Our Instructors & Staff

Professional and passionate about mountain biking AND teaching, we are focused on making your experience great and your skills sharp.  We want learning and practicing skills on the trail to be super fun.


  

Instructor Mike McGuire Whistler

Mike McGuire
Founder & PMBIA Certified Instructor
 
With over 30 years of mountain bike riding under his jersey, Mike has been around long enough to remember the times before front shocks and clipless mountain bike pedals. A native of Ottawa-Gatineau, he’s been riding the local trails all his life and has travelled across North America to many riding destinations.  Riding the Utah desert is his favorite place to be.  He rides 12 months a year, fatbiking, bike packing and gravel riding if the trails are closed.  A contract instructor at Carleton University for over a decade, he’s funny and energetic and loves to see others improve.  He’s a dedicated volunteer for the local Mountain Bike Association and logs hundreds of rides every season.

 

Instructor Chris Wood Upper Zen Utah
 
Chris Wood
Founder & PMBIA Certified Instructor
 
Coming from a racing and road background, Chris has logged countless hours on adventure and 24 hour races and now spends his time seeking MTB bliss.  A genuine team player and all-around nice guy, he truly understands what crossover riders need to learn to fully embrace off-road riding.  He still rides road but feels the call of the bigger and gnarlier trails every spring.  With 2 young children in development, has the patience of a monk.  Chris loves to guide people into new territory and skills and is always excited to be there when somebody gets it.  "I know, right?"

 
Instructor Sandra Beaubien Utah Gooseberry South Rim
Sandra Beaubien
Founder & PMBIA Certified Instructor

Sandra got into mountain biking when she spent a year in Ottawa as a co-op student during University.  She fell in love with Gatineau Park and returned after her studies to work as a high-school teacher and decided to stay!  That year she started the MTB Chicks, Ottawa-Gatineau’s Women’s MTB group.  She has biked all over the world, including North America, New Zealand and Nepal.  Teaching and mountain bikes are her two biggest passions and she is super-stoked to bring both together and help other riders to grow their skills and become great riders.