As reported by BIKE, fans of mountain biking were shocked and saddened today to hear that Canadian downhill mountain biking sensation Stevie Smith passed away at the age of 26.
“Today we lost a great person, who taught me about myself and influenced many,” Gabe Fox, the team manager at Devinci Global Racing (Smith’s team), said in a press release. “Stevie was a fierce competitor, an honest friend and a rider who made me proud on countless occasions. I am honored to consider him my friend for so long.”
Smith was an extremely influential and successful downhill mountain biker who became a massive name within the sport in 2013 when he tallied three UCI Downhill World Cup wins during the season, and was ultimately named the UCI Downhill World Cup Champion — the highest honor in downhill racing.
Smith passed away today after suffering a massive brain injury from an enduro motorcycle accident while riding in his hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia. According to Devinci’s press release, Smith passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.
“Steve was the most successful Canadian Gravity Racer of all time,” Fox said in the press release. “His passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts here at Devinci.
In memory of Smith’s life, a GoFundMe campaign has been founded for the “Stevie Smith Legacy Fund.” All donations will be earmarked for an initiative to assist promising youth athletes.
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