Rainy Day in Durango Means Muddy Trails
Pre Race Day:
What a weekend! At first I thought we were going to get BLASTED with rain as Sarah and I drove threw the pass. We hit everything except snow. Rain, heavy winds, hail, it was just nuking in Gunsmoke. But once we dropped into Salida we were all good and clear with weather. Now I know why people call it the banana belt of Colorado. Sarah and I arrived a little after 1pm, just in time to pre-ride the course with the kids. We all gathered as a group and rode as a group. I showed them a couple of tricks when it comes to line choice and protecting the inside lines. After a one lap warm up we hit it hard on the second lap for an opener. After our hot lap we cooled down for a bit and I sent the kids to the camp site to eat and rest up for the rest of the day. My awesome roommate Cassandra Brown made the kids cookies for the kids in order to celebrate there season kick off, and the kids and parents were very pleased. I’m not even sure if Sarah could count how many cookies she at…must have been in the dozens:) After kids were all fueled up and slowly getting ready for bed we gathered at the campfire for a little meeting. We mainly talked about tactics for wind and holding on to peoples wheel on the open and exposed sections of the trail were wind could have been a problem. We also discussed potential areas to pass that were safe and cactus free, which were very limited. I was very strict on telling the kids to get to the starting line asap after warming up in order to get a good position at the line. Having a good position coming into the impassible singletrack would make or break the race. After our little meeting I resumed wrenching on bikes that were supposedly “dialed” and race ready. To my surprise they were in need of much TLC. So my night continued on to about 11pm, while the racers where well on their way to counting sheep. Several brake alignments, bolt tightening, and tire swaps later I found myself tucked in my cocoon of a sleeping bag counting sheep.
The mourning started off cold, as it supposedly dipped down to the 30s during the night. Good thing no one had an early race that day. The Girls Varsity started going off at 10am, and were spaced out with 5 minute intervals after that. Our girls were lead out by India, who looked solid all three laps of the race. India’s competition looked strong…very strong, but India was able to pull out with an amazing 3rd place finish. Five minutes after India’s start time was Robin, who despite her early arrival at the starting line somehow got pushed back to near last at the start line. With crowds of girls lined up in front of her she had her work cut out for her. Amazingly Robin was able to give’r heck and shredded past the competition for a SOLID 2nd place. I was so amazed by how well she did because Robin was literally the last girl at the start line. Oh man was I one upset coach, wanting answers from the start line officials as to why she was put so far back. But in the end it all worked out and Robin said she had one of the best races ever. Last in the freshman category was the illusive butterfly, Sierra. I had no doubt in my mind that Sierra was going to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee out there. Her smile and grace just carried her over everything, and she never looks like she is hurting on the bike…its amazing. Sierra finished in 3rd place on the dry and dusty 2 lap race, resulting in 3 solid finishes for the girls.
First off for the guys were DCT’s Sophomore racers Conner and Henry. After hours of fixing their bikes the night before(and giving Conner a tire with traction) they seemed amped and ready to shred. Conner had a 3rd tier start, but Henry got pushed back towards the back…making it a difficult race for him. Both looked strong going threw the feed zone, but both had trouble trying to pass slower riders in the singletrack. After the racing was said and done they did great! Conner placed 5th after we had to negotiate some number discrepancies(they put him in the D1 category, but he still raced in the D2 category. Making his time 5 minutes slower)and he got to podium! Henry placed a very respectable 7th place, especially after all that hard work he had to put in passing that huge crowed of racers. Last but not least was the Boys Varsity with Steven leading DCT in what looked like a pro race. This field had some fast riders, and what looked to be some kids sponsored by Focus bikes. I don’t know what it was but everyone of these kids were FAST! Kids were battling out for position during the neutral start, and once that flag was waved for them to start it was “GAME ON”! Steven literally ran into some trouble on one of the uphill section, having a slight collision with a kid who dismounted his bike. After lap one it was a hard battle to catch up to the leaders, and lap 2 turned into a battle for 5th place. Steven told me that the last hill before the flat rode section is where he got out gunned, and he had to settle for 6th.
Overall the kids did great and all placed in top ten…what team or coach could ask for more. I know I was stoked, and everyone came out clean and crash free. The Team Points are still being tallied up; as they have to count for nearly 300 kids, but I’m confident we did well. Could not have asked for a better race to start of the season! YAHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
The All girls’ and Co-ed advanced Wednesday rides have been canceled today. Make up will be on Wednesday Nov 2nd at the location that we miss (Sale Barn for co-ed Adv and College for all girls). We will probably meet at 3:30 that day due to time change!!Read More
August 12th-14th the Devo Flyers swooped down upon the ski resort of Angel Fire New Mexico to test their skills on some of the most fun and challenging terrain in the area. The trip started off with an amazing spaghetti dinner put together by the amazing Devo parents in our awesome rental home, which by the way had a fosse ball table. After dinner we hit the dirt Jump/skills Park for some warm up airtime. We had so much fun hitting jumps after sitting in the car for 4 hours that we rode well into night, and found our way home via the urban assault stair to stair to baby pump track to stair trail.
