About Chocolate Foot
Chocolate Foot's lead instructors are Fiona Dick and Joe Ward. With three decades of mountain biking under our belts and as Mountain Bike Australia certified skills coaches, we've been helping people learn to ride and improve their existing MTB skills since 2005. We are committed to ensuring you have a productive and fun day on the bike, and look forward to helping you ride with more skill and confidence.
When I started mountain biking back in 1996 I learnt the hard way – by trial and error … and a lot of persistence. There were no clinics or online resources in those days. I could see how much need there was for learning new skills from a better source than mates or a partner. My coaching experience began in 2002 whilst working at the legendary Thredbo resort and I then moved to Sydney and got involved with my local club in delivering women’s mountain bike clinics. From there I’ve gone on to teach mountain bike skills courses for clubs, other organisations, outdoor education providers, schools and of course, Chocolate Foot!
While I’m passionate about riding my bike in as many places and as much as possible, I’m super passionate about getting more people on bikes and becoming stoked on MTB!
While I’ve always ridden a bike (or tricycle!) I was never one of those naturally talented riders who pulled wheelies for years and had style for miles, so I definitely understand the value of getting coaching as well as the value of persistence and practice to get your skills up to where you want them. Through the course of over 35 years of riding and racing I’ve gained lots of insights from a range of different riders and educators which I really enjoy passing on through our group clinics and one-on-one coaching sessions.
Off the bike, my day job is producing video content for TV and web, featuring (unsurprisingly) lots of cycling, including five editions of the Tour de France for SBS, twelve editions of the National MTB Championships for MTBA and currently live-streaming the National Road Series for Cycling Australia.