CAMTB Teen Ambassadors

CAMTB Teen Ambassadors

The California Mountain Bike Coalition launched the CAMTB Teen Ambassador program in 2023, in partnership with NorCal Interscholastic Cycling League and the SoCal League. This initiative provides a cohort-based internship model for junior and senior high school student-athletes who are interested in building their resumes while riding, connecting, and taking meaningful action with other California-based student-athletes. In 2024 we will be expanding eligibility to include the Golden State South League and the California-based athletes in the Nevada North League.

SPECIAL ALERT: Announcing our 2024 Ambassador Team

Check out the latest additions. We just added 10 new youth ambassadors from across the state!

CAMTB Teen Ambassador James Meezan (L) and Executive Director, Michael Anzalone (R) catching up with Sebastien Salvant (C) from Crank Brothers at Sea Otter Classic 2023
CAMTB Ambassadors playing it cool with California Natural Resource Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot and Deputy Secretary Katherine Toy while discussing the agency’s Outdoors For All initiative.
CAMTB Teen Ambassador Sierra Paliaga running the plate at a Volunteer Trail Event in Eureka to make enhancements to an accessible community trail in the area.
CAMTB Ambassadors Craig Wilmanns (R) and Sonja Johnson (L) from SRAM, catching up with SRAM Ambassadors Crystal Haggard and Ashton Lambie at Sea Otter Classic 2023

About the Teen Ambassador Program

 The ambassadorship is rooted in NICA’s Teen Trail Corps’ SPEAKSERVERIDE, and RESPECT principles and the SoCal League’s WRMB Challenge Values, both of which focus on the non-racing aspects of cycling. The program aims to educate student-athletes about the world of cycling advocacy and inspire a culture of service and personal action. Ambassadors will work alongside our advocacy team, trail partners, and industry representatives, in pursuit of more and better bike-friendly trails in California.

The 2024 Ambassador Team

Cohort 2

  • Luke Amato, South Lake Tahoe – South Tahoe MTB
  • Nathan Beck, Santa Rosa – Annadel Composite
  • Nicole Briggs, Half Moon Bay – Woodside Beasts Composite
  • Logan Brown, La Quinta – Coachella Valley Road Runners
  • Brandon Dobbs, Redding – Redding Composite
  • Andrew Gonzalez, Clayton – Clayton Valley High MTB
  • Leo Majich, Pasadena – St Francis High MTB
  • Ruby Nichols, Berkeley – Berkeley High MTB
  • Kieran Sanctuary, Novato – North Marin Composite
  • Miles Swarner, Windsor – Annadel Composite

Cohort 1

  • Mariana Barr, Chula Vista – East Lake High School
  • Nicolo Costanzo, Eureka – Humboldt Composite
  • Sebastian Fowler, San Francisco – SF Composite
  • James Jordan, Albany – Albany High Mountian Bike Racing Team
  • James Meezan, Mill Valley – Tamalpias High School
  • Sierra Paliaga, Arcata – Humboldt Composite
  • Craig Wilmanns, Santa Barbara – South Coast Composite

Thank you to all who applied to Cohort 1. It was an amazing slate of young leaders, which made this year’s decisions all the harder to make. Learn more about the 2023 Ambassador Team HERE.

CAMTB Teen Ambassador Program Leads and Advisors (L-R): Sarah Zaki (Advisor, NICA), Vanessa Hauswald & Hailey Childress (NorCal League), Nikki Peterson (Nevada North League), Sonja Johson (Advisor, SRAM), Michael Anzalone (CAMTB)

Teen Ambassador Partners:

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2024 Teen Ambassador Cohort 2

Cohort Dates: January – May, 2024, with optional engagement through the end of 2024

CAMTB, in conjunction with its league partners, will select 8-10 ambassadors total for Cohort 2. CAMTB Teen Ambassadors will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and practice representing yourself, your team, your league, and the larger California riding community at races and events
  • Write and speak on behalf of trail access for mountain bikers with local, state, and federal legislators and land managers.
  • Attend important mountain bike trail advocacy meetings [virtually and in-person] 
  • Support CAMTB and its Trail Partner community at volunteer trail maintenance days and community events
  • Meet and work with bike industry professionals, pro-riders, and trail advocates
  • Participate in CATMB events and activations at Sea Otter Classic 2024 as a badged CAMTB Teen Ambassador
  • Obtain community service hours while bettering the California trail experience for all!

Eligibility: High School Juniors and Seniors participating in the NorCal League, the SoCal League, and the Golden State South League, as well as California-based racers in the Nevada North League.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per month from January – May, including one monthly cohort call.

Cohort Meetings & Events

Jan 23 (Tue) Cohort Meeting // Kickoff & Orientation
Zoom Call from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 

Feb 6 (Tue) Cohort Meeting // SERVE Theme
Zoom Call from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm  

Mar 5 (Tue) Cohort Meeting // SPEAK Theme
Zoom Call from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 

Apr 2 (Tue) Cohort Meeting // RIDE Theme
Zoom Call from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 

May 7 (Wed) Cohort Meeting // RESPECT Theme
Zoom Call from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 

Optional Ambassador Events:

  • Sea Otter Classic, April 18-21, All Day
  • California Trails & Greenways, May 1-3, All Day
  • CAMTB Connected Partner & Member Retreat, October 2024
  • Trail Work & Community Rides with Trail Stewardship Organizations – Dates/Times TBD
  • Advocacy Meetings with California Senate and Assembly Members – Dates/Times TBD
  • Policy Meetings with Federal, State, and Regional Land Managers – Dates/Times TBD