Bend Endurance Academy promotes its programs via website, social media and articles in the local newspapers. This media release form allows BEA to take photos and videos of your child and use them in venues that promote our mission of “building endurance athletes who are able to accomplish their individual athletic goals while being committed to personal growth, teamwork and community responsibility.”
I, the undersigned, do hereby consent and agree that Bend Endurance Academy (BEA), its employees, or agents have the right to take photographs, videotape, or digital recordings of me during any of my program enrollment periods. BEA may use these in any and all media, now or hereafter known, and exclusively for the purpose of promoting the Academy as well as its partners and sponsors. I further consent that my name and identity may be revealed therein or by descriptive text or commentary.
I do hereby release to BEA, its agents, and employees all rights to exhibit this work in print and electronic form publicly or privately and to market and sell copies. I waive any rights, claims, or interest I may have to control the use of my identity or likeness in whatever media used.
I understand that there will be no financial or other remuneration for recording me, either for initial or subsequent transmission or playback.
I also understand that BEA is not responsible for any expense or liability incurred as a result of my participation in this recording, including medical expenses due to any sickness or injury incurred as a result.
Your consent is implied as a participant of any BEA program or activity.
Bend Endurance Academy Code of Conduct
Participation in the Bend Endurance Academy (BEA) is a privilege, not a right. While participating in any BEA activity, all BEA Athletes, Parents, Staff, Coaches and Volunteers must agree to conduct themselves according to BEA’s core values of Personal Growth, Community Responsibility, Team, Loyalty, Integrity, Respect, Perseverance, and Accountability and abide by the spirit and dictates of this Code of Conduct.
All participants must agree to comport themselves in a sportsmanlike manner, and are responsible for their actions while attending or participating in all BEA activities (including but not limited to camps, competitions, and projects).
Sportsmanlike conduct is defined as, but is not limited to:
Respect for each other, your Coaches, the general public, race officials and fellow competitors;
Respect for facilities, privileges and operating procedures, and of the trails, venue and environment;
Use of courtesy and good manners, acting responsibly and maturely, refraining from the use of profane or abusive language;
Minors shall abstain from all illegal or banned substances or drugs.
While participating in any BEA activity:
BEA participants shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the appropriate national , divisional, state and local governing bodies, the BEA Bylaws, and the BEA Code of Conduct. Our governing bodies include: USADA, USSA, PNSA, USA Cycling, OBRA, and USA Climbing.
BEA participants shall conduct themselves at all times and in all places as befits worthy representatives of the United States of America, BEA, their region, division, state or club and in accordance with the best traditions of national and international competition.
BEA participants are responsible for knowledge of and adherence to competition rules and procedures. Participants are also responsible for knowledge of and adherence to the rules and procedures of the BEA teams, camps or other projects when participating in such.
BEA participants shall maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct, which includes self-control and responsible behavior, consideration for the physical and emotional well-being of others, courtesy and good manners.
BEA participants shall abide by BEA rules and procedures while traveling to and from and participating in official BEA activities.
BEA participants shall abstain from illegal and/or immoderate consumption of alcohol. Absolutely no consumption of alcohol is permitted for those individuals under the age of 21. Participants under 21 years of age shall not participate in gatherings involving consumption of alcohol unless it is an official BEA or event organizer function.
No BEA participants shall violate the customs, travel or currency regulations of a country while traveling with a BEA group or on a BEA ticket.
No BEA participant shall commit a criminal act.
No BEA participant shall engage in any conduct that could be perceived as harassment based upon gender, age, race, religion or disability.
BEA participants will avoid abusive language and disruptive behavior.
Failure to comply with any of the above provisions may lead to disciplinary action by the appropriate team or competition leader. Disciplinary action may include:
Removal from the team trip or training camp.
Suspension from training and/or competition.
Elimination of coaching, travel, and other benefits.
Forfeiture of participation in BEA activities
BEA participants must have a current enrollment form, liability waiver and tuition paid in full or a payment plan established with the Executive Director to participate in any BEA activities. In the case that a BEA participant is removed from participation for violation of this code no refunds will be made. BEA is committed to principles of fairness, due process and equal opportunity.
