Video: Steve Smith NZ Gap Case

Feb 21, 2014
by Alan Golds  
We've heard news that the Canadian Chainsaw Massacre has injured his ankle from this rather large case of a gap jump in New Zealand! Initial word from Devinci Global Racing (DGR) is that it's nothing too serious. Heal up fast Stevie!


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Video: Jeremiah Boobar


168 Comments

  • + 193
 If he can't clear it, is anybody going to be able to?!
  • + 101
 make it rain a few hours and turn the course into a huge mess and see how Danny does.. "Stay on your bike, Danny!" - announcer having a Hart-attack
  • + 43
 Nigel Page and Rob Warner - a combination in mountain bike racing that won't be beaten for a long time, if ever.
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flag freeride-forever (Feb 21, 2014 at 21:29) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah any freerider would be able to. Any Rampage competitor & any slope competitor could clear it with ease. There's a reason why MOST racers leave the big jumps to the big boys. This video was disappointing. It's like they're running out of shit to post.
  • + 83
 Sure any freerider on thier 50lb steed could clear a gap that one of the quickest guys in the world couldn't. Logic is often contradictory to what people type.
  • - 149
flag csermonet (Feb 21, 2014 at 21:59) (Below Threshold)
 lol freeriders. freeriders are on the kill list, and now you are too. not that you weren't on it to begin with, but now youre at the top. freeride flick your way right into terminators grasps taint licker
  • + 48
 ^ what a terrible comment.

When Enduro hits saturation point (which it seems to be very close with the PB crowd), free riding will be back to being cool, and those of us that just soldiered on with it won't skip a beat Smile
  • + 87
 The trolls will never die will they? Keyboard warriors and their 25 wpm mouthing off and giving shit to Steve Smith, who just happens to be the reigning king of downhill. An anal secretion like freeride-forever with pavement crushing pedigree from Trenton, Ontario couldn't touch him even with the short-bus handicap he deserves. Respect your peers or go and make some other website a shitty experience. Tool.
  • + 30
 Holy shit, someone give that man a beer, i've ridden past that "jump" a fair few times now that is way bigger than the clip makes it look
  • - 57
flag Jimmy0 (Feb 22, 2014 at 0:07) (Below Threshold)
 I bet aaron gwin would have cleared it
  • + 20
 No just no
  • + 33
 Comepletly off topic but did anyone notice that when USA loses to canada today they start nagging about Steve smith and all this crap about senders ??? Or is it just me
  • + 8
 on the pagey and warner topic, i recently found this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1A_Pgkpm84
  • + 2
 That video is amazing.
  • + 9
 Personally, I think this gap is huge, though not quite as big as the gap in @freeride-forever's comment above. I would have got to the lip of that jump, stopped and run off making noises like a teenage girl
  • + 8
 How big is this gap because we all know cameras make jumps look a lot smaller than they are in reality, Cheers
  • + 16
 Well considering a) they are going to the effort of videoing it b) he is the world cup champion and still doesnt make it and c) he is coming into it really fast and d) he is in the air for quite a long time id say its pretty f*cking huge.
  • + 3
 I wonder what Gee Atherton thinks about this argument *cough*2nd place at Rampage 2010*cough*
  • + 7
 Thumbs up Frilko, I agree.
Pretty sure Gee races but also hits gaps that many freeriders would have second thoughts about. Both he and his brother Dan (an enduro racer) will hit most gaps!
  • + 25
 Just you. Big ups to Team Canada for their wins in men's and women's hockey. And if we (USA) can't have the gold or DH title, I'm glad it went to our northern neighbor. Let's keep that DH title over here.
  • + 4
 I sow the mistake, missing NoHands.
  • + 7
 McGazza would get it!!
  • + 4
 That @freeride-forever sure is a happy go lucky fella.
  • + 4
 I think it's hilarious that (soon) the entire pinkbike community will have given @freeride-forever negative kudos
  • + 5
 I've never seen so much hate in one comment thread... If you're angry or just ignorant, go take it out on the trails instead of making us all hear about it.
  • - 1
 And the Darwin award goes too...
  • - 16
flag fiberglassguy27 (Feb 23, 2014 at 16:15) (Below Threshold)
 That jump was so enduro! .................................................... That was a joke btw! so just laugh and +/- prop me!
  • + 1
 no. just no.
  • + 3
 no questions or "buts" someone with a mostache that majestic and powerful cant clear it then theres no hope for any of us mere mortals, p.s. stevie get well soon
  • + 11
 I am here from the future. George Brannigan clears it. PS everything is 27.5 now.
  • + 135
 Gonna need a lawyer for that case!
  • + 90
 Never heard that one bud
  • - 5
flag bmxrace121 (Feb 21, 2014 at 17:11) (Below Threshold)
 He's going to have to take that case to court. And it looks like it wasn't actually a gap jump, just a part of a trail that he thought to jump. Most people probably would of pumped it.
  • + 9
 That was the best case scenario... Seriously though, get better quick man
  • + 53
 last time i heard that one I laughed so hard I fell off my dinosaur
  • + 49
 Funny how this ^ response to an over-used joke is an over-used joke itself.
  • + 6
 snoopy, I've read your comment like 4 times and have a bit of a chuckle every time I get to dinosaur haha.
  • + 2
 TomShark, kinda makes you wonder where he got his dinosaur from right? I want one.
  • + 81
 It's weird that he wasn't going fast enough. That's the opposite of what he does.
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flag scott-townes (Feb 21, 2014 at 17:11) (Below Threshold)
 Can god create an object so heavy that even he cannot move it? I think this video answers that question.


