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OUR COACHES

Meet Our Team Of Instructors

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I've ridden bikes my whole life but I started mountain biking in my 20s and absolutely fell in love with it. Whether it's hitting my local cross-country trails, jumping on the shuttles for a day of gravity-fed excitement or cruising the rail trail with my daughter, (or even occasionally pulling the road bike out of the garage!), I just love being out on my bike.

I compete in Expert-level Gravity Enduro races around Victoria, I am the 2023 & 2024 Victorian Gravity Enduro Bronze Medallist (Masters Women 35-44), and I am the 2022 Victorian Gravity Enduro Tour Winner (Sport Women). In 2023, I completed the infamous Redback XC Race in Alice Springs, and I also coach children for my local cycling club.

 

I have been lucky enough to have access to a lot of high-quality skills coaching in that time, and I've seen first-hand the enormous impact that the coaching - but also a coach who understands you - can have on your riding and your confidence.  

 

As a woman who started mountain biking as an adult (not as a fearless teen), I understand that finding the right mindset and gaining confidence is more than half the battle for riding and progressing.​

 

As a qualified Professional Mountain Bike Instructors' Association (PMBIA) Level 1 MTB Instructor, helping other riders find the joy in mountain biking has become my passion. ​PMBIA is the globally recognised gold standard in modern MTB coaching, you'll find PMBIA-qualified instructors worldwide. And you'll also find plenty who are not PMBIA-qualified. I firmly believe in the PMBIA methodology - where we work from the ground up, using biomechanics to learn fundamental skills to improve our riding - no matter our level.

But I also believe that finding a coach who understands your goals, your motivations, and your mindset is just as important as one with the right piece of paper.  

So if you're looking to progress your riding - or even just think you'd like to get into mountain biking for the first time - get in touch and we'll help get you out there!

QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Qualifications: Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association (PMBIA) Level 1 | PMBIA Kids' Coaching Module | PMBIA E-Bike Coaching Module

Tickets: Working with Children Check | HLTAID011 Provide First Aid | HLTAID009 Provide CPR

Professional Associations: Member of the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor's Association

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Ash is a lifelong mountain biker with an Australian national Downhill Championship and an overseas World Cup racing career under his belt. These days, though, you'll find him mostly in Mystic Park, hitting the upper trails with friends, shredding the lower trails with his daughter or coaching other riders. Occasionally, he’ll even pull on the lycra, pull out the road bike and hit the Bright Morning Bunchie!

 

Ash is a Level 2 PMBIA Instructor with a decade-long career in outdoor education. He is passionate about life in the outdoors and loves sharing that experience with other riders. He brings a unique perspective to his mountain bike coaching and his experience, along with his cool, calm demeanour makes him a drawcard for many riders.

 

He is on the board of Mystic Park as a volunteer board member and representative for the local Alpine Cycling Club, where is a two-time winner of the Club’s Volunteer of the Year award, and the race director for the popular Bright Gravity Enduro and co-race director for the Summer MTB Series.

 

“Being part of an active cycling community in one of the best places to ride in Australia  – it’s what dreams are made of! And being able to do my little bit to help the sport grow makes me really happy,” he says.
 

QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Qualifications: Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association (PMBIA) Level 2 | PMBIA Kids' Module | PMBIA E-Bike Module | Bachelor of Physical Education

Tickets: Working with Children Check | SISSS00126 Wilderness First Aid | HLTAID011 Provide First Aid | HLTAID009 Provide CPR

Professional Associations: Member of the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor's Association | Victorian Institute of Teaching

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