Monday Kinder: full
Monday 1st grade: full Tuesday 2nd-3rd: 2 slots
Tuesday 3rd-5th: Full Wednesday all girls beg/int: 10 slots
Wednesday co-ed adv 4th-5th: 1 slot
Thursday mixed 2nd-5th: 10 slots
Thursday all girl adv: full
Preschool Weds: full Pre school Tuesday 10-11:30: 1 slot
Friday Kinder 2-4pm: 6 slots
Friday 1st grade 2-4pm: 9 slots
Push Bike Tues 10-11 session #1(April): 3 slots
All other Push bikes are full
Registration for of Devo opens up March 1st. Click on “About Us” to find out more about each group and email Sarah with any questions! email@example.com
YES! I know that Kinder and 1st grade are full and that is why I am adding another class for each!!! PLEASE always contact me first to tell me that you did not get in and do NOT put your kinder or 1st grader in the 2nd grade group! I’m thinking the kinder and 1st grade class will be on Fridays 2-4pm.
Also, the 2nd-3rd grade class will have openings soon as I move the kinders/1st graders out of that group and into their own group!!!
March 11th at 6 pm at rec center is the team meeting for U19
March 12th is the first day of practice (tues, thurs and fridays 4:15-6:15)
March 30th: Devo Bike Swap at Fairgrounds
April 6/7th: Top Secret Training camp for U14, U19, Explorers and Flyers (6th-12th grade)
NorthFruita Desert Classic (race #4 in Co HS League)
Varsity Girls (mile course)
1st Kaylee Blevins (DHS) 1:04:39
3rd India Waller (AHS)
6th Robin Austin (AHS)
JV Girls (mile course)
8th Sierra Trout (DHS)
2nd Ellen Campbell (DHS)
Varsity Boys (mile course)
1st Sepp Kuss (DHS) 1:19:53
5th Levi Kurlander (DHS)
13th Stephan Davoust (AHS)
JV Boys (mile course)
1st Christopher Blevins (DHS) 1:12:11 (8 mins faster than 2nd place)
6th Jack Hewitt (AHS)
19th Eli Kopp-Devol (AHS)
26th Nathanael Rodd (AHS)
Sophomore Boys (mile course)
17th Quinn Haughey (AHS) (moved up 10 spots from his first race)
Freshmen Boys (mile course)
2nd Charlie Greenberg (DHS)
3rd Byrce Gordon (DHS)
Team place for race #4/ Div II
Overall Individual for the Colorado HS League (podium only)
1st place Sepp Kuss (varsity boys)
4th place Levi Kurlander (varsity boys)
1st place India Waller (varsity girls)
2nd place Kaylee Blevins (varsity girls)
1st place Charlie Greenberg (Freshmen Boys)
Overall Team results for Colorado HS League/ Div II
3rd Green Valley Composite
The North Fruita Desert Classic/ race #4 as part of the Colorado High School League comprised of 37 high school teams and over 350 racers was won by Durango High School athletes with the league overall going to Animas High School. It was pure the perseverance, consistency and dedication to the team that led Animas High to its win. AHS consistently traveled with a full team and there were many on the team that rode not for the their own individual race, but for the team. “Robin Austin is a good example of a rider on the squad that never had aspirations of a podium finish, yet her solid racing is one of the reasons the team won the overall. Her top ten finish in all 4 racers helped keep AHS in the lead by providing over 2000 points for the team.” AHS beat DHS for the overall by a mere 17 points. That is the difference between one rider in one race finishing just one spot behind. DHS’s performance at the last race moved it quickly from 3rd to 2nd and they dominated the results for that race taking home 3 first place finishes and 6 podiums. While they finished 2nd overall in the league, they won the 4th race/ Colorado High State Championship at North Fruita Desert by a long shot.
The team’s drive over to the passes was interesting as we saw not only a moose, but two bighorn sheep! We arrived at camp around 2 pm and suited up for our pre-ride. Devo coach, Garrett Alexander, helped lead the pre-rides and worked on the bikes to get them race ready. He also wore his cow suit in the feed-zone which was hilarious! The next round of riders showed up around 4 pm as they had their psat that morning. Robin said that the test was not so bad, but that she was happy to be outside riding. The next round of pre-rides went off and we were seeing that the course was getting dustier and dustier. Back at camp, we loaded up and headed down into town for the league’s annual picnic and awards. It was fun to eat and hang out with all the other teams. But, it started to get cold so I said we should head back to camp. Bob Davoust, Stephan’s dad said, “Where are you going?” I told him everyone was tired and cold and that we should go back to camp. He said that the awards were about to start and that we should stay. Little did I know that he had nominated me for ‘Coach of the Year’ and the Colorado League’s committee had voted to award me the honor. “I am both honored and embarrassed to receive Coach of the Year as in my eyes, the success of the teams is due to not me, but their parents, all the Devo coaches, and the Durango community itself.” I would like to thank all the athletes and kids that I have ever coached as it is their energy and passion that keeps my energy and passion alive. I am the one that is lucky to work with such amazing kids.
