MEET THE EXPERTS!
In the office or on the trails, our dedicated staff members pedal through challenges with the same enthusiasm and determination, making every climb a triumph and every descent a celebration. Their passion for mountain biking mirrors their commitment to excellence in all they do – navigating the twists of the trail and the turns of the outdoor education with unwavering skill and joy!
MTBX Executive Director & Coach -Lukas T. Swidler
“Every child benefits physically, mentally and emotionally from building new riding skills and confidence outdoors. This experience translates into all areas of their lives, including academic achievement!”
Coach Lukas started MTBX in 2020 with the mission to get more kids on bikes, showing riders new and local trails all over the greater Bay Area! His well rounded riding ability allows him to find fun on all sorts of trails and terrain. Based in the Santa Cruz Mountains Lukas is always in search of new trails and adventure close to home. When out of the office he enjoys surfing in Capitola or cruising down the highway on his motorcycle. Coach Lukas is both Wilderness and First Aid Certified.
MTBX Regional Director & Coach – Vincent Brickey
“Although my adventures lifestyle has taken me all over the world, I find myself still in love with the loamy redwoods. I’m stoked to be joining MTBX this year and sharing the joy of mountain biking.”
Coach Vince has been an avid mountain biker, riding trails all over the world! His passion for riding has taken him to many scenic locations across the lower 48 states of the USA. His favorites mountain biking locations so far include Moab, Utah, the Pacific Northwest, the Appalachian mountains and many awesome trails in Northern California. His riding style includes a love for technical terrain and enduring challenging climbs over great distances. Coach Vince is both Wilderness and First Aid Certified.
MTBX Coach – Maximo Turner
“Ride bikes, save lives…its simple “
Coach Max growing up in Alameda, where Joaquin Miller Park (JMP) was his backyard stomping grounds. This simple yet complex trail network had him falling in love with local loam. Mountain biking has been a way for him to exercise and meet new people with similar interests all over the world. Outside of biking, Max is passionate about Climbing, Sailing, Engineering, and tinkering. When not working you can find him re-building his sailboat in hopes to sail the California coast into Baja. Coach Max is both Wilderness and First Aid Certified.
MTBX Coach – Erik Werner
“What I like the most about being a coach for MTBX is connecting with some very amazing kids and spend time getting to know them through our outdoor adventures. Every day on the trails with our riders is exciting, new and different!”
Coach Erik is an experienced mountain biker who has ridden hundreds of miles on Bay Area and Lake Tahoe trail systems! He is an excellent jumper and is training for upcoming mountain biking races in California. He has a passion for working with intermediate to advanced riders to help them improve their biking skills, gain confidence and experience the great out of doors with friends, in a safe way. Erik is First Aid certified.