Tom Kruse, League Director
As League Director of the New Jersey Interscholastic Cycling League, Tom is stoked to introduce the world’s best life-style sport to the next generation. He has been riding bikes for most of his life, and with the purchase of his 1984 Stumpjumper was hooked on mountain biking, and the lifestyle and community that goes with it. Tom started racing in 1992, and his recent accomplishments include a New Jersey State Championship, and first place in the regional mountain bike race series, both in the Cat 1 Open Single Speed category. In 2015 Tom competed in the NUE Series’ 50+ Masters field, earning himself a bunch of podium finishes.
Tom joined NJ-based Team Bulldog (www.teambulldog.com) in 2009, and started the team’s U19 racing team in 2010, leading the program as head coach and director ever since.
Tom earned a B.Sc. from Cornell University many, many moons ago, and after a career in ERP system consulting and project management is enjoying semi-retirement and staying active with his wife, son and daughter. He believes that cycling has the ability to change lives, and is passionate about sharing that gospel with today’s juniors through his ongoing involvement with Team Bulldog U19, and on a broader basis through NICA.
Chris Facas, President
Chris Facas is the NJ Chapter League Leadership Group Chair and our New Jersey NICA League Bid Founding Chair. He has pulled together a very impressive team of dedicated cyclists to create the bid and his team will continue to rely on his 30 years of competitive cycling experience to fulfill their vision of a very successful chapter. Chris also brings more than 15 years of bike business experience, which will enable the group to rely on his extensive knowledge of New Jersey trails, the racing community, the people of influence in the area, and the numerous resources that will be required to achieve a thriving and popular mountain bike racing community among the high school youth of this state.
Chris has two children with whom he has shared his passion for physical activities and the outdoors. They have followed in his footsteps of downhill and cross country skiing and mountain bike racing and he wants to instill that fervor for outdoor activity and mountain biking in many more New Jersey young people. He talks extensively about his desire to bring the sport to those who may not enjoy participating in mainstream high school team sports, but would like to be part of a team.
Chris currently is the Store Manager at Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Morristown and in the past has been National Accounts Manager at Pacific Health Labs, Account Manager for New York and New Jersey for Jamis Bicycles, and Account Manager for NYC metro/Northern NJ for Specialized Bicycles. Chris spent 11 years living and working in Breckenridge, Co., and has been racing mountain bikes since his first purchase in 1988. He has also competed in Road, Cyclocross, Time Trailing, ski racing, and adventure racing. He has a Bachelor of Science in Environment and Business Economics from Rutgers University.
Jeff Lenosky, League Ambassador
Jeff is a veteran rider who travels the country performing demos, leading consumer rides and competing in various disciplines of mountain biking. His resume on and off the bike is unmatched in the industry. He is a 3 time National Champion, World Record Holder on the bike and possesses broad experience in public relations, marketing, event coordination and production. Highly motivated and skillful at creating unique marketing opportunities for brands and athletes in a fast paced environment. A native of New Jersey, Jeff is a pioneer of MTB street and urban riding and set the world record for the highest bunny hop on a mountain bike (45.5 inches).
Today Jeff spends his time showing off his skills at group events and also competing in Trials, Dual Stunt, Enduro and XC events. In a typical year, he performs more than 50 shows all around the country showcasing his skills. In addition to competing and riding Jeff helps create, design and construct competitions, courses and products so he can help people enjoy the sport he loves.Jeff’s career as a professional cyclist spans more than 20 years and includes several different disciplines of the sport. He is a 3 time National Champion, World Record Holder on the bike and possesses broad experience in public relations, marketing, event coordination and production. Highly motivated and skillful at creating unique marketing opportunities for brands and athletes in a fast paced environment.
Over 100 Career Professional Podium Finishes
Links Sport Management, Sparta, NJ January 1995 – Present
East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA
BA Movement and Sport Studies/Sports Management 1989-1993
David Kahl, Vice President
David and his wife Heather, along with their boys Taylor and Trevor, have been cycling together for the past 15-20+ years. They have enjoyed mountain bike trips to Moab and Park City, Utah, and more than 20 seasonal trips to the Kingdom Trails in Vermont.
Together, David and Heather own and operate a local security alarm company. Their company sponsors two race/club teams in the area, the regional H2H Mountain Bike Race series and they have been interested in NICA since first meeting with the organization at Interbike many years ago.
David was a competitive ski racer and attended Burke Mountain Ski Academy in high school. Following high school and prior to graduation from Seton Hall University, he began ski coaching at a New Jersey high school for two years. Together, he and Heather coached USSA programs for the next 15 years. David was the President of the New Jersey Ski Racing Association for seven years.
David and Heather are active club and board members of a local cycling group and have each raced to multiple state and regional cycling championships. They look forward to being able to continue to “Complete the Circle” as they introduce their winter friends, to their spring, summer and fall cycling friends!
