Off Camber #8

Tragic News – Stevie Smith Passes Away

Pinkbike reporting the sad, sad news that Canadian rider Stevie Smith passed away yesterday at only 26 years of age after an enduro motorcycle accident in his hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Stevie was an inspiration to me as he was to countless others. Watching him ride was a pleasure, he always seemed impossibly fast and fluid.

“Today we lost a great person, who taught me about myself and influenced many,” says Devinci Global Racing Team Manager, Gabe Fox. “Stevie was a fierce competitor, an honest friend and a rider who made me proud on countless occasions. I am honoured to consider him my friend for so long.”

If you like to, donations in his memory can be made to the “Stevie Smith Legacy Fund” at https://www.gofundme.com/23k7fus, the money raised will help support other talented young athletes.

Dirt Magazine has a memorial roundup of Stevie on-screen.

Strava’s Global Bike to Work Day

So May 10th rolled around, I wasn’t even aware of this event until a biking friend mentioned it when I was already at work having taken the bus in. It was a day of near constant rain here so I probably would have left the bike here.

Some of the commute durations seem a little long to me at over 13 hours, call me suspicious but for all I know they could be right. Right?

A Journey to Harris, Scotland’s Forgotten Island

I really enjoyed this article from Enduro Mountainbike magazine, it’s a great read and the photography is fantastic remote places like this are calling to me, the urge to go on adventures like these get stronger as more time passes.

WGE Eastridge

The final round of the Welsh Gravity Enduro series is next weekend. We rode some of the trails a few weekends back and there is some excellent riding. I’ll be in Scotland on holiday so best wishes to buddy Paul Williams who will be smashing it on his Stanton hardtail.

Shimano Tweedlove International Enduro in Peebles

As luck would have it (oh look honey there is a big mountain biking event in the area the exact week I’ve suggested we should holiday in the area) we are going to be there to watch the racing.

All being well I will be riding the trails the day after before we head home via a stopover in the Lake District.