Mike Wilk's Yeti FRO


Sweet sweet Yeti
Sweet sweet Yeti

    1991 Yeti FRO.  Replica of the bike that appeared in the 92 Yeti brochure and raced by the team (minus the purple Ringle).  Quintessential early 90’s race bike. Frame number 1792.  Now hangs in the museum at Absolute Bikes in Salida. 

sweet 1990’s race dreams

Road Apple Rally Monday Training

Monday Night MTB Circuit RAR Training Series on Anasazi Trail Loop. Location: Farmington. Top of N. College Drive. Dirt parking Lot. North of Piedra Vista High School (Near start of Road Apple Rally) Come train to get ready for the Road Apple Rally. Intense multi-lap course with same terrain that the RAR will give you! Mondays in September: the 15th, the 22nd, and the 29th. Time: 6 pm. Start around 6:10. Every fitness level welcome. Contact: Keith 505-860-5524 For info on the Road Apple Rally see: www.roadapplerally.com Date October 4th, 2008 No race day registration!

Boure Bike Fest is Next Week

Boure Bike Fest

 Sunday. September 14, 2008
Trimble Loop – Lemon Dam – 45 miles
Meet at bread (not the food, the bakery ending hunger one loaf at a time).
*Ride with Ned Day*
Monday September 15, 2008
Bondad Loop – up to 75 miles
*Riders should expect road-bike-suitable dirt roads.*
Meet at CJ’s in Bodo Restaurant – located 2 buildings South of Bouré World HQ
Tuesday September 16, 2008
MTB Clinic with Chad “Chainsaw” Cheeney, USA Cycling Coach Level 2 and Durango DEVO Team Coach.
*Reservations Requred (247.0339 or info@boure.com )*
Colorado Trail – Durango up to Champion Ventures Mine Road, down Junction Creek Rd – up to 40 miles
Meet at the Durango Diner, 957 Main Avenue
Wednesday September 17, 2008
Road Tour of the Dryside & Cherry Creek – Western La Plata County – up to 70 miles
*Riders should expect road-bike-suitable dirt roads.*
Meet at Christina’s Restaurant at the Best Western Inn, 1/2 mile west of downtown on US 160
Thursday September 18, 2008
Telegraph Trail System  MTB Ride – up to 30 miles
Meet at the College Drive Café, 666 E. College Drive
*Ride with Ned  Day*
Friday September 19, 2008
Backroads Tour to Vallecito – up to 70 miles
*Riders should expect road-bike-suitable dirt roads.*
Meet at Oscar’s, in the Town Plaza next to Kroeger’s Hardware Store
 Saturday September 20, 2008
Baker’s Bridge-Old Shalona – 30 miles
Meet at bread (not the food, the bakery with  that wacky guy Rob), but PLEASE don’t leave your car there!
*Vintage Bike Day*
*Ride with Ned Day*

Jr DEVO Cancelled for Wednesday Night

After a test run at 1:43 pm in Horse Gulch and FLC Campus Trails, tonight’s’  jr DEVO 24inch and AllGirlsRide will be cancelled and postponed until the November 4th make-up date. The trail conditions are too muddy and the rain was so consistent last evening, that even with the current blue sunny skies, the ride must not begin. The mud here is just to damaging to the trails and the equipment. All rainy day cancellations will be posted here throughout the season by 2-3pm. Thanks, Coach Chad

Chase Orrick Takes Super D for Second Year

U-19er Chase Orrick took the seires overall title for the second year in a row. In a field that draws the biggest field, Chase raced a consistent season to lead all juniors. His 3rd place at the Wildflower Rush, in Crested Butte, was a highlight. He also finished 6th overall in the cross country series. This multi skilled cyclist, also is the mind behind all of DEVO’s video media found on IDTV channel fifteen and You-Tube. Look for his latest film Never Forget The Feeling sometime during sweet Durango October.

Ruthie's Ride Restored

wilks-evian1994 Ruthie Mathes Race Bike
1994 Ruthie Mathes Race Bike

“Last fall, I found this frame in a friend’s basement. I recognized it as one of the Team Evian Schwinn Homegrowns from about 1994. Sure enough, its owner had picked it up at one of Ruthie Matthes’ yard sales.” Durango 1990’s ATB Race Bike Restorer Mike Wilk

DWC Club Championships TT Results

Stage one is in the books for the DWC Club Championships. Check the results. Best spectation would be this wednesday in Horse Gulch for the MTB TT. Check their site for times. Bringin back the old school race spectation could look like driving along the race to Coal Bank Pass on Saturday morning. The act was the very act that brought the nation to follow endurance cycling in the early driving days of the 1890’s.

