The New Moon Ambassador Program gives a group of athletes support and the ability to share their race stories while achieving their sporting goals. These athletes understand the importance of staying active and fit, even with the daily demands of life. They have a supportive, positive outlook with which they seek new experiences. As a New Moon Ambassador member, they help friends, community and training partners by letting them in on the secret. Since 1976, New Moon has provided cutting edge products and expert technical support to help athletes of all ages excel in their sports. Word of mouth has been our #1 reason for growing as a company and lifestyle.
Skiing and cycling have been part of Charlie’s life since High School in Hayward. Now there are two seasons in the year. Warm weather = biking, cold weather = skiing. Ski racing went international when he started competing in World Loppet races in Europe. What could be better than combining the sport you love with a family vacation? Only five more race to go until he completes his goal of becoming a World Loppet Master.
Molly (Burger) LeBlanc, Katie Burger, Emily Burger
It’s clear that a love of xc skiing runs through the Burger girls’ veins, But apart from competing, it is clear that participating with friends and family is what is truly important to them. Molly’s favorite memories are of “roller ski intervals with my Dad and over-distance runs and skis with the NMU team,” and Katie recalls, “Skiing with my best friends in college at the Reforestation Camp trails in Green Bay,” as a special memory. Emily says, “I love the sport of skiing and the people in the ski community are so nice. Having fun while skiing with my family and friends is very motivating and makes me want to keep doing it.”
For Dustin, it’s pretty simple. “I like to ride, and I like to ride fast.” Riding or skiing every day keeps Dusty in great shape, not only so he can keep up with his friends, but also so he can race-something he’s loved to do since he was about 13 years old. “Living a healthy lifestyle, surrounded by good fun, and energetic people,” that’s what it’s all about.
Ian has been an athlete all his life, but is relatively new to silent sports. "I began mountain/fat/road/gravel biking when I moved to Hayward in 2014 and skied my first Birkie in 2015. My favorite race has been the Fat Bike Birkie several times, which has a great atmosphere and plenty of beer and partying. Overall I really enjoy the supportive, energetic community surrounding all of these activities and supporting healthy lifestyles that celebrate our beautiful area. Plus the post activity social time with beer and snacks (herring!) is as much fun as the activities themselves."
Even though she started at the age of 37, Kristen already has 6 Kortes and 6 Birkies under her belt, as well as multiple triathlons, 1/2 marathons, and crossfit competitions. After being invited to a local women's fitness group, Ski and Tea, she began her path to good health. "For me, staying in shape has so many health benefits, and I've developed habits to keep me going. If I am signed up for something, I'm the type that will train for it. And training is also very social for me. I feel very fortunate to have met many wonderful like-minded friends during this fitness journey."
Curt keeps going so he can keep fit. "I need a carrot out there to stay motivated, and healthy. I like to be able to still move well and be active with my children. I want to be able to stay ahead of them for a few more years. I also thing its important to be a little selfish at times and still have those moments where we focus on ourselves and competition. It keeps me being me. He has fond memories of the State Wrestling Championships and the Leadville 100 bike race, but as his kids get older and participate in athletics, he's finding that that may trump anything that I have done in the past, "I really enjoy helping them train and watching them compete."
Riley GouldRiley is a fantastic addition to our ambassador line-up. She has been involved in a number of sports over the years, but has gravitated toward xc skiing and mountain biking, competing on the Hayward HS Nordic Team and the Hayward Composite Mountain Bike (NICA) team. "I think one of my favorite sports memories was when I placed 3rd in a classic sprint race. I’d never placed that high in a ski race, and I was really surprised — especially since it was a classic race. It was overall just a really cool moment for me!" She also sails and hopes to pursue all three sports throughout high school and later in life.
Chris HeckerChris has extensive ties to the Nordic community, not only in the US but abroad as well, but, his favorite memory is that of a backyard ski race he was involved in, the Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America. " In the spring of 2017 I was able to host the event, and coordinating with RedBull, ABSF, and numerous other sponsors we were able to host one of the biggest, and best, backyard ski races ever." The community aspect is of utmost importance to Chris, "It makes participating and competing so easy. Whether it's battling it out with siblings or catching up with friends that you've been racing against since you were in elementary school, the nordic community is small, but strong!"
Avid skier, rider, and adventurer, Rebecca has some awards to back those titles up, including Chequamegon MTB Short and Fat women's champ, Fat Bike Birkie 21K women's champ, 3rd place in the Borah Epic women's race, as well as having raced cat 2 cyclocross and MTB cat 1. After dabbling in Enduro racing during her time in VT, she is now back in the Midwest refining her technical skills—working on jumping, hopping, dropping, and wheelie skills on the trails and local pump track. Most important on her list is loving being outside in the woods and having FUN on the trails with others.
Daryl grew up hunting and fishing in the Hayward area, graduating from Hayward High School. In 1990 he participated in his first Chequamegon 40, Greg Lemond won the race, and he was hooked on cycling. He went to the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he was a founding member of the UW Cycling program. For the next 20 years, he raced and rode many of the best routes throughout the Midwest. Finally, being drawn back to Hayward permanently in 2016, he connected with the Gitche Gumee Gran Fondo and discovered a ride that captures all the elements of why we live in this beautiful and spectacular region.
Mitchell NelsonMitch is one impressive high school student, both on the trails and off. He is passionate about cross country skiing, especially classic, and hopes to ski collegiately. Mitch is a great example of balancing the athleticism of sport with the beauty of nature. “I was …skiing the Sleeping Giant Loppet in southeastern Canada, really trying to ski competitively, but about 16k into this 24k race I just slowed down and realized how beautiful the trail was. It was very bright out through the trees, and it was dead quiet. It was just pretty, and I've now learned that it is ok to just slow down and take in your surroundings.” At 15 he is a busy kid, on the Hayward HS Varsity Soccer and Nordic ski teams, the HS Trap Team, and a life scout who enjoys hunting, trapping, hiking, and kayaking.
Elijah OurthElijah has been doing a bit of everything here at the Moon since his graduation from Northland College (Go Lumberjacks & Jills!). He can sell; he can wrench; he can ship...turns out, he can also take a mean photo. He is leaving the shop to pursue his graduate degree in Sweden, but luckily for New Moon he will be our newest "foreign correspondent," sending photo essays of the amazing adventures that await him on the continent. Look for his photography on our blog!"
April's most memorable moment in competition is from the Birkie Half Marathon Trail Run in 2013, "This was my first half marathon ever. I was SO excited for it that I got the start of the race time wrong and showed up 15 minutes late. I was late, but I did not let it stop me from running. I just pushed ahead and killed it!" Her motivation is a healthy lifestyle, "My family and I try to embrace this as much as I can in daily living."