NEWS

Now Accepting Applications to Join Bear for the 2019 Season!

About The Application:

Our application process consists of a questionnaire and 4 document uploads:

  • your race resume
  • a personal essay
  • one cycling recommendation letter
  • one personal recommendation letter

We welcome applicants from all 50 states!

If you are younger than 15 years old but still want to learn more about Bear Development Team, please reach out to us at bear.development.team@gmail.com.

We cannot accept any international riders, or any riders that are older than 23 at this time.

Decisions will be made on September 10, 2018.

 

Please click here to begin the application process.

2018 MTB Nats, A Race Report by 2018 National Champion Maddie Jo Robbins

Nationals: the culmination of a season full of hard work, training, and racing. The day where it all comes together for one hour of grueling racing. The day where you finally get to race all your competitors at once. The day that really counts.

Leading into Nationals I was feeling good. I knew I was prepared and had put in the training. I felt like this could be my year to finally take a title.

We arrived at the Miller School of Albemarle a week before Nationals for the Bear pre-Nats team camp. At Miller we got to reconnect with our teammates, ride the roots that make riding in the East so unique, and relax before heading into the big Nats weekend.

I was stoked to be at the Miller School with the whole team. It was a nice way to prepare for the races without being at the venue amping up the nerves. On our first full day there we got to ride their amazing trails. I had a blast getting back into the groove and testing out the roots.

Everything was going swimmingly until I had the most pitiful crash imaginable. Riding a whole 300 yards from the pool to the dorms, I flipped off my bike after my wet flip flop slipped on my pedal.

Immediately, my wrist began to hurt, but little did I know it was going to become a major part of my Nationals week.

After visiting with an orthopedic doctor in Charlottesville, we were told that I had minor fractures to the scaphoid bone in my wrist. This threw all original training plans out the window, as I now had to focus on protecting my wrist, letting it heal as much as possible and staying mentally in the game.

In the coming days, we arrived at Snowshoe, WV, where Nationals was to be held. The first day there Julia, Ryder, his dad and I walked the course, which I didn’t know was going to be so helpful. I might even do that more often, as it allows you to see the course with a totally different perspective and look at each part of the course in a more methodical way, which in turn allows you to pick out the best lines and really submit the course to memory before even riding it.

The next day I pre-rode the course nice and easy to see how things would be. It wasn’t too bad, and I was able to grip the handle bar and ride! Another day on the course, picking lines, and coming up with a game plan, and I felt ready to give it my all, knowing that adrenaline would kick in and mask any pain.

The plan was to get out in front at the start. That way I would be away from other riders, which would minimize crashing potential, and hurting my wrist further.

I lined up on the start line with this in mind and was ready to go. In a way, I had less nerves and stress than normal as now the goal was to just finish and do as well as I could with my wrist in the shape it was. This took off lots of pressure, which may have even helped me.

We raced at 8:00am in light rain and thick fog, so the course was slick.  I The countdown began and we were off. Immediately, the group raced through the start chute, which held a pretty steep, but short climb. This climb was my new best friend, as most of the girls got caught up trying to go up it, and many even ended up in a bit of a pile up. I was lucky enough to be ahead of all this. I looked up as I hit the apex of the climb only to see my dad’s face light up, and yell, “Go, Maddie, there’s a crash! Go, go, go!” The adrenaline really kicked in at that point and I powered, as I knew this was my chance to gain as much time as I possibly could on the field.

I made it through the first lap still alone, and I began to realize that I could actually win the race. At that point I put my head down and rode as hard as I possibly could. I was on a mission.

Coming up the climb before the feed zone on the second lap, I looked back only to see my biggest competitor, Katie Clouse, chugging up the hill behind me. At this point she was about 20 seconds behind me. The pain cave was real, but I knew I would have to give it more if I wanted to win. So I did. I went through the feed zone where the crowds were ecstatically cheering. This made me go even harder as I wanted to make everyone proud. After the feed zone was a flowy descent, where I got to recuperate a bit. On the corners I took the chance to look back to see where Katie was and to my surprise I didn’t see her. Excitement filled my veins, I could actually become the National Champion. I had to stay focused and keep charging though, as I knew anything could happen, and that my competitors were fierce, and were going to give it their all as well.

