Snowdown Roller Races

Snowdown Roller Races

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The Roller Races are a 20 year Snowdown tradition. This year the race is a Durango Wheel Club event and will be held at the Durango Recreation Center on Wednesday, Jan 28, at 6:00 PM. Register at the race.

This event is a head-to-head race on stationary indoor rollers. Contestants ride for 15 minutes covering as many miles as possible. Use your own bike and both wheels (700c). This event is free and local merchants are supplying prizes, swag and snacks. Come out on Wednesday and ride the rollers. Have fun pushing yourself for 15 minutes. If you dont roll, spectate and volunteer to help.

For more info call: Travis Oliger 259-5579, Rich Bagienski 259-2399, Martha Iverson 385-5857

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DEVO Supporter Makes Bicycling Magazine Cover

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Local professional cyclist, Miles Venzara is on the January cover of Bicycling Magazine. Looking pretty sharp aboard a fancy Merckx carbon road bike. It is Miles’s first cover shot. He has been a good friend and model for the DEVO racers, showing up to team practices and offering racing advise at local and regional events. cimg4575

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September 16-20th is SSWC09

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The 2009 singlespeed world championships will be held in Durango, Colorado from September 16-20th. The date has been changed from the previous, August 6-9th to accommodate the world. The race itself will be saturday the 19th, with the Tour of Durango on Sunday the 20th. It will be an action packed week, with group rides beginning on wednesday evening the 16th and follwing up with am/pm rides until the race on saturday. The race is being organized by DEVO head coach Chad Cheeney, Jon Bailey, Dave Hagen, Russ Zimermann, Travis Brown, Ben Cooper and Steve Fassbinder. The group will be working closely with the Tour of Durango organizers, Gaige Sippy and Mary Monroe to make sure sweetness happens.

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Tad Elliott Interview

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Tad having fun as usual

Tad having fun as usual

    DEVO Alumni Tad Elliott is now a professional ski racer. After winning the U-23 US championship on the bike this summer, he signed on the Saab/Subaru Factory Ski Team to compete in the SUper Tour this winter. Good Luck Tad!

 

Q: What is your favorite sport at the moment? ………………………………..Skate or Classic?
A:My favorite right now would have to be Skate. You can ski faster and it is easier to hit jumps and do tricks.
 
Q: What are the similarities in how your pro ski team operates in comparison with your pro mtb experiences?
A: Both the ski team and the MTB team operate in very similar ways. They both have team managers and in skiing we have a ski tech instead of a bike mechanic. He waxes our skis and makes sure they are in perfect condition before every race. Both teams have a team car and a trailer. The both really cater to the athletes to make sure that you are able to race your best on that given day.  

Q: After a full season of racing under your belt, how have you made the transition to race the skis? Did you take some sort of a break, and did you really rest?
A: After the full season of bike racing I went straight into nordic trainin that next day. I then got sick the following morning and had to take a week off, which I spent on the cough really resting. What I should have done was really take a week long break and tube the river and hang out with friends.

Q: Who do you look up to on the pro nordic circuit? And can you describe the circuit a little?
A: I really look up to Andrey Golovko. He is a member of the same team as me and has gone to two Olympics. He has the best a attitude toward racing and he nordic skis because he truely loves to. He also makes up ways to have the most fun he can at the races. He is a proffesional road bike racer in Kazakhstan. So how can you not respect that.
The Nordic Circuit has National races called Super Tours. There are about eight through out the year and these are the races that my team primarily focuses on. They are all over the country and have a ranking system to see how you do in the overall series. There are also National Championships, and a National Ranking List (NRl) series that is like the Mountain States Cup races to complement the Super Tours.
 
Q: What are your goals for this nordic season? US Championships, Worlds?
A: My Goals really are to have fun and keep racing light. I ski the fastest when I am having fun and enjoying what I am doing.
 
Q: What is the coolest ski race you have competed in?
A: The coolest race by far was this local race I did in Falun Sweden. It was a pretty podunk ski race, but they had world class ski trails, an announcer, people handing you hot tea and food right after you finished, and the prizes were amazing. I won a ten pound box of crackers. Ski racing in Europe is huge and even the local races they go all out.   

