Yep, Durango BMX! The rain was sweet last night and that means sweet dirt for tonight.
Lift 8 Hill Climb and HB Super D is Tomorrow!
Rain will not cancel the event. Please be prepared for sweetness and suffering.
Post Nationals and wham, more racing. This wednesday the AOA/DEVO STXC Series continues at Durango BMX. Races will take place beginning at 530pm. Remember, they are only $5 for the rest of the season. Then this Saturday is the Lift 8 Hill Climb and HB SuperD. Registration is at active.com or get there at 8am for on site reg. The mass start hill climb begins at 9am. Next weeks AOA STXC is at DMR and then that saturday the 31st is the Hermosa Offroad Classic.
This Wednedsay, July 14 — Pizza Party. Let’s finish the World’s Re Route! Please join us Wednesday at Durango Mountain Resort as we work on the World’s cross country course. We ask each trail user to volunteer at least once a season and this week you can attend trailwork in the high country, while staying cool and sharing in a pizza party afterwards.
Directions: Park at the upper parking lot. Walk to the Plaza up the stairs and to your left where you’ll see the truck parked in front of Purgy’s. Please sign in and grab a tool. We’ll load the chairlift at 4:00pm. If you can come later, a 2nd crew will load the chair at 5:00pm.
Please be on time. Wear/Bring: You’ll need to bring/wear long pants, sturdy shoes, sunhat, sunscreen, rain jacket and a water bottle or camelbak. We’ll provide the tools, demonstrate the work and DMR will treat you to a pizza party.
The Hub will be offering a mens mtb clinic on Saturday July 24th from 9am to 1pm in Durango. The class will be taught by Chris Wherry and Grant Berry. Check it here for more information.TheHubMensMTBClinic
You may have noticed “Lost Dog” posters tack’d up all over Durango’s trailheads earlier this week. Sundance, the therapy dog, from Albuquerque, went missing after bolting upon hearing the first booms of Durango’s 4th of July Fireworks. U14er Charlie Greenberg was watching the show when he saw Sundance running through the streets unattended. On wednesday’s U14 team practice, the athletes were riding the meadow backwards when coach Chad came upon the loose leashed Australian Shepherd and the dog instantly led out the group towards the dry frog beds. U14er River recognized the dog and bolted up the hill to track him down, knowing that his owners had been on the hunt. To no avail, the team headed back down to the parking lot. Then U14er Devin Feilen decided to forgo his post ride meal, and hunt down Sundance. He rode the meadow backwards and foreword several times and then spotted the Therapy Dog in about the same area as earlier. He then contacted the owners and led them to the area, where the family was reunited and finally able to return home to Albuquerque. Nice work Devo Dog Catchers!
Telegraph Hill Climb 7.7.10 & 7.8.10
U14 Boys; Keenan 22:48, Charlie G. 21:35, Charlie M. 30:23, Devin 24:20, River 23:27, George 28:33, Derek 24:35, Will 24:47, Chase 24:19, Henry 20:23, Cole 28:12
U14 Girls; India 26:11, Sabina 32:52, Robin 37:27, Sierra 26:22
U19 Boys; Sepp 16:39, Howard 15:09, Levi 17:12, STephan 18:28, Haakon 17:37, Chris 18:58, Hank 23:36, Elliott 19:25
U19 Girls; Kaylee 21:53
Coaches; Annie 35:10, Evan 19:01, Chad 18:59 & 17:52, Greg 16:24, Scott 19:30, Elke 26:49
Animas Orthopedic Associates/DEVO Short Track Series #6
Factory Trails 7.7.10
B Men; 1. Chris Blevins, 2. Stephan Davoust, 3. Marc, 4. Keenan Desplanques, 5. Rich Larson, 6. Henry Larson, 7. Devin Feilen, 8. Wyeth Rossi
B Women; 1. Kaylee Blevins, 2. Emily Schaldach, 3. Joan Walker, 4. Avra Saslow
B Holeshot; Chris Blevins
Kids Race; Clare, Alli, Josh, Maggie, Austin, Ivan, Ellie
A Women; 1. Teal Stetson-Lee, 2. Kaila Hart, 3. Rebecca Gross, 4. Annie Cheeney, 5. Sarah Strum
A Men; 1. Joey Thompson, 2. Tad Elliott, 3. Howard Grotts, 4. Adam Snyder, 5. Nick Gould, 6. Frank Mapel, 7. Greg Lewis, 8. Lars Ellefson, 9. Mark Smelser, 10. Gaige Sippy, 11. Elliott Saslow, 12. Bryan Morra, 13. Jon Delacey, 14. Luke Allen, 15. Dave Hagen, dnf; Drew Edsall, Chad Cheeney
A Holeshot; Tad Elliott
Fort Lewis College’s Factory Trails will be the site for round 6 of the Animas Orthopedic Associates/DEVO Short Track series. Come on up and have some fun suffering. Tonights course will include a tricky rubbly climb. Brand new!
