2018


Cycling Teams

Mountain Biking, Cyclocross and Cycling Opportunities for Youth & Juniors!

2018 Information is posted below:

Enrollment is Open.

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Highlights for 2018 Cycling

  • COMPETITION TEAM Added strength training & some lengthened practice times
  • AFTER SCHOOL Elementary & Middle School 6-weeks in May & June see more School Programs here
  • SUMMER YOUTH Revised age brackets: Age 6 & 7 on Mondays and Thursdays; Ages 8 – 12 Mon through Fri
  • MEGA-RIDES Add-on rides for all ages!
  • GIRLS RIDES Free Intro Clinics; Weekly Team Rides
  • PERFORMANCE ADD-ON With Bowen Sports Performance for indoor riding in fall/winter/spring
  • GIVING BACK Older riders can volunteer as Intern Coaches with Youth and Devo; Families can connect by working our Bike Rodeos, Chainbreaker MTB Race and other events that help raise money and awareness for the Academy

Use your child’s age or grade, combined with these keywords to get started:

YOUTH MTB: focus on skills, adventure, team-building, confidence.

  • Balance Biker Clinics ages 0-4: a few fun clinics for those tiny riders without pedals, riding with Coaches and parental support
  • Riders Under 6: We encourage parents to ride with these young children until they are ready for our group-rides.
  • Mini Bikes or Ages 6 & 7: Selected programs to help these younger riders have fun on easy terrain, learn basic riding skills in a supportive group-ride environment.
  • Mighty Bikes or Ages 9 – 12: Supporting a wide range of riding abilities, our summer and after school Youth rides teach beginner to intermediate skills, ride a diverse selection of trails and go through a progression within their coaching-group over the course of the program.

AFTER SCHOOL MTB: Recreational rides in the spring and fall with pick-up at school and transportation to the trail:

  • MUST attend one of the schools listed for that program
  • No absolute beginners — riders must have some cycling experience.
  • Recreational and Intermediate Riders; more experienced riders should consider Devo or Comp Teams

GIRLS MTB Rides: a series of clinics and girls-only rides for beginner, recreational and intermediate riders

  • Free Girls Clinics to introduce new riders to the group and serve as entry-points for programs, focus on skills and team-building
  • Girls Rides are offered on certain days in the spring, summer and fall to bring girls together with female coaches
  • Girls are welcome in all of our programs but these options are good places to start for new riders and allow our experienced girls to help out within the groups.

DEVELOPMENT Teams: age 11+; mostly middle school with some high school riders looking for more advanced skills & more challenging rides

  • 1, 2 and 3-day options for flexibility with a shorter season than Comp Teams
  • Recreational and Intermediate Riders who want to improve
  • Not a racing program! But we introduce Challenges, Missions and Goals to the team
  • Optional workouts and skills sessions help riders define their own path for the season
  • Riders are encouraged to try racing with support of their teammates and coaches
  • Some group rides with the Competition Team Riders for team-building

COMPETITION Teams: age 13+ for those who want to maximize their riding

  • For experienced riders, this is our highest level of commitment and support for junior cyclists
  • Racing is always optional but majority of these riders enjoy competing
  • We offer a structured training and season-progression to incorporate camps, trips and races
  • Support on and off the bike, setting team goals & realistic individual goals
  • Annual Highlights include: Cyclocross Nationals Trip, Sea Otter Training Camp and State Championships

Age & Ability

  • “Absolute-Beginners” are those who need help getting started, or who are not comfortable on a bike — they require one-on-one attention from Coaches to remain safe; we offer Clinics and Bike Rodeos to help them get started.
  • “Beginners” are those who can ride, are ready to take on challenges, and can be mixed into a group-setting with appropriate ratios of riders-to-Coaches.
  • “Recreational” riders really enjoy riding and want to improve but aren’t immediately interested in advanced skills or racing.
  • “Intermediate” riders have more experience, might be more interested in pursuing a harder progression and might be convinced to ride more days per week or try a race.
  • “Advanced” riders have many years of experience and can start giving back to their teammates while they pursue their own goals.
  • Age vs Maturity: Minimum ages are set to create peer groups so while many younger riders can demonstrate good skills, they often need to remain with their peers instead of moving up too quickly.

Wait List

  • Many programs have caps. This is so we can provide your child with the best experience for the resources we have.
  • The Enrollment Form shows how many spots are left.
  • If a program is FULL then you should register for the Cycling Wait List at the bottom of the page. We will update everyone on the wait list a week before the program begins.
  • We will not take payment unless your child is accepted into the program. Payment is always due on or before a child’s first day of practice.

Tuition

  • Payment is due at registration or on the first day of practice.
  • There is no “credit” for days that you miss.
  • Pro-rated tuition is only for late sign ups once a program has already begun.
  • Tuition Assistance is available for some programs. Email Bill@bendenduranceacademy.org to learn more.

