Devo Jr Big Gulch race results

DEVO Like Bike Polo

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Todd Wells Likes Golf Interview

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Todd finishes his swing in the desert

Todd finishes his swing in the desert

Q: What are your top 3 favorite golf courses?
A: Dove Mountain Ritz Carlton(Tucson, AZ) desert style course, Pinon Hills(Farmington, N.M.) desert style course, Eagle Vail(Vail, CO) mountain course.
Q: Have you ever competed or thought about competing in a golf tournament? What is your handicap?
A: I have played in a few best ball tournaments but never a real stroke play tournament like you watch on TV. I compete on the bike so often it’s nice to do something that I don’t have to be competitive with. It’s just a great way to be outside, enjoy the day and hang out with friends. It’s about 5 miles to walk 18 holes with a bag on your back. It’s good way to burn some calories with out trying to.
The lowest I ever got my handicap to was 8, currently it’s probably about a 14.
Q: Who are your favorite professional golfers? past and present
A: My favorite player is Tiger. It’s amazing how consistent he has been over the years. Most player win a tournament one weekend and don’t even make the cut the next. Tiger hasn’t been playing too well lately so it makes it even more impressive what he’s done in the past. Jack Nicklaus is probably the best golfer ever and there is a bunch of young talent coming up like Anthony Kim, Rory Mcllroy, Dustin Johnson and tons of other players.
Q: What crossover fitness from cycling most benefits your golf game?
A:I think the endurance I gain from cycling definitely helps my golf game. Golf is all about focus and cycling helps my golf game with that and golf helps my cycling. When I’m racing I am focusing 100% on going as fast as I possibly can. There is nothing else at that moment and you have to be completely in the moment to go that fast with out crashing or slowing down. It’s like the race is the only thing happening at that moment. To hit a good golf shot you have to be able to have that same focus while you’re making your swing, you can’t be thinking about anything else.
Q: Do you do Mulligans? If so, How often, If not, Why?
A: In general I don’t take Mulligans, I play the ball as it lies. During a round of golf I’ll hit plenty of bad shots and some good ones. If I hit a ball that’s unplayable I’ll take the penalty stroke and drop the ball where I’m suppose to. Golf is all about rules and tradition, I try to play it as close to the book as I can.
Q: Have you played with any other professional cyclists during the season? Who’s the best cycling golfer out there?
A: I have played with a few cyclists over the years. I just played a round with Burry Stander at the World Championships in Canada five days before he took the bronze medal in the Elite race. Most cyclists aren’t that good since cycling takes so much time and devotion, there isn’t much time for anything else. Steve Pete and Greg Minnaar play quite a bit of golf though so I hope to play with them one of these years. You wouldn’t think those are the type of guys that would play golf but once you get bit by the bug it can be a lot of fun.
Q: If you had to pick one club out of your bag and toss the rest into a hot lava pit, which club would you choose and why?
A: I would keep my sand wedge. I love to hit pitch and chip shots around the green. I’ve spent hours just hitting shots around the green. Plus, I can juggle the ball all day with a sand wedge.

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Animas High Ospreys Flock to Nathrop

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Its the season opening event in Nathrop Colorado that has 6 Animas High School students and their families, heading upstate to mountain bike race. It is the inagrual race of the inagrural season, and Durango has a team. Coached by Devo coaches Sarah and Chad, the Animas High Ospreys have 9 boys and 2 girls signed up for the team/class. 4 of them being summer Devo athletes. Rumor has over 130 high school students from all corners of Colorado attending the race. Categories are Freshman, Sophmore, Junior Varsity and Varsity for both boys and girls. Points are awarded to each teams riders, with the team title being the most prestigious. 7220 Composite, Animas High School , Boulder High School , Rocky Mountain HS , Crested Butte MTB , Fort Collins Comp , Gunnison HS , Lyons Composite , Palmer High School , Salida-BV Composite , Cheyenne Mountain , Monarch MTB , Summit High School , Vail Valley Comp , Fairview High School , Ralston Valley HS , and Douglas County HS are all the registed teams as of today. Check out http://www.coloradomtb.org/ for more info on the league.

cycling class is in session at Animas High

cycling class is in session at Animas High

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Jr DEVO Pump Track Action Shots

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These photos are from the AOA/DEVO Top Secret Short Track Race on the 1st. They were taken by Devo dad, Jim Feilen, at the entrance to the pump track, which was used in the week’s race course. Check out the face shots!

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DWC Championships Dates: Oct 5, 7, 9 and 10

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The schedule for the 2010 DWC Championships is set. This is the 5th or 6th running of the annual fall event. There are two practice events leading up to the Championships. Its going to be good!

September 16th: Practice TT
Sept 26th: Practice Crit at MRMC

Oct 5th: Tuesday MTB TT
Oct 7th: Thursday Road TT
Oct 9th: Saturday Road Race
Oct 10th: Sunday Criterium Finale
Post Event Party: TBD
-Spencer
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DEVO’s in College

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U19er Howard Grotts is in college, and it didn'd take long for him to step on the podium. 4th in the xc and a 1st place in the short track. Way to go Hammer!

U19er Howard Grotts is in college, and it didn'd take long for him to step on the podium. 4th in the xc and a 1st place in the short track. Way to go Hammer!

