Board of Directors

Kevin Loomis -  President


Kevin loves  to ride.  Every trail he sees, his first thought is the ride.  Every mountain range - the ride.  Every obstacle - the ride.  Riding gives him an intense peacefulness he yearns for when not riding.  Living in San Diego allows me to ride year-round - an insane blessing. 
This yearning is why he became President of SDMBA.  Three years ago a favorite trail system was scheduled for closure.  After far too many trails were closed,  he decided it was time to stand-up and do something.  After joining SDMBA, Kevin formed the Advocacy Committee.  From there he became a board member and then President.  Realizing change was needed, SDMBA became more proactive and aggressive.  The results have been impressive.  Legal trails are being added to San Diego with agencies asking us to build more!  Membership is at an all-time high and trail user groups are uniting towards more trail.  More importantly - people are standing-up, getting involved.  
Kevin is married to his beautiful wife (20 years) who rides. His daughter (12) and son (9) both ride. His favorite trail is Big Laguna and Noble Canyon - but has started to shift towards PQ, Black Mountain and some upcoming legal, epic routes.  His favorite food after a ride is Pho.  His worst crash was on the staircase at Noble.  Broken and bloody, his wife took the opportunity to race me back to the car.
To Kevin, most everything is like a ride.  The harder the climb, the better the descent - you only need to pedal for an awesome ride.

Matt Bartelt - Vice President 
 Starting at age 4 with the infamous Schwinn Stingray in the streets around is house in Torrance, CA, Matt has been riding bikes most of his life.
He moved to San Diego in 1988 to attend UCSD and discovered Los Penasquitos and a passion for mountain biking quite by accident.  We used to chase the cattle on our bikes? Matt explained.   The joy of exploration and freedom in open space has kept me captivated ever since!?
He has lived within riding distance of Penasquitos ever since and has seen many changes over the years.  In 2006, he fell into advocacy with the pending closure of the Tunnels in the adjacent Del Mar Mesa.  Over the next decade, he met many of the people who helped create and maintain the San Diego Mountain Bicycling Association.  Matt quickly discovered the joy of trail work and became more and more involved in various events to support trails in San Diego.
In 2012, Matt joined the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Citizen's Advisory Committee with hopes to make changes to the canyon where he began mountain biking.  In 2016, success was realized with the reestablishment of some of the tunnel trails closed in 2008.
Beginning in 2014 with the approval of the Black Mountain Open Space trail plan amendment, a fledgling relationship bloomed with the Rangers there.  Over the next 3 years, he organized and led the completion of nearly 5 miles of new single track, entirely completed by an army of volunteer labor.
Matt's hopes are to continue to build on the successful relationships between city planners, staff, and community official to continue to improve trail opportunities for all mountain bikers and ensure there are sufficient trails for generations to come. 


Renee Halsch - Secretary

Renee moved to San Diego in 2013 after spending 39 years in Denver, Colorado with her family. She has two sons, (one in Mission Beach and one in Colorado), an identical twin sister, and more than 25 extended family members. Her youth was spent camping, hiking, riding motorcycles, bicycles and enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Mountain biking has been her exercise of choice and passion for many years, and in spite of two broken wrists (one in Moab and one in Colorado), she continues to love riding. Getting to know San Diego county and the many trails it has to offer is a personal goal and one of the reasons for joining SDMBA. Other reasons include growing the sport in our county, advocating prudent trail use, and mentoring our youth.
She brings prior non-profit (board) experience with the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce to our board.
Renee has worked as a Financial Advisor her entire career including Merrill Lynch and MassMutual. She is currently an Advisor at San Diego County Credit Union.

Tim Ingersoll - Media and Communications
Almost native San Diegan Tim Ingersoll moved here when he was two, and has been biking in and around the region almost ever since. Tim got the mountain bike bug while attending college in the Bay Area and has been an active and avid cyclist ever since. Focused on all-mountain trail riding, nightriding and downhilling much slower than everyone else, he's also an active supporter of the local cycling industry. By day, Tim is communications director at the West Health Institute and an irregular freelancer for various publications in the region.

Al Allison  - Treasurer
Al is a recreational mountain bike rider who ventured into mountain biking from the suggestion of a training partner that Al met in the Triathlon Club of San Diego.  Al quickly learned that in addition to the aerobic and anaerobic benefits of mountain biking it was downright fun and he has been an active mountain bike rider since.  Al credits the San Diego Trek Girls and their monthly group rides for their invaluable instruction and exposure to the many great trails we have in our area.

Al is a retired Special Agent with IRS Criminal Investigation who conducted and supervised investigations involving tax and money laundering crimes. Al has also been the Treasurer for several non-profit organizations including the Triathlon Club of San Diego, Rancho Bernardo High School Foundation, Rancho Bernardo Recreation Council, and the Western Michigan University Alumni Association.

Al strongly believes in the SDMBA mission to maintain, improving, and increasing access to sustainable trails in this great place we call home.