Make Up Days

  • Most programs do not have make up days.
  • Riders are expected to show up on the days they’ve signed up to attend.
  • In some upper-level programs and summer youth we can allow make-up days if space is available. Limited to one make up per five weeks.
  • Only requests emailed with more than 2 days in advance will be considered, but it’s not guaranteed.
  • Email Bill@bendenduranceacademy.org 

Riding in Groups

  • Riding Groups are created and adjusted on-the-fly based on a number of factors including attendance, terrain, weather, experience, ability, age and motivation of the participants.
  • By default, we begin with age and then adjust by friendships / ability / experience to make efficient groups.
  • Slow vs. Fast is not as big of a concern as many think. We’re riding to learn from each other and socialize, which means it’s usually easy to re-group and manage a ‘group speed’ that everyone can enjoy.
  • Most groups are formed with a 1:6 ratio of Coaches to Athletes.
  • Riders and parents must communicate with their Coaches about their desires, goals and aspirations in order for us to set forth proper pathways for their development, but it is the Coach’s final decision about who rides in which groups. Riding in a “slower group” is sometimes important for proper skill and personal development — it is not a penalty.
  • Riders must earn their progression by showing respect for their Coaches & peers while exhibiting dedication, motivation and improvement.

Racing

  • Racing is always optional; we encourage friendly, respectful competitions within our programs and suggest junior-friendly events for riders to try as a natural part of a rider’s progression
  • Racing in sanctioned (OBRA or USAC) races begins at age 9 or 10 depending on the discipline.

Academy Rules of the Trail

  • Be prepared: bring helmet, gloves, glasses, water, tube, tools & working bike
  • Say “Hello” to everyone
  • Ride in Control
  • Ride only open trails
  • Preserve the trail: no skidding, cutting corners or walking on jump faces
  • Stop at all junctions and trail crossings to re-group
  • Stay within sight of your group; don’t wander off into the woods
  • If you happen to lose the group, stay where you are and a coach will find you
  • Downhill Riders yield to Uphill Riders
  • Bikers yield to all other users like walkers and horses
  • Don’t scare people or animals
  • Scout all jumps / drops / black diamond features; only ride with Coach permission
  • Respect and help your teammates and coaches
  • Pads, full face helmet and neck brace strongly recommended for Enduro / DH / Bike Park training and racing

Vehicles & Driving

  • Respect the Driver, Coaches and your Teammates
  • Riders must sit facing forward
  • Keep all body parts inside the windows at all times
  • Inside voices
  • Leave no trace
  • Lost and found in front of Bus or in the office
  • Seat belts required in vans

Donations

  • The Academy is a 501c3 non-profit organization and we rely on sponsors and donors to keep our tuition costs affordable; and your donation may be tax deductible.
  • Consider making a donation to the Academy to help us further our mission of to promote healthy living through active, outdoor experiences.
  • Equipment donations are often valuable to our programs, too. You can do this two ways: donate directly to the Academy, or put your used outdoor gear on consignment under our account at The Gear Fix and we’ll receive 80% of the sale.

Volunteers

  • We produce or are affiliated with several events over the course of the year that rely on volunteers from BEA
  • Sometimes athletes are asked to help, while other times we need parents to step up.
  • Engaging in community activities helps the Academy and our families make a positive impact.

Mondays and Thursdays this Summer!

Changes for 2018:

  • Reserved seating for up to 15 young riders on the Bus for Mondays and Thursdays
  • Earlier start time and longer session means more time on the trail!
  • Riders must be 6 and have 16″ or larger wheels.

To better serve our youngest riders, we have reserved 15 spaces in our Monday and Thursday summer program for these Younger Riders on 16″ or 20″ wheels.

Safety and group etiquette are priorities with these riders and their dedicated coaches will help them through the process of learning how to manage themselves on the group rides and we’ll go to beginner-friendly trails to ensure they’re having a great time exploring the woods. We’ll go through basic bike-handling and group-riding etiquette, take lots of breaks, re-group often and eat lots of snacks.

We always make the learning fun and these riders will go through a progression for the course of the program with their peers so they will be ready for the Mighty Bikes program in the future.

  • Mondays and Thursdays ONLY, 15 spots reserved in the van each day.
  • Can also attend our Bike Rodeos and MegaRides for their age groups, too.
  • 8:45 – 12:15 from Summit High School
  • We will go to appropriate locations for the ages and abilities in this group.

Requirements

  • Must be Age 6 or 7 before the program begins, and
  • Must have 16″ – 20″ wheels.
  • Singlespeeds are OK but it should be an easy gear: Training wheels, BMX bikes, cruiser bikes, and extremely heavy bikes are not appropriate.
  • Ability Level: Riders cannot be “Absolute Beginners” — but “Beginners” are OK. See the box above about how we define abilities. Riders must be prepared for a 3.5 hour session with their peers and a Coach and capable to get going on their own, pedal on off-road surfaces, and stop safely. Additionally, these are group rides so we need riders who want to ride in the group and who can complete a 2 – 4 mile ride within 90 minutes.

2018 Summer Session Dates

  • Session 1 is five-weeks, June 25 through July 28
  • Session 2 is four-weeks from July 30 through August 24
  • Do 1 or 2 days a week in one or both sessions.
  • Everyone is welcome for the MegaRide All Rides at the end of each session!

