Mountain Biking Programs

The Bend Endurance Academy Mountain Biking Program strives to be at the forefront of youth mountain biking. Our programs are designed to inspire and fuel the next generation of mountain bikers and focus on developing well-rounded bikers who respect the mountain biking community, the trails, and the outdoors in general. Every program is designed with the idea that at the end of the season our kids have become stronger and better riders while having fun.

Our mountain bike coaches bring years of teaching or coaching mountain biking as well as other outdoor sports or programs. They all carry a professional and holistic approach to coaching and mentoring youth. We are committed to providing a safe and encouraging place for every single individual to grow as a biker and as a person. We value respect for the sport and the other riders, and a willingness to continually strive for improvement. 

All our coaches have a First aid or Wilderness First Aid, Concussion and Safesport trainings, to recognize, reduce and respond to misconduct and abuse. Our coaches work hard to be the coach that each individual needs on any given day and support our kids in all aspects of their development.

Every mountain biking program is designed to fit your child’s age, ability, and goal. If you are not sure which one is the best for your child, contact our mountain biking Director to discuss options together.

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FALL 2022 PROGRAMS

Registration for fall 2022 will open July 11

Pushbikes- PS-PK

Pushbikes Fall 2022

DESCRIPTION

Preschool on a pushbike!

We have designed this program with our younger public in mind, those who have not yet transitioned to a bike with pedals, those who have never spent two hours away from their caregivers, those who have never spent time in a group setting, those who are not used to the outdoors,….

We spend an hour and half together, riding their pushbike and developing a great sense of balance. We build forts, we explore nature, create art,…

Each rider must come with their own pushbike and a helmet.

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for PS-PK riders who are not yet riding a bike with pedals.

For the child who has never been on a pushbike to the one close to transitioning on a bike with pedals.
Kids ride with their coach in little pods of three or up to six kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders.

Check the More Info tab to find information on how to choose a program for your child. 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:3 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.
Each session is limited to 6 riders only.

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

We offer two different back to back sessions on Tuesday, from 9:00am to 10:30am and from 10:45am to 12:15pm.

Riders and their caregivers meet us directly at Phil’s pumptrack.

Our Fall program runs for seven weeks, from September 13 to October 25, weather dependent*. 

COST and REGISTRATION

 

Pushbike 1-TUESDAY (9:00-10:30am): $315 

Pushbike 2- TUESDAY- (10:45am-12:15pm): $315

 

Payment Plan available with one installment ($100 deposit).

Feel free to apply for financial aid if needed on our Scholarships page.

 

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

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Tiny Ones - PK-K

Tiny Ones Fall 2022

 

DESCRIPTION

This program is focused on PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS and RIDING SKILLS 

PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS

Plenty of time for free play is offered while we move through the trails. Children can play on boulders and logs, and play with sticks to build forts. We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills. 

RIDING SKILLS- through games and riding

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Stance and balance, learning to stand up, rolling over small roots and rocks, going downhill with pedals leveled, being relaxed…
  • Brakes: when and how to use them.
  • Gears (when available): when and how to use them.

The week before the first session, new riders are invited to schedule a Meet and Check visit with their coaches. This gives us the opportunity to check our riders’ bikes and gear, as well as their riding ability. It helps get the kids grouped easily before the first ride. It’s also a time to meet our riders and their caregivers personally so they can share any concerns or questions. 

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for PK-K riders only from true beginners to advanced riders (age relative).

Riders are grouped by skills and endurance level after the first session. We also regroup kids who have bikes with no gears together. We use four different levels for our grouping, from True Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Kids ride with their coach in little pods of three or up to six kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

In order to participate in the Tiny Ones program, riders need to have a bike with at least one hand brake and mountain bike tires (no slick tires or coaster brakes please). 

Check the More Info tab to find information on how to choose a program for your child. 

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:3 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Each session is limited to 12 riders only.

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Choose between Monday and/or Thursday sessions, from 3 to 5pm.

Riders and their caregivers meet us directly at the trailheads. 

September sessions start from Phil’s TH (at the bottom of the road past the parking lot) October sessions start from the Welcome Center off Century drive.

Our fall program runs for seven weeks from September 12 to October 27, weather dependent*.

  • MONDAY Tiny Ones 3-5 PM 

From Phil’s Trailhead: September 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26

From the Welcome Center: October 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24

  • THURSDAY Tiny Ones 3-5 PM

From Phil’s Trailhead: September 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29

From the Welcome Center: October 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27

Meet and Check for new riders lasts 20 minutes, week of September 5th.

COST and REGISTRATION

Fall SESSION: $420 (once a week for seven weeks) 

Payment Plan available with one installment.

Consider applying for financial aid if needed. 

 

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

Payment Plan available with one installment of a $100 deposit. Feel free to apply for financial aid if needed. 

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Little Ones - 1st-3rd grade

Little Ones Fall 2022

DESCRIPTION

This program is focused on RIDING SKILLS mostly with still some emphasis on PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS, adapting the ratio to the needs of each group.

 

RIDING SKILLS

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Stance and balance, learning to stand up, being centered, going downhill with pedals leveled, being relaxed…
  • Brakes and gears: when and how to use them.
  • Vision: anticipating and line choices. 
  • Cornering skills for more advanced riders with bike/body separation.

 

PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS

Plenty of time for free play is offered while we move through the trails, depending on the group’s focus. Children can play on boulders and logs, and play with sticks to build forts. We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills. 

AGE AND RIDING LEVELS

This program is designed for 1st to 3rd grade riders from true beginners* to intermediate riders. 

In order to participate in the Little Ones program, riders* need to be able to start their bike on their own and have a bike with two hand brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires please).

Check the More Info tab to find information on how to choose a program for your child. 

Riders are grouped by skills, motivation and endurance level after the first session.

Kids ride with their coach in little pods of four or up to eight kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

The week before the first session, new riders are invited to schedule a Meet and Check visit with their coaches. This gives us the opportunity to check our riders bike and gear, as well as their riding ability. It helps get the kids grouped easily before the first ride. It’s also a time for our riders and their caregivers to meet their coaches personally and share any concerns or questions. 

For safety reasons BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable for them. The bike will need to be fixed before starting/returning to the program. For the same reasons, if your child is unable to start his/her bike independently, our coaches may ask you to come back when the skill is mastered. Due to high demand in our younger age programs, NO refund will be allowed once the program starts if your child doesn‘t fit the requirements. You may want to consider a private set up with one on one coaching.

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:4 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Each session is limited to 20 riders maximum.

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Choose between Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday programs, from 3:15 to 5:45pm.

Riders and their caregivers meet us directly at the trailheads. 

September sessions start from Phil’s TH (at the bottom of the road past the parking lot) and October sessions start from the Welcome Center off Century drive.

For the more advanced groups, your child’s coach may suggest a different meeting location towards the end of the program (meeting at Green gate or Wanoga Sno-Park for example). 

 

The Fall program runs for seven weeks, from September 13 to October 28, weather dependent*.

 

  • TUESDAY Little Ones 3:15-5:45 PM 

Start at Phil’s Trailhead: September 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27

Start at the Welcome Center: October 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25

 

  • WEDNESDAY Little Ones 3:15-5:45 PM

Start at Phil’s Trailhead: September 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28

Start at the Welcome Center: October 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26

 

  • THURSDAY Little Ones 3:15-5:45 PM

Start at Phil’s Trailhead: September 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29

Start at the Welcome Center: October 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27

  • FRIDAY Little Ones 3:15-5:45 PM

Start at Phil’s Trailhead: September 16, Sept. 23, Sept.30

Start at the Welcome Center: October 7, Oct.14, Oct.28

New rider’s Meet and Check, week of September 5 at our office.

 

COST 

Fall program, seven weeks: $390

Payment Plan available with two installments ($100 deposit).

Consider applying for scholarships if you need help.

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

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Youth Mountain Biking - 4th-5th grade

Youth Mountain Biking 2022

AGE AND SKILLS

For the recreational riders, from true beginners to advanced riders.

Riders break into smaller groups based on their skills, endurance levels and goals. 

Instructor to kids ratio is 1:5 to allow for more individualized coaching and confidence building. 

DESCRIPTION

Riders and their caregivers meet their coach directly at Trailheads. 

Each session balances a mix of fun rides, endurance building, and skill practice with an emphasis on the following skills from less experienced to more experienced riders:

 

  1. Position and balance: stability, balancing through a range of motion
  2. Operation of controls: cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  3. Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  4. Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements
  5. Pressure control

 

In order to participate in Youth MTB, riders need to have a mountain bike (hardtail or full suspension) with two hand-brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires). The bike must be in perfect riding condition. 

 

For safety reasons and respect for the other riders, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to send a rider home if the bike is unsafe or unrideable for them. The bike will need to be fixed prior to start/return to the program.

Check the More Info tab to find information on how to choose a program for your child. 

The riders are also responsible to bring their own mandatory gear (helmet, knee pads, backpack, etc…). Although not mandatory, elbow pads, gloves and glasses are highly recommended.

 

SCHEDULE and LOCATION

September sessions start from Phil’s TH (lower parking lot)

October sessions start from the Welcome Center off Century Drive. 

In order to offer more challenging trails with different features, the more advanced group may also start from a different location later in the program. Your coach will let you know if this is the case.

Each session runs for two hours and half from 3:15 PM to 5:45 PM Monday and/or Friday. 

MONDAY (seven-week program) from September 12 to October 24 (weather dependent*)

FRIDAY (seven weeks) from September 16 to October 28 (weather dependent*)

 

REGISTRATION and COST

You can register your rider for one Youth MTB once a week or twice a week (register separately).

Fall 2022 MONDAY: $315

Fall 2022 FRIDAY: $315

Payment Plan available with two installments ($100 deposit).

Consider applying for financial aid if you need to. 

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

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Junior Mountain Biking - 6th-12 grade

Junior Rides 2022

 

AGE and SKILLS

Junior Mountain Biking is for Middle School and High School riders.

The program is developed for recreational riders, from beginner to advanced

Riders are grouped according to skills and endurance levels to focus on further progression. 

 

DESCRIPTION

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:6 

Each session balances a mix of fun rides, building endurance and skill practice with an emphasis on the following skills from less experienced to more experienced riders:

  1. Position and balance: stability, balancing, range of movement, neutral, ready and climbing positions
  2. Operation of controls: efficient cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  3. Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  4. Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements
  5. Pressure control

A mountain bike is needed to participate in the program, hardtails or full suspension. The bike must be in perfect riding condition.

For safety reasons and respect for the other riders, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable for them. The bike will need to be fixed before starting or returning to the program.

The riders are responsible to bring their own gear (helmet, knee pads, backpack, etc…). 

Check the More Info tab to find information on how to choose a program for your child. 

 

SCHEDULE and LOCATION

Wednesday 3:15 PM to 5:45 PM

The Junior Fall program runs for seven weeks from September 14 to October 26.

Riders meet directly at TrailHeads with September sessions starting from Phil’s TH (lower parking lot) and moving to the Welcome Center off Century Drive for October sessions.

The advanced group’s coaches may suggest a different location towards the end of the program to allow access to more difficult trails. They will inform you directly if they decide to do so.

REGISTRATION and COST

Fall Junior MTB: $290

Payment with two installments available ($100 deposit)

Consider applying for financial aid if needed.

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

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Enduro/DownHill - 4th-12th grade

Enduro Fall 2022

AGE AND SKILLS

For 4th grade to highschool riders with intermediate to advanced skills only. Absolutely NO beginners please (Youth MTB and Junior MTB are more appropriate programs for beginners).

We exceptionally allow little shredders from 3rd grade to join with invitation or referral. Please contact Virginie directly at 503-914 7616 or virginie@BendEnduranceAcademy.org to discuss your child’s riding skills and experience and/or set up an evaluation time if necessary.

Check the More Info tab to find information on how to choose a program for your child.

We regroup riders by age and ability with a coach/riders ratio of 1:5 (1:6 with the older group) 

 

DESCRIPTION

This program is for the kids who are attracted by gravity and enjoy riding downhill more than pedaling up. 

Our 3 hours sessions allow us to shuttle our riders once or twice. Trails include but are not limited to Funner, Tiddlywinks, Taylor’s Traverse, South Fork, Mrazek, Whoops, Afternoon Delight,…   

While each session is about having fun and making friends who share the same passion, it is also about learning better downhill-specific skills and maneuvers involving body position, cornering, dropping, jumping, etc…

The riders are responsible to bring their own bike and gear (full face helmets, elbow pads, gloves, glasses or goggles, and knee pads are recommended). 

