Mountain Biking

Take a look at the Gould Mountain Bike Trails at Pine Hill in this exhilarating edit from Luke Hayward ’19

Mountain Biking at Gould

The Gould Mountain Biking (MTB) program is highly developed and premier among boarding schools in New England.  The experienced coaching, the depth of talented athletes, and the overall size of our team have all contributed to the success in recent years. This co-ed team now competes in the Northern New England High School Mountain Bike Race Series and formerly earned the NEPSAC championships title from 2013 to 2016.

Eli Shifrin pushing hard during his first lap on the Gould Mountain Biking Course at Pine Hill.
Eli ’23 digging in on his first lap of the day.

Gould MTB athletes have had podium finishes at the U.S. Nationals, including a gold medal finish in 2017 Cat-3 XC. Gould MTB racers have gone on to bike for schools such as Lees-McRae College, University of Vermont, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Lewis and Clark College.


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On-campus, there are three different race-length singletrack courses, access to countless miles of trails locally as well as a downhill course with lift service at nearby Mt. Abram. Gould also has a 1,000-square-foot “bike barn” facility dedicated to storage, repairs, and indoor training as well as an enclosed 24-foot trailer for transporting bikes to races.

Cassie Pyle ’21 bracing herself for the drop that follows "the spine" on Gould's Mountain Biking Course at Pine Hill.
Cassie ’21 preparing for the big drop off “the spine.”

Gould Mountain Biking enables athletes to progress skills, develop increased endurance, and gain competitive strategies at all levels of racing. Team members have the ability to train year-round in other endurance sports such as Road Cycling in the spring, and Nordic and Alpine programs in the winter term.

The Mountain Biking program is also integrated into our Fall-term GACP training program to provide endurance and competitive components for on-snow specific athletes.

Mountain Biking has a home at the Bike Barn, and also the Yurt at Pine Hill.
Hanging out, post-race at the Yurt on Pine Hill
Mountain Biking Roster
Student Name
Class Year
Hometown
Yichen 'Jack' Cai2023Hangzhou, China
Zhihuang 'Walter' Cheng2022Hefei Anhui, China
Samuel Cusano2023Topsham, ME
Liam Fagan2022Wilmington, MA
Reginald 'Luke' Ford2022Falmouth, ME
Jack Furneaux2027Boston, MA
Noah Goldman2022Asheville, NC
Izaac Greenberg2024Bethel, ME
Zachary 'Zach' Hamadeh2021Duxbury, MA
Alexander Hamadeh2022Duxbury, MA
Yichen 'Jay' Han2023Shenyang, China
Sara 'Sadie' Harvey2021Bethel, ME
Yuxuan 'Jerry' Hu2023Guangzhou, China
Burke MacLeay2022Rome, ME
Caleb Mitchell2022Greenwood, ME
Gavin O'Connell2024Bethel, ME
Cooper Provencher2024Waterbury, VT
Christopher 'Chris' Pyle2023Hollis, NH
Cassandra 'Cassie' Pyle2021Hollis, NH
Benjamin Raymond2025Bethel, ME
Kyle Rivard2021Newry, ME
Oliver Sapak2024Bethel, ME
Wei 'Tom' Shan2021Hangzhou, China
Samuel Sherwood2022Scarborough, ME
Eli Shifrin2023Bethel, ME
Silas 'Silas' Shutty2022Greenwood, ME
Gar 'Jacky' Tse2022Bethel, ME
Quade Walls2022Guilford, CT
Parker Welch2024Berlin, NH

Coaching Staff

Peter Southam

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

Bio

Mr. Southam teaches Conceptual Physics, AP Chemistry, and started the Research Methods course in 2016. His teaching career began in 1987 with a one-year lower school science teaching internship at Princeton Day School, followed by two years at The Gunnery School, three years in graduate school at MIT, five years at Governor’s Academy, and then four years at Phillips Exeter Academy. Since coming to Gould in 2002, he has been a student favorite. His sense of humor helps him 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.

He served as a reader for the College Board AP Biology exam from 1999 until 2012. An active member of the Bethel community, he was elected to the Bethel Select Board in 2012 and currently serves as the board chair. He is also the founding president of Mahoosuc Pathways, an organization committed to the development of recreational trails in Western Maine.

Mr. Southam lives with his wife, Sarah. They have two children: Samantha ’11 and Max ’15.

Brad Clarke

Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ph.D. Brandeis University
Cross Country Running Coach
Nordic Team Coach

Bio

Dr. Clarke has been teaching and coaching at Gould for over twenty years.  Over the years he has taught many courses including AP Comparative Government, AP US History, Eastern Philosophy, Psychology, and Dylan and American Culture. In his time at Gould, he has coached a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, softball, cross country, mountain biking, road cycling, and Nordic skiing.

In Dr. Clarke’s spare time he enjoys climbing mountains with his corgis, listening to music, collecting vinyl, and doing crossword puzzles. He likes long walks on the beach and has a soft side for the Carpenters, especially “Rainy Days and Mondays.” He lives in Bethel with his wife Beth, the principal of Agnes Gray Elementary School in West Paris. They have four children, Jeb ’12, Aiden ’15, Caleb ’16, and Liv ’19, who continue to amaze and inspire them.

John Kimble

B.A. University of Southern Maine
Gould Academy Competition Program
Freestyle/Freeski Program Director
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, where he earned his athletic coaching certification, his passion for skiing led him to Lake Tahoe, CA, where he skied for the Atomic Freeride Team. He 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. He has chaired the USSA Eastern Freeskiing Division since 2010. 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.

Cathy Fisher

B.A. University of New Hampshire
U19 Alpine Ski Coach
Assistant Road Cycling Coach

Bio

Coach Fisher has been coaching and teaching skiing for more than 25 years. After graduating with a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire, she began her career at King Pine in New Hampshire, where she worked her way to PSIA Level 2 certification. From there she changed course to begin coaching J3 athletes at Attitash Mountain, where she stayed for 14 years and continued to use her teaching background to foster strong skills development in her young racers. At Gould, Coach Fisher works with U19 Alpine men and women. In the spring, she coaches the road cycling team. When off the hill, she enjoys running, mountain biking, road cycling, and sailing the coast of Maine on her vintage fiberglass sailboat. Coach Fisher lives just off campus in Bethel with her husband, Kurt, and daughter Madsie ’18.

Paul Haberstroh

B.S., Saint Mary’s College of California
Director of the Marlon Family IDEAS Center
Underwater Robotics Leader
Mountain Biking Coach

Bio

Mr. Haberstroh is a passionate Innovation and Design Thinking teacher strongly committed to STEM Education. He comes to Gould with extensive experience developing Innovation Labs and Design Engineering Curriculum. He is very involved in the global Digital Fabrication community and has presented at several Educational Technology Conferences. Equally passionate about athletics and the outdoors, Mr. Haberstroh rowed crew and played rugby at Saint Mary’s College, and is a former competitive mountain bike racer. He lives on campus with his wife, Jean.