Ross is a BICP Level 3: Advanced Skills Certified Instructor and is first aid and CPR certified.
Ross Scatchard, head coach & Program development
Ross grew up riding bikes through ditches on the side of the road and exploring anything he and his brother could call a trail. At age 12, he joined the Earl's Cyclery Junior Team and began racing locally, then regionally. The Earl's Team evolved into Bliss Racing Development Team on which Ross rode competitively throughout college. While attending Allegheny College, he founded the cycling club and led group rides and traveled to races. Ross had several podium finishes in Collegiate National Championships and US National races as a semi-pro.
Upon returning to Vermont, Ross volunteered for several years as the team manager and coach for Bliss Racing. He also enjoyed leading bike-packing trips for youth at Kroka Expeditions, a wilderness living school in New Hampshire. Currently, he enjoys helping to build his wife's confidence on a mountain bike and is addicted to the Zen of finding the perfect flow on the trail.
Ross chairs the Vermont Youth Cycling (VTYC) Board of Directors. Through safe and fun interscholastic group rides and races, Vermont Youth Cycling (VTYC) educates and empowers young riders to improve their skills and health while building both a stewardship ethic for the trails and a caring community.
Kelly is a BICP Level 1: Ride Guide & Fundamental Skills Instructor and is first aid and CPR certified.
Kelly Murphey, Coach
Kelly is a local rider who has been pedaling up hills and jumping off rocks for the past fifteen years.
His cycling career began with road riding as a triathlete, competing in races in the Southeast, New York and Vermont.
While attending Warren Wilson College he was introduced to mountain biking and began to hone his skills on the rugged singletrack of the Western North Carolina mountains.
In 2011, Kelly and his wife completed an east-west alpine traverse of Switzerland on mountain bikes after which he was inspired to move to one of the mountain bike strongholds of America, Moab, Utah, where he had the opportunity to ride with some of the most skilled riders in the sport.
Kelly has worked all over the country as a trail crew leader, snowboard instructor and outdoor educator and is thrilled to share his enthusiasm for riding bikes with the next generation of Vermont riders.
Dylan Conte, Coach
Dylan grew up in Stowe and was adopted by the bike community at a young age. It all started with digging at the Stowe Dirt Jumps in middle school, which grew into a job at Iride bike shop, and as the years went on Dylan immersed himself in mountain biking and the community that surrounds it.
Currently, Dylan races both Enduro and Downhill professionally and gets to travel the world doing so. Dylan is sponsored by the Alchemist in Stowe, GT Bicycles, Deity Components, Schwalbe Tires, Fly Racing USA, Joe’s No-Flats, HTcomponents, Factotum VT, and Stowe Hardware.
Dylan is super excited to be coaching with Stowe Mountain Bike Academy. Helping to share his love of bikes, knowledge and skills, and just all around stoke on bikes is something he’s extremely passionate about.
Ryan is first aid and CPR certified.
Nina is first aid and CPR certified.
Ryan Davis, COach
Ryan grew up with a passion for two wheels. He was always the first one in his neighborhood to discover new spots to ride and places to build jumps or ramps from salvaged wood from nearby construction sites.
He learned how to build bikes at a young age with his first full build before the age of 10, and is SMBA’s trail-side bike tech! Ryan competed in the local BMX scene in his hometown and soon this turned into a passion for trail and road biking.
Ryan navigated the crazy roads as a bike messenger in various locals in New England before landing in Stowe.
Ryan is excited to share his enthusiasm and experience for cycling and the outdoors with the younger peddlers!
Nina Otter, COach
Hailing from Montpelier, Nina has been riding mountain bikes competitively for over 10 years. She connected with the sport while attending Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. as a member of the college’s mountain bike team.
Nina raced for Mountain Moxies, a Vermont-based women’s mountain bike team and helped develop Moxie Sparks, the team’s scholarship and mentorship arm that partnered with Little Bellas to support girls with barriers for participation in all-girl mountain bike-based mentorship program. In 2013, Nina became the Assistant Cycling Coach for Warren Wilson College, helping to expand the team to a year-round program to include mountain biking, cyclocross and road cycling. While at Warren Wilson she helped coach the MTB team to a national championship in 2016.
Nina’s favorite discipline is endurance mountain biking and claims the prestigious Queen of Pisgah title in 2015. In addition to coaching, Nina is an occupational therapist and lives with her husband, Matt, in Moretown.