Saturday morning started off with basketball pancakes made to order by Coach Ron, which really helped these flyers start the day off right. Chair lift turns, bikes loaded, yep, we had first chair!!!! You could tell these Durango free riders were hungry. We shredded all morning on almost every trail they had there, and only encountered 2 flats. By early afternoon, the chair got shut down for lightning so off to the dirt jumps we went. You just couldn’t slow these riders down. We even invented some new lines in the jump park! After about 3 hours of jumping, we got the scoop on how shuttle to the top, and our amazing Devo parents drove us up so we could get one more DH run in for the day. This run took us down all our favorite jump lines multiple times. Candy Land step-up was hiked about 50 times until exhaustion set in and it was time to head home for monster burritos made by our wonderful Devo parents.
Bike tuning, fosse ball tournaments, and foot down games lead the night. O’ did I mention we drank lots of sugar water…
Sunday was filled with everyone racing to the lift for fear of a short day due to lightning. But that wasn’t the case, we shredded the mountain until everyone was too tired to continue, and rental bikes had to be back. Time for a 4-hour drive home and thoughts of one of the greatest bike trips ever. I wanted to sleep on the way home but Keenan made me drive and listen to John McCain POW stories.
To understand the progression of these Devo Flyers, our first practice consisted of jumps with airtime of a couple of feet. By the Angel fire trip, these kids were hitting road gaps, 45-foot monster jumps and some of the most technical rocky terrain around. Nice job Flyers, we look forward to next season. And thank you parents for making this first season of Flyers possible.
Check out the story from Cyclingnews.com and the photos from Canadiancyclist.com. Devo athletes Howard and Alicia Rose did great today. Rotem Ishai of Durango did well as well for his Israeli team in the Team Relay. Good luck to Howard in the xc tomorrow!Read More
Wednesday here at Devo means Alicia Rose Pastore is racing the junior womens World Championship cross country race in Switzerland. It will prove to be the greatest of challenged to date as the home country is known for their amazing junior talent. We will wish her the best of times and are sure she will end up smiling roses. Then on Thursday, its Howard Grotts’s turn to light up the worlds best juniors as he takes his game to the junior mens World Championship cross country event. Howard is a tagged man in his first year taking on the top juniors. His World Cup win put him on the globe, and now he’s across the sea to see what he can see. Best wishes to Howard as he puts his hard work and good times to the test. Then there is Ryder Okomura who will taking his second trip to worlds in the World Championship Trials event. Ryder coaches the Junior Devo summer camps at DMR and Jr Devo in the spring and fall. Kids are hopping all over the place because of him. Best of luck from all of us!Read More
Boo. We have decided to cancel wednesday nights Durango Urgent Care/Devo Super Secret Short Track Finale in order to coordinate training schedules with the FLC team. In several weeks the Skyhawks will begin weekly short tracks at the Factory Trails. Stay tuned!Read More
The DWC Champs is a 4 event Omnium open to all members of the Durango Wheel Club! Champs Jerseys to the category winners!
The DWC Champs is a fun, local event that we hold each year. We have a category for all levels of cyclists! This is a great way to finish off the season!
TO REGISTER: Send an email to Spencer with your name, age, desired category, and races you plan to do. Before the start of your first race you can pay $10 and we will give you a number to wear for all the events.
DWC Champs Schedule:
Sept 6: Tuesday MTB Time Trial – First rider off at 5 pm
Sept 8: Thursday Road Time Trial – First rider off at 5 pm
Sept 10: Saturday Road Race – 9 am start
Sept 11: Sunday Criterium Finale – 9 am start
A*,B*,C*, M40+**, W40+, M60+, W60+
In order to win a DWC Champs jersey you must complete 3 events and your category must contain a minimum of 5 participants competing in at least 3 events. Categories will be combined if participation is low. Final categories will be set before the start of the Road Race.
*Men and Women (if we have enough per category)
**The M40+ is an A level category!
Ride in the group/level that you normally ride in. If you won your category last year you must move up in category.
A, B, C are open to men and women. A women’s overall champion will be crowned regardless of how many participants we have.
DWC Champions Jerseys will be awarded to the winner of each category!
Courses: All the courses will be the same as last year! Info on each course will be on the site ASAP.
Sandbaggers: After the second TT we will be able to tell if anyone is riding in a category that they do not belong. If it is obvious that you should be riding in the B category, but you signed up for the C, you will be moved up!
Cost: Only $10 for Current 2010 DWC Members includes all 4 events! Not a member? No problem! You can join the DWC for the remainder of the 2010 season for just $20 if you register for the DWC Champs. (click here to send Spencer an email and he will take care of this for you.)
Numbers: Pin your number to the right side of your jersey so that it can be easily read when you are riding. This will be your only number for all four events; do not lose this number!
Volunteers: We will need help at all four events! If you are not racing and would like to help out please send Spencer an email!
Scoring: We will be using an omnium points system to determine the overall winners in each category. Omnium points will be determined by finish order for all events using a 30 point sliding scale for the road race and 25 point scales for all other events. 3 out of 4 events will be counted. A 4 point bonus will be awarded to every participant who completes all 4 events!
IMPORTANT: Our top priority is having a safe event. Please keep this in mind at all times. The races will be held on open roads and all traffic rules and regulations will be in effect. All riders must obey all traffic signs and yield to traffic. All riders must ride in a neutral manner through intersections. Anyone taking unnecessary risks will be immediately disqualified! These races are not sanctioned by anyone and are being run by volunteers!