and her saying she used to wait for him at the bottom now he waits for her. Looks like he's waiting for her again. Such a damn legend.
  • + 6
 Every time I watch that video it gets dusty as fuck in here.
  • + 4
 Too a deep breath going into vid. Profound impact. Peace to his family and friends.
  • + 2
 Here is the link to the "Movies for your Monday" they did for Stevie last year, everything you need!

www.pinkbike.com/news/movies-for-your-monday-stevie-smith-edition-2016.html
  • + 5
 i'm not going to slow down so I can be injury free! Quote of the year!
  • + 5
 Goddamn Canadian Hero. Fact.
  • + 1
 Reading the comment section, makes me smile as much as the story/videos here. Chainsaw is the most likable guy to ever race the world cup..fun to watch..laid back.. and hauled ass..
He will truly live on in our hearts..
  • + 3
 I want someone to make a life size bronze statue of that bike whip at 2:27, what a glorious moment that was.
  • + 5
 Jah bless... One x
  • + 1
 word!
  • + 4
 This makes me smile.
  • + 4
 My god I miss him.
  • + 3
 it was too early stevie :´(
  • + 3
 Sweet smile sweet 'stache
  • + 2
 About time! It should have been done when he was with us!!
  • + 2
 You're damn right he will will be.
  • + 3
 God damn right
  • + 3
 Makes me wanna cry.
  • + 1
 Well deserved! Dude was an animal, and such a huge impact in our sport. Should have been in there a long time ago.
  • + 3
 About time too!
  • + 1
 A well deserved honour for Stevie. A true Champion and Legend.
  • + 1
 Glad to see Stevie get recognized.
  • + 1
 Proper! #longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 Very cool! I just might go to that luncheon at Rattle Snake!
  • + 1
 Well deserved!
  • + 1
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 Hell yes!
  • + 1
 Great!

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