Video: Newcomer KC Deane Trades Snow For Dirt


KC Deane - Tabletop In Green River, Utah

This tasty slab of mountain bike video comes to us courtesy of Steven Lloyd and KC Deane. Steve is an established professional photographer from Salt Lake City, Utah, whose photos have graced the covers of pretty much every important mountain bike and ski magazine. This is only his second video project, though. Even though KC Deane isn’t a big name in the mountain bike world, he’s no stranger to big lines. He’s a professional free skier well known for big mountain charging. He’s actually been mountain biking since he was a kid and even raced XC for a while. He also used to be a pro motocross racer, but this is only his second year of real freeride mountain biking. He rides his mountain bike as much as possible in the off season (summer is the off-season if you’re a pro skier) and recently picked up Scott as a mountain bike sponsor.

KC Deane Green River Mountain Bike Video:

Steve and KC spent about a month shooting this video, making multiple trips between Salt Lake City and Green River, Utah. Steve told me it was the building that actually took up most of their time and energy. They’d make the three hour drive to Green River, work for about four days, scouting, building their lines, and shooting; and then they’d go home to rest up for a few days.

For the bike geeks, KC rode his Scott Voltage in this video. It’s a 180mm freeride bike, perfect for pinning it on steep Southern Utah spines. For the camera nerds, Steve shot most of this video with a Canon EOS 7D digital SLR, a Redged tripod and he used a Clik Elite camera pack to lug his gear around (see photo, below). The aerial clips were shot by Todd Sheridan with a handmade quad copter and GoPro Hero3 Black.

Videographer Steven Lloyd, Checking The Lines

If you’re interested in seeing KC in his “normal” environment, check out this edit from his 2012 / 2013 ski season POV camera footage. It starts with some unintended and terrifying first-person avalanche footage:

You can check out more of Steve Lloyd’s work on his Web site,, or at his Vimeo account. He and KC have another video project in the works so keep your eyes open for that if you enjoyed this video. KC Deane is all over the Web via social media sites. But if you’re really interested in following his crazy awesome life, (on August 6th he was skiing in the Andes and yesterday he was surfing the Pacific on the coast of Peru) check out his Instagram account. He’s got a great eye and he’s always in dramatic places taking beautiful photos of cool stuff. Todd Sheridan runs an aerial video company called Birds Eye Videos . You can check out more of his awesome Southern Utah aerial videos on his Web site,

KC Deane - Green River, Utah

About the author: John Shafer

John Shafer, a.k.a. Photo-John, is a respected photography expert and adventure photographer. He’s been an Mtbr forum member and contributor since 1999 and you can find his writing and photography across the Web, in mountain bike magazines and on his own Web site, John loves big mountains, rocky singletrack, low-visibility powder days, 6-inch trail bikes, coffee and tacos. Look for him pushing his bike uphill, carrying an inappropriate amount of camera gear in an overloaded backpack.

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