Meet The Ride Guides

Dave Robinson :

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 Dave has called Santa Cruz and its epic singletrack home for over two decades. He’s a licensed boat captain and has sailed all over the globe but always returns to the trails here. With heaps of experience and years of advocacy on the ocean he’s sure to integrate a bigger picture conservation perspective on your mountain bike adventure. Dave’s passion for creating unparalleled wilderness experiences tailored to your needs guarantees that you’ll have a great time. Dave’s bike riding style is all about having fun so if that’s what you’re after give us a ring!

Sean Andrasik :

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Sean’s background is in emergency medicine and education. He brings years of paramedic experience, including time spent working out of a helicopter, at ski resorts and in urban areas. His education experience spans from community first aid and CPR training to being a lead guide for Wilderness First Aid courses. Sean brings to the table a knack for risk management and situational awareness and is a master at getting you on the right trail. After spending time in the wide open spaces of New Mexico he truly knows the value of an epic ride. Originally from the east coast, Sean has made his home on the Westside of Santa Cruz.

Blair Mandell:

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Blair makes his home in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and has been running the local High School Mountain biking club for his kid’s school. Blair’s adventurous spirit comes from twenty plus years of designing and leading bike tours all over the world. From the Swiss Alps to Thailand, Blair creates biking experiences that bring culture, nature, and regional cuisines together to create unique and life affirming experience for all levels. The joy and excitement that comes from sharing the very best in Mountain Biking is a transcending experience that can only happen when you’re outside and full engaged in your environment!

Matt De Young :

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Matt has a very diverse range of experience in the mountain biking industry. At Humboldt State University, Matt developed and instructed a bicycle maintenance curriculum, for which all passing students received college credit. After graduation he became a professional mountain bike trail builder, traveling all around the mountain west building single track. His previous ventures allow him to be an excellent liaison to land managers and give him an eye for how to approach technical trail features as he competes on the California Enduro Series. Matt is back in our forests building trail for MBoSC as our first full-time employee, come benefit from his intimate trail knowledge and ride with one of the quickest mountain bikers in our area!

 

TRG personnel are certified by IMBA as level 2 guides or higher. Each one of the guides is Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified. Each instructor has over a decade of mountain bike riding experience. All of the guides have individually donated hundreds of hours to local mountain bike advocacy through trail work, Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival preparation, and guiding in an effort to celebrate the spirit of mountain biking.

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