Animas Orthopedic Associates/DEVO Short Track #5
Durango Mountain Resort June 30, 2010
B Men; 1. Levi Kurlander, 2. Chris Blevins, 3. Charlie Greenberg, 4. Keenan Desplanques, 5. Fabio When, 6. River Weiss, 7. Will Berger, 8. Devin Feilen, 9. Rich Larson, 10. Henry Larson, 11. Charlie Malone
B Women; 1. Kaylee Blevins, 2. Avra Saslow, 3. Joan Walker
Kids Race; Keiran, Ellie, and Austin
A Women; 1. Alicia Rose Pastore, 2. Kaila Hart, 3. Sarah Sturm, 4. Annie Cheeney
A Men; 1. Benn Sontag, 2. Adam Snyder, 3. Greg Carpenter, 4. Gino Pastore, 5. Chad Cheeney, 6. Sepp Kuss, 7. Elliott Saslow, 8. Cal Skilsky, 9. Dave Hagen
Thanks to Mark Pastore for the score keeping and Levi Kurlander and Todd Wells for race announcing.
Photos by Jeanne Pastore, Jim Feilen and Chad Cheeney
15 DEVO U14 and U19 athletes headed to Crested Butte for their 3rd team race of the season. Once a month, coaches and athletes travel to a big Colorado event and camp or stay in a condo together, this race had the team staying on the mountain, in a classic 80’s ski condo. Coaches Chad and Annie Cheeney, Jess Reed, Sarah Tescher and Evan Elliott stayed with the kids and raced their bikes on the side.
Friday saw 2 prerides go up the mountain. The 7 mile loop was basically a singletrack and mountain road climb followed by a bumpy fresh descent that rattled riders through the aspens and columbines. Most of the team enjoyed the course and the semi rain storms kept the dust down. The mosquitos were big and hungry, so the rides went a little faster than recommended by the coaches. That night the team attempted to play a round robin doubles tennis tournament, only to be thrown off the court due to the game looking more like a mix between paintball and dodgeball with rackets. Coach Annie and Sarah prepared a spaghetti dinner and the team talked over the next days plans before hitting the hay.
At 8am coaches Sarah Jess and Annie took off for the 40 mile cross country race that was new to this years schedule. The new course took the Pro’s and Cat 1 racers on a super epic loop on all of the finest singletrack around Crested Butte. The rest of the cross country racers did loops on the 7 mile course. Cat 1 juniors doing 3, cat 2’s doing 2 and the junior under 14 doing one lap. Sarah and Jess would go on to take 1st and 2nd place in the singlespeed womens division, Sarah finishing with a time in just under 5 hours. Annie was unable to finish after putting in 6 hours in the saddle.
The Cat 1 boys took off on 3 laps of the course at 9am. U19ers Howard Grotts, Sepp Kuss and Gino Pastore took the holeshot up the mountain and broke away from the gun with Park City young gun, Keegan Swenson. Howard was able to put a gap on Keegan on the 2nd lap climb and held him off to take his first cross country win of the season. Sepp rode in to 3rd place and Gino followed in 4th. 5th place finished 18 minutes behind Gino in the 10 man field.
U19er Kaylee Blevins rode strong and won the Cat 2 15-18 girls race and showed she’s ready to defend her national championship title in Sol Vista this July. The Cat 2 Boys has 2 mechanicals early with Haakon Sigerslid flatting on the first descent and Hank Stowers breaking his chain in the first 5 minutes of the race, he fixed it with help from his coach and finished the race in 13th place. Stephan Davoust and Collin Francom battled it out for 4th place all race and Stephan took the top team spot on a fast last descent down the mountain. Collin took 5th and James Shaham rode in to 12th place.
The Under 14 Boys took off at 2:15 pm after a long day of waiting around to race. It was one of the largest junior fields of the season and all the Colorado Junior teams were well represented. Early on it was Keenan Desplanques and Devin Feilen leading the charge for the team. Everybody rode strong and looked to be having a great time coming down the mountain into the finish. Keenan ended up 7th and Devin was 10th. Teammates Charlie Malone was 13th, 15th was Cole Mystrom, 17th George McQuinn and Chase Seivert in 18th.
Several parents took the break from their kids and preparred a race day for themselves. Mike McQuinn, Dave Sigerslid, Dana Shinn and Jeff Seivert all rode strong and smiled around the track. A bummer of a highlight was Dad Jeff rolling to the line looking at first place, and an unknown racers sprinted up and pimped him at the line, leaving him in 2nd. He laughed it off in style. That night the team rolled into town together and took in the Crested Butte cycling scene. Then watched the pro mountain cross finals, then had a team dinner of lasanga, and then had the infamous schwag fest before bed time. After the long day of action you would think the athletes would bed down easily. Not the case.
The next morning saw the athletes rise early to get in a couple lift assisted practice runs on the Super Downhill and Downhill Tracks. The race runs were at 10am and the team had 1 hour to go over their tracks. First off the line was Coach Chad Cheeney. He took the LeMans start quickly and went onto the singletrack first, holding off the field to win the race. Soon after it was U19 Gino Pastore tallying up another victory in the junior mens category and a little later, U19er Kaylee Blevins followed those up with another! Stephan Davoust took 4th, Hank Stowers 6th, James Shahan 10th, Keenan Desplaques 12th, Chase Seivert 16th and Charlie Malone 19th. Sepp Kuss took 30th in the downhill and George McQuinn tried his first ever downhill race and placed 28th. Whew. Tons of Fun!