About Us/Race Team

SEMBA

SEMBA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to enhance, preserve, and promote existing mountain biking trails – while creating new opportunities, access, and experiences for all mountain bikers in the Eastern Sierra.

Our region spans along the Highway 395 corridor from Lone Pine in the south, to Bridgeport in the north.  Our members are diverse and encompass every aspect of mountain biking and off-road cycling.  We share one common thread – passion for riding bikes, and sharing the stoke with friends old and new.

Meet the Race Team

If you like to compete in mountain biking at any level or discipline, then the SEMBA Race Team is for you!  Whether you’re a podium chaser, have personal goals, or simply want to cheer on others, our team is as serious as you want to make it.  Traveling as a group,  riding with friends, sharing costs, camping, and supporting each other – this is what our team is about.  Sound fun?  It is!!

Shoot us an email to get involved with the Race Team.

Mike Braun

President/Team Race Coordinator

Birth Date: Feb. 2, 1961 Place of Birth: Buffalo, NY Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA   Racing Level: Cat 2 XC/55+ Open Career: Retired Police Officer/Seasonal Rossignol Race Dept.  
Interests: Alpine/Nordic Ski Racer & Golfer  

Caroline Casey

Birth Date: Oct. 18, 1981
Place of Birth: Buffalo, NY
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Cat 3 XC
Career: Event Production Mgr - Mammoth Mtn
Interests: Skier, Hiker & Road Biker

Chris Mack

Birth Date: June 17, 1987
Place of Birth: Lake Forest, CA 
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Cat 2 XC
Career: Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
Interests: Road Biker & Fisherman

Ted Dardzinski

Birth Date: June 25, 1963
Place of Birth: Camden, NJ
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Cat 2 XC
Career: TEDD Inc. (Therapeutic exercise design & development)
Interests: Alpine/Nordic Skier & Surfer

Jennifer Girard

Birth Date: Feb 15, 1970
Place of Birth: Bingham Maine
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Endurance Racer
Career: Owner - EastSide Wide Fatbikes
Interests: Skier, Climber & Hiker

Ben Logan

Birth Date: April 8, 1981
Place of Birth: Point Reyes, CA
Currently Resides: Bishop, CA
Racing Level: Cat 1 XC
Career: IRATA Level 3 at Rope Works Access
Interests: Skier, Climber & Road Biker

Ingrid Braun

Secretary

Birth Date: July 1, 1967
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, CA
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Cat 3 XC, aspiring to Cat 2
Career: Mono County Sheriff
Interests: Alpine/Nordic Ski Racer & Road Biker

McKenzie Long

Birth Date: July 10, 1984
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, OH
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Cat 1 XC - National Champion
Career: Graphic Designer
Interests: Rock Climber & Skier

Kevin Cadotte

Birth Date: August 4, 1983
Place of Birth: Montclair, CA
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Cat 2 XC/Endurance
Career: Cook/Retail Sales
Interests: Road Biker, Hiker & Fisherman

John Sindell

Birth Date: August 3, 1976
Place of Birth: Atlanta, GA
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA 
Racing Level: Cat 2 XC / Cat 1 Road
Career: Stay-at-home dad (retired software engineer
Interests: Bikes! Mostly road and snow riding/racing

Eric Hunter

Birth Date: Jan 19, 1971
Place of Birth: Hollywood, CA
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Cat 2 XC/Endurance
Career: Mammoth Mountain Shuttle Driver
Interests: Paddle Boarder & Road Biker

Julie English

Treasurer

Birth Date: Dec 27, 1981
Place of Birth: Walnut Creek, CA
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Cat 2 XC
Career: Accountant/EA 
Interests: Nordic Skier, Runner, Kite Surfer

Mike Johnson

Birth Date: July 25, 1958
Place of Birth: Foston, MN
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Cat 2 XC/Endurance
Career: Retired Police Sergeant/Army Ltc.
Interests: Alpine/Nordic Ski Racer & Road Biker

Tammy Dardzinski

Birth Date: July 24, 1964
Place of Birth: Washington DC
Currently Resides: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Racing Level: Cat 2 XC
Career: Retired
Interests: Road Biker, Paddle Boarder, Swimmer, Nordic Skier & Dog Lover

Pete Smith

Birth Date: Nov 15, 1975 
Place of Birth: New Hope, PA 
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA
Racing Level: USAC XC Pro
Career: Aerospace Engineering & Consulting 
Interests: Sailing, Ski Racing, Hiking & the Outdoors

Ann Piersall-Logan

Birth Date: May 24, 1987
Place of Birth: Kalispell, MT
Currently Resides: Bishop, CA
Racing Level: Cat 2 XC
Career: Air Pollution and Meteorology/Ann Piersall Fine Art & Darn Fine Hats
Interests: Skier, Climber, Explorer, Painter