Steve Worland 1954 - 2014

Farewell to contributor, hugely respected bike expert, and much valued member of our team

by John Stevenson   March 29, 2014  

Steve Worland

Cycling journalist Steve Worland has died of a heart attack while running in Ashton Court, Bristol earlier today.

The doyen of British mountain bike technical journalists, Steve started writing for Mountain Biking UK in the early 90s and was instrumental in building that magazine’s reputation for fair bike testing based on real-world riding.

He went on to edit What Mountain Bike magazine and was technical director of the mountain bike magazines at Future Publishing from 2005 until being made redundant in 2011.

In the last couple of years Steve became a valued contributor to He may have helped invent British mountain bike journalism, but Steve loved all types of riding and was a noted road racer and time triallist in his youth. He was also an accomplished expedition cyclist and outdoorsman who rode all over Europe. With Keith Bontrager he took part in the TransRockies in 2005.

Steve on the cover of MBUK in 1991 

Steve also wrote or contributed to books including ‘The Mountain Bike Book’ for Haynes and ‘The Complete Book of Mountain Biking’.

To say the team is in shock is an understatement. Steve was a fixture in the cycling media, always willing to talk bikes or go for a ride. Despite his formidable knowledge of bikes and the reputation that went with it, he was a modest, generous, self effacing man who was always happy to share what he knew.

Steve will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with all his friends and family, especially his partner Jo and their daughter Holly.

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My condolences. Sad

Work harder. Buy a tank.

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posted by userfriendly [316 posts]
29th March 2014 - 23:33


I still can't believe the news. Steve was a proper nice guy, super chilled, fun and possibly the most knowledgeable person on the subject of bicycles bar none. Gutted he is no longer with us.

It's all about the size of your cog.

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posted by TR McGowran [97 posts]
30th March 2014 - 0:24


< Gallows humour >
"Whilst out running", well, that should serve as a solid reminder to all of us to not get off the bikes then.
< /Gallows humour >

Top fucking bloke, made me aspire to do stuff and want to do even more as a teenager, which lead to almost everything I do now.

Whilst I understand his family and friends sense of loss, I truly hope they can recall and retain all of their amazing memories of him.

posted by farrell [1560 posts]
30th March 2014 - 1:38


I grew up with and respected Steve Worland's name. Been reading Steve since I was a kid. Never knew him. I'm sorry for that. He seemed like a proper decent bloke. Bye chap, you made British cycling a better place.

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posted by aslongasicycle [325 posts]
30th March 2014 - 7:41


Really sad news, I learned so much from Steve's writing. He first gave me the confidence to try fixing and building bikes, and his objectivity was always clear. I will miss his writing, and my thoughts are with the friends and family he leaves behind.

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posted by andyspaceman [231 posts]
30th March 2014 - 8:13


Sad news, RIP Steve....his name was a mtb legend.

posted by SuperG [61 posts]
30th March 2014 - 9:24


Lost for words, RIP Steve.


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posted by tourdelound [92 posts]
30th March 2014 - 11:39


Bad day ... Condolences to family and friends.


Alan - That British Bloke

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posted by ThatBritishBloke [16 posts]
30th March 2014 - 12:03


I too am stunned and shocked by this news, he was a great journalist and a cracking rider, he will be missed, my condolences to his family and friends.

posted by 124g [16 posts]
30th March 2014 - 13:15


Sad news. Met him a number of times through mbuk on bike tests.

Was also responsible with freeborn for pushing Tony Ellsworth into making the Ellsworth 'moment' which was a genre defining full-suspension mountain bike.

Great guy and huge contribution to UK cycling.

posted by hampstead_bandit [190 posts]
30th March 2014 - 17:14


Keep on riding steve....

