Junior Cyclocross Camp

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OBRA Junior Cyclocross Development Camp

Presented by the Bend Endurance Academy

August 9 – 12, 2018

Online Registration is now closed for 2018.

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Cost: $250

Location: Hood River, OR: Hosted on private property to the west of Hood River (Google Map), participants will be camping on the grass with excellent riding opportunities right from our camp. Restrooms and cooking will be on site. We will ride various locations for mixed road / gravel rides, using open spaces for skills practice, and possibly driving a few miles out of town for more riding opportunities.

Purpose: to bring riders together from across the region to have fun, ride hard, train smart, create friendships and kick off a successful cyclocross season. As a region, the Pacific Northwest has very talented junior, amateur and professional riders and this is our chance to all get together for several days of skills, great rides and learning from each other.

The Camp: Staff and guest coaches will provide support through various lessons and ride plans. Activities will include Skills, Drills, Long Rides, Intensity Rides, Off-Bike Games, Swimming and Mock Race – you will get tired. Includes all meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. Campers must attend for the entire duration of the camp. Focused on sharing & presenting information while outlining appropriate physical challenges, this camp is a great way to start the cyclocross season. Junior teams and their coaches are encouraged to attend.

Why attend? Not only will you learn new tips, tricks and skills, you’ll be able to completely focus on cycling, training and learning for an extended period of time. Through presentations, skills sessions, rides with a mission, and free time to socialize, riders will absorb all kinds of information that builds confidence upon a solid foundation for the racing season.

Who can attend? Junior Men and Junior Women Riders must be at least 13 years old by December 31, 2018. Some cyclocross racing experience is recommended, but not necessary; riders must be strong enough to handle 2-hour rides / skills sessions; must be planning to race a full cyclocross season; must have a cyclocross bike – some loaners may be available.

Junior team coaches who wish to help or shadow the coaching staff please contact Bill Warburton for more information. We want to support Coach Development, too.

The camp will accommodate two levels or riders:

Competition Group: for those who have multiple years of cyclocross racing experience; who consider racing their main objective; who plan a full season of cyclocross races and want to ensure they’re on track for proper fitness, skills development and mental preparation. This group may ride at a higher pace or work on some more advanced skills. Riders with Nationals experience or aspirations will be in this group.

Development Group: for younger, or less experienced riders, this group will cover all of the most basic fundamentals and go up from there. Riders will learn modern cyclocross techniques, tips, tricks, and participate in drills and rides that are no-drop, fun and not intimidating.

Arrival: Arrive at Beardsley Residence between 4 to 6 PM on Thursday, August 9 for check in. Bend Endurance is driving a van up to the camp and can provide carpool options from Central Oregon; PDX Devo can provide carpool options from Portland.

See the location on Google Maps.

Beardsley Residence
Dead End of Dairy Way
Hood River, OR
Google Map

From I-84, take exit 62 to right on Country Club west, left on Frankton south, then right onto Dairy Way. Follow to end. We’ll be in the field straight ahead.

Parents and Team Coaches: From 5PM Thursday to Noon on Sunday, the riders are fully under the supervision of the camp staff. If parents or team coaches want to help coach at the camp, please contact Bill before Aug 1.

Draft Itinerary (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Thursday, August 9

  • 16:00 – 17:00 Arrival & set up personal tents
  • 17:00 – 18:00 Camp Check In, Introductions
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 – 20:30: Staff Presentations
  • 21:00 = quiet hours begin; get to bed as early as you can

Friday, August 10

  • 7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast, make snacks for the ride; get ready to ride
  • 8:45 – 11:30 Briefing then Group Rides from the Port, easy conversational pace on a scenic route.
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch, swim / nap / free time
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Staff Presentations
  • 15:00 – 17:30 Skills & Drills
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 – 20:30: Staff Presentations
  • 21:00 = quiet hours begin; get to bed as early as you can

Saturday, August 11

  • 7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast, make snacks for the ride; get ready to ride
  • 8:45 – 11:30 Skills & Drills on a practice course, mock races
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch, swim / nap / free time
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Staff Presentations
  • 15:00 – 17:30 Group Rides
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:15 – 20:45: Explore Downtown Hood River for ice cream
  • 21:00 = quiet hours begin; get to bed as early as you can

Sunday, August 12

  • 7:00 – 7:45 Breakfast, break down camp, prepare to ride
  • 8:30 – 10:30 Skills & Drills on a practice course, mock races
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Final Presentations, Debrief, team photo
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch & Good Bye’s
  • 13:00 All riders clear of the Port property

Food: We will eat a variety of things delicious and healthy. Specify any allergies or restrictions during enrollment under Medical Notes.

Bicycle & Equipment List

  • Cyclocross bike with gears is required (no mountain bikes, no tubular tires) – some loaners available, ask Bill
  • Helmet, shoes, sunglasses, gloves
  • 2 Water bottles or hydration pack
  • 3 extra tubes, pump and multi-tool
  • Running shoes, shorts, swimsuit
  • headlamp or flashlight
  • Plate, bowl, mug, spoon, fork
  • At least 3 cycling kits (shorts / jerseys)
  • Arm warmers
  • Riding rain jacket
  • 2+ sets of street clothes; 1 pair of pants
  • Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, pillow
  • Towel & Swim suit
  • Heartrate monitor, Garmin or other training devices
  • Personal hygiene products (toothbrush, contacts, etc.)

Rider Expectations

  • Riders must ask questions, participate, and be ready to use this camp as a tool to achieve success in training, preparation and skill development
  • Riders will obey staff and be nice to each other
  • Once checked-in, riders will remain with the camp and staff until its conclusion; riders must ask to be excused if they wish to leave the camp
  • Riders will not bring or use any illegal or banned substances or items
  • Riders will engage with the staff and with each other to make personal connections and friendships

Staff & Coaching Mission

  • Professional, knowledgeable and supportive staff will make sure the camp is fun and safe
  • We will share our personal experiences, teach accepted techniques and ensure that all of our tips, advice and coaching is modern, cohesive and inspiring
  • We will not tolerate inappropriate language, bullying or any other negative behavior

About the Academy: The Bend Endurance Academy began in 2009 and is a 501c3 non-profit organization with over 500 families in programs for rock climbing, Nordic skiing and cycling. Our mission is to “Promote healthy living through active, outdoor experiences. We emphasize teamwork, personal growth and community responsibility.”

Staff & Coaches:

Bill Warburton, Camp Director 541.904-5048, bill@bendenduranceacademy.org
Steven Beardsely, Camp Staff, steven@pdxdevo.com
Joel Fletcher, Camp Staff, jfletcher@obra.org

Registration closes at 11:59PM on Sunday August 5th.

Camp Fee:

  • $250
  • Capped at 30 Riders
  • Payment due at time of registration
  • Unless you request Tuition Assistance: Five spots available at discounted rate of $150 for riders who need financial help in order to attend this camp. Interested riders must make written a request for assistance along with a brief statement about why this camp is important and why they like racing bikes. Email that statement to bill@bendenduranceacademy.org along with your enrollment (check out for “cash or check”)

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