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: 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!
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: Woody C. Harrison
I’ve been riding a mountain bike since a long time ago. I started in Colorado Springs and it’s followed me around since then. As marketing director, my goal is tell the story of the Ridge Riders to more people.
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: Brooke Davis
Special Events: Chris Mosch
Mountain Bikers in Austin are fortunate enough to have not only some fantastic natural terrain to play on, but also a phenomenal community that helps support and promote mountain biking, ensuring that we can all continue to enjoy the hill country’s treasures. I relocated to Austin in 2009 and a big part of that decision to move here was the depth and breadth of the cycling community in town. I’ve met phenomenal friends out here on the Austin trails, enjoyed helping out with local grass roots efforts like Dirt Derby and the Enchilada Buffet, as well as some silliness like the SXSS and Lunarcy in 2015. I’d like to use the experience I’ve gained and enthusiasm I’ve maintained towards making ARR’s 2017 special events successful. With your support, I’m looking forward to helping make 2017’s events smooth, fun, and memorable. Cheers!
Grants: Rachelle Wood
Membership & Volunteers: John Kozak
I bought my first mountain bike in the summer of 2014 and had no idea of what I was getting into. At the recommendation of the local bike shop that sold me my bike, I joined the Austin Ridge Riders. My first activity with ARR was a beginner’s clinic at Walnut Creek and it was eye opening in terms of what a mountain bike was capable of. I’ve met so many great folks, forged new friendships and learned so much though ARR-sponsored activities. I would like the opportunity to give something back to the organization by serving as the board’s Membership and Volunteer Director.
Austin Mountain Bike Patrol: Shawn Riggs
In spring of 2009 I began mountain bike riding and immediately connected with the Austin Ridge Riders. My first ride at Walnut Creek Metro Park was with the beginner’s group of the Sunday All-Level Ride and I have been a part of ARR ever since. Late fall of 2009 Carla Jennings told me she was going to revive the IMBA National Mountain Bike Patrol for Austin and asked if I was interested in being a part of it. I eagerly signed on and have been an active Mtn Bike Patroller ever since. The Austin Ridge Riders Club has been an integral part of my life by giving me an introduction to MTB’ing itself and also by providing various opportunities to support the cycling community through building and maintaining trails, through volunteer activities, and with the Austin Mountain Bike Patrol. In 2014 I served Director of AMBP, but after the arrival of my daughter I needed to take some time to focus on being a father. Now with the full support of my family I’m ready to I served once again the club that has done so much for our off-road cycling community.
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 ARR Bylaws are posted here: ARR Bylaws FINAL 2015!