Cheers to the Chainsaw

May 13, 2016 at 3:13
by Scott Secco  


CHEERS TO THE CHAINSAW



bigquotesHe's got big aims he's going for, he wants number one in the world. Who knows, you know it could be anyone. Some days I look at him and think, ''Wow, he's from Cassidy.''


Tiann Smith - Seasons

An inspiration to us all Stevie Smith R.I.P.


The maple leaf on his left shoulder marked him as Canadian national champ, but he would have held that title in our hearts regardless.

Stevie Smith was born November 25, 1989, in Cassidy, British Columbia and passed away May 10, 2016, in Nanaimo. He is Canada’s most successful downhiller of all-time: winner of the UCI World Cup overall title in 2013, four individual World Cup race wins, World Championship silver and bronze medals, multiple Canadian National Championships, and numerous Crankworx victories. But he was so much more to us than a trophy case full of Gold; he was one of us, a guy who just loved to ride his bike and became the best in the world at it.




Stevie was introduced to most of us through his video segment in Seasons. We met a fresh-faced, gap-toothed, 17-year-old boy and his mother, Tiann Smith. That segment captured Tiann's sacrifice as a single mom, and the love and pride with which she nurtured Stevie's riding talent. Over the years we watched as he cut through the ranks with an aggressive style that earned him the nickname ''The Canadian Chainsaw Massacre'' while maintaining the same small town humility we first saw in Seasons.

Everyone who met him has a Stevie story, a moment which could speak to his deep competitive fire, his humour, or his kindness. He always made time for fans, and we repaid him by screaming at our computers as he chased a World Cup title, cringed when injuries ravaged his 2014/15 campaigns, and laughed at his videos with Ian Morrison. He was a global ambassador for Vancouver Island, proof that anyone could make it out of their hometown and on to the podium with enough hard work and dedication. He was a professional athlete who acted as a brother to riders everywhere. A boy who made his mother proud.


Stevie Smith looking extra fast at 1 8th of a second. His shadow is hardly able to keep up.


Growing up on Vancouver Island meant Stevie was more than just a celebrity in magazines and movies. He was one of the guys, a fixture at Mt. Prevost, Tzouhalem, and Doumont. He was the reason I started following World Cup racing, getting up at 4 a.m. to watch as he mercilessly slaughtered tracks around the globe. My first time filming with him came during Crankworx 2012: I had never seen anyone ride that fast in person before and to this day will never forget the sound of his bike through the last big rock garden on the Canadian Open - he was so smooth it was eerily quiet. Stevie would win his first World Cup one month later, in Norway.

The last time I shot with him came in July 2015 when I filmed with Stevie and Mark Wallace on Blackcomb in Whistler. The trails were dusty, and Mark was riding in front of Stevie, smothering him with dust as he followed. Stevie was completely choked out and riding blind on almost every shot but just laughed it off, ‘’Guess I should have brought goggles!’’ At the first World Cup this season Stevie was 2nd and Mark finished 8th. I think Stevie's legacy will be carried on by Mark and the next generation of young riders at Prevost; mentored by Stevie, motivated by the knowledge that a Canadian can be #1.

I could never understand sports fanatics who'd watch every game and agonize over wins and losses - until I met Stevie. He raced to win but never let his competitiveness get in the way of being a genuinely nice person. Cheers to the Chainsaw, thanks for tearing it up for us all on race day.


O Canada.

bigquotes It would be cool to have someone from Canada be at the top with Sam Hill and Steve Peat.


Stevie Smith, age 17


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163 Comments

  • 498 3
 Stevie was my biggest inspiration, both in bike riding and in living life - I never had the pleasure of meeting or knowing him but I'm absolutely devastated and in disbelief that he has passed. If I can learn anything from this it's that life is too short not to send it just a bit more on the trail, to have that cheeky grin on your face as you charge through life, to take your health and training seriously, and to enjoy + cherish every second of life outdoors.

Rest in peace Stevie, I sincerely thank you for everything you've unknowingly done for me.
  • 68 1
 great post! it's good to see a heartfelt, well written post like this as the top comment rather than a random barrage of meaningless hashtags. I hope others follow suit. I love hearing peoples stories of encounters and the philosophies they gained from Stevie's life.
  • 97 1
 I handed my IPAD to my wife with tears after I watched the tribute video...I said to her, "I don't know why I'm crying as I've never met him but I've just been following him so closely since the Seasons segment nearly 10 years ago". There was just something so tangible about Stevie and how he carried himself and pushed so hard. He was such a positive energy and someone you really wanted to pull for.
  • 8 1
 I'm going to print this and put it up to my wall. So true.
  • 21 1
 "If I can learn anything from this it's that life is too short not to send it just a bit more on the trail, to have that cheeky grin on your face as you charge through life, to take your health and training seriously, and to enjoy + cherish every second of life outdoors."
I love this sentiment and endeavor to use it through the rest of my life. Thanks Global & thank you Stevie RIP.
  • 21 1
 Hijacking a top spot: Any word on the guy who proposed the ghost-run for Stevie at either the next race or at MSA?

