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 “Chris and Claire are two of the most experienced, knowledgeable and successful racers in the industry. To see them have such an open mind to their training as Professional Mountain Bike Instructors was both refreshing and admirable. Despite their wealth of experience, both approached the PMBI Training wanting to learn more about biking, and specifically, how to teach the sport professionally. It’s quite rare for pro riders to make this observation in themselves that just because they can ride, it doesn’t mean they can teach. This humble approach, along with their backgrounds, enabled them to excel on the courses and develop into superior, certified PMBI Instructors… they even went on and played an active role in the development of the new PMBI Level 3 Skill Coaching Course too. Chris & Claire deeply care about how well they teach, because they want their clients to be as stoked as they are, when they win a race!”

-Paul Howard, PMBI Program Developer, Owner ZEP Mountain Bike Camps & Instructor Training.

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“As President of  Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club Inc. and the father of upcoming downhill mountain bike racer Ben Power, I have relied on the professional advice of Chris and Claire on many occasions. I have found both Chris and Claire to be totally dedicated to the sport of mountain biking be it in a competitive or recreational environment and have always been extremely approachable, instantly prepared to offer sound advice and happy to roll up their sleeves to help with track maintenance, design etc!  Kovarik Racing is changing the face of competitive mountain biking in Australia and overseas with their unique approach to Coaching riders of all age groups.  These attributes have been gained by Chris and Claire over many years of racing and riding on the world stage.   Chris and Claire are Ambassadors for our Club and inspire riders of all ages through their willingness to assist on all levels which in turn, has had a positive impact for Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club.   I have no hesitation in recommending the services supplied by Chris and Claire through their company, Kovarik Racing to mountain bikers of all levels, competitive and recreational.”  

-Harvey Power, President  Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club

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“Jack and Finn Iles trained with Chris Kovarik in Whistler from May to September 2012.  The on-bike training was diverse (downhill, dirt jumping, pumptrack, xcountry) and Chris always made it really fun and motivating – he has ridiculous bike skills. Chris also had an innate ability to identify areas that needed work and provided the right amount of coaching to improve.  Chris really impressed us and we feel strongly that he enabled the kid’s riding skills to a significantly higher level in a short time.  Apart from skills training, Chris and Claire also provided a wealth of accurate knowledge regarding bike set up, mental race prep, line choice and regular feedback.  We highly recommend the Kovarik Race Program and look forward to next season.”

 -Jack Iles(16)

[Canadian National Champion(U17), Prince of Crankworx(5 gold medals), BC Cup Provincial Champion(winner of 5 of 6 races), Western Canada Champion]

-Finn Iles(13)

[2nd overall BC Cup U15, 1st Western Open U15]

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 “I needed some fine tuning in the DH skills department so decided to do a one month rider development program through Kovarik Racing. After the first session I was quite surprised by how much I’d picked up in such a short time. Chris and Claire were able to assess my riding and quickly isolate the areas where improvement was required. During the programs skills drills, Claire made great use of the video camera, allowing me to see any flaws in my riding. this was further illustrated by having Chris on hand to demonstrate the correct techniques. My confidence began to escalate as I felt the bike responding like never before, and this just increased with every session. Chris and Claire were fantastic throughout the program, this experience has given me performance gains beyond my expectations and I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to push through to the next level.”

-Shane, Queensland Australia


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