YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

Current Board Members


Chris Ellis — Treasurer

Ole Ellis rides as much as he can. Started MTB riding in Chicago back in the 80’s but had to quit for family reasons (bunch of group crashes). He got back to it in Taos in 2014 and it’s been a hoot! Still crash a lot. Luckily, so far more broken bike parts than body parts. Being retired he volunteers with non-profits around town, plus likes to trailer-trash camp near singletrack opportunities.

Eric Mack — Comms Committee Chair

Eric Mack’s first mountain biking experience involved taking a road bike onto the trails west of Denver at age 13. The bike didn’t survive, but he did. His decision-making remains questionable at times. After several years without a bike living in remote parts of Alaska, he moved to Taos in 2005 and finally bought a proper hard-tail after being introduced to the area’s unappreciated shred potential (shout out to Charles Clayton). He also spends his time as a dad, husband, journalist, amateur off-grid guinea pig, trail runner, skier and full member of Taos Search and Rescue.

John Poynter — Secretary, Trails Committee Chair

John is an avid proponent of Purpose Built Mountain Bike trails and is advocating for their addition and improvement in the Northern New Mexico area. John has had the opportunity to ride thousands of trails in all the western states and Canada, talking with trail designers, builders and riders in many different landscapes and terrains. He has seen the explosion of mountain biking in similar small town communities across the west and is convinced that Taos has a unique opportunity to participate in this growth industry. John has worked with non profits and professional associations, has experience serving as a board officer with a track record of revitalizing struggling organizations. He has run several businesses, including a regionally successful organic farm, a handyman business and a property management business. He lives with his wife in Hondo and still travels extensively to ride trails across North America. HIs two children are completing their degrees at the University of Oregon.

Liz Finkelstein

Liz Finkelstein started mountain biking in 2014. Back then she had a hardtail 29er, but always looked up to the guys doing downhill at the local bike park in Marquette, Michigan. In 2015 she bought an ol' Mongoose Booter and tried out downhill for herself. Now she races Downhill around the country. She moved to Taos in 2018 and while stoked on the local Angel Fire bike park she wants to help improve the local pedal trails around Taos. There is so much shred potential to be had! Outside of biking Liz also teaches yoga, backpacks, fly fishes, and rock climbs.

Remember we have to share trails with users that don't have wheels. Some even have more legs than us.

Loren Bell — Board President, Protect Committee Chair

When 8 year old Loren pushed his green Huffy off of a retaining wall and watched it bend into an abstract origami bike form he thought: “I bet it would do better with a rider on it.” It didn’t. Some 10 years later, frame technology caught up with his ambitions, and he’s been abusing components over dirt and rock ever since. When he moved to Taos, he was surprised there wasn’t a more cohesive community revolving around all things bike, and has been working to fill that void ever since. When he’s not racking up miles with his dogs Hawkeye and Hayduke, Loren writes for Lonely Planet, designs trail plans,  and starts avalanches at Taos Ski Valley.

Former Board Members

• Asia Golden

• Craig Saum

• Doug Pickett

• Jake Wilkes

• Jeff Mugleston

• Jessica Caskey

• Kerrie Pattison

• Lindsay Mapes

• Randolph Pierce

• Ray Deveaux

• Roger Pattison

• Sean Cassily

• Susie Fiore