Bob Knowles is currently partner/co-founder of Renewable Energy Massachusetts LLC (REM) since 2009, with 50 megawatts of utility-scale ground-mounted solar farms developed in Massachusetts to date, enough clean energy for thousands of homes. His responsibilities include site acquisition, project development, and energy off-take sales. Prior to REM Bob was Director of Sales & Marketing at Project Adventure, Inc., a $10mm fee-for-service non-profit, and earlier in his career he was a key member of the senior management teams of two innovative consumer packaged goods start-ups in both the pharmaceutical and natural beverage industries. Bob’s passion for road biking and fitness is demonstrated through his 18 year commitment to the Pan Mass Challenge fundraising event held every August benefitting the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Carole Vanier has dedicated her whole life to sport by teaching physical education for 30 years as well as racing. Quebec Cycling Hall of Fame inductee, Carole was a former pioneer of women racing in Quebec and also a former top Canadian athlete and is now competing as a master. Her achievements include 1980 Canadian Champion (TT), 1983 Canadian cycling team women's coach, 2013-2014 Canadian Criterium Champion, 2012 Canadian Road Race Champion, as well as racing several world championships. Those around her have found her to be nothing short of inspirational. She’d like to use this status to promote cycling for women in Canada and especially Quebec. As a Liv Ambassador, one of her goals is to promote women’s competitive cycling.
Tom Schuler enjoyed a 20-year career as a bicycle racer, including 10 years as a founding member of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team and as a member of the 1980 Olympic Cycling Team. During his career as a professional cyclist, Schuler garnered more than 100 career victories including the 1987 US Pro Road Championship. After retiring from racing, Schuler turned to team management - first as the Assistant General Manager for the Motorola Cycling Team then forming his own sports management company, Team Sports Inc. in 1992. In 1999-2000 Team Sports was managing both the #1 world ranked Volvo Cannondale mountain bike team and the world #1 world ranked Saturn Women’s Cycling Team and has managed 20 unique road, mountain bike and triathlon teams. Schuler is also a founding partner and manages cycling events including the Tour of America’s Dairyland, the Intelligentsia Cup in Chicago and the Quad Cities Criterium.
Magdeleine Vallieres is from Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada! She is an elite rider on the WCC team, based in Switzerland. My goals for the season are to learn a lot from my more experienced teammates! I think women’s cycling is getting better and better every year and I love that I am here to see it.
Pierre Hutsebaut, born in France in a cycling family, has developed in his early age the love for the sport at first as a competitor and then as a coach. In 1982, Pierre Hutsebaut became National Road Coach for the Canadian Cycling Association and later on the Director of National Racing Program and finally the Executive Director of the Canadian Cycling Association. Under Pierre’s guidance, the Canadian cycling team achieved 5 Olympic Medals in 1996 in Atlanta and was ranked second best country in cycling at these games. In 2005, Pierre Hutsebaut was appointed as the UCI America Tour Advisor and is now in the position of Continental Advisor as his activities include now events on the Asiatic continent. In the meantime, Pierre Hutsebaut is now associated in the Peak Centre for Human Performance.
Cherie Pridham is the current Directeur Sportif for the Israel Start-Up Nation UCI World Tour team. She was a pro rider for 15 years, which afterwards she went into team management, starting with the Team Raleigh squad and recently serving as the Directeur Sportif for Vitus Pro Cycling, a UCI Continental Team.
John Lieswyn retired from professional road racing in 2005 after a 2000+ race career including wins in two US national time trial championships (1991 100KM team, 2004 40KM individual) and various road races worldwide. In 1991, he was also one of the first riders to begin a blog about racing on the (then) new-fangled internet. During his racing days he observed a worsening of driver behaviour towards people on bikes in English-speaking countries, and sought to address this through better (and safer) street design. He obtained a masters of engineering (transportation) in 2011 and is a principal at specialist consultancy ViaStrada in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a strong proponent of women’s competitive cycling.
Tara Collins brings experience in communications and fundraising to the team. A Woodstock, NY resident, she enjoys Catskills hiking and riding the rail trails on a Schwinn hybrid.
Kinnin Payson is a retired international commissaire, having spent almost 40 years in the sport at mountain bike and road races. Her span of experience is as wide as it can be, having worked at many local races in her home region of New England, being a senior advisor to the Longsjo Classic, and serving on the crew for many national and international events from the Redlands Classic in California to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Kinnin has been a staunch supporter of this project since day 1, and her unique broad experiences in her years in the sport only serves to help the race grow and continue its mission.
Peter Dunne is the President of the Bermuda Bicycle Association. He grew up in Long Island and moved to Bermuda 35 years ago for love and money. His wife is from Bermuda and he had a great career opportunity: Both worked out very well! He retired from his insurance career at the end of 2000 and became involved in the Bermuda national cycling federation. He's been the head of the NF for over a dozen years now.
Peter and his wife have three girls who are in their 20’s so he has been organizing, supporting and advocating for women’s sport for quite some time. In addition to his role with the Bermuda federation, he sits on the executive committee of the Caribbean Cycling Confederation and the Bermuda Olympic Association.
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Alan Atwood has been involved in some form of cycling events since 1988, when he supported his college roommate on a charity ride from St. Albans, VT to Portland, ME. Alan's vast experience in the sport includes being Directeur Sportif of the Green Mountain Bicycle Club (VT) Racing Team from 1992-2000; serving as a licensed USA Cycling official since 1996; being Technical Director of regional and national level events like the Longsjo Classic, Bear Mountain Spring Classic, Tour of the Battenkill, and the Univest Grand Prix; serving as the Road Coordinator for the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference since 1999; and promoting his own events including the Lime Rock Cycling Grand Prix, the New England Regional Cyclocross Championships, and the UCI Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend.
Alan is a staunch advocate for women's cycling, and by way of having his own cycling service and support company since 2009, Alan's experience in the sport and contributions to this program are a great asset.
Marta Havrylyshyn’s cycling "affair" started in 1998 in Ukraine with a local cycling team. She raced on track and road for about 10 years and later on became a coach and team manager. In 2010 she moved to the United States and started officiating with the USA Cycling a few years later. Working at the Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix had been one of the highlights of her officiating career. She served the race as a Chief Referee, Chief Judge and Assistant Judge during different years. She’s dedicated to this project because it puts a spotlight on women's competitive cycling, women's empowerment through leading roles, local community engagement and camaraderie among the race directors, local authorities, law enforcement, racers and volunteers.