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The Amazing Apex Cycle Education RiderCoaches

All RiderCoaches at Apex Cycle Education are seasoned riders and have been hand-selected for their experience, attitude, ability and dedication to excellence in training. Range Aides support the Coach's activities, enhancing the Customer experience! 

Every Apex RiderCoach has been certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), and/or Lee Parks Total Control, and/or Evergreen Safety Council (ESC), and the Virginia Rider Training Program (VRTP), depending on the curriculum used for a particular training event. This involves an intensive process that includes many hours of hands-on training. All RiderCoaches are regularly evaluated, and re-certified. They attend annual, professional development workshops presented by the VRTP, Lee Parks, ESC and MSF.

Loretta Rossomondo

I became a RiderCoach because I wanted to share my enthusiasm for biking and enjoy helping students learn. It's a rewarding experience knowing that you all have achieved a basic knowledge of motorcycling safety, and will carry that on when you move forward in your new addiction :-) 

Ride Safe & we'll see you on the road!

Beth Carman

I have been riding motorcycles for a number of years now. Decided to become a RiderCoach about 10 years ago. 

During this time, I've had the pleasure of being part of many individuals learning experiences. When I am representing Apex you will typically find me at their Fairfax and Woodbridge locations, teaching the 2-wheel licensing course.  

Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down. I look forward to seeing you out there!

Paul Conn

I first fell in love with motorcycles when I was about 11 years old and the paperboy in our neighborhood got a Honda 90. Wow! What a machine! It was so cool!

After about a 14 year hiatus I decided to take it up again in 2002. Even though I was an "experienced rider", I knew that I needed a refresher. So I took the BRC. That was a terrific experience. Not only did I learn to correct my bad riding habits, but I also learned about things I was doing well. Since then I ride a lot. I have a 2008 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic anniversary edition.

Taking the BRC was a memorable experience. It convinced me that I wanted to help other new and returning riders experience the fun and excitement. So in 2005 I became an MSF and VRTP certified RiderCoach. By signing up for a BRC you've taken the most important first step toward becoming a safe, responsible motorcyclist. I look forward to having you in one of my classes.

Bruce Burnside

What can I say? I like bikes! AND I like helping people. I consider it an honor and a responsibility to be a part of the early and ongoing development of a rider's motorcycling experience.

When representing Apex you will typically find me at their Fairfax and Woodbridge locations. However, I may be presenting a 2 or 3 wheel licensing course, or enhancing an experienced riders cornering capabilities with Lee Parks Total Control Level I curriculum. 

How can I help you be a lifelong learner?


Bruce Dimon

I started riding at the age of twelve in the desert around Albuquerque, NM. A year later NM issued me a street license for a five-horsepower motorcycle. When I took my skills test at the DMV in 1972, they told me to ride around the block.

Preparation for riding on the street (both mentally and physically) is so important today. I promise to do my best to help you learn a process that will assist with managing those risks so much better than my initiation! In the 35 years since I first wobbled into the desert, I have ridden about a half-million miles on motorcycles. Almost half that mileage has been on the 1989 Honda Gold Wing that I bought new. It still takes me to work via the HOV lanes.


Isaac Encarnacion

I've been riding for many years now. The joy of seeing happy people on the road, enjoying the passion of riding motorcycles just like me when I'm on my bike, is a great feeling!

I'm retired from the US Coast Guard and served a short period with the Army Reserve prior to going active duty. I have met many good friends and have taught new students how to ride during my tenure as a RiderCoach. I hope to have the privilege of teaching you as my students in the near future. 

Keep the shiny side up and the rubber on the ground. Welcome to the ride!!

Ryan Gladieux

I currently ride a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. You may even see me ride it to class on the weekends. 

When representing Apex you will usually find me at their Fairfax location, teaching the BRC (2-Wheel Licensing Class). 

Look forward to starting or enhancing your motorcycle riding experience. See you in class!

Kevin Glasz

New to Apex for 2017, you will primarily find me teaching the BRC at Apex's Fairfax location.

Look forward to meeting you in class.

Juan Gooch

Racing one of my bikes on the track evolved into teaching those techniques in a race track environment. In 2016 I decided it would be rewarding to bring that same passion to those who are just beginning their motorcycling experience.

When representing Apex you will usually find me at their Fairfax location, teaching the BRC (2-Wheel Licensing Class).

