Meet The Instructors

The Fluidride family is small but focused on empowering riders to exceed their expectations. All of our Instructors have hundreds of hours shadowing Simon and teaching both private and group classes. They share an immense love for the sport and for building community. Humble and friendly look for them on the trails of the PNW and beyond.


Simon Lawton is the owner of Fluidride, and the creator of the Fluidride Teaching Method. With his hands-on teaching, Simon has helped riders all over the US, Canada, Europe and Central and South America to achieve their riding goals. He has also reached riders in over 100 countries through his free and premium video content.

Simon has been racing mountain bikes for over 20 years, with 16 years of experience in the pro downhill ranks. During his career he amassed over 50 pro podium finishes at regional events, silver and bronze medals from the UCI Masters Downhill World Championships, and a 13th place finish in Chile’s Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Urban Downhill (VCA).

In addition to his riding and teaching, Simon has worked hard as a mountain bike advocate, helping found I-5 Colonnade Mountain Bike Park, and helping to bring Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park to fruition. Simon has also been instrumental in bringing NW racing back to life through his efforts with the Fluidride Cup Racing Series, which is now known as the NW Cup. In addition, Simon spent several years helping bring the Bartlett Tendon Universal Knee to the market through a nonprofit he created. The Bartlett Tendon is the first prosthetic leg in the world to allow above-knee amputees to stand and pedal a bike. Simon has helped thousands of riders reach their riding, racing and life goals.


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Chris Severns

Chris has been working with Simon as an Instructor for nearly 3 years now. In addition to doing Private Instruction, Chris continues to help Simon with larger groups. Chris has good availability Friday-Sunday, and is also available for morning sessions mid-week.

Says Simon: “Chris has a very welcoming and non-intimidating demeanor, and an excellent eye for details. Chris is skilled in all aspects of instruction, but has a special love for helping riders through challenging jump lines."

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Dave Thoms

Dave recently joined Fluidride as a part-time Instructor.  Dave is FIT Level 1 and Level 2 certified, has been shadow-teaching Fluidride classes for over a year, and has been a long-time student of Fluidride.   He is particularly passionate about helping coach people who have struggled to improve their riding because of fear, long-term habits, or other limits.   Dave says “There’s nothing quite like breaking through to a new level of skill and possibility, and getting to be a part of that moment is why I love to teach.”   When he’s not riding or teaching, he applies that same philosophy and his many years working in finance to building his company to help people improve their financial health.

Says Simon: 'Dave is passionate and always interested in learning more about both his riding and his teaching. He's always looking to improve both on the bike, and in life."

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