AOA/DEVO Short Track #9 is for the Ladies

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On your mark, get set, go! This Wednesday’s DEVO short track series will be held by the Devas – the U19 Girls Team. Bring a friend, sport your pink + rock a smile! Prizes for male and female winners, hole shot and happiest rider. ūüôā

Registration opens @ 5:00pm

B race @ 5:30pm

Kids race @ 6:00pm

A race @ 6:30pm

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Weekend Update

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Snowmass was a sweet circus with Lance on site. He put on quite a show and took a big win over Colorado’s strongman, Jay Henry. Dang he is fast in person. Also fast in person were the Blevins’. Kaylee took the win in the 14 and under girls and Chris took the mountain cross. Wispers were heard as he flew over the massive double jumps with ease. “Who’s the new kid?”, they were probably asking. Gino Pastore took a 2nd in cat 1, Elliott Saslow took a 3rd in the cat 2, River Weiss took 7th in the u14 boys ¬†and Annie Cheeney took a 3rd in the cat 2 women. Then in the downhill on sunday, Coach Evan Elliott had his best finish as a pro, taking 27th place of 70 pro men. U-19er Taylor Borucki had a bad line and flatted and fellow teammate Kyle Horn placed 22nd in the cat 1 men and Gino Pastore took 14th in the cat 2 men. Then in the super D, Coach Chad took 3rd in the open men, Gino 2nd and Elliott Saslow 4th in the u18 race.

About 6 hours away in Dolores, Colorado, DEVO athletes Stephan Davoust and Emily Schaldach each won the cat 2 junior race. FLC coach won the race and looked to have beaten the course record by 3 minutes, earning him an extra $100. The previous record was held by DEVO board member TBrown, who took 2nd today. The female pro race was won by FLC cyclist, Teal Stetson-Lee.

Then Like 30 hours from there in Vermont, DEVO’s Kaila Hart took on the fast girls of the east and placed 3rd in the Pro XCT race. Teammate Alicia Rose haad to bail after her derailuer ripped off. Todd Wells placed 3rd, Rotem Ishay was 8th, and Andy Shultz placed 10th. Nice work Durango.

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AOA/DEVO STXC #8 Results

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August 5th, 2009

Animas Orthopedic Associates/DEVO SHort Track Series #8

B Women; 1. Hannah Madden, 2. Kaylee Blevins, 3. Annie Cheeney, 4. Emily schaldach, 5. Joan Walker, 6. Traci Rock

B Men; 1. Chris Blevins, 2. Collin Francom, 3. Will Berger, 4. Devin Feilen, 5. Shane Ellis

B Holeshot; Chris Blevins, Hannah Madden

Kids Race; Tanner, Keiran, Brady, Maddie, Ian, Ivan, Lilly

A Women; 1. Krista Park, 2. Tina Dominic

A Men; 1. Matt Schriver, 2. Joey Thompson, 3. Travis Brown, 4. Joe Schneider, 5. Chad Cheeney, 6. Gino Pastore, 7. Erich McAlister, 8. Colton Anderson, 9. Dustin Wanstrath, 10. Mitch Fedak

A Holeshot; Joey Thompson, Krista Park

Past Results

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Jr. DEVO Ride and Meeting Place Map

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Check out this cool map!  It is a map of all the meeting places for Jr. DEVO rides.  All you have to do is click on the meeting place and it will give you directions from where you are.  No more having to call at the last minute trying to figure out where we are!  Thanks Sarah!  http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&vps=1&jsv=169c&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=109229215724892315317.0004705acb7b2b19c2487 

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Women's Mountain Bike Clinic w/ Elke and Sarah

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Calling all women mountain bikers and those wishing to be women mountain bikers (cross-dressers need to be approved by our committee before partaking!)….this is the last chance to learn¬†mountain bike skills¬†from Elke Brutsaert and Sarah Tescher.¬†¬†Aug. 22nd from 9 am– 1 pm will be our last clinic of the season for all levels of riders.¬† From 12- 1pm, we will be visited by local female mountain biker, mom of 3, and pilates teacher Lyra Parker to go over pilates for cycling.¬†¬† This is a low intimidation clinic for all women who just want to feel more comfortable riding and to learn skills from Elke, a 2009 National Champion, and Sarah, a mom of 2 and local racer.¬† IGNORE the posters around town tauting this as a race clinic…it is not a race clinic although we may be able to convince Elke to teach us all how to jump!