Look forward to starting or enhancing your motorcycle riding experience. See you in class!

Reed Graham

I started riding motorcycles early 70's. My first bike was a Triumph 250. First certified as an MSF Rider Coach in April 2007, I look forward to teaching for many years to come.

I have a wide variety of past experience with teaching, and really enjoy helping people learn new things. It's a great feeling to see someone's face light-up and the confidence level increase when they have mastered what you taught.

John Heavener

My first motorcycle was a 1970 Honda CB350, a great little bike that I picked up in the summer of 1971. Since that time of my youth different bikes have come and gone, but one thing has remained constant; my passion for riding.For me the joy and excitement of riding are as fresh today as they were those 40 years ago.

I have always had a desire to share my experiences as a motorcyclist, and in 2006 I became a Rider Coach to do just that.If you are just beginning your avocation as a motorcyclist, or are an experienced rider who could use a refresher, plan to come out and have some fun on two wheels.I look forward to meeting you in a training session and out on the roads of life.Remember, everything looks better through a motorcycle helmet!

Editor's note: John is very humble about his passion for teenage driver safety. There is a "Motorcycle Awareness" component of the Driver's Ed curriculum used throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. John has been instrumental in making, first, significant inroads with the Board of Education for Prince William County, and most recently expanding those efforts to other areas of the Commonwealth. In recognition of those efforts John was awarded the 2013 Governor's Transportation Safety Award in the category of Motorcycle Safety

Thank you, John, for your continued efforts in all areas of Motorcycle Safety!

Ray Hitt

I ride a 2008 1800cc Honda Goldwing, and have over 40 years of riding experience. This includes more than 500,000 incident free miles on a motorcycle. I have ridden across the USA 4 times, and enjoy riding in Canada also.

The best job I have ever had is teaching motorcycle classes. It gives one great pride to have a student come up after class and say " I can't believe I learned to ride a motorcycle in one weekend!" So welcome to the world of motorcycle riding. It's an "endless ride"; there is always another ride to go on!

Andy Kirkner

I became a rider coach in OCT 2003 in Kitzigen Germany through the Military Motorcycle Safety Program. Motorcycling is one of my favorite hobbies. Learning how to ride a motorcycle is one thing. Learning how to ride a motorcycle safely is a completely different issue.

Safety is a big part of any military mission, and as a Military Leader it is required to conduct safety/risk assessments and briefings prior to every mission. A lot of folks today who ride motorcycles know that it is a risky sport but do not know how to manage that risk safely.

Teaching the BRC and BRC2 come naturally to me as I get to combine what I do for a living with what I do for fun. Keep the rubber on the road!

Steven Longstreet

I ride my motorcycle everywhere. Last year alone I rode over 20,000 miles through rain, snow, heat, cold, DC rush hour traffic and some very aggressive sprinkler systems. It sounds excessive but simply put, riding is among the most enjoyable things that I do. Thus one day it struck me that the natural progression demanded that I become a Motorcycle Instructor to help others discover the scintillating joys of the two wheeled world. It's truly a pleasure to introduce students to riding, get a rider back on the bike after years apart, or help a current rider become a safer rider. Look for me when you come out to the range; I'm the most striking gent in the lot... in some part due to my day glow Instructor Shirt.

Matt McCormick

I have been riding on the street since 2005. I have successfully graduated both the Basic and Experienced Rider Course. I became certified as a Rider Coach in 2008. I currently ride a Yamaha FZ6. See you out on the range!

Tim McCormick


I've been an active member of the Public Safety Community for 30+ years, beginning my street-motorcycle riding in 2004. My current ride, a Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT, is a liter class sport touring bike with Ninja sportbike DNA and highway endurance-riding capabilities.

I've been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach since 2006. You'll frequently find me teaching or supporting Apex's MSF Basic Rider and Street Rider Courses, Evergreen Safety Council's 3-wheel classes, and Lee Parks' Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics.

During my tenure as a Motorcycle Safety Instructor, I've been fortunate to touch the lives of over 1500 motorcyclists participating in Motorcycle Safety Courses. My motivation is simple: Everyone completes the ride...EVERY TIME! I look forward to meeting, and starting YOU on your riding adventure.

Dave Meredith

AKA Big Money! Just started teaching for Apex in 2016. Not sure how the nickname developed so quickly. Perhaps the 2 Ducati Multistradas in the garage ...... 1 for daily commuting; 1 for adventure touring. Happy to tell you all about it when I see you in class. Typically you will find me teaching the BRC at both of the GMU campuses ....... Manassas and Fairfax.

