Cyclocross race action has been moved from Aztec to Durango and race times have been moved back 1 hour to accommodate the FLC Graduation. Take note, Open women and B Men go at 11am with the A Men and 35+ers at 12pm. Its snowing outside and looks to be a great day for Cyclocross. Check out the FLC Blog for more information.
Cyclocross is on this weekend! Saturday’s race will bring later start times of 2pm for the Cat B Men, Open Women and 50+ Men and then 3pm for the A Men and 35+ Men. Also new this race will be Fort Lewis College Athletic department is helping us live stream both races on the internet, on this link, http://www.americaonesports.com/static/ftlewis.html.
Local Television station IDTV will be manning the cameras and along with the live feed, they will be putting together a post event edit of the event to be show on-line and on the tube starting in January.
The race will be a good test for the local athletes headed to the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in mid January, in Boulder, Colorado. The course is very turny and will sure to home to many a rutted out snow field. The event starts and finishes in the FLC Cyclocross Stadium and the course is very centrally located, good for spectating.
Come check out the racing action this Saturday at Fort Lewis College at 10 and 11am. Yes, it will be chilly, but the cyclocross action should warm you right up. Will have coffee from Bread as well! This will be round 4 of the Durango Performance Center Cross Series and bound to be the fastest field yet with several local pros in town. It is a USA Cycling event so if you want to jump in, you’ll need an annual license or the option to buy a one day for 10 dollars. Either way, come on up and have a good time with our local cycling scene. For more information, check out the FLC Blog.
This Saturday November 23rd starting at 10am the Durango Performance Center 4 Corners Cyclocross Series will make it’s 3rd stop at Ray Denison Memorial Field at Fort Lewis College. Cyclocross racers from all over the region will be battling against the course and the elements to prove themselves against racers from the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team and all will earn points in the Series culminating on January 4th, 2014. The FLC student-athletes and many of the community members are honing their skills and ramping up their fitness in preparation for the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder, CO on January 9-14, 2014.
The Series has already completed stops in Dolores and Cortez and this weekend brings three races in a row to Fort Lewis College. The race will be held on a mile long enclosed course with many twists and turns, obstacles forcing riders to dismount to run with their bikes and long sections of pedaling. The course will utilize a lot of the terrain in the Stadium, practice fields and the area around Whalen Gymnasium and will be run rain, snow or shine. Cyclocross is considered to be the most fan-friendly of the cycling disciplines where much of the action can be seen from one vantage point and fans can get up close to the action in the technical sections. While many competitors use Cyclocross bikes the races are open to mountain bikes also.
Cyclocross brings out many of the cycling luminaries in Durango with the likes of Todd Wells, Ned Overend, Troy Wells, Travis Brown and Carmen Small doing battle with former and current FLC racers Matt Shriver, Mike Wilk, Ben Sonntag, Rotem Ishay, Sarah Sturm, Brittany Clawson, Sofia Gomez Villafane, Kolben Preble and Payson McElveen.
The racing action starts at 10am with the Cat. 3/4 Men, Open Women and Men 50+ racing for 40 minutes. At 11am the Cat. 1/2/3 Men and Men 35+ race for 50 minutes. This weekends race is USA Cycling sanctioned meaning that all Cat. 1/2/3 racers will need to have an annual USA Cycling license – all other racers can purchase a one-day license for $10. Registration is on site only and opens at 8:30am at the stadium press box – cost is $25.
The remaining Series races are:
Dec. 7 at FLC
Dec. 14 at FLC
Dec. 21 at Aztec
Jan. 4 at FLC
Come cheer on the FLC team and community members and bring your mountain bike up if you want to give Cyclocross racing a try.
More info can be found at: http://cycling.fortlewis.edu/4ccx/ or you contact Dave Hagen at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Coach Chad, Sierra, Emily and Lucas set the new Devo world record by being the latest date Devo practice in history.
December 18th, finishing practice at the Durango Recreation Center parking lot at 5:37pm. Witness was Christine Trout.