Participants are entitled to be treated fairly and in compliance with BEA’s Bylaws, policies and procedures. Nothing in this Code shall be deemed to restrict the individual freedom of a BEA participant in matters not involving activities in which one could not be perceived as representing BEA. In choices of appearance, lifestyle, behavior and speech while not representing BEA, competitors shall have complete freedom, provided their statements and actions do not adversely affect the name and reputation of the BEA. However, in those events where one is representing or could be perceived as representing BEA, participants understand and agree to behave in a manner consistent with the best traditions of sportsmanship and BEA’s core values.
No signature is required on this document. Your consent is implied as a participant of any BEA program or activity.
We ask that any staff or participants with illness involving fever, new cough, or shortness of breath stay home.
No close sustained contact with anyone who is sick. If they or anyone in their household have recently had an illness with fever or a new cough. They should remain home for at least 10 days after illness onset and until 72 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, and diarrhea) are improving.
We will require participants have their temperature checked at home by an adult the morning of their program. This temperature will need to be reported and recorded during the participant check-in process. If parents cannot attest to their child’s temperature it will need to be checked at check-in.
Coaches and participants will be instructed to use hand sanitizer/change gloves anytime they work with and finish their task with any shared equipment or when having close contact with any other individuals.
Coaches and participants are encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow; Throw any used tissue away immediately into a garbage receptacle; and clean hands after covering coughs and sneezes, and after throwing away used tissues.
Coaches will wear face coverings whenever they cannot maintain appropriate distancing from participants of at least 6’.
Parents will be notified that an adult is to drop off each participant and follow social distancing marked standing/waiting positions (cones) until called to the check-in table/location.
During check-in, coaches/staff will record the name of the participant and adult dropping participant off and the time
Bike check (first day and one day programs only); participants will be directed to a marked location (cones) for coaches to conduct pre-ride bike and equipment check. During the bike check coaches will wear a face covering and sanitize their hands between each individual bike check.
After rider’s bikes are checked, they will be directed to a marked area for the pre-ride group check-in and announcements. A coach will outline and remind participants of proper personal hygiene and ways to practice social distancing.
Coaches will work to design each ride to minimize the use of highly used and/or multi directional trails.
Coaches will work to plan rides to allow the group to stop in areas that allow riders to maintain proper social distancing measures while minimizing impact to the surrounding area and to prevent trail widening.
Coaches will put on a face covering at ride stops and when social distancing measures cannot be maintained. Riders are encouraged to do the same but are not required.
Once riders are back at the meeting point, participants will be directed to a marked location for ride debrief and staging for parent pick up.
Parents will follow the marked standing/waiting positions for pickup procedures to keep everyone at a 6’ distance.
We will be recording the name and time of the adult pick up of participants in order to comply with state guidance.
Van travel will be limited to four participants per van with assigned seating for all trips in order to adhere to state guidelines of maintaining at least 3’ of space between participants.
When participants are transported via a BEA van all participants will utilize hand sanitizer prior to entering the van.
Vans will be cleaned after each use and will targeted cleanings with a focus on disinfecting frequently touched surfaces of the van.
All new protocols and additional messaging will be communicated via the BEA website, post enrollment email communications, social media, and on site signage.
Confirmed COVID-19 Case among Campers or Staff & Cluster of Illness
Coaches and staff are instructed to notify your supervisor if they are notified of any participant or coach of having a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Supervisor will notify the Executive Director of any communication of a confirmed case or any cluster of illness among the summer camp program staff or participants. Executive Director will notify Deschutes County Communicable Disease Investigation, Surveillance And Response: (541) 322-7418
Choose between our four different programs this summer, starting the week of June 15 to the beginning of September. Each program repeats several times through the summer. Because of the situation with Covid-19, we will meet at trails heads with parents/ caregivers responsible to drop off their kids directly at the trail head, with possible exception for the Enduro camps and the Day Trips.
Click Enroll Now after May 23 to get exact dates and more details.
One Day Trip: One day at a time, from 9 AM to 4 PM. For kids 10 and older who don’t want to commit to a full week riding the trails with us and want to explore trails that are not so easy to reach for an afternoon ride. Trips will include Swampy Lakes TH to Phil’s trail TH, Metolius Windigo to Tyler’s Traverse, … These are long rides with some up and down. Only for riders who have the stamina for it!
Tuition is $80. Enroll for three or more days for a discount!
Enduro Camps: 5 day camps for kids 8 and older, from 9 AM to 3 PM. For kids who really prefer gravity and want to explore all the trails that surround Bend, including one day at the Bike Park at Mt Bachelor.