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posted by keith roberts [186 posts]
30th March 2014 - 18:20


RIP Steve... sad day.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1289 posts]
30th March 2014 - 19:18


The loss of a absolute legend RIP Steve

posted by framebuilder [2 posts]
31st March 2014 - 6:23


My thoughts and good wishes to his family and friends at this very difficult time.

posted by NickK123 [77 posts]
31st March 2014 - 7:04


I became friends with Steve way back in the very early 90'2 I used to love visiting his house near Howarth in Yorkshire to drop off bikes for test with him. Always found him one of life's genuine nice people and was always interested in what you were working on for the future. Such a sad loss to the cycling world and my most sincere condolences to his family.

posted by proliteguy [8 posts]
31st March 2014 - 7:47


Very sad. I cycled past him about 2 weeks ago when he was jogging near Leigh Woods. Also met him a couple of times, however it was his reviews and slightly dodgy neon lyrca, that fuelled my MTBing in the early days.

ride on dude.

posted by chrisrhayes [6 posts]
31st March 2014 - 7:59


Spent this morning's ride thinking of Steve and all the lives he's touched, which is evident through the tweets, reports of his death and comments on threads like this.

Twitter: @velosam

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posted by SamShaw [274 posts]
31st March 2014 - 8:01


Holds up a piece of purple anodised.

Thank you for all the good reads. This one is for you!

posted by Yorkshie Whippet [309 posts]
31st March 2014 - 8:19


Sad news indeed. A reminder to all to live for the day. A true cycling legend. Sadly missed.

If helmets had never been invented would you never ride a bike ? Discuss....

posted by 11speedaddict [50 posts]
31st March 2014 - 8:57


So sad Sad Thoughts with all his friends & family.

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
31st March 2014 - 9:53


I'm shocked and stunned Sad

I can't imagine the MTB press without Steve's writing, he's been such an important part of it for the twenty odd years I've followed the sport. He'll be missed very much. Such sad news. RIP Steve

posted by deadcreative [10 posts]
31st March 2014 - 10:21


May his wheels forever spin. Condolences to his family, friends and work colleagues. His words will be missed. A true stalwart of the two wheeled brigade.


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posted by The _Kaner [482 posts]
31st March 2014 - 10:26


A talisman for UK MTB scene has left us. I've read many an article that Steve put out there and I've no doubt that he influenced me and others to take up fatter tyres. Applause

What a sad loss.

RIP Steve W.

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posted by mingmong [207 posts]
31st March 2014 - 11:07


Condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

posted by FlatBattery [18 posts]
31st March 2014 - 11:37


Sad and shocked.. A real loss to UK cycling and anyone that knew him in person, in writing or having met him in the bike world. Credibility as well as totally genuine and passionate about the subject. He'll be missed.

posted by james-o [208 posts]
31st March 2014 - 12:08


Very sad news indeed. He reviewed my bikes a few times and always put so much thought into a balanced and well written article. A real loss to our industy, our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Steve.


Mason Cycles.

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posted by Dom [71 posts]
31st March 2014 - 14:00


RIP, Steve. 'Ride and find where all the freedom has gone'. (Mint Sauce)

posted by Yennings [224 posts]
31st March 2014 - 16:09


Mountain biking got lucky when Muddy Fox hired Steve to design their bikes in 1985. He was quiet, measured and knowledgeable. And he was kind.

posted by cycling science... [5 posts]
31st March 2014 - 17:19


I'm So Sad. I spent a lot of the 90's with my head in a Mountain Bike magazine if I wasn't out on the bike. You knew with Steve's articles you were going to learn something useful. whether it was bike handling skills (riding ruts) or a maintenance issue. You could guarantee it would be a solid piece. After a 10 gap for me from bikes due to getting into Beer and Live Bands. To come back and see him still up there at the top of his game was very heart warming. So today I mourn you Steve, from the bottom of my heart. Ride in Peace mate x

posted by Abbie [43 posts]
1st April 2014 - 18:37


One of our number invited him out on the Saturday ride out to Clevedon, last year. A couple of the mountain bikers in our number were in awe of him but he just rode along as one of the lads, lovely fellow, chatting away at the coffee stop.
I know some people who were close to him and they're devastated.
Thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

posted by GreenMark [96 posts]
1st April 2014 - 20:22