Current Board Members

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.

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

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