It is with great dejection that I write you that the U-14 season has ended. It was a good one, thank you for coming out and riding every week. There was impressive progression in many riders (Austin, Jake, Keiran, Andrew, George) and then there was a crew of awesome new devo-ites (Caleb, Jimmy, Andrew, Teddy, Lucius), also there was a contingent of devo professionals who continue to inspire (Keiran, George, Quinn, Perrin, Dylan). I saw improvement from every rider throughout the season and more importantly I saw great examples of you taking care of each other. Take care of other, take care of each other and take care of yourself. The great bear of a man Samuel Johnson said “Man alone is born crying, lives complaining and dies disappointed.” To those that are moving on from U-14 you will be missed, if you need anything, have questions or need literary guidance, you know how to reach me (firstname.lastname@example.org or 9707790163). Ride your bikes and smile when you do it because its fun.
Tuesday, the halloween ride, will leave Buckley park at 4pm. Wear a costume and patience because it will be a fun slow ride. Have fun.
Be well, have fun and take care of each other,
2012 Stan’s NoTubes Four Corners Cyclocross Series
Sunday Nov. 4th – Durango, FLC Stadium
Saturday Nov. 10th – Dolores, Joe Rowell Park (check http://ciclistasdelrio.blogspot.com/ for start times)
Sat. and Sun. Nov. 17th/18th – Cortez, Parque de Vida
Sunday Dec. 1st – Durango, FLC Stadium
Sat. and Sun. Dec. 8th/9th – Aztec, NM, Tiger Sports Complex
Sunday Dec. 16th – Series Finals, Durango, FLC Stadium
All race times are as follows except for Dolores:
10am – Men’s B/Open Women
11am – Men’s A/Men’s 35+
NorthFruita Desert Classic (race #4 in Co HS League)
Varsity Girls (mile course)
1st Kaylee Blevins (DHS) 1:04:39
3rd India Waller (AHS)
6th Robin Austin (AHS)
JV Girls (mile course)
8th Sierra Trout (DHS)
2nd Ellen Campbell (DHS)
Varsity Boys (mile course)
1st Sepp Kuss (DHS) 1:19:53
5th Levi Kurlander (DHS)
13th Stephan Davoust (AHS)
JV Boys (mile course)
1st Christopher Blevins (DHS) 1:12:11 (8 mins faster than 2nd place)
6th Jack Hewitt (AHS)
19th Eli Kopp-Devol (AHS)
26th Nathanael Rodd (AHS)
Sophomore Boys (mile course)
17th Quinn Haughey (AHS) (moved up 10 spots from his first race)
Freshmen Boys (mile course)
2nd Charlie Greenberg (DHS)
3rd Byrce Gordon (DHS)
Team place for race #4/ Div II
Overall Individual for the Colorado HS League (podium only)
1st place Sepp Kuss (varsity boys)
4th place Levi Kurlander (varsity boys)
1st place India Waller (varsity girls)
2nd place Kaylee Blevins (varsity girls)
1st place Charlie Greenberg (Freshmen Boys)
Overall Team results for Colorado HS League/ Div II
3rd Green Valley Composite
The North Fruita Desert Classic/ race #4 as part of the Colorado High School League comprised of 37 high school teams and over 350 racers was won by Durango High School athletes with the league overall going to Animas High School. It was pure the perseverance, consistency and dedication to the team that led Animas High to its win. AHS consistently traveled with a full team and there were many on the team that rode not for the their own individual race, but for the team. “Robin Austin is a good example of a rider on the squad that never had aspirations of a podium finish, yet her solid racing is one of the reasons the team won the overall. Her top ten finish in all 4 racers helped keep AHS in the lead by providing over 2000 points for the team.” AHS beat DHS for the overall by a mere 17 points. That is the difference between one rider in one race finishing just one spot behind. DHS’s performance at the last race moved it quickly from 3rd to 2nd and they dominated the results for that race taking home 3 first place finishes and 6 podiums. While they finished 2nd overall in the league, they won the 4th race/ Colorado High State Championship at North Fruita Desert by a long shot.
