Our sweet first grade jr DEVO ride lead by head coach Deb Hall and assistant Brian Peterson has a new blog. It is amazing to conceptualize 6 and 7 year olds riding Durango singletrack. Its happening every week, check em out. Nice work team!
Dang, The U-19 ladies team, led by Coach Kricket Lewis spent last wednesday evenings practice in the hills surrounding Log Chutes Downhill Trails. Elke is a former world ranked downhill superstar. Retiring in the early 2000’s, Elke now keeps it in cycling by acting as head masseur for the Giant Factory mtb team. Traveling all over the world, she keeps the athletes in prime mental and physical conditions. This week the ladies felt the positive vibes that Elke brings as practice was all about being smooth on the downhills. Thank You Elke for sharing your shred tips.
Hey DEVO, only one day remains to buy amazing cycling history for super-duperstar, Tara Llanes’s medical bills.
“Tara Llanes and GO211.com will be hosting an online auction to help raise money to go towards her ever growing medical bills. The auction will feature some of the most sought after items in the sport today!”
There are TOOOONS of great items up for bid from many of the sport’s famous faces! & as the auction says, it’s “ONE OF A KIND”… you can’t get many of these items anywhere else!! Signed jerseys, signed helmets, signed BIKES! But the best thing of all, is that the money goes to the TARA LLANES ROAD TO RECOVERY FUND! So no matter what you bid, no matter what you win… we all win! It’s all going to a such a great cause!
Here are just a few hot items up for bid…
* Shaun Palmer Signed ’08 Jeep KOM Title Winning Jersey….. only $50 (current bid)
* Shaun palmer Signed ’99 Team Specialized / Mtn Dew Jersey….. only $60 (current bid)
* Cedric Gracia’s Signed ’08 Team Commencal /Oakley World Cup Race Kit….. only $200 (current bid)
* Eric Carter’s ’05 National Championship Mongoose Bike!….. only $530 (current bid)
* Tara Llanes Signed ’06 Giant STP Hardtail Race Bike….. only $800 (current bid)
* George Hincapie Signed ’06 Tour de France Yellow Leaders Jersey….. only $350 (current bid)
* Leigh Donovan’s ’01 Schwinn Straight-8 World Championships DH Bike….. only $510 (current bid)
* Alison DUnlap’s Signed Luna Chix World Championship Skinsuit….. only $55 (current bid)
* Tara Llanes Signed ’05 National Championship Custom Painted Giant Trance….. only $1000 (current bid)
& much much more!!
It all ends on MAY 9th! So make sure to get your bids in before it’s too late!!!
Today at the first annual Durango Bike Summit, a crowd full of local cyclists, business people and city officials were the first to hear that Durango has been awarded with a Silver level ranking from the Bicycle Friendly Community Program. Other Colorado towns to receive awards are Boulder (gold,) Fort Collins (silver,) Steamboat Springs (silver,) Denver (bronze,) and Longmont (bronze.) Nice work to all those involved in the project to make Durango an even better place to ride a bike.
I was riding home last night from my class that I teach and noticed in the beam of my head lamp that it was snowing…snowing ash. The volcanoe that erupted close by has hit home (or home away from home). It is pretty crazy right now as people have been evacuated here to Bariloche and now the ash is falling here as well. The major bummer is that the scientist can’t agree on whether the volcanoe has erupted or just burped before its big eruption. The winds have been to the east but have now switched toward Bariloche…not psyched. Mark is currently cleaning up ash from our floor and I’m going out to see if I can find masks. And so I am reminded that really destiny is out of my hands…which is not an easy thing to come to terms with when you are a control freak. I think I’ll sleep in tomorrow.
We’re crossing our fingers for you Sarah!
