Devo Mom is putting on this event!!!
The morning started great. I finally slept in to a reasonable hour, and for the first time had a decent bowel movement. The result was I was starving for breakfast, and I was pretty underweight. I think the fact that I was pretty blocked up to this point sort of shut down my appetite, and I was a bit behind on calories. It wasn’t due to a weird food thing, just time change. Anyway, I ate and ate at breakfast, but just didn’t seem to be getting full. In hindsight it was a bit of a mistake.
It has been a wet September so far but we are not flooded out! The weather is looking clear (but a bit chilly in the morning) for Saturday’s Blaze.
Online registration for the Blaze closes Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 11:59 PM PST. If you just want to do walk up registration Friday afternoon or Saturday morning there will still be spots available – it’ll be $10 more for a total of $79.
Friday’s packet pickup will be from 4-7pm up at the Clocktower on the Fort Lewis College Campus. The website says 3-6pm but we have changed it to better fit folks schedules. You can also pick up your packet or register Saturday morning from 6:30-7:30am
We are very proud to announce that Mountain Bike Specialists and 2nd Ave. Sports have come onboard to host Aid Stations #1 and #3 respectively. Riders, be sure and thank them for supporting the Blaze when you see them.
The USA Pro Challenge has once joined forces with the Blaze by offering up an amazing VIP package for the final stage of the 2014 USPC! There will be a silent auction at packet pickup on Friday and Saturday so be sure to put your bid in. Package details below.
You can get it all done here:
See You this Weekend,
Dave and Carolyn Hagen
More rain, more mud, and more good, clean fun this weekend in Leadville at the Cloud City Challenge Race #2 as part of the Colorado High School League series. Durango saw some champions today amidst some of the most epic conditions we have seen since the league started four years ago. At 10,200 feet, racers started with packed waves of 100-200 riders. The course started on a double track climb that went into some of the tightest single track in the high country. “The trail was fun, rolly, sick and the sharp corners were fast and dicey due to the tight trees,” said AHS freshmen Austin Monroe. Teammate George McQuinn explained it as “like an underwater experience.” “This course pushed a riders ability to corner with slick rocks, lots of twist and turns in the trees and tight cornering,” said head coach Garrett Alexander. The day ended with another lightening thunder storm that caused race organizers to evacuate the Varsity/JV boys field off the course. DHS/AHS team then started home but realized that with mud slides, flooding and snow on the passes that they should stay the night in Leadville. They also had a teammate spend the night in the hospital due to a bad crash that ended in a broken bike and helmet. “With the road conditions and having a teammate in the hospital, there was no question that we were going to stay the night and make sure everyone made it home safe,” said team director Sarah Tescher. At the end of all the chaos, AHS emerged as the race champion and DHS taking home 2nd. Race #3 in Elbert will take place Oct 6 and the state championships Oct 20th in Eagle.
Div I Team results
1. Animas High
2. Vail Valley Composite
3. Summit High School
Div II Team Results
1. Grand Valley
1. India Waller (AHS)
7. Robin Austin (AHS)
10. Sierra Trout (AHS)
23. Nathaniel Rodd
1. Camryn Sippy (AHS)
2. Katja Freeburn (DHS)
JV DI Boys
2. Keenan Desplanques (AHS)
15. Quinn Haughey (AHS)
JV Div II Boys
7. Charlie Greenberg (DHS)
8. Bryce Gordon (DHS)
19. Will Berger (DHS)
65. Ross Kotlar
2. Ellen Campbell (DHS)
Freshmen Boys Div I
2. Keiran Eagen (AHS)
4. Perrin Kileen (AHS)
6. George McQuinn (AHS)
Prescott, AZ, September 13, 2013—The Arizona-based AZ Devo Cycling Team announces Travis (TJ) Woodruff as the Team Director effective immediately. The program will continue to support the top up and coming Junior and U23 mountain biker racers in Arizona. AZ Devo founder, Mary Coplea, said, “I cannot think of a better person to take over the program and lead our up and coming young riders to the next level.” Coplea will remain involved with the program in an advisory role.
Woodruff owns and operates Momentum Endurance, LLC, a cycling coaching business. He holds a USA Cycling (USAC) Level 1 coaching certification and currently serves as a representative on the USAC Mountain Bike Advisory Committee. He brings ten years of coaching experience to the program and has over fifteen years of racing experience, competing as a pro since 2006.
AZ Devo will focus on the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) race series along with select Pro XCT, Epic Rides or other national-level events. Former team members include Tyler Coplea (Orbea Tuff-Shed), Ryan Geiger (Team Winded) and Cypress Gorry (Whole Athlete). The program is excited to continue support for aspiring racers in Arizona and to provide further opportunity to bridge the gap from statewide to national-level competition.
Devo coaches Ron Thompson and ED Sarah Tescher went to Angel Fire this past weekend to get their PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor) certification with Paul Howard . HUGE thank you to Paul, PMBI, Angel Fire bike crew, and mother nature for making the 3 days course wet….very, very wet.
The rained-out DWC Champs MTB TT has been rescheduled for Sunday 9/15, first rider off at 9:30 AM. If you want to do this event send Spencer an email with your name and age and we will get you on the MTB TT start list. Please sign-up before 5 PM on Saturday to get on the start list.
Due to the sunshine Devo is going to try and run practice. Each head coach will make the final decision at 4 pm if the storm moves in again. None of the groups will be riding on the trails or BMX track today, rather we will be using our creative talents to create a skill based practice on pavement and gravel roads depending on the location of the group. Bring warm layers and rain coats!
U14 and HS teams meet at Rec center
Pre-School up at the College
Wed co-ed adv: Falls Creek
Weds all girls beg/int: BMX trackRead More
Good stuff last week. The U14 boys and girls team had their first practice of the week along with the AHS and DHS high school league teams. All met by chance at the rec center, and then had a sweet Lions Den mid climb pass. So good to see all the different age groups riding the amazing trails Durango has to offer. Check out the sweet new High School uniforms!Read More