OpenMTB committee

Stace King – ChairmanStace King

Riding mountain bikes since the end of the 1980s, Stace joined OpenMTB in 2015 when he devised and delivered the first national survey of MTB riding habits in partnership with Cycling UK.

He then led OpenMTB’s efforts on the Trails for Wales campaign as communications officer, before taking on the role of chair in June 2018 – with a plan to get the network more involved and focus on supporting grassroots advocacy.

An enthusiastic but only moderately skilled rider, he is most usually to be found riding the West Pennine Moors or Lake District on whatever 29er he owns that week.

Andrew NelsonAndrew Nelson

Founder of OpenMTB and Chairperson until June 2018, Andy is based in the northern Lake District and biased towards riding open Fells.

He started riding off-road in the early 80’s when there was no MTB-specific clothing or helmets and when brakes had no effect on speed.

His main focus is getting our governing bodies to work together on better access for bikes. Everything else is a bonus.

Jon SparksJon Sparks

Jon is a freelance photographer and writer specialising in landscape and outdoor pursuits, based in Lancashire.

He has wide experience of mountain biking in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, and as far afield as New Zealand, but would never claim to be the gnarliest of riders. He’s not averse to road bikes or gravel bikes either, and has done a lot of walking and climbing too.

Jon is passionate about improving access for mountain biking, and convinced that we need to build alliances with other lovers of the outdoors to make progress.

Antony De HeveninghamAntony de Heveningham

Antony was a founder of Bristol Trails Group – contributing to the maintenance and development of one of the UK’s best urban mountain bike trail networks.

He is a regular contributor to Singletrack’s magazine and website and is leading OpenMTB’s efforts to develop materials to help share the wealth of knowledge held in our network.

Julia HobsonJulia Hobson

Julia is an ex-physiotherapist turned mountain bike guide who has worked, raced and traveled with her bike all over the world for the last seven years.

She runs her own company Endless Trails MTB, organising trips in the northern UK and France – as well as acting as an ambassador for several large companies in the bike industry.

As someone who plays a key role in introducing others to natural trail riding, she has a keen interest in trail advocacy, access and sustainability and in educating and sharing knowledge on these with other riders.

John HorscroftJohn Horscroft

One of Ride Sheffield’s stalwart volunteers, John believes that the mountain bike community can achieve so much more if it works together and becomes a valued member of the outdoor community.

That belief stems from the progress Ride Sheffield have made over the last 10 years, forging links with local land managers, successfully campaigning for new bridleways, building trails by crowd funding and encouraging riders to be responsible at all times.

Be Nice Say Hi isn’t just a slogan, it ensures mountain bikers are valued as constructive members of the outdoor community.

Tom HuttonTom Hutton

Wales-based MTB guide and journalist Tom was one of the founders of OpenMTB and describes himself as a ‘minister without portfolio’ – although he was very much at the forefront of the very successful Trails4Wales campaign and now heads up the OpenMTB Wales sub-committee.

His main job as the route researcher for mbr magazine for 19 years means he’s probably ridden more UK trails than anyone, and his interests still range far and wide, as his guiding and holiday business takes him to all the upland areas of Wales, Scotland and England – and he’s currently working on a series of guidebooks.

He sits on the Snowdon Cycling Agreement Group, alongside key figures from the Snowdonia National Park, and has previously served as Chair of BMC Cymru.