Full suspension bikes are highly recommended for this program although not mandatory.

The bike must be in perfect riding condition. For safety reasons and respect for the other riders, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate in a session if the bike is unsafe or unrideable for them. The bike will need to be fixed before starting or returning to the program.

This program is limited to 20 riders.

 

SCHEDULE and MEETING LOCATION

We meet in the parking lot of the Best Western Peppertree and shuttle our riders in our Bend Endurance Academy vans.

The Fall program runs on Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm for seven weeks, from September 14 to October 26 (weather dependent)

 

REGISTRATION and COST

Fall Enduro/DH $380 (7 sessions)

 

Payment plan available with two installments ($100 deposit).

Consider applying for a scholarship if needed.

 

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

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Jumping - 4th-12th grade

     

AGE AND SKILLS

For 4th grade to highschool riders with intermediate to advanced mountain biking skills only. Absolutely NO beginners please (Youth MTB and Junior MTB are more appropriate programs for beginners).

Check the More Info tab to find information on how to choose a program for your child. 

We exceptionally allow little shredders from 3rd grade to join with invitation or referral. Please contact Virginie directly at 503-914 7616 or virginie@BendEnduranceAcademy.org to discuss your child’s riding skills and experience and/or set up an evaluation time if necessary.

 

DESCRIPTION

This program is for the kids who are always trying to boost their airtime from any uneven features and love sessioning jumps! Under the supervision and instruction of our coaches, your kid can learn better jump skills in a safer environment. 

Our coach/riders ratio is 1:6.

While each session is about having fun and making friends who share the same passion, it is also about learning better jumping specific skills and learning new tricks with Tristan Block.

The riders are responsible to bring their own bike and gear (full face helmets are HIGHLY recommended for the Lair, knee pads and elbow pads too). Dirt Jumpers are a plus but not necessary for this program; BMX or mountain bikes are acceptable.

The bike must be in perfect riding condition. For safety reasons, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable for them. The bike will need to be fixed before starting or returning to the program.

SCHEDULE and MEETING LOCATION

The Fall program runs for seven weeks (weather dependent), from September 14 to October 26 (weather dependent*).

Riders meet directly at the Lair on Wednesday, from 3pm to 6pm.

REGISTRATION and COST

Fall Jumping program costs $330

Payment plan available with two installments ($100 deposit)

Scholarship available.

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

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Adult Rides

Women MTB Fall 2022

Riding with other women is empowering! 

Either you want to learn some new skills or work on specific trails features, just want to meet other riders, or want to discover new trails, we are adapting our sessions to your goals and needs.

Our rides/sessions are guided/coached by our women coaches only with a ratio of 1:6 maximum.

 

AGE and SKILLS

These sessions are for women of any age (no, really!), from true beginners to intermediate riders.

We offer two separate programs, the Women Beginner program as well as the Women Intermediate program. 

Within each program, our riders are divided into smaller groups of six maximum for a better experience, depending on their skills, fitness level and goals.

  • The Women Beginner program is designed for those who have never mountain biked or have a year or so of mountain biking experience, and want to learn all the basic skills of mountain biking or refine them. 

Skills include: 

  1. Position and balance: stability, balancing, range of movement, neutral, ready and climbing positions
  2. Operation of controls: efficient cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  3. Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation

We also discuss gear and bike fitting during this class.

 

  • The Women Intermediate program is designed for those who feel at ease enough on the mountain bike to challenge themselves to the next level. 

We review the above skills if needed and tackle the following ones:

  1. Direction control: leaning the bike more than the body, rotational body movements
  2. Pressure control 
  3. Timing and Coordination

We also teach basic bike mechanics such as changing a tube (even if you ride tubeless, it’s handy!), fixing a broken chain, adjusting your gears…

 

LOCATION and SCHEDULE 

All riders meet directly at trailheads but at different locations depending on the program.

  • The Women Beginner program starts from Phil’s Trailhead for September rides and moves to the Welcome Center for October.
  • The Women Intermediate program meets at a different location each week. Your coach sends a note a few days ahead through the Team App. Feel free to suggest some spots too!

Our fall programs run for seven weeks, weather dependent*.

We offer an afternoon session on Tuesday as well as a morning session on Thursday for each program.

  • TUESDAY session from 3 PM to 6 PM

From September 13 to October 26 

  • THURSDAY session from 10 AM to 1 PM 

From September 15 to October 28

REGISTRATION and COST

Women Beginner Fall 2022: $295 

Women Intermediate Fall 2022: $295

 

Payment plan available with two installments ($100 deposit)

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

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COED ADULT MTB Fall 2022- NEW!

You suggested and we listened! This Fall we are offering a coed adult class.

Either you want to learn some new skills or work on specific trails features, just want to meet other riders, or want to discover new trails, we are adapting our sessions to your goals and needs.

Our rides are guided/coached with a ratio of 1:6 maximum.

 

AGE and SKILLS

These sessions are for men and women of any age (no, really!), from true beginners to intermediate riders.

We offer a Beginner program as well as an Intermediate program with separate registration. 

Within each program, our riders are divided into smaller groups of six maximum for a better experience, depending on their skills, fitness level and goals.

  • The Coed Adult Beginner program is designed for those who have never mountain biked or have just a few years of mountain biking experience, and want to learn all the basic skills of mountain biking or refine them. 

Skills include: 

  1. Position and balance: stability, balancing, range of movement, neutral, ready and climbing positions
  2. Operation of controls: efficient cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  3. Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation

We discuss gear and bike fitting during this class. We also teach basic bike mechanics such as changing a tube (even if you ride tubeless, it’s handy!), fixing a broken chain, adjusting your gears…

 

 

  • The Coed Adult Intermediate program is designed for those who feel at ease enough on the mountain bike to challenge themselves to the next level. 

We review all the above skills if needed and tackle the following ones:

  1. Direction control: leaning the bike more than the body, rotational body movements
  2. Pressure control 
  3. Timing and Coordination

 

LOCATION and SCHEDULE 

All riders meet directly at trailheads:

  • The Beginner program starts from Phil’s Trailhead for September rides and moves to the Welcome Center for October,
  • The Intermediate program meets at a different location each week. We ask participants to install the Team Reach App to communicate within the group. Your coach sends a message a few days ahead to let you know of the meeting location. Feel free to suggest some spots too!

All our Coed Adult programs run on Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM, for seven weeks, from September 16 to October 28 (weather dependent*).

 

REGISTRATION and COST

Either you choose the Beginner or Intermediate program, the cost is the same.

Fall session: $295 (seven weeks)

Payment plan with two installments available ($100 deposit).

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

Homeschool Options

Homeschool Little Ones

DESCRIPTION

This program is focused on RIDING SKILLS with some time for PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS.

RIDING SKILLS

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Stance and balance, learning to stand up, being centered, rolling over small roots and rocks, going downhill with pedals leveled, being relaxed…
  • Brakes and gears: when and how to use them.
  • Vision: anticipating and line choices. 
  • Cornering skills (for more advanced riders).

PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS

Plenty of time for free play is offered while we move through the trails. We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills. 

 

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for 5 to 8 years old riders  from true beginners* to intermediate riders. In order to participate in the Homeschool Little Ones program, riders* need to be able to start their bike on their own.

5-6 years old need to have a bike with at least one hand brake (no coaster brakes) and mountain bike tires (no slick tires please).

7-8 years old need to have a mountain bike with two hand brakes and gears.

Check the More Info tab to find information on how to choose a program for your child. 

Riders are grouped by age, skills, goals and endurance level after the first session. Kids ride with their coach in little pods of four or up to eight kids for two coaches. Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

For safety reasons BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable for them. The bike will need to be fixed before starting or returning to the program. For the same reasons, if your child is unable to start his/her bike independently, our coaches may ask you to come back when the skill is mastered or switch to a one on one private setting.

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:4 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Each session is limited to 16 riders maximum.

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Homeschool Little Ones sessions run on Monday from 10:00am to 12:30pm.

The Fall program runs for seven weeks from September 12 to October 24.

All September rides start at Phil’s Trailhead.

All October rides start at the Welcome Center

Our more advanced group may start one or twice from a different location like Green Gate or Wanoga Sno-Park; your coach will let you know if they feel that the group is ready to venture on different trails.

 

COST 

Fall 2022 session is $315

Payment with two installments available ($100 deposit).

Please consider asking for a scholarship if you need it. 

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

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Homeschool Youth

AGE AND SKILLS

Homeschool Youth Mountain Biking is designed for 9 years old and older.

For the recreational riders, from true beginners to intermediate. Riders break into smaller groups based on their skills and endurance levels. 

Instructor to kids ratio is 1:5 to allow for more individualized coaching and confidence building. 

 

DESCRIPTION

Each session balances a mix of fun rides, building endurance, and skill practice with an emphasis on the following skills from less experienced to more experienced riders:

  1. Position and balance: stability, balancing through a range of motion
  2. Operation control: gears and brakes, how and when to use them
  3. Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choices, decision making, anticipation
  4. Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements, bike/body separation
  5. Pressure control

In order to participate in Homeschool Youth MTB, riders need to have a mountain bike with two hand-brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires).

Check the More Info tab to find information on how to choose a program for your child. 

For safety reasons and respect for the other riders, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to send a rider home if the bike is unsafe or unrideable for them. The bike will need to be fixed prior to return to the program.

 

SCHEDULE and LOCATION

Riders and their caregivers meet directly at Trailheads. 

September sessions start from Phil’s TH (lower parking lot) and in October from the Welcome Center off Century Drive. 

For the more advanced groups, our coaches may suggest a different start such as Green Gate or Wanoga if they feel their riders are ready for more challenging trails. They will inform you a week before if they need it.

Each session runs for two and half hours on Monday from 10:00am to 12:30pm.

Fall sessions run for seven weeks from September 12 to October 24.

 

REGISTRATION and COST 

Fall program is $260

Payment with two installments available ($100 deposit).

Please consider asking for a scholarship if you need it. 

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

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Schools

Cascades Academy Fall 2022

DESCRIPTION

This mountain biking program is offered by Bend Endurance Academy.

It is mostly focused on the following RIDING SKILLS:

  • Position and balance: stability, balancing through a range of movements
  • Operation of controls: cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  • Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  • Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements 

AGE AND SKILLS

Due to a limited number of available coaches this Fall, our CA program is designed for 4t- 5th grade riders, intermediate to advanced riders only.

In order to participate in the program, riders need to have a bike on their own, with two hand brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires).

For safety reasons, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable. The bike will need to be fixed before starting/returning to the program. 

Visit Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details.

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:5 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs. Kids ride with their coach in little pods of five or up to ten kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Thursday, from 3:30pm to 6:00pm.

Bend Endurance Academy coaches pick up the riders directly from Cascades Academy’s campus and drop them off at the Best Western Peppertree in town, after their ride.

Our Fall program runs for seven weeks, from September 15 to October 27, weather dependent*

COST AND REGISTRATION

CA Fall 2022 program: $385.

Payment Plan available with two installments ($100 deposit).

 

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

 

Cascades Academy will send the registration link directly to their families.

 

Bend International School Fall 2022

DESCRIPTION

This mountain biking program is offered by Bend Endurance Academy.

This program is designed for K to 8th grade riders  from true beginners*, beginners to intermediate and advanced riders.

Riders are grouped by age, skills, endurance level and goal after the first session.

RIDING SKILLS

  1. Position and balance: stability, balancing through a range of movements
  2. Operation of controls: cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  3. Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  4. Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements (for more advanced and older riders).

For our younger public, we recognize the need for social skills and breaks while we move through the trails. Children can play on boulders and logs, build forts, etc… We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills. 

AGE AND SKILLS

K to 8th program

*In order to participate in the program, riders need to be able to start their bike on their own and have a bike with two hand brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires nor coaster brakes please).

For safety reasons BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable. The bike will need to be fixed before starting/returning to the program. For the same reasons, if your child is unable to start his/her bike independently, our coaches may ask you to come back when the skill is mastered. 

 

Visit Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details.

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:4 for kids 3rd grade and below to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Kids ride with their coach in little pods of four or up to eight kids for two coaches.

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:5 for riders 4th grade and above

If you or your child requests to ride with a friend or a sibling, note that we will move both riders in the level of the less advanced rider if necessary. We always try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Monday, from 3:30pm to 6:00pm.

Bend Endurance Academy coaches pick up the riders directly from Bend International School and drop them off at the Best Western Peppertree in town, after their sessions.

Most rides start from Phil’s trailhead and the Welcome Center but the advanced and intermediate groups in the older range may be shuttled to other trailheads (Wanoga, Green Gate,…)

Fall program runs for seven weeks from September 12 to October 24, weather dependent*. 

