Central Oregon Wheelers


Brian Staiger / President and Ride Coordinator

Brian moved to Bend in the summer of 2018 from upstate NY. Brian is a retired high school science teacher,  track, cross country and basketball coach. He shares his passion for road cycling with his wife Therese. Within the first month of moving here, Brian and Therese joined the COWs . Saturday group rides have become a regular part of their routine. Brian has also become an avid mountain biker and enjoys hitting the trails with friends.  

Bradley Baise / Events

Brad became passionate about road cycling in 2002. He moved to Bend in 2019 from the western suburbs of Chicago. Brad quickly joined the COWs and found many new friends.  He appreciates the beauty and challenges of riding in Central Oregon.  Brad enjoys both leading and participating in Club rides;  as well as just hanging out afterwards. 

Terry Belunes / Secretary

Terry returned to Bend after a 30 year career as an Environmental Scientist. After many years of white water kayaking, backpacking and mountain biking, Terry began road cycling in the 2000’s to stay active, enjoy the beauty of rural Oregon, and met new friends. Committed to safe and healthy cycling, Terry leads beginner rider orientations and the club’s Progressive Tuesday rides to help riders achieve their cycling goals.

Amy Bender  / Treasurer

Amy relocated to Bend from Ashland with her husband Rhett in 2020. She is a former race director and cyclocross and road racer who now trains mainly to take bike vacations around the world. Amy enjoys road, gravel and easy mountain bike rides. She joined the COWS to meet new people to ride and socialize with. She is always looking for another hill to climb.

David Garcia  / Board Member Emeritus

Hailing from south Louisiana, David honed his early “bike skills” riding his trusty Huffy through woods and swamps. His tank-like Huffy turned into a rusted Fuji on campus, then to a beautifully lugged, pink cromoly Fuji on the eastern slopes of Colorado (during those long ago young-and-fit years). Always a bike junkie, David now enjoys riding his way-too-good-for-him Cervelo on the roads of beautiful Central Oregon—mostly because it was a lot cheaper to live here than to fly in for a visit every damn weekend.

Sam Handelman / Webmaster

Sam moved to Bend in 2000, and has always wondered why Bend and Central Oregon lacked a recreational bike club. His answer to that question was to start COWs in 2016. When Sam was 11 years old, he began riding with his mother and uncle in the Los Angeles Wheelman club. When he was 19, he rode across the US on a J.C. Penney sponsored ride. He now gravel, mountain or road rides with whoever is willing, including his wife Barb, who is often riding with Sam on their Co-Motion road tandem.

Central Oregon Wheelers is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization.

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