U14 girls Fall picts!
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
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.Read More
Below is a race update from Payson McElveen, Sweet Elite team member and student up at Fort Lewis College. Himself and Tristan Uhl were invited by the UCI to represent the USA at a stage race in Puerto Rico this past weekend. They won! Check out his day 1 report below.
Well, that was something else. After a 5:30 AM wake-up, we rolled over to the start at 6:30ish, surprisingly in bright sunlight. The sun rises early here! We got plenty of looks at the start area, but everyone was very friendly. Tristan and I started 17th, meaning we had 16 other duo teams somewhere up the course ahead of us, and 20-30 more behind us. I think we were both excited to get things underway, and started up the first paved climb pretty hard. We caught all but one of the other teams in the first 25 minutes, but I was having some pretty good stomach issues and we had to slow down a bit for me. About 1.5 hours in or so we hit the most insane climb I’ve ever ridden. It was “paved”, with cement, but had deep texturing presumably so it was drivable… I have no idea what kind of vehicle could make it up or down though… other than mountain bikes of course! It had an average grade over 25% for about 10 minutes of climbing, and sections touched 40%. Near the top I got a sudden, urgent message from my bowels that they needed to be emptied. I quickly spotted some big, soft leaves, and did the biz. It made all the difference, and from then on we were able to go race pace. The remainder of our ride went well, considering the circumstances. The amount of steep climbing reminded me of the Val di Sole World Cup course, only there was far more of it here. Most of the descents were extremely steep dirt clay trenches, that usually had an icy-slick layer of green algae growing on them. Something happened to my front brake during the flight here too, so I really only had a rear brake to work with. That made things that little bit more interesting. I definitely overcooked a few tight turns on road descents, and ended up in the ditch a couple times. Tristan and I both fell once, but bikes and bodies were okay. Tristan also flatted on a bit of trash early on, but fixed it in 1:30 flat… he’s a professional mechanic too. We eventually passed the first placed team on the road, who’d started 15 minutes ahead of us.
It seemed as though we gradually made our way to the very top of the island, where in fact the palm trees gave way to a few pine trees. At one of the highest points, there was a restaurant/bar, clean and brightly painted, overlooking the surrounding hills and ocean. It looked like it could be quite the tourist attraction, had the roads to it been more drivable. It was pretty wild getting a peek into the lives of the locals. Most live in small shacks in very, very rural areas… and all have chickens and dogs. It seemed like one would have to be pretty self-sufficient to live in such isolated places. Most were also blasting music, and sipping cervezas. A very different way of life in general. Some would look at us blankly like we were aliens, others would shout words of encouragement. At each of the 5 or 6 checkpoints, I got a chance to try out my limited spanish, as we asked about the course ahead. Always it was a wry smile and” Muy duro. Muy, muy duro.” And it was. Many of the climbs and descents were either too steep or too loose to ride, so we ended up hiking for nearly an hour total. As the hours past, the temperature rose, and we came to look forward to the river crossings. For one section near the end, the course followed the river for quite a ways, and we had to hike, bikes on our backs, through knee-deep water. At one point Tristan just dove all the way in. We’ve decided to take our phones tomorrow, so we can get some pictures.
We’re getting treated really well by the Puerto Rican cycling federation, too. The VP himself, Fernando, was kind enough to take my bike to the local bike shop to get the front brake fixed.
When it was all said and done, we ended up with a little under 40 miles in 3 hours and 20ish minutes of moving time, over 6,000 feet of climbing, and a demoralizing 10.8 mph average speed. I felt stronger as we went, and went through plenty of Honey Stinger and Tailwind. The longer, tougher, and more foreign the circumstances, the more thankful I am for that reliable nutrition! Supposedly tomorrow is “easier”, but I’ll believe it when I see it.Read More
Check it out. http://www.fortlewis.edu/news/Home/News/entryid/388/FLC-Cyclists-pass-their-joy-and-skills-on-to-kids.aspx Love the photos. Written and photographed by Devo Alumni Daniel WalkerRead More
Check out what the latest buzzword “Enduro” in mountain biking is all about this weekend at the BME Durango Enduro. Basically, Enduro is a race that takes place over the course of a few days. Each day has multiple timed stages, usually downhill, and a few non timed stages that the riders have to ride from the finish of one to the start of the next. There are many of these events popping up all over the world and this is Durango’s second year in the BME series. This year they have added a day 2 of racing that will take place in the Gulch, with Full Raiders Ridge and Crites/Carbon Junction, being the timed stages. Buckley Park is the headquarters for the weekends festivities, so swing down from 3-7 sat or sunday to catch the action.Read More