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Getting to Know - KC Deane

Dec 10, 2016
by Tyler Maine  
KC Deane image by Grant Gunderson

KC Deane

"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

KC Deane in Landmannalaugar Iceland

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.

KC Deane Mountain Biking in Myoko

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.

KC Deane driving through the valley smashing through rivers in the Land Rover.

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.

KC Deane and Gully in Landmannalaugar 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.

KC Deane in Reykjavik Iceland.

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.

KC Deane testing out his new Scott fr10 voltage. Rainbows unicorns and backflips. Yea its all there.

Kc deane at the Rampage site.
Kc Deane green river

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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.

KC Deane in Reykjavik Iceland.

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.

KC Deane Geoff Gulevich mountain biking in Nozawa Onsen

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.

KC Deane and Geoff Gulevich in rsm rk Iceland down a trail that is rarely ridden and never had been photographed for mountain biking. It s always exciting to be somewhere and know you are one of the first to photograph MTB in the location. We lost the light behind the clouds which I was a little bummed about but it actually turned out for the better.

What’s your favorite non-bike website?

What’s your favorite motto or saying?
bigquotesIt 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

KC Deane Green river Utah

Rampage venue
High above the valley floor. This line didn t make it into the edit but was one of the more aesthetic ones he rode.

Photos courtesy of SCOTT SPORTS Photographer IAN COLLINS

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.

KC Deane and Geoff Gulevich in rsm rk Iceland underneath a spectactular Northern Lights show. The town of Reykjavik even demanded all lights be shut off in the city during this night due to the intensity of the showing here. Our crew went to Iceland with a vision to riding under the Northern Lights and we continually got shut down by weather. We photographed this the last night we were there on a 10 day trip and only saw the lights for two nights at the end of our trip departing our journey beneath a river of green in the skies.

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!

KC Deane

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.

KC Deane Geoff Gulevich mountain biking in Nozawa Onsen Japan

Check out all of Grant's images from Japan here.

Check out all of Paris' images from Iceland here.

Images by: Steve Lloyd, Stephen Graham, Ian Collins, MTB Heroes, Paris Gore and Grant Gunderson.

MENTIONS: @KCDeane / @Hayescomponents / @ENVE / @ShredOptics / @slytechprotection / @dissentlabs / @WhistlerMountainBikePark / @stevelloyd / @SCOTT-Sports / @stephengraham801 / @FASTFOKUS / @Gunder / @parisgore

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  • 50 5
 I've met KC 3 times now over the years out at Green River and the first time was super excited to see him until he was a complete tool bag that told me what I could and could not ride. The 2nd time I saw him after listening to what he said about not riding any of his shit, he drove right through our camp and while we waved at him to say hi, and as I walked over to say hi to him, he kept his window to his truck rolled up and totally blew me off. Complete tool bag. I have very little respect for dudes that think they're Gods gift to mountain biking. The good part about all of this is that one day while digging out at Green River, Kelly Mcgarry came out to do a quick photo shoot for Diamondback and was the MOST legit and nicest guy anyone could ever meet! Such a truly rad dude! RIP McGazza!
  • 17 4
 "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”—Malcolm S. Forbes.

I've heard some of the same about KC and McGarry from others.
  • 4 2
 This is the best thing I've ever heard
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 also a great man is one who has compassion on those who treat them poorly.
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Agreed, very very true words! Thank you

I gave him a clean slate 2x and he refused it. I would rather spend my life sharing memories with a few close, and caring people, than with many superficial relationships.

Cheers and to many more loamy days!

Shred on!
  • 1 0
 @KCDeane: You're such a jerk duuuuuuude haha
  • 18 9
 So much respect for KC Deane. I compete in big mountain skiing in the winter, and race downhill in the summer. I'm nowhere as good as KC but I think skiing really helps my riding and vice versa... Helps me look at the mountain differently or something idk. It's a fekn good time.
  • 4 4
 Such a talented guy!
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 Wooohoooo!!! yeah. great pictures.
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 KC Deane: Dude can ride, ski and surf like a pro. He is sponsored and makes a living doing it.

Where did I go wrong in life? I want to live his life!
  • 2 2
 Yeah, I used to tell people things like, "The effort you put in, is what you get out", but now I feel like people are also naturally gifted.
  • 10 3
 I am wondering if a trust fund was involved....
  • 5 1
 Yes to this! "I'd make A-Line the size of Crabapple Hits, and build Crabapple Hits twice the size."
  • 7 7
 I had no idea who KC was... And then one day he started following me on Instagram haha. If you want some solid inspiration photos or just like photos of people killing it go give him a follow. Awesome to see home getting some love finally on PB... The dude is no slouch on a bike!
  • 10 1
 He probably unfollowed you 10 minutes after you followed him back, that's how it usually goes with those kinda guys just sayin....
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 Damn, I can relate to this guy so much. Obsessed with Skiing, surfing and mtb. Too bad I've got 0.01% of his talent. Also I'm glad I'm not the only one who packs in so many sports in a week that my body stops functioning properly..
  • 2 2
 Its funny how guys like this can slip under the radar so easily. Happy that Pinkbike is shedding some light of those who deserve it!
  • 2 0
 pic #12. what. the...gob-smacking gorgeousness!
  • 2 1
 This is still one of my favourite edits ever - nearly 4 years old

  • 3 1
 4 years riding bikes, is he the Gwin of freeride?
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 That would involve winning something. He's more of a photo/film athlete & brand ambassador.
  • 2 0
 I've been trying to manual for four years. Still trying...
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 That Iceland pic tho.... Should be nominated for POY
  • 3 2
 come back KC ,Gobi made you up new step.
  • 1 0
 Is kc short for a full name, like Kenneth Charles or something?
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 Idahoan living the dream !
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 Bender style.
  • 1 3
 He likes skiing powder and no-boarding....hmmm....wtf does that mean? Does he snowboard and ski, cuz it seems like all the Idahomies just shred everything....
  • 2 1
 No boarding is a cross between surfing and snowboarding or a snowboard with out bindings.
  • 1 1
 neon makes you faster
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 Sounds like a good guy! Haha
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 wiked pics!
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