Women's MTB Clinics This Weekend

Women's MTB Clinics This Weekend

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Durango DEVO’s Sarah Tescher and Elke Brutsaert bring you DEVO moms and local ladies a monthly skills sesh to spice up you spring rides. The first one is this saturday from 9am to 1pm. You can register online at durangomountainbikecamp.com or at Mountain Bike Specialists. These two local shred legends will definitely treat you right.  womansmtbposter

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Fruita Fhotos

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 All Pics by Jeanne Pastore, Gino and Alicia’s mom.

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Fruita Results

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Dale’s Pale Ale Time Trial,  3miles

U-14 girls; 1. Kaylee Blevins 24:04, 2. Avra Saslow 26:32, 3. Amy Katz 26:35, 4. Hannah Quick 35:59(flatted and ran to the line)

U-14 boys; 1. Chris Blevins 20:52, 3. Cully Brown 23:14, 5. Charlie Greenberg 27:00, 6. River Weiss 29:28, 7. Keenan Desplanques 29:58, 8. Devin Feilen 30:32, 9. Harrison Quick 39:09

Cat 2 girls 15-18; 1. Hannah Madden 25:17, 2. Joan Walker 27:53

Cat 2 boys 15-18; 1. Elliott Saslow 19:58, 2. Haakon SIgerslid 20:19, 6. Hank Stowers 22:49, 7. Levi Kurlander 23:45, 8. Stephan Davoust 25:30

Cat 1 girls 15-18; 1. Alicia Rose Pastore 20:43

Cat 1 boys 15-18; 2. Gino Pastore 18:04, 3. Sepp Kuss 18:39

Coaches; Cat 2 womem, 2nd Annie Cheeney 25:28, singlespeed women, 1st Jess Reed 21:53, pro men 13th, Chad Cheeney 17:10, 5th Travis Brown 16:11.

full tt results

full xc results

Pro Men XC Race Video

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DEVO Does Fruita

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The weekend started off with a bang. On friday evenings’ team preride on the time trial course, DEVO U-19er Summer Ellefson fell and dislocated her elbow badly. The evacuation led into the darkness as we had to walk her out of the singletrack to the awaiting four wheelers. Local doctor and DEVO parent Field Blevins happened to be in the area preriding and came to help. U-14 Elliott Saslow rounded up a group of 4wheelers to help. Coach Kricket was on hand as well to give her athlete a hand to squeeze. They arrived back to camp at 10pm.

Summer was super tough and after getting back to camp at 2am, was awake rallying her teamates for the days task. Saturday mornings’ Time Trial went well for DEVO. Taking wins in 5 of the 6 junior categories. Elliott Saslow, Chris Blevins, Alicia Rose Pastore, Kaylee Blevins, Hannah Madden took wins. It was the first mtb race ever for Charlie Greenberg, River Weiss, Keenan Desplanques, Devin Feilen, and Harrison Quick. DEVO U-19er Alicia Rose Pastore won the Cat 1 15-18 ladies by over 2 minutes as her brother Gino placed second, with sidekick Sepp Kuss in 3rd in the cat 1 15-18 boys.

After a couple hours of post race fun riding and eating and resting, the team geared up to pre ride the next days track. After a brief lesson in race starts, the teams split up into groups and took off. Local Olympian Travis Brown took the older DEVO members out on course and taught them the art of riding fast with a big beard. Coaches Jess, Annie and Chad rode with the U-14, 19 girls and boys on the race loop and had a nice banana break on the slickrock section. Saturday night the team camped out under the stars in Rabbit Valley, a huge bonfire and a speech by Coach Chad helped the kids stay up a little later than usual on a night before the first cross country race of the season.

Sunday morning the U-14 boys and girls were awakened to a last minute course change that had everyone in a frenzy. The DEVO team stayed calm and went with the flow. After several wrong turns and confusing intersections, Chris Blevins crossed the line in first place for the boys and sister Kaylee another victory for the family. Kaylees teammates Amy Katz and Avra Saslow finished 2nd and 3rd behind.

