Heather Wolfgang – League Director
Heather started riding dirt when she was a kid growing up in Florida. No, there weren’t mountains, but there was the dirt road she lived on, and she and her brother Cliff would ride up and down that dang road all the time. Her love for riding led her to help coach the San Francisco Composite mountain bike team for four years. She’s enjoyed groveling in endurance mountain bike races and ‘cross races for almost a decade, too, and believes that riding bikes in nature provides people of all ages the opportunity to find their truest selves. When she’s not doing all this bike stuff, she’s probably pondering about hummingbirds. Did you know they eat about half their weight in sugar water a day? Crazy.
Dennis Sibilia-Young – Chief Course Marshal aka “Master Chief Course Marshal”
Dennis is the guy looking at all of our events very closely with risk management at the forefront of every decision. We’re not just gonna just say he “looks through the lens” of risk management. Dennis straight up takes a sample of a scene and then goes and puts that sample on a slide and then looks at it under a microscope to make sure that what we’re doing is dialed and safe and that we have a backup plan for any kind of emergency that could occur. When he’s going through every kind of scenario we may encounter on our race weekends, Dennis is watching little wee kids at a childcare service with his wife. He also rides (and races!) his ‘cross and mountain bikes.
Rick McClintock aka “McRick” – Operations Manager
“McRick” lived in SoCal for a long long time and coached the team his son raced on in the SoCal League. He and his wife decided it was time for a change, so they packed up everything they had, left their community and home down in SoCal, and made their way up to Grants Pass to start anew. When Rick found out about the Oregon League, he offered to help with anything, and we were like “anything?” and he was like, “yea, just tell me and I’ll do it.” Needless to say, we scored big time with this guy’s humor, work ethic, and stoke.
Dave Schyberg – Course Marshal Support
Back in the day, Dave used to race his own bike in the NorCal League on the Casa Grande High School team. He was probably pretty fast, but not fast enough to get a pro contract, so now he’s pursuing becoming a firefighter up in Washington. We’re lucky enough to get his time down here in Oregon to help us dial in our race venue and assist Dennis with the marshal responsibilities during race weekends. He once said he drove the furthest to get to our races (he lives in Seattle, see) but we recently told him that it’s actually “McRick” that logs the most mileage. Upon hearing this news, Dave now drives the extra long scenic routes to each of our races to secure his spot as the race crew member that drives the furthest to each of our races.
Angie Spring – Registration and Merch Ninja
She surfs, she rides, she designs! Angie is one of the first people parents and coaches and riders will meet when they come out to our races, as she is in charge of registration and race plates. She also slings our rad merch to help us raise a little more money to get #morekidsonbikes. Little do people know that when the course closes down for pre-ride and things quiet down, she’s putting on her gear to go tackle those trails, too. And if we’re close enough to the ocean, she’s definitely scouting the waves and planning a surf sesh. She hasn’t done a mountain bike race yet but we’re going to convince her it’s a good idea and get her to a start line one of these days.
Amy O’Connell – Volunteer Coordinator
Hailing from…wait, where’s Amy from? Nobody quite knows, but what we do know is that she has an Astro van that she rolls around in and sleeps in during our race weekends. The van is rad. We also know she likes to sell people on why volunteering is awesome (because it is) and is charge of recruiting enough adults on our race weekends to make sure the whole show goes off without a hitch. If we had to guess, Amy’s favorite singer is probably David Bowie.
Ben Minu – Course Setter and Friendliest Parking Person Ever
When Ben isn’t setting up the course or explaining very nicely to people where to park at our races, he’s saving animals at an emergency vet clinic. No joke. He has seen little furry and feathered friends in all shapes and form, on the brink of life and death, for a long time now, and still has this smile. Probably has something to do with the riding! Out of all the bikes the race crew has, Ben’s Falconer is one of the prettiest but it’s also a one-speed so please feel free to marvel at his knees and all they have conquered on that beautiful thing.
Chris Schomaker – Timing Guru
Our results are so dialed because of Chris. He’d tell you that the system is easy and straight-forward and blah blah, but it’s not. It’s complex! Our timing system can only be as effective as the person running it, Chris, so take the compliment. Side note, but we have bets Chris would be the coolest of cucumbers when the apocalypse comes.
Marc Couvillion – Righthand Man and Riders’ Wrench
Marc helps out in many ways on race weekends. On Saturdays, he’s working directly with “McRick” to get the infield set and dialed. Come Sunday when all the riders come, he puts on his mechanic’s hat and wrenches on their bikes – for free! Because he’s a rad guy and has this really big and awesome heart! Marc first experienced the NICA magic when he coached the Napa Valley Composite team in the NorCal League. Needless to say, we’re lucky ducks (and beavers) to get him on the team.
Kurt Wolfgang – Cheerleader of Riders, Coaches, and Ben
It wasn’t long ago that Kurt was aspiring to race the pro road scene in Europe. Fortunately for us, he realized that being a pro roadie actually meant more than traveling and competing and getting interviewed for articles about stage 10 of the Vuelta. This doesn’t mean he still doesn’t ride fast. In fact, he’s the kind of guy that could be in a coma for two years and then wake up and do a double century in the fastest time. Sigh. Must be nice to be immortal. Anyways, when Kurt isn’t being humble about racing, he’s cheering on the student-athletes at our events, as well as the coaches that are mentoring those riders. He also partners up with Ben on Saturdays to set the course for all our races.
Robyn Saunders Wilson – GRiT Coordinator
Anybody who has met Robyn knows why she’s the perfect fit to be our GRiT Coordinator. She’s got this incredibly big warm heart, patience, compassion, and ease. She’s fun and tough and just awesome. Really can’t say enough good things about her! When she’s not helping us recruit more ladies to ride bikes, she’s being pinned down by her cat (they sit on laps, see), reading a good book with a warm cup o’ coffee, hanging out with her fam, and riding around in the countryside of Salem.