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Ryan Leech Connection, based out of Vancouver, BC Canada, offers adult-oriented, comprehensive and effective online mountain bike skill training courses with interactive coach and ambassador support.

We believe in mountain biking as a lifelong passion, so incredible care is taken to combine step-by-step theory and drills with physical and mental fitness practices. Our mantra, Trail - Bike - Body - Mind, informs and inspires all the content we produce.

Ryan Leech established this online coaching platform in 2012 as a place to share the skills he developed during his 20-year career as a professional mountain biker.


Ryan Leech - Founder & Head Coach

Through his 20 year-long career as a pro mountain biker, Ryan performed thousands of stunt shows around the world with clients such as Cirque du Soleil, IMBA, and Crankworx. Ryan has been coaching mountain bikers since age sixteen. As an avid explorer of human potential, Ryan earned his certification as an Integral Master Coach™ which has radically influenced his ability to design adult-oriented mountain bike skill curriculums. Ryan created the Trials-of-Life school presentation, sharing his passion for riding at hundreds of schools. As a certified yoga instructor, he designed the Ride & Reach program, blending yoga & mountain biking with a retreat-style learning vibe. Ryan’s dedication and love of mountain biking is stronger than ever, and with his world-renowned and versatile riding abilities and reputation in the industry, it makes him one of the strongest ambassadors for the sport.

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Coaches

Elaine Bothe
Skills Coach
USA

Elaine is a lifetime enthusiast, teaching herself to ride on a borrowed bike at age four. She eventually found her true passion in the dirt, lea...

Andy Dow
Mental Fitness & Yoga Coach
Canada

Andy has spent his life finding freedom through riding his bike. He lives in a small coastal community of British Columbia, Canada, where he is ...

Peter Glassford
Skills Coach
Canada

Peter is a highly-respected Certified Cycling Coach who has been instructing MTB skills since 2000. His coaching clients are mostly busy, master...

Molly Hurford
Cycling & Nutrition Writer
Canada

Molly Hurford is an outdoor adventurer and professional nomad obsessed with all things cycling, running, nutrition and movement-related. When no...

Jeff Mah
Yoga Instructor
Canada

Jeff has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and lives at the intersection of art, science and spirit. Based in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, he ru...

Russ Risdon
Skills Coach
USA

Russ is an avid traveler throughout North America, riding all the best bike parks and trails – mountain biking has fueled his life since 1...

Ambassadors

Wacek Kipsak
Ambassador & Artistic Director
Sweden

Wacek shares his passion for mountain biking through loads of riding, but also through artwork and writing. He's well known on Pinkbike and on h...

Carl Roe
Ambassador Liaison
Australia

Carl first tried mountain biking in 2007 and immediately abandoned the peloton. For 7 years he attacked the trails with roadie zeal, Lycra clad,...

Rob Walcer
Ambassador & Weekly Updates
Canada

Rob is an avid mountain biker and enjoys personal exploration and growth through cycling. Within his local community he is deeply involved with ...

Griff Wigley
Ambassador & Member Services
USA

Griff Wigley, well known as the Mountain Bike Geezer, is an avid year-round mountain biker, and dedicated practicer who learns alongside those h...

Lindsey Colla
Ambassador
Australia

Lindsey is a mountain biker, mountain unicyclist and yogi, with a trials background spanning 12 years of competition. These days he enjoys MTB w...

Graham Gedge
Ambassador
England, UK

Graham’s took his first flight over the handlebars at age ten. Nearly five decades later he continues to hone his skills and can often be ...

Tom Hutton
Ambassador
Wales, UK

Tom is a self-confessed bike geek, map geek and lover of wild places who has been mountain biking for 30 years, exploring pretty much every ride...

Roger Joys
Ambassador
USA

Roger is in his mid-50s and a self-confessed ‘athletic nerd’ obsessed with learning. By day he manages software engineers and then m...

Kim Liss
Ambassador
Canada

Kim is a lifelong rider across a variety of disciplines, including mountain biking, cyclocross and road cycling. More recently he took up BMX ju...

Sally Marchand Collins
Ambassador
USA

Sally regularly transforms herself from a diminutive uptown hairdresser to a singletrack-shredding she-beast. In her first season as a professio...

Skye Nacel
Ambassador
USA

Skye is a Pacific NW based, certified MTB and movement coach and guide with 2 decades of working with people in the outdoors from youth camps, t...

Jeffrey Neitlich
Curriculum Expert
USA

At age 51, Jeffrey came across a promo for Ryan’s 30 Day Wheelie Challenge and decided – why not! Three months later he was riding w...

Michelle Roe
Ambassador
Australia

Michelle has been mountain biking for over a decade and enjoys the climbs as much as the descents. She loves nothing more than watching an RLC v...

Dustin Sharp
Ambassador
USA

Over the years Dustin has participated in many forms of cycling: fixed gear, BMX racing, cross country MTB, long-distance road riding, touring a...

Josh Shulman
Ambassador
Canada

Born in Ontario and settled in British Columbia, Canada, Josh has been a casual bike rider for most of his life. He spent 15 years in the culina...

Gianluca Spini
Ambassador
Italy

Gianluca is always on the lookout for steps, stairs, walls, sidewalks and natural trails to hone his skills. Obsessed with challenging himself a...

Gold Industry Partners

Ryan has developed long term partnerships during his time as a pro mountain biker, and those relationships have continued with this awesome online learning community.

In my senior years as a cycling industry pro athlete, ambassador, and advocate, I have the freedom to choose who I represent. I choose Shimano. I have visited their factory in Japan, have conversed and partied with their engineers, and experienced the pride and love they put in to their product. It shines through not only in the jewerly like appearance of their product, but in the crisp and unarguable functionality of their equipment. Though Shimano is a large company, they maintain a family vibe, and I am proud to continue contributing in my own small way to the big family company that drives most bikes on this planet.

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Norco has supported my journey from young hot-shot trials kid to the introspective bicycle loving man I am today. Their staff have groomed me, influenced me, shared their passion for bikes with me. This company has been a family for me, they’ve opened doors, created opportunities, and co-created the Ryan Leech brand with me. Young bicycle talent simply cannot carve a career from their skills without dedicated industry support, Norco has done that for me, and I am forever grateful.
 
 

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Silver Partners

As a mountain biking grom in high school, I’d dream about having a Marzocchi suspension fork. Now, I have the privilege of inspiring that dream into the next generation of young rippers! My riding interests have exploded in recent years, so I’m delighted to drape my trials bikes, enduro bike, XC 29″ hard tail, 650b hardtail play bike, and All Mountain 4″ travel ripper with the best suspension platform on the market. It’s a delight to strengthen the Leech/Marzocchi connection after a few years of riding other companies products.

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Bronze Partners

Ryan Leech Connection Skill Coaching Membership

An all-access pass to hundreds of tutorials. High quality, step-by-step mountain bike skill coaching that works. 30 day money back gaurantee. Monthly cost less than a few post ride beers.

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