2013 downhill world cup winner Stevie Smith has died at the age of just 26 years old.
The Canadian favourite passed away yesterday after an enduro motorcycle accident in his hometown of British Columbia left him with a fatal brain injury, report Pinkbike.
Smith was a rider renowned for his aggressive riding style and lightening speed. He had been at the forefront of the Canadian scene for years before he dropped onto international radars in 2013, taking World Cup wins in Leogang, Hafjell and Mont-Saine-Anne, and subsequently going on to take the overall win.
After a few years of injury, we had been lucky to see his form rejuvenated for the 2016 season, with Stevie finishing in second place at the world cup opener in Lourdes and qualifying in fifth place at round two in Cairns before getting a puncture in finals.