U19 DEVO Boys and Girls
More rain, more mud, and more good, clean fun this weekend in Leadville at the Cloud City Challenge Race #2 as part of the Colorado High School League series. Durango saw some champions today amidst some of the most epic conditions we have seen since the league started four years ago. At 10,200 feet, racers started with packed waves of 100-200 riders. The course started on a double track climb that went into some of the tightest single track in the high country. “The trail was fun, rolly, sick and the sharp corners were fast and dicey due to the tight trees,” said AHS freshmen Austin Monroe. Teammate George McQuinn explained it as “like an underwater experience.” “This course pushed a riders ability to corner with slick rocks, lots of twist and turns in the trees and tight cornering,” said head coach Garrett Alexander. The day ended with another lightening thunder storm that caused race organizers to evacuate the Varsity/JV boys field off the course. DHS/AHS team then started home but realized that with mud slides, flooding and snow on the passes that they should stay the night in Leadville. They also had a teammate spend the night in the hospital due to a bad crash that ended in a broken bike and helmet. “With the road conditions and having a teammate in the hospital, there was no question that we were going to stay the night and make sure everyone made it home safe,” said team director Sarah Tescher. At the end of all the chaos, AHS emerged as the race champion and DHS taking home 2nd. Race #3 in Elbert will take place Oct 6 and the state championships Oct 20th in Eagle.
Div I Team results
1. Animas High
2. Vail Valley Composite
3. Summit High School
Div II Team Results
1. Grand Valley
1. India Waller (AHS)
7. Robin Austin (AHS)
10. Sierra Trout (AHS)
23. Nathaniel Rodd
1. Camryn Sippy (AHS)
2. Katja Freeburn (DHS)
JV DI Boys
2. Keenan Desplanques (AHS)
15. Quinn Haughey (AHS)
JV Div II Boys
7. Charlie Greenberg (DHS)
8. Bryce Gordon (DHS)
19. Will Berger (DHS)
65. Ross Kotlar
2. Ellen Campbell (DHS)
Freshmen Boys Div I
2. Keiran Eagen (AHS)
4. Perrin Kileen (AHS)
6. George McQuinn (AHS)
Colorado High School League season is almost upon us! Below is some information those teams!
Yes, I know it is still summer, but it is that time of year that the coaches are beginning to plan for the Fall High School Season! Garrett, Brendan and Sarah went to a 3 day coaches/ training for the league and we are pumped to start the season. Below is some info for you guys to start planning your Fall!
Teams: stay the same/ Div II AHS and Div II Durango High(we need to have over 11 to go Div I)
Coaches: Practice coaches: Garrett and Brendan/ Race coaches: Garrett and Sarah
Practices will start Aug 26th and be every Monday and Wednesday until the the State Championships. We would like to still have these two teams practice together. But, if we get a lot more kids, we may separate them. I’m open to comments/ideas on this from the kids!
Jerseys: YES!!!! AHS has its own jersey and shorts and DHS has its own jersey. AHS jerseys are in and I’m still waiting on the DHS ones. But they promise to be here before the season starts. Unlike Devo, the whole team has to be in the same jersey when racing. Devo has scholarships available to help pay for those who need that little extra help.
Social pre-season gathering: Let’s do it!! This will be a recruitment/get together to start the season off with something fun. More info to follow, but we are thinking the first week of school.
Sept. 8th Snow Mountain Ranch/ Granby
Sept. 22 Cloud City Challenge/ Leadville
Oct 6th Peaceful Valley Invitational/ Elbert
Oct 20th Hay Meadow Challenge/ State Champs in Eagle
Lodging at Races: Most races the van will leave Saturday and return Sunday. All our drives are over 4 hours this year, so bring that homework, ipods, and a crossword puzzle. I’ve already booked a 5 bedroom cabin at Granby for Sept 7/8. This sleeps 12 peeps (but we can squeeze more on the floor!). This lodging will be racers and coaches only. There is lots of lodging available for parents a stones’ throw away. Leadville I was thinking of camping with everyone. Elbert camping with everyone and Eagle renting a team house/condo again.
Commonly asked questions:
1. Do I have to race to practice with the team? Nope.
2. Do I have to register with the league and Devo? Yes if you are a racer you will need to register with both. If you are not racing than just with Devo! League Reg dues= $50 / Devo HS Dues= $250 (includes coaching at pracs and races/ does not include gas, race fees, or lodging) Scholarships available
3. Parents at races? Of Course!! We NEED our parents to be there and volunteer out on the course, registration, etc. The Devo van will be traveling to EVERY race so as a parent you do not have to go, but are welcome! Some of the lodging will be team only and others will be group. I tried to stagger it as best I could based upon the venue, weather in that region, etc. Devo van priority will go to seniors first, juniors, soph and then fresh. We almost always have room for everyone!
4. Do I have to be in high school to practice and race? Yes. NICA has some strict rules we need to adhere to and the riders need to be IN high school. We can add homeschoolers no prob or even kids from Bayfield, Mancos, etc. but they need to be in high school.
5. Will there be a coach at all 4 races? Yes, we are committed to all four races this year. The races are fun and well…. both teams have a little bit of glory to protect 🙂
More info will follow this, but I just wanted to plant the bug. I was registering the teams this morning and got kinda excited!!!Read More
Devo Alumni Daniel Walker has been doing great work at our top secret training camps the past two years. Its fun to have these memories!Read More
Nice little vid from last years TSTC filmed and edited by Devo Alumni Daniel WalkerRead More