Most people know Steve Smith for his accomplishments on two wheels. A force in the Canadian downhill mountain bike racing scene for years, Steve became an international star after securing Wold Cup victories at Leognang, Hafjell, and Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec. These victories culminated into the overall World Cup Downhill title in 2013, downhill mountain biking’s ultimate prize.
Steve became a Canadian cycling legend.
Was that who Steve Smith was? A downhill legend? The guy on the Fox Racing poster? Standing on the podium at Monte-Sainte-Anne? Tearing up a volcano in Japan for Red Bull?
Was that who Steve Smith was?
To some, yes. But not to us.
endurofficials Co-founder, Rob Fraser, Left, Steve Smith, right. Mt. Prevost, 2013
Steve was a brother, son, and an inspiration. A fierce competitor and an honest friend. A humble guy from Nanaimo that achieved so much and made you feel like anything was possible.
A guy who loved the outdoors, loved camping and fishing and golfing, just like us.
A guy who cared about people, about his family, and about his community. Just like us.
He loved to laugh, loved to smile and loved life. Just like us.
Who was Steve Smith? He was a guy… just like us.
Phenomenally talented and driven, yes. But what made Steve so great was his incredible humility and grace in spite of his remarkable success.
Steve inspired people to be their best and do extraordinary things because he was a guy just like us.
Although it’s been a year since he passed he still inspires all of us at end?rofficials to be our best every day.
As a tribute to Steve, we’ve designed the Steve Smith Legacy sock. 100% of all profits from Steve Smith Legacy sales will be donated to the Steve Smith Legacy Fund to help young athletes achieve their dreams. To date, we’ve reached over 75% of our goal to donate over $10,000 and have no plan to stop.
Steve Smith Legacy Sock
If you’d like to join us in supporting the Steve Smith Legacy Fund, please click below to purchase your pair of socks.
The most progressive mountain bike movie of recent times gets the paper and ink treatment.
Feel it. Read it. Own it.
The Deathgrip Book documents the twelve plus months of shredding and filming that went into the making of Clay Porter and Brendan Fairclough’s landmark movie project. From the dust-storm berm destroying in South Africa to dank woodland steeze in California to lush Madeira to moonscape Utah, and with a stop off at home in the UK, get down with Deathgrip’s outrageously stylish crew over 172 pages of the finest printed matter.
Field notes from the movie’s cast and crew give unrestricted access to the world of Deathgrip, while epic galleries from a number of the sport’s best photographers give alternative angles on the movie’s standout moments.
Deathgrip Book is available worldwide now at Deathgripbook.tv, at a cover price of £15 + P and P.
Edited by James McKnight
Designed by Jon Gregory
Printed in the UK
Published by Misspent Summers
With Photography and Contributions from:
Jacob Gibbins, Ian Collins, Chris Seager, Duncan Philpott, Boris Beyer, Brandon Semenuk, Jens Staudt, Eric Palmer, Ewald Sadie, Chris Greenwood, Roo Fowler, John Asuncion, John Reynolds, Tom Bowell, Nikki Whiles, Cameron Baird, Ty Evans, Mike ‘Cow’ Rose, Kyle Jameson, Brendan Fairclough, Clay Porter, Olly Wilkins, Ryan Howard, Andrew Neethling, Nico Vink, Josh Bryceland, Sven Martin, Sam Reynolds.
This is shaping up to be one of the most exciting mountain bike seasons yet! Hazardous weather conditions, Rachel Atherton’s injury and the ‘wagon wheel’ discussion have mixed up the downhill competition while the cross-country races have witnessed surprising winners in the Women Elite and have seen Swiss rider Nino Schurter dominating the Men Elite category. All of this means we can look forward to some really exciting race action in Lenzerheide from July 7-9 during the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. Get your ticket online!
Dominance in Downhill is so 2016 – It’s all about tight racing for the titles in 2017
The competition for the Downhill World Cup Title is closer than ever before! Both Aaron Gwin (USA) and Tahnée Seagrave (GBR) secured their first World Cup wins of the season in Leogang and closed in on the leading athletes in their respective categories. Gwin is homing in on the top spot, which is currently held by 35-year-old Greg Minnaar (RSA). Danny Hart (GBR), who won his first ever World Cup race in Lenzerheide last year and bears the rainbow striped jersey of the reigning World Champion, has been extremely unlucky so far: bad weather, a crash and a mechanical have prevented him from making his mark this season. Maybe Lenzerheide will be a good omen for the rest of his season?
