Brute Squad Coaches

Scott Gurst - Head Coach

As a coach for FastForward Sports for over 10 years, Scott Gurst helped hundreds of runners and triathletes of all ages attain higher levels of athletic performance, execute to their full potential, and achieve their goals in races from 5K to marathons, and sprint triathlons to Ironmans. Scott also spent four seasons teaching skiing at Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, and five seasons coaching an Ultimate club team that finished 3rd in the Women's division at the US National Championships in 2006.

As a passionate mountain biker, Scott has participated in numerous races from durations of 20 minutes to 24 hours, including Leadville Silver Rush, Laramie Enduro, Ridgeline Rampage, Voodoo Fire, the full Winter Park Series, CU short track races, Vail 100, 24 Hours of Moab (team), Breck 68, Dakota Five-O, and 18 Hours of Fruita (team and solo).

Combining his love for mountain biking with his personal experience as a competitor and his professional experience as a coach, Scott has enjoyed continued improvements in performance in mountain bike races over the past several seasons, resulting in several podium finishes, and more importantly, the satisfaction that comes from performing to one's full potential on race day.

Scott is excited for the opportunity to share his experiences, and once again help the members of the Brute Squad train for optimum performance, prepare for the test of competition, and experience the fulfillment that comes from completing a challenging journey and attaining a goal that might not have been dreamed possible.

"I fundamentally believe that we are all more capable than we realize. If we can create a safe, supportive, and positive environment where athletes are not afraid to challenge themselves, test their limits, and venture out of their comfort zones, greatness can be drawn out of us all, regardless of where we start from. With the guidance of a coach, the support of a group, and a bit of courage and determination, I have seen ordinary people accomplish extraordinary things, and in doing so, transform their lives."

Adam Rongey - Coach

Brute Squad - Coach AdamAdam loves to be on his bike whenever possible. He has over 25 years of riding experience, and has participated in numerous endurance events, including 18 Hours of Fruita, Voodoo Fire, Ridgeline Rampage, PV Derby, Laramie Enduro, Breck 32, BMA Sufferfest, multiple century rides, and the Triple Bypass. As a former triathlete, Adam has competed in several sprint, Olympic, and Half Ironman races.  Adam is looking forward to sharing his mountain biking experience, as well as adding his positive energy to the Brute Squad again this season.

"I'm excited for my fifth year as a Brute Squad coach!  I look forward to sharing my passion and love for mountain biking with all of our Brute Squad athletes.  I believe training with a solid group of like-minded individuals is a great way to stay accountable and get the most out of your fitness. Believing in yourself, being dedicated to the program, and having the support of the group and coaches is the way to a very successful season!  I’m fired-up, lets ride!"

Will Baird - Coach

Will is a multi-disciplined endurance athlete with a broad reach of experience as a road cyclist, mountain biker, triathlete, and adventure racer.  He has participated in several week long road biking events, including Cycle Across North Carolina (from Appalachian Mountains to Atlantic Ocean) and Bike Florida (once while towing his two-year-old in a trailer).  Will has completed numerous races and century rides, including the MS150 Houston to Austin, Adventure Xstream race in Frisco, the Moab Epic, and the Grand Junction Off Road Epic.  Will’s accomplishments include podium finishes at the Atchafalaya Adventure races in 2003 and 2004.  He also has had the pleasure of mountain biking in Guatemala, Croatia, and Slovenia.

As a self-proclaimed “Mountain Bike Nerd”, when not on the trails, Will can be found practicing his slow skills at the neighborhood park, watching MTB skills videos on YouTube, or geeking out about his tire pressure performance from his latest ride.

“I am excited about helping to take some of the fear out of the technical aspects of mountain biking. Joining the Brute Squad this season will be a great opportunity to help my teammates with that aspect of racing and training."