U19 Schedule Posted
The annual Durango DEVO Bike Swap will be April 30th 2016 at the Chapman Hill Rink!
20% of your sale goes to Durango DEVO!
April 29th Drop-off 3-8pm
April 30th Swap 8:00 am-6:00 pm
May 1st Pick-up 9:00 am-12:00pm
If you have bikes you would like to donate to Devo, e-mail Jamie, (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will come pick them up any time between now and the swap.
All proceeds from your donations go to Durango Devo!
This is a good way to clean out your garage and give back to Devo. We are always in need kids bikes at the swap.
Raffle tickets will be available to buy for 2 new TREK Bikes!
More details to come!
View from a section of the Silverton Whiteout Course.
Get ready for the 2nd Annual Silverton Whiteout February 6, 2016. Fat bike family fun! See more information here. If you’ve never ridden a fat bike, you can rent one at the Durango Cyclery. Partial rental price goes to DEVO!
In 2015, DEVO managed to inspire, coach, and teach an upwards of 900 youth within it’s 10 programs it offers throughout the year. Offered to youth 2 years through 19 years, DEVO is one of the largest cycling programs in the nation and has developed national champions, and world-class cyclists. A breakdown of the rider groups for the 2015 season include:
Total DEVO Junior Riders: 548
Upper Level DEVO Riders
High School: 32
Summer Camps: ~200
Coaches – DEVO Junior: 53
Coaches – Upper Level: 21
Total Number of Durango DEVO Riders 907 (record setting year!)
Established in 2006, Durango Junior Development Mountain Bike Team (DEVO) is a Colorado 501©3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to develop each individual in a team setting into life long cyclists. DEVO strives to create healthy kids having fun in a team camaraderie environment, and be a part of giving back to the Durango community.
DEVO has grown tremendously in the past 9 ½ years, and without the communities financial support it would not be where it is today as one of the largest—if not the largest—and most successful youth development cycling program in the nation. DEVO thanks you for the past support and is hoping that you will consider donating today through our website. We value the community collaboration and the relationship that we have been able to build.
You can also donate and send a check to:
10 Town Plaza #110
Durango, CO 81301
Thanks for your support!
Devo groups that still have room:
~Push Bike session #2 Thursdays (May) 4-5 pm
~Push Bike session #2 Fridays (May) 4-5 pm
~Kinder Weds 4-5:30
~1st grade Mondays 4:15-6:15
~1st grade Fridays 4-6 pm
~2nd-5th Thursdays 4-6 pm
~3rd-5th Tuesdays 4-6pm
~All Girls Adv 4th-5th Mondays 2-4pm
~Co-ed Adv 4th-5th grade Thursdays 4-6pm
U14 Boys (6th-8th grade) Mondays and Wednesdays 4:15-6:15
U14 Girls (6th-8th grade) Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:15-6:15
U19 Team (9th-12th grade) Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 4:15-6:15
Beg/Int Flyers (5th-8th grade) Wednesdays 4:15-6:15
Adv Flyers (8th-12th grade) Mondays 4:15-6:15
Road Runners (6th-12th grade) Thursdays 4:15-6:15
WOW (Women on Wheels) Wednesdays 4:15-6:00
Click ‘Registration’ above to register!Read More
Cyclists, make sure to check out wednesday’s roller races at the Steaming Bean! 530pm is when they begin and signups start today at noon. Be there, as its a legendary Snowdown event that has been running for like 20 years!Also check out Superbowl Sundays Devo gravity event at Chapman Hill. Yep on the snow is right!
Chapman Snowdown Throwdown! Sunday, Feb 2nd.
The main event will be a dual slalom, where racers will compete head to head in a double elimination bracket! Depending on snow conditions, A long jump competition will be held for participants to see just how far a bike can go on the snow. Lastly, a mini-slopestyle course will be built for a small competition of tricks and style. Course set-up at 9:00AM, and practice @ 10:00AM!
Sad sendoff for DEVO mainstays
Co-founder Chad Cheeney and wife bound for Bend, Ore.
