Meet Your Guide Series, Ian Dowling

Ian is one of our client favorites – everyone LOVES him and loves riding with him! Ian is PMBI certified, and is an encouraging, informative and all-around great mountain bike instructor. He will be one of the coaches at Trail Ninja Training Camp this September. Please let us know when booking if you would like Ian to be your guide; he gets booked up very quickly!

What initially got you into mountain biking?
I’m a very active person and mtbing is a super fun sport. I dabbled in mtbing in the late 80’s and became addicted in 2005.

How long have you been mountain biking?
I have been mtbing for over 25 years.

What bike are you currently riding?
I a Santa Cruz Nomad that I use for downhilling but my true love is my 29″ Canfield Brothers Nimble Nine single speed. Every time I get off the Nimble (Flash) I get sad.

What is your favorite trail?
My favorite trail at KT is probably Jaw. At high-speed it will challenge every skill you have.

Favorite place to ride (besides KT of course!):
Moab, Moab, Moab – there is no better place on earth. I also love riding in Oregon, Washington (Mt St Helens is amazing), British Columbia, anything in Vermont, and my home trails in the Franconia, NH area are excellent too.

What do you like to do for fun besides mountain biking?
I’ve decided that life’s purpose is to have fun. I backcountry ski and have been fortunate to do so in Alaska, Utah, Wyoming, Andorra, Vermont, and of course the White Mts of NH. I brew and drink lots of beer, play guitar and try to sing, and do a lot of hiking, traveling, and listening to live music.

Favorite place to eat in the area (within one hour of KT?)
Post ride, there’s nothing better than a beer at the Tiki and then take in the sunset from the balcony of the Tamarac with another beer and blue chips.

Best tip for beginners?
Don’t be afraid – fear will prevent any kind of progress. By learning and practicing the six skills of mtbing your progress will be quick and your fun cup will spilleth over.

Favorite post-ride snack?
Chocolate milk, a cold Coke, and beer – in that order.

What is your dream MTB destination?
My current dream mtb trip would be to Croatia. I’ve seen and heard some amazing things about the riding there.

What is your ideal day on a bike?
It’s 70 degrees, sunny, and I’m with a bunch of great friends. In the morning, we have a nice relaxed cross country ride followed by lunch and a beer. Then in the afternoon, we go downhilling, followed by a burger and a beer. Nothing better.

As a rider, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I want to improve in my trails riding skills so that my trail options are more abundant.

What are your riding goals for this season?
Front wheelstand into a rear wheel swivel to realign the bike to achieve a better line on gnar.