The team’s drive over to the passes was interesting as we saw not only a moose, but two bighorn sheep! We arrived at camp around 2 pm and suited up for our pre-ride. Devo coach, Garrett Alexander, helped lead the pre-rides and worked on the bikes to get them race ready. He also wore his cow suit in the feed-zone which was hilarious! The next round of riders showed up around 4 pm as they had their psat that morning. Robin said that the test was not so bad, but that she was happy to be outside riding. The next round of pre-rides went off and we were seeing that the course was getting dustier and dustier. Back at camp, we loaded up and headed down into town for the league’s annual picnic and awards. It was fun to eat and hang out with all the other teams. But, it started to get cold so I said we should head back to camp. Bob Davoust, Stephan’s dad said, “Where are you going?” I told him everyone was tired and cold and that we should go back to camp. He said that the awards were about to start and that we should stay. Little did I know that he had nominated me for ‘Coach of the Year’ and the Colorado League’s committee had voted to award me the honor. “I am both honored and embarrassed to receive Coach of the Year as in my eyes, the success of the teams is due to not me, but their parents, all the Devo coaches, and the Durango community itself.” I would like to thank all the athletes and kids that I have ever coached as it is their energy and passion that keeps my energy and passion alive. I am the one that is lucky to work with such amazing kids.
The race day started with the varsity girls’ start at 10 am on a 16.4 mile course that wove around the foothills of the north Fruita desert. The conditions were dry and dusty. The course itself was fairly flat which meant that there was no where to rest. Pushing hard on the pedals for over an hour with no break is very difficult both mentally and physically. The girls start was fast and Kaylee quickly took the lead. “When she came through the feed zone on lap #1, I knew she was on fire and she was gunning for the finish.” She finished 2 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. India Waller had a solid race finishing 3rd. She knew from her dad’s math, that she needed to get top 3 to hold onto her league championship. She had a tough race and her engines stopped firing 1/2 through the first lap. But her determination led her to the finish, just 5 seconds in front of the 4th place finisher…yikes! That was close! Robin had a super race finishing 6th and battling it out with 2 girls from Salida, Vail and Grand Valley. Sierra Trout was also on course racing the JV girls on a 14 mile course. Last year, as a home-schooled 8th grader, she won the freshmen class so the committee loved her up to JV. She races JV as a freshmen and there are seniors in the JV class. I love that Sierra is always so calm, cool and collected at all her races and is always smiling. Ellen Campbell made her debut at the HS league by coming to her first race and finishing 2nd. I told Ellen to be prepared to be “pleasantly surprised” at her position should she find herself in the top 5 in the middle of the race. “I knew that a girl who had ridden with Annie Cheeney’s U14 girls all Spring and Summer would do well as her skills would be at a higher level than the other freshmen girls.”
Next off in the 2nd wave on the same course, was the Freshmen and Sophomore boys. Quinn Haughey rode in his 2nd race ever and finished 17th which was 6 spots higher than his last race. “I predict that we will see more of Quinn in the future.” Charlie Greenberg and Bryce Gordon also started in this wave of 150 racers. Charlie got a bout of the stomach flu mid race, but finished in 2nd holding onto his overall league win. Bryce rode well as always and finished 3rd with a big grin on his face. Bryce has all the ingredients to keep being a strong racer as he is always positive, always gives 100%, and does not falter when things don’t go his way.
