NCNCA M5 Mentor Program Biographies

I would like to introduce the members of the 2008 NCNCA M5 Mentor Program.
All of these men are highly qualified and experienced, with a passion for helping. All mentors are appearing in various Category 5 races during the
2008 season:

Alan Atha – Alan has been racing since 1982 and upgraded to Category 2 a mere two years later. He is a USA Cycling Level 1 Coach and Owner of Cycling Systems – coaching, teaching racing skill fundamentals and tactics.
Alan is the Coach of Team CS, a racing development team. He is also the
2008 NCNCA Men's Cat 5 Mentor Coordinator.

Shawn Mehaffey - Shawn entered his first race in 1996 and has been involved in competitive cycling ever since. He is a Category 3 racer, a USA Cycling Level 2 Coach, a Cat "B" Road Official and a Cat "C" Motor Referee. Shawn has been one of the main mentor organizers at the Early Birds since 2001 and has been involved with the Women's Cat 4 Mentoring program for several years. He has been instrumental in starting the men's Cat 5 mentoring program this year.

Jess Raphael – This 47 year-old races on the VOS Racing Team as a Category 3, and is very close to upgrading to a Category 2. He has been racing for
4.5 years with around 300 races in total. Jess has mentored the Early Birds for three years and has been a co-instructor at an advanced skills clinic.
He is a co-founder of the Eagle Racing Team.

Ted Brooks – Ted raced in the late 80’s and early 90’s, retiring until about
5 years ago. A 52 year-old Category 3 racer, Ted is a member of the Synergy-Taleo Racing team. He is the 2006 Master's 50+ District Criterium Champion, and occasionally passes on his knowledge mentoring at the Early Birds.

Ron Castia – Ron has been racing 11 years. He races road as a Category 3, Category 2 in CX and is a Semi-Pro MTB. He is the President and Founder of the East Bay Cyclists/Infovista Cycling Team. At age 40, Ron has had many
accomplishments: 1st at the 24hrs of Tahoe in 2003, 1st at the Sea Otter MTB XC in 2005 and 1st at the 2002 CCCX Single Speed, to name a few.

Javier Rey – Javier is a Category 2 racer in semi-retirement. The current racing he participates in is chasing his kids, ages 3 and 1 ½ years old.
Javier also mentors and has been a guest speaker at the Early Birds.

Daniel Holloway – Daniel is the current National Elite Criterium Champion.
He races for VMG/Felt as a Category 1 on the road & track, and is part of the U23 U.S. National Team.

Matt McNamara – Matt is a USA Cycling Level 1 Coach with a B.A. in Exercise Physiology and over 20 years of competitive racing, team management and coaching experience. He loves cycling, whatever the type! Matt has won District medals in Road, Track and Cyclocross. He feels his greatest assets he brings to the mentoring program are his handling and pack skills, a deep aversion to crashing and a knack for finding the front at the right time.
Matt is the owner of Sterling Sports Group, a performance coaching company located in Sunnyvale.

Roger Bennett – Roger races with the Morgan Stanley/24 Hour/Specialized Racing Team. He has in impressive race sheet with wins at both the Merco Credit Union Grand Prix and the Original Merced Criterium in 2008.

Ron Callison – Ron races with the Valley Spokesmen Racing Team as a Category 3. He gets great satisfaction out of working with new racers, providing insight and instruction while teaching safe & smart skills. Ron has been a mentor at the Early Birds the past two seasons. He is very active as Sponsorship Director for the VSRT, responsible for securing donations each year for the Wente Road Race and Criterium. Ron is a past winner of the Mt.
Hamilton Road Race and the Wheels of Thunder Criterium.

We are here to help the Category 5 Men reach their performance potential in skill learning.

Did I mention that one of our mentor's, Daniel Holloway just got silver at the Pan American Games? YES!

If you have any questions about the NCNCA M5 Mentor Program, please give me a call/email.


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