Devo U19 athletes Sepp Kuss, Gino Pastore, Elliott Saslow, Stephan Davoust and coach Haakon Sigerslid took part in the local Durango Polo Tourney this past weekend. It was the groups first grass polo bike tourney, and their experience in the sport comes from a handful of late summer Devo practice days. The team placed last in the experienced seven team field. Devo coaches Chad and Anne Cheeney took part as well as Evan Elliott and Taylor Borucki. Anne’s team won their 3rd tourney title and Chads Broncos team lost their first tourney game to date, in the finals, 5-3 to Fort Collins’ The Bellfrie Boys. It was a great weekend for bike polo.Read More
DEVO Competes in Local Polo Tourney
Hello Devo Jr families. Next weekend is Fort Lewis Cycling Team’s big home race! Devo has always helped volunteer and/or cheer for this race as all these college racers are our inspiration! Please see the below schedule and, if you are in town, plan on checking out the racing…or, if you really want to feel a part of the action, email Dave Hagen firstname.lastname@example.org with your first/last name, phone #, email and what shift you are interested in.
6-9am – TTT Registration – 4
7-10am – TTT Course Marshals – 7
9-10am – TTT Breakdown – 4
8-11am – CRIT Setup – 4 (plus team after TTT)
10am-4pm – CRIT Registration – 2
10:30am-2:30pm – CRIT Course Marshals – 11
6-7pm – CRIT Breakdown – FLC TEAM
Sun. April 25
4-8am – Course Setup – 10
7-11am – RR Registration – 2
7:30am-12:30pm – RR Course Marshals – 22 (yes, that is correct – safe race)
3:30-5:30pm – RR Breakdown – FLC TEAM
Ian Burnett is a local Durangoan entering his first year as a professional road cyclist for the new team, Bahati Foundation. Ian rode in the Parks and Rec Dirt Lovers Camps as a kid, rode with Miller Middle School, then was involved in the local Durango Cyclery development team as a junior, took part in the USA Cycling development camps up at FLC, coached for Dirt Lovers, raced for Fort Lewis College on the road and cross bike and has now made it to the big show. Ian has grown through Durango’s pre-DEVO youth cycling development offerings and is a good example of what hard work and determination can get you.
Q: First off, what was it like being introduced as a racer for the Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team in Los Angeles the other night? Can you describe the event? A: It’s was amazing! Such a fun night for a great cause in the Bahati Foundation. Before that night the team was so much talk and emails back and forth between management and the night really brought it to reality that I made it, this team is for real and were kick some butt this year. The event was held at club Nokia in dowjn town LA, and the night started out a social hour almost for us just to mingle with every one as they came in. Then we had the presentation that was a mix of digital media and live performances from Crenshaw High school were Rahsaan Bahati went to high school in Compton. There performances were so emotionally driven and power full; they had stepping, dancing and the high school band. During this performance we introduced the team as well as the team kit and the custom Bahati Foundation Super Six Cannondale.
Q: What led up to you getting signed to the team for the 2010 season? A: I had been riding hard all summer and had just closed out the season with a strong performance at Collegiate and Elite track nationals when my amazing coach rick Crawford started telling me that we was working on a great project and team and that he was going to do his best to make sure I was on his team for 2010 and next thing I know I am sending my resume to Rahsaan and getting a call from Raha Sports offering me a pro contract for 2010! It all happened so fast, then all I could do was ride my tale of and get ready for camp.
Q: You did some wind tunnel testing last week in Fort Collins, what was that like? Did you learn anything that blew your mind? A: Ya we went up to the Colorado Premier Training wind tunnel in Fort Collins and did some testing with Pierre Perron of Louis Garneau. They had some amazing new product that they need to test in the wind tunnel and they got some great results for their new product. We also took the weekend to run a mini camp with all of the team members that live in Colorado and Nathan O’Neal and Rahsaan Bahati who were in town for the testing. This was a great opportunity for all of use to ride together in a smaller group of us and get to know each other a bit rather than at camp were we are always busy and have 22 other people to get to know. It was also a blast to take Rahsaan out for a high altitude ride in the cold Rocky Mountains and show him what we ride in every day.
