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Youth, junior mtn. biking program expanding

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Cog Wild Bicycle Tours has announced a collection of new initiatives to support junior cyclists called Cascadia Junior Cycling. CJC helps young cyclists develop trail etiquette, skills proficiency, stay safe, and have fun riding the trails with friends and family. Youth rides begin on April 6th and continue into October.

“We launched Cascadia Junior Cycling last fall with our cyclocross team, which supported almost twenty athletes at their national championship in December,” says Lev Stryker, owner of Cog Wild. “This spring is the natural time to expand our standard services, guided tours and skills instruction from adults to all ages so we meet the needs of the kids who are eager to ride or race.” 

Cog Wild said it has a strong reputation for delivering well-organized and fun biking adventures for adults, local schools, nonprofits like the Boys & Girls Club of Central Oregon, and national travel camps such as Adventure Treks. In their effort to support the continued growth of off-road cycling in Bend, they have hired two experienced and respected coaches to lead the CJC: Bill Warburton and Caleb Brackett. 

Coach Warburton has been supporting Bend’s junior cyclists since 2005 and was a co-founder of the Bend Endurance Academy. Coach Brackett served in the Air Force and was the founder & director of Guided Path Adventures, a non-profit that facilitates outdoor opportunities for underserved families, veterans and children in St. Louis, MO.

Cascadia Junior Cycling 2020 Highlights:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • After school rides for ages 7+
  • Summer Rides for ages 6+ and 4-Day Skills Camps
  • Club Team for ages 9+ who want to improve skills and travel to ride new places
  • Race Teams for ages 13+ who want to train and try competitions

Cog Wild Bicycle Tours is beginning its 15th season of providing high quality mountain bike tours for families, individual travelers and private groups; as well as private skills instruction and, of course, our ever popular shuttle services. Cog Wild is the premiere tour outfitter, skill instruction provider and shuttle service in Bend and Oakridge, operating under a special use permit from the USFS.

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