In the Cat 2 boys and girls races, Elliott Saslow took 2nd place, his best cat 2 finish to date. While teammates Haakon Sigerslid and Stephan Davoust went 4,5. Hannah Madden and Joan Walker continued their Cat 2 domination from last year and went 1,2.

The Cat 1 race course was a grueling, technical 28 mile popsicle style loop, that with the mid day heat, was going to be a tough first race of the season. Team DEVO handled it in stride.

The Cat 1 boys took 3,4 and 5th place in the super competitive boys race. Gino Pastore, Howard Grotts and Sepp Kuss are young, but they proved that they belong. In the Girls race, Alicia Rose Pastore was leading by 4minutes untill the 2mile to go mark and flatted. The flat fix took longer than expected and she rolled in in 4th place. Teammate Kaila Hart, who drove in for the race the morning of, fresh off a late night after prom school party, battled it out in the heat and flatted twice and finished 6th.  Coach Kricket Lewis was out on course feeding the ladies and encouraging each athlete as they passed. DEVO alumni Joe Schneider raced in his first pro category race and finished 21st.

The Durango DEVO team travels to races as a team throughout the summer season. Coaches and helpers come with and the group camps out or stays in team condos. The goal of the team race is to teach the kids how to manage themselves at a race weekend. Their next team race is the local Alien Run Race in Aztec, New Mexico.

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FLC Uniforms

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Support the FLC Cycling Team
 
FLC Cycling Team Clothing is 40% off through May 1st at the FLC Bookstore in the College Union Building on the FLC Campus. The selection of items is huge: Water/Wind proof thermal and rain jackets, long sleeve jerseys, women’s and men’s short sleeve jerseys, women’s and men’s bib and non-bib shorts, thermal bib tights, arm and leg warmers, socks, hats, t-shirts and hoodies.  A portion of the proceeds go to the cycling team in it’s endeavor to win yet another National Championship at Collegiate Road Nationals, May 8-10 in Fort Collins, CO.
 
For more info on the FLC Cycling Team check out: http://cycling.fortlewis.edu

For more info on the sale or to purchase by phone, contact: Tammy Hendrix, 970-247-7497, hendrix_t@fortlewis.edu


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Sea Otter

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Durangoan Todd Wells took his first victory of the year at the Sea Otter Classic Short Track race this past weekend. DEVO alumni Tad Elliott placed 15th in the exact same race. In the Cross Country Todd paced 6th and Tad came in 30th. Read and look here.  Video’s and tons of stuff here.seaotter105

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Durango DEVO in Fruita

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The U-14 and 19 Durango DEVO mountain bike teams are in Fruita this weekend, participating in their first team race of the season. The Rabbit Valley Rally is the first stop on the Mountain States Cup Series, which takes place at 7 different venues around Colorado and New Mexico. The athletes will compete in the individual Time Trial on saturday and the Cross Country on Sunday.

Sepp Kuss Cranks out a Climb 

Sepp Kuss Cranks out a Climb

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Thursday JrDEVO Rides Cancelled

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Hey there DEVO Nation, Sorry to inform you of todays cancellation, but this is how it goes. Coaches Chad and Annie  will still show up at the meeting places to inform those who don’t know. The make up date will be Thursday June 4th 4-6 at Horse Gulch, for both 24inch and AllGirlsRide groups.

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Sol Vista Nationals Info

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Info This race is in July and takes place on the very date that the entire DEVO team has planned the perfect peak. On another note, here is a new bike review/test site to check out from time to time. It will be over on the right from now on. Its called sicklines.com.

