// VAHS TEAM 

 

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Peter Hufnagel
Peter Hufnagel is the Dean of Faculty and Director of Special Programs at Miller School of Albemarle. He is the founder and director of the Virginia High School Mountain Bike SeriesMiller School of Albemarle Endurance Program, and NICA Virginia High School Cycling League. Hufnagel earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia. While at UVA, Peter raced for the cycling team, and in 2005 he won both the ACC Cycling Road Race Championship and the ACC Team Time Trial Championship. Since graduating, he has continued to pursue both academics and athletics.  He has had essays published in Studies in the NovelForum for World Literature, Norton Critical Edition of The Time Machine and,Olympics and Philosophy. In addition, he has lectured on John Milton at Purdue University, Shakespeare at the Jepson School of Leadership, and Dante at University of Virginia.  While teaching at the Miller School, he has continued to pursue road cycling, mountain biking, and triathlon at an elite level.   In 2007, he raced as a guest rider for the professional cycling team Colavita/ Sutter Home in the NRC stage race, Tour of Virginia. Over the past seven years, Peter has been instrumental in the growth of junior road and mountain biking in Virginia.

ASSISTANT RACE DIRECTOR

Andrea Dvorak
Andrea Dvorak is a professional road cyclist. She has been involved in Junior Development cycling projects since 2007 when she helped start the Miller School of Albemarle cycling program. Before beginning her professional cycling career in 2006, Dvorak earned degrees in Spanish and Biology from the University of Virginia; she went on to graduate from U.Va. Law School and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar Association in 2006. While at U.Va., Dvorak ran cross-country, competed in triathlon, and raced for the cycling team. In 2001, she won the collegiate triathlon national championships and regularly finished on the podium at collegiate nationals in cycling. As a professional cyclist, Dvorak has had a decorated career that includes making the United States Olympic Long Team, winning a stage of the women’s Tour de France, competing in World Championships, second place in the 2011 US National Road Race Championship. Additionally, she won the Queen of the Mountains jersey at Redlands Classic, Tour of the Gila, Cascade Classic, and San Dimas Stage Race in 2011. Dvorak concluded her road racing career as team captain on the UCI professional women’s team Twenty16-ShoAir and a member of the US National Team. She competed in the team trial at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. In the 2016, she switched gears into full-time youth development projects and mountain biking. In 2016, she won the Shenandoah Mountain 100 mountain bike race and took the helm of the Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League as League Director. 

RACE OPERATIONS

Carson Jones-Wilkens 

race coordinators 

Andy Guptill
Andy Guptill is Director of Endurance at Miller School of Albemarle. He has been teaching and coaching at MSA since 2011. Before joining the MSA faculty, Guptill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where he raced on the school’s powerhouse mountain bike and road cycling teams.  During his senior year, Guptill had a breakthrough season during which he finished 5th in a stage of the Tour of Gila and was the top U-23 rider at Redlands Classic.  Upon graduation, he signed a professional road contract and began racing full-time in events around the world.  During his career, he competed in the world’s premiere UCI stage races, including Tour of California, Tour of Georgia, Tour of Utah, and Tour of Missouri, where he finished 11th place and won the Most-Aggressive-Rider jersey in 2009.  In addition, he helped Jamis-Sutter Home win the NRC as a support rider for JJ and Sebastian Haedo.  As Director of the MSA cycling program, he applies his years of professional experience to working with beginner to elite-level junior cyclists and enjoys teaching them the skills needed to maximize their potential while keeping the sport fun and a lifelong endeavor.

Jason Hopkins

Nolan LaVoie
Nolan LaVoie teaches history, directs the outdoor education and leadership development program, and coaches mountain biking and climbing at Woodberry Forest School.  He earned his BS in history and political science from Cumberland College and his MEd from Pacific Lutheran University.  Before coming to Woodberry in 2012, Mr. LaVoie taught college-level public speaking, earth sciences, and health and wellness courses, and directed the outdoor program at Blue Ridge School.  He and his wife, Rebecca, who teaches English at Madison High School, live in the Old Brookman House with their two children.

Tony Brown
Tony Brown is Dean of Students and Director of Outdoor programs at Blue Ridge School. He began his career with the New Dominion School before joining the staff of Blue Ridge School to develop the School's Outdoor Program in 1998. He has presented at conferences of the Association of Experiental Education Network in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and for the Independent School Experiental Education Network in New Mexico and New Jersey. He received a Golden Apple Teacher's Award in 2010. Mr. Brown is a certified Wilderness First Aid Instructor, and is certified by the American Red Cross in First Aid and CPR. Mr. Brown and his wife Shannon reside on campus with their two daughters, Riley and Avery, and their son, Patrick.

BRANDING
 

Phillip Robb

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Nick Davis

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