COST 

BIS Fall program: $300

We offer a Payment Plan with two installments ($100 deposit) as well as Tuition assistance if needed.

Bend International School will send the registration link directly to their families.

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

 

Trinity Lutheran School Fall 2022

DESCRIPTION

This mountain biking program is offered by Bend Endurance Academy.

Our riders are picked up directly from school at 3pm.

RIDING SKILLS

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Position and balance: stability, balancing through a range of movements
  • Operation of controls: cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  • Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  • Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements (for more advanced and older riders). 

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for riders 6 to 12 years old, from true beginners to intermediate riders.

Kids are grouped by age, skills, goals and endurance level after the first session.

Riders are responsible to bring their bike and equipment to school in the morning of the ride.

For safety reasons, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable. The bike will need to be fixed before starting/returning to the program. 

Visit Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details.

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:5 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs. Kids ride with their coach in little pods of five or up to ten kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Tuesday, from 2:45pm to 5:45pm.

Our fall program runs for seven weeks, from September 13 to October 25, weather dependent*.

Bend Endurance Academy coaches pick up the riders directly from Trinity Lutheran School and drop them off at the Best Western Peppertree in town, after their ride.

COST 

Trinity Fall 2022: $385

Payment Plan available with two installments ($100 deposit).

*Note BEA’s refund policy: “If the organization cancels an entire program due to weather (thunder, lightning, snow or rain situations causing unsafe activity) or natural disasters (fire, flood, etc…), a 50% refund is provided. This refund does not apply to canceling specific program days due to weather or natural disaster.” Although we always try our best, we may not be able to offer a make-up day either.

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Private Sessions

AGE and SKILLS

Private sessions are for all ages, from absolute beginners to advanced riders, from learning to ride a two wheels bike to learning to drop and jump. 

DESCRIPTION

The only one on one instruction where we are 100% dedicating our attention to your kid! Together we can decide on the length of the session, day and time, and recurrence if desired. You can also have a voice on which instructor you would like to have. We determine the location depending on the riding skills of the rider.

Each session runs for a minimum of 1.5 hours with 30 minutes increment. 

REGISTRATION and COST

The cost of a 90 minutes session is $90.

Register for Private Lessons HERE.

For questions, contact natasha@BendEnduranceAcademy.org 

Semi Private Sessions

AGE and SKILLS

Semi-private sessions are for all ages, from absolute beginners to advanced riders. Ideally, the group should have similar skills and ages for a better experience overall. 

DESCRIPTION

We started our Semi-private sessions under Covid-19 circumstances. Pods of kids who were already doing “class” together or friends who would rather skip the group sessions and exposure to more kids. Semi-private sessions are also ideal for homeschooled/online children who want to ride at a more convenient time during the day. You gather a minimum of two riders to a maximum of five, and we work the details with you. Together we can decide on the length of the session, days and times, and recurrence. You can also have a voice on which instructor you would like to have. We determine the location depending on the riding skills of the riders.

Each session runs for a minimum of 1.5 hours with 30 minutes increment.  

REGISTRATION and COST 

The cost of a 90 minutes session is $150 for the whole group (we divide the price between the number of riders. For example, three different families pay $50 each). Maximum of five riders per group.

Contact natasha@BendEnduranceAcademy.org for registration. 

SUMMER 2022 PROGRAMS- REGISTRATION OPEN!

Tiny Ones (Pre K-K)

Tiny Ones Summer 2022

This camp is designed for our youngest riders and is focused on PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS and RIDING SKILLS.

 

PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS

Plenty of time for free play is offered while we move through the trails. Children can play on boulders and logs, play with sticks to build forts,… We encourage pretend play to help our younger public build their social skills. 

RIDING SKILLS

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Stance and balance, learning to stand up, going downhill with pedals leveled…
  • Brakes and gears: when and how to use them.

 

AGE AND SKILLS

For PK-K riders (as of September 2022), from beginners to intermediate riders.

Riders are grouped depending on the rider’s experience and skills. 

Kids ride with their coach in little pods of three or up to six kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:3 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Each camp is limited to 12 riders maximum.

 

GEAR

For ages 4 to 6, we recommend 12” wheels or larger with at least one handbrake. No coaster brakes or training wheels please. 

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

    • 8:30 AM-11:30 PM
  • Two-day camps
  • We meet directly at Phil’s TH (at the bottom of the road past the parking lot) or at the Welcome Center off Cascade Lakes Highway.

 

Two camps only: 

  • July 6-7
  • July 27-28

 

COST 

Two-Day camp $240

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Little Ones (1st-3rd Grade)

Little Ones Summer 2022

We offer two-day camps or four-day camps.

These camps are focused on PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS and RIDING SKILLS.

 

PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS

Plenty of time for free play is offered while we move through the trails. Children can play on boulders and logs, play with sticks to build forts,… We encourage pretend play to help our younger public build their social skills. 

 

RIDING SKILLS

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Stance and balance, learning to stand up, going downhill with pedals leveled…
  • Brakes and gears: when and how to use them.
  • Vision: anticipating and line choices. 
  • Cornering skills for more advanced riders.

 

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for our younger riders, for 1st to 3rd graders (September 2022), from beginners to intermediate riders.

Riders are grouped by age for better focus, age-appropriate activities, and terrain choices. Within the age groups, depending on the rider’s experience and skills, kids ride with their coach in little pods of four or up to eight kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:4 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Each session is limited to 20 riders maximum.

GEAR

  • For ages 6 and 7 we recommend 20” wheels or larger with at least one handbrake. 

No coaster brakes or training wheels please.

  • For ages 8 and 9 we recommend 24″ wheels or larger, two hand brakes. Gears are recommended but not mandatory. No slick tires.

These recommendations are approximative and always depend on your child’s size.

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

  • 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • We meet directly at Phil’s TH (at the bottom of the road past the parking lot) 

 

Two-Day camps: 

  • June 20-21
  • July 11-12
  • August 1-2
  • August 17-18
  • August 22-23

Four-Day camps:

  • June 27-30
  • July 25-28
  • August 8-11

 

COST 

Two-Day camp $175

Four-Day camp $350

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Youth Camps (4th-5th Grade)

Youth Mountain Bike Camps Summer 2022

Our Summer camps have one main objective: having fun on the bike!

It’s a time to discover the trails or know them better, and some skills are reviewed in order to keep the riders safe (braking, body position,…).

In order to participate in Youth camps, riders need to have a minimum  24” mountain bike (hardtail or full suspension) with two hand-brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires). The bike must be in perfect riding condition. 

Check How to Choose a program and Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details.

The riders are also responsible to bring their own gear (helmet, knee pads, backpack, etc…). Although not mandatory, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves and glasses are highly recommended.

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

1:5 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Each session is limited to 20 riders maximum.

 

AGE AND SKILLS

Youth Mountain Biking Camps are designed for 4th and 5th graders only (as of September 2022).

From true beginners to advanced riders.

Depending on the rider’s experience and skills, kids ride with their coach in little pods of five or up to ten kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

 

SCHEDULE,  LOCATION and COST

    • 8:30 AM-1:30 PM
  • Riders and their caregivers meet their coaches directly at Trailheads. 

 

Two-Day camp  $180

  • June 22-23
  • July 20-21

 

Three-Day camp  $270

  • August 3,4,5

 

Four-Day camp  $360

  • August 29- September 1st

 

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Junior Weekly Rides (Middle Schooler-High Schoolers)

Junior Weekly Mountain Bike Rides

AGE and SKILLS

For Middle and High School riders (as of September 2022).

For recreational riders, from intermediate to advanced. 

No beginners for the Summer, please. Beginner riders can join in the Fall of 2022.

 

DESCRIPTION

Riders are grouped according to age, skill and endurance levels to move better as a group and choose appropriate trails.. 

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:5 to keep safety our first priority and offer the best-individualized approach in our rides. 

Transitioning from our spring training sessions, our Weekly Junior Rides allow us to discover different trails away from the city. 

With the exception of a few rides where we ask parents to drop off their riders at Phil’s or Welcome Center, we shuttle our riders to different trailheads through the summer. 

Depending on the rider’s level, some of the rides include Flagline, Tiddlywinks, Tyler’s Traverse, Mrazek, Metolius Windigo, South Fork, North Fork, Farewell, etc…

Junior Rides are limited to 10 riders maximum.

 

SCHEDULE and LOCATION

Monday 3 PM- 6:30 PM

  • June 27
  • July 4*, July 11, July 18, July 25
  • August 1, August 8, August 15*, August 22, August 29*

Riders meet in the parking lot of the Best western Peppertree at the exception of the three following dates: 7/4 (Phil’s Trailhead), 8/15 (Welcome Center), 8/29 (TBD).

*Caregivers are responsible for dropping off their children on these dates.

 

REGISTRATION

$490

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Enduro/Downhill Camps (Ages 9 - 17)

 

Enduro/Downhill Camps Summer 2022

AGE AND SKILLS

For riders ages 9  to 17 with intermediate to advanced skills only.

We exceptionally allow 8 years old shredders to join with invitation or referral. Please contact Virginie directly at 503-914 7616 or virginie@BendEnduranceAcademy.org to discuss your child’s riding skills and experience and/or set up an evaluation time if necessary.

Absolutely NO BEGINNERS please.

Riders are grouped by age and ability. 

 

DESCRIPTION

This four-day camp is for the kids who are attracted by gravity and enjoy riding downhill more than pedaling up. We are shuttling our riders on average twice a day. 

Trails include but are not limited to Funner, Tiddlywinks, Taylor’s Traverse, South Fork, Mrazek,… with Tuesday at Mt Bachelor Bike Park. 

Each camp is limited to 20 riders total with a ratio of 5 riders maximum per coach.

While each day is about having fun and making friends who share the same passion, it is also about learning better downhill-specific skills and maneuvers involving body position, cornering, dropping, jumping, line choices, etc…

 

GEAR

  • We highly recommend riders to have a full-suspension bike.
  • Riders are responsible to bring their own helmets.
  • Full face helmets and knee pads are mandatory for the day at Mt Bachelor Bike Park .You can rent a full face helmet for this day at Mt Bachelor’s rental.
  • Gloves, elbow and knee pads are recommended (we do have elbow and knee pads to borrow if needed).
  • Eye protection in the form of goggles or glasses is recommended.
  • A backpack or waist belt with at least 2 liters capacity.

 

SCHEDULE and MEETING LOCATION

Our Enduro/DH  camps run from 9 AM to 4 PM.

New this year, our camps run for four days only, Monday to Thursday

We meet in the parking lot of the Best Western Peppertree and shuttle our riders in our Bend Endurance Academy vans. 

  • July 4-7
  • July 18-21
  • August 15-18 

COST

$400 

Tickets for the Bike Park are not included in the registration fee. Families are responsible to sign up waivers with Mt Bachelor and purchase their own prior to the camp.

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Multi-Activity Camps (Ages 8-15)

Multi Activities Camps Summer 2022

DESCRIPTION

Our Multi-Activities camps are targeting kids who want to enjoy different kinds of experiences and activities in beautiful Central Oregon outdoors! This year, our camps are back for two days only.

  • DAY ONE: mountain biking in the morning and climbing (outdoor) in the afternoon.
  • DAY TWO: mountain biking in the morning and rafting in the afternoon (Deschutes River).

Each mountain bike ride leads to the start of the next activity. The trails used are rated blue with some up and down and a very few rock gardens. 

We shuttle our campers at the beginning of the day in our BEA vans. As of now, masks are still mandatory while driving.

Our instructor/camper ratio doesn’t exceed 1:6 (1:5 for the younger group).

 

GEAR

Your child needs a bike, a helmet and a bike pack. 

All the climbing gear and rafting gear will be lended but if your child possesses their own climbing equipment, feel free to send them with them.

 

AGE and SKILLS

For kids ages 8 to 15.

These camps target intermediate riders. ABSOLUTELY NO beginner bikers.

No experience necessary in climbing or rafting. 

 

SCHEDULE and LOCATION

Wednesday -Thursday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Meeting in the Best Western Peppertree’s parking lot.

  • June 29-30
  • July 13-14
  • August 10-11
  • August 24-25

 

COST

$300

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Push Bikes

DESCRIPTION

We have designed this program with our younger public in mind, those who have not yet transitioned to a bike with pedals, those who have never spent time away from their caregivers, those who have never spent time in a group setting, those who are not used to the outdoors,….

We spend one hour and half together, riding a bike and developing a great sense of balance. We build forts, we explore nature, create art, read a story,…

Each rider comes with their own push bike, a helmet and a small backpack to carry water and snack.

