Alumni Nora Richards and Joe Schnieder both raced last weekend in Boulder at Colorado University’s home race the Buffalo Hay Bailer. Nora placed 3rd in the B women xc, 1st in the short track and 1st in the mountain cross. Rumor has it was her first MX ever. Joe, coming off a collarbone break, raced his first weekend back in the short track and placed 8th in the A men. Joe is racing for a spot on the Colorado School of Mines national team and Nora is taking her rookie season by storm for Fort Lewis, just weeks ago competing at her first Track Nationals. Remember to keep an eye on them this weekend. Racing starts at 8am both sat and sunday up on campus at the Squawker Classic.Read More
DEVO Alumni Get Their College Racing On
When? Sunday 2:00p Where? Meet at Boggy Draw trailhead, training ride will start around 2:30p after a few practice laps and warm-up (please no cars parked on the side of the road next to the course) What? Rugged cyclocross course. perfect for mountain or cross bikes. Plan on 8 laps to make it 45min-1hour Why? No fees, no prizes, just bragging rights, and some great early season training Also, Dolores River Brewery opens at 4:00p, we should be heading down the hill about that time.Read More
Q: When did you decide to switch it up and go XTERRA?
A: After racing the professional mountain bike circuit for 9 years I decided it would be good to have a change. So last year I decided to focus on XTERRA racing for ’09. I had done a few XTERRA races for ‘fun’ in previous years and knew that it would provide the new challenge I needed to keep me motivated to train, represent my sponsors, and have fun.
Q: Did you swim or run that much before you made the switch? Was it hard learning to race the other disciplines?
A: I won a few state championships in high school track (way back…haha) so the running is coming back to me. The swim is definitely my biggest challenge. I’ve never swam competitively so I am spending a lot of time working on technique. You can’t hide behind your fitness in swimming, you really have to learn the game.
Q: What does a typical XTERRA race consist of and where do they take place? Is there one near Durango?
A: XTERRA races are Olympic distance, 1.5 K swim, 30 K mtb, 10 K trail run. There is a national series circuit that takes us all over the U.S. and also a Global Tour with races in Australia, New Zealand, Saipan, South Africa, Brazil, and throughout Europe. The World Championships are in Maui, Hawaii at the end of the season. There is a regional XTERRA race in Farmington, NM, in June. It’s on the Road Apple course so you can bet it’s a lot of fun! I recommend giving it a ‘tri’.
Q: Who was your female MTB hero when you were first starting to race? What was it like when you met them for the first time?
A: I starting racing pro after one year as an amateur. So honestly, I lined up for my first Pro NORBA National race not knowing any of the pros since I was so new to the sport. But I would say I came to respect and admire Ruthie Mathes for her persistence and accomplishments over her career. It’s always a pleasure to run into her in town or on the trail.
Q: What is your favorite epic ride in Durango? How about in town ride?
A: Epic – anything in the high country. In town favs – Sailing Hawk, Big Canyon and the BMX track!
Q: What was your first MTB race experience like? How about your first pro race?
A: My first mountain bike race was in Del Norte, the old CORPS series. I had just gotten clip-less pedals so I fell over several times. My first pro race was the Big Bear NORBA National in ’99. It was probably good that I didn’t know any of the pros and wasn’t intimidated. I just rode my race and ended up on the podium in 4th.
Q: You played college basketball, what was that like? What was your best game ever?
A: My first love is b’ball for sure. I still love it, even though my skills are rusty. I enjoyed the team aspect of the sport, camaraderie and sense of group accomplishment. My best game ever was when I hit a 3 pointer just past half court to win the game. That scenario has been played out in every b’ball players’ dreams.
Q: We have some pretty fast junior ladies on DEVO, what advice do you have for them making the transition from junior to senior racing?A: Wait until I am retired before you start kicking my butt. Just kidding! It is so exciting to see you ladies improving every year and while keeping a big smile on your face. My advise is to keep it fun, mix it up (single speed, BMX, downhill, XC, unicycle, try an XTERRA), vary your training. If you BELIEVE it you can ACHIEVE it, whatever it may be! BELIEVE in yourself!!!Read More
Q: What year did you get this? What is it?
A: I raced for Raleigh USA 1987, 88, 89. This is my custom 1988 team issue race bike and jersey. It’s a Raleigh Technium, The three main lugs are hand made aluminum and the main tubes are aluminum carbon fiber kevlar rapped for protection.
Q: What is the deal with the hot yellow? Who else rode the yellow?
A: It has faded a little. Its florescent green Suntour components. All Suntour sponsored rider’s rode it that year.
Q: What races did you do on this bike? Do you have a race that sticks out?
