2024 SCMBC BOARD
President - Blake Fick
Blake has been riding bikes for many years, starting out as a teen riding freestyle BMX in Toronto, and then later switching over to MTB'ing. Blake's passion for MTB really started in 2012 when he got more involved with the racing scene at the Albion Hills 24hr event. In 2016 Blake started a race team and took podium in the 4-person category at the 24hr race, becoming one of his most memorable MTB accomplishments (yes, he still talks about it to this day). Blake continues to participate in many local events, helping to introduce new people to the scene. He hopes to carry on participating for as long as he can stay upright on two wheels.
Blake first became an SCMBC member in 2018 and has been more involved for the past couple of years, attending social rides and making new friends within the club. His favorite SCMBC trails are Hickling where you can find him multiple days per week during the MTB season, The Heights ripping the enduro style lines, and The Hub shredding that sweet Oro dirt ribbon.
Blake's objective as President is to bring new opportunities to the club, more fun events to engage members, and further cultivate the culture by promoting inclusiveness and positivity within the MTB community. His favorite MTB Quote "Two wheels, one passion" accurately describes his vision of our club and the direction he hopes to guide the club.
Vice President - Matthew Hawthorne
Born and raised near Horseshoe, Matt has lived among the Simcoe County forests his entire life, whether it's trail riding in the summer or skiing in the winter. Matt can be found riding around Simcoe County on his bright red Ghost SLAMR LC29.
Matt has a passion for XC singletrack and downhill equally, and if asked what’s his favorite trails, it would be without a doubt a toss-up between Creeks or Slessor-Silver Creek. His favorite riding destination so far is the Whistler Bike Park in BC.
Matt has been an active SCMBC member for many years and loves the organization, its community and stewardship of the great county forest trails that surround our towns and cities. As a newly elected member of the board, he hopes to continue to foster positive vibes and is looking forward to working with the clubs many awesome and supportive sponsors, members and the SCMBC board.
Vice President of Operations - Fred Ross
Fast Freddy they call him. Local shredder and one hell of a dedicated trail builder. Fred truly loves this community. It is said that trail building is contagious and you catch it from this guy! If he's not building a berm, he's likely living it up on his Pivot Firebird 29! Descending flow trail his style and sure digs tech and rock. Fast Freddy's favorite SCMBC trails are Breedon and Orillia for the berms and the Flow. His favorite ride destinations, Kingdom Trails and Victory Hill Vermont.
Fred is no stranger to the SCMBC, he has been heavily involved in trail building sometimes 7 days a week, he helped build creeks, Breedon, Amos, Crawford/ Sanderson, Silver Creek, Slessor, Midland and MORCA trails. Building Berms. Running club Instagram. Trail maintenance. Trail flagging. Assisting with membership packages.. he's done it all.
Fred's future club goals: continue to build great trails and improve them with greater knowledge, experience and a dedicated veteran team of builders. Create an inclusive MTB community for all, and work with Simcoe County and other local clubs to build our great sport.
Treasurer & Secretary - David McDonald
David’s been a cycling advocate and club sponsor for many years now. As founder of Ontario Mountain and Road Bike Classifieds, and several other provincial mountain bike classified pages across Canada, biking is always on his agenda. A father of 3 young girls, they can be found rippin it up at the Midland Tip Trails or racing at local events. On rare occasions and if you’re lucky enough, you may even spot this guy at one or two builds a year….mostly for the free food and beer!
Membership Chair - Michael Bayley
Michael started as a member in 2017 and became involved in Hickling builds then joined our board in 2022 as the members Chair. He has worked hard to mail the memberships out as soon as he's able and has already begun prepping for 2023 to getting passes out even faster. We're so very happy to have you on the board Michael!
His favourite SCMBC trail is Schumacher and his favourite trail to travel to is Histoire sans fin (Le Massif, Quebec.) He loves to shred on technical, tight rocky, trails. Michael hopes to bring in new SCMBC swag and ideas for future memberships.
Media Rep - Angela Gibson
Angela started as a member in 2020 and became involved in builds then joined our board in 2022 as the Media Rep. She has been organizing socials and gatherings and increasing communication with members on social media!
Her favourite SCMBC trail is Schumacher. She loves to ride flowy trails and enjoy fun features as she learns to shred more technical trails. Angela hopes to continue increasing communication with members, gatherings, and engage members with builds and socials.
Webmaster - Lisa Sceviour
Lisa joined SCMBC when the club was formed and helped build Creeks, Breedon, Amos, Silver Creek and Slessor. So many great friendships were made building these trails and today she mostly enjoys shredding with her friends and providing post build food to the Orillia build crew.
Lisa’s favorite trail depends on her desire to flow, climb or navigate rocks and roots. Some of her favorite MTB destinations are Sedona, Moab, Bentonville and Quebec. 2nd to shredding Lisa’s passions are pickleball, running and kiteboarding in her winter home (Baja Sur).
Director of Operations - Oro North - John Leiper
Director of Operations - Oro East- Mike Dumont
It's wonderful how connections with friends like regional reps Shawn and Joel led Mike to discover SCMBC and its trails. Volunteering for trail maintenance, especially during the fall with leaf blowing, shows his dedication to maintaining those paths for everyone's enjoyment. Mike not only enjoys riding the trails but is also passionate about contributing to the trail network's growth and sustainability. He is dedicated to ensuring these trails remain a treasure for future generations of bikers and nature enthusiasts including his kids, Lucy & Felix. It's a wonderful commitment to preserving the natural beauty of these areas while fostering a sense of community among those who share the love for biking and the outdoors.
