meet our guides
Kimberly La Torraca
Kim lives on Kingdom Trails in East Burke, VT with her husband, son and three dogs. She is a certified PMBIA skills instructor, Mad Dogg Spinning Instructor, and has her NOLS Wilderness First Aid Certification. Kim comes from a road bike background but switched over to the safer and more family-oriented activity of mountain biking so she could ride with her son. In addition to riding her bike she skis, trail runs with the dogs, gardens and cooks Greek and Italian food with her husband.
Christine has been riding the Kingdom Trails since their inaugural year. This makes her an expert on the trail network, and an all around super talented mountain biker. Christine is a long time St. Johnsbury resident, and has 3 adult daughters. She is also an avid road biker, so if you are looking for a long day on the saddle, Christine is your perfect guide!
As a kid, Karen found shortcuts on her 10 speed through many wooded trails in CT. That made riding the Kingdom Trails with the guys who carved out the first trails, prior to its birth, second nature. Karen’s enthusiasm for sharing her love of the sport with kids and adults makes her the ideal match for novice riders or anyone wanting to build confidence and skill. Her background as a classroom teacher and in hospitality adds to her ability to guide and instruct. Her years of riding and knowledge of the area will help you choose and navigate trails in a way that will be fun and adventurous. She also happens to be the mom of another of our guides Moriah!
Neal Burton affectionately know as the “Tahr” is a TrainingPeaks certified level 1 coach and owner of MTBBurton Coaching. Neal has been riding and racing mountain bikes for over 25 years, most of which as one of the top regional professionals in the Northeast and when he is not out shredding single track he can be found in the nearest donut or ice cream shop. Ride with Neal.
Keara was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom, and grew up skiing and biking. Currently, Keara is studying photography at Castleton State College. She has worked at Kingdom Trails for the past few years, and now moon lights at Village Sport Shop Trailside. Keara is an extremely energetic, talented rider, trying to extend her passion for cycling to others. She is great with kids, and would be the perfect choice for instruction for your little ones! She is also a fantastic guide and instructor for any adult.
Tom is a lifelong cyclist and bike mechanic who has been thriving in the NEK for the past four years. His favorite types of riding are trail riding and gravel roads and he really enjoys combining both for a long day in the saddle. Tom is also an occasional endurance racer who has completed the 2 lap version of Circumburke, the VT50 and D2R2. He also enjoys shorter trail rides with friends and his dog Ziggy. Whether you’re looking for some entry level instruction or a mixed-surface adventure, Tom would be a great guide.
I am a student at Northern Vermont University studying Adventure Leadership and Business & Marketing. As an avid mountain biker, climber, backpacker and snowboarder I love anything to do with the outdoors! I have been biking all my life, and started fully mountain biking about 5 years ago!
Certifications – Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Firefighter, Medical Responding Technician (MRT), and LNT
Jane is a Cat 1/Pro XC racer with team Flying Wombats. Jane is from Norwich, VT and rides almost every day. Riding trails to me feels like the ultimate form of connection–to myself, my bike, my world. I love it. There’s nothing quite as thrilling as navigating singletrack on a mountain bike. I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and spent my childhood bushwhacking through woods, hills, and creek beds behind our house. I left home at age fourteen to attend Burke Mountain Academy in East Burke, VT. During those four years I fostered a deep appreciation for the Green Mountain State and for the wonderfully well-defined and ever-changing northern seasons. And for the trails! Ride with Jane.
Patrick has been enjoying that simple pleasure of riding a bike his entire life; from racing on BMX bikes in his youth, to mountain and road bike racing as an adult. As a certified professional mountain bike instructor and a level 2 USA Cycling coach Patrick now shares his passion with other cyclists of all skills and fitness levels. “For me creating and sharing a memorable riding experience is a day well spent in the saddle” Patrick can now be found guiding and coaching all over New England …. and enjoying the simple pleasure of riding a bike. Ride with Patrick.
Marie started road biking in high school and raced for Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC before coming north to Vermont. Here, she learned the joys of mountain biking on Kingdom Trails. As a Mountain Recreation Management major with a concentration in Adventure Leadership at Lyndon State College, she loves having Burke and KT as her backyard. Between rock and ice climbing, backpacking, and teaching yoga, Marie spends as much time as she can riding her favorite KT trails. She loves to share the beautiful Vermont mountain bike trails and her excitement about riding bikes. Marie is a certified Yoga Instructor, Climbing Wall Instructor and Wilderness First Responder.
Zelda Brooks lives here in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her boyfriend and 2 dogs. When she isn’t out on the trails either riding single track, fat biking, or xcountry skiing she enjoys cooking, seeing live music, and making mosaic artwork. Aside from being a certified PMBI Mountain Bike Instructor, she is also a landscaper/gardener and Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapist.
My name is Annan Rutherfurd. I am a local Northeast Kingdom resident who is passionate about the outdoor recreation this area has to offer. I’m excited to share the beauty, adventures, and community of the place I am fortunate to call home.
My name is Alex and I love to play outdoors. I am a student at Northern Vermont University, And I study mountain recreation and environmental education. I am an avid mountain biker and skier. Mountain biking is special to me because it allows me to connect with nature and friends.
-Wilderness first responder
-American institute for avalanche research and education level 1
-American institute for avalanche research and education level 2