Q: What is your role on the team and what big races are you looking foreword to this season? A: I am a neo pro who is going to be working for all the GC riders in stage races as well as working for our sprinters in all of the NRC races this summer. I am looking forward to all the races this summer with the team but the one that I am looking forward to the most is Iron Horse because it will be my first race for the team and it my home town race! Also we are going to run a fundraiser for the Bahati Foundation on Iron Horse weekend so keep you eye out for details on that. Also I am really looking forward to both US Pro Nationals in Greenville SC and US Pro Crit Nationals in Glencoe, IL because they are the best of the best there and I think that we have a shot at winning both of them if we all ride well and work hard as team.
Q: What was it like racing for Durango Cyclery Junior Team back in the early 2000’s? Do you still ride or race with any of the old teammates? A: The Durango Cyclery team was really the starting place for me. I had been racing MTB for a little while but needed some support to move to the next level in my career and race the mountain states cups and Russell made it all possible! There are a couple people that I still ride with when ever I can including Andrew Wait and fellow Pro Tad Elliot, who both kill me on the MTB bike if I dare to try and ride with them.
Q: What is the best bit of training advice you have gotten from a coach? A: There are two major tips that I have gotten. You get stronger when you are recovering and that you need to keep an inventory of your stress and training. This will make sure that between the two you are not driving your self into the ground. Because if you have to much stress and training you will never recover because you are just using to much energy.
Q: Do you have any tips for the juniors out there looking to make a career of road cycling? A: I think that if you are looking for a career in road cycling you need to try get as much expanse as possible and weather its thru Tuesday night worlds, weekend ride or racing experience is such a huge part of road racing. Its little things like knowing when to stay at the front and having the confidence to do so. I remember going to Tuesday Worlds when I was 15 and 16 and just getting dropped in the first 15 to 30 minutes of a ride week after week just because I did not have the experience and convince to ride near the front and jump on to wheels. I remember think that I would never be able to hang on for a whole ride, but know sitting in for a whole ride is nothing. It’s all about just riding hard and learning from your mistakes.Read More
Todd Wells and Willow Koerber, both of Durango, Colorado won this weekend at the Pan American Games in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Check out the results and race recap here. Nice work Durangoans! Both athletes are coached by local cycling coach Rick Crawford.Read More
The Hub Training Center is offering a killer weekend training camp here in the hills of Durango May 7th-9th! Three fully supported rides and shuttles plus a couple of talks about how to develop your skills to become better climber. The camp will preride the entire Iron Horse Bicycle Classic course over the three days. This is your chance to ride the passes and gain valuable climbing skills from Chris Wherry and Grant Berry! They will also work on descending skills over the weekend too!Read More
Jr DEVO will begin this upcoming week after soggy trails pushed the schedule back a week. Please click on the schedules page above to find your ride location. DEVO coaches have been doing recon rides and all our early group rides are dry and ready to roll. There are still many numerous muddy sections of trails, and we will do our best to route around. We are super pumped to begin and the weather is looking good. Let the season begin!Read More
This weekend, 23 Devo athletes will take their bikes to the desert for a weekend of team building exercises, team training and fun rides. 15 Coaches and Camp Hosts will be in attendance to lead the way, as the camp runs from friday through sunday at noon. The camps top secret location offers up the perfect skills training zone, while housing FLC’s donated cycling team tent, fire rings, lighting from Durango Party Rental and the workshop. Not 3 minutes from camp there is bountiful desert single track and slick rock shelfs to shred. Wish the team luck as they prepare for the 2010 summer race season.Read More
Last night 14 DEVO athletes took part in a bike fitting at the rec center by Dr. Ryan Siggins and former road professional David Farmer. The crew at Durango Bike Fit took their time with each athlete and raising seats, lengthining stems were the common theme. Thanks to Ryan, Raequel and David for the help!Read More
Dan Bowman is a Fort Lewis College graduate and is currently on the Kelly Benefits Pro Road Racing Team. He lives and trains in the hills surrounding Durango. A local man of mystery and an international road racing workhorse, Dan is currently racing overseas and has his sights set on the Iron Horse in may and the national championships on the mountain bike in Sol Vista this July.
Q: How did you find out about FLC cycling and what brought you to Durango?
