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Pro Downhiller Stevie Smith Dies At Age 26 Following Motocross Accident

We are deeply saddened to report on the death – reported on by Pinkbike and Cycles Devinci just minutes ago – of pro mountain biker Stevie Smith, who passed away due to brain damage suffered during a motocross crash in his hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia. He was 26.

Stevie was a standout downhill racer with multiple World Cup wins under his belt, a reputation as a blazing-fast rider, and a fixture in the Canadian mountain bike community. He and Brook McDonald also stared in a segment of the mountain bike film TGR released with Anthill Films last year, unReal, in which Stevie's dream of drifting corners at maximum was realized in a custom-built trail in British Columbia's Fraser River Valley. The behind the scenes of that realization can be viewed above.

Stevie gets warmed up on his dream Drift Track during the filming of unReal in 2014. This photo and the article's cover image shot by Harookz. 

TGR's IP Tour Manager, Cliff Lane, remembered Stevie as humble and incredibly approachable while working on unReal. "Last year during the unReal tour, I got to spend a couple nights and a day on the bike with Stevie. When I was heading up to Canada, Stevie was the one rider I was most excited to meet; he's always been one of my favorite riders as his racing style and all of his video segments. 

After the premiere in Vancouver, he made a point to get my phone number and meet up with me in Whistler. To my surprise, he shot me a text the next day to shred. We spent the day riding around Whistler together. It was amazing how patient he was, considering he's a World Cup rider and I'm far from one – he waited for me on the trails to show me the best lines and make sure I was on his tire. 

I was very surprised how humble and laid back he was. It's not everyday you get to ride with one of the best riders in the world, and have him go out of his way to make sure you're having a good time."

Cliff also remembers that while Stevie was in Leogang, Austria for the UCI downhill tour, he made a stop at an unReal showing in a neighboring city, even though he was not paid to do it, doing it just out of his love for the sport and for spreading stoke among the tribe.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stevie's friends, family, and fans at this difficult hour. RIP, Stevie.

About The Author

stash member Ryan Dunfee

Former Managing Editor at Teton Gravity Research, current Senior Contributor, current professional hippy at the Sierra Club, and avid weekend recreationalist.

OMG! this is really terrible. RIP Stevie. Your s=amazing stunts will remain with us.