After 15 years juggling fast paced careers that left minimal time to play outdoors Jamie and his wife Kelly decided to make a lifestyle change and move to the Colorado mountains full-time. They traded a suburban fenced lot for a million acres of national forest as their backyard. (the dogs say they like their new backyard) Jamie’s favorite rides are when he leaves his car at home and rides out his back door. He likes to go for long rides followed by a cold beverage. When he is not looking for the next VVMBA project Jamie is outside biking or skiing. Powder days and flowing singletrack are his happy place. To pay the bills Jamie gets to help people select their favorite new toys at The Kind Bikes and Skis. If you want more great places to ride don’t standby and wait for someone else to make it happen, get involved.
Kathleen “ Kat” Sedillo has been calling the Vail Valley home for more than two decades. When she is not out searching for the perfect singletrack on her mountain bike or the best snow on her skis, she is busy researching her next outdoor adventure to take with her husband Guy and their puppy dog, Ajei. As an OSI certified trail crew leader, USFS trail steward, and IMBA Trail Care Crew-trained, Kat is always eager to give back to her playground. She happily blisters her hands to help build and maintain world-class trails throughout Eagle County, CO with the VVMBA. Recently, Kat was appointed to the Town of Avon, CO Trails Committee. She knows that trails don’t just happen – Trail Fairies wear boots and are real!
After graduating high school in Wyoming and college in South Dakota, Casey Wyse was lucky to land in Colorado with his twin brother Cody in 1996. Already an avid skier, mountain biker, hiker, and overall outdoor enthusiast upon arrival, twenty plus years in Colorado added a few more blessings. Casey got to add husband, father, trail builder and crew leader to the words that can describe him. With two budding trail builders/mountain bikers in the works(Jane & Thomas) you can be assured to see Casey with family and friends improving, building and enjoying trails in the future. Earn your dirt.
Mark came to the Vail Valley as “the” director of leisure time activities for his wife Pegasus and dogs, Winston and Grayson. After serving as a microelectronics mercenary for 28 years in the silicon mines of a few US cities, Muenchen, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Taizhong and Kokubungi the Chips fell his way. Why Vail? Pegasus has had family living in Minturn since the early 1950’s and it’s not such a bad place to practice Mark’s new career. He is one of the initial VVMBA members and is a trail crew leader for weekly grubbing and special events. He is stoked to see the growth of the local trail systems and thanks all of those who have participated with time and/or scratch. Mark will be out there every season sustaining current, building new, and reclaiming old unsustainable trails: so go have some fun with Winston and him on the trails (Grayson is a bit too senior to participate any more)!
Bill lives in Minturn and patiently waits each spring for the trails to open so he can ride out his back door. After learning to mountain bike in West Virginia, he still wonders where they keep all the slippery rocks, mud, and off-camber roots in Colorado. He works primarily as an environmental scientist, doing river restoration and water quality protection projects with Lotic Hydrological. He still manages to guide a few days on the region’s best whitewater with Lakota River Guides. It remains unclear if anyone else in the valley loves after-work laps on Grouse Creek Trail in fall as much as Bill does. He thinks coffee is a fine thing to drink all day until happy hour starts, and he once ate pizza for 14 of 21 meals in a week (he’s hoping to up that PR to 21 out of 21 soon). Bill thinks you should volunteer with or donate to VVMBA today… like, right now.
Ernest came to the Vail Valley in 2014 to work on events such as the GoPro Mountain
Games and the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. Prior to that he ran so many events all
over the country that he can’t even remember them all. Luckily one of those events landed him
in West Virginia and North Carolina where he learned to mountain bike and quickly fell in love with trails, mountains, and outdoor recreation. He currently resides in Eagle girlfriend and adventure partner Hailee. Ernest believes that like the reward of a downhill after a long climb or setting a
skin track, trail work provides that same “earn your turns” satisfaction. When you can’t find
him on a bike or skis, you’ll most likely still find him in the outdoors, and if not there then he’s
in an ice rink. Ernest is truly excited to help bring new and improved trails to our community
for all to enjoy for many years to come.