BEA Executive Director Decides to Step Down

For Immediate Release

Jully 5, 2017

Bend, OR

The Bend Endurance Academy (BEA) Board of Directors announced today that Ben Husaby, its founding Executive Director, has decided to step down from his position after eight years of leading the organization. BEA is a Bend-based non-profit organization that offers kids the opportunity to learn, play, compete, and explore the outdoors through their participation in endurance sports. Under Husaby’s direction, BEA has grown to serve nearly 1,000 participants annually in programs ranging from play-based pre-school groups to professional-level competition training in the disciplines of Nordic skiing, cycling and climbing.

“It has been such an honor to have been a part of a truly remarkable organization.  I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished in a relatively short period time.”  Husaby goes on to say, “We have great coaches and families, van-fulls of kids and a new facility.  Now is the perfect time for me to step aside.  I have been tied to the sport of Nordic skiing, coaching, and youth education for over 35 years and it’s time to ski off into the woods for myself again and let the next generation of leadership forge ahead.”

“It has been an honor to work with Ben as BEA has grown and evolved over the last several years.” Board President, Cris Himes, commented. “Ben is truly driven by the mission of the academy to get kids outside and active.  He has left a lasting impact on BEA’s culture and values, and his recruitment of some of the best professionals in their disciplines to BEA will be part of his immeasurable legacy.”

Husaby will be directing the organization through September 1 in close coordination with the board and the organization’s three program directors and associate director. A Board Executive Search Committee will oversee the recruitment and selection of the right individual to lead BEA into its next stage of development.

“Ben helped build a strong and dedicated community of parents, kids, coaches and staff that supports kids and young adults in their sports and other adventures.  He’s leaving us with a team of excellent staff, an expanded training facility, and a solid financial foundation.” Himes said. “BEA has a bright future and I’m excited to continue to guide it as we get more and more members of the community involved in and inspired by our mission.”


Cris Himes, BEA Board President,

Bend Endurance Academy envisions a world with active, inspired and more engaged people.  Our mission is to promote healthy living through active, outdoor experiences. We emphasize teamwork, personal growth, and community responsibility.


High Desert Gravel Grinder – Volunteers Needed

BEA Friends, Families, and Supporters;

Bend Endurance Academy is the event beneficiary of the upcoming High Desert Gravel Grinder coming up June 4th.  As part of BEA being the event beneficiary of this great biking event, we will need to source and staff about 20 volunteer spots.  This is a great opportunity for our participants and families to volunteer and give back to our community all while benefiting Bend Endurance Academy

There’s something for everyone here and no experience is necessary! Most volunteer spots only require 1 – 2.5 hrs.  Volunteers can either drive out on their own to the position they signed up for, or they can meet at BEA at 8:00am and we’ll provide a shuttle!
NOTE: Aid Station #3 will need their own transportation. BEA shuttle will leave BEA offices at 8:00am and return to BEA offices around 1:00pm
To see a full list of volunteer positions and sign-up CLICK HERE
If you’re driving out on your own you can see a complete map and location of volunteer positions HERE
Thanks so much in advance for your time!

BEA Announces New Location

For Immediate Release
Ben Husaby

(Bend, OR) Bend Endurance Academy (BEA) is excited to announce they have moved into a new location at 442 NE 3rd street! “I am excited by the possibilities of the new facility. We are centrally located with seven times the space we had at the old location,” says BEA Executive Director Ben Husaby. “The new facility will expand our equipment storage and work space, add strength and conditioning equipment, and allow us to offer more climbing-based programming.”

The Bend Endurance Academy currently offers programs for Nordic Skiing, Cycling, and Rock Climbing. You can learn more about The Academy and sign up for programs at


Sponsor Highlight: Bowen Sports Performance

Question: What do you think/feel when you see an inspired young person actively engaged in an outdoor experience?

Bowen Sports Performance“With most kids and young adults glued to a screen of some sort most of the day, seeing a young person actively engaged in an outdoor experience gives me hope and affirmation that true exploration and personal growth happens when we get outside. A growth that includes confidence in our abilities, trust in others, and humility to listen and be present in the moment.”

Bike Rodeos presented by Hutch’s Bicycles

Bike Rodeos are fun obstacle courses for kids to play on bikes!

Hutch’s Bicycles of Bend provides great support at our bigger events:

  • Hutch’s Representative to answer questions about kid’s bikes
  • Help with helmet-fitting
  • Loaner bikes of all sizes provided for the event so anyone can participate
  • Handouts with great info for families who ride
  • BEA / Hutch’s Nameplates if kids want to put one on their bike

BEA Riders and Parents are invited to volunteer at these events!

April 7 & 8, Friday and Saturday

April 22, Saturday

  • Earth Day Fair Bike Rodeo
  • Troy Field, 11 AM – 2PM
  • Free!
  • Hutch’s representative and loaner bikes available

July 24, Monday

  • BEA MEGA-Skills Course Bike Rodeo
  • Expanded features and terrain for more fun!
  • Location TBD
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • $5 per rider
  • Intro for BEA programs, meet BEA Youth MTB Coaches
  • Loaner bikes available

July 29, Saturday

  • Ballons Over Bend Bike Rodeo
  • Riverbend Park, 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Free to ride, but event may charge admission
  • Hutch’s representative and loaner bikes available

September TBD

  • Deschutes Children’s Festival Bike Rodeo
  • Riverbend Park, 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Free to ride, but event may charge admission
  • Hutch’s representative and loaner bikes available

Schools & Community Groups

Rent our Bike Rodeo for your own events!

