Meet the Coaches
After a few false starts trying to get into mountain biking (including two rides ending with "I'm never mountain biking again"), I finally got bit by the bug in 2011, when my daughter was 2. I started riding a ton, loving the technical challenges and the workout involved. Somehow I stumbled into racing a year later with the 44 mile RME PV Derby. I was hooked on endurance racing after that. In 2015, I was thrilled to join Avout Racing, gaining the camaraderie and support you get from being part of a team. The Avout Racing Juniors team began when my daughter was 7, and I got to enjoy my daughter joining the team too, having fun riding bikes with other kids. As she and I became more involved in Avout Racing, I found myself wanting to help out more with the juniors team. While it is rewarding to stand on top of a podium myself (which I've done in a lot of mountain bike races), it is even more rewarding to coach kids to improve their skills and meet their goals. As a former teacher, becoming a coach for the Avout Racing Inspire Juniors was a perfect fit to blend my love of mountain biking and teaching. I'm so proud of all of these kids and can't wait to see what else they will do!
My love of cycling started in 2012 when my kids and nephew were introduced to cyclocross by a neighbor. Riding with the kids and learning about racing has since turned into a passion for me. I've watched our neighborhood team swell from 4 kids to over 50 this season. I am truly honored to coach and mentor our kids in sharing the same passion I have for riding and racing bikes. I genuinely love working with kids and helping them learn life skills through the sport of cycling. In coaching the kids, I promote building healthy relationships with teammates and competitors in order to foster confidence, determination, self-reliance, personal growth, and good sportsmanship. I've learned so much from this talented, dedicated group of kids and am so grateful to have the opportunity to help them become better cyclists, racers, and well-rounded individuals. When I ride with them, we always keep it fun and I feel like a kid again - priceless!
I began riding bicycles roughly 20 years ago. I saw Lance Armstrong win his first Tour de France and was immediately hooked. I bought my first bike and I was in heaven! I joined a small team and began racing criteriums and time trials. I did this for about a year with limited success and then I discovered mountain bike racing and cyclocross. I soon realized I loved all forms of cycling and training but my racing passion was in the dirt. Over time I would see real success finishing 5th at Masters Cross Country Nationals and the following year winning the California Cyclocross Masters State Championship. I currently hold CAT 1 racing licenses in both CX and XC. Though I continue to race a full CX and XC schedule I am finding more joy in helping others, which brought me to Avout Racing. A unique opportunity presented itself to coach the Select Juniors program. As a passionate athlete and father of two I couldn't think of a better fit for me to give back to the future of cycling.
I received my first mountain bike in 1986 and entered my first mountain bike race in 1990. To say I was (and still am) hooked on the sport is an understatement! I have ridden and raced ever since those early days and love it just as much today. While I enjoy the competition, my focus shifted more to junior cycling as my kids grew up. I helped start the Chatfield High School mountain bike team and have since moved over to head coach for the Highlands Ranch Junior Cycling team in the fall. Introducing kids to the sport of mountain biking is important to me. I love to see kids grow, develop confidence, and learn how to be better cyclists while having a blast doing it! Not only do I enjoy the coaching side, but I also enjoy hosting junior-specific mountain bike races. If I can make a positive difference for a younger rider in pursuing cycling as a life-long sport, my job is done!