North American Enduro Cup Recap

Last week six riders from the Enduro Team made the long journey to Kellogg, ID for the North American Enduro Cup with Coaches Bill & Caleb. The Silver Mountain Bike Park features incredibly steep fall-line trails, rooty off-camber runs through dense forest, traverses through high alpine scree fields — and we even had some snow drifts this year. While all of these features are fun to ride, they’re also very demanding physically and mentally so when they condensed last year’s event from two days into a single day for 2019 we trained really hard to make sure we were fully prepared.

“Because this event is so demanding, our riders kept talking about throughout the winter and spring at all of our strength practices,” explains Coach Bill. “We would jump into a set of leg-burning step-ups and be shouting ‘I’m going to need this at Silver Mountain!’ We’ve given this place and this event mythical status because the reality is that only the most prepared, strongest, confident riders are going to have any fun doing this event.” Not everyone enjoys riding or walking their bike up a ski area access road for hours at a time in the midday sun wearing full pads and a full-face helmet. But for those that don’t mind a little suffering, the NAEC has some golden treasures hidden in the hills of this famous mining town.

The Riders particularly like the large drop on the trail “Baby Swiss,” and the extended off-camber sections on “War Gerbil” present novel challenges for finding traction and holding lines, while the massive holes and blown out fall-line ruts on “Stix and Stones” test one’s balance and poise. And our riders loved how the top-to-bottom stage is so brutally long and rough that other competitors were having to stop multiple times to compose themselves in order to descend safely, but each of the BEA Riders crushed that stage and performed incredibly well through the entire event. They all finished the event feeling proud and strong.

Coach Bill says the riders have come a long way since even just last summer and that the team had great results this year. “We’ve always been able to coach good skills on the bike and develop peak riding fitness, but this strength program we began last summer has added more specific drills to enhance body-awareness, promote good movement patterns, and become more resistant to injury,” Coach Bill said. “Every week I have to tell the team that this is the strongest you’ve ever been, go enjoy it!”

So how did the riders do?

Check out the video and results below:

Results:

  • Elijah Krause 2nd JR Expert
  • Sam Day 21 JR Expert
  • Tanner Wescott 1st Sport Junior
  • Eli Prochaska 8th Sport Junior
  • Tanner Bermudez 9th Sport Junior
  • Cooper Day 12th Sport Junior
  • Coach Caleb 24th Expert Men
  • Coach Bill 31st Expert Men

State Champs Recap

OBRA State XC MTB Championships on Saturday was a 3-mile circuit on a hilly course that tested everyone’s fitness to the max!

Congrats to the team for racing smart and strong and special congrats to our 2019 State Champions:

  • Ryder Utrecht (alum) 17-18 Men
  • Caiden Hartrich 15-16 Men
  • Kylie Eckert 15-16 Women
  • Ian Brown 13-14 Men
  • Peter Bentley 10-12 Men

$10,000 by January 31st!

Please consider a donation to the Bend Endurance Academy during our Annual Campaign.

We are half way to our Annual Campaign fundraising goal of raising $10,000 by January 31, 2019.

Thanks to everyone who has donated thus far! Your contribution supports quality Climbing, Cycling and Nordic Skiing programs to local junior athletes and their families each year.

Transportation is an important component of what we offer because picking up from school removes an obstacle some parents face when enrolling their children in after school programs and allows our coaches and instructors to better manage program logistics. Best of all, riding together to and from the trails or to and from competitions allows our athletes and coaches to form bonds, get to know one another, and have fun along the way.

We are committed to equity and accessibility.

While we have to set realistic program fees, we won’t let program tuition be a barrier so we offer tuition assistance and scholarships for families in need. That assistance relies on fundraising like our Annual Campaign, and events with our community partners to ensure local families can participate in our programs.

In 2018:

  • Academy vehicles logged over 45,000 miles to provide transportation for program participants from school to the trails, mountains, and climbing destinations as well as to local, regional and national competitions.
  • Our Athletes and Coaches traveled to over 40 Cycling events, 12 Climbing competitions, and at least a dozen Nordic races.
  • We served over 600 Athletes
  • Distributed over $15,000 in Scholarships and Tuition Assistance
  • Provided over 1,000 hours of community service at events

Help us reach our goal of $10,000 before the end of January!

Sincerely,
Sandy Visnack, Executive Director
Ann Leitheiser, Development Director
Mike Rougeux, Climbing Program Director
Bill Warburton, Cycling Program Director
Greg Rhodes, Nordic Program Director



Individuals may make tax-deductible donations because we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All of your donations help us provide quality programing! Mail a check or contribute online now:

 

Thank You!

