Coaches

BYC coaches love biking and are great with kids. Several are certified by PMBIA (Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association) or IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) and many have experience coaching other sports. All BYC coaches participate in pre-season training focused on skills instruction and group management and attend (at minimum) a CPR/First Aid training for safety.  Additionally, BYC’s partnerships with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust and APRS Physical Therapy have provided opportunities for our coaches to receive additional education in trail etiquette and concussion management.

Please email us directly if you are interested in coaching for Bozeman Youth Cycling as we’re looking for dynamic, energized coaches to ride with the kids.

Program Coordinators

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Branham SnyderIMBA Level I Certification

Home is south-central México, where I acquired my love for biking and where my family lives. I’ve lived in Bozeman since 2014, where I’m a mechanic at Owenhouse Cycling. I’ve been riding since before I can remember, and I love rough, wild, and technical riding with lots of airtime. I also ride BMX in my spare time. Coaching is a great way for me to share my love for the world’s greatest sport with the next generation!

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Jessie Kay – PMBIA Level I Certification

Minnesota born and bred, I grew up on a healthy diet of uphill skiing and jumping in a few of 10,000 lakes. The Bridgers lured me to Bozeman where I graduated from MSU and a NOLS India course. I have nearly a decade of experience leading kids and adults on various outdoor adventures, and now spend my winters with Bridger Ski Foundation’s Nordic Development Program. You can find me either in downtown Bozeman, catching a break from my day job at Adventure Scientists, or on our local trails wearing too much pink.
I love encouraging the next generation of rippers (especially female!) to believe in themselves! The most satisfying aspect of mountain bike instructing is witnessing those “aha!” moments – when mountain biking no longer is the most arduous and terrifying experience and instead becomes a source of peace, flow, and pure elation. I believe that EVERYONE can get to that point in their riding (feel free to reach out to me if you’d like some help on your riding journey)!

JustinJustin Raynes – IMBA Level I Certification, USAC Level 3 Coach, TrainingPeak Certified Coach

Originally from Virginia, I started mountain biking as a way to train for soccer. I quickly found out that cycling came naturally for me. Cross-country mountain bike racing became my new primary sport and I worked my way through the ranks, turning pro when I was 24. I was born with epilepsy and lacked confidence in myself in my younger years; cycling has shown me that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to. Now, I’m excited to share my knowledge with the future of cycling here in Bozeman.

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Kevin Fitzgerald – PMBIA Level I Certification

I recently graduated from Montana State University in Earth Science. While studying, I worked as the Outdoor Recreation Program Bike/Ski Shop Manager. Spending large amounts of time instructing students of MSU on mechanic basics for their commuter, road, and mountain bikes I began to realize I loved instructing. Since, I have been a Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF) Youth Ski League nordic coach as well as an assistant coach for the BSF Development team over the summer and fall seasons.  I have not spent much time racing, but I love my time in the saddle and think everyone should get to experience the fun and excitement of mountain biking with a smile on.  I’m excited to begin to explore more of the world by bike and hope to encourage kids to do the same!

Coaches

mike bladeMike Blades – IMBA Level I Certification, EMT

I’m originally from New Hampshire where I grew up skiing and biking through the woods. I moved to Bozeman in 2008 to attend MSU. I’m now a manager at Town and Country Foods on 11th. In the winter I do volunteer ski patrol at Big Sky, this summer I’ll be doing volunteer bike patrol as well and I work closely with the local mountain bike association, SWMMBA. I’ve been an avid mountain biker for the last 7 years and really enjoy long rides that test my will power. I received my EMT just over a year ago and in 2017 I became an IMBA level one certified mountain bike instructor.

Sara freemanSarah Freeman – WFR

Hi my name is Sarah Freeman! I am from Southern Alberta and am going to school at MSU studying Exercise Science. I ski raced for the Bobcats and coached at BSF. My favorite kind of biking is fast downhill. I love biking and want to share the passion with the next generation of rippers. I have my WRF and CPR, so safety first!

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Dani Hess 

I grew up learning to mountain bike on the Helena trails, rallying the kids race circuit, cleaning the shop, and dragging boxes out to the recycling bin at Great Divide Cyclery at my first job. Now I’m a Community Health student at MSU and work at Western Transportation Institute, promoting active transportation and public transit in Bozeman. I love all the kinds of biking, but am most giddy on my mountain bike. I want to coach for BYC because bikes are such a fantastic way for kids to discover a kind of playfulness that really ends up lasting a lifetime. I’m still grinning ear to ear when I’m on a bike, whether it’s on my way to work, running errands, riding singletrack or exploring the roads around Gallatin Valley. I want to help kids tap into that joy and appreciation for the places our bikes can take us.

KellyKelly Kjorlien – WFR

Originally from the north woods of Minnesota, I moved to Montana in 2011 to attend MSU. I started road and mountain biking as cross training for biathlon, and now can’t get enough of it. As a full time coach for the Bridger Biathlon Club, I love sharing my enthusiasm for recreation in the outdoors. I am a Wilderness First Responder and CPR certified.

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Mike Voth 

I was born and raised in Colorado where I discovered my love for the mountains. I came to Bozeman in 2012 for school, and was introduced to mountain biking by a classmate. Since then, I have been hooked! Biking has provided many great experiences, taking me to some awesome places and and allowing me to meet some great people. I can’t wait to share my passion for the sport!

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Katie Williamson – EMT 

I am a Northeast transplant from Connecticut. I started mountain biking in college and started racing when I moved out to Montana! My favorite place to ride is down in Moab, UT – especially on Captain Ahab! When I’m not riding I’m teaching people how to climb at Spire Climbing Center and bouldering down at the Madison River.

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Ty Zwick – 

Howdy! I grew up in Grass Valley, CA and my passion for cycling has been present for as long as I can remember. I was a member of my grade school’s mountain bike club and raced all through high school in the Nor Cal High School Mountain bike league. Additionally, after high school I worked for several summers as a camp counselor guiding mountain bike trips. Currently I work making custom furniture here in Bozeman. Any time I get to make wheels spin I’m stoked, especially when I’m out with my wife and our two dogs.

 

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