This seasons’ Iron Horse Bicycle Classic participation by members of the Devo team has reached an all time high. Actually too many to count at the moment, but Durango’s junior cyclists have to be pumped. Devo u14er Devin Feilen and Avra Saslow are all set for the Quarter Horse to Durango Mountain Resort. Making the haul to Silverton are Kaylee Blevins, Alicia Rose Pastore, Howard Grotts, Stephan Davoust, Gino Pastore, Sepp Kuss, Levi Kurlander and Chris Blevins of the u19 team. The athletes have been out in force these past weekends getting to know the road ahead. Several will also be ready to race again on sunday for the crit and then of course, the Durango Cyclery Cruiser Crit, which will be raising cash for Bicycle Lemonade this year. Super fun. Good luck to all the junior athletes out on the roads this weekend!Read More
DEVO Rides the Iron Horse
Come check out the DEVO Bike Swap this friday at the fairgrounds in Durango from 2 to 9pm. If you want to sell your stuff at the swap, come on thursday from 3-8pm and we’ll help you price and place the item on the sales floor. A sweet percentage of the items sale price will go toward the Devo’s program. Registration for the Iron Horse will be taking place in the same building.Read More
Q: How did you get into mountain bike racing in Durango? and what kept you progressing in the sport?
A: The Miller Mountain Bike Club, lead by Sarah Tescher got me into riding and racing. The support of the community and the opportunities Durango provides kept me progressing until cycling was my way of life.
Q: What are some of your favorite memories from the first years of DEVO?
A: The team rides, making progress and racing with a supported crew of awesome people.
Q: Was it hard to get involved with the cycling program at Colorado School of Mines? What is the program like there?
A: The Mines cycling team is super friendly and open to all abilities, We are a racing team but keep it fun and rider friendly.
Q: You lead the collegiate program now, what are your roles and responsibilities?
A: I am responsible for promoting a mountain bike race in the fall and a road race in the spring, I also manage the teams whole budget and what races members attend.
Q: What have been some good collegiate cycling moments thus far?
A: The races are laid back and are all about having fun while racing, Collegiate Nationals is always a highlight for me.
Q: Do you have any tips for the young Durango rippers?
A: Find your passion in cycling, racing fast will come from that.
Races take place every wednesday evening at the Factory Trails on the FLC Campus, Durango BMX or Durango Mountain Resort for 11 weeks. There will be a B men/women race at 5:30pm at a duration of 20 minutes. A kids race will begin at 6pm and the A men and women will race at 6:30pm. Each race will be scored in an overall results format, with men and women being separated. Juniors will be lumped in with the overall results and age will be noted next to their placing. It will not be scored as an overall points series.
Small money primes will be awarded throughout the series depending on racer turnout. This is a Durango DEVO fundraising effort.
2010 AOA/DEVO STXC Series Schedule
June 2 Durango BMX
June 9 Factory Trails at FLC
June 16 Factory Trails at FLC
June 23 Factory Trails at FLC
June 30 Circuit Course at DMR
July 7 Factory Trails at FLC
July 14 No Race
July 21 Durango BMX
July 28 Circuit Course at DMR
August 4 Factory Trails at FLC
August 11 Factory Trails at FLC
August 18 Factory Trails at FLC
Wow, its 5-20-10. That means the Iron Horse Bicycle classic is coming up. And that means the DEVO Bike Swap. If you have stuff to sell, bring it to the fairgrounds thursday the 27th and we will help price it and place it on the sales floor. Friday is the sale and we are still looking for volunteers, contact Sarah if interested in helping. That friday the Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team will be riding with all the DEVO riders participation in the IHBC. 330 from the Fairgrounds, the team will roll out on road bikes and have some fun.
DEVO coaches have been active at the schools this week. Park, Needham, Riverview and another one are all involved in bike to school week and are hosting bike rodeos to help get kids to school in a healthy manor. Trails 2000, Bike Lemonade, hassle Free Sports and the DPD Bike Patrol crew were all in attendance helping kids. Coach Chad jumped his new Turner off the Park Elementary gym stage and his wheel exploded in front of 200 cheering youngsters. Chad was quite embarrassed, but enjoyed the laughter and finger pointing.
Speaking of youngsters, the Jr DEVO Fun Race and Short Track is about to happen. Next wednesday night, June 26th at TBA and at TBApm, the DEVO Fun Race will end the jr DEVO season in style. There are several categories and lengths for all skill levels, so please come and join in the action. Adult spectators beware, this is a very, very entertaining event.
The following wednesday is the first AOA/DEVO Short Track Series race at the TBA. The races start at 530 with the B men and women, followed by the Kids race at 6 and the A race at 630. The short track is a 15-25 minute race around a short 3-6 minute loop, a set number of laps are choosen and first one to complete the number of laps and cross the finish line wins. This is great fun and also amazing training in a short period of time. Races cost $10 and benefit the Durango DEVO junior program….us.
