MIDDLETOWN — The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program recently announced Jed Kornbluh of West Hartford was named executive director of the non-profit organization.
CCAP, at 353 Main St., said its mission “is to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling. Its mission is to support youth cycling in Connecticut's schools, town programs and independent organizations and provide opportunities through middle and high school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs and youth travel teams,” according to a release.
Kornbluh is a lifelong cyclist whose family has been active in cycling since the 1970s, and he started racing when he was 9. “Much of his childhood involved cycling-focused tours and rallies throughout the Northeast, the West Coast, and Europe,” the release said.
He replaces former CCAP Executive Director Dave Hoyle, who died in a biking accident in April.
“These cycling trips laid the foundation for my love of cycling and for the cycling community a whole,” Kornbluh said in a prepared statement. “My family’s passion for the sport became a business enterprise in 1987 when they formed Tandems East, a tandem-specific shop run out of their home. My parents kept their day jobs and ran the shop in the evenings and on weekends, so I grew up in a bike shop.”
Kornbluh has long helped organize major local, regional and national cycling events and in 2009 he formed a Mid-Atlantic regional elite and junior development team, the Philadelphia Cyclocross School.The program expanded to include elite riders, competing in events throughout the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and nationally, the release said.
Kornbluh was invited by Team26 leader Monte Frank in 2015 to join the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, during which he met
“Dave and I became fast friends and his passion for the CCAP program was infectious. Upon returning home from the five-day ride, I beamed about my experience with Dave and the young riders from CCAP who rode with us, and hoped to cross paths with them in the future.
“Shortly after, my wife was offered a position in Pratt & Whitney’s legal department and we found ourselves moving to West Hartford just a few months later,” Kornbluh said.
“Once in Connecticut, I joined the ERRACERS as a cyclocross coach and eventually a road coach. I also joined the CCAP Advisory Board, a group comprised of coaches, friends, and parents of the program,” he said.
“All of us at CCAP are thrilled to have Jed lead us in this exciting stage of growth,” said CCAP founder Aidan Charles.
“We worked hard to narrow down a very strong list of applicants for the position, and we are really excited to have someone with Jed’s experience help head up CCAP going forward,” he said.
Kornbluh’s professional career also has been centered around the sport of cycling, including working as an independent sales and international sourcing specializing in the sports apparel industry, opening and managing a store for cycling and tri-athlete training and retail center, promoting large scale granfondo/gravel-style bicycle events and leading marketing programs through partnership with cycling teams and race promoters, the release said.
“His experience covering every aspect of the sport comes as an asset to the organization. His hiring comes as CCAP implements a plan of strategic growth in grant programs, development and outreach, building on the successes of the previous years since the organization’s inception in 2015,” Charles said.
Kornbluh said he is “honored to have the opportunity to lead the CCAP.”
“The organization is poised to really develop its vision and build on the tremendous momentum of the past four years. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce cycling to the next generation and inspire young riders,” he said.
“CCAP’s program provides access to knowledgeable coaches in a safe, nurturing atmosphere. Riders get more than just racing experience — they become advocates and ambassadors of the sport. This will help effect positive change in communities and beyond as more children and families embrace cycling as a healthy activity, safe and effective mode of transportation, and most importantly a viable, mainstream sport.”
Kornbluh earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Temple University in Philadelphia. He lives in West Hartford with his wife Sara Kennedy Kornbluh and children Evelyn, Ben and Nate.