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This page is where you’ll find descriptions and basic information about all of Devo’s programs and summer camps. Devo’s programs are primarily organized by age, so click your age group in the expandable tabs below to view information about Devo groups for your age! Devo’s groups are co-ed unless otherwise noted (for all-girls groups, or U14, for example). Scroll down for Summer Camps information!

Spring and Fall Regular Programs

Junior Devo Groups (for 2 years old – 5th Grade)

Who:

We offer All-Girls programs for all age groups, Push Bike through 8th Grade. Please click on your age group below for additional information. We run the all-girls groups with a similar philosophy to our co-ed groups (listed below), but with female coaches and an all female team.

Goals:

The goal of our all-girls programs is to build confidence in young female riders.

Details:

See the current season schedule for all-girls offerings.

Who:

The Wanderers group is for children currently enrolled in school with an open IEP for autism, serious emotional disability, or other mild to moderate cognitive or developmental delays. Must be able to verbally communicate. Must be able to ride without training wheels or other supportive devices (if your child does not meet this criteria and you would still like thtm to progress in their riding, please contact the Wanderers Head Coach, Erica).

Goals:

The main goals of the Wanderers group are to foster team camaraderie and offer a supportive environment for physical and emotional development.

Details:

Each season (Spring from April-May, and Fall from Sept-Oct) is 8 weeks long, with practice once per week. Practices meet at various locations around town (see the “Find My Group” page) and last 2 hours.

If you are interested in this program, please reach out to Erica McCalden, LCSW, 970-692-4104, for more information.

Scholarships and assistance with gear and equipment are available, and an application must be completed prior to the first practice. Scholarship applications are submitted online (see the Scholarships page on this website). Contact the Devo Director (director@durangodevo.com) if you have questions regarding scholarships.

Come Prepared:

The following is required at each practice:

  • A bike in good working condition that fits the rider. Visit 2nd Avenue Sports or Pedal the Peaks if you need a tune-up.
  • A properly fitting helmet that’s in good condition with no cracks, dents, or other damange.
  • Close-toed shoes.
  • In a backpack: water, a healthy snack, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Who:

Our “Push Bike” programs are for kids ages 2.5 to 4 years old as of the first day of practice. Kids must ride a push bike (or strider bike); no pedals or training wheels allowed in these groups. Kids must be able to communicate well enough to express needs to their coach and follow instructions.

Goals:

The main goals of our push bike programs are to introduce kids to riding in a team environment, and share the fun of riding bikes. Coaches will teach basic skills of reliably starting and stopping, introduce trail etiquette, and encourage proper balance on two wheels.

Details:

Each season (Spring from April-May, and Fall from Sept-Oct) is 8 weeks long, with practice once per week. Practices meet at various locations around town (see the “Find My Group” page) and last 1 hour. We also offer 4-day Push Bike Summer Camps in June, July, and August, with practices every day for 1 hour.

Come Prepared:

The following is required at each practice:

  • A bike (no pedals or training wheels) in good working condition. Visit 2nd Avenue Sports or Pedal the Peaks if you need a tune-up.
  • A properly fitting helmet.
  • Close-toed shoes.
  • In a backpack: Water, a healthy snack, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Lastly, coaches will teach a component of independence at practice. Parents are encouraged not to attend practices with their rider. Please communicate any special needs with your coach prior to practice if this is your child’s first experience being left without a parent.

Who:

Our “Preschool” programs are for kids ages 3 to 5 years old (in Preschool) as of the first day of practice. Kids must ride a pedal bike (no push bikes or training wheels) independently, being able to start and stop on their own 50% of the time or more.

If your child is transitioning from a push bike to a pedal bike, our coaches are here to assist in that process. However, if your child is not yet confident pedaling independently, we ask that you register for a Push Bike class to ensure your child and their teammates have the most fun! Contact the Junior Devo Program Manager (see the Contact page) if you’re not sure which group is right for your child.

We also offer one “Preschool Training Wheels” group each season for riders in preschool who still rely on training wheels to ride.

Goals:

The main goals of our preschool programs are to foster team camaraderie, and share the fun of riding bikes with friends and coaches! Coaches will teach basic skills of reliably starting and stopping, reinforce trail etiquette, and encourage proper balance on two wheels.

The goal of the preschool training wheels group is to progress riders away from relying on training wheels to balance.