Really want that to happen. I was tearing up just reading what he envisioned for Stevie, esp the part about his name appearing on the time/score board.
  • 3 0
 I feel just like that. Cant describe it. R.I.P Stevie Smith!
  • 5 1
 the good die young. r.i.p. stevie
  • 13 0
 @mayha49: you're not the only one bro, i was the same, never met the guy but watched his segment in seasons & followed his progression to become wc champion & his injuries the following seasons & was stoked on his comeback this season. even though i never knew him personally i think through the magic of media i felt like i did in a way & when i read the news i shed a few tears for another fallen brother of ours. cheers stevie!
  • 2 0
 well said bud. very cruel world sometimes. rip stevie
  • 4 0
 Great words @global747. You managed to perfectly capture what I, and probably many others, did not quite know how to say.
  • 1 0
 This is a tough year for all of the off road cycling/mtb world. As I look at life and reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly... It really brings into perspective how fragile and timely our human life is on the grand scale. Enjoy each and every day with your loved ones, friends, family, and fellow riders. Godspeed...
  • 1 0
 Steve represented who Canadians really are deep inside. We work hard, give the shirts off our backs if we could to someone and laugh at a constant daily rate.
  • 135 2
 Any Canadian, mountain biker or otherwise, should be proud of the way Stevie represented our Country.
  • 12 0
 That's the truth!
  • 13 0
 We certainly are.
  • 118 0
 I'm not Canadian (wish I was sometimes,) but I'm proud of the way he represented humanity.
  • 2 0
 That humble attitude should everyone have.. Never heard so many fine stories as the last couple of days. A true LEGEND!
  • 118 0
 My 5 year old boy needed to go to school last year as a famous person. He chose Stevie Smith. We made him a jersey after Stevie's 2013 winning jersey. A few days later I sent Steve a picture of my boy dressed like him with the story. He took the time to reply and it made me like him even more and it meant the world to my boy. We live within site of Mt. Prevost and I will think of him everytime I look up.
  • 88 1
 Thank you @scottsecco,

I had the pleasure of meeting Stevie in Port Angeles, WA. He spent a good deal of time talking about racing, technique, life in the off season, and was genuinely interested in my life, and what I did. He really took a liking to my new XL Wilson, and gave it his blessing by sprinkling some water on it waving his hand over it. I had the greatest racing season of my life after that. He inspired me train hard, trust my equipment, stay youthful, and gave me great advice that I use every time I ride. He really was a super special human being. The world needs more like Stevie. I will miss cheering for him on race day.

Thanks again, Scott. That was awesome.
  • 70 1
 Very nice. I am 50 year old guy who mtb on Vancouver Island. Never met him. Not sure why his passing is have such an effect on me. But it is. RIP Steve
  • 11 0
 Hopefully we gained a WC fan!
  • 13 0
 I feel the same way brother. I'm 30. I have two kids. Thinking that somebody younger than me when I still feel like I have so much to do, saddens me. There is something about him. Crazy really, it's almost as if I'm sad that I'm gonna miss out on something special. Watching world Cup will will definitely not be the same... I fact, I don't think it ever will. It's funny, I was thinking... last year I saw him in line at whistler opening day with Darren Berrecloth and a few other boys from devinci. I was like "damn, I should challenge him to a race"... but I punked out. I was thinking if I cross paths with him this year, I gotta do it... Now I will never have the chance to get royaly smashed by Stevie Smith... that's like picking a fight with Anderson Silva. You know your not gonna win, but at least you can say you did it. RIP brother. I wish I took the opportunity to shake your hand when I had the chance.
  • 5 0
 For sure. Even down here in Washington St. we have felt represented by him internationally. He had that true NW spirit. Saw him at Chankworks a few years ago. He put off a genuine positive attitude even from a distance. LongLiveChainSaw.
  • 64 0
 hope his mum is coping ok through this sad time, after watching the seasons segment she must of been so very proud of her sons achievements, rip steve
  • 12 0
 if you look back on the pb archives, Stevie did an 'ask me anything' after his winning the overall DHWc on 2013, half of the questions where related to his awesome mom, she even made a pb account and answered some questions, you could tell she was indeed very proud
  • 1 0
 Link for the lazy?
  • 145 1
 I am doing ok....considering. I am doing what Steve would want...being strong. I find reading all the posts about him very comforting...some bring a tear to my eye, but that is ok. He was well loved...what more could a mother ask for.
  • 14 0
 @Stevesmom: Didn't know him. So wish I did. Followed him incessantly. An inspiration of how to live life. You raised a Champion. My heart and thoughts are with you.
  • 14 0
 @Stevesmom:
steve was/is/will always be an awesome human being, because you are an awesome human being.
he was well loved, well liked, and a hero/role model for soooo many kids in this country and around the world.