A: Mountain Bike Worlds were in June and I didn’t think I could be fit by then living in Michigan. I was going to graduate High School early and go live with my Uncle in San Diego, but my dad didn’t like that idea. He talked with the Junior Development Cycling Foundation and they recommended trying Collegiate Cycling. I applied at a few different Schools, but I only had about two weeks before the winter semester started and Fort Lewis was the only one that let me in on such short notice. I had never been to Durango, but it worked out and I am still there ten years later.
Q: You came to town as a mtber right?, When did you decide to focus on road racing instead of mountain bike racing?
A:I did my first road race ever with FLC cycling that spring. It was right when Lance was winning the Tour de France and there was a lot more coverage of road racing. Plus, there were so many more opportunities for support with the National Team and development teams that would give me bikes and get me to races. So I did a few mountain bike national races early 2002 and then was just doing road races by June. I still did some Collegiate Mountain bike races, though.
Q: What team are you on and what is your role on the team? Has it changed over the years?
A: I am racing with the Kelly Benefit Strategies Pro Cycling Team. I am a climber/ hard race guy. But depending on the coarse, I help the sprinters or get bottles. Our team is great in that we all work together to achive the best result for the team. I could get 12th in a field sprint, but I would rather work to get my sprinter in a good position and end up 87th in the sprint, because he has a better chance to win in that situation. Where the sprinter will help me before a climb, because I have a better chance for a result.
Q: What is your favorite 2 hour road loop from town?
A: I like the Valley loop. There is not a lot of traffic and I can throw in a few climbs. I love the Missionary Ridge Road.
Q: Who were your cycling heros as a junior? Who are they now?
A: As a Junior I looked up to guys like Ned and Tinker Juarez. The 1998 Tour de France came on at 3 in the morning and stayed up and watched Marco Pantani win the tour on a huge climb. I thought that was pretty cool. At first, I was nervous lining up with the guys that I had only seen in the magazines. But I got over that and realized they are just guys. They really aren’t as cool as you think. I guess Ned is a pretty cool guy.
Q: What was the junior racing scene like in Michigan? Where there any junior programs around where you lived?
A:There is a pretty good series of mountain bike races. I could pretty much race every weekend with a 3 hour drive or less. There were a good group of juniors that battled every weekend. My dad also raced and we would go to the races together. There was nothing like the Durango Devo. I was sponsored by Billy’s Bike Shop. Billy would give me a deal on bikes, help me with coaching and hand me bottles at races.
Q: What advice would you give to a junior mountain biker looking to make a profession of cycling?
A: I would not be afraid to try some road races. It is good for the fitness. Most top mountain bikers race or have raced the road. It will help you develop and there are a lot more guys getting paid racing road. There are many development teams that will give you bikes fly you all over the world to race. You can always race both, I am going to race Mountain Bike Nationals in Granby this year.
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Last Friday several Devo coaches and an athlete headed over to the grand opening of the Durango Performance Center. We arrived just as Dr. Bruce Andrea was explaining his services that will cater to the local athletic community. Local pro road rider for the newly formed Bahati Foundation Team, Neil Coleman was the guinne pig as cycling coach Rick Crawford ran through a Vo2max/blood lactate test for the crowd. Along with the athlete testing services, Dr. Andrea has started up a non-profit in the aims of studying heart performance in youth athletes and diagnosing disease. Called the Philippides Project Inc. after the famed pre-Olympic message runner who died instantly after running over 300 miles to inform the land of the competition ahead. The project is looking for funding to begin working with the communities youth athletes.Read More
From Field Blevins, President of Durango BMX
“Hello Everyone. Many thanks to the volunteers who worked on the track yesterday. It is ready to ride. It has been packed and is in pretty good shape for this time of the year. There is still a fair amount of loose dirt on the top, especially in the turns, but there was a positive report and a lot of smiles from the riders who practiced today. As soon as the city feels it is warm enough to be safe to turn on the water, we can finish getting it into great shape. We need to be able to wet the track to be able to finish packing the surface.”
“We will begin gate practice this Tuesday. 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, but I anticipate some riders will be there before 5 pm. Please watch the web site, as I anticipate that we will have our first race very soon (dictated by weather and track conditions). The web site will announce practice and race dates.”Read More