Mike’s future club goals are to bring back the weekly group rides, which can be incredibly motivating and inspiring for everyone involved. They not only create a sense of camaraderie among riders but also provide a platform for skill enhancement and pushing personal limits. It's great to hear that Mike is eager to reintroduce these rides, especially considering how they played a pivotal role in fueling his passion and improving his riding capabilities back in 2019. His enthusiasm for these rides and the positive impact they've had on his riding capabilities demonstrate his commitment to sharing that experience with others.
Fuel by our current presidents (Blake) passion for racing, Mike was convinced and competed in his first race two years ago and is hooked and has plans to participate in the following races: Spring 8 Hour Epic, Eager Beaver, 24 Hour Summer Solstice, Crank the Shield & the Fall 8 Hour Epic. He now believes that everyone should race and didn’t know why he took so long to do so.
Director of Operations - Severn / Ramara - Rick Smith
Rick a.k.a "Smitty" local and legendary trail builder extraordinaire, you may have noticed him hand in hand with a rogue hoe or perhaps behind the bars of a Devinci Spartan 29er, or a 27.5, Salsa Beargrease.. maybe a Norco Sasquatch, Rocky Mountain Switch Pro, Rocky Mountain RMX, Rocky Mountain RM6, Balfa BB7… clearly he has a thing for bikes! He's a big fan of all mountain, xc, DH, snow and sand riding, anything but the open road!
Ricks favorite SCMBC trail with many close 2nds is Breedon. His favorite destination.. Sedona, also with many close 2nds.
He's been sneaking in to help clear Simcoe trails since around 2004 and a member since the 2nd year the club was formed. He jumped in on official trail builds when Creeks was started and hasn't stopped building since.
Rick's future club goals: to help refresh the image of SCMBC, advocate to build more single track in Simcoe county and continue to make existing trail more fun. Nothing makes him happier then seeing a smile on the face of someone that rides, run's, hikes, or ski's, our trails, whether they are SCMBC members or not. It's so rewarding to him to be part of a crew that can make these smiles happen.
Director of Operations - Midland / Penetanguishene / Tiny - Joel Andrews
Joel represents Midland ON where he and his family reside. Joel digs everything from downhill to trail riding, a true fan of the dirt who you couldn't pay to ride road! Joel's trusty steeds are his Devinci Marshall and The Bigfoot fatty).
Joel has been an SCMBC member since the beginning and joined the board in 2015! His favorite SCMBC trails are the Silver Creek and Slessor Tracts and his favorite destination.. North Carolina Bovard.
He is an experienced trail builder who has made some great things happen with his dedicated crew who also loves to ride and explore!
Joel's future club goals: literally litter Simcoe County with amazing singletrack trail 🤙
Director of Operations - Christian Island - Rob Nishman
Rob a.k.a "Nish" represents Christian Island, check out on CKUN Nish radio of Christian Island . He's a big fan of endurance and XC racing as well as fatbiking on beach and snow! Rob keeps a fleet of bikes, among them are his Norco Bigfoot for the the beach/snow and his Revolvers for XC.
Rob has been an SCMBC member since the beginning and on the board for several years, involved in the maintenance of Douglas Lake Trail and the promotion of Christian Island riding. Creeks is his favorite SCMBC trail. Being a lover of the islands Rob's favorite destination is Azores and Bonaire of the Dutch Caribbean.
Rob's future club goal: to enhance day trip experiences, trail access and broaden SCMBC regional presence, with hopes that we can get visitor access restored to ride Christian Island post-pandemic.
Director of Operations - Oro West - Shawn Pilon
Shawn joined SCMBC in 2016 and was drawn to the MTB scene, building, riding, and socializing. In 2020 his family moved to Sugar Bush to be as close to the trails as possible and today, Tristin and Shawn have two sweet little girls, Tenley who loves riding shotgun on the MTB and future shredder Sloane!
2022 brought more changes as Shawn traded in his city job for a job close to home (and the trails!) This has allowed him to get more involved with SCMBC. Please welcome Shawn as our East Oro Rep!
His favourite local trail: ripping out his front door to Tustin, Crawford, Arbour, and into Hutch and beyond. It makes for a flowy Thunder Run. Shawn loves berms and rollers on many trails.
Shawn's future club goals: would love to get a toddler track in place for our early shredders riding push bikes. Something geared for shredders 2-year-old and up. Where they could shred laps on a tight circular course.
Director of Operations - Springwater/Barrie - David Hooper
David was a rider and member of SCMBC for many years and in 2020 started building trails. His favouite trail? "I should say Hickling since this is my region but I really enjoy Creeks Favourite Trail."
David loves to ride smooth and flowy trails.
David's future club goals: continuing the work started by Bryan on fostering shared responsibility for trail maintenance and building our awesome Hickling loop. He hopes to see a groomer located in the Springwater region in the near future and would like to investigate future trails in the Springwater region when new trail building is permitted by the county again.