Lorraine was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, where she developed a desire for mountain adventures at a young age. In high school, she started taking avalanche and winter backcountry courses. Her passion for mountain biking began in grade 11 when one of her friends lent her a mountain bike. What started as a fun activity that would fill in the months between her winter snowboard adventures quickly evolved into her life’s primary focus.

In 1994, Lorraine qualified for her first professional World Cup Dual Slalom and raced her way to a top-ten finish. This achievement was the catalysis that kick-started her competitive career. Over the years, she acquired notable accolades, including becoming the Canadian National Downhill Champion, Masters World’s Downhill Champion, Crankworx Womensworx Gala Champion, and the inaugural Crankworx Whip-Off World Champion.   

Along the way, she grew her passion for giving back to the sport of mountain biking. Her mentorship and trail advocacy has been equally as distinguished as her competitive achievements. She has spent countless volunteer hours mentoring riders as well as advocating for sustainable trail access. A BC provincial park has a trail named after her for her efforts in creating a mountain bike friendly park.  

In recent years, Lorraine has also pushed the envelope for self-supported backcountry mountain bike adventures. She has explored remote, unmapped, wild vicuna trails in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert and pioneered new backcountry bikepacking routes in British Columbia. Her adventures are shared on media outlets such as Outside TV and National Geographic Adventure.

Lorraine currently splits her residence between Revelstoke and Invermere, British Columbia. She is excited to be a mentor in the Ride Like A girl program and is looking forward to helping her mentee achieve her goals. “The Ride Like A Girl program is an amazing opportunity for everyone, and it is an honour to be a part of this incredible initiative.

Lorraine Blancher