Chalk Creek xc Photos
Nice work to Alumni Tad! Here is the results
Q: Was this the biggest race you have ever done? Got any stats?
A: Yes, man was it huge. Here are some quick stats. 220 Starters. 30,000 Fans. Town Population under 1000. Start Lap plus five laps. Start hill 20% Grade.
Q: What did you do the morning of your race? Did you see any fellow
competitors doing anything weird?
A: I woke up ate some delicious potatoes and drank some coffee. Rode my bike around for a minute in my Pajamas, then started to crank some JT to get ready to race. I only saw some weird stuff the day before the race. A whole factory team riding in a peloton being motor paced by a huge van.
Q: There were billions of people on the course cheering, did anyone scream
your name? Did you hear anything funny?
A: There were some cheers for me out there with my name in them. Mainly american women that had already raced. Nothing too funny out there. Just “Go American.” My team mate always reports back they he gets cheers like “Go OBAMA” and “YES WE CAN” all the time.
Q: How did your race go?
A: My race was awesome. I finished on the lead lap and was riding around 70’s 80’s and with one and a half laps to go, then I bonked super hard and tried to make it to the finish.
Q: What will it take to break the top 50?
A: A top 50 over in Europe will be hard. It will take some experience at being over here and knowing how to prepare for a World Cup. Maybe some more short track work outs would help. Its feels like a short track that lasts for two hours.
Q: What World Cup woman do you dig the most?
A: Oh there is no Question its Lea Davison. She went to the riser bars right before Offenberg, so she knows what is up. All the american women over here are super rad so lets hope they kill it this season.
The Chapman Hill Mountain Cross course is set to get dialed this saturday. Track builders Tommy T and Cody Wilderman are heading up the charge this saturday. They have asked for help grooming the sweet, huge course. The track has taken on a fair number of looks throughout the past decade, but this version appears to be the most professional yet. The goal is to be as close to the industry standard as possible to make Durango more appealing to national and international competition. If you want a piece, show up on saturday.Read More
This weekend, starting thursday, Durango BMX will be doing the ol’ switcheroonie. A pro track builder named Billy will be coming and redoing all the straight away features. The crew needs help from the community to rake and smooth out the course. If you are interested in lending a hand, show up friday evening, or anytime all day saturday and sunday. The Durango track is considered one of the best built tracks in the state.Read More
The local squad plays next this weekend in Nathrop, Colorado at the somethingth annual Chalk Creek Stampede. It is the second stop in the MSC Series and the third team race this season for the student athletes. 35+ racers and family will camp out at the local campground, with cross country racing on saturday and slalom and short track on sunday. A serious “DEVO Shwag Fest” will take place friday night at team dinner, random cycling artifacts from test pilot Matt Phillips of Bicycling Magazine, and other local cyclers. Bread also chipped in for pasta bread and pre race cookies. City Market also lent a hand with the beeef, thanks to Devin for the fuel.
DEVO alumni Tad Elliott just completed his most massive World Cup to date in finishing 138th of 180 in Offenburg, Germany for round 2 of the World Cup XC series. Here are the results and story.
Q: Did you know anybody around you at the start line? What was that like?
A: I did know one person, I was near Barry Wicks. He was easy to spot since he was about a foot taller than anyone else around us. I also met Kris Sneedon on the start line and we started right next to each other. It was nice to see some friendly faces amidst a sea of Euros with their game faces on.
Q: How did the first 5 minutes of the race go for you? Describe the feeling of being in that massive pack of hammers on the start.
A: The start really is crazy. The first five minutes for me were tough. I managed to stay upright which was goal number one. The feeling of being in massive pack of hammers was GRIPPED. There is a lot of dust you can’t see that well and you are trying to pass guys. It was intense, but now I know to stay relaxed and go with the flow.
Q: How did you finish?
A: I finished well started to move up the last couple of laps and came in 138th. I was more pumped that I did not crash or flat or walk any decents.
Q: Was there anything techy on the course that messed with you?
A: Yes. There is this 90 degree left turn off a log drop into super steep roots and ruts and then another flat 90 degree loose gravel turn to a rock drop off with hay bails on both sides for protection. The first day a girl crashed crazy hard infront of me and I could not get that image out of me head. On race day there were probably 1000 spectators there with huge speakers blasting music and a guy was anouncing over the loud speaker who you were and what country you were from before you dropped in. There was a little NASCAR vibe with people wanting to see some CARNAGE.
Q: Who is your favorite German World Cuper? Besides Sontagg.
A: Sabine Spitz she won gold at the Olympics last year. Getting to see her race and hearing the cheers of the crowd when she would came by was pretty cool. The loudest I have ever heard fans at a bike race.
This weekend, the South Rim Duathlon takes place here in Durango. The first part is the sweet run up Sale Barn Canyon trail with the Big Canyon trail back to the start finish. The Mountain bike is next with the same loop and more, the Big Canyon downhill finish is a classic. If you would like to help and volunteer for the event, contact Rick Callies at 375-7308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
Friday April 24th
U-19 Ladies; Kaila 22:38, Hannah M. 27:22, Alicia Rose 20:54, Joan 27:26
U-19 Men; Kyle 20:36, Elliott 19:03, Taylor 19:07, Howard 16:46, Gino 17:58, Sepp 19:53, Nick 26:08, Stephan 22:51
U-14 Girls; Whitney 28:50, Martina 29:29, Kaylee 31:33, Amy 27:32, Hannah P. 27:44, Avra 26:59, Lilly 27:00
U-14 Boys; Shane 32:28, River 32:17, Devin 29:47, Will 31:42, Haakon 20:39, Christopher 20:38, Collin 23:41, Carl 46:40, Hank 23:17, Levi 22:35, Cully 23:23, James dnf, Keenan 34:16, Derek 27:04
Coaches and Helpers; Kricket 25:17, Annie 25:53, Evan 21:59, Lars 17:13, Chad 18:26Read More
Women Overall; 1. Tina Dominic, 2. Kaila Hart, 3. Kricket Lewis, 4. Annie Cheeney, 5. Mary Monroe
Men Overall; 1. Ben Sonntag, 2. Travis Brown, 3. Cale Redpath, 4. Joey Thompson, 5. Chad Wells
Jr Expert Girls; 1. Kaila Hart, 2. Lilly Oswald
Jr Expert Boys; 1. Elliott Saslow, 2. Kyle Horn
Jr Sport Boys; 1. Chris Blevins, 2. Stephan Davoust, 3. Devin Feilen, 4. Riley Wanzak, 5. River Weiss
Jr Sport Girls; 1. Hannah Madden, 2. Joan Walker, 3. Kaylee Blevins
Jr Beginner Girls; 1. Whitney Wanstrath, 2. Hannah Peterson, 3. Emily Schaldach
Jr Beginner Boys; tied for 3rd. Will Berger, Shane Ellis, and Keenan Desplanques
Coaches; Annie Cheeney 2nd Expert Women, Kricket Lewis 1st Singlespeed Women, Chad Cheeney 7th Expert men
Moms and Friends; Julie Feilen 1st sport veteran women, Dana Desplanques 3rd, Robin Guillaume 2nd Singlespeed Men, and Bob Davoust sport veteran men.Read More