COVID-19 Spring Programs Update

Bend Endurance Academy Community,

We’ve been paying close attention to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the impacts it’s having locally and regionally. Bend Endurance Academy takes our role and responsibility to our participants, their families, our staff, and the Bend community very seriously.  

Currently, BEA’s Board and staff have been working to make informed and collaborative decisions in regards to our current and upcoming programs and events.  At this point there is immediate action and impact to our Youth Climbing Programs that are running currently. Based off of information and action taken by the Bend La Pine School District and in collaboration with Bend Rock Gym, we are temporarily halting all scheduled climbing team practices from Monday, March 16th until Monday, March 30th.

With our spring cycling programs scheduled to start in 30 days, we are still evaluating the best course of action as we pay close attention to what our local and regional public health officials, and the Bend La Pine School District are recommending.  We will be aiming to make a final call at least 16 days out from the start of spring programs. We feel that at that time we will be able to make the best informed decision for the general well being of our participants and families. 

In the meantime, we want to remind folks of our cancellation and refund policy and encourage individuals to purchase Registration Protection through Booking Protect during the checkout process. 

Please know that Bend Endurance Academy will continue to evaluate this dynamic situation and keep the best interest of our families and community in mind while making these decisions.  

For more information regarding COVID-19 please visit the Oregon Health Authorities page:

Bend Endurance Academy – COVID-19 Response for Current Climbing Programs

From Climbing Program Director – Mike Rougeux

As many of you likely have, we’ve been paying close attention to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Recently, you have received communication from USA Climbing regarding the cancellation of Open Sport and Speed Nationals this weekend, and the removal of qualification for Regional Championships through local competition participation. In our Region, we have been notified that the Rogue Rock Gym competition has been cancelled.  We expect will other host facilities following suit.

In order to do our part to protect the climbing community and limit the spread of the Coronavirus amongst the broader community here in Bend, we will be temporarily suspending climbing practices starting Monday, March 16th until Monday, March 30th.

This decision has not been made lightly and is a result of collaboration with the BEA Board of Directors, and the management team and ownership at Bend Rock Gym.

During the time while activities are suspended we will continue to monitor what our local and regional public health officials are recommending in order to best serve our community. We will also be working closely with Bend Rock Gym managers to ensure we are providing a responsible return to practices and get us all back to climbing together in the safest environment we can provide. There are a lot of unknowns and uncertainties at this time, and this two week break will allow us to formulate the best informed course of action for our athletes, coaches, staff, and our community.  

For those who are enrolled or registered for upcoming USA Climbing events; I will be keeping you up to date on how we will be proceeding as more information becomes available from USA Climbing and the host facilities. 

I will also be sending a separate email regarding our upcoming Bishop Spring Break Trip.

In the meantime, we ask that all BEA participants who do elect to go to the BRG on their own, to please do your part to help limit the impact and spread of COVID-19 within our community. Of importance specific to the activity of rock climbing is that everyone who climbs in the gym be vigilant with following recommendations from the Oregon Health Authority. Please be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you enter the gym. Also, frequent and thorough hand washing during your session is of the utmost importance.  If you are feeling under the weather, please refrain from visiting Bend Rock Gym and other public places.

Please know that Bend Endurance Academy will continue to evaluate this dynamic situation and keep the best interest of our families and community in mind while making these decisions.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions 

For more information regarding COVID-19 please visit the Oregon Health Authorities page:

Climbing and Nordic Enrollment Now Open

Nordic Skiing is fun for all ages!

BEA Winter and Spring Climbing and Nordic program enrollment is now open. Click here to head directly to our new enrollment site.

Our latest Climbing programs consist of Youth, Development and High School teams with our enthusiastic, professional coaching staff. Click here to check out our Climbing Program offerings.

Nordic skiing programs for 2020 include After School Elementary classic skiing instruction, two Masters programs, and a special late season session for students of REALMS and Cascades Academy Middle Schools. After school elementary sessions will include pick up from specific schools on specific days. This year, we will also have a meet up option Monday through Wednesday for kids who want an extra day of outdoor fun! Our Tuesday and Sunday morning Masters Skate Skiing programs will feature instruction by Bend’s own Don Leet. Click here to check out our 2020 Nordic Programs offerings.

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.

2019 Mountain Bike Nationals Recap


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, 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.

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.”


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!

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

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
  • 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 through October 31
  • 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
    • 4:15 – 5:45 until daylight savings.
  • Includes any race support at selected races, talk to Coach Matt for more information
  • $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 through October 31.
  • 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.

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.

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:


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