Our dedicated team works behind the scenes ensuring a great race day for riders and spectators alike. Their decades of experience in race promotion, cycling, event production and community engagement are evident in the success of the Thompson Bucks County Classic.
Laura's first foray into promoting cycling was when as a kid she set up a neighborhood bike drive through. In 2016 she began working on the Reading120 and Thompson Bucks County Classic after living in cycling centric places like Denmark, Colorado and Belgium and a career in organic farming. She finds parallels in being able to bring a crop to harvest and producing a great race and now works to rally communities together for various events. Outside of cycling she is a Master Gardener and enjoys growing plants and teaching others to do so.
Raffaele came on board in 2012 but has been producing, providing equipment and offering logistics services for events for over 30 years. In addition to working on amateur and professional cycling events he also provides these services for other sporting and high profile events and has assisted with over 400 across the USA. When not working he enjoys fly fishing and fly tying and antique and classic automobiles.
John has been with the race for so long he says it feels like forever. He raced his first race in 1952 and continued racing for many years. In 1982 he became the first USPRO Whip in Baltimore. He has been fulfilling that role ever since at many professional races, including the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. When not making sure races run on time he can be found putting miles in on his bike.
Emily became involved with the race in 2016 as one of the live stream announcers. With a career in sports broadcasting and live event production that ranges from Major League Baseball to Red Bull Crashed Ice she was a perfect fit for our team. When not on the sidelines of an event she enjoys watching true crime shows with her two cats, Sir Stanley and Little Brother.
Mike has been involved in the race for a number of years. Fans will recognize him as the photographer sticking his head out the pace car sunroof as it whips around the course. He drives the race’s PR efforts and interviews the teams and riders to give their stories the visibility they deserve. He’s a local cyclist who enjoys the science of gravity on downhills and curses its effects on uphills.
Allan just turned 60 and became involved with Hill Cycle Shop in his early 20’s which was a racing shop. He had a professional license for four years and then went on to work in various capacities with race promotion which was a creed of the club- that one would always continue to promote the sport of cycling. Decades of races later he is excited to be involved with the Bucks County Classic. In his spare time he contributes at a local frame building shop and is involved with the Philadelphia Bike Expo. He rides his bicycle everywhere and once pedaled across the United States and back with a passenger on a bicycle built for two covering 8,153 miles.
Brian is a longtime resident of Doylestown and a partner at Doylestown Bike Works, a local employee owned independent bicycle retailer. He has been involved with the race for five years and loves that his involvement allows him to bring together his passion for competitive cycling and helping to organize family-friendly events in the community that promote active, healthy lifestyles. Outside of cycling he is very passionate about working with at-risk youth in the community. Very few people know that he is completing his 28th year of service for the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, working at the secure juvenile detention center.
Jessica has served as our Volunteer Coordinator since 2017. She was born and raised in the Doylestown area and graduated from Central Buck East High School where she competed in volleyball. She became involved in the race through her friendship with the guys at Doylestown Bike Works and association with the Doylestown Bike Works p/b Fred Beans Cycling Team. Her goal every year is to make the race the safest possible for both the athletes, the spectators, and the folks making their way into the Discover Doylestown Arts Festival.
Since 2012 Egil has provided serenity and mechanical skills at our lead up community events. He has been riding, breaking and fixing bikes his whole life and for 13 years has worked in bike shops and spent hundreds of hours volunteering at events throughout the community. He is a guy who has a hard time saying no when it comes to promoting cycling. Whether it’s for the local Scout Troops, Community group or Race Promoter he will be there sharing his love for riding bikes. When he has down time he enjoys exploring new places solo on his bike and figuring out area trails to later share with friends impressing them with his abilities to not get lost.
Dan does everything Penny Farthing related so if High Wheels are needed he’ll be there. He has been helping with the race for the last 5 years and as a certified pro mechanic he stays on his toes race day whether jumping in to help out in the Neutral Service Pit during the pro race or helping the pro teams. Being a partner at Doylestown Bike Works allows him to work with teams, do fun cycling themed events, and most of all help the community get out and ride bikes. For Dan cycling is a passion that had taken over his life entirely. If you see him out there on a High Wheel feel free to say hi, just don't push him over.