The Steve Smith Bike Park Looks Amazing - Opening Day

Aug 10, 2017 at 10:09
by Fraser Britton  


The last time a big chunk of Canada's gravity powered cycling community took a ferry together, the atmosphere was subdued. There were tears and there was lowered voices as everyone made the 90 minute trip across the Strait of Georgie to Vancouver Island. Yesterday, another heavy crew assembled to make the same trip but this time it was to celebrate a community coming together to create a legacy instead of to say goodbye. The sombre mood from just over a year ago was replaced with big smiles and loud jokes. Button up shirts were left behind as riding kits and XC lids were the outfits of choice.

Forget the world cup wins, the Canadian championships or that "what-ifs". This bike park will be Stevie's legacy. Not only will the talent it helps create keep the Canadian team strong in the future, but it gives the kids of Nanaimo a safe place to ride their bikes and put their energy towards something constructive that will keep them out of trouble.

Consisting of 3 dirt jump lines, 2 massive asphalt pump tracks and even a mulch jump, it's the largest skills park of it's kinda in North America. The numbers that went into the construction are staggering.

The 2 pump tracks are over 2500 square meters in size, with an advanced track with lines galore, and a smaller kids beginner track next to it. Claudio Caluori and Velosolutions put their heart and soul into this build over the last month, and it shows. Over 260 tons of asphalt have been carefully manicured one wheelbarrow load at a time (3250 of them!) into bicycle artwork.

Donations from the entire community, along with the Steve Smith Memorial Fund as well as the City of Nanaimo all came together to fund the construction of Stevie's dream. Considering the speed at which government normally works, the year in planning it took to make this a reality is impressive.

The Dirt jumps were built by Island native Jordie Lunn, with help from Darren Berrecloth. They threw dirt for weeks to shape the Alpine Bike Parks designed lines to near perfection. Wooden lips on the more advanced jumps will make sure they keep their shape for a long time to come.

What better way to celebrate the opening of a bike park than to give away some bikes to underprivileged kids? Pinkbike's Share the Ride worked with Gabe Fox to give away 26 bicycles to deserving kids from around Nanaimo during the opening ceremony. GT Bicycles, Norco, and Devinci all stepped up to support this. Fox Head provided fresh helmets and the RCMP was there to register their new bikes in their anti theft program.

What a day, and what a way to honour Stevie's legacy.


Tiann Smith Stevie s mom sports the only headwear appropriate for the opening of a bike park built in the memory of someone nicknamed the Chainsaw.
Tianna Smith, Stevie's mom, sports the only headwear appropriate for the opening of a bike park built in the memory of someone nicknamed the Chainsaw.

Forget ribbon cuttings THIS is how you open a bike park.
Forget ribbon cuttings; THIS is how you open a bike park.

Bill McKay mayor of Nanaimo speaks to the assembled crowd during the opening ceremony.
Bill McKay, mayor of Nanaimo, speaks to the assembled crowd during the opening ceremony.
Michelle Corfield addresses the crowd at the opening ceremony. As one of the main organizers behind the Legacy Fund as well as a close family friend Michelle moved mountains to make this come together.
Michelle Corfield addresses the crowd at the opening ceremony. As one of the main organizers behind the Legacy Fund, as well as a close family friend, Michelle moved mountains to make this come together.

Builder s privilege. Jordie Lunn put in the blood sweat and tears to build these jumps he gets to lead in the celebrity train.
Builder's privilege. Jordie Lunn put in the blood sweat and tears to build these jumps, he gets to lead in the celebrity train.

Mark Wallace was all smiles today as he got to put wheels to dirt on his best friend s legacy.
Mark Wallace was all smiles today as he got to put wheels to dirt on his best friend's legacy.

Jordie Lunn can do more than just shape the dirt he can also throw some shapes.
Jordie Lunn can do more than just shape the dirt, he can also throw some shapes.

Ratboy headed straight from the jumps to the ice cream truck. With 30c temps and forest fire smoke heavy in the air it s no wonder this truck was doing brisk business
Ratboy headed straight from the jumps to the ice cream truck. With 30c+ temps and forest fire smoke heavy in the air, it's no wonder this truck was doing brisk business!

More stoked kids just wishing the adults would stop talking so that they can drop in.
More stoked kids, just wishing the adults would stop talking so that they can drop in.

Recently a proud father Darren Berrecloth went straight into dad mode and was all smiles helping this recipient of a Share the Ride bike get settled into life behind bars.
Recently a proud father, Darren Berrecloth went straight into dad mode and was all smiles helping this recipient of a Share the Ride bike get settled into life behind bars.

