Management Team


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Mike Kuhn – Executive Director

The sport of cycling has been Mike’s life for the past two decades. A former category 1 road racer and semi-pro mountain bike racer, Mike’s extensive background in cycling includes racing throughout the country, coaching, team management, and event promotion.

He spent 10-plus years as a cycling and mountain bike skills coach and was the Director of Coaching Programs at Cadence Cycling and Multisport Center in Philadelphia, one of North America’s first and most highly respected training facilities before leaving to pursue full-time event promotion.

Mike founded and orchestrates several nationally known events, including the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic Stage Race and Iron Cross, North America’s original ultra-cross event.

Proceeds from these races help fund trail maintenance activities across the state with $10,000 raised through these events for PA trails in 2014. He also personally contributes more than 100 hours of trail maintenance each year and organizes hundreds more from volunteers. Mike is very excited by the new trail work initiative NICA is introducing into its mix and the impact that can have on building the mountain bike future.

More than a decade ago, early in his promotional efforts, Mike attempted to launch PASCL—the PA Scholastic Cycling League. PASCL lasted only two seasons, but the effort demonstrates Mike’s long-standing goal to bring cycling to schools. He is excited to work with NICA this time around and knows the league will benefit from the expertise and experience the national organization offers. Now a father of two young boys (ages 4 and 6), Mike is even more motivated to make a middle- and high-school league happen in Pennsylvania.

His passion for the sport, demonstrated as a competitor, promoter, and cycling advocate, exemplifies the core values identified by NICA as required to manage a successful program.

 

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Clay Chiles – Race Director

Clay grew up near the Trexlertown Velodrome and got hooked on cycling as a young teenager. He really got into mountain biking while attending Penn State, where he was also the President of the Cycling Club. After college, Clay moved around the country teaching outdoor education and competing in endurance mountain bike events here and there. A teaching fellowship at the Eagle Rock School in Estes Park, CO provided him the opportunity to go through the NICA Coaches training in hopes of starting a team. He used what he learned to develop a hands-on mountain bike class there and even returned to build a skills loop with students on the schools campus.

Since returning to Pennsylvania, he has been looking forward to combining his passion for experiential education and mountain biking in his home state.  He was the Vice President of the Nittany Mountain Bike Association and has been involved in local races such as the Wilderness 101 and the Trans-Sylvania Epic. He is currently on the Bikeflights.com support team, making it easier to travel with your bike. He lives in Central PA with his wife and step-son.

 

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Todd Strauss – Founding Committee

Todd is Co-Director of the Mid-Atlantic Super Series (MASS), one of the premier mountain bike race series in the US. It holds more than 15 major events annually, attracts several thousand participants, and has been running strong since 2000. Todd is a founder and the president of Trestle Bridge Racing (TBR), a large Philadelphia bike team. Todd has served as the race director the TBR’s Annual MTB Race, which is part of the Mid-Atlantic Super Series. Additionally, Todd was previously a USA Cycling official.

Todd is one of the founders of Mid-Atlantic Timing (MAT) and has extensive experience managing highly successful businesses, race-related events, and cycling teams in the Mid-Atlantic region—a hotbed of cycling, running, and triathlon events. Mid-Atlantic Timing is the foremost timing company in the Mid-Atlantic region specializing in running, cycling and multi-sport events. Todd intends to use his experience as a race promoter, team founder, USA cycling official, and a business owner to help launch and sustain the league. With three children currently in elementary and middle school, Todd is anxious to get this league off the ground so that his children can experience scholastic cycling.

 

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Louis Mazzante – Founding Committee

Louis Mazzante is the Digital Director at Bicycling magazine and the former Editor of Bike and Mountain Bike magazines. For the past 15 years, he has used his positions at these publications to share his love of mountain biking with as wide an audience as possible—he sees it as more than a sport; it’s a lifestyle that values adventure, personal development, self-reliance, responsibility, fortitude, camaraderie, and goal setting. In other words, it’s pretty much the best thing ever.

He is currently the vice president and board member of the Valley Mountain Bikers, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization representing nearly 150 members that is dedicated to building, maintaining, and promoting mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. In that role, he also serves as the Race Director of the Steel City Enduro and sits on the planning committee for the Trex XXX Fest cross-country race.

Louis has been riding since he was eight years old and even though the size of his bike wheels has changed many times (from 20-inch, to 26-inch, to 29ers, and now to 27.5) his dedication the sport has not. A lifelong mid-pack racer, he has competed in the BC Bike Race, Downieville Downhill, Whiskey 50, MegaAvalanche, Roc D’Azur, Trans-Sylvania Epic, and numerous local events. As someone who has rarely stood on the podium, he understands that the value of racing comes not from wins and losses but by the growth of the competitor. The father of two young sons, Louis is committed to developing a successful, sustainable, exciting high-school racing league in Pennsylvania.

 

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Patrick Engleman – Founding Committee

Pat Engleman is a native of North Eastern Pennsylvania. He started riding mountain bikes as a way to get around town. The utility of riding has blossomed to a full blown passion that has grown into racing, advocacy work, trail building, bicycle retail and event promotion. During College, Pat became a bicycle courier and became more involved in the cycling community in his adopted hometown of Philadelphia where he still makes his home with his wife Jessica.

In his professional career, Pat is a High School science teacher with fifteen years of experience. Besides teaching, he has also coached Woman’s Lacrosse, the throwing disciplines of Track and Field, Football, and Weightlifting. He has also developed a mountain bike club at his high school.

Pat brings a blend of experiences to the PA league. He expects to utilize his experience in coaching, education, and event promotion to  get more kids on bikes.

 

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Matt Spohn – Founding Committee

Matt found his passion for cycling as a child as he stripped and rebuilt every bike he could get his hands on. The racing bug bit in college and Matt started racing for the Penn State Cycling Team, eventually serving as a club officer as the Sponsorship Director.  After college, Matt focused on running a succesful amatuer cycling team and eventually moved to Richmond, Virginia, to pursue professional cycling. While there, he worked with the Richmond Cycling Corp to bring the love of cycling to disadvantaged youth in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Richmond. Now back in PA, Matt competes in nearly all disciplines of cycling while raising his 8-year-old son and coaching as a USA Cycling certified coach. He hopes to bring the experiences and lessons learned during his time working with the Richmond community to a NICA league in Pennsylvania that will help children find self-empowerment through cycling.

 

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Jason Thomas – Founding Committee

Jason got into competitive cycling in the early 90s at the age of 14, raced competitively as a junior, launched his college’s cycling team and raced collegiately for four years, and has kept cycling a huge part of his adult life as a commuter and weekend warrior. Over the past 20-plus years, he’s enjoyed cycling as an event participant and is excited to get involved in the development side of the sport. During the day he implements HR/payroll software and plans to use his years of project management experience to assist in the development and sustainment of this league. He is also motivated by a 13-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter who really want to race mountain bikes while wearing their school colors.