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Pro File: Jen Luebke

Pro File: Jen Luebke

Professional road cyclist #inBend
Jen Luebke is a Montana-born professional road cyclist who lives in Bend. She started her career doing triathlons, eventually turning her focus solely to the bike.

Sustainable Fire Protection

Project Wildfire aims to cultivate fire adapted communities
Issues pertaining to water resources, solid waste management, transportation and energy production are all quick to come to mind when thinking of sustainability issues facing communities around the globe. In Deschutes County and elsewhere in Central Oregon, planning for the long-term health of surrounding forests is also an integral part of building a sustainable future.

King of the Marathon

Local elite runner Max King celebrates a decade of his running club and the acquisition of the Bend marathon with Kari Strang
Max King and I meet up to talk about his local running club and the Bend Marathon—but pretty soon, we veer off, discussing his wins in the 2014 100k World Championships and the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships.

Surfing on Snow

Mt. Bachelor's Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge marries surf culture with snow culture
The 2019 Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge is a snowboard-only event, meshing surf and snowboard cultures on a kahuna course. During the one-of-a-kind competition, participants will carve, spin, and slash their way down a course defined as "freestyle snowboard snow-surfing."

VertFest 2019

Ski touring, Alpine touring, Randonee, backcountry, splitboarding... called by many names, the sport of backcountry shredding is growing. Once the realm of only the most adventurous and fitness oriented, recent equipment advances have fueled the flames of popularity.

Racing on the Deschutes

Riverhouse Rendezvous features slalom racing in the river, before warm weather irrigation slows flows
Slalom kayaking can sometimes seem a bit backward (literally) if you aren't familiar with the sport. Instead of taking the path of least resistance downriver, racers maneuver both up and downriver to get through specific gates.

Expedition, Advocacy

PNW solo sea kayaker Susan Conrad links ocean and river conservation
There she was, dodging grizzlies on the shoreline, sharp green seas marching toward her like angry soldiers, and cold, snotty water bitch-slapping the sides of her kayak. It was nine years ago when, for 66 days, Susan Conrad endured those conditions for 1,200 miles during her solo kayak tour of the Inside Passage.

Everyday Sheroes

Some local women athletes do it not for the glory of competition, but for the sheer love of the outdoors
When I was a little girl, combing outdoor magazines for inspiration, there was rarely a woman to be found—and if there was, she was always a top performing, elite athlete. While there are many women who can keep up with the boys and even lead the pack, I know I'm not alone in wanting to also see "sheroes" who are like me—pretty good at sports, but also smart, responsible community members who are generally well rounded.

Local Athletes Shred at X Games

A recap of the big air and high finishes for local athletes
The brainchild of ESPN alchemists, the X Games has been a focal point for athletes in many disciplines including skateboarding, rock climbing, snowboarding and snowmobile racing since its inception in 1995. The games attract millions of viewers and the biggest names in their respective sports.

USA Climbing Raps into Central Oregon

Bouldering National Championships on tap at the Expo Center
Competitors will literally be climbing the walls as the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center hosts the USA Climbing Bouldering National Championship during the first two weekends in February. The event will feature many elite climbing athletes competing for spots on the U.S. National Team and U.S. Youth National Team in the discipline of bouldering.

Stuff for Snow Pups

When it comes to getting outside in winter, not all dogs—or people—are created equal
Humans and dogs aren't much different in winter. Both love to romp through fresh powder, go out for daily walks, and sniff each...well, two out of three isn't bad.

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  • Re: King of the Marathon

    • Congratulations Max on the Bend marathon acquisition! Really looking forward to seeing where you take…

    • on April 12, 2019
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    • Guess he would rather talk about some win nearly 5 years ago instead of getting…

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