By John Peel Herald staff writer
Article Last Updated: Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:50pm
JENNAYE DERGE/Durango Herald
DEVO coach Chad Cheeney gathers a group of friends for a bicycle ride to Ska Brewing Co. on Thursday evening for a goodbye party. Cheeney and his wife, Annie, are headed to Bend, Ore., where Annie will study counseling.
For nearly the last decade, Chad Cheeney has arguably been the heart of what has become an impressive Durango success story.
So reaction to the news that he and his wife, Annie, are leaving the area has understandably been one of sadness.
Along with co-founder Sarah Tescher, Cheeney has nursed DEVO – a junior development cycling organization – from a humble beginning to a program that now has 40-plus coaches and 700 registrants a year. Chad and Annie are heading for Bend, Ore., where he will seek coaching and other opportunities, and Annie, also a DEVO mainstay as coach and former director, will pursue a master’s degree in counseling.
Tescher recalled this week her reaction to the news during a lunch with Cheeney.
“What are you talking about?” she said to him. “We just made it over the hump (as a stable nonprofit); 2014 is the year we’re going to thrive.”
The community gave the Cheeneys a heartfelt going away party Thursday night at Ska Brewing Co. Characteristically, the party began with a fun group bike ride from the Durango Community Recreation Center along the Animas River Trail to Ska.
Fortunately for Cheeney fans, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. The couple plan to return to Durango in three years after Annie Cheeney completes her master’s program though Oregon State University.
“I can’t wait to come back,” Chad Cheeney said. “It’s definitely a little paradise here.”
Nearly 30 coaches, youth cyclists and former cyclists gathered at the rec center Thursday at dusk. Quickly, a game of bike balancing broke out, which matched the No. 1 lesson Chad Cheeney has always tried to instill: Cycling is fun.
“He brings a lot of enthusiasm to cycling,” said Lucas LeMaire, a DEVO coach since 2009. “He just loves cycling so much. … Kids love him so much because he’s so good around kids.”
Chad Cheeney moved here in 1998 to attend Fort Lewis College. In the last 15 years, the fun-loving Cheeney has become a pillar of the Durango cycling scene. He has coached with DEVO, Fort Lewis College, Durango Mountain Bike Camp and Durango Parks and Recreation. He has raced. He has worked as an announcer. He has built trails with Trails 2000. Annie Cheeney was also a coach since DEVO’s inception.
He wants to assure locals that DEVO is in good hands. After years of toil and sweat, he’s certain a good team of instructors is ready to fill his shoes.
“I don’t feel nervous or scared that I’m losing my baby,” he said. “I feel totally confident DEVO will go on being what it is.”
The program has been around long enough – about eight years – that former “middle school rugrats” are now college-aged DEVO coaches. “And it’s cool to see,” Chad Cheeney said.
Tescher said she and Cheeney never envisioned the program’s success and its breadth – it now works with ages 2 to 25 from push-bike to race teams.
“The coaches and the people with DEVO are so passionate,” she said. “They just kind of fed on Chad’s passion.”
Nathan Cavalca, a sophomore from Brazil, races for the FLC team and joined the ride to Ska to salute his departing coach. He said Chad Cheeney is full of knowledge to help riders improve skills and race performance. But the lighter side comes through.
“He always tries to make riding and training fun,” Cavalca said. “What matters is having fun. The rest will come eventually.”
DEVO recently hired Amy Haggart as its executive director, leaving Tescher available to do more work with coaches and to coach. Tescher said that Cheeney will continue as a DEVO board member: “We’ll be Skyping him into meetings.”
Chad Cheeney, a Bend native, said that it’s similar to Durango as far as outdoors opportunities, although he did give a nod to Durango for having more technical trails. While he doesn’t have an exact plan for his next three years, he knows he wants to broaden his coaching skills by working with coaches there and experiencing other techniques.
The Cheeneys plan to leave Durango on Jan. 31. They give every indication they’ll return.
“Three years and counting,” Cheeney said.