The Coaches

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ANTHONY JAMES

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite TV show?

Anything action or police dramas.

Favorite trail snack?

Waffles, cuz i can eat for breakfast or make them into sweet and savory sandwiches

Favorite MTB trail?

As long as they are rideable I love them all.

Why do you coach?

To see kids break through barriers and to see them push through inner struggles.

How did you get started riding bikes?

A friend asked do you bike? I said yes. Next thing I know he signed me for a WORS race without me knowing and history wrote itself.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Tiger, Because it is the largest cat, it swims up to 18 miles in a day while covering its territory of over 400 miles.

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CHARLES LEASUM

LEVEL I COACH

Favorite TV show?

The Office

Favorite trail snack?

The only right answer is Stroopwafel

Favorite MTB trail?

Camrock

Why do you coach?

It’s fun and I like giving back to the community.

How did you get started riding bikes?

Making sketchy ramps and jumping off them with my clunker of a bike

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Probably a bear. Sleeping for a few months sounds nice.

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JEANNE KASZA

LEVEL I COACH

Favorite TV show?

World's Toughest Race

Favorite trail snack?

Luna bars

Favorite MTB trail?

Standing Rocks or John Muir

Why do you coach?

I love getting out on the trails and helping kids discover their own strength in the face of what can sometimes be difficult.

How did you get started riding bikes?

It was my main mode of transportation as a kid.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

A capibara. I would live in the tropics, swim all day with my webbed feet and watch out for jaguars!

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RICK EBBERS

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite TV show?

Nova or Nature on PBS

Favorite trail snack?

Cookies

Favorite MTB trail?

Marquette trails, but this summer we may find new favorites!

Why do you coach?

For the fun of riding. Riding with the group and helping the kids. Watching the kids race and camping!

How did you get started riding bikes?

I’ve always ridden a bike, but joining NICA with my son really changed it from being common activity to a great passion we both share.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Peregrine falcon

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MIKE GOLDEN

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite TV show?

I don’t watch much tv but I like documentaries.

Favorite trail snack?

GU campfire s’more gels

Favorite MTB trail?

CAMBA system

Why do you coach?

I want the next generation of riders to learn to appreciate our natural world and respect their place in it.

How did you get started riding bikes?

Riding around the neighborhood for freedom and independence.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

A bird of prey. Flying is the ultimate freedom.

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JAMIE EURICH

LEVEL II COACH

Favorite TV show?

While I don’t watch much on TV, sometimes I will find a movie or series on Netflix. Mostly action and adventure.

Favorite trail snack?

Clif Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

Favorite MTB trail?

Locally, for me, nothing comes close to Camrock. Flow, tech, fun.

Why do you coach?

Because I never had opportunities to be in an organization like this when I was growing up and I want to see more kids on bikes. And coach them towards improving bike handling skills, gaining confidence and most of all having fun while riding.

How did you get started riding bikes?

BMX riding down hills and over jumps when I was a kid. I was the wheelie star of our little subdivision.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

A bird. Doesn’t everyone want to fly?!

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KEN McBROOM

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite TV show?

Downton Abby

Favorite trail snack?

Peanut Butter crunch Cliff Bar

Favorite MTB trail?

Standing Rocks

Why do you coach?

I love to ride and teach kids. My son rides for Cedarburg.

How did you get started riding bikes?

Grew up on a dairy farm, biking is much faster than walking.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

I would like to be a Griffin.

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RACHEL POMEROY

LEVEL II COACH

Favorite TV show?

Schitts Creek !

Favorite trail snack?

Apples

Favorite MTB trail?

Tsali National Forest near Asheville NC

Why do you coach?

Mountain biking has been one of the most confidence-building and fun sports of my life. I hope to share my love of this sport with young people (and especially girls) who may have previously seen it as “extreme.”

How did you get started riding bikes?

I didn’t have rides to and from friends houses and swim practice as a kid, so I rode everywhere. In college I lived in Colorado, and one day pushed a borrowed bike with no shocks but big tires up a steep mountain hiking trail just to ride down for fun. After that I was hooked!

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

An orca