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Our Team

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Christine Ma

Owner and Coach

Hi! I’m Christine, also known as Mazzy, and I’m originally from Richmond Hill, ON. While I didn’t discover mountain biking until my adult life, it has made me love and appreciate the dedication required to improve that much more.

After 9+ years of experience in the Outdoor Adventure industry around Canada and New Zealand, my skills, knowledge and passion for sharing the joy of biking have led me to create Ridetheory. Who knew that dogsled guiding or working ground crew for a heli-ski company could eventually lead me here?

Using my PMBIA Level 2 Mountain Bike Instructor certification and M.Sc in Kinesiology (Biomechanics), I enjoy helping all demographics improve their mountain bike skills – especially women. Having co-created one of the first women’s only programs in Nelson, NZ, I understand the mental and physical challenges that present themselves in a male dominated sport. Regardless of who you are, I encourage you to get out there and have fun on a bike!

Aside from being an avid dirt jumper, downhill rider, and sly-comment maker, I also enjoy sliding around on snow with a plank or two attached to my feet, and pulling myself up vertical rock walls.

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Jena Greaser

Coach and Guide

Jena has ranked as a professional bike race athlete in the top 10 Nationally (USA) with both cyclocross and cross country mountain biking, is the reigning US Fat Biking National Champion, became a British Columbian cross-country marathon mountain bike Provincials Champion, has taken the overall win (and podiums) in several prominent international mountain bike stage races, and in her first year of racing elite enduro, qualified to partake in the Enduro World Series circuit. 

In addition to coaching for Ridetheory, she currently instructs clinics with Youth Action Sparwood and is an Early Childhood Educator Assistant. Aside from various cycling coach experience, she has a career background in downhill ski-race coaching and ski instruction, outdoor education and leadership, youth and family activity programming, community athletic event planning, garden and nutrition education, rock climbing and high/low ropes specialist, summer camp assistant directorship, and a teacher in the realms of preschool, grade-school substitute, and special needs.

Jena is a technically dominant rider. She loves the authentic challenge of raw, natural terrain and features. The rootier and rockier, the better! 

Dylan Bailey

Dylan Bailey

Coach and Guide

Dylan’s love for mountain biking started way back in 1996 in his hometown of Thunder Bay, ON. His oldest brother was a local legend and got him stoked on the sport from a young age. By the age of 17, Dylan was heading down to Minnesota to race his heart out and shortly after, he and his friends helped establish the Black Sheep Mountain Bike Club. After many years of riding, racing, a three year career as a bush pilot and 10 years of teaching aviation, Dylan has made Fernie his home, along with his partner Jena and their dog, Apollo.

He has competed in the XC Canada Cup series at the elite level but also loves fat biking, enduro and especially multi-day stage racing. Dylan loves steep, technical and rough riding, both up and down! When he’s not out pedaling a bike, you can find him working in the shop at Gearhub, out hiking, snowboarding/splitboarding, nordic skiing, playing hockey, snowshoeing or maybe even out trying to catch some fish.

 

Coach Alex Horechka

Alex Horechka

Coach and Guide

Stop me if you have heard this one before, a prairie kid comes to B.C. and never leaves. This is close to Alex’s story. With almost 20 years’ experience biking all over B.C. Alex made Fernie his permanent home in 2017. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Alex learned his cross-country biking skills riding and racing with Northern Bush Rastas. Along with biking he was involved with many other sports such as  hockey, Canadian football, golf, baseball, snowboarding and curling to name a few. Alex has always been around sports enjoying the physical and mental challenge it brings along with the comradeship.  

From his early teens, Alex fell in love with the mountains including mountain biking. Making it his goal to visit in the summer every year and get on his bike. This passion eventually got him to move to the  mountains and acquire his Level 1 PMBIA certification. If it’s riding those steep sections better, cornering with more confidence or picking the right lines Alex loves to do it all, teach it all, and isn’t shy to have a laugh while doing it.

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Val Turbak

Ride Leader

Val leads our Women’s Social Rides. She has been riding in the Fernie area for over 7 years and proclaims it’s where she fell in love with the sport. She loves exploring the trails and sharing her passion for biking while building community.
Val has also worked in bike shops for many years. She has a lot of knowledge about proper gear and bike maintenance to share. She is passionate about getting more women riding and inspiring them to feel positive and confident on the trails. She loves challenges, but always keeps a light-hearted sense of humour when riding. Val has been an advocate for teaching do-it-yourself bicycle maintenance and leading group rides for women in several bike shops and clubs in both Calgary and Fernie.

Testimonials

What People Are Saying

Jena was great! Informed, positive, enthusiastic. She did such a great job of sharing her knowledge, providing lessons, and encouragement. She had great information and was great at helping everyone out.

- Carrie W.

I'm so incredibly glad to have taken a lesson with Ridetheory- Christine was fantastic at creating a safe, comfortable setting and tailored the class to move at my pace. I was admittedly pretty nervous while approaching some difficult skills, but I found her positive reinforcement, encouragement, and obvious enthusiasm for sharing the sport made the lesson so much fun. I would highly recommend Ridetheory to anyone who else who is interested in the sport but unsure how to begin!”

- Stephanie N.

"As a somewhat new beginner, I was looking for instruction to help me gain confidence on the trails and the two private lessons allowed us to work at my pace. My instructor was great at finding ways to explain new techniques to me, then gave me practical ways to practice them. I highly recommend Ridetheory!"

- Sonya F.