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.Read More
Cycle Squawk and Steaming Bean
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.comRead More
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.Read More
Tuesday March 3rd at the Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall, Bob Roll takes on Chris Wherry, Tad Elliot, Ned Overend, Elke Brutsaert, Greg Herbold and many more legendary cyclists in an all out question and answer-fest. Kids on bikes will be the main topic and we’d like to invite you to attend this tingly feeling event. The professional cyclists on stage will talk about their passion for the bike and the childhood memory that started it all. Bring your favorite poster or jersey to have autographed after the event. All proceeds will go into a 2009 DEVO Scholarship Fund.
Where? The Community Concert Hall at FLC
When? Tuesday March 3, 2009
What time? Doors open @ 5:30pm, show is from 6-7:30pm followed by an autograph session
How much? Adults $20 Students $15 Kids $10
Thank you to event sponsors Chris Latshaw, Zukes and other top secret friends.
* There will be a kids only section up front!
~ EC and Environmental Studies Program Special Event ~
The Future of Horse Gulch
Tuesday, February 3rd
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Students from Environmental Studies capstone course will present their finding on various development and conservation scenarios for this informal natural area. Get the results from the first comprehensive study of this valuable community resource. Time for questions, discussion and an opportunity to sign up for special Horse Gulch events this spring.
Center for Southwest Studies – Lyceum
Fort Lewis College Campus
(next to the Community Concert Hall)
Co-sponsored by the Environmental Center, FLC Environmental Studies Program, and the SEEDS-Campus Ecology Club For more information contact the EC at 247-7676.Read More
- March 20-22 Top Secret Training Camp
- April 10-12 Rabbit Valley Rally, Fruita, CO
- April 26 Alien Run, Aztec, NM (team race option)
- May 1-3 Chalk Creek Stampede, Nathrop, CO
- June 19-21 Wildflower Rush, Crested Butte, CO
- July 16-19 USA National Championships, Sol Vista, CO
- August 23 Dirt Lovers Rally, Durango, CO
This is the 2009 Durango DEVO team race schedule. The DEVO U-14,19 team race seasons run April through August with practices 3 times a week. Once a month DEVO attends a team race where we camp or condo together and focus on having a fun positive experience. DEVO coaches provide course pre rides, bike mechanics, in race feeds, dinner, super serious talks at night and share their experience in the race routine with the team throughout the weekend. The team will stay in a condo for the Crested Butte and National Championship events and will camp out at the rest. The U-19 team members are required to attend 5 races throughout the season with the U-14 doing 3. The main objective to the 2009 season is to have the athletes smiling fast for the National Championships in July. Most of the races are part of the successful Mountain States Cup series.Read More
Fort Lewis college graduate Matt Shriver placed 44th in todays Cyclocross World Championship race. The multi time collegiate national champion, in cross and mtb, was one of 80 riders in the early but late season race. This was Matt’s first ever opportunity to race in a World Championship event. The race was won by Neils Albert of Belgium. The story.
He has also been recently hired by the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team as Head Road Coach for the upcoming spring season.Read More
The morning started like any other race morning. I got up early, and my sister and I had to start at 9:30. It was unfortunately rainy, so we all crossed our fingers hoping it was snowing in the mountains, and went up to the ski area. When we got up to the ski area was when the race morning started to become unfamiliar. Usually we nordic ski at the base of a ski area but this time we took a lift up to the top. For this race we were going to ski at the top of the mountain rater than the bottom. I met up with the other guys on the team including Sepp, Gino, Haakon Samualson, and Gunther. The lift ride up was probably the worst part of the day because we were becoming cold and wet. Most people didn’t bring extra gloves so their fingers froze. After we got off of the freezing lift we skied about 100 yard to reach the start area. We did a slight warm up, and while we broke trail through 2 inches of new wet snow. As we got back to the start people commented on how the leader would have to break trail in a white out. About ten minutes after we all got back the 42k race started. Leading the race was Ben Sontag, but everyone was close behind. Second to go was the 20k. Rogan Brown and Lars Elefson led that race out of the start. Gino, Sepp, Gunther, Ben, and I all prepared for our 14k race. Out of the start Gino Pastore and Haakon Samualson led the pack. About 3 minutes later all the youger racers left. That rac was led by Hannah Madden and Stephanie Ogier. During this time out on the race course Ben Sontag and our coach Josh Dailey were leading the 42k. At the same time Rogan and lars had a large break away. The 14k Gino and Sepp also were leading by a lot. The 6k was led by Hannah Madden.
After people started coming into the finish most said they had a fantastic time. We went down to the bottom of the resort, and had a gourmet meal made by RGP’s. During the awards ceremony Avra Saslow won a new pair of boots in a raffle and other people won fantastic prizes for placing. I know I can’t wait for it to happen again and I bet other people feel the same way.
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-Elliott is a DEVO U-14 alumni as he will be moving up to the U-19 team for the 2009 season. Good work!Read More