steve and yourself are world class in so many ways.
  • 8 0
 @Stevesmom:
After hearing about Kelly McGarry and Dave Mirra back in February, I was contemplating creating a tribute but I had no idea what to do.
Then a couple of days ago I was re-watching Stevie's Seasons segment, and thinking about how terrible you must be feeling at the moment. So I got an idea. Here's the result.
I hope this eases the pain, even if just a little.
www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156933264680615&set=a.10156506879940615.1073741837.518230614&type=3&theater

Different link, in case the facebook one doesn't work:
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  • 6 0
 @Stevesmom: I had the pleasure of meeting your son at the 2013 Fort William world cup. I have looked up to, and supported Steve for years and it was a dream to run into him as I walked through the pits carrying the Canadian flag. We shared a few short words and a mutual "f*ckin 'eh". I will never forget that moment.

Your son was an amazing person and I hope you can find some strength in that your son's legacy will live on forever in the hearts of the biking world. I will be at Fort William again this year in support of your son and Canada. From the bottom my heart Tiann, thank you for giving us the role model that Steve will always be. #longlivechainsaw.
  • 5 0
 @Stevesmom: watching the seasons video section, I am so happy to realize that he made his (your) dream a reality.
  • 8 0
 @Stevesmom: That got me chocked up Mom...

Big, huge embrace from theriding community????❤️????????
  • 3 0
 @Stevesmom Your son did you proud. I'm writing this from Sheffield, England. I never met Stevie, but his smile and attitude touched a lot of people here. He seemed like a truly great young man. I am deeply sorry for your loss. The world lost another good one this year.
  • 3 0
 @Stevesmom: he wad a huge influence. He made it to the top and is recognized as being one of the all time greats. Be proud knowing how much you played a part in helping him live life to its fullest and spreading that joy, ethic, and drive on to others.
  • 3 0
 @Stevesmom: I didn't know your son, like so many on here, but I don't think that matters; if anything it is a testament to Steve that so many people, of all ages, around the whole world, have been moved by this.

To me, mountain biking seems to be a good metaphor for what we should be doing in life, and Steve is one of a chosen few who truly embodied that. We saw the best of ourselves in him, and he made us want to be better because of it. We loved him for that, and we love you for helping him become the man he was.

We're all thinking of you and your family.
  • 2 0
 @Stevesmom: Wish you all the best. As a parent, It hurts to imagine what you must be going though. My thoughts are with you, and I hope that you're able to find comfort and happiness as time goes on.
  • 60 2
 #longlivethechainsaw Heaven, your trails are no longer safe.
  • 8 0
 That one got me right in the feels man.
  • 44 2
 Devinci, I vote your next DH bike is called Tiann.
  • 71 0
 Think it should be the Devinci Chainsaw. It'd make sense...
  • 14 0
 And it would also sound awesome.

Just can't take it in really, these top guys to me seem immortal, they are a higher being. To hear this tragic news just doesn't make sense? Still hasn't sunk in.
  • 5 0
 or chainsaw
  • 23 3
 The problem with us humans is that there will always be a dick who will say DeVinci capitalizes on Stevies death. The great thing about us humans is that some of us would never feel right about naming a bike like that. I'd say leave it alone, I can see too many ways this could go wrong and the best thing DeVinci can do is to keep on doing great bikes, while for us is to ride any bike and take the best of it, or just drop it. Don't ride for Stevie, ride for yourself, don't buy a bike be ause of Stevie or some other artificial external motivation. Buy a bike if you need one. If you can truly achieve that, I bet he'd like you. Ride for yourseld and everyone will be happy Big Grin
  • 14 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Call it Chainsaw and donate a large portion of the profits to his legacy fund. Stevie was all about supporting developing riders so it would be a great way to honour his life.
  • 4 0
 @WAKIdesigns: that is the best post I have read by you. I agree 100%. We all know how he won that air DH on that Troy he made infamous. Even MBAction did a spread on it last month. Just buy a Troy and we will all know the meaning behind that lust worthy frame.

