Learn new skills!
Ride new trails!
Make new friends!!
Learn new skills!
Ride new trails!
Make new friends!!
View the Club Charter (Vision/Mission/Goals) here!
President: Charlie Riou
Charlie has been an Austin Ridge Rider member for over 20 years and a Board of Directors member for over 10. He is passionate about trail building and has lead or had a major roll in trail development at Walnut Creek, Reimers Ranch, Pace Bend, Reveille Peak Ranch and Pedernales Falls State Park. In his current capacity as Vice President he shares his institutional knowledge as a long tenured member and provides knowledge and assistance 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 for 2016 include striving to insure that all ARR program activities are enjoyable and rewarding especially for those new to mountain biking.
Vice President: Lloyd Gauthier
This will be my third year on the Austin Ridge Rider Board of Directors and I’m thrilled to be stepping into the Vice President position. I grew up riding my Huffy in the woods long before we called it mountain biking, and bought my first real trail bike in 2010 after a long hiatus from riding. It didn’t take long after that to become active in the Austin Ridge Riders which led to the Communication Director role in 2014. I expanded that role to focus on Marketing in 2015 to help increase the club’s visibility in our community. Together we developed the club Brand with a new logo, web page, and vision/mission/goals statements to focus club activities on improving riding in Central Texas; helped raise money for local trail development; promoted trail use for biking to keep local trails open; and managed the IMBA merger in 2015 to become an IMBA charter club.
I’m looking forward to a fun, productive 2016 where we continue our mission to develop trails by promoting trail stewardship in cooperation with local land managers, improve mountain bike awareness and access, and bring people together to build a strong off road cycling community!
Secretary: Vallarie Sinclair
Shortly after moving to Austin in April 2000, a coworker invited me out mountain biking and I was hooked immediately. I found the Ride Like a Girl program around 2004 and it’s been downhill and up ledges ever since! Over the last decade I have volunteered with RLAG, the Pace Bend Race, Cranksgiving, Kid Trips, and many trail work days. This year will mark my second year on the Board, and I am excited to continue to serve the Austin mountain bike community as we grow.
Treasurer: Jeff Daugherty
Jeff has been an Austin Ridge Riders (ARR) member since 2007 and joined the board of directors in 2011. On ARR’s board he has served as a Board Member at large, Trail Steward Coordinator, Secretary and 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 on and on.
Marketing & Communications: Matt Welton
I grew up riding bikes in the woods of Western Pennsylvania, but quit riding when I went off to college in the late 80’s. I finally got back into biking 5 years ago at the age of 40 after seeing a neighbor roll past my house with a bike on his truck and since that day, I cannot get enough. With a somewhat stressful job and an 8 year old boy at home, mountain biking has given me the fitness my aging body needs and the stress relief my exhausted mind requires to be successful both at work and at home. When I moved to Austin 3 years ago, I was worried about mountain biking in relatively flat state like Texas, but I quickly found the Ridge Riders and was introduced to some of the Austin’s trails. Learning to ride the trails in Austin has been an awesome challenge, since they are so much different than the trails back in the North East. Riding them with the awesome people of Austin has even made it better.
Since this will be my first year as Communications Director, I will have a lot to learn from those before me. My goal is to take the great work completed from previous directors and build upon it to continue to communicate and spread the message of the Austin Ridge Riders. Let’s spread the word and bring more people into the mountain bike community!
Ride Like a Girl: Cindy Abbott
Cindy will be returning to her third year as Ride Like a Girl Program Director with ARR and is excited to continue to bring quality instruction, new ideas, and most of all-fun! She is a professionally certified International Mountain Bike Association Level 2 mountain bike instructor, High School mountain bike coach, private mountain bike coach, and USA Cycling category 1 XC mountain bike National Champion. She is passionate about getting more women on mountain bikes, and breaking down barriers of fear and anxiousness that accompany learning to ride. Cindy can be found riding ledges and technical terrain (her favorite!) or rock climbing high above the trails on Central Texas’ limestone cliffs. She is the full-time Senior Instructor for the REI Austin Outdoor School and is looking forward to serving the Austin mountain bike community again!
Kid Trips: Robert Hansen
For most of my adult life, I have always had at least one road bike for outdoor exercise. In 1992, I bought a Trek 7000 mountain bike with fat tires, no suspension, and a picture of mountains painted on the frame. It was a great commuter bike but never made it off-road. And then, in 2009, one of my co-workers (Randy Baylor) at TCEQ convinced me to show up for a Sunday group ride at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park and I have been hooked on trail riding ever since. The Trek 7000 has been dutifully replaced with a Salsa El Mariachi which I thoroughly enjoy. Michael M. and Mike W., along with all the many fine folks in ARR have been instrumental in my progression as a rider. My involvement with the ARR Sunday rides at WC and the KT Rides program is my way of expressing an appreciation for ARR and all of our great programs.
