Our Story & Our Team

Learn more about the Momentum Mountain Biking story, and our amazing team of coaches.

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About Momentum Mountain Biking

Momentum Mountain Biking, founded in Moab, Utah, has been bringing the stoke and sharing the passion of riding bikes with visitors traveling from all over the globe since 2009. Originally known as Moab Mountain Bike Instruction (MMTBI), the company was founded to meet a need for high-quality professional mountain bike instruction in Moab.

The core tenets of the business have remained the same, to provide the highest quality mountain bike instruction and share our unbeatable scenery without sacrificing our values of putting people first and striving for excellence and integrity in all that we do.

Each lesson starts with an individualized plan tailored specifically to our student’s skill level and goals and continues with in-ride corrections from our elite, friendly, fun, local instructors. We’ve taught thousands of mountain bikers how to improve their mountain biking skills, feel empowered, and ultimately increase their enjoyment of the sport.

In 2022, with over a decade of experience, deep instructional expertise, local area knowledge, and inspirational leadership, MMTBI rebranded to Momentum Mountain Biking to offer a fresh perspective and a more encompassing brand as we grow. Our vision to increase our offerings and bring our services to multiple locations across the Southwest began taking form in 2022, starting with our first expansion to Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado, and the reintroduction of camps and group lessons to our offerings. While we are changing names, our leadership team and coaches remain the same, and their enthusiasm to teach has never been stronger. We hope you feel the momentum.

Our Coaches Are the Secret Sauce

One of the non-negotiable requirements for working with Momentum Mountain Biking is that our coaches LOVE their job. With an organizational value of continuing personal and professional development, Momentum Mountain Biking’s coaches are not only certified through industry-leading organizations, they are at the leading edge of mountain bike instruction teaching methods.

Every Momentum Mountain Biking instructor has an experienced coach’s eye for detecting specific things in your riding and giving you corrections that make an immediate difference. It’s no wonder our coaches receive 5-star reviews over and over. We invite you to meet some of these highly experienced, friendly, fun individuals below.

What Sets Our Coaches Apart

Certified

Every coach is certified via PMBIA or BICP, most are certified by both.

Local Knowledge

Our coaches live (and ride) where they work.

Eye For Success

Skilled at evaluating and correcting riding errors for immediate results.

Trained

Every coach has wilderness medical training and CPR.

Inclusive

Diversity and inclusion is a core value at Momentum.

Eco Friendly

Our coaches care about the backcountry and practice LNT.

Meet Our Coaches

Click on any coach below to read their full bio.

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Sylvi Fae

Sylvi Fae

Owner

Sylvi is the founder of Momentum Mountain Biking (formerly Moab Moab Mountain Bike Instruction). Her empathetic leadership style is forged by a decade of experience leading Moab Mountain Bike Instruct...

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Sylvi Fae

Sylvi Fae

Owner

Sylvi is the founder of Momentum Mountain Biking (formerly Moab Moab Mountain Bike Instruction). Her empathetic leadership style is forged by a decade of experience leading Moab Mountain Bike Instruction and nearly as many years as the North American Program Manager of a mountain bike instructional program that spanned the Western United States and Canada.

Sylvi is professionally certified through the BICP and PMBIA  and has been teaching mountain biking since 2009. One of the things she loves most about mountain biking is the seduction of the trail feature that is barely out of reach. It calls her forward to being a better rider and to continue learning and developing her skills.

Her favorite skill to teach is technical climbing. There’s something special about the sustained level of focus required through multiple obstacles on a climb and that feeling of defying physics as you float over obstacles going uphill.

In developing the curriculum for Momentum Mountain Biking, Sylvi loves crafting lesson plans based on the specific goals of her students and seeing the smiles that come when they achieve so much more than they expected to learn. After hundreds of lessons and honing lesson plans for students of varying abilities, she is equally passionate about supporting the development of these skills in each of Momentum’s coaches.

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Beth Roberts

Beth Roberts

Program Manager

Beth has been mountain biking since her mom taught her how over 20 years ago. A former downhill and enduro racer, she now enjoys finding more fun and flow in her riding. Beth is professionally certifi...

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Beth Roberts

Beth Roberts

Program Manager

Beth has been mountain biking since her mom taught her how over 20 years ago. A former downhill and enduro racer, she now enjoys finding more fun and flow in her riding. Beth is professionally certified through both PMBIA and BICP.

She is patient and personable and loves to ride bikes. She has coached countless MTB enthusiasts to be more comfortable and confident.

Her favorite skills to teach are the ready position and the “roll down lunge,” foundational to riding steep, rocky terrain. Beth is the Program Manager and Moab Lead Coach for Momentum Mountian Biking.

Jeff Lefebvre

Jeff Lefebvre

Coach

Jeff moved to Moab from Bozeman, Montana, in 2017 to fully embrace the life of a mountain bike skills coach and guide. He holds a BICP mountain bike instructor certification, and his favorite skill to...

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Jeff Lefebvre

Jeff Lefebvre

Coach

Jeff moved to Moab from Bozeman, Montana, in 2017 to fully embrace the life of a mountain bike skills coach and guide. He holds a BICP mountain bike instructor certification, and his favorite skill to teach is cornering.

When he is not on his bike, Jeff also loves whitewater rafting, backcountry skiing, making pottery, and chasing his puppy around.

