Sweet Elite’r Payson’s Race Report from China

Sweet Elite’r Payson’s Race Report from China

  |   RMCF DEVO Sweet Elite

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.

The gun went off and I was able to move up well on the opening climb. I had a strong first two laps, passing racers on both the climbs and the descents. I could feel how much my bike handling has improved, and was able to ride all of the A-lines. A couple of the course designers (same guys that designed and run the Fort William DH World Cup) were standing at the dicey transfer jump that only a few folks were hitting, and cheered big time when I would come through and take it. The mid-day heat was very, very impressive, and I did my best to stay conservative and not go into the red too early. Mom called out that I was 27th after 1.5 laps, and I was still steadily moving up towards a top 15 goal (UCI points). Unfortunately near the end of the lap I started to feel that huge breakfast begin to come back to back up. Pretty soon I had that nasty bile-feeling sitting high in my throat, and the need to throw up was starting to be overwhelming. The sweltering heat made things no better. I pulled off the course after 3 laps and headed straight for the bathroom.
It was heart-breaking to watch the remainder of the race from the sidelines, and see the riders I’d be riding near move solidly into the top 20s. Although right now the race feels like a lost opportunity for a very silly reason, this trip in general has been the chance of a lifetime. I’ve gotten to see a very different part of the world, meet new people, and make new friends. It’s an experience I won’t soon forget.
Following the race, I went for a couple more laps of the course to help clear my head. I’ve said this about quite a few tracks this year, but this one is one of my favorites. Nice short power climbs, and that tell-tale World Cup style descending that makes you just a bit scared each lap. For one of my post race laps I was joined by the lone representative from Georgia (the one between Turkey and Russia, not southern U.S. to all you non-Geography types!) We talked training, dreams for the future, and cultural differences…  and realized we had much in common. It was just one of the innumerable encounters from the week that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
Tomorrow afternoon I start the long two-day trip back to Durango, and look forward to refocussing on some collegiate mountain bike racing. If this event happens again next year and I get the opportunity to attend, I will certainly jump on it. Thank you China for your hospitality!
P.S. official result from the short track was 34th. We had 85 starters.
Payson was invited by the UCI to represent the USA and the Chinese government gave him a 5 star hotel, airfare and Candy, in the picture, a personal aid 24/7!

Payson was invited by the UCI to represent the USA and the Chinese government gave him a 5 star hotel, airfare and Candy, in the picture, a personal aid 24/7!

 

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FLC’s Fall Blaze is this Saturday

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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:
http://www.fortlewis.edu/cycling/DurangoFallBlaze.aspx

See You this Weekend,
Dave and Carolyn Hagen
hagen_d@fortlewis.edu

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AHS and DHS finish top dogs after more rain, epic finishes

  |   DEVO News & Information, U19 DEVO Boys and Girls, Uncategorized

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

2.  Durango

3.  Leadville

 

Varsity Girls

1.  India Waller (AHS)

7.  Robin Austin (AHS)

10.  Sierra Trout (AHS)

Varsity Boys

23.  Nathaniel Rodd

JV Girls

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

Sophomore Girls

2.  Ellen Campbell (DHS)

Freshmen Boys Div I

2.  Keiran Eagen (AHS)

4.  Perrin Kileen (AHS)

6.  George McQuinn (AHS)

 7.  Dylan Williamson (AHS)
9.  Andrew Middleton (AHS)
19.  Jimmy Pope (AHS)
26.  Austin Monroe (AHS)
61.  Geoffery Steiner (AHS)
Freshmen Boys Div II
3.  Lukas Robbins
11. Tye Sandavol

 

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U14 girls Fall picts!

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AZ Devo Cycling Team Announces Woodruff as New Director

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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.
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Devo gets certifiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiied

  |   DEVO News & Information

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.

MUDDY....but certified

MUDDY….but certified

 

Yo Devo ladies....that is Alison Dunlap in the front row....and, ya she can rip

Yo Devo ladies….that is Alison Dunlap in the front row….and, ya she can rip

Ron got a "Exceed Standard" on his report card

Ron got a “Exceed Standard” on his report card

 

"Young Luke Skywalker, be the table"

“Young Luke Skywalker, be the table”

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DWC MTB TT Moved to Sunday

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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.

 

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Weds. 9/11 Devo is NOT cancelled!!

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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 track

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Encounter with U14 and High School Devo Last Week

  |   Animas High Ospreys

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!

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Gallup, NM Trails and Junior Cycling Event

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Durangoans, Gallup is on the rise in the mountain bike arena and they are having a town cycling festival later this month. Check out what they have to offer and in the future, watch for a junior cycling program to emerge from the singletrack!

• the 9th edition of the Squash Blossom Classic XC Mtb Race, Saturday 21 September, taking place on 31, 19, of 7 miles of the High Desert Trail system on the North side of Gallup. Video of the trail can be found here.

• Free screening of SingleTrack High -sponsored by GU Energy, and Q&A and raffle with NorCal League Director, Vanessa Hauswald and husband Yuri, 4pm Saturday 21 September

• Fundraiser Dinner and Auction with honorary guest and speaker Levi Leipheimer who will discuss his experience and relationship with the bike that has changed not only his but the lives of his surrounding community, 630pm – Saturday 21 September

• private breakfast and road ride with Levi for high placed donors, breakfast provided by chef Biju Thomas of Skratch Labs and coauthor with Allen Lim of The Feed Zone Cook Book – Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes, 8am – Sunday 22 September

• Grand Opening of the new downtown Gallup Brickyard Bike Park and Short Track Mtb TT competition, park designed and created by San Francisco Bay Area resident Nat Lopes of Hilride, 1pm Demos & 2pm Short Track Comp – Sunday 22 September

From Scott the promoter-Please feel free to call me at 707-494-4965 if you have any questions. Otherwise, a complete list of event information can be found at http://www.BikeGallup.org.

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