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15 DEVO U14 and U19 athletes headed to Crested Butte for their 3rd team race of the season. Once a month, coaches and athletes travel to a big Colorado event and camp or stay in a condo together, this race had the team staying on the mountain, in a classic 80’s ski condo. Coaches Chad and Annie Cheeney, Jess Reed, Sarah Tescher and Evan Elliott stayed with the kids and raced their bikes on the side.
Friday saw 2 prerides go up the mountain. The 7 mile loop was basically a singletrack and mountain road climb followed by a bumpy fresh descent that rattled riders through the aspens and columbines. Most of the team enjoyed the course and the semi rain storms kept the dust down. The mosquitos were big and hungry, so the rides went a little faster than recommended by the coaches. That night the team attempted to play a round robin doubles tennis tournament, only to be thrown off the court due to the game looking more like a mix between paintball and dodgeball with rackets. Coach Annie and Sarah prepared a spaghetti dinner and the team talked over the next days plans before hitting the hay.
At 8am coaches Sarah Jess and Annie took off for the 40 mile cross country race that was new to this years schedule. The new course took the Pro’s and Cat 1 racers on a super epic loop on all of the finest singletrack around Crested Butte. The rest of the cross country racers did loops on the 7 mile course. Cat 1 juniors doing 3, cat 2’s doing 2 and the junior under 14 doing one lap. Sarah and Jess would go on to take 1st and 2nd place in the singlespeed womens division, Sarah finishing with a time in just under 5 hours. Annie was unable to finish after putting in 6 hours in the saddle.
The Cat 1 boys took off on 3 laps of the course at 9am. U19ers Howard Grotts, Sepp Kuss and Gino Pastore took the holeshot up the mountain and broke away from the gun with Park City young gun, Keegan Swenson. Howard was able to put a gap on Keegan on the 2nd lap climb and held him off to take his first cross country win of the season. Sepp rode in to 3rd place and Gino followed in 4th. 5th place finished 18 minutes behind Gino in the 10 man field.
U19er Kaylee Blevins rode strong and won the Cat 2 15-18 girls race and showed she’s ready to defend her national championship title in Sol Vista this July. The Cat 2 Boys has 2 mechanicals early with Haakon Sigerslid flatting on the first descent and Hank Stowers breaking his chain in the first 5 minutes of the race, he fixed it with help from his coach and finished the race in 13th place. Stephan Davoust and Collin Francom battled it out for 4th place all race and Stephan took the top team spot on a fast last descent down the mountain. Collin took 5th and James Shaham rode in to 12th place.
The Under 14 Boys took off at 2:15 pm after a long day of waiting around to race. It was one of the largest junior fields of the season and all the Colorado Junior teams were well represented. Early on it was Keenan Desplanques and Devin Feilen leading the charge for the team. Everybody rode strong and looked to be having a great time coming down the mountain into the finish. Keenan ended up 7th and Devin was 10th. Teammates Charlie Malone was 13th, 15th was Cole Mystrom, 17th George McQuinn and Chase Seivert in 18th.
Several parents took the break from their kids and preparred a race day for themselves. Mike McQuinn, Dave Sigerslid, Dana Shinn and Jeff Seivert all rode strong and smiled around the track. A bummer of a highlight was Dad Jeff rolling to the line looking at first place, and an unknown racers sprinted up and pimped him at the line, leaving him in 2nd. He laughed it off in style. That night the team rolled into town together and took in the Crested Butte cycling scene. Then watched the pro mountain cross finals, then had a team dinner of lasanga, and then had the infamous schwag fest before bed time. After the long day of action you would think the athletes would bed down easily. Not the case.
The next morning saw the athletes rise early to get in a couple lift assisted practice runs on the Super Downhill and Downhill Tracks. The race runs were at 10am and the team had 1 hour to go over their tracks. First off the line was Coach Chad Cheeney. He took the LeMans start quickly and went onto the singletrack first, holding off the field to win the race. Soon after it was U19 Gino Pastore tallying up another victory in the junior mens category and a little later, U19er Kaylee Blevins followed those up with another! Stephan Davoust took 4th, Hank Stowers 6th, James Shahan 10th, Keenan Desplaques 12th, Chase Seivert 16th and Charlie Malone 19th. Sepp Kuss took 30th in the downhill and George McQuinn tried his first ever downhill race and placed 28th. Whew. Tons of Fun!Read More
The NICA is now an official 501.c3 non profit advisory organization with a heavy hitting list of board members and official stuff. The NICA, NorCal and SoCal representatives met this past week and organized themselves to help grow the nations high school racing leagues. Colorado is in the process of participating in this first fall season of racing, with coaches and teachers organizing riders for the October race series. DEVO’s Director, Sarah Tescher recently participated in an high school cycling coaching summit in Ward, Colorado, and worked and trained with other interested potential coaches. Here’s more.Read More
July 31st the Hermosa Offroad Classic is back. Everything will be the same sweetness as usual except for the exciting news that this season marks the first year a male and female champion will be crowned in the singlespeed long course category, 4 Corners Singlespeed Champion. Check out the flier for all the information. The race is organized by Dave Hagen and the Fort Lewis Cycling Team and the track runs up the popular Hermosa Creek Trail.10-Hermosa-Off-Road-Classic-FlyerRead More
Thats right, round 5 of the 12 race Animas Orthopedic Short Track Series see’s DMR’s Coke Circuit Course home to its second timed affair. The short track will be 20-30 minutes long as usual and will begin at 530 with the B men and Women. The Kids Race will follow at 6pm and the A men and Women will wrap it up at 630. The race is only $5 this time and if you need help finding a ride, please contact email@example.com. See ya up there!Read More
Good luck and best wishes to the Bicycle Works Junior Cycling Team from Texas as they prepare for Nationals in Granby, this July 16th. The team is in Colorado for the month to prepare for the competition. DEVO team members rode with the Texan lads these past 2 weeks and they also competed in several of the local AOA SHort Tracks.Read More
Animas Orthopedic/DEVO Short Track #4
June 23, 2010
B Men; 1. Stephan Davoust, 2. Levi Kurlander, 3. Jeff Vierling, 4. Devin Feilen, 5. Clint Campell, 6. Keenan Desplanques
B Women; 1. Avra Saslow, 2. Kaylee Blevins
B Holeshot; Stephan Davoust
Kids Race; Ellie, Austin and Hayden
A Women; 1. Teal Stetson-Lee, 2. Kaila Hart, 3. Annie Cheeney, 4. Rebecca Gross
A Men: 1. Rotem Ishay, 2. Joey Thompson, 3. Adam Snyder, 4. Howard Grotts, 5. Chad Cheeney, 6. Colton Anderson, 7. Gino Pastore, 8. Dylan Stucki, 9. Greg Lewis, 10. Joe Schneider, 11. Bryan Morra, 12. Levi Kurlander, 13. Stephan Davoust, 14. Dave Hagen
A Holeshot; Joey ThompsonRead More
DEVO U14er Henry Larson and family are at the White House. This is the first reported DEVO athlete to land on the historic site. Rich, Henry’s Dad has reported a hot and muggy day in DC. Henry’s teammates are in Crested Butte this weekend for their team race #3 of the season. The team will miss you Henry.Read More