Fort Lewis College Cycling Road Season is Now

FLC Time Trials

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Coach Dave Hagen and the Fort Lewis Cycling team will be running road time trials on several courses out the valley. The FLC Time Trial practices will continue this Wednesday (yesterday) at 4pm with the infamous Dead Squirrel TT that starts at Sweeneys. (the corner of HWY 550N and CR 203 west valley). It is a 15K course that goes north on 203, right on Trimble Lane, right on HWY 550 going south and then a hard right back onto 203. There will be two more Dead Squirrel TTs (March 11 and 18) and then the Dead Elk TT will run from March 25 through April 15.

Come on and time your trial with the FLC cyclists every wednesday.

Kristin McGrath Throwing Down

Kristin McGrath Throwing Down

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Ride Like a Kid is Tonight

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just singing at the start line

 The spring Durango DEVO fundraiser, Ride Like a Kid is tonight at the Community Concert Hall of Fort Lewis College. Doors open at 530 and the show goes until 730. Tour de France announcer and former team 7-11 domestic Bob Roll will be the host and guests include, Ned Overend, Greg Herbold, Ruthie Matthes, Tad Elliott, Darian Harvey, Jimmy Deaton, Chris Wherry, Mike Engleman, Jimmy Kight, Cindy Whitehead and Elke Brutsaert. It will be a sweet event to benefit the kids. All proceeds go to 2009 DEVO rider scholarships. See you there.

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Spring Jr DEVO Information

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Oh Yes, it is finally here. The jrDEVO spring season will begin the week of April 6th and will ride until the week of Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Here is all the info one could ask for, springinfosheet

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There will be a sign up meeting on wednesday March 18th from 6-7:30pm at the Durango Recreation Center. It is here where we will answer questions of rider placement and take payment and paperwork for the sweet spring action. Feel free to print off the forms below and send them to our po box ahead of time. Medical, liability and code of conduct must all be completed. Cost is $120.00 per ride group. Groups ride 8 weeks.

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Matt Shriver on Cycle Squawk

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Recently hired Fort Lewis Cycling road coach, Matt Shriver will be the guest on KDUR’s Cycle Squawk, the local cyclig radio talk show hosted by Russ and Chad. Listen at 91.9 or online at kdur.org. The show airs from 1130-12. Next weeks guest will be former downhill world champion, Miles Rockwell.

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Durango Wheel Club Registration Party

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It is time to sign up for 2009 at our annual Durango Wheel Club Registration Party! 

This is your best opportunity to sign-up for the 2009 season,to learn more about what is happening in 2009 and  to volunteer for this seasons events. The DWC Steering Committee members will be on hand to answer your questions. 

When: Friday February 27th from 5:30-8:30  Where: The Smiley Building located at 1309 E 3rd Avenue. What: Food from Bread, soft drinks and your first two beers from Durango Brewery are free to all 2009 members! Guests (non-members) can purchase beer and food at the party. Who: All supporters of the DWC! Pre-registered members can pick-up their membership cards at the door. For more information on becoming a member please visit: http://www.durangowheelclub.com/

See you on Friday!

Spencer & Marie, durangowheelclub@gmail.com

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U-14 and U-19 Registration

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Its almost here. The 2009 Durango DEVO summer race team program is about one month away from super serious action. Above are the forms needed to apply. Along with the packet, the rider must fill out the medical, liability and payment plan forms. They can be sent to Durango DEVO at 10 Town Plaza #110, Dgo, CO 81301 and must be received by March 20th…or else….something. There will be mandatory team meetings for all those wishing to race with the team. 

Monday March 16th at 630-730 pm for all U-19 boys and girls at the rec center.

Tuesday March 17th at 630-730pm for all U-14 boys and girls at the rec center.

Feel free to complete the applications and send them in before the meetings. Rock on.

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Cycle Squawk and Steaming Bean

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Tuesday February 24th, local radio personalities, Russ and Chad will be doing a live radio thing from the comfy window seating of downtowns Steaming Bean Coffee Shop. The Bean recently became an underwriter of Cycle Squawk and is all about the live feed. The show will be bumped up to an hour of the banter, and customers can feel free to ask questions during the show. Listen live online at www.kdur.org or tune in to 91.9 and 93.9 fm.