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for PS-PK riders who are not yet riding a bike with pedals.

For the child who has never been on a pushbike to the one close to transitioning to a bike with pedals.
Kids ride with their coach in little pods of three or up to six kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders.

Visit How To Choose a Program in our “More Info” Tab.

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:3 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.
Each session is limited to 6 riders only.

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Pushbike sessions are offered on Friday from 10:00am to 11:30am.
Riders and their caregivers meet us directly at Phil’s Trailhead.

Our Summer program offers two different sessions of four weeks each:

  • First Session from June 24 to July 15.
  • Second Session from July 29 to August 19.

COST and REGISTRATION

$240 for each session of four weeks.

Payment Plan available with one installment ($100 deposit).
Feel free to apply for financial aid if needed.

Register for one session at a time or both after May 28, 2022.

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Women's Rides

Beginner/Intermediate Women MTB Summer 2022

Riding with other women is empowering! Due to popular demand we are offering more sessions for women throughout the summer.

Either you want to keep learning more skills or work on specific trails features, just want to meet other riders, or want to discover new trails, we are adapting our sessions to your goals and needs. Our rides/sessions are guided/coached by our women coaches only with a ratio of 1:6 maximum.

 

AGE and SKILLS

These sessions are for women of any age (no, really!), from true beginners to intermediate riders, for women who are very beginner mountain bikers or have been riding with us or on their own for more than a year.

If needed, riders are divided into smaller groups for a better experience, depending on their skills, fitness level and goals.

This program is designed for those who have joined us in the spring and want to keep progressing throughout the summer, as well as women who have never mountain biked or have a year or so of mountain biking experience, and want to learn all the basic skills of mountain biking or refine them. 

Skills include: 

  1. Position and balance: stability, balancing, range of movement, neutral, ready and climbing positions
  2. Operation of controls: efficient cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  3. Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  4. Direction control: leaning the bike more than the body, rotational body movements
  5. Pressure control 
  6. Timing and Coordination
  7. Intro to some maneuvers: dropping, riding skinnies,….

We also discuss gear and bike fitting during this class.

 

LOCATION and SCHEDULE 

All riders meet directly at trailheads to be determined by your coach.

Thursday, from 4 to 7PM

We offer two different sessions of four weeks each.

  • Session 1: June 23 to July 14
  • Session 1: July 28 to August 18

 

REGISTRATION and COST

$160/4 week session

 

 

Women Rides for Intermediate to Advanced Riders

AGE and SKILLS

These sessions are for women 18 and older, from intermediate to advanced riders only. NO beginners please (see Thursday sessions).

If needed, our riders are divided into two groups for better experience, depending on their endurance, fitness and skills level. 

DESCRIPTION

Transitioning from our Spring training, our Women Rides allow us to spend four hours together and discover different trails away from the classic Phil’s or Welcome Center meeting spots. It is a time to put in practice all the skills approached in the Spring. None of these trails are for beginner riders, they are rated between blue and black.

Our rides are guided by our women coaches only, Bonnie, Casey, Rebecca and Natasha.

Each ride starts from a different location. Riders meet directly at trailheads and are responsible to organize themselves if there is a shuttle option.

Some of the rides include, but are not limited to Southfork, Northfork-Farewell, Flagline*, Tiddlywinks, Tyler’s Traverse, Mrazek, Metolius Windigo, etc…

*Flagline is only open for session 2.

 

SCHEDULE

Friday 3 PM-7PM 

We offer two different sessions of four weeks each.

  • Session 1: June 24- July 15
  • Session 2: July 29- August 19

REGISTRATION 

$200/4 week session

 

 

Private Lessons

Private Sessions

AGE and SKILLS

Private sessions are for all ages, from absolute beginners to advanced riders, from learning to ride a two wheels bike to learning to drop and jump. 

DESCRIPTION

The only one on one instruction where we are 100% dedicating our attention to your kid! Together we can decide on the length of the session, day and time, and recurrence if desired. You can also have a voice on which instructor you would like to have. We determine the location depending on the riding skills of the rider.

Each session runs for a minimum of 1.5 hours with 30 minutes increment. 

REGISTRATION and COST

The cost of a 90 minutes session is $90.

Register for Private Lessons HERE.

For questions, contact our cycling director at virginie@BendEnduranceAcademy.org 

Semi Private Sessions

AGE and SKILLS

Semi-private sessions are for all ages, from absolute beginners to advanced riders. Ideally, the group should have similar skills and ages for a better experience overall. 

DESCRIPTION

We started our Semi-private sessions under Covid-19 circumstances. Pods of kids who were already doing “class” together or friends who would rather skip the group sessions and exposure to more kids. Semi-private sessions are also ideal for homeschooled/online children who want to ride at a more convenient time during the day. You gather a minimum of two riders to a maximum of five, and we work the details with you. Together we can decide on the length of the session, days and times, and recurrence. You can also have a voice on which instructor you would like to have. We determine the location depending on the riding skills of the riders.

Each session runs for a minimum of 1.5 hours with 30 minutes increment.  

REGISTRATION and COST 

The cost of a 90 minutes session is $150 for the whole group (we divide the price between the number of riders. For example, three different families pay $50 each). Maximum of five riders per group.

Contact our cycling director directly at virginie@BendEnduranceAcademy.org for registration. 

SPRING 2022 PROGRAMS

NEW! Pushbikes- PS-PK

DESCRIPTION

Preschool on a pushbike!

We have designed this program with our younger public in mind- those who have not yet transitioned to a bike with pedals, have never spent two hours away from their caregivers, have never spent time in a group setting, or are not used to the outdoors.

We will spend one and a half hours together, riding our bike and developing a great sense of balance. We build forts, we explore nature, create art, and other activities that will build creativity and social skills.

Each rider provides their own pushbike and a helmet. 

 

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for PS-PK riders who are not yet riding a bike with pedals. All skill levels are welcome, from children who have never been on a pushbike up to riders close to transitioning to a pedal bike but need a little extra help. Kids ride with their coach in little pods of three or up to six kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders.

Visit How To Choose a Program for more information. 

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:3 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Each session is limited to 9 riders maximum. 

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Choose between Monday or Tuesday session, from 10am to 11:30am.

Riders and their caregivers meet us directly at Phils Trailhead (by the pumptrack).

Our Spring program offers two different sessions.

Early Spring Session from March 28 to April 26, 2022

Late Spring Session from May 2 to May 31, 2022

EARLY SPRING SESSION

MONDAY: March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18, and April 25

TUESDAY: March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19, and April 26

LATE SPRING SESSION

MONDAY: May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23 (no ride on Memorial Day*)

TUESDAY: May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31 

 

COST and REGISTRATION

EARLY SPRING SESSION:

MONDAY: $225 (once a week for five weeks)

TUESDAY: $225 (once a week for five weeks)

LATE SPRING SESSION:

MONDAY: $180 (runs for four weeks only)*

THURSDAY: $225 (runs for five weeks)

 

Payment Plan available with one installment ($100 deposit).

Feel free to apply for financial aid if needed on our Scholarships page.

Register for one session at a time or both after January 22, 2022.

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Tiny Ones - PK-K

 

DESCRIPTION

This program is focused on PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS and RIDING SKILLS 

PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS

Plenty of time for free play is offered while we move through the trails. Children can play on boulders, logs, and with sticks to build forts. We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills. 

RIDING SKILLS- through games and activitiesOur sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Stance and balance, learning to stand up, rolling over small roots and rocks, going downhill with pedals leveled, being relaxed…
  • Brakes: when and how to use them.
  • Gears (when available): when and how to use them.

The week before the first session, new riders are invited to schedule a Meet and Check visit with their coaches. This gives us the opportunity to check our riders bike and gear, as well as their riding ability. It helps get the kids grouped easily before the first ride. It’s also a time to meet our riders and their caregivers personally so you can share any concerns or questions. 

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for PK-K riders only from true beginners* to intermediate riders.

In order to participate in the Tiny Ones program, riders need to be able to start their bike on their own* though and have a bike with at least one hand brake and mountain bike tires (no slick tires or coaster brakes please). Visit How To Choose a Program and Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details.

Riders are grouped by skills and endurance level after the first session, as well as gear set up. We use four different levels for our grouping, from True Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Kids ride with their coach in little pods of three or up to six kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders.  

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:3 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Each session is limited to 12 riders only. 

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Choose between Monday and/or Thursday sessions, from 3 to 5pm.

Riders and their caregivers meet us directly at the trailheads. The first three sessions start from Phil’s TH (at the bottom of the road past the parking lot) and the last two sessions start from the Welcome Center off Century drive.

Our Spring program offers two different sessions.

  • Early Spring Session runs for five weeks from March 28 to April 28, 2022
  • Late Spring Session runs for five weeks from May 2 to June 2, 2022

 EARLY SPRING SESSION

  • MONDAY Tiny Ones 3-5 PM 

From Phil’s Trailhead: ALL EARLY SPRING SESSIONS WILL STAY AT PHILS FOR 2022

  • THURSDAY Tiny Ones 3-5 PM

From Phil’s Trailhead: ALL EARLY SPRING SESSIONS WILL STAY AT PHILS FOR 2022

Meet and Check for new riders lasts 20 minutes, March 14th 2022 

LATE SPRING SESSION

  • Monday Tiny Ones 3-5 PM

From Phil’s Trailhead: May 2, May 9, May 16From the Welcome Center: May 23 (no ride on Memorial Day*)

  • Thursday Tiny Ones 3-5 PM

From Phil’s Trailhead: May 5, May 12, May 19From the Welcome Center: May 26, June 2Meet and Check for new riders lasts 20 minutes, April 25 2022 

 

COST and REGISTRATION

EARLY SPRING SESSIONS:

  • MONDAY: $300 (runs for five weeks)
  • THURSDAY: $300 (runs for five weeks)

LATE SPRING SESSIONS: 

  • MONDAY: $240 (runs for four weeks only)*
  • THURSDAY: $300 (runs for five weeks)

Payment Plan available with one installment of a $100 deposit. Feel free to apply for financial aid if needed. 

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Little Ones - 1st-3rd grade

DESCRIPTION

This program is focused on RIDING SKILLS mostly with still some emphasis on PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS, adapting the ratio to the needs of each group.

RIDING SKILLS

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Stance and balance, learning to stand up, being centered, going downhill with pedals leveled, being relaxed…
  • Brakes and gears: when and how to use them.
  • Vision: anticipating and line choices.
  • Cornering skills for more advanced riders with bike/body separation.

PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS

Plenty of time for free play is offered while we move through the trails. Children can play on boulders and logs, and play with sticks to build forts. We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills. 

AGE AND RIDING LEVELS

This program is designed for 1st to 3rd grade riders, true beginners* to intermediate riders.

In order to participate in the Little Ones program, riders* need to be able to start their bike on their own and have a bike with two hand brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires please).Visit How To Choose a Program and Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details.

Riders are grouped by skills and endurance level after the first session.Kids ride with their coach in little pods of four or up to eight kids for two coaches. Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders.

The week before the first session, new riders are invited to schedule a Meet and Check visit with their coaches. This gives us the opportunity to check our riders bike and gear, as well as their riding ability. It helps get the kids grouped easily before the first ride. It’s also a time for our riders and their caregivers to meet their coaches personally and share any concerns or questions.

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:4 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Each session is limited to 20 riders maximum. 

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Choose between Tuesday and/or Friday programs, from 3 to 6pm.

Riders and their caregivers meet us directly at the trailheads.The first three sessions start from Phil’s TH (at the bottom of the road past the parking lot) and the last two sessions start from the Welcome Center off Century drive.

For the more advanced groups, your child’s coach may suggest a different meeting location towards the end of the program (meeting at Green gate or Wanoga Sno-Park for example).

The EARLY SPRING session runs for five weeks, from March 29 to April 29.

The LATE SPRING session runs for five weeks from May 3 to June 3.

 

EARLY SPRING session:

TUESDAY Little Ones 3-6 PM

  • ALL EARLY SPRING SESSIONS WILL STAY AT PHILS FOR 2022

FRIDAY Little Ones 3-6 PM

  • ALL EARLY SPRING SESSIONS WILL STAY AT PHILS FOR 2022

New rider’s Meet and Check, Monday, March 28 between 5:15 PM and 6:15 PM at Phil’s location.