That was a burly gap of destiny. I hope this trend becomes more popular in mtbing. It's so enjoyable to watch.
  • - 65
flag Jimmy0 (Feb 21, 2014 at 17:34) (Below Threshold)
 If only he were a better mountain biker
  • - 18
flag beast-from-the-east (Feb 21, 2014 at 17:43) (Below Threshold)
 I get it!
  • - 55
flag scary1 (Feb 21, 2014 at 19:50) (Below Threshold)
 You idiot neggers really need to lighten up or take "Understanding Sarcasm 101"

I don't know if its a cultural difference or what but it's just soo stupid.*
*This isn't sarcasm. ..the "Understanding Sarcasm 101" was sarcasm, as I am sure there is no real class on it.
  • + 62
 Wow, referring to people who give negative votes as "neggers" is uncomfortably close to another word...
  • - 16
flag scary1 (Feb 21, 2014 at 20:34) (Below Threshold)
 If they were "proppers" there wouldn't be an issue in the first place.
I thought "Thin skinned , candy asses" was too harsh, but maybe not.
  • + 0
 chill, americans are just sarcastic people. end.
  • + 12
 What a retarded thing to say...
  • - 17
flag scott-townes (Feb 21, 2014 at 22:51) (Below Threshold)
 Naw, it's just apparent that mtbers don't know what a gap of destiny is... which isn't surprising because most kids on this site are too pussy to even entertain the notion of sending a gap of destiny, much less spot one out.

