Throwback Thursday: Stevie Smith, Sam Hill & Tyler Morland Race Psychosis in 'Seasons'

Aug 6, 2020
by Sarah Moore  


A dozen years after the last race was held on Golden, British Columbia's Mount 7 Psychosis course, the Canadian province's best gravity mountain bikers are once again racing the mountain's legendary downhill trails this week as a part of the Crankworx Summer Series.

In 2007, the Collective filmed a segment for their third film, 'Seasons' during the race, following the action between Tyler Morland ("the incoming champion"), Sam Hill ("the reigning World Champion"), and Stevie Smith ("the up and comer") on the incredibly steep and loose course. The intro starts by describing the course as "like World Cup race course after World Cup race course with super gnar on top" and saying that the world's fastest riders "talk about going as slow as they possibly can and it's still too fast."

The track drops just under 4,000 vertical feet (1,220 meters) from start to finish and the fastest ever time recorded on it was a 12:35.14 by Chris Kovarik the last year the race was held in 2008. The track starts with the punishingly steep Dead Dog trail from the paraglide launch and includes a hellish climb which Morland said, "feels like you're choking on glass and sand" on.


Tyler Morland finished third in 2007 after winning in 2006.
Tyler Morland finished third in 2007 after winning in 2006.

Tyler Morland (3), Sam Hill (1), Stevie Smith (2) on the podium in 2007.
Tyler Morland (3), Sam Hill (1), Stevie Smith (2) on the podium in 2007.


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42 Comments

  • 46 0
 nostalgia, ultra
  • 17 0
 yeah this movie was what got me into mtb in the first place. Still my fav mtb movie
  • 4 0
 So many world class bike parks and trails in Canada, and yet still the trail that interests me the most in the whole country is some insane goat track...
  • 3 0
 Steve Smith seasons segment , best mtb vid ever ?
  • 4 0
 Wish we could travel right now. I’ve gotten to do one lap on that track, and the nostalgia of riding it felt as good as the actually riding. I feel like anyone who truly appreciates this segment, should find a way to go to Golden and do a Psychosis lap for themselves.
  • 4 0
 @mountainyj: One of my old riding buddies won that race, way back in 2001 - 2002!
  • 42 1
 13 years later, Sam is still the man and and climbing up podiums. Wish we could still see Stevie doing the same.
  • 18 0
 That corner slash.. Miss you Stevie..
  • 12 0
 13 years later, Peaceful Day still on my playlist.
  • 2 0
 +1.
  • 13 2
 mountain biking used to be so much cooler
  • 5 0
 Yeah for sure.
  • 7 1
 Global warming?
  • 9 0
 But how good is PennywiseSmile
  • 7 0
 still an 11/10 on matching photography and soundtrack.
  • 4 0
 Good times, the Cove crew looked after Sam that weekend along with Steve, Tyler and Bartowski etc. I couldn't believe that Steve would pedal at the start like mad man possessed. Miss that kid.
  • 2 0
 Like for so many others, Seasons had a big influence on me when I first saw it. I had just gotten my hardtail, saw Seasons and said "Yeah....I'm going to do stuff that feels like that." nowhere near as fast or gnarly.....but the sensation was there.

12 years later I still get chills and watery eyes when I watch this.
  • 2 0
 Watched this the other day when I said they should use if for worlds as a 1 off race. Now its going to be raced again!

If the course is the same, will the old course record still stand in a weeks time????
  • 5 0
 at 3:23, Stevie slaps that catch berm perfectly! RIP legend
  • 2 1
 Who says 26 in DH bikes are slow! I wish I could ride at half their pace... this sport has become so much more about the flavour of the month tech than good old riding skills! Get out there and ride! Doesn't matter what bike you riding!
  • 4 0
 That was such a good watch. Wildmen
  • 3 0
 The sheer fact that this was a race is mind boggling. Surely they were pulling at least 1.21 giggawatts
  • 1 0
 1.21 giggawatts!!!
  • 2 0
 @Town40: GREAT SCOTT!
  • 1 0
 @ninjaty: That's like a bolt of lightning!
  • 4 0
 Goose bumps. Feels yesterday. Hill still rocking hard. #longlivechainsaw
  • 4 0
 Great clip and such a good tune!!
  • 4 0
 Damn I miss Steve. I miss the way he attacked a course
  • 4 0
 Looks like they are riding BMX bikes compared to the Sleds we have today!
  • 3 0
 Damn I remember waking into the lbs and my dad bought me this DVD , this film was what inspired me to get into downhill
  • 2 0
 As someone who is just watching some of these videos for the first time, how the hell did they do this without 29in wheels or at least a Fox 38?
  • 4 0
 #longlivechainsaw
  • 1 0
 Back then the soundtracks were awesome! Also, how interesting would WCs be if riders had to push their bikes at some point during the race - spirit of enduro right there!
  • 2 0
 Remember that? That was awesome!
  • 2 0
 We'll that's carried me back. Awesome, thank you!
  • 2 0
 Some one tell me how to make it through the day
  • 1 0
 D2 are the sickest lids and no one can keep their head steady and look ahead on the trail like Stevie Smith.
  • 2 0
 Damn, this is pure gold.
  • 1 0
 The video that got me hooked on downhill!!
  • 1 0
 I remember this weekend like it was yesterday. The nostalgia is palpable.
  • 1 0
 Solid gold.
  • 1 0
 This. Just godly.

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