Ride Like A Kid


A DEVO Superstar Spectacular

Tuesday March 3rd at the Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall, Bob Roll takes on Chris Wherry, Tad Elliot, Ned Overend, Elke Brutsaert, Greg Herbold and many more legendary cyclists in an all out question and answer-fest. Kids on bikes will be the main topic and we’d like to invite you to attend this tingly feeling event. The professional cyclists on stage will talk about their passion for the bike and the childhood memory that started it all. Bring your favorite poster or jersey to have autographed after the event.  All proceeds will go into a 2009 DEVO Scholarship Fund. 

Where?  The Community Concert Hall at FLC

When?  Tuesday March 3, 2009    

What time?  Doors open @ 5:30pm, show is from 6-7:30pm followed by an autograph session

How much?  Adults $20  Students $15  Kids $10

Thank you to event sponsors Chris Latshaw, Zukes and other top secret friends.

* There will be a kids only section up front!

College Class Presents Classwork

~ EC and Environmental Studies Program Special Event ~

The Future of Horse Gulch

Tuesday, February 3rd

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Students from Environmental Studies capstone course will present their finding on various development and conservation scenarios for this informal natural area. Get the results from the first comprehensive study of this valuable community resource. Time for questions, discussion and an opportunity to sign up for special Horse Gulch events this spring. 

Center for Southwest Studies – Lyceum

Fort Lewis College Campus

(next to the Community Concert Hall)

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Center, FLC Environmental Studies Program, and the SEEDS-Campus Ecology Club For more information contact the EC at 247-7676. 

2009 DEVO Team Race Schedule

  • March 20-22 Top Secret Training Camp
  • April 10-12 Rabbit Valley Rally, Fruita, CO 
  • April 26 Alien Run, Aztec, NM (team race option)
  • May 1-3 Chalk Creek Stampede, Nathrop, CO
  • June 19-21 Wildflower Rush, Crested Butte, CO
  • July 16-19 USA National Championships, Sol Vista, CO
  • August 23 Dirt Lovers Rally, Durango, CO

This is the 2009 Durango DEVO team race schedule. The DEVO U-14,19 team race seasons run April through August with practices 3 times a week. Once a month DEVO attends a team race where we camp or condo together and focus on having a fun positive experience. DEVO coaches provide course pre rides, bike mechanics, in race feeds, dinner, super serious talks at night and share their experience in the race routine with the team throughout the weekend. The team will stay in a condo for the Crested Butte and National Championship events and will camp out at the rest. The U-19 team members are required to attend 5 races throughout the season with the U-14 doing 3. The main objective to the 2009 season is to have the athletes smiling fast for the National Championships in July. Most of the races are part of the successful Mountain States Cup series.

Matt Shriver is 44

Fort Lewis college graduate Matt Shriver placed 44th in todays Cyclocross World Championship race. The multi time collegiate national champion, in cross and mtb, was one of 80 riders in the early but late season race. This was Matt’s first ever opportunity to race in a World Championship event. The race was won by Neils Albert of Belgium. The story.

He has also been recently hired by the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team as Head Road Coach for the upcoming spring season.

Roller Results

Results are in. Go to the Durango Wheel Club site to check em out. The DWC is going through some positive changes, so take a moment and read down past the results to see what is happening.

Tour de Ski by Elliott Saslow

     The morning started like any other race morning.  I  got up early, and my sister and I had to start at 9:30.  It was unfortunately rainy, so we all crossed our fingers hoping it was snowing in the mountains, and went up to the ski area. When we got up to the ski area was when the race morning started to become unfamiliar.  Usually we nordic ski at the base of a ski area but this time we took a lift up to the top.  For this  race we were going to ski at the top of the mountain rater than the bottom.  I met up with the other guys on the team including Sepp, Gino, Haakon Samualson, and Gunther. The lift ride up was probably the worst part of the day  because we were becoming cold and wet.  Most people didn’t bring extra gloves so their fingers froze.  After we got off of the freezing lift we skied about 100 yard to reach the start area.  We did a slight warm up, and while we broke trail through 2 inches of  new wet snow.  As we got back to the start people commented on how the leader would have to break trail in a white out.  About ten minutes after we all got back the 42k race started.  Leading the race was Ben Sontag, but everyone was close behind.  Second to go was the 20k.  Rogan Brown and Lars Elefson led that race out of the start.  Gino, Sepp, Gunther, Ben, and I all prepared for our 14k race.  Out of the start Gino Pastore and Haakon Samualson led the pack.  About 3 minutes later all the youger racers left.  That rac was led by Hannah Madden and Stephanie Ogier.  During this time out on the race course Ben Sontag and our coach Josh Dailey were leading the 42k.  At the same time Rogan and lars had a large break away.  The 14k  Gino and Sepp also were leading by a lot.  The 6k was led by Hannah Madden.

After people started coming into the finish most said they had a fantastic time.  We went down to the bottom of the resort, and had a gourmet meal made by RGP’s.  During the awards ceremony Avra Saslow won a new pair of boots in a raffle and other people won fantastic prizes for placing.  I know I can’t wait for it to happen again and I bet other people feel the same way.

For complete results click the link!


