July Jr. DEVO Session to Begin in July

July Jr. DEVO Session to Begin in July

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Director Annie Cheeney has headed up what is being billed as the first Jr DEVO summer session ever. Starting in July and ending in July the programs offered are 6-7 year olds with coach Deb Hall, 20 inchers with coach Annie and 24inchers with coach Chad. Contact annie@durangodevo.com asap if you want in.   

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Village Auto Care Helped the Cheeney's Miniature Van, Bigtime

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U-14er Stephan Davoust was riding away from practice one day when he observed the Cheeney’s miniature van rolling down the street, looking and sounding horrible. Stephan informed his father, Bob, owner of Durango’s Village Auto Care, of what he had just witnessed. Bob then offered to do a safety check on the vehicle since the vehicle takes Coaches Chad and Annie all over this mountainous state to the teams monthly races. What he found was a mistreated, unmaintained mess. Coach Chad then accepted Bobs help and drove to his shop to drop off the vehicle. Upon entering the shop, Chad was amazed at how clean it was, he had never seen or expected an auto shop to be so clean. A day passed and Bob called to say the sweet charriot was back in business. Driving the vehicle away from the shop, Annie and Chad were again amazed. This was the best the vehicle had ever driven, the steering, the engine, the headlights, the tire pressure were all spot on. Chad and Annie were very impressed and they high fived tons of times.

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Crested Butte was Stupendous

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Super D and Downhill Results;

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Junior Men; 2. Joe Autry, 3. Chase Orrick, 4. Howard Grotts, 5. Gino Pastore, 8. Stephan Davoust, 22. Levi Kurlander of 31.

Junior Women; 1. Alicia Rose Pastore, 2. Hannah Madden, 3. Kaila Hart, 5. Joan Walker of 9

19+ Men; 14. Daniel Walker of 27

Open Men; 7. Chad Cheeney of 18

19+ Women; 8. Annie Cheeney of 10


Jr Expert Men; 13. Kyle Horn

Semi Pro Men; 8. Evan Elliott of 26

Junior Sport Men; 16. Joe Autry of 40

Junior Sport U-14; 4. Gino Pastore, 10. Sepp Kuss

Expert Men; 2. Chad Cheeney

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Crested Butte Was Real Nice

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Cross Country Results;

Beginner 14 and under; 1. Stephan Davoust, 2. Levi Kurlander, 4. Collin Francom, 5. Hank Stowers, 9. Chris Blevins of 16 racers.

Sport Women 18 and under; 1. Kaila Hart, 2. Hannah Madden, 3. Joan Walker, 5. Sarah Autry, 6. Kaylee Blevins (first U14 DEVO girl to race ever!)  of 9 racers

Sport Men 18 and under; 1. Gino Pastore, Sepp Kuss got lost while roosting

Junior expert women; 1. Alicia Rose Pastore by 16 mins.

Junior expert men; 3. Howard Grotts, 12. Chase Orrick, 14. Kyle Horn

DEVO Coaches and Alumni;

1st Sport Women 30+ Annie Cheeney

2nd Sport 19-29 Evan Elliott

2nd Pro Men Tad Elliott 6:30 off Treefarm

3rd 19-29 expert Brenden Shafer

3rd Singlespeed Robin Guillaume


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Crested Butte Day One

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Day one went well for the Durango DEVO squad. After longer than expected travel due to road work, the teams were eager to hit the course for some sweet pre-ride action. Coach Chad led the first wave on the course and was excited to see a change from last years fire road descent. This year, the descent joins up with the downhill course and sends the xcers down a steep, dusty, bermed out track that really tests the skills of the young rippers. Coaches Kricket and Annie led out the second wave which saw Howard crash in the very downhill described above, and bend his derailuer hanger. Joan rode her brand new Orbea, the teams latest bike sponsor, and giggled a bunch. After all that tasty mountain air, the teams reunited in the team condo, where chef Chad cooked up spaghetti, salad, and buttered bread. Thirteen strong, the footsteps and chatter from the condo was loud with excitement after dinner. Last minute lubing, derailuer hanger bending, and testing oneanothers bikes filled the last hour of sunlight. Lights out at 10. If only it were that easy. Tomorrow brings the first event, the cross country begins at 8am. 

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DEVO is Off to Crested Butte

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The U-14 and U-19 mens and womens teams will be in Crested Butte this weekend for the Wildflower Rush. Events start saturday with the cross country followed by sundays’ super downhill and downhill races. Check back here through the weekend for updates on the racing action.

Have a nice weekend

Coach Chad

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2008 Worlds Team Member to Have Surgery Thursday

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U-19 DEVO/TenTen downhill racer, Taylor Borucki will undergo exploratory surgery on his right ankle after badly spraining it two weeks ago while riding in the Test Tracks, (rumor has Taylor injuring himself jumping on the bed.) It was later that same day that the 2008 USA World Team was announced, Taylor being one of seven named to the junior downhill squad. He is looking to be back on the bike in six to eight weeks. Taylor worked hard over the rough winter months, training with coach Chad Cheeney to make the team. Bad timing took care of that. Cross your fingers for Taylor and give him a high five for accomplishing his goal. The World Championships taking place in Italy this week, fellow Durangatang, Todd Wells was also named to the senior cross country team. Check here on through the weekend to keep up on the results. 

