Meet the team behind BreakAway Rides.
All our skills coaches are internationally qualified BICP instructors.
Founder BreakAway Rides
Things have to move for Katja – ideally fast. With a knack for ultra-endurance racing, she completed the Tour D’Afrique, an eyepopping 12 000-kilometer race from Cairo to Cape Town in 2016. She is a certified Mountain Bike Guide and BICP skills instructor with over 20 years of mountain biking experience. She is at home in various mountain biking disciplines and podiumed in Enduros, XCOs, Ultra-Distance and Adventure races, and multi-stage races.
She loves the unforeseen, new experiences and connecting with people from all walks of life. Another quality is her ability to juggle about 1 million things at the same time without dropping the ball and breaking a sweat. Before venturing into mountain biking, she was working for some years as a research manager for a global research business.
You find more info about Katja here: www.katjasteenkamp.com
Admin & Skills Coach
Amy is a self confessed health nut who loves spending time in the kitchen almost as much as being on her mountain bike. Being a runner before, she was easily persuaded to trade trainers for wheels after meeting her boyfriend (A professional Mountain biker himself) and being introduced to the sublime local trails. A passion developed quickly and Amy now loves nothing more than exploring all the natural beauty this country has to offer atop her trusty black steed. Especially fond of a steep technical climb, she also enjoys the challenge of a rocky, treacherous descent every now and then, and finds the constant progression in this field truly incredible and somewhat addictive. She also has vast and fond experience with children of all ages and is really enjoying sharing the love of Mountain biking with the next generation of Trail Blazers. Amy is certified with BICP.
Nicole believes it’s all about extracting as much fun from life as possible, and there is no better place to learn about yourself and life than on your mountainbike! Her love for MTB began on the XCO cross country racing circuit over 15 years ago, gaining invaluable skills on the bike, and this experience has fueled her passion to coach and guide new riders to the sport. She understands first hand what is needed to balance physical training, mental strength and skills, as well as never forgetting the importance of smiling all the way! She loves an adventure and when she is not on her bike, Nicole is often out surfing or doing yoga. She believes the community and connection created through this beautiful sport are a vital part, and loves the friendships and memories she has gained through riding her bike! Continually amazed by the universal language of bikes, Nicole enjoys using client’s experiences on mountain bikes as a metaphor for internal growth! She has a keen awareness for getting people out of their comfort zones with confidence and helping riders build a solid foundation of MTB skills to help riders quickly realize and share in the love of singletrack! Seeing the sense of accomplishment and joy in riders as they conquer a new skill or challenging obstacle is the greatest reward! She is certified with BICP.
Alan is a certified BICP skills instructor and has over 37 years of mountain biking experience. He completed his first Epic in 2004. Over the years he competed in most South African multistage events like Sani2C, W2W, Berg & Bush, Magalies Monster. He received Western Province colours in 2018 & 2019 for the Cross Country Marathon in the Grand Masters Category.
These days he is less found on the racing circuit and more in the trails focusing his time on sharing his skills and experience with fellow riders. Showing the more seasoned mountain bikers that with age the fun only starts.
Brad is a BICP qualified skills coach with over 25 years of riding experience in a wide range of disciplines including Downhill, Enduro, Dirt jumping, XCO, BMX and stage racing. Brad loves sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience catering to any age or skill level, particularly focusing on jumps of all types, and learning how to flow smoothly and effortlessly.