See you in class!

Brian Moses

I started teaching for Apex several years ago. I am primarily at their Manassas and Woodbridge sites, conducting the BRC. 

Look forward to seeing you in class!


Rod Newman

I began riding, self-taught--trial & error, off-road about age 10 (early seventies). I took my first mandatory MSF course @ NAS Pensacola circa 1991, and was first certified MSF Instructor 1995; Re-Certified MSF Rider-Coach 2004.

I currently ride a 2006 Triumph Sprint ST and also own a 1992 Honda 250 Nighthawk & 2002 Fourtrax 4 wheeler.

The most rewarding part of instructing is seeing the leaps and bounds of someone who comes into the course barely knowing what a motorcycle is, and leaves a basically trained rider capable enjoying years of riding ahead. I enjoy the smiles and genuine surprise students show when they succeed in the course enjoy knowing that because they came to this course, they will leave enriched by the experience of the cadre of coaches / staff Apex has to offer.

Steven Rabinowitz

I have always loved motorcycles and began riding in 1999 with a 1996 Kawasaki Vulcan 750. From there I moved on to sportbikes, then touring bikes. I enjoy all facets of riding, from commuting to work, day rides through the mountains on the weekends, extended camping trips, and most recently I have taken to the track.

I am one of the newer coaches on the staff, having completed my RiderCoach training in July 2013. I am really excited to give back to the motorcycling community by doing my part to ensure the new riders I coach will learn to have fun and ride safely. I hope to see you out on the range soon!

Mick Shaw

I love motorcycling. So much so I've been doing it since 1965, and ride year round ..... in the cold, rain, heat, doesn't matter. Well, except for the ice. My first ride was a 1956 Lambretta scooter. My current mount is a 2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200s.

I'd been through other "safety" courses and traveled many miles before taking the MSF/BRC and considered myself a well-educated, advanced rider. I was amazed at what I didn't know. I graduated from that as well as the MSF/BRC 2 and Lee Parks Total Control Advanced Riding course.

I am also certified as a coach for the new MSF "Street Rider Course". Wondering what to do after completing the BRC? TAKE THIS COURSE!
Even if you've ridden for years, take the course. It puts you on the street, riding a motorcycle, accompanied by a RiderCoach on their bike, and through radio communication you learn how to apply the strategy of SEE, utilize 360 degree awareness, recognize and minimize the risks, becoming a safer, more confident motorcyclist. 

Rider education is very important to me, and I truly enjoy sharing what I have learned with others. I've been a RiderCoach since 2006. My goal is to help you gain the skill and confidence you need to become a safe, responsible rider. Concerned about not having ridden before? No worries, this is the best place to be.

So what's the best kind of helmet to get? Come to class and find out! See you there.

April Sherman

I am new to Apex, but not to motorcycle riding! My son also rides.

In 2016 I answered an inquiry about becoming a Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified RiderCoach.  During that Summer myself along with 3 other individuals participated in a RiderCoach Prep Course at George Mason University in Fairfax. Since then my time teaching has been divided between GMU's Fairfax and Manassas locations. 

Look forward to helping you learn how to have some serious fun!

Jim Walton

I have lived in Northern VA my entire life. When I grew up here there were many places to ride dirtbikes and that is how I learned to ride. More and more the dirt trails turned to parking lots and Metro stations, so I moved my motorcycling to the congested, area roads.

After taking the BRC myself I realized some mistakes I had been making, and that there were many people who had not had the opportunity to learn on the relative safety of the dirt like I had. So at the suggestion of one of my instructors I became a RiderCoach. I really enjoy helping others learn to ride, and hope I can help keep them safe on the road.

Helen Withrow

I love riding and helping people become safer, more proficient riders. Whether you're learning to ride for the first time, or have been riding for 30 or 40 years, I am confident you will get something out of one of our classes, and will have some fun in the process! I always do.

When I teach for Apex you might find me at any of their locations, on any given weekend. Come see what all the excitment is all about!

Todd Withrow

Yes, I am related to Helen Withrow. 

Helen has the opportunity to teach more often than I. However, you may see us at any of the Apex sites working together as well! 

It is important to us that you have a good foundation to start your motorcycle riding, and learn to ride safely. Hope to see you in class.

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