BEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM was founded in 2011 in Santa Cruz, CA by Stu Bone and a committed group of 10 team riders. In 2013, Julia Violich and Chris Burnham joined Bone at the helm of the program. Together, they built the program into the elite development platform that it is today.

Since then, BEAR Team Riders have won multiple National Titles and State Championships in both mountain and road disciplines.  To date, 33 different Bear Team Riders have been invited to race at World Cup and World Championship events with Team USAC in North America and Europe.  BEAR has excelled in a race schedule including events as varied as the Mt Hood Classic, Cascade Classic, Sea Otter Classic, USAC Road Nationals, USAC MTB Nationals, and the Pro XCT MTB race series.  For the past three years, BEAR has only supported a mountain bike and enduro team.

In 2017, BEAR expanded its roster to include 8 U23 riders at the professional level. Keeping consistent with our development focus, multiple Team Riders have graduated onto bigger U23 programs and UCI teams after their time with BEAR.

The current BEAR Team has 10 U23 elite riders and 23 junior riders ages 14 – 18, supporting student-athletes from 13 different states.

While BEAR’s racing results and development track record is impressive, this team believes that relationships make good things happen.  We feel a strong sense of gratitude towards our teammates, sponsors, directors and supporters.  BEAR maintains a focus on fun, awareness of other and personal growth driven by values and goals.