Beth Ann Orton is a native Pacific Northwesterner with a history in professional road racing and cyclocross. She began her racing career as an endurance mountain biker, but quickly transitioned to cyclocross, before finally falling in love with road racing. A life long learner, Beth Ann obtained her masters degree as a Physician Assistant in 2011 prior to embarking on her professional racing career in 2012.
Beth Ann’s road racing career began in 2014 after a breakthrough result in the Cascade Cycling Classic Crooked River time trial. Since that time, she has raced for a number of UCI and domestic elite racing teams including Visit Dallas DNA Cycling, Hagens Berman Supermint, Point S Nokian Racing, and her current team based out of Vancouver B.C, Instafund La Prima. Beth Ann has raced extensively on the pro road tour, at the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia, and at domestic and international world cup events, including Cadel Evan’s Great Ocean Race and the Amgen Tour of California. She specializes as a domestique and time trialist.
Beth Ann has been a member of Team S&M CX for eleven years running, and continues to race the professional U.S. cyclocross calendar. She has further experience racing internationally in Belgium, Switzerland, and France, and at domestic and international cyclocross world cups, but she finds weeknight racing at Bend’s Thrilla Cross just as enjoyable, if not more enjoyable, than any cyclocross race she’s attended!
Prior to discovering cycling, Beth Ann was a U.S. Forest service wilderness ranger and mountain sports bum, who didn’t believe in a rest day. Although life looks a little different for her now, she still gets out on skis as much as possible, and finds the lessons she learned in the mountains to be invaluable assets in bike racing. She’s found her career in medicine (including orthopedics, sports medicine, and family medicine) of great value to her training and racing, and looks forward to using this knowledge as a framework for her approach to coaching.
Beth Ann has found the most gratifying part of her racing career to be the many friends and mentors she has gained along the way. A certified USA cycling coach and PA registered under the Oregon Medical Board, she looks forward to extending these relationships and knowledge to her clients using an evidence based, personal, and flexible approach to coaching. She will begin accepting limited mountain bike, cyclocross, and road cycling athletes of all abilities beginning in March of 2019.
Photo courtesy of Ben Guernsey