FLC/Irish Embassy Pro Challenge Roller Race Results

Hey everyone!
Thanks so much to those who came out and raced or supported the roller races last night at the Embassy. It was a great success and a ton of fun for everyone involved!
Here are the results for the men and women’s competitions (Distance is number of kilometers in ten min). Again, congratulations to Ian Burnett and Carmen Small for the big wins of the night!


Place, Name, Distance
1, Small, 10.70
2, Caitlin, 9.26
3, Iverson, 9.03
4, Sturm, 8.95
5, Marshall, 8.89
6, Taylor, 8.71
7, Kane, 8.25
8, Richards, 7.33


Place, Name, Distance
1, Burnett, 13.84
2, Carroll, 11.72
3, Easter (C), 11.64
4, Canale, 11.28
5, Stucki, 11.18
5, Easter (G), 11.18,
7, Burtoni, 11.05
8, James, 10.98
9, Cheeney, 10.87
10, Stalker, 10.75
11, Fortune, 10.30
12, Thompson, 9.89
13, Sonora, 9.08
14, Young, 8.45
15, Alexander, 7.87

Devo Coach Brendan Shafer Takes on the High School League

Brendan Shafer will be the head coach of the AHS and DHS mountain bike team this Fall. Practices start Monday Aug 27th from 4:15-6:15 meeting at the rec center. Practices will be much like our u14/u19 practices. Both AHS and DHS students will practice together, but they will ride for their schools! (we need 5 from each school to pull that off).

The team will travel with Sarah Tescher in the Devo van to 2 team races Sept 9th in Nathrop and Oct 21st for State Championships (location TBA).

You do NOT have to race to practice with this team. If you think you will be traveling to a race or two, you will need to register with the Colorado League. Here is the link: www.coloradomtb.org. I need to invite you so you’ll have to wait for that email. The registration in the Colorado League is called “PitZone.”

In Nathrop, we will be camping and more info will follow, but I will need a head count of athletes and parents to reserve the camp spot by next Wednesday.

Have an awesome practice and can’t wait for another sweet Fall session!

Sweet Elite Trading Cards Finally Unleashed in Durango

The 2011/12 RMCF/Devo Sweet Elite trading cards will be for sale at Mountain Bike Specialists starting this thursday. Only 45 complete team sets left, 175 random packs of 8 and plenty of individual cards. Come meet the Sweet Elite team along with numerous fast Pro Challenge riders this sunday from 4:15 to 5:15. Autographs!
The 2011/12 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory/Devo Sweet Elite trading cards will be for sale at Mountain Bike Specialists starting this thursday. Only 45 complete team sets left, 175 random packs of 8 and plenty of individual cards. Come meet the Sweet Elite team along with numerous fast Pro Challenge riders this sunday from 4:15 to 5:15. Autographs! Cards were designed by former Durango Bike Polo team member, Chris Adams of Scottsdale, AZ.

Bicycle Men to Play DAC Starting Tomorrow

Wednesday, August 15, 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 16, 7 p.m.
Friday, August 17, 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets $22 per person online at www.durangoarts.org or at DAC’s ticket office

After playing to sold-out houses in London, New York, L.A., and Chicago, The Bicycle Men are riding into Colorado. They are bringing their critically-acclaimed show to the Durango Arts Center for a special limited run. The Bicycle Men is a sublimely silly musical comedy about a hapless American tourist who crashes his bike and encounters the twisted inhabitants of a quaint French village.

Written by Dave Lewman, Joe Liss, John Rubano and composer Mark Nutter, performed by Joe Liss, John Rubano, Neill Chambers, Bruce Green and Derek Manson. The Bicycle Men runs August 15th through the 19.


Trailwork at Twin Buttes this Wednesday

Trailwork this Weds. August 14th at Twin Buttes.
Note Time: 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Thanks to the Durango WheelClub, DEVO U14 girls, and Stan’s No Tubes team for the excellent job on the new two miles of trails!
This Weds. Please meet us to finish up the trails at Twin Buttes.
Directions: Take Hwy 160, past the Giant gas station to the big metal bridge on your right. Go over bridge, turn left and head up road 1/4 mile to the red Trails 2000 truck.
Bring/Wear: Closed toe shoes, long shirts and pants, hat, sunscreen and water.

