Devo Rides Telluride State Champs

For the second consecutive year the Colorado State Championships of mountain biking were held in Durango’s neighboring mountain town, Telluride. Last season Devo swept up over 10 total state titles, U14/19 athletes and coaches took wins in cross country, short track, super d and downhill. This year wins were not as easy to come by, but there was something more to take from the weekend than wins alone. Yet its not really something you can put your finger on.
The weekend started with a rush as friday morning team pre-rides were quickly assembled to beat the storms lurking over the valley. The U19 mens team and RMCF/Sweet Elite’s headed out for the 12 mile lap from Mountain Village along side The U14 girls and one 8 year old smiling Jr Devo cyclist. The locals said the storm wouldn’t hit until 4pm. At 2pm, the majority of the cyclists in the base area, including the second wave of Devo course pre-riders, stood undercover and talked over the course maps and discussed most everything, all the while waiting out the large amounts of water falling from the sky. It was dumping. Thirty minutes passed and everything soaked in come the Devos after the 12 mile loop, finishing the last 4 in the rain, with smiles as big as the rainbows we were about to see two hours from then.
Later that night it was family dinner and pre race rest time around the Telluride Town Park which from an aerial view might have looked like a bunch of ants running all over the place with excitement. The Devo Coaches site was centrally located and provided the tent and meeting place for the post dinner, ever famous Schwag Fest. An event where Durango locals donated cycling gear, parts and oddities are tossed to those who call out the loudest. The random treasures always seem to go to those who could use, and many trades are made after the dust settles. The team atmosphere reaches its peak at this time around the Devo Team Race campouts. Nerves are settled, tummies are full and the day of riding and smiling makes for quick work getting to sleep.
The fields were not that big at this years race, it seems with so many races to choose from in a season, a cyclist can only travel so much. It could be a dismal scene to some, but the junior athletes that showed up in Telluride were there to have fun and could not care less. The entire Devo squad ages 9-19, rode out of Town Park, caught the gondola to Mountain Village and split off in category groups to warm up for the 8am start. This is where the nerves are most present and in most need of being calmed. Coaches are there for them.
The racers race off the line in their start waves. All leaving in 2 minute intervals, most all doing one lap of the 12 mile course. The older juniors with the most experience leave first, with the youngest and least experienced to bring up the back of the field. Coaches walk in and out of the young athletes, grabbing jackets and arm warmers, giving final advice and high fives. The athletes roll out to course and take on the challenge that they have signed up for, the test that they choose to do.
Many of the Devo riders had great finishes. sprinting to the line as hard as possible, even 10 yards past the finish, sprinting only themselves. Smiling across the line, pushing the bars out for a last second effort, wheelies before and after, it was all so positive. Coaches, parents, teammates and competitors packed the finish shoot, telling race stories, comparing notes, taking photos and plenty of post race high fives. Devo had 3 State Championship titles during the cross country in Telluride, but by looking at the riders, you wouldn’t of known whom had won, they all seemed to have that same silly, painful yet satisfied look on their faces.
What went on out there on that race course that day, coaches, parents and spectators may never know or if known, will most likely be forgotten. But to those riders, these are the tests that make memories that are hard to forget, good or bad. With the Devo athletes having so much fun all weekend in Telluride, it seems hard to loose.

Note: The super d and downhill state championship racers were also held that weekend along with the pro cross country that followed the junior races. Devo had athletes and coaches participated in those as well. Devo U19er Mikala Smith unfortunately broke her collarbone during the pre-ride and in good spirits, had to abandon her attempt at her first race ever! U14er Lucas Robbins came to support his team with a broken wrist. Devo had 1 Jr Devo, 7 U14 boys and girls, 10 U19ers, 3 RMCF Sweet Elite Pro Team members and 8 Devo coaches in attendance. And 30 amazing family members!

State Champions-Kaylee Blevins Cat 1 15-18 XC, Robin Austin Cat 2 15-18 XC, Alumni Howard Grotts Pro Men, Alumni Grady James Cat 1 19-29.
Cross Country; Stephan Davoust 2nd, Levi Kurlander 3rd, Sepp Kuss DNF (flatted in the lead) Cat 1 15-18, India Waller 2nd Cat 1 15-18, Bryce Gordon 2nd, Will Berger 5th and Keenan Desplanques 6th in Cat 2 15-18, Galen Blair 3rd Cat 2 19-29, Keiren Eagan 4th and Ivan Sippy 8th Under 14, Camryn Sippy 3rd, Kayja Freeburn 4th, Marit May 5th, Carter Reiter 6th and Maddie Joe Robbins 7th in Under 14 Girls, Howard Grotts 1st Payson McElveen 4th Pro Men, Sarah Sturm 5th Pro Women, Brianne Marshall 2nd Cat 1 30-39
Super D; Stephan Davoust 4th, Sepp kuss 9th and Levi Kurlander 14th in the Junior Super D, Coach Chad 3rd Pro Men and Sarah Tescher 1st on day 2, Pro Women.
Downhill; Shane Ellis 2nd Under 14, Coach Lucas Lemaire 10th and Max Lowenstein 17th in Cat 1 19-29

Bicycle Men to Play DAC Starting Tomorrow

Wednesday, August 15, 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 16, 7 p.m.
Friday, August 17, 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets $22 per person online at or at DAC’s ticket office

After playing to sold-out houses in London, New York, L.A., and Chicago, The Bicycle Men are riding into Colorado. They are bringing their critically-acclaimed show to the Durango Arts Center for a special limited run. The Bicycle Men is a sublimely silly musical comedy about a hapless American tourist who crashes his bike and encounters the twisted inhabitants of a quaint French village.

