Pros pay tribute to legendary mechanic Chris 'Monkdawg' Vasquez - Dirt

Mountain Biking Magazine



Pros pay tribute to legendary mechanic Chris ‘Monkdawg’ Vasquez

A tragic loss

After the high of the World Cup from Mont Sainte Anne on the weekend, the world of downhill woke up to some tragic news on Monday. legendary mechanic Chris ‘Monkdawg’ Vasquez had tragically passed away.

Monkdawg had been suffering with ill health for a number of months and, despite the mountain bike community raising over $18,000 to help with his care, he died peacefully on August 7 at the age of 46. Monkdawg was a legendary mechanic and has wrenched for the like of Missy Giove, Brian Lopes, Aaron Gwin and Brook MacDonald since he joined the World Cup circuit in 1995.

Vasquez was a much loved figure in the World Cup pits with his ‘Monk Truths’ entertaining and educating many riders. His loss was felt heavily and here are some heart felt tributes from those who knew him best:


Brian Lopes

Had a lot of great times with #MonkDawg Hoping to get a tribute going for him up @crankworx this week.

A photo posted by Brian Lopes (@brianlopes) on

Tracy Moseley

Aaron Gwin

I'm gonna miss ya homeboy, thankful to have had you in my life.????????????????

A photo posted by Aaron Gwin (@aarongwin1) on

Rachel Atherton

Andrew Neethling

Brook MacDonald

Neko Mulally

John Parkin

Now go and “Break Yo’self Fools!” (One of Monk’s notorious quotes)


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.