TMBA 2020 Board of Directors
- Loren Bell – Board Chairman, Comms Committee Chair
- Jessica Caskey
- Chris Ellis
- Eric Mack
- John Poynter – Secretary, Trails Committee Chair
- Jake Wilkes
- Susie Fiore
- Jeff Mugleston
- Kerrie Pattison
- Randolph Pierce
- Ben Thomas – Protect Committee Chairman
Loren Bell – Board Chairman, Comms 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 dog Hawkeye, Loren writes for Lonely Planet and starts avalanches at Taos Ski Valley.
Chris Ellis, Treasurer
You should see the wounds and scars from my latest round of mountain biking. I had to learn how to ride all over again and have loved every moment of it. Back in the 80s I got my first taste of biking while living in Chicago and riding in the Wisconsin Dells moraine area. Did a few endoes. I don’t even remember wearing a helmet back then. Anyway, I got bit by the MTB bug but with a job transfer it took me out of biking until 2014. Funny how the enthusiasm is there 30 years later but ”the force be not with you” due to the aging process. Ergo, red badges of courage (stupidity). Making up for those lost years is a hoot! What a fantastic hobby! I just can’t get enough of it. It’s all there…exercise, being in the boonies, taking risks. And, this is a sport that transcends generations. (BTW I’m in my 70s) So, I want to prove that you can enjoy the MTB experience no matter your skills or age. Just grab it, trust your innate ability and take a risk or two.
In 1996, Susie founded the non profit Field Institute of Taos out of a strong desire to combine her love of outdoor adventures, natural sciences, and working with youth and share this unique combination with the community. She has a deep and longstanding passion for mountain biking and, after several years racing as a pro xc racer, Susie now shares her enthusiasm and expertise with the community through after school programs, special mountain bike skills events, week long summer camps, and as Head Coach of the newly formed Taos Area High School Mountain Bike Team (a NICA Team). She also runs the Trips For Kids Taos program within Field Institute of Taos.
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.
Jeff (Mugzy) Mugleston
A fourth generation New Mexican started “Mountain Biking” in the seventies in the hills outside Santa Fe on a stock 20” Schwinn Sting Ray. Trails are my passion and TMBA and IMBA are two very important organizations in the effort to better manage our trails. In Northern New Mexico tourism is an important driver or our economy and communities who have robust trail systems attract more people and money. Trails also benefit the local community by providing good safe transportation routes, entertaining ways to explore the area and a means to stay fit without having to pay membership dues to gyms. The individuals who make up the mountain bike community are diverse and independent, TMBA as an organization is here to service this community. Join us for a ride or get involved to help mountain biking prosper in Northern New Mexico.
My love affair with mountain biking began in the spring of 1983 when I bought a blue Murray mountain bike at ToysRUs, brand-new in the box for $150. In 1985 I moved to Crested Butte, Colorado, replaced my stolen Murray with a Specialized Rock Hopper, and was blown away by the variety and quality of the trail system there. But while I was hooked by the thrill and adventure of biking singletrack, I also recognized the day-to-day value of my mountain bike as a very efficient and healthy means of travel. And that is why I believe having an organization like the Del Norte MtB. Alliance is vitally important to the Taos Valley and surrounding region. The TMBA is committed to preserving, promoting and improving mountain biking for ourselves and our neighbors, as well as for our out-of-town guests. We also hope to play a part in creating a useable trail system in town to help Taoseños be more fit and contribute less to pollution and congestion. As for myself, mountain biking has given me so much over the years I feel it’s time to give something back. I hope you’ll join us.
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.
Ben Thomas – Protect Committee Chair
My passion for riding is relatively new, looking for a way to continue to explore the vistas and mountaintops in NM, the saddle was a good fit. Previously bikes were always just a way to get around, a source of freedom growing up or the fastest way to get across campus in college. Mountain biking is easy to get hooked on and I was looking for a posse to share my newfound passion with here in Taos. After visiting an IMBA Summit in Santa Fe I was impressed, empowered, and itching to start a chapter in Taos. With some help from some long time enthusiasts and hard-core riders I rallied the support we needed to get Taos Mountain Bike Association off the ground. My vision for TMBA is to continue to meet the needs of riders of all backgrounds and abilities, offering support and leadership to make Taos a rider’s mecca!
Jake likes bikes. When he isn’t riding bikes, he manages Taos Bike Park and the Children’s Snowsports program for Taos Ski Valey in the winter. He has been working in the resort and bike industry since 2004.
Former Board Members:
- Craig Saum
- Doug Pickett
- Asia Golden
- Roger Pattison
- Ray Deveaux
- Lindsay Mapes