Written by Dave Lewman, Joe Liss, John Rubano and composer Mark Nutter, performed by Joe Liss, John Rubano, Neill Chambers, Bruce Green and Derek Manson. The Bicycle Men runs August 15th through the 19.


Trailwork at Twin Buttes this Wednesday

Trailwork this Weds. August 14th at Twin Buttes.
Note Time: 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Thanks to the Durango WheelClub, DEVO U14 girls, and Stan’s No Tubes team for the excellent job on the new two miles of trails!
This Weds. Please meet us to finish up the trails at Twin Buttes.
Directions: Take Hwy 160, past the Giant gas station to the big metal bridge on your right. Go over bridge, turn left and head up road 1/4 mile to the red Trails 2000 truck.
Bring/Wear: Closed toe shoes, long shirts and pants, hat, sunscreen and water.

Kennebec Pass Enduro is Coming to Durango August 31-September 2

The second race in the Big Mountain Enduro Series is coming to Durango August 31-September 2, with the race taking place on Sunday. This new format of racing encourages spectator and sponsors alike to catch the high-speed, adrenaline-fueled action of cross country and downhill mountain biking—combined. It isn’t about who is the first to the climb, or who can drop the sickest line—it is about the best all-around trail rider that can tackle any type of terrain, the fastest. Enduro racing turns an epic all-day ride into the ultimate test of fitness and technical skills.

This race will be from the top of Kennebec Pass (Colorado Trail) to the bottom of Dry Fork trail, just west of Durango. The race will be an individual time trial start with riders leaving the start in 1 minute intervals. The trail descends for 6.2 miles on some of the most amazing single track in the state of Colorado. After this first descent it reaches the bridge crossing on Junction Creek. From where the clock starts again at High Point, the race will descend down to the Dry Fork Trail where the races will follow it to the trail head near Lightner Creek road. Dry Fork is a a mix of old two track road that has been closed for years and single track. This section is wide open fast and fun with rocky sections and bermed single track turns.

Elevation loss on the course is approximately 5,400 feet over 13.5 miles in two stages.
View the course map and elevation profile on Garmin Connect by clicking here.

There will be two mandatory sections that must be ridden, but will be UNTIMED—the first being from where the shuttle drops you off to the start of the race, and is approximately 5 miles and 2,200′ of climbing. The second climb in the middle of the course, from the Junction Creek crossing at the bridge to the top of High Point, and is approximately 4 miles. There will be time constraints, but don’t worry they will be VERY attainable. This just ensures people won’t be stopping to take a nap on the side of the trail.

Event headquarters will take place at Second Avenue Sports for registration/check-in on Friday and Saturday and at Ska Brewery for the rider’s meeting on Saturday afternoon, meeting for the shuttle on Sunday morning and post-race party and festivities.

For all of the information on the Kennebec Pass Enduro visit

To register today, visit

Your registration includes a tech event t-shirt from The North Face, shuttle, post-race beer, great schwag/raffle from our sponsors and an unforgettable race experience on some of the best trails in the country that happen to be in your backyard!

Any questions, email us at


Also in Durango on Saturday October 13th is the Dirt Lovers Enduro in Horse Gulch! Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory/Devo Sweet Elite's Colton Andersen will be there!

Return of the Roller Races

Bicycle races at the Irish Embassy Pub to coincide with the Pro Cycling Challenge

Picture it: four racers at a time for ten minute race lengths – on a stage upstairs in the Embassy, in the window overlooking Main Ave. For those interested in riding, slots will be filled starting at 8pm, with four riders every 15 minutes. The cost is $5 to participate, with all proceeds benefiting the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team. Each participant will receive a complimentary beer. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. To sign up to participate, contact Cindy Coleman at or 970-946-7660.

According to Wikipedia, bicycle rollers are a type of bicycle trainer that make it possible to ride a bicycle indoors without moving forward. However,unlike other types of bicycle trainers, rollers do not attach to the bicycle frame, and the rider must balance him or herself on the rollers while training. Durango’s history of roller races started back in 1990 with many of the town’s national and world champions competing over the years. The current record is near 44 mph average, but according to Fort Lewis College Cycling Team Director Dave Hagen, “someone is bound to beat it this year or throw up trying.”