“Lenzerheide is an amazing location with the lake right there. The triple jump line is a difficult one. I haven’t done it in a while. Some guys try it every year, others snap their bikes trying. It’s always great to have cross-country there as well because the pits are full and it is more of a spectacle.” – Brendan Fairclough (GBR)
“I think Lenzerheide is pretty difficult because the dust appears very quickly. The jumps are amazing. Otherwise, I think it is cool with more spectators. Downhill fans are solely there for downhill, but when cross-country is also happening, there are more girls around (laughs).” – Loris Vergier (FRA)
Hannah, Seagrave or Atherton? – Modified sections on the STRAIGHTline
Tahnée Seagrave didn’t only get her first win of the season in Leogang, it was also the first World Cup win of her young career. The 22-year-old is hot on the heels of Tracey Hannah (AUS), although the Australian has been nearly unstoppable this season, racing to the podium at every World Cup stop. Normally you would expect to see Rachel Atherton’s name appear on the top of the table, but the 29-year-old has to play catch-up now due to a shoulder injury sustained in Fort William. The Brit will most certainly be back on the track in Lenzerheide and will be gunning to be the fastest to cross the finish line.
Talking about the finish: the final track section and other parts will be remodeled in preparation for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in 2018. The world’s fastest downhill athletes will be confronted with quick bends and a 4-meter-high drop leading into the finish coral after the Ochsner Sport Cabin Hit. The start will also have a different look and feel to it due to a more direct route without the wide, steep berms – similar to 2015 – and a small rock garden. The skill of the riders will also be challenged in the run-up to Tschäffs Plunge. This section of the STRAIGHTline will not be as direct, has more curves and will be more technical before the tricky plunge in the woods.
“I did really well in Lenzerheide last year. Each track is very different and Lenzerheide has its ups. I just like fast tracks, I like jumps and I like tracks that are good fun. Saying that, I do prefer tracks that scare me a little bit as well.” – Tahnée Seagrave (GBR)
“I want to build up my confidence for Lenzerheide at Crankworx. I can’t wait to go as fast as I can in front of a home crowd. It is obviously a special race for me. I got into the top 5 last year and maybe I can achieve a bit more this year. I am going to try my best and do it for the fans.” – Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI)
Will Nino win again? – Additional track length and new possibilities to overtake
Olympic gold medalist Nino Schurter will be returning to a home track and crowd on Sunday, July 10. The Swiss national has been pressured by his opposition in the first races of the season, but did not let himself be deterred and won both in Nove Mesto and Albstadt. While Schurter is dominating the Men’s Elite, the Women Elite category has seen two different winners so far. 24-year-old Yana Belomoina became the first Ukrainian athlete to ever win a World Cup race and also leads in the overall standings. But it is a close call: only 80 points separate her from four others: Maja Wloszczowska (POL), Annika Langvad (DEN), Sabine Spitz (GER) and Linda Indergand (SUI). Indergand will be looking to impress in front of the Swiss supporters and will have 500m more track and additional opportunities to overtake to do so this year. The new loop includes more rock sections, a drop, and a 40 meter long, 22% incline.
Bike Festival with lots of Side Events – E-MTB, Full Gas World Cup Party and DEATHGRIP
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lenzerheide has plenty more on offer for the thousands of visitors. The Full Gas World Cup Party will bring the stoke off the track to the dance floor on Friday and Saturday. All visitors can also take a closer look at the bikes and pits of pro teams in the Bike Arena and see what the mechanics and athletes are up to. There will also be a FLYER E-MTB Challenge at the E-MTB Center next to the Santa Cruz Corner and a Speed Challenge at the stand of Polar Cycling Computers in the Expo Area for those who also feel the need for speed. Bike fans can also look forward to an all-new Bike Movie Night on Saturday from 9pm. The showing includes the Trail Tales episodes by RIDE Magazine and 53 minutes of pure shredding action during DEATHGRIP the new film by Clay Porter and Brendan Fairclough, which also features superstars like Brandon Semenuk and Josh Bryceland.
This week we are releasing two instalments of our BCBR Experience both on the Sunshine Coast; Day 2 in Powell River and Day 3 from Earls Cove to Sechelt. These edits will again delve into our profiles for each stage of the race as well as highlight the identities of the communities that we are welcomed into.
