We woke up in shock this morning to the terrible news that Stevie Smith had PASSED AWAY following a motorcycle accident near his hometown in British Columbia.

stevie smith - a tribute

We still haven't found a way to express this tragic loss properly and Stevie Smith will be sorely missed by the entire mountain biking community. Friends, teammates and competitors have all paid tribute to Stevie this morning and here are some of the most touching:

Devinci

The Canadian brand with the Canadian champion. It was a match made in heaven now sadly broken.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFPigqWwSgt/?taken-by=cyclesdevinci

Brook MacDonald

MacDonald and Smith were teammates from 2009-2011 and remained friends ever since.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFPmmxhxi39/?taken-by=brookmacdonald6

Wyn Masters

Simply the most important Wheelie Wednesday ever.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFQaRy8D3Rk/?taken-by=wynmasters

Josh Bryceland

Josh Bryceland remembers Stevie Smith with a picture from Steals Waterfall near Fort William

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFRLaKtGbCw/?taken-by=ratboy_bryce

Rachel Atherton

From one great champion to another

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFREIVpgvTt/?taken-by=rachybox

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Brandon Semenuk

From one Whistler legend to another.

Brandon Semenuk Facebook tribute Stevie Smith
Brandon Semenuk Facebook tribute Stevie Smith

Gee Atherton

Gee and Stevie were fierce rivals on the track - especially in 2013 - but all of that pales into insignificance today.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFQuOoao3x6/?taken-by=gee_atherton

Loic Bruni

Bruni picks a photo that perfectly sums up Smith's personality

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFQyZ02PTLz/?taken-by=loicbruni29

Dean Lucas

Dean Lucas was Stevie's former team mate at Devinci.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFPpdvOLK2V/?taken-by=deanos_machineos

Brage Vestavik

Brage joined Devinci as a junior this year. He may not have known Stevie long but clearly the affable champion had a big effect on the youngster.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFQS06XmVBB/?taken-by=bragevestavik

Steve Peat

Not one for big shows of emotion, this is pretty perfect from Peaty

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFPzaKVGZfX/?taken-by=stevepeat

Troy Brosnan

Troy and Stevie may have been rivals on the track but they were always good friends off it

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFPvv6KKVt7/?taken-by=troybrosnan

Matti Lehikoinen

Matti was another MS Evil team mate back in 2010.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFQlN7LMTbw/?taken-by=mattilehikoinen

Greg Minnaar

The greatest ever pays tribute to Stevie's infectious smile.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFP4_fgPoT0/?taken-by=gregminnaar

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Josh Lewis

Loosedog remembers the good times he shared with Smith.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFQjL1KxBww/?taken-by=loosedoglewis

Danny Hart

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFQlJt0AcnR/?taken-by=dannyhart1

We will update this page throughout the day as the tributes continue to roll in. Rest in peace Stevie, our thoughts are with your family and friends in this difficult time.

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