Cyclocross Camp Recap

19 Riders from Oregon came together for a four-day Cyclocross Training Camp in Hood River, presented by BEA, PDX Devo and OBRA — and it was a great time!

Our opening evening ride was supposed to be steep but short and fun — but we chose a road on the map that actually did not exist in real life so we ended up doubling our time, distance and climbing which delayed dinner but got everyone stoked to ride. The next day’s big ride up around Lost Lake offered a few options for distances and the fatigue began to set in just in time for lunch, a nap and skills in the afternoon. Day three we set out on another epic route up some fantastic singletrack and down very steep gravel roads to keep everyone on their toes. After a presentation about nutrition featuring insights from Melissa Shays we moved to strength & conditioning stations to improve form, technique and give tips for how to train better off the bike this season. We finished up with a walk downtown and a swim in the Columbia as the sun set over the River and the full moon rose over the Gorge. Our final day featured our traditional Urban Shred with hundreds of stairs, bike-paths, back-road exploring and a stop at the new Velosolutions Pump Track. Once back at Camp we jumped into contests, relays, hot-laps and mini-races to drill in the upper level intensity on top of several days of long rides. It hurt. After lunch we said our goodbyes but we know that #crossiscoming very soon and we’ll be out there with each other in just a few weeks at the early season races preparing for a great season and looking forward to peaking at Nationals in Tacoma this December.

Thank you so much to OBRA for the support, thank you to our staff: Joel Fletcher, Steven Beardsley, Beth Ann Orton, Landon Farnworth, Steve Thorne, Melissa Shays; and our hosts The Beardsley Family for facilitating such a great venue for us to train and stay.

Here are some photos from Joel Fletcher and Bill Warburton.

2019 Mountain Bike Nationals Recap

Racing mountain bikes at nearly 10,000′ in Winter Park, Colorado is not easy. No matter how great your fitness is, the altitude and competition will push you into new regions of pain & suffering ;)

Our team proudly sent three riders to compete in three mountain bike disciplines of Enduro, Cross-Country and Short Track. With the impressive growth of junior mountain biking across the country inspired by NICA and the development of world-class riding areas in new regions, the fields were the largest on record for many races and the energy from so many clubs made the event feel very welcoming and celebratory of junior development.


Elijah Krause raced 15-18 JR Men Enduro on Thursday so he had to prepare by arriving early, staying with the Durango Devo Team to plug in for riding partners, coaching and lodging for his practice events, and he was 100% ready to go for his Thursday morning start. After placing 8th, 10th, 8th and 11th in the first four of eight stages, he dropped in to stage 5 feeling fast and confident.

“It was the biggest crash of my life,” he said at the base lodge after down-loading on the gondola. “I went into a rock garden, stuck my front wheel in a hole and it kicked me off of my line so I went over the bars pretty hard. I knocked the wind out of me and just had to sit there for a long time.”

With a bruised body, slightly sprained knee and wrist, and the disappointment of such a bad crash, he took a nap and found some perspective about how his race had ended up. “I both really like this mountain and I really don’t like this mountain,” he said, and he’s already looking forward to coming back next year to be at the top of his age group and settling the score with that rock garden on stage 5.

“Anyone can imagine how frustrating it is to prepare for a big event and not be able to give your best through the finish,” said Coach Bill. “But Elijah is very grounded, he always turns challenges into lessons, and the support he has from his parents, teammates, and fellow competitors is what’s keeping him focused on the good right now, and it’ll help him grow as a rider. He should super proud of his training, his level of riding and for his stage results that show he is where he wanted to be this year.”


Ian Brown came to this event feeling confident that he could finish in the top-3. At the non-champ warm-up race on Wednesday he rode safely at a manageable pace to finish in 4th place while the leader managed to put in some huge attacks and get almost 2 minutes up on Ian. But he paid the price and spent the last lap barely able to ride his bike once the effects of high-altitude oxygen deprivation set in. On Thursday, Coach Bill and Caiden Hartrich rode the course, worked on passing in narrow sections, dialed in tire pressure, and identified places on the course to go and where to rest.

