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2008 Golden Grip Winners

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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
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Alicia Rose and Tad Tackle Alaska

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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.

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The Yeti C-26 Reborn

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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

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Snowdown Roller Races

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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

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DEVO Supporter Makes Bicycling Magazine Cover

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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

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September 16-20th is SSWC09

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The 2009 singlespeed world championships will be held in Durango, Colorado from September 16-20th. The date has been changed from the previous, August 6-9th to accommodate the world. The race itself will be saturday the 19th, with the Tour of Durango on Sunday the 20th. It will be an action packed week, with group rides beginning on wednesday evening the 16th and follwing up with am/pm rides until the race on saturday. The race is being organized by DEVO head coach Chad Cheeney, Jon Bailey, Dave Hagen, Russ Zimermann, Travis Brown, Ben Cooper and Steve Fassbinder. The group will be working closely with the Tour of Durango organizers, Gaige Sippy and Mary Monroe to make sure sweetness happens.

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Collegiate Cyclist Sweeps Season

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Lees Mcrae College student athlete, Carla Swart recently became the first collegiate cyclist to win all 4 championship disciplines  in one season. She began the winning streak this spring with a win on the road in Fort Collins, then winning the omnium as well as the sprint during late summer on the track in Colorado Springs, then her home turf in North Carolina on the mountain bike, winning the cross country and short track,  and then this past weekend in Kansas City on the cross bike. Thats a dominant division 1 season.

Carla Swart has tons of those jerseys

Carla Swart has tons of those jerseys

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Mountain Goat

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 “This is a project I finished last summer.  1992 Mountain Goat Whiskeytown FS.  The design was a college senior thesis from a Mountain Goat employee, which got horrible reviews.  High pivot placement induced tons of pedal bob in the rear end. I took it for a spin and it was indeed like riding on one of those coin-op pony rides you see outside Wal-Mart. But what’s not to love? This was a team bike from that year raced by local Durangoan Linda Meyers.  XTR M900, Nuke Proof, Grafton, and Rock Shox Mag 20 with matching team paint.  There are likely less than 50 of these bikes in the world… I know of two: This one, and the one in the First Flight Bikes Museum. Very rare, and very cool.” 

Local Bike restorerer Mike Wilk

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Durango Crowns Three in KC

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Durango Wheel Club members Walt Axthelm and Martha Iverson, and Specialized  legend Ned Overend all won their respective age group titles this past weekend in Kansas City during the US National Championships. Earning the stars and bars, Martha won her group by eight minutes, Walt by two and Ned by thirty seconds. DEVO friend Robin Guillaume also placed on the podium, 3rd in the U-29 B men. With a mid week snow storm, followed by warm weather, the course changed drastically from day to day. _g5y42902

The FLC women’s team took to the warm air early saturday morning to compete for the Collegiate Title. Moments before their start, an amazing cold-air wind blast dropped the temperature by 25 degrees in a matter of seconds. Lees McRae took the top spot for the women with Teal Stetson-Lee in 4th, Sarah Sturm in 8th, and Sabina Krashaaur in 13th. The mens race followed  with Ben Sontag in 2nd after a sweet almost ending. Greg Carpenter followed in 8th and Jessee Dekrey in 13th. The FLC men won their collegiate race, but for the 3rd year in a row, the overall omnium points ended in a tie, with the tie-breaker going to Lees McRae, 2nd place again!

Other results; Robin Guillaume 9th in singlespeed, Richard Bagienski 14th in master men, Joe Burtoni 43rd in 35-39 master, Jon McManus 65th in 35-39,  Tino Sanora 47th in 40-44, Dave Hagen 60th in 40-44, Travis Oliger in 75th in 40-44,  Terrina Tofoya 20th in B women, Grant Berry 10th in 30-34 men, Ryan Bartel 12th in 30-34 men, Will Curry 43rd in U-23 men,  and Steve Lamont 37th in 45-49.

In the elite mens race, Todd Wells finished off the podium for the first time at a US Chapionships race and placed 6th followed by former Durangoan, Matt Shriver in 7th. Ryan Trebone rode away from the field to take the title, it was his second after being crashed out of last years race. Other Durango fellas in the race were Troy Wells 12th, Brandan Shafer in 60th and DEVO Coach Chad Cheeney in 70th. The elite women’s race went off without a local lady at the start. Katie Compton took a dominant win with Fort Collins superstar Georgia Gould in second. Cyclocross Nationals continues the tradition next year with heavy rumors of the venue being in Bend, Oregon. We’ll see.

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Jeff Norman Benefit

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Local mountain bike legend, Jeff Norman will be at the Smuggier Brewpub on Thursday the 11th, 5pm. The goal of the evening is to raise money to help with Jeff’s medical bills. Contact info: michellemontague@hotmail.com. Jeff was a fast racer in the 80’s and was the owner of Durango’s Stonehouse Bakery, which was a popular atb hangout during the time.

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