Daily Schedule

  • Check-in at Summit High School back “Staff Parking Lot” from 8:15 – 8:30 AM
  • Bus leaves by 8:45 AM
  • Returns to Summit by 12:15 PM

Other Information

  • Bring a snacks and water: it’s a long session for these young riders so we take breaks to refuel.
  • You will receive confirmation emails at enrollment and then ahead of the program start to make sure you have all of the information you need.
  • Please read all of the good info in the “Important Information” box above, especially for new families.

Tuition:

Session 1 (5-days of riding)
  • Mondays = $165
  • Thursdays = $165
Session 2 (4-days of riding)
  • Mondays = $135
  • Thursdays = $135
MEGA-RIDES — see below to sign up for more fun Youth opportunities!

Youth Mountain Biking this Summer!

Changes for 2018:

  • Earlier start time and a longer session means more time on the trail!
  • Ages 6 & 7 are now only allowed on Mondays and Thursdays, see “Mini Bikes” above.
  • This program is for Ages 8 – 11
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • We recommend 1, 2, or up to 3 days per week. Two days per week is very popular and effective for learning skills while having fun!
  • The Friday group is limited to 1 van, or 12 riders.

Safety and group etiquette are priorities with these riders. Riders form groups of 5 – 12 athletes depending on their ability and selected location for the day. We always make the learning skills fun and these riders will go through a progression over the course of the program with their peers.

Requirements

  • Must be age 8 – 11 before the program begins, and
  • Must have 20″ wheels or larger.
  • Must have a working mountain bike with gears, two brakes and suitable tires for off-road riding: Training wheels, BMX bikes, cruiser bikes, and extremely heavy bikes are not appropriate.
  • Ability Level: Riders cannot be “Absolute Beginners” — but “Beginners” are welcome. See the box above about how we define abilities. Riders must be prepared for a 3.5 hour session with their peers and a Coach and capable to get going on their own, pedal on off-road surfaces, and stop safely. Additionally, these are group rides so we need riders who want to ride in the group and who can complete a 3 – 6 mile ride within 90 minutes.

2018 Summer Session Dates

  • Session 1 is five-weeks, June 25 through July 28
  • Session 2 is four-weeks from July 30 through August 24
  • Do 1 or 2 days a week in one or both sessions.
  • No practice on Wednesday, July 4, 2018
  • All Riders and Parents are welcome for the MegaRide All Rides at the end of each session!

Daily Schedule

  • Check-in at Summit High School back “Staff Parking Lot” from 8:15 – 8:30 AM
  • Bus leaves by 8:45 AM
  • Returns to Summit by 12:15 PM

Other Information

  • Bring a snacks and water: it’s a long session for these young riders so we take breaks to refuel.
  • You will receive confirmation emails at enrollment and then ahead of the program start to make sure you have all of the information you need.
  • Please read all of the good info in the “Important Information” box above, especially for new families.

Tuition:

Session 1 (5-days of riding)
  • Mondays = $165
  • Tuesdays = $165
  • Wednesdays = $135 (No practice July 4th)
  • Thursdays = $165
  • Fridays = $165
  • Everyone is welcome for the MegaRide All Rides at the end of each session!
Session 2 (4-days of riding)
  • Mondays = $135
  • Tuesdays = $135
  • Wednesdays = $135
  • Thursdays = $135
  • Fridays = $135
  • Everyone is welcome for the MegaRide All Rides at the end of each session!
MEGA-RIDES — see below to sign up for more fun Youth opportunities!

Recreational Rides with Transportation

  • 1. Mondays East-Side Schools
  • 2. Wednesdays West-Side Schoools

For Riders with some experience riding mountain bikes on trails who want a fun ride with their friends after school!
We have increased the age requirement to 7-years-old for 2018.

Requirements

  • Must be over age 7 before the program begins
  • Must have 20″ wheels or larger
  • Must have a working mountain bike with gears, two brakes and suitable tires for off-road riding: Training wheels, BMX bikes, cruiser bikes, and extremely heavy bikes are not appropriate.
  • Ability Level: Riders cannot be “Absolute Beginners” — but “Beginners” are OK. See the box above about how we define abilities. Riders must be prepared for a 60 – 90 minute ride with their peers and a Coach and capable to get going on their own, pedal on off-road surfaces, and stop safely.
  • Must attend one of the schools listed below:

1. Monday East-Side Elementary MTB

Must attend one of these schools:

  • Ponderosa Elem
  • Ensworth Elem
  • Juniper Elem
  • Bear Creek Elem
  • Silver Rail Elem
  • Elk Meadow Elem
  • Pine Ridge Elem

Our three vans pick up at these schools on a tight schedule so we cannot offer this program to other schools at this time.

Schedule

  • Five Mondays
  • April 30, May 7, 14, 21, June 4 (NO Practice May 28)
  • Pickup in three vans begins at 3:30 PM at these schools.
  • Return to Athletic Club of Bend at 6:00 PM, not our Office.
  • Exact transportation times and meeting places for each school will be emailed a week prior to start.