“It was a very demanding course that allowed for really great racing because tactics matter just as much as technical skill and fitness,” Coach Bill explained.

Ian lined up on the line in 38th position while a light drizzle soaked the course. After a couple minutes on the start road Ian decided that he could make a move into the first section of singletrack so he jumped to the front and took the lead into the hole shot. Riding with 18-seconds at the end of the first lap, he looked strong and controlled, but his body language doesn’t always show how hard he’s working. He gave everything and finished his final lap with nearly a minute gap to second place.

“I made up lots of time on the descents,” he said, grinning. That was Ian’s second national title this year. He won his category in Louisville at Cyclocross Nationals this winter. After a brief cool down in the rain, he turned to cheering for Caiden.

Caiden lined up in 107th position out of nearly 140 riders at 6:45 PM. The rain cleared, the sun was descending behind the mountains and the conditions were perfect for a hard race. He was able to negotiate the congestion at the start and ride a fast first lap to come around in about 50th position. With the traffic and altitude, he suffered more and more as the race went on. As the light faded and temperatures dropped, Caiden pushed hard through the final lap to finish a very hard-fought 59th place.

“I’ve only done one other big race before this,” he said. “Sea Otter only had 40 kids so this was really crazy.”

“For his first Nationals experience in the largest junior field in history he did a fantastic job,” said Coach Bill. “He’s now a Nationally ranked rider. Not only can he use that for his own motivation for cyclocross and next season’s training, but the team now sees where all of our riders rank at big events and when these guys come back to riding at home it helps the others imagine themselves at these big events and it just snowballs in a really positive way to keep everyone progressing.”


Ian lined up for his third event early Sunday morning. The Short Track raced around a parking lot, up a steep road, down a techy and flowy singletrack for a 2-minute lap. Ian’s plan was to ride near the front on the first lap or two, then see if he could make a move, and that’s exactly what he did. By the third lap he was sitting at the front, looking smooth on the descents. At only 13 minutes long, he didn’t have much time to rest or change tactics, so he simply poured gas on the fire and finished with a clear gap across the line. Congrats on your third National title in 2019, Ian!

“It’s amazing to have him show this kind of strength,” said Coach Bill, “but it’s more about seeing that he’ll be prepared mentally and physically when he moves up to the huge 15-16 category where the competition is very deep and the pace is just as high for a longer amount of time. We have to think about the next step — not just preparing for this event — because junior development takes many years to build on your positives and learn from the negatives.”

Great job to the Riders, huge thanks to their families who support them in their disciplines and watch out for our Cyclocross Team at Nationals in Tacoma this winter!

Also thanks to Giant Bicycles & Hutch’s Bicycles for supporting our team so we can race fast and have fun riding!

Fall Cycling Schedule

With the changes to the school schedule we have made some adjustments to times and added some capacity on a few days for youth.

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Listed by age group:

High Lakes Mini Bikes & Montessori Center: Ages 4 – 6

  • 6 Thursdays, September 12 – October 17
  • For ages 4-6 who attend High Lakes or Montessori Center of Bend (NWX or Awbrey Campus)
  • 2:30 pick up at schools, return to High Lakes at 5:00 for pick up.
  • Capped at 30 Riders
  • $185

Elementary MTN Biking Ages 7+

Mountain biking after school for fun with friends. Must have some trail riding experience. While we will work on skills, these programs are designed to enjoy some after school recreation for those who love to ride.

Monday East Side Elementary

  • 6 Mondays, September 9 to October 14
  • Pick up in BEA Vans at 2:30 from Pine Ridge, Elk Meadow, Bear Creek, Juniper
  • Meet-up Option: be at Athletic Club of Bend by 2:50 for pick up. This allows riders from any school to join us.
  • Return to Athletic Club of Bend at 5:30
  • $225

Tuesdays West Side Elementary

  • 6 Tuesdays, September 10 – October 15
  • Pick up at 2:30 from Miller and High Lakes
  • Return to Athletic Club of Bend at 5:30
  • $225

Wednesdays West Side Elementary

  • 6 Wednesdays, September 11 – October 16
  • Pick up at 1:00 from Amity, Westside, Highland, Miller and High Lakes
  • Return to Athletic Club of Bend at 4:45
  • $250

Cyclocross: Ages 10 – 18

We have a special opportunity to take the entire team to Cyclocross Nationals in Tacoma, WA from December 10 – 15, 2019. CXNats is an inclusive event that does not require qualification and all of our riders would enjoy the experience of meeting riders from across the country, racing in the epic conditions of a proper Northwest course, and to have a big goal is crucial for everyone’s individual progress and for us to work toward as a team. The trip is optional but financial support will be available and we hope everyone will consider it. Otherwise our State Champs are usually mid November and that would be the end of the regular season.