Rest In Peace Mr. Smith.....Kelly's got yer bike tuned and ready to drop in.
Respect to his mom.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns:
I always wanted to ride a DeVinci bike because of Stevie, now i feel like I need a DeVinci bike because of Stevie. I feel like looking at one in the garage and shredding will help me in some way, like he's closer to being here.
  • 4 3
 Sorry guys that's same sort of mental masturbation rubbish that comes out of my stupid head every day. I talked sht after deaths of other guys because I cannot get how so many people can relate to death of a guy whom they never met and then they project those emotions on anyone who dares to say anything that is not in tune with everyone. I felt how people almost got relief from being able to release that loss created anger and tossing sht at a guy who had something else to say than just condolences. I met Stevie twice and I've seen his mom on the video I can totally relate to this tragedy then. I feel touched. If Troy Brosnan died I'd be devastated since I talked to him and his parents. So no worries I am the same piece of narcisisstic shit with verbal diarrhea. Look it almost lookslike I want someone to tell me I'm cool. Too much self retrospection. Cheers!
  • 25 2
 Fuck man...been out of the biking scene for a few weeks and come back to this news. First I though he was injured or health issues are forcing him to quit DH. Then I read on and realized he'd passed. Head hurt from the emotions and the tears welling up...and my old concussion injury too probably. Had a close call in a rock section just recently and..........after hearing this I'm deciding to take it way easier, and not buy that motorbike I've been looking at. Still gonna do what I love, just tone it down a bit. HATE hearing this news, just not right. Every time I hear of someone passing I think of me leaving my 13 yr old boy as if it happened to me. Gut wrenching, love everyone in your life everyday cause this shit happens too soon sometimes. Love ya Stevie...RIP bro.
  • 21 1
 Thank you Stevie, and thank you mom for raising such a great and unselfish young man. You are obviously the unsung hero behind his success and character. Your sacrifice of doing and believing in him to chase his dreams.. My heart and prayers goes out to your family and close friends, and this is not a cliche, but your sons upbringing, character, perseverance, tenacity, and integrity has created a deep finger print in the lives of many, and he will honestly never be forgotten-- a true inspiration, a true face to mountain biking, and a true face to humanity. I'm genuinely gutted inside, though I never knew him closely, but that just speaks of how far his sphere of influence reached people. My impression of Stevie: ANYTIME I would hear the mention of his name, his smile is what would first subconsciously come to my mind before his riding. His riding was just a vehicle to display his personality, an asset to humanity. Again, thank you Stevie and thank you mother Smile Stevie really did awesome.
  • 18 1
 So sad to see someone great die young. There is something very sobering about seeing those who function at the pinnacle of human capacity cut down by the limitations of that very same humanity. I love that segment and song. The lyrics are pretty poignant now, a decade later. I'd say mission accomplished:

I'll be a killer whale when I grow up
I'll be a vulture
I'll be an animal
A carnivore
I'll be a monster
Clenching my jagged jaws
Over the capture
I'll be a killer whale when I grow up
I'll be a tidal wave when I grow up
Crashing on harbours
I'll be a tempermental element
A raging water
I'll be a perfect storm swallowing over
I'll be a killer whale when I grow up
I'll be a monster
I'll be a hurricane when I grow up
An ugly thunder
I'll be a forest fire about to flood
Over an empire
I'll be an avalanche chewing its rupture
I'll be a killer whale when I grow up
I'll be a monster
I'll be a killer whale
  • 3 0
 I was thinking the same thing the other day listen to those lyrics! Rip it up this weekend everyone!!!
  • 16 0
 The first in person time I meet Stevie was at one of the bc cup races, I was managing coaching wrenching a 12 person race team also racing myself. Stevie just got into the parking lot an only had minutes to get his mandatory training run done an his bike still had be back together. I told him to come over to my race truck full of tools an we get his bike together for his run an so we did.
Years past an last year me an my wife went to Fort William for my 40th b day, one of the wc courses I've been wanting to see an ride. I talked to Peaty Greg an Stevie got them all to sign my old race jersey. Both me an my wife were having lunch an Stevie was right across the table for us an the chatting began. Talking about racing his favourite course home an just life in general. I never asked if he remembered me helping with his bike way back, but he did comment on how awesome it was that me an my wife were riding all over Scotland an coming to watch there wc.
I will never forget our talk an the smiles he does. This week I was completely gutted with the news of Stevie. My heart goes deeply to his mom that raise such a good person an his closest friends an to those that will miss him so deeply...
No matter where you are Stevie you are still #1 to us.... I will always remember you
RIP CHAINSAW.....
  • 16 1
 I never knew Stevie Smith. I have no right to call him Stevie, or even Steve- as he would have been called by everybody had he grown older. But He amazed me.

Years ago, I was caught unawares as I put in a DVD called Seasons. This mountain bike movie, however, was different. I liked every guy who came on the screen. The producers seemed concerned not just with the big results- but with the big personalities. They seemed to have an eye on the Heroes of the sport.

A little kid from Canada stuck out- whose loving Mom drove him to take turns down the mountains of their small town on Vancouver Island. I remember vividly her musings in a little Suzuki about how maybe her son would be the first of their family to leave the island- that was where they were all from.

