Mal discovered moutain bike riding way back in 1991 when the trails in Canberra were yet to be formed. He had a habit of tearing down the side of mountains where there were no trails, resulting occasionally in amazing acrobatic feats off the bike, earning him a nickname that warned people to not ride to close to him or suffer the consequences (you’ll have to ask him about if you want to know the full story).
Mal had a brief break from mountain bike riding at the end of 1997 when his mountain bike was stolen over Christmas. 17 years later Mal returned to the trails to discover there were a lot of rocks on the trails, apparently placed there deliberately! It took him a few years to get used to them – but not before he developed a fairly well known reputation for crashing and breaking his bikes. He now has tertiary qualification in zip tie repairs (or he would if such a qualification existed).
Not one to shy away from a challenge Mal loves technical trail riding as well as the odd Gravity Enduro type descent. More recently he’s enjoyed learning and incorporating some basic Trials riding skills and techniques and using them out on the trails to overcome difficult obstacles.
After completing the MTBA’s Level 0 Coaches Course and Level 1 Skills Course Mal began to help coordinate the Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club’s Social and Skills Development programs, which have become so popular that there the club has needed to have rides almost weekly to keep up with the demand. Having been schooled in military style instruction during his time in the Royal Australian Air Force, a hockey coach, high school and university tutor and an active business coach, Mal enjoys helping others with a passion and approaches instruction in a calm, relaxed and friendly manner.
You’ll frequently find him on the trails either coordinating social rides or providing instruction to individuals and groups. As he’s not the biggest fan of pedaling Mal loves to work with riders of all ages and levels on good technique and technical skills, especially if it helps them keep up with fitter riders. But be warned, he does like to push people out of their comfort zone!