Mountain Biking for Girls
The Bend Endurance Academy, which focuses on coaching youth and young adults through active outdoor experiences, is offering a series of free mountain bike clinics specifically for girls ages 11 to 18. BEA will also feature weekly all-female rides. According to BEA Cycling Director Bill Warburton, "The intro clinics offer a great starting point for girls who are new or not as experienced with riding on single track trails." A series of three clinics are scheduled on March 30, April 30, and June 12.
The weekly Girls Mountain Bike Rides will be led with female coaches and will focus on building skills and confidence. These are scheduled every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 2 to 5 pm, from March 30 to June 9. A summer session is scheduled every Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, check the academy's website: bendenduranceacademy.org. Nordic skiing, cycling, and rock climbing are also offered.
COCC Mountain Biking Courses
Central Oregon Community College is offering beginning and intermediate mountain biking courses this spring. The beginning course will help build basic bike skills while teaching trail etiquette and nutrition, and introducing riders to techniques on local trails. Class time is split between riding and instruction with rest periods during the 3.5-hour class. Those who enroll in the class should be comfortable riding on five miles of dirt trails. Classes are conducted every Friday afternoon 12:45 to 4:20 p.m. from April 22 to June 3. Cost of the class is $89.
The intermediate mountain biking course will offer a little more challenge. Riders should have the ability to ride for an extended period of time both on and off road. This course is conducted Friday mornings from 8:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Cost is $89. Register at cocc.edu/continuinged, or call 541-383-7270.