Meet Our Team

Adam Walker

Adam Walker

Founder / Head Coach

A Canada Cup XC Mountain Bike Champion and former National Road and Mountain Bike Team member, Adam lives at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, BC.

Adam has lived at resort destinations such as Sun Peaks and Whistler and has worked as a coach and mountain bike guide in the world renowned Whistler Bike Park.

While on the Canadian National Team, Adam had the opportunity to experience many other resort destinations in Canada, the US and Europe.

Certifications & Achievements

  • BC Provincial Team Mountain Bike Coach
  • PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor) Certified Instructor
  • NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Trained Cycling Coach
  • Cycling BC iRide - Victoria Head Coach
  • 1998 Canada Cup XC Mountain Bike Champion
  • 1993 National Champion 100km TTT Champion
  • 8 time Alberta & BC Provincial Champion in Road, Criterium, Time Trial, Hill Climb, XC MTB
Lewis Elliott

Lewis Elliott

Coach

How many people do you know who would move halfway around the world so they could live and ride their bike in BC?

Meet our new coach, Lewis.

He and his wife left their home in Scotland to do just that.

Lewis was a pretty fine DH racer as a young lad back home, and now he’s here in Victoria, BC to share his passion for riding bikes. SInce arriving here, he has become a PMBIA certified mountain bike instructor AND has take NCCP coach training as well!

We couldn’t be more excited to have Lewis join the team. We just hope he learns to speak proper English soon! 😉

Certifications & Achievements

  • PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor) Certified Instructor
  • NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Trained Cycling Coach
  • Cycling BC iRide - Victoria Head Coach
Mariska Richters

Mariska Richters

CoFounder / Health & Fitness Coach / Biz Dev Rockstar

Mariska is a health and fitness coach, cycling coach, and the business development manager for The Cycling Co.

Her passion lies in championing the health and fitness transformations of our clients by adding short daily workouts and clean nutrition habits to their routines.

She is an avid traveler and Olympics junkie, which makes living at Bear Mountain in Victoria a special treat as it is home to the Canadian national mountain bike, golf and tennis teams.

When she’s not at her laptop or on her bike, Mariska enjoys exploring the local hiking trails and beaches of Vancouver Island with Adam, and their dogs.

Aleda Toronitz

Aleda Toronitz

Coach

I started mountain biking when I was 15 just as cross training for climbing. I found it through a school club. I soon found out biking was more for me so I dropped off the national climbing team to try this crazy new thing called mountain biking.

As soon as I started racing and riding I knew it was definitely for me. I continue to race at a high level, however I also just love riding and meeting so many other awesome people stoked on the same sport as me!

I love being part of a community of really rowdy awesome fun people. I also really enjoy getting more people involved in such a great sport and community. I’m stoked to see where coaching and biking will take me!

Ali Boudewyn

Ali Boudewyn

Certified Athletic Therapist & Exercise Physiologist

Ali’s career in therapy began as a competitive gymnast. By age 15 she had chronic pain and nobody seemed to be able to help. From this experience she became determined not to let others feel that same sense of helplessness.

At the age of 21, Ali graduated with a Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy and became certified as an Athletic Therapist, Exercise Physiologist/Personal Trainer, and sports 1st responder.

Ali runs her home-based athletic therapy business, Meraki Wellness Solutions, from beautiful Bear Mountain and has partnered with us at The Cycling Co. as our personal trainer and athletic therapist.

Experience / Qualifications:

  • Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP)
  • Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy (BAET)
  • Certified First Responder
Mischa Partridge

Mischa Partridge

Coach

My journey in cycling started at 11 years old when I competed in my first BMX race. Little did I know that first race would turn into a professional career for seven years. From there I transitioned into another sprint discipline of track cycling in which I competed for the national team for one season. At the end of the 2015 season, I retired from competitive cycling to shift my focus back on my education in the field of athletic therapy.

My coaching career began while I was still in high school, gradually helping out at local BMX camps. This exposed me to other coaching opportunities both in the public school system and with the BMX Provincial development team. During this time, I attended two BC Summer Games, the first as a zone rep for Vancouver Island, and the second as head coach for BMX. While still competing full time I was able to complete my NCCP – ‘Competition Introduction’ coaching certification. In 2010, I took over as head coach of the Cycling BC BMX development program.

Other experience includes iRide instructor, teaching bicycle skills and safety in elementary schools, private lessons for BMX, and administering max power testing on behalf of Cycling Canada for the RBC Training Ground program.

Outside of my NCCP certification, I have schooling in the field of Physical Education and Coaching from Douglas College. I intend to continue my coaching career and am currently looking at avenues to expand into track and mountain bike.

Our dedicated coaching team would love to work with you! Register for one of our coaching opportunities today.

The Trails Are Our Office

All of our best ideas happen on our bikes! When we aren’t coaching, guiding or managing events we are either out on the trails or exploring the roads of our local area. The administrative side of our business is done from our laptops and smartphones. The Cycilng Co. is a location independent lifestyle business allowing us to coach and guide our clients in the most amazing and inspiring  locations possible! The best way to reach us is by phone or by email.