Program Cap

  • 36 Riders Total in 3 Vans
  • 12 between Ponderosa / Ensworth / Juniper
  • 12 between Silver Rail / Jewell / Bear Creek
  • 12 between Pine Ridge / Elk Meadow

Tuition:

  • $135

2. Wednesdays West-Side Elementary MTB

Must attend one of these schools (approximate pick up times):

  • Highland Elementary @ 2:00 PM
  • Westside Elementary @ 2:10 PM
  • High Lakes Elementary @ 2:15 PM
  • Miller Elementary @ 2:25 PM (Chaperone arrives at 2pm)
  • Amity Creek Elementary @ 2:00 PM

Schedule

  • Six Wednesdays
  • May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 4
  • Pickup begins at 2:00 PM
  • Return at 5:00 PM to Athletic Club of Bend
  • Final transportation times and meeting places will be emailed before starting.

Program Cap

  • 42 Riders TOTAL in 2 vans and our Bus
  • 30 Riders from Highland/High Lakes/Miller/Westside
  • 12 Riders from Amity

Tuition:

  • $165

Recreational Rides with Transportation

Come join us for fun, social group rides for Riders with some trail riding experience!

Requirements

  • No Absolute-Beginners: Must have some trail riding experience; comfortable completing several miles on trails, for more than 90 minutes.
  • Bicycles: Mountain Bikes with gears and 24″ Wheels or larger
  • Age 11 or older by the program start date and in
  • Grade 6 – 12
  • Must attend one of the schools listed for your group.

1. Tuesday Middle & High School MTB:

We have two groups based on school-release times. Both groups often end up riding together on the trail.

Group 1: for these schools with release time of 2:40 PM

  • Pilot Butte MS
  • High Desert
  • Pacific Crest
  • Cascade Middle School
  • Any High Schooler who can meet at Cascade MS at 3:00PM
  • Capped at 26 Riders

Group 2: combined REALMS & Cascades Academy

  • REALMS 3:05 PM
  • Cascades Academy 3:20 PM
  • Capped at 13 Riders

Schedule

  • Six Tuesdays
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5
  • Return to our Office at 6:15 PM
  • Final pick up times and meeting places will be emailed before starting.

Tuition:

  • $165
  • Enroll under “Middle School Tue Group 1 or 2”

2. Seven Peaks Friday:

Seven Peaks Middle Schoolers can join us on Fridays with early-release!

Schedule

  • Six Fridays
  • May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8
  • Pick up from school at 1:30PM
  • Return to Athletic Club of Bend at 4:30PM
  • Final pick up times and meeting places will be emailed a week prior to start.

Tuition:

  • $165

Development Mountain Bike Team

Join us for an Introductory Ride on March 21, Wednesday at 3PM, from the Athletic Club of Bend. Same as Girls Clinic #1.

High-energy sessions with inspiring Coaches, these are for Recreational or Intermediate riders who enjoy challenges and want to ride further, faster and smoother. We incorporate intermediate to advanced skills from XC and Enduro into these rides so the riders can progress over the course of the program.

The Devo Team is co-ed and racers are presented with numerous opportunities to try new things. Girls are welcome at all of the Devo Team Rides but check out the Girls-Only Rides, too.

Devo Team is broken into several blocks so it’s easy to fit with other sports and choose the right level of commitment for your rider. Most riders do 2-3 days per week.

Requirements

  • No Absolute-Beginners: must have some trail riding experience.
  • Riders must be comfortable completing a 4 – 8 mile ride on trails in under 2 hours.
  • Bicycles: Mountain Bikes with Gears on 24″ Wheels or larger; these are cross-country rides, meaning we pedal uphill and downhill — hardtails and short-travel full suspension bikes are appropriate.
  • Primarily for ages 11 – 15
  • Less-experienced High Schoolers may start here to get comfortable before moving to Comp Teams, and during the summer session Devo Coaches may allow some younger riders to join this group.
  • No transportation from school to practice is provided. Riders must have a way to get to practice where we transport to the riding areas as needed.

1. Spring Devo Team MTB

  • April 3 – June 9. 10 Weeks
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and 1 Weekend Day TBD at our March MTG
  • Weekdays 3:15 – 6:15 PM
  • Some Spring Weekend Days, see below
  • Combine this with another program like Tues. Middle School, or Friday Seven Peaks.

For riders ready to do a full season of riding, these spring rides provide skill-building, fitness and confidence to take on the bigger trails, build fitness for the summer or to try a race!

Racing is always optional. We support riders age 11+ at local and regional races and we host our own event, the Chainbreaker MTB Race on Mother’s Day weekend, so we hope all of our Devo Team will try that event or be a part of it as a volunteer.

Weekday Rides are up to 3-hour sessions and are after school, meeting at the Athletic Club of Bend. No transportation to practice is provided.

Weekend Rides will vary this spring from 4-hour practices to race-preview rides to regional trips. It’s a mini-program within the program designed to do rad stuff together!

  • Choose Saturday or Sunday as your default practice day
  • Some events are open to ALL Riders no matter which day you’ve signed up for
  • Tuition is based on about 6 rides and includes the Chainbreaker Preview and Mountain Man Trip so everyone is welcome at both of those!
  • Chainbreaker and Sisters XC Races — you’re encouraged to race them, there is no practice on those dates.

