Telegraph Hill Climb Results
Alumni Tad Elliott is off to Austraila for the next week as he prepares for fidays U23 World Championship cross country race. Tad is there with fellow Durangoan Todd Wells to represent in the world scene. Here is Tad’s latest update.
Flight went well economy plus on the isle with no one next to me. I slept for 7:30 hours straight no sleeping pill. Woke up ate some food then took another 1:30 nap. I had so much food I did not even eat the airplane food. Very Nice. Course is good with a lot of single track and tons of option lines with jumps over ditches, drops, and fun stuff. It is a lot like Colorado trails. I hope to do well. Colin Cares and I are roommates. Hotel room is so swank. Two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, big flat screen TV, movie channels, two bathrooms and showers, plus our own laundry. So nice. Food set up is rad. Walk downstairs and there is 4 star restaurant preparing our meals. We see tons of Cockatiels and Parrots flying around, Kangaroo dead on the side of the road, I have not seen a live one yet but I hope to soon. It is very cold and windy here. Thermal stuff like spring in Colorado. Talk to you more when there is something cool to report.
If you are all signed up for the Fall jrDEVO season, go ahead and find your ride schedule down below and print it off.Read More
Q: How did you first here about the DEVO program and what did you expect?
A:Well I first actually heard about the program through Ben Kraushaar’s mom. My mom was an orthodontist assitant at the time and Ben’s Mom happened to come into the office one day. Ben’s mom mentioned the program and gave me Chad Cheeney’s phone number. I gave Chad a ring and had a little informal meeting with him and joined the team at that time. I really didn’t know what to expect from the program, especially since this was the first year Durango DEVO was around. But it was amazing. I think there were like 9 kids on the team or something like that so it was SUPER sweet!
Q: What is the most bestest skill you learned while training with DEVO?
A: Probably just learning how to be all around a good rider. The program really emphasizes the importance of being good at everything on every kind of terrain. That’s super key to being a strong racer, being all around good at everything. Being a great descender wont win you a race, nor will just being a great climber. You have to be both in order to succeed in racing.
Q: What has been you favorite day of practice? And what makes it stand out?
A:Oh man, that’s a difficult question for sure. They all were favorites, there are definitely some that stand out. If I had to pick one night out of any I actually am going to pick the night that I shot Chad’s Movie Segment for my first Film, Durango DEVO. I know that it wasn’t really a practice and I was filming instead of riding but that night still stands out hugely in my mind. Chad was shredding hogsback apart over and over again, and I was just in awe of Chad’s skill and control. Then Chad proceeded to hit pretty much every jump up on powerlines on his singlespeed hardtail with the seat fully raised. I was just so excited because a segment that I really really wanted to come together ended up being better than I could have ever hoped.
Q: How about race results, What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A: I’ve pretty stoked on my 2 Mountain States Cup Super D Series Championships that I won in 2007 and 2008. And also in 2008 I got 3rd Place at the National Round in Dear Valley for Junior Super D which was sweet because the field was STACKED with fast dudes.
Q: If you could have one bike for the rest of your life, what would that be?
A: I would definitely have to say my Tomac Carbide SL. It’s a way sweet bike and Tomac has really helped me out this year by letting my ride for them. It’s just a great all around bike that does just about everything well. I love it and thanks to Joel Smith over at Tomac for all the help and support this year.
Q: You made two killer films about DEVO during your time on the team. Is filmmaking something you are going to keep on pursuing? Will you shoot another for us in the far off future?
A: I’m actually going to school for film so I”m definitely trying to pursue it for my career. I just really love everything about filming from shooting to editing to finally seeing the finished product up on the big screen. As far as shooting further stuff with DEVO I would love to. With how busy I was getting ready for college this year I wasn’t able to make another DEVO film, but who knows, I”ll be back in future summers and would love to shoot some more 😀
Q: What classes are you taking this semester? Have you had time yet to sample the local singletrack.
A: I’m taking some film classes right now as well as some Communications Classes mainly. All stuff thats going towards my major as a Film Studies Student. I actually haven’t had a chance yet to sample very much singletrack. I’m going for a ride this weekend though with the ‘ol Mountain States Cup Crew that lives up here in Boulder. It’s awesome seeing all these kids who live in boulder that I have raced with for years now over the circuit. They have been awesome so far in showing me around and letting me know the best spots to shred.
