We are locals who love mountain biking, and believe that by creating more mountain bikers in the world, we make it a better place! Our selection of instructors are passionate about what they do, and are great with kids! We believe in leading by example both on and off the trails.
Our mission is two-fold
1) To promote the sport of mountain biking among youth and adults as a life-long and beneficial skill and activity that is so healthy in so many ways.
2) To promote the designation of more natural mountain bike areas, and by extension promote the permanent conservation of more and more wilderness areas across Canada for future generations.
We believe that the more people who become aware of the benefits of spending time in the forest and wilderness areas, the more people we will have working to preserve natural areas.
We teach the youth how to have fun on their bikes! We build their confidence, skills and athletic levels through the pure joy of riding their bikes.
We teach: proper riding techniques, trail etiquette, basic mechanic skills (how to fix a flat tire, etc), use of equipment, road and trail safety, nature and forest values, and that mountain biking is a sport that will keep them healthy, happy and strong their entire lives. Our focus is on the joy and thrill of riding, in a fun, supportive and safe environment.
Not every kid comes from a family that can afford a bike!
That’s why we’ve launched the Rad Adventures Kids n’ Bikes program, which buys bikes for kids who don’t own one. If you would like to donate a gently used mountain bike to the Kids n' bike program, please let us know, and we would be more than happy to pick it up.
Laura Gallagher joined Rad Adventures in 2019 as a Director of Camps and Programs and quickly grew the company into several new locations. She is now President and CEO.
Laura has extensive experience running camps and programs, and has managed youth operations at ski resorts and science camps across Ontario.
She has also worked with several not-for-profits organizations including Big Brother, Big Sisters, Elephant Thoughts and now is spearheading the Rad Kids n Bikes program, which aims to ensure every kid in Ontario has access to bike. Laura's passion is working with families and children and offering them an incredible experience as they learn a new sport — or further develop their skills.
Rohan Mehta is a RAD Adventures mountain bike coach. He competes in cross country, cyclocross and enduro bike races. Having participated in his first bike race 12 years ago, he has developed a huge passion for the sport over the years. He lives in Collingwood and is currently in Grade 12. Next year, Rohan will be heading to UBC Okanagan to study Computer Science.
Last summer, Rohan noticed a problem. Riders with improper footwear had issues with injuries and struggles in progression. Shoes are the most important contact point on a bike for proper stability, control and power.Rohan spent time brainstorming and came up with the idea of C6 insoles. They add structure and support to any shoe through a carbon fiber plate lining the bottom of the insole. The name C6 - C stands for Carbon which has an atomic number of 6. He designed and developed the product, and it is currently available through the C6 website. He is confident the insoles will help cyclists’ safety and enable them to have more fun!
Hi, I am Zoe MacCulloch. This will be my third year with RAD Adventures as a coach! I am a student at Queen’s University, but will be graduating in May this year and moving on to teachers college.
In my time at Queen’s I was on the cross-country and track team in 2018-19 and joined the cycling team this past year. I have my First Aid and Bronze Cross certification and I am a Level One ski instructor.
Andrew Chisholm has been a RAD mountain bike coach since 2019 and has been loving it ever since. He brings his passion for mountain biking, and multi-sport coaching experience with him every time he’s on the bike.
Andrew’s biggest love on the bike is down hilling, something he encourages all his students to learn.
As a Collingwood resident, you’re likely to catch Andrew riding around three-stage or Kolapore Uplands. Next year, Andrew will be studying Mathematical Physics at the University of Waterloo.
Andrew has his NCCP community coaching certification, standard first aid and national lifeguard certification.
Hi, my name is Ben Neylan. This will be my third year coaching at RAD. I am currently at the University of Calgary, completing my business degree and a Dinos Varisty Alpine ski team member. I compete in Slalom, Giant slalom, sugar G, and Downhill. I have my bronze med and first aid certification.
Suzy is a mother and grandmother with 20 + years riding mountain bikes all over the world. She holds a certificate with the Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association, and her love for the sport is infectious! Expect an amazing time, and learn key skills that will help your confidence levels soar!
Suzy is coach for Mother/Daughter programs and for private and group lessons.