Meet the Austin Ridge Riders Board of Directors. Even though our board is made up of a diverse group, we all have one thing in common; the love of mountain biking and the commitment to making the Austin MTB experience the best it can be.
Charlie has been an Austin Ridge Rider member for over 20 years and has served on the Board of Directors for over 10. He is passionate about trail building and has played a major role in trail development at Walnut Creek, Reimers Ranch, Pace Bend, Reveille Peak Ranch and Pedernales Falls State Park. In his current capacity he shares his institutional knowledge as a long tenured member, as well as provides knowledge and oversight to all ARR programs. He, of course, enjoys riding his mountain bike, as well as camping, dutch oven cooking, canoeing, naturalist studies and other outdoor activities. His priorities for ARR include striving to ensure that all ARR program activities are enjoyable and rewarding, especially for those new to mountain biking.
While at a kickball game in 2008, Rachelle was convinced by a couple of male teammates to go mountain biking with them. She had a 2006 Gary Fisher Tassajara collecting dust at home, so she cleaned it up and hit the trails. After one ride at Walnut Creek she was hooked! Since 2009, Rachelle has participated as a ride leader for the Ride Like A Girl program. In fact, she has met many of her favorite people in Austin through this organization. Since joining ARR, Rachelle has volunteered as a Trail Steward for the BCGB (Zilker to 360), spent countless hours performing trail work at various trails around Austin, as well as volunteering for the Pace Bend race and Cranksgiving ride. Rachelle has often commented that her experiences with ARR have always been rewarding experiences and she looks forward to continuing to serve the Austin Mountain Bike Community.
Jeff has been an Austin Ridge Riders (ARR) member since 2007 and joined the Board of Directors in 2011. During his tenure, Jeff has served as a board member at large, Trail Steward Coordinator, Secretary and he presently serves as the club’s Treasurer. Jeff is active in building and maintaining ARR trails. He is one of two trail stewards that helps to maintain The Army Corp of Engineers Lake Georgetown Good Water trail, an IMBA Epic trial. Beyond his love of mountain biking he also enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, scuba diving and all things outdoors.
Lucie HanzlikWomen's Program Director
In 2014 Lucie discovered the Ride Like a Girl program and couldn’t believe what an incredible resource it was. She found the women in the group empowered her to be a more confident rider. The group made her feel brave, encouraged, and helped her overcome the typical riding doubts and fears. Through RLAG, Lucie built, and continues to build, her mountain bike skills while adding 100% more fun and purpose to her life! Those experiences were so instrumental to Lucie’s mountain bike experience that she decided to try her hand at running the program. Today, Lucie serves as the Women’s Program Director for ARR. Lucie combines her passion for, and knowledge of bikes, with her organizational and leadership skills to drive program success. Her focused attention to the program continues to empower women riders regardless of skill or confidence level.
Jenny BurdenGrants Program Director
Jenny Burden is a full-time nonprofit fundraising professional with 10 years experience in specials event planning, grants, and sponsorships. She has solicited and procured everything from small raffle items to major grants and corporate sponsorships for fundraising events, as well as program-specific budgets in need of grant funding. She is an avid mountain biker, RLAG ride leader, and volunteer ride leader for The Peddler Wednesday night group ride during the spring and summer, and races Cat 2 for The Peddler team in the TMBRA State Championship Series. She is passionate about growing the sport of mountain biking, especially among women, and is honored to have the chance to create a positive impact at ARR!
Art FonsecaRide Program Director
Art has been an organizer for Texas Sport Bike Riders since 2014. He was also a contributing member of RideSmart Motorcycle School, an Austin-based organization which hosts track days at all Texas tracks to include Circuit of The Americas (COTA). Art served as a school instructor for beginner and intermediate level classes, as well as led the Advanced Rider’s course. Art’s extensive experience in organizing rides, meet and greets, events, and leading training sessions, made the role of Ride Program Director a natural fit. During his tenure with ARR, Art has provided riding support and assistance to riders of all skill levels. His knowledge of trials like Reveille Peak Ranch, Pace Bend, Pedernales, Flat Creek Crossing and Reimers Ranch have made the group and club ride programs a great success.
"Hoss" KleinschmidtAustin Mountain Bike Patrol Director
Hoss started Mountain Biking in 2007 as a result of a health scare. He figured he would ride bikes off road to get away from the crazy drivers, at least on the trails he could be his own worst enemy. When he discovered the magic of Walnut Creek Trails he wanted to know how those trails got built and where additional trails were in the area, which is how he found the Austin Ridge Riders. Over the last 13+ years Hoss has volunteered countless hours in many capacities, doing everything from trail building & maintenance to serving on the Board of Directors, currently as the Director of the Austin Mountain Bike Patrol program. In his spare time Hoss likes to ride his bike as much as possible. He tries to commute to work once a week by bicycle; a 60 mile round trip. Hoss also enjoys long endurance type rides and has dabbled in a few Gravel Grinders. He also enjoy camping and going off road in his Jeep, basically he enjoys anything outdoors.
Cullen McMorrowTrails Program Director
Cullen grew up in Barton Hills, South Austin, riding the MTB on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, skateboarding, and riding BMX. He went to UT-Austin and continued to ride BMX, building ramps and dirt jumps. He picked mountain biking back up in 2005 and he worked regularly with Austin Ridge Riders on volunteer days at Walnut since then. Cullen is a big fan of the "Flow Country" concept of trail building; where flow features and obstacle features are mixed into regular MTB trails, of course, with option lines as necessary. Cullen has traveled to ride both Cross Country and Downhill MTB in many states in the U.S. and Canada. He currently serves as the Trails Program Director as well as the Trail Steward for Walnut Creek Metro Park. Cullen is committed to building trails and features for a range of skill levels, supporting the efforts of trail stewards, and growing the success of the club.
Brian PiaMarketing & Communications Director
Brian has been riding bikes for as far back as he can remember. His passion for riding has taken many forms over the years, from BMX to mountain biking to racing cyclocross and triathlon. As a recent transplant to the Austin area, he, like many others, struggled to find good resources on riding in the area until he discovered the Sunday group rides at Walnut Creek. His experience at Walnut Creek was quite different than mountain biking in the Northeast and at that point he knew he wanted to be part of the organization that made all of those well-groomed trails and features a possibility. After joining ARR as member he quickly discovered an open seat on the board for the Marketing and Communications Director. Today, Brian serves that role and works along side the rest of the board to drive value to ARR members, and the greater MTB community.
Greg StevensSpecial Events Program Director
Greg often plays hooky from his work as a Financial Advisor to get out on his mountain bike. He can be found riding any/all of the area trails and ventures to Bentonville from time to time. He's the Team Captain for the local bike shop, Texas Cycle Werks. He leads two rides each week, Crank and Drank and the Texas Cycle Werks Thursday ride. A veteran of the Dragonslayer (all three laps!), he rides frequently and does some racing, as well. As the Director for Special Events, he oversees various mountain bike events and happenings in the Austin area. He and his girlfriend are the admins for a popular Facebook group "Austin MTB Trail Conditions." It has grown significantly and is a great resource for local trails and riders alike.