The race day started with the varsity girls’ start at 10 am on a 16.4 mile course that wove around the foothills of the north Fruita desert. The conditions were dry and dusty. The course itself was fairly flat which meant that there was no where to rest. Pushing hard on the pedals for over an hour with no break is very difficult both mentally and physically. The girls start was fast and Kaylee quickly took the lead. “When she came through the feed zone on lap #1, I knew she was on fire and she was gunning for the finish.” She finished 2 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. India Waller had a solid race finishing 3rd. She knew from her dad’s math, that she needed to get top 3 to hold onto her league championship. She had a tough race and her engines stopped firing 1/2 through the first lap. But her determination led her to the finish, just 5 seconds in front of the 4th place finisher…yikes! That was close! Robin had a super race finishing 6th and battling it out with 2 girls from Salida, Vail and Grand Valley. Sierra Trout was also on course racing the JV girls on a 14 mile course. Last year, as a home-schooled 8th grader, she won the freshmen class so the committee loved her up to JV. She races JV as a freshmen and there are seniors in the JV class. I love that Sierra is always so calm, cool and collected at all her races and is always smiling. Ellen Campbell made her debut at the HS league by coming to her first race and finishing 2nd. I told Ellen to be prepared to be “pleasantly surprised” at her position should she find herself in the top 5 in the middle of the race. “I knew that a girl who had ridden with Annie Cheeney’s U14 girls all Spring and Summer would do well as her skills would be at a higher level than the other freshmen girls.”
Next off in the 2nd wave on the same course, was the Freshmen and Sophomore boys. Quinn Haughey rode in his 2nd race ever and finished 17th which was 6 spots higher than his last race. “I predict that we will see more of Quinn in the future.” Charlie Greenberg and Bryce Gordon also started in this wave of 150 racers. Charlie got a bout of the stomach flu mid race, but finished in 2nd holding onto his overall league win. Bryce rode well as always and finished 3rd with a big grin on his face. Bryce has all the ingredients to keep being a strong racer as he is always positive, always gives 100%, and does not falter when things don’t go his way.
The last wave to go off was the Varsity Boys and JV boys in a field of 135 racers. The course by 1 pm was getting very dusty and loose. The usual lines has been turned into 4 inches of moon dust from so many riders. The front line of the Varsity boys start was 3 out of 4 being from Durango: Sepp Kuss, Stephan Davoust, and Levi Kurlander. These guys are all seniors and were lining up for their last high school race (we will see them this summer on Devo and Sweet Elite). Sepp went off strong and stayed there finishing 3 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. He was fed in the feed-zone by his mom who was watching her son make Colorado League history by dominating the varsity boys field in the same style as names like Garrett Lumberg (the Fort Lewis rider who finished 3rd at Collegiate Nationals) and Skyler Trujillo (another Fort Rider who rocks the cross collegiate scene) had in 2010 and 2011. Levi was having the race of his life until he flatted, but he still finished strong and moved his overall up to 4th place. Stephan had a tough race like India and could not find his top end. But his finish was one of the factors in AHS winning the league. Had he dnf (did not finish) because his legs was telling him to quit, his team would not have won the overall. Mixed in with these riders was none other than Christopher Blevins who hopped onto the start line for his first ever HS race. He was flying on his bike so fast that the announcer missed his finished as he came in first 8 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. As with Sepp’s first race, the league officials were in awe and asked me, “Who is that?” Also on course were Jack Hewitt having the race of his life finishing in 6th, Nathaniel Rodd and Eli Kopp-Devil. Eli comes to us from baseball and I love his team spirit and willingness to give it his all! Nano had a tough race also with some type of stomach bug. I’m gonna say that within the next 2 weeks, we all may find ourselves singing to the porcelain Gods…
To round out the season, I make these stories a bit “result driven” so that the Herald will print a story for these two high schools. As everyone knows, I’m out there supporting each athlete and hoping that their result is the one they were wanting. I believe in each athlete and am there to support them, but honestly I don’t care what place they get so long as they are happy with their race. I am always impressed with each and everyone’e efforts, teamwork and positive attitude towards each other regardless of which team they are on. Both AHS and DHS practiced, traveled and camped together. No one ever talked about who was in what place and who had what points, etc. We kept it about riding, about racing, about being a team. For this I am very thankful. I am also deeply thankful that no one got hurt. At each race, when I saw the ambulance head out onto course, my heart would drop. My eyes would burn waiting for riders to come around the corner to the feed-zone praying that the ambulance was not sent out for one of our riders. I often would harass a marshall and ask them to turn up their radios so I could hear which team’s rider was down. Of course, I don’t want anyone to get hurt, but knowing that each and every AHS and DHS rider gave 100% without any big falls will make me sleep much better!