Anthony Colby and I, coach Chad, attended and graduated Fort Lewis College together. Then Colby was a budding pro mtb racer and now he is a top domestic road professional. Last weekend Anthony placed third in the ultra sweet stage race, Tour of the Gila in Silver City, New Mexico. Below is, in his words, a typical Colby pre race week. Being a pro cyclist is not easy, read on……
I like to keep everything in order the week before a big race and it’s always differs depending on where the fitness is at and how much training and racing I’ve been doing. It usally looks something like this. A hard race the weekend before, then 3 days easy because you can always go hard before the race but it’s harder to back track and take more rest. 1 spin the day after the race, then a day off, then another easy spin. By then the legs still hurt a little and it’s a good time to do a 2-3 hour fun ride to push some of the junk out of the legs, sometimes I’ll do a longer ride but it’s always on the road well within the comfort zone with some good climbs. The next day is best being a travel day so I’m not traveling the day before the race and everything is squared away the day before the race so you can focus on the task at hand. The only thing I have to look forward to is a nice spin after the car of plane ride. I’ll sometimes open it up a little but nothing structured. The day before the race I always head out in the morning and a 1-2 hour ride mostly spinning, but I usally do a good opener 3-15 min. If it’s a TT it’s important to get the systems going and get all cylinders firing. I’ll do this in intervals not forcing anything to hard until the legs have time to adjust. That’s when I start to dig a little focusing my a nature high cadence with good form and hold it for a few min, recover and then once more. If it’s a long road race just a few smaller intervals and if it’s a crit then the same but also with a few 20 seconds jumps to get the legs up to speed with the right muscle firing. Somtimes my teammates and I use each other to motivate and push the pace, but it’s never good to race before the race just to lison to your body and do what’s necessary to prepare for the event.
Check him out. DEVO Alumni Tad Elliott at last years World Championships in Fort William, Scotland. Tad is in his second season as a member of the U-23 national team. While his team mates have been overseas racing the World Cup circuit, Tad has chosen to stay stateside and focus on the national and regional race circuits. Starting in late september, he will begin his winter training as a member of the professional Subaru Factory cross country ski team. Keep up the good work Tad.
May has been amazing so far and it is about to get even sweeter in a few weeks when the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic rolls into town. This year’s event has plumped up by popular demand by adding a time trial in the animas valley on friday. Friday also brings the third annual Durango DEVO Velo Swap. Taking place at the fairgrounds, the Velo Swap will be at the same time and place as registration this year. That means 2500 people will be filtering through this communities used bicycle goods. IHBC has been donating the swap to DEVO since the beginning and has been great to us by becoming one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. The road race will return as usual and the criterium rounds out the weekend on sunday. Numbers have doubled for the crit this year due to the addition of the omnium scoring for those serious stage race race junkies. Props to IHBC for listening to the people and making the ever-changing weekend fresh as ever.
Mechanicals were frequent in last weeks DEVO practices. In one U-14 boys practice, two young riders lost a crank arm due to loose bolts. Keep em tight fellas! In thursdays 24incher ride at Church Camp a derailuer ripped off and allowed a good lesson in the art of getting back to civilization any way you can. In that case, it was a ride on the handelbars down the super washboardy road of Falls Creek. Sorry Charlie!
Thank You to all you parents who respect our “no tagging along” rule. We know it must be tough, but you are doing the right thing for your child and the program.
We have a new office space for the month of june. Located in the Park Center Commercial Center at 1911 main ave, suite 6 is where the paperwork gets paperworked. Please bear with us as our sweet old system of “just pick it up on our porch” is over and we figure out a new system.
Last Wednesdays AllGirlsRide were filmed by City Span 10 for a spot featuring Trails 2000 on their monthly news program. It airs this wednesday, so keep your eyes peeled.
Madrid Spain was the World Cup that Todd Wells led the entire field after the first of seven laps. Can you imagine how fast he had to of been going? Dang! After his amazing start he faded and eventually finished in 18th place, good for second of the Americans. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski was the top finisher at 15th place. After three rounds of world cup action, Todd is second in the chase for two spots on the USA Olympic Team. Adam Craig of Bend Oregon is first. In the women’s action, Coloradan Georgia Gould placed 5th and is on her way to her first Olympics. If any of you are reading this, Thank You for being great role models for our team.
