The Durango DEVO riders won four National Championships in Sol Vista on the first day of competition. Alicia Rose Pastore started the day off with win in the stacked cat 1 15-18 ladies field. After getting a dicey start, Alicia quickly made her way to the front of the pack on the steep starting climb. She held the lead to the finish, with second placer Jill Belhen from Boulder catching her on the last straightaway, and sprinting for the win. U19er Kaila Hart had her best race ever to finish 3rd after spending a lap and a half in second place. Kaila dug deep and finished strong. DEVO coach Annie Cheeney took her win from the first climb as well. The quick start gave her a gap to hold off the strong cat 2 30-39 women, and solo to victory. It was Annie’s best race ever. The U14 girls followed the lead of their coach Annie short there after. Next it was Kaylee Blevins cruising to a win, again with a fast start up the first steep incline. Kaylee used her downhill skills to keep her gap and take her first stars and bars jersey. Teammate Elyse Massone was in the zone for her winning ride, and again took the lead early to cement her victory. She finished minutes ahead of her next competitor, and was all smiles while telling coaches and family of the fun descent to the finish.
Podiums were also had by Joan Walker who finished 3rd in the cat 2 15-18 girls, Stephan Davoust 5th in the junior men 13-14, Chris Blevins 2nd and Keenan Desplanques 10th in the 11-12 boys and Elliott Saslow was 6th in the cat 2 15-18 boys. Collin Francom was 29th, Hank Stowers 33rd and James Shahan dnfed after a flat tire change resulted in a busted tube valve in the cat 2 15-18 boys. Levi Kurlader finished a fast race in 6th in the junior 13-14 boys. U19 racer Chase Orrick placed 33rd and Alumni Joe Schneider was 13th in the super fast under 23 race.
Saturdays racing action begins in a couple hours with Sepp, Gino and Howard taking the line in the Cat 1 15-16 boys.
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