Explorer Coaches Steve (Doom) and Bailey write up a trip report that is a great demonstration of a program that is first of its kind in the country.
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.
It would be easy.
“Love,” Tracy Barnes said of giving up her spot on the U.S. biathlon team to her twin sister, Lanny, “is selfless dedication.
“Love means giving up your dream so someone else can realize theirs.”
Tracy (left) and Lanny Barnes at a biathlon event in Vancouver // photo courtesy US Biathlon/Nordic Focus
Understand the numbers. The U.S. Census population estimate for the start of 2014: just over 317 million. The U.S. women’s biathlon team that goes to Sochi in just a few weeks: five. Essentially, by the time it got down to Sunday’s final qualifying race, there was one spot up for grabs. One in 317 million. For comparison, your chance of winning the lottery on a single ticket is one in 175 million.
Really, Tracy Barnes said. It was easy.
“If I were to sum up the decision,” she reiterated, “it’s not hard to make a decision like that when you care about someone. Anyone who cares about someone can relate to making a sacrifice for someone they care for.”
Tracy and Lanny Barnes are 31 years old. This is, probably, their last best chance at the Olympic Games.
Biathlon is the ski-and-shoot combination. The United States has never won an Olympic medal in the sport. Many observers believe 2014 could well be the breakthrough year.
The twins are from Durango, Colorado. Their dad, Thad, is a contractor; mom, Deborah, was a long-time schoolteacher; older sister, Christie, who lives now in Burlington, Vermont, is on her way to becoming an ENT surgeon and, Tracy said, is “a big inspiration to us.”
Tracy is the younger of the twins by five minutes. Even so, she said, “Most people think I am the older one because I take on that role. I like to take care of her,” adding a moment later, “I think I have always taken on that motherly role. She would roll her eyes. I have always looked out for her in whatever way I can, the way an older sister or sibling would do. Just take on that role. I do what I can for her.”
The sisters didn’t get on skis, or even think about combining shooting and skiing, until they met a US Biathlon coach at a local competition.
When they were 18, they made their first junior world championship team. Two years later, Lanny medaled at the 2003 junior worlds.
Both made the 2006 Torino Games. At the time, they were 23. Lanny finished 64th in the 15-kilometer event, Tracy 57th. Tracy also came home 71st in the 7.5km sprint; the twins were part of the 15th-place U.S. finish in the 4x6km relay.
Tracy said: “We were so young and inexperienced. You always want to follow up with another Olympics. Your first one — just so you can have that first one under your belt so you’re not so green. There’s more to the Olympics than just going and competing. I think that’s a big part of it for me.”
In 2010 in Vancouver, Tracy did not qualify. Only Lanny. Her best individual finish: 23rd in the 15k.
As the Olympic qualifying season unfolded, two of the five spots on the Sochi 2014 team were locked up early, dictated by results on tour. They went to Susan Dunklee of Barton, Vermont, and Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake, New York.
Then Sara Studebaker of Boise, Idaho — like Lanny, a 2010 Olympian — and Hannah Dreissigacker of Morrrisville, Vermont, earned their spots.
Dreissigacker clinched her spot with 18-for-20 shooting, and a 10th-place finish, at an IBU Cup event Saturday in Ridnaun, Italy. She and Dunklee grew up skiing together in northern Vermont.
Thus it came down to Sunday’s racing, at that same IBU Cup in Italy.
Sunday’s race: a 7.5k sprint.
Tracy Barnes finished 10th. She shot clean — no penalties.
That clinched it for the committee, which by rule had a discretionary spot — Tracy Barnes was not just the U.S. athlete with the next-best record over the qualifying period, she seemed to be peaking, and just in time for the Games.
But — wait.
Before that race, Tracy had already made her decision.
During the final four team-selection races, Lanny had been sick, unable to compete in all but one.
Tracy knew the rules, her status and her sister’s, too — if she turned down the spot, Tracy knew Lanny had the next-best record over the entire qualifying period and thus would be the athlete the committee was all but sure to turn to.
“For me, this decision was pretty easy,” she said again.
“It’s a pretty heavy situation, I guess,” she said with a laugh. “I have been through a fair number of Olympic Trials in my career. I know they’re pretty brutal emotionally. I know there can be a chance where bad luck can on the side of an athlete. Just having watched Lanny through this week and how she even tried to race one race sick, that never works, even — especially — at the level we are trying to race at.
“I have trained with her almost every day now, almost half our life, 15 years now. I have seen her dedication. So I could definitely see she deserves to be on the team.”
After Sunday’s racing was over, the two sisters went for a walk — actually more of a hike up into the mountains.
“I told her,” Tracy said, “I had something to tell her.”
She added, “Of course she protested.”
There were tears. A lot. On both sides.
“I told her,” Tracy said, “I had been inspired by her performances this year and I really think she is on a great path and I really want to see how far she can go.”
From high in the Italian mountains, Tracy then called Max Cobb, the president and chief executive of US Biathlon, at his home in Vermont. He ended up having to call her back from a landline. The cell reception was scratchy. Even so, he understood.
“It’s a remarkable thing, even for a sister — even for a twin sister — to be selfless enough to understand that another athlete would have a better opportunity to perform at the Games,” he said, “and give that away.”
He called it “one of the most inspiring gesture of sportsmanship I have ever seen. It is exactly what you hope Olympic sport inspires,” adding, “To see Tracy do this for Lanny speaks volumes about their character and what it means to represent the United States at the Olympics.”
“I can’t even begin to describe,” Lanny Barnes said, “what it means to me that Tracy made such a huge sacrifice for me.
“It’s hard to put into words what she did and what it means to me.”
She added a moment later, “Often times during the hype of the Games we forget what the Olympics are really about. They aren’t about the medals and the fame and all of that. The Olympics are about inspiration, teamwork, excellence and representation. I can think of no better example of the true Olympic spirit than what Tracy did this past weekend. It took a lot of courage and sacrifice to make such a powerful decision.”
She also said, “It’s not every day that you are given a second chance like this. I thought my chance at the Olympics was over. But now I’ve got a second chance and will do everything I can to bring honor to her,” meaning Tracy, “ and our country in Russia.”Read More