Escapegoat Adventures was set up by Ian & Deborah Fehler back in 2008
We have spent the last 15 years split between living in Adelaide and travelling the World. We have over 20 years experience working in the outdoors tourism and event management industries and are totally passionate about mountain biking, South Australia, and what we want to provide for our guests.
Ian - The Brawn
From an early time Ian knew he didn’t want a conventional job. After studying Oceanography at Uni he spent a while being nomadic, teaching Scuba diving, working as a snowboard guide and other random jobs.
Ian first moved to Adelaide in 2002, and started exploring the Adelaide Hills on his mountain bike. In 2006 he headed off to the French Alps to work for 2 years as head MTB guide for a British adventure company, and during this time was able to achieve his Mountain Bike Leaders Award (MBLA) through British Cycling, which qualifies him to guide expeditions and lead and instruct bike riders around the world. This is widely regarded as one of the best MTB guiding and instructing qualifications out there- there is no Australian standard to this level, although we hope to help develop this in the future with MTBA.
Ian has run Escapegoat in Adelaide since 2008, and in that time has helped hundreds of MTB riders to improve their skills, and many thousands to try mountain biking for the first time. He has also lead a number of expeditions to the Flinders Ranges, annual trips back to the French Alps, and expedition groups in New Zealand. His passion for MTB Trail Advocacy has also lead to Escapegoat being the first (and currently only) MTB tour business to have a licence to operate tours in DEWNR conservation parks.
He is now one of only a handful of instructors in Australia qualified to teach MTB coaches and runs Coach Training for MTBA, as one of their founding instructors.
Ian is an occasional contributor to “Australian Mountain Bike” magazine and Flow mtb website, a past bike maintenance instructor for BikeSA, a key original committee member of the South Australian Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA), and also assists BikeSA and the DEWNR with various trails projects. He is also a qualified Private Investigator, a keen mountain bike orienteer (2009 SA State Champion), adventure racer, and beer and wine drinker.
Deborah - The Brains
Deborah, it’s fair to say, is the brains of the team. She is Adelaide born and bred, and a qualified social worker. After spending a number of years working at various social working roles, she decided to travel to Europe, so headed off to the Alps to work as a chalet host, and that was where she met Ian. She was a much better cook and chalet manager than Ian. She did another winter Season in Colorado as a chalet manager, and also managed to spend a summer in Cyprus working at a dive centre, and a summer in the Caribbean working with American teenagers. She then moved back to Adelaide with Ian, and spent 3 years working as a Programme Co-ordinator, organising camps for children living with cancer. Finally she travelled back to Europe one last time for 16 months, and spent 16 months working as a chalet manager, whilst squeezing in as much Mountain Biking, Hiking and Snowboarding as she could.
Deborah is now happy to be back in Adelaide, but is keen to get out and take people to some of her favourite places as much as possible. She will be using her events management experience to make all the trips and events run as smoothly as possible, and she hopes not to have to use her social work skills with guests or Ian too much.