The Gravel Lot Podcast | Moniera Khan

The Gravel Lot Podcast | Moniera Khan

Our Racer Relations Manager, Moniera Khan, was a guest on The Gravel Lot podcast.  Give it a listen - it will give you a good feel of the vibe at race week. If Dre is the brain behind BC Bike Race, then Race Relations Manager Moniera Khan is the soul. Her love of all things outdoor is only surpassed by her desire to make those around her happy and feel comfortable. We talk with her this week about what new riders can expect during their week at...
Harbour Air making aviation history

Harbour Air making aviation history

Harbour Air, our founding sponsor, made aviation history last week with the first commercial e-plane flight.  We were honoured to be on hand to witness 11 months of work come to fruition. The media, armed with cameras the size of small cars, along with friends and supporters of Harbour Air gathered on the dock to watch the sleek, neon yellow plane take off at 8:30am from the Fraser River. The significant reduction in engine noise over traditional float planes was immediately obvious.  With zero emissions and operational costs reduced by as much as 80%, Greg McDougall, CEO and co-founder of Harbour Air, anticipates switching over the entire fleet eventually. McDougall, who has 8000 hours of flying a de Havilland Beaver piloted the inaugural flight and spoke to crowd after the 10 mile flight. “Today, we made history. I am incredibly proud of Harbour Air’s leadership role in re-defining safety and innovation in the aviation and seaplane industry. Canada has long held an iconic role in the history of aviation, and to be part of this incredible world-first milestone is something we can all be really proud of,” said McDougall. While still in the testing phase, this prototype lays the groundwork for exciting possibilities working with magniX.  Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX said, “The transportation industry and specifically the aviation segment that has been, for the most part, stagnant since the late 1930s, is ripe for a massive disruption. Now we are proving that low-cost, environmentally friendly, commercial electric air travel can be a reality in the very near future.” All this innovation means we can expect lower ticket prices...
BCBR Trail Day on the North Shore

BCBR Trail Day on the North Shore

Evidence suggests that the BC Bike Race team like spending time together.  Despite the cold, soggy conditions, a hardy group layered up and met for a morning of trail work on the Richard Juryn trail last Saturday.  The Richard Juryn trail was used for our Prologue course in 2019 and is a local favourite. Under the direction of Pat Podolski of the NSMBA (North Shore Mountain Biking Association) we worked on a few of the corners on the lower section of the trail.  Our mandate was to bolster a couple of the eroded berms, repair general erosion on the trail and build some grade reversals to direct water flow away from the trail.  The latter being key at this time of year so we can keep pedaling through the rain forest all winter long. Buckets upon buckets of dirt had to be hauled over to the trail. It was a muddy mess in the rain but it appears that playing in the mud never loses its appeal, no matter how old you are.  The work was challenging but so rewarding to see the result of our labours. As with all trail work, the last order of work was to leave the forest as pristine as we found it.  We diligently repaired the holes we had dug and replaced the moss where it had been moved.  Only after we got the nod from Pat that the clean up was complete, were we able to head back down the trail.  It’s hard not to feel like one of the seven dwarfs with a shovel or a pick over your shoulder and...
A fun night for the BCBR team in support of a great cause

A fun night for the BCBR team in support of a great cause

This past Saturday a group of BC Bike Crew and friends headed into Vancouver to attend a concert put on by Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express at the Vogue Theatre.  It was a fun night filled with music, drinks and laughs in good company. The concert was a fundraiser for the Potluck Café Society with songs on the setlist being sponsored by local business.  Along with BC Bike Race, sponsors included Westjet, Windsor Plywood and Leith Wheeler among others. The Potluck Café Society is a registered charity working to transform lives by creating jobs for people with barriers to employment and providing healthy food for people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).  Potluck is widely regarded as a social enterprise leader and has received a number of awards for their achievements.  We are proud to have participated in this event, not only to give back to the community but also supporting Canadian talent, while having a great time with our team. Barney Bentall is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is most well known for his 1990s-era band, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts. Their most successful Canadian singles included “Something to Live For”, “Life Could Be Worse”, “Crime Against Love” and “Come Back to Me”.  With the recent passing of John Mann of Spirit of the West – another great Canadian band - this week it was touching to see John’s memory honored on stage with a couple of covers that had the crowd on their...