Details:

Each season (Spring from April-May, and Fall from Sept-Oct) is 8 weeks long, with practice once per week. Practices meet at various locations around town (see the “Find My Group” page) and last 1 hour 15 minutes. We also offer 5-day Preschool Summer Camps in June, July, and August, with practices every day for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Come Prepared:

The following is required at each practice:

  • A bike (no push bikes; training wheels ONLY in training wheel group) in good working condition. Visit 2nd Avenue Sports or Pedal the Peaks if you need a tune-up.
  • A properly fitting helmet.
  • Close-toed shoes.
  • In a backpack: water, a healthy snack, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Lastly, coaches will teach a component of independence at practice. Parents are encouraged not to attend practices with their rider.

Who:

Our “Kinder” programs are for kids currently enrolled in kindergarten as of the first day of practice. Kids must ride a pedal bike (no push bikes or training wheels) independently and must be confident riding on dirt trails. Coaster brakes OR hand brakes are welcome. Wheel size is not a factor at this age as long as the bike fits the rider.

Goals:

The main goals of our kindergarten programs are to foster team camaraderie regardless of differences in ability among teammates. Coaches will teach basic skills of shifting (if applicable), braking, reliably starting and stopping, reinforce trail etiquette, and encourage proper balance on two wheels with level pedals.

Details:

Each season (Spring from April-May, and Fall from Sept-Oct) is 8 weeks long, with practice once per week. Practices meet at various locations around town (see the “Find My Group” page) and last 1 hour 30 minutes. We also offer 5-day Summer Camps with various local partners in June, July, and August. See the Summer Camp Schedule for details.

Come Prepared:

The following is required at each practice:

  • A bike in good working condition that fits the rider. Visit 2nd Avenue Sports or Pedal the Peaks if you need a tune-up.
  • A properly fitting helmet.
  • Close-toed shoes.
  • In a backpack: water, a healthy snack, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Who:

Our 1st Grade programs are for kids currently enrolled in 1st grade as of the first day of practice. Kids must ride a pedal bike independently (no training wheels) and must be confident riding on single track dirt trails. Bikes with hand brakes and gears are highly encouraged (no coaster brakes, please). Wheel size is not a factor at this age as long as the bike fits the rider.

Goals:

The main goals of our 1st grade programs are to foster team camaraderie regardless of differences in ability among teammates. Coaches will teach basic skills of shifting, braking, climbing and descending, reinforce trail etiquette, and encourage proper balance on two wheels standing out of the saddle with level pedals.

Details:

Each season (Spring from April-May, and Fall from Sept-Oct) is 8 weeks long, with practice once per week. Practices meet at various locations around town (see the “Find My Group” page) and last 1 hour 30 minutes. We also offer 5-day Summer Camps with various local partners in June, July, and August. See the Summer Camp Schedule for details.

Come Prepared:

The following is required at each practice:

  • A bike in good working condition that fits the rider. Visit 2nd Avenue Sports or Pedal the Peaks if you need a tune-up.
  • A properly fitting helmet.
  • Close-toed shoes.
  • In a backpack: water, a healthy snack, a spare tube for their tire size, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Who:

Our 2nd-3rd Grade programs are for kids currently enrolled in 2nd or 3rd grade as of the first day of practice. Kids must ride a pedal bike independently and must be confident pedaling on single track dirt trails with some elevation change. Riders should show interest in more difficult terrain. Bikes with hand brakes (both front AND rear independtly) and gears are required. Wheel size must be 20 inches or bigger.

Goals:

The main goals of our 2nd-3rd grade programs are to foster team camaraderie regardless of differences in ability among teammates. Coaches will teach proper skills of shifting, braking, climbing and descending, trail scanning, reinforce trail etiquette, and refine proper balance while standing out of the saddle.

Details:

Each season (Spring from April-May, and Fall from Sept-Oct) is 8 weeks long, with practice once per week. Practices meet at various locations around town (see the “Find My Group” page) and last 2 hours. We also offer 5-day Summer Camps with various local partners in June, July, and August. See the Summer Camp Schedule for details.

Come Prepared:

The following is required at each practice:

  • A bike in good working condition. Pay attention to grips, bar-ends, chain, and tires. Visit 2nd Avenue Sports or Pedal the Peaks if you need a tune-up.
  • A properly fitting helmet that’s in good condition with no cracks, dents, or other damange. We recommend helmets be replaced at least every 2 years.
  • Close-toed shoes.
  • Water, a healthy snack, a spare tube for their tire size, two tire levers, and a mini pump.
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather.

Who:

Our 4th-5th Grade programs are for kids currently enrolled in 4th or 5th grade as of the first day of practice. Kids must ride a pedal bike independently and must be confident pedaling on single track dirt trails with some elevation change. Riders should show interest in more difficult terrain. Bikes with hand brakes and gears are required. Wheel size must be 24 inches or bigger.