Get ready for a great Sunday Series Finals at FLC this sunday! Devo’s Sepp Kuss could take the overall series title with a solid race. Good luck! Series awards and fun at the Embassy 6pm this sunday.
Sure would be nice to have some enthusiastic cross race hecklers for the CX series finals at FLC on Sunday! Sounds like we might get some real weather as an extra bonus.
Bring your drums/bells/pots and pans.
Where: FLC stadium for start/finish.
Times: Women and Men’s B’s at 10am, Men’s A and 35+ dudes at 11am.
Please spread the word to other known hecklers.
Don’t forget the awards party at the Irish Embassy Pub at 6pm on Sunday night.
Aztec Race Report
The new venue for this weekend at Tiger Park in Aztec offered up some new terrain for everyone with some sandy run/ride ups, gravelly paths, sandy sections and some thick grass accentuated by the obligatory collegiate maze. Thanks to the City of Aztec, Pete Shirk and Cottonwood Cycles for hosting the event.
Day 1 began with the standard weather so far this year, dry and relatively mild. The Men’s B class was a pack race for the first few of the 4:40 laps with the usual suspects at the front with one newcomer, Adam Digby (FLC). Jacob Smith (FLC) soon separated himself and despite repeated attempts by Digby, took the win with Digby in second and Troy Hachmann (FLC Alum) having yet another solid ride for third.
The Open Women’s race also stayed tight for the first few laps until Sofia Gomez Villafane (FLC) created a gap over the chasers and went on to a comfortable win. Lauren Catlin (FLC) and Sarah Sturm (FLC) have their form coming on at the right time to take 2nd and 3rd. Series leader Brianne Marshall (Stan’s NoTubes) had an off day and finished 4th.
The Men’s 35+ race had the same group of instigators start off the race but the outcome was highlighted by a newcomer. Matt McGee (2Cross) was in town from Las Vegas and showed up to create a gap from the beginning and grew his lead throughout the race to take a convincing win over the Stan’s NoTubes tandem of Frank Mapel (2nd) and Michael Carroll (3rd). Jon Delacy (DWC) again showed he was the best of the rest by finishing 4th.
The Men’s A race was sure to be decided by the FLC racers vying for spots on the National Team that will represent FLC on Januray 13th in Madison, WI. Leave it up to Sepp Kuss (RMCF Sweet Elite) to derail those plans by keeping tabs on Skyler Trujillo (FLC) and Rotem Ishay (FLC/Jamis) for the majority of the race and then pulling away to take the win – Trujillo 2nd, Ishay 3rd. Mike Sampson (FLC) had his best result to date by riding to a solid 4th and Robbie Jones (FLC) kept up the consistent results coming with a 5th place effort.
Day 2 in Aztec conditions were markedly different with a brutally cold wind out of the west making it very cold out in the elements and a few snowflakes flying. The course was run in the reverse direction from the day before with a few additions to make it a longer lap.
The Men’s B race seemed a tight pack race from the beginning but the group didn’t realize that Peter Marshall (DWC) had exploded off the front to take the win in dominating fashion. Jacob Smith (FLC) road the majority of the race alone to take 2nd and Troy Hachmann (FLC Alum) overcame a first lap mechanical to take 3rd yet again.
In the Open Women race Brianne Marshall (Stan’s NoTubes) exacted her revenge on everyone by using her teams cannon to obliterating the field and even passing all but one B man despite starting 1 minute behind them. Sofia Gomez Villafane, Sarah Strum, Lauren Catlin and Brittany Clawson formed up the FLC Cycling chase train before spreading out in that order to finish 2,3,4,and 5.
The Men 35+ field was missing the guest instigator from the day before and the Frank Mapel (Stan’s NoTubes) Michael Carroll (Stan’s NoTubes) duo (they might as well be riding a tandem) created a small gap over Andre Michaud (DWC) and Jon Delacy (DWC). The DWC racers did their best to close down the gap but fell short with Mapel taking another win, Carroll in 2nd, Delacy 3rd and Michaud 4th.
