Mountain Biking

Gould’s Mountain Biking team is one of the premiere boarding school programs in New England and has been the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) league champion for the past three years (2015, 2014 and 2013).

Our team has seen podium finishes at the U.S. Nationals, including a fifth place finish for girls in category 1 and a second place finish for girls in category 3. For the past five years, the team has also ranked in the top two in the Maine State League.

Gould mountain bike team members have the ability to train year-round through other endurance sports such as Nordic skiing in the winter and road cycling in the spring. The program is also integrated into our fall term GACP training program to provide an endurance and competitive component to on-snow specific training.

On campus we boast 5-kilometer and 2-mile race courses in addition to a 1,000-square-foot dedicated bike storage, repair, and training facility on-campus.


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Coaching Staff

Jeremy Nellis

Gould Academy Competition Program
Nordic Head Coach
B.A. Alaska Pacific University
Mountain Biking Coach

Bio

As Gould Academy’s Head Nordic Coach and Director of Trails, Mr. Nellis has coached six athletes to qualify for Junior Nationals. Gould boys have won three straight NEPSAC Championships and the girls have won two. Once a student-athlete himself, Coach Nellis was a top-level competitor at Junior and Senior Nationals. His college career started at Saint Lawrence University and he finished racing for Alaska Pacific University. As a top junior racer he competed at Junior Nationals, Biathlon Nationals, and the FIS Spring Series; he also raced for the APU Nordic/Gold 2002 USSA Olympic Development Program. Coach Nellis has a passion for coaching skiing and has coached every age level from young athletes through the national-level. Coach Nellis lives in Bethel with his wife, Allie, son, Parker, and daughter, Elize.

Peter Southam

Science Department Chair
Science Teacher
B.A. Dartmouth College
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mountain Biking Coach
Road Cycling Coach

Bio

Mr. Southam teaches General Biology, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry.His teaching career began in 1988 at The Gunnery School; he later taught at Phillips Exeter Academy. Since coming to Gould in 2002, he has been a student favorite. His mad scientist personality paired with his witty sense of humor create engaging labs and lectures. In 2013 he was chosen the Outstanding Biology Teacher in the state of Maine by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Mr. Southam has served as a reader for the College Board AP exam in Biology since 1999, is an active member of the Bethel community who began been building a house in Bethel in 1990, was elected to the Bethel Board of Selectmen in 2012, is a member of the Mahoosuc Pathways board, an organization committed to the development of recreational trails in the Bethel area, and is treasurer of the Bethel Outing Club.

The Head Cycling Coach for both the mountain and road teams, he has a Category 2 license from USA cycling and personally placed third at USA Nationals for category 3 mountain biking in 2013. Mr. Southam lives off campus in the home he built with his wife, Sarah Southam, a Chemistry and Physics teacher at Telstar High School. They have two children: a daughter, Sam ’12, and son, Max ’16.

Aramy Cho

B.S. Cornell University
Science Teacher
Mountain Biking co-Head Coach
Road Cycling Coach

Bio

Aramy teaches chemistry and physics and coaches the road and mountain biking teams. He found his way to Gould in 2016 through a circuitous path. After earning his chemistry degree from Cornell University, he promptly spent the better portion of the following decade leading wilderness expeditions, working as a climbing guide, and chasing winter while migrating seasonally between Minnesota, Colorado, California, and Vermont. Later, Aramy explored classroom teaching at a therapeutic school and a ski academy before finding a home at Gould. He loves the natural beauty of western Maine and appreciates the school’s emphasis on learning through experience. Outside of the classroom, you can find Aramy on the single-track trails around Bethel, volunteering with the Mt Washington Ski Patrol in Tuckerman Ravine, or buried in a book.

Rory Flynn

Gould Academy Competition Program
Head Freeskiing Coach
B.S. University of Maine Farmington
Mountain Biking Coach

Bio

Coach Flynn, a native “Mainer,” started Freeskiing in high school when he developed the first terrain park at his local ski area. He later attended college at the University of Maine in Farmington, where he acquired his bachelors in economics and completed a ski industries certificate program. While attending college he coached with the Gould Academy Weekend Program, produced ski movies, and organized ski events. After exploring events such as the X Games and the SIA Trade Show, he moved to Salt Lake City, where he started coaching full-time and freeriding his way around New England, Colorado, Utah, California, and Montana.  He is now happy to be home in Maine where he can train the next generation of competitive freeskiers.

John Kimble

Gould Academy Competition Program
Freestyle/Freeski Program Director
B.A. University of Southern Maine
Mountain Biking Coach

Bio

Coach Kimble has been Freestyle/Freeride skiing at Sunday River since the age of 6. After attending the University of Southern Maine, his passion for skiing led him to Lake Tahoe, Calif. where he skied for the Atomic Freeride Team. Coach Kimble moved back to Maine in 2003 to be closer to his family, friends, and home mountain, and has been coaching at Gould ever since. He has earned his ASEP, EMT, USASA Level II, USSA Level II Mogul, USSA Level III Aerials, and ISSA Strength and Conditioning and Youth Fitness certifications. When winter is over you can still find Coach Kimble working with freestyle/freeride athletes in Gould’s fitness and trampoline training facilities, at the Lake Placid or Quebec training complexes, or on the Mount Hood glacier, coaching summer freestyle ski training camps. Mr. Kimble resides in Newry with his wife, Carrie, their son, Caleb, and daughter, Ellyn.