Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Todd Wells (Specialized-Cal Giant) captured his first cyclo-cross win of the season, the one that counted the most, at the UCI elite men's USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Championships held on Sunday in Bend, Oregon. The newly-crowned national champion outgunned the hometown favourite Ryan Trebon (Kona-FSA) who placed second and recent US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross (USGP) overall winner Jeremy Powers (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) in third.
Wells won the mountain bike cross-country and short track national championships earlier this year. He took some time off to recover from a successful summer of racing before diving into the cyclo-cross season this Fall with a goal of winning the national title. He is no stranger cyclo-cross stars and stripes jersey, having won the event on two previous occasions - in 2001 and 2005.
"All my jerseys are pretty special to me but it's always nice to get a title and this one is right up there with the others," Wells said.
Wells dedicated his victory to friend and former team manager, Jerry Hutchinson, who passed away this summer. "He passed away six weeks ago and I wanted to dedicate the race to him and get a victory," Wells said. "I was thinking about him the whole time and I felt like he was with me out there." Click to read the rest of the article ...
Friday, December 10, 2010
Ned Overend adds to Stars-and-Stripes jersey collection
The 55-59 master men's contest was a battle of heavy hitters, with the legendary Ned Overend (Specialized) powering to a solo victory.
Finishing second in yesterday's time trial to ‘Cross Vegas organizer Brooke Watts (Cody Racing), Overend started on the front row start with reigning national champion Paul Curley (Midstate Cycling Club-Gear Works) and six other strong men. Norman Kreiss (Morgan Stanley) surged from the second row to take the early lead while Curley and Overend rode patiently behind Kreiss on the first lap.
"The course was changing all the time," said Overend. "It was kind of dicey on that first lap, but then I was able to bridge up to Norm and put it down on the grass areas."
Overend finished nearly one minute up on silver medalist Kreiss, while Randall Root secured the bronze medal 2:51 behind Overend.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I titled it "The Skin Suit", but "The Traitor", or "Free Ride" would work too.
The story of the Los Angeles Olympics, from my perspective. First off, I did not stay with the team before the event, because of my positive test for ephedrine at the Coor’s Classic I ended up flying out to L.A. on Len Pettyjohn’s dime with my own support crew. So what ever did or did not happen with the blood doping scandal of those days I had no part of it.
I rode my bike to the start. With Len Pettyjohn carrying my spare wheels and bottles. When I got there it was tense. My instructions were simple, ride for Davis, I said fine, except that I told Eddy I would be going solo late in the race. He said ok. That was the race meeting for me, the first time Eddy and I had spoken in months.
In the race however and in my mind and prep I never gave one thought to really giving away my chance. I was there to win, it was all I knew at that point in life.
Once the race started, of course there are duties you must do, play your part in the race be present to observe and watch the front. On the very first lap I had worked myself up to the transition zone at the front, the place where you have to choose to follow moves or stay put. At the top of the first long climb both Ron Kiefel and I were present when a string of riders worked itself free as the climb crested and the road turned fast. We both looked at each other. For a second, I am sure neither of us really wanted to be exposed that early in the race. No matter his demeanor Ron Keifel wanted to win just as much as anyone else. I have always considered him a hard man to beat.
He hesitated, we were in equally good positions to respond. Intuition told me to go, so I wound it up, saving my legs as best I could and made the effort to bridge and join. The second I got there I knew it was good. A free ride with the likes of the Austrian Helmet Weshelberger in the move and willing to drive it.
From that point forward a certain rhythm was established. I was up the road ahead of the other favorites with the exception of Helmut. I did not have to work and I only had to follow one man. The latitude was there to let him go also. It was more or less the perfect place to be in. I knew it. I was not thinking what I could do to help Davis, I was thinking how I could use the situation to work all my rivals against each other, and conserve my legs which were marginal.