LATE SPRING session:

TUESDAY Little Ones 3-6 PM

  • Start at Phil’s Trailhead: May 3, May 10, May 17
  • Start at the Welcome Center: May 24, May 31

FRIDAY Little Ones 3-6 PM

  • Start at Phil’s: May 6, May 13, May 20
  • Start at the Welcome Center: May 27, June 3

New rider’s Meet and Check, Monday, May 2 between 5:15 PM and 6:15 PM at Phil’s location. 

 

COST & REGISTRATION

EARLY SPRING session is $330

LATE SPRING session is $330

You can register for one session or both starting January 22, 2022.

Payment Plan available with one installment ($100 deposit).

Feel free to apply for scholarships if you need assistance.

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Youth Mountain Biking - 4th-5th grade

DESCRIPTION

Riders and their caregivers meet their coach directly at Trailheads. Each session balances a mix of fun rides, endurance building, and skill practice with an emphasis on the following skills from less experienced to more experienced riders:

  • Position and balance: stability, balancing through a range of motion
  • Operation of controls: cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  • Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  • Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements
  • Pressure control: pumping, absorbing

In order to participate in Youth MTB, riders need to have a mountain bike (hardtail or full suspension) with two hand-brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires). The bike must be in perfect riding condition. 

Check How to Choose a program and Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details.

The riders are also responsible to bring their own gear (helmet, knee pads, backpack, etc…). Although not mandatory, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves and glasses or goggles are highly recommended. 

 

AGE & SKILLS

Youth Mountain Biking is designed for 4th and 5th graders only. For the recreational riders, from true beginners to advanced riders.

Riders break into smaller groups based on their skills, endurance levels and goals. Instructor to kids ratio is 1:5 to allow for more individualized coaching and confidence building.  

SCHEDULE & LOCATION

The first few sessions of each program start from Phil’s TH (lower parking lot)  and move to the Welcome Center off Century Drive for the last ones. In order to offer more challenging trails with different features, the more advanced group may also start from a different location later in the program. Your coach will let you know if this is the case.

Each session runs for three hours from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Monday and/or Friday.  

EARLY SPRING session:

ALL EARLY SPRING SESSIONS WILL STAY AT PHILS FOR 2022

  • MONDAY (five-week program) from March 28 to April 25
  • FRIDAY (five weeks) from April 1 to April 29 

LATE SPRING session:

  • MONDAY (four weeks) from May 2 to May 23
  • FRIDAY (five-week program) from May 6 to June 3 

 

REGISTRATION & COST

You can register your rider for one Youth MTB once a week or twice a week (register separately) for EARLY SPRING session or LATE SPRING session or both after January 22, 2022.

EARLY SPRING:

  • Monday- $270
  • Friday- $270

LATE SPRING:

  • Monday- $216
  • Friday- $270 

Payment Plan available with one installment ($100 deposit). Consider applying for financial aid if you need to.

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Junior Mountain Biking - 6th-12 grade

  

DESCRIPTION

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:6 Each session balances a mix of fun rides, building endurance and skill practice with an emphasis on the following skills from less experienced to more experienced riders:

  • Position and balance: stability, balancing, range of movement, neutral, ready and climbing positions
  • Operation of controls: efficient cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  • Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  • Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements
  • Pressure control: pumping, absorbing

A mountain bike is needed to participate in the program, hardtails or full suspension. The bike must be in perfect riding condition.

The riders are responsible to bring their own gear (helmet, knee pads, backpack, etc…). Visit How to Choose a Program for more information. 

 

AGE and SKILLS

Junior Mountain Biking is for Middle School and High School riders.

The program is developed for recreational riders, from beginner to advancedRiders are grouped according to skills and endurance levels to focus on further progression.

 

SCHEDULE and LOCATION

Wednesdays 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM 

The EARLY SPRING session runs for five weeks from March 30 to April 27.

ALL EARLY SPRING SESSIONS WILL STAY AT PHILS FOR 2022

The LATE SPRING session also runs for five weeks from May 4 to June 1.

Riders meet directly at Trail Heads with the first few rides starting from Phil’s TH (lower parking lot) and moving to the Welcome Center off Century Drive. The advanced group’s coaches may suggest a different location towards the end of each Spring session to allow access to more difficult trails. They will inform you if needed. 

 

REGISTRATION and COST

EARLY SPRING Junior MTB: $200.

LATE SPRING Junior MTB: $200 

Registration for one or both Spring sessions opens January 22, 2022.

Payment with one installment available ($100 deposit). Consider applying for financial aid if needed.

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Enduro/DownHill - 4th-12th grade

     

DESCRIPTION

This program is for the kids who are attracted by gravity and enjoy riding downhill more than pedaling up. Our 4 hours sessions allow us to shuttle our riders two to three times. Trails include but are not limited to Funner, Tiddlywinks, Taylor’s Traverse, South Fork, Mrazek, Whoops…   While each session is about having fun and making friends who share the same passion, it is also about learning better mountain biking and downhill specific skills and maneuvers involving body position, cornering, dropping, jumping, etc…

  • Position and balance: stability, balancing, range of movement, neutral, ready and climbing positions
  • Operation of controls: efficient cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  • Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  • Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements
  • Pressure control: pumping, absorbing

The riders are responsible to bring their own bike and gear (full face helmets or half shell helmets, elbow pads, gloves, glasses or goggles, and knee pads are recommended). Full suspension bikes are highly recommended for this program although not mandatory.

This program is limited to 20 riders. 

 

AGE & SKILLS

For 4th grade to highschool riders with intermediate to advanced skills only. Absolutely NO beginners please (Youth MTB and Junior MTB are more appropriate programs for beginners).

We will sometimes allow little shredders from 3rd grade to join with invitation or referral. Please contact Virginie directly at 503-914-7616 or virginie@BendEnduranceAcademy.org to discuss your child’s riding skills and experience and/or set up an evaluation time if necessary.Visit How to Choose a Program for more information.

We regroup riders by age and ability with a coach/riders ratio of 1:5 (1:6 with the older group) 

 

SCHEDULE & MEETING LOCATION

We meet in the parking lot of the Best Western Peppertree and shuttle our riders in our Bend Endurance Academy vans.The program runs on Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm.We have two consecutive sessions of five weeks each.

The EARLY SPRING session runs from March 30 to April 27.

The LATE SPRING session runs from May 4 to June 1st. 

 

REGISTRATION & COST

EARLY SPRING Enduro/DH $350* (5 sessions)

LATE SPRING Enduro/DH $350* (5 sessions) 

*BEA Cascade Armory mountain bike jersey included with registration.

Payment plan available with one installment ($100 deposit). Consider applying for a scholarship if needed.

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Jumping - 4th-12th grade

     

AGE & SKILLS

For 4th grade to high school riders with intermediate to advanced mountain biking skills only. Absolutely NO beginners please (Youth MTB and Junior MTB are more appropriate programs for beginners).

Early Spring program will be reviewing some more basic jumping skills.

Late Spring program we will move to more advanced jumping skills. 

Visit How to Choose a Program for more information. We exceptionally allow little shredders from 3rd grade to join with invitation or referral. Please contact Virginie directly at 503-914 7616 or virginie@BendEnduranceAcademy.org to discuss your child’s riding skills and experience and/or set up an evaluation time if necessary. 

 

DESCRIPTION

We are excited to continue our Jumping program. Under the supervision and instruction of our coaches, your kid can learn better jump skills in a safer environment.

The first session riders will spend their instruction time at the Redmond Pumptrack (riders meet in the parking lot of the Best Western Peppertree and ride BEA’s van). The next four sessions, riders meet directly at The Lair.

Our coach/riders ratio is 1:6. While each session is about having fun and making friends who share the same passion, it is also about learning better jumping specific skills, to learn more tricks and jump more safely.

The riders are responsible to bring their own bike and gear (full face helmets are HIGHLY recommended for the Lair, knee pads and elbow pads too). Dirt Jumpers are a plus but not necessary for this program; BMX or mountain bikes are acceptable. The bike must be in perfect riding condition.

SCHEDULE & MEETING LOCATION

For the first session of each program we meet in the parking lot of the Best Western Peppertree and shuttle our riders in our Bend Endurance Academy vans to the Redmond pumptrack.

5 Week program – Wednesdays, 3-6pm 

 

REGISTRATION & COST

Early Spring Program: $290 (5 sessions)

Late Spring Program: $290 (5 sessions)

Our spring program is limited to 12 riders.

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Girl's Rides - 6th-12th grade

 

AGE AND SKILLS

For girls from middle school and high school. This program is designed with recreational riders in mind, all levels are welcome. Riders are grouped by age, skills, fitness, goal and experience. 

 

DESCRIPTION

Riding with other female riders can be pretty powerful and less intimidating! These sessions are organized for girls and by women only. Bring a friend with you and make plenty of new ones!

The first few rides start from Phil’s Trailhead and move to the Welcome Center off Century Drive. The more advanced group may start from a different location such as Green gate or Wanoga when their coach feels the group is ready; they will let you know ahead of time if they need to.

Our instructor to kids ratio is 1:5 to allow our instructors to offer the best-individualized approach in our training. An extra “floater” instructor is also available if needed.

Each session balances a mix of fun riding, building endurance, and skill practice with an emphasis on the following skills from less experienced to more experienced riders:

  1. Position and balance: stability, balancing, range of movement, neutral, ready and climbing positions
  2. Operation of controls: efficient cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  3. Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  4. Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements, body/bike separation
  5. Pressure control: pumping, absorbing

A mountain bike is needed to participate in the program, hardtails or full suspension. The riders are responsible to bring their own bike and gear (helmet, knee pads, backpack, etc…). The bike must be in perfect riding condition. 

Visit How to Choose a Program for more details. 

 

SCHEDULE and LOCATIONS

3 PM to 6 PM each Wednesday 

The EARLY SPRING session runs for five weeks from March 30 to April 27

The LATE SPRING session runs also for five weeks from May 4 to June 1 

 

REGISTRATION and COST

EARLY SPRING Girls MTB $300

LATE SPRING Girls MTB $300 

Payment Plan available with one installment ($100 deposit). Consider applying for financial aid if needed.

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Adult Rides

Women Rides

     

 

Riding with other women is empowering! Whether you want to learn some new skills or work on specific trails features, meet other riders, or want to discover new trails, we work your goals and needs into our sessions.

Our rides/sessions are guided/coached by our women coaches only with a ratio of 1:8 maximum. 

 

AGE & SKILLS

These sessions are for women of any age (no, really!), from true beginners to intermediate riders.

We offer a Women True Beginner-Beginner program as well as an Intermediate program. Within each program, our riders are divided into smaller groups of eight (maximum) for a better experience. Groups depend on skills, fitness level, and goals.

 

The Women True Beginner-Beginner program is designed for those who have never mountain biked or have a year or so of mountain biking experience, and want to learn all the basic skills of mountain biking or refine them. 

Skills include: 

  • Position and balance: stability, balancing, range of movement, neutral, ready and climbing positions
  • Operation of controls: efficient cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  • Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation

We also discuss gear and bike fitting during this class.

 

The Women Intermediate program is designed for those who feel at ease enough on the mountain bike to challenge themselves to the next level. Participants should have 2+ years of mountain biking experience.

We review the above skills if needed and tackle the following ones:

  • Direction control: leaning the bike more than the body, rotational body movements
  • Pressure control: absorbing, pumping
  • Timing and Coordination

We also teach basic bike mechanics such as changing a tube (even if you ride tubeless, it’s handy!), fixing a broken chain, adjusting your gears… 

 

LOCATION and SCHEDULE 

All riders meet directly at trailheads but at different locations depending on the program.

  • The Women True Beginner-Beginner program starts from Phil’s Trailhead for the first few rides and moves to the Welcome Center for the last ones.
  • The Women Intermediate program meets at a different location each week. Your coach sends an email a few days ahead. Feel free to suggest some spots too!

We offer an afternoon session on Tuesday as well as a morning session on Thursday for each program.

  • EARLY SPRING TUESDAY session from 3 PM to 6 PM, March 29 to April 26
  • EARLY SPRING THURSDAY session from 10 AM to 1 PM, March 31 to April 28
  • LATE SPRING TUESDAY session from 3 PM to 6 PM, May 3 to May 31
  • LATE SPRING THURSDAY session from 10 AM to 1 PM, May 5 to June 2 

 

REGISTRATION and COST

The cost is the same for Women True Beginner-Beginner and Intermediate.

EARLY SPRING: $200 (five weeks)

LATE SPRING: $200 (five weeks) 

Register for the EARLY SPRING or LATE SPRING programs or both, starting January 22. Payment plan available with a $100 deposit.

 

NEW! Men’s Rides

For men who want to learn some new skills or work on specific trails features, meet other riders, or want to discover new trails. We are adapting our sessions to your goals and needs.

