The MTBNZ Executive meets four times a year in person as well as regular skype meetings. Agenda items / motions for exec meetings can be raised by contacting any of the people below. All are volunteers.
President: Jordan Moss
For 2012 Jordan has stepped into the role of President of the MTBNZ committee having previously been focused on Club Development. In addition to his contributions to MTBNZ Jordan is also a serving member of the Wellington Mountain Bike Club. When he has time to ride Jordan tends to focus on gravity riding and downhill but claims to ‘have friends who are into XC’. Contact Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Trails Portfolio: Ric Balfour
Ric is based in Tauranga and a member of the Tauranga MTB Club. Ric has worked for IMBA in the US as the second Trail Care Crew with his wife Holly, racking up 50,000 kms across 32 states, 3 Canadian provinces and 3 Hawaiian islands in just over a year on the road. He volunteered as IMBA Oregon state rep for 5 years and served on the Oregon State Trails Advisory Council. He has worked as a mountain bike guide, a trail building advisor, park manager and has returned to NZ with a wealth of experience to share. He was in charge of developing the TECT All Terrain Park as manager for four years amd now is CEO for YMCA Tauranga. Ric is passionate about trail building the right way. He is a keen mountain biker and still loves taking his old Klein Mantra or hardtail out for a spin, even though his favourite is his Santa Cruz carbon Nomad. Right now the focus is on developing a new model of funding trail building, training and advocacy for NZ mtb clubs and land managers. He is also investigating an NZQA certification for sustainable trail design, construction and maintenance.
Contact Ric at email@example.com
Andy Patterson is a sport and coaching scientist based in New Plymouth. Over the last 12 years he has worked for his own performance consultancy Patterson Training. During this time he has coached MTB XC teams which have dominated the UK domestic race scene as well as place athletes on international podiums in world class MTB Marathon events. Andy also worked as a tutor and tutor educator / assessor teaching physiology and coaching to candidate coaches as part of the British Cycling Coaching and Education Department where a life of training and racing since the 80s gives him an ideal perspective of what athletes need from coaches. He is passionate about ensuring quality coaching and structured pathways are available to both young and old athletes and aims to build an ideal environment to prepare and develop athletes for a life of high performance and life long participation. You will always find him hammering the trails and putting on a number whenever he can, at the ripe old age of 40 Andy firmly believes there is a Vet title somewhere with his name on it.
Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Events Portfolio: Vacant
Club Development: Ben Wilde
Ben lives in Wellington and has joined the MTBNZ Committee in 2012 with a focus on helping support the mountain bike clubs that are building awesome trails, putting on events and otherwise helping grow the sport around the country. He is also involved with the Wellington Mountain Bike Club as a member of the 2012 committee, is a co-founder of the Miramar Track Project and is one of the founders of the Wellington Trails Alliance (WTA), a local advocacy group that is working with clubs, land owners and other parties across the region to improve on the already amazing trails the region has to offer. In his ‘riding time’ Ben enjoys riding down hills and will suffer riding up them if absolutely necessary.
Contact Ben at email@example.com
Secretary: Malcolm Thomas
Malcolm lives an easy ride from the Whakarewarewa Forest and is the Treasurer of Rotorua MTB Club. He is a keen recreational rider who makes the most of the network of single tracks that Rotorua has to offer. Malcolm lives in a neighbourhood of mountain bikers and often rides in Whaka Forest and further afield with his neighbours. He works in finance and became involved with the Rotorua MTB Club when it needed a new Treasurer. He has an interest in the governance of sporting and community organisations and put his hand up to be Secretary of MTBNZ as a way of making a contribution to mountain biking at the national level. “I am not involved in mountain biking as a business however I have skills and knowledge that can contribute towards helping MTBNZ with structures and processes that are appropriate for a well run national sporting body”.
Contact Malcolm at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Vice President” Hilton Taylor
Hilton is from the Hawkes Bay MTB Club and will assist Ric Balfour in the Sustainable Trails Portfolio. Hilton is a big believer in the mantra that if you build it they will come. His passion is building trails and parks to give riders somewhere to ride.
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General executive member: Rosara Joseph
Rosara divides her time between Christchurch, Wellington, and the road. She has competed on the World Cup XC circuit since 2005, representing NZ at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and the World Championships, and has recently enjoyed getting into the exciting new world of enduro racing. She has also studied law in NZ and the UK. Rosara is looking forward to assisting Ric on issues of trail advocacy, funding, and building.
Contact Rosara at firstname.lastname@example.org
General executive member: Scarlett Hagen
Scarlett is based in the lower South Island, and divides her time between Dunedin and Queenstown. She has vast experience in the mountain bike fraternity as a professional downhill mountain bike racer, past junior world champion, and active extreme sport researcher. She likes to stay at the pinnacle of mountain bike knowledge and actively pursues post-graduate research to explore the future of mountain biking in New Zealand. As a serving committee member of MTB Otago, she supports upcoming cross-country and downhill racers and continues to mentor them to reach their potential. She is looking forward to supporting the mountain bike performance systems in New Zealand, to help guide future champions.
Contact Scarlett at email@example.com