Q: What is your best trick on your skiis?

A: My best trick is a Switch 360.

Tad working hard

Tad working hard

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Collegiate Cyclist Sweeps Season

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Lees Mcrae College student athlete, Carla Swart recently became the first collegiate cyclist to win all 4 championship disciplines  in one season. She began the winning streak this spring with a win on the road in Fort Collins, then winning the omnium as well as the sprint during late summer on the track in Colorado Springs, then her home turf in North Carolina on the mountain bike, winning the cross country and short track,  and then this past weekend in Kansas City on the cross bike. Thats a dominant division 1 season.

Carla Swart has tons of those jerseys

Carla Swart has tons of those jerseys

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Mountain Goat

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 “This is a project I finished last summer.  1992 Mountain Goat Whiskeytown FS.  The design was a college senior thesis from a Mountain Goat employee, which got horrible reviews.  High pivot placement induced tons of pedal bob in the rear end. I took it for a spin and it was indeed like riding on one of those coin-op pony rides you see outside Wal-Mart. But what’s not to love? This was a team bike from that year raced by local Durangoan Linda Meyers.  XTR M900, Nuke Proof, Grafton, and Rock Shox Mag 20 with matching team paint.  There are likely less than 50 of these bikes in the world… I know of two: This one, and the one in the First Flight Bikes Museum. Very rare, and very cool.” 

Local Bike restorerer Mike Wilk

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Summer Dreams

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U-14er Sepp Kuss turning on dirt behind the Durango Sports Club earlier this summer during the DEVO Short Track Series

U-14er Sepp Kuss turning on dirt behind the Durango Sports Club earlier this summer during the DEVO Short Track Series

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Durango Crowns Three in KC

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Durango Wheel Club members Walt Axthelm and Martha Iverson, and Specialized  legend Ned Overend all won their respective age group titles this past weekend in Kansas City during the US National Championships. Earning the stars and bars, Martha won her group by eight minutes, Walt by two and Ned by thirty seconds. DEVO friend Robin Guillaume also placed on the podium, 3rd in the U-29 B men. With a mid week snow storm, followed by warm weather, the course changed drastically from day to day. _g5y42902

The FLC women’s team took to the warm air early saturday morning to compete for the Collegiate Title. Moments before their start, an amazing cold-air wind blast dropped the temperature by 25 degrees in a matter of seconds. Lees McRae took the top spot for the women with Teal Stetson-Lee in 4th, Sarah Sturm in 8th, and Sabina Krashaaur in 13th. The mens race followed  with Ben Sontag in 2nd after a sweet almost ending. Greg Carpenter followed in 8th and Jessee Dekrey in 13th. The FLC men won their collegiate race, but for the 3rd year in a row, the overall omnium points ended in a tie, with the tie-breaker going to Lees McRae, 2nd place again!

Other results; Robin Guillaume 9th in singlespeed, Richard Bagienski 14th in master men, Joe Burtoni 43rd in 35-39 master, Jon McManus 65th in 35-39,  Tino Sanora 47th in 40-44, Dave Hagen 60th in 40-44, Travis Oliger in 75th in 40-44,  Terrina Tofoya 20th in B women, Grant Berry 10th in 30-34 men, Ryan Bartel 12th in 30-34 men, Will Curry 43rd in U-23 men,  and Steve Lamont 37th in 45-49.

In the elite mens race, Todd Wells finished off the podium for the first time at a US Chapionships race and placed 6th followed by former Durangoan, Matt Shriver in 7th. Ryan Trebone rode away from the field to take the title, it was his second after being crashed out of last years race. Other Durango fellas in the race were Troy Wells 12th, Brandan Shafer in 60th and DEVO Coach Chad Cheeney in 70th. The elite women’s race went off without a local lady at the start. Katie Compton took a dominant win with Fort Collins superstar Georgia Gould in second. Cyclocross Nationals continues the tradition next year with heavy rumors of the venue being in Bend, Oregon. We’ll see.

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Kansas City Cross Photos

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All these are by Chad Cheeney

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