The last wave to go off was the Varsity Boys and JV boys in a field of 135 racers. The course by 1 pm was getting very dusty and loose. The usual lines has been turned into 4 inches of moon dust from so many riders. The front line of the Varsity boys start was 3 out of 4 being from Durango: Sepp Kuss, Stephan Davoust, and Levi Kurlander. These guys are all seniors and were lining up for their last high school race (we will see them this summer on Devo and Sweet Elite). Sepp went off strong and stayed there finishing 3 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. He was fed in the feed-zone by his mom who was watching her son make Colorado League history by dominating the varsity boys field in the same style as names like Garrett Lumberg (the Fort Lewis rider who finished 3rd at Collegiate Nationals) and Skyler Trujillo (another Fort Rider who rocks the cross collegiate scene) had in 2010 and 2011. Levi was having the race of his life until he flatted, but he still finished strong and moved his overall up to 4th place. Stephan had a tough race like India and could not find his top end. But his finish was one of the factors in AHS winning the league. Had he dnf (did not finish) because his legs was telling him to quit, his team would not have won the overall. Mixed in with these riders was none other than Christopher Blevins who hopped onto the start line for his first ever HS race. He was flying on his bike so fast that the announcer missed his finished as he came in first 8 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. As with Sepp’s first race, the league officials were in awe and asked me, “Who is that?” Also on course were Jack Hewitt having the race of his life finishing in 6th, Nathaniel Rodd and Eli Kopp-Devil. Eli comes to us from baseball and I love his team spirit and willingness to give it his all! Nano had a tough race also with some type of stomach bug. I’m gonna say that within the next 2 weeks, we all may find ourselves singing to the porcelain Gods…
To round out the season, I make these stories a bit “result driven” so that the Herald will print a story for these two high schools. As everyone knows, I’m out there supporting each athlete and hoping that their result is the one they were wanting. I believe in each athlete and am there to support them, but honestly I don’t care what place they get so long as they are happy with their race. I am always impressed with each and everyone’e efforts, teamwork and positive attitude towards each other regardless of which team they are on. Both AHS and DHS practiced, traveled and camped together. No one ever talked about who was in what place and who had what points, etc. We kept it about riding, about racing, about being a team. For this I am very thankful. I am also deeply thankful that no one got hurt. At each race, when I saw the ambulance head out onto course, my heart would drop. My eyes would burn waiting for riders to come around the corner to the feed-zone praying that the ambulance was not sent out for one of our riders. I often would harass a marshall and ask them to turn up their radios so I could hear which team’s rider was down. Of course, I don’t want anyone to get hurt, but knowing that each and every AHS and DHS rider gave 100% without any big falls will make me sleep much better!
I think a good idea for our end of the season party could be root beer floats up at the cement pad in test tracks this Wednesday. What do you guys say? Not sure how I’ll keep the ice cream frozen, but it will be fun to try!
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Local riders stay hot in the cold
Waller, Blevins provide the ‘one-two punch’
Herald Staff Report Article Last Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:29pm
Sierra Trout of Durango High School took third in the girls junior varsity mountain bike field in Elbert over the weekend. It was 38 degrees when she finished Sunday, after frozen rain and sleet during Saturday’s preride. All in all, Animas High School and DHS both had strong performances in the Colorado Mountain Bike League race.
Local high school mountain bikers ran into frozen rain, sleet and below-freezing temperatures in Elbert over the weekend.
But no winter-like weather could cool down Durango’s red-hot riders.
India Waller ignored the frigid air to take first place in Race 3 and the overall leader’s jersey in the girls varsity field for Animas High School, which held onto first place in Division II in the Colorado High School League.
“After bundling in down jackets, jeans and gloves, the riders rode the course and finished with a layer of ice on the front of their jackets and pants,” Waller said of Saturday’s preride in a news release to The Durango Herald.
“They had to pour warm water onto their bikes to get them working again,” AHS cycling coach Sarah Tescher said in the release.
For Sunday’s race, temperatures hovered around 25 degrees, Waller said.
But in a “one-two punch” – as Waller put it – Kaylee Blevins finished second and helped Durango High School move up to third in the 37-school league.
Robin Austin of AHS finished ninth for the varsity girls.
The weather, however, did take its toll on some of the boys.
Durango’s Sepp Kuss, who came into the race with the leader’s jersey, had some mechanical problems with his brakes badly rubbing midway through the 5.3-mile course. He had to get a tool from the feed/technical support area, which cost him a 5-minute penalty since the “league likes to grow independent athletes,” Tescher said.
“Once an athlete is on course, they are on their own,” she said.
Kuss finished 18th in the varsity field and dropped to fourth overall in the standings, but the league will drop one race in the case of illness or a mechanical problem, so a strong finish at the state championships Oct. 21 in Fruita would move him back into first place, Tescher said.
Stephan Davoust was the top local finisher, coming in fourth for AHS in the varsity boys field. He is second overall in the league.
Levi Kurlander of DHS was eighth for third place overall in the standings.
In the junior varsity field, Sierra Trout of DHS took third for the girls, and Eli Kopp-Devol took 15th in his first race in the boys field.
DHS freshman Charlie Greenberg, who wears the leader’s jersey in his division, finished first in the freshman field.