Jess Stone is a former world Cup DH racer from d’an ‘S’aff!
Jess started racing Downhill in 2008 and became Junior DH National Champion that year. She moved on up into Elite in 2009 and in 2010, became the Elite DH National Champion. In 2012 and 2013 she got a couple of top 10’s in UCI World Cups. Not bad for just 5 years in the sport!.
Jess now lives in the Tweed Valley and has been coaching for the last few years where she has earned a great reputation at Air Maiden coaching events and beyond. She can also be seen out running with her Border Collie's Taz and Tia, or showing off her talents at Street Velodrome at various spots around the country where she remains undefeated! She has also recently gone on to compete in Amateur Boxing and in October 2015, became U60kg Scottish Novice Boxing Champion.
Jess and Lynne have been travelling around the UK running women's dirt camps and plan on doing a whole lot more in 2018!
Polly has been riding all kinds of mountain bikes for nearly 20 years. She started out sessioning the trails around Aberdeen, spending a lot of time at Fort William and Innerliethen as well as street riding around Aberdeen City Centre. She would regularly beat the boys down the triple stair-set off Union Street!
In 2004 Polly dabbled with racing downhill, which is where she first met Lynne. Winning a couple of SDA races that year before packing up her snowboarding gear and heading to New Zealand and Canada. Even though it was a snowboarding trip that was where shebought her much loved P2 jump bike to check out the amazing trails in Wanaka.
After travelling, Polly returned to Aberdeen and continued to ride downhill, street and the occasional skate park session. When Air Maiden came along it was exactly the kind of riding she loves. Winning the freeride event for the first three years before stepping down to become part of the amazing team and getting a huge buzz from coaching and encouraging other females to be more confident on their bikes, ride better…….and of course ride bigger!
In 2010 Polly joined the Clan Stunt team to fill in for Lynne on the Riderz Tour. An amazing experience and opportunity to push her jumping to greater heights…..literally!!!
Now a fully fledged coach based In the North East of Scotland, but still feeling like a 12 year old when she steps over her bike, she plans to pass on her enthusiasm an experience.
Julia MacLean is our Perthsire based instructor. Hailing from Dunkeld, Julia and partner in crime and life, Taj, run Flotec Suspension from their centrally located workshop in the village.
When not servicing fork, socks and dropper posts, they are either up shredding the awesome trail network that Dunkeld has, or building new ones! They have had a huge influence on the riding in Dunkeld and love showing their mates their latest creations.
Julia is a fully qualified mountain bike instructor and mechanic and her enthusiasm for riding is pretty obvious to those who have had the pleasure riding with her. She has dabbled in a little enduro racing but gets her greatest pleasures from going out on bike adventures with her friends.
Already a seasoned Minimaidens coach, Julia is a great addition to the Air Maiden team and will be coaching in Dunkeld and beyond in 2018.
Lucy is the youngest member of the Air Maiden coaching team, but that does not mean she lack's experience. Already a well established mtb coach, Lucy grew up in the Tweed Valley and has been riding and racing bikes since a young age. A former XC champion, Lucy now balances her time between coaching, riding and training as a track athlete in a bid to qualify to compete for Scotland at next year's Commonwealth Games. She can also throw down some pretty stylish wheelies and is a Minimaidens favourite!
Fiona has been riding bikes for around 10 years now, and has been racing for 6. She began on a rented hardtail whilst living in New Zealand and instantly fell in love with the sport. In the summer of 2010 Fiona headed out to Whistler where she spent 2 summers lapping the Bike Park on her beloved second hand Norco (which almost weighed more than her incidentally!)
After out staying her visa, Fiona returned to Scotland and moved to Fort William, originally being from Dumfries and Galloway. Whilst studying for a degree in Adventure Tourism Management, Fiona started on her MTB coaching pathway by volunteering at local Active Schools sessions. Around the same time she also started racing – her first ‘real’ mountain bike race was the Megaavalanche….aim high, right?? After that experience the bug was well and truly caught and Fiona took to racing enduro, starting out at some Irish Gravity Enduro rounds on her borrowed Orange P7 hardtail. Since upgrading a few years ago to a Canyon Spectral, Fiona has been a regular competitor at the Scottish Enduro Series, finishing twice in 3rd overall, and in 2016 she won the series overall.
After entering the Scottish DH Champs in Aberfeldy in 2016 and taking 2nd place on one of the gnarliest tracks on the circuit, Fiona’s focus in 2017 moved to DH racing. In June 2017 Fiona went to Andorra to race in the UCI Masters World Champs, where she took the Gold medal!