Tuition is $400 which includes day bike park pass and gear rental.
Little Ones Ride Too: 2 day mountain biking camps for 5 to 8 years old. Shorter days from 9 AM to 2 PM, following the needs and rhythm of our younger public.
Tuition is $140.
Multi Activities Two Day camps: for the kids 8 to 18 years old who want to explore various outdoor activities. These 2 days will take them mountain biking, rafting and climbing. The days start at 9 AM and finish at 4 PM.
Middle schoolers and High schoolers, if you are an intermediate to advanced rider looking to ride the trails with a group of friends and develop or refine some technical skills, our Development “DEVO” program is for you. Ride locations will vary and we will make sure every voice is heard! Bring your friends, make some new ones!
Age minimum is 10.
This group will meet twice a week with the option of one session per week also available.
DEVO program runs Spring, Summer and Fall every Tuesday and Thursday
3:00pm – 6:30pm
Tuition is $650 for the whole summer and $350 for once a week option.
We do offer private sessions for kids and adults. Either you want a one on one session with a coach, stay with the circle of your family or gather a little group of riders with similar skills; we discuss your goals together and choose an appropriate spot/trail accordingly.
Each private session runs 1Hr 30 minimum, with implementation of 90 minutes at a time.
Many factors influence which programs are best for your child.
Desire to Ride & Goals
Ask your child if he or she would like to participate in our programs.
We can only safely take riders who want to ride with our groups.
Individuals should have common goals to what the Program can offer.
Our After School programs aim at taking Elementary and few Middle Schoolers for fun afternoon rides after a long day at school.
Our DEVO program targets Middle and High schoolers who are interested in becoming better riders while having a blast.
Age, Ability & Experience
Age limits do not define ability. They keep riders in appropriate social settings with their peers.
Please respect the age limits when you enroll.
Ability & experience must be balanced with knowledge & progression so it’s better to start in a slower group or easier program to learn the basics. This fixes “gaps” in skills and promotes faster learning and means more fun!
Friends & Siblings
We encourage riders to group-up with their friends if it is appropriate for the group and the chosen ride.
Our times and locations sometimes make it challenging to accommodate drop-off and pick up of siblings in different programs but we will try to make it work for you.
Which School You Attend
We offer certain programs to certain schools on specific days in the Spring and Fall.
Each program outlines the minimums or recommendations for bikes and gear — this is a huge safety concern for us if a rider’s bike is either unsafe or not correct for the group for which you have enrolled, so please follow those guidelines and ask for assistance if needed.
We suggest taking your bike to a local bike shop for a check-up and tune before enrolling in our programs. Our safety checks can only make assessments — we cannot fix major problems.
For ages 7 and 8 we recommend 20″ wheels or larger.
For age 9+ we recommend minimum 24″ or 26″ wheels.
Mountain Bike with 2-brakes, in safe working order required.
Gears highly recommended for ages 7-8.
Gears required for age 9+.
Singlespeeds should not have a coaster brake and should have a very light gear ratio.
Click image below for more help regarding bikes for kids 6-8 years old:
Learning to ride in a group safely and courteously.
Creating a long-lasting respect for & appreciation of our trails and natural environment.
Exploring new trails and making improvements on familiar ones.
Gaining fitness and confidence so our kids want to ride more.
Age 7+ at start of elementary program and attends the school offered for that day.
Age 4 or 5 at start of Montessori program and attends The Montessori Center School.
Must know how to ride a bike off-road, no Absolute Beginners, but Beginners and Intermediate are welcome!
The Rider must want to attend practice and ride in the group with their assigned Coach and teammates.
Academy Rules of the Trail
Be prepared: bring helmet, gloves, glasses, water, tube, tools & working bike
Say “Hello” to everyone
Ride in control
Ride only open trails
Preserve the trail: no skidding, cutting corners or walking on jump faces
Stop at all junctions and trail crossings to re-group
Stay within sight of your group; don’t wander off into the woods
If you happen to lose the group, stay where you are and a coach will find you
Downhill Riders yield to Uphill Riders
Bikers yield to all other users like walkers and horses
Don’t scare people or animals
Scout all jumps / drops / black diamond features; only ride with Coach permission
Respect and help your teammates and coaches
Pads, full face helmet and neck brace strongly recommended for Enduro / DH / Bike Park training and racing
Vehicles & Driving
Respect the Driver, Coaches and your Teammates
Riders must sit facing forward
Keep all body parts inside the windows at all times
Leave no trace
Lost and found in front of vans
Seat belts required in vans
The Academy is a 501c3 non-profit organization and we rely on sponsors and donors to keep our tuition costs affordable; and your donation may be tax deductible.
