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Our Traveling Crew: Craig Brickser and Alex Riemondy

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Born on the Florida coast, Craig relocated to Michigan at an early age. During his formative years in the mitten, he could be found playing in the dirt. Craig raced motocross on the weekends around the Great Lakes and hung out at the local dirt jumps behind a Walgreens after school, where he began digging and building trails for bikes. At home, Craig’s dad built him a makeshift motocross track, which evolved into a series of bike jumps. Searching for better weather, he found himself back in Florida for college. Between classes, Craig caught wind of how good the local dirt was in Tallahassee and spent years building trails and dirt jumps on private property, only to suffer the blow of having them destroyed by the land owner. Seeking ways to prevent future trail losses, he forged a relationship with the city’s park officials to design and plan a legal bike park on public land, where he spent two years as a volunteer project manager. During this time, Craig also became involved with the local IMBA chapter and began working with volunteers on the XC trails around the city. This led to an official trail building position with the City of Tallahassee, as well as an internship with the parks planning office when he returned to FSU to pursue a Master’s Degree in Urban Land Use Planning. During graduate school, Craig began to find ways to bridge the trail advocacy world with his education in planning, working closely with the community and the parks department to enhance the local trail system. After graduate school, Craig had the opportunity to work for numerous trail building contractors operating equipment. Craig eventually took a job as project manager with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance in Seattle where he managed and built trails in the front country parks of King County. Craig also had the opportunity to work with several small communities to develop trail plans, train volunteers on sustainable trail design, and present in front of the public. He also enjoys using trail mapping, GIS, and graphic illustration for trail planning, and he is a certified sawyer through the U.S. Forest Service.

 Alex began life in Eastern Pennsylvania, and relocated to South Florida at an early age. It was on the streets of Ft. Lauderdale that she fell in love with bikes. Riding her bike through the city for soccer practice, she quickly realized the importance and freedom a bicycle can bring to people. When Alex moved to Tallahassee for college, she discovered the amazing trails around the city and spent her free time exploring the Red Hills on her mountain bike and doing trail maintenance with Craig. During her summer breaks, she volunteered in California and Nevada on trail development, fire prevention, and invasive species management projects with the BLM and other federal agencies. Alex also volunteered with Bike and Build, raising 4,000 dollars as she rode her bike across the U.S. to raise awareness for affordable housing. After graduating with a degree in economics, Alex returned to FSU to pursue a Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning, where she was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship supporting her research in bicycle and pedestrian planning. After graduate school, Alex took a job with transportation consultants Fehr and Peers in Seattle. During her time there, Alex worked on several projects, including assisting in the development of 20-year transportation plans for the City of Oak Harbor and City of Bremerton. In her free time, Alex enjoys exploring new trails and riding bikes with Craig, using GIS, and collecting data for research purposes. 

craigandalex [at] imba [dot] com

Our Regional Crew Members:

Patrick with Crosstrek 2014

Southwest Region: Patrick Kell

Patrick grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland and started riding in 1992. Prior to working at IMBA, he was the first executive director of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. He is currently based in Prescott, AZ, working on all manner of mountain bike advocacy projects, including trails master planning in Caliente, NV and Kanab, UT, and a bike park in Tucson, AZ, all in conjunction with local IMBA Chapters. 

 

Mid-Atlantic Region: Anthony Duncan

Originally from Wise, Virginia, Anthony is now based in Bristol, Virginia. Prior to working for IMBA, he worked for a marketing/pr agency for nine years and for six of those years was the president of SORBA Tri-Cities. Having grown up in the mountains, Anthony mostly prefers long days in the saddle on backcountry rides and always enjoys a post-ride brew with his riding buddies across the Mid-Atlantic region.

South Central Region: Steve Schneider 

Steve spent his youth on the beaches of Santa Cruz, Ca. and trekked all over the Sierra Nevada Range as a young man. Living in Arkansas the last 30 years cemented his love for the outdoors in places like the Ozark and Ouachita Forest. All this transformed into advocacy work in and around Fayetteville, Arkansas, with the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, the last 4-5 years serving as a board member prior to joining IMBA in September 2013 as Regional Director.

Great Lakes Region: Andy Williamson

As a Midwest native and city boy, Andy found his passion for the great outdoors through the Boy Scouts of America, which eventually steered him to the pursuit of dedicating his education and career to protecting and accessing our public lands. After studying eco-tourism and natural resource management at Hocking College, Andy completed another degree in Resource, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Idaho. He has spent the last 15 years working to educate and inspire people to get out into nature, and is invested in ensuring everyone has a place to find their own adventure. When not on the road working to develop more places to ride - or out on the trail himself - Andy enjoys hiking with his family, road riding with friends and spending some quality time casting at the riffles with his fly rod. 

Southern Region: Tom Sauret

Having spent a good portion of his life within walking distance of the Appalachian trail, Tom has always had a love of the outdoors. But it wasn't until he was mid-way through his 32-year college teaching career that he took up mountain biking. He and his wife, Belinda, made it their goal to ride every open trail in the southeast, and when they ran out of trails, they started projects to develop new ones. Tom accepted the volunteer position as Executive Director of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association in 2000. In 2007, upon his retirement from teaching and with the merger of SORBA into IMBA, he became the Region Director for the SORBA area. Creating and moving trail projects to completion, growing organizational capacity, and dealing with access challenges are Tom's passion.

California/Hawaii Region: Laurel Harkness 

Growing up in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Laurel had access to tacky singletrack in her backyard. She got on her first mountain bike in 1987 and has since had a long career recreating in the outdoors through mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, river guiding, backcountry skiing and fly fishing. She earned her degree in viticulture and soil and water science from UC Davis. After working in the wine industry for a period of time, she worked as a project manager during the dot-com boom in Seattle. Prior to joining IMBA in 2014, Laurel spent many years as the executive director of the nonprofit Snowlands Network. When she is not on the road representing IMBA and advocating mountain biking in the NorCal region, she comes home to Mt. Shasta, where she lives with her two outdoor adventuring kids.

Pacific and Midwest Regions: Michelle Barker

 One of Michelle's bike shop colleagues invited her on a mountain bike ride shortly after she was hired - and one ride was all it took. She was a convert. Advocacy work soon followed, and Michelle was involved not only in her local chapter, but also in community planning, serving on commissions and writing grants. Her experience in finance and education have played a key role in those efforts as well. Her favorite vacation is a multi-day mountain bike trip with craft beer stops and eclectic food options, topped off with side trips to local bookstores. She has enjoyed many of these trips with her family, to great destinations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

 

 Program Manager

 marty [dot] caivano [at] imba [dot] com (Marty Caivano), 303-545-9011 ext. 101

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