Meet the Core Staff

Jonathan Posner

League Director


Jon Posner was bitten by the mountain bike bug in 1993. He worked part time at a local shop through college, dividing his time between pursuing mountain bike racing and earning course credits, and graduated from UMBC in 2005 with a combined degree in Business Management and Sports Marketing.

He took a job right out of school with Trek Bicycle as the Trek/VW National Team Manager and worked with the Trek/VW MTB racing program worldwide for two years, winning himself a National Super D series title along the way. In 2007 he returned home to settle down with his wife and start a family.

Over the past decade, he has continued to remain very involved with mountain biking, using his position as a store manager for Race Pace Bicycles to help him network around the state and work on a range of cycling initiatives. He is president of Old Line Velo, a 5 year old Maryland nonprofit dedicated to furthering cycling around the state, and a board member with Baltimore Youth Cycling, another nonprofit in it’s third year of operating a kids cyclocross program that has seen explosive growth over a short time. He is well known throughout the Maryland MTB scene as an all around positive person who involves himself in many varied cycling initiatives.

Jon has been talking about seeing NICA launch in Maryland for several years, but he hit a turning point after attending the PA league finals and their leadership summit in Harrisburg. After some conversations with his family and his employer, he is leaving his job at the end of this Summer (2017) and is committing full-time to seeing a successful league launch in Maryland.

Fred Powell



As a child Fred would often day dream of touring cross country on a loaded bike or conquering the Alps like his Tour de France hero, Greg Lemond.

In the autumn of 1990 he purchased his first mountain bike and immediately fell in love with the sport, so much so that he began racing that following summer.  Soon his passion for the bike and racing became a lifelong obsession. “Fast Freddy”, as he was affectionately known, worked in a local shop for over a decade as a service manager while racing his bike up and down the east coast and across the country when possible.

His desire to help get NICA in Maryland comes from his desire to share and introduce kids to a sport that has enriched his life in so many ways.  In a fortuitous path crossing with Jon they began discussing NICA and quickly decided to join forces and begin working towards making NICA in Maryland a reality.

Fred currently lives in Catonsville with his wife and three children; you’re likely to see them on the trails of Patapsco State Park, when you do, be sure to say “hello”.

Erin Wells

Coach Supporter


Erin is founder and president of Muddy Pedals, a women’s MTB club and organization that produces skills clinics for riders around the region. She is a level II ICP instructor. Erin is also in the process of launching a youth sister club to Muddy Pedals called Mini Pedals. She is committed to helping with youth camps, girls resources, and coaches resources.

Katie Gore

Core Staff Member at Large

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Katie has been riding mountain bikes since she married her husband, Joe Traill, over 20 years ago. She is co-owner of Joe’s Bike Shop, an area IBD with 2 locations. She is also founder and director of Traill’s End Mountain Bike Camps, a kids MTB camp that introduces kids to 5 area trail systems over a 5-day camp and hones their skills. The camp has sold out each year over the past 12 years. In addition to being a League Certified Cycling Instructor, she was also involved with Bike Maryland and their “Bike-Minded” youth outreach program and she is on the board of Baltimore Youth Cycling.

Adam LewandowskI

Chief of Registration


Adam is the regional Trek Bicycle territory manager overseeing PA and MD. He is active in the Pennsylvania league and is committed to helping a Maryland league see equal success. Adam has a background in education and coaching and also holds multiple certifications in bicycle fit. He is an avid road, cyclocross, and MTB racer and a father of 2 young children.

Chris Eatough

Coach Support and Team Development

Chris has extensive bike racing experience, with a 14 year professional career including 6 world championships and 5 national championships in 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Racing. During that time, Chris cultivated an understanding of what makes a successful bike race through participation in a wide variety of events all around the world. In addition to his racing career, Chris has built a successful mountain bike coaching business and has spent the last eight years as a Bicycle Transportation Planner for local governments. On a personal level, Chris has two children of his own, and is regularly involved in coaching them for both individual and team sports.

Dave Tambeaux

Maryland League Treasurer

Dave is a CPA with 35 years of financial management with Price Waterhouse and  Citigroup earlier in his career.  Most recently Dave was controller at DTLR a 100 plus store retailer and is currently Director of Finance with Center for Vein Restoration, LLC a healthcare company specializing in treating vascular disease. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1981, with a BS in Accountancy.  He started riding bicycles in 1963 and has never looked back.  Dave has been an active volunteer acting as treasurer for churches (First English Lutheran in Baltimore and St. John Lutheran in Columbia, MD), Long Reach High School PTA, Avalon Racing (cycling team) and MAMBO (MTB Access Advocacy).  He is a long term blood donor to the Red Cross (both blood and platelets) and has an active interest in helping to make his communities better places to live.  

