Jr DEVO Ride Schedules

It is time to unveil the 2009 Jr DEVO spring ride schedules. Rides begin the week of April 6th. YeeHa! Also, please remember to swing by Hassle Free Sports on North Main for your last minute cycling needs. They are the official JrDEVO sponsor and offer sweet deals on bikes and gear for those participating in the spring program. 

All Rides are 4-6pm except for the Kindergarten ride which is 4-530pm.








Tour de Fort is Wednesday

Below is a parade that will benefit a youth bike program this summer. Looks like you just show up on a bike and cruise around.

Wednesday, April 1st – Tour de Fort Bike Rally and Parade

What: Show your support for getting more people on bicycles at Fort Lewis College. Come to FLC’s first-ever bike rally and parade with music, snacks, speakers, possibly tune-ups, and pedal-powered parade through campus.  Wear costumes, ring bells, cheer loudly, and provide feedback on potential FLC bike programs.  For every bike that participates in the parade, the Environmental Center will make a donation to the new summer youth bike program.  More details on the way….When: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Where:  FLC amphitheater

Saturday DEVO News

*Practice begins this week for U-14, 19 mens and womens summer DEVO development programs. U-14 boys meet monday and friday, U-14 girls wednesday ad friday, U-19 ladies monday, wednesday and friday, and the U-19 men on tuesday, wednesday and friday. All rides practice from 400 to 600pm to and from the Durango Recreation Center.

*Jr DEVO spring session rides will begin the week of Monday April 6th. Ride schedules will be sent to all participants via email next week. There is still some openings in the 7 offered weekly rides. Please contact annie@durangodevo.com for info.

*Durango Junior DEVO Spring Pedal Test at Three Springs. This will be the session ending fun ride and race for all Jr DEVO spring session riders and their families. It will be around 5-6pm and should be a hoot.

*The trails are amazing!

Elliott 13th in Chile

U-19 DEVO alumni Tad took the pan American championships on last weekend to a 13th place finish and the highest u-23 in the strong international field. It was his first big mtb race of the season, and he has plenty more upcoming. After  domestic packed 2008 race season, 2009 offers up a more international menu. There are too many world cups to remember, but Tad will be there and not so much at the big Colorado races. Good luck Tad. results

Former Durango resident, Chris Van Dine earned the Gold medal is the weekends downhill championships. BooYa.

Top Secret Training Camp Photos

Top Secret Training Camp was so rad. Durango DEVO would like to thank all the people who made this sweet thang possible. First off, Russ Zimmermann of Durango Cyclery took care off all the camp supplies, food, tent, stuff, and even the used groovers! Ulgh. With his trusty sidekick, Bill Pile, those two took care of every meal for 45 coached and campers. Dang! We’d also like to thank the coaches for volunteering their preseason time into fostering the bondage between the athletes. Kricket Lewis, Evan Elliott, Jon Bailey, Scott Shishim, Annie Cheeney, Chad Cheeney, Jess Reed, Daniel Walker and Sarah Tescher were all there shredding with the kids. We aslo had a crew of superstar friends who came out to lend a hand. Lisa Lieb, Greg Herbold, Bicycle Bob Gregorio, Jonathan Reed and Glen Shoemaker made the time to share the love. HB blew minds with his super high-teck rc truck! We’d also like to thank Trails 2000 for the tool usage, Dave Hagen at FLC Cycling for the tent and race course setup stuff, Devin at City Market for the sweet discount, the Burnett family for use of their groovers, Ted’s Party Rental and Bill joiner for the use of his van. Booya that was fun.

To the Top

Do you want to got to the 2009 World Championships in Canberra, Australia?

This is what you must do. The 3 year old DEVO program has had 2 athletes make the US worlds team, Tad Elliott in 2007 on the U-23 xc squad and Taylor Borucki in 2008 on the junior dh squad.

5 Durangoans Named to Pan American Squad

Todd Wells, Heikki Hall, Chris Heath, former resident Chris Van Dine and DEVO alumni Tad Elliott have been selected to the US Pan American race team. March 20-23, the US will bring 20 athletes to Chile to compete for the best of the Americas. Read the story here. Nice work Tad.

