Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


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whakatane cycle coach

Cycle New Zealand - Learn to Ride Instructor

Skills Active Assessor

Extensive knowledge of local roads, rural tracks and MTB Parks

Over 10 years instructing and guiding in the Bay of Plenty



Richard’s passions are both cycling and being with people - so being a cycle coach is a natural fit for a man who has lived and rode in the glorious Eastern Bay of Plenty for more than 15 years.


He knows the streets, the dirt tracks and hidden trails of this area, like the back of his hand and is always excited to introduce people to his favourite routes.


Richard loves to share his knowledge, skills and enthusiasm which motivated him to gain qualifications in MTB and Cycle Skills Instruction with a solid aim of making safe, enjoyable cycling accessible to everyone.  


“Climb your hills, cross your streams and forge your memories, all in your days bike ride!”  Said Richard…

+ experience

  • Trained BikeReady Instructor

  • Cycle New Zealand - Learn to Ride Instructor

  • Cycle Skills Instructor (NZTA Levels 1 and 2)

  • Mountain Bike Guide

  • Skills Active Assessor

  • Full First Aid at work  and Outdoor First Aid

  • Extensive knowledge of local roads, rural tracks and MTB Parks

  • Over 10 years instructing and guiding in the Bay of Plenty​

  • Founding member of Bike Whakatane Trust and committee member of Whakatane MTB Club

  • 2018 Finalist- NZ Transport Agency- Outstanding contribution to a bike friendly future


cycle coaching

+ adventure rides

ready to ride

Lessons for new and returner bicycle and E-bike riders. We will cover fitting a helmet, checking your bike and setting it up to ride. We then move onto the basic skills required to ensure you ride comfortably and with confidence both off and on the road.


Gain the confidence of learning the skills and knowledge required to ride off road, on dirt and gravel tracks and trails which require a slightly higher degree of technical skills.

Guided Rides

Join Richard on the many trails and tracks around the Bay of Plenty which he knows like the back of his hand. Explore Whakatane, Ohope, Onepu and further afield. You can also ask him to join you on a track you’ve always wanted to explore.  

adventure rides

Richard works closely with other local cycle tour groups and can arrange for one off and specialist rides. Let him take you on your next adventure.

"Pedal It Forward"

This is my version of "Pay it forward". Join me for a free ride at NO cost. Just take it upon yourself to encourage and support someone else to ride. Nice and simple! Just follow me on facebook to hear about my free rides!

Simple Price Structure

$50 per hour for all Whakatane based lessons and sessions.  Sessions are generally for up to 4 riders, so the larger your group, the less cost per person.

A surcharge can be negotiated for sessions outside of town to cover Richard’s time and travel costs.

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