RIP Steve Worland
I used to draw cartoons as a kid all day long, one day I plucked up the courage to send some drawings into MBUK, must have been 94’ish, I was a massive fan of Mint Source (still am)
Steve sent a letter back, with all my drawings (they were terrible!)
but in the nicest possible way said ‘Thanks but no thanks, and stick at it, its great to be inspired by Mountain biking’ really wish I’d kept it as he’d signed it himself.
He could of just binned them…
RIP StevePosted 3 years agonoteethMember
I cycled home after my nightshift, early on a gorgeous Bristol morning, still utterly stunned by the news. I didn’t know him personally, although he was a familiar sight on my local trails – but like many on here, I’ve always been a huge fan of his writing, ever since I first picked up a copy of MBUK (late 1989, in my case). Anyway, whilst cycling back (& within sight of Leigh Woods), the following article sprang immediately to mind:
Another day, another few hundred miles later, and we were again in another distinctly different piece of England: Bristol, port city home to the drum and bass movement as well as Steve Worland, my spirit guide and revered mentor in all things bike. So far we’d gone from the barren and stark beauty of the Yorkshire Dales to the postcard steeps and lakes of the Lake District, then to the quiet and lush backwoods of Wales, and now we found ourselves in a bustling city praying to God that something tragic would happen to our bikes so we could take a day off riding. Looking at our sixth day of saddletime. At the hands of a very fit Master class racer who had a quiet grace in the singletrack that made most of us look like shambling idiots.
And shamble we did. Steve, one speeding, “recovering” after racing a day previously, took us on a three-hour maze of disorienting, root-strewn singletrack that would have made any Vermonter cry for joy. And handed us our asses. Finally, after we had all crashed hard and ugly at least three times apiece (except Steve: he might have dabbed once), we were allowed to glide to a merciful halt back in the city, in front of a pub, on a glorious bank holiday morning.
Excerpt from ‘Scheduled Punishment’ by Mike Ferrentino, Bike, March, 1998.Posted 3 years agofatmaxSubscriber
noteeth, great quote. I’m a huge fan of Ferrentino, so for him to say that about Steve Worland sums up what a legend he was. Been mountain biking since ’88 so followed his stuff through MBUK, MTB Pro and subsequently here and Road.cc. Brilliant writer, and the best kit reviewer – authoritative. Such a sad loss, RIP.Posted 3 years agoloco motiveMember
Always very sad to read of an premature departure on STW, but really shocked to hear this news. Just like many others have said, SteveW has been a figure that has been there since I first started riding mountain bikes, and has been a huge influence on the way I think about both bikes and riding. A massive loss to the UK bike scene, journalism and a whole generation of riders. Condolences to his family and friends.
R.I.P Steve.Posted 3 years agojamesoSubscriber
I only met Steve a few times at shows but I was somehow suprised by how saddened and shocked I was to read this yesterday. A really great guy. He was there in print pretty much as long as I’ve been into bikes. He was a most credible and respected writer and a really passionate rider. On a personal note I always read a review from him as near-gospel, a shared opinion on bikes may bias that but a good review from him meant more to me than any other comment on bikes I’ve been involved in.
He’ll be missed. Privateer issue 13 is good read – to realise what Steve really wanted bike tests to be about. It worked here.Posted 3 years ago
That is tragic. Such a nice, modest guy, to die so young and suddenly. My condolences to his family and friends. I met him on holiday once (cycling, obviously) and he was super nice. Most of my bike purchases have an element of his recommendation in them somewhere. RIP.Posted 3 years agoracemonkeySubscriber
If there’s going to be a memorial run then I’m gonna go up to Ashton Court for 9am next Saturday morning and do a few laps on the bike.
I rode in some local races there years back and found out Steve had also been there when I saw the results.
Obviously he finished way in front of me.
RIP StevePosted 3 years agoslackaliceMember
The shock for his family and friends must be terrible and my thoughts and prayers are for them.
I feel deeply saddened by this news and like many of you, have followed his articles, reviews and musings since what feels and is like decades. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his more recent involvement in STW, finding great resonance in his words. Someone I would have loved to have met to share a ride, shoot the breeze and learn from.
Tragic news and to all who knew and respected and loved him, my heartfelt sympathies.
He rests in peace, surrounded and immersed in love.Posted 3 years agofaustusSubscriber
Tragic news indeed. Of small consolation to his family, but the mtb community shares their pain.
He was one of the very few mtb journos who I thoroughly respected their opinion. He was a good writer, and his recent work for ST was really enjoyable. His experience and attitude made for really engaging – and wise – pieces. He had a refreshingly aloof attitude to marketing driven, hype-fuelled reviews, and helped to keep people grounded to the essentials of riding: just bloody ride and enjoy it.
There must be many people who have gone out for a reflective ride over the past few days, and that seems like a fitting honour.Posted 3 years ago
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