BendBikeSwap in April

April 26 – 28

Boneyard Cycling Team has gifted this event to BEA and we’re thrilled to make it a great success for everyone looking to sell / buy / swap used bikes and gear!

VOLUNTEERS will be crucial to making this event run smoothly, get in touch with Ann@bendenduranceacademy.org if you’d like to help.

Have a bike you to sell?

Sell it at the BendBikeSwap or donate it to BEA to be sold.

Maintenance Today

Our Server is undergoing an update today until 5PM, March 6, 2019 so enrollment is on hold until completed.

Please check back soon. In the meantime, check out our Vimeo page for some awesome videos of our Teams!

Contacts:

Nordic – nordic@bendenduranceacademy.org

Climbing – Mike@bendenduranceacademy.org

Cycling – Bill@bendenduranceacademy.org

Director – Sandy@bendenduranceacademy.org

Meet Coach Luke Bromley

Luke Bromley

Age 26 from Lander, WY

Nordic Program Director, Bernie Nelson sat down with Coach Luke to see what brought him in to coaching and what he enjoys about working with the athletes. These are his answers:

I started skiing in 7th grade on the junior high team, because my friend told me it was just as fun as downhill skiing and we could still hit jumps.

I raced for my high school team during highschool, and went to junior nationals as part of High Plains division. In College I raced 4 years for Montana State University with Bernie!

Two years after I had graduated college, I was living and working in Lander, and the highschool team was low on coaches, so I volunteered 2 days a week and race weekends. I thought my college racing background could bring a different perspective to the team and help get kid fired up. My job was developing and coaching a youth program in Lander, kind of like a hybrid of our minis and youth. I had been traveling the previous 2 winters before moving to Bend, and not coaching, but had talked to Bernie and Bend sounded like a cool place so I decided to move out here. When I showed up Bernie offered me the job and I loved it!

When I coach, I try to be a motivator. I dont want to be constantly barking out and telling them what to do. I aim to be present and giving tips and examples when needed, but I want the motivation and improvement to come from within each skier, because i think it is more powerful when they are seeing improvement and doing it for themselves, not because a coach told them to do it.

I love agility games, because learning to stay on your feet and developing the balance and reflexes that these games require helps in racing later on, as well a just other aspects of being active in life. 

When you are competing, you strive to be well rested, eat healthy, and often focus on yourself. Coaching, especially race weekends are basically the exact opposite of that. You are focusing on anyone except yourself, sleeping very little, and surviving on coffee! It is the same because we are a team and striving to do the best possible personally and for the team. Skiing and coaching have definitelly been positive. I have met so many good people, had so many good experiences, and it has made me who I am today. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

I fight fire for the Forest Service. For the past 3 years I have been a sawyer on the Boise Hotshot Crew. We are a crew of twenty people that go all over the country fighting wildfires.

I will ski in one form or another as long as I can walk, and as long as I can keep passing on the knowledge and skills I got from the great coaches I was lucky enough to ski with when I was younger, I will try to keep doing the same, so they can hopefully benefit from skiing as much as I did.

2018 Cyclocross Nationals

Our trip to Cyclocross Nationals is always a very big learning experience for all of the Riders and they take away important lessons from their experience that helps them define what they want out of the following season.

This year, we had 16 athletes from our Academy team, but we met former athletes & coaches, saw old friends, met new friends and spent five days learning every nook and cranny of that race course together. We’ll be publishing a lengthy video soon, but here are a few photos from the trip.

Special thanks to all of the people who helped us with this trip!

  • Bart Bowen and everyone who donated to the CXmas Fund
  • Deschutes Brewery Team for their donation
  • Erik Tonkin and Team S&M for hosting the practice race
  • Molly Cameron with PointS Racing
  • Steven Beardsley from PDX Devo
  • Sam Vickery and the Durango Devo Crew
  • Coaches Marcel Russenberger, Matt Fox, with help from Deschutes Brewery Team members James Williams and Rodney Trepess
  • The Academy Parents who traveled all that way to cheer the team and support their riders
  • Coaches Joanne Eastwood, Rex Shepard and Cody Peterson who helped the team through the regular season
  • Crows Feet Commons, WebCyclery, Sunnyside, Gear Fix and Hutch’s all helped fix-up our loaner bikes, supplied parts for the team and service for the racers

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