Our rides are guided/coached with a ratio of 1:8 maximum. 

 

AGE & SKILLS

These sessions are for men of any age (no, really!), from true beginners to intermediate riders.

We offer a Men True Beginner-Beginner program as well as an Intermediate program. Within each program, our riders are divided into smaller groups of eight maximum for a better experience, depending on their skills, fitness level and goals.

 

The Men True Beginner-Beginner program is designed for those who have never mountain biked or have just a few years of mountain biking experience, and want to learn all the basic skills of mountain biking or refine them. 

Skills include: 

  • Position and balance: stability, balancing, range of movement, neutral, ready and climbing positions
  • Operation of controls: efficient cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  • Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation

We discuss gear and bike fitting during this class. We also teach basic bike mechanics such as changing a tube (even if you ride tubeless, it’s handy!), fixing a broken chain, adjusting your gears…

 

The Men Intermediate program is designed for those who feel at ease enough on the mountain bike to challenge themselves to the next level. Participants should have 2+ years of mountain biking experience.

We review the above skills if needed and tackle the following ones:

  • Direction control: leaning the bike more than the body, rotational body movements
  • Pressure control: pumping, absorbing
  • Timing and Coordination

 

LOCATION & SCHEDULE 

All riders meet directly at trailheads but at different locations depending on the program.

  • The Men True Beginner-Beginner program starts from Phil’s Trailhead for the first few rides and moves to the Welcome Center for the last ones.
  • The Men Intermediate program meets at a different location each week. Your coach sends an email a few days ahead. Feel free to suggest some spots too!

All our Men programs run on Fridays. We offer a morning program from 10 AM to 1 PM, and an afternoon program from 4 PM to 7 PM.

  • EARLY SPRING session runs from April 1 to April 29
  • LATE SPRING session runs from May 6 to June 3

 

REGISTRATION & COST

The cost is the same for Men True Beginner-Beginner or Intermediate.

EARLY SPRING session: $200 (five weeks)

LATE SPRING session: $200 (five weeks)

Register for the EARLY SPRING or LATE SPRING session or both, starting January 22. Payment plan available with a $100 deposit.

Homeschool Options

Homeschool Little Ones

DESCRIPTION

This program is focused on RIDING SKILLS with some time for PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS.

RIDING SKILLS

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Stance and balance, learning to stand up, being centered, rolling over small roots and rocks, going downhill with pedals leveled, being relaxed…
  • Brakes and gears: when and how to use them.
  • Vision: anticipating and line choices. 
  • Cornering skills (for more advanced riders).

PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS

Plenty of time for free play is offered while we move through the trails. We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills.  

 

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for 5 to 8 years old riders from true beginners* to intermediate riders. In order to participate in the Homeschool Little Ones program, riders* need to be able to start their bike on their own.5-6 years old need to have a bike with at least one hand brake (no coaster brakes) and mountain bike tires (no slick tires please).

7-8 years old need to have a mountain bike with two hand brakes and gears. Visit How To Choose a Program and Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details.

Riders are grouped by age, skills, goals and endurance level after the first session.Kids ride with their coach in little pods of four or up to eight kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders.

 For safety reasons BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable for them. The bike will need to be fixed before starting or returning to the program. For the same reasons, if your child is unable to start his/her bike independently, our coaches may ask you to come back when the skill is mastered or switch to one on one private setting. 

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to riders ratio is 1:4 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.Each session is limited to 16 riders maximum. 

 

SCHEDULE & LOCATION

The EARLY SPRING program runs for five weeks on Mondays from March 28 to April 24, 9:30am to 12pm.

  • Start at Phil’s Trailhead: March 28, April 3, April 10
  • Start at the Welcome Center: April 17, April 24

The LATE SPRING program runs for four weeks on Mondays only from May 1 to May 22, 9:30am to 12pm.

  • Start at Phil’s Trailhead: May 1, May 8 
  • Start at the Welcome Center: May 15, May 22

Our more advanced group may start one or twice from a different location like Green Gate or Wanoga Sno-Park; your coach will let you know if they feel that the group is ready to venture on different trails. 

 

COST & REGISTRATION

EARLY SPRING session is $225 

LATE SPRING session is $180

You can register for any of the two programs or both starting January 22, 2022. Please consider asking for a scholarship if you need it. Payment plan with one installment available ($100 deposit).

 

Homeschool Youth Mountain Biking

AGE AND SKILLS

Homeschool Youth Mountain Biking is designed for 9 years old and older.For the recreational riders, from true beginners to intermediate. Riders break into smaller groups based on their skills and endurance levels. Instructor to kids ratio is 1:5 to allow for more individualized coaching and confidence building. 

 

DESCRIPTION

Each session balances a mix of fun rides, building endurance, and skill practice with an emphasis on the following skills from less experienced to more experienced riders:

  1. Position and balance: stability, balancing through a range of motion
  2. Operation control: gears and brakes, how and when to use them
  3. Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choices, decision making, anticipation
  4. Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements, bike/body separation
  5. Pressure control: absorbing, pumping

In order to participate in Homeschool Youth MTB, riders need to have a mountain bike with two hand-brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires).

Check How to Choose a program and Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details.

For safety reasons and respect for the other riders, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to send a rider home if the bike is unsafe or unrideable for them. The bike will need to be fixed prior to return to the program. 

 

SCHEDULE & LOCATION

Riders and their caregivers meet directly at Trailheads. The first few sessions start from Phil’s TH (lower parking lot) and later on move to the Welcome Center off Century Drive. For the more advanced groups, our coaches may suggest a different start such as Green Gate or Wanoga if they feel their riders are ready for more challenging trails. They will inform you a week before if they need it.

Each session runs for two and half hours on Monday from 9:30am to 12pm.

The EARLY SPRING session runs for five weeks on Mondays from March 28 to April 25.

  • ALL EARLY SPRING SESSIONS WILL STAY AT PHILS FOR 2022

The LATE SPRING session runs for four weeks on Mondays from May 2 to May 23. 

  • Start at Phil’s Trailhead: May 2, May 9 
  • Start at the Welcome Center: May 16, May 23

 

REGISTRATION & COST 

EARLY SPRING session is $200 

LATE SPRING session is $160 

You can register for any of the two programs or both starting January 22, 2022.

Payment plan with one installment available ($100 deposit). Please consider asking for a scholarship if you need it.

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Schools

Cascades Academy

DESCRIPTION

Our rides mostly focus on riding skills with still some emphasis on play/social skills for the younger kids. We recognize the need for these skills while we move through the trails. Children can play on boulders and logs, build forts, etc… We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills. 

RIDING SKILLS

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Position and balance: stability, balancing through a range of movements
  • Operation of controls: cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  • Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  • Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements (for more advanced and older riders).
  • Pressure Control: Pumping, absorbing

 

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for 1st to 5th grade riders  from true beginners* to intermediate and advanced riders.

Kids are grouped by age, skills, goals and endurance level after the first session.

*In order to participate in the program, riders need to be able to start their bike on their own and have a bike with two hand brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires or coaster brakes please). Riders need to show up with their helmet and bike ready to ride. Gloves, glasses, knee pads, and elbow pads are recommended.

For safety reasons, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable. The bike will need to be fixed before starting/returning to the program. For the same reasons, if your child is unable to start his/her bike independently, our coaches may ask you to come back when the skill is mastered. Visit Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details. 

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:4 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs. Kids ride with their coach in little pods of four or up to eight kids for two coaches.

If you or your child requests to ride with a friend or a sibling, note that we will move both riders in the level of the less advanced rider if necessary.  Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Thursday, from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.

Bend Endurance Academy coaches pick up the riders directly from Cascades Academy’s campus and drop them off at the Best Western Peppertree in town, after their ride.

We offer two sessions this Spring, running for four weeks each.

  • The EARLY SPRING program runs from April 7 to April 28.
  • The LATE SPRING program runs from May 5 to May 26.

 

COST & REGISTRATION

Each program costs $260.

Enroll for EARLY SPRING and/or Late SPRING after January 22, 2022. 

Payment Plan available with one installment ($100 deposit). Please apply for tuition assistance if needed.

 

 

Bend International School

DESCRIPTION

Our rides mostly focus on riding skills with still some emphasis on play/social skills for the younger kids. We recognize the need for these skills while we move through the trails. Children can play on boulders and logs, build forts, etc… We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills. 

RIDING SKILLS

  1. Position and balance: stability, balancing through a range of movements
  2. Operation of controls: cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  3. Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  4. Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements (for more advanced and older riders).
  5. Pressure Control: Pumping, absorbing

For our younger public, we recognize the need for social skills and breaks while we move through the trails. Children can play on boulders and logs, build forts, etc… We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills.  

 

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for K to 8th grade riders from true beginners*, beginners to intermediate and advanced riders.

Riders are grouped by age, skills, endurance level and goal after the first session.

*In order to participate in the program, riders need to be able to start their bike on their own and have a bike with two hand brakes, gears and mountain bike tires (no slick tires nor coaster brakes please). Riders need to show up with their helmet and bike ready to ride. Gloves, glasses, knee pads, and elbow pads are recommended.

For safety reasons BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable. The bike will need to be fixed before starting/returning to the program. For the same reasons, if your child is unable to start his/her bike independently, our coaches may ask you to come back when the skill is mastered. 

Visit Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details. 

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:4 for kids 3rd grade and below to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs.

Kids ride with their coach in little pods of four or up to eight kids for two coaches.Instructor to rider ratio is 1:5 for riders 4th grade and above

If you or your child requests to ride with a friend or a sibling, note that we will move both riders in the level of the less advanced rider if necessary. We always try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders.  

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Monday, from 3:30pm to 7:00pm.

Bend Endurance Academy coaches pick up the riders directly from Bend International School and drop them off at the Best Western Peppertree in town, after their sessions.

Most rides start from Phil’s trailhead and the Welcome Center but the advanced and intermediate riders in older groups may be shuttled to other trailheads (Wanoga, Green Gate,…).Our Spring program offers two different sessions:

  • EARLY SPRING Session runs for five weeks from March 28 to April 25.
  • LATE SPRING Session runs for four weeks from May 2 to May 23.

 

COST & REGISTRATION

EARLY SPRING Session- $295 

LATE SPRING Session- $240 

You can purchase one session or two sessions early on after January 22, 2022.

Spring sessions will be limited to 20 riders. We offer a Payment Plan with one installment ($100 deposit) as well as Tuition assistance for those who need it.

 

 

 

Trinity Lutheran School Spring 2022

 

DESCRIPTION

This mountain biking program is offered by Bend Endurance Academy.

Our riders are picked up directly from school at 3pm.

 

RIDING SKILLS

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Position and balance: stability, balancing through a range of movements
  • Operation of controls: cadence, shifting technique, speed control, breaking
  • Terrain awareness: trail scanning, line choice, decision making, anticipation
  • Direction control: leaning the bike, rotational body movements (for more advanced and older riders). 

AGE AND SKILLS

This program is designed for riders 8 to 12 years old, from true beginners to intermediate and advanced riders.

Kids are grouped by age, skills, goals and endurance level after the first session.

Riders are responsible to bring their bike and equipment to school in the morning of the ride.

For safety reasons, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate if the bike is unsafe or unrideable. The bike will need to be fixed before starting/returning to the program. Visit Kids Bike set up guidelines for more details.

 

INSTRUCTOR RATIO

Instructor to rider ratio is 1:5 to allow for safety, confidence building, and maximum individualized attention to each rider’s physical and emotional needs. Kids ride with their coach in little pods of five or up to then kids for two coaches.

Note that we try our best to accommodate your requests but our coaches have the best perspective and expertise to offer the optimal experience for your child and the other riders. 

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Tuesday, from 3:00pm to 6:30pm.

Bend Endurance Academy coaches pick up the riders directly from Trinity Lutheran School and drop them off at the Best Western Peppertree in town, after their ride.

We offer two sessions this Spring, running for four weeks each.

  • The EARLY SPRING program runs from April 5 to April 26.
  • The LATE SPRING program runs from May 3 to May 31.

COST 

Early Spring: $260 (four sessions). 

Late Spring: $325 (five sessions). 

 

Payment Plan available with one installment ($100 deposit).Enroll directly from Bend Endurance Academy’s website

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Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Private Sessions

AGE and SKILLS

Private sessions are for all ages, from absolute beginners to advanced riders, from learning to ride a two wheels bike to learning to drop and jump. 

DESCRIPTION

The only one on one instruction where we are 100% dedicating our attention to your kid! Together we can decide on the length of the session, day and time, and recurrence if desired. You can also have a voice on which instructor you would like to have. We determine the location depending on the riding skills of the rider.