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Krista Park Interview

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Krista Park is a professional mountain biker who lives on the road. She decides where to travel based on riding and racing. She has figured it out because Durango seems to be seeing more and more of her. This summer she rode with the U14 Devo girls and was on site for several short track races.
Q: Where were you born and where have you lived?
A: Born and raised in Los Alamos, NM, Attended Universities in Longview, TX, Edmond, OK and Albuquerque, NM, Worked for Motorola in Lawrenceville, GA (Atlanta), Prior to 2006 I’ve also lived in Waxahachie, TX and Santa Fe, NM., After 2006 the list is too long, let’s just say mostly towns in the Southwest including Santa Fe, NM, Durango, CO, San Dimas, CA and Tucson, AZ.

Q: How did you get involved with the mountain bike and when did you start racing?
A: I was introduced to mountain biking by fellow employees while working as a Senior Electrical Design Engineer at Motorola in Atlanta, GA. The once a week group rides led to racing and traveling, I began racing in 2003. Before I knew it my husband Todd and I were leaving work early on Fridays for long weekends of camping and pre-riding or racing.

Q: What are your 3 favorite races around the country and why?
A: #1 Windham, NY XC. I love the course, the people and all the hard work put into that course. #2 24hours of Old Pueblo in Tucson, AZ (team). It is a party and a race, I love drilling one fast lap then chilling out and the course is fun and fast. #3 Sol Vista, CO National Super-D I loved the course both this year and last.

Q: Who are your cycling heros, both past and present?
A: Sue Haywood

Q: Do you have any training secrets for our junior athletes?
A: Ride with people better than you. Recover harder than you train. Keep it fun.

Q: You do a good job with sponsorship, what is the key to maintaining good relationships with sponsors?
A: Align yourself with sponsors whose product you truly love, then work hard for what you receive; both on and off the bike.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being a professional cyclist?
A: My lifestyle. Being a full-time RV’er, riding new trails all the time, doing clinics and meeting so many awesome new friends.

Krista railing a turn somewhere out east

Krista railing a turn somewhere out east

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Quiznos Pro Tour in Durango?

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Durango is pursuing a bid for a stage of the Quiznos Pro Tour Challenge to take place across the State of Colorado in 2011. According to the committee, Durango is shooting for the opening stage of the tour, or none at all. Tuesday morning the group will meet with the Quiznos crew and travel the proposed route over to Telluride via Mancos and Dolores. Could be cool. Good luck team.

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The Big Gulch has a Kids Race

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September 18th will be the date for the Jr DEVO Fun Race, which is being run in conjunction with the Big Gulch bike and running event. The kids race will take place at Three Springs at the short track course between Mercy and the Three Springs development. Check out thebiggulch.org to register.

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CR 210 Walk and Roll

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Make sure to swing by Smelter Mountain today and walk or ride yourself up the new CR210 road that winds around the “new” Lake Nighthorse. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10am at the bottom and the event will last until 2pm. Have fun!

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Alicia’s Worlds Race Recap

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“I raced my first Worlds event on Wednesday and you could say that it was one that I will never forget. I did not race until 2:00 and by that time in the day it was about 90 degrees with lots of humidity. I have never raced in those types of conditions and when training I usually try my hardest to not ride when it is like that out. But, since I could not change the race time I just had to go with it. Warming up I stuffed an ice bag down my jersey to keep myself cool before the start, it helped some but not enough, I was still crazy hot. The call up to the start line was the coolest call up I have been in. The staging area was out of sight of the start line. They started to call riders names in about 5 second intervals, once a name was called each rider would ride down the grass to the start line. During this whole time there was really dramatic music playing, it kind of reminded me of the music that was played in Harry Potter during one of the quidich matches. I was the 5th rider called up which was really exciting. Elke waited for me at the start where she had a cooler full of ice and cold towels which I used to try and cool myself down before the start because I was already so hot. One the gun was shot and we started the race everybody sprinted as hard as they could to the first turn of the course. The course started out fairly simple but before long we where starting the first climb which was really steep and got super clogged up. At the top of the hill it veered off into the trees and the technical section began. However, even though I rode this part in my pre-ride the trail was so congested that I had to run. About half way through the start loop I started to really over heat and I got the chills and feeling all shaky but I ignored that and kept riding. As the race progressed the field split up more and more so it was much easier to ride the course. This course was the most technical one have ever done and probably one of the most technical trails in general. On my second lap on the side of the trail was a girl passed out with heat stroke. At that point the heat was starting to really get to my also. As I was riding I was feeling very sick and light headed but every time that I got off my bike to run a section that feeling intensified by 5 so I tried my hardest to ride everything.  At that point in the race I was not trying to make up any positions because but just to maintain the pace I was going. The girl that I raced with from Chili was riding right with me and we were going back and forth the whole time I would get ahead on the climb and she would get me on the finish. However, on the last lap she never came by on the downhill. The finish of that race was one of the most relieving feelings ever. I was starting to get really light headed and dizzy on my last lap, making stupid mistakes and riding off the course a little. When I finished I tried to get off of my bike but as soon as I stood up I was overwhelmed with the feeling that I was going to pass out. So I just sat on my bike for a little while Mark was pouring bottles of cold water on me. The feeling only got worse so he called over the team doctor and the two of them helped me into a chair where I had ice and cold towels piled on me. While I was sitting the doctor informed me that I was suffering from heat stroke. I was super relaxed until my arms went numb and I could not move my fingers, after that I started to get a little bit worried. I had to lay by the finish tent a little over an hour with ice bags all over me. However, my body temperature was still extremely high. Therefore I was moved back to my hotel room and put in to the bathtub with four bags of ice. After about 45 minutes of that I was finial able to stand on my own and walk around. Even though I did not get the result I wanted I was still very pleased that I finished the race in the top 20. Now that I am done racing I can just relax for the rest of the week and watch the races.” -AliciaRose Pastore

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