We’re stoked to say that same great coaches are back again this season, and we are welcoming some new ones too!
Women’s Mountain Bike Program information.
Christine Prescott: Women’s Program Coach & RMCC Program Manager
Christine has been mountain biking for over 20 years and has been involved in teaching and coaching sports for many years as well. Christine was a national level competitor with lifeguard competition and was an instructor and examiner for a number of years in lifeguard and aquatic emergency care certifications. She has been teaching cross-country skiing and mountain biking for five years and has level one certifications from the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI), the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor’s Association (PMBIA) and the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). She keeps busy as a mom of two awesome little boys, coaching with the Trek Dirt Series, and as an arts and events consultant. Christine loves to ride all mountain terrain and is looking forward to coaching the RMCC’s new MTB 301 program this year.
Tracey Gage: Women’s MTB 101 & 201, DH Camp, and Skill Sessions Coach
Tracey is a dedicated all mountain and downhill MTB rider in her fifth season coaching, and fourth season with RMCC. Tracey is a certified instructor by the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor’s Association (PMBIA) as well as an ACMG, OCC and Interpretive Guides Association certified guide and trainer. She teaches and coaches guides and outdoor leaders throughout the mountain west, is an experienced educator and runs a not-for-profit association in Canmore. She has a Bachelor of Education and Wildlife Biology degree so will be sharing her nature expertise with all the ladies she will be riding with out on the trails! Tracey has an amazing skill of helping ladies feel safe and comfortable to try new skills … and have a lot of fun with them in the process!
Jenny Burrows: Women’s MTB 101 & 201 Coach
Jenny is an avid mountain sports gal, spending her winters skiing and summers riding, and being mom to her two girls all four seasons! She began coaching while in college in the UK with the regional rock climbing team and later the beginner kayakers. Jenny has been a ski instructor for over 10 years, most of these at the Lake Louise Ski Area. Jenny is passionate about women’s involvement in (and enjoyment of!) outdoor sports, and was named to the Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance’s (CSIA) committee for women in skiing this past year. Jenny started coaching mountain biking 4 years ago and has coached with RMCC and Town of Banff Kids Camps. She is certified with the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor’s Alliance, National Coaching Certification Program, and Interpretive Guide’s Association. Her favourite Bow Valley trails are the Lake Louise Highline (for the views!) and Topp Notch for a fast technical loop right out of her front door.
Alex Eaton: Women’s MTB 101 & 201 and Skill Sessions Coach
Alex has been an avid mountain biker since she moved to Banff from the UK 14 years ago. Her passion for skiing brought her to the Bow Valley and she spent 8 seasons as a full-time instructor at Lake Louise where she gained her CSIA Level 4 certification and was also part of the instructor training team. Before teaching skiing Alex was a Phys Ed teacher and holds numerous coaching qualifications from that role. Alex has coached biking for both the Town of Banff and RMCC in women’s and kids programs and is super excited to share her love of biking again this season. When not on her bike Alex can be found racing around after her two awesome little boys!
Katy Curtis: Women’s MTB 101 & 201
Katy has been coaching with RMCC since 2014, primarily as the road coach for the Rampage Junior Race program. Coming from a mountain biking background, Katy started road riding during university while living in the UK. Katy has some serious bike skills and an awesome CV of race experience in mountain bike, road, and cyclocross, including a number of top ten finishes at Canada Cup and national level races. When not on a bike, Katy works as an engineer, both in Calgary and in the field. Katy is stoked to be joining the RMCC Women’s MTB Program coaching team this year to get some more ladies hooked on riding too!
Martha Handford: Women’s Skill Sessions & Cyclocross Coach
Martha (Coach MJ) brings over 15 years of elite and masters race experience in mountain biking and cyclocross to her coaching background. Although she started her career racing Olympic-distance MTB events, she is best known as an endurance specialist. Martha has competed at World Cup, Canada Cup, as well as racing in nine 24-hour solo races (four of these on her single speed), TransRockies Challenge, BC Bike Race, Singletrack6, Test of Metal, Furious 3, Whiskey Off-Road, Rundle’s Revenge, the Salty Dog and the Cascade Cream Puff; she has also made frequent podium visits at these events. On the cyclocross side, Martha has been racing for 15 years and enjoys switching from MTB racing to cyclocross – a discipline that requires speed, power and bike handling skills. Martha honed her cross skills in the peanut butter mud of the Cascades, racing at the elite level in the Cross Crusade series, US Gran Prix events, UCI races, and US and Canadian National Championship races. Martha has three Canadian National Cyclocross Championship medals, an Oregon State Cyclocross Championship title and a Cross Crusade Overall Series title to her credit.
Martha’s coaching approach is based on the strength of her racing experiences, but her accomplishments were always achieved while working full-time as a professional in a demanding job. Martha’s coaching philosophy is to teach her athletes how to reach their potential through individualized training plans that combine physical development with personal growth and achievement. Martha is the Head Coach of ATP Coaching in Canmore, AB.
Catherine Vipond: Women’s Skill Sessions Coach
RMCC is very excited to have Catherine Vipond join our coaching roster again this season! Catherine’s cross-country mountain bike racing highlights include representing Canada at four World Championships, winning the 2011 Canada Cup Series and earning the title internationally as 4th ranked Canadian in the same year. Catherine eagerly shares her expertise and love of mountain biking with all levels of riders coaching in both RMCC’s women’s and youth programs. She is certified with the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor’s Association and the Community Cycling Initiative and the Ready to Race! programs of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). She is working towards her Introduction to Competition Certification with NCCP.
Brittany Webster: Women’s Program Coach
You may know Brittany as one of “those cross-country skiers” in Canmore. A two-time Olympian, Brittany’s racing career highlights include Top Canadian Female Distance Skier at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and the Top Overall Amateur Female at the 2014 XTerra World Championship in Maui.
She recently retired as a skier to continue her university education (she has aspirations of becoming a physio therapist!), all the while keeping her love of racing alive by traveling across North America to XTerra races. She competes in mountain bike, road cycling and triathlon races, and has a broad knowledge base of sport physiology and nutrition. Brittany has a vibrant personality and sense of humour, and loves to share her passion for sport and the outdoors with others.
Brittany coaches the RMCC Rampage Junior Race team, and we are excited to have Brittany join the RMCC women’s MTB coaching team for our Fall Program!
Kris Michiels: Women’s MTB 101 & 201 Coach
Kris has been riding and loving the MTB trails in the Bow Valley for over 10 years and is one of the most dedicated mountain biking gals you will ever meet. Kris is a trained cycling coach through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor’s Alliance (PMBIA). She works in GIS (geographic information system) in Calgary, so you will never need to worry about getting turned around on a trail when you ride with her! Kris has raced at sport level in various cross-country races in Alberta, BC and New Zealand, including the 24-Hours of Adrenaline, Salty Dog, and Rainbow Rage. She is in her second season of coaching with RMCC, and is looking forward to getting more girls hooked on riding!