August 26th, 2009
Animas Orthopedic Associates/DEVO Short Track #11
B Men; 1. Gaige Sippy, 2. Chris Blevins, 3. Kenji Fortune, 4. Stephan Davoust, 5. River Weiss, 6. Derek Pansze, 7. Will Berger, 8. Wyeth Rossi, 9. Devin Feilen, 10. Shane Ellis
B Women; 1. Hannah Madden, 2. Annie Cheeney, 3. Kaylee Blevins, 4. Joan Walker, 5. Whitney Wanstrath, 6. Amy Katz, 7. Lilly Oswald, 8. Hannah Peterson
B Holeshot; Stephan Davoust
Kids Race; Elle and Nora
A Women; 1. Krista Park, 2. Alicia Rose Pastore
A Men; 1. Drew Edsall, 2. Matt Shriver, 3. Dustin Wanstrath, 4. Lars Ellefson, 5. Greg Lewis, 6. Chad Cheeney, 7. Grady James, 8. Joe Burtoni, 9. Gino Pastore, 10. Matt Phillips, 11. Sean Peck
A Holeshot; Drew EdsallRead More
FLC’s Dave Hagen has put together a good looking local cross series for this upcoming fall season. At the moment it looks like races will take place at FLC’s football stadium, Santa Rita Park, Dolores, Aztec and Cortez. Sweet. FLC 08 Squawker Cup FlyerRead More
Where is Elle Vita? That is the new development up from the Mana Soup Kitchen that leads to the trails of Durango Mountain Park. Mary and Trails 2000 will be doing a work day this wednesday from 4-7pm. You can park at the end of the pave, bring some gloves, solid shoes and get ready to have a good time while helping out the local trail system.Read More
The 2009 edition of the local August Horse Gulch shredfest, Dirt Lovers Rally was a see of blue, red and yellow DEVO jerseys. As the final team race of the 2009 season, the junior team showed up in mass and put the seasons hard work to the final test. Sucsesses were seen on all fronts as the teams members gave it thier all for the event. Organizer Rick Callies said if it were not for our team, he would have had to cancell the race for 2010. Numbers were down for some reason, and DEVO saved the day.
Beginner Female; 1. Whitney Wanstrath, 2. Hannah Peterson, 3. Avra Saslow, 4. Martina Pansze, 5. Amy Katz, 6. Lily Oswald, 7. Grace Pansze, 8. Zoe Furer, 9. Elle Feilen
Beginner Male; 1. Charlie Greenberg, 3. Will Berger, 4. River Weiss, 5. Derek Pansze, 6. George McQuinn, 7. Carl Hampton, 8. Carter McQuinn
Sport Female; 2. Kaylee Blevins, 6. Emily Schaldach, 8. Elyse Massone
Sport Male; 3. Stephan Davoust, 14. Daniel Walker, 18. Devin Feilen
Expert Female; 2. Kaila Hart, 4. Joan Walker
Expert Male; 2. Tad Elliott, 4. Howard Grotts, 8. Grady James, 15. Elliott Saslow
Singlespeed Sport Female; 1. Jess Reed, 2. Annie Cheeney
Singlespeed Sport Male; 2. Levi Kurlander
Singlespeed Expert Female; 1. Sarah Tescher, 2. Kricket Lewis
Singlespeed Expert Male; 5. Chad CheeneyRead More
This sunday is the 3rd annual Tour de Farms here in Durango. There are 2 ride options to tour the local good food makers. One is in town and one is out of town, and they meet at the Smiley Building. The Durango Wheel Club blog has all the info, so check it here and see if your hungry.Read More
Durango’s Darian Harvey and Chris Heath are leading the series standings for the Pro Gravity Tour with on race left. This is hugefor Durango after years of absence from the gravity side of professional racing, Harvey also won the mountain cross series and locals Tommy Tacarczyk finished 3rd in the men with Heiki Hall in 4th and Arthur Daley in 6th. Booya.Read More