FLC Cycling Rival Lees McRae Offers Bicycling Studies Class

Collegiate cycling seems to be grown at a rapid rate. Each year, new collegiate cycling programs pop up wth names we’ve never heard of. Lees McRae has been around since the turn of the century, but with bike enthusiasts as school presidents, these private colleges are now throwing cycling into the classroom. Sounds sweet right. Read about Lees McRae’s new Bicycling Studies class now being offered. There’s ski schools, football schools and even basketball factory’s littering the east coast, so it only makes sense that with the rising popularity of cycling, we get cycling specific studies as well.

Make sure to check http://collegiatecyclingnews.com for all your collegiate curiosities.

Jr Devo Super Fun Race at Buckley next Wednesday!

Thats right, its a dunk tank. Coaches beware!
Thats right, its a dunk tank. Coaches beware!

Wednesday the 25th at Buckley Park, Jr DEVO Super Fun Race is going to be off the hook! This event is for kids under 6th grade only and is going to be a great spectator event. Get ready!

Bike Movie Night, Wednesday at the Smiley Building

Please join us this Wednesday, May 18th for a fundraiser for the the Chapman Hill Bike Project this Wednesday, May 18th at the Smiley Auditorium on east 3rd avenue. 2 Sweet Bike movies will be shown to promote the new bike park project in town. Life Cycles will play first at 530 and it is such an inspiring film. Biking is so beautiful!
Time: 5:30 pm
Zia Taqueria will have burritos for sale. Beverages will be available.
Please show up to watch these two inspiring films and support your local community.

Presented by: The Smiley, Zia, Fort Lewis College Cycling, DEVO, Durango BMX, Durango Winter Sports Foundation, 2nd Avenue Sports, Pedal the Peaks and Trails 2000.

It’s all in your head! from infinite trails on Vimeo.

Devo’s May Telegraph Hill Climb Results

May 13th, 2011. dry dusty and hot afternoon.

U19 Boys; Sepp 16:11, Levi 17:35, Gino 17:43, Stephan 18:11, Nate 21:25, Gaylen 20:03, Christopher 18:30, Nan0 23:46

U19 Girls; Robin 30:22 and 33:18, Kaylee 21:51

U14 Boys; Keenan 21:38, Kieran 28:10, Dylan 24:30, Charlie 20:27, Derek 26:39, River 22:58, Will 20:36, Chase 29:23, Devin 23:36, Shane 29:43

U14 Girls; Marit 30:26, Katia 31:23, Lacy 39:12, Sierra 29:35

RMCF Sweet Elite; Howard 14:34 (new world record,) Teal 19:53

Devo Coaches and friends; Annie 25:57, Chad 19:43, Taylor 18:59, Sarah 22:28, Elke 25:39, Mint 18:04, Brendan 20:12, Ben S. 14:50, Jesse D. 17:05, Dylan S. 18:18, Trevor D. 18:04, Miguel R. 18:57.

past results are here

Devo Rallies Rabbit Valley

For the fourth year, the Durango Devo athletes headed to US MTB mecca, Fruita Colorado for the Mountain States Cup’s Rabbit Valley Rally. It was Devo first team race of the season, this being a weekend of racing once a month where Devo coaches are in attendance to help pre-ride race courses and coach throughout. 30 Devo athletes from JrDevo, U14, U19 and the new RMCF Sweet Elite team all camped together with family and friends in a gravel parking lot, just east of Rabbit Valley recreation site.

After a great friday night of course prerides, chocolate eating and campfires, the team took to the first event, the 20 minute long time trial. The course was a rolling 4-Wheeler track at first, climbing up to the book shelf cliffs, it then took to a moto track that meandered along the cliff’s until it topped out. From there it was a technical, rolling, moto-turny downhill that had everybody talking at the finish line. The final mile was like the Road Apple Course, but no sand and better whoops. The Devo team put a stamp on day 1 with every category we entered, junior to pro, and winner from Devo. Cat 1 15-18 and Sweet Elite team member Howard Grotts took the fastest time of the day, even besting teammate Tad Elliott, who won the pro men category! Alicia Rose Pastore won the Cat 1 girls, Stephan Davoust won the Cat 2 boys, Camryn Sippy won the Junior Girls Under 14 and Chris Blevins won the Junior Under 14 boys. Oh yeah, and Team Stetson-Lee won the Pro Women as well! What a day for Devo.

