Patty McKeeman – 2020 Racer Profile

Patty McKeeman – 2020 Racer Profile

Patty McKeeman is the only woman over 60 on our start line for 2020.  We’re in awe and wanted to learn more about her.  Here’s what she had to say. The first real trail I ever rode was Stanley Gap in the North Georgia Mountains which is still one of the toughest trails in the area.  It was the early 1990’s, and I rode a fully rigid steel bike. I can’t count how many times I crashed, but I fell in love with the sport!! At the time, I was in the middle of an Olympic Sailboarding Campaign but never made it to the Olympics. After the trials, I bought a mountain bike and never looked back. Because of competing so much with sailboarding, I had no desire to compete in MTB races.  I just wanted to be in the woods on my bike. To motivate and challenge myself, I enter a few long-distance events a year. My passion for mountain biking continued to grow through the years as it is a sport that can be done anywhere in the world and isn’t as dependent on the weather as sailing is. Soon after discovering the sport, I found that there were great trails in (believe it or not) central Florida, which are pretty technical. I can ride year-round in our backyard, and now, 25-years later, I’m taking my grandson with me!! I am very nervous about the BCBR for several reasons.  First the logistics of getting there and making all the travel arrangements.  Also all the thoughts that go through my head: am I ready, have I trained enough,...
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...