Our Coaches

Julia ‘Indi’ Boer

Indi started riding MTBs in 1993 in her native country, Hungary. She started DHI racing in 1995 and moved to Australia for better training conditions in 2003. Indi retired from elite racing in 2017 after a GE (Gravity Enduro) Australian National Series win that year. During her 22 years of elite racing in the gravity disciplines (DHI, DS, 4X & GE), she won numerous Hungarian & Australian National Championships, was first at a continental championship, has a World Cup podium & 19 different international titles to her name and has represented her country at the World Championships.

Indi has tried and raced almost all cycling disciplines over the years, including MTB XC, road racing & criterium, Cyclo Cross and BMX; so has a very broad understanding of cycling dynamics and related aspects.

Indi has a Bachelor Sport Science degree, specialising in coaching. This, combined with her level 1 MTB coaching qualification, allowed her to become the Coach of the Australian U19 DHI National Team in January 2017.

Indi’s love for MTBing is infectious. She is a good observer, listener and keen to bring the best out of everybody.

When she’s not on the bike or on the road because of bikes, she loves to spend time reading, in the garden, on the SUP board or in the gym. She also has a soft spot for stand up comedy and Latin American dancing. Indi is a dedicated wife, daughter and owner of two independent pointers.

Roger Derrick

After a childhood on a number of trusty bicycles (as well as a few beaten up postie bikes), Rog started his 2 wheeled racing career on road motorcycles in his early 20s. Along with some Moto X competition, he went on to race road motorcycles at the highest level in Australia, finishing a 20 year racing career as an A Grade competitor with his final (and last of 4) Moto GP appearances in 2007.

That year coincided with his 2nd year as a MTB racer, having started his MTB racing career with a 24 hour solo effort in 2006! Since then, he has raced XCE, 4X, XCO, DH, XC teams and in more recent times, Gravity Enduro. Having always been very competitive in the Masters categories, he has finished 3rd in the national series of All Mountain Cup in Masters and placed 2nd in the XCO national support event for Masters at the 2008 UCI World Cup in the ACT. After numerous podium finishes with Defence Cycling teams in 24 hour teams racing, he has most recently finished 2nd in the national series of Gravity Enduro in the Super Masters for 2017.

Rog brings a highly-analytical and methodical approach to MTBing from his moto racing background and actually still cross-trains at the motorcycle race track to this day. He likes robust discussions about bikes and always has time for a chat. He is patient and very helpful.

Rog is a formally qualified MTB instructor & has also held the position of MTB Skills Coach for Australian Defence Force Cycling (800 plus members) for over 5 years. He is also the go-to-guy within the ADF for MTBing as part of adventure training activities and is considered a subject matter expert in that realm. Beyond all of this, Rog is the advisor for the development of Gravity Enduro on the Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) management Advisory Commission (MAC).

When he’s not at the keyboard writing up coaching manuals or doing MTB advocacy work, he loves to spend time with his wife (and TFB partner), surfing, long walks in the park (with the TFB trail pups) and sharing his passion for anything with two wheels! He is a brilliant all-round handy man, can fix anything with zip ties, is a keen student of history & he knows a lot about tanks.

Luke Smith

Luke joined a junior skills course with TFB a number of years ago. His thirst for improvement and his enquiring mind, combined with his calm, helpful, personality and good vocabulary; set him apart from the rest of the riders. After two years working as an assistant coach, he became a fully qualified MTB skills instructor in 2016. He is admired by the junior riders and liked by many other clients because of (amongst many things) his deep commitment to helping improve the riding of others.

Luke is familiar with the road, velodrome, MTB XC and GE racing and riding circuits. He is a wizard on suspension technology and set ups.

Luke loves to spend time with his wife Beth, parents and siblings. He is very involved with his church youth group and prefers MTBing holidays.