You do not get to be one of our instructors by training for a weekend or two, or by simply having an instructor’s license. Before they work with students on their own, our instructors put in hundreds of hours as students themselves, with experienced instructors as their mentors. Furthermore, a commitment to continuous improvement of their own skills, knowledge and training techniques is a basic requirement for each and every one of our instructors which they take pride in. Some of our instructors have experience on the racetrack, from 50cc mini to professional motorcycle road racing. In addition, they have dirt and off-road experience, which is one of the best ways to broaden your skills.
Chief Instructor – Trevor “Sandman“ Dech.
Trevor took to riding motorcycles at the tender age of three and has been teaching people how to ride since 1991. He is a pro road racer at the CMRA, and won both the superbike and heavyweight championships in 2004. His energy, enthusiasm, profound experience and genuine riding talent, along with his constant passion for the sport and his need to share it with others is what makes Trevor an exceptional instructor.
Senior Instructor – Rene “Nature Boy” Despins
One of the greatest compliments is to have a former student from ten years ago come back and want to teach. When Rene called to join the team, Trevor did not remember him. However, as soon as Trevor saw him arrive at Tim Horton’s, Trevor knew the school had found yet another outstanding instructor. From the motorcycle pictures on his walls and the multitudes of copies of motorcycle magazines on his living room table. Rene bleeds the same riding blood as we all do.
Instructor – Brent “Bendo“ Lemay.
Brent brings with him an amazing coaching background and a very positive laid back attitude. He thrives on being early and doing always that little extra. He has strong family beliefs that really fit in nicely with our family of riders. He loves his Italian motorcycle so much his wife has called it his Italian mistress Gina after Gina Lollobrigida who was the Italian version of Marilyn Monroe. Guess you can tell he spends a lot of time on her. We are excited to welcome Brent to the team.
Motorcycle Operations Manager – Lanchi “Smash“ Dech.
M.O.M. for short… and we are not talking about her height. All kidding aside, Lanchi is really the nervous system of our team. She loves riding and helping people do things that some might see as impossible or that others may have said you yourself could not do. Its a little of how she met the Chief. She wanted to see if she was big enough to ride and from that moment, Trevor knew that her heart made up for any lack of height. Her will is second to none. She not only pushes Trevor to be the best instructor he can be, she supports our students so that they too can achieve what she has found… an amazing ride. She really lives up to the title of M.O.M.
Off-Road Instructor – Alan “Spud“ Connor.
“Spud” is a young man with a passion for Motorsports and has been around Motorcycles all of his life because of his family. With the intention of learning from the best, Alan chose to attend Too Cool Motorcycle School. He was instantly hooked and will always remember the pure joy of his first road ride. Alan discovered that adventure riding was his passion immediately after getting his license and first bike. The idea of boundless travel and the fantastic tales that come with it had him hooked. He set a goal to become as capable a rider as possible in the face of adventure. So, he took Too Cool’s Taste the Dirt then enrolled himself in a BMW GS training course. At the end of the season, he traveled to Castaic California to take part in adventure training at Raw Hyde Adventures. He had a fantastic time and made it out of the Mojave Desert… alive and in one piece.
Off-Road Instructor – Zack “Mr. Perfect“ O’Geil.
Zack is a Too Cool Alumni himself. Some would say he bleeds orange (KTM Orange). He shows incredible confidence and skill when he rides and is a natural off-road rider. His charming demeanor and his laid-back nature is infectious to everyone he teaches and teaches with. He is always willing to help. He loves the sport as all of us here. We are proud to have Zack as a part of our off-road team. Also, he hates it when Lanchi hugs him.
Special Guest Mechanical Instructor – Don “Obi-Don“ Fergin.
Don is a Journeyman Red Seal Mechanic with over 34 years of industry experience under his belt and he’s been riding for more years than he is allowing us to tell you. He’s been drag racing for 40 years of which he’s taken home 13 championships and 4 Wally’s, and he’s turned more wrenches on more bikes than you could ever imagine. And of course he is the founder and owner of Universal Cycle, one of the largest independently owned motorcycle shops in Calgary and surrounding area. Don is a no BS guy and tells it like it is, standing behind not only his work but the work of his crew. It’s the reason why Universal is the choice for maintaining the Too Cool fleet. Oh but wait, it doesn’t stop there. Our Gold course students get to meet Obi-Don as he teaches our maintenance course and you’ll also find him out at our Off-Road Academy passing on his knowledge. Like Trev, Don eats, sleeps, lives, and breathes this love called motorcycling.
A few very wonderful motorcyclists who have graced us with their time at Too Cool.
Instructor’s Assistant – Jason “Pee Wee“ Brideau.
Jay is a man among men. But mostly, he is a kid at heart. He had set his heart on being an instructor for us at Too Cool as soon as he graduated. In another life he was a touring musician, a drummer to be precise. In this life, he’s a touring motorcyclist. Music and motorcycles, they both move you so what a great combination! He owns a Honda and you know what they say about Hondas right? “You meet the nicest people” and Jason is definitely one of those people. We are excited to finally welcome him to our amazing team!
Retired Senior Instructor – Jordan “Rockstar“ Lewis.
From the first moment Trevor met Jordan at the race track, it was apparent that Jordan was not teaching to his full potential with the school he was with. He was invited to come and watch how Too Cool taught. Trevor knew from that point that Jordan’s talents would shine at our school. Jordan brought his pure passion of our sport to every class. Jordan with his patience and ability to help coach students also made him an exception instructor. He has now gone on to pursue a career with the Fire Department and we wish him the best of luck!
Retired Senior Private Instructor – Jack “Bulls-Eye“ Latta.
Jack strives for perfection and has attended Rich Oliver’s Mystery School and Colin Edwards Texas Tornado Boot Camp. He has made many a laps at track days up in Edmonton where he somehow got his wife hooked on riding at the track. Next up is the California Super bike school at Laguna. We sure wish we could be there with him! Jack understood what it is like to be a student. He always found the right thing to say and his coaching style complimented our school. If you’re up at Castrol, you may see him zipping around on track days – that’s where he hopes to spend some of his free time now!
Retired Refresher & Private Instructor – Doug “Maverick“ Rafuse.
Doug put his understanding of flying to the test when he took not just one but two motorcycle training courses. These courses provided Doug the necessary confidence and competence to enjoy riding on today’s many roads. Long tours and riding in heavy traffic is one of “Mavericks” many likes. The relaxing nature of long tours whether it be in Canada or the United States partnered with the focus and concentration needed to ride in heavy traffic, has all the components of flying that Doug had enjoyed for many years. In 2000 Doug became a Sr. Motorcycle Instructor and has brought his wealth of experience, patience and humbleness into our sport, one story and skill at a time.
Retired Refresher Instructor – Knut “Rabbit’s Foot“ Skarstol.
When Trevor first met Knut, he had his license but wanted an evaluation to see if he needed to take further instruction. He soon signed up for what would be the only good disease out there called motorcycling! Knut has helped in countless numbers of rides and has helped many people believe that if they want to ride they can, no matter what their age. For Trevor, he represents why Trev is still teaching after so many great years.
Retired Instructor – Terrence “Snowman“ Robbins.
Terrence is a very energetic and enthusiastic about our sport. When he is not teaching with us, you can find him drag racking his 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa 1340. The man loves his speed but he knows where to take it… to the track! Look out, this boy knows how to lean. Terrence started teaching because of some close calls that were partially to blame for the skills that he had forgotten over the years.