Pre-reg online at www.durangomountainbikecamp.com or just head into Mountain Bike Specialist.  10% of proceeds go to the Fort Lewis Female Cycling Team!  More info?  Just call Sarah at 779-8480 or email.

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Lance In Snowmass

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The latest rumor is that Tour de France bronze medalist, Lance Armstrong will be on the line at the MSC race this weekend in Snowmass. The source for this rumor said he’d be racing pro xc on saturday and possibly dh on sunday. That would be wild. DEVO has several athletes making the trip this weekend, Chris Blevins, Gino Pastore and River Weiss. Good luck to you and have fun watching Lance shred the dirt.

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Short Track #8 is Tonight

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The Animas Orthopedic Associates/DEVO SHort track Series is on for tonight at the same place, same time. Registration begins at 515 with the B men and women going off at 530. The kids race will follow at 6pm with the A men and women finishing off the night at 630. Cost is $10 per racer and all the proceeds benefit the Durango DEVO teams. We’ll see you there.

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Trails 2000 This Wednesday

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Tomorrow night, Mary and the Trails 2000 crew are leading a building/maintenance mission off of Jenkins Ranch Road. The singletrack begins at the far north end of the road. Volunteers should hike up the trail with a tool until they meet the action. Check out the website below for all the info.

The TK2 website.

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Hermosa Offroad Classic Amazing Again

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The 3rd offering from Dave Hagen of Fort Lewis Cycling was rad once again. For the first time in its history, the race was run under sunny skies. Rain from storm earlier in the week made for perfect singletrack. Course records were set in almost every category. Winning the over all long course was Matt Shriver of FLC coachage, and Krista Park of New Mexico. Matt set the new time standard of 2 hours and 52 minutes. Dang. DEVO’s Howard Grotts also set a new short course record, writing in a time of 1 hour 37 minutes. Other DEVO athletes in the mix were U19er Stephan Davoust, winning the cat 2 15-18 category with a time of 2 hours and 2 minutes. Coaches Annie and Chad Cheeney took 2nd each in the cat 1 women and singlespeed A categories. Jr DEVO coaches Sarah Tescher and Jon Bailey each won the Singlespeed A category, and Sabina Kraushaar took 3rd in the pro women.

full results here2009-hermosa-classic-results

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Mary Monroe Interview

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Durango DEVO is all about singletrack mountain bike trails. We ride them, race them and help maintain them. Durango is lucky to have such a sweet trail network, thanks to the hard work from the Trails 2000 family. The non-profit which began in the 90’s, is headed by executive director Mary Monroe. Mary moved here in 2006 and took over the non stop job from Bill Manning. Mary likes racing it appears from her appearances at the local cyclocross, short track and mtb races. Lately she has been seen shredding some pretty burly endurance high country races. Here are some things from our superstar friend.

Q: You recently competed in the Brek Epic. What was it like racing everyday at altitude? Did it feel impossible at any point?

A: Altitude offers many challenges and the biggest obstacle is looking¬†up at a 12,000 plus peak and knowing you have to go over, around and¬†then some to the finish. I was most intimidated by one stage named the¬†Circumnavigation of Mt. Giyot (gee-oh)…we reached the snow field in¬†the top and the views were amazing.¬† Everyone was euphoric (or in¬†complete oxygen deprivation) and even happier to stop pushing their¬†bikes! I crashed super hard on Stage 4 and didn’t think I could start¬†the next day. It felt impossible but I thought of all of my friends in¬†Durango who believed in me and got right back on the saddle.


