All Mountain Program (AMP) Coaches

All the AMP coaches are back this season, and we’re welcoming some new ones too!

All Mountain Program (AMP) information.

kevin raceKevin Eaton: AMP Head Coach
Kevin has been an avid mountain biker for over 20 years. Growing up in Nova Scotia he competed in cross-country and downhill racing as well as being involved in event organization and mountain bike officiating. Cycling and snowboarding drew him to the Bow Valley in 1997. Since then he has coached a number of youth mountain bike programs in Banff and has been coaching for RMCC for 6 years. In addition to his mountain bike coaching experience, Kevin has 20 years experience coaching / instructing full-time in the ski & snowboard industry, including certifying some of Canada’s top snowboard instructors.

Inspired by RMCC youth riders, he rekindled a passion for racing in 2014 and raced the Kootenay Rockies Enduro Series finishing 3rd overall in the masters category and 2nd overall in 2015.
“I love sharing the passion of riding bikes with riders of all ages and abilities.” 

Certifications:

  • PMBIA Level 2
  • PMBIA Level 1 Course Conductor
  • 50 Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid
  • NCCP Ready to Race! MTB Skills and Tactics
  • NCCP Ready to Race! Training Basics
  • NCCP Ready to Race! Training to Race
  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions
  • NCCP Level 2 Mountain Bike Coach
  • Cycling Canada Community Cycling Initiation
  • CASI Level 4 Instructor & Course Conductor
  • CSGA Level 1 Heliski guide
  • Recreation Management Diploma Program – Nova Scotia Teacher College

 

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Sylvain Vanier: AMP Coach
Sylvain is a proud father of two daughters who balances a busy work schedule as a red seal journeyman carpenter and family life to coach for RMCC. His passion for riding bikes and playing in the outdoors is highly infectious! In addition to coaching for RMCC since 2012, Sylvain has coached for the Mount Royal University mountain bike program. He has competed in multiple 24-Hours of Adrenaline events and other  mountain bike races.
“I just love being on my bike and feeling like I am a kid again!”

Certifications:

  • PMBIA Level 1
  • 50 Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid
  • NCCP Let’s Ride! Community Cycling Initiation

 

Greg McDonald: AMP Coach
With a love for mountain biking, Greg has committed his time to getting out for a ride. Dipping in and out of competitive mountain biking for the last 12 years, he’s tried his hand at downhill racing at events like Mt. 7 Psychosis and Crankworx in Whistler. With a move to the Bow Valley in 2012, his focus turned to pedaling up the hill to get down. Enduro racing has offered a great balance of gravity-fed descents mixed with some pedals to the top. Coaching mountain biking is a new challenge, Greg is moving into his second year of coaching the All Mountain Program in 2016.

Certifications:

  • PMBIA Level 1
  • NCCP Let’s Ride! Community Cycling Initiation

p5pb12447780Matt Monod: AMP Coach
Matt grew up in Canmore, riding all over “the dark side of the valley” and feels very fortunate to have grown up in a town with such central trail access.  Matt races extensively on the Downhill and Enduro circuits, and bases training out of Canmore and Panorama. He manages the Ski Race department at the family shop (Monod Sports) and also runs Matt & Friends, a camp and clinic business for local riders throughout the drier months. Matt is super-stoked to join the RMCC coaching crew for the 2016 season!

Certifications:

  • NCCP Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition
  • Barnett Bicycle Institute (BAM)
  • PMBIA Level 1 (pending)
  • 50 Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid (pending)
  • NCCP Let’s Ride! Community Cycling Initiation

jeffJeff Amirault: AMP Coach
Jeff has been an avid mountain bike rider since 2000, when he moved to the Bow Valley from Nova Scotia. Although rock climbing was the original reason for the move, he quickly bought a hardtail mountain bike and fell in love with exploring all of the trails in the area. In the early days, it was mostly cross-country riding as well as several races. It didn’t take long to develop a more gravity-fed focus, as well as dabbling with a bit of trials riding. These days, Jeff loves riding with his wife Alysa, their four year old son Hudson, and their dog Lloyd! Coaching and watching others improve their riding has always been a highlight of each spring and summer, since he started in 2011 with RMCC. Looking forward to the upcoming season!
‘There is a lot of dust on my road bike’

Certifications:

  • PMBIA Level 1
  • 50 Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid
  • NCCP Let’s Ride! Community Cycling Initiation

 

alanaAlana Thomas: AMP Coach
Alana has been in love with biking since she was a little kid, it was a Thomas family staple! She ditched the training wheels on her 4th birthday to prove to her dad that she needed a new bike. A few years later, Alana’s parents put her and her brother in a summer of BMX racing, and she got into mountain bike racing in 1998. Alana did a fun mix of mountain biking and xc ski racing through high school in Ontario before deciding to focus on skiing through university and for a few years after that … which is what brought Alana to Canmore. The awesome guys at Outside Bike & Ski welcomed Alana into Canmore’s bike scene while she was “still a nordic dork” and have since brainwashed her to love enduro-style riding more than anything in the world! Alana is looking forward to being involved with AMP this year and racing in several BC Enduro Series races and the Enduro World Series in Colorado.

Certifications:

  • NCCP Let’s Ride! Community Cycling Initiation

 

AidanAidan Mills: AMP Coach
Aidan is a very passionate bike rider who grew up in Calgary and moved to Canmore 5 years ago with his family. He learned to ride a two-wheeled bike at age 5 and has been riding ever since! Aidan developed his riding through his teens with the RMCC Freeriders and attended the Whistler SGC (Summer Gravity Camp) a number of times, with coaching from top pro riders Kyle Jameson, Stevie Smith, Brett Rheeder and Adrew Shandro. Skiing has also been a huge passion of Aidan’s, and for the last 14 years he raced for the Banff Alpine Racers (BAR). He retired from ski racing this past year and moved to the coaching side, where he coached the U12 program for BAR this past season. This is Aidan’s second season coaching for RMCC Spring Youth Revolution, and also for Trek Dirt Series, and we are super excited to have him join the AMP coaching team in 2016!

Certifications:

  • PMBIA Level 1
  • PMBIA Level 2
  • NCCP Lets Ride! Community Cycling Initiation
  • Standard First Aid and CPR level C
  • CSCF Level 1 and 2 (Canadian Ski Coaching Federation)
  • CSIA Level 1 (Canadian Ski Instructors Association)