My impression of the common mtber... "I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS! IT MUST BE BAD!"
  • + 4
 Was that sarcasm! Lol
  • + 8
 Don't be like them, bigscotty. Protect our language, use a '?'.
  • + 1
 I enjoy sarcasm.
  • + 1
 Isolationist
  • - 26
flag realsam (Feb 22, 2014 at 11:55) (Below Threshold)
 niggers
  • + 2
 Nobody likes you skiierman
  • + 2
 Remember...words only hurt if you let them. React...and you immediately give them power.
  • + 2
 Shut up
  • + 2
 You gave power....
  • - 7
flag realsam (Feb 24, 2014 at 18:23) (Below Threshold)
 white power
  • + 2
 I negged your white power
  • + 1
 Negged white? Isn't that like bleaching plastic or dividing by zero?
  • - 2
 I just said it so the Canooks don't think I'm racist. Just like they make emasculated comments so that the other wuss countries think they're better than Americans
  • + 2
 Canucks...
  • + 1
 Thanks Gerry! If I'm gonna slam a whole country, I should make sure my vanacular is up to par!
  • + 1
 Hey, best of luck to yea!
  • + 1
 Scary, are you posting on here for fear of getting banned on RM?
  • + 1
 No.Trying to get banned on both at the same time. Seems to be more tender hearts over here so, it should be easy.
You didn't see my TLD zinger on rm? I figured it woulda hurt somebody's feelings by now but , no dice.
I could be losing my touch.
  • + 54
 SVOY?
(Shortest video of the year?)
  • - 9
flag adnan17 (Feb 22, 2014 at 3:09) (Below Threshold)
 NBN
(No buddy,no)
  • + 31
 Jesus...if that were me i would have cased nose-heavy and scorpioned down the trail. Heal up fast Steve!
  • + 12
 On a side note, that was a horrible sound for a bike to make
  • + 29
 Cases. Rides away. WTF?!
  • + 28
 Talk about proper suspension set up. Damn. Get well soon Stevie.
  • + 8
 No doubt! That's the first thing I noticed.
  • + 8
 He didn't even flinch! That's a lot of confidence in your sled
  • + 14
 The way Steve and his bike absorbed that case was absolutely stellar... World class bike and world class rider.
  • + 2
 I know! I expected him to get bucked off big time. So smooth and such a good bike setup.
  • + 15
 I've ridden this part of Thundergoat and holy shit that's a huge gap... the lip is pretty much flat too
  • + 3
 yeah, he pretty much bunny hopped that one
  • + 9
 Anyone else would have had a broken wheel, broken frame, and 3 fractured femurs...
  • + 5
 I love this. "3 fractured femurs" quality comment Haha!!
  • + 4
 Surgery is never good, but at least there are a few months before the WC DH season gets rolling, and also that the result of the case wasn't much worse. Considering his speed and sketchiness of the "takeoff"/"landing", he's lucky it didn't look and sound something like this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SaLA1CyQk8
  • + 3
 That video makes my feet hurt.
  • + 1
 Its less than 8 weeks, not a 'few months'...but he will be fine regardless.
  • + 0
 By definition a few is imprecise, but more than one, so a few months worked for me. However, if you'd prefer i could narrow in and say a couple of months. Oh bother, at less than 8 weeks though that really isn't true either, it's less than that... well, let's settle on several weeks then, shall we? Phew, thank goodness you were there to catch that stik, it is now sorted! Maybe wait til afffffter the morning coffee before you throw up your first post of the day, or perhaps the other side of the bed? Wink

Regardless, you're right, he'll be fine, but I'm not thinking he's super keen that he's going to have to alter his training for the very few weeks remaining before the UCI WC DH season starts. At the tiny margins seperating the top guys this is definitely not good news heading into his 1st overall title defense. The real point of my post was that I'm elated that it wasn't much worse!
  • - 1
 *Separating… shoosh, maybe I should wait a little longer for the morning coffee to kick in!
  • + 7
 Proof that Stevie is in fact human after all. Get well pal.
  • + 2
 OH MAN, you nailed it: " The trolls will never die will they? Keyboard warriors and their 25 wpm mouthing off and giving shit to Steve Smith, who just happens to be the reigning king of downhill. An anal secretion like freeride-forever with pavement crushing pedigree from Trenton, Ontario couldn't touch him even with the short-bus handicap he deserves. Respect your peers or go and make some other website a shitty experience. Tool."
If you're up for a laugh go to his page check out his videos...
  • + 3
 It's not like he's not got the stones to make it, obviously just misjudged.