Goals:

The main goals of our 4th-5th grade programs are to foster team camaraderie regardless of differences in ability among teammates. Coaches will teach proper skills of shifting, braking, climbing and descending, trail scanning, cornering, riding technical terrain, reinforce trail etiquette, and refine proper balance while standing out of the saddle.

We start to provide groups which focus on more specific goals at this age (fun rides, more mileage, or advanced skills) so please see details in registration for a program that matches your child’s interests. Contact the Junior Program Manager (see contact page) if you’d like to discuss. 

Details:

Each season (Spring from April-May, and Fall from Sept-Oct) is 8 weeks long, with practice once per week. Practices meet at various locations around town (see the “Find My Group” page) and last 2 hours. We also offer 5-day Summer Camps with various local partners in June, July, and August. See the Summer Camp Schedule for details.

Come Prepared:

The following is required at each practice:

  • A bike in good working condition. Pay attention to grips, bar-ends, chain, tires, and suspension. Visit 2nd Avenue Sports or Pedal the Peaks if you need a tune-up.
  • A properly fitting helmet that’s in good condition with no cracks, dents, or other damange. We recommend helmets be replaced at least every 2 years.
  • Close-toed shoes.
  • Knee pads recommended, not required.
  • Water, a healthy snack, a spare tube for their tire size, two tire levers, and a mini pump.
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather.

Upper-Level Groups (Middle School and High School)

The Devo U14 group is for middle schoolers interested in continuing to build skills and ability on the bike. Racing is not mandatory. The overall goals of the team are to build fundamental bike handling skills and instill a sense of community among riders. Riders of all ability levels are encouraged.

New this year: we are breaking U14 Boys into two sessions, Mon/Wed and Tues/Thurs. Our hope is to maintain more manageable group sizes, allow more one-on-one coach/athlete time, and promote a more laid-back atmosphere at practice. Make sure to register early to get into the same group with your friends!

The U19 team is for high school aged riders. At practice, the group splits into 2-3 sub-groups based on ability level, and their own personal goals. Some riders will focus on racing, while others will choose to stay non-competitive. The overall goals of the team are to build fundamental bike handling skills and instill a sense of community among riders. The fall season is in conjunction with the Colorado NICA High School League teams for Durango High School and Animas High School. Most practices will begin and end at the Rec Center, utilizing various in-town trails.

This is a U19 practice geared towards riders with competitive aspirations and a desire to learn more about structured training. Riders should expect longer, faster miles, requiring greater fitness. The primary goal of these practices will be to prepare riders for summer races, culminating at the National Championships. This is an advanced group – new Devo families: please contact the head coach prior to registering to make sure this group is a good fit for you.

The Flyers is a high school aged group focused on gravity riding. The overall goals of this team are to enhance a rider’s skills in a gravity setting, focusing on jumps and technical descending. Drills and skills are prioritized over riding lots of miles. Riders can expect a low-pressure, fun, and exciting practice. This is an advanced group – new Devo families: please contact the head coach prior to registering to make sure this group is a good fit for you.

This is a new Devo group for the Spring 2020 Season!

Senders is a group for both middle school and high school riders who are newer to the world of gravity mountain biking and want to build on the fundamental bike handling skills learned in U14. The overall goal of this group is to enhance jumping and descending skills. All riders in this group must have completed at least one season of U14 or U19 prior to registering.

This is a new Devo group for the Spring 2020 Season!

EnDevo is a high school aged group focused on training for enduro and downhill races. Riders should expect longer miles at a high tempo over technical terrain. Coupled with the U19 Summer Challenge Days, this is an excellent program for preparing for summer races and National Champs. This is an advanced group – new Devo families: please contact the head coach prior to registering to make sure this group is a good fit for you.

Devo offers 3 different Explorers groups. Explorers is the teaching of using the bicycle as a method of exploration. In these groups, we will teach the methodology of bike packing as well as some basic survival skills. Each practice will focus on mountain bike skills as well as skills to be self-sufficient on an overnight bikepacking trip. The season will culminate in an overnight bikepacking trip as a team.

  1. Exploras – for riders who identify as female, ages 5th-12th grade. The all-girls group is for girls who want to learn the skills of bikepacking with a group of incredibly rad ladies! This group is led by Sarah Tescher.
  2. Ramblers – for riders in middle school, or those new to the Explorers program. The team focuses on the basics of bikepacking and exploration. 
  3. Trailblazers – for riders in high school with some experience bikepacking. The team will take much longer and more advanced overnight trip at the end of the season.

Summer Programs and Summer Camps

This page is still under construction! Please check back later for summer camps program descriptions. Summer camp registration will launch April 1 at 7:00 am MST.