U14 Devo Coach, Evan Elliott will be forced to sit out his 2011 coaching duties. After breaking his wrist in the Pro Mens National Championship race in Sol Vista last July, Evan had surgery to place pins and plates to support the recovery. He must now get surgery to take the metal out, meaning another period of healing off the bike. This is sad news as Evan has been with the program since the beginning in 2006. Please wish Evan a speedy recovery! We wish him well and look foreword to his future role with the program.
It is time to get pumped up for biking!
We are offering another season of Spin classes with Coach Chad Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Hub from 330-5pm.
This class will begin on the 15th and will run through March 3rd, the week before Spring Break.
You have the choice of signing up for 3 tuesdays or 3 thursdays or all 6.
The cost is $85 for all six or $45 for 3 tuesdays or thursdays.
Have a nice sunny day
Top Secret Training Camp is back for its 4th season. The dates are set for Apirl 8-10th in the top secret desert location. Durango Devo coaches and staff along with a long list of generous local cycling enthusiasts put on the 3 day camp to kick off the 2011 Devo season in style. This year, the newly formed RMCF/DEVO Sweet Elite Team will be in attendance. The camp is for all 2011 U14, U19 and Explorer Club boys and girls. Riding is the name of the game at this weekend campout, as riders train, play and learn skills from surnise to sundown. Contact Chad@durangodevo.com if you would like to get involved. TSTC 2011 poster
Rock Shox Carbon/Ti Judy FSX with Nuke Proof carbon hubs. Titanium bar, stem, seat-post, bottom bracket, skewers, and cassette. Just under 21lbs as it stands.
Refurbished by Mike Wilk
SNOWDOWN BICYCLE ROLLER RACES
Steaming Bean – 915 Main Hosted by the Durango Wheel Club
Head-to-head bicycle races on stationary indoor rollers, contestants provide their own bicycles, road-type with 700c front wheels are necessary. Furthest distance covered in 15 minutes wins. Categories: men 18+ older; women 18+ older. All are encouraged to take part.
Event Coordinator: Ivan Unkokvsky – 749-0030
Event Cost: FREE
Entry Deadline: 10 minutes before event
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each category
The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory/DEVO Sweet Elite Team has just added another super young athlete to the team, Sage Wilderman, multiple time Collegiate MTB Champion and defending 2010 U-23 Womans National Champion. Her addition to the squad marks the team as one of a handful of legit teams to support an equal number of male to female riders. She will be joined by Alica Rose Pastore of Devo action, Teal Stetson-Lee of 2010 cx season fame, Tad Elliott, alumni, with his numerous big race wins on the skis and bikes, Howard Grotts of Devo, junior Natty Champs and Collegiate titleage, and top secret rider Colton Anderson.
This very Saturday, January 22 is the 4th annual Tour de Ski nordic skate ski race and tour at Durango Mountain Resort. Enjoy this Once-A-Year opportunity to ski the beautiful Hermosa Valley! The weather looks fantastic (right now the forecast is for sunny and 39º) and the course is set up perfectly thanks to Bob Rule and San Juan Ski Company. For more information, visit www.tourdeski.org. Bib pick-up is this Friday at Pine Needle Mountaineering.
If you are not racing and would like to suppor the event–a fundraiser for Trails 2000 and Durango Nordic–we still need volunteers.
The VOLUNTEER MEETING will be held on Monday, January 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Eolus Room of the Durango Rec Center or email Jeanne Pastore for more information at Pastore@Orionzone.net.
Last month local cycling Coach Rick Crawford recruited a group of local athletes to help guide a winter training camp for the Boulder, Colorado based Garmin-Chipolte U23 road team in the La Plata mountains that surround town. Miguel Ramos is an FLC Cycling Team Alumni and was asked to head up the group, due to his mountain skills from growing up in Alaska and his super passion for all things bike.
Q: How did you get involved in the Training Camp?
A: Well Crawford; being my coach from the FLC days, gave me a call wounding if I wanted to use my Alaskan winter skills and help with the camping trip.
Q: How many kids took part? What ages and where from?
A: There were a total of 9 kids from the U-23 Garmin team. Their ages ranged from 18 to 22…I believe.
Q: What was your role during the hike? And around camp?
A: My job was to do little as possible; allowing the team to work with each other, until situations or problems arose. While we were hiking I was the sweeper, making sure that if kids stopped to go to the bathroom or whatever were accounted for. I also would constantly scan the area for potential avalanche areas and potential danger. We didn’t worry much about the avalanches because there was really not that much snow, which was good! Around camp I made sure that kids were eating and drinking water while they were waiting for their damp and wet clothes to dry by the fire, that I was in charge of making.
Q: How did the group deal with setback in the beginning as compared to the end of the trip?
A: As time progressed and mistakes like not having enough water were made, or hot spots developing in their shoes. The Kids learned and made sure to not make the same mistake twice. Another example was the first morning when kids took their time breaking down camp, and as a result, we were not able to get to our proposed destination that day. Lessons were learned and the next morning we were off and out hiking at a reasonable time.
Q: What were some of the successes of the group? Both small and large.
A: Everyone helped each other out and took an initiative to help break and pack the snow. It may seem like a small task, but after hours of hiking with a 50lb pack, that snow gets harder and harder to pack. No one complained, but emotions were on peoples faces and everyone pushed on. That I would say is a big success because the kids knew that in order to make it from point A to B, some suffering will had to be endured.
Q: What was the funniest moment?
A: When the three people on skis kept crashing. (myself, Andrew, and Sage)
Q: What did you learn from this experience about developmental cyclists?
A: I learned that it takes a lot of sacrafice for kids like the ones on the U-23 Garmin team to get where they are at. Many of these kids have never camped, or hiked, or even seen snow(Freddie Cruz). I have been fortunate enough to experience all those activities and a plethora of others, but If I were to have devoted my youth to cycling it may not have been the case. Life changing adventures would have been missed, and memories missed. In the end its one’s choice and decision to make such sacrifices for ones passion and desire. No matter what one chooses, its an experience to be made in either path. I am grateful that I chose the path I did. Granite I could be a way better cyclist right now and MAYBE be Pro, but the path I chose better prepared me for life. Now that I have some grasp on life, an open mind, and well rounded life (at least what I perceive as well rounded). I feel that I can now pursue what I have always wanted to pursue, while using my life adventures, experiences, and focusing them towards my passion of cycling. My goal of becoming a better, faster, stronger,and wiser rider/person from all my everyday experiences……always learning.
Check out the sweet photo documentery that PDXcross.com did on the Fort Lewis Cycling Team in Bend Oregon where they rode to a strong second place in the Collegiate Team Omnium. These photos are great.