Chris has been teaching off road skills since 2007, initially as a way to raise funds to compete outside of New Zealand and now runs his coaching business full time. He enjoys passing on his knowledge and techniques learnt from racing around the world, but also sharing his enthusiasm and love for riding. Chris’s background as a mechanical engineer allows him to break down the physics of riding and describe the techniques in detail. Chris now runs riding clinics for all level of riders, from those who are new to the sport up to experienced racers, and has helped many students to achieve their goals. Chris Birch Off Road Coaching runs group coaching clinics year-round in New Zealand and Australia and is available to run sessions globally on request.
Chris Birch is a life-long motorcycle addict. He is the current and eight times New Zealand Enduro overall champion, three time Roof of Africa winner, he has been on the podium seven times at Red Bull Romaniacs including winning it in 2010. He has competed successfully in the world’s biggest enduro races like Erzberg, Red Bull Last Man Standing, Hells Gate, ISDE, WEC and EEC. Chris is New Zealand’s most successful Dakar Rally competitor finishing 27th and second in the rookies class in 2012. Chris has ridden and raced in over thirty countries and has a thirst for adventure. Chris has been in partnership with Red Bull and KTM since 2007.
Chris Birch Coaching clinics are aimed at improving off road riding skills. Chris focuses on helping his clients get the most out of their riding – whether this is to improve performance and placing in competition, to beat their mates, or simply to get the most enjoyment from the weekend’s riding. Chris has spent his whole life riding and racing motorbikes in many disciplines and has picked up tips, tricks, shortcuts and handy hints that you only get from experience. When you are being coached by Chris, it’s a fantastic opportunity to pick his brains about any riding or bike set up problems you have
Chris Birch Off Road Coaching is also registered on New Zealand's Adventure Activities register and has held the New Zealand Adventure Activities Certification since October 2014. The Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure and Activities) Regulations (2011) established a safety audit and registration process that is a key part of providing assurance that New Zealanders, visitors and the adventure activities sector can be assured that all operators have sound safety practices. The regulations aim to enhance professionalism and ensure consistent good practice across the sector. We are proud to hold the AdventureMark certification and are always evaluating our business to see how we can improve safety within our clinics.