DEVO Coach Elke Brutsaert- Update from the World Cup

DEVO Coach Elke Brutsaert- Update from the World Cup

  |   DEVO News & Information

Durango DEVO coach Elke Brutsaert, DEVO U19er AliciaRose Pastore, RMCF’s Teal Stetson-Lee and Vixen Racing’s Darien Harvey are on a road trip together to tackle the New York World Cup and the World Championships the following weekend in Canada. SOunds like a good time for sure! Here’s what’s going down….

“So, we are at Windham and the course is great!!!! Roots, rocks, techy wooded sections both up and down and short 20 min laps. In has been raining a ton here recently, so the course is muddy. Teal and Darian are also with us and we are all staying at Onawa Pelham’s family house about 5mins from the venue. They are awesome and have been extremely giving and kind to us. Good Peeps and have a rad house. They said Durango has been great to Onawa, so they feel compelled to take care of us. Onawa’s dad is one of the course builders. He is a “wood” expert, so has made all the ramps and bridges to navigate many wet and gooey quagmires, which is essential, as the Mnt is very wet and constantly seeps water in certain areas.”

“Alicia and Teal pre rode today and then I joined them for a closer and slower inspection of the DH part of the course. We sweet talked our way onto the chair lift, so we could get back to the top of the course without riding. Thus getting in more of the course inspection without getting worn down.”

“Alicia will be racing the actual UCI Jr race! We initially did not realize that their was such a category, but we now have it all sorted and she is in with the Real deal WCXC instead of the local armature race. This means she gets to ride the course during training time with all the honcho WC senior pros and see how they do their thing on the course. Also, this means she gets a taste of international competition the week before worlds in Quebec. Many of the federation teams are here with their national teams for worlds…so its not just a pony show. These are the real live Clydesdale’s and race horses from over seas.”

“Now we are heading back to the Pelham residence…a sweet cabin/home made by Tom Pelham himself. Chickens and all! Did I mention how cool the Pelham’s house is!”
-Elke

From DairenH
The Olive Garden Story: Once upon a time there were four hungry cyclists wandering the isles of an Albany grocery store. Alicia, Teal, Elke, and Darian couldn’t be bothered to spend another 5 minutes deciding on ingredients to make a fourth dinner for the week, so they decided to go out that night instead. After exiting the store, they loaded $200 worth of groceries into their clown car ( which was already packed to the gills with suitcases, duffle bags, and bikes) and drove off in search of a place to eat dinner. The first establishment they stopped at had a 25 minute wait!!!! Being from the great town of Durango, the travelers were spoiled and not used to having to wait this long for a table. This was unacceptable, so they continued their search in hopes of finding a restaurant were they could be seated immediately. Unfortunately, they were in a city at 7:00pm, right in the middle of the dinner rush. The foursome did not realize this until they drove up to an Olive Garden and saw people standing around outside like a herd of cattle. They now understood that they were going to have to wait no matter where they went, so Elke went in and got one of those vibrating pager things and they joined the rest of the cattle waiting for their turn to eat. The promise of all-you-can-eat salad and bread sticks sounded well worth the wait. The group sat and chatted about the up-coming race until the vibrator/pager went off, and went inside to their table. Where it was FREEZING!! The group perused their menus with chattering teeth and growling stomachs. Dinner choices were quickly made and the waitress came to take their order. Yet she brought some distressing news; there were no more bread sticks. Not only could the travelers not eat all they wanted, but they couldn’t eat ANY! Darn you Olive Garden and your empty promises! Elke, in her never-ending attempt to get away with as much as possible, tried to coerce the waitress into giving us their best appetizer for free. But the waitress wasn’t having any of it and brought some strange dinner rolls instead. The cyclists ate their fill of salad and pasta, paid there tab and squeezed back into the smallest SUV known to man. They had survived eating pasta at an Americanized Italian chain that caters to the overweights masses during the busiest time of night. The rest of the weekend should be a piece of cake.
-DarianH

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DEVO U19 Assistant Coach Brendan Shafer Heads to National Championship

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He’s off to the Sante Fe Blue Brass and Oldtime Festival Banjo and Fiddle competition. Wish him luck as he competes in Saturday’s events. Brendan is a local picker and is known locally for his creative style of play and his good looking homemade instruments. Last year Brendan placed second in the Oldtime Banjp competition and is looking for the top spot this weekend. The contestants are asked to play 2 songs by the judges, and are not allowed to speak or be seen during play to allow for a judgment based on technical play alone. Good luck Coach!

Banjo pickin' takes a strong wrist, Coach Shafer demonstrates

Banjo pickin' takes a strong wrist, Coach Shafer demonstrates

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Trailwork This Saturday on Skyline Trail

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In a huge push to complete the Skyline Trail, Trails 2000 is looking for 100 volunteers to make quick work. The amazing trail up to Raider Ridge is almost complete and needs your help. Take Jenkins Road in Skyridge to the very end and grab a tool and start hiking up the trail. They will meet at the trailhead at noon and will work until 4pm with a pizza party ending. Come and get your trailwork on!

