Ross is a BICP Level 3: Advanced Skills Certified Instructor and is first aid and CPR certified.
Ross Scatchard, head coach & Program development
Ross grew up riding bikes through ditches on the side of the road and exploring anything he and his brother could call a trail. At age 12, he joined the Earl's Cyclery Junior Team and began racing locally, then regionally. The Earl's Team evolved into Bliss Racing Development Team on which Ross rode competitively throughout college. While attending Allegheny College, he founded the cycling club and led group rides and traveled to races. Ross had several podium finishes in Collegiate National Championships and US National races as a semi-pro.
Upon returning to Vermont, Ross volunteered for several years as the team manager and coach for Bliss Racing. He also enjoyed leading bike-packing trips for youth at Kroka Expeditions, a wilderness living school in New Hampshire. Currently, he enjoys helping to build his wife's confidence on a mountain bike and is addicted to the Zen of finding the perfect flow on the trail.
Ross chairs the Vermont Youth Cycling (VTYC) Board of Directors. Through safe and fun interscholastic group rides and races, Vermont Youth Cycling (VTYC) educates and empowers young riders to improve their skills and health while building both a stewardship ethic for the trails and a caring community.
Kelly is a BICP Level 1: Ride Guide & Fundamental Skills Instructor and is first aid and CPR certified.
Dylan is a Pro Men Downhill Racer
Rosy is a PMBIA Level 2: Strong-Intermediate & Advanced Riders and is Wilderness First Responder
Kelly Murphey, Coach
Kelly is a local rider who has been pedaling up hills and jumping off rocks for the past fifteen years.
His cycling career began with road riding as a triathlete, competing in races in the Southeast, New York and Vermont.
While attending Warren Wilson College he was introduced to mountain biking and began to hone his skills on the rugged singletrack of the Western North Carolina mountains.
In 2011, Kelly and his wife completed an east-west alpine traverse of Switzerland on mountain bikes after which he was inspired to move to one of the mountain bike strongholds of America, Moab, Utah, where he had the opportunity to ride with some of the most skilled riders in the sport.
Kelly has worked all over the country as a trail crew leader, snowboard instructor and outdoor educator and is thrilled to share his enthusiasm for riding bikes with the next generation of Vermont riders.
Dylan Conte, Coach
Dylan grew up in Stowe and was adopted by the bike community at a young age. It all started with digging at the Stowe Dirt Jumps in middle school, which grew into a job at Iride bike shop, and as the years went on Dylan immersed himself in mountain biking and the community that surrounds it.
Currently, Dylan races both Enduro and Downhill professionally and gets to travel the world doing so. Dylan is sponsored by the Alchemist in Stowe, GT Bicycles, Deity Components, Schwalbe Tires, Fly Racing USA, Joe’s No-Flats, HTcomponents, Factotum VT, and Stowe Hardware.
Dylan is super excited to be coaching with Stowe Mountain Bike Academy. Helping to share his love of bikes, knowledge and skills, and just all around stoke on bikes is something he’s extremely passionate about.
ROSY METCALFE, COACH
Rosy grew up in the Berkshires, spending a lot of time running around in the woods. When she was 23 years old, she fell in love with mountain biking after a day of riding downhill at Diablo Freeride Park (Mountain Creek) in New Jersey in 2005. She was lucky enough to have some wonderful friends who helped her put together a hand-me-down Iron Horse Sunday with a bunch of used parts so she could keep on riding.
She raced downhill as an amateur here and there from 2007 through 2010 until she started grad school. Afterward, she spent a few summers working as a mountain bike instructor for the Dirt Divas program through Vermont Works for Women and worked as a social worker in the Massachusetts public school system when she wasn't playing out playing on her bike.
When Thunder Mountain Bike Park opened in 2015, she started spending more time on her "old" Sunday again since it was so close to home in Western Massachusetts. After winning a couple of Cat 1 DH races in 2015, she did her first pro DH and enduro races for Team Bicycle Express during the 2016 season. In 2017, she got married to her husband, Will, raced a few enduros, went on a road trip across Canada, and spent almost a month riding in BC. For 2018, she was the series champion for the CLIF Enduro East.
