MT ALPHA CYCLING IS A 501(C)3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION FOUNDED BY JAMIE TERRY AND KRISTINE AKLAND IN 2012. WE WOULDN'T BE HERE WITHOUT OUR VOLUNTEER RUN BOARD AND COMMITTEES. A THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED!
Jenna likes riding bikes! It took her a while to find it, but cycling is her one true joy (cycling... and her husband and dogs). She thinks pickles are the best trail snacks, and pickle juice the magic race elixir. Her favorite rides almost always include giant climbs on gravel bikes, probably getting lost once or twice. If you're racing cyclocross, she'll give you a hand-up while yelling at you to "ride your bike already." She became the Executive Director of MT Alpha in 2022, after over 15 years of non-profit work with educational programming and management, and is excited to be here.
MaryJane (MJ) Martin
I joined MT Alpha in 2016 as a way to connect with a new community and get involved with cycling after moving to Missoula. Through Alpha, I've had the opportunity and privilege of coaching junior mountain biking, after-school flagship programs, and our women's clinics. As a PMBI certified coach and the MT Alpha head coach, my goal is to offer women and juniors of all abilities an opportunity to safely practice MTB skills, ask questions, and explore new ways to ride their bike.
Personally, I enjoy gravel, long trail rides, and rowdy park days. When I'm not on the bike you can find me adventuring with my dog Ruth, knitting hats, and handing out treats and shots at our local cyclocross races!
It is certainly not a unique experience to find mountain biking intimidating. Even being in very good company, it took me until my thirties to give it a go. I am not entirely sure what combination of confidence, support, friendship, and devil-may-care attitude gave me the final push to try it out, but I do know that finding MT Alpha right at that moment made the difference between testing the waters and adding a significant new hobby to my life.
I joined MT Alpha in 2022 in hopes of finding a community of rad cyclists to ride around Missoula with. I enjoy all types of biking, especially the handups in cyclocross and a big snack on a long gravel ride! I hope to share my joy of biking with many others, and help this amazing community grow!
What’s better than riding bikes? Riding with other rad folks! For years I would venture out on the trails by myself. While it is always thoroughly enjoyable, there really is nothing like sharing the stoke with someone else. I’ve never met a bike I didn’t have fun on. I grew up riding BMX with my brother and started riding MTB during college in Houghton, Michigan. Since becoming a member, my eyes have been opened to the amazing world of gravel and road and I haven’t looked back. I run my own graphic and web design business and had the privilege to use my skills to design the recent brand refresh and fresh new kits for MT Alpha. Thank y'all for making them look so rad!