Steve Smith rampaged like a good boy ought to. And years later, re-watching the movie, we saw how the riders leaned through corners and downloaded the songs from iTunes. We laughed at their puny bikes and recalled the results of each competitor in the subsequent years. Results unknown to the boys speaking into the cameras about what they hoped would happen.

I did not know Stevie Smith. But I know he inspired me. He was a kid from a small town with big dreams- whose mother loved him and hoped nothing more than for him to be the Greatest at what he wanted. For him- To make himself put in the work even when it wasn’t just fun. To be alive. To hear the final ticks of the countdown at the start gate of a downhill world cup. To know there would be no do-overs. To exhale that big breath and leave no chance untaken.

Watching Seasons I can see his hunger. I can see his admiration for the other Greats he had somehow been lucky enough to be lumped in with. I can see his pride at his love and his accomplishments- his knowing he belonged.

Life is conditional. It does not go on and on. I am thankful to Steve Smith. To have been inspired by him. By his commitment in every turn of every world cup race. By his commitment to the unknown outside his known home. By his commitment to Strive to be the best he could be.

Here's to Stevie Smith. #longlivechainsaw
  • 10 0
 I still can't read these without tearing up thinking about Stevie's mom. So damn sad to see. But I know Tiann will kick ass and make this into something amazing for all. And I will help as much as I humanly can, RIP Steve,
  • 9 0
 Couldn't say it better Scott. Crazy to think that me a 45yr old man looked up to this kid for so many years. What a legend, hero and inspiration for all Mt bikers everywhere. Best of all he was one of us just a regular Canadian kid who loved bikes.

Steve started using a hash tag on some recent instagram photos and it sums him up in one jumbled word #ijustwanttogofast

RIP Stevie ..... Guess you don't need brakes on your bikes up there!
  • 9 0
 His mum comes across as such a great supportive soul, no wonder he had so much success. Be proud
  • 9 0
 Wow, he had a great mom. Fully supported of what her son wanted to do. Props to her.
  • 6 0
 "The maple leaf on his left shoulder marked him as Canadian national champ, but he would have held that title in our hearts regardless. "

This opening line summarizes the class that Steve demonstrated. He wanted that sleeve on his jersey and made sure to race our National Championships to get it. Safe to say, Canada was proud.
  • 7 2
 I wan to say this just on the behalf of everyone. You will be so dearly missed, but same with everyone else that we have lost. Kelly, my uncle, neighbor, Mirra, family friend, and everyone else, RIP. You're all at a better place now.
  • 5 0
 Thank you @scottsecco for putting this video up once again. A true reminder that the only thing better than downhill bikes are Moms. I relate to Stevie in many ways. Not the riding ability of course, but he and I share the same birthdate (Nov. 25) and I too was raised by a single mother. It may be cheesy, but I'm a believer in Astrology and all that Zodiac stuff. Maybe I was a fan of his because we shared the same birthdate and upbringing... or maybe as humans we are just attracted to other humans who are so full of life and positivity. Yes, its terribly sad that Stevie passed away so young, but how would you (or anyone else) prefer to depart this world?..
I just met my father for the first time on Jan. 6th of this year. He passed away 25 days later on Jan 31st. He was 52 years old. Seeing him for the first time with no teeth, a bald head and boils on his skin from constant radiation treatment will forever haunt me. I'm not writing this for sympathy by any means -- the point behind this statement is to simply express my belief in living life just as Stevie did. And although sad, passing away while doing something we love and enjoy isn't always a tragedy.