Your tattooed giant teddy bear of a dirt wizard.
Your tattooed, giant teddy bear of a dirt wizard.

Start em young and you create champions.
Start 'em young and you create champions.

Leave it to Jackson Goldstone to be a ham.
Leave it to Jackson Goldstone to be a ham.

Josh Bryceland was all smiles as the wheels hit the dirt and things got underway.
Josh Bryceland was all smiles as the wheels hit the dirt and things got underway.

Steve Smith is my Co-pilot. This kid wins best T shirt of the day.
Steve Smith is my Co-pilot. This kid wins best T shirt of the day.

A heavy crew of Canada s best gravity riders as well as a few foreign ones made the trip over to the Island for the grand opening of the Steve Smith Bike Park.
A heavy crew of Canada's best gravity riders as well as a few foreign ones made the trip over to the Island for the grand opening of the Steve Smith Bike Park.

Details abound everywhere you look there was a reminder about who s dream this was.
Details abound, everywhere you look there was a reminder about who's dream this was.
The details are everywhere.
The details are everywhere.

Steve Smith Bike Park Sign
Steve Smith Bike Park Sign
Steve Smith Bike Park Sign

With his shirt reading Steve Smith is my Co-pilot this little guy was sending it all afternoon.
With his shirt reading Steve Smith is my Co-pilot, this little guy was sending it all afternoon.

Brook MacDonald showing that it s not only the little kids who were having fun
Brook MacDonald showing that it's not only the little kids who were having fun!
Pumptrack is serious business.
Pumptrack is serious business.

Get yours now. All proceeds to The Steve Smith Legacy Fund.
Get yours now. All proceeds to The Steve Smith Legacy Fund.
There was plenty of free food and water on hand thanks to local grocers donating supplies.
There was plenty of free food and water on hand thanks to local grocers donating supplies.

Sam Hill makes some kids or maybe their father stoked with a couple of autographs.
Sam Hill makes some kids (or maybe their father) stoked with a couple of autographs.

A big crew of Canada s best and a few of Stevie s friends from around the world along with his Mom Tiann and sister Kara.
A big crew of Canada's best and a few of Stevie's friends from around the world along with his Mom Tianna and sister Kara.



68 Comments

  • + 217
 So freaking awesome! LOVE this. Seeing all those people smiling and having fun in Stevie's memory- way to go biking community!
  • + 33
 Yeah! That last photo with Stevie's ma with the biggest grin, sends goosebumps all over! :-) well done to everyone that's had anything to do with this! Brilliant work!

The lad with the winning T-shirt also looks super stylish in the air too, is he the future or what?!!! :-)
  • + 85
 Brought tears to my eyes, Stevie would be proud ! #longlivechainsaw
  • + 4
 yup......
  • + 1
 Thanks to all who attended and others behind the scenes... and Pinkbike for the great spread & pics.
  • + 34
 Ratboys hair is the real fuckin deal.
  • + 7
 And his socks (last pic)...for the love of god get him a new pair of Stevie socks
  • + 10
 Had a blast riding there yesterday! Time to buy a dj bike I suppose!

