Stevie Smith's greatest edits
A true champion on and off the racetrack
A HUGE HOLE has been left in the cycling world this morning as Stevie Smith PASSED AWAY following a motorbike accident.
Smith's success on the track has been well documented but he was just as big a presence off it as well. It's impossible to not be affected by this shocking news but we're Smith would much rather be remembered for the happy memories he gave us all. Here are the very best on-screen moments of one of the greatest champions to ever grace this humble sport.
For most people (myself included) their first real introduction to Stevie Smith was in the 2008 film Seasons. Brash, intensely driven and absolutely pinned, this 18 year old Canadian shredder showed a determination that was frighteningly sharp.
The unsung hero of this is his dedicated mother, Tiann, who shuttled him up and down his local tracks. She said: "He's going for number one in the world, who knows, it could be anyone." Five short years later, it was him.
Beyond the bike
The greatest tragedy is that Stevie was never really able to demonstrate his immense potential after his storming 2013 season. His next two seasons were hampered by injury but he still showed flashes of his former brilliance with three top tens and a podium at Windham in 2014.
We caught up with Smith before the 2015 season to find out how he was preparing for the upcoming races - this one hits hard today.
Follow Me was the hotly anticipated follow up to Seasons and what better way to end it than with the hottest rider in the world at the time - Stevie Smith.
Helmet cam videos are great for track previews but sometimes they can get a little stale. This video with Brendan Fairclough shows how it can be done much more creatively with a bit of imagination... and a fairly sizeable filming budget.
Stevie's third shoot with Anthill films came on UnReal and it was another gold-plated classic. Adam Billinghurst built a dream drift track that was duly destroyed by Smith and Brook MacDonald. They ended up hitting speed of 73kph (45mph) - terrifying!
Stevie Smith and Jacskson Goldstone
Around the pits Stevie Smith had a reputation as a focussed and driven professional, but when he was hitting bike park laps he was one of the friendliest guys you could hope to meet with a bear-hug that was the stuff of legends.
Even at 26, he was a rider that young Canadians looked up to for inspiration including Whistler prodigy Jackson Goldstone.