Keenan Gets to Dine with Lance

DEVO’s own cancer surviving cyclist, Keenan Desplanques gets to dine with Lance at tonight’s post movie dinner. The fellas from the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic were nice enough to get a few spare tickets, and they chose Keenan. The 12 and three quarter year old is going to be pumped up, he Loves Lance Armstrong! Keenan has been riding with DEVO for 4 years now and completed his first year on the U14 team this year. He went to the National Championships in Sol Vista and placed 10th in the 11-12 dudes. He was very stoked on the experience. The “Speed Demon” as he is called is also a honch BMX racer and has his last big race of the season coming up soon. Wish him luck if you see him around. Have fun at the dinner.

FLC Wins in Truckee

The Fort Lewis College mountain bike team took their 14th national championship team omnium title this weekend in Truckee, California. Individual national champions from FLC were Rotem Ishay in the xc and stxc, Sage Wilderman in the dh and DEVO jr coach Emma Millar in the dual. Sabina Kraushaar, another DEVO coach placed 6th in the dh. Evan Elliott and Taylor Borucki of DEVO alum placed 15th and 6th in the dh. Another DEVO alumni, Joe Schneider of Colorado School of mines took 4th place int he individual omnium, which ranks athletes who compete in every event. His team took 4th in the division 2 team omnium. Nice work Durango. Nice work DEVO.

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Durango DEVO Wins 2009 MSC Team Title

Wait a minute. All these days have passed and we just now figured out that we won the Mountain States Cup junior cross country team title. Dang. Congratulations to all of you who raced this season and put points up on the board. Durango DEVO has it’s first MSC title, and thats pretty cool. Check it here.

FLC Cyclists Leave for Nationals

Today the 13 time national champion, Fort Lewis College Cycling Team will be pulling out of Durango for Truckee, California and the 2009 Collegite National Championships. The team is looking pretty darn strong this season and several DEVO caoches ad alumni will be making the trip. U-14 coach Evan Elliott and U-19 alumni Taylor Borucki placed 1 and 2 in the conference series this fall and made the four man downhill team to represent the Skyhawks. DEVO junior coaches Sabina Kraushaar and Emma Millar also placed well in the conference standings and will be racing downhill for the team. 

Collegiate DH Course

The Leadville 100 Movie

Due to a high demand there will be a second showing of the Lance Armstrong film “Race Across the Sky” @ the Smiley building October 25th 5pm.  Tickets are $10 and go on sale Tuesday October 13th at Maria’s Bookshop.  They will go fast!

Cyclocross and Durango Sports Club

October 18 @ The Durango Sports Club

Help us raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease by attending the Durango Sports Club’s “Cyclocross Race for a Cure.”  All proceeds will benefit Mercy Medical’s new Mercy Regional Breast Care Center.

When:     B race – 9 am, A race – 10am

Where:   The Durango Sports Club, 1600 Florida Rd.

Entry Fee:  $10 Donation to Mercy Regional Breast Care Center

Course Description:  This year’s course will be similar to those of the past consisting of 70% singletrack and 30% pavement/open field.  Both cyclocross bikes and mountain bikes have won on this course in the past.

Join us after the race for food and drink specials at J Bo’s!!

Cyclocross Star Hooks DEVO up with Beans

Fresh of another cyclocross victory, Jeremy Powers has made some time to donate some Jelly Belly sport beans to the DEVO squad. He is a former resident of Durango and is currently one of the top stars in the sweet winter sport. Several large boxes filled with blue beans arrived at the DEVO offices and will be handed out to hungry post school hands during the fall jrDEVO season. Thanks Jeremy.

Mountain Bike Action

DEVO has made the pages of super glam monthly mag, Mountain Bike Action. Last months October isue had a full page on U-14er Keenan Desplanques and his rad attitude. Keenan is a cancer survivor and is all about his bike. He placed 10th at this years national championships in Sol Vista Colorado. Check him out on page 84 in the “Riders WHo Inspire” Section. Then in the current November issue, Elke Brutsaert has a pic of her railing a corner on the way to her national championship winning run in the super D at Sol Vista. She is wearing a DEVO jersey in support of  the team during the weekend. Check her out on page 124.

New Site is Now

Yo Team. Here is our new website/blogsite. What do you think? Please be patient these next few months as we work out the kinks and get it to the perfect look and feel. Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions. Have a nice day.

Boure Bike Fweest

Here are the remaining rides offered for the Boure celebration of bikes. 

Wednesday September 30, 2009
La Etapa de la Reina

Mesa Verde 200k
8AM START – Meet at Roosa Avenue and US Hwy 160 West.

 Mesa Verde 100k
10AM START – Meet at Absolute Bakery, 110 South Main in Mancos.
 **Please note: There is an $8 Entry Fee, and lights are required to ride your bike through Mesa Verde National Park due a rather lengthy and dark tunnel.
Thursday October 1, 2009
Durango Singletrack MTB Ride – 20 miles and/or 2 hours
 Meet at Carver’s, 1022 Main Avenue
 *Ride with Ned Day

 Friday October 2, 2009
Tour of Eastern La Plata County – up to 60 miles

 Meet at Oscar’s, in the Town Plaza next to Kroeger’s Hardware Store
 *Riders should expect as much road-bike-suitable dirt roads as is possible.

 Saturday October 3, 2009

Baker’s Bridge-Old Shalona – 30 miles
Meet at bread – at Florida Rd and East Animas Rd (CR 250)
*Vintage Bike Day* (if you don’t have a vintage steed, bring your most unique or fun velo)

Tad Elliott Stuff Sale

Tad Elliott plus Elliott family gear sale is this Friday evening starting at 4pm-whenever then Saturday morning starting at 8 am. At the Elliott’s house 2613 Arroyo Drive. Please role by. There is Tons of Sunglasses and Cycling clothes. A couple of bikes and some nordic Skiing equipment. Tad is a DEVO alumni who is now a professional cross country ski and bike racer. In the bike racing department, he is currently looking for a new team, so keep your ears peeled.

Commuting News

The Multi Modal Transportation crew of the City of Durango and Amber have released their first newsletter. Check it here.September. They also have a new website up and running that can give you the lowdown on all the walk, bike or bussing around this sweet town.

Cross Season News


Sunday, Nov. 1– FLC NightCross – FLC Stadium 

Sunday, Nov. 8 – Dolores – Joe Rowell Park 

Sunday, Nov. 15 – Cortez

Saturday, Nov. 21 – Aztec

Sunday, Nov. 22 – Durango – Santa Rita Park 

Saturday, Dec. 5 – Russell the Musclecross – Buckley Park 

Sunday, Dec. 6 – Series Finals – FLC Stadium 



There will be three different start times:

Men A/40+


Men B/Open Women


We have some great sponsors this year that are helping us bring it up a notch: Animas Orthopedics/Rivergate Sports Medicine and Durango Coca-Cola are the presenting sponsors with many more helping to make it possible (flyer out soon).


PRACTICES: Wednesdays at 12noon


That for the first few weeks as later in the day conflicts with Football. Once you know the course you may practice at any time, just be aware in high traffic/paved sections. If the football team is using its whole practice area then avoid that part of the course (you can figure out a way do the barriers without conflicting). There is also baseball/softball/soccer and club sports using the area later in the day – it’ll be tough until November.




I have marked a ~ 6min. course starting at the softball complex toward Dirks Field (Soccer-East) then heading left (north). Orange flags mark the apex of turns 95% of the time – the other 5% they are there to give a long straightaway reference. When there are 2 and 3 flags it is a hairpin and/or in an area without a tree to mark the turn.