Muscle Cross Crushes Folks Good

Muscle Cross Crushes Folks Good

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The second running of the Muscle Cross rolled out to the tune of a nice day. Kids Cross was a highlight early on as the kids proved that they can do the same stuff we do. The B’s race had Joe and Annie taking decisive victories. Big air awards go to Hicks and Eric, for their sweet boosting on the finish line double jumps. The A race had Travis and Carmen taking wins, with the crowd cheering on every turn in the sweetly spectatious course. French Miami played the post race hang out to the approval of everyone. Thanks to Russ and the Cyclery for the amazingly challenging event. Full results later.

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Squawker Cup Finale is Sunday

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“We have just met with the facilities director, grounds director and head grounds keeper and they have gotten a ton of complaints from campus goers about what was left behind from last weeks race. Rather than bicker back and forth we are taking responsibility and have agreed to do some mitigation work. This will show them that we have respect for what they work hard to maintain and what we like to play on. What they are concerned about is the mud tracks on the sidewalks (unsightly and risk management issue), some of the grass to cement transitions and some of the corners/ruts/cupping we created. FLC Grounds is marking up a map with the spots they have concerns about. So — After the race on Sunday please be prepared with regular clothes (unless you like gardening in your chamois), and one of the following: stiff brissle push broom, flat head shovel, garden rake or spade. We will walk the course and fix. Another crew will walk the course and pick up all the flagging, yet another will get the rebar/pvc. It really won’t be that much work if we get good numbers. We are getting some grass seed also and will do that where needed. In the future we will have a better pre and post muddy race contingency plan. Thanks for being a part of the CX season, see you Sunday.”  Dave Hagen

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Muscle Cross is Tomorrow, Yes!

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The third annual Muscle Cross is this Saturday, 10am at Buckley Park, the heart of downtown. Durango Cyclery is hosting the event, with the name rooting from owner Russell’s nickname, Russell the Muscle. The event is not you typical cross race as it includes many barriers and obstacles, as compared to the modern standard of one or two. Registration begins at 9am with the fees being $10 for adults and $5 for kids, all the proceeds will be going to the upstart Durango ReCyclery, a used bike shop located downtown. 

The first event is the Kluncker Cross. 15 minutes of pain on any “non-racer” bike. Costumes and goofy things usually go down. Then the Kiddie Cross takes the stage with elementary aged kids taking to the course. Helpers are placed all along the course and the name of the game is super fun. Hot chocolate pours hot all morning, and the kids dig in when their race is over. Then at around 11:30 the B men and B women take to the course, followed by the A men and women at 12:40 or so. Last years race was cancelled due to poor turf conditions, but this year is looking perfect, so come on out and enjoy the show.

Posters will be for sale at the event

Posters will be for sale at the event

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Strawberry Field Trips Looking for Women

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Local womens’ bike club, Strawberry Field Trips is currently looking for women to sign up for their sweet overseas bike tours. The club is run by Betsy Richards, mother of DEVO alumni Nora Richards and Lucy who is currently on a trek to Washington DC to spread the good word of the earth. Check out their site for more information. Here it is. 

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Iron Horse Training Begins Today

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cimg4647The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is back for the 2009 season and training has begun with the folks at Iron Horse Training. They provide the answers to all the questions attributed with the 50 mile haul up and over the passes to Silverton. If you need the help or you just want to do it with other cyclists, check here for more information. Plus, it looks like the folk in charge have also added a new event, the Quarter Horse. A shorter version of the race, to Durango Mountain Resort. Sounds good.

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Camino Crossing

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There’ s a meeting regarding the development of an Access Control Plan for US 550 (Camino del Rio) between the Doubletree Hotel and the Main Ave. Bridge at Park Ave. The public meeting will be held Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 N. Main Avenue. A presentation about the Camino underpass will take place at 6:30. FYI.

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Squawker Cup #6 Results

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race-6-squawker-cup-results DEVO rider Howard Grotts took his first cyclocross victory on sunday, riding his new used steed masterfully through the mud. The B mens field could not hold off the young lad as his Dad cheered with an echoing voice. Former U-14 rider and upcoming U-19 rider, Elliott Saslow was also on hand, racing to a 12th place finish. Wearing shorts and a t-shirt, Saslow plowed around the mud bog aboard his outgrown Scott carbon, mountain bike, sporting 2.3inch tires. Not necessarily the bike for the mission, but by looks of his smile, it was no cause for concern. After the race, Cortez local Tom Millerman was kind enough to donate his old cross bike to the DEVO program. An Alan carbon frame, Shimano Wheels, Orgin 8 brakes, Ultegra Crank and carbon form were all donated to be built up for future DEVO cross action. Thanks to Tom for his support and good luck to him in his goal of catching Howard at next sundays event.

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Check Out The Carmen McNellis Fundraiser

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Sunday December 7th from 4-6pm at the Durango Recreation Center, local road cyclist Carmen Small McNelis will be hosting a fundraiser to help her travel to Europe to live and train, in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. For more information, please check out her blog at www.cmcnellis.blogspot.com.

 “This fundraiser is to help local athlete and Olympic hopeful Carmen Small McNellis to raise money, so she can race this season in Europe. As part of her long term preparation, she intends to race in Europe for the next 4 years leading to the Olympics.  In order to do this successfully, she needs to raise money so she can train full time to reach her full potential.  As a native of Durango, she has always admired how the community supports their athletes and is hopeful that you’ll continue that tradition with her.  “

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Anthony Colby Rides On

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col-colbyLocal cyclist and DEVO friend, Anthony Colby, will ride for the professional domestic road team, Colavita/Sutter Home for the 2009 season. After a successful 2008 season, which included a 2nd place overall in the Rally of the Dead, his team asked for him back. Anthony moved here from Massachusetts to attend Fort Lewis College in 1998 and made things happen in 2003 when he won the D-1 short track and cross country collegiate national championships. His most overlooked victory of his career might have been his dominant performance at the 2003 24 Hours of Moab where he rode 207 miles in the day, winning in his first attempt at the endurance event. On the road, Anthony is known for his climbing ability. Click on his name up top there and check out his sweet road results. Overall, when it comes time to shred, Colby can throw down on any bike. Nice work Anthony and good luck in the Tour of California.

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Bob Roll on Cycle Squawk

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Tuesday 11:30-12:00 on KDUR, 91.9, 93.9fm, Bob Roll of domestic and Tour de France fame will be the special guest on Russ and Chad’s, Cycle Squawk. The call in radio show will be there for you, so tune in. You can also listen live on the web at kdur.org.

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Squawker Cup #5 Results

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Another nice sunny day drew 70 racers and 100 spectators out to the track as Travis Brown and Teal Stetson-Lee took to the tops. Durango DEVO athletes Howard Grotts and Elliott Saslow placed 3rd and 10th in the B category, the race being Elliott’s first cyclocross race. Check the full results here.race-5-squawker-cup-results Have a nice thanksgiving and get ready for next Sunday’s throw down.

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Tad Elliott's on a Pro Ski Team

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DEVO alumni Tad Elliott has signed his first pro ski contract this winter with Team Saab/Solomen Factory Team. The team has a history of being the fastest squad in the states. Tad is currently training with the team in Montana at the Factory Team Training Camp. The team has a pretty burly schedule, check it. Tad has also confirmed his mtb team for 2009, USA Cycling Development Team, where he will be the oldest member of the U-23 team at the age of 20. The future looks good.

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