Dan Abate 

Venue Director and Race Ops

Dan spent eight years working with race productions and assisted in producing races that included cross country mountain bike race series, as well as 12, 9, and 6 hour mountain bike relay races, XTERRA Off Road DuAthlon/TriAthlon race, adventure races, and various trail running races.  Dan has also been able to participate in several cross country races, 24 hour races, 100 mile races, and everything in between as a Sport Class level racer (which means he was never fast, just in it for the personal challenge). Dan has also worked part time in bike shops at REI and 90+ Cycling studio in Columbia, MD.  He also volunteers his spare time with the local mountain bike organization MORE with trail building and maintenance.  Lastly, Dan has enjoyed coaching his son’s recreational baseball team for the last three seasons.

Laura Gray

GRiT Coordinator


Laura has been a mountain bike enthusiast for almost 20 years.  For the last two years she worked as a ride leader with the Corner Canyon Mountain Bike Team in Utah.  She moved back to Maryland with the hopes of helping to bring high school mountain biking to her home state and quickly found and connected with the MDMTB team. Laura will be able to draw on her years of experience with a well established NICA league. She is a Frederick County high school math teacher and brings the background of an educator to the table as well.

Steve Harper


Steve Harper is recently retired from the U.S. Foreign Service and is a long-time adrenaline junkie, but recent convert to mountain biking.  He's lived and worked in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Bolivia, Spain and Italy, with tours on every continent except for Antarctica and Australia.  Among his other interests are sailing, skiing, tennis, cooking and politics.  He brings experience working with public engagement, the press and legislative affairs in addition to years working as a diplomat.  While his time mountain biking is short, his passion for the sport is deep.   His favorite adventure was a 500 mile bike ride across northern Spain along the Camino de Santiago (pilgrimage of St. James) that starts in France, goes over the Pyrenees and then crosses the northern plains.  Steve has 3 children in their 20’s and two of them are budding riders as well.

Bob Compton

Fundraising and Finance committee member

Chief Financial Officer for The Agora Companies, a multinational publishing company with over a billion dollars in annual sales and thousands of employees located throughout the world.  Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Bob is directly responsible for leading the accounting, HR and corporate communications teams.  When not in Baltimore, Bob is a trusted advisor to the executives of the mature and the start-up businesses of The Agora Companies. Bob is an active recreational rider and volunteer to various groups within the biking community.  He served as Treasurer for the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) from 2014 through 2015. He has been the trail liaison for Loch Raven Reservoir (popular trail system North of Baltimore) since 1996.  As the trail liaison Bob teaches responsible mountain biking etiquette and builds and maintains erosion mitigating structures to help preserve the water quality for one of Baltimore City’s drinking water reservoirs.  Bob coordinates and leads a group of volunteers at a one of the Loch Raven Reservoir clean up locations for the annual Project Clean Stream event on behalf of the Gunpowder Conservancy.  Year-after-year Bob effectively recruits the largest group of volunteers for the Loch Raven clean-up. From 1996 through 2008 Bob was a member of the executive committee for the Maryland Association of Mountain Bike Operators (MAMBO). Bob resides in Timonium, Maryland with his wife, Lisa, and their two adult children Andrew and Emily.

Offie Clark

Coach Supporter

Bronson Dant

Race Operations Manager

Bronson spent 17 years in the US Army and US Army National Guard, and 20 years as an IT Consultant before he decided to change tracks and do something more fulfilling and meaningful. In 2015 he opened a gym in Ellicott City with the vision of helping people improve their fitness and experience more in life. When he found out about the league and learned more about the mission that Jon and Fred wanted to accomplish, Bronson jumped right in to help. As the Race Operations Manager, Bronson will use his operational experience to plan and manage the best experiences for kids and families at our races.

Stephanie Chall

Director of Strategic Growth

Bryan Barnes

Director OF Digital


Bryan has worked in the Baltimore area Director of Digital at the National Aquarium, and as an In-Game Social Media Manager for the Baltimore Orioles. He also owns a local cycling apparel company, Hill Killer, with his brother Mike. As the digital manager for MICL, Bryan created and maintains this web presence and assists with other digital assets as needed. You might also catch him snapping photos at MICL events and races.

Please let him know if you notice any issues or have trouble with this website!