About Us

The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program's mission is to ensure that Connecticut's youth and their families have access and exposure to an organized state-wide youth cycling league. Additionally, youth and their parents should be able to see a clear avenue that allows them to develop as far as their ambition, skills and abilities can take them. The sport of cycling teaches a child or young adult a wealth of values, social skills and mindsets that help them become successful in every aspect of their life, and the CCAP is proud to provide kids across the state with the opportunity to participate in a safe and positive team-based environment.

Leadership

Michael Patterson

Michael Patterson

President

Michael retired as Vice Chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co in 2009. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President, and General Counsel of J.P. Morgan & Co


Adam Duarte

Adam Duarte

Vice President

Adam resides in Darien, CT with his wife and three children. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1997 and The Tuck School at Dartmouth in 2003. He is a Portfolio Manager at an investment firm in NYC and was introduced to cycling by his father, maintaining a love of the sport for as long as he can remember.


Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston

Mark H. Johnston was the president of Van Wagner Communications until its sale in October, 2014; he had previously worked as a banker. He also serves on the board of Harlem Academy and has degrees from Princeton University and the Fordham University School of Law.


Peter Heard

Peter Heard

Peter Heard is an executive with Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford and is the Nationals Account Vice President, and a board and Executive Committee member of the Spencer Educational Foundation, NYC, a non-profit organization providing scholarships to students and grants to universities in the field of insurance and finance. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council and Treasurer of the Alumni Board of Roger Williams University, RI. Peter is also a member of the Gabelli School of Business Advisory Board and Founder and Co-director of the Connecticut Cycling Festival and Race in Hartford, CT.


Phillip Krall

Phillip Krall

Phil completed a 35 year career in banking and finance and ultimately co-managed a fund which invests in private companies. He loves to cycle on the road, in the dirt, and everywhere in between. Phil would like every child to have the opportunity to discover cycling, gaining the confidence which comes with mastering new skills and being a team member. He hopes that many CCAP participants will learn to love cycling as a lifetime sport.


Keith Wiemert

Keith Wiemert

Keith resides in Bristol, Connecticut and is the current President and CEO of Seasons Federal Credit Union. He has been an active member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce and is presently a member of the Board of Directors as well as Chairman of the Board of the Credit Union League of Connecticut. He is also active in the Meriden Chamber of Commerce, the Middlesex United Way, and serves on the Middletown Mentor Program Core Committee. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in 1983 and received his Master of Business Administration from Western New England University in 2000.


Aidan Charles

Aidan Charles

Aidan Charles, the Founder and former Executive Director of the CCAP, has built a life and career around the sport of cycling. Fortunate to discover cycling at the young age of 14, he found passion, success and discipline in pursuit of the sport. As a result of hard work and perseverance, Aidan raced throughout the country and internationally as a junior and a professional cyclist. He went on to study at Mary Washington University, where he earned a B.S. in Biology with concentrations in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Upon graduation, Aidan founded Charles Coaching and Nutrition Services (CCNS), where he has been helping endurance athletes achieve their goals since 2006. Aidan's dream is to see youth and the sport of cycling thrive in the United States, starting with Connecticut and creating a model to share with the rest of the country.


Michael Markowicz

Michael Markowicz

Since its founding, Michael has served as General Counsel to the CCAP. He is an avid competitive cyclist and member of the CCAP Pro-Am Team. More importantly, as the father of three young boys, the CCAP’s mission to create opportunities in cycling for young people is particularly important to him. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Michael also represents Aetna as a healthcare lawyer.

Staff

Jed Kornbluh

Jed Kornbluh

Jed, our Executive Director, has been riding a bike for most of his life and has raced nearly every discipline, toured around the world, and even worked as a bike messenger while attending Temple University, where he earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts. A recent transplant from New Jersey, Jed first joined CCAP as a coach for the West Hartford ERRACERS in 2016 and became very active in the program as a member of the Advisory Committee. Prior to moving to Connecticut, Jed operated a textile sales and sourcing business while also running a juniors-focused racing program called the Philadelphia Cyclocross School, an exchange program pairing Philadelphia-area juniors with U23 riders from Switzerland and Belgium during cyclocross season. He resides in West Hartford with his wife and three children.