Each session runs for a minimum of 1.5 hours with 30 minutes increment. 

REGISTRATION and COST

The cost of a 90 minutes session is $90.

Register for Private Lessons HERE.

For questions, contact our cycling director at virginie@BendEnduranceAcademy.org 

Semi Private Sessions

AGE and SKILLS

Semi-private sessions are for all ages, from absolute beginners to advanced riders. Ideally, the group should have similar skills and ages for a better experience overall. 

DESCRIPTION

We started our Semi-private sessions under Covid-19 circumstances. Pods of kids who were already doing “class” together or friends who would rather skip the group sessions and exposure to more kids. Semi-private sessions are also ideal for homeschooled/online children who want to ride at a more convenient time during the day. You gather a minimum of two riders to a maximum of five, and we work the details with you. Together we can decide on the length of the session, days and times, and recurrence. You can also have a voice on which instructor you would like to have. We determine the location depending on the riding skills of the riders.

Each session runs for a minimum of 1.5 hours with 30 minutes increment.  

REGISTRATION and COST 

The cost of a 90 minutes session is $150 for the whole group (we divide the price between the number of riders. For example, three different families pay $50 each). Maximum of five riders per group.

Contact our cycling director directly at virginie@BendEnduranceAcademy.org for registration. 

Enduro/DH Racing Team 2022 Season

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AGE AND SKILLS

For 4th to 12th grade riders with intermediate to advanced skills only

Absolutely NO beginners please (Youth MTB and Junior MTB are more appropriate programs for beginners)

No racing experience is necessary.

We exceptionally allow little shredders from 3rd grade to join with invitation or referral. Please contact Ryder directly at  ryder@BendEnduranceAcademy.org to discuss your child’s riding skills and experience and/or set up an evaluation time if necessary.

We regroup riders by age, ability, goals and fitness with a coach/riders ratio of 1:5 (1:6 with the older group)

 

DESCRIPTION

Our racing program offers two-day per week rides/sessions on Thursday and Saturday during the school year

Thursday: 

  • Skill practice through drills and applied on local trails or pumptrack
  • Riders practice altogether or in pods depending on the needs of everyone.

Saturday:

  • Shuttle rides on local and regional trails in order to be exposed to different dirt and terrain. 
  • Enduro style rides (not shuttle assisted or partially assisted depending on the destination)
  • MT Bachelor Bike Park in September and October 

Once school is off for the summer, we will move to Tuesday and Friday rides/practice.

  • MT Bachelor Bike Park sessions 
  • Shuttle rides on local and regional trails in order to be exposed to different dirt and terrain. 

For weekends with races, we use Friday, Saturday and Sunday for practice and racing.

Riders who don’t go to some races will have the option to ride with a coach on the regular days (Saturday for school year and Friday once in Summer session).

Our racers meet with us at the beginning of the season to discuss their goals.

They can choose to race Enduro specifically or just Downhill, or both.

Racers and their families are invited to join Team App once registered to facilitate communication, schedules, news,… between the coaches and the riders and between the families too.

Our Team for the 2022 season is limited to 20 riders.

BEA is planning on being present at the following race venues:

 

ENDURO Racing: 

YES  NW   

Big Mountain Enduro (September race at Mt Bachelor only)

DOWNHILL Racing:

NW CUP

Gravity series @MT Bachelor

USA CYCLING Mountain Bike Nationals Championships (both Enduro and Downhill)

What’s included:

  • Coaching at scheduled team rides.
  • Coaching at local, regional race series (practice the course together, looking at lines, options, signage,…. race strategy overall). 
  • We ride with the riders who choose so during the race (one coach/adult behind a racer is allowed for some races)
  • Driving to races.
  • New Team jersey.
  • A set of Schwalbe tires
  • Access to discounted biking gear through industry partners.
  • Discount for parts, service and bike purchase through The Hub Cyclery.

What’s not included:

  • Mt Bachelor Bike Park season pass.
  • Races entry fees.
  • Multi days trips fees.

Full suspension bikes are highly recommended for this program although not mandatory.

The riders are responsible to bring their own bike and gear (full face helmets, knee pads, goggles and chest protector are mandatory for riding in any bike park).

The bike must be in perfect riding condition. For safety reasons and respect for the other riders, BEA’s coaches reserve the right to refuse a rider to participate in a session if the bike is unsafe or unrideable. The bike will need to be fixed before starting or returning to the program.

We are always in need of more hands! 

Parents/caregivers can volunteer to help with one or more of the following: shopping, cooking , chaperone in rooms/camp set up, driving, riding. We offer discounts for those helping us out! Let Ryder know if you are interested and available.

 

SCHEDULE and MEETING LOCATION

We meet in the parking lot of the Best Western Peppertree and shuttle our riders in our Bend Endurance Academy vans.

 

Schedule when school is in session:

  • THURSDAY, 4:30-7pm- March 10 to June 16 and September 8 to November 3 (depending on weather and trail conditions)
  • SATURDAY, 9:30am-2:30pm or FULL DAY (schedule may vary depending on the destination)- April 2 to June 18 and September 10 to November 5 (depending on weather and trail conditions)

Schedule for the Summer (June 21 to September 4)

  • TUESDAY: 9am- 4pm 
  • FRIDAY: 9am- 4pm

Schedule will vary for race weekends.

 

REGISTRATION and COST

$4,000

Registration for the whole season can be paid in full or in ten monthly installments ($400).

Please consider applying for financial aid if needed.

Registration for the 2022 racing season opens January 22, 2022.

The cost of registration does NOT include the Bike Park Tickets. Riders are responsible to purchase their own Season Pass directly from Mt Bachelor’s website.

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How to Choose a Program

How to Choose a Program

Many factors influence which programs are best for your child.

Age, Ability, Goals, Equipment & Experience

Age limits do not define ability but they keep riders in appropriate social settings with their peers. Please respect the age limits when you enroll. 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 and safety for everyone!

  • Pushbikes: PS-PK, all levels are welcome.
  • Tiny Ones: PK-K, all levels are welcome but need to be able to start their bike on their own.
  • Little Ones: 1st-3rd grade, all levels are welcome, from true beginners to intermediate recreational riders. 
  • Youth Mountain Biking (or Youth MTB): 4th-5th grade; recreational riders, all levels are welcome.
  • Junior Mountain Biking (or Junior MTB): Middle School and High School; recreational riders, all levels are welcome.
  • Girls Mountain Biking (or Girls MTB): 6th grade and above; recreational riders, all levels are welcome.
  • Enduro/DH: 4th grade and above. ABSOLUTELY NO BEGINNERS, from intermediate to advanced riders only. 3rd graders can join through invitation, recommendation, or evaluation only. Contact our cycling director for details at Virginie@bendenduranceacademy.org
  • Enduro/Downhill Racing Team: 4th grade and above, with 3rd graders under invitation only. ABSOLUTELY NO BEGINNERS, from intermediate to advanced riders only.
  • Women Mountain Biking (or Women MTB): 18+, all levels are welcome. If you are new to mountain biking or have less than two years of mountain biking experience, choose True Beginner-Beginner program. For Intermediate-Advanced program, you should have 2+ years of mountain biking experience and be comfortable riding black trails. For those with road biking experience, consider yourself a beginner mountain biker as riding trails requires very different set of skills.
  • Men MTB: 18+, all levels are welcome. If you are new to mountain biking or have less than two years of mountain biking experience, choose True Beginner-Beginner program. For Intermediate-Advanced program, you should have 2+ years of mountain biking experience and be comfortable riding black trails. For those with road biking experience, consider yourself a beginner mountain biker as riding trails requires very different set of skills.

 

Riding Goals

All our programs have the same goals:

  • Having fun together.
  • Making new friends.
  • Learning new skills.
  • Learning to ride in a group safely and courteously.
  • Creating 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.

If your child wants to enjoy a fun ride while learning some skills, Tiny Ones, Little Ones, Youth MTB, Junior MTB, and Girls MTB are the perfect fit.Girls are welcome to all our programs, not only Girls MTB!

Enduro/DH programs focus on gravity specifically: we shuttle our riders for more time riding down!

If your child wants to race Enduro and/or Downhill, our racing Team welcomes everyone at an intermediate to advanced level. We encourage at least one race per season.

If your child enjoys more time in the air, Jumping is the right program.

 

Friends & Siblings

We encourage riders to group-up with their friends if it is appropriate for the group and the chosen program.

For safety reasons, we move kids who want to ride together to the level of the least experienced riders.

 

The Equipment (see specific kids bike set up guidelines for more details).

We outline 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 these guidelines and ask for assistance if needed.

If a rider shows up with a bike that is unrideable or unsafe, BEA reserves the right to send the rider home and ask to fix the bike before the following session. 

If you don’t have the time nor the skills to fix your child’s bike, 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. Bikes need constant maintenance; the more your kid rides, the more hours you’re gonna have to spend on his/her bike!

  • For ages 2 and half to 4 years old, we recommend a pushbike or 12″ wheels bike with at least one hand brake-no coaster brake (bike pedal brake). No slick or plastic tires.
  • For ages 4 to 7 we recommend 16” wheels or larger with at least one hand brake -no coaster brake (bike pedal brake). Gears are recommended but not mandatory. No slick tires.
  • For ages 7 and 8 we recommend 20″ wheels or larger, two hand brakes. Gears are highly recommended. No slick tires.
  • For age 9+ we recommend a minimum 24″ or 26″ wheels mountain bike with 2-brakes and gears required.
  • For our Enduro/DH and Racing program, we highly recommend riders to have a full-suspension bike. Full face helmets and knee pads are mandatory for some rides in the Enduro/DH program. Eye protection in the form of goggles or glasses are highly recommended.
  • For the Jumping program, we recommend a dirt jumper but a BMX or a mountain bike work too.

 

Contact Natasha if you need help with bikes and gear protection.

Specific Kids Bike Set Up Guide

Specific Kids Bike Set Up and Gear Guidelines 

Source www.pmbia.org | © 2019 PMBI Association

 

Equipment set up and maintenance is a key part to managing risk, especially with children. A bike that is not working or fitted properly to a child, greatly increases risk. Kids mountain bikes are not just smaller versions of an adult mountain bike. There are some key things to consider to ensure the bike is safe and comfortable for your child to ride.

 

TIRE PRESSURE

Kids are smaller and weigh less, and this is more so the younger they get. We see tires with too much pressure in them. This compromises traction, comfort and therefore safety and enjoyment. A good judge to measure suitable tire pressure for any rider, is if the rider themselves can “squash” the tire. With this exception of perhaps really 4 years old, this holds true most of the time and is a good reference point to at least start determining tire pressure.

Regardless, a kid’s tire pressures can be as low as 8 or 10psi, ranging up to 20psi, depending on the kid and the type of bike/tire. With the advent of kids 20” fat bikes, these figures are perfectly reasonable. An adult should be able to squash a 4 – 6 yr old’s bike tire, pretty easily.

 

BRAKES

Kids typically have smaller and weaker hands, so it’s important that the brakes are set up accordingly. 

  • LEVER ANGLE: Similar to an adult bike, the lever angle should be slightly higher than the angle of the forearms, when standing. 4 – 6 yr olds sit down a lot. Lever angle should be mostly set up for sitting down, rather than standing, and therefore by slightly higher.
  • LEVER REACH: Take the time to ensure the lever reach is such that your child does not need to roll their wrists forward, to reach the lever. Bring the lever as close to the grip as is needed, and then adjust the brake accordingly (so the ‘bite’ point is still reasonable and the brake responsive).
  • BITE POINT (see picture): For any kid learning to use hand brakes for the first time, it can help to bring the bite point of the brake closer to the bars. This makes the brake less responsive, while they are learning on gentle terrain and slow speeds. As soon as they are comfortable using the front brake gradually, adjust the bite point back to normal, to ensure correct braking power. However, a closer bite point will make it easier for smaller hands to brake with more power.

Bite point

  • BRAKE CABLE FRICTION: Poorly maintained cable brakes can significantly reduce the braking power, when a kid has smaller and/or weaker hands. Many kids’ bikes are dangerous simply because the child cannot squeeze the lever hard enough, to brake effectively. When we also consider that kids can get tired more easily, especially their hands, this problem can be made even worse. 
  • HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKES: This is why we recommend hydraulic disc brakes, when possible, even for kids bikes. This is because they are much more reliable from a maintenance point of view and are often much smoother and easier for the kids to operate. It’s less about how powerful the brake is but more about how easy it is for the kids to use. More powerful brakes mean your child doesn’t have to squeeze as hard, meaning less fatigue which is very important.