I think a good idea for our end of the season party could be root beer floats up at the cement pad in test tracks this Wednesday. What do you guys say? Not sure how I’ll keep the ice cream frozen, but it will be fun to try!
Wow! What a weekend. I’m just so deeply proud of the high school team not only in their results this past weekend, but in their abilities to create an atmosphere of fun, teamwork and being ambassadors of Durango. We got to the venue around 2 pm after collecting our firewood on Wolf Creek Pass. The pre-ride was stellar and it was obvious that the Seniors on the team were ready to rally! After the pre-ride, the team helped set up the race course tape and the director of the race, Kate Rau, was very impressed with out team’s willingness to lend a helping hand. Back at camp, we were fed some yummy pasta by Sierra’s mom, Christine, which I believe was a key ingredient in our race successes!
Then, of course, the team started a game of bike polo amidst the sea of tents. The ball only went inside a few other team’s tents! But, the other high schoolers were intrigued and either came over to play or came up to me to ask about how to play. Dave Wiens, pro mountain bike stud, got a “how to build a ballot 101” from Nano and I the next day. Then a wicked game of cards that went a bit too late. The team was having so much fun, that Kate and the race director came down to see what all the laughing was about.
Race morning was a clear beautiful day. A huge thank you to all our parents who volunteered! It is so great to have parents out on the course marshaling and giving me splits/updates in the feed zone. India, Robin and I painted our big toes a sparkling purple while Levi and Stephen readied their bikes. We checked air pressure and the girls teams headed out for their warm up. Thank you to all the racers who warmed themselves up together as a team without me as I was in between feed zone and start/finish area. The varsity girls went off first at 10 am (Kaylee, India and Robin). This was Kaylee and Ronin’s first Varsity race (Robin was forced to move up from JV as she was just too fast for that group). Each had a stellar race finished 1,2 and 7th! Sierra’s wave was right behind and she also had such a great race finishing 4th in the JV class as a freshmen!
The freshmen boys were next with 2 laps of the shorter course (I think their times were sub 1 hour!). Charlie worked his way in first and stayed there! Bryce was having a solid race in the top 5 and then flatted. He is going to work on using his quick fill this week:) Levi, Stephen, Sepp, and Nano were the last racers to go off and it was crazy in the feed zone feeding them all when they were coming in so close to each other. Thank you to Robin and India for helping feed their team mates! India and I had a super duper quick, Levi/Stephen water feed! Sepp was fed by good ol mom who was loving the “Who is that?” comments in the feed zone from the other teams as Sepp crushed it! Sepp won, Levi 3rd and Stephen was 4th. Nano’s results got kinda messed up (not sure how you mess up chip results). But we are all thinking top 5….stay tuned!
The league is a great start for beginner racers. I loved that all our seasoned racers not only did well, but raced with style and good sportsmanship. The course marshals told me that they each said “thank you” to them. What a crew!
On the last week of practice, the Devo U19 Mens team headed up to Devo Alumni and U23 Specialized Team racer, Howard Grotts’s house for its annual fun ride/race day. Every year the team takes the 30 min drive past Lemon and rides Howards’ notorious high mountain training routes. The team competes in a short TT, a super d and a trials comp. This year the team was treated to a new trail on Howards property called the Bandit Trail. Fun stuff, Thanks Howard and good luck at Worlds!
Meet you head coaches Annie (U14 girls) and Mint (U14 boys) as well as their assistants Brianne and Greg at the back rec center parking lot at 4:00 (ride usual starts at 4:15) for your Monday and Wednesday practices!