Email to learn more.


2017 XC MTB Race Team Calendar

Team Races for XC MTB / Gravel / Road

Traveling as a Team is a huge part of our program. Travel is not included in regular tuition so there’s a fee for away-races, and riders are responsible for their own event registration fees and OBRA license.

  1. Purchase your Oregon Bicycle Racing Association License ($10 annual)
  2. Pre-register for your event — find links here or on the main OBRA Calendar
  3. RSVP or enroll for the trip; if you’re meeting us at the race please coordinate with your Coach
  4. USA Cycling licenses are required for some races outside of Oregon (like Nationals) and we’ll let you know if one is needed.

April 15, Saturday

April 19 – 23, Wed through Sunday

April 29, Saturday

April 30, Sunday

  • Bear Springs Trap XC Race, Mt. Hood, OR
  • Not part of Junior MTB Series, but a rad event for Juniors 10+!
  • Old-school race with no online presence, sign up when we arrive, it’s a very challenging course — Cat 1/2 course is one of the coolest rides in Oregon.
  • $30 for van – enroll here

May 7, Sunday

May 13, Saturday

  • Chainbreaker XC Race, Bend, OR
  • Hosted by BEA: All Juniors should race!
  • Parents: sign up to volunteer with Coach Bill
  • Kids Under 10 1k – 5k Free Race
  • Junior Course about 12-14 miles
  • Expert Junior Course over 22 miles
  • Race info and pre-registration
  • Junior MTB Series Race #3, for all juniors 10+
  • Pre-ride the marked-course on Saturday, May 6

May 27, Saturday

  • Bend Don’t Brake Road Race, Bend, OR
  • Not great for new juniors, but those with road experience should do it
  • Challenging circuit race with only adult categories
  • Race info and pre-registration

May 28, Sunday

  • Sisters Stampede XC Race, Sisters, OR
  • Race registration FILLS, so sign up ASAP
  • Race info and pre-registration
  • Junior MTB Series Race #4, for all juniors 10+

June 4, Sunday

  • High Desert Gravel Grinder Race, Bend, OR
  • 3 Distances from 30 – 90 miles
  • Might be good racing for those older riders with Cyclocross Bikes, but it will be a beneficiary for BEA so we need volunteers!
  • Race info and pre-registration
  • Email Coach Bill if you can help out

June 9 – 11, Friday – Sunday

July 1 – 2, Saturday & Sunday

  • High Desert Road Race Omnium
  • Usually a criterium, a time-trial and a road race; do any or all event
  • Good for beginners to try road
  • Race dates, registration and info

Summer XC Races at Mt. Bachelor

  • Dates and details TBD
  • Fun weeknight events to keep you sharp

Road Criterium Series

  • Great race-training for all juniors
  • Closed road circuit for practicing road biking and learning / applying tactics
  • See the Road Clinic in MEGA-RIDES on Cycling Page
  • Free to JR’s if you pre-register; still need OBRA license
  • Race dates, registration and info

Road Time Trial Series

  • Great race-training for all juniors
  • It’s a road event, but you can do it on your MTB, CX or Road Bike to get in a hard effort and see yourself improve from week to week
  • Free to JR’s if you pre-register; still need OBRA license
  • Race dates, registration and info


2017 Enduro Team Race Schedule & Calendar


Head Enduro Coach
Rex Shepard

Spring Practices

  • March through June
  • Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays
  • 3:15-6:15pm

Summer Practices

  • July-August
  • Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays
  • 9:30am-12:30pm

Target Races for the Team


  • 4/19-23 Sea Otter Classic Monterey, CA


  • 5/7 Dog River Super D (Mountain Man Challenge)
    • usually free to juniors
  • 5/19-20 Post Canyon Enduro (Cascadia Dirt Cup) Hood River, OR
    • Youth 13U $40 Adult $85


  • 6/10 Oregon Enduro Series 5 Stage Enduro Bend, OR
  • 6/25 Timberline / Ski Bowl Enduro (Mountain Man Challenge)
    • usually free to juniors
  • OR 6/23-25 North American Enduro Cup (Cascadia Dirt Cup) Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg, ID


  • 7/21-22 Capital Forest Enduro (Cascadia Dirt Cup) Olympia, WA
    • Youth 13U $40 Adult $85
  • 7/30 Sandy Super D (Mountain Man Challenge) Mt. Hood, OR
    • usually free to juniors
  • Mt. Bachelor Gravity Races (Friday evenings)


  • Mt. Bachelor Gravity Races (Friday evenings)
  • 8/26-27 Oregon Enduro Series Mt. Bachelor, OR
    • Coach Rex gone but another Coach will be available


  • 9/15-16 Ranger Creek Enduro (Cascadia Dirt Cup) Greenwater, WA
    • Adult $85
  • 9/29-10/1 Cascadia MTB Championships Port Angeles, WA
    • Enduro $85, Downhill $85


  • 10/7-8 Ashland Mountain Challenge (California Enduro Series) Ashland, OR
    • Registration opens 3/1 at 8pm (Usually sells out)

Sponsor Highlight: COPA

Question:  What do you think/feel when you see an inspired young person actively engaged in an outdoor experience?

Central Oregon Pediatric Association: One prescription for a healthy and happy life is to enjoy a “dose of outside” every day. There’s nothing more fulfilling to us at COPA than seeing a child play and laugh outdoors, taking in the clean air and sunshine, and building a sense of confidence with every step.