2020

Cycling Programs

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

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Youth Cycling Programs

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  • Enroll or select Waitlist for any open programs.
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Cycling Programs Information - Open for Details

Many factors influence which programs are best for your child.

Desire to Ride & Goals

  • Ask your child if he or she would like to participate in our programs.
  • We can only safely take riders who want to ride with our groups.
  • Individuals should have common goals to what the Program can offer.

Age, Ability & Experience

  • Age limits do not define ability. They keep riders in appropriate social settings with their peers.
  • Please respect the age limits when you enroll.
  • Ability & experience must be balanced with knowledge & progression so it’s better to start in a slower group or easier program to learn the basics. This fixes “gaps” in skills and promotes faster learning and means more fun!

Friends & Siblings

  • We encourage riders to group-up with their friends if it is appropriate for the group and the chosen ride.
  • Our times and locations sometimes make it challenging to accommodate drop-off and pick up of siblings in different programs but we will try to make it work for you.

Which School You Attend

  • We offer certain programs to certain schools on specific days.

Your Equipment

  • Each program outlines the minimums or recommendations for bikes and gear — this is a huge safety concern for us if a rider’s bike is either unsafe or not correct for the group for which you have enrolled, so please follow those guidelines and ask for assistance if needed.
  • We suggest taking your bike to a local bike shop for a check-up and tune before enrolling in our programs. Our safety checks can only make assessments — we cannot fix things.

How do you define 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.

How does the Wait List work?

  • Many programs have caps. This is so we can provide your child with the best experience for the resources we have.
  • The enrollment form shows how many spots are left.
  • If a program is FULL then you should register for the Cycling Wait List. We will update everyone on the wait list a week before the program begins.
  • We will not take payment unless your child is accepted into the program.

How does Tuition work?

  • Payment is due at registration.
  • There is no “credit” for days that you miss.

Can I have a Make Up Day?

  • We do not offer make up days.
  • Riders are expected to show up on the days they’ve signed up to attend.

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.
  • Riders and parents must communicate with their Coaches about their desires, goals and aspirations in order for us to set forth proper pathways for their development, but it is the Coach’s final decision about who rides in which groups. Riding in a “slower group” is sometimes important for proper skill and personal development — it is not a penalty.
  • Riders must earn their progression by showing respect for their Coaches & peers while exhibiting dedication, motivation and improvement.

Is BEA a Racing / Elite Junior Program?

  • Our mission is to offer a full range of Youth & Junior Cycling Development tracks for Beginners to Advanced, Recreational Riders and Racers!
  • Racing is encouraged for those who are interested above age 12 but it’s always optional. Racing is hard; Riding bikes should be fun: Sometimes those are the same, sometimes they’re not.
  • We encourage friendly, respectful competitions within our programs and suggest junior-friendly events for riders to try as a natural part of a rider’s progression.
  • Racing in sanctioned (OBRA or USAC) races begins at age 9 or 10 depending on the discipline.

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.

 

Spring 2020 Cycling Enrollment is now open!

Kids of all genders all are welcome at the Bend Endurance Academy!

Bend Endurance Academy is excited to offer after-school mountain biking programs for elementary school students (7-11 years old) on Mondays,Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. For students at The Montessori Center and Kindergarten-1st Grade students at High Lakes Elementary School on Thursdays, and on Fridays for K-8 students of Cascade Academy and Bend International School, as well as 6-8 grade students of Realms Middle School.

Our talented and trained staff will pick up riders directly from school and head out to the trails for an afternoon of fun.  We teach safe group-riding, trail etiquette and personal skill to allow our group to enjoy a recreational mountain bike ride.

Goals of our inclusive program include:

  • Having fun together.
  • Making new friends.
  • Learning new skills.
  • Learning to ride in a group safely and courteously.
  • Creating a long-lasting respect for & appreciation of our trails and natural environment.
  • Exploring new trails and making improvements on familiar ones.
  • Gaining fitness and confidence so our kids want to ride more.

Requirements:

  • Age 6+ at start of elementary program and attends the school offered for that day.
  • Age 4 or 5 at start of Montessori program and attends The Montessori Center School.
  • Must know how to ride a bike off-road, no Absolute Beginners, but Beginners and Intermediate are welcome!
  • The Rider must want to attend practice and ride in the group with their assigned Coach and teammates.