Brian Wolfe

Brian Wolfe

Brian, our Events Director, is a recent graduate of The University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Sport Management. Brian was Co-Conference Director of the 2018 UConn Sports Business Conference, which attracted over 200 individuals and 15 notable sports organizations such as ESPN, Fox Sports, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76'ers and more. After working and volunteering at numerous events, he realized his passion for creating great experiences that come with event promotion and management. Brian has ridden bikes most of his life and started riding BMX at a young age. While transitioning over into road and MTB, Brian's heart still lies with street and park riding. Brian's goal is to mark the CCAP as one of the premier cycling event promoters in the Northeast.


Hunter Pronovost

Hunter Pronovost

As our Marketing Director, Hunter enjoys keeping the State up to date on the progress of the CCAP. The first few years have certainly been busy! Starting out as a teenager on the bike himself, he has a unique perspective on our State’s cycling heritage and is excited to see Connecticut become an example for the rest of the country. He is a Cat2 racer on the road and mountain bike, Cat1 in cyclocross, and enjoys leading various CCAP clinics whenever he has the opportunity. He has also successfully coached many of our Regional Teams.


Monika Stokes

Monika Stokes

Monika, the Director of Youth Program Administration, started riding as a kid on a folding bike and picked the sport up again in earnest as an off-season substitute for skiing with her son Ben. She has stayed in the woods ever since to ride, run, and build trails. Monika is a volunteer head coach of one of the biggest CCAP teams and is a board member of FC NEMBA, the Fairfield County chapter of New England Mountain Bike Association. Monika has a BSBA in Finance and Banking from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. It's hardly the typical academic background for a cycling maven but it does occasionally come in handy. She has worked for companies ranging from startups to Intel, and for education, healthcare and child services non-profits in the last decade. Monika has made it her life's mission to introduce as many kids to the sport of cycling as possible. She is working her way across the Nutmeg state to get more kids on bikes, so watch out!

In Memory Of

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Dave Hoyle

Dave Hoyle loved riding bikes. His passion for his own riding and racing was exceeded only by his desire to share that passion with kids. He dedicated his life to coaching young cyclists and creating opportunities for them to ride and race themselves.

He accomplished much in a few short years, and his devotion to cycling, Connecticut, and the kids will live on. Dave always focused on the kids, and he never held back from providing a word or gesture of support to any young rider.

His love was his family and friends, most of all his wife, Nicole. His heart and soul were truly dedicated to helping make the world a better place. We are blessed to have known him and will never forget his positivity and kindness.

David Nathaniel Hoyle, born on August 13, 1985. He was a 2003 "half lifer" graduate of Abington Friends School and a member of 2002 Friends School League championship soccer team. At AFS, David developed his love of art, which he balanced with his love of physical activity. David's deep Quaker roots helped to establish in him his commitment to honesty, integrity, and love of life. Each of these characteristics colored his day-to-day interactions with anyone he met. As described by a friend, Dave was "a role model, a leader, a teammate, and most importantly, a friend.”

David graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2007, where he majored in studio art with a concentration in woodcut prints. While there, he began his lifelong passion for cycling guided by his Uncle Fred Hoyle. After graduation, David headed to Connecticut to join a cycling development program, Target Training. Dave worked full time at Cycling Concepts, a perfect place for him to become part of Connecticut's broader cycling community. Later David joined the CCNS Pro-Am team where he enjoyed many seasons of successful racing.

When he helped establish the CCAP, Dave was the perfect fit to lead the Junior Travel Team. He also played a critical role in developing partnerships with local businesses. These were crucial for the CCAP in its early days. Given his early leadership, Dave was a natural fit when he became the CCAP’s Executive Director in 2015.

Through it all, Dave's main priority was always the kids. Indeed, everything he did and every decision he made about CCAP’s vision was with their best interests at heart. When we talk about the joy of cycling, about the way it provides balance and direction in life, we do so with the life and times of Dave Hoyle at the forefront of our minds.

Under David's leadership, CCAP reached hundreds of young boys and girls across Connecticut. With his enthusiasm as an example, those kids become involved in cycling activities and events at the grassroots, national, and international level. CCAP also hosted several major cycling events under David's leadership, including the 2018 Cyclocross National Championships and the annual New Haven Grand Prix.

Like Dave himself, CCAP grew to be an example to others. CCAP was named by USA Cycling as the top cycling club in the country for 2016 and 2017. Upon receiving this award, David stated, "Every kid has a road in front of their house or woods in their backyard to ride, and we're lucky that Connecticut as a state is one of the most beautiful places to ride." As we try to move forward, Dave will forever be in our hearts for how and why we should pursue the mission of CCAP. #RideLikeDave