Mike's Latest Remodels

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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Want a DEVO Jersey

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Become a Durango DEVO supporter by purchasing a team issue jersey. The bummer is that it will cost you $250.00. The kids voted on it and said they would allow community supporters to sport their gear if they threw down huge to help the kids who could not afford new team duds. If you are interested in looking rad, please contact cahd@durangodevo.com and we’ll get you styled out.

U-19 jersey on the left and U-14 on the right. photo by Jeanne Pastore

U-19 jersey on the left and U-14 on the right. photo by Jeanne Pastore

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The Training Room

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The Training Room at Mercy gave a sweet little safety talk to the Durango DEVO coaches this past week. Athletic Trainer Jeff came to the home of the Cheeney’s and gave a great little informative talk on what to look for and how to treat a variety of sport injuries. The Training Room also offers VO2 max, and lactate threshold testing which is key for any young athlete looking to get the goods from the training regime.

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DEVO Has Shishim

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Welcome Scott Shishim to the U-14 boys rookie team. Scott is currently working on his USA Cycling Coaching license. He is a substitute teacher and is a super strong mechanic at the Durango Cyclery. And now he is a DEVO coach. pronounced, shish-im.

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Boys and Girls Club Bikes

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The Boys and Girls Club of Durango has bikes. The after school program offers fun bike rides from their front door, located in the Rec Center parking lot. Durango DEVO Coach Annie meets every monday, after school to lead rides around the Rec Center fun zone. All types of bikes are encouraged and so are helmets. The rides begin April 20th from 4-5pm. Waivers and serious stuff must be filled out ahead of time to participate. The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is all about this.

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Road Race This Weekend

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Yep. This saturday and sunday, Fort Lewis College Cycling will be hosting a time trial, criterium and road race here in Durango. Attached is the race flyer with all the specifics. There are open USA Cycling licensed races for all three events. There are however no junior categories. With the purchase of a one day license for 10 bones, juniors can race in the mens 4/5 group or the open women. Sundays road race is a circuit on campus that includes a decent down goeglin and up the 8th ave front hill. Tough and sweet. 09-flc-squawker-road-flyer

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Jr DEVO Ride Schedules

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It is time to unveil the 2009 Jr DEVO spring ride schedules. Rides begin the week of April 6th. YeeHa! Also, please remember to swing by Hassle Free Sports on North Main for your last minute cycling needs. They are the official JrDEVO sponsor and offer sweet deals on bikes and gear for those participating in the spring program. 

All Rides are 4-6pm except for the Kindergarten ride which is 4-530pm.

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Tour de Fort is Wednesday

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Below is a parade that will benefit a youth bike program this summer. Looks like you just show up on a bike and cruise around.

Wednesday, April 1st – Tour de Fort Bike Rally and Parade

What: Show your support for getting more people on bicycles at Fort Lewis College. Come to FLC’s first-ever bike rally and parade with music, snacks, speakers, possibly tune-ups, and pedal-powered parade through campus.  Wear costumes, ring bells, cheer loudly, and provide feedback on potential FLC bike programs.  For every bike that participates in the parade, the Environmental Center will make a donation to the new summer youth bike program.  More details on the way….When: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Where:  FLC amphitheater

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Saturday DEVO News

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*Practice begins this week for U-14, 19 mens and womens summer DEVO development programs. U-14 boys meet monday and friday, U-14 girls wednesday ad friday, U-19 ladies monday, wednesday and friday, and the U-19 men on tuesday, wednesday and friday. All rides practice from 400 to 600pm to and from the Durango Recreation Center.

*Jr DEVO spring session rides will begin the week of Monday April 6th. Ride schedules will be sent to all participants via email next week. There is still some openings in the 7 offered weekly rides. Please contact annie@durangodevo.com for info.

*Durango Junior DEVO Spring Pedal Test at Three Springs. This will be the session ending fun ride and race for all Jr DEVO spring session riders and their families. It will be around 5-6pm and should be a hoot.

*The trails are amazing!

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Elliott 13th in Chile

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U-19 DEVO alumni Tad took the pan American championships on last weekend to a 13th place finish and the highest u-23 in the strong international field. It was his first big mtb race of the season, and he has plenty more upcoming. After  domestic packed 2008 race season, 2009 offers up a more international menu. There are too many world cups to remember, but Tad will be there and not so much at the big Colorado races. Good luck Tad. results

Former Durango resident, Chris Van Dine earned the Gold medal is the weekends downhill championships. BooYa. Read More