Vanessa Knee

Head Coach

Hi I’m Vee, the founder and head coach of Jindabyne Girl Riders. I have always lived in the mountains and shaped my life to follow the snow most of my 20’s and 30’s. Chasing the snow as a passionate skier, I moved to Whistler for the spring of 1991 and was introduced to mountain biking. I had spent most of the 90’s in Whistler year round, living the dream of skiing all winter and riding all summer. During that time including summers at home, I rode my way to the state and national level cross country races to compete in the World Cup in Sydney in 1999. Now 25 years on, I still love biking and still like to race in selective mountain bike races. I live in Jindabyne in the summer and Thailand in the winters teaching Yoga and I have been involved in the outdoor and fitness industry for over 15 years as a fitness and personal trainer, Yoga Instructor, mountain bike instructor. I also run successful local kids bike programs and our team of coaches facilitate Snowy Mountains Grammar School's mountain bike program. Bringing the National She Rides program to Jindabyne in Spring of 2015, contributed to our area becoming well known as fantastic destination for women’s biking. With PMBIA Level 1, MTBA Level 1, TAFE bike guiding qualifications and much experience teaching and guiding.

Jane Scheer


Jane Scheer has been a long time Jindabyne resident making this beautiful area home since moving from Sydney and the corporate world over 18 years ago. With a science and nutrition background, Jane has shaped her life in Jindabyne as a well-known cross country skier, racer and coach. Jane has a love of both road and mountain bikes and spent the early 2000’s racing Elite in the NSW and National series mountain bike series. She now races more seriously in cross country skiing events and competes internationally. Jane is an exceptional ski coach and brings her teaching skills across to the mountain bike field. Jane has her MTBA level 0 qualification and brings vast teaching experience to her clients and is an absolute gun!

Sarah James


Sarah James is a long time local of Jindabyne and has been teaching outdoor education for the last 7 years for Action Learning Initiatives and is involved in the young community through the church and pastoral care. Sarah has been the head guide for the mountain bike programs at ALI and has an incredible rapport with the students and a way of teaching that is unmatched by her peers. Sarah has incredible understanding, patience and able to communicate in way that enable students to soar in a nervous environments. Sarah’s passion for teaching and the outdoors shines through and this coupled with her gentle nature and vast teaching experience, she is a wonderful coach for women and kids.

Jen Lloyd


My family and I have been enjoying the Jindabyne life since 2000. We initially moved to the area for the love of skiing when we began our careers as ski instructors. Since then I have also continued my work as a physiotherapist owing the business Snowsports Physiotherapy. In recent times, I have been applying my skills of biomechanics and teaching to mountain bike instructing. I have a special interest in teaching kids and particularly in empowering girls in sport. I am excited to be part of the Jindabyne Girl Riders teaching team and look forward to inspiring and riding with your children.

Karen Forman

Road and Mountain biking Coach

Hi, I am Karen (Kaz) Forman, a Jindabyne local passionate about all the mountains can offer. In summer I spend my time riding and coaching mountain bike and road cycling, hiking and paddling; in winter I am a passionate cross country and downhill skier and snowshoer. I am rarely seen out of a helmet of some kind! I especially love sharing my love of riding bikes through coaching. I am a Cycling Australia accredited Level O and Level 1 Road and Track Coach and a Mountain Bike Australia accredited and affiliated Level 0 and Level 1 coach. I also have a BA in Sport Science (Human Movement) and certificates in sports psychology, sports nutrition, gym instructor and resistance training. I connected with JGR in 2016 and am proud to be part of the incredible team that brings mountain biking to kids, women and even men in the Snowy Mountains. I also coach private road athletes. Previously I have held honorary roles as Club Coach of Jindabyne Cycling Club, junior development coach at St George Cycle Club in Sydney, junior and womens coach at Illawarra Cycle Club and coach at Cairns Cycling Club. I have delivered Cycling Australia's Let's Ride programs teaching kids to ride safely in Wollongong and Sydney schools as well as school MTB programs in Jindabyne. I guess you would say I am a lifelong bike rider, having raced road and track at high level in my "elite" aged years, I retired from racing for 12 years after an altercation with a car in 2001. but came back as a Masters in 2010 to win a few medals on the velodrome including three gold and a silver at the Australian Masters Games and top 4 on the velodrome and top seven on the road at world championship level. I competed in that very long road race L'etape Australia in 2018 with the local women's team to first place womens team, road MTB in Snowies MTB Festival 2019 taking bronze with my teamie Jing in the womens teams division and gold in 2020 with my teams Kate and Michelle. .I have done a few 24 hour MTB events at Stromlo and Kowen Forest in teams as well as Dirt de Femmes and Capital Punishments and just love the community of it all. In 2019 I scored third place in the Cannonball Festival in my age group for gravity riding. I am very fortunate to also be able to work as a journalist which has enabled me to live and work around the world. I have covered World championships, the Giro and Tour Down Under, Moto GP and Formula One.

Sam Noller

Mountain bike coach

Sam has been living in Jindabyne since 2016 and is so happy to call Jindabyne home. He works for Thredbo year round as a PMBI Level 1 mountain bike instructor in summer and APSI level 1, Thredbo Ski School Instructor in winter. He teaches mainly beginner to intermediate of all ages, male and female. He Is an avid mountain biker and downhill specialist also instructor for Action Learning Initiatives, an outdoor education centre based in Jindabyne. He is also one of the coaches for Snowy Mountains Grammar school Mountain bike program. He enjoys sharing his passion for riding and being outside with others, while teaching safe riding techniques both on the bike and skis. His passion for his sports is inspiring as he loves people to experience the thrill of the mountains and the activities available.

Tabatha Eccleston

Mountain bike coach

Tabatha aka Tab, has been living in Jindabyne and surrounding areas since 2002. Initially coming to Jindabyne for the ski life gaining her APSI professional levels. She has been a ski instructor for over 10 years, both here and in Canada and has worked for Perisher coaching the women’s Masters programs. She met her partner, who is a passionate mountain bike rider and one of the main trail builders in the area. The obvious transition from skiing was to try mountain biking and fell in love with it!! After riding with friends and sharing her enthusiasm for riding, she decided to put her vast teaching experience, especially her passion for working with women, to further use and gained PMBIA Level 1 certification. She loves sharing her knowledge of the local trails, and seeing people enjoy riding for themselves!