Racers start Day 2 on the beach in Powell River.
Day 2 – Powell RiverIn Powell River, we have a basecamp like no other with camping right on the ocean and singletrack that winds through emerald green forests and over uniquely handcrafted wooden features. We celebrate the depth of history here through the culture and history of the Coast Salish People and watch how this small town adapted to recreational based tourism after the decline of the pulp and paper mill industry. Not only is it home to incredible mountain bike trails, but the Upper Sunshine Coast also boasts the longest hut-to-hut multi-use trail in Canada.
Year after year, the people of Powell River have come out in droves to welcome our racers and we cannot wait to be back sharing their special home once again this year.
Our basecamp in Powell River never ceases to thrill racers and crew alike.
Day 3 – Earls Cove to Sechelt
When racers arrive by ferry to Earls Cove on the morning of Day 3 they are embarking on the longest—at 57.1 kilometres—and most physical stage of the race. This point-to-point route will take them from the ferry terminal all the way into the town of Sechelt.
The Lower Sunshine Coast is home to the internationally recognized Sprockids Program and the Coast Gravity Park, evidence of the ever-growing mountain bike scene here. It is within this community, that five-time BC Bike Race Winner (three times as a team and twice solo), Kris Sneddon talks to us about the relationship between the generations of loggers and recreational trail users. A prime example of this is the two-kilometre stretch of trail that the racers will climb called ‘Frogger.’ Once a much shorter trail, it was briefly decommissioned when the forest block was logged, but following the completion of work, the forestry company had it remade as a longer—and improved—trail. Sechelt is a town that continues to adapt and adjust with its changing population and tourism.
Kris Sneddon (Fastest Man) and Lea Davison (Fastest Woman) show off their awards at BC Bike Race in 2014
Up next will be Day 4 and the racers’ journey from Sechelt to Langdale before hitting the trifecta of North Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler. The countdown is on, stay tuned!
This year is looking good for Rose Rad Squad’s Jakub Vencl. He has nailed the first two Speed&Style events at Crankworx Rotorua and Les Gets, and is heading to Innsbruck this weekend as a wildcard for the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle. In addition to being in the lead for Speed&Style Champion and a strong competitor in the Pump Track races, Jakub will now send it on the slopestyle course as well, making this his first slopestyle event in the FMB Diamond Series.
What´s your trick for acing Speed&Style, Jakub?
I’m super motivated, trying to do my best but at the same time trying to stay cool and focus on myself and not the others. I think I’ve been very consistent, not doing many mistakes. The race in Rotorua was really close and I had a bit of luck in there as well. Obviously, after the first Speed&Style win at Crankworx I had expectations for myself and Les Gets. My Rose The Bruce carried me well and I surprisingly ended up winning Speed&Style again. I’m looking forward to Innsbruck. I don’t feel too much pressure, I will just go and do my best, but I am highly motivated to compete for the Speed&Style Champion title. I just try to enjoy the ride and do my thing.”
e*thirteen is proud to announce that it has extended and expanded its partnership with Rémy Métailler through 2018. “e*thirteen has long been a fan of Rémy’s mind-blowing Whistler Bike Park edits and his blazing fast Rampage runs, so when the opportunity arose to have him on our wheels and cassettes, it was a clear choice.” says Chris Costello, e*thirteen’s sponsorship coordinator.
“Rémy has a massive following and increasing our collaboration with him nicely complements our partnerships with Whistler Bike Park and Cube Bikes.”
Starting in 2017, in addition to chainguides, Remy will also be riding e*thirteen’s World Cup winning carbon wheels and truly innovative cassettes—LG1 Race Carbon on his DH bikes and TRS Race Carbon on his trail and enduro bikes.
Alongside Aaron Gwin of the YT Mob and Team United Ride’s Mick Hannah, Rémy will be one of e*thirteen’s key wheel ambassadors. This year, he will focus on promoting the wheels and cassettes in video edits, urban DH races, and Red Bull Rampage. Rémy will also be one of just a few select athletes running carbon wheels in Rampage.
Métailler said, “I’m excited to continue and increase my partnership with e*thirteen and to use their new TRS Race and LG1 Race Carbon wheels. I already have spent some serious time on the wheels and the ride characteristics are particularly impressive. Knowing that I have some of the strongest wheels available will be a nice confidence boost.”