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Cycling BC mourns the loss of Stevie Smith

British Columbia downhill mountain bike legend Steve ‘Stevie’ Smith passed away on May 9, 2016. Steve left his mark as a friend, teammate, partner, mentor, and inspiration to countless riders here in BC, and around the world. His influence on the community was widespread and impactful, his loss is deeply felt by all. Our condolences go out to Stevie’s family, the Devinci Global Racing team, friends, and all those whose lives he touched.

Smith was a force to be reckoned with on the international downhill racing circuit, and the most accomplished gravity racer to ever come out of Canada. In 2013, he won three World Cup events, at Leogang, Hafjell, and Mont-Sainte-Anne, before ultimately claiming the World Cup overall title that same year. He was back in full force this April at the opening race of the World Cup in Lourdes, France, where he stepped onto the podium once more, in second place.

Steve Smith passed away Tuesday afternoon after suffering a traumatic brain injury resulting from a moto accident in his hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia. He was 26 years old.

A Celebration of Life will be held on May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Vancouver Island Convention Centre in Nanaimo, B.C. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the “Stevie Smith Legacy Fund” at Funds will be earmarked for a Tiann Smith initiative, assisting talented young athletes in achieving their dreams.