Local mountain biker nominated for award

Deb MacKillop is one of five finalists for the Kazlaw Community Award Contest.

Deb MacKillop's mountain bike advocacy has earned her a nomination for a provincial award.

Deb MacKillop's mountain bike advocacy has earned her a nomination for a provincial award.

Nelson Cycling Club director Deb MacKillop has been nominated for B.C. Bike Race’s Kazlaw Community Award Contest.

The award recognizes individuals in B.C. who volunteer their time to improve mountain biking in their community. MacKillop was a founding member of the Nelson Cycling Club in 1997 and has been a director for 14 years. She has been involved in trail advocacy and development work, including working with the community, the regional district, forestry, B.C. Parks, and private land owners in Nelson to promote fun and sustainable mountain bike trails.

She has also been a key organizer of a number of events including the annual Fat Tire Festival, local races, kids’ rides, and women’s rides.

MacKillop is one of five finalists in the B.C. Bike Race Contest. Voting takes place online, with one winner awarded a free entry to the B.C. Bike Race. Anyone can vote by going online to www.bcbikerace.com/kazlawfinalists/. Voting closes Tuesday.

The B.C. Bike Race is a seven-day mountain bike race starting in Cumberland on Vancouver Island, traversing coastal communities through the Sunshine Coast, North Vancouver, and Squamish, ending in Whistler. The race attracts 600 participants from over 35 countries.