Consider making a donation to the Academy to help us further our mission of promoting healthy living through active, outdoor experiences.
Equipment donations are often valuable to our programs, too. You can do this two ways: donate directly to the Academy, or put your used outdoor gear on consignment under our account at The Gear Fix and we’ll receive 80% of the sale.
Amazon Smile: look for Bend Endurance Academy in the Charity link. Volunteers
We produce or are affiliated with several events over the course of the year that rely on volunteers from BEA.
Sometimes athletes are asked to help, while other times we need parents to step up.
Engaging in community activities helps the Academy and our families make a positive impact. Trail maintenance is one off them
“Absolute-Beginners” are those who need help getting started, or who are not comfortable on a bike — they require one-on-one attention from Coaches to remain safe; we offer Clinics and Bike Rodeos to help them get started.
“Beginners” are those who can ride, are ready to take on challenges, and can be mixed into a group-setting with appropriate ratios of riders-to-Coaches.
“Recreational” riders really enjoy riding and want to improve but aren’t immediately interested in advanced skills or racing.
“Intermediate” riders have more experience, might be more interested in pursuing a harder progression and might be convinced to ride more days per week or try a race.
“Advanced” riders have many years of experience and can start giving back to their teammates while they pursue their own goals.
Age vs Maturity: Minimum ages are set to create peer groups so while many younger riders can demonstrate good skills, they often need to remain with their peers instead of moving up too quickly.
How does the Wait List work?
Many programs have caps. This is so we can provide your child with the best experience for the resources we have.
The enrollment form shows how many spots are left.
If a program is FULL then you should register for the Cycling Wait List. We will update everyone on the wait list a week before the program begins.
We will not take payment unless your child is accepted into the program.
How does Tuition work?
Payment is due partially or in full at registration. Payment is due in its totality before the start of the program.
Riders are expected to show up on the days they’ve signed up to attend.
How do you set up groups?
Riding Groups are created and adjusted on-the-fly based on a number of factors including attendance, terrain, weather, experience, ability, age and motivation of the participants.
By default, we begin with age and then adjust by friendships / ability / experience to make efficient groups.
Slow vs. fast is not as big of a concern as many think. We’re riding to learn from each other and socialize, which means it’s usually easy to re-group and manage a ‘group speed’ that everyone can enjoy.
Riders and parents must communicate with their Coaches about their desires, goals and aspirations in order for us to set forth proper pathways for their development, but it is the Coach’s final decision about who rides in which groups. Riding in a “slower group” is sometimes important for proper skill and personal development — it is not a penalty.
Riders must earn their progression by showing respect for their Coaches & peers while exhibiting dedication, motivation and improvement.
Is BEA a Racing / Elite Junior Program?
Our mission is to offer a full range of Youth & Junior Cycling Development tracks for Beginners to Advanced, Recreational Riders and Racers!
Racing is encouraged for those who are interested above age 12 but it’s always optional. Racing is hard. Riding bikes should be fun! Sometimes those are the same, sometimes they’re not.
We encourage friendly, respectful competitions within our programs and suggest junior-friendly events for riders to try as a natural part of a rider’s progression.
Racing in sanctioned (OBRA or USAC) races begins at age 9 or 10 depending on the discipline.
Gerod is an Oregon native, ex-submariner and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He moved to Bend from Uganda to pursue a career flying helicopters and has since imbedded himself in the outdoor industry.
When not on his bike or in the air, you’re likely to see him teaching skiing and snowboarding on Bachelor, guiding on one of the local rivers, or climbing at Smith.
Favorite trail: lapping Lower Whoops!
Ryder moved to Bend from the Northeast with his sights set on larger mountains, rivers, and crags to play in.
Ryder has extensive experience leading multi-day adventure-based trips including activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, backpacking, and white-water paddling. He is passionate about outdoor recreation and experiential education and has been focused on sharing this passion with youth and young adults since 2017.
Favorite Trail near Bend: Lower Tiddlywinks.
Virginie is a “retired” teacher from France. Since she moved to Bend in 2017, she’s embraced our Central Oregon’s outdoor life by teaching skiing and downhill biking camps.