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Squawker Road Race Results

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Results

Durango DEVO Alumni Nora Richards took 2nd in the collegiate B Women criterium. Alumni Joe Schneider placed 2nd in the Collegiate B road race for the Colorado School of Mines. Alumni Grady James took 5th in the Collegiate B’s for FLC. DEVO U-19er Elliott Saslow placed 19th in the cat 4/5 men, Sepp Kuss placed 12th and Howard Grotts was 7th in the super climby road race. Coach Chad Cheeney placed 8th in the road race and 3rd in saturdays criterium. The DEVO team is gettig warmed up for their first team race of the season this weekend in Fruita at the Rabbitt Valley Rampage. 

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Thrift Store Shed Action

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On Saturday, a pack of bikeless Durango DEVO cyclists met at the Volunteers of America Thrift Store, with a mission. The objective was to move the huge donation shed from current thrift store to new location. Levi’s dad Scott brought his trailer to the alley and parked it perfectly. Then Lily, Hannah, Harrison, Amy, Howard, River, Carl, Shane, Kyle, Keenan, Haakon and Coach all listened to Lisa the manager. So the group shimmied and shook, the shed broke loose. Ropes and come alongs, then DEVO muscles and there it sat upon the trailer. It was pushed off near the river at its new donation location. The VOA Thrift Store will still see a lot of cool donations, in a shed, down by the river.

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Elke Brutsaert Interview

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dh_brutsaertLocal retired DH superstar Elke Brutsaert has been working with the local college cycling team as well as the DEVO program ever since she gave up the traveling lifestyle as “team Mom” for the Giant World Cup mtb team. Durango is stoked to have her here for more months out of the year. Here is what she has to say about sweet stuff.

Q: What was your first, best bike ride memory?

A: When I was ages 3-5yrs, my family lived in Socorro NM.  There is not much I remember of these early days, being such a wee one and all.  I do have a vague memory of riding bikes with my brothers in the arroyo across the road from our house.   I do also recall the day we moved to Maine, when we found a black widow spider in the bottom of a trash can that was to get packed in the U-Haul.  SUPER scary day…first I had ever heard of a spider that could kill you, never mind the “rattler’s” all over the arroyo!

Q: Who did you look up to in the cycling world when you began your career in
the DH mtb world?

A: Susan Demoate (sp?) And why?  She was a great Icon of the sport!!  True professional, very friendly and genuinely excited for me…. a new racer on the DH circuit, ready to dominate.  She also later became a gracious Olympic medal winner in Athens, Georgia.  I also have great respect for Sara Ballentine and Cindy Devine….they were the founding mtb diva’s of equal prize money.  Unprecedented in many other sports.

Q: What was your favorite bike you ever rode when you raced professionally?
A:  I was chosen by Mert Lawill to pilot the first Schwinn/Yeti/Lawill prototype at a world cup in  Big Bear, CA.  Monkey, our trusted Mechanic and great friend, stayed up all night with Mert, working out the kinks of the new rear linkage system.  Grinding parts, reworking bushings, putting on stickers and dialing in the shox’s to make it all run smoothly for my morning race run.  I took one practice run and roosted the field to win my second World cup DH on a bike I had spent only 5 minutes on that morning in practice.  Regina Stiefel, the German WC overall leader was shocked, as she was expected to handily  win on this fitness course.  From that day, forward the Lawill rear linkage had a lasting name in the industry and I am honored to have been a part of that process which eventually produced the legendary Schwinn Straight 8 DH bike.  Also, it was entirely fun to feel like I had “one up” on my competitors.  The bike was a mental edge…it had one more inch of travel (4 inches of rear plushness) that worked really, really well…even in pedaling.  All my rivals knew I had this new prototype and would ride it in the race the next day.  Just the thought alone made them shudder with bike envy, hopelessly distracted by my sweet machine of domination.

