• Central Oregon BMXers busy: Redmond's Taylor Stephens took home the title in the boys 16 expert class at the Redline Cup West Finals, staged Oct. 19-21 in Fresno, Calif. Stephens won the division based on his combined performance in races on the Saturday and Sunday of the event, as well as an earlier qualifying event. Just prior to competition, Stephens completed his fourth training stint at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Stephens, a junior at Ridgeview High School, is currently ranked sixth in the country among 16-year-old boys and is scheduled to compete in the USA BMX Grand National next month in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Another Central Oregon BMX rider, Bend's Jaydra Kinsey, will also be attending the Grand National. At the Redline West Finals, she won the 15-year-old girls division and finished second in the cruisers class for 15-year-old girls. The Trinity Lutheran High School sophomore is currently ranked fifth nationally in her girls cruisers class and ninth in her 15-year-old girls class.
A fundraiser and raffle to help the two riders defray the cost of attending the Grand National has been scheduled from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 16. The fundraiser will be staged at The Cake Lady, 357 N.E. Dekalb Ave., in Bend. For more information, contact Tracy Stephens at 541-815-5302.
—Bulletin staff report