Ambassadors

Ryan Bent

VMBA’s purpose is to create meaningful connections between people that share a passion for the beauty and challenges of outdoor recreation. Our Ambassadors can be found across Vermont, eager to share their passion for mountain biking and advocating for access and respectful use of Vermont’s trails.

Check out our 2021 VMBA Ambassadors below!

2021 VMBA Ambassadors

2021 VMBA Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are located across Vermont. Say hi next time you see them out on the trails!

Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen is a mountain and gravel cyclist in Jericho, VT. She is passionate about getting more women, girls, and young people in general on bikes in any capacity. She serves as the president of Vermont Youth Cycling and coaches for the Stowe Mountain Bike Academy. She also coaches the MTB team at the high school where she teaches and leads a weekly women's MTB ride the Brewster River trails in Cambridge. (she/her/hers)

Kenzie Fuqua

Kenzie Fuqua

Kenzie Fuqua hails from Michigan originally, but came to Vermont via The Appalachian Trail 8 years ago and fell in love with Vermont. Playing in the mountains is one of her favorite things, supporting others, especially of various racial and gender identities, to get out on the trails drives her to be a part of the VMBA community. Located in the Stowe area, she loves riding technical terrain, and is currently trying to conquer her fear of skinnies. She is currently the Waterbury Area Trails Alliance (WATA) Outreach Chair, a Kaden Apparel Ambassador, instructs for The Outdoor Gear Exchange, and is getting into trail building. When she isn’t riding, she’s probably running, skiing, paddle boarding, or playing in the woods with her dog Tucker. (She/Her/Hers)

Quinn Keating

Quinn Keating

Quinn has called Vermont home since 2002. Together with his wife and daughter, he calls West Bolton home and works as a Middle School Teacher in Richmond. He can regularly be found riding at Cochran's but with areas like Waterbury, Stowe, Pleasant Valley, and Huntington's own Sleepy Hollow just a few minutes away, he truly appreciates the variety and sheer quantity of world class riding available to him. He's got a serious soft spot for long rides and gets himself up to Kingdom Trails and down to Slate Valley as often as possible to satiate that particular desire. Quinn's looking forward to teaming up with VMBA this summer to continue the awesome work they're doing to promote the sustainable and responsible role mountain biking plays in our recreational experience in our little state.

Brooke Curran

Brooke Curran

I moved to Vermont just over a year ago with my husband, Sean, and our dog, Margo. Being in Braintree, I love riding our local trails in the RASTA network, especially the ones right down the road! I've explored some other networks in Vermont and am excited to get out to more while hopefully meeting some new people. When I'm not mountain biking I really enjoy racing cyclocross and riding my gravel bike as well. (she/her/hers)

Greg Durso

Greg Durso

My name is Greg Durso and I live in Burlington, VT. I am the Program Director at the Kelly Brush Foundation, we help people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) live their best active lifestyle by providing grants for adaptive sports equipment. I suffered a SCI in 2009 leaving me paralyzed from the chest down and I know the importance of living an active lifestyle post injury. I got into adaptive Mountain Biking four years ago when these specialized bikes were becoming more prevalent and I never looked back. Fellowship of the Wheel is my main chapter and the entire mountain bike community in Vermont has been so welcoming. I couldn't be more excited to be a VMBA Ambassador to promote adaptive riding, inclusive trails and mountain biking in Vermont! (He/Him/His)

Kelli Grimes

Kelli Grimes

Hello! My name is Kelli Grimes and I am located in Burlington. I frequently ride at the Richmond mountain chapter trails during the week days, and venture out to the other chapters during the weekends! I ride everything from gravel, to trail, to downhill parks. To me it’s important to take care of the trails we love, and continue to build new ones. I am currently working with the Morrisville town forest commission to complete a new trail in the town forest. I am super excited for this biking season, and to be able to go on group rides again! Hope to see you out there! (she/her/hers)

Grant Wieler

Grant Wieler

I live and play in Morristown and the greater Stowe area where I have the privilege of mixing work and play as I explore Northern Vermont in my work as a Realtor®. I originally came to Vermont for the skiing, but it was the community that made me stay. There’s something about being on two wheels that immediately elicits this sense of freedom, adventure and wonder. Once people have a great experience out in the woods, they naturally become invested in maintaining and protecting that environment to be able to enjoy it again, making mountain biking a great vehicle to encourage environmental stewardship. Bikes also have this magic to break down barriers and fostering diverse and welcoming communities united by a passion for two wheels. You can find me in the greater Stowe area, where I spend equal time enjoying our world class singletrack, and pulling my infant twins along in a bike trailer on our scenic dirt roads.