Tuition:

  • Most athletes do 2 days per week.
  • Tuesdays 10-weeks $240
  • Wednesdays 10-weeks $240
  • Thursdays 10-weeks $240
  • Spring Weekend Rides $190

2. Summer Devo Team MTB

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • June 25 – August 23. 9 Weeks

Regular morning rides throughout the summer, with additional MegaRides. Riders are encouraged to do 2-days per week and attend as many of the clinics and MegaRides as they can.

MEGA-RIDES are longer practices, special rides or capstone rides that are separate from the program tuition. Sign up for each one individually.

Tuition:

  • Summer Mondays $225
  • Summer Tuesdays $225
  • Summer Wednesdays $225
  • Summer Thursdays $225

 


3. Fall Devo Team MTB

Stay Tuned for Details this July.

Girls-Only MTB Rides

Junior women are welcome in any program we offer but we know that amazing things happen when the girls get together for their own rides with inspiring women who want to share their passion for cycling!

This team mirrors the structure and pricing of our Devo Team but is offered on limited days so we can provide female coaches and other appropriate resources.


1. Free Girls MTB Clinics

Funded by the Taye Nakamura Memorial Scholarship for 2018 to make them free to the public:

  • Perfect for Absolute-Beginners, Beginners and Intermediate Riders to learn tips, work on skills and gain confidence in a supportive team environment
  • Also serve as start-points for the weekly rides — try a clinic, then sign up to ride weekly if you enjoy it:
    • #1: Saturday March 31, 3:00 – 5:00 PM @ Athletic Club of Bend
    • #2: Weeknight in May TBD, 3:15 – 6:15PM
    • #3: Weekend Spring TBD, 9:00 AM – Noon
  • Loaner bikes may be available, email Bill@bendenduranceacademy.org to find out.

Locations TBD, sign up now and we’ll email you full details at least a week in advance.


1. Spring Girls-Only Wednesdays

  • Wednesdays April 4 – June 6. 10 Weeks
  • Combine this with another program like Devo Team, Tues. Middle School, or Friday Seven Peaks.

Requirements

  • No Absolute-Beginners: Riders must be able to ride a bike on a trail. Not sure? Begin with one of the Free Girls MTB Clinics to see if this is right for you.
  • Riders should be comfortable completing a 4 – 8 mile ride on trails in under 2 hours.
  • Bicycles: Mountain Bikes with Gears on 24″ Wheels or larger; these are cross-country rides, meaning hardtails and short-travel full suspension bikes are best.
  • Age 11 – 18
  • No transportation from school to practice is provided. Riders must have a way to get to practice where we transport to the riding areas as needed.

Tuition:

  • Tuesdays 10-weeks $240
  • Wednesdays 10-weeks $240
  • Thursdays 10-weeks $240
  • Weekend Day 10-weeks $240

2. Summer Girls Rides W & TH

  • Offered on Wednesdays & Thursdays for 9 Weeks
  • 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • June 27 – August 23
  • Check out the MegaRides for more Girls Team Options
  • Do 1 or 2 Girls Rides per week and add a regular Devo or Comp day for up to 4 days a week.

Summer Girls Rides switch to the mornings on Wednesdays and Thursdays. As this grows we may add more days.

Requirements

  • No Absolute-Beginners: Riders must be able to ride a bike on a trail. Not sure? Begin with one of the Free Girls MTB Clinics to see if this is right for you.
  • Riders should be comfortable completing a 4 – 8 mile ride on trails in under 2 hours.
  • Bicycles: Mountain Bikes with Gears on 24″ Wheels or larger; these are cross-country rides, meaning hardtails and short-travel full suspension bikes are best.
  • Age 11 – 18

Tuition:

  • Summer Wednesdays $225
  • Summer Thursdays $225

3. Fall Girls-Only Wednesdays

Details coming in July

Competition Team Includes

  • Enduro Team
  • Cross-Country (XC) Team
  • Some Gravel & Road Options
  • Indoor Training at Bowen Sports Performance and Academy

The Comp Team is our highest level of programming from February through August. We’ll always have fun no matter what we have planned for the ride!

Details and pricing is the same for XC and Enduro. We encourage riders to cross-over between these disciplines and try Road and Gravel riding as well.

New for 2018:

  • Added another day per week: Academy Indoor Strength / Conditioning / Recovery Day
  • Extended Wednesdays Spring after-school practice time by 1-hour
  • Spring Tuesdays in April, May and June will be a combined shuttle for Devo & Comp Teams
  • We have a bike-workshop at our Office for Clinics and Open Bench time available to Comp Team Riders to work on their equipment and learn from local experts
  • Comp Team Tuition includes an Enduro or XC jersey and a t-shirt!
  • Comp Team ends right after OBRA State Champ MTB race at the end of July; MegaRides continue through August and Cyclocross begins with a Camp.

“The Comp Team creates leaders,” says Cycling Director, Bill Warburton, who will be head-coach for the Comp Teams this summer. “I have goals for the team, the team sets expectations for the riders, and the riders have goals that we will all be working toward– together. While we work on bike-handling skills, there is so much more that our riders can get from this team, and as they come back year after year we see them become confident riders, smart racers, strong leaders and amazing young adults.”

