The former world champion has always been open, modest, and a pleasure to talk to.
And, as one or two of his hairiest moments have almost led to more serious injury than concussion and a few broken bones, I wonder how many readers realise just how dangerous a sport it can be.
Roy Smith, however, has always shrugged away the dangers of a sport I’d never take up. For while I’ve never minded – and quite enjoy – heights, I’ve never been that partial to speed.
Go easy in your retirement, Roy. It will be a long time before the sport sees your like again.