2014 Asheville Tri Club Board

Meet the amazing people who’ll be keeping things fun and organized this year!

Julie Springsteen, President

imageJulie began competing in triathlon in 2011 and recently completed her first iron distance race. Her big 2014 races include the Black Mountain Marathon, Asheville Marathon, Ironman Boulder 70.3, Lake Logan Half, and Beach2Battleship Iron.

This is Julie’s third year on the ATC board; she was our Social chair the past two years. When she’s not logging the miles, she teaches 7th and 8th grade science at Francine Delaney New School for Children.


Kit Hayes, Membership Coordinator

imageKit entered her first triathlon at the tender age of 20, in attempt to impress a boy (true story). Since then, she has competed in over 100 triathlons, firmly establishing herself as a tri dork. After a crazy year of long-distance success in 2013, including an 8th placed finish at Beach2Battleship and being crowned “Princess Reaper,” Kit is taking a bit of an “easy” year of racing, hopefully including a couple of races at the beach.

This is Kit’s first year on the Asheville Tri Club board. As membership coordinator, she’ll be the first to welcome new members to our club.She’s also in charge of the monthly newsletter, so send exciting tri news her way.


Lizzie Sager, Grand Prix Commissioner

imageLizzie Sager is in charge of the Grand Prix this year for the board, so if you have questions about  your points, she’s your woman! Lizzie originally hails from Dallas, TX but landed in Asheville over a year and a half ago after graduating from school in Boston.

Other than triathlons she enjoys reading the New York Times, cooking, skiing in Vail, Colorado, traveling around the world, and keeping up with her five siblings. She has also been told that she has “PrincessHair” which is funny since she once played a princess in a musical… and wore a wig.


Ben & Susan Rickert, Social Coordinators

imageBen and Susan Rickert started cycling in 2009 after Ben built a couple of second-hand bikes from abandoned parts, found strewn about Michigan State University after the snow melted. Susan soon began dreaming of being hard-core enough to complete her first triathlon, but realized that being able to bike 8 miles, run about a block and stay afloat in in the bathtub was not quite going to get her there. Ben shared her vision and after suffering through their initial miles of running during ridiculous Michigan winters and taking swimming classes at their local Y, Ben and Susan relocated to a more suitable training ground: Asheville. Finally, in the summer of 2012, they competed in their first triathlon together.

Now, with a few more races under their belts and aspirations of becoming more than average, they jointly accepted the role of Social Coordinator for 2014 so they could encourage other new triathletes to not only train hard, but also drink plenty of beer while they do it. When they aren’t out being social or training, Ben works as a videographer and sound editor for his production company, MotionTrain, and Susan works as a CPA.


All-Important Consulting Board Members

These board members help make Asheville Tri Club the best resource for multisport in western NC. They each have a depth of experience & expertise you won’t find elsewhere.

Ryan Madamba

Ryan Madama - Training CoordinatorCoach Ryan Madamba has a passion and special gift of working with kids and is a Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach, with a Youth and Juniors Certification, and is also a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is a father of two, and lives in Asheville, North Carolina where he trains and competes in local and regional events. Ryan’s first triathlon was as a youth with his USS Swimming Team in 1994. He recently started racing again and has consistently places in the top tier of his age group in Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons.

Matt Ledford

IMG_2028Matt was also on the board in 2013, and he’s awesome enough to stay on the board for another year to help the rest of us continue the great ATC work without a hitch. Matt’s also got the know-how to help keep our website & media communications going strong. He’s been doing triathlon for quite some time, and has great plans for his racing season this summer, but he’s keeping those hush-hush for now.