The Fall Classic Feels Like Fall


DEVO U-19 Joan Walker rips by as Coach Kricket rubs her hands together to stay warm, Joan went on to finish 7th.
DEVO U-19 Joan Walker rips by as Coach Kricket rubs her hands together to stay warm, Joan went on to finish 7th.

Breckenridge has been good to DEVO thus far. The team is staying in a pretty nice condo just across the street from the circuit race. Fifteen athletes/coaches fill the place with not much room for any thing else. The team did really good and expects to do well tomorrow during Sunday’s cross country race. 


Coach Chad tells jr experts, Gino and Howard that the course is super sweet
Coach Chad tells jr experts, Gino and Howard that the course is super sweet

Fall Classic Circuit Race Results

September 6th       Full Results 

Sport Women Combined; 1. Alicia Rose Pastore, 3. Kaila Hart, 4. Summer Ellefson, 7. Joan Walker, 10. Annie Cheeney, 12. Amy Katz, 14. Elyse Massone

Jr Beginner Men; 2. Chris Blevins, 4. James Shahan, DNF Hank Stowers(flat)

Pro, Semi-Pro Men; 2. Travis Brown, 24. Miles Venzara, 25. Chad Cheeney

Junior Expert Men; 3. Howard Grotts, 5. Gino Pastore, 8. Chase Orrick

Junior Sport Men; 2. Sepp Kuss, 4. Stephan Davoust, 5. Levi Kurlander

We're Sorry

Sorry to the people we have zipped past lately. Horse Gulch road and other high traffic zones have been tough on our big DEVO groups. We really do try to ride safe and in control, and it is a daily topic at the beginning of our group rides. Our high visibility has led to several call outs on our trail etiquette. As head coach, I have been very impressed with all of my athletes skills both in traffic and around pedestrians. We are not racing everywhere we go as several complaints have claimed. These are young kids doing a positive thing with their life. Why not stop and watch them play.

Coach Chad

Tad is Twenty

DEVO alumni Tad Ellott is 20 years old. Coincidentally, the Colorado native finished out his sophomore season on the NMBS circuit in 20th position. 2007nmbs, 2008nmbs

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Needs Leader

International Mountain Biking Association’s “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” on Saturday, October 4th. It seemed like it could be a popular community event in Durango, so I wanted to pass the information on to you in case you’d be interested in putting it on here? If you are, the IMBA has free tool kits with snacks, supplies, and promotional materials that they can send you if you register your event with them before September 15th.  Is there any way our coalition can help you with this event?  Were you planning on doing something already? Please let me know if you’re interested in collaborating on this event. Our coalition is all about getting kids more active. I don’t know if you remember, but I was one of the speakers at the bike summit in May – our coalition partially sponsored that event.  Thanks for your time.

  Here’s the link

DEVO News 9-3-08


 Daniel Walker
Daniel Walker



The Jr. DEVO sign-up meeting went well as we average 7 riders per group, with the biggest being the tuesday 20inch group with 14, meaning only 2 spots remain. The Thursday 20inch group has plenty of room. The final day to sign up is Sunday the 7th by 12am. Last min paperwork and payment can be hand delivered to the mailbox at 3169 w. 3rd ave, (near Animas Mountain.) Rides begin the week of monday 9-8. We are very excited as the trails are amazing right now. Each ride will be led by coaches Anne, Chad and Jon Bailey. And will cover a different skill each week. So parents, make sure to ask questions post ride, as the information is the key to fun. 

The DEVO U-14 and 19 teams are in the last week of their summer season. The program ends this weekend, with the last team race, and final MSC Cup race, The Fall Classic in Breckenridge. The team will be leaving this friday to stay in a team condo on the mountain. The team will pr-ride together of Friday to prepare, as Saturday is the circuit race, and Sunday is the cross country. It has been one heck of a season. Thanks for sending us super positive vibes. These kids rock.

DEVO will be graduating one rider this Fall, U-19 Mens teamer Daniel Walker. This is his second year on the team. Daniel has had one of the most radical improvements in the history of DEVO. His Telegraph Time Trial record has been whittled down from 30:17 to his pr on the last TT of the season, 22:57. His consistent practice track record and his enthusiasm to improve, have been a great model for both his teammates and the younger teams. Daniel is a mountain biker. Daniel is enrolled at Fort Lewis College this fall and is taking on the dorms. Wish him luck as he ventures down the road to collegiate cycling. Nice work Daniel.


Daniel Walker shredding his way to victory at Durango Sports Club STXC early this summer
Daniel Walker shredding his way to victory at Durango Sports Club STXC early this summer