The Academy

The Academy

About the Academy

The Academy is Bike School Bentonville's coached performance development racing team. Our whole-person philosophy and dependence on the long-term athlete development model is the same, but as athletes get older some are ready for more. The team will be expected to train 3-5 days/week. We will travel to races in the region and to Nationals in the summer. Our focus will be both cross country and enduro.

We will as a group race at 4-5 races in the Spring. The race schedule is not set yet for 2022, but you can expect to travel to races to earn points for call up placement at Nationals.

Click here to see our presentation from our Info Session on November 30.

What's Included

Program includes:

  • Base Building
  • Fitness Testing
  • Training
  • Strength & Mobility
  • Goal Setting / Evaluation
  • Skills Training
  • Cardio & Endurance
  • Targeted Practice Sessions
  • Mental Prep
  • Nutrition & Wellness 

Individualized training program and coaching will be available also.

Team Race support at regional and national races (travel expenses not included). Races may include Oz Trails Pro Cup, GoPro Games, USAC Mtb Nationals, and other USAC regional races.

To Apply

We are taking applications through December 21. There are two steps to the application:

  1. Fill out the Bike School Bentonville Goal Sheet
  2. Make a video of you telling us why you want to be a part of Bike School Bentonville's Academy program.

Send both to us via email at [email protected] You may send links to dropbox or google drive if the file is too big.


Kyla and Nat bring a combined 50 years of cycling to Bike School Bentonville.  They have a shared belief that biking is much more than just learning to pedal.  Being committed to cycling requires skills and lessons that translate to real life.  They are committed to inspiring athletes to be their best selves both on and off the bike.

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Kyla Templeton

A native of Oklahoma City, Kyla Templeton has called Bentonville home for the last 16 years. She has a BS in Industrial Engineering and Management, and a Master's in Leadership & Ethics.  She worked in skills management and training and development at Walmart and Sam’s club for seven years. For the last decade, Kyla has made a profound impact on Northwest Arkansas by combining her love of community with her passion for cycling.  In 2012 she founded Girls Bike Bentonville, a nonprofit whose mission is to “empower women and community through cycling.”  She is also co-founder of the Arkansas League of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and has served as the director for the past six years, helping to bring mountain biking to over 1,000 kids in Arkansas.  Kyla is a USA Triathlon certified coach and believes biking is more than just a sport - it’s a lifestyle.


Nat Ross

Nat Ross has been a professional athlete for three decades.  Growing up in a small town in Colorado he participated in both winter and summer sports.  As a professional cyclist, Ross earned four World Championship titles, three National Championships, won Race Across America (RAAM) twice, and was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2008.  Nat pioneered the 29-inch mountain bike wheel over 20 years ago with his long time sponsor, Gary Fisher, and was the first pro to ever race a 29-inch wheel, starting in 2000.  Since retiring in 2008, Nat continues to race for fun and has finished in the top tier at the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships for the past three years racing his electric mountain bike.  Nat remains immersed in the cycling industry; directing brands, promoting events, and commentating.  He is also the founder and CEO of the Pro Bike Center and Tough Guy Productions.

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