Participating Chefs, Cyclists and Special Guests


Chatham Bars Inn

As Executive Chef of Chatham Bars Inn, Anthony Cole brings to the position some of the finest formal training available, experience in the kitchens of highly acclaimed chefs and the insights of a twelve-year career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, most recently as Executive Chef for The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Now at Chatham Bars Inn, he gathers his multiple talents to design bold, ingredient-driven menus for the resort’s four onsite venues: the Main Dining Room, the Tavern, the Beach House Grill and the Chef’s Table and Wine Cellar. He also oversees all day-to-day dining operations, including the creation of seasonal menus and daily specials, room service orders and banquet functions.

Following graduation form Johnson & Wales University, Cole moved to Atlanta, to begin a promising career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company as a lead Banquet Cook at the Mobile Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, advancing quickly to positions as Garde Manger Chef and Banquet Chef. The rich multi-cultural environment of both city and hotel dished out a diverse education in regional specialties – Caribbean, classic American, Korean and French, among others.


Chef and Co-Owner at TRADE, Porto and Saloniki

James Beard Award Winner Jody Adams is Chef and Co-Owner at TRADE, Porto and Saloniki. Jody has earned local and national accolades for over three decades of culinary excellence and has been praised for her creativity, support of local farmers, continuous charitable work, and business acumen. Jody is a published cookbook author and had an extraordinary run with the acclaimed Rialto restaurant in Cambridge for over 22 years. Jody is actively involved in organizations that support child’s advocacy and hunger relief both domestically and internationally. Jody is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in Anthropology.


Lexus Master Sommelier

Wine Director at The Little Neil

Carlton McCoy was named wine director of element 47 at The Little Nell in July, marking an incredible rise through the food and wine industry that began with a high school culinary program for underprivileged youth.

Carlton is one of the youngest people in the world to have earned the master sommelier diploma and is the second African American to do so. Just 30 years old, Carlton earned his master sommelier diploma in May of 2013 (at the age of 28!), joining an elite group of wine professionals who have achieved the highest distinction afforded in the wine industry. But growing up, no wine was served in Carlton’s home.

He was raised in a rough neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and spent his time assisting his grandmother with her church-based catering business. In high school he enrolled in the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), which helps underprivileged youth get a head start on culinary careers. He was awarded a scholarship to The Culinary Institute of America, where he was called to his true passion: wine and service.

Carlton has a sense of adventure, traveling the world in search of great wine and spirits. He has graced several celebrated restaurants including Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit, Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak in New York, Eric Zeibold’s CityZen at The Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., and worked with Doug Anderson at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Carlton arrived at The Little Nell in November 2011, inspired by the hotel”s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning program and the property”s exciting reputation as a training ground for master sommeliers. The Little Nell has had more masters come through its wine program than any other establishment in the country, with 10 masters working or having worked on property. He has received many awards including the Forbes 30 under 30, Wine Enthusiast Best New Sommelier, Star Chefs’s Rising Star Sommelier among others.

This season, Carlton debuted a new, unpretentious wine tasting program in the cellar at The Little Nell, enabling guests to have a casual après ski tasting (or some late-night fun) with a sommelier. When Carlton is not serving, studying or tasting wine, he is out running, biking, hiking, skiing or spending time with his “little buddy” through the Buddy Program, Aspen’s youth mentoring program.


Lexus Cycling Ambassador

George grew up in Queens, New York, where his father Ricardo introduced him to cycling. The lanky, skinny junior quickly developed a passion for the sport and excelled winning 10 junior national titles and two world medals prior to moving to the professional ranks and cycling’s top teams.

During his 19-year professional career Hincapie was regarded as the premier American classics rider of his generation. He competed in a record 17 Ronde van Vlaanderen races and finished second at the grueling Paris-Roubaix, the best ever for any American. Beyond the classics he rode in the Tour de France 17 times and won three US National Road Race championships.

Despite all his accomplishments, Hincapie is most remembered for his role as a valued teammate and leader to winners of cycling’s top events such as the Tour de France and Milan-San remo. As he said while standing on the storied Champs-Élysées at the conclusion of his final Tour de France, he wants first and foremost to be remembered as a great teammate.

Since retiring from professional cycling George has taken a more active role in family business interests including Hincapie Sportswear, the professional Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, Gran Fondo Hincapie and Hotel Domestique. He hopes to further share his knowledge about the sport with cycling’s future generations.

Hincapie resides with his family in Greenville, South Carolina where he can now devote more time to his hobbies: tennis, basketball, mountain biking and music.


Lexus Cycling Ambassador

Christian Vande Velde is a retired American professional road racing cyclist who rode professionally between 1998 and 2013. He has competed for the US Postal, Liberty Seguros, Team CSC and Garmin-Sharp teams. Christian currently is a color commentator for cycling at NBC. Christian currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife and two daughters. His wife is a trained chef who tailors his diet for performance.


Olympic Experience/UCI World Championships Results:

Olympic Games, 2000, Track (12th, men”s individual pursuit), Sydney, Australia

Olympic Games, 2008, Road (17th place), Beijing, China

1994 Junior Track World Championships

National championship Results:

Five-time USA Cycling National Track Champion, 1994 (national points race); 1996 and 1997 (team pursuit); 1997 (individual pursuit, Madison)

2008 USA Cycling Professional Tour Champion


Career Highlights:

2nd place — 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado, General Classification, Prologue and Stage 3

6th place — 2011 Tour of Utah, Utah, General Classification

4th place — 2011 Amgen Tour of California, California, General classification

2008 Giro d”Italia, held maglia rosa from Stages 1-2, Italy

2005 Pan Am champion, team pursuit, Mar del Plata, Argentina

1st place — 2009 Paris–Nice, Stage 4 (Vichy > Saint-Étienne), France

1st place — 2008 Giro d”Italia, Stage 1 TTT, Palermo, Italy

1st place — 2008 Tour of Missouri, stages 3-7 and overall,

1st place — 2008 Tour de Georgia, Stage 4 TTT, Tyrone, Georgia

1st place — 2007 Eindhoven Team Time Trial, Eindhoven, Netherlands

1st place — 2006 Tour de Luxembourg, overall

1st place — 2005 Eneco Tour of Benelux, mountains classification

1st place — 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

1st place — 1999 Redlands Bicycle Classic