I came through for my final lap, and I still had my gap. I went through the feed zone for the final time, where Julia warned me me to eliminate all risks and ride smart as Katie had had a mechanical. From then on I took it a bit more cautiously, still trying to keep up my pace though.

I rounded the final corner, with the cheers of everyone at the finish echoing through my head, and for the first time I went through the finish and became the National Champion! A dream had finally been fulfilled!

USA Cycling Names 6 Bears to the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championship Team

We are so excited to announce that USA Cycling has chosen 6 of our BEAR athletes and 1 BEAR alumnus to represent the United States at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, taking place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on September 5th-6th!

“This Mountain Bike World Championship team represents the best U.S. athletes across the board from Junior to Elite. I expect them all to represent the United States well. I feel very good about the strength and depth of our… teams and am also looking forward to seeing great performances from… our deep and talented team,” said Marc Gullickson, Performance Director of USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike Program.

The Bears chosen to Team USA are as follows:

Junior Women XCO:

Mina Ricci (Woodacre, Calif.; Bear Development Team p/b Trek)

Madeline Robbins* (Durango, Colo.; Bear Development Team p/b Trek)

Junior Men XCO:

Paul Fabian (Prescott, Ariz.; Bear Development Team p/b Trek)

U23 Men XCO:

Carson Beckett (Brevard, N.C.; Bear Pro Team p/b Trek)

Jerry Dufour (Birmingham, AL; Bear Pro Team p/b Trek)

Sandy Floren* (Berkeley, Calif.; Bear Pro Team p/b Trek)

Elite Men XCO:

Luke Vrouwenvelder (Chapel Hill, N.C.; Bear Pro Team – Alumnus)

https://www.usacycling.org/article/2018-mtb-worlds

Bear Applications Open August 1st!

Applications for the 2019 roster on Bear Development Team and Bear Pro U23 Team will be accepted August 1st – August 24th.

The categories of our MTB team include:

  • junior 15-16 boys & girls, elite & race teams
  • junior 17-18 boys & girls, elite & race teams
  • U23 men & women, elite teams

Members of the elite teams & members of the race teams are equally a part of the BEAR community!  Members of the elite team are fully supported by our equipment sponsors. Members of the race team are partially supported by our equipment sponsors.

About The Application:

Our application process consists of a questionnaire and 4 document uploads:

  • your race resume
  • a personal essay
  • one cycling recommendation letter
  • one personal recommendation letter

We welcome applicants from all 50 states!

If you are younger than 15 years old but still want to learn more about Bear Development Team, please reach out to us at bear.development.team@gmail.com.

We cannot accept any international riders, or any riders that are older than 23 at this time.

Decisions will be published on September 7, 2018 via beardevteam.com.

Meet Junior Rider Adam Croft

This Friday marks the tenth week of Bear Development Team’s Junior Series! We are honored to dedicate our weekly post to the introduction of one member of the Bear Development Team.
Check in every week to get the inside scoop on Bear’s Junior Team!
This week, meet…

ADAM CROFT

Racing Age: 18
Hometown: Toano, VA
Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9 RSL
Favorite Training Song: “God’s Plan” by Drake
Best Post-Ride Snack: Cherry Yoghurt

My name is Adam Croft. I’m from Toano, VA. When I was 7, I realized I loved riding my bike. Whether it was just around the yard, or going on easy road rides with my dad, it was always a blast. From there, I started getting more serious about cycling and began racing road and mountain bike on the weekends. For me, the thrill was being able to race the men’s races, and do my best to race people that I looked up to. As I grew older, and moved up through categories, the racing became more serious. My parents traveled and took me to junior nationals to race every year. Racing has certainly been awesome with my family there to support me. I can’t thank them enough.

Now when I’m not racing or doing school, I’m working for an HVAC and plumbing company. I love the physical aspect of it and helping people. In the winter, hunting takes up most of my time while I fill the freezer for the coming year, and have fun while doing it.

Bear Development has certainly been an amazing opportunity in racing. The support and people make the traveling and racing easier and more fun, and the friendships we make while together at races will last a lifetime.