Her biking experience ranges from cyclocross to road and mountain biking. She loves ripping down the trails with the whole family. Favorite trail in Bend: Funner!
Evan is one of our highschool students who coaches for BEA.
He moved to Bend when he was one and has been on bikes and skis since he could walk.
He races cross country skiing and finished 5th twice at junior nationals. He thinks racing is fun but his favorite part about skiing and biking is exploring new places, like skiing up to Broken-Top or riding an entirely new trail system. In school, he’s kinda a math and science nerd!
Young is one of our instructors for younger riders.
She was born and raised in Pusan, South Korea, where she studied Business Administration.
Throughout the last 18 years, she has worked as a primary designer both interior and exterior for a residential home building business in Bend, Oregon.
After moving to Oregon, Young has discovered her love for the outdoors. She has joined Mt. Bachelor as a PSIA certified youth ski instructor and in 2019 Young has joined the Sunriver Resort Marina. She believes that spending time in the mountains, nature, and the outdoors is a life necessity.
Young is motivated to connect with other people and help others discover what they love. In Young’s free time you can find her road biking, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, kayaking, reading books, or spending time with friends.
Favorite trail in the area: Metolius- Windigo Todd Lake
Karen is one of our instructors for younger riders.
She is a Pacific Northwest native. She lived in Seattle with her husband and three kids where she was primarily a stay at home mom, but also worked for Webb’s Ski School as an Alpine Ski Instructor for their Children’s program. During this time she earned her certifications as a Professional Ski Instructor and a Children’s Specialist.
In 2012 she moved to Sisters to be closer to her family. During winter season, she’s an Alpine ski instructor at Mt. Bachelor. In the summer she enjoys mountain biking, hiking and paddle boarding with her family and friends.
Karen loves teaching kids and sharing her passion for the outdoors with her students.
Favorite Trail: Upper Peterson Ridge
Sara grew up in New York, lived in northern California for about 25 years and moved to Bend in 2014.
Sara has an affinity for all things outdoors. She is an avid mountain biker and skier and that passion afforded her many adventures in central Oregon and beyond.
Sara is looking forward to riding with those who share the same passion or just being introduced.
Her favorite local trail is South Fork.
Thayer is a student at Summit High School. He has ridden with BEA’s elementary school, Devo, and cyclocross programs, as well as the Nordic program for years.
When he’s not biking, he’s skiing, playing waterpolo or trumpet.
Bonnie is a former teacher from the Philadelphia area.
She believes kids belong outside, so she left the classroom to merge her teaching skills with her love for the outdoors.
In the winter, Bonnie spends all hours shredding and teaching snowboarding. When the snow melts, she loves mountain biking, hiking, and paddling our beautiful trails and lakes.
Bonnie is passionate about the preservation and low-impact enjoyment of public lands, and she enjoys teaching kids to Leave No Trace.
Etan is one of our high schooler coaching for BEA
Etan was born in Portland and moved to Bend in 2017.
He’s been biking since he was 2 years old; he currently rides downhill and enduro, and races in regional and international events.
What Etan enjoys most about riding is exploring new trails and places with his friends and family.
He is looking forward to sharing his passion of riding with other kids.
His favorite trail is Dirt Merchant in Whistler Bike Park.
Chris found out about BEA while working as a climbing guide in Australia. Contemplating a move to Central Oregon, BEA seemed like it would be a great outlet to help get kids outside, and it has been a great fit!
When not coaching, Chris enjoys climbing, bikepacking, backcountry skiing and leading overseas trips for high school groups.
The motto he aspires to live by is from Aldo Leopold, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
His favorite ride: Horse Butte to Horse Ridge and back!
Max believes outdoor recreation is essential to health and well being. He has found his calling teaching mountain biking and skiing, helping kids develop the skills to safely enjoy and respect the outdoors.
Max’s background working on performance vehicles has provided a natural segue into fine-tuning and maintaining gear for the best performance possible.
When he’s not riding or skiing, you can find Max hiking, camping, and tossing discs.
His favorite trail is the Soquel Demonstration Forest Flow Trail in Santa Cruz, CA.
With their US base in Portland, CASTELLI does a lot to support our team and junior cycling in OBRA with things like Leader’s Jerseys for the Junior MTB and Cyclocross Series. And their clothing is very durable and comfy.
Thank You to all of the local shops and businesses who support our team!