Who can say that they've never cased even a simple jump you hit all the time? Shit happens, even to the pros
  • + 2
 Ran into the legend himself at a bar in my hometown Thursday night. He mentioned this accident so it's pretty sweet to be able to see a video of it and how he rides it out like a boss. He was on crutches but was confident that he was going to be back in shape to ride soon. Stoked to see him pull a repeat on the WC circuit this season and do all of us from Vancouver Island proud once again. Stevie for the win!
  • + 6
 Initiate healing vibration transmission
  • + 1
 Does anyone know what the injury was.....if it was true what vital mtb said that he needed surgery then my guess is he has done the ligaments in the front of the ankle from forcing his foot up towards the shin causing the talus bone to prise apart the tibia and fibula hence rupturing the ligaments (personal experience here)-this is not a minor injury. I hope it is not the case. Whatever the case get better Stevie.DH/Freerider/XC-who gives a f*ck. You seem a pretty funny laidback guy who shreds.The world cup needs you!
  • + 2
 play it in slomo (or press pause/play over and over) you can see the takeoff is junk, there is no lip, and then pause it midair and you can see just how far that jump is, ridiculous. Who built that nasty thing?
  • + 3
 a foot or two shorter and it may have been a different story. whew! but hey thats freeride!
  • + 1
 To be honest I think he's probably happy to have got away with a broken ankle, could have been a horrendous crash. Glad it's just an ankle, fingers crossed it's only bone and not tendons. Bummer so close to the season.
  • + 0
 yup, I cased a 25 foot gap at Bootleg Canyon on New Year's Eve 2013 and no break just a MAJOR sprain and I am just getting up to 80% functional. Just like my jump, Stevie's jump did not have enough vertical drop combined with not enough speed and the result was coming up short. It sucks!