Q: You were a massage artist for the Giant World Cup team the past few
years, what do you do now and how did it come to be?
A:  Yes, I was Soigneur for the Giant race bandits for several years…spoiling them rotten with my honed sports massage skills, home cooked meals and constant caretaking shenanigans.  Now that I have given up this fun and thankless job, which involved way to much air travel…..  I am currently in school at FLC working towards my Exercise Science degree.  I also teach part time at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Healing Arts and have a private massage practice.  I have also recently started personal training at 24 hr Fitness Solutions.  This is a new aspect to my “skill set”, which has been long in coming, as I have dabbled in the fitness & wellness field for many years and have a great wealth of knowledge in coaching, training and corrective exercise training specific to postural problems as well as Elite level performance.    I am excited to branch out, as I constantly reinvent myself.

Q: What is the most important thing young cyclist must learn in their
development as well rounded cyclists?
A: The aspect of REST, is one of the most poorly understood and under-utilized aspects of training.  In a sea of variables where you try to gain any margin of improvement, the most beneficial can sometimes simply be rest.  Learning when and how to rest is an art form and comes with maturity and experience.  Even some athletes, who are advised by the best coaches in the country, just do not listen and over train.  There is nothing worse than to see a talented young athlete dig themselves into a hopeless hole of fatigue, because they did not value rest as much as the training aspect.

Q: Have you witnessed any foreign junior programs in your world travels, and
do you have any top secret info?
A: Yes, the Brits. are dialed…as was obvious in China when they dominated 60% of all cycling disciplines.  The BCF is a very organized, government funded organization, which also has private donors who love to win medals…especially in Track events.  Most foreign federations are government funded, thus they usually have more youth based development programs.  In the US, since everything is privatized, our federation is ill in comparison without the Gov. funding.  Not all bad though….I think that the young D’go Devo athletes are on the right track and are lucky to have a private Devo program, where there is more say on a local level as far as what the program will offer.  With federations, there are always plenty of hoops to jump through and generally, in my opinion, way too much structure.  So, no need to look for any top secrete info in the foreign lands of Kurdistan and the likes, as you have all the right stuff here in your own back yard.  The program here in Durango has just the right mix.  Imposing too much structure without emphasis on fun, at a young age in athletics, seems a recipe for burnout.  It takes many years to develop a cycling career, where if the early years are pushed too hard, some kids may never evolve into what their parents pushed them to be in the first place.  Most elite level athletes from my era of racing, never raced as kids or teenagers, we all came into the sport through other sports in our 20’s.  So what is the rush???  Kids should be kids and allowed to enjoy the freedom of youth and thrill of sport simply because they love it.  So I commend you DEVO…for being the Beez-knees!!!  I wish I was a kid in your program…or no, maybe I wish I was Peanut, my dog…he has the life!!!

Q: If you had two hours and were felling super snappy, what mtb ride would
you do from town?  

A: I’d rip the Rim, being sure not to roost any joggers off the edge…..then rally up into the gulch via guigline(sp?) and up Telegraph,  down Crites and carbon Junction to the River trail to BMX.  Hit the track for a few laps, may plunge in the animas if it is hot and then up the nature trail to my car on campus.  Maybe sess. the pump track too.

Elke showing the U-19 ladies team how to dh in Log Chutes

Elke showing the U-19 ladies team how to dh in Log Chutes


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Mike's Latest Remodels

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tw_side_shot yak_sideshot1Local 1990’s bike restorer, Mike Wilk has cranked out a couple more gems. Check em. “The first is a 1994 Ted Wojcik Softrac FS. Built on an AMP-supplied platform, this was one of the first successful XC-race suspension designs. I rode the hell out of it at Phil’s World and loved it… and I hate full suspension bikes.  I wish more modern companies would adopt the less-is-more approach to suspension.  Of course it flexes like hell, but thats just inspires you to find a better line.

The second is a 1988 Yeti.  I built this as my race bike for the Keyesville Vintage MTB race in California last month. Completely period correct except for the pedals.  Everything was top of the line for that year, and it’s still 30lbs.  It was hell climbing but super fun on the corners and decents. One detail few people know about its no one designed the Yeti – it was just a copy of a BMX cruiser. It rides like one… great when you stand up / rail corners, awful when you sit down. This bike sucks for everything other than racing.” Mike Wilk

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