Cross Country Mountain Bike Race Team

Updated 1/5/23

The Cross-Country Team trains together on and off the bike to become better riders, smarter racers and supportive teammates.

We build the technical skills, physical & mental strength and stamina required to cover longer distances over bigger terrain with ease and speed.

For ages 13 – 19, we primarily focus on races that require very hard pedaling for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Some experienced team riders try for longer endurance events.

  • Expert coaches share their understanding of skills, fitness and race preparation to help riders succeed
  • Ride technical terrain with more speed, strength, confidence and flow
  • Train together to acquire the skills, fitness and judgement required to ride in new locations & events.

XC riders work hard on and off the bike to improve all aspects of their training and racing.


  • Wednesday practices, March – August
  • Strength training at RISE Fitness on Mondays is optional for additional gym fee
  • Weekends are a mix of local rides, day trips or overnight trips
  • Travel to races is optional and priced individually

Mandatory for Participation:

  • Riders must be ages 13 – 19
  • Positive attitude, ready to learn, prepared to ride every day
  • Helmet, gloves, extra tube, multi-tool, water and snack on every ride
  • Riders must have experience and ability to ride intermediate trails with a base level of fitness to pedal uphill for extended periods of time.
  • Modern mountain bike suitable for rough terrain (modern hardtail or lightweight full suspension)
  • Must come prepared with appropriate clothing and bike for weather and riding location
  • Contact Coach to discuss any questions you have about joining this group. We also provide remote coaching for a limited number of junior athletes if it’s a good fit.

Coaching Support

Weekly team practices in Bend blend with our training plan to provide the appropriate amount of work and correct training loads for all riders to have a successful season each year as they age up and improve as juniors. Our periodized block training is proven to keep juniors progressing their fitness, while our experience coaches ensure riders develop advanced skills and enhance their knowledge of themselves and their sport.

Group rides are with coaches to work on skills, fitness or prepare together for competition. For riding on their own, XC Team Riders have access to our full online training program through TrainingPeaks to see specific planned workouts, record their activities and get specific feedback from the coaches as needed.

Read Coach Bill’s article to learn more: Training Peaks Explained

Remote Training

  • Contact Coach to see if this is a good fit.
  • Portland Junior Riders: Coach Summer is in Portland and they lead group rides for us most weeks, March through October.
  • Other riders who cannot make our group rides in Bend or Portland but who want coaching support should discuss with Coach Bill if it’s a good fit.
  • Pricing for remote training begins $150 per month and varies depending on your needs and participation.

Bill Warburton

Coach Bill loves teaching all aspects of racing and training. He manages the entire CJC program and rides with various groups each week.

Landon Farnworth

Landon is racing pro xc events across the USA and helping lead many of the rides this season.

2023 XC Race Team Race Schedule

Racing is optional but encouraged as it provides a focus to training and amazing opportunities to ride bikes in new places. Therefore traveling together is an important part of our team — riders can travel separately, or preferably travel with the team coaches for full support including: most food, lodging, pre-rides, mechanical help, transportation, etc.

Riders are encouraged to prioritize the events in RED so we can travel together as a team. Team support is based on rider interest, coach availability and balance of other factors like school and expense.

  • April 1: Mudslinger XC Race – Blodgett, OR, team day trip
  • April 7 & 8: Bonecrusher Short Track on Friday, XCO on Saturday, prioritize Saturday.
  • April 19 – 23: Sea Otter Training Camp & Races – registration is open, camp onsite with the team, choose from Enduro 4/20, XC 40km Fuego 4/23, Dual Slalom, DH Beginner (finals Sat PM because we leave Sunday noon)
  • May 21: Dog River SuperD – on Mt Hood, very fun event if it happens, would be great for those not racing CDC
  • May 28: Sisters Stampede – local XC race, we’ll have a coach there.
  • June 7 – 11: Missoula XCO – Missoula, MT, pending trip if we have a group.
  • July 18 – 20: Oakridge Shred-Fest 3-day, camping at Black Canyon with shuttles every day
  • July & Aug: Mt. Bachelor Gravity Series – Fridays – sign up and race for fun, talk to us if you want to rent a bike for it.
  • August 5: Alsea Falls XC – possible trip to Alsea, OR
  • August TBD: Cyclocross Camp in Hood River, OR

Team Clothing & Uniforms

All jerseys / bibs other team uniforms will be made available for purchase separately.


Spring Schedule

  • Mondays Strength: January 23 – June 5: 4:00 – 5:00 & 5:00 – 6:00, see TeamSnap chat for group assignments
  • Wednesdays Practice: March 15 – June 7: 3:15 – 6:15 PM
  • Weekends: tuition includes a mix of local training rides, meetups at events or team trips, see full calendar at the bottom of this page for specifics.
  • Bonus rides, trips & events are all posted in TeamSnap — some activities are included while others have a standalone fee.
  • Spring Team Only $950 | Spring Team + Strength $1,400

Summer Schedule

  • June 28 – August 23: summer is busy, so we’re changing the schedule to maximize participation in training, fun rides and races. We are splitting out practices to give riders more choice to make rides given how busy the summer can be.
  • Strength TBD: no more access to RISE after June 1, new plans pending.
  • Choose your rides per week: riders can RSVP on TeamSnap for 2 of the 3 rides each week depending on your availability:
  • A. Wednesday Morning Workout: June 28 – August 23: 8:45 – 11:45 AM. Open to any Enduro or XC team riders who want to attend this practice to focus on building fitness / structured workouts. Note no workout June 21 due to Youth All MTN Camp at the same time.
  • B. Wednesday Afternoon Team Ride: June 21 – August 23: 3:30 – 6:30 PM. Open to any Enduro or XC team riders who want to attend this time slot any week. We may split by XC or Enduro or ride together.
  • C. Thursday Morning Team Ride: June 22 – August 24: 8:45 – 11:45 AM. Open to any Enduro or XC team riders who want to attend this time slot any week. Thursday practices may be superseded by full-day trips for longer adventures. We may split by XC or Enduro or ride together.
  • Bonus rides, trips & events are all posted in TeamSnap — some activities are included while others have a standalone fee.
  • Summer Team 1 Weekly Ride $400 – most riders should do this option | 2 Weekly Rides $700 – perfect for those wanting to do the workout plus a team ride.
  • Note that you can “average out” your rides over the summer by attending up to 3 weekly rides when you’re available.

Fall Schedule

  • There is no official cross-country team in the fall.
  • Most XC riders join the Cyclocross Team for the fall or join the NICA league to continue XC racing.
  • Another option is to switch to our Enduro Team for a 6-week extension to continue riding on Wednesdays on fun trails.

Tuition Assistance

  • Tuition assistance is available — send a written request to before enrolling below.


  • Tuition assistance is available — send a written request to before enrolling below. The form will ask, also.
  • Teen Work Study is available — indicate your interests with the registration form.
  • We’re using TeamSnap to take team registration and tuition payment for 2023.
  • Trips and Camps will use Flybook for payments.
  • Existing account — login with your email and add family members as needed but avoid making multiple accounts.
  • New riders will establish an account through the registration process.
  • ALL RIDERS must have a new form this season to ensure the information and waiver are up to date.
  • Register for multiple sessions all at once for the entire year or select the current session.
  • One submission per rider, please.
  • Payment options:
    • Full online payment at checkout, or setup an automatic 3-month payment plan
    • Pay in full with cash, check, or card at our office or by phone
    • Use the offline payment option for pre-approved prorates or tuition assistance.