Durango DEVO’s 2nd team race of the season took place this past weekend in Nathrop, Colorado at Taff and Keith Darner’s sweet cattle ranch located in the foothills below Mt. Prinston. Friday night the team camped and had spaggetti together. The weather was pretty chilly at first, but the cold winds died down and saturday and sunday turned out to be very nice. Saturdays events consisted of cross country and mountain cross, and sunday was short track and dual slalom. There were the usual atb ups and downs, and in the end, all had a great time. DEVO’s next team race will be in June at Crested Butte.
U-19 Ladies; Alicia Rose Pastore 2nd jr Ex xc, 1st ex stxc, Hannah Madden 7th jr ex stxc, 1st jr sport xc, Joan Walker 2nd jr sport xc, 9th ex stxc, Kaila Hart 3rd jr sport xc, 10th ex stxc
U-19 Men; Chase Orrick 10th jr ex xc, 9th jr ex stxc, Howard Grotts 7th jr ex stxc, 11th jr ex xc, Kyle Horn 15th jr ex xc, 10th jr ex stxc, Joe Autry 14 jr ex xc, Daniel Walker 6th senior sport xc, Taylor Borucki 4th jr ex dual slalom, 4th jr ex mountain cross.
U-14 Boys; Gino Pastore 1st jr sport xc, 2nd jr sport stxc, Sepp Kuss 6th jr sport xc, Stephan Davoust 2nd jr beg xc, 2nd jr beg dual slalom, Collin Francom 4th jr beg xc, Chris Blevins 5th jr beg xc, Hank Stowers 6th jr beg xc, Levi Kurlander 5th jr beg stxc, 7th jr beg xc, James Shehan 8th jr beg xc, 8th jr beg stxc
Coaches; Annie Cheeney 6th sport women xc, Greg Lewis 13th pro xc, Evan Elliott 14th semipro mountain cross, 19th semipro dual slalmom, Chad Cheeney 11th singlespeed, 27th pro/semipro stxc
Friends; Alumni Tad Elliott 4th pro xc, 7th pro stxc, Alumni Ben Kraushaar 4th jr ex xc, 1st jr ex stxc, Robin Guillaume 7th xc, 2nd stxc singlespeed, Miles Venzara 7th pro xc, Michelle Stowers 3rd beg women
This weekend may 2-4 brings the Chalk Creek Stampede in Nathrop, CO for the U-14 and U-19 DEVO teams. This is their second team race of the season. The team will camp out together and race cross country and mountain cross on sat and short track and slalom on sun. Good Luck to them.
Friday, the U-14 girls will practice at 330-545 with coach Jess Reed.
June 11th will be a summer jr DEVO circuit race and fun ride at Three Springs, 530pm. A Zia Taqeria and Robin Davis on the guitar will follow the jr DEVO race at 630. This is a DEVO fundraiser and is open to anyone. Racing categories are B Men/Women, jr DEVO Shredders, and A Men/Women. It takes place on a sweet course behind Mercy. More info soon.
Velo Swap is around the corner. Taking place over Iron Horse weekend, it will be at the fairgrounds again, in the same room as registration. It will be huge. Thanks to Gaige at IHBC for donating this sweet fundraiser to our program. Please remember to dust off the lingering bike mess and sell it at our swap. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Also, the jr DEVO AllGirlsRiders were spotted by the local channel 10 in the Durango Mountain Park. Look for the young riders laying down the law during the May month.
Have nice weekend.
Nothing beats dressing up in ridiculous outfits and shredding the ATB with a bunch of your closest friends. Horse Gulch was the site of this silly event. May 15th will be the next Passion Production roost fest.