"KC Deane isn't just another cyclist to follow on Instagram. KC is one of, if not, the hardest working athlete in action sports. Coming from a background of professional Free Skiing, he is used to hustling in freezing temperatures and wrestling through the chest-deep snow to earn the magazine slots and make those videos. When the interest in mountain biking became apparent, KC leapt at the opportunity to show his talent and earn his place in two industries. Having a natural eye for photography and a vision for "the shot," I have witnessed him choose angles for photographers that they may not have seen. Working from dawn until dusk, 369 days a year, KC Deane is here to stay." - Geoff Gulevich
Who is KC Deane?
Ah you know, just a guy trying to have a time on bikes or skis, and a surfboard when I'm not doing those things. But the short answer I guess is I am a pro skier and mountain biker. Where are you from and where do you live?
I grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho which is just below Fernie, BC across the border. Now I call my bike bag and ski bag home most days, but when I'm not on the road, I'm in Whistler, BC.
Who do you ride for?
I ride for Eddie Bauer, SCOTT, Hayes/Manitou/Answer, ENVE, SHRED, Slytech, Spacecraft, Dissent Labs, Whistler Blackcomb, and Arcade. Where are you happiest?
In the mountains or in the ocean. I really value the people I have been able to work with and everyone around biking or skiing for that matter, but I really find a lot of happiness in being alone or with a small group of people up in the mountains riding a bike. I'm also really happy when I am in Mount Currie Coffee in Whistler haha.
What’s been your favorite contest venue?
Hmm, I'd have to say either Nine Knights or Crankworx in Whistler. With Crankworx I've been hurt every year since I started riding, with the exception of this past August. So to do Deep Summer, Whip-off and Air DH was so much fun. I'm really looking forward to next summer! Where are your favorite trails?
Whistler, BC or Iceland.
What are your strengths?
Never quitting, and going until I get whatever it is I am trying to do. What are your weaknesses?
Never quitting, and going until I can't go anymore. I am getting better, and a bit smarter but over the years I would just push myself to where I got so tired that I would either crash or pretty much have my body shut down.
What’s been your worst crash over the years?
Hmm, I'd say filming with Steve Lloyd 3 years ago in Green River, Utah. I built a step-down and laid a flip out a bit too much first tee. I separated my AC joint and got a mild concussion. In the end, I didn't get hurt that bad, but it was the first crash where I really hit hard, and the first time I had crashed hard on a flip haha. What’s been your luckiest escape?
I'd have to say at Rampage in 2014, Paul and I teamed up and built a line, the same one that he rode in 2015. The biggest hit on the course was our canyon gap up at the top. After doing run-ins with Paul and testing the speed I finally guinea pigged it, and as I popped off of the lip I thought I had the right speed. But just as I hit the mid-point I knew that I was about a wheel or half a wheel short so I pushed the bike so that I would land front tire first. I ended up clearing it but when I landed I snapped my handlebars in half and went OTB hahaha. I was fine and I ended up getting some new bars and going back up and clearing it no problem. Which bike from over the years, conjures up the best memories?
Well, I have had some good memories on the Gambler when I was on SCOTT. I rode that bike in Green River a lot, China, Rampage, and Red Bull Skygate. Some good times for sure.
What bikes are you riding right now?
Scott Gambler and Genius LT Tuned, both equipped with Manitou/Hayes/Answer components and Enve wheels. Who’s your favorite rider?
Man, I'd say I have a few. Paul Basagoitia, Mason Mashon, Kelly McGarry, Geoff Gulevich, Mike Hopkins, and Chubey are on the list. Also the dudes, Nicholi, E-boy, Reed, and DJ. There are too many riders to list.
Who or what inspires you?
Good people. People like Kelly and JP. Both were such great people and I really miss having them here with us. With Kelly, every time we would ride, it didn't matter who he talked to, it could be a super fan or the lift operator he always treated people the same. And JP was also the same. What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?
Well, I ski professionally, and I really love riding powder both on skis and a no-board. When I'm not doing that I love surfing and I take any chance that I can to sneak off and surf somewhere.
What are you listening to right now?
Oh man, pretty solid mix. Metallica, Misfits, Righteous Brothers, Ben King, DMX, Bob Marley and more. I like a good mix of everything. What’s your favorite movie/ TV show?
I pretty much stick to watching sports. Pleasure from Level 1, Strange Rumblings in Shangri La, Lifecycles, and Where the Trail Ends.
What’s your favorite non-bike website?Surfline.com What’s your favorite motto or saying?
|It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. - Teddy Roosevelt| What grinds your gears?
Missing a shift and hitting a quick uphill haha. Man...not much. People who chew with their mouth open, and people that are late. What makes you happy?
Biking, Skiing, Surfing, coffee, and being with good people.
If you weren’t a pro mountain biker and pro skier, what would you be doing?
I'd be bumming it somewhere riding and surfing. Then skiing and surfing through the winter. Maybe in Indo, because I could stretch my dollars and go feral ha ha. If you were in charge of the sport, what changes would you make?
I'd make A-Line the size of Crabapple Hits, and build Crabapple Hits twice the size. When you hang up your riding shoes, how do you want to be remembered?
That I was a good person that treated people well. And I guess as a rider, someone that created content both video and photo that made people want to go ride their bike!
What does the future hold for KC Deane?
Lots of trips! I'm really looking forward to next season, and I'm already trying to plan some adventure trips. It's awesome riding for Manitou/Hayes because I get to do trips with Gully and I really want to do some more, fun adventures for them next season. Gully and I went to Iceland and Japan this Fall together, and it's trips like that, that in the end get me really stoked on riding. I still want to freeride and do some stuff up the Fraser river with Mason, but going on an adventure in a far off place is so awesome. And overall I just want to keep pushing my riding. Since it has only been my 4th year riding, now I feel like every summer I keep getting better and more comfortable in every aspect of it. So I just want to continue that. In short, the future holds a lot more time on the bike and looking forward to working with awesome people in the bike world.
Check out all of Grant's images from Japan here
Check out all of Paris' images from Iceland here
Steve Lloyd, Stephen Graham, Ian Collins, MTB Heroes, Paris Gore and Grant Gunderson.