Weekend Update: XC, CX, Climb

Academy athletes attended competitions in Quebec City, Bozeman and Bend this past weekend.

Dakota Blackhorse was the 3rd fastest American and 38th overall in the Cross Country World Cup Sprints held in Quebec City. See Dakota’s results, videos from the event or read his fasterskier.com interview.

Locally, 11 cyclocross riders represented the Academy in the USGP Deschutes Brewery Cup. The event featured junior, master and professional riders and teams from all across the US. Full results are posted here. Top results from Day 1 include: Ivy Taylor 2nd, Donovan Birky 4th, Cameron Beard 3rd and Day 2: Cameron Beard 5th (Cat 2-3 Men) AND 1st (Junior Boys 15-16) Ivy Taylor 2nd, Donovan Birky 4th, and Katie Ryan 3rd. According to the Academy’s Cycling Director, Bill Warburton,”Overall, it was a really good weekend. Having a hometown race, where competitors from all across the country come to compete is a great opportunity for our riders and a good indication of how strong our team is. As a coach, was great to talk to other junior development coaches and plan ways to get our riders together more often. It was also good for our athletes to meet many of the professional riders who are very supportive of the juniors.  It’s nice to see that Academy riders are ranked well coming into the event and even though not all of our riders are going to Nationals, they rank very well when compared to their peers across the US.” USGP photos available here.

The Bend Endurance Academy Climbing team traveled to Bozeman, MT this past weekend to compete in the USA Climbing Western Region Bouldering Championships and came away with a 2nd place team championship. 13 Bend based climbers competed alongside climbers and teams from Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and the Dakotas. Academy climbers earned 1st place finishes in three categories and five total podiums. “I’m really impressed with how well the athletes performed. We had a snowy, tough travel day prior to the event with the drive from Bend to Bozeman and it was impressive to see our climbers step up and perform when they needed to,” said head climbing coach Mike Rougeux. Lukas Strauss-Wise, Olivia Brumwell and Tristan Helmich each took home 1st place finishes. The overall 2nd place team finish was secured with the help of Walker Davis and Abby Black who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in their category.The Regional Championship served as the qualifying event for the Divisional Championship to be held in Portland next month with the top seven climbers from each category advancing. The Bend Endurance Academy has nine climbers who qualified for the next round. Full result are available here.