Remembrance… any fan of the sport will know that race legend Stevie Smith recently and tragically passed away. Knowing what to do it circumstances like this is always difficult, but the World Cup, and Fort William especially, needed to commemorate one of the greatest racers the sport has ever seen. The idea was tossed around the internet, then a few key players got involved, the UCI and event organisers got on board and a memorial run was decided on. This was a show of respect not only for Stevie but also for the wishes of the racers. What happened was that at 3.45pm a mass run took place, with up to fifty riders training it down to the finish line where they were met by an respectful group of fellow riders, mechanics, team mangers, event staff and more. Applause broke out and everyone ended up at Peaty’s on-site bar. Steve Smith will never be forgotten, especially in this part of the mountain bike world.
Tomorrow riders will be on track as practice begins.