There has been an immense outpouring of grief and reaction on social media sites since the announcement of Smith's death

The mountain biking community is still absorbing the news of Stevie Smith’s untimely death. Smith died yesterday after a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Nanaimo in Canada. The former World Cup Champion was 26 years old.

The common theme has been to celebrate Smith’s personality as well as his sheer watchable rapidity and style on a bike. Smith was extremely likeable off the bike and very humble.

Here we gather some of the tributes to Stevie Smith from riders such as Loic Bruni, Gee Atherton and Sam Hill alongside reactions from photographers and others in the MTB industry.

No words. #longlivechainsaw

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This picture is from a party that Redbull and SRAM hosted at their Vancouver office back in 2013. Stevie was the freshly crowned World Cup overall DH champion, a dream of his that became a reality. He was one bad ass dude an inspiration to so many, I was honoured to call him a friend. Gaber my thoughts are with you. You were Stevie's mentor, big brother and close friend. To Stevie's Mom who sacrificed so much my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. #rip #longlivechainsaw

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That infectious laughter and grin will never be forgotten. Rest in peace brother 👊🏼 #LongLiveChainsaw

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Keep it pinned up there my friend, your going to me sorely missed. #longlivechainsaw

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RIP @steviesmithdh we had some good times and some really great races out of you! Sad day for downhilling 🙏🏼

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And finally

Here’s a recent posting from Stevie Smith’s own Instagram account…

Forgot how hard it is to get down the hill with a front flat. When in doubt, wheelie out. Fort bill in sight ✊🏼 📷 @svenmartinphoto #lovesbackwheel #wheelie #ijustwanttogofast #mtb #worldcup #downhill

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