2015 Asheville Tri Club Board
Meet the amazing people who’ll be keeping things fun and organized this year!
Julie Springsteen, President
Julie began competing in triathlon in 2011 and recently completed her 2nd iron distance race. Her big 2015 races include more crazy long distance stuff that makes you tired just thinking about it.
This is Julie’s 4th year on the ATC board and her 2nd as Madame President. 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
Kit 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 2nd 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.
Josh Wexler, Grand Prix Commissioner
Josh got into the sport after completing his first marathon. Someone told him if you can complete a marathon you can do a half ironman. So he said, “ok.” Bought a bike two months later, and 5 months after that completed his first half ironman. 7 years later he’s completed about 40 or so triathlons including two full ironmans and a handful of half ironman.
Josh is in charge of the Grand Prix this year for the board, so if you have questions about your points, he’s your man!
Ben & Susan Rickert, Social Coordinators
Ben 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, back by popular demand, they have agreed to stay on as Social Coordinators for 2015, 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 Board Members at Large
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.
Coach 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.
Rob is one of those guys who seems to always be just finishing some epic workout. Hailing from Hendersonville, he’s helping us expand to our county neighbor to the southeast.
If you swam out at Lake Logan last year, Rob was most likely the guy accosting you with a clipboard to sign your life away. As one of our most faithful Logan open water swimmers, Rob has agreed to make his role official in 2015, helping to head up our most popular group training event. FYI – Logan swims begin in June and run through September. It’s cold enough during these months!!
With connections both in the Asheville and Tri-Cities triathlon communities and an eye for classy design, Nick’s helping us get our style on this year. He was the driving force behind getting us our snazzy new logo (which, ironically, is not on our site yet….) that you can find on our ATC t-shirts, and will be heading up an effort to get more sweet club kit.