New Devo Jr Skills at the BMX track practice

New Devo Jr Skills at the BMX track practice

  |   Junior DEVO

New this season for Devo Jr riders is our Devo Jr Skills at BMX track with Christopher Blevins and Ryan Cleveland!

Practices will be every Monday from 4-6pm April 2-May 21st at the BMX track to work more on Devo skills on the track that all kids love!

This is Devo fun and skill development practice. It is not a race practice. Those interested in BMX racing should join Durango BMX.

This group has ten slots and is open to 2nd-5th graders. All riders must also get a BMX license to use the gates. Info to be handed out the first day of practice.

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Devo Preseason Spin Class at Core Value Begins Wednesday

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Its true. Durango Devo has a spin class and it is every season, at this very moment and just when we need it most. Devo’s preseason spin class will run the next 8 wednesday nights at Core Value Fitness Center in Durango, near Bread Bakery, from 4:15-5:15pm. The class focuses on the art of pedaling, with a little cycling history thrown in for good measure. The spin will be led by Coach Chad and  is open to all U14,19, Sweet Elite male and female cyclists. Cost is $10. Check here for Core Value’s schedule.

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Explorers, Flyers or U14 for your middle schooler

  |   Devo Flyers, Explorers, U14 DEVO Boys and Girls

Here is a quick look at Devo’s options for middle schoolers:

Devo U14 Girls team coached by Annie Cheeney and Sage Wilderman: This is an all girls team for middle school girls who like to ride with their friends! Fun and skill developement is the main focus for this practice. The season is split into Spring, Summer and/or Fall to make it easy for kids to fit it into their schedule. Rides are Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 during school and 8-10 am during the summer. Racing and competition is introduced but is not mandatory. Our goal, as always is to create life long cyclists in a team environment. Sometimes this group will ride with the boys U14 to really create that team feeling!

Devo U14 Boys team coaches by Mint and Lukas: This is an all boys team for middle school boys who like to ride with their friends! Fun and skill developement is the main focus for this practice. The season is split into Spring, Summer and/or Fall to make it easy for kids to fit it into their schedule. Rides are Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 during school and 8-10 am during the summer. Racing and competition is introduced but is not mandatory. Our goal, as always is to create life long cyclists in a team environment. Sometimes this group will ride with the girls U14 to really create that team feeling!

Devo Explorers coached by John Bailey and Russell from the Cyclery: This is for middle schoolers and high schoolers who want to explore on their bike. This co-ed group focuses on the bike being used as a tool for adventure, exploring, and commuting. An example of a practice would be to ride on a trail to explore a cave or swimming hole. This group ends with a self supported trip leaving from Durango with panniers to camp together. Bike maintenance is taught and the group is currently building up 8 Explorer bikes to be used by the club. The season is split into Spring, Summer and/or Fall to make it easy for kids to fit it into their schedule. Rides are Tuesdays from 4-6 during school and 8-10 am during the summer.

Devo Flyers coached by Dusty Bender, Ron Thompson and Cliff from Pedal the Peaks: This is a gravity/freeride group for middle schoolers and high schoolers. These 3 very experienced coaches focus on downhill skills such as jumping, descending, and drops. Each coach (as with all our coaches) has the kids’ safety as priority, but with this group comes an inherent risk greater than the other groups. Flyers has grown into a part of our program that has gained quite a bit of recognition for some incredible bike handling break throughs by the athletes in the program. Currently, this is a summer only program meeting on Thursdays from 8-10 am. The group does a weekend trip to Angel Fire or Telluride.

Question?

Can my son or daughter do more than one? Yes, the days are situated so that a kid can explore all 3 if they want.

Do the groups ever come together? Yes, Top Secret is our pre-season camp out/training weekend with all Devo groups (except Devo Jr). At races we travel and stay together.

Can I move my 5th grader up to U14 or my 8th grader up to U19? Coaches make those recommendations to me based upon our mission and training philosophy. If a coach makes a recommendation, all coaches come together to discuss the possibility, implications, etc. and come up with a plan that works for that athlete.

Can I meet with coaches? Yes, on March 27th at the Rec Center for 6-7 pm, you’ll get a chance to meet the coaches. But they are also all available via email or phone.