The Comp Team will generally train and meet together. Riding and Training Groups are formed based on age, ability and selected discipline.

Training begins in February with indoor riding and strength at Bowen Sports Performance and the Academy.

Requirements:

  • Ages 13 – 18
  • Riders must have intermediate to advanced skills with good fitness

 


1. Spring & Summer Enduro MTB Team

The Enduro Team will race locally and has a goal to travel to at least one large regional event together as a team. Our number one priority for training and racing is always safety: riders must be prepared mentally, physically and with proper knowledge and usage of their equipment, therefore the program is designed to evaluate the rider’s ability, introduce new skills or information, evaluate the result, and repeat.

This is not a Downhill program– riders must be prepared to pedal our bikes uphill and downhill and we’ll get stronger and smarter by doing it together. Our trails are what they are but we have some special training zones where we can work on advanced skills. Our MegaRides and traveling to races also allow us to ride different trails for different experiences.

  • Pads and extra safety equipment strongly recommended
  • Full suspension bike required for Enduro
  • Cross-over to XC / Road / Gravel is encouraged — loaner bikes might be available
  • Check out our Alpenrose-Lumberyard-Sandy-Ridge Trip coming up at the end of June

2. Spring & Summer XC MTB Team

The Cross-Country Team is designed around the Oregon Off-Road MTB Race Series. From March through July, we will structure the season so those who are racing will perform well at those events. Riders can still do the Comp Team and not race, but we recommend everyone tries a race and either participates in or helps out with the local events.

Whether you race or not, we have a great time building skills, fitness and camaraderie over the course of the season.

  • Hardtails or short-travel full suspension bikes are perfect for these rides
  • Cross-over to Enduro / Road / Gravel is encouraged — loaner bikes might be available

Comp Team Levels

  • Full Time means a rider comes every day we offer a practice, between 3 – 6 rides per week. We work hard, take rests and go through the season every step of the way together.
  • Part Time means riders come 2-3 days per week. Recommended for younger or less experienced riders.
  • One-Day means riders attend 1-day per week plus a few other fun things. In most cases this is a special case so please talk to Coach Bill about moving up to Part Time.
  • MegaRides, Trips and Camps are paid separately and each has its own criteria for participation.
  • Tuition assistance and scholarships are available, talk to Coach Bill to learn more.

Winter Practices: “Until Sea Otter”

  • Tuesdays, February 20 – April 10
    • Full Time Riders Only
    • Indoor Riding at Bowen Sport Performance
    • 3:15 – 5:00 PM
    • Build form & fitness
    • Watch bike videos to learn tactics, tricks & study our sport
  • Fridays, February 23 – April 13
    • 3:15 – 5:15 PM
    • Part Time Riders at Bowen Sports Performance for an Indoor Ride
    • Full Time Riders at the Academy for Indoor Strength / Conditioning / Recovery
      • Might be a hard workout, or stretching / yoga / Rock Climbing or a Team Meeting or an Open Bench time to work on your bike.

Wednesdays & Thursdays, March 14 – June 14:

  • After the time change we add W & TH
  • Wednesdays, 2:15 – 6:15 PM from the Athletic Club of Bend
    • All Comp Riders
  • Thursdays 3:15 – 6:15 PM from the Athletic Club of Bend
    • All Comp Riders

Weekends:

  • Many weekends will have an optional race or group ride, you’ll stay up to date from the Calendar and the weekly team emails
  • Some workouts may be prescribed to the groups to do “on your own”

Summer Practices in the Mornings

  • June 25 – July 29
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
      • 9:30am – 12:30pm
      • Summit High School
    • Fridays will be MegaRides or Indoor Training at Academy
  • Month of August: Regular Comp Practice will end and riders should do some of our MegaRides, or rest up, or ride for fun, or help with the Youth Program…. There is also our Cyclocross Camp and we begin the transition to the fall Enduro / Cyclocross season.

MEGA-RIDES Not included in tuition for the program, but they’re amazing opportunities to have longer practices and do rad rides.

Tuition:

  • Spring & Summer Full Time Team $1,600
  • Spring & Summer Part Time Team $1,000
  • Spring & Summer One-Day $720
  • Fall Enduro TBD
  • Cyclocross Team TBD
  • Trips, Camps, MegaRides and Travel to races are not included in Tuition


3. Performance Add-On with Bowen Sports Performance

For the most experienced Comp Riders whose goals require further attention from the coaches, we are working with Bart Bowen to offer additional support. This is individualized, power-based training so talk to Bill if you’re interested.

  • Ages 14 – 18
  • For Enduro / XC / Road / Cyclocross
  • For older, more experienced riders prepared to compete at the National level
  • Must have several years of riding experience and Coaches must agree you can handle extra load

Tuition:

  • Custom

MegaRides are stand-alone opportunities beyond regularly scheduled practices. Some are free but others are longer sessions or provide extra transportation and Coaching so they have a fee.

