The people who make it all happen!

Event Director Richard Fries managed the search for a larger venue and the conversion of the Thompson Motor Speedway into a ‘cross arena for the KMC Cross Fest, which changed the character of the event and allows it to expand in the future. Photo; Wil Matthews

Event Director
Richard Fries co-founded the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival in 2009. He started cycling competitively while attending the University of South Florida. After racing internationally, he became a journalist of the sport and co-founded The Ride Magazine in 1993. He later became a race commentator, calling countless National Championships and World Cups before the UCI selected him to serve as the English announcer at the World Championships for both road and cyclo-cross championships. As an event organizer, however, Fries has had equal success, working on six U.S. National Cyclo-cross Championships starting in 1995. He also serves as an adviser for Best Buddies International and People for Bikes. A father of three, Fries lives along a bike path in Lexington, Mass., with his wife, Deb Fries.

Sponsorship and Expo Director
Jim Wannamaker is a bicycle industry veteran with over 33 years of experience.  He has been in retail, worked for distributors and manufacturers, and now owns his own business. He has attended over 1,000 events (races, shows, festivals and more) during that time. Wannamaker is also a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.


Programs Director
The mastermind behind the KMC Cross Fest race course, Patrick Goguen is responsible for attracting the highest level of international competition from dozens of countries to make the trip to Thompson, CT. Goguen also serves as Director Sportif for Race CF, a unique bike racing team that was created to promote a mission of philanthropy for those living with cystic fibrosis.


Marketing Communications Director
Glenn Stilwell has worked in the broadcast media business for more than 26 years. Starting out as the backup radio engineer for the post-game show after every Sacramento Kings home game. Today he’s the full-time audio engineer at the Pac-12 Networks. In addition he is active in producing videos and managing “Live” events for various clients including the Olympic games, NCAA, NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, Indy Car, and NASCAR broadcasts.


Prince of Darkness
ericweisEric Weis is the founder and director of the New England Builders’ Ball, a handbuilt bike show affiliated with KMC Cross Fest. By day Eric operates a consulting firm (Cogent) which helps communities become more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly. Previously, he was Director of Greenway Development for the East Coast Greenway, where he served for 18 years. He was a founding board member of the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, founded (and directed four editions of) the New England Bike-Walk Summit, and presently chairs the Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission. A geographer and planner, he has degrees from Vassar College and the University of Rhode Island. Eric and his wife Mandy Jordan live in Providence, RI with their daughter Violet, who loves heckling by the barriers and is slowly being brainwashed into becoming a bike commuter.

Administration Director
Relatively new to the sport, Julie started out with her son PJ racing Mountain bike and quickly grew to love all aspects of riding. Julie became a USAC cycling official in 2013.  When not working on KMC Cross Fest, Julie works full time in the Healthcare industry and home schools her two boys.



Lauren LeClaire, Communications Coordinator
Perri Mertens, Graphics Coordinator
Helen Prates, Signage Coordinator
Mark Gunsalus, Athlete Services Coordinator
Manny Goguen, Competition Coordinator
Scott Mayo, Operations Coordinator
Pam Gunsalus, Volunteer Coordinator
Shaun Weigand, Chief Whip
Alissa Weigand, Chief Grip
Jean LaCroix, Construction Coordinator
Trish Morse, Awards Coordinator
Rob Cant, Gran Fondo Village Coordinator
Marc Moseley, Gran Fondo Course Coordinator
Michael Baril, Emergency Services Coordinator
Gary Thornton, Expo Coordinator
Jeff Lucido, Athlete Services Coordinator
Jeff Johnson, Marshal Coordinator
Julie Carroll, Champion’s Dinner/Sponsorship Coordinator