Paul's passion for bikes started way back in his early school years with a little Honda XR80 motorbike. He rode various motorbikes until in high school he discovered a cool bicycle that was made for riding off road. From that point on he was hooked!
Over the next 20 odd years he has ridden as far afield as the Swiss Alps to New Zealand, Tasmania, Cairns, Darwin, Canberra and the list goes on... If there are mountain bike tracks there, then its probably on his list
to go and ride them.
During that time he has honed his riding and mechanical skills on anything that has two wheels. Cross country, trials, downhill, road, BMX you name the discipline or type of bike and he has probably ridden or fixed it!
"It's all about skids and wheelies..."
Mags was introduced to mountain bikes when she met Paul in Darwin over 10 years ago. Already a licensed motor biker it didn't take long for her love of bicycles to take hold!
It was the rough and rocky tracks of Charles Darwin NP that helped shaped Mags's skill on a bike. Now in Taree running Bourkes Bicycles with Paul, she has raced at various DH, enduro and cross country events.
Always up for a challenge, if you find her out in the forest it will most likely be riding the more technical and challenging trails!
Mags is now a qualified skills instructor through PMBI and MTBA. She has a passion for the skill of off road riding and a drive to get more females into the sport.
"I love helping people accomplish things that they didn't think they could do!"
Justin has been a mad keen cyclist for about 25 years. In that time he's tried just about every type of cycling there is.
Justin's main discipline is road cycling, but he loves a bit of mountainbiking as well. However, bunch rides, club road races and criteriums are his big thang, and he's bloody good at it too!
Justin is also our resident smart trainer expert. On most evenings you can find him sweating away in front of a fan and a monitor, climbing some far away hill with all of his virtual clubmates!
He's a bit of machine, our Justin. Just this year he took on the three peaks challenge and is already drawing up plans to go back again for more pain!
"Give me some clean air and I'll see ya at the finish line!"
Michael has been riding bikes since Jesus played football for Nazareth Juniors. Somehow he's managed to stay upright most of the time, meaning he can still turn the pedals over now and then.
Michael has competed in a bunch of different race formats from 1.5 hour sprint races to 24 hour endurance MTB races.
Maybe the silliest thing Michael has gotten into is ultra-endurance racing, which are multi-day self supported bike races. Next time you're in the shop ask him about this. He'll happily waste ours bragging about his efforts!
"Don't die wondering - Get on your bike and ride!! That's all that counts!"
Bourkes Bicycles shop junior, this kid has exactly the right name to be in the bike biz.
Like most kids, Ryder got his first bike when he was just a toddler, but he's also been on a bunch of stuff since. He's dipped his toe in BMX racing and bicycle touring with his equally bike-mad family, and finds himself most comfortable behind the bars of his MTB.
And being aged under 40, Ryder is the shop’s resident scooter expert by default!
"I love being on two wheels. Give me that instead of school any day!!”
- Ryder Eyb