Julie Cornelius

Julie Cornelius

Coach

Julie is a BICP certified mountain bike instructor. She enjoys working with all levels of mountain bikers to ensure a good foundation, build confidence, and gain the skills to progress to more challen...

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Julie Cornelius

Julie Cornelius

Coach

Julie is a BICP certified mountain bike instructor. She enjoys working with all levels of mountain bikers to ensure a good foundation, build confidence, and gain the skills to progress to more challenging terrain.

Julie’s favorite things to teach are wheel lifts and roll-down lunges because they build confidence on Moab’s technical terrain and make riding more playful and fun! She loves riding technical terrain and breaking down new features into different skills.

Julie has a master’s degree in nutrition and is the director of World Ride, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women globally through mountain biking.

Morgan Whaley

Morgan Whaley

Coach

Morgan is a BICP Level 1 Certified Instructor who splits her time between the desert of Moab and the mountains of Colorado.

As someone who got into mountain biking as an adult, she loves spreading ...

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Morgan Whaley

Morgan Whaley

Coach

Morgan is a BICP Level 1 Certified Instructor who splits her time between the desert of Moab and the mountains of Colorado.

As someone who got into mountain biking as an adult, she loves spreading skills and stoke through sharing her story and inspiring her students to learn how confidence-building and empowering mountain biking can be at any age.

She loves teaching everything but especially technical climbing, rock gardens, and drops!

Scott Pauker

Scott Pauker

Coach

Scott is a BICP certified professional mountain bike instructor. He has a deep passion for lifelong learning and teaching all things bike.

Having honed his technical skills in his late 30s, Scott i...

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Scott Pauker

Scott Pauker

Coach

Scott is a BICP certified professional mountain bike instructor. He has a deep passion for lifelong learning and teaching all things bike.

Having honed his technical skills in his late 30s, Scott is very conscious of progressive skill-building to avoid injury and maximize fun. He loves all riding styles, from technical downhill and climbing to long-distance bikepack touring.

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Jonathan Atwell

Jonathan Atwell

Coach

Jonathan is a PMBIA-Certified Instructor based in Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado. As a former elite road racer, he still enjoys pedaling hard, but now prefers pumping, jumping, floating, and flow...

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Jonathan Atwell

Jonathan Atwell

Coach

Jonathan is a PMBIA-Certified Instructor based in Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado. As a former elite road racer, he still enjoys pedaling hard, but now prefers pumping, jumping, floating, and flowing his way up and down the trails. Jonathan also has a Ph.D. in wildlife biology, is a filmmaker and photographer, and loves learning about and sharing the natural history of the region’s flora, fauna, and geological marvels. His goal for every client is at least one “aha,” light-bulb moment that will change the way they ride forever.

Having spent years teaching himself to mountain bike mostly through trial and error as an adult, Jonathan is eager to help fellow riders “soften the learning curve” and “rapidly accelerate their progress” (puns intended!) Whether beginners learning a totally new sport, or experienced riders looking to develop advanced techniques, he loves helping people of all ages and backgrounds build confidence, speed, style, safety, and creativity—while having more fun.

The only thing Jonathan finds more rewarding than big days of mountain biking and backcountry skiing in our region’s stunning landscapes is sharing those skills, passions, and places with others as a teacher, coach, and guide.

Virginia Solomon

Virginia Solomon

Coach

Virginia is an accomplished short track, XC, enduro, and marathon racer and teaches art history at the University of Utah and serves on the board of directors for the Professional Mountain Bike Instru...

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Virginia Solomon

Virginia Solomon

Coach

Virginia is an accomplished short track, XC, enduro, and marathon racer and teaches art history at the University of Utah and serves on the board of directors for the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association, PMBIA . Initially attracted to improving their mountain biking skills to be a faster racer without having to train harder, Virginia now gets the most stoke out of helping their students feel more confident and have more fun on their bikes.

Their favorite skills to teach are cornering and braking. Helping people feel like they have more control over their bikes opens up a whole new world of fun! Plus, what’s more fun to say than “ease the squeeze”?

Virginia is certified through PMBIA and USA Cycling Beginner Racer Program.

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Tina Ooley

Tina Ooley

Coach

Tina is a mom, mountain bike instructor, and entrepreneur. She is certified through PMBIA and BICP and has been teaching mountain biking since 2015. Teaching allows Tina to guide people through deep s...

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Tina Ooley

Tina Ooley

Coach

Tina is a mom, mountain bike instructor, and entrepreneur. She is certified through PMBIA and BICP and has been teaching mountain biking since 2015. Teaching allows Tina to guide people through deep self-discovery. She loves creating spaces for people to show up and push their boundaries, and she feels that one of the greatest gifts of this work is witnessing someone realize that they can do more than they thought.

Some of her favorite things about mountain biking are the wind through her hair and the feeling of freedom and self-reliance that mountain biking brings. One of Tina’s favorite skills to teach is the pedaling front wheel lift. From the parking lot to using it on the trail to being able to wheelie for dayzzzzz! She loves unicorns and never imagined that she would be an MTB coach when she grew up. Tina is the founder of EveryPedal MTB, an inclusion-focused mountain bike program that cultivates connection, positive self-talk, and healthy core values to become happier, healthier, more connected people.

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