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.
As an all volunteer run non profit, ARR relies on the efforts of a core group of talented and dedicated volunteers. A major goal for 2018 will be bolstering the ranks of our wonderful volunteers and showing them the appreciation they very much deserve. I also want to ensure that all the great initiatives that have taken place over 2017 and past years, continue to progress. There are many trails to be added or maintained, rides to host, kids to teach mountain biking, trails to be patrolled and education to be done.
Every member of the mountain bike community needs to be involved at whatever capacity they are able to further ARR’s mission.
Vice President: Rachelle Wood
While at a kickball game in 2008, a couple of male teammates convinced me I should go mountain biking with them. I had a 2006 Gary Fisher Tassajara collecting dust at home from a time when I had a grand idea of needing a bike for fitness. One ride at Walnut Creek and I was hooked. Since 2009, I have participated as a ride leader for the Ride Like A Girl mountain bike program. I have met many of my favorite people in Austin through this organization. I’ve volunteered as a Trail Steward for the BCGB (Zilker to 360), spent quite a few hours performing trail work at the various trails around Austin, and volunteering for the PB race and Cranksgiving. I originally joined the board last year, at the encouragement of others, to fill an open position. It has been a rewarding experience and I look forward to continue serving the Austin Mountain Bike Community.
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: Albert Yarusso
Ride Like a Girl: Lucie Hanzlik
In 2014 I discovered the Ride Like a Girl program and couldn’t believe what an incredible resource it was. The women in the group empowered me, made me feel brave, encouraged me, helped me overcome doubts and fears, and built (and continue to build) my mountain bike skills while adding 100% more fun and purpose to my life! After all, mastering a technical descent or climb while maintaining your balance despite the rocks and logs provides an amazing sense of accomplishment! I’m so grateful for the program and the women involved in it. I’m running for the Ride Like a Girl Program Director so that I can help strengthen what we already have and explore new ways to make us better! I’m excited to combine my passion for and knowledge of bikes, biking and resources with my organizational and leadership skills to drive our success! I’m committed to empowering us, as a team, to make the program available, useful, fun, and welcoming to the women of Austin.
Youth Program Director: Kari K.
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: Art Fonseca
Having been an organizer for Texas Sport Bike Riders since 2014, I’ve had extensive experience in organizing rides, meet and greets, events, and leading training sessions. Additionally, I was a contributing member of RideSmart Motorcycle School, an Austin-based organization which hosts track days at all Texas tracks to include Circuit of The Americas (COTA). I served as a school instructor for beginner and intermediate level classes and led the Advanced Rider’s Course.
I’m eager to support Austin Ridge Riders as well as provide assistance to members. I’m committed to helping and encouraging others of any skill level. Additionally, I’m familiar with ARR trails such as Reveille Peak Ranch, Pace Bend, Pedernales, Flat Creek Crossing, Reimers Ranch, etc.
Grants & Special Events: Jenny Burden
Jenny Burden is a full-time nonprofit fundraising professional with 7 years experience in specials event planning, grants, and sponsorships. She has solicited and procured everything from small raffle items to major grants and corporate sponsorships for fundraising events, as well as program-specific budgets in need of grant funding. She is an avid mountain biker, RLAG ride leader, and volunteer ride leader for The Peddler Wednesday night group ride during the spring and summer, and will races Cat 2 for The Peddler team in the Spring at the TMBRA State Championship Series. She is passionate about growing the sport of mountain biking, especially among women, and is honored to have the chance to create a positive impact at ARR!
Membership & Volunteers: Open
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!