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. We like to keep our bar high. 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.
TREVOR “Sandman” DECH, Chief Instructor
Trevor took to riding motorcycles when his dad sat him on a bike at the tender age of three. He began teaching in 1991 and has taught over 24,000 people since. He was a pro road racer at the CMRA, winning 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.
RENE “Nature Boy” DESPINS, Senior Instructor
One of the greatest compliments is to have a former student from ten years prior come back and want to teach. While Trevor did not remember Rene when he called to join the team, Trevor knew that the school had found yet another outstanding instructor the moment Rene Walked into the Tim Hortons. From all of 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.
BRENT Bendo LEMAY, Instructor
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 that his wife has called it his Italian mistress Gina. Why Gina, you ask? It’s named after Gina Lollobrigida who was considered the Italian version of Marilyn Monroe. Guess you can tell he spends a lot of time on her.
JACK “Bulls-Eye” LATTA, Private Instructor
Jack strives for perfection and has attended Rich Oliver’s Mystery School and Colin Edwards Texas Tornado Boot Camp. He has made many a lap at track days up in Edmonton where he also 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 complemented 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!
JAMIE “Hellbent” KIDD, Junior Part-Time Instructor
We are so excited to finally introduce our newest member of the family! Too Cool’s first female instructor was 5 when she knew, she was going to one day be a motorcyclist. She came to Too Cool as a refresher student, taking the course on an annual basis to hone her skills and liked us so much she stuck around! She has attended many of our training trips out to Nakusp and was hellbent (hence the nickname we gave her) to win the award for best body position for our 2016 Nakusp trip. Jamie really showed how a rider and motorcycle can be one. And if you are wondering, yes she did win. From there she did a track course with OTP at Castrol and has attended the Yamaha Champions School with the team.
Jamie is always looking to learn more and expand on her knowledge and experience with riding. Her enthusiasm and passion is infectious to all that come into contact with her in and out of the riding world and that’s what we were looking for. That and the big kid(d) in her fits right into our growing family!
DON “Obi-Don” FERGIN, Guest Mechanical Instructor
Don teaches our Gold class maintenance course as he is a Journeyman Red Seal Mechanic with over 35 years of industry experience turning more wrenches on more bikes than you could imagine. He’s been riding for even more – drag racing for over 40 years, taking home 13 championships and 4 Wally’s! He is the founder and owner of Universal Cycle, one of the largest independently owned motorcycle shops in Calgary and area. Don is a no-BS guy who stands behind his and his crew’s work which is why Universal is Too Cool’s go-to. You’ll also find him at our Off-Road Academy passing on his knowledge. Like Trev, Don eats, sleeps, lives, and breathes this love called motorcycling.
LANCHI “Smash” DECH, Motorcycle Operations Manager
Or known as M.O.M. for short… and we are not just 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 could not do. It’s how she met the Chief – at 5’2″ and 80 pounds soaking wet, she wanted to see if she was big enough to ride. From that moment on, Trevor knew that her heart made up for any lack of height or size. 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 their dream and find that amazing ride. She really lives up to the title of M.O.M.
SANDRA “Hurricane” MORRISON, Team Medic / Sponsorship Manager
Sandra always has an inner child waiting to come out and play. In the summer of 2013 that child came out with an abundance of excitement once she came back from her road ride with us. Motorcycling was for her. Sandra comes from a family of riders, one of her brothers being one of the best officers on two wheels in Victoria’s police department. She has an amazing willingness to learn and try new things even in instances where she thinks it is above her level – it does not faze her one bit. She has attended the Blackfoot Off-Road Training Academy and RawHyde Adventure’s level one. In addition, she frequents our Taste the Dirt at Wildrose Motocross Park along with a few of our off-road courses. It doesn’t stop there, Sandra recently completed a one day track school with Reg Pridmore at Willow! If history repeats itself she will be attending many more schools with us. We have such a strong family connection with Sandra and her family that we are overjoyed to have her a part of our team. She is not only there when we need a medical consult but will be taking on a role as a liaison between our school and our outstanding sponsors. We couldn’t think of a more perfect motorcycle ambassador!
|Honda Grom||This cute, little, naked bike is a non intimidating and super fun start to riding. Definitely the favorite since it's joined the fleet.||Kawasaki EX250 Ninja||These 250cc bikes are a class and instructor favorite, and great in every way. After only five minutes, most students don't want to get off.|
|Yamaha R3||Our Yamaha R3 has a 320cc engine. It offers a solid combination of class-leading power and light, agile handling. Add in the incredible MotoGP inspired M1 race bike styling, plus an easy to ride personality and you have the perfect recipe for a super fun riding experience.||Kawasaki Ninja 300||Our ninja 300 is the new version of our super popular 250. With the addition of ABS, it makes it even safer to ride. This bike is a student and instructor favourite as it is so much fun and it even looks like a 600 when you are riding it. It's not too tall and it builds confidence the more time you spend on it.|
|Suzuki GZ250 Marauder||A great 250cc beginner's bike that's low enough to build confidence. A definite solid package.||BMW 310R|
|Suzuki TU250X||The 250cc TU250 is a re-introduction to the all-around bike, as was the norm in the days of old. This machine is capable of around-town jaunts, comfortable long distance trips for two, the odd bit of dirt travel on the occasional fire road, and it can even hold it's own in the canyons.||Honda CRF250L||This entry level Off-Road bike is such a blast to ride. On the street it feels so solid. In the dirt it is very confidence inspiring. We can see why they call it a dual-purpose motorcycle.|
|Yamaha V-Star||This little 250cc V-Star sounds like it's bigger brothers. The growl from these pipes sound awesome! It has a very low seat height making it very easy to ride.||Yamaha XT250||This 250cc dual purpose bike is fun to ride, but a little hard on your butt after awhile.|