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Local Athletes at World Cup Finals this Weekend

  |   DEVO News & Information

A handful of Durango’s top athletes will be heading east this weekend for the World Cup Finals in Windam, New York. Devo’s AliciaRose Pastore will be heading out with her coach Elke Brutsaert for the cross country race. They will be traveling to the event with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s Teal Stetson-Lee and Vixen Racing’s Darian Harvey who will be competing in the downhill. Also in the dh will be KHS’s Chris Heath and Heikki Hall.  In the women’s cross country race, Willow Koerber will look to finish on the overall points podium with a top finish. In the mens race, Todd Wells will lead the charge for team the US and along side him will be brother Troy Wells, Rotem Ishay, Andy Schults and Adam Snyder. Wish them luck as they race the worlds best.

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AOA/DEVO STXC #12 Results

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Animas Orthopedic Associates/DEVO Short Track #12

8.18.10 Factory Trails

B Men; 1. Chris Blevins, 2. John Trousdale, 3. Devin Feilen, 4. Fabio When, 5. Henry Larson, 6. Rich Larson, 7. Sven Brunso

Kids Race; Garret, Marit, Austin, Ellie, Ian and Josh

A Women; 1. Teal Stetson-Lee, 2. AliciaRose Pastore, 3. Kaila Hart

A Men; 1. Todd Wells, 2. Ben Sonntag, 3. Lars Ellefson, 4. Colton Anderson, 5. Shiloh Melinke, 6. Grady James, 7. Gino Pastore, 8. Dave Hagen, dnf Greg Lewis

past results

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The Big Gulch is This Weekend!

  |   DEVO News & Information

Trails 2000 will host the first annual trail event titled The Big Gulch: A Trails Festival on September 18th at Three Springs. This fundraising celebration will include mountain bike and running races including a Jr DEVO Fun Race for all the kids. Joining with Durango DEVO and Fort Lewis Cycling, the event is a fundraiser for Trails 2000 and its partners.

Horse Gulch and the Telegraph Trail system are the cornerstone of Durango and its outdoor culture. The Big Gulch celebrates protecting, preserving and enjoying our natural surroundings by gathering the Durango community in this inaugural celebration.

The festival kicks off with a 7 mile run and mountain bike races of four distances, to suit riders of all ability levels. All races will begin between 9:00 and 10:15 AM. The flagship mountain bike race, named “The Big Gulch,” has been designed by mountain bike Olympian and 1999 national champion, Travis Brown. Awards and music will follow the races at Carver Brewing Company from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Carver’s will introduce a Big Gulch special event brew during the awards ceremony.

Participants have numerous ways to register:  in-person at Mountain Bike Specialists; mail-in registrations by logging on to the Big Gulch web site (www.thebiggulch.org) and downloading the registration form.   Late registration begins Friday, September 17th, from 4:00 pm – 7:00  at the Three Springs Information Center and on the day of the event beginning at 7:30 AM.

Trails 2000 is a Durango-based non-profit organization, founded in 1989, that builds and maintains trails, educates trail users and advocates for total connectivity on road, path and trail. Trails 2000 volunteers complete more than 3000 hours of trailwork each season and the town enjoys over 250 miles of trails within 30 minutes of downtown.The Big Gulch Trail Festival – September 18-19 at Three Springs - Trails 2000 Trail Festival – September 18-19 2010

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Animas High School Ospreys Get Ready to Ride

  |   Animas High Ospreys, DEVO News & Information
Telegraph Trail                               Climbing
(D:Horse Gulch, 3rd street behind SonicAnimas High School Joins the National Interscholastic Cycling Association

The Animas High School Ospreys will be jumping into the newly created
Colorado High School Cycling League, starting this fall. The paperwork for

the team is being completed as we speak with the help from Animas High
School’s  Michael Ackerman and Jesse Hutt and Durango Devo’s Sarah Tescher
and Chad Cheeney.  Michael Ackerman, AHS’s Head of School, commented, “This
partnership with Durango Devo’s coaches creates unique opportunities for
students.  More young adults will be able to get out and enjoy biking on our
beautiful trails while learning skills from pro cyclists.  And we know that
students will enjoy competing in races around the state.”  The team will be

open to all levels of riders with the goal being competing as a team at the
State Championships on Halloween weekend in Elbert, Colorado. Sign up for
the class begins next week, so look out for the green and gold Ospreys!

polo mallets fall to the ground in Telluride.....this photo really has nothing to do with AHS.

polo mallets fall to the ground in Telluride.....this photo really has nothing to do with AHS.

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No AOA Short Track Tonight

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There will be no short track tonight. The Animas Orthopedic Associates sponsored series has ended for the summer, but we have decided to throw one extra on September 1st up on the FLC campus, Factory Trails. Same times as usual. There will be a huge Kids race as Jr DEVO is in session and there will also be a large number of college students on hand as school starts up that week. Get ready for the AOA Super Top Secret SHort Track Finale!

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Coke Triple Crown XC Photos by Jim

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Thanks to Durango Coca-Cola and DMR for helping us put on this sweet local series. DMR mountain biking is back! Thanks to Jim Feilen for the fantastic photo work.

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Jr DEVO Does Hermosa Creek Trail

  |   Junior DEVO, Photos, Uncategorized

For the last day of Summer Junior Devo camp, coach Jon Bailey took 5 riders and their parents on the Hermosa Creek Trail.

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