Men’s MTB Program Coaches February 6, 2016 We have a stellar team of coaches on board for our second Men’s MTB Program season! Men’s MTB Program information. John Smits: MTB 101 Coach John is a top-level snowboard instructor, level two certified through the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor’s Association, and has a Bachelor of Sport Performance and Physical Activity. He’s been coaching with RMCC for a few seasons and is the Head Coach for the Youth Spring Revolution and Summer Youth MTB Camps. John lives in Canmore with his wonderful fiance Sarah, and loves sharing his passion for riding with new and developing riders. Certifications: PMBIA Level 1 & 2 CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) Level 4 Bachelor of Sport Performance Wilderness First Aid Remote Responder NCCP Community Cycling Initiation Brian Bain: MTB 201 and Skill Sessions Coach Brian’s is newly transplanted to the Bow Valley, working as an engineer. After coaching a few sessions with RMCC’s Rampage Junior Race Program last season, Brian is very excited to join the RMCC adult programs coaching team. Brian has over 15 years of racing experience from all over North America and is thrilled to teach some of those skills he learned along the way. He is certified with the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor’s Association and the National Coaching Certification Program’s Community Cycling Initiative. Welcome Brian, we look forward to hitting the trails with you and learning your speed secrets! Kevin Eaton: Skill Sessions 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, including several years as the club’s Head Coach and now the Head Coach of the Youth All Mountain Program (AMP). 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 that year and 2nd overall in 2015. 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 NCCP/Cycling Canada Community Cycling Initiation CASI Level 4 Instructor & Course Conductor CSGA Level 1 Heliski guide Recreation Management Diploma Program – Nova Scotia Teacher College Matt Monod: Skill Sessions 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 again for the 2017 season with the Youth All Mountain Program (AMP) and Men’s Program! Certifications: NCCP Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition Barnett Bicycle Institute (BAM) PMBIA Level 1 (pending) 50 Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid Jeff Amirault: Skill Sessions 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 five 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’s Youth All Mountain Program (AMP) . Looking forward to the upcoming season! “There is a lot of dust on my road bike” Certifications: PMBIA Level 1 & 2 50 Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid NCCP Let’s Ride! Community Cycling Initiation Gavin Connor: Skill Sessions Coach Gavin has coaching certifications with the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor’s Association, NCCP and the Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance, not to mention wicked bike skills from years of BMX, dirt jumping, cross-country and downhill MTB riding. He grew up in Canmore riding our awesome local trails and brings lots of experience working with kids, as well as an infectious passion for riding bikes to the RMCC coaching team! He coached with RMCC Rampage for two seasons and is also the owner of Hang-Time Bike parks, and led the re-design of the Canmore Cemetery Jump Park and the Canmore Nordic Centre bike skills park.