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Todd Wells Interview

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Q: Who did you talk to on the start line of your Olympic xc race, and what did you talk about?

A: I talked to Olie Beckensale(might be spelled wrong) from the UK. I don’t remember what we talked about other then it being hot and the fact that it was pretty cool we were about to race the Olympics. 

Q: What was the techiest thing you saw on your competitors bikes in Beijing?

A: The bike I raced at the Olympics was pretty similar to the bike I raced the rest of the year. The only differences were cosmetic. I would have to say the Blackbox carbon fork crown/steerer tube on the new SID World Cup. There are only a few of those made right now so it was pretty cool to have one.    

Q: You hang out with teammate Burry a ton. Is he cool and what are his strengths and weaknesses?

A: Burry and I do spend a lot of time together. I’m on the road almost all year and so is he so it’s really important we get along well. He is super cool. I would say his strengths are downhills and steep short climbs. He raced DH Worlds as a junior so he has tons of skills and goes uphill fast too. 

Q: Who was the coolest athlete you met in Beijing and if you could be another athlete, which sport would you compete in? (you cant pick an endurance sport or BMX)

A: I met Jenny Finch of the US softball team before the Olympics at a pre Olympic event. She is probably the most famous athlete I met. If I could do any sport it would be the 100 meter dash. It would be cool to be one of the fastest men in the world.   

Q: You and your US World Cup teammates are getting pretty sweet results as of the last two years. There were like 10 years where a top 20 at a WC for a US rider was rare.  Are you guys training more or are you just getting smarter with your training time?

A: I think there are a few things going on. 1. There is much more drug testing now so I think the sport of mountain biking is very fair right now. I’m sure there are some people cheating but for the most part I think racers are clean. 2. A lot of us have been racing World Cups now for quite a while and we are finally figuring it out. It takes time to get to that level. You can look at guys that race on the road in Europe for a long time before they are good. Guys like Levi and Vandevelde raced in Europe for a long time before you ever heard of them. I think it’s the same with the mountain bike, it takes a long time to increase your level at the very top of the sport.  

Q: You finished 5th in Austrailia, a top finish for you, when you stood on the podium, did you almost cry? Describe the feeling.

A: The feeling is amazing. There is so much hard work that went into that and so many low points that it makes it such an incredible feeling. It felt even better since I had just had my worst race of the year at the biggest event in 4 years, the Olympics. I didn’t cry at that race but I did a few months before in Andorra when I got 6th place at the World Cup, my first really high World Cup finish.  

Q: When you think back to racing as a junior, what was the biggest misconception you had about racing in the pro class and making a career of it?

A: I was racing BMX when I was  junior but I think the biggest misconception I had as a young mountain bike racer was how easy it would be to make the transition from amature to pro. As a semi-pro I could compare my times to the pros and they would be close but when I actually made the jump to the pro class I got smoked. Then, racing well in the US against some World Cup riders I thought it would be easy to make the jump to the World Cup but I got smoked. It is amazing how fast everyone is at each next level of competition. But what is more amazing is the fact that a person can push themselves over time to become competitive at ever higher levels. Rock Out!

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Cyclocross Clinic on October 1st

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The 2nd Annual Colorado Premier Training Cyclocross Clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 1st at the Fort Lewis College Campus at 5:30pm. The cost of attendance will be $25. $15 for FLC Cycling Team and Durango Wheel Club Members. The clinic is free for Durango Devo members! This clinic is for beginners and intermediate cyclists who have an interest in Cyclocross. CPT coaches will cover the basic techniques needed for Cyclocross. We will include proper Cyclocross mounting, Dismounting, Run-up technique, carries over barriers and into run ups, braking and cornering skills. This clinic is for anyone interested in learning about the Cyclocross. The clinic will be approximately 90 minutes in duration. For more info see www.coloradopremiertraining.com

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National Public Lands Day

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It is so sweet that we have the opportunities we do here in Durango. We are spolied rotten when it comes to local singletrack. So lets grab out gloves and ride over to Durango Mountain Park (Test Tracks,) on September 27th and celebrate. Join Trails 2000 will partner with Friends of the Durango Mountain Park and the City of Durango for a celebration of trails and land stewardship on National Public Lands Day.