MegaRides for Youth:

  • 6/24/18 SUNDAY: Academy Bike Rodeo
    • Ages 0-12: Ride the Pump Track, Skills Course, Play Games, Relays, fun competitions. A great way to meet each other and the Coaches before the Summer programs begin. Meet at Wanoga SnoPark, stay tuned for details on transportation, too.
    • Free
  • 6/24/18 SUNDAY: Balance Biker Clinic
    • Ages 0-4: A single 1-Hour Balance Biker Clinic at the Bike Rodeo, must sign up online minimum 24 hours in advance.
    • $20

MegaRides for Devo & Comp:

  • 3/31/18 SATURDAY: Gravel Explorer 1
    • Route TBD. End Spring Break with a Big Gravel Ride, probably East, maybe North.
    • 8:30 – 2:00 PM, meet at Academy
    • $25
  • 6/22/18, FRIDAY: Longest Day of the Year Ride
    • Route TBD, for XC and Enduro Riders.
    • 8:30 – 2:00 PM, meet at Academy
    • $25
  • 7/6/18 FRIDAY: High Country 1 Route TBD
    • Maybe Paulina. For XC and Enduro Riders.
    • 8:30 – 2:00 PM, meet at Academy
    • $25
  • 8/3/18 FRIDAY: Twins and Waldo
    • This is a big mountain tour, great for XC and Enduro Riders.
    • 8:30 – 2:00 PM, meet at Academy
    • $25
  • 8/15/18 WEDNESDAY: Flagline!
    • Celebrate the opening of Upper Flagline with a shuttle and long ride. For XC and Enduro Riders.
    • 8:30 – 2:00 PM, meet at Academy
    • $25
  • 8/17/18 FRIDAY: Flagline #2
    • Variation with MetWin or other trails from Tumalo Falls. For XC and Enduro Riders.
    • 8:30 – 2:00 PM, meet at Academy
    • $25
  • 7/20/18 FRIDAY: Gravel Explorer 2
    • Route TBD, maybe Century Dr or Three Creeks.
    • 8:30 – 2:00 PM, meet at Academy
    • $25
  • 8/22/18 FRIDAY: Gravel Explorer 3
    • Route TBD, high-country.
    • 8:30 – 2:00 PM, meet at Academy
    • $25
  • 7/30/18 Ice Cream Ride for All Comp and Devo Riders and Coaches!
    • Cruise easy for ice cream!
    • Probably Sunriver
    • Meet at Academy at 4:00PM, back by 7:30PM

MegaRides for EVERYONE:

  • 7/27/18 FRIDAY: Academy AllRide #1
    • All athletes and parents are invited
    • Games, Activities, Shuttles, Pump Track and more!
    • Carpool from Summit High at 8:30 or meet at Wanoga at 9:00
    • 8:30AM – 12:30PM
    • Free
  • 8/24/18 FRIDAY: Academy AllRide #2
    • All athletes and parents are invited
    • Games, Activities, Shuttles, Pump Track and more!
    • Carpool from Summit High at 8:30 or meet at Wanoga at 9:00
    • 8:30AM – 12:30PM
    • Free

Cyclocross Program Info Coming Early Summer!

See “Trips and Camps” below for the Cyclocross Camp in Hood River, August 2018.

 

Regional Race Travel

  • Coaches drive to many races and events across the region.
  • Most day trips to away races are $30 each.
  • You’ll receive emails from your Coaches with suggest travel ideas.

Camps & Overnight Trips

Sea Otter Training Camp: Monterey, CA

  • April 18 – 22, 2018
  • Camping on site at Laguna Seca Raceway; including food and transportation from Bend.
  • RSVP by signing up online before April 1
  • Open to all juniors from Oregon / OBRA-land.
  • Four days of amazing riding with our Coaches, this is great training with your teammates.
  • Racing is optional. Races fill so sign up early.
  • USA Cycling Points available for National-rankings
  • PDX Devo is joining us there; they can help provide transport from PDX / Valley.
  • Race fees not included.
  • Price TDB

Velodrome / Lumberyard / Sandy Ridge Trip: Portland, OR

  • June 28 – July 1 2018
  • Camping on site at Alpenrose Velodrome
  • Open to all juniors from Oregon / OBRA-land.
  • Track racing clinic all day Friday and Saturday
  • Lumberyard Trip Saturday Night
  • Sandy Ridge laps on Sunday
  • Hosted by PDX Devo, enrollment will be on OBRA.org, we will charge additional for our extra time, transportation and Sunday ride.
  • Price TBD

Cyclocross Training Camp: Hood River, OR

  • August 9 – 12, 2018
  • Camping on site, private land
  • Open to all juniors from Oregon / OBRA-land.
  • Thursday check-in, Friday clinics, Saturday long-ride, Sunday mock race
  • With PDX Devo
  • Price TBD

