A premier program among New England boarding schools, Gould Academy’s Road Cycling Team was #1 NEPSAC team in 2012, 2013, and 2015 (placing #2 in 2014).
The team trains extensively in the offseason, often joining the Mountain Bike Team in the fall and Nordic Team in the winter, not to mention hours of spinning inside of the Farnsworth Field House. Once spring hits, riders are the first ones on their bikes. Practices often take riders in and around national and state parks. Students train in small groups to develop their riding and racing skills on outstanding flat and mountainous terrain.
The program also boasts a 1,000 square foot dedicated bike storage, repair and training facility on campus.
Gould Academy races against a strong field of schools, including Phillips Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy, Deerfield Academy, Holderness School, Proctor Academy, Burke Mountain School, and Kimball Union Academy.
Gould cyclists have gone on to race at top schools like Bates, Bowdoin, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Lees McRae, and the University of Vermont.
|Kat||Dade||2019||Gilmanton Iron Works, NH|
|Nick||Szuba||2020||B||East Kingston, NH|
Road Cycling Coaches
Mr. Riley first imagined teaching after an inspiring experience in 11th grade English at The Noble & Greenough School. While at Bates and Northwestern, he found opportunities to study in France. His 30-year business career was mostly as a medical-device company owner and as president of a New Hampshire subsidiary of The Roche Group. He enjoys helping students understand the real-world benefits of learning to read and think well, so they can write and speak clearly and persuasively. He is trying to read everything Jim Harrison wrote. An enthusiastic skier and cyclist, he has climbed a variety of peaks in the French and Swiss Alps, has enjoyed ski mountaineering trips including the Haute Route and the Shackleton Traverse across South Georgia Island, and has visited more than 40 countries. Two of his three children graduated from Gould (and one from Brewster Academy), and he lives on campus with his wife, Betsy, who also teaches at Gould. In 2015, the Rileys cycled from Belgium to Turkey. Their only distraction from cycling and traveling in warm, beautiful places is their love of skiing and ski touring in cold, snowy places. Mr. Riley served on Gould’s Board of Trustees from 2003 until the beginning of his teaching career in 2010.
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.
Mr. Shifrin teaches mathematics at Gould and lives on campus with his wife, Ms. Sara Shifrin, Director of the IDEAS Center, their daughter, Mia ’19, and son, Eli. As the Director of the Ninth Grade Program, he has created and implemented a program that enables each ninth-grade student to transition to Gould life and become a valued member of the community. Each student is recognized by students and faculty for who he or she is and who they want to become. As an experienced mathematics educator, Mr. Shifrin developed his own algebra utilizing an online content presenter, Heymath, to create a course of study that allows each student to learn at a pace and level that best suits their ability and need. He has also developed a course on financial literacy for seniors called Mathematics of Finance that integrates the principles of personal finance and mathematics to help students evaluate and make informed financial decisions. Mr. Shifrin has a great interest in the outdoors and utilizing experiential educational opportunities to help students understand how an individual can grow and impact a group. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Shifrin is passionate about soccer, holding a National B License from the United States Soccer Federation, which he used to coach at an elite level within the Olympic Development Program in Maine and New England.