Nine Cascadia Junior Cycling riders from Bend and Portland attended USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike National Championship last weekend in Winter Park, Colorado, with a win and two other podium finishes.
Jenna Raymond, age 15 from Bend, was competing in her first national championship among a very competitive field of young women from all over the country. Jenna raced well against the adult women in Oregon throughout the spring. “Going into nationals, my goal was to get within the top ten,” she said. “When I realized I got fifth in the cross-country race, I couldn’t believe it. The hardest part for me was after the big downhill we had to go up and down so many steep little hills — and it felt like they were never going to end.”
After a long week of scouting the courses, practicing the technical sections and racing two events, Jenna said, “One of my favorite moments was when almost the entire team was hanging out in the pool, taking turns launching each other into the water.”
Ian Brown, age 15 from Bend, OR, was defending champion in the cross-country and short track events for his age group. After leading the first lap in the cross-country race, he finished in 5th place, on the podium for that event, but two days later was able to win both his qualifying heat and the finals in the short-track race.
Ian is now a 3x National Champion and is looking forward to training with the Olympic Development Academy this fall for cyclocross.
“This year’s nationals was crazy,” he said upon returning to Bend. “but the brutal racing was rewarded with fun times with the team afterwards.”
With the venue at nearly 10,000 feet in elevation, the lack of oxygen made the racing tough for everyone. “In the short track race, at the bottom of the climb on the second lap was one of my harder moments on a bike,” said Brown. “It took everything to get to the top of that hill but once I was halfway through the race I knew I could hold on [to the lead] to the finish line. After pushing the limit all day it felt amazing to unwind with the team while skipping rocks and swimming in the mountain creek below our hotel. It was such a great time showing our larger cycling community the hard work CJC has put in all year. Stoked!”
CJC’s head coach, Bill Warburton, was there with several parents to support the riders. He said, “I’m super impressed by the dedication these riders have to training, keeping it fun and supporting each other through this last difficult year. They continue to learn about themselves and their sport — and to see so much success after a year without big races is a positive sign that our athletes are enjoying the process while becoming very adept at racing. They’re bringing the stoke back to Bend with them!”
A reception will be held on Tuesday, August 3rd at Cog Wild Bicycle Tours from 4 – 6 to meet the riders and coaches, watch a video recap of the trip and celebrate the mountain bike race season. Open to the public with an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full results from our team at 2021 Mountain Bike National Championship in Winter Park:
Ian Brown, age 15, 5 XC, 1 STXC Finals
Jenna Raymond, age 15, 5 XC, 8 STXC Finals
Madeline Stover, age 15, 8 XC, 11, STXC Finals
Jack Billowitz, age 13, 26 XC, 28 STXC Finals
Caiden Hartrich, age 17, 46 XC, 31 STXC Finals
Reid Farmer, age 14, 21 STXC, broken chain in XC
Zane Strait, age 15, 70 XC with a bad crash that sent him to the hospital as a precaution but he’s all good.
Last night, the XC & All MTN Teams started the practice with a classroom session about getting lower in the corners, followed by riding with a partner through tight sequences to share ideas / movements / have fun.
Coaches Lev Stryker, Tim Evens and Landon Farnworth rode in the mix and gave the lesson while Coach Bill shot some photos to help riders better see their body positions.
Riders — great job challenging yourselves! What can you see in your body position that you like? What would you like to change?
What kind of gear do I need for my child to ride mountain bikes?
Let’s begin with what gear does not always work well for young riders and why:
Helmets: should be adjustable to fit well, have good coverage of the front, sides and back of the head; and must have air-flow. All un-vented helmets are not appropriate. Full-face is great as long as it’s light and has air flow. MIPS or other impact protection systems are a luxury if you can afford it. Visors are great for reducing glare while riding in mixed light.
Shoes: should be closed-toe and smooth to small tread. Large or cushioned tread make it hard to find the correct foot placement on the pedals.
Water: 16 – 20 oz is usually enough for our rides. Soft bottles in a cage on the bike or in a pack are the best option. Metal bottles are a hazard to other riders if they fall out. Hydration packs have issues when kids use them: long hoses get tangled as they ride, the valves get full of dirt, kids chew on them and they leak and 100oz is too heavy. If you decide to use one, make sure it’s only 20 oz of water and the hose is short and secure, or tuck it in the pack for riding.
Eye protection: very important to keep riders safe from dust, sticks, mud and bright sun. Dark glasses are not ideal because we’re often in mixed shade / light. Light colored lenses or clear are best. Goggles are not appropriate.
Tools & Tube: please carry a tube of the correct wheel size, width and valve stem type & length for your bike. All 4 measurements must match. Put it in your pack, saddle bag or attached to the frame. A compact metric multi-tool and hand pump are great, too. SAE or heavy multi-tools are not appropriate. If the bike does not have a quick release, or it’s a low end model, you might also need an adjustable wrench.
Gloves: should be full-finger year-round for off-road riding — light weight for summer, heavier for winter. Hardware and sporting good stores often have thin full finger gloves at a much better price.
Pads: are not needed for our youth rides. Some riders enjoy wearing knee or elbow pads, as long as they are soft and don’t restrict pedaling it’s OK. Pads are mandatory in some races and highly recommended while riding at the bike park.
