Meet The Team
For The Riders is staffed by a team of people who ride, race and love mountain bikes. People who have, throughout the years, shared an unmatched level of knowledge and expertise within the two-wheeled community.
Drop in and check out the place sometime.
Jamie Borg Sales Manager
Hi Guys, I’m Jamie - FTR’s Sales Manager. I’ve been working in the bike industry since 2008 and have been on two wheels since I was 6 years old. I first started racing local downhill rounds in 2007 and have since competed in multiple events both in Australia and overseas. Worthy of noting include Crankworx, the Canadian Open, Fox Air and Gabanzo events… just to name a few. For 2017 I’m looking forward to riding my Santa Cruz Bronson and V10 and will compete in local events where i can. I’ve got extensive knowledge of all brands under the mountain bike umbrella and a genuine love for the sport. I look forward to sharing my passion with you!
Josh Bamford Workshop Manager
Hi everyone! I’m Josh, the workshop manager at FTR. Most people know me as Shwaa and I’ve been on the scene here since 2008. I love working on all the new bits and pieces that come from the mountain bike world and especially love building unique custom bikes. Most people might remember my 24hr solo’s on a single speed, but those days are now done and dusted. These days, you’ll likely find me aboard my Giant Reign slapping turns with the boys or floating kickers on my Santa Cruz Jackal.
See you on the trails!
Matt Tape Mechanic
Hi guys, my name’s Matt but most people call me Tapey. I’ve been riding since I was 8, starting out as a roady where I raced at a state level and won a couple of state championships. I saw the light when I was about 15 and jumped onto my first mountain bike. I mainly focused on riding downhill bikes, racing solidly until I was 23 and achieving a 3rd in the Elite Mens National Downhill Series. Mixing my road and downhill experience, I’ve also competed at a national level for XC as well. I have been part of the FTR team for bit over 6 years and I have worked on pretty much everything under the sun.
Corbin Wieben Mechanic
Hi Guys, I’m Corbin. I’ve been riding bikes since 2009 and purchased my first mountain bike from FTR back in 2010. I work in the workshop and love fiddling with everything new in the bike industry. When I’m not at work, you’ll likely find me working on my 1972 Kingswood or riding with the boys. I’m currently on a Santa Cruz Bronson and Giant Glory 1 and look forward to racing all local downhill and enduro rounds. My favourites place to ride is Thredbo - that place is magical!
Chris Philpot Sales
Hi guys, my name’s Chris. I’ve been living on the bike since 2006 and started working in the industry back in 2009. My role at FTR involves controlling stock levels and ensuring we’ve got the best range of gear for you guys to choose from. Currently I’m riding a Santa Cruz Bronson and absolutely love it! When I’m not on the bike you’ll likely find me spending time with my wife Jess and my two American Staffies Butch and Abby.