2013 was an incredible year for Canadian downhiller Steve Smith, who was crowned UCI Mountain Bike World Cup champion after a victory in the sixth and final round of the series in Leogang, Austria. It was Smith’s third consecutive World Cup victory, and wrested the title away from GT Factory’s Gee Atherton, who had worn the leader's jersey since the first round. And that was not all. In August, he took his third consecutive win in the Canadian Open DH at Crankworx Whistler, despite crashing in challenging conditions on the notoriously rough track. He won the Fox Air DH earlier in the week at the same festival, and also took first place at the Canadian National Championships at Panorama Mountain Village in July. Born on 25th November 1989 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Steve was given a used BMX at the age of five, after his mother did a swap deal with a local shop involving a dozen apple pies, but he didn’t ride downhill until the age of 14. “Downhill mountain biking was amazing,” he says, “because I was so used to the normal repetitive BMX racing. Mountain biking gives me something new to do every day and never gets boring.” Ten years later, and Smith’s consistency and skill on the World Cup scene and at Crankworx has made him the most highly decorated downhill race athlete in Canada’s history. He says his favourite circuits are Mont St Anne, Slovenia and Schlamding - “I like riding anything that is full of rocks and roots, the gnarlier the better!”
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