Durango Devo’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!

DHS & AHS take the League Championships !

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Nice work to Durango’s High School Shredders! Both teams raced amazingly in Nathrop and brought home Team Titles in the South League. Durango HS won by a narrow margin of 7 points over Green Mountain and Animas took the top spot over CRMS. Wow! See results here.  Next Up… State Championships in Eagle Colorado, October 23, 2016! Go Team!!

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High School Teams off to Granby Ranch Round-Up on Sept. 25th

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The DHS and AHS teams will be traveling far and away for their 3rd High School race in Granby, Colorado. The athletes will leave early morning on Saturday, and race on Sunday.  The DHS team is leading the Division 2 Southern Conference, and AHS is leading the Division 1 Southern Conference.  To see the wrap up on the Leadville-Cloud City Challenge, you can read it here.

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Sage Davis, Freshman

 

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Cecelia Compton, Alma Wolf & Sadie Shafer, Junior Varsity Riders at the start line

 

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Cloud City Champions!

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Junior Devo Meeting Places

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Junior Devo begins it’s 8 week session on September 6, 2016! You can see where your shredder is going to meet below the first week. If you have any questions, contact Aubrey Volger at 970-946-2209 or aubrey@durangodevo.com.

JUnior DEVO Groups September 5-9
Monday Push Bike AM Session 1 10-11am Labor Day
Monday Push Bike AM Session 2 10-11am N/A
Monday Push Bike PM Session 1 4-5 pm Labor Day
Monday Push Bike PM Session 2 4-5 pm N/A
Monday Kinder 2-3:30pm Labor Day
Monday 1st Grade 2:15-4:15pm Labor Day
Monday 2nd-5th Grade 4-6 pm Labor Day
Tuesday Preschool AM 10-11:15am Rotary Park
Tuesday Preschool PM 4-5:15pm Rotary Park
Tuesday 2nd-5th All Girls 4-6pm Overend Park – Leyden
Wednesday Preschool AM 10-11:15am Rotary Park
Wednesday Preschool PM 4-5:15pm Rotary Park
Wednesday Kinder 4-5:30pm BMX Track
Wednesday 1st Grade 4-6 pm FLC
Wednesday 2nd-3rd Grade 4-6pm Overend Park – Leyden
Wednesday 3rd-5th Grade 4-6pm Horse Gulch
Thursday Push Bike AM Session 1 10-11am Rec Center
Thursday Push Bike AM Session 2 10-11am N/A
Thursday Push Bike PM Session 1 4-5pm Rec Center
Thursday Push Bike PM Session 2 4-5pm N/A
Thursday 2nd-3rd Grade 4-6pm Overend Park – Leyden
Thursday 4th-5th Co-ed Advanced 4-6 pm Horse Gulch
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2016 Fall DEVO Scholarships available

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Are you in need of a scholarship to participate in DEVO this fall?

You can find all the information and criteria here. Applications need to be emailed or mailed by August 10th.   If you have any other questions, please contact Jamie: jamie@durangodevo.com or give her a call at 970-729-1774.

Ride on!

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Durango DEVO taking 11 riders to US Mountain Bike Nationals

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MJUS Mountain Bike Nationals is right around the corner.  Durango DEVO U19 coach and founder Sarah Tescher and U14 coach Lee Paustain will be hitting the road Monday, July 11th and working their way with 11 Riders from DEVO’s Upper Level programs.  Riders representing are Shane Ellis, Ellen Campbell, Sadie Shafer, Camryn Sippy, Kieran Eagan, Katja Freeburn, Lucas Robbins, Cobe Freeburn, Maddie Jo Robbins, Andy Munroe and Austin Munroe.  Good luck ya’ll! 

To find out more about US Mountain Bike Nationals, visit their site here.