Team Events

  • We encourage you to ride in the van to these selected races or you can meet us there.
  • All support at team events is included for everyone, and we charge a travel fee for those who ride in the van to pay for fuel.
  • Full race schedule tbd by August 31st or as the events are posted.

Cyclocross Lite:

  • Ages 10+, all abilities
  • Wednesdays practice at Athletic Club
    • Elementary riders 2:00 – 5:00
    • Middle and High School riders 2:45 – 5:45
  • Includes the Thursday Thrilla Races for support, meet ACB 1 hour prior to your start to meet a coach for warm up. September 12, 19, 26, Oct 3.
  • Includes race support at selected “Weekend Team Events” through State Championships in November and some weekend local races or rides
  • To continue on Thursdays after the Thrilla Races move up to Full Time.
  • $550

Cyclocross Part Time:

  • Ages 12+, all abilities
  • Wednesdays practice at Athletic Club
    • Elementary riders 2:00 – 5:00
    • Middle and High School riders 2:45 – 5:45
  • Includes the Thursday Thrilla Races for support, meet ACB 1 hour prior to your start to meet a coach for warm up. September 12, 19, 26, Oct 3.
  • Includes any race support at selected “Weekend Team Events” through State Championships in November
  • Includes Tuesdays Strength (Sept. 17 – Nov. 19) or Thursdays Ride (after the Thrillas from Oct. 10 to Nov. 21) — choose 1 during enrollment
  • $725

Cyclocross Full Time

  • Ages 13+, returning Riders only
  • Tuesdays Strength at Office 4:15 – 5:45
  • Wednesdays practice at Athletic Club, Middle and High School riders 2:45 – 5:45
  • Includes the Thrilla Races for support on Thursdays, meet ACB 1 hour prior to your start to meet a coach for warm up.
  • Continues Thursdays at ACB through State Championships in November.
    • 4:15 – 5:45 until daylight savings.
    • Times tbd after that due to new school schedule.
  • Includes any race support at selected “Weekend Team Events”
  • We encourage you to ride in the van to those races or you can meet us there.
  • $900

Cycling Strength:

For ages 13+ in Cyclocross. Must be ready to focus and train for an extra session off the bike for strength, mobility, technique and running.

  • Tuesdays at Office, 4:15 – 5:45PM
  • Included in Cyclocross Full Time, others can add this as a custom option.

Fall Development Mountain Biking Ages 11 – 18

We will have two or three rides per week for five weeks this fall, lead by Coach Tom and helpers.

Tuesday Fall Devo

  • For ages 11+ who want to work on the Fundamentals of Mountain Biking. Whether you are new to Devo or have intermediate skills, this shorter session will focus on skills.
  • 2 hour co-ed session for skills
  • 5 Tuesdays, September 10 – October 8
  • Meet at Athletic Club of Bend by 4:15, return by 6:15
  • $125

Wednesday Fall Devo

  • For ages 11+ returning to Devo, continuing from Tuesdays Devo, or looking for a longer ride with skills coaching along the way.
  • 3 hour co-ed session for skills and riding
  • 5 Wednesdays, September 11 – October 9
  • Meet at Athletic Club of Bend by 3:00, return by 6:15
  • $180

Weekend Fall Devo

  • For those continuing from Tuesday or Wednesday Fall Devo, these rides are to put into play the skills you’re learning.
  • 3.5 – 4 hours for longer ride
  • Three SATURDAYS during the five week session.
  • 9/14, 10/5, 10/12
  • $150

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:


  • 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!

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 if you’d like to help.

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


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