"I feel like I could die a happy person if I could be world champion as well."
Stevie Smith, DirtTV; Beyond the Bike
  • 5 0
 First time I became aware of Stevie was at the 2004 Hemlock MTN BC Cup race. He borrowed a Boxxer equipped SC Bullit and, his finish time was good enough for 11th in Senior Elite, a hush fell over the crowd as he crossed the finish line, which was quickly replaced with whispers of disbelief of what was just witnessed. I think greatness has always been apart of Stevie a special kind of energy that only truly gifted people enjoy. My plan is to incorporate a little bit of how Stevie was as a person and become a better version of myself.
  • 8 0
 The world could use more un-selfish moms like Steve's
  • 4 0
 I normally make the trek out to whistler a couple times a year and it always got me so stoked to be riding the lift or trails and see Stevie bomb by. know its not much but makes me sad that won't be happening anymore. RIP stevie
  • 4 0
 Still very hard to believe such a young gifted guy like Stevie is gone in an instant. For many of us, watching the WCs are just not going to be the same. For those of them who knew him, I can't imagine it and for his mother and family it's practically unconsolable. You rode to the top Stevie - in more ways than a podium - and you had those too. A real champion.
  • 2 0
 Well said.
  • 9 1
 this is so true
  • 4 0
 I meet him in Cairns just gone.. To open pinkbike and find out what's happened... The guy was such a legend to me!! I've teared up a couple of times... The downhill won't be the same without you.. Rip Stevie...
  • 3 0
 This fucking sucks! Such an awesome human being. They say only the good die young but why take such and amazing and awesome person like Stevie. On his way back to the top after injuries. So sad and my heart goes out to his mom. So supportive and always behind him. I'm having a few beers tonight and all in honor of the chainsaw!
  • 1 0
 Same...cheers.
  • 3 0
 I definitely cried a little while reading this. Stevie was the reason I too started watching world cup races. After seeing him in seasons it was so fun to follow his story, and I can honestly say that he has always been my favorite rider. It seems rare for such a strong connection to form between a mtb athlete and their fan base, but I think seeing Stevie in films when he was so fresh, and watching him work toward and reach that top step has really gotten a lot of us very invested in his story. Its hard to overstate how much I will miss watching this guy. He is a true MTB legend that will never be forgotten.
  • 3 0
 I only found out this morning, I'm gutted and to be honest I cried a little. Watching Stevie through the years has been a privlage from Seasons to the overall title in 2013. It showed you that with hard work and determination you could not only chase your dreams but live them. RIP Stevie Smith.
  • 2 0
 Had the pleasure to meet Stevie at Vallnord World Cup in 2013. What a guy he was! Always had a smile on his face just like Mcgarry. The biking community has suffered such a loss in these last few months with these two legends being taken. Ride in peace ???? #thegoodonesdieyoung
  • 7 0
 Very nice words, Scott.
  • 6 0
 I really need to stop clicking on these links.
  • 6 0
 fuck man, me too. I keep getting choked at work. naming the bike the devinci chainsaw is a great idea. they should offer a shuttle rack called the Tiann as well. if momma smith reads any of this, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • 13 0
 @obee1: Yes I do.....you just made my day. A shuttle rack in my name would be awesome!!! Thank you and everyone else for all the kind words and support.
  • 5 0
 @Stevesmom: thank you for replying Tiann. The fact that you actually took your time to reply, when there's obviously so much else going on in your life, is testament to your kind and unselfish nature, which we all got to enjoy in that video segment. You and Stevie are legendary Canadians in my world.
  • 2 0
 Cheers to a mum who helped her son chase his dreams and her's for wanting the best for him. He touched so many people's lives in so many ways ,mine included . He may be gone but he will never ever be forgotten . RIP The Canadian Chainsaw Massacre
  • 3 0
 I'm happy to have had a chance to meet him in person the day before he had his accident. His passing has already had an impact on our community. RIP Steve. Thanks for the writeup @scottsecco
  • 3 0
 The last photo and the last quote shows he really did get what he wanted. He died a successful man in the fun department and the physical achievements... and does bring a smile to my face.
  • 2 0
 Been mulling over this news since I found out. No words, such a loss for the sport and to see how much of an inspiration Stevie was for everyone, myself included, has been humbling. Will go shred for him tomorrow and hit all those things I've been worried about because life literally is too short. Cheers Stevie
  • 2 0
 Whether you knew him or not, Stevie lives in all of us. That drive, that desire, that stoke. When I heard he passed I watched the spring segment of seasons at least 15 times in a row and his Mom saying that part about him wanting #1. Moved me beyond words. Woke up early packed my gear and headed out to a new location in another state to ride, rip, enjoy, and in my mind, heart, and if you believe, my soul, I felt Stevie. Cheers Chainsaw !!!
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 Having lost my father in January, death seems to haunt me lately. I really just want to give his Mom a hug. StevesMom, if you see this, know I'm sending the biggest mental hug I can, so sorry for your loss.
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 There's a hole that I feel. I can only fathom what his family is going through. I've only had the honour of talking with Stevie once, but even still his smile and his overall attitude that he was just like you I will not forget. I simply wish that this was just a bad dream. Ride in peace Stevie! Cheers to the Chainsaw!
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 Even though I never met him in person, I was deeply saddened by the news of his passing. So sudden, so shocking and far too young. And yet I am also proud of how he lived his life and represented mountain bikers to the outsiders. We are going to ride those Van Isle Mtns this summer and we'll be thinking of him for sure. Thanks for the memories and for giving us someone incredible to root for on the World Cup Circuit. You have inspired many for generations to come. Sincere condolences to his friends, family and admirers. RIP
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 My kids have been watching the collective films for years Stevie smith has been a house hold name what a blessing and the dedication he and his mother showed should be a honor to all of us cause if we want something bad enough and work hard enough it can happen.
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 Stevie, you became a monster on the bike, you were the perfect storm! From being the young boy in Seasons who wanted it so bad to Nr 1 in the world and in the hearts of the DH community. We are sad to see you leave us so soon but happy to have seen you achieve what you set out to do. #RIPCanadianChainsawMassacre
