Boulder’s Tokyo Joes Junior Development Team just was awarded with USA Cycling annual Centers of Excellence Grant for their strong work in the junior cycling domain. Congratulations to them as it is great to see more and more junior teams being recognized. Check out their website here. Also, here is the story from Cyclingnews.com
Its an Uphill/Downhill race to be held at Chapman Hill, on Friday Feb 5th at 6:30pm. Registration starts at 5:30pm @ the ice rink that night. All abilities and transportation modes (except snowmobiles 😉 ) are welcome. The race is being put on by Pine Needle Mountaineering. For more info call Scott – 946-6892. Great winter training!!
California’s Whole Athlete Cycling Team has become the first UCI registered Junior/u23 mountain bike team in years. This comes in the wake of the USA Cyclings decision to end its U23 National Team. Another junior team from Arizona, called Team Super Nova is also in the process of signing up as a UCI trade team. This costly license allows the team to send racers over seas to compete in the World Cup Series. Also exciting for this season is the Windham, New York World Cup Finals. As of last year, World Cup races have included junior races at the event, but to enter, the juniors must be on a roster of a UCI team, which has been historically rare. This is exciting stuff for US junior mountain bikers.
In somewhat simular news, the Colorado High School MTB Leauge has a schedule out
Tentative Race Schedule
Race #1 Sept 18
Race #2 Oct 2
Race #3 Oct 16
Race # 4 Oct 30 (State Championships)
Never mind, this has been cancelled!. Snowdown begins next week and that mean another round of roller racing. This years event takes place at the Smiley Building, wednesday night at 6pm. Here in Durango, roller races are run a tad bit different than elsewhere. Riders have 15 minutes on the bike to travel the greatest distance. The event is free and sign-up takes place 15 minutes before.
Local cycling hero, Chris Wherry has changed professions, from road cycling with the nations fastest racers to working hands on with Durango’s wide range of enthusiasts. The Hub opened for business in early January and is building steam. Devo coaches Chad and Annie Cheeney have been quick to dive in and are digging the grassroots feeling to the cycle center. Devo will be offering a pre summer season base training program starting mid february to get the legs pumping, so stay tuned.
Check out the trailer to the film, Women of Dirt closely and you will see Joan Walker of the DEVO U19 Ladies team at the 2009 National Championships in Sol Vista, leading out the start of the cross country race where she finished 3rd. DEVO is in the process of bringing the film to Durango. If you are interested in helping with the process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Durango locals and Dads of current and former DEVO athletes, Mark Pastore and Mike Elliott have started a new business in town to provide accurate timing for the many sweet outdoor events in the four corners region. Appropriatley named, Four Corners Timing. They can be reached at 385-4571 or 769-8655. Here is an example of their most recent work.
The 3rd annual Tour de Ski is back this weekend in Durango. Saturdays endurance cross country ski race is a benefit for Trails 2000 and Durango Nordic. The course takes place below lift 8 at Durango Mountain Resort and is epicly sweet. There are several choices of distance with the big guns doing a super burly loop that climbs up to the Love Shack and then descends an equally burly downhill. Check this out for more info.
We do not quite have it nailed down yet, but the DEVO Team Race Schedule should be here in the next couple weeks. The DEVO team dedicates 1 team race a month from April to August, to travel to and camp or condo as a team. The idea of this is to help junior athletes learn how to manage themselves throughout a race weekend. It is super fun and is looked foreword to by all.
2010 Mountain States Cup Schedule
April 24-25 Rabbit Valley Rally Fruita, CO TT and XC
May 15-16 Chalk Creek Stampede Nathrop, CO XC, STXC, 4X, DS, SD
June 5-6 Chile Challenge Angel Fire, NM XC, DH, 4X, SD
June 26-27 Wildflower Rush Crested Butte, CO XC, DH, 4X, SD
July 10-11 Blast the Mass Snowmass Village, CO XC, STXC, DH, DH, SD
July 16-18 USA National Championships Sol Vista, CO XC, STXC, SD, DH, 4X
August 7-8 Keystone Revival Keystone, CO XC, STXC, 4X, DH, SD
August 22-23 Full Tilt in Telluride Telluride, CO XC, HC, DH, SD
September 4-6 Winter Park Pursuit Winter Park, CO XC, STXC, DH, 4X, SD
September 10-12 Fall Classic Breckenridge, CO XC, STXC
If you need to know the stats from Bend, Oregon cross action this weekend, click this area.