 

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Star Wars Enduro to support the Chip Peddler-Neil Hannum

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Star Wars Enduro, a Benefit for Chip Peddler on June 29th-Information below…
This Wednesday, June 29th  is the Star Wars Enduro and all entry fees will be donated to benefit the Chip Peddler (details of his accident are below)… Fun race for a great cause… Must I say more? Come join the fun. Would love to see as many people show up to race or spectate as possible. See below for details and spread the word like wildfire…. I’m planning a later start than normal to avoid some of the heat.
Volunteers and times-
Course set up: (4:30-6) 2-3 people
Registration: (5:45-6:30) 2 people
Starter: (6:15-end) 2 people
Finishers: (6:15-end) 3 people
Course Marshals: (6:15-end) 2 people
Race Info
Star Wars Enduro race entries on Wednesday June 29th go to benefit Neil Hannum, the one and only Chip Peddler!
 
Come Join us in supporting longtime Durango Resident and supporter of Durango DEVO, and the SKA ZIA team Neil Hannum, the Chip Peddler!
On Sunday, June 26th, Neil was struck by a car on 550 and has sustained traumatic injuries.  He was flown to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver.  Please come out to support his fund by racing or just riding the SKA ZIA Star Wars Enduro on Wednesday, June 29th.
 
Entry fee is $10, but of course you could give more! Neil is not only a great community supporter, but an advocate for bicycling in our community!  Let’s come together and support those who support us! If you can’t make it to the race, or want to make a general donation, please see the GOFUNDME page here.
The race is an enduro format- racers have a neutral (untimed) climb up Hidden Valley to the start. Riders go off in 30 second intervals, racing down to the bottom of Star Wars. After completing their first run they will ride back around for a second run of the same course. Results based on the best time out of the two.
Location: Leyden Trailhead
Registration: 5:30-6:15
Races: Racing will begin at 6:30. Choose to race in either the A or B categories. Start order is determined  on first come, first serve basis at the start.
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Summer Fun! DEVO announces Colorado State Champs!

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IMG_0263 (2)A famous saying by Jon Bailey, a Devo coach for the past ten years, has made its way into the 2016 Devo summer plans:  “Taking it to the next level.”

Devo kicked off it’s 10th summer session by traveling with the U14 and U19 teams to the Colorado State Championship in Eagle, Colorado and returned home with 4 crowned champions.  “It was so crazy for me, being a founder of Devo and a coach, to watch the Devo grad Howard Grotts jump on the podium for his State Championship win as a pro right after 4 of our current Devo riders jumped up to the top spot to the podium.  The announcer said it perfectly; “Everyone should be paying attention to Durango Devo as they must be doing something right.”

Katja Freeburn (pictured) and Keiran Eagen both won their Cat 1 17/18 division on a grueling 22 mile course with Lucas Robbins finishing Cat 1 17/18 in 6th.  Finishing with dust and sweat, Freeburn and Eagan expressed that it was the hardest race they had ever competed in.  Fellow teammate Sadie Schafer and Maddie Jo both crossed the finish line together for Cat 1 15/16.  “They decide to ride together and finish together as the course was so tough and long.  They finished an hour and half ahead of their competitor,” said Tescher.  Andy Munroe and Cobe Freeburn competed in the Cat 2 15/16 race the day before and finished with a 2nd for Cobe and 5th for Munroe.  Riley Amos, in his last year as a U14 junior won his category with his brother Braden Amos taking home a 2nd place finish.  Simon Donnaway competed in the cross country and Super D and finished in 5th at XC and 2nd at Super D.  Madeline Burns, in her first State Championship placed 2nd.  “The races were all hot and dusty, but I saw tons of smiles!  Eagle really knows how to throw a fun event and their trail system is really top notch,” said Tescher.

Devo Explorers will also be “taking it to the next level” this summer by leaving on a five-day bike packing trip from Durango to Telluride all on trails.  They will roll into Telluride Town Park on Saturday July 9th for the Ride Festival and Pearl Jam concert.  “Jon and I really wanted to create a trip that was about being self-sufficient on the bike but really focusing on getting somewhere.  Rolling up to a Pearl Jam concert was the ultimate ‘getting somewhere’,” said Tescher.  The Ride Festival promoters have donated 10 tickets to the group based upon some volunteer work and their overall mission of lessening fossil fuels.  The Explorers are always breaking new ground being the first of its kind in the country and then stepping it up a level adding in Alpaca Raft Trips with Steve Fassbinder, a Specialized Ambassador and bike packing with Alpaca raft extraordinaire.

