COVID-19 UPDATE: The Summer 2020 Secret Sauce Seminar has been postponed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. We are now presenting an all-online version of our seminar, specifically for program admins! Read more below…

SCHOLARSHIPS are available for Secret Sauce Seminar participants from any Arizona, Colorado, Utah, or New Mexico program.


Devo is excited to offer a virtual training format of our Secret Sauce Seminars (SSS) this Fall!

Traditionally, the SSS is hosted in-person right here in Durango, but in response to COVID-19 travel restrictions, SSS created a virtual training that will focus on the nonprofit administration side of running a bike program.

The Fall Virtual Webinar is designed for board officers, directors, coaches and managers to build organizations that create life long cyclists through leading, creating and building a sustainable nonprofit.

We appreciate you helping spread the word to friends and family in other communities who might benefit from Devo’s “secret sauce” and learn more about the administration-side of running a program. The 12 session program starts Tuesday, October 27th with limited Zoom seats available! Details below:

Special thanks to the Catena Foundation for making this training possible and offering our Four Corners’ neighbors (CO, UT, NM, AZ, Hopi, Navajo Nation) the educational opportunity at a discounted rate of $25 (all other states are $75)

Programs we’ve helped

Crested Butte Devo
High Desert Devo
Nebraska Devo
Arizona Devo
WORD New Zealand
Silverton Devo
Flagstaff Flyers
Highland Ranch Junior Cycling
Gallup Junior Cycling
Nazlini AZ Composite Team
Summit Endurance Academy
And more!

“This was such a great opportunity to get a deep dive into the Devo program and what makes a mountain biking organization successful. As I have been building out our program, I constantly find myself asking “what does Devo do?” This seminar helped me answer many of those questions. I would love to send people from our organization to this seminar in the future so I look forward to future opportunities such as this. I have been to many different seminars, conferences, mtb instructor clinics, etc and this was one of the most comprehensive and the cheapest. Thank you so much!”
–Flagstaff Flyers ED Tyler

“Overall this was an excellent seminar and I was excited to have the opportunity to participate and will recommend it other coaches in the future for the August option. I really liked the outdoor skills. This helped to give me a good visual representation of how you set things up and how it is conducted. Joining the optional days helped a lot more in being able to see how a practice is conducted.”
–High Desert Devo Coach Chase

“Overall, you hit it out of the park for your very first seminar offered! We enjoyed the size being small since it allowed more intimate conversations. All the different coaches that led the sessions had their own twist on things and offered so many practical ideas. It was good to experience each level. Change? Nothing!”
–Highland Ranch Program Director and Coaches Julie and Roger

Click below to view info about Devo’s typical in-person seminars, which are canceled for the 2020 season.

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The What

Mission: To create a Devo Coaches Training program to support, mentor and train junior mountain bike coaches and spread the love of mountain biking.

Vision: Prepare coaches to create practices and programs that create lifelong cyclists.

Goal: Sarah Tescher will pull together over 20 years of teaching and coaching knowledge (with the input and support of current Devo staff and coaches such as Chad, Aubrey, Levi, Amy, Steve Otter, etc.) and create a Devo Training Program that will serve as a recruiting, training, supporting, preparedness, giving the tools to run a smooth practice and retention of coaches for the Devo Program as well as create a seminar open to any current or aspiring coaches outside of Durango Devo to learn how to create, organize, and lead mountain bike practices and programs for juniors.

To put it simply: Devo’s special sauce is a secret recipe that we would like to share.

What makes this different from other trainings? First, it is specific to juniors (unlike PMBI and IMBA) and while it has skill development, it is the overall tools you need to be a coach who wants to spread a passion for riding vs. just creating a fast racer

The How

Devo will provide one-day seminars for its coaches 3 times a year. All coaches need to attend one per year (ideally the Spring one).
Non-Durango Devo coaches are welcome at any of the seminars.

All Three of the Trainings offer the option to come early or stay later to visit Devo practices live such as push bike, Explorers, All Girls Programs, U19 etc.

Bring Secret Sauce to your community!  Sarah will travel to your community to run a more private clinic to your coaches, board, etc to be tailored to your program.  Please contact sarah at 970-779-8480 or Cost: $700 plus travel expenses

The When?

April 4th, 2020 2 day Seminar (One day with the Devo Coaches and one in a small group as well as visit as many Devo pracs as you like)

July 17th-19th , 2020 2 day Seminar (Small group of only out of town coaches and program directors as well as visit to as many Devo pracs as you like)/ Cost: $350 and scholarships available to any Arizona, Colorado, Utah or New Mexico coach.

August 29th, 2020 2 day Seminar (One day with the Devo Coaches and one in a small group as well as visit as many Devo pracs as you like)/ Free for Devo coaches and $350 for out of town coaches (we will need to follow State Guidelines and if the guidelines are less than 10 inside, we will have this be a one day and 100% outside)

Fall 2020, TBA:  A Fall Four Corners Workshop for program manager, directors and board members of any Four Corners Program/ Cost: Free to Four Corners’ Programs (Utah, New Mexico, Colorado or Arizona) and $350 for others, but limited to the current Covid Guidelines for people gathering inside.  Virtual Platform to be available also.

*For Spring and Fall, option to just attend the one day of training to see how Devo trains its coaches!

The Who

Devo will pull some of its key coaches and leaders to create presentations, interactive role playing, skills clinics, and bike maintenance clinics.

Sarah Tescher/ co founder of Devo who has served in almost every role in Devo from pre-school coach to President of the Board.

Chad Cheeney/ co founder of Devo and who has coached just about every Devo program as well as social media guru

Levi Kurlander/ Director of Devo who came up through the program to now lead its mission while also racing professionally

Aubrey Volger/ Devo Jr Program Manager who manages over 90 coaches and 30 Devo Jr programs for kids Push Bike -5th grade

Amy Haggart/ Development Director of Devo and our fundraising guru who also has experience directing and leading Devo

Many more special guests from coaches of programs such as U14, Explorers and Flyers

The Why?

Devo has created over 10,000 life long cyclists, 49 National Champions and an Olympian. Devo has been instrumental in the cycling culture not only in Durango but within the world of junior cycling. It has 13 years of experience creating happy kids on bikes! While we have helped many programs get started, we would like to step it up a level and create seminars that bring people into Durango to witness and learn the secret sauce to take back to their communities.

What to Expect at a 3 day Seminar

Friday afternoon: Meet and greet. How to create a practice without trails close by. Fun Urban Shred

Morning: Nuts and Bolts of running fun, safe practices. Program info such as structure of groups, coaches’ roles, skills games, team camaraderie games
Afternoon- Skills and coaching skills/into to games
Evening: BBQ

Morning: Fundraising, Sponsorship, and growing your program
Afternoon: Bike maintenance clinic (trailside)/ Option for Non-Profit info for program directors
Late Afternoon- more skills and games on bike