We are outdoor educators who share a talent for teaching, riding and connecting with kids. We are seasoned experts in the coaching, guiding and safety techniques that we have developed and refined over the past 11 years. Our passion inspires kids - whether novice or seasoned riders - and that inspires us.
Ryan Loften is the founder, owner and head coach of Mt Tam Bikes Camp. Since 2006, he has taught over 2000 kids mountain bike skills, trail etiquette, bike mechanics and local ecology. Born and raised in Mill Valley, he grew up BMX racing, dirt jumping and mountain biking all over Mount Tamalpais and Marin County. Ryan has been mentoring and coaching kids for the past 19 years, getting his start as a counselor at Snow Mountain Camp in Nevada City. He is a member of the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, and has been a certified CPR Wilderness First Responder since 1996.
Biking has always been a positive force in Ryan’s life from the moment he pedaled on his own. He started working on bikes when he was 8-years-old, and has been a professional mechanic at Tam Bikes in Mill Valley for the past 15 years. He coaches, mountain biking year-round running weekly rides at Mill Valley Middle School, and is a private coach for riders of all ages and abilities.
Mt Tam Bikes Camp was born in 2006 after a year-long solo mountain bike tour he took through Nepal, India and Southeast Asia. Returning home to Mill Valley, he wanted to share his love of mountain biking and exploration with his community. Ryan’s travels - as well as his mentoring and coaching of youth - have taught him that children are the same around the world: they live in the present moment. Sharing the trails with young riders is a great reminder to be a patient, present and light-hearted individual.
The goal of Mt Tam Bikes Camp is simple. “Whether it’s by learning a new bike skill, or discovering a cool little waterfall, or just goofing around after lunch, I want campers to have an overwhelming positive day at camp,” Ryan says. Eleven years - and thousands of coaching hours later - he has never missed a day of bike camp.
Born in Walnut Creek, and growing up in Mill Valley, Brian has been a coach at Mt Tam Bikes Camp for the past four years. He’s a certified CPR Wilderness First Responder, and professional bike mechanic. He started working with kids as an assistant coach at Point X Camp in 1995, and has since coached at Ramp Rats, Camp Woodward, and Highland Bike Park before joining Mt Tam Bikes Camp in 2010. He is one of the founding members of the Tam High School mountain bike team, and turned pro at 17-years-old, competing in slope-style events through Europe and the U.S. Brian has been featured in multiple mountain bike videos and magazines, and even appeared on an episode of “Top Gear.” He’s a Cat. 1 mountain bike racer with eight podium finishes alone in 2014.
Brian is a patient leader with a depth of talent and experience that he’s always eager to share.
“After all my travels, Mill Valley will always be home,” Brian says. “With my knowledge and experience, I hope to inspire young riders to live a healthy, athletic lifestyle.”