Gallup, NM Trails and Junior Cycling Event

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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Sweet ELite’s in Puerto Rico!

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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.

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Big Mountain Enduro Comes to Town This Weekend

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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.

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Zia Taqueria/Devo mini Enduro #3

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August 28 2013 Gulch mini Enduro #3

Women Stage 1: 1. India 11.29, 2. Anne 13.11, 3. Skye 13:19, 3. Jenn 13:19, 5. Leila 14.22

Men Stage 1: 1. Mike 9:43, 2. Colton 9:56, 3. Chad 10:06, 4. Stephan 10:13, 5. Miles 10:28, 6. Nick 10:35, 7. Paul 10:36, 8. James 10:39, 9. Grady 10:39, 10. Tyler 10:40, 11. Boone 10:50, 12. Erich 11:08, 13. Kirt 11:13. 14. Garret 11:18, 15. Anders 11:18, 16. Bryce 11:38, 17. Heikki 11:42, 18. Ben 12:43, 19. John 12:53, 20. Macky 13:04, 21. Trevor 13:19, 22. Tye 13:29, 23. Cody 13:32, 24. Denis 13:54, 25. Gaige 15:12, 26. Ivan 16:12, 27. Logan 19:10

Women Stage 2: 1. Jenn 4:02, 2. Anne 4:05, 3. Leila 4:09, 4. Skye 4:41

Men Stage 2: 1. Dylan 2:55,, 2. Colton 2:56, 3. Mike 3:04, 4. Chad 3:05, 5. Grady 3:11, 6. Stephan 3:11, 7. Miles 3:12, 8. Paul 3:18, 9. Heikki 3:19, 10. Tyler 3:22, 11. Erich 3:23, 12. Nick 3:26, 13. Boone 3:28, 14. James 3:30, 15. Anders 3:36, 16. Garret 3:37, 17. Trevor 3:39, 18. Ben 3:40, 19. Bryce 3:48, 20. Kirt 4:11, 21. Cody 5:02, 22. Ivan 5:10, 23. Gaige 5:10, 24. Macky 9:44

Most Consistent; Both Colton and Annie placed 2nd on each stage.

Most Improved; Heikki went from 17th on the pedaly stage one and finished 9th on stage 2.

Amazing Race: Junior Logan did stage 1 on a brand new singlespeed dirt jumper, his first Enduro ever. Mike’s/Cuchillo/Meadow

Past Results-

Next Wednesday Trailwork with T2K at Shocker and Talker, meet at Factory Trails or Goegline Gulch trail intersection.

Thanks so much to all our volunteers. The timers, marshals, medics, fans and of course the city for letting us do this.

And a big thanks to our sponsors for the series Zia Taqueria, Durango Devo and the Trek/Zia-Ska pro mountain bike team.

Remember to be respectful of other trail users out there as we want to do this in the future for shizzy.

This weekend- BME Durango Enduro on August 31st-1st.

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City needs bike counters!!!

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Please sign up for Bike & Ped Count Days – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/wZEyHz
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you have questions, please contact me.wade.moore@durangogov.org or call 970-375-4952

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Time to Register for FLC’s Fall Blaze

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Hosted by Fort Lewis College, the Durango Fall Blaze offers three different tour options, including a 37-mile, 60-mile, and 100-mile ride.  The tour starts when the clocktower rings 8am and a police escort leads the riders out from the center of campus. There are six food/aid stations along the way, support vehicles on the course, and a party at the finish line back in the center of campus! The ridership is limited to ensure a quality event. The century course is of medium difficulty when compared to centuries around the country, and the 37-mile and the 60-mile are easier.

All proceeds benefit the Cycling Scholarship Fund at Fort Lewis College. The scholarship is dedicated to rising young cyclists. Each scholarship recipient must possess a love for the sport, maintain a 2.7 or higher grade point average, and must be an active community member. Both men and women are eligible, of course.

Click here to register and for more information

Registration fees cover:

  • A fully supported tour with sag support vehicles and five food/aid stations
  • The fabulous Fall Blaze Packet-Pickup Party at the Fort Lewis College Union Plaza
  • The Blaze Lunch and Celebration on campus, presented by Morehart Murphy Auto Center
  • A commemorative t-shirt and pinIMG_0190
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An Invitation from Jamis’s Rotem Ishay

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I’d like to invite you all for an event I’m putting together this Friday at the Rotary Park 3:30-8:30. As part as my job at Durango Performance Center, I’m producing the second annual Physiology in the Park community event – which is a non profit event aimed to educate kids about health, wellness and exercise physiology through involved learning and live demonstration of physiologic testing.
The event has a couple of activities that are of interest to you – screening of the movie Breaking Away (classic movie that relates to cycling), gift certificates raffle (full day lift tickets to DMR and more…) and an interview with our guest speaker Todd Wells! oh and one more thing, you will probably see one of our FLC cyclists going “all-out” on a VO2max test live!
You can check details of the event at the Durango Performance Center Facebook page, please like us as well!
In addition, I can use 2-3 volunteers from noon to help with setup. Really not that much to do, but very much appreciated!
Send it,
-Rotem Ishai
Durango Performance Center, Director and Exercise Specialist
1201 Main Avenue suite #205
Durango, CO 81301
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Zia Taqueria/Devo mini Enduro #2

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August 14 2013 Star Wars mini Enduro

Women: 1. Brittany Clawson 1:39:50, 2. Alisha Gibson 1:42:32, 3. Krista Park 1:47:89, 4. Sarah Tescher 1:50:02, 5. Lacey Andersen 2:09:08(junior), 6. Brianne Marshall 2:18:83

Men: 1. Taylor Borucki 1:27:02, 2. Colton Andersen 1:27:20, 3. Miguel Ramos 1:28:30, 4. Phil Cowen 1:28:64, 5. Chad Cheeney 1:28:77, 6. Mint Henk 1:29:36, 7. Heikki Hall 1:30:48, 8. Grady James 1:32:61, 9. Joe Schneider 1:33:88, 10. Miles Venzara 1:35:42, 11. Mike Wilk 1:35:80, 12. Robbie Jones 1:40:05, 13. Levi Kurlander 1:40:58(junior), 14. Jeremy Thompson 1:40:64, 15. Johnny Turner 1:41:92, 16. Dave Hagen 1:44:36, 17. Casey Rhae 1:45:55, 18. Erich McAlister 1:46:86, 19. John Hackman 1:47:45, 20. Will Berger 1:48:27(junior), 21. Garrett Alexander 1:52:55, 22. Barney Siegel 1:53:21, 23. Sven Brunso 1:53:77, 24. Eric Walecki 2:00:00, 25. Jack Tescher 2:04:42(junior), 26. Riley Jaber 2:37:14(junior)

Most Consistent (2 runs); The second run. Of 31 riders, 25 had their best run on the second of two runs.

Most Improved; Junior-Jack Tesher 12 seconds, Lacey Andersen 4.5 seconds, male-Sven Brunso 6 seconds, female- Brianne Marshall 9 seconds

Past Results-

Next Wednesday Trailwork with T2K at Overend Park, meet at Leyden Street

Following Wednesday ZIa/Devo mini Enduro #3 in Horse Gulch

Then BME Durango Enduro on August 31st-1st.

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