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 My daughter and i would watch the races and cheer our fellow Canadians on, shes almost 3 years old and her favorite rider was stevie. We were cheering so loud at lourdes (laptop screne) to see stevie back on the podium and where he was so proud to stand. His mother is a true legend aswell, both had a vision of bigger things and they helped each other get there, a great success story. I dont know what im going to say to my daughter about why stevie isnt racing in scotland. She isnt ready to lose a hero and i dont think any of us were either. Thank you Smith family for everything youve done for the bike community and canadian downhill.
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 Met him once in Nanaimo. He drove in to meet me to sell me a set of brakes to make it easy for me. Didn't know who I was meeting till he showed up. He was so down to earth and I think he probably would've given me them if I had asked. He took the time to talk about his season, and dirt bikes and hunting. He was exactly what everyone here has said, just a nice down to earth kid who became the best in the world but managed to remain humble and true to his roots. To Tiann if you are reading. I'm so sorry for your loss, now that I'm dad I can't fathom what you are going through, just know that boy you raised was admired for the athlete he was, but more so for the young man he grew into. Both are a credit to your love and dedication. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
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 Still in shock over his passing.. such a loss. As someone who is normally indifferent to this kind of thing, I must say I'm at a total loss for words. I'm glad he at least got reach his goal of being at the sharp end of the world cup field. I just wish we all had longer to witness it. Sucks when we lose someone as genuine as Steve. My thoughts are with his family. I need to go for a ride..
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 such an inspiring story.
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 Such a hero to so many. I was always remember the feeling of regret when I denied a night out during Crankworx and my friends happened to know one of Stevie's mates and went out drinking together.
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 Looking back now that seasons clip is haunting. what a guy he will be sadly missed but we got some great footage of him to keep his memory alive.
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 living the way you want to be remembered is not always easy. recognizing the great ones who did always seems bittersweet. rip stevie smith.
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 My hart is broken over this. Can't find my words. can't give a single sentence. Days are passing since i read about this... i never met him, i don't know much but i saw the passion. Oh... Stevie boy...
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 gregarious, good-natured and genuine is how I'll remember Steve. it was always a pleasure to watch him ride, his happiness infectious... and yet he was a consummate pro, hard worker and fierce competitor. He will be a timeless role-model and inspiration.
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 f*ck, this will be the third time I tear up on the subway this week, each on a different day, but all because of Stevie Frown
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 They should call the Devinci Wilson the Devinci "Stevie".
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 I messaged Devici and said they should do what you just said.
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 I forgot about his Intro segment. I feel so bad for his mom. That's the beauty of life we can only do what we can. RIP MR CHAINSAW
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 Seeing the love and pride that she had for her son, I really hope that his mother is doing okay. She's a damn saint in my eyes. RIP Stevie.
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 The mom and son bond so nice. Heart goes out to Tiann a dedicated Mother.
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 Man I'm gonna miss the Stevie hype for World Cup, kinda like when you were hurt. This was your come back year, and this loss is truly hard to accept. I don't understand this new dying shit. I haven't screamed since your last win bro.
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 This very part from Seasons movie was one of the best I had watched at that time wtrh a sick soundtrack, I remember I would motivate myself before every ride watching also this and it WORKED DAMN WELL EVERY SINGLE TIME and I got better and better until I made it to podium!! I admired him and wished him make his dreams come true and they did. Great man we lost, but he will stay in my memory forever.
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 I can't help but feel for Stevie's Mom, he was an inspiration to Canadians of all ages. His legacy will help youth for years to come to strive for excellence. Sending Stevie's family and friends my love. Although I was never lucky enough to have met Stevie he must have had amazing Mom to have raised someone so motivated, successful and yet still a genuinely nice person to all that met him.
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 Not sure what it was about this guy, but just watching videos and seeing him ride I felt like I was his riding bro even though I never even came close to meeting him or have even been to an event he was at...just one of those guys who had the personality and attitude about him that made you feel like you were in his squad or would be happy to race a trail with you if you met him for the first time at the trail head. RIP Chainsaw. I hope you've inspired a generation of riders behind you to carry your legacy.
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 I know this is a hard topic but I am going to do it anyway. Steve would have been, and may have been an ideal organ donor as many on this forum also are. We participate in a risky sport for which you need be healthy and are therefore great transplant candidates. Make sure you register for donation of your organs, you could save up to 6 lives. Try not to crash as well.....
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 A vida é muito curta para vivermos brigando, fazendo fofocas, guardando magoas, a vida tem que ser aproveitada da melhor forma possivel ao lado das pessoas que gostamos, a vida passa em um piscar de olhos, temos que aproveitar bem esse grande dom que Deus nos deu, um dia após o outro...
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 I never really knew how much Stevie influenced me until I learned of his passing. Oddly enough, there have been people who have passed (also tragically) who I've been much closer to personally, however for some reason Stevie's death has really had an effect on me. Looking back at all of the tribute videos, I've been able to recall watching those clips, video segments or following his interviews on line. Although I didn't really realize it at the time I was a hardcore Stevie Smith fan! Of course I'd be yelling at him on Red Bull TV to smash race runs every WC Race, but I still hadn't realized how much hope and emotion I had invested in this one Canadian that I never met. We as fans got to watch this incredible sensation grow-up on the Mountain Biking scene; so for everyone who has posted his content, made a video of him and allowed shmucks like me the opportunity to cheer on this incredible person, thank you. RIP Stevie, you will be missed!
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 Glasses raised in your honour LONGLIVECHAINSAW !!!!!!!!
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 From devinci's rider profile page

