Our Ride Leads
The Front Rangers are lead by an awesome group of adults that range from former Front Rangers, to Parents, and to full out Racers. This provides a great opportunity for the kids due to the vast amount of knowledge that the ride leads are always willing to share. This ranges from trail etiquette, repairs, technical skills, and training for personal development to race ready. These Ride Leads are the Backbone of what makes Front Rangers possible and amazing.
He has been the lead coach for the USAC Junior National MTB training camp 7 times and is an ACSM certified personal trainer. He has raced professionally in 3 continents, in Track, Road, Mountain, and Cyclocross. Kip believes rule one is to have fun and that junior training should focus on technique and skill.
Kips favorite after ride food is another bike ride.
Eldon serves as a Mountain Bike and Cyclocross coach. He is our resident engineer, Synthesis Engineering - having done a lot of design work in the bicycle industry for companies like RockShox, Spinner, Vanguard, TRP, Wickwerks and so much more. Eldon also helps with epic rides including our annual Moab trip. As a perk, he has a home shop where he is happy to teach junior riders how to maintain and repair their bikes.
Eldon's favorite after ride food is Ice Cream.
Jay has spent the last 3 decades racing every discipline of cycling, in Europe and the U.S. He currently races for COS racing and Pink Realty race teams. Even with the amount of riding and racing Jay does he never loses his passion for cycling. His son Jesse races for FRJC, which has been a motivating factor for both him and his dad. Jay is the main ride lead for Cyclocross kids, sweeping the Mountain Bike A-group, and making lots of high speed left turns with the Velodrome Track group.
Jay's favorite after ride food is the first thing he sees.
Drew started mountain biking in 1999 on a trip to Crested Butte. He has been riding all kinds of bikes since then and has fallen in love with mountain biking and enduro racing over the last five years in Colorado. He works for Colorado College. Drew's son Sam is an active member of the Front Rangers.
Drew's favorite after ride food is tacos.
Jay Hakala is an avid cyclist that moved from Texas to COS for the mountains. He has been a NICA coach for 4 seasons, active with multiple youth cycling organizations. Jay's son Jayden, is an active member of the Front Rangers. Jay believes that cycling will make your life better.
Jay's favorite after ride food Tokyo Joe's Bowl.
Ryan is the father of Sean one of our Front Rangers. Ryan has been in Colorado for 5 years so he is practically a native. He moved from Charleston SC where he thought he was mountain biking. Until he rode Palmer Park for the first time. He says "If you hang close to the coaches, they'll coach you too."
Ryan's favorite after ride foods are bananas and peanut butter -- his go-to for recovery. But pizza is the best for after almost anything.
Stephanie’s amazing husband introduced her to mountain biking back in 1999 but didn’t realize how thrilling riding could be until she recently found her new bike, Alexander the Grape (he’s camera shy so he’s not in the picture). Alexander the Grape, her Front Ranger teenager, and the knowledgeable Front Rangers coaches are teaching Steph how to truly send it.
Stephanie's favorite after ride foods are burgers or pizza.
Eric started mountain biking ~2014, riding with his daughters and helping out with the local jr. high school club and in a short time it became a whole family activity. As his girls continued riding into high school, he got involved with the Highlander Racing team and is currently Head Coach. He has also helped out as a ride lead for Front Rangers over the last 3 years as his schedule permitted. He really enjoys working with the beginner/intermediate kids and fostering their development and joy of mountain biking. He loves quick rips as well as epic rides and basically being on his bike, even better with friends or family. Elise (younger daughter) is frequent ridding buddy.
Favorite food after after a big ride is a burger.
Paul Von Boeck
Paul is an avid cyclist, a Front Rangers Mountain Bike Coach and the team director for Highlanders Racing, a High School Cycling League team here in town. Paul first got involved with the Front Rangers when his son joined the team, and now he also serves on the Board of Directors.
Paul's favorite after ride food is Tacos.
Jim is one of our track coaches and helps with road racing, and has the results to back those titles up. He is a ten-time track national champion, a five-time world track champion medalist, and holds three national records. He has also completed 10 Iron Man triathlons and races cat 3 on the road.
Jim's favorite after ride food is airline peanuts.
Rebecca has been a level three USA Cycling Coach for four years. She is Safe Sport, CDC Concussion Training, and Red Cross CPR/AED certified. She coaches at the track and on the road and also teaches the Olympic Training Center’s "Learn the Velo" class.
Rebecca's favorite after ride food is Firehouse Sub's smoked brisket sandwich.
Clay started his cycling journey racing for Midwestern State University out of Wichita Falls Texas in 2002. He relocated to Colorado Springs in 2004 to pursue a coaching internship at USA Cycling in conjunction with the US Olympic Committee. While pursuing his professional development and subsequent roles at USA Cycling, he volunteered with the FRCC until he left to work in Perth at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. His time at WAIS was particularly productive and satisfying for him because he was able to make a positive impact on his athletes and the community while also supporting a long list of successful results. He proudly touts coach of the year nominations and awards for himself because his athletes scored World, Continental, and National results. He returned to USA Cycling in 2018 as the Men's Track Endurance Head Coach. When that role was eliminated due to the pandemic he explored other avenues and is now turning his professional attention towards financial advising. He is eager to have the time and presence to give back to the Front Rangers as much as he is to pursue this new professional challenge.