Beth Ann Orton
Beth Ann enjoys working with clients of all ages and abilities across all disciplines. Having made it to the professional level in both road and cyclocross racing, she is especially able to share her knowledge and experience of what it takes to make it to that level while maintaining a profession as a physician assistant.
Beth Ann is a native Pacific Northwesterner who began her racing career as a mountain biker before transitioning to professional cyclocross and road racing. She specialized as a time trialist and domestique, and loved a good mudder on the cross course. She races less now, but remains engaged in the professional cycling community.
Beth Ann is a USA Cycling Level 3 coach. She obtained her Master’s degree from the Oregon Health & Science University Physician Assistant program in 2011, and finds that her experience in sports medicine and primary care contribute to her fund of knowledge as an athlete and coach.
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, the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, and the Amgen Tour of California. She raced cyclocross domestically, and internationally in Belgium, Switzerland, and France. She prided herself as one of the most consistent finishers in the US from 2012-2019, and had a few surprise wins thrown in the mix.
Prior to discovering cycling, Beth Ann was mostly interested in snowy mountain sports, and she didn’t believe in a rest day. She can’t skate or ski worth a darn, but finds it to be an extremely efficient training tool. 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 (and keeps learning!) in the mountains to be invaluable assets in bike racing and coaching.
physician assistant masters Degree
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. A lifelong learner, Beth Ann obtained her Master’s degree as a Physician Assistant in 2011 prior to embarking on her professional racing career in 2012.
Beth Ann began her racing career as an endurance mountain biker (placing 3rd in the 2012 High Cascades 100), but quickly transitioned to cyclocross in 2012, before finally falling in love with road racing in 2015.
Love for The Road
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 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 former team based out of Vancouver B.C, Instafund La Prima.
Even as a road racer, she continued to be a member of Team S&M CX, and raced the professional U.S. cyclocross calendar. She may have raced internationally in Belgium, Switzerland, and France, and at domestic and international cyclocross world cups, but she found weeknight racing at Bend’s Thrilla Cross just as enjoyable, if not more enjoyable, than any cyclocross race she’s attended!
Focus on career
Beth Ann took a break from racing in 2020 to focus on her career as a Coach and Physician Assistant. She still plans on doing some races when it’s safe to do so again, but right now she’s focused on coaching while utilizing her decade of experience in medicine.