OUR COACHES

Kat Sweet

President, CEO, Sweetlines

  • IMBA, Instructor Trainer, 2014
  • Level 3 IMIC Certified Coach
  • Level 2 IMBA, ICP, 2010
  • Endless Biking, Level 1 Coach, 2009
  • United Bicycle Institution, Certified Mechanic, 2008
  • USA Cycling Coach, 2007
  • League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor, 2007

Additional Experience

  • Over 20 years of mountain bike experience, competing at the local, state, and national level; training fitness, strength, and technical skills while pushing mental and physical limits.
  • Professional Mountain Bike Racer & Ski Competitor, 1990’s
  • Expert National Downhill Champion, 1998
  • TaeKwonDo: 2nd Red Belt, 2009

Lauren Patterson

  • From: CO but living in Seattle, WA now!
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 8 years
  • Years Coaching: 4 years
  • Certifications: IDP gravity/freeride instructor
  • Comp Results:
  • 7th Dixie Trix – Pro
  • 4th Little Big Ridestyle – Pro
  • Favorite Trails: Burlington Indoor, Duthie Hill MTB Park
  • Favorite Tricks: back flips and Indian Airs – I’m working on both, but I still need a lot of practice
  • Favorite Quote: “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Bill Gates, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”  – Unknown
  • Theme song: I lived, One republic
  • Role model: My good friend Theron Tate. He is not only an awesome rider, but an awesome friend as well. He works passionately toward his goals and never gives up. Always smiling, he has a fantastic outlook on life and shares that positive energy with everyone he meets. He inspires me to work hard towards my goals and be grateful for everything that I have. His focus and determination are a force that stays with me and challenges me to be the best me that I can be.

Andrew Jansma “Yansma”

  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 5
  • Years Coaching: 1
  • Certifications: First Aid, CPR
  • Comp results: 6th in cat 2 at Becon (crashed)
  • Favorite Trails: Whistler, Black Diamond, Beacon, Softies, Valmont, Duthie (ghy, slope trail, big tree)
  • Favorite Tricks: whip, table, 360, no footed can, nac, tuck no hander, nothing, toboggan
  • Favorite Theme Song: Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones

Heather Allen

  • Nicknames: Heather, H, Hache, Puma
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 3-4
  • Years Coaching: 1
  • Certifications: IMBA ICP Level 2
  • Favorite Trails: Whole Enchilada, Bartlett Wash (and more in Moab), Post Canyon, Sandy Ridge, 27, Duthie Hill, Prison Camp, the list goes on…
  • Favorite Quote: “I don’t want salvation, I want life, all of life, the miserable as well as the superb.”
  • Theme Song: Wildcat by Ratatat
  • Role Model and Why? I have a lot of great people in my life, I’m lucky to have a lot of role models who share their wisdom, integrity, adventure, skills, fun, food, and love. (Yeah it’s a cop-out AND it’s true!)

Teaching Experience:

  • 5 years elementary school Extended Day program and classroom
  • Substitute,1 year Outdoor Science School
  • 1 year Middle/High school Sexual Health Education
  • Favorite part of teaching: Empowering students and seeing excitement in their accomplishments

MEG VALLIANT

  • From: Seattle, WA
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 16
  • Years riding BMX: 31
  • Years Coaching: 3
  • Certifications: ICP Level 2

Comp Highlights:

  • 3rd Pro, Sugar Showdown Santa Cruz ’14
  • 1st Semi-Pro,  Sugar Showdown Duthie Hill ’13
  • 5th Pro, The Little Big at Truckee ’13
  • 1st Sea otter Dual Slalom ’11
  • # 3 plate , NBL, Cruiser Class 25-30, California ’07
  • 3rd 4x Nationals ’06

ETC:

  • Favorite Trails: Flow trails, Duthie hill, Joauquin Miller park, Valmont, Alameda Skatepark
  • Favorite Tricks: Jammin Salmon!, Table top, Flow & style
  • Favorite Quote:  “…those mattresses are only going to cause you to wipeout.”
  • Theme Song:  I love TV theme songs, The Fall Guy, the Munsters, Ateam, greatest american hero, etc.  I always have the Rad soundtrack on my ipod
  • Role Model and Why?  How can you pick just one? each brings a new piece to the puzzle on the path that makes me who i am.

Anthony Marsicano

  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 6 Years
  • Years Coaching: 1st year coaching mountain biking
  • Teaching Experience: 2 years teaching experience at the Summit of Snoqualmie
  • Favorite Part of Teaching: Changing someone’s life by helping them progress in something I love to do.
  • Certifications: will be IMBA ICP Level 2 and will be CPR certified
  • Comp Results: 4th place overall in 2014 NW Cup CAT 2 Men 19-29
  • Favorite Trails: Schleyer in Whistler Bike Park and Tres Hombres
  • Favorite Tricks: Moto whip, Manual, one-handed helmet grab
  • Favorite Quote: “The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday”
  • Theme Song: Good Feeling – Flo Rida
  • Role Model and Why? Troy Brosnan – He is 22 years old and races world cup. I look at him and say I can be where he is now when I’m 22.

Elena Runyan

  • Nickname: Ella
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 8
  • Years Coaching / Assistant Coaching: 3
  • Teaching Experience: I have been teaching at the preschool and LRC2 (special education) class at my high school for 2 years. I also have taken a year of teaching academy and interned at the Beaver Lake Middle School physical science class for a semester.
  • Favorite Part of Teaching: I love everything about teaching! My favorite part is seeing students succeed at something they were struggling at or scared to do before (with a little nudge from me 🙂 and watching how proud and happy they are afterward. Wether it is nailing a bike jump, solving a math problem, or putting a puzzle together, those smiles are what I live for.
  • Comp Results: 1st in state varsity girls cross country, national qualifier.  Gold in regionals and state at the FCCLA (family career and community leaders of America) leadership competition.
  • Favorite Trails: Brave heart (Duthie), Off the Grid (Tiger), Predator (Tiger), and Palisades.
  • Favorite Quote: “A simple act of kindness creates an endless ripple”
  • Role Model: Kat Sweet! She has overcame great adversity and does not let anything stop her from changing the world! I am going to make a huge difference someday too, and bikes are the best way to do just that!
  • I am excited to see you all on the trails this summer!

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Karen O’Connell

Bio coming soon…