Heal fast Stevie!
  • + 4
 Heal up fast dude! you got more massacring to do!
  • + 3
 my friend took a pretty good bail today aha www.pinkbike.com/video/351903/#top
  • + 1
 Dang... hope he is ok
  • + 1
 Shit that's an typical Saturday morning for me. Gotta have one or two of those to shake the cobwebs loose.
  • + 1
 ya hes ok
  • + 4
 I have a crappy feeling that he hurt his dick!
  • - 1
 no little stevies running around, no!! haha
  • + 4
 doubt it, his massive brass balls saved it...
  • + 4
 Such a stupid jump . Why even bother, poor guy
  • + 2
 That black box suspended Wilson certainly handled the case quite nicely, a lesser bike and rider would not have been as fortunate.
  • - 13
flag WAKIdesigns (Feb 22, 2014 at 4:44) (Below Threshold)
 But if he was jumping a Demo, then thanks to shorter stays there would be no case to begin with.
  • + 3
 He flat landed you douche.
  • + 5
 Shorter stays would make no difference.
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Feb 22, 2014 at 7:56) (Below Threshold)
 Seriously?
  • + 0
 HaHa, too funny!!!.... but seriously, the Wilson rear end is plenty short, 430mm, only 10mm longer than a stock Demo and 10mm shorter than Gwin's Demo, short enough for a DH bike, and shorter stays would've made no difference on that landing.... but he sucked it up, didn't get bounced, and rode out of it, despite the torn ankle, which is the point of my original comment. Hopefully Steve heels up well in time for World Cups, I'm rooting for him and looking forward to seeing what he's got this year.
  • + 0
 I was joking... thank you... now jokes aside a d Wilsons CS... Whaaaaaaat?! No freaking way! I just checked it! So basicaly... Everyone was giving sht to Spec and Gwin for Demos chainstay and saying it should look like in Session or V10 while World Cup winning bike is more than half way towards Demo?! I am quite pissed off on my self for trusting idiots again... anyways, good luck to Stevie and I wish him most of all things, so he gets as little btchn as possible. People always throw crap at reining champions. Same people cheering for him last year will sharpen their teeth everytime Stevie won't be on top of the podium just like they did with Gee and Aaron.
  • - 1
 People aren't pissed at Gwin for riding a Demo, they're pissed at him because he got a new bike and a few months later added 19mm to the CS, basically changing completely how a demo works. That move really made Gwin look like a sell-out.
  • + 5
 Heal quick mang
  • + 3
 This guy^^^ got negged for saying "heal quick"
So dumb
  • + 2
 Mang gets neg rep "Neg"er....Wink
  • + 0
 Cuz that hurts somebody's feelings?
  • + 3
 Stevie!!! your our only hope, heal strong and heal fast buddy
  • + 2
 That"s not a case. Most people use the term "case" incorrectly. Do i have to explain? "Came up short" is more like it.
  • + 3
 Only Stevie can make a case look some what good
  • + 2
 MTB is so pussy. I could do that when i was 12. watch everyone give me thumbs down.
  • + 2
 Vitalmtb said he was rushed into immediate surgery, and this says he is ok. Which is it?
  • + 3
 His Facebook post said that he was flying home for surgery.
  • + 1
 hes probably rushing into surgery to get healed as soon as possible for race season
  • + 3
 Stevie cases like a boss.
  • + 3
 Wonder what possessed him to try and hit that crappy jump.
  • + 1
 Ride as fast as possible!We all know Zink's crash in 2012 Red Bull Rampage.At the same time,Zink lost his way in Gobi Desert.Fast,Smith!
  • + 2
 Still rides it out, like a Boss.
  • + 3
 That's not very enduro
  • + 1
 May i ask why he needs to heal when he rode it out? edit, i now see, didnt read the ankle bit
  • + 1
 But he rode it off! His bike might need the surgery though.. Man's a boss. Didn't even wiggle. Heal up Stevie (and bikey).
  • + 1
 Lets hope this really isn't that serious! He left back home to have surgery right away...
  • + 1
 Love the guy but what the hell was he doing jumping that prior to Race Season?
  • + 3
 It's called 'practice' in some countries...
  • + 1
 Dude. I'm the biggest Stevie fan there is but that jump was insane and that was beyond practice. There's no jump in World Cup Racing that big.
  • + 2
 That's mad that he rode it out
  • + 1
 Adrenaline is bliss till your off the bike then the pain is hell.
  • + 2
 That run-in looks crap. Lunatic.
  • + 1
 That dreaded feeling when your just about to land and you realize your screwed...
  • + 3
 Thungergoat!!!!!!
  • + 2
 None of the articles say where, thanks for clarifying.
  • - 1
 ncipperly-You don't have the middle femur? Bummer
  • + 1
 Vital's post said he (Stevie) was headed home for surgery immediately.
Hope they are wrong.
  • + 2
 thats what his FB said
  • + 3
 Get Well Steve!
  • + 1
 "oh Canada " Stevie get healthy
  • + 1
 i guess geeman was smiling when he saw this one...
  • + 1
 healing vibes, Stevie, fuck haters.
  • + 1
 That's a jump?!?! holy shit balls man! RESPECT.
  • + 1
 Stevie you got this.........
  • + 1
 The case noise wasn't his bike, it was his ankle....
  • + 1
 Best case I have ever seen.
  • + 1
 Bummer, jump not worth it. But gutsy try i guess....
  • + 1
 He's gonna need a case for that lawyer... wait what...
  • + 1
 He's gonna have to try it again when he's better! then post that video.
  • + 1
 landing flat is super stoking.
  • + 1
 so he is just a mere mortal, just like us...
  • + 1
 really hard landing
  • + 1
 who cares?
  • + 0
 CLACK, your toasts are ready!
  • + 0
 Was that a Troy?
  • + 1
 Yes, that's a Troy with a Boxxer on it...
  • + 0
 Honestly didn't notice, at that speed it just looked like short travel.
  • + 0
 Pretty much positive that wasn't a Troy actually... Definatley a Wilson
  • + 2
 who cares?!
  • + 0
 See ya later suspension
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