Cross Vegas is Fun

Cross Vegas is Fun

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Rumor had over 14,000 spectators for the second annual Cross Vegas Cyclocross race last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. After walking and talking much of the day away during the trade show, the wheelers and dealers came out to the race to have some fun. With sweet live race action commentary by Dave Towle, plenty of food and beverage and a soothing sunset, backed by the bright sports complex lights, the race was sure to be a hit. Lance Armstrong was the main show as a field of cameras followed his every move. He was not the only big name however, Thomas Frischknecht, a super duper long time racer, and World Champion MTB’er was celebrating his retirement with Cross Vegas being the finale. Durango racers Matt Shriver 11th, Todd Wells 12th, Troy Wells 18th, Chad Cheeney 66th and Brendan Shafer 67th of 96 starters. Shannon Gibson was Durango’s lone lady and finished a strong 13th. Full results Cross season is now on, so get ready.

 

Post race sillyness with the legend Hans Rey, Chad Cheeney and Brendan Shafer

Post race sillyness with the legend Hans Rey, Chad Cheeney and Brendan Shafer

 

Yep, thats Lance

Yep, thats Lance

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Sarah Tescher Silver Medals in Argentinean Multisport Race

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Read about it here

“I did a race a couple of weeks ago in which I skied 10 K, mountain biked 40K, Kayak 12 K, and ran 16K.  It just about killed me, but I got second.  I won a Gortex jacket which was perfect as it has replaced the one that was stolen from the house.  I took Jack skiing the next day and fell asleep laying down with my skis on in the snow as he ate his Choripan and Alfajor.  Wasted.” DEVO founder Sarah Tescher 

Sarah has been in Argentina this year exploring the country with her family. She is due back in Durango after the new year. 

Sarah Tescher, on left, is all smiles

Sarah Tescher, on left, is all smiles

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Thank You Schwag-Fest Suppliers

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The athletes and coaches of Durango DEVO would like to thank all Schwag-Fest 2008 product suppliers. Schwag-Fest is an event that takes place at each DEVO team race the night after the cross country race. Left over cycling clothing and related items are passed out in a manner that closely resembles a mother bird feeding her baby birds a worm, with them all squawking at once, each wanting a bite of the worm. If there is a discrepancy in who should receive the item, group dynamics take over and a recipient is named. The event is open to all parents, athletes, and coaches who take part in the camping, condo or team dinner action. Local superstars Travis Brown, Kristen Johnson, Mountain Bike Specialists, Matt Phillips, Kricket Lewis, Chad Cheeney, Anthony Colby, Chris Wherry, Matt Shriver, Elke Brutsaert, Greg Herbold, Todd Wells, Jon Bailey, Dan Bowman and Shonny VanLandingham have all contributed stuff to the young athletes.

 

Schwag-Fest 2007 in Snowmass

Schwag-Fest 2007 in Snowmass

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DEVO U-14er Gets Totally Covered in Bark Chips

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DEVO U-14er Avra Saslow in a state of panic

DEVO U-14er Avra Saslow in a state of panic

 “All it took was once.” said coach Anne after athlete Avra took a wrong turn on the obstacle course and ended up covered in bark chips. Lucky for the team, the chips were not of the same local as the infamous quick bark chips which have been known to pull young children into the depths in a mere hour or two. Several teammates were on hand for the rescue and had this to say, ” that was soooo weird,” and “it was like…sooo weird.” DEVO is currently looking into whether or not obstacle courses are safe to do.

 

Moments after the totally weird incident

Moments after the totally weird incident

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2009 USA Cycling Mountain Race Schedule and Things

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Its here

dh here

The cross country highlights are; April 11-12 in Fruita, May 2-3 in Nathrop, May 23-25 USA Cup in Angel Fire, July 16-19 USA National Champs in Sol Vista, CO, and Sept 4-6 in Breckenridge. Now those there listed are on the National Calendar, and what exactly that means, we do not know. The Mountain States Cup Schedule has yet to be officially released.

Proposed US Cup 2009 
March 21-22: Fontana National – Fontana, California 
April 4-5: Nova Classic, Fountain Hills, Arizona
April 16-17: Sea Otter Classic, Laguna Seca, California
April 25-26: Santa Ynez Cup, Los Olivos, California
May 24-25: Chile Challenge, Angel Fire, New Mexico
June 27-28: Windham Cup, Windham, New York                                                                                     August 8-9: Snow Shootout, Mount Snow, Vermont

The USA Cup seems to be a new title for the NMBS series races, but we’ll see. Looks like the air freight company Sho-Air is going to throw down some cash for the pro circuit this year. These may be rumors. The downhill highlights are; May 2-3 in Nathrop adding a DH and super d!, June 13-14 is Crested Butte and 27-28 is Snowmass.

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Tasty Interbike Dream Bikes

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There are so many bike to take pictures of at the show. Everywhere you look, there is another. These are just a few that we took from one short day of spectation.

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Interbike Kids Stuff

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Kids stuff for 2009 is really unchanged. There are not a lot of clothing companies to choose from and the bikes are not really progressing that much. The best kids clothing has to be Primal Wear as they have a solid range of sizes for girls and boys. Still no sweet kids baggies. They might be out there, but for now, go with REI. Kids bikes need just a couple more improvements in the industry standard and then everything will be great; 1. get rid of the bad suspension forks and go rigid, kids can still learn to avoid the bumps, 2. make brake levers that fit their hands, 3. don’t even think about clipless pedals, they need to learn how to pedal while they can still learn. and 4. start making a decent wheel set for kids. Its like pedaling around a motorcycle for us adults. The best kids bikes we touched at the show were from Trek, Jamis and Specialized. Go get em!

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The Dirt Demo Was Hot

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Boulder City, Nevada has amazing trails at Bootleg Canyon. Winter seems like the time to be their.

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Interbike Trade Show

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This week, Durango DEVO coaches Anne and Chad Cheeney will be heading to Las Vegas to see what they can see. Interbike is the cycling industry’s big huge North American trade show, where everything bike related, is on display. Nothing you see is for sale, as the attendees work in the industry and are there to look and talk way to much. The company’s use this high visibility time to show off their bestest stuff. Parts are not the only thing to gawk at, current and former cycling superstars also show up to sign autographs and mingle.

The schedule for Chad and Anne is Tuesday’s Outdoor Demo, where they will be able to test ride bicycles from potential industry partners, Wednesday’s trade show to meet Michael Air Jordan, and Wednesday nights’ Cross Vegas race. Chad will be racing at 9pm under the lights with the Elite Men. Other Durangoans in the event are Travis Brown, Brendan Shafer, Dylan Stucki, Troy Wells, Todd Wells, and Matt Shriver.

Chad will be uploading pics from the event here soon. Goals are to capture the best kids mountain bikes, best kids clothing company and Annie with Sam Hill.

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Cactus Cup is Back

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The Cactus Cup is back this weekend in Las Vegas and several Durango professionals are getting work done. Ben Sonntag, Adam Snyder, Rotem Ishai, and Andy Shultz along with former FlC racers Cody Peterson and Eric Ransom have been battling the heat in the 4 stage mtb race. check out the results here.

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Tour de Fat is Saturday

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The schedule

This crazy event is action packed and leaves you amazed at the power of the bicycle. It is definitely a show for all ages with tons of interesting bikes to test ride and a cool cruiser group ride at 10am. The circus-like acts that take place throughout the day are unique and fun. Cycling passion is the name of this game.

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