Favorite people to ride with:
Anyone who wants to smash runs

Smile
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 I downloaded this and played it during a recent after ride bbq in his honor.(i hav no affiliation w/widget)
m.apkpure.com/chainsaw-sound-widget/com.soundswidget.chainsawsounds
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 The only guy I never knew and shed a tear for our loss of a GREAT.
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 I never cried so much for anyone that I didn't known personally, but Stevie... Man, I can't even look at his photo. It's SO unfair...
  • 1 0
 not to bring in any negativity to this, but has anyone else noticed Redbull has not even acknowledged the passing of Stevie.

www.facebook.com/RedBullBike/?fref=nf

#longlivechainsaw
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 That doesn't sell good. They only give wings but dont give a f* when somebody falls.
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 that video just tore me up. i can't believe it. id like to see the shuttle mom drives presently. my condolences to the Smith family. you're the reason he was so good. thanks Mom.
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 I here there is an island somewhere in the Pacific ocean where the trails go on forever, the lips are creamy, and there is endless GNAR. I believe this is where Steve, Kelly, and Dave may be.
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 Stevie It was a very good and humble person, a true champion in all, bike and in life. I miss ', but I'll have' him fond memories.
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 I keep watching that tribute video. That smile. So Sad this happened.. He really is the definition of a "Canadian". He did Canada proud.
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 I had a small chat with Stevie back at MSA after qualifiers in 2013 and we were comparing eachothers mustaches....looking back now I wish the gf had snapped a pic of us. RIP
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 Why didn't I die? So much broken bones, displaced things, sewing... and death is so far away. Please, recall Stevie back, and send me wherever You want-couldn't be much worse than it is now.
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 School, two jobs, addictions, still-in-need of money. No debts. No time. No possibility to go and ride and hang with my GF- only one option is possible, 7 days a week school or work- from 10 am to 8 pm, sometimes 3 hours shorter. Where it all goes?
RIP Stevie, please exchange you with me. I'm totally in- just talk to the beelzeboss.
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 I remember watching this clip years ago getting into mountain biking. I had no clue this video was of Steavie. He really motivated me RIP.
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 I think when they do his name on the scoreboard for the ghost run it should be fastest time of the day.
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 Crankworx Canadian open should be changed to the Stevie smith "chainsaw" open
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 Thank you Stevie for being a true Canadian boy on the big stage. You will be deeply missed.
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 Dang, I really struggle to read these beautiful eulogies about Stevie through blurry eyes. Heartbreaking
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 just been out for a big shred in dry scotland, fukkin had a a couple o beers for the man, Stevie you will be missed boyo, total fukkin shredder, ride on son.
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 Loved his style and outlook. He always inspired me and will continue to do so. Its his mother I feel for. A real loss to the world of riding and as a person.
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 Amazing Scott. Thank you. Thank you and good bye Stevie.
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 Taken too soon. Will be missed by many but was loved by all.
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 That was ...as real as it gets. RIP fellow rider.
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 Lets make november 25 the international DH racer day!!
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 respect. rest in peace
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 God. Days on this is still so crushing. Will miss Stevie.
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 Nicely written @scottsecco
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 C'est tragique!! Repose en paix Stevie
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 What a LEGEND! Gutted, the World loses another Top Person, R.I.P. Stevie, X
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 Reading his mothers quote, gave me major chills............! DEVINCI SMITH....RIP
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 Fantastic post, Scott. Longlivechainsaw!
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 2016 just isn't a great year, so many talents and true inspirations have been taken away too soon. RIP Steve
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 Went for an awesome ride today for stevie. Thank you man, for real.
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 This was about a human being full of gold. Through and through. A beautiful human with a beautiful legacy.
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 Notice the Halo in the pic? RIP Stevie Frown
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 I drink to that. Cheers!
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 Love the Devinci Stevie idea!!!
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 Cheers to the chain saw! Ride in peace brother.
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 Legends never die! we will miss you Chainsaw!!
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 Canadian sports hall of fame !!!! Let's get it done , he deserves it
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 One heck of a Guy, One super Mom.
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 When I think of his family is when I think just how sad this is.
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 Legend

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