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Results for Factory Trails STXC #2

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June 16th

* from now on, B category racers will start at 6pm and A racers to follow at 6:30pm

B Women; 1. Hannah Madden, 2. Kaila Hart, 3. Joan Walker, 4. Summer Ellefson

B Men; 1. Elliott Saslow, 2. Daniel Walker, 3. Jack Ellefson

A Women; 1. Alicia Rose Pastore, 2. Kricket Lewis

A Men; 1. Travis Brown, 2. Tad Elliott, 3. Troy Wells, 4. Andy Schultz, 5, Cale Redpath (1×1,) 6. Miles Venzara, 7. Drew Etsall, 8. Dustin Wanstrath, 9. Eric McCalister, 10. Mike Wilk, 11. Brendan Shafer, 12. Martin Cox, 13. Joe Schneider, 14. Howard Grotts, 15. Gino Pastore, 16. Lars Ellefson, 17. Chase Orrick, 18. Sepp Kuss, 19. Joe Burtoni, 20. Kyle Horn

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DEVO STXC Series Tonight @ Factory Trails

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Tonight is the night. The Factory Trails are located on the southernmost tip of the Fort Lewis College campus. To get there, ride you bike to the southernmost tip of the campus mesa. See ya there. A $5 donation to the DEVO team will cover ya.

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DEVO Short Track Schedule Revised….TAKE NOTE

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Take Note The Schedule has Changed Slightlydevo-shorttrack-schedule1

Every Wednesday night at 6pm for B men and women, and 630 for A men and women, DEVO will host a short track training race at a location near you. These are training rides and are covered by USA Cycling at a cost of $1.50 a rider. DEVO will ask a $5.00 donation to take part in each event. Results will be posted on this website after each event and a top secret, season ending points tabulation will occur in a sweet manor. Coaches Annie and Chad will be running each event.



June 18th Factory Trails 

@ Fort Lewis College, behind the bader dorms, 600pm B;s 20min STXC, 630pm A’s 30min STXC

June 25th Factory Trails

@ Fort Lewis College, 600pm B men and women, 630 A’s STXC

July 2nd Sport Ridge Lapper

@ Horse Gulch Meadow 6pm B’s 3laps, 630 A’s 5 laps

July 9th Three Springs

@ Three Springs, 6pm B’s 20 min, 630 A’s 30 min STXC

July 16th Durango Sports Clubber

@ Durango Sports Club 530pm TT, 600pm B’s 4 laps, 630 A’s 6 laps

July 23rd Factory Trails

@ FLC Campus behind bader dorms, 6pm B’s 20 min, 630 A’s 30 min STXC

July 30th Dump Run

@ Test Tracks Dump, 6pm B’s 20 min,  630pm A’s 30 min STXC

August 6th Dump Run

@ Test Tracks Dump, 6pm B’s 20 min, 630pm A’s 30min STXC

August 13th Three Springs

@ Three Springs, 6pm B’s 20 min, 630pm A’s 30min STXC

On Your Mark, Get Ready…..GO!


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August 30th Uphill Race at DMR

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The date has been changed from the 16th of August to August 30th for Durango Mountain Resort and Durango DEVO’s uphill mtb race. The name for the event has not been picked yet, so if you have any good ideas, contact chad@durangodevo.com.

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U-19 Mens Team Talks with Miller Middle School Students

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Tuesday morning, the U-19 mens team met up with 20 summer school students at miller middle school. Mrs. Winston Dines’ class was all ears for the 30 min talk on developing passion for things and stuff like that. The students interests ranged from skateboarding to video games. Daniel, Kyle, Chase, Howard and coach Chad talked of their introduction to mountain bike racing and how it has positively effected their lives.

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Scott Shishim and U-19 Ladies Talk Bike Maintenence

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Tuesday morning the Durango DEVO U-19 ladies team met up with local super mechanic/bike shredder, Scott Shishim at Durango Cyclery for an informative session on the art of bicycle maintenance. Scott used the ladies’ bikes as models to teach them how to perform basic skills such as, lubing a chain properly, tuning disc brakes, adjusting derailuers and looking for noises. Thank you Scott for your demonstration and passion for a properly tuned bicycle.

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BMX Racing is Rad

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This weekend I tested the waters in the BMX scene here in Durango and man was it cool. I highly suggest giving BMX a chance. It was not only super fun on the bike, ripping the track, but just being around all the cool little rippers was worth it. There are tons of race dates on the weekends and on wednesday nights. DEVO riders, Stephan Davoust, Chris Blevins, Shane Ellis, Tilden Berriman, Adam Short and Wyatt were all there throwing down. Super fun. Check out their website for more info at DurangoBMX.com.

See you out there

Coach Chad

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