Elaine Bothe has been a cycling enthusiast practically her entire life; first teaching herself how to ride at age 4 on a borrowed bike very much against her Dad’s wishes, turning into being a bike messenger in Portland, and later discovering cross-country and cyclocross. While Elaine thoroughly enjoyed racing, she discovered that her true passion and joy is to share the fun of confident mountain biking with others. A true lifelong learner, Elaine fuels her natural inquisitiveness by studying how others learn. She delights in teaching skills from working with someone to just learning to ride any bike to mountain biking at any level.
Elaine earned her Level 2 instructor certification in 2012 with Shaums March, pre-IMBA, and currently instructs at The Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park in Portland, Oregon as well as Timberline Bike Park and Mt Hood Skibowl on Mt. Hood. She is a coach for the Ryan Leech Connection website and also coaches skills and cycling fitness and race training programs through Wenzel Coaching.
She volunteers with her local IMBA chapter, the Northwest Trail Alliance, along with other trail organizations and several inclusive women’s and girls’ riding groups in the area. Other interests include hiking, writing, cooking (and eating), and motorsports.