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

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 road.cc. 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 road.cc 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.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Stratman [70 posts] 1 year ago
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He'll be sadly missed - I always enjoyed his writing

Condolences to his family

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STEVESPRO 79 [531 posts] 1 year ago
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Sad news..........  2 41 Good honest writer..... RIP..

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jugster [40 posts] 1 year ago
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Oh no. Shocked and saddened to read that. Sympathy and condolences to his family.

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jugster [40 posts] 1 year ago
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Oh no. Shocked and saddened to read that. Sympathy and condolences to his family.

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ped [208 posts] 1 year ago
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So so sad. There are names synonymous with UK cycling and Steve will always be one of them.

RIP.

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Bez [587 posts] 1 year ago
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Memorable as the calm voice of reason and knowledge from when I started reading MBUK some 23 years ago and ever since.

Ride in Peace, Steve.

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mattbibbings [81 posts] 1 year ago
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I have enjoyed Steve's contribution to the cycling world since I was a snotty little kid picking up my first MBUKs in the early 90s. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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gazza_d [451 posts] 1 year ago
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Hell! Shocking sad news. Read Steve's articles off and on since the 90s. His opinions always came across as well balanced and considered.

A very sad loss to UK cycling, but even more so to his family

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Gizmo_ [1333 posts] 1 year ago
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Awful news. Remember his work for MBUK in the 90s.

Condolences to all who knew him.

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Mat Brett [599 posts] 1 year ago
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Steve loved bikes, he was a great rider and an excellent writer, but what really matters is that he was simply a fantastic bloke. It’s a privilege to have known Steve and called him a friend.

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Nick T [913 posts] 1 year ago
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My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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AnalogueAndy [30 posts] 1 year ago
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Wow, such sad news. I had the pleasure of riding with Steve a few times, John's eulogy describes him perfectly, I can only imagine how hard it must have been for you to write.

Thoughts are with his family, everyone at Road.cc and everyone else who will be touched by his untimely passing.

Another good guy taken too soon.

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allez neg [497 posts] 1 year ago
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Oh no!  2

I too, as with many of the above, remember Steve's writing in MBUK and MTB Pro from the good old days of purple anodising and one bike that did xc, downhill, uphill and everything in between. Happy days of skinny steel tubes, flat bars and titanium worship that in themselves are much missed.

Having seen his name on here recently it was nice to see that despite all the changes in the media and bike industries he was still plying his trade in the here and now - surely a pretty damned good way of making a living, and living a life.

My condolences to the road.cc crew and his family.

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mbrads72 [163 posts] 1 year ago
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Shocking is an overused word, but I am truly in shock. Steve's writing from 1991 is partly responsible for getting me back into cycling after the motorcycle/car years of late teens, and thereby responsible for my current good health over 20 years later.

Godspeed Steve, keep the rubber side down.

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minnellium [83 posts] 1 year ago
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This is so depressing. Steve was a great writer, and that is only how I new him. I'm deeply saddened.

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jonb [37 posts] 1 year ago
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Such sad news. I've enjoyed his work for many years. I'm sure he'll leave a massive hole for his family, friends and colleagues - my thoughts are with them  2

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 1 year ago
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So sad, so so sad.

Read his articles since the early days MBUK and read his article in Singletrack today.

Whenever I see his name I still read 'rugged and windswept' as a middle name!

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Hoester [67 posts] 1 year ago
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Such sad news. RIP Steve. Thoughts and best wishes to those he leaves behind. A life well lived, I'd like to imagine.

His articles have inspired me from childhood, and continued to do so to the present day. His work has just always been there, through my entire cycling life.

When you saw Worland's name at the top of the page, you knew you were in for a treat.

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giff77 [1191 posts] 1 year ago
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So sad. Thoughts and prayers with family at this time.

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Scowel [48 posts] 1 year ago
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So sad, have respected Steve's journalism since the early days of reading MBUK in my teens. RIP Steve and condolences to your family, a legend has left the building x

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Carlton Reid [126 posts] 1 year ago
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MTB legend.

Shit and crap.

RIP.

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captain_slog [322 posts] 1 year ago
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Very sorry to hear this. I was enjoying one of his reviews just a few hours ago, so a bit of a shock.

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Neil753 [447 posts] 1 year ago
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Very sad. RIP Steve.

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userfriendly [538 posts] 1 year ago
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My condolences.  2

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TR McGowran [15 posts] 1 year ago
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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.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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< 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.

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aslongasicycle [380 posts] 1 year ago
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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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andyspaceman [241 posts] 1 year ago
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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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SuperG [102 posts] 1 year ago
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Sad news, RIP Steve....his name was a mtb legend.

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tourdelound [151 posts] 1 year ago
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Lost for words, RIP Steve.

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