“I hope that we get a lot of competitors signed up; it’s really a fun event,” said owner Phil Brennan. Winners will receive a $100 gift card to the Irish Embassy for first place, $50 gift card for second place, and $25 gift card for third place.

Arrive early for a special autograph signing from Team Garmin-Sharp-Barricuda (USA), including Durango’s own Thomas Danielson. Other team members include Tyler Farrar (USA), Nathan Haas (AUS), Alex Howes (USA)
Peter Stetina (USA), Christian Vandevelde (USA), David Zabriskie (USA), and Lachlan David Morton (AUS). Signing will start at the Irish Embassy at 7pm.

A big thanks goes out to Dave Hagen and the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team for helping to organize the event.

Listing info:
Roller Races
Irish Embassy Pub
900 Main Ave.
Friday August 20th
Autograph signing with Team Garmin-Sharp-Barricuda at 7pm
Roller races start at 8pm
$5 to participate – Proceeds benefit the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team
1st place: $100 gift card, 2nd place: $50 gift card, 3rd place: $25 gift card

Things to Think About

7 Days ago Jr Devo Fall Registration opened
Saturday the 10-11th Colorado State Championship XC,SD, DH in Telluride
Saturday the 11th Olympic Mens and Womens XC
Saturday the 11th Escalante Days XC in Dolores
Monday the 13th Week 4 of Devo Summer Camp begins
Tuesday the 14th KDUR 91.9fm’s Cycle Squawk Pro Challenge preview show
Wednesday the 15th Last day of U14 practice
Thursday the 16th Last day of U19 practice at Howard Lake
Friday the 17th KDUR 91.9fm’s Cycle Squawk 1hour live feed from FLC’s Cycling Village
Friday the 17th Roller Races at the Irish Embassy
Saturday the 18th Durango Trails Festival XC and Run at Twin Buttes
Saturday the 18-20 Pro Challenge starts in Durango
Friday the 24-26th Devo Flyers at Angel Fire and Explorers at La Plata Canyon
Tuesday the 28th first Fort Lewis Cycling Team Meeting
Wednesday the 29th Durango Devo U19/14, Flyers and Explorers Season Celebration Party
Friday the 31st Fort Lewis College Cycling home race

U19ers Take on Animas Mountain

The U19ers and former U14 Coach Scott take in the view from atop Animas Mountain at practice this tuesday. The Devo teams will be competing in the Colorado State Championships this weekend. Wish em luck!
The U19ers and former U14 Coach Scott take in the view from atop Animas Mountain at practice this tuesday. The Devo teams will be competing in the Colorado State Championships this weekend. Wish em luck! photo by Coach Brendan.

Devo’s August Telegraph Hill Climb

August 2nd, 2012. Nice day

U14 Boys– Keiren 24:00

U14 Girls– Katja 25:26, Camryn 22:26, Marit 27:37, Lacey 25:30

U19 Boys– Sepp 15:19, Levi 17:12, Stephan 16:57, Will 18:45, Galen 18:58, Bryce 18:59

U19 Girls– India 21:44, Mikayla 29:24

Coaches and Friends–  Chad 17:28, Payson 16:01, Tyler 19:49

Past Results

Durango Devo Riders Asked to Ride in Pro Challenge

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) hosting the USA Pro Cycling Challenge has invited DEVO to participate in the Opening Ceremonies on Monday, August 20th.  The ceremonies are meant to celebrate the Olympic, National and World Champions who call Durango home. DEVO athletes will participate to show the next generation of cyclists. We are hoping for 200 athletes 12 and under to participate with the U19, U14, Flyers and Explorer riders as the sweep riders. Olympic cyclists will lead out the parade and other local Olympians in a variety of sports will be participating in this event. This is not an open parade, due to road closures and a restrictions and to aid in the planning of such a huge event in Durango, this portion of the Pro Cycling Challenge event is an invitation only event.

The race itself will take place on Monday, August 20th. The entire weekend is full of events from a Grand Open House downtown on Main, the Start Village at Fort Lewis College on Saturday and Sunday, the mountain bike and trail run race at Twin Buttes (on August 18th) hosted by Trails 2000 and the Race Day party at Buckley on August 20th. All information can be found at

Please help us out by volunteering for the Race Day festival by going to and click on Volunteer.

Thank you so much.
Mary Monroe (Local Organzing Commitee)

Trailwork with Durango Wheel Club Next Wednesday

The Trails 2000 trail work day for this Wednesday, 8/1 has been postponed one week to Wednesday, 8/8.

If you can help out on Wednesday, 8/8 we will need 10 to 12 volunteers. We will ride up to the Twin Buttes trail and meet the Trails 2000 crew to undertake some handwork on a newly built trail. The work is not burly but getting to the point requires Wheel Club style fitness.

Please RSVP to Spencer if you are able to participate in this trail work party on Wednesday 8/8 from 4-7pm. Trails 2000 will provide pizza and beverages. T2K and/or Spencer will send details on when/where to meet.


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