During the past year, the KT Rides Program has coordinated rides and provided bikes, helmets and talented volunteers for MTB rides with troops from the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Club of Austin, Ghisallo Foundation, and Explore Austin. We already have upcoming winter and spring rides scheduled with GSA, BSA, and Explore Austin. For me, it’s an honor to be a part of this great program and help young Central Texans gain access to mountain biking and the many great riding venues we have in Central Texas.
Trail Stewardship: Kent Browning
I have been riding 2 wheels off road in the Austin area since the 1970’s. During this time we have seen many trails disappear as other groups advanced their agendas. For example, I have been leading the fight against the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and their efforts to close City Park. I have been a member of the Austin Ridge Riders since (2010) and participated in numerous volunteer and social events over the years. As ARR Trail Steward for City Park, I have successfully worked with the City of Austin and other user groups to develop cooperative working relationships. My goals as Trails Program Coordinator will be to: 1) keep existing trails open, 2) maintain trails and 3) even open new trails where we are currently locked out.. I am a Professional Engineer and believe my skills will be very helpful in achieving this goal and continuing development of the ARR Trails Program. I would appreciate your support to keep all trails open for mountain biking.
Club Rides: Chris Seidel
An Austin Ridge Rider (ARR) since 2011. The ARR helped me to be a better rider through the weekly Walnut Creek rides. The rides with ARR have provided me with a great cardio workout but it never feels like exercise, it’s just a day at the park with friends.
Mountain biking is a lifestyle that I have come to love. I have enjoyed leading the intermediate level rides at Walnut Creek over the past several years and will continue for many more.
As the Club Ride Director I will coordinate the planning of the monthly club rides and help maintain the budget.
In 2016 my goal is to provide members with a variety of monthly rides and to help plan and coordinate a “New” annual camp and ride weekend event for Ridge Rider members. The annual camp and ride will include a basic and advanced maintenance clinic, as well as a basic and advanced skills clinic. I will also help to establish general ride level standards for riders to help them determine whether they should be in the basic, advanced basic, intermediate or advanced ride level group.
Special Events: Geo Meyer
I have been a member with the Austin Ridge Riders for 3 years now, I immediately learned about the different programs the club had to offer and wanted to get involved. I have volunteered nearly on every program, kid trips, trail building, ride like a girl and my favorite: club rides. I became the monthly club ride coordinator last year and my goal has been to get more women and children involved as well as to offer more skills training and support during the rides. During my time coordinating club rides more women got involved and attendance doubled! My husband (who I met riding) and I enjoy riding with friends, racing and trail building, I look forward to many more years supporting and serving the Austin Ridge Riders and its vision for the mountain biking community in the Austin area!
Grants: Aric Meyer
In 2009 I had been out of mountain biking for many years (since the 90’s). Upon moving to the Austin area I decided to get back into mountain biking and bought a bike. I worked on regaining skill and technique on my own, but had not really met anyone to ride with and get involved. After showing up to the Austin Ridge Riders Sunday Ride one day, I met lots of great people, thus starting my involvement with group riding and the Austin Ridge Riders. Early on, I started participating with the Kids Trips Program, and then moved into trail building and special events volunteering. I met my, now wife, in pursuit of this glorious recreation and we both contribute our time to the cause. I dabble in a lot of different disciplines of mountain biking and have been known to get a little crazy on the trail. I enjoy the benefits that mountain biking provides for me and appreciate the efforts that everyone in the Austin Ridge Riders and Mountain Biking Community does for mountain biking and the environment.
Membership & Volunteers: Bruce Giese
I started mountain biking in 2011 in the Boston area where I was a member of New England Mountain Biking Association, then moved to Austin in July 2015 and immediately joined ARR and have been actively doing trail maintenance volunteer work, updating and handing out maps of Walnut Creek during the construction, and scoping out and reporting on the status of Walnut Creek after rainstorms. I’ve been on the membership committee of another volunteer organization and have some ideas for growing the membership.
Austin Mountain Bike Patrol: Derrick Fitzgerald
I do everything I can to escape the office and hit the trails – whether riding or contributing to the local clubs by helping build and maintain great trails. I’ve been active in the mountain bike community in various roles, including bike patroller for 4 years, board member and trail crew leader at my previous club, in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains in North Georgia. As a recent transplant to Austin in January 2015, I am looking forward to get to know people and area. Patrolling is a great way to educate, assist and raise the awareness of what we are all about. See you out there, let’s make a difference!
Want to serve on the ARR BOD? Join and become active in the club for a year, get nominated in December and voted in by your fellow members.
Position descriptions can be found here!
The Board of Director Meeting Minutes for the 2015 meetings are archived here.
The ARR Bylaws are posted here: ARR Bylaws FINAL 2015!