Don Sutton

Don is pretty much an outdoor guy.  His early experience began at age 10 backpacking with his dad to the Sierras'.ever since Don anxiously awaits his next mountain adventure with skis, bikes, or dogs.   He has lived in San Diego since 1981 when he started graduate school at UCSD.  Shortly after he became a professional road cyclist logging tens of thousands of miles a year training throughout San Diego County.  He jumped on the MTB wave in the late 80's and for a couple of years was a member of the national team.

An avid member of the Idyllwild Mountain biking community he has spent 15 years working with riders and land managers to develop the trail networks in the Idyllwild Mountain area.

Now retired, for the majority of his professional career Don used his PhD working at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD mostly architecting scientific web portals aimed at curating, storing, and allowing access to valuable scientific data.

As a Board Member and head of the Trails Committee Don hopes to lead in the development of new riding trails, to fight for trail legality ensuring future existence of current trails, and to organize and rebrand the county's amazing riding areas so that San Diego County can truly become a world class mountain bike destination.

Karen St. Germain  VolunteerCoordinator 

Karen is rather new to mountain biking but was all in from the first ride.

Her introduction to the world of mountain biking was during her son?s first year racing in the NICA High school league in 2014.  The friendliness and fun easy-going attitude of the families and racers drew her in right away. By the end of the season she had her first bike and was on the trails as often as possible.

Wanting to branch out onto new trails and find more riding buddies she went to the internet. MeetUp was a treasure trove of groups and organization. Karen?s first MeetUp group was with Team Ninja?s workout ride at Morley Field. Needless-to-say, she was dropped after the first turn. Karen stayed with it and is now a team member and leading a beginner group every Tuesday night.  She also found SDMBA and to her surprise the trails do need to be maintained and not everyone loved mountain bikers. So, with that revelation, it was time to learn more.

Shortly after attending a few advocacy meetings and the Take a Kid Mountain biking day event she was impressed with the role SDMBA played in our community. Coordinating events was something Karen enjoyed during her Navy years and thought that experience might be useful now.  

Karen approached the SDMBA leadership and soon was installed as volunteer coordinator! She took her new role in the organization and the community with passion and commitment. After a few ARCH rides, a half dozen kid?s events, the first Mount Laguna Trail Fest and larger spread sheets, it?s time for the next step. Karen is honored to serve on the board and is excited to be a part of the promising future of bigger and better mountain biking in San Diego county.    

Mountain biking has given Karen a new way of life filled with great adventures riding in the great outdoors, wonderful friends and a better sense of community.  

Kyle Gunderman

A bad day building trails beats a good day doing just about anything else- except riding bikes! That pretty much sums up Kyle?s view on the world.  A biologist by training and a trail user by choice Kyle has spent much of his adult life eating, breathing, and sleeping everything outdoors. His love for trail design and construction started over a decade ago when he was an AmeriCorps member with Montana Conservation Corps and really blossomed while he was employed by American Conservation Experience (ACE).

Kyle's time with ACE allowed him the opportunity to immerse himself in the world of conservation and helped him develop his skillset in sustainable trail design and construction. He also was incredibly lucky to be able to share his knowledge and passion for "good trails" with 100's of young adults who comprised ACE's volunteer ranks.

Kyle got his introduction to SDMBA while volunteering at Black Mountain trail work days.  He decided to ?send? it and dedicate more and more time to building out there and being involved with SDMBA.  One thing led to another, and here he is on the Board.

Kyle plans to use his trail work knowledge and small business development acumen to help realize SDMBA?s vision of being THE trail resource in San Diego and beyond.

When not exploring San Diego?s single track by bicycle. Kyle likes hiking with his wife, goading his puppy into mischief, sampling tequila, and being politically active.

Sean Bascom 


Try riding a bike without a smile on your face; its impossible. Sean found the stoke of mountain biking at a very young age and has been an avid rider since. The fitness, peace of mind and community that mountain biking brings keeps him on his bike regularly. He recently started racing the local Enduro series and enjoys the competition.

Sean, a Southern California native moved to San Diego in 2001 by way of the Navy. He served in OEF and OIF as an Aviation Rescue Swimmer flying in the H-46 and H-60 helicopters. Sean also enjoyed teaching as a surface rescue swimmer instructor which was his last duty before departing the Navy in 2008. Sean earned a degree in real estate from SDSU (Go Aztecs!) in 2010 and has been working as a commercial real estate broker since.

Through Seans efforts as the Leader of Sprockids San Diego, a local youth mountain biking program, Sprockids and SDMBA started to work together. Hosting a number of joint events with SDMBA Sean saw just how remarkable SDMBA is and was excited to play a more active role. He hopes to further the more kids on bikes efforts of SDMBA and Sprockids San DIego and support the organization however possible.

Sean enjoys mountain biking with his daughters 6 & 8 and wife Ashley. They go on camping trips often and appreciate spending time outdoors.