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May 2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
  • Elementary MTB East
  • MS/HS MTB Tuesdays
  • Comp & Devo Shuttle
  • Devo Team MTB
2
  • New Event
  • Elementary MTB West
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • MS/HS MTB Tuesdays
  • Comp & Devo Shuttle
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
3
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • Montessori MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Comp Outside Ride
4
  • Seven Peaks MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • Comp Indoors Group 1
5
  • Chainbreaker Preview
  • Seven Peaks MTB
6
  • MTN Man Dog River
7
  • Elementary MTB East
8
  • Chainbreaker Volunteer Meeting
  • Elementary MTB East
  • MS/HS MTB Tuesdays
  • Comp & Devo Shuttle
  • Devo Team MTB
9
  • Elementary MTB West
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • MS/HS MTB Tuesdays
  • Comp & Devo Shuttle
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
10
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • Montessori MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Comp Outside Ride
11
  • Pre-reg Webcyclery
  • Seven Peaks MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Comp Outside Ride
12
  • Chainbreaker MTB XC
  • Seven Peaks MTB
13
14
  • Elementary MTB East
15
  • Elementary MTB East
  • MS/HS MTB Tuesdays
  • Comp & Devo Shuttle
  • Devo Team MTB
16
  • Elementary MTB West
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • MS/HS MTB Tuesdays
  • Comp & Devo Shuttle
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
17
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • Montessori MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Comp Outside Ride
18
  • Seven Peaks MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • Comp Indoors Group 1
19
  • Spring Thaw possible trip
  • Seven Peaks MTB
20
  • Spring Thaw possible trip
21
  • Elementary MTB East
22
  • Elementary MTB East
  • MS/HS MTB Tuesdays
  • Comp & Devo Shuttle
  • Devo Team MTB
23
  • Elementary MTB West
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • MS/HS MTB Tuesdays
  • Comp & Devo Shuttle
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
24
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • Montessori MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Comp Outside Ride
25
  • Seven Peaks MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • Comp Indoors Group 1
26
  • Seven Peaks MTB
27
  • Sisters Stampede XC MTB Race
28
29
  • MS/HS MTB Tuesdays
  • Comp & Devo Shuttle
  • Devo Team MTB
30
  • Elementary MTB West
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • MS/HS MTB Tuesdays
  • Comp & Devo Shuttle
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
31
  • Cascade Cycling Classic
  • Comp Outside Ride
  • Montessori MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Devo Team MTB
  • Comp Outside Ride

Additional multi-discipline After School Programs with Transportation are listed on the School Program page.

  • Montessori Center of Bend
  • REALMS
  • Cascades Academy
  • Seven Peaks

School Program Page

Hello Parents and Adult Friends,

We are excited to offer two clinics this spring for you to get to know our Coaches, work on some skills and have fun together!

More clinics may be added based on interest to cover additional skills.

  • Sunday, April 8: MTB Fundamentals 1 with Coach Tom
  • Saturday, April 14: MTB Fundamentals 2 with Coach Tom

While we can tailor the clinics to the group who signs up, our goals for these clinics are about the Fundamentals of Mountain Biking that are true for all ability levels!

  • Dynamic Body Positions
  • Braking and Reading the Terrain
  • Cornering Techniques

We will meet at the Athletic Club of Bend, get warmed up there, practice some skills and then head out for a trail ride to apply what we learned.

Don’t forget to bring water and light lunch / big snack, a spare tube for your bicycle’s wheel size, and appropriate clothing for the weather, layers are always a great idea.

  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4 hours
  • Maximum of 8 riders; minimum of 3
  • Tuition: $100 per clinic
  • Sign up under Cycling > Adult Clinics


Cycling Staff

Bill Warburton

Cycling Director

Questions regarding our cycling programs?

Email: Bill@BendEnduranceAcademy.org

Cell: 541.335.1346

With the Academy since the beginning, Bill has been coaching junior cycling since 2005.

Why I coach: Cycling has been my passion since I was a little kid. It’s been a great way for me to meet friends, see the world and be part of a great community in Bend so I love working with the coaches and riders to make our program fun every day.

Abbi Milner

Youth & After School Coordinator

Abbi is running the After School and Youth programs this spring and summer as part of her internship at Western Washington University.

Email: Abbi@BendEnduranceAcademy.org

Why I coach: I have learned so much through sports and adventures growing up, and I want every kid to have those opportunities as well. It’s awesome to see kids grow in confidence and have fun being outside.

Tom Mazaitis

Head Devo Coach

Tom began with the Academy in 2016 and has worked with our Nordic, Climbing and Cycling athletes.

 

Brenna Warburton

Youth Cycling Coach

With the Academy from the beginning, Brenna has been the Head Youth Coach for our Nordic, Rock Climbing and Cycling programs. Brenna has been integral to establishing the strong youth programs we have today.

Bart Bowen

Competition Team Advisor

Bart is generously hosting the Academy Competition Team at his Bowen Sports Performance studio when we need space and trainers to ride and train indoors.

Bart is a former National Champion on the Road and has coached some incredible athletes since his retirement from professional racing.

He also hosts the CXMas Fundraiser, which supports our Cyclocross Nationals Trip.

Matt Fox

Cycling Coach

A bike racer and teacher at Bend High, Matt has been with the Academy since the beginning, coaching road, mountain and cyclocross.

Guest Coaches

Bend is full of awesome cyclists who want to inspire and teach your children — our future cyclists.

Past Guests include:

  • Carl Decker
  • Barry Wicks
  • Adam Craig
  • Laura Winberry
  • Serena Bishop Gordon
  • Beth Ann Orton
  • Chris Jones
  • Krunkshocks