2019 Kazlaw Nominee: Kevin Brown (Nanaimo)

2019 Kazlaw Nominee: Kevin Brown (Nanaimo)

I would like to nominate Kevin Brown out of Nanaimo, BC for the 2019 Kazlaw Contest. Kevin Brown has been an integral part of making mountain biking happen in Nanaimo for over a decade. Known locally for developing some of the fastest and most sought-after trails the region has to offer, his attention to detail, commitment to maintenance, and outstanding trail design is appreciated by everyone on two wheels. Kevin served on the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club board from 2008 - 2018 as a trail director. Despite stepping down from the board in 2018, he’s as active as ever in helping to maintain our network. When the windstorm devastated Nanaimo in December, Kevin was out nearly every single day, torrential rain or shine, to safely remove fallen trees and debris. At trail builds, he’s always eager to share his knowledge and expertise with those who are keen to learn. Kevin has been an outstanding member of Nanaimo’s mountain biking community for years and deserves this opportunity. Thank-you Kevin for your many years of...
2019 Kazlaw Nominee: Jane Kaiser (Cowichan Valley)

2019 Kazlaw Nominee: Jane Kaiser (Cowichan Valley)

The Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society would like to nominate Jane Kaiser for the Kazlaw Community Award. Jane has been involved ever since the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society was founded in 2013 and has been its backbone ever since.  Her tireless efforts working behind the scenes as our treasurer, municipal liaison, trail day organizer, and now executive director have culminated in a strong relationship and long-term agreements with our local Municipality guaranteeing trail access for everyone in the Cowichan Valley.  She was also instrumental in the construction of the well renowned Xylem/Maple Syrup loop on Maple Mountain which was the first authorized mountain bike trail constructed in the Municipality of North Cowichan.  This trail was prominently featured in the Day 1 of the 2018 BC Bike Race and will once again be delighting riders on Day 1 of the 2019 BC Bike Race. She is hard at work as the CTSS’s executive director on future trail projects including a Flow Trail coming to Maple Mountain and a beginner-friendly kid’s loop to allow more local riders to get into the sport.  We at the CTSS would like to express our appreciation for her years of hard work making the trails of the Cowichan Valley better for everyone.   Matt Grossnickle President Cowichan Trail Stewardship...
2019 Kazlaw Nominee: Trevor May

2019 Kazlaw Nominee: Trevor May

I’d like to nominate Trevor May for the Kazlaw Award this year. Trailforks is Trevor’s baby. As we all know and use this app, Trailforks has done many many amazing initiatives for trail users and associations around the world with one of its main purposes to make the user experience for people on trails everywhere better. Trailforks does not need any introductions anymore, but here is the ‘about’ section with some background: https://www.trailforks.com/about/ Trevor is an incredibly passionate rider himself. He’s a kind, soft-spoken person and modest about the work he has done. He loves riding in all different places and terrains and with all sorts of people. He is (or has been) for years a leader of the local group: North Shore Ride. This shows that he’s passionate about getting new people introduced to the sport, and sharing great experiences. Trevor works hard and truly deserves to take part in the BC Bike Race. The Kazlaw Award would be a very fitting way of giving back to him, the way he has giving back to the trails for years and...
2019 Kazlaw Nominee: Sue Duxbury (Sunshine Coast)

2019 Kazlaw Nominee: Sue Duxbury (Sunshine Coast)

We would like to nominate Sue Duxbury for the Kazlaw Award. Sue has been active in the Sunshine Coast mountain bike community since her kids were old enough to race 20 years ago. Filling many roles that we mountain bikers, take her endless energy for granted, Sue gives her heart out as a coach, race organizer, commissaire, trail builder and volunteers in many organizations. We highlight the following accomplishments in her storied career Sue has volunteered in every BCBR since its inaugural start. Now working as a co-stage director for the BCBR stages on the Sunshine Coast. Starting in May, she is out on the stage trails every weekend, brushing, digging, building, marking, and raking making the Sunshine Coast the most memorable stages for the racers. Sue is the race director of the Sunshine Coaster (now branded as the Coaster 50), this race is one of the longest running active cross country MTB race and going on its 20year. This year, she will be stepping down as director after the race in May, but we know that she won’t be far away! Sue is a CyclingBC Commisaire which is one of the most thankless jobs at any UCI sanctioned events. Everyone needs to thank them when they race in a BC Cup/Canada Cup. Sue is a long time Search Manager of the Sunshine Coast Land Search and Rescue. Giving up her Tuesday nights, and many weekends for training, she is married to her pager in case some dumbass in light outdoor wear, gets lost and she helps to find them and get them home safe. Plus injured Mountain Bikers...
2019 Kazlaw Nominee: Valerie Pobora (Cumberland)

2019 Kazlaw Nominee: Valerie Pobora (Cumberland)

I would like to nominate Valerie Poborsa. She is the sweetest thing! Her passion for biking is obvious the minute you speak to her. She has been involved in the trail building community for four years. Val is devoted to trail building and is always out on a bike and getting dirty. One of the things she really enjoys is fixing drainage problems. Val is a RIVER RAT. They are a group of hard working trail builders.  Along with her partner Chad, she has been a formidable builder in the “Eastern block” of the Cumberland trails. They built Rapture and Monday’s child, which are featured in the BCBR. Her first trail that she had some major input on was Thursdays Child (one of my favourite warm-up trails) She picked the line for Amore and loves pulling trails together to make them connect. When she is building with her partner they do not use power tools. One of her philosophies on trail building is to make it so the trail does not need to be constantly maintained and worked on so it will be sustainable. Two years ago Val was invited to be on the trail maintenance committee and she goes out every Saturday for building and maintenance and also on Wednesday when she is not working.  When she isn’t busy riding her bike or doing maintenance she is volunteering with the “Ride Build Ride” club. They are a group of young trail builders that go out after school in the fall and spring to learn how to build and maintain the trails of Cumberland....
2018 Kazlaw Nominee: Martin Littlejohn (North Vancouver)

2018 Kazlaw Nominee: Martin Littlejohn (North Vancouver)

I’d like to nominate Martin Littlejohn for the Kazlaw Community Award. Martin Littlejohn has been behind the scenes in mountain biking for decades, helping to create a voice and platform for mountain biking in Western Canada. He is the director of the MBTA (Mountain Biking Tourism association) where his job is to work collaboratively with a network of businesses, bike clubs, communities, resorts, and government agencies to make mountain bike experiences sustainable at the local level,  accessible to a variety of visitor markets, and help to create Western Canada as the premier mountain bike destination on the planet. He also manages www.mountainbikebc.ca which is a website of resources of where to ride in BC. I have been working with Martin for almost 10 years planning and organizing trips/itineraries all over BC helping to showcase the communities and riding in different regions. Every year, two lucky winners join in on a week-long biking road trip to help showcase these regions. Martin is one of the most down to earth individuals I have ever met. He is incredibly fun to travel with, a great rider and contributes countless volunteers hours towards helping our sport grow.  He is dedicated, passionate and a great voice for our...