Monday Afterschool

April 13 – June 1

8 Weeks

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Lave Ridge, Ponderosa and North Star Elementary Schools

Parent pick up at Bend Park and Ride

Tuition: $360

Tuesday Afterschool

April 14 – June 2

8 Weeks

2:45pm – 5:30pm

Pine Ridge and Elk Meadow Elementary Schools

Parent pick up at Cascade Middle School

Tuition: $375

Wednesday Afterschool

April 15 – June 3

8 Weeks

1:00pm – 4:15pm

Amity Creek Elementary School

Highland Elementary School

High Lakes Elementary School

Miller Elementary School

Parent pick up at Miller Elementary School

Tuition: $400

Thursday Afterschool

April 16 – June 4

8 Weeks

2:45pm – 5:30pm

The Montessori Center in Northwest Crossing

K-1 High Lakes Elementary School

Parent pick up at High Lakes Elementary School

Tuition: $375

Friday Afterschool

April 17 – June 5

8 Weeks

Bend International School: 1st – 8th Grades 3:25pm – 6:30pm

REALMS Middle School 6th – 8th Grades 3:35pm – 6:30pm

Cascades Academy: 1st – 8th Grades 3:40pm – 6:30pm

Parent pick up at Bend Park and Ride

Tuition: $360

Other Information

  • Bring 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 watch the video and read all of the great info in the “FAQ” and other info boxes above, especially for new families.

 

Junior Development Mountain Biking (aka “Devo”)

for Middle and High Schoolers

If you are an intermediate to advanced rider looking to ride the trails with a group of friends and develop or refine some technical skills, our Development “DEVO” program is for you.  Ride locations will vary and we will make sure every voice is heard! For instance, if you prefer gravity pulling you, we will make sure we have some shuttle rides.  Bring your friends, make some new ones!
Age minimum is 10.
This group will meet twice a week until Summer sessions open. One session a week option is also available.

Contact Cycling Program Coordinator, Virginie “V”, for more information. virginie@bendenduranceacademy.org

Tuesdays and Thursdays

March 31 – June 11

11 Weeks

4:00pm – 6:30pm

All Schools

Meet up location: TBA

Parent pick up location: TBA

Tuition: $650

Choose between our four different programs this summer, starting right after schools end to the begining of September. Each program repeats 5 times through the summer. Click Enroll Now to get dates details.

  • One Day Trip: One day at a time, from 9 AM to 4 PM. For kids 8 and older who don’t want to commit to a full week riding the trails.

Tuition is $80

 

  • Enduro Camps: 5 day camps for kids 8 and older, from 9 AM to 4 PM. For kids who really prefer gravity and want to explore all the trails that surround Bend, including one day at the Bike Park at Mt Bachelor. All rides are shuttled.

Tuition is $400 which includes day bike park pass and rental of gear.

  • Multi-Activities camps: 2 intense days, 9 AM to 4 PM for kids 8 and older. From riding the trails in Bend to the pump track in Redmond, climbing Smith Rock, and rafting the Deschutes river, this camp is for kids who want to spice up their summer!

Tuition is $220.

  • Little Ones Ride Too: 2 day mountain biking camps for 5 to 8 years old. Shorter days from 9 AM to 3 PM, following the needs and rhythm of our younger public.

Tuition is $140.

 

Goals of our inclusive program include:

  • Having fun together.
  • Making new friends.
  • Learning new skills.
  • Learning to ride in a group safely and courteously.
  • Creating a long-lasting respect for & appreciation of our trails and natural environment.
  • Exploring new trails and making improvements on familiar ones.
  • Gaining fitness and confidence so our kids want to ride more.

Requirements:

  • Age 7+ at start of elementary program and attends the school offered for that day.
  • Age 4 or 5 at start of Montessori program and attends The Montessori Center School.
  • Must know how to ride a bike off-road, no Absolute Beginners, but Beginners and Intermediate are welcome!
  • The Rider must want to attend practice and ride in the group with their assigned Coach and teammates.

Equipment Depends on Age / Height:

    • For ages 7 and 8 we recommend 20″ wheels or larger.
    • For age 9+ we recommend minimum 24″ or 26″ wheels.
    • Mountain Bike with 2-brakes, in safe working order required.
    • Gears highly recommended for ages 7-8.
    • Gears required for age 9+.
    • Singlespeeds should not have a coaster brake and should have a very light gear ratio.
    • Click image below for more help regarding bikes for kids 6-8 years old:

 

COMING FALL 2020

Cyclocross: Ages 10 – 18

Team Events

  • We encourage you to ride in the van to these selected races or you can meet us there.
  • All support at team events is included for everyone, and we charge a travel fee for those who ride in  the van to pay for fuel.

Cyclocross Lite:

  • Ages 10+, all abilities
  • Wednesdays practice at Athletic Club
    • Elementary riders 2:00 – 5:00
    • Middle and High School riders 2:45 – 5:45
  • Includes the Thursday Thrilla Races for support, meet ACB 1 hour prior to your start to meet a coach for warm up. September 12, 19, 26, Oct 3.
  • Includes race support at selected “Weekend Team Events” through State Championships in November
  • To continue on Thursdays after the Thrilla Races move up to Full Time.

