Meet the board
Chris has been an active cyclist for 45 years and has ridden over 230,000 miles all over North America and Europe including five different routes across the US. He has been an officer and board member of numerous bicycle organizations including the League of American Bicyclists. Chris has organized many major bicycle events, 100’s of day rides and currently leads tours with his wife Jan for the Bicycle Adventure Club. He is a retired Engineer where he spent most of his career working for a Federally funded non-profit corporation. Currently Chris is the President of the Sandoval County Cycling Club and a member of the Rio Rancho Parks and Recreation Commission. You can usually find Chris outside riding his bike in scenic New Mexico.
George Pearson – Secretary/Treasury
George arrived in Las Cruces in 1986 and lives in a historic house in the Alameda Depot Neighborhood. He was a technical support specialist for a software manufacturer providing world wide support for the company’s mathematical word processing system. He continues to work with some of the original people, through company transitions. George began his bicycle advocacy in Las Cruces in 1988 by joining the city’s Traffic Safety Advisory Board where he served until 1997. When the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization formed the Bicycle Facilities Advisory Committee in 1997, George joined the committee and continued on the committee until 2000, which included a term as committee chair. George rejoined the committee in 2011 and was elected committee chair. George was an occasional bicycle commuter, but since 1998 his work commute was almost exclusively by bicycle. A decade later, George attended a Traffic Skills 101 course and was encouraged to become a League Cycling Instructor. He completed the LCI seminar in November 2009 with 8 other Las Crucens, assigned LCI #2614. George teaches and co-teaches several of the League courses, assists with LCI seminars, and volunteers with Las Cruces Safe Routes to School by assisting with bicycle rides with students. He also leads a monthly Visibility Ride to raise awareness of bicyclists to motorists in Las Cruces. The Visibility Ride was noted in 2011 by the League when they awarded Las Cruces a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community designation. George has been representing bicyclists from Las Cruces and New Mexico at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Advocating for cyclists for almost 30 years, George has a good understanding of the importance of educating the public about “sharing the road” with cyclists. In 2011 George joined the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico’s Bike Education Committee to help increase bicycle education throughout NM. In January 2012, George, Chuck Malagodi (Albuquerque), Wes Young (Socorro), and Tammy Schurr (Las Cruces), formed New Mexico Bicyclist Educators, and they presented several successful statewide bike summits. New Mexico Bicyclist Educators disbanded in 2016 and George was a founding member of New Mexico Bike Summit, Inc.
Stephen Newhall – Board Member
Stephen is an avid bicyclist. He is a manager at Rob and Charlie’s Bike Shop in Santa Fe. He is also a board member of Bike Santa Fe.
Jeff Saul – Webmaster
Jeff Saul got into bicycling after his first 10-speed was stolen in college and learned more about bicycling and bicycle touring as he shopped for a replacement. He started riding his new touring bike in Orange County, California. While living in Maryland, he rode with and led rides for the Potomac Pedalers exploring the many trails in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C . He also rode in the Cycle Across Maryland Ride. He started riding again when he moved to Albuquerque. Since 2012, has completed a dozen metric centuries, 3 full centuries, and rides mostly for fun and exercise. In addition to serving on the board of the New Mexico Bike Summit, he is also a member of the New Mexico Touring Society and volunteers with his wife as a bicycle valet at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. His current bicycling goals include riding across the country and to ride in all 50 states.