 

SEAT HEIGHT

NEW RIDERS: Any kids newer to riding, can have a lower seat, so their feet can touch the ground, when seated on the bike. This is especially true for kids around 4 – 6 years old. Their ability to react and recover when they lose stability is lower. Typically, if they start to fall, they fall! Allowing them to comfortably touch the ground (almost flat feet) while seated, is key to allowing them a margin of error to recover. Also, newer riders tend to sit down a lot more since they haven’t developed the same balance and control of the bike, to enable them to stand up with confidence.

Pros: More confidence inspiring, safer, easier for kids to learn, easier to start and stop.

Cons: Less power when pedaling and potentially more fatigue.

 

BIKE FIT

Kids can grow very quickly! It is therefore reasonable to expect that at some point, a kid’s bike may be too small or too large, and within reason, this is okay. Bikes that are a bit too small can be a good learning tool, as can bikes that are a bit too large. However, safety is paramount, so if the size of a kids bike is simply making it difficult for them to ride safely, a new bike will definitely be recommended. Thinner grips, smaller seats and pedals, can also help make a bike fit more comfortably and safely.

Bike fit can also be adjusted based on the type of riding. Some rides that are on pavement/gravel road could have a bike fit with a higher seat. When trying an easy single track, the seat could be lowered. This will promote the best position for strength and mobility. Higher = better position for strength. Lower = better for getting on and off and pedaling while standing.

This cheeky monkey is between bike sizes; he’s getting a little big for his 16” but is still a bit small for his fat tire 20” bike. 

 

 

He can start and stop easily on his 16” but it has no gears and smaller wheels. He can both reach the ground with his toes and has good leg extension on the seat. This is a sign the bike may soon be too small.

 

 

He needs help to get started on his 20” bike, but once he’s going, he finds it much easier to keep up with everyone, because of the bigger wheels and gears.There’s always pro’s and con’s to bikes that are too small or large!

 

CLOTHING & PROTECTION

Kids mountain bikes are better than ever. This also means more kids on real, single track mountain bike trails. Consequently, these kids are at more of a risk of getting hurt, than ever before. It’s therefore crucial that kids not only have well maintained and properly fitted bikes, but also the good quality and correctly fitted helmets, shoes, gloves and body armor.

HYDRATION PACKS

While great for carrying water, snacks, a spare tube and so on, these also double as great back/skin protectors. With kids’ specific packs available, these are a great option!

CARRYING PACKS – Encouraging kids, even from an early age, to carry their own gear and supplies, is great to teach them independence and self-reliance.Kids are carrying their own water, spare tube, snacks and even a spare set of underwear!

The pack can also double as some great protection in the event of a crash.

GLOVES

Good quality kids’ gloves can be hard to find. We recommend gloves without padding on the palm. This often makes it more difficult to grip and squeeze the handlebars.

KNEE & ELBOW PADS (both, not one or the other!)

Cheap pads are more likely to be uncomfortable (the kids won’t want to wear them), and they often move in a crash, reducing their effectiveness. However, good kids pads like those from IXS or GForm, are fantastic for improving confidence, safety and comfort.

HELMETS

It’s quite common to see kids with both poor quality and poorly fitted helmets. Again, safety comes first. If your child doesn’t have a suitable helmet, they must find one before starting any lesson or program with BEA. No exceptions. 

Yes! This helmet looks great.

No, this helmet needs adjustment.

Helmets should fit the same way as an adult helmet. Snug and level, slightly above the eyebrows. Strap should be snug but not tight.

If the strap is undone, the helmet should stay on when the person tips their head upside down.

F.A.Q

How do you define Ability?

  • True Beginners”-first time on a bike or still needing help getting started, not comfortable on a bike — they require one-on-one attention from coaches to remain safe. 
  • Beginners” – less than two years riding but can ride independently and can be mixed into a group-setting. Still working on good balance and proper stance.
  • Intermediate” – 2+ years of experience, at ease on the bike (can stand pedals leveled when needed). Might be more interested in pursuing a harder progression, and try to push themselves on more difficult terrain.
  • Advanced”- many years of experience, can ride all black trails and can start giving back to their peers while they pursue their own goals.

Recreational vs racing?

“Recreational” riders enjoy riding and want to improve but aren’t immediately interested in advanced skills or racing.

Why is Age requirement so important?

Minimum ages are set to create peer groups. While many younger riders can demonstrate good skills, they often need to remain with their peers instead of moving up too quickly. Younger riders get tired more quickly and while they may keep up at the beginning of the session, they may not have the stamina of an older child to finish.

How does the WaitList work?

  • All our programs have caps. This is so we can provide your child with the best experience by keeping our instructor to riders ratio low. 
  • The enrollment form shows how many spots are left.
  • If a program is FULL please register for the Waitlist. We will update everyone on the waitlist up to 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. 
  • A $100 deposit is required to register.
  • We offer a payment plan with three installments.
  • Tuition assistance can be filled directly from our website at least two weeks prior to the start of the program.
  • Contact our Mountain Biking Program Director at virginie@BendEnduranceAcademy.org if you need help with payment or help getting a scholarship through others foundations and organizations.

Can I have a Make-Up Day?

  • We do not offer to make up days if you miss your session.
  • Riders are expected to show up on the days they’ve signed up to attend.
  • There is no official make up day or refund for specific program days canceled due to bad weather or natural disasters like fire/smoke. But we always try our best if it’s possible, depending on our coaches availability.

How do you set up groups?

  • We begin with age and then adjust by ability/experience/motivation.
  • Riders and parents must communicate with their Coaches about their desires, goals, and aspirations 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.
  • We listen to your requests or those of our riders. If two riders/families want to ride together, we put the riders in the group level of the less experienced riders (both sides must agree).

Is BEA a Racing Program?

  • Our mission is to offer a full range of mountain biking options from Absolute Beginners to Advanced Recreational Riders and Racers!
  • Racing is available for Enduro and Downhill only (no CX, XC, road or BMX).
  • Must be at least an intermediate rider to race.
  • No racing experience necessary.
  • Racing is available for those who are interested but it’s always optional. Racing is hard. Riding bikes should be fun! Sometimes those are the same, sometimes they’re not.

 Does BEA rent bikes?

    • NO but we have a few loaners for emergencies or families with low income.
    • Contact natasha@bendenduranceacademy.org
    • Check The Hub Cyclery for any purchase or service. Mention the BEA family and you’ll receive a 15% discount on bikes, parts and service. Don’t forget to thank TJ!
Contact

Camps & After School Programs | Natasha West | natasha@bendenduranceacademy.org

Race Team | Ryder Talcott | ryder@bendenduranceacademy.org

Mountain Biking Coaches

Virginie Calme

Coach's Bio

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, downhill biking camps, and coordinating the Cycling program for BEA.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!PMBIA Level 1 Coaching Certification

Natasha West

Coach's Bio

Natasha is a lifelong Oregonian who originally moved to Bend to attend OSU Cascades. While an avid cyclist in the summer and fall, in the winter she is the nordic program coordinator for Bend Endurance Academy. She loves helping kids find joy and independence in the outdoors. Favorite Trail in Bend: South Fork

 

PMBIA Level 1 Coaching Certification

ryder talcott

Coach's Bio

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.PMBIA Level 1 Coaching Certification

young choi

Coach's Bio

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

chris emme

Coach's Bio

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!

Evan Grover

Coach's Bio

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! 

Andrew Galbraith

Coach's Bio

Andrew moved to Bend a few years ago seeking more outdoor experiences for his family.  He got his first Mountain bike at age 12 and has been riding nonstop for over 30 years while living in Connecticut, Colorado, Montana, California and now Bend. He has coached at the High School level and dabbled in XC racing but mostly rides bikes for the pure fun of it.  When not on the bike, Andrew is skiing, travelling and doing all of the above with his wife and 2 kids.  His favorite trail in Bend is Middle Flagline.  PMBIA Level 1 coaching certification.

Ashley Tuttle Mountain Bike Coach

Ashley Tuttle

Coach's Bio

Ashley’s love for the outdoors was forged on the icy and rocky trails of the Northeast. Naturally, she made the move west to feed her need for bigger mountains, pursue her passion for mountain biking and backcountry snowboarding. Throughout her life, she has constantly sought to share her love for outdoor recreation, and get kids outside through sport and mentorship. While not in the dirt or on snow, she has merged her passions for the outdoors into her day job as an action sports attorney. Ashley now calls Bend home, and can be found on the trails, on the water, or exploring new lines in the Cascades. Favorite Trail: Southfork

Bonnie Randolph

Coach's Bio

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.PMBIA Level 1 Coaching Certification

Desmond Garrott Mountain Bike Coach

Desmond Garrott

Coach's Bio

Desmond is an Enduro racer who loves to ride fast, but he hasn’t always been that way!Growing up in Southern California, he started his biking career riding road bikes and only recently after moving to Central Oregon has caught the mountain biking bug, and now he wants to share his love for the sport with others.Desmond also raced slalom and giant slalom throughout High School.When not on the trails and slopes, Desmond is a student at COCC.His favorite trail is Last Chance at Mt Bachelor Bike Park!

Rebecca Bell

Coach's Bio
Rebecca was a co-founder/owner of The Yoga Lab in Bend Oregon and has more than 25 years of teaching experience. She has been leading 200-hour yoga teacher trainings for more than 10 years, leads intensives, workshops series, immersions and international Yoga Retreats. Rebecca is a Lululemon Ambassador and Hydroflask Ambassador.
Rebecca’s favorite trail in Bend is South Fork.

Tristan Block

Coach's Bio

Tristan Block’s main passion starts as soon as wheels leave the ground!  Tristan grew up going to skateparks and riding dirt jumps, even during his 5 years in the USMC. He’s a Father of one Daughter and a Husband to an amazing and supportive Woman. Tristan coaches the jumping sessions.

Casey Westbrook

Coach's Bio

Casey is a Strength and Conditioning Coach and a lover of mountain biking, weightlifting and all things sports & dogs. She is passionate about using sport + fitness to empower women and humans to do hard things, realize their potential, feel confident in their body, and create a life they love. Her favorite trail in Bend is Funner.

Etan Bravard

Coach's Bio

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, national 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.

Lauren Hartich

Coach's Bio

Lauren has lived in Bend and pedaling bikes since she was two. She is one of our high school coaches who is always eager to get outside after school wether it’s coaching, skiing, hiking, or running. She believes nature has such a positive impact on mental health and wants to spread positivity with others. Her favorite trails are in the mountains of Colorado but loves Phil’s canyon in bend.

Harrison Romney

Coach's Bio

Born and raised in Ashland, OR. Started mountain biking at 15 and haven’t stopped since. Started racing when I was 17 and now I race full-time with the OSU – Cascades Cycling team. I race/ride enduro & downhill events in the western portion of the US and Canada. Apart from my cycling, I am a former alpine ski racer and alpine ski coach in the off-season. I love skiing, whitewater kayaking, climbing, and anything outside that gets my heart racing and adrenaline pumping!

Favorite Trail: “Happy” in Ashland, OR

Jack Brill

Coach's Bio

Jack is one of our high school Assistant Cycling Coaches. He moved to Bend when he was 12 and has been biking with BEA ever since, first as a student and now as a coach. He raced cross country for two years until realizing his passion for biking was not centered around racing, but instead for teaching and riding for fun. Jack recently completed an outdoor leadership course with NOLS where he backpacked for 21-days through the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. Jack loves riding at Phil’s and ripping the downhill at Bachelor. His favorite trail in Bend is Lower Whoops.

Gina Reid

Coach's Bio

Gina has been mountain biking for a little longer than she cares to admit. She has raced XC and then DH professionally. She loves being outdoors surrounded by trees. Helping riders find their confidence by using her 30+ years of cycling experience is what drew her to BEA. She has a soft spot in her heart for women riders, beginners, kids and any rider in need of a little breakthrough.

Sam Guciardo

Coach's Bio

Sam grew up riding in the mountains of North Carolina before moving to Durango Colorado where he raced downhill and dual slalom for fort Lewis college. He loves long trail rides and riding dirt jumps! His favorite trails in Bend are Cline Butte. 

Kalden Charrette

Coach's Bio

Kalden was born and raised in the San Juans mountains of Colorado. He started riding at two and started racing road and XC when he was seven.  For the last several years he traveled full time around the country and internationally with his family riding bikes and being roadschooled. Last year his family settled in Bend and he started racing enduro. He also loves to surf and play guitar. His favorite trail is The Whole Enchilada in Moab.