Jon Sherwood, Volunteer Coordinator
Jon Sherwood will chair the Race Venue Committee. Jon is the territory manager for Trek Bicycle Corporation in Northern Jersey, Metro New York and Western Connecticut. He has worked in various capacities in the industry for more than 30 years. His job requires working with dealers on retail, marketing, and other areas of business.
He earned a degree in journalism from Keene State College in New Hampshire in 1978. After six years as a reporter, editor and photographer for a variety of newspapers in New Jersey and New England, the bike bug convinced him to give up journalism for a career in the bicycle industry. He bought his first mountain bike in 1990. For the past three years, he wrote a weekly newspaper column on the outdoors, frequently focusing on mountain-biking. He is currently writing a book outlining the various mountain-bike parks maintained by Jersey Off-Road Mountain Bicycle Association (JORBA).
Jon owned a bicycle shop in North Jersey for seven years, and has worked as a regional manager for an 18-store chain in Pennsylvania, as well as other bicycle manufacturers and bike shops. His passion for cycling goes back to elementary school. In 1980, he joined several friends for a five-week bicycle tour in France. In 1984 he and a partner cycle-toured from New Jersey to Mississippi. He rode the seven-day San Juan Huts tour with friends in 2008. He has organized many shorter cycle tours for friends.
Jon Sherwood has worked extensively with children, as a church youth leader and teacher, in teaching bicycle safety with grade children and, over the years, in running nearly 50 bicycle safety “roadeos”. He has an extensive network of bicycle-industry contacts. He is a Board member of the New Jersey Bike-Walk Coalition, the state’s largest bike-ped advocacy group; and a founding Board member of Highlands Economic Development and Tourism Corp., a local non-profit devoted to eco-tourism.
Larry Towner, Coach Supporter
Larry has been actively involved in cycling since the mid-70’s. He started racing on the road and track as a junior at the age 15. As is the case for many NICA student participants, Larry was not suited or attracted to conventional team ball sports. Cycling gave Larry a chance to excel at a sport and provided him with the confidence to meet the challenges of adult life. We think it is safe to say that cycling became a cornerstone of his life, and the cycling community and NICA NJ is fortunate to have him on board.
Larry has competed in nearly all disciplines of cycling — road, track, MTB and cyclocross. He has won approximately 20 state titles over his career, and continues to compete as a master’s cyclist. Larry holds a Category 2 license on the road and a Category 1 in MTB.
Larry owns and operates a full-time cycling coaching service and is a USAC certified coach. His athlete base consists of 30 cyclists. In addition, Larry coaches the Team Somerset Junior Team. Larry is a past board member of the New Jersey Bicycling Association and current chairman of the NJBA Cyclocross Committee.
His other cycling-based activities include the operation and sponsorship of a USAC cycling club with more than 20 members, and the co-promotion of one of the most popular cyclocross races in New Jersey.
Larry received a BA in Business Administration from Ramapo State College and an MBA from Iona College.
Jason Gonsalves, Tech Guru Supreme, Chief Course Marshal
Jason currently carries the titles of Chief Course Marshal and Chief Course Setter for NJICL. While not a racer himself, he appreciates the sport and the opportunity to share his love of the trails and active outdoor lifestyle. Jason has been co-leading the Dickerson Mine Preserve chapter or JORBA for the last eight years and is a member of the Mine Hill Open Space Committee. When not working on the trails, he is often running beginner and intermediate group rides throughout North Jersey. Jason was the former owner of mtbnj.com and currently runs a mountain biking specific meetup.com group.
When the cycling shoes come off, Jason is a Security Engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in information assurance and security. As a father of twins, Gabriel and Cole, he hopes his boys share his lifelong passion for cycling and become future NJICL athletes.
Ken Seebeck, JORBA Liaison, Chief of Registration
Ken Seebeck comes to NJICL by way of JORBA, The Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association, where he serves as President. JORBA was founded in 1999 to build and maintain sustainable multi-use trails, organize and encourage volunteerism and responsibility, and advocate and foster mountain biking as a healthy, environmentally sound, and sustainable activity. Their motto is “Advocate, Educate and Conserve”. Ken feels strongly that NICA is crucial to the future of cycling in America, and is excited to partner JORBA with the league.
Ken began mountain biking in the late 80’s, and found JORBA and trail advocacy in 2005, when he volunteered as Development Director. He is humbled by the passion of JORBA’s volunteers and its rich history of stewardship in NJ, and works with land managers across the state to strengthen partnerships and spread trail love.
Ken enjoys all aspects of cycling, from racing to commuting to adventure, and knows that the world is a better place when experienced from a bicycle. He is a husband and father of four, and currently serves in the United States Coast Guard as a Chief Boatswain’s Mate.