-Elliott is a DEVO U-14 alumni as he will be moving up to the U-19 team for the 2009 season. Good work!

Roller Races This Wednesday

The Roller Races are a 20 year Snowdown tradition. This year the race is a Durango Wheel Club event and will be held at the Recreation Center Wednesday the 28th  at 6:00 PM.  Register at the race. This event is a head-to-head race on stationary indoor rollers. Contestants ride for 15 minutes covering as many miles as possible. Use your own bike and both wheels (700c). 


Junior men 18 and under , women 18 and under 

Men     19-44      45+ 

Women    19-39      40+  

This event is free and local merchants are supplying prizes and swag. Boure, Bread, Carvers,  Coca-Cola,  3D Racing,  Hassle Free Sports, Mountain Bike Specialists,  Morehart Subaru,  Ska Brewery.  Come out on Wednesday and ride the rollers. Have fun pushing yourself for 15 minutes. If you dont roll, spectate and VOLUNTEER to help. 

Call Travis Oliger 259-5579, Rich Bagienski 259-2399, Martha Iverson 385-5857   

Tour de Ski is Next

It is ski season for sure, not bikes, so head up to Durango Mountain Resort next saturday, January 24th and ski. Sign up can be done at Pine Needle, Backcountry Experience and Active.com. The race course takes the skiers through the Hermosa Valley, on the backside of the mountain, and for a super bonus ending, leaves the racers at the top of lift 4 to descend back to the base. We have been told by the promoter, Jeanne Pastore, that this event is for everybody, not just skate studs. There are several distances offered, at 6k, 12k, 22k and the epic 42k. If you would like to volunteer, call Jeanne at 385-4571. The race is a benefit for Trails2000, so grab your skates and don’t be lates.

2008 Golden Grip Winners

2008 Women’s Team & Taylor Borucki

top; Joan Walker, Hannah Madden and Sarah Autry, bottom; Kaila Hart, Alicia Rose Pastore and Coach Kricket Lewis
top; Joan Walker, Hannah Madden and Sarah Autry, bottom; Kaila Hart, Alicia Rose Pastore and Coach Kricket Lewis


Taylor Borucki the week of worlds in Italy
Taylor Borucki the week of worlds in Italy



  • The women’s team was on the top spot all season with Alicia Rose winning all the races she entered but one and Kaila, Joan and Hannah taking the top three spots overall in the MSCup series. With Coach Kricket at the helm, this team exemplified what it means to have fun and be fast. Their off the bike hang outs and their attention to detail during practice made for an excellent model of what it means to be a team.
  • Taylor Borucki accomplished his goal of making the US Worlds team for downhill this past season, but it was his attitude during his recovery from a badly timed broken ankle that has earned him this award. Taylor kept a positive attitude in spite of missing his chance at racing in Italy in early June. His teammates were lucky to witness his recovery as he kept active throughout, within his sport and his team. 
  • 2007 awards

Alicia Rose and Tad Tackle Alaska

DEVO U19 ladies team member, Alicia Rose Pastore and alumni Tad Elliott stepped it up a notch this past weekend in Alaska at the USA Cross Country Ski National Championships. Elliott was the first under-23 competitor across the line and took the very title he earned in mid 2008, on the bike. The finish earned him a spot on the USA World Cup Team. Also earning a shot at overseas competition, Alicia Rose finished 6th in the Jr. National Championships 10k classic race and will race in Scandinavia later this winter. For the full story, check here.

The Yeti C-26 Reborn


Mike Wilk's amazing piece of history
Mike Wilk's amazing piece of history

Local bike restorer Mike Wilk has pulled off the project of a lifetime. Finding his way to the Yeti C-26, Wilk has done what most bike collectors only could dream of, he went out and rebuilt one of the dreamiest early 90’s race bikes ever. With the help from local frame builder, Chris Herting, the process took over 18 months. Read 1990-yeti-info

Tour de Ski is January 24th

The Tour de Ski is a skate ski race to benefit Trails 2000 and the Durango Nordic Ski Club. The event will be held Saturday January 24th at Durango Mountain Resort. The race terrain is pretty darn sweet, so make sure and check it out. For all the information please go to the DWC website.

Snowdown Roller Races

The Roller Races are a 20 year Snowdown tradition. This year the race is a Durango Wheel Club event and will be held at the Durango Recreation Center on Wednesday, Jan 28, at 6:00 PM. Register at the race.

This event is a head-to-head race on stationary indoor rollers. Contestants ride for 15 minutes covering as many miles as possible. Use your own bike and both wheels (700c). This event is free and local merchants are supplying prizes, swag and snacks. Come out on Wednesday and ride the rollers. Have fun pushing yourself for 15 minutes. If you dont roll, spectate and volunteer to help.

For more info call: Travis Oliger 259-5579, Rich Bagienski 259-2399, Martha Iverson 385-5857

DEVO Supporter Makes Bicycling Magazine Cover

Local professional cyclist, Miles Venzara is on the January cover of Bicycling Magazine. Looking pretty sharp aboard a fancy Merckx carbon road bike. It is Miles’s first cover shot. He has been a good friend and model for the DEVO racers, showing up to team practices and offering racing advise at local and regional events. cimg4575