For 2019, in order to share her love of mountain biking with more people, she decided to shift her focus to instruction and coaching. She earned her Level 1 and Level 2 certifications for the Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association (PMBIA) as well as a Wilderness First Responder certification from Wilderness Medical Associates.
Rosy is an ambassador for Bicycle Express and Bolton Valley Resort and also volunteers for the Fellowship of the Wheel doing mountain bike trail advocacy. When she is not doing mountain bike-related things, she is either working for RiseVT in Burlington, skiing and eating tasty food with Will or napping.
Ryan is first aid and CPR certified.
Nina is first aid and CPR certified.
Nicole is first aid and CPR certified.
Ryan Davis, COach
Ryan grew up with a passion for two wheels. He was always the first one in his neighborhood to discover new spots to ride and places to build jumps or ramps from salvaged wood from nearby construction sites.
He learned how to build bikes at a young age with his first full build before the age of 10, and is SMBA’s trail-side bike tech! Ryan competed in the local BMX scene in his hometown and soon this turned into a passion for trail and road biking.
Ryan navigated the crazy roads as a bike messenger in various locals in New England before landing in Stowe.
Ryan is excited to share his enthusiasm and experience for cycling and the outdoors with the younger peddlers!
Nina Otter, COach
Hailing from Montpelier, Nina has been riding mountain bikes competitively for over 10 years. She connected with the sport while attending Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. as a member of the college’s mountain bike team.
Nina raced for Mountain Moxies, a Vermont-based women’s mountain bike team and helped develop Moxie Sparks, the team’s scholarship and mentorship arm that partnered with Little Bellas to support girls with barriers for participation in all-girl mountain bike-based mentorship program. In 2013, Nina became the Assistant Cycling Coach for Warren Wilson College, helping to expand the team to a year-round program to include mountain biking, cyclocross and road cycling. While at Warren Wilson she helped coach the MTB team to a national championship in 2016.
Nina’s favorite discipline is endurance mountain biking and claims the prestigious Queen of Pisgah title in 2015. In addition to coaching, Nina is an occupational therapist and lives with her husband, Matt, in Moretown.
NICOLE WALKER, COACH
Nicole Walker, a cosmetologist by profession, has always enjoyed riding bikes. She grew up in Western Massachusetts, spending many hours each week riding through the valleys and hills that construct the Connecticut River Valley. When Nicole was first introduced to mountain biking several years ago, she fell in love with the sport instantly, as well as with the sense of welcome and encouragement she experienced from the biking community. Over the years, she has developed a deep love for trail riding. She embraces every ride, viewing each trail as a challenge that conceives feelings of triumph upon completion. In 2018, Nicole relocated to Stowe, Vermont, a “mountain biking mecca” as described by The Boston Globe, where she could explore the extensive networks of interconnected trails and diverse, challenging terrain. Nicole knew then that she wanted to share her love of trail riding with the next generation and has been training and coaching mountain biking skill and technique to children, ages 5-10, ever since. She has also expanded her role as a coach to include youth skiing. Nicole is very passionate about coaching, and takes each session very seriously, working hard to maximize and individualize the experience of each client.
Shannon Walton, COACH
Shannon is the owner of Ultimate Mental Edge, a mental skills training practice that works with athletes of all ages and skill levels. Her interest in the area of sport psychology developed out of a passion for sports and the minds driving the athletes. She started out playing soccer through high school and college and now you can find her biking and skiing as her primary passions.
Ultimate Mental Edge is designed to help athletes improve their performance through mental preparation and skills training. UME focuses on the mind, body and social components to provide a complete approach to your training. Her goal is to provide a supportive relationship that is focused on improving the athlete as a whole. This is achieved by creating a partnership to find what best suites the athlete to achieve their performance goals. Each plan is individualized and tailored to meet the specific needs of the athlete to maximize their success. You can visit UME's website at www.ultimatementalege.com or contact her by emailing email@example.com