We've assembled a fantastic group of fun and enthusiastic crew members to produce your awesome experiences at this year's Farm to Fork Fondo events. We all share your passion for healthy living and can't wait to help you experience our beautiful eight event locations this summer. Get to know the faces you'll be seeing before, during, and after your ride.
Wrenegade Sports Founder
Farm to Fork Fondo Event Director
Nicknames: Wrenegade, T,
T-Wren, El Garrafa
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Current town: Burlington, VT
“Bite off more than you can chew, then keep chewing.”
I spent 13 years of my life as a professional cyclist, being outside, eating healthily and exploring beautiful roads on my bike throughout the world. I founded Wrenegade Sports in 2014 to share my passion for cycling and healthy living with a wider audience and to empower athletes to achieve personal goals and live healthier lives.
I am very excited about this year’s Farm to Fork Fondo series. We’ve been expanding steadily since our first Farm to Fork Fondo event in 2015 and the new locations in Shenandoah and Garden State are particularly exciting to me because we get to engage a whole new set of rural communities and farm families with our mission of bringing the cycling and farming worlds together. I’m also really excited to be on the road with the fantastic Wrenegade Sports event crew we’ve assembled for this year’s events and help them all progress in their personal journeys. I couldn’t do this alone and I am very grateful for the input and hard work from them all!
What I ride: I have about 12 bikes in my garage and I love them all! Especially my new beautiful celeste Bianchi Oltre road bike. Also have a Jamis 29’r mountain bike and a Jamis carbon cyclocross bike, among others.
Hobbies/Interests: Thinking about our mission statement, overcoming obstacles, fresh food, backing big trailers, carpentry projects, riding bicycles and motorcycles, CrossFit
Wrenegade Sports Director of Operations
Farm to Fork Fondo Event & Course Manager
Nicknames: Jimmy, Skip, JB-Dubs
Hometown: South Windsor, CT
Current town: Underhill, VT
"Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast."
I’ve been working in myriad roles in and around non-profit organizations, natural/sustainable food ventures, and the cycling industry for the past 25 years. I was drawn to the Farm to Fork Fondo series because I love its fusion of cycling, farming, food, and positive community contribution. For me, it's a perfect way to be a part of meaningful mission-driven events that are also things about which I am already passionate.
Healthy living is important to me because I intend to remain fit and active well into old age, free from pharmaceutical meds, playing in the great outdoors until my last breath. I stay healthy by eating an organic, natural, vegetarian diet and by getting physical activity of some sort every day. I have a consistent yoga practice (I’m also a yoga teacher) and I continue to work to integrate a meditation and mindfulness practice into my daily living.
I’m looking forward to all the Farm to Fork Fondo events, but I’m especially excited about the Shenandoah, Champlain Islands, and New Jersey events because they are new this year and we have fantastic partners in these locations. I'm also very excited to return to the Finger Lakes because of the beautiful riding, and I also really love the Pennsylvania Dutch course. Mostly I'm just looking forward to another season, seeing the smiling familiar faces of our returning riders, and giving you a great experience out on course.
What I ride: Road: Cannondale Synapse; Trek 470 Fast Track; vintage Peugeot Iseran with Shimano 600 components; 1969 Huffy Super Stock V. Trail: Specialized Hardrock. Snow: Burton Supermodel 155; Atomic AT XC skis. Yoga: Manduka Black Mat Pro
Hobbies/Interests: being outside, cycling, hiking, paddling, XC skiing, snowboarding, yoga, gardening, sustainable ag, woodworking, craft beer, growing hops, keeping my old Saab convertible going
Wrenegade Sports Controller
Farm to Fork Fondo Event & Venue Manager
Nicknames: James, Trevor
Hometown: Richmond VA
Current town: Burlington, VT
“It will be fine.”
I grew up in Richmond, Virginia and moved to Vermont for college. I graduated from the University of Vermont in December 2017, with a degree in Accounting and Entrepreneurship, and a second degree in Economics. Before I came to Wrenegade Sports, I worked as a counselor at a climbing and kayaking camp for seven years. In addition I was a staff member of the Outdoor Discovery School at L.L. Bean. This is my third season with Wrenegade Sports, and now as a full-time staffer I am excited to be our Controller as well as an Event Manager.
I have always had a passion for all things outdoors. Growing up I regularly attended Boy Scouts and I have spent more than 100 nights in a tent. My Dad taught me how to mountain bike on the Richmond Trail System. However, Richmond is not located close to any mountains, prompting my choice to study at UVM. Mountain biking and hiking take up my summers, while skiing occupies my winters. Recently I have also started stand up paddle boarding which I highly recommend!
Since moving out of the nest, I’ve also realized how much I enjoy cooking, and how much of a difference fresh local ingredients can make in a dish. My favorite dish so far is either a vinegar based pulled pork shoulder slow roasted for seven hours in a Dutch oven, or a Cajun shrimp jambalaya.
What I ride: Road: Felt; Trail: Specialized Stumpjumper; Snow: A quiver of downhill and backcountry skis
Hobbies/Interests: cycling, hiking, paddle boarding, skiing, mountains
Operations Associate/Event Crew
Nicknames: Hayes-bug, Gilly, Princess
Hometown: Sun Valley, ID
Current Town: Burlington, VT
“If you never fall you aren’t trying hard enough.”
I am senior at Champlain College and moved to Vermont from a small town in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho. I am majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Entrepreneurship, and will be receiving my degree in the spring of 2019. I have started a few small companies, all of which have revolved around healthy, outdoor lifestyles, so I am extremely excited to be working with Wrenegade Sports this summer.