Pack: large, floppy backpacks are not appropriate. Waist-packs are great for kids because they’re easy to adjust and have a good center of mass. Saddle bags are great for getting the weight off the body and onto the bike — tools, tube, pump, a $5 bill. Coaches cannot carry every child’s equipment, snack and water, so riders must be able to carry their personal items.
Announced on March 30, the revised school schedule require us to change our practice times.
There are approximately five different school schedules to consider for every day. We are shooting down the middle to allow a majority of riders from most schools to participate in a practice without cutting too far into the evening. If the spring schedule does not work for you, please check our summer options and know that we anticipate more options becoming available as we resume full operations.
This is a list of all changes as of April 1 at Noon that will be in effect through the end of school in June:
Cog Kids Spring Thursdays:
No change in times.
2:45 Montessori Center NWX shuttle
3:15 – 5:30 practice
Elementary Club Tuesdays & Fridays:
No change in times.
3:00 – 5:45 practice
Elementary Club Wednesdays:
No change in times.
1:30 – 4:30 practice
Elementary Club Thursdays:
NEW moving in riders from the existing waitlist first, then will open registration to the public.
3:00 – 5:45 practice
Cascades Academy Mondays:
No change in times.
3:00 – 5:45 practice
Club Team Wednesdays (Middle & High School):
3:30 – 6:30 practice
XC / All MTN Team Wednesdays through June 9:
3:30 – 6:30 practice
XC / All MTN Team Thursdays through June 9:
Due to most riders not being able to ride at this time, Thursdays will be an “on your own training” ride or workout prescribed on TrainingPeaks.
All registrations for this will be refunded.
Saturdays for Club Team / XC / ALL MTN:
A home ride will go every Saturday, default time 9 – Noon
Full day team rides or race travel are optional
Riders can choose the home ride or optional activity
Cascadia Junior Cycling had a very productive season building relationships between teammates, working on skills, building fitness and providing safe, enjoyable opportunities to ride in amazing places.
Congratulations to all of the riders who put in the hard work to improve your riding.
And thank you to the families for joining us and to the coaches who made all of these opportunities possible!
If we are confident that we can ride in a location with suitable air quality then we will continue practice as planned and no notifications will be sent.
AQI 2.5 of under 101 means practice will be on, and if smoke is present we will modify our activities.
101 – 150 with a trend / location / elevation / activity that is safe to ride means practice will be on.
If the value is over 101+ with no obvious clearing trend, or no clear air at suitable riding locations, then practice will be cancelled.
All cancelled rides will be transferred to credit for a make-up day or rescheduled practice; or you can take it as a refund minus a deposit per our cancellation policy.
MARGINAL AQI Considerations:
Options that we will consider include but are not limited to: modifying our practice location, ride plan, intensity, duration, activity; or you can notify us in advance that you will not attend practice due to the air quality and we will move your daily rate to store credit.
Some Riders are more affected than others. If practice continues but the air quality is a concern for your Rider then please communicate that concern to us before practice by email or call our office so we can create a solution.
Bike & Equipment Check — assessment and feedback to ensure your child is ready to ride
Ride the Skills Loop — explore the short skills loop on the LOGE property
Explore our space — with physical distancing requirements it’s helpful to see where we meet and familiarize your child with the property especially if they are able to ride to and from practice on their own
Refreshments will be served — HUMM kombucha and Deschutes beer for 21+
Physical distancing requirements for this event:
Face coverings & distancing required — please keep 6′ between parties and cover up unless you are riding on the skills track
Rotate Through Stations — we will set up tables across a large outdoor area to keep space
Staggered Attendance Times — come any time between 3 to 6 pm so that we are not all meeting at a single time
Practicing drops is a great way to work on timing, coordination, pressing and absorbing. Thanks to Rebecca Hynes for coming out to film Coaches Lev & Bill as they work through some options on Funner Trail in Bend, OR.
YOUTH & JUNIOR MOUNTAIN BIKING & CYCLOCROSS BEGIN SEPT 14
Cascadia Junior Cycling nurtures young riders in a supportive environment to improve their skills while working together as a team through bike adventures led by experienced coaches and caring mentors.
BEND, OREGON, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020: Cascadia Junior Cycling (CJC) is Cog Wild’s junior cycling program that will offer seven more weeks of mountain biking and cyclocross this fall for riders under 19. Registration is open now for programs that will run weekdays from September 14 to October 30 with a variety of groups for different ages and interests.
CJC creates a supportive team environment to help aspiring young cyclists who love riding bikes and want to improve their skills. Our professional coaches truly enjoy teaching young people all aspects of riding. Drawing on their extensive knowledge, experience and training we ensure the rides are safe, enjoyable and rewarding.
“We are happy to be resuming some types of group rides that were paused this spring due to COVID restrictions,” says Team Manager Bill Warburton. “Many families have turned to mountain biking this season so we’re excited to welcome new riders and help grow the community by getting our youth excellent instruction while having fun on the trails.”
Fall Session 2020 Highlights:
Skills-based group rides weekday afternoons to help young cyclists learn and improve for Grades 1 – 12
Cog Kids for ages 4 – 6 on Thursdays for 1.5 hours of skills, games and fun
Club Team for ages 10+ to build skills and ride as a team with dedicated coaches