Oh yeah, IHBC means DEVO Coffee. We have a new batch this season and will be selling it at the Fairgrounds during the IHBC.
Oh Yeah again, Movie night at the Smiley Building on Saturday night, 6pm. This is another DEVO fundraiser and we are showing a super rad film about the 2006 tour, called Hell on Wheels. It is a beautiful film with some good characters and some pretty sweet tour moments. It will be quite the film after racing to Silverton. Make sure to get yourself a seat.
The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Cycling Team’s manager Grant Berry announced earlier this month the inclusion of DEVO’s Alicia Rose Pastore to their team for the 2010 season. This is the 3rd athlete to be signed to an amateur team while training with DEVO, Tad with the U23 National team in 07′ and Ben K with Directory Plus in 06′.
Tomorrow, friday, the DEVO team will be at the factory trails practicing a short track race around 345. If anyone is interetsed in joining us, show up by 4pm and you can come sweat with us. Have a nice Roost!
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This past weekend the Durango DEVO U14 and 19 teams headed over Wolf Creek pass, with dark clouds looming in the distance to take on the Mountain States Cup round 2, Chalk Creek Stampede. On friday 45 parents, athletes and coaches took temporary residence at the campground across the street and sat in cars, under rain tarps and pop up tents and weathered out the storm.
Missing the race course prerides due to the cold rain, the team woke up saturday morning to snow, and prepared for the first event, the Super D, by getting in a quick early preride of the mostly flat course in the hour before the competition. Coach Chad was the first Devo to go and finished in 18th place in the pro field, followed by Director Sarah Tescher with a 7th place. Later in the junior race, Gino Pastore placed a time that beat his coaches, while passing 5 juniors i the tight twisty course, to place 1st in the juniors. Teammates Elliott Saslow, Sepp Kuss and Levi Kurlander finished 2-4th. DEVO riders then placed 7th through 13th, taking up most of the field. James Shahan, Henry larson, Chase Seivert, George McQuinn, Charlie Malone, Cole Mystrom and Shane Ellis in the mix.
The skies had finally began to warm after the Super D for the Short Track and Dual Slalom races. Early on it was Stephan Davoust taking the Dual Slalom win in the Cat 3 15-18 boys. His consistent and safe riding style kept him moving on through the rounds on the fast track. The short track took place on a short 1 mile course, that had been harrowed into the ground by a tractor one year earlier, it was nothing special, but offered suffering and passing lanes, 2 short track staples. Victories were had by Charlie Greenberg in the U14 junior boys, Haakon Sigerslid in the Cat 2 boys, Alicia Rose on the Cat 1 women and Howard Grotts in the Cat 1 boys.
Saturday night the team, parents and coaches all gathered at the campsite and cooked a spagetti meal for 50. The Ellis family donated elk for the sauce, City Market helped us with some discounted pasta, Bread Bakery with bread and cookies, and the Chip Peddler hooked us up with ton of their lime and salt tortilla chips. Before and after dinner the racers prepared for the next days events by playing 500 and a game of 6v6 football, with a deep game winning touchdown pass from Stephan Davoust to Coach Chad Cheeney. The famous “Schwag Fest” took place around the campfire at sunset, bringing parents and kids together to talk about the next days race, and more importantly, hand out bike and random product to the team. Several former Devo athletes and other area junior athletes were invited to join the fun. Smores, more campfire starring, and then bedtime at 930pm.
Sunday morning was freezing. The bike saddles were all frosted white when it was time to leave camp, for the Under 14 races at 7:00am. Early on it was Charlie Greenberg throwing down and taking 2nd place in the junior boys, his best xc finish to date. Then a strong 4th place finish by Cole Mystrom and Charlie Malone and Chase Sievert in 5th and 6th place, with George McQuinn in 8th.
The Under 14 girls were next and the 3 teammates took on their first cross country race together in stride. In an amazing sprint finish, it was India Waller holding on for 2nd place. The sprint had the families and crowd going wild as they were neck and neck the entire final 100yard finish stretch. Soon after, Sophia Quick and Robin Austin came in for 4th and 5th. In the Cat 3 men, Henry Larson took the 5th place finish and then headed off for the hot springs of Mt Prinston for a well deserved soak.
In the Cat2 Boys race it was Haakon Sigerlid with the strong win. Teammates Levi Kurlander and Stephan Davoust battled back and forth all day for 3rd place with Levi taking it in the end after attacking on the final laps first climb. James Shahan rode in for 12th place.
Alicia Rose Pastore continued her win streak in the MSC series and took a very strong xc win by 6 minutes. Alicia is a defending national champion and has her sights set on worlds in Canada later this season.
DEVO’s other defending national champion, Howard Grotts took on the Cat 1 field early by pulling away and keeping a 1 minute gap on the pack for three laps. On the forth lap, he was overtaken along the long fence line straightaway, and rolled in in 2nd place, 20 seconds back. In third place less than 4 minutes behind was Sepp Kuss, who had his best Cat 1 finish yet. Teammates Gino Pastore and Elliott Saslow finished tired and hungry in 4th and 5th place for Durango DEVO.
