Management Team

 

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Mike Long – League Director

I’m one of the rare birds where I did not get my daughter into mountain biking, she got me into mountain biking. A few months after learning to ride she wanted to race. Being a junior girl racer is an exercise in having limited opportunities and I saw the clear benefits and transformational change that cycling brought to my daughter. So I set about creating opportunities for her and all the other kids like her.

In 2012 I founded the Charlotte Youth Cycling League, a 14 and under MTB race series. In 2014 I formed Carolina Youth Cycling, a kids MTB club based in the Charlotte area. I am also a past board member of the Tarheel Trailblazers, an IMBA SORBA club based in Charlotte NC.

 

Michael Eastwood – Associate League Director

Prior to becoming the Associate League Director for the 2020 season, Michael had been the Director of Coaching and Team Development for the league. Back in high school Michael was a member of his school’s mountain bike club back in Connecticut. After returning to the sport in 2009, Michael quickly realized the power of mountain biking as a personally, physically and mentally rewarding sport. The personal challenges that the sport presents, as well as the supportive community (socially, in racing, and in advocacy) that it provides presents an amazing opportunity for adults and kids alike. Michael is excited by the opportunity to help bring the sport to more students, especially in a state that is home to 15 collegiate mountain biking programs.

 

Todd Lester – Race Director

 

   

 

 

Shawn Moore – Director of Coaching and Team Development

     
   

 

 

Bryan Engle

I spent my youth on a BMX bike dirt jumping.  These days, I don’t see quite as much air, but am still in love with being on the bike.  Any kind will do, including a road bike, but given the choice, I’d rather be in the woods on fat tires.

As my own kids have grown, I’ve had the pleasure of introducing them to mountain biking, and we’ve had some pretty cool experiences together.  My son got me involved in cyclocross (CX), where I’ve both raced against other old guys and coach the Team HammerCross juniors.  In addition to CX, I help lead the KOBRA (Kids on Bikes Riding Around) junior MTB program that TeamHammerCross runs in conjunction with the Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC).

I get a huge charge out of seeing kids having fun on bikes and making big leaps in their abilities. It’s great to see them progress right in front of my eyes.

Aside from working to get #morekidsonbikes, I’m also the Membership Director and At-Large Board member for TORC. And when I’m not doing something biking-related, I work as a marketer for a technology company.

 

Steve Rogers

When I was young, a bike was freedom to come and go as I pleased.  Far from home, I’d occasionally encounter my Mom or Dad in the car.  The first few times it happened, I’d ride home in fear and trepidation of being grounded.  Upon getting home, I’d casually say something like:, “hey, it was cool to see you when I was almost home.”  While I got some arched eyebrows, I never lost my wheels.  And… my rides got longer and longer.

In any case, I grew up on a farm and was riding trails long before anyone was ever talking about single tracks.  Railroads, power lines and farm paths were some of the most interesting ways to the houses of far flung friends.

My kids are now grown and out of college.  When they were young, I did my best to involve them in and impart my love of cycling to them.  My son got the mountain biking bug and participated in many races with me over the years.  Like me, he still gets a huge smile riding a trail.  When I was the race director for the local mountain bike club, TORC, my daughter served as our emergency medical responder.  She now commutes on her bicycle to her classes at UNC School of Medicine.

Not all of the success of my kids is due to riding bicycles, but it didn’t hurt.  My goal in getting involved in NCICL is to see yet another batch of kids riding bicycles.

 

Ken Clark

I started seriously riding bikes as an adult in the early ‘80’s before there were helmets! That soon changed and I brought my wife into the cycling fold so we could enjoy the open road together. Before kids arrived, we enjoyed three summer bike tours exploring northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

We moved to NC in the 90’s and suddenly had access to great local trails. My youngest daughter really took to trail riding which carries forward today where she lives in Asheville. I was finally able to get my oldest daughter into cycling (albeit on the road instead of the trail) after her college graduation. We rode our first century together soon after that.

I can see from my own children how just a little exposure to cycling can make them a fan for life. That is why I am delighted to be part of the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League. I want every young person who is interested in cycling to have a chance to experience it in a fun environment that gives them a chance to grow as far as they want to in the sport.

 

Kevin Hicks

I got back into biking by touring across the United States. In the off-hours of solving the problems of major corporations at IBM, I run Triangle Bikeworks. A nonprofit dedicated to introducing youth of color to organized cycling. I think we all realize the tremendous benefits of cycling and what it has done for each of us individually. I just want to spread the love. Because you don’t know if you don’t like something until you’ve at least tried it.

Like most kids who join a NICA league I had never taken a serious ride through the woods with a mountain bike. That is until I had to help certify race venues for the league. I find it to be exciting, challenging and so much fun! I want to spread the love of this fantastic sport that is as much about land stewardship as it is personal achievement.