In 2007 we needed to create and dream big.We started our little venture with a call out to people we knew... we said, "come along to a come n try day of mountain bike skills"... 40 people turned up. We looked at each other and said "well let's learn how to do this". Since then we've had many highs and lows... our little venture has created a great number of friends, allowed us and those around us to travel, learn invaluable skills and along the way change people's lives by giving them confidence to stretch themselves and have more fun on their bikes.
Over the past 9 years we've also grown to become one of the most respected brands in skills instruction and good times. Well over 3500 people have experienced our brand of good times and solid instruction. We've also had the great pleasure of having many amazing people join as on the journey as our instructors and supporters
All of them are important to us and a few have been with us almost the whole journey
Adam Kelsall & Liz Mulconry jumped on board with us from the very start. We will be forever grateful to both of them. They both now have their own skills and coaching business', please seek them out.
Rowan Lamont from Brisbane was our first official "branch out"... Rowan is one of the smoothest riders I've ever encountered and an amazingly talented teacher.
Sue Sprott from Tasmania had faith in us and our systems and took our brand to "the little island" along with her group of instructors.
Also Darren Rutherford from Giant Bicycles Australia, has had our back pretty much since day one. His ideas, support and guidance continue to have an influence on our lives.
Thank you to all our many instructors who helped us along the way.
Our lives are richer in so many ways because of the people we have met and worked with along the way
So what does all this mean?
After much discussion Jess and I have decided to shut down MTBSkills.com.au and it's associated skills delivery business. There will be some tears and pain, however both Jess and I feel that we no longer have the energy to continue. Our future is bright.
We'd like to think that we provided great times, good value and a few laughs. We kept people as safe as we good at all times and our risk management and safety record is somewhat enviable
To you the past participant, we would encourage you to continue to learn and stretch yourself... go find a skills instructor and do another course
Our events business "We Ride Bikes" will continue to grow... and this we are tremendously excited about. Please come and checkout one of our many events
Thanks once again for the great times and even better memories
Jess & Norm Douglas