Find Local Coaches

The Coaches section is focused on helping you find someone that would align with the ichoosebikes model around the country. Leigh hopes to infect a nation with mountain bikers that are being taught by qualified instructors. The following coaches have either worked with Leigh or have come highly recommended. If you would like to be added to the page, please confirm your certification and all coaching information and email Leigh to get your name added to the list at ichoosebikes@gmail.com to help riders find you.

Coaches (by state)

Alaska

Alabama

Arkansas

Arizona

  • Martha Lemen, IMBA ICP Level 2 Skills Coach,mllemen@earthlink.net, (specializes in working with beginners! Private sessions or small groups, women-only or co-ed) Tucson, AZ and will travel too. 

Northern California

Southern California

  • Leigh Donovan www.ichoosebikes.com  – PMBI Certified, Leigh specializes in technical skill building for ALL skill levels. Local to Southern California, residing in Santa Ana, CA. Email Leigh for more information at: ichoosebikes@gmail.com
  • Christine Hirst, M. Ed  (Space Studies Master’s, 2016 Earth Science and Astronomy Teacher) – Professional Mountain Biker, specializing in entry level to expert level riders. PMBI Certified, Christine can be reached at: christinelovesashton@gmail.com
  • Michele Taylor from Spinurwheels.com located in Escondido, CA, specializes in: overcoming fears and inspiring new possibilities through interactive adventure training.  Our clinics are real life adventures and you will be introduced to the world of mountain biking helping you find the necessary skills to confidently hit the trails and enjoy your riding experience.

Colorado

  • Tammy Donahugh tammy.donahugh@imba.com specializes in intermediate to advanced riding, jumping, pumping, downhill and enduro skills) Colorado Springs, CO

Connecticut

  • Margie Bowen – MTBskillsTraining.com – USA Cycling Level 2 Coach with USAC MTB Certification and PMBI Certification. Margie helps beginner riders to semi-pro racers overcome the obstacles that hold them back.  She’ll help you decrease the crash factor and increase the fun factor!  Private Coaching and MTB Skills Clinics in Connecticut and serving all of New England (including NEMBAfest 2016 skills clinics) and neighboring states.

Delaware

Florida

  • Carley Young, Ride like a girl Cyoungrideslikeagirl@gmail.com (specializes in jumping, pumping, turns, confidence, positive attitude, goal setting and achieving) Spring Hill, Fl

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

  • Amanda Carey – amandacarey1@gmail.com (specialty: women’s specific instruction building confidence through empowerment, specializing in beginner to intermediate cross country skills, xc and ultra endurance racing. Master’s degree in Sports Psychology) Teton Valley, Idaho and Jackson, Wyoming

Iowa

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

  • Hillary Elgert Marques- Specializing in all levels of men’s and women’s mountain bike skills training.  Certified Level 2 IMBA Instructor. Currently coaching such events as the Liv Ladies all ride tour, Snowshoe womens weekend, and Ray’s women’s weekend at the Indoor MTB Parks. Email: downhillarymarques@gmail.com

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

  • Rae Gandolf, Ride with Rae – www.ridewithrae.com (specializes in Downhill, Cross Country and Dirt Jumping. Zanesville, Ohio
  • Jeni Roosen, roosen.j@pg.com (specializes in the basic riding techniques, knowledge, confidence and getting riders ready to race cross country) Cincinnati, Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

  • Carrie Kirkpatrick – Salt Lake City, Utah is a Level 2 IMBA Certified Coach and can be reached at Carrie.ellen.kirk@gmail.com

  • Wendy Palmer, Moab Mountain bike instruction –Wendy@mmtbi.com (specializes in drops, cornering, technical climbing and descending, and proper technique. Will work with all skill levels, novice-pro) Moab, Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

  • Becky Tesch, Dirt School – 
Bec.tesch@gmail.com
 (specializes in Midwestern cross country, & Ray’s indoor park riding) Milwaukee, WI

West Virginia

Wyoming

  • Amanda Carey – amandacarey1@gmail.com (specialty: women’s specific instruction building confidence through empowerment, specializing in beginner to intermediate cross country skills, xc and ultra endurance racing. Master’s degree in Sports Psychology) Teton Valley, Idaho and Jackson, Wyoming