The workday is set for* Saturday, September 27, 2008 *at Durango Mountain Park. This event will celebrate the planning and implementation of the work of the Durango Mountain Park Stakeholder’s Group. The group was formed by the City to analyze the Park and its needs, including honoring the conservation easement held by the La Plata Open Space Conservancy, which balances wildlife needs and recreational uses.

The property, now known as Durango Mountain Park, was threatened with development in the early 1990s. Trails 2000 and its members, working closely with the City of Durango and the La Plata Open Space Conservancy, stepped forward with funding to help begin the process of preserving the park, now nearly 300 acres in size.

All are invited to help us with trail work, trash cleanup and various jobs suitable for young and old alike. Please meet at the *Leyden Street trailhead on Saturday, September 27 at 9am.* We will work until Noon. Please RSVP by September 25 to Info@Trails2000.org and share in a barbeque sponsored by Trails 2000 and Friends of the Durango Mountain Park. For more information or for directions, please visit www.trails2000.org.

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Bicycle Bob Interview From Costa Rica

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Q: Describe what it feels like riding from Durango to Costa Rica, in one run-on sentence.
 A: Imagine how YOU feel when you’ve done a great new ride somewhere that you’ve never been before and it was hard and beautiful with all sorts of demanding terrain and interactions and it took all day and you finished with a feeling of great satisfaction and adventure as the ride included wind and weather and
a few other unexpected challenges some of which were bicycle related and others that had nothing at all to do with this ride that you were doing and then multiply by 105 because that’s how many days it took me to ride my bike from Durango to Costa Rica and when you’re done imagining that throw in some crazy border crossings in foreign dialects and currency calculations and bad directions that led you onto some very dangerous stretches of road, some with awesome scenery and others with the stench of garbage and delinquency followed by moments of doubt and elation and monotony and acheivement, then YOU’ll have a pretty decent idea of how it felt to ride my bike from Durango to Costa Rica…..

Q: What is the mountain biking like down there and what bike or bikes are you currently shredding? Who do you ride with?
 A: The mountain biking here is awesome, however limited as Costa Rica doesn’t have an organized public lands infrastructure that has funding and manpower to build trails. The trails that do exist are generally slimy and technical as we’re in the tropics and it rains regularly. Think roots and rocks. One of my main riding buds, Paulo, has worked hard to gain access to historic local trails. He hires local campesinos to help him build, clean and maintain them. Many local mountain bikers ride the countless dirt roads that link remote villages to paved roads. I usually ride with a local gang of downhilleros with names like Mosco de Pina, Ricardo, Alvaro, Andres and the Pizza Hut team. I’m shredding my Turner 5-spot on the trails and my touring bike, which I call the Noodle, for general road riding.  

Q: How did you score a job with Pizza Hut? Do you get free pizza?
 A: I’ve had a long friendship with the director of the team, a man named Albin Brenes. I called him when I arrived in the country and he offered me a job immediately. And yes, I eat free pizza 3 times a day. In fact, they pay me in pizza coupons, which are more valuable that the local currency.

Q: Olympics man, what? Who was the coolest athlete you met in person..cycling and non-cycling?
 A: Since Costa Rica only qualified 2 cyclists, only 1 support person was allowed to accompany them. Both of the riders are from my team, so Albin decided it would be more important to send me, as the coaching could be done via e-mail or the telephone. The coolest cyclist I met was Janka Stevkova, a mountain biker from Slovakia. She was friendly and smiled a lot. The coolest non-cyclist athlete I met would have to be Nery Brenes, who competed for Costa Rica in the 400 meters. At first, I thought he was rude because he barely lifted his head when I introduced myself. It wasn’t ’til later that day that I realized he was just super focused on his qualifying heat. After which, he proved to be a happy comic who’s ear to ear grin was infectious. Constantly positive vibes poured out of him.  

