FLC missed the elusive college sweep last weekend and finished a, still impressive, 2nd place overall. After being tied for first place heading into the last event, the criterium, FLC lost ground to the overpowering Lees MaCrae College. Colorado State, the host of the event rounded out the podium in third place. For full results, check out cyclingnews.com.Read More
The Velo Swap is near! Friday May 23rd, day before the big race to Silverton at the fairgrounds. It’s time to sell and/or buy sweet used bikes, parts and gear, much of it coming from the local pros like Ned Overand, Shonny Vanlandingham, Todd Wells, Chris Wherry, Travis Brown, Matt Shriver, Elke Brutsaert and Tom Danielson. It is going to be HUGE this year with the help of Ironhorse and race registration in the same location! %20 of sales go to Durango DEVO so helps keep our kids on bikes, who could ask for more? Come check it out!
If you have items to sell drop off is Thursday May 22nd 3-8pm at the Fairgrounds
Swap is Friday May 23rd 10am-10pm
See you there!Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More