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Ian Adamson

Ian Adamson

Three-time Eco-Challenge winner Ian Adamson has been multi-sport racing over three decades, and is currently captain of Team Nike ACG/Balance Bar, which won the prestigious Subaru Primal Quest in September, among a long list of wins in 2003. Ian's background and one of his specialties is endurance kayaking, in which he holds the world record for distance covered in moving water over a 24-hour period. Ian's other areas of expertise include navigation, paddling, ropes, strategy and overall race savvy.

Sara Ballantyne

Sara Ballantyne

Sara is a three-time World Champion in mountain biking and a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. She raced professionally for 12 years. Sara is also an elite marathoner, expert alpine mountaineer and is currently racing with Nike ACG/ Balance Bar in various adventure races around the world. Sara has two Eco-Challenge wins under her belt, one with Team Vail in 1998 (Morocco) and one with Team Salomon/Eco-Internet in New Zealand (2001). Sara is a certified coach with Carmichael Training Systems. <

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is one of the pioneers of adventure racing in the U.S., having competed in the sport for the past eight years. Robyn's race resume is full of top finishes, including being part of the first U.S. team to win a major adventure race (1998 Raid Gauloises in Ecuador) and a win at Eco-Challenge Borneo in 2000, plus numerous wins at the 24-hour length. Robyn and Team Earthlink won the Cal Eco 24-hour Adventure Series in 2003 and 2002, and the team won the highly ocmpetitive Los Angeles Balance Bar 24-hour Adventure Race in 2002. Robyn is the founder and "Director of Fun" for World Class Teams, her company that focuses on corporate team building. Her strengths include paddling, training techniques and enduring pain.


Kristen Dieffenbach

Kristen Dieffenbach

Kristen Dieffenbach has a Ph. D. in Exercise and Sport Science and Sport Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her areas of concentration include performance enhancement, talent development and overtraining, staleness, burnout and recovery. Kristen is an expert level USA Cycling coach and a level II United States Track and Field (USATF) coach with a specialization in endurance and distance events. Kristen is also an avid adventure racer, having competed in events such as the Raid the North Perry Sound, the Appalachian Extreme, and several Odyssey 24-hour and longer events. She also competes in road, cyclo-cross, and mountain bike events, and is a certified coach with Carmichael Training Systems.


James Herrera

James Herrera

James Herrera serves as the Director of Coaching and is a Premier Coach with Carmichael Training Systems. He holds a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology, USAC Expert coaching license, and is a certified strength coach. James has competed in a wide array of sports and remains an active cyclist, trail runner, snowshoer and weight trainer. James is currently a Carmichael Training Systems certified coach.

Patrick Harper

Patrick Harper

Patrick Harper, navigator for Team Montrail, is known as one of adventure racing's best navigators. But his talents don't stop there. Harper built his first kayak at age 10, and has been teaching and guiding kayaking, whitewater rafting and skiing for over 17 years. Before delving into adventure racing, Harper competed at the World Cup level in cross-country skiing and was the top U.S. junior cross-country skier for four years. In the past few years, Harper has helped Team Montrail to wins at the Raid Gauloises in Krygystan (2003), Extreme Adventure Hidalgo (2003), Raid the North Extreme (2002) and more. Harper's strengths are navigation, paddling, Nordic skiing, whitewater rafting and all things adventure racing.


Justin Thomas


Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas has been competing on the Xterra circuit for four years. He placed third at the World Championships in Maui this year (and was the first American for the second year in a row), won Xterra Canada, placed second at Xterra Keystone (Colorado), and was fourth in the Xterra National Point Series. After running competitively for William and Mary University (Division 1), Justin's strength in triathlon is the run, but he's a force on the bike as well, having raced mountain bikes as a semi-pro since 1999. In 2004, he plans on competing in the Xterra series in the U.S. and Europe, and will be trying his hand at "some high-profile road tris," including the St.Croix Half-Ironman, and St.Kitts ITU.


Derick Williamson


Derick Williamson (CTS)

Derick has a degree in Health Promotion and a minor in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a track MVP, team co-captain, and multiple all-conference distance runner, helping the ASU Mountaineers capture numerous Southern Conference Championships in both cross-country and track. Derick remained an avid competitive cyclist and triathlete throughout his collegiate tenure competing in a variety of cycling and multi-sport events whenever his racing schedule would allow. Derick is currently a Carmichael Training Systems certified coach.


 


Lisa Jhung

Senior Editor of Adventure Sports magazine, Lisa Jhung has been competing in adventure races since 1998, racing in almost 60 events of various lengths - sprint, 24-hour, stage and expedition. Before converting to adventure racing, Lisa was a competitive Olympic-distance triathlete. Although working full-time as ASM's Senior Editor, Lisa makes sure her racing seasons are jam packed.


Scott Schumaker


Scott Schumaker

Adventure Sports magazine's associate editor, Scott Schumaker, came from a swimming background before cutting his multi-sport teeth in 1989 at the Wildflower short-course triathlon, which got him hooked on the sport. He finished the Hawaii Ironman in 1994 and went pro in 1996. As a professional triathlete he came to love and focus on off-road triathlons, consistently placing in the top ten in Xterras, and finishing second at the world's first off-road Iron distance race in 2003. Now "retired," he likes to find one or two unique athletic challenges to torture himself with each year.


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