Q: If you could be an athlete in any sport, what would you be?
 A: I’d like to be a cyclist when I grow up!

Q: Do you have a crush on any of the Olympic ladies? If so who and what would your first date entail?
 A: Svetlana Rysenko, the Ukrainian weight lifter was kind of cute, although rather large, call it big-boned. On our first date, she could “crush” me.

Q: What do the Costa Rican Youth do to progress through the cycling world? Is their a national race series, do the have sport, expert cat names?
 A: There are a lot of very dedicated and generous cycling coaches in Costa Rica. Most work with athletic programs at a county level. Many, if not most of these coaches donate their time to train and support their local teams. The catagories are pre-junior, junior, and sub-23. Most cycling events in Costa Rica provide for these catagories, as well as elites, veterans and masters. There are a couple of race series that are very well attended. Per capita, cycling is quite popular in Costa Rica, only surpassed by soccer. Each year National Games are held to crown champions in various sports, including cycling.

Q: What do you want every junior racer to grow to understand?
 A: The values of sacrifice, sportsmanship, teamwork, and humility. No champion, past or present has won every event in which they’ve participated. One of the most important attributes any athlete posesses is knowing how to lose gracefully and turn it into motivation. Practice your sport ’cause you love it and it will make you happy and healthy!

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DEVO Alumni Nora Richards Takes to the Track

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This past weekend, Devo Alumni Nora Richards’ raced for the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team at the Collegiate Track National Championships in Colorado Springs. FLC a relative infant to the track, and Nora a total rookie, took fourth place overall in the Team Omnium Competition.

Division 1 Team Omnium

1 Marian College Cycling Team 899 pts

2 CSU Rams Cycling                         842
3 Lees-McRae College Cycling               743
4 Fort Lewis College                       622
5 Penn State Cycling                       549
6 CU Cycling                               342
7 Midwestern State University              233
8 Portland State University                171
9 Univ of Washington Seattle               151
10 UC Davis                                148
11 University of Pittsburgh                143
12 UCSB Cycling                            137
13 Depaul University                       126
14 Georgia State University                 64
15 UGA                                      56
16 University of Delaware                   38
 Nora placed 22nd in the 2k individual pursuit. Nice Nora, Nice!

Nora climbing at Snowmass in 2007

Nora climbing at Snowmass in 2007

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Durango Girls Take MSC Series Podium

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The U-19 ladies team took it to the state this year and finished 1 through 3 overall in the 12 race Mountain States Cup Series.  Junior Expert, Alica Rose Pastore lost one race of the eight she entered and finished 3rd overall. In the jr. sport/beginner class, Kaila Hart raced a consistant season and took the top spot, with teammates Joan Walker and Hannah Madden taking the next two steps on the podium. Other DEVO ladies in the overall were; 7. Summer Ellefson, 10. Amy Katz, 13. Elyse Massone, 15. Kaylee Blevins, 20 Avra Saslow and 20. Sarah Autry. Nice work ladies. 

always with the smiles

always with the smiles

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Durango Fall Blaze is September 27th

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Hosted by Fort Lewis College, the Durango Fall Blaze offers three different tour options, including a 37 mile, 60 mile, and 100 mile ride. The fabulous Tom Danielson (Garmin Chipotle Pro Cycling) will lead the ride! The first of two fabulous parties is on Friday (September 26th) on the eve of the ride. Its the Fabulous Fall Blaze Packet Pickup Party at the Three Springs Neighborhood Information Center!  On Saturday morning (September 27th) a cannon blast starts the tour(s) and a Police Escort leads the riders out from the center of campus. There are 5 food/aid stations along the way, and support vehicles on the course.  The second party is at the finish line back in the center of campus. Its the Merrill Lynch Lunch!  The rides are legendary, and the parties are out of this world! The ridership is limited to ensure a quality event. The century course is of medium difficulty when compared to centuries around the country, and the 37 mile and the 60 mile are easier. All proceeds benefit the Tom Danielson Scholarship Fund at Fort Lewis College. 

Tommy D will ride this year

Tommy D will ride this year

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