Our Story

My name is Shawn Gentry and I've been in love with riding bikes my whole life. Since I was old enough to reach the pedals of a neighbor's 10 speed (but not while actually sitting on the seat) I've been riding everything on 2 wheels. In1993, I bought my first Mountain Bike, a Cannondale M500 from Bicycles East and hit the trails, mainly those at Poplar Tent Road and ones long-gone from UNC-Charlotte. I eventually rode every trail system in Charlotte, NC and have continued to explore further to: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Uwharrie, Pisgah, Dupont, Asheville, and many, many others...

Fast forward 25/+ years, I am the proud father of a very athletic 10 year old daughter, Matilda who I've been coaching for several years as she begins racing in the Charlotte Youth Cycling League (CYCL), the Start2Finish Winter Short Track Series, and other local races. Following her first successful season with CYCL, I volunteered to become Assistant Director of the league, helping league Director, Jamie Conger with a multitude of tasks to help grow the league.

As part of CYCL, I've organized Skills clinics for kids and started pursuing certifications and other training that will allow me to grow into an accomplished, highly-knowledgable, safety-minded mountain biking skills instructor and guide.

Summer 2018 marks the beginning of a new chapter in my career, going "all-in" to turn my passion for mountain biking into a full-time job and launching CLTMTB in Spring of 2018. I look forward to meeting you, helping you become a better rider, and having a lot of fun. See you on the trail!

QUALIFICATIONS

PMBIA Level 1 MTB Instructor/Guide
http://www.pmbia.org/

BICP Level 1 MTB Instructor/Guidehttps://icp.bike/

NOLS Wilderness First Responder
https://www.nols.edu/WFR/

NOLS Adult/Child CPR, AED, & Airway Management

NOLS Epinephrine Auto-Injector

Red Cross Adult/Child CPR & AED
http://www.redcross.org/

Small Group Dynamics Training

Team-Building Initiatives Training