After the mornings racing, all the tried team-members gathered around the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory/Devo Sweet Elite Team Trailer and ate more chocolate before heading out on a cross country course preride. It was a mellow affair as they all just rolled along at chit-chat pace. No real agenda other than to have a good time and not get to dehydrated. That night the team rolled into the town of Fruita for awards and a pizza party and the Hot Tomato Pizzaria. More campfire, more sillyness and then bedtime a little earlier than the previous night.

Sunday morning came quick as the young guys and gals had an early start of 8am. Coach Chad and Annie took the crew out on the chilly warm-ups and the gang was on the start line in time. Chris Blevins was the first finisher as he easily won the Under 14 boys race. Then it was like a Devo practice as his teammates came rolling in right after him, with Charlie Greenberg, Will Berger, Kennen Desplanques, Derek Pansze and Devin Feilen following him in for a clean sweep! The Under 14 Girls took 2-4th as the defending xc national champ Ksenia Lepikena from Boulder, proved her worth. Cameryn Sippy, Sierra Trout and Ellie Feilen were 2-4th. Stephan Davoust and Levi Kurlander took 2nd and 3rd in the Cat 2 Boys with new Devo athlete, 17 year old Galen Blair taking 10th in his first race with Devo. Then Henry Larson, Andrew Cunninham and Owen Wertz took 4,5 and 7th in the Cat 3 boys. Devo parents are jumping into the action with Field Blevins, Bob Davoust, Curt Blair and board member Rich Larson all taking the line and finishing well. Blevins took second in his Cat 2 age group!

In the Cat 1 races, Alicia Rose Pastore, U14 girls assistant coach and RMCF Sweet Elite Team member, took a super easy win in the 15-18 girls, for her 3rd win in as many tries at the event. Then in the boys, it was Howard Grotts doing battle with fellow age group national champion, Keegan Swenson. In the end Keegan dropped Howard on the power course and rolled to the line with the win. Next it was Sepp Kuss and Gino Pastore in 4th and 5th. Haakon Sigerslid rolled in in 7th and Elliott Saslow walked his bike across the line for the second consecutive year to take 9th place.

In the Pro categories, Teal Stetson-Lee won her first xc race with her new Sweet Elite Team. Congrats as well to teammate Sage Wilderman who stayed behind to graduate from Fort Lewis College. The men were led by Colton Anderson’s 2nd place finish on the techy power course. Teammate Tad Elliott wound up in 8th place after a hard fought battle on the front of the race.

All in all, it was a great weekend of racing and the theme would of had to of been teamwork. It was great to see all the different age groups and categories riding and playing together. We’ve got a special thing going, thats for sure!

Durango Devo Short Track Series Coming Quick

Still looking for a title sponsor. Let us know if you are interested!
Still looking for a title sponsor. Let us know if you are interested!

Races take place every wednesday evening at the Factory Trails on the FLC Campus, Durango BMX or Durango Mountain Resort for 12 weeks. There will be a B men/women race at 5:30pm at a duration of 20 minutes. A kids race will begin at 6pm and the A men and women will race at 6:30pm. Each race will be scored in an overall results format, with men and women being separated. Juniors will be lumped in with the overall results and age will be noted next to their placing. It will not be scored as an overall points series.
Small money primes will be awarded throughout the series depending on racer turnout. This is a Durango Devo fundraising effort.

