After a couple of years away from the Dunbar Summer Series BC Cups, I had the opportunity to spend the weekend at the Steve Smith Memorial DH at Mt. Washington last weekend. I was standing in the rain at the finish line, wishing I had any number of warmer clothing items and any plan to keep my camera dry, when Brett Tippie asked me on the mic what it was about mountain biking that would bring me out in these conditions. I didn't even have to think about the answer - "community," I replied. And when it comes to this race, in particular, Rob Venables, owner of Dunbar Cycles and avid support of the local downhill race scene, hits the nail on the head when he says, "Steve [Smith] has provided a race environment for kids to grow up in that is amazing. He's built a community around the race scene and for a lot of these people, it's their second family. And that sense of belonging and sense of community has allowed them to flourish as athletes and people. He's done something bigger than I think he even set out to do. He's created a family for a lot of these guys which is the coolest thing."
This isn't a race report. This is a celebration of Steve and all those who continue in his memory. #longlivechainsaw.Video | Max Berkowitz
Photos and Words | Danielle Baker
Donations to the Steve Smith Legacy Fund aimed at helping the next generation of young rippers reach the podium can be made here.