DNMA 2017 Board of Directors
Jeff Mugleston – Chairman
Lindsay Mapes – Vice-Chair
Ben Thomas – Secretary
Doug Pickett – Treasurer
Craig Saum – Member
Susie Fiore – Member
Kerrie Pattison – Member
Asia Golden – Member
Randolph Pierce – Member
Ray Deveaux – Member
Loren Bell – Member
Jeff (Mugzy) Mugleston – Chairman
A fourth generation New Mexican started “Mountain Biking” in the seventies in the hills outside Santa Fe on a stock 20” Schwinn Sting Ray. Trails are my passion and DNMA and IMBA are two very important organizations in the effort to better manage our trails. In Northern New Mexico tourism is an important driver or our economy and communities who have robust trail systems attract more people and money. Trails also benefit the local community by providing good safe transportation routes, entertaining ways to explore the area and a means to stay fit without having to pay membership dues to gyms. The individuals who make up the mountain bike community are diverse and independent, DNMA as an organization is here to service this community. Join us for a ride or get involved to help mountain biking prosper in Northern New Mexico.
Lindsay Mapes – Vice Chair
As a total impostor, Lindsay is not a mountain biker. In fact, she hasn’t felt the comfort of a chamois in years. She does, however, bring to DNMA the experience of organizing mountain bike races from her former existence as La Directora of Zia Rides, her prowess of Microsoft Excel from numerous office jobs, and the hippy dippy feeling of being part of a mountain bike revolution from a previous life in Gallup, NM.
As owner of Turquoise Tours, she also operates MTB shuttles going to South Boundary, among other things. Lindsay believes in the power of the bicycle to impart positive change to a community by generating jobs, industry, and a lot of happy, healthy people.
My love affair with mountain biking began in the spring of 1983 when I bought a blue Murray mountain bike at ToysRUs, brand-new in the box for $150. In 1985 I moved to Crested Butte, Colorado, replaced my stolen Murray with a Specialized Rock Hopper, and was blown away by the variety and quality of the trail system there. But while I was hooked by the thrill and adventure of biking singletrack, I also recognized the day-to-day value of my mountain bike as a very efficient and healthy means of travel. And that is why I believe having an organization like the Del Norte MtB. Alliance is vitally important to the Taos Valley and surrounding region. The DNMA is committed to preserving, promoting and improving mountain biking for ourselves and our neighbors, as well as for our out-of-town guests. We also hope to play a part in creating a useable trail system in town to help Taoseños be more fit and contribute less to pollution and congestion. As for myself, mountain biking has given me so much over the years I feel it’s time to give something back. I hope you’ll join us.
My passion for riding is relatively new, looking for a way to continue to explore the vistas and mountaintops in NM, the saddle was a good fit. Previously bikes were always just a way to get around, a source of freedom growing up or the fastest way to get across campus in college. Mountain biking is easy to get hooked on and I was looking for a posse to share my newfound passion with here in Taos. After visiting an IMBA Summit in Santa Fe I was impressed, empowered, and itching to start a chapter in Taos. With some help from some long time enthusiasts and hard-core riders I rallied the support we needed to get Del Norte MtB Alliance off the ground. My vision for DNMA is to continue to meet the needs of riders of all backgrounds and abilities, offering support and leadership to make Taos a rider’s mecca!
It’s a big woods out there, and I don’t just mean in the Taos area, which it is. The mountain bike is the best way to explore and learn how true this is. Faster than the hiker and more versatile than beast or motorized vehicle, the mountain bike is more fun than both. When I ride I cover more ground than a hiker can see in several days. I have access to roads both maintained and primitive, as well as single track. I can lift my bike over obstacles and carry on. I do this without leaving much of a trace, no odor, sound of combustion, or droppings. Mountain biking appeals to the young and old alike. Unfortunately, not everyone can do it, so there is an opposition to mountain bike access. This is why IMBA Chapters like the Del Norte MTB Alliance are important. To support and represent the rights of mountain bikers to have access to, maintain, build, and enjoy trails. I’m pretty sure that along with most mountain bikers those hikers and animal riders didn’t show up at the trail head on horse and buggy.
In 1996, Susie founded the non profit Field Institute of Taos out of a strong desire to combine her love of outdoor adventures, natural sciences, and working with youth and share this unique combination with the community. She has a deep and longstanding passion for mountain biking and, after several years racing as a pro xc racer, Susie now shares her enthusiasm and expertise with the community through after school programs, special mountain bike skills events, week long summer camps, and as Head Coach of the newly formed Taos Area High School Mountain Bike Team (a NICA Team). She also runs the Trips For Kids Taos program within Field Institute of Taos.
When 8 year old Loren pushed his green Huffy off of a retaining wall and watched it bend into an abstract origami bike form he thought: “I bet it would do better with a rider on it.” It didn’t. Some 10 years later, frame technology caught up with his ambitions, and he’s been abusing components over dirt and rock ever since. When he moved to Taos, he was surprised there wasn’t a more cohesive community revolving around all things bike, and has been working to fill that void ever since. When he’s not racking up miles with his dog Hawkeye, Loren writes for Lonely Planet and starts avalanches at Taos Ski Valley.
Back in the day, when I noticed that my outdoorsy friends were disappearing on the weekends with their bikes, I came to the rapid conclusion that I needed a bike, too. I ended up with a 1990 Cannondale, which I recently and reluctantly gave away. Times are different, and with the new technology, mountain biking has become my favorite 3-season athletic activity. The trail system around Taos is exceptional, and MTB road trips in the Four Corners area never disappoint, either. I ride for the fun, adventure, exercise (hill climbs, please), and camaraderie. I’ve been involved with trails management for 20+ years, and I see the great societal value for everyone out on the trails, and that has always sustained my motivation to contribute towards a healthy trail system for my community and our visitors. DNMA has given me even more great opportunities to express my commitment.
I am a many generation Taoseño. I grew up riding a bike ordered from a 1960’s JCPenny catalog – I had had to strip off the fenders and chainguards so I could make it through the muddy streets of Taos. I biked in college both for transportation, and to reduce my carbon emissions. During a 4 month bicycle tour through 11 countries in Europe, I saw a real bike culture, and dreamed of bringing that spirit to Taos. 10 years later, I started Gearing Up Cycle Shop with my partner Sherry where we wrenched and sold bikes for a quarter century.
Mountain biking is a natural fit for Taos and Northern New Mexico where we are surrounded by National Forests and public lands. These belong to all of us, and we should use them, protect them, and preserve them, acting as stewards of this incredible resource as we create the endless possibilities for riding. I see IMBA as a vehicle to introduce more people to Taos’ trails: and the more people that ride our public lands, the longer they will remain public lands.