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Do you want to got to the 2009 World Championships in Canberra, Australia?

This is what you must do. The 3 year old DEVO program has had 2 athletes make the US worlds team, Tad Elliott in 2007 on the U-23 xc squad and Taylor Borucki in 2008 on the junior dh squad.

5 Durangoans Named to Pan American Squad

Todd Wells, Heikki Hall, Chris Heath, former resident Chris Van Dine and DEVO alumni Tad Elliott have been selected to the US Pan American race team. March 20-23, the US will bring 20 athletes to Chile to compete for the best of the Americas. Read the story here. Nice work Tad.

Durango Wheel Club Info

The first weekend club rides went off today pretty darn smooth. Two groups rolled out the Valley and finished atop Old Shalona, and after a regroup, rolled back to sprint to the Welcome to Durango sign. This new addition to the DWC weekly lineup looks to be a good idea. Local bike talk show, Cycle Squawk will be hosting DWC’s leader, Spencer Compton this tuesday on 91.9 at 1130 am, or on line at Check out what he has to say. Remember the wednesday Time Trials as well. Check out that stuff here.

As head coach of the Durango DEVO team, I approve of this message.      -Chad Cheeney

DEVO News 3-11-09

Howdy DEVO nation. We had a board meeting last night and cranked out a ton of cool business. For those wondering, the Board team is Sarah Tescher (founder coach), Lynn Schneider (accountant), Dave Kerns (business honch,) Russ Zimmermann (local shop idea man,) Kyle Horn (u-19 teamster,) Kaila Hart (u-19 teamster,) Deniese Robbinns (rad lawyer,) Gaige Sippy (smiling promoter,) Travis Brown (industry insider,) and Chad Cheeney (founder and coach.) Dang.

Big time news is that the Rabbit Valley Rampage in Fruita has been moved from the weekend of 10-12 to the following weekend of the 17-19th. This is team DEVO’s first team race of the season, and the date change is a good thing as team practice begins March 30th. 2009-race-scedule

We are going to start up a JrDEVO kindergarden group ride on mondays from april to may. DEVO founder Sarah Tescher will be the coach and the program is all about getting good skills strted when your silly young. please email Sarah with questions and the sign up meeting will be next wednesday the 18th, 6-730 at the rec center.

DEVO Sign Up Meetings next week are monday U-19 from 630-730, tuesday U-14 from 630-730 and wednesday JrDEVO from 6-730 at the Durango Rec Center. 

Animas Orthopedic/DEVO Short Track Series will run wednesday nights June 10 through August 26th. Taking place at the Factory Trails up on the south tongue of the FLC Campus, the season pass for 12 races is $100 or can be paid for one race at a time for $10. There will be B, A and Jr categories. 

Scholarships are available for the 2009 season and can be obtained by emailing Our Ride Like a Kid fundraiser was good to the children of 2009. Concerns about our speaker that night have been addressed.

The Velo Swap in May has been renamed to the DEVO Bike Swap after the owner of the registered name Velo Swap contacted IHBC promoter Gaige and told him to change it or else. Dang. So we changed it. The swap was donated to DEVO two seaons ago by the IHBC and is now our sweet spring fundraiser that takes place the friday of the Iron Horse weekend.

FLC Time Trials

Coach Dave Hagen and the Fort Lewis Cycling team will be running road time trials on several courses out the valley. The FLC Time Trial practices will continue this Wednesday (yesterday) at 4pm with the infamous Dead Squirrel TT that starts at Sweeneys. (the corner of HWY 550N and CR 203 west valley). It is a 15K course that goes north on 203, right on Trimble Lane, right on HWY 550 going south and then a hard right back onto 203. There will be two more Dead Squirrel TTs (March 11 and 18) and then the Dead Elk TT will run from March 25 through April 15.

Come on and time your trial with the FLC cyclists every wednesday.

Kristin McGrath Throwing Down
Kristin McGrath Throwing Down

Spring Jr DEVO Information

Oh Yes, it is finally here. The jrDEVO spring season will begin the week of April 6th and will ride until the week of Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Here is all the info one could ask for, springinfosheet



There will be a sign up meeting on wednesday March 18th from 6-7:30pm at the Durango Recreation Center. It is here where we will answer questions of rider placement and take payment and paperwork for the sweet spring action. Feel free to print off the forms below and send them to our po box ahead of time. Medical, liability and code of conduct must all be completed. Cost is $120.00 per ride group. Groups ride 8 weeks.




Matt Shriver on Cycle Squawk

Recently hired Fort Lewis Cycling road coach, Matt Shriver will be the guest on KDUR’s Cycle Squawk, the local cyclig radio talk show hosted by Russ and Chad. Listen at 91.9 or online at The show airs from 1130-12. Next weeks guest will be former downhill world champion, Miles Rockwell.

Durango Wheel Club Registration Party

It is time to sign up for 2009 at our annual Durango Wheel Club Registration Party! 

This is your best opportunity to sign-up for the 2009 season,to learn more about what is happening in 2009 and  to volunteer for this seasons events. The DWC Steering Committee members will be on hand to answer your questions. 

When: Friday February 27th from 5:30-8:30  Where: The Smiley Building located at 1309 E 3rd Avenue. What: Food from Bread, soft drinks and your first two beers from Durango Brewery are free to all 2009 members! Guests (non-members) can purchase beer and food at the party. Who: All supporters of the DWC! Pre-registered members can pick-up their membership cards at the door. For more information on becoming a member please visit:

See you on Friday!

Spencer & Marie,

U-14 and U-19 Registration








Its almost here. The 2009 Durango DEVO summer race team program is about one month away from super serious action. Above are the forms needed to apply. Along with the packet, the rider must fill out the medical, liability and payment plan forms. They can be sent to Durango DEVO at 10 Town Plaza #110, Dgo, CO 81301 and must be received by March 20th…or else….something. There will be mandatory team meetings for all those wishing to race with the team. 

Monday March 16th at 630-730 pm for all U-19 boys and girls at the rec center.

Tuesday March 17th at 630-730pm for all U-14 boys and girls at the rec center.

Feel free to complete the applications and send them in before the meetings. Rock on.

Cycle Squawk and Steaming Bean

Tuesday February 24th, local radio personalities, Russ and Chad will be doing a live radio thing from the comfy window seating of downtowns Steaming Bean Coffee Shop. The Bean recently became an underwriter of Cycle Squawk and is all about the live feed. The show will be bumped up to an hour of the banter, and customers can feel free to ask questions during the show. Listen live online at or tune in to 91.9 and 93.9 fm.

Ride Like a Kid


March 3rd. A Durango DEVO fundraiser with host Bob Roll and a sweet slew of other sycling superstars. Sponsored by Chris Latshaw at State Farm Insurance, Zukes dog treats, Shaw Solar, Mountain Bike Specialists, Inside Durango TV, Pedal The Peaks, Steaming Bean,  Coke and other top secret friends.

Durango DEVO Race Schedule


Here is a list of all the sweet racing opportunities around us for 2009. DEVO team races are in bold. We attend these races as a team. We camp/condo, eat, pre ride the course and have fun together, all in the name of development and schmevelopment.