Our Coaches

Inspiration & training.


Learn from the best.

Instruction for just about every skill level.

We've brought together the best coaches in the province with decades of experience and a host of provincial & national championships between them! The greatest way to have your young riders become the best is to hit the trails with the best.


Jon Barnes

Jon Barnes is a Level 1 MTB coach that has been racing for 23 years! He holds multiple provincial and national championships in MTB and CX but has also branched out to road racing over the years. John coached THT for two years and is an expert in Durham Forest, having ridden and trained there for over two decades.

Eric Orschel

Eric (a.k.a. iceman ) has been involved in the sport of mountain biking for over 25 years as an elite racer in the 1990’s, race event organizer, and level 2 certified coach. He is a physical education and outdoor ed instructor at Dunbarton High School in Pickering, coaching XC running and mountain biking. Eric has been honoured to have coached three athletes that have represented Canada as juniors at the World Mountain Bike Championships over the last 8 years. Eric organizes the Durham School MTB race series and is the main driver behind developing mountain biking as an OFSAA sport. He still competes as a Master Expert racer and this year claimed a Bronze medal at National MTB Championships in Quebec.

Sean Ruppel

Sean has over 25 years experience in Mountain Biking. He has been running Bike events in Ontario since 1994, for both Chico Racing, and his company, Superfly Racing.

Dave Barton

Dave is a life-long Uxbridge resident and has been Mountain Biking for over 15 years. He completed 5 out of 6 Crank the Shield MTB events, and is a regular in Durham Forest and other areas. Also a counsellor in Uxbridge, Dave fights for our trail systems and will be a phenomenal asset as a part-time coach concentrating on younger riders.

Malcolm Barton

Malc (a.k.a Bartoe) has been racing side by side with Tyler Orschel since he was a peewee. Malc has also been a member of Team Ontario over the last 3 years participating in projects to California, South Carolina, and Quebec. Over the last three years Malcolm has developed into an all-around technical singletrack rider, whose no fear skills have lead to many top three podiums on the Ontario Cup Circuit. As a Junior Racer in 2015 he captured a bronze medal at both Provincial championships and National MTB Marathon Championships. Malc is also excited to pass on his single-track savvy to the young shredders as he applies his newly acquired coaching skills for 2017.

Greg Jess

Greg is very excited to help with the Durham Shredders. An avid cyclist since his formative teen years, Greg now races in expert on the Maverix/Progressive team and is a huge advocate of living life outdoors.

Tyler Orschel

Tyler (a.k.a icicle) came into the sport naturally after participating in his first Uxbridge Icebreaker kid’s race at 5 years of age. Ty began racing as a peewee and progressively developed into a Canada Cup racer twice winning a Silver medal at the Canadian MTB Championships as a Cadet cyclist. Over the last three years he has been a consistent performer with the Ontario Team, travelling to South Carolina and California for endurance training and racing in Quebec, California. Colorado and Ontario. He finished the 2016 year ranked in the top five as a Junior-aged racer and placed 5th at National Championships. His greatest strength as an mtb rider is his smooth technical rock riding which will serve him well as he looks to contribute his skills as a newly certified intro coach for 2017.

Alana Ruppel

Alana has been Mountain Biking for over 5 years and has raced for over 3 years at the expert level. Her company, Outdoor Health, encourages healthy activity in the outdoors geared towards Women and Seniors. She also cycled across Canada, from coast to coast, in 2011!


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