2011 DEVO STXC Series Schedule
May 25 Jr DEVO Fun Race, no adult categories
June 1 Durango BMX
June 8 Factory Trails at FLC
June 15 Factory Trails at FLC
June 22 Factory Trails at FLC
June 29 Circuit Course at DMR
July 6 Factory Trails at FLC
July 13 No Race
July 20 Durango BMX
July 27 Factory Trails at FLC
August 3 Circuit Course at DMR
August 10 Factory Trails at FLC
August 17 Factory Trails at FLC

Jr DEVO Trail Work Tonight with T2K

T2K is Trails 2000 and Jr DEVO are the future healthy people of Durango. They are meeting at Burket Drive Trailhead tonight to fix them some trails from 4-6pm. If you have not yet done trailwork with Trails 2000, it might not be a bad idea to give it a go. It is great on many levels.

Ladies Camp Offered to Improve Mountain Bike Skills

Durango Mountain Bike Camp is offering an expanded mountain bike clinic for women on Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th from 9:00a.m. until 3:30p.m.

Basic skills training include proper position on the bike, braking, and cornering followed by lunch and a ride with coaching. On Sunday, participants will tackle more challenging terrain and work on climbing, descending and switch backs. After lunch the day will end with a maintenance clinic.
Riders will be divided into groups based on their riding ability. A momentum of 6 ladies are needed for the clinic.
Groups: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
Things to bring: mountain bike, helmet, gloves, release forms, rain gear and water.
For reservation please call 970-759-5585.
More information:www.durangomountainbikecamp.com

Sweet Elite at Phil’s World

Make sure to catch all the action through the racers words Here.
image001Race #2 for the RMCF Devo Sweet Elite was a great success! The team finished 2nd overall in the Co-Ed 3-4 person team category. A little different format for the Sweet Elite riders as none of them had ever done a 12hr race before. The team consisted of four riders this week. Colton Andersen, Sage Wilderman, Alicia Rose Pastore, and Teal Stetson Lee. The team had a blast all day and with the nearly 800 riders at the event, the RMCF chocolate bars were a huge hit for everyone trying to recover between laps. Specialized S-Works Epic 29ers were the machine choice of the day as they posted the fastest laps for both men’s and women’s categories! Both fast laps set by Sweet Elite riders! A special thanks goes out to the legend Ned Overend for sporting the RMCF Sweet Elite Kit for the race. What an honor for the team! Another thanks goes out to the rest of the Durango Devo teams at the race for all of their support and camaraderie at the event.

Colton took first leg of the race which started with a Le Mans style running start.  Crushing it the first lap, which was a bit longer than the regular laps, Colton was the first rider in 30sec ahead of Travis Brown. Unofficially the fastest lap of the day! Colton rode 3 laps total. All within 4 minutes of each other! Wow!

Sage took the reins for lap two. A little worried heading out ahead of legend Dave Wiens, Sage managed to hold off Wiens for nearly 5 miles! Sage posted the fastest women’s lap of the day! Sage had some bad luck on her second lap with two flats. U-19 Devo rider Stephen Davoust saved the day as he stopped to help Sage with a flat even though they were leading the Grommet class!

Alicia Rose the youngest member of the team had two solid laps and keeping the team in contention. Alicia Rose gets the “keeping her cool award” for the day, as she had to bunny hop her Specialized Epic over a very long rattle snake!

Teal took two of the toughest laps of the day. Both seeming to be the hottest parts of the day and with the most traffic. She still rode awesome and kept the team in the standings.

Great day of racing and thanks again to all the sponsors for their great support!


Chris Wherry
Manager RMCF Devo Sweet Elite


DEVO Rallies Rabbit Valley

DEVO Does BMX Track Work

Have you seen the new BMX track design? Its Rad! 40 more loads of dirt were brought in by some famous track builder and were used to widen and build new lines around the track. The U19ers rode by the other day and raked as the snow came in to town. With Field Blevins as guide, the team worked swiftly to stay warm. Then the Jr Devo kids took to raking last night and had great success for little people. Those rakes are tall. Thanks for the invite Durango BMX and we cant wait to shred the new track.

gotta love dirt work!
gotta love dirt work!
Who said dirt work isn't glamourous
Who said dirt work isn't glamourous