A: I rode the 1988 season on this bike, Downhill’s, cross country, dual slalom, uphill’s, and trials. I won the 1988 world downhill championship at Mammoth Ca (NORBA sanctioned, pre UCI) and was 5th in the dual slalom, my jersey is hanging in MBS. 3rd Big Bear NCS downhill, 6th overall, Kirkwood stage race.
Q: Where you always more into DH or XC, when did you have to choose between
A: I started racing cross country races 1981, My first race was the Whiskey Town Downhill in Redding Ca. the name is misleading there was 2500 feet of climbing. There were no downhills until the Repack downhill in Fairfax Ca was revived in 1983. It was the first NORBA sanctioned downhill and I won it and the last Repack DH in 84. I didn’t specialize in downhill until 1990. Before 1990 you had to race everything, cross country, downhill, dual slalom, uphill’s, and trials.
Q: What titles do you own?
A: 1985 California Downhill Champion /1988 world downhill champion, It was sanctioned by NORBA, pre UCI. / Silver medal at 1992 UCI world championships Bromont Canada.
Q: What is your involvement with USA Cycling?
A: I have managed and coached the Downhill and Four Cross teams at the 2005, 2006 world championships. I managed the under 23 cross country team at Mont Sainte Anne and Bromont World cup races this year.
“attached is a photo of me racing for Fisher Mountain bikes in 1985. That year I won the first Mammoth Kamikaze downhill, Rockhopper downhill, California Downhill Championship in Malibu Ca. The first race of the Pacific States Cross country Series San Dimas Ca. Ned Overend was 2nd. I ended up 5th overall for the series.”
Yep, they are here and boy are they goooood looking! We’ve decided to drop them at Durango Cyclery, so for $40.00 one can be yours. We have all junior sizes from small to XL and there are about 6 adult supporter jerseys left from last fall at $75.00, so go get em’ while their hot. On a side note, the U-14,19 team jerseys can still be purchased for $250.00 as a super supporter type program. We charge that much because the kids do not want everyone to have one and we use the money to get team members jerseys who cannot afford them.Read More
You best register if you want in. There is no day of race registration for this years race. It is the oldest race in the states that is still running and there is a good reason for that. The course has been roosted by John Tomac, Greg Herbold, Ruthie Mathes, Shonny VanLandingham, Sarah Tescher, and many other superstars of atb history. Be he next. Register here.Read More
Alumni Joe Schneider was part of the Divison 2 Collegiate MTB National Champion team, Colorado School of Mines last year in North Carolina. SInce this blog began last winter, we missed the news. So nice work Joe. He is currently on the Mines team and is one of the top guys on the team, looking for a spot on this years nationals team. Look out for him this weekend as he shreds the STCX on saturday morning and the xc on sunday. Go Joe!
Fort Lewis College will be hosting a conference mountain bike race this weekend. The amazing coach Dave Hagen has done some tweaking to the schedule to make it spectator sweet. Saturday is the downhill out at the Log Chutes Trail, then the Short Track is up on campus at the Factory Trails. Later that day the Dual Slalom qualifiers will be run on the new and super improved Chapman Hill MX course, designed by Tommy T. Sunday morning will be the Dual Finals and at the same time the XC will get underway, with the course being a 5 mile circuit all on the Fort Lewis Campus. Its going to be sweet. Check here for more.Read More
What a great STXC season! Big thanks goes out to Mark and Jeanne Pastore, Claudia Shahan, and Sabina Kuss for their help running the show. It was simply sweat and the workout could not be beat. The series champion for the 12 races series was Tad Elliott and Alicia Rose Patsore in the A’s and Kaila Hart and Chris Blevins in the B’s. We do not know that for sure, but we have a good idea based on pretty darn good memories of what went down at each one. Thanks for showing up and we’ll do the same next year.Read More
Please join us for the DWC Club Championships Awards Party on Thursday, Oct 2 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Carvers. It is important for all members to attend since we will pass out a questionnaire about next year.
The Club Championship winners are:
Mens A Ned Overend, Mens B+ Spencer Compton, Mens 40+ Jon Delacey, Mens B Eric Burris, Mens C Brandon McNellis, Mens 60+ Richard Bagienski, Womens B Rebecca Kauffman, Womens C Tracy Bedard
Winners in each category will receive a DWC Championship jersey. We will also thank all of the volunteers who made the Championships possible.Read More
Local Durango downhill racer, Darien Harvey took the overall series title for the National Mountain Bike Series. Her consistent podium appearances led her to the top spot. Darien is a mechanic at Mountain Bike Specialists and is also a former collegiate national champion when she raced for Fort Lewis College.