Kennebec Pass Enduro is Coming to Durango August 31-September 2

The second race in the Big Mountain Enduro Series is coming to Durango August 31-September 2, with the race taking place on Sunday. This new format of racing encourages spectator and sponsors alike to catch the high-speed, adrenaline-fueled action of cross country and downhill mountain biking—combined. It isn’t about who is the first to the climb, or who can drop the sickest line—it is about the best all-around trail rider that can tackle any type of terrain, the fastest. Enduro racing turns an epic all-day ride into the ultimate test of fitness and technical skills.

This race will be from the top of Kennebec Pass (Colorado Trail) to the bottom of Dry Fork trail, just west of Durango. The race will be an individual time trial start with riders leaving the start in 1 minute intervals. The trail descends for 6.2 miles on some of the most amazing single track in the state of Colorado. After this first descent it reaches the bridge crossing on Junction Creek. From where the clock starts again at High Point, the race will descend down to the Dry Fork Trail where the races will follow it to the trail head near Lightner Creek road. Dry Fork is a a mix of old two track road that has been closed for years and single track. This section is wide open fast and fun with rocky sections and bermed single track turns.

Elevation loss on the course is approximately 5,400 feet over 13.5 miles in two stages.
View the course map and elevation profile on Garmin Connect by clicking here.

There will be two mandatory sections that must be ridden, but will be UNTIMED—the first being from where the shuttle drops you off to the start of the race, and is approximately 5 miles and 2,200′ of climbing. The second climb in the middle of the course, from the Junction Creek crossing at the bridge to the top of High Point, and is approximately 4 miles. There will be time constraints, but don’t worry they will be VERY attainable. This just ensures people won’t be stopping to take a nap on the side of the trail.

Event headquarters will take place at Second Avenue Sports for registration/check-in on Friday and Saturday and at Ska Brewery for the rider’s meeting on Saturday afternoon, meeting for the shuttle on Sunday morning and post-race party and festivities.

For all of the information on the Kennebec Pass Enduro visit www.bigmountainenduro.com

To register today, visit

Your registration includes a tech event t-shirt from The North Face, shuttle, post-race beer, great schwag/raffle from our sponsors and an unforgettable race experience on some of the best trails in the country that happen to be in your backyard!

Any questions, email us at info@racemsc.com


Also in Durango on Saturday October 13th is the Dirt Lovers Enduro in Horse Gulch! Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory/Devo Sweet Elite's Colton Andersen will be there!

Return of the Roller Races

Bicycle races at the Irish Embassy Pub to coincide with the Pro Cycling Challenge

Picture it: four racers at a time for ten minute race lengths – on a stage upstairs in the Embassy, in the window overlooking Main Ave. For those interested in riding, slots will be filled starting at 8pm, with four riders every 15 minutes. The cost is $5 to participate, with all proceeds benefiting the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team. Each participant will receive a complimentary beer. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. To sign up to participate, contact Cindy Coleman at contact@theirishembassypub.com or 970-946-7660.

According to Wikipedia, bicycle rollers are a type of bicycle trainer that make it possible to ride a bicycle indoors without moving forward. However,unlike other types of bicycle trainers, rollers do not attach to the bicycle frame, and the rider must balance him or herself on the rollers while training. Durango’s history of roller races started back in 1990 with many of the town’s national and world champions competing over the years. The current record is near 44 mph average, but according to Fort Lewis College Cycling Team Director Dave Hagen, “someone is bound to beat it this year or throw up trying.”

“I hope that we get a lot of competitors signed up; it’s really a fun event,” said owner Phil Brennan. Winners will receive a $100 gift card to the Irish Embassy for first place, $50 gift card for second place, and $25 gift card for third place.

Arrive early for a special autograph signing from Team Garmin-Sharp-Barricuda (USA), including Durango’s own Thomas Danielson. Other team members include Tyler Farrar (USA), Nathan Haas (AUS), Alex Howes (USA)
Peter Stetina (USA), Christian Vandevelde (USA), David Zabriskie (USA), and Lachlan David Morton (AUS). Signing will start at the Irish Embassy at 7pm.

A big thanks goes out to Dave Hagen and the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team for helping to organize the event.

Listing info:
Roller Races
Irish Embassy Pub
900 Main Ave.
Friday August 20th
Autograph signing with Team Garmin-Sharp-Barricuda at 7pm
Roller races start at 8pm
$5 to participate – Proceeds benefit the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team
1st place: $100 gift card, 2nd place: $50 gift card, 3rd place: $25 gift card


Chance to find out the secrets of an Olympian!