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Silent Auction Items Arriving Every so Once and a While

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The Ride Like a Kid DEVO fundraiser has had a few silent auction items arrive. The auction will take place on March 3rd in the room outside the Community Concert Hall at FLC. Here is a sneak peak at a few of the items.

an custom painted, autographed John Tomac helmet

an custom painted, autographed John Tomac helmet

 

Jimmy Deaton bought this leather Rock Shox jacket from Juli Furtado and then donated it to the auction

Jimmy Deaton bought this leather Rock Shox jacket from Juli Furtado and then donated it to the auction

 

a vintage Frank Mapel post race party outfit action figure

a vintage Frank Mapel post race party outfit action figure

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Ride Like a Kid

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March 3rd. A Durango DEVO fundraiser with host Bob Roll and a sweet slew of other sycling superstars. Sponsored by Chris Latshaw at State Farm Insurance, Zukes dog treats, Shaw Solar, Mountain Bike Specialists, Inside Durango TV, Pedal The Peaks, Steaming Bean,  Coke and other top secret friends.

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Cody Wilderman Interview

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Cody Wilderman riding fast

 

 

 Fort Lewis College cyclist and pro downhillist, Cody Wilderman is on a mission this year. His well rounded approach to training has an old school feeling. This past fall he took up cyclocross racing and made the FLC National Team. He is currently taking to Moab every weekend to get a jump on the skills, and he is planning on a couple spring road races to hone his fitness. Dang.

 Q: What was your first bike race where you knew that was what you wanted to do?

A:  Well, my Dad was a pro cross-country racer, so I have always been around racing.  I don’t remember a specific race where I said this is it, but since I was about five years old I knew I wanted to be a pro mountain bike racer, and at that time it meant cross-country, but now my focus is downhill.

Q: When did you decide to focus primarily on gravity events? And why.

A:  When I told my Dad I wanted to race downhill, he said that I would still have to race cross country, so from about age 13 to 17 I raced both, but then it became evident that I needed to choose one or the other and at that time I was having more success in the gravity events.

Q: After a full season of gravity racing, you came out and raced a full cross season, and now there are rumors you will hit the spring road season as well. What is the reason for this?

A:  Well, for starters, I can’t race road for the school because I just graduated, but I am planning on doing some local races.  I raced cross because for the last three years I have focused on residual fitness to carry my through the downhill season.  I did train, but not properly and to be honest for the last few years I have been a little overweight.  So, I decided that it was time in my career to start being really serious and to train properly and to become fit like a real athlete should be, and cross was the best way to do this.  Ruthie showed me how to train properly so that on race day I am 100%. 

Q: What were the benefits of racing the cross series, for a dh racer like yourself?

A:  The knowledge about training and the fitness level I achieved are the benefits for sure. Now I know whether it is a non race week, or a race week, what I have to do every day of the week and why I do it, so that for my race, I am physically and mentally the best prepared.  Many DH racers, just do DH runs and dirt jump, with no real training and expect to do three days of practice and still be ready for a good race run on Sunday.  The truth is you have to train right every day of the week, which includes rest, to perform at 100% on Sunday.  Because of cross my confidence is at a whole new level.

Q: What is the latest skill you have been working on and give us a little tip…..please?

A:  I have been working on cornering because that is the most important part of a DH track.  With cornering I have been trying to focus on snap out of short tight corners, and I have found that if you shift your weight towards the back of the bike in the middle of the corner it helps to push the bike through the corner faster.  

Q: You have 2 hours to ride town trails, what route do you take?

A:  I would probably ride in Horse Gulch, I would go out on the valley loop, then up telegraph, down sidewinder then do big canyon or that cowboy trail, then back up crites then down Anasasi and whatever else I can fit in.

Q: Who are your past and present mtb heroes and why?

A:  Myles Rockwell because he was World Champion, Jared Graves because he kills it on any type of bike, Nico because he is the greatest of all time, Todd Wells because he made his dream come true, my Dad because he is 48 and still kills it on the DH bike, Aaron Gwin because he has shown the world that America is back in the DH scene.

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Shonny V Likes Coffee

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Durango DEVO role model, Shonny VanLandingham is rumored to be on an island, living off coffee and a daily dose of athletic activity. Hawaii to be exact. She has been nursing coffee trees on her property for three years now. Her is what she said,  “We bought this property w/ 200 coffee trees 3 yrs ago and have been bringing the trees back to healthy production while developing our coffee brand.  We’ve launched our 100% Kona coffee business, Wahine Farms.  Wahine means ‘female’ in Hawaiian.  Our first roast is called Kona Kruiser Dark Roast (had to relate it to bikes).  It’s a superbly balanced and smooth flavor.”

“The coffee bean harvest is over so we have an abundance of green bean that we roast to order so that it’s fresh upon arrival.  We start most days, packing and shipping orders which is great.  We will most likely run out of bean this year, a good problem to have.”

Check out their site:  wahinefarms.com

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Durango DEVO Race Schedule

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Here is a list of all the sweet racing opportunities around us for 2009. DEVO team races are in bold. We attend these races as a team. We camp/condo, eat, pre ride the course and have fun together, all in the name of development and schmevelopment.

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