WATCH: Hundreds of people turned out to honour Steve Smith in Nanaimo last night
Many knew the 26 year old personally and watched his rise from the BMX track to the world stage.
Stands at the Nanaimo BMX track were packed with people wanting to show their support for the young cyclist who died Tuesday following a motocross crash.
Smith died after he suffered major brain injuries riding in his hometown of Nanaimo.
Steve Smith’s best friends wore t-shirts bearing his name and rode a silent lap around the track to pay tribute before the night’s races.
A Go Fund Me page has accumulated over $26,000 in Smith’s honour.
The money will be donated to the Tiann Smith Initiative to help young talented athletes.