The Men’s A race got off to a quick start with Sepp Kuss (RMCF Sweet Elite), Skyler Trujillo (FLC) and Mike Wilk (FLC Alum) trading off on the front of the race with Chad Cheeney (RMCF Sweet Elite) holding a gap on a group of FLC chasers. Trujillo and Wilk turned up the throttle to gap Kuss and then Wilk bobbled in the hopable barrier section to give Trujillo the winning margin. Kuss kept riding hard to hold onto 3rd and Cheeney held off the chasing Mike Sampson (FLC) and Robbie Jones (FLC) to take 4th.
The Stan’s NoTubes Series Finals are this Sunday, December 16th up at Fort Lewis College with Open Women/Men B at 10am and Men A/Men 35+ at 11am. The venue will be slightly different than in the past with the Start/Finish next to the Amphitheater/Clocktower on the south side of Whalen Gymnasium.
All please be sure to make it to the Series awards on Sunday night at 6pm at the Irish Embassy pub at 9th and Main Ave. Should be a great time with the CX community coming together to celebrate the season.
Series Points; Stan’s NoTubes 4CCX Overall
REMEMBER – The races in Aztec this weekend are at the Tiger Sports Complex (not at the Riverside Park course as in the past). From the north, before entering Aztec proper (about a mile after the speed limit goes down to 45mph) there’ll be signs to turn left to Navajo Dam and Tiger Sports Complex – turn left and follow road to the end (not turning left again to go to the dam).
There may be some thorns/goatheads out there so it’d be a good weekend to have some Stan’s NoTubes Latex in your tires/tubes (but truly, all the time is a good time to have it in there).
There are races both Saturday and Sunday – 10am Men B/Open Women, 11am Men A/Men 35+ both days.
Attached the current points standings, Stan’s NoTubes 4CCX Series Standings
FLC Cyclocross is back at it for the final 4 races of the series starting off this Sunday Dec. 2 at the FLC Stadium, then to Aztec for a doubleheader and back to FLC for the finals on Sunday Dec. 16. Race times are 10am for the Men B/Open Women and 11am for the Men A/Men 35+.
Wednesday 12noon practice races will continue and this weeks course is last weeks course backwards (counterclockwise around the track).
Dolores ‘Cross Results
Stan’s NoTubes 4CCX Series Overal Standings
Durango Devo Crossers continues through December 18th and practices every tuesday from 415-6pm. Have fun in the sun!
2012 Stan’s NoTubes Four Corners Cyclocross Series
Sunday Nov. 4th – Durango, FLC Stadium
Saturday Nov. 10th – Dolores, Joe Rowell Park (check http://ciclistasdelrio.blogspot.com/ for start times)
Sat. and Sun. Nov. 17th/18th – Cortez, Parque de Vida
Sunday Dec. 1st – Durango, FLC Stadium
Sat. and Sun. Dec. 8th/9th – Aztec, NM, Tiger Sports Complex
Sunday Dec. 16th – Series Finals, Durango, FLC Stadium
All race times are as follows except for Dolores:
10am – Men’s B/Open Women
11am – Men’s A/Men’s 35+
Get pumped up for Cross! Devo Coach Chad will be leading cyclocross practice this fall and all are welcome to join. Click here to register! There is a sweet local cross race calendar once again and we will be heading to a few as a team. Also new this year is the use of the Devo van to travel to and from each race. Again, get Pumped!
October 24 Devo Crossers practice begins 4-6pm every tuesday
November 3 Cuba Cross, Cuba, NM
November 4 FLC Cross #1, Durango
November 10 Dolores Cross, Dolores
November 17-18 Cortez Cross, Cortez
December 1 FLC Cross #2, Durango
December 8-9 Aztec Cross, Aztec, NM
December 16 FLC Cross #3, Durango
January 5 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Champs, Madison, WI