Lukas Swidler, Executive Director and MTBX Coach
Lukas T. Swidler is an expert mountain biker, coach, outdoor enthusiast and all round athlete. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at California Lutheran University with an emphasis in education, exercise science and philosophy in May 2020. He has over 200 hours of classroom instruction in public and charter schools in California for children of grade school and middle school ages, including teaching in physical education classes.
Lukas was an active athlete at Prospect High School in Saratoga, CA. His sports there included 4 years of the Varsity basketball, two years on AAU basketball teams, two years on the Volleyball team and two years of Track & Field where he placed in multiple events including pole vaulting. Lukas was named “Athlete of the Year” for Prospect High School for two consecutive years in a row. Lukas continued with his sports career and played two years of successful college basketball player for Cal Lutheran.
Lukas is passionate about connecting riders to the outdoor experience and says:
“Every child benefits physically, mentally and emotionally from building new riding skills and confidence in outdoor settings. This experience translates into all areas of their lives, including academic achievement.”
His philosophy is to encourage each rider to reach their goals and grow in their potential, within their ability range. As importantly, Lukas strives to help all riders enjoy the camaraderie and FUN of being on the best mountain biking trails in the Bay Area!
About Coach Lukas’ Mountain Biking Expertise
Lukas has been teaching mountain biking to children and teens of all abilities for over five years. He worked as the Director of the Palo Alto location for Kids DoJo, a nonprofit providing mountain biking camp for beginner to intermedI ate level to riders throughout the Bay area. He also worked on as a Camp Counselor for Avid4Adventure for three years. During his later college years, he worked party time at Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA. Lukas has taught outdoor sports and mountain biking in beautiful outdoor settings to hundreds of children, from a variety of backgrounds and skills. He has taught mountain biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, outdoor education and enrichment programs, outdoor safety skills and camping basics.
What Satisfied Parents Say About Lukas
Read more testimonials about Coach Lukas and MTBX here!
“I booked multiple packages with MTBX and it’s always money well spent! My kid enjoys exploring new places, getting out in nature and improving his skills and fitness. He loves riding with Coach Lukas! From a parent perspective, Lukas is a consummate professional – communicative, prompt, trustworthy, etc. My kid looks forward to his rides and comes home with a huge smile on his face. Since he started mountain biking regularly, he is more confident, centered cooperative and is even doing better in school. I cannot recommend MTBX more highly!” (Parent, San Carlos, CA)
Lukas loves working with children from diversified backgrounds. He has traveled extensively internationally to many countries including Mexico, Costa Rica, Israel, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Lukas also lived and experienced a semester abroad while he studied in Asia at Hong Kong Baptist University during his senior year of college in 2019. During this time, Lukas also worked as a live-in volunteer at the orphanage at Rehoboth Sampaloc Ministries in the Philippines.
In addition to being an expert riding Instructor and Coach for MTBX, Lukas also enjoys motorcycling, road biking, rock climbing, hiking, snorkeling, snow skiing, surfing, volleyball, travel adventures – plus creative cooking!
Experience On Various Local and Regional Mountain Biking Trails
Lukas has ridden hundreds of rugged miles of mountain biking trails and terrain! He has explored and also camped in all types of intermediate and advanced riding terrain locations throughout California, Colorado and Utah. His riding experience includes:
- California Mountain Biking Areas: Bay Area trails including the majority of the best trails in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Clara counties. He has also ridden many of the best East Bay and Marin county area trails.
- Other California Mountain Biking Areas: Humboldt, Clear Lake, Lake Tahoe, Stanislaus, La Grange, Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, and the Conejo Valley.
- Colorado Mountain Biking Areas: Bayfield, Durango, Pagosa Springs and Wolf Creek areas.
- Utah Mountain Biking Areas: Moab
In additional to trail riding, Lukas also raced and placed as a finalist for the MTBX Racing Team in cross country (XC) at the Exchequer Mountain Bike Extravaganza in La Grande, CA in April 2021.
MTBX is fully insured as a business and follows current Covid-19 and safety guidelines. Lukas has training and holds active certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness Aid and has a California commercial driver’s license.