We are a progressive, volunteer driven non-profit association with a mission to lead sustainable and inclusive mountain biking opportunities in and around Kelowna.
The Directors at MTBCO are community members that are dedicated to MTBCO’s goals to build, maintain and advocate for mountain biking in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan. Give a director a high five when you see them out on the trails, as they volunteer a significant amount of their time to improve your riding.
We would like to acknowledge and honour the Syilx tmixʷ (Okanagan) people on whose traditional land we recreate and enjoy.
I moved to Kelowna from Grande Prairie in 98. Started biking as physio for a skateboard injury and fell in love with the trail networks here. When the fires in 2003 wiped out a lot of the network, I got together with a group of good friends to rebuild. Over the years, I have put my handiwork into numerous trails in Kelowna and will continue to for as many years as possible. I joined the MTBCO board of directors 10 years ago to help get the trail network that I spend most of my time on legalized, and will continue to push for the support of trails. Without trails there would be no fun and no one wants that. Here's to the good times and the good trails! Cheers!
Community & Membership
I started mountain biking at an older age than I care to admit. I've tried to make up for lost time and have spent the past 6 seasons committed to growing as a rider. I love everything about it - the challenge, the focus, the thrill, and the community. I lead women's group rides and recently became certified as a Level 1 Instructor with the Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association. I've joined MTBCO to help grow membership and build on engagement with the community - more engaged members means a stronger voice, access to more grants and opportunities, and an even better network of trails!
It was a life changing moment that night at Baxter's Bar&Grill. It was 1999 and the floor was packed with mountain bikers eager to see the premier of Kranked 2. That film changed the way I wanted to ride bikes. The dawn of the freeride era was here and it was time to build trails. I started building at Gillard alongside the original builders in 2000. In 2003 our beloved trails were lost to a wildfire and I spent the following years reopening trails with hopes of bringing the network back to the popularity we once enjoyed. Soon after, I joined the first board of directors for MTBCO. As family and career became priority, I had to step away from trail building but always found time to ride my bike. Now 2020, I have jumped fists first back into the seat with MTBCO. My main role is working with Rec Site & Trails BC to preserve Gillard as the freeride destination it is known for, bringing the trails up to current standards and planning for a sustainable future. I would like to thank the past MTBCO directors for all the leg work done to get us here. These are exciting times and I'm looking forward to the future of mountain bike trails in the Central Okanagan.
Director at large
I moved back to Kelowna 15 years ago after spending 12 years living in Whistler, spending most of my days riding or skiing. I have always loved cycling of all types… but mountain biking is where my passion for two wheels really lies. As part of the original Crankworx event management team, I helped to establish the groundwork for what is arguably one of the most popular mountain bike events in the world. Now that I spend as much time as possible riding the amazing trail networks in the Central Okanagan with my family and friends, I look forward to helping shape not only our trail networks, but also to grow the mountain bike community.
Marketing & Communications
Bikes have been a part of my life forever. I used to race (road and track mostly), but have the most fun mountain biking. Moved to Kelowna in 2020 from Calgary. I’m absolutely floored by the diversity of trails available around Kelowna. We have access to some world class trails and I’m excited to help advocate and improve things where I can. I might be a weirdo but I’m super excited about a climbing trail at Gillard! Getting to the top of Gillard or Oblivion is quite the challenge.
I discovered my love for mountain biking at Silverstar on a family vacation in 2007. Since then I began racing downhill, created a racing team based out of Edmonton, moved to Whistler, got too many concussions, quit racing, and moved to Kelowna in 2015 for college. I love the diversity of trails that the Okanagan valley offers, and the ability to ride year long. So much so that I have started my career as a CPA in Kelowna. It feel grateful to be able to combine my passion for mountain biking with my profession, and give back to the community in the process.
Director at Large
Shelley and I moved to Kelowna with our young family in 1996. I had previously competed in a few triathlons but primarily I was a runner, preferably on trails. My first real mountain biking experience was Race the Rockies, an annual multidisciplinary adventure race held for several years around Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. After a few bike upgrades and lots of experience (crashes) on the trails I was beginning to feel comfortable. Things really improved when Shelley got her first mountain bike and we started riding together. The trails in and around Kelowna are fantastic and we have ridden around BC, with trips to Utah and Arizona to warm up for the season.
Director at Large
Mountain biking in Kelowna has connected me to the land and the people of the Okanagan. I want to make sure that this land is protected and cared for as more and more people find their ways onto the trails. I am relatively new to mountain biking but it has changed me - it is my meditation and it is my joy.