Durango Wheel Club Info

The first weekend club rides went off today pretty darn smooth. Two groups rolled out the Valley and finished atop Old Shalona, and after a regroup, rolled back to sprint to the Welcome to Durango sign. This new addition to the DWC weekly lineup looks to be a good idea. Local bike talk show, Cycle Squawk will be hosting DWC’s leader, Spencer Compton this tuesday on 91.9 at 1130 am, or on line at kdur.org. Check out what he has to say. Remember the wednesday Time Trials as well. Check out that stuff here.

As head coach of the Durango DEVO team, I approve of this message.      -Chad Cheeney

DEVO News 3-11-09

Howdy DEVO nation. We had a board meeting last night and cranked out a ton of cool business. For those wondering, the Board team is Sarah Tescher (founder coach), Lynn Schneider (accountant), Dave Kerns (business honch,) Russ Zimmermann (local shop idea man,) Kyle Horn (u-19 teamster,) Kaila Hart (u-19 teamster,) Deniese Robbinns (rad lawyer,) Gaige Sippy (smiling promoter,) Travis Brown (industry insider,) and Chad Cheeney (founder and coach.) Dang.

Big time news is that the Rabbit Valley Rampage in Fruita has been moved from the weekend of 10-12 to the following weekend of the 17-19th. This is team DEVO’s first team race of the season, and the date change is a good thing as team practice begins March 30th. 2009-race-scedule

We are going to start up a JrDEVO kindergarden group ride on mondays from april to may. DEVO founder Sarah Tescher will be the coach and the program is all about getting good skills strted when your silly young. please email Sarah with questions and the sign up meeting will be next wednesday the 18th, 6-730 at the rec center.

DEVO Sign Up Meetings next week are monday U-19 from 630-730, tuesday U-14 from 630-730 and wednesday JrDEVO from 6-730 at the Durango Rec Center. 

Animas Orthopedic/DEVO Short Track Series will run wednesday nights June 10 through August 26th. Taking place at the Factory Trails up on the south tongue of the FLC Campus, the season pass for 12 races is $100 or can be paid for one race at a time for $10. There will be B, A and Jr categories. 

Scholarships are available for the 2009 season and can be obtained by emailing chad@durangodevo.com. Our Ride Like a Kid fundraiser was good to the children of 2009. Concerns about our speaker that night have been addressed.

The Velo Swap in May has been renamed to the DEVO Bike Swap after the owner of the registered name Velo Swap contacted IHBC promoter Gaige and told him to change it or else. Dang. So we changed it. The swap was donated to DEVO two seaons ago by the IHBC and is now our sweet spring fundraiser that takes place the friday of the Iron Horse weekend.

Fort Lewis College Cycling Road Season is Now

Keep up with the FLC road team this spring on their new blog, http://cycling.fortlewis.edu/. There are races every weekend until late may. Durango DEVO has several riders competing for the road squad. Nora Richards, Ben Kraushaar, Grady James and Colorado School of Mines rider Joe Schneider are all big on collegiate cycling. Ride on.

FLC Time Trials

Coach Dave Hagen and the Fort Lewis Cycling team will be running road time trials on several courses out the valley. The FLC Time Trial practices will continue this Wednesday (yesterday) at 4pm with the infamous Dead Squirrel TT that starts at Sweeneys. (the corner of HWY 550N and CR 203 west valley). It is a 15K course that goes north on 203, right on Trimble Lane, right on HWY 550 going south and then a hard right back onto 203. There will be two more Dead Squirrel TTs (March 11 and 18) and then the Dead Elk TT will run from March 25 through April 15.

Come on and time your trial with the FLC cyclists every wednesday.

Kristin McGrath Throwing Down
Kristin McGrath Throwing Down

Ride Like a Kid is Tonight


just singing at the start line
just singing at the start line

 The spring Durango DEVO fundraiser, Ride Like a Kid is tonight at the Community Concert Hall of Fort Lewis College. Doors open at 530 and the show goes until 730. Tour de France announcer and former team 7-11 domestic Bob Roll will be the host and guests include, Ned Overend, Greg Herbold, Ruthie Matthes, Tad Elliott, Darian Harvey, Jimmy Deaton, Chris Wherry, Mike Engleman, Jimmy Kight, Cindy Whitehead and Elke Brutsaert. It will be a sweet event to benefit the kids. All proceeds go to 2009 DEVO rider scholarships. See you there.