DEVO Meetings Tuesday and Wednesday

Meetings will be taking place for all DEVO spring and summer riders and racers this upcoming week. I cannot remember them at this moment so please scroll down and check the dates. Also, it looks as if there is to be a DWC sign up meeting on the same night as one of our meetings. You will be able to attend both. Our meetings can be quite easy to obtain information and bolt. Please do not forget about the Top Secret Training Camp change of dates to the first weekend in April, camp host Russ the Muscle for info. Oh yes, Chase Orrick has been excited to announce his first TV deal, as IDTV has picked up DEVO mtb action once a month for the six summer months. Cycling on TV!  More info coming soon.

New Zealand is Amazing

Good day to yall. NZ has been amzing so far. The rides have been spot on. Anne and I ride every day in some place new. Little River, Acaroa, Timaru, Wanaka, and Queensland so far. Epic views and tons of sheep scattering the hillside. With no watch and no clue what day it is, the adventures run into each other. Summer is here now, sorry about that. Anne and I rode in this one trail network the other day that was filled with jumps and stunts, and all kinds of people were shredding them, old and young alike. No wonder not many of us in Durango can boast huge gaps, we have none to boast. DEVO riders should begin to formulate plans on how to get paid to travel the earth and ride. Go to work my friends. For how sweet this semi-big island is, I cannot wait to ride with all of you on the greatest trails on earth. Love Chad

Wilderness Meeting FEB 21 @FLC

The local interest in this Wilderness plan has been rolling since last months overcrowded meeting at the Durango Rec Center. Letters to the editor in the Herald and Telegraph have labeled this interest as a self centered cyclist concern to question the Draft Plan. All user groups should be concerned and make an attempt to educate themselves on the issue. This is buisness to them and a way of life to us. There is nothing wrong with Wilderness when an area needs to be protected. Protection is not the case here. Please make a point to show up to the meeting and get informed. In the meantime, research like-cases around the country; West Virginia and California are good examples to refer to. There is no Draft Plan option that will work good for our communty. Just remember that this Wilderness plan is just part of a buisness plan landswap. Money is the root of this mess. Ask questions!

Thats my opinion, Chad

The San Juan Public Lands Center is hosting public meetings to  present and discuss specific topics of concern in the Draft Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for BLM and
 National Forest lands in southwestern Colorado. The Durango meeting
 is: Thursday, February 21, 2008 Fort Lewis College, 6:30 – 8:30 pm FLC Ballroom.

Topics: Inventoried Roadless Areas, Wilderness recommendations, Wild
 and Scenic River recommendations

Top Secret Training Camp April 4-6

For DEVO U-14, 19 boys and girls. Contact Russell for more. Also, if you have not seen Mallethead, a local film on bike polo, keep your eyes open during the Durango Film Festival late Feb. 

March 19th DEVO U-14,19 Meeting

Another meeting to gather info and talk amongst ourselves will take place wednesday night at the Rec Center. This is for U-19 and 14 athletes and parents and is not mandatory. To sign up please show up to the meeting, mail or deliver your paperwork to the Cheeney’s by April 1st. Forms can be printed off from an earlier blog located somewhere near this very entry. The main goal of the meeting is to get you the latest info on the season.

March 18th Jr DEVO Spring Sign-Up Fest

The Durango Recreation Center on Tuesday night the 18th, 6-8pm will be the jr DEVO sign up night. You can print off forms from an earlier DEVO blog and bring them filled out to the meeting, or just come and do it there. We will also have our Jr DEVO supporter jerseys for 75.00 each and the jr DEVO athlete jerseys for 30.00 apiece.  We’ll see you there!

U-19 Team Helmet Possibility?

Hey DEVO U-19ers. Please check out the red and white Lazer Magma Sport on the web or go try on in person at the Durango Cyclery to see if we should use for team gear. The Helmet is one size fits small, med and large. If you have a small helmet size, please check for looks. Email with feedback.

Greg Lewis Joins as Assistant Coach of the DEVO U-14 Boys

lewissmileweb1.jpgHello fellow cyclists, my name is Greg Lewis and I will be one of the DEVO coaches for the spring/summer sessions. I moved to Durango,nine years ago,from Kentucky, and originally grew up in Little Falls, New York. I moved here with the intentions to one day become a professional mountain biker. After 5 years of hard work and dedication I was able to live my dream and began racing in the pro field. In the last 4 years I have traveled all over the United States racing local, regional, national, and even World Cup events. I am very grateful for all of my experiences and wish to apply them to coaching all the amazing talent that exists in Durango.  I originally began riding bikes when I was 5 years old and bought my first mountain bike when I was 11, with money I earned delivering newspapers and shoveling snow. Soon after purchasing my first mountain bike, a large group of friends and myself began shredding the local trails in Upstate New York. I look back at those days and think of all the fun we had and would love to promote and guide these same activities to the youth of Durango. The fun that I experienced, as a kid, is what allowed me to continue enjoying riding and racing as an adult and strongly encourage cycling as a hobby to all.  I am really excited about getting a chance to work with the DEVO team.loiusweb.jpg

Forms for DEVO U-19 and U-14 Athletes

U-19 and U-14 mens and woman’s team registration forms below. Each athlete needs one filled out application, liability, medical, sponsorship (U-19 only,) code of conduct and payment plan. Have fun with our forms online, printing tons of copies is for the birds.

Walt Axthelm Donates MTB

Local ageless cycling legend Walt Axthelm has donated a mint Durango factory made Schwinn Homegrown mountain bike to the DEVO squad. Walt has an amazing skill for bicycle mechanics, so the bike was donated in pristine condition. Walt was a top motorcycle enduro ripper back in the day. He was known for getting the holeshot and keeping it. Rock Onward Walt. 

Rumor Has Tad Elliott Taking Silver

Tad Elliott took second place of 37 professional skate skiers in Aspens Owl Creek race this past Sunday, which was part of the super tour, nordics pro nordic series. DEVO helper Miles Venzara took 26th place and is responsible for this rumor. “He muscled the field of top nordic honches like it was his job,” Venzara said of Tad’s performance. Another rumor links Tad to not actually making money off skiing. Passion could be the culprit. 

Monday Meeting for U-14&19 Information

The Durango Recreation Center will be the place to get your information straight on Monday night, 630-8pm. This meeting is open to anyone interested in the U-14 and 19 teams. The meeting is open to the public. 1202658868-1.jpeg