Todd Wells 3x Olympian
What makes you twitch? Fast vs. Slow Twitch Muscle
How much air is in your lungs? Lung volume and oxygen utilization
Why does my heart beat so fast? What the heart looks like at different rates
You tell me not to smoke, but why? Visual model of what smoking does to the lungs
Why does a fast food burger and soda slow you down? Basic nutrition
Why should I wear my helmet? Brain function
Why does my body occasionally hurt? Physical therapy assessment

The Durango Performance Center is offering a free event called “Physiology in the Park”. The presentation will analyze the body in motion, what happens as the intensity of exercise increases, and what limits our performance as determined by state of the art physiological analysis. It takes place in the Rotary Park and for kids and their parents from 5:30 until 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 16, 2012. Three time Olympian Todd Wells will be back from London to talk about the importance of understanding how the body works and answer questions from personal experience.

This is such great opportunity for all of Devo to learn more about our bodies on the bike.

Things to Think About

7 Days ago Jr Devo Fall Registration opened
Saturday the 10-11th Colorado State Championship XC,SD, DH in Telluride
Saturday the 11th Olympic Mens and Womens XC
Saturday the 11th Escalante Days XC in Dolores
Monday the 13th Week 4 of Devo Summer Camp begins
Tuesday the 14th KDUR 91.9fm’s Cycle Squawk Pro Challenge preview show
Wednesday the 15th Last day of U14 practice
Thursday the 16th Last day of U19 practice at Howard Lake
Friday the 17th KDUR 91.9fm’s Cycle Squawk 1hour live feed from FLC’s Cycling Village
Friday the 17th Roller Races at the Irish Embassy
Saturday the 18th Durango Trails Festival XC and Run at Twin Buttes
Saturday the 18-20 Pro Challenge starts in Durango
Friday the 24-26th Devo Flyers at Angel Fire and Explorers at La Plata Canyon
Tuesday the 28th first Fort Lewis Cycling Team Meeting
Wednesday the 29th Durango Devo U19/14, Flyers and Explorers Season Celebration Party
Friday the 31st Fort Lewis College Cycling home race

Devo’s August Telegraph Hill Climb

August 2nd, 2012. Nice day

U14 Boys– Keiren 24:00

U14 Girls– Katja 25:26, Camryn 22:26, Marit 27:37, Lacey 25:30

U19 Boys– Sepp 15:19, Levi 17:12, Stephan 16:57, Will 18:45, Galen 18:58, Bryce 18:59

U19 Girls– India 21:44, Mikayla 29:24

Coaches and Friends–  Chad 17:28, Payson 16:01, Tyler 19:49

Past Results

New Devo Mom’s group!!!!!!

Wanna go from this: Pre- Devo Mom's group ride

To this:Post Devo Mom's Group Ride

Then sign up for the Devo Mom’s Ride on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:45 pm (Drop off your Devo rider and then ride for yourself!). This ride is led by one of our coaches to learn skills and have fun with each other! This group is for beg/int or int riders. If you like to ride your bike, but just want to learn more skills and hang with the ladies then this group is for you! Amy is the head coach and is also a coach for the Women’s Trek Dirt Series camps. Contact her at famousamo@yahoo.com with all your questions!

Durango Devo Riders Asked to Ride in Pro Challenge

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) hosting the USA Pro Cycling Challenge has invited DEVO to participate in the Opening Ceremonies on Monday, August 20th.  The ceremonies are meant to celebrate the Olympic, National and World Champions who call Durango home. DEVO athletes will participate to show the next generation of cyclists. We are hoping for 200 athletes 12 and under to participate with the U19, U14, Flyers and Explorer riders as the sweep riders. Olympic cyclists will lead out the parade and other local Olympians in a variety of sports will be participating in this event. This is not an open parade, due to road closures and a restrictions and to aid in the planning of such a huge event in Durango, this portion of the Pro Cycling Challenge event is an invitation only event.

The race itself will take place on Monday, August 20th. The entire weekend is full of events from a Grand Open House downtown on Main, the Start Village at Fort Lewis College on Saturday and Sunday, the mountain bike and trail run race at Twin Buttes (on August 18th) hosted by Trails 2000 and the Race Day party at Buckley on August 20th. All information can be found at durango2012.com.

Please help us out by volunteering for the Race Day festival by going to durango2012.com and click on Volunteer.

Thank you so much.
Mary Monroe (Local Organzing Commitee)