Management Team


Dylan Gradhandt – Founder

Dylan fell in love with cycling at the age of five when he took first place in the AAA Bicycle Skills Rodeo in his hometown of Nevada City, California. With the inspiration of winning that first trophy and the support of his family, he continued to ride and race into his teens. In 1990 he had the opportunity to attend and race in the first ever UCI-sanctioned Mountain Bike World Championship race at Purgatory Ski Resort outside Durango, Colorado. He was racing as a member of one of the nation’s first true, fully funded and supported Junior Development Mountain Bike Racing programs in the country through the Volz Bros Racing team. He was 16 years old.

He has worn many hats in the years as a cyclist since those early days of riding and racing. In 2001, he met Matt Fritzinger and quickly played a large role in the development and implementation programs of the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League. Additionally, he coached Nevada Union High School’s mountain bike team for three years; coaching that team still ranks as one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. He also produced the first four NorCal State Championships alongside his then girlfriend (now wife), Jessica. Finally, he authored sections of NICA’s Coaching Manual which was a tangible and gratifying endeavor.

These days in Boise, Idaho, he enjoys a truly wonderful life with his beautiful family. They feel Idaho is their home well into the distant future. You can find Dylan riding his xc mountain bikes, road bike, enduro bike, commuting bike, hauling loads (his daughters) with his cargo bike, gravel road grinding on his cyclocross, and bike packing on his pack bike any given day of the week, year round. Cycling is his passion and he particularly loves mountain biking. It has added so much incredible value to his personal development and approach to the world around him. Most importantly, he strongly believes that all league programs were born simply because the kids wanted and needed programs like NICA… if you build it, they will come.

 

Jessica Gradhandt – League Development

Jessica spent her entire 20’s involved in event production, especially mountain bike events, working for NORBA, UCI and Sea Otter Classic in event promotion and registration. Alongside her husband, Dylan, she worked with the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League in its early years, co-producing the first four state championship races. She loves to cycle, especially on the road, and with two young daughters recognizes the benefits NICA has brought to youth nationwide. Jessica is also a Pilates Instructor, and owns Pilates at Thrive LLC, a full Pilates studio with a focus on both therapeutic and fitness-based movement and continuing education in Boise. As she continues with her Pilates passion, she is also thrilled to be coming full circle with this return to working with high school cycling and NICA.

Bob Shannon – Team and Coach Development

Bob grew up in the flatlands of Illinois and as a 10 yr old used cycling as a way to deliver newspapers more quickly and as a means to roam the neighborhood, wreaking havoc along the way. As an adult, a friend introduced him to mountain biking in the Arizona desert and he was instantly hooked.

Bob is now an avid recreational cyclist, accomplished ultra marathon trail runner, mountaineer, skier and all around adventure seeker. He has completed races from short distances to covering 3 days non-stop. Bob recently achieved a life long goal of completing the 100 Mile Western States Endurance Run in under 24 hours, earning the coveted silver belt buckle. He has been dubbed “Captain Midpack” by his friends for his ability to rock the middle of the pack with flair.

Bob is an experienced business development leader with a wealth of management and leadership experience. Outside of the office he has spent countless hours mentoring student athletes while coaching cross country and most recently directing the Eagle High School mountain bike team. He loves to see student athletes grow and become the best version of themselves both on and off the bike. He has 2 boys (both currently on the Eagle High team) and one daughter whom he is grooming to be his newest shredding partner. He’s lucky to have a great wife Heather, who tolerates all his activities and shenanigans.

 

 

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Renée Kline – Program Manager

Renée Kline comes to the Idaho League as an International Sports Professional, bringing her comprehensive knowledge of event operations from working on seven Olympic Games,12 World Cups and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. As an athlete, coach, and major event consultant, Renée is passionate about inspiring and empowering other people to follow their dreams. 
Since an early age, Renée has actively pursued an outdoor lifestyle, which has been characterized by adventure and extreme sports. Growing up in Western Maryland she would spend summers riding motorbikes and waterskiing and winters were spent swimming competitively. Entering adulthood, what started as a search for adventure turned into a job as an adventure racer. The specific sport of mountain biking quickly turned into a full-blown passion. Finding that it was possible to be on the mountain bike for 24 hours at a time she then found her niche in 24-hour races. Her combination of lifestyle and determination to succeed in all environments is the foundation of Renée’s background.
Over the course of her career, Renée has also called Aspen, CO and Moab, UT home. Upon discovering Idaho, she realized Boise was the place to lay some roots and she’s been here ever since. With all of the wonderful access to mountain biking throughout our state, Renée is grateful to expose Idaho’s youth to an adventure that lasts a lifetime.