Matt Martino

Matt Martino

Hi! I'm Matt. I live in Barre Town with my wife, our 5 year old son and our (large) dog. I'm life long New Englander and we moved here in 2017 after living Boston for a decade. During the day, I'm a teacher at our local high school but I spend my free time biking, skiing and enjoying Vermont's pristine outdoors. Vermont has been an amazing place to live so far and my family and we couldn't be happier here. I feel very fortunate to be raising my son in the Green Mountains and sharing the outdoors with him. You'll find me riding local trails around Millstone, Montpelier, Perry Hill, Stowe and all over central Vermont. I also do a bit of gravel riding when the trails are closed. Come winter, I do some fat biking and plenty of skiing at Sugarbush. I'm also definitely stoked to be apart of the VMBA and am looking forward to seeing some fellow riders out on the trails!

Tony Bailey

Tony Bailey

As far back as I can remember, bikes have always been a big part of my life. After college, bikes moved from being a hobby to a career. I started working at a bike shop in Moab, Utah and guiding back country mountain bike tours all over the North and Southwest. After moving back east with my wife Amy 5 years ago, I’ve been volunteering as a Mountain Bike coach at Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester and I played a major role in the planning and development of the newly opened bike park at Stratton Mountain Resort. It’s been great to see so many VMBA members taking advantage of the resort partnership and checking out our park! I’m looking forward to meeting and riding with more VMBA members and sharing my experiences with others. I look forward to seeing and hopefully riding with you at the park this summer! (he/him/his)

Ashley Maxfield

Ashley Maxfield

Ashley Maxfield is a born and raised Vermonter from the Northeast Kingdom. She found her love for biking after being on the Freeride World Tour. She started with a borrowed old bike from a friend's basement and was fully hooked. Whether she is on single track, at a bike park, cruising on Vermont country dirt roads or on a fat bike during the winter, she loves it all. Her home chapter is the Grateful Treads out of Montgomery, but she can also be spotted frequently at Craftsbury Outdoor Center or Kingdom Trails. She loves to help out with different kids and women rides, spreading the love for the sport throughout the Kingdom. (She/Her/Hers)

Meridith McFarland

Meridith McFarland

I am the Recreational Director for the Town of Bristol in Vermont. I have taken my many years in Resort Management, teaching experience, and outdoor dedication to the programs of Bristol. Bringing mountain bike clinics to all ages and abilities to the community is a highlight in my career. I have attained my BICP certification (Bike Instructor Certification Program) and PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor) certification and will be going for the BICP Level 2 certification June 2021. I have coordinated several successful Women’s Beginner Bike Clinics at the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival through the SheJumps organization. In 2017, I was on two bike discussion panels for the New England Mountain Bike Women’s Summit. I have coached at the Liv Ladies Allride at Kingdom trails since 2018. I currently help operate the Mad River Rippers youth program, actively work with Ninja Mountain Bike, coach for Grit Clinic, and most recently employed by Killington Resort. I love sharing the passion of mountain biking and setting the foundation of the fundamentals for the beginner rider.

Our VMBA Ambassador Program

Grant Wieler

Who You Are

  • Regularly engage with the mtb community 
  • Steward of your local trails
  • Passionate about the growth of mountain biking in VT
  • Understands how advocacy plays a critical role in outdoor access
  • Excited to share VMBA’s mission, values, and initiatives

What You'll Do

  • Regular social media content posting
  • Complete an IG takeover that highlights your life in the mountain biking community
  • Attend events (COVID guidelines permitting) 
  • Engage with riders at trailheads
  • Host and/or attend trail rides
  • Advocate trail stewardship and ethics
Ryan Bent
Ryan Bent

What You'll Get

  • Exposure through inclusion in VMBA marketing
  • Access to pro discounts from rad brands
  • Resume builder through NPO experience
  • VMBA stickers and swag 
  • Inclusion in VMBA photoshoots
  • Free high fives