The Coaches were also out there shredding. In the singlespeed category, Director Sarah Tescher threw down and won the race with U14 coach Jess Reed right on her tail in 2nd place, aboard her new custom bike, a locally made Norse Cycles. And Annie Cheeney, U14 head coach, in her first Cat 1 race took 6th place and accomplished her goal.
Overall it was a great weekend for Durango DEVO. The weather was bad at first, but the group stayed strong and weathered it out only to find 2 gorgeous days of competition ahead. The athletes bonded and the parents got to know one another over pasta and campfire smoke. DEVO likes Nathrop and Nathrop like DEVO.
A: I have lived in Durango for about 16 yrs. I moved to Durango in 1994 in order to train for the Norba National Mtb series, as well as the WC circuit.
Q: You were a pro soinger for Giant Bicycles in the early 2000’s, from that experience, what is is that most young professionals lacked when taking on their first pro season?
A:The discipline to consistently perform self care is something that the neo-pro struggles with the most. “Self care” is a process that is followed religiously by almost all successful pros, as they know it is a recipe for RECOVERY. If you cannot learn to recover well, you will never reach your true potential. Learning time management is maybe what is the underlying problem for most. Their are many variables to consider when trying to do everything right. The more ducks you can get in a row, the better your chances are for success. Periodized & methodical training w/ guidance from a coach is part of the building process. However, building to a peak, is a tearing down of tissue, which required time and self care to heal from. Rest, nutrition, hydration, stretching and structural corrective exercises are just a few of the important variable which have a huge bearing on the rest/recovery cycle. Other smaller details like the night before a race ice bath, or Animas river leg plunge after your hardest workouts, regular chiro, care, afternoon naps post training, eating mini meals rather than stuffing yourself as well as eliminating stress are all part of the balancing act called recovery. Attention to even smaller details like, immediate post race recovery drink, cool down post race, staying out of the hot sun, or removing yourself from the “pit” area of a race site to chill out. Staying in the action is fun and social, however this overstimulation takes its toll over the course of a day and race weekend, contributing to overall fatigue and less energy for your race.
Q: In order, what are the three mtb specific skills that need the most work as a junior racer looking to take it to the next level? and what is your favorite skill to teach?
A: 1) Learning how to pace yourself in a race. 2) Learning how to listen to your body for signs of fatigue and over training. 3) Riding efficiency…… like, pumping transitions, keeping your speed into uphills, recovery on the DH.
-My favorite skill to teach is looking for the exit of a turn in order to hold speed through turns and not drag brakes.
Q: You are also a Massage Therapist, how important is massage to the junior athlete? And what do you see being the benefits of regular massage as an adult professional athlete?
A:Massage is generally something a Jr racer does not come in contact with unless they have made the Jr national team selection and compete at world’s. If a Jr racer has access and resources to massage, it is great to add this to your self care routine. A good sports massage aids in recovery, speeding up the process 2 fold. Regular massage keeps the tissue healthy and free of adhesions form training hard and injury. Incorporation massage into any sports training program allows the athlete to get back to the build cycle more quickly.
Q: You have 2 hours to kill in town on you 5 inch shredder, what Durango loop do you do?
A: Warming up on South Rim trail at the Dietz entrance. Sidewinder, down Skull Rock and over to Carbon Junction, Crites, Anazasi….pedal HWY 3 back to Car.
The FLC Cycling team just returned to the top spot in the ranking of the nations top collegiate programs. The ranking is based on overall performances in the 4 collegiate disciplines, road, track, mtb and cyclocross. FLC is a 10+ time winner in the mtb category, 2 time cross champions and have never won on the track or road. This past weekend the team was in Wisconson at road nationals where they finished 4th overall in the team omnium. Check out the full race report on their website. Congrats to coaches Matt Shriver, Dave Hagen and the support staff and all the athletes that race for FLC. This is a model organization and its in our town!Read More
Durango DEVO Telegraph Hill Climb #2
U19 Boys; Howard 14:44(new DEVO Boys record), Chris 18:53, Gino 17:01, Sepp 16:21, Levi 18:35, Stephan 18:58, James 25:14
U19 Girls; Alicia Rose 20:01(new DEVO girls record)
U14 Boys; Charlie G 22:53, Keenan 25:37, River 25:43, Charlie M 27:58, Henry 33:14, Cole 29:25, Chase 31:50
U14 Girls; Sophia 28:30, India 25:52, Robin 36:09, Sabine 28:45
Coaches and Guest Riders; Annie 24:46, Jess 35:10, Evan 21:57, Brendan 16:25, Greg 16:19, Drew 16:53, Chad 16:20
*Every athlete had their personal record on this attempt!Read More