Devo Jr fills up, do these groups fill up as well? Yes, they do. We limit the size of the groups for safety and quality reasons

Can my son or daughter switch from one to the other? Yes, once you are a Devo athlete, we can easily switch you from U14 to Flyers or Explorer’s (or vise versa!)

How do I register? Registration opens March 1st via our website www.durangodevo.com

Still have questions? Contact Sarah Tescher (Director) at sarah@durangodevo.com/ (970)779-8480 or Chad Cheeney (Team Manager) at chad@durangodevo.com or (970)764-5909

Where do I get equipment? U14 and Flyers groups can go to 2nd Avenue for a Devo discount, Explorer’s to Cyclery. Also May 19th is the Devo Bike Swap at Chapman. Please remember that discounts by shops are for athetes only…sorry parents!

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FLC Cycling/Devo U19 Coach Elke Brutsaert with Some Nutrition Tips

  |   Superstar Interviews

I would like to share this article with you all, especially those with the serious sugar addiction…you know who you are with your little backpack full of guilty pleasures. This is a great article that I hope will change your perspective on the evils of sugar. This is one of those food-activist topics you will be hearing more and more about in the future. We should all be on the cutting edge of this material. It is right up there with highly refined foods, GMO, BPA and other such food contaminants that the government chooses not to recognize as poison.

I know you are busy with school and base, but please take some time to read these articles if you are in the dark on these topics. We cannot afford to ignore what we put in our bodies. The obvious being, that it affects athletic performance, but on a much larger scale this is about your overall lifelong health and very relevant to things like disease and cancer. Particularly in college when the theme is often about time constraints or financial limitations, causing food choices to be very poor.

I think it is very difficult to comprehend the impact of food contaminants, as it is vast and overwhelming and simply easier to keep buying cheap food and ignoring the truth. Especially easy when your perspective is narrow and short term, where you may not see an is easy to then deduce that fuel choice is not important. But in a long term sense, this is not sustainable and eventually there will be a cumulative effect that will corrupt your health in a major way.

-Elke

SUGAR:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

BPA’s, good canned foods list:
http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/bpa-canned-foods-best-and-worst-brands-out-there.htm

BPA discussion:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=plastic-not-fantastic-with-bisphenol-a

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Mountain States Cup Releases Schedule for 2012

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MSC#1 Riverside Rampage XC // TT // CR
May 18-20 // Salida, CO

MSC#2 Chile Challenge DH // SD // XC
June 8-10 // Angel Fire, NM // ProGRT

MSC#3 Wildfower Rush DH // SD // XC
June 22-24 // Crested Butte, CO // Crested Butte Bike Week

MSC#4 Storm Peak Stampede DH // SD // XC
July 20 – 22 // Steamboat Springs, CO // State Champs //

MSC#5 Full Tilt in Telluride DH // SD // XC
August 10-12 // Mountain Village, CO // Season Finalé //

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Stans No Tubes FLCCX #7 Series Finals Photos

  |   Devo Cross
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Stans No Tubes FLCCX#7 Series Finals on Sunday

  |   Devo Cross

Thats right, the local cyclocross series is coming to an end. The great series being offered by Stan’s No Tubes, FLC’s Director, Dave Hagen and his crew of hard working student athletes. Sunday’s race at the Fort Lewis College Cycling Arena will mark the final race for the area crossers. This season has been one of the best ran seasons to date and the weather has cooperated by being very cross-like. Sundays race should be no different. Plenty of fresh snow is between the tape and mud is sure to be everywhere by the 10am Open Women and B Men start time. The A men and 35+ Men will follow at 11am. Many of the locals will be using this race as the last training event before the national championships in Madison, Wisconsin on January 8th. There should also be some great collegiate competition as the Skyhawk student athletes are using this event as their final tryout to make the 8 man, 8 women national team roster. Good luck to all. This is a great chance to come out and be a part of Durango’s thriving cyclocross scene. See ya there. 11 Stan’s.FCCX Series Flyer

Oh and make sure to be at the Irish Embassy at 6pm for the series awards party. There are always amazing prizes and even more amazing story telling!

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Stans No Tubes FLCCX #6 Photos and Results

  |   Devo Cross, Photos

Results are in, results are in! Stan’s NoTubes 4CCX #6 Results.

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