Also, no mention of Bill McLean (a star of the movie builder) and the massive amount of effort he put into the jumps alongside Jordie Lunn and Darren Berrecloth??
  • + 4
 Yes!
  • + 9
 Went to the opening. It was incredibly well attended and the amount of riders sending it on this opening day was crazy. There were tykes on run bikes all the way up to middle aged riders. Massive success and huge props to all those who made this happen. This is something really special for this community and everyone knows how lucky we are to have this incredible gift. Thanks to Stevie and all those who worked so hard on this.
  • + 9
 Damn that little chainsaw on Tianna's gold chain really got me!!LONGLIVECHAINSAW!
  • + 9
 Legends never die. #longlivechainsaw
  • + 6
 Nice timing (intentional or not) for it to be somewhat close to Crankworx and having a bunch of the pros around and available to help ignite the stoke for what looks like amazing bike park
  • + 6
 Cool to see who showed up to support.
  • + 8
 Looks perfect
  • + 8
 Beautiful
  • + 5
 Went with my 3 year old yesterday to the opening. Way too cool. Kudos for incorporating share the ride as well, that made me get a wee bit teary!
  • + 3
 This is incredibly cool! I was literally brought to tears while scrolling through these pics...such a beautiful thing to leave behind for everyone else who shares Steve's passion, and to further add to his supreme legacy in the cycling world! I've never been biking outside of Texas, but I sincerely hope I'll be able to visit and shred there someday! #longlivechainsaw
  • + 7
 This is what real community looks like.
  • + 3
 I watched Colin's live stream and got teary when Tianna opened the park with the chainsaw. I gotta go up and check out the park one day soon...looks amazing!
  • + 3
 Now THAT'S how you open the Stevie Smith bike park, with a chainsaw. Thank you Tianna. You're like Stevie, awesome, bloody awesome! Thank you.
  • + 1
 Simply amazing. Great to see great parks being built. A little annoyed that the local bike park where Iive, the council won't even seal the shuttle road, let alone help build awesome jump lines etc. You must cherish having an MTB friendly council because they are few and far between.
  • + 4
 Steve was a local and we are really proud to say he was from here as he was proud to say the same we miss him and it was his dream to help kids to get into this amazing sport and we'll what better way to tribute a legend then build a bike Park named after him #longlivechainsaw
  • + 14
 We were lucky to have friends who knew how to get things done....it also didn't hurt that Steve's sister, Kara, used to work with the mayor...lol
  • + 1
 @Stevesmom: Kudos to you and everyone that made this possible! It's unbelievable that we have this in Nanaimo and I look forward to my kids growing up using the park.
  • + 1
 @Stevesmom I knew Steve through mutual friends and every time we hung out he always made everyone laugh that's just how he was. THANK YOU for being the amazing mother you are and for the fantastic job you did raising Steve he was an amazing guy even though I didn't hang out with him all the time I still considered him to be one of my friends.
  • + 5
 This is so good!!! I'm not crying, you're crying!
  • + 1
 I can just picture myself as a 10 year old at this. An amazing new bike park in my town.... and then getting to ride with all my heroes. There's the Bear! There's the Rat.......Dad, let's go talk to the Bull Dog! Best day of my life.
  • + 4
 You live, you die. Enjoy the riding in between... #longlivechainsaw
  • + 4
 Long live chainsaw! This place looks amazing I want to visit
  • + 1
 Jeebus. Heartstrings...definitely going to dedicate a lap to him @ Crankworx. Was nothing but an insanely great guy the few times I had the honor of meeting him.
  • + 3
 Just got a little something in my eye there for a second.
  • + 1
 I manage a shop under 2km away. I suck at dirt jumps but it's great I can get some practice before and after work everyday. long live chainsaw
  • + 2
 Wonderful work! Thanks for doing this everyone involved. Can't wait to ride this park soon!
  • + 4
 It's a beautiful thing
  • + 1
 This is huge, not only for Steve Smith's family but the community as a whole. Those pictures of his mom smiling are the best.
  • + 2
 Bikers' legs, you know someone will have bloody shins.
  • + 1
 This is awesome to see. Shows what a strong community the mountain bike community is. #longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 Epic. Plus , so happy for guys like brendog , Josh , Hill , Illes that attended. Wish more pro's showed up though.
  • + 1
 a good example how people should be!!!!!!!!!!! Thx to everybody who donated something. longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 So bummed I had to work opening day. Hopefully get up there to shred ( in my lack luster way) some time soon!
  • + 1
 Steves mom , the mayor and pros ....sorry cant see the screen somthin in my eyes. Bike luv.
  • + 2
 Some video footage from this would be nice to see as well Smile
  • + 2
 Wow! This is so amazing. Great job everyone involved!!
  • + 2
 This is really the best way to honor Steve. So good to see. Ride on Bro.
  • + 2
 So epic! Long live Chainsaw!!
  • + 2
 looks amazing there can't wait to ride it!
  • + 3
 legit!
  • + 3
 #longlivechainsaw!
  • + 2
 Fantastic, can't wait to ride their with my kids.
  • + 1
 This is great wish I could've gone maybe on the weekend where can I get the socks other than online
  • + 2
 Got all the feels going right now.
  • + 2
 Can't wait to ride there
  • + 2
 Soooo much YES!
  • + 1
 Hope the British Columbia smoke clears. Might move to Nanaimo.
  • + 1
 This is awesome! What a fitting tribute!
  • + 2
 My heart is full of joy.
  • + 1
 Awwwww yeaaaah!
  • + 1
 Awesome, just awesome!
  • + 1
 awesome.
  • + 1
 So rad, great work all!
  • + 1
 ❤️
  • + 1
 Woooow! this is heaven!
  • + 1
 #longlivechainsaw

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