Cyclocross Part Time:

  • Ages 12+, all abilities
  • Wednesdays practice at Athletic Club
    • Elementary riders 2:00 – 5:00
    • Middle and High School riders 2:45 – 5:45
  • Includes the Thursday Thrilla Races for support, meet ACB 1 hour prior to your start to meet a coach for warm up.
  • Includes any race support at selected “Weekend Team Events” through State Championships in November
  • Includes Tuesdays Strength or Thursdays Ride (after the Thrillas) — choose 1 during enrollment

Cyclocross Full Time

  • Ages 13+, returning Riders only
  • Tuesdays Strength at Office 4:15 – 5:45
  • Wednesdays practice at Athletic Club, Middle and High School riders 2:45 – 5:45
  • Includes the Thrilla Races for support on Thursdays, meet ACB 1 hour prior to your start to meet a coach for warm up.
  • Continues Thursdays at ACB through State Championships on November 10
    • 4:15 – 5:45 until daylight savings.
  • Includes any race support at selected “Weekend Team Events”

Cycling Strength:

For ages 13+ who are racing XC, Enduro or Cyclocross. Must be ready to focus and train for an extra session off the bike for strength, mobility, technique and running.

Information coming soon



Our cycling coaches

Gerod Aleshire

Gerod is an Oregon native, ex-submariner and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He moved to Bend from Uganda to pursue a career flying helicopters and has since imbedded himself in the outdoor industry.
When not on his bike or in the air, you’re likely to see him teaching skiing and snowboarding on Bachelor, guiding on one of the local rivers, or climbing at Smith.
Favorite trail: lapping Lower Whoops!

Ryder Talcott

 

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.

Evan Grover

Evan is one of our highschool students who coaches for BEA. 

He moved to Bend when he was one and has been on bikes and skis since he could walk. 

He races cross country skiing and finished 5th twice at junior nationals. He thinks racing is fun but his favorite part about skiing and biking is exploring new places, like skiing up to Broken-Top or riding an entirely new trail system. In school, he’s kinda a math and science nerd! 

 

Young Choi

 

Young is one of our instructors for younger riders.

She was born and raised in Pusan, South Korea, where she studied Business Administration. 

Throughout the last 18 years, she has worked as a primary designer both interior and exterior for a residential home building business in Bend, Oregon. 

After moving to Oregon, Young has discovered her love for the outdoors. She has  joined Mt. Bachelor as a PSIA certified youth ski instructor and in 2019 Young has joined the Sunriver Resort Marina. She believes that spending time in the mountains, nature, and the outdoors is a life necessity.

Young is motivated to connect with other people and help others discover what they love. In Young’s free time you can find her road biking, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, kayaking, reading books, or spending time with friends.  

Favorite trail in the area: Metolius- Windigo Todd Lake

 

Karen Busick

Karen is one of our instructors for younger riders.

She is a Pacific Northwest native. She lived in Seattle with her husband and three kids where she was primarily a stay at home mom, but also worked for Webb’s Ski School as an Alpine Ski Instructor for their Children’s program. During this time she earned her certifications as a Professional Ski Instructor and a Children’s Specialist.

In 2012 she moved to Sisters to be closer to her family. During winter season, she’s an Alpine ski instructor at Mt. Bachelor.  In the summer she enjoys mountain biking, hiking and paddle boarding with her family and friends.

Karen loves teaching kids and sharing her passion for the outdoors with her students.

Favorite Trail: Upper Peterson Ridge

 

Sara Bernstein

Sara grew up in New York, lived in northern California for about 25 years and moved to Bend in 2014.

Sara has an affinity for all things outdoors. She is an avid mountain biker and skier and that passion afforded her many adventures in central Oregon and beyond. 

Sara is looking forward to riding with those who share the same passion or just being introduced.

Her favorite local trail is South Fork.

 

Thayer Collins

Thayer is one of our high schooler instructor.

Max Sobel

Bonnie Randolph

Etan Bravard

 

Etan is one of our high schooler coaching for BEA

Etan was born in Portland and moved to Bend in 2017. 

He’s been biking since he was 2 years old; he currently rides downhill and enduro, and races in regional and international events. 

What Etan enjoys most about riding is exploring new trails and places with his friends and family.

He is looking forward to sharing his passion of riding with other kids.

His favorite trail is Dirt Merchant in Whistler Bike Park.

 

 

Chris Emme

 

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.”

 


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