Growing up in Idaho meant that I was always surrounded by nature, and my childhood was filled to the brim with things like camping and outdoor sports. While I love all things outdoors, my favorite activity has always been skiing. I spent seven years competing in freestyle skiing and made it to nationals my sophomore and junior years of high school. Since moving to Burlington I have found that one of my new favorite things to do when the snow melts is rock climbing. I hope to use my passion for the outdoors to help all of our participants have a fun and new experience at our events.
What I Ride: Trails: Turner Sultan. Pavement: Super 73 S1, Arbor James Kelly Pro Model, Lib Tech Parillo Dreams. Rock: La Sportiva Tarantula. Snow: K2 Sight, 4FRNT Switchblade, J Skis Friend, K2 Press, Burton Custom.
farm to fork fondo event manager
Hometown: Redding, CT
Current town: Burlington, VT
“If it involves mountains, breakfast foods, coffee or campfires - I’m in.”
I graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in International Relations in 2016. After moving back home for two years, becoming a Crossfit coach and saving some money, I am finally returning back to Burlington, VT!
I am super passionate about being outdoors and active, and am always looking for new adventures. I believe strongly in eating a sustainable, organic, whole food diet and knowing where your food is coming from. I love learning more about sustainable farming, local eats, and finding new farm-to-table restaurants/vendors to see the amazing things they’re creating from locally sourced ingredients.
I am very excited about Farm to Fork Fondo – Champlain Islands because I think it’s an absolutely gorgeous place in Vermont and I know Vermonters always know how to prepare great and delicious foods!
What I ride: My hybrid bike around the streets of Burlington, my burton snowboard most of the winter, and my rented pair of skis on the mountain when I’m feeling adventurous!
Hobbies/Interests: anything active and outdoors; hiking, cooking, traveling, Crossfit, yoga, skiing/snowboarding, live music and good organic/sustainable food
Senior Event Production Crew
Hometown: Beverly, MA
Current town: Poultney, VT
"Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously"
- Hunter S. Thompson
I am a graduate of Green Mountain College, where I studied everything from music to sustainable agriculture before finally landing with a degree in Communications with a focus on Event Production & Promotion. Since then I have produced dozens of live concerts and events, followed Phish around the country, toured for some years with my own band and moved back to Vermont where I now work for The Cabot Creamery Cooperative.
Farm to Fork Fondo's mission to support local farms and communities is really what initially drew me in. However, having worked in event production nearly eight years now, my top priority has always been making sure all in attendance have the best possible experience. The Wrenegade Sports crew mirrors this aspiration, ensuring from top to bottom the event runs smoothly and that each and every participant has a great time. It's these values and this philosophy that have really set the Farm to Fork Fondo series apart from others.
This summer will be my second year with Farm to Fork Fondo and I am looking forward to travelling to all the locations, seeing all the riders and farmers, enjoying some good food and having another successful season.
Hobbies/Interests: Live music, photography/videography, being outside, traveling, good food & beer, camping, reading
Event Production Crew
Current town: Burlington, VT
What I ride:
Event Production Crew
Nicknames: Kid, sroddy,
Hometown: Truro, MA
Current town: South Burlington, VT
"Whenever we're afraid, it's because we don't know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid."
I have have a passion for learning, teaching, and learning how to teach. I like to take risks and learn from those times I make mistakes.
I've been an athlete my entire life. I ran track at a Division I college as a heptatlete (that's seven events). I then went on to ride and volunteer in sprint triathlons and in the Pan-Mass Challenge. Currently, I am on the US Skeleton development team reaching for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. I just bought my first house with my boyfriend Dennis and we have an awesome adventure puppy, Smudge!
With respect to the Farm to Fork Fondo series, I'm excited to be heading to the Berkshires. I am originally from Massachusetts and hoping to see lots of friends and family ride in the event!
What I Ride: Road: Cannondale Synapse. Ice Track: Parker Outlaw
Hobbies/Interests: Doggos, good food/cooking, board games, finding good deals and spending time with family.
Master of Ceremonies
Hometown: Ledyard, CT
Current town: Mansfield Center, CT
"Be who you are and say how you feel for those who mind won’t matter and those who matter won’t mind”
- Dr. Seuss
From the day that my father gave me a push down the driveway on my first bicycle and I proceeded to tumble off into the woods, I was hooked on the two-wheel experience. My bike and I were inseparable. I grew up riding on the family farm on paths in the woods and then progressed to the road to visit my friends around town. A few years after graduating form high school I decided to ride my bicycle from my home in Connecticut to California. Returning from that trip I got a job in a bike shop wrenching and selling bikes to support my new adventure, racing bicycles for the next ten years. While doing that I also decided to open my own bike shop. I'm still not sure which was harder.
I have dedicated my entire life to bicycles. I moved on from the bike shop after 15 years to an opportunity elsewhere in the industry, selling to bicycle shops throughout New England. I also am a race promoter of two Cyclocross races and started the very first cross race in Connecticut in 1983. My latest passion is a weekly radio show and podcast called Bicycle Talk that keeps me spreading the good word about all things bicycle.
This season, I am particularly excited to see the new event up in Vermont. I have been all over Vermont but never to the Lake Champlain Islands.
What I ride: Road: Bianchi Infinito CV. My favorite bike though is a Ritchey SwissCross steel bike that is the bike that is just right for all occasions either on the road or off. I have also been seen on cross country skis and snowshoes when the weather cooperates in the winter. Oh and if it’s winter I teach a lot of indoor cycling.
Hobbies/Interests: I really enjoy listening to music and podcasts. Being outside and enjoying the good life. I also love to cook because I really love to eat!