Introduction Wildlife is an integral part of our planet’s ecosystems, and protecting it is essential for maintaining biodiversity and ecological balance. Conservation initiatives play a
Professional Cyclist & Conservationist
Marty Nothstein is a renowned American cyclist, conservationist, and outdoorsman. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, Nothstein began his cycling career through the Community Programs at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. He became the greatest track cyclist in US history, winning multiple world championships, national championships, and Olympic medals.
Despite the temptation to relocate for training, Nothstein remained committed to Lehigh County and carried out his “Rocky Balboa” type training in the Lehigh Valley, proving that everything necessary for Olympic success was available locally. After retiring from professional cycling in 2006, Nothstein took over the Valley Preferred Cycling Center as executive director and turned it around by increasing community and professional cycling programs and revenue dollars.
Nothstein’s passion for conservation and the outdoors led him to protect over 500 acres of property from development while providing better habitats for wildlife. He chaired the Lehigh County farmland preservation board and helped protect over 23,000 acres of farmland from development in his community. Nothstein still gives back to the outdoors as the current director of development for Ducks Unlimited mid-Atlantic region.
Nothstein’s commitment to his community also led him to serve on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, where he was elected with the highest vote total and chaired the board for three out of the four years he served. He won a hotly contested primary for the US House of Representatives but lost in the general election.