New this year are Devo’s graduates coming back to coach and mentor the younger riders.  Stephan Davoust, Levi Kurlander and Emily Schaldech have all returned from college after a busy FLC and CU collegiate riding season to coach the U19 teams.  Emily and Stephan are Collegiate National Champions who give part of the credit of their success to Devo.  “Seeing the Devo riders coming back to coach just proves that they believe in our mission and philosophy to such a degree that they want to share that passion,” said Tescher.

With its mission of creating life long cyclists in a team camaraderie environment and coaches leading practices about fun and skill development, Devo sees its successes in many forms.  While creating National Champions is a part of its many successes, Devo grad Howard Grotts is possibly heading to the Olympics this summer and Devo U19 grads Will Berger and Keenan Desplanques are creating a different success story this August.  The pair of 18 year old riders who have ridden with Devo since age 12, have decided to go a route other than racing and will travel to Europe for a bike trip to film an Adventure Documentary.  Filming will begin this August with a 3,000 mile bike tour from Trondheim, Norway to Santiago de Compostela, Spain over the course of 3 months.  “Creating life long cyclists takes many forms and dedicates itself to balancing all levels and paths to it’s riders,” according to Jamie Wienk, Director of Devo.

This summer we will see a whole new chapter for Devo.  Under the new leadership of Jamie Wienk, Devo will be celebrating its “Decade of Wonder” and will head into its next phase coined by Bailey:  ‘Taking it to the next level.’  Tescher said this about their decade anniversary, “Devo is stronger than ever right now and you can see it in the smiles on the kids faces be that on a podium, traveling on a bike through the mountains, swinging a polo mallet or participating in our Junior Devo program that serves over 350 kids from the ages of 2-11. It is our coaches that make Devo so special. We wouldn’t be a strong organization without all of our dedicated coaches, mentors, and community support.  Our agenda is to make kids happy on their bikes and to be good teammates.  It’s this style of coaching that creates good sportsmanship that leads towards good community and team culture.   It’s really pretty simple and definitely proven.”

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DEVO Fun Race Wednesday May 25th! Buckley Park!

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COME CELEBRATE A GREAT DEVO SEASON!
ALL kids are welcome to participate! (even if they weren’t in Devo for the season)

Registration for FUN RACE  starts at 4pm

(Devo participants Free, $5 for other kiddos no actively in DEVO)

Race Schedule:

4:30 – Push Bikers 4:45 – Preschoolers 5:00 – Kinder girls 5:15 – Kinder boys 5:30 – 1st Grade Girls 5:45 – 1st Grade Boys 6:00 – 2nd & 3rd Grade Girls 6:15 – 2nd & 3rd Grade Boys 6:30 – 4th & 5th Grade Girls 6:45 – 4th & 5th Grade Boys

** Try to come a little early before your race to register and participate in other activities…

Other Activities:

Dunk Tank – kids get to dunk their coaches!

 

Photo Booth!

Stillwater Band Entertainment

Alpine Bank Push Bike Park

Food:

Purple Ice Cream Truck (cash only)

Zia Burritos for $5 (cash only)

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Zia Days this Weekend May 14th and 15th!

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Zia Taqueria is hosting a Benefit Weekend for Durango DEVO at both North and South locations on May 14th and 15th. A percentage of Zia Taqueria’s weekend sales will go to help Durango DEVO in it’s 10th year to continue supporting it’s mission of “building life long cyclists on ride at a time.”  Bike on down to either Zia location on May 14th and 15th to support Durango DEVO your local youth biking organization.  Never Forget the FUN! #NFTF.

 

 

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