Coaches

We’ve got a great line-up of professional MTB Skills coaches with extensive knowledge .and wonderful personalities. They are ready and willing to share their knowledge and help you achieve your goals.

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 Susan Haywood: Davis, WV

I’ve been doing tours and clinics with women mountain bikers since the late 90’s.  I got my IMBA level 2 certification in 2012 and have learned a lot about teaching mtb skills from fellow instructors.  My main goal is to get people to relax and have fun with progressing their mtb skills.  It’s the best when I see women replace fear with skills through practice and a supportive learning environment.

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Kelly Hazlegrove: Lynchburg, VA

Kelly Hazlegrove fell in love with mountain biking in her late 20’s and was immediately drawn to developing her bike handling skills and tackling technical terrain. She knew she could do more to share her love of riding and grow her local mountain bike community; starting with co-founding a local mountain bike club, founding and coaching her local NICA team, and building her coaching pedigree through the BICP. Kelly is a BICP Level 3 Advanced Skills Instructor and is also a BICP Instructor Trainer.  

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Harry Geyer: Pittsburgh, PA
Since opening The Wheel Mill in 2013 I’ve had the opportunity to work on my own mountain bike skills as well as help hundreds of other riders learn that there is actually a method to the madness of trail riding. Seeing that moment when a student realizes that they can be in control of their riding without relying on luck or bravado gives me the greatest sense of accomplishment. 
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Hillary Marques: Frederick, MD

Hillary began riding and racing XC, and working as a bicycle messenger in DC in 1996. It was all downhill from there!  She was the NORBA national expert DH and DS champion in 2005, and went on to win numerous other titles in the Pro category, in which she still occasionally competes. She loves all types of riding, including road, cyclocross, dirt jumps and motorcycling.

She has been coaching since 2006,and got her IMBA ICP level 2 certification in 2013. She works as a coach for events with Rays MTB park, Wheel Mill, Liv LadiesAllrideTour, Snowshoe Womens weekend, M.O.R.E, and Take Aim Cycyling. In the Metro DC area she holds the MadSkillz clinics. She also manages and rides for team BikeDR/Visit Frederick.   Follow her on Facebook or Instagram at #downhillary.

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Kathi Kruse: Mountain Creek, NJ

Kathi started racing bikes on the velodrome in 1985, and worked her way through criteriums, road, cyclocross and cross country racing before finding her home on the Pro Downhill circuit in 1998. in 2011, with three Masters World Downhill Championships and 25 years of racing in her pocket, Kathi started Dirt Rock n Root Training. She holds instructor certifications through IMBA and PMBIA, and is a USA Cycling licensed coach. She has coached at various mountain bike parks on the East Coast including Mountain Creek, Snowshoe Mountain, Beech Mountain, Highland Mountain, Windham Mountain, Plattekill Mountain and Whiteface Mountain as well as 8 years coaching at the Sundance Midwest Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic. She also runs a series of technical trail clinics in her home state of NJ. Kathi’s main objective is to help bring more women and kids into mountain biking and to promote mountain biking as a lifetime sport. When not coaching, you can find Kathi shredding the trails at Mountain Creek Bike Park.

 

 

 

Barry Croker: Manassas, VA

Barry started racing mountain bikes in 1991 as a Junior Expert in New England, and since then he’s ridden all over the United States, living for more than a decade in the Rocky Mountains.  In 2013 he ended up in Northern Virginia, calling Prince William County home.  He enjoys all disciplines of cycling with a particular fondness for big mountain and backcountry adventures, such as the Massanutten Ring and the Rockstar Trail Route.  Barry earned his PMBIA Level 1 in 2018, and is honored to work with the other incredible Michaux MTB School coaches.  When not riding bikes, Barry serves as an Active Duty Officer in the Air Force and is the father of six kids ages 20 to 8, who all enjoy bikes in various forms.  Follow him on Instagram at @2_wheel_dad.