Our Coaches

The Roots MTB Coaches are BICP Certified, passionate instructors with one simple goal: Get more people on bikes! ​These riders travel throughout the Midwest competing at races, attending mtb festivals as well as developing and teaching skills at our events. They lead group rides, they educate new riders, and they help create a positive environment for all mountain bikers.

Renee Thierry

Renee’s day job is as an employee of Bike Stop Bicycle Store. She is based in Lee’s Summit, MO. When she’s not at the bike shop or leading clinics, you’ll find her out shredding her local trails at Landahl or Lake Jacomo. While mountain biking is her favorite form of cycling, Renee has developed a love for road and gravel riding as well. Her most recent race results were a first place finish in both the KC Cup Enduro and Cat 1 XC Race. Renee has been a part of the Roots team since 2016 and is a BICP Certified Level 2 Skills Instructor with several years of coaching and guiding experience. She recently took on the role of Kansas City Regional Coordinator for the Missouri Interscholastic Cycling League. Her love for coaching and getting new riders into the sport will serve her well in that position!

Ivy Chapin-Deason

Ivy is based is in Kansas City, MO. She rides and trains on some of KC’s best trails, Landahl and Swope Park. Over the years Ivy has competed in XC and marathon XC races throughout the region but over the past 2 seasons she has set her focus on the Southern Enduro Tour. 5 podium finishes in the 6 race series landed her in 2nd place in the Pro Women’s Overall in 2018. She also took the Pro Women’s Overall win at the Singletrack Mind Enduro in 2017. Ivy has dozens of coaching hours logged over the past 3 years. She is a BICP Level 2 certified skills instructor. Being one of the organizers of the KC Women’s Dirt Summit and an ambassador for the KC LadyDudes makes her a well known face in the Kansas City mountain bike community.

Carmen Hatch

Carmen is based in Shawnee, KS so it’s no surprise that her local riding spot is Shawnee Mission Park. Her interests in cycling range anywhere from gravel grinding to enduro racing. Carmen has been deeply involved in the KC MTB community for several years now, acting as one of the original organizers of the KC Women’s Dirt Summit presented by EarthRiders. She also spends some of her free time guiding monthly rides as part of the Bell Joy Ride KC team and teaching spin classes at Frontier Bikes. Her race resume over the past year includes a 1st place finish at the Red Star Enduro, amateur class and 1st place finishes for the Kansas State Championships in Marathon and Cat 3 XC. Carmen is also a BICP Level 2 Certified Skills Instructor.

Laura Scherff

​​Laura is based in St. Charles, MO and she is a familiar face on the Midwest MTB racing scene. She can usually be found training and playing on her favorite local trails, Greensfelder and the Chubb Trail. She got her start as an adventure racer where she competed for nearly a decade. In 2010 she did her first marathon XC race, the BT Epic, Missouri’s premier XC race. She’s been on the podium at that race every year since, as well as winning it in 2017. Also in 2017, Laura brought home the gold at the USAC Marathon MTB Nationals. She’s raced many of the big MTB events across the country including the Leadville 100, the Lumberjack 100, and the Fool’s Gold 50. Her experience isn’t limited to XC however. In 2016 Laura won the Missouri State Championship Cyclocross Masters. In 2018 she won the Pro Omnium (Enduro/XC/Dirt Crit) at the Singletrack Mind Festival. Along with her dirt cred, she is also a BICP Level 1 Certified Instructor. She is a member of her local MTB club, the Gateway Off-Road Cyclists, and she helps out at various Women’s skills clinics throughout the area.

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