Ryan Spates has been a mountain biker and hiker for over 19 years, experiencing trails all over the US and the world. Originally from the technology industry, Ryan decided to pursue his hobby as a career many years ago. He was initially trained by some of the early Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews and spent many years as a volunteer trail steward in the Houston area. Some of his early design work can be seen on the hiking and mountain bike trails in Huntsville State Park. He has worked as a professional trail builder since 2003 working with the non-profit Texas Bicycle Coalition and as a co-owner of Talon Trail Systems, L.L.C. from 2006-2008.
Susan Stormer has been a mountain biker and hiker for over 14 years, and an avid equestrian for over 27 years. She is a doctor of clinical psychology who maintains her licensure to provide assessment and counseling services when she is not working with Ryan to build trails. Susan began her volunteer trail work activities in west-central Florida in the mid-nineties, continued them while on residency in Jackson, Mississippi, then became even more involved in trail building when she moved to Austin in 1998. Susan has been a professional trail builder since 2003 when she partnered with Ryan to lead the BikeTexas Trail Doctors program. Susan was also a co-owner of Talon Trails before starting S & S Trail Services.
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