Q: Whats it like racing as a duo in that event? Is it hard to stick together?

A: Like any good partnership, you have to choose your mates wisely. My¬†teammate Heather has one of the best attitudes of anyone I know. That¬†is a secret to racing together. She’s positive, happy, encouraging and¬†courageous. She certainly had to coax me up a few steep mining road¬†climbs but we had so many laughs racing together.


Q: Was there any interesting trail design stuff you noticed? Anything to¬†incorporate in DGO’d trail network?

A: Most of the trail network in Summit County is a result of old¬†mining roads that still operate as gravel roads. Durango is blessed¬†with so much high country and urban interface singletrack that is¬†really hard to leave and go someplace else to ride. My teammate used¬†to work at IMBA while I was on the board of directors so we had¬†several conversations about trail conditions and design. I have a hard¬†time turning my ‘trail eyes’ off but I’m always on the lookout for new¬†ideas.


Q: You also competed in that burly Purg race that was like 8 hours of mtn biking. That sounded like a hard race, what got you through that?

A: My friend Katri is a superstud. The wonderful volunteers at the¬†bottom of Jones Creek were more than happy to take me back up to my¬†car but she wasn’t having it and we continued up Hermosa to the finish¬†at the bottom of the World’s course. It was cold, rainy and¬†challenging but like anything else in life that’s difficult, your¬†attitude and behavior are all that you can control. So we persevered:).


Q: The Raider Ridge extension went through this week, nice work, what advice would you give people looking to ride up there for the first time.

A: Like Mr. Dalla says, you may want to take a sandwich and just go¬†for a hike the first time you experience the trail. It’s very rocky¬†and technical like Extended Ridge used to be when trail users first¬†started riding it. We all need to remember that this trail and all the¬†trails we use are on private property and respecting that and other¬†trail users we encounter will help the greater good.


Q: Who is your favorite mountain bike racer of all time and why? (besides your hubby Travis)

A: Juli Furtado. She always was and still is a super stud athlete.¬†She’s overcome so much in her life and continues to pursue her¬†passions. We actually worked together to start her company, Juliana¬†and had so much fun testing that first bike in Lake Tahoe.


Q: If you could only have one bike for the next 5 years, what would that be?

A: One bike, really? Why? It would be a carbon¬†fiber, singlespeed 29er built into a detachable ‘bakfiets’ style cargo¬†bike. Complete with slicks for commuting and knobby tires for trail¬†rides.¬†



Q: Any cycling tips for the young ladies of DEVO?

A: They are already inspiring all of us. I think the only tip is to¬†appreciate their amazing coaches (props to Annie, Sarah, Kricket and¬†Jess) and I’m so proud to see them riding around on the trails and¬†making such healthy, positive choices in their lives. GO DEVAS!

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DEVO Photos from Nationals from cyclingnews.com

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Photos courtesy of Dave McElwaine of Cyclingnews.com

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Jr. DEVO Fall Registration

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To all the Jr. DEVO shredders out there eager to ride again this Fall, we are excited to ride with you!   Please come and sign up at the Jr. DEVO registration meeting Monday August 17th 6-7:30pm at the Rec Center.  We will provide waivers, medical and code of conduct forms for you to fill out.  Be sure to have all your contact and insurance information handy.  The Fall Jr. DEVO session runs for 8 weeks starting the week of September 7th and ending with a fun family Halloween ride at the end of October.  The cost is $150.  We offer a kindergarten ride, 6-7 year old ride, 20 inch ride, all girls ride, 24 inch ride and a 24-26 inch advanced ride.  The details of which ride falls on what day will be at the meeting and the schedules will be emailed to you and put on the blog soon after.  Your kiddo can sign up for more than 1 ride if he/she likes.  We have ordered jerseys and they should be here soon!  Spread the word to your friends, little brothers and sisters- tell them how fun it is to ride bikes with friends!

If you have any questions please email DEVO Director Annie Cheeney- annie@durangodevo.com  

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

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