Conference Leadership

Get to know the people working for you! The Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference leadership takes pride in fostering a fun, competitive, and fair environment for collegiate cyclists to race.


Derek Hall – Board President – I lived all my life in Mesa, AZ until I attended the US Air Force Academy. Riding bicycles has been a hobby for me since middle school. My favorite rides are wandering cross-country mountain bike trails and criteriums. My racing career didn’t begin until I started college, which is when I branched out to the disciplines of road, mountain, cyclo-cross, and track. I graduated college in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and look forward to helping grow the sport of cycling.


Yvonne Van Gent – Co-Conference Director


Chris McGee – Co-Conference Director


Patric Rostel – Board Member (Varsity Team Representative) – In 1997 when Jan Ullrich won the Tour de France as the first German cyclist in history, I decided to start riding bikes. In 1998, I started racing competitively and did so until 2013. During that time, I raced throughout Europe as an amateur, as well as a rider for a UCI continental team in 2007. After my U23 years, I was fortunate to be recruited by Colorado Mesa University, and I joined the program in the summer of 2009. My 4 years of collegiate racing have been some of the most fun years I experienced on the bike. The highlight probably was winning the Collegiate National Criterium in 2012. In the Spring of 2013, I was asked to coach the Colorado Mesa University Cycling team, and it has been a great journey so far. Seeing collegiate cycling progress over the last decade has been phenomenal, and I think with hard work in the future collegiate cycling will become even better.


Jon Tarkington – Board Member (Coaching Representative) – Over twenty-five years ago I decided to try bike racing. I had no clue how significantly this would impact my life or the trials and tribulations it would bring. I have had many different positions in sports over the years: ski patroller/ski instructor, cycling team coach at Fort Lewis College and University of Colorado at Boulder, cycling event promotion in Durango, Denver and Boulder, executive director of Colorado’s Local Bike Racing Association (BRAC), head coach / director of coaching for road cycling with Boulder Junior Cycling, course director for 2017 Colorado Classic, personal coaching (going strong since 2000). I still enjoy training and competing whenever I can work it in to my busy schedule, growing family, and professional career. I strive to live my day to day life executing the same balance I try to instill with all of my clients. I firmly believe that with an ideal training load using the proper measuring devices, even the busiest working professional can make progress in sport. Additionally, the most experienced professional racer can benefit from new insights into training and balancing their training load.


Jim Castagneri – Board Member (Event Structuring and Community Engagement) – I work as a Geographer with the U.S. Census Bureau in Denver having received my bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 1984. After finding inspiration by watching the Coors Classic wind its way through Boulder in the early 80’s, I founded CU Cycling on the Boulder campus in 1983. I have also worked with the United States Cycling Federation to establish the precursor to the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference in 1984 and 1985.  I raced as an amateur for the now defunct Denver Spoke in the late 1980’s and more recently spent three years coaching junior cycling as a USAC Level 3 coach.  I continue to advocate for bicycle commuting and recreation through local advocacy groups such as Bike Jeffco.  My wife and I have three grown children, with two sons participating in collegiate cycling in Colorado. We reside in Dakota Ridge, Colorado.


Heather Fischer – Board Member (Education and Rider Development) – Growing up on the Front Range of Colorado I spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoors; be that horseback riding with the Jefferson County Westernaires, running track and cross country for Berthoud High School or racing for the University of Colorado at Boulder Cycling Team. Winning the 2012 collegiate national road race launched me into the women’s pro peloton. I raced domestically for elite teams, lived in Europe racing with the US National Team and spent two years on Women’s World Tour teams. Injury and other circumstances brought me back to Boulder in 2018 where I found an opportunity to coach the CU cycling team. I still train and race for a UCI women’s continental team. I am committed to persistently push and contribute to making the sport more inclusive. I want everyone who has a desire to feel supported and inspired to experience the world from two wheels. The bike challenges us to new heights, can reduce our carbon footprint and helps us to live healthier and happier lives. I received so much support from the Boulder community in my pursuit of the sport and I’ve experienced first hand how collegiate cycling has the potential to create lifelong cyclists and friends.


– Board Member (Student Representative) – Position currently vacant.