I am an observant bike racer, the tension on the U.S. team was visible. Thurlow was ashen, Kiefel was quiet, Phinney was wearing a skin suit. There was no doubt in my mind Keifel and Phinney were gonna be good. The skinsuit was information I filed away. Only one pocket was sewn into it and we faced a hot, hilly two hundred kilometer race. One feed zone per lap on a downhill, right near the start finish, wearing a skin suit with one pocket was to rely on the unreliable.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sarah Sturm- XC, ST
Nathalie Krantz- XC, ST
Lauren Catlin- XC, ST
Annie Cheeney- XC, STS
Sage Wilderman- XC, ST, 4X, DH
Kaila Hart- XC, ST, 4X, DH
Chantel Coleman 4X, DH
Rotem Ishay- XC, ST
Trevor Downing- XC, ST
Jack Hinkens- XC, ST
Colton Anderson- XC, ST
Nate Byrom- XC, ST, 4X, DH
Taylor Borucki- 4X, DH
Lucas LeMaire- 4X, DH
Sam Stevens- 4X, DH
Thursday, November 4, 2010
New Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory development team signs five
A new under 25 mountain bike racing team will appear on the US domestic racing circuit for the 2011 season. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo Sweet Elite presented by Spine Colorado/Durango Orthopedics and Fort Lewis College is based in Durango, Colorado, and managed by past US pro road champion Chris Wherry.
The team will include racers such as Under 23 US cross country national champion Tad Elliott and 2009 US Collegiate cyclo-cross champion Teal Stetson-Lee, Collegiate and junior national champion Howard Grotts and junior national champion Alicia Rose Pastore. Fort Lewis rider Colton Andersen is also on the squad, which will be coached by Joey Thompson.
Wherry explained to Cyclingnews how the team came to be: "The team sort of developed from Durango Devo, a youth mountain bike program. They have kids from age five through high school. After that, the available programs drop off.
"We have super talented mountain bike riders coming out of the woodwork, and we decided that it would be a great idea to help these kids get to the elite level of the sport. They will have a chance to see where the sport will take them."
Overend happily accepted James’s request. Had he raced with the pros, he likely would have beaten half of them. Instead, he became the new national singlespeed champion. “It was a good excuse not to race with the pros,” said Overend. “ That was going to be an ugly race.”
The former world champion duked it out with Cameron Chambers (Specialized Stumpjumper Trail Crew) for most of the race. The former 24-hour national champion was also on a Specialized, though a Stumpjumper with 140mm of travel. Read More HERE ...
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Announcing An All New Fweest
October 10-16, 2010
Sunday, October 10th
Join the All-Inclusive, Non-Denominational Church of the High Pines for their morning "Service". 10am departure from bread (42 CR 250). For additional information contact Larry Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 11th
Join Chad Cheney of DEVO and Russell Zimmerman of Durango Cyclery for a Pub-to-Pub evening MTB ride. Meeting at the Irish Embassy Pub (9th and Main) at 6:30pm, roll out at 7pm for a short and sweet night ride in the Test Tracks, then return to the Pub. Lights will be required for this fun adventure ride ending in the dark. For additional information please contact Russell and Chad, respectively, at Russell@durangocyclery.com or Chad@durangodevo.com.
Tuesday, October 12th
Wednesday, October 13th
Join local Cycling Icon, Hal Mclean on a trip to the west side. Hal says, "Cherry Creek or something like it." Additionally Hal says; "Old School, Big Fun, Nooo Racing". Departing at 10am from Christina's Bar and Grill at the Best Western Durango Inn and Suites (21382 US Hwy 160 - west of town). For additional information on this ride contact Hal at email@example.com.
Thursday, October 14th
Join Wade for a Tour of eastern La Plata County on Road Bike suitable dirt roads chosen for their smoothness and beauty. Departing at 10am from The Upper East Side Deli (28902 US Hwy 160 - east of town). Please park at Mercy Medical Center (on the north side of the highway). For additional information on this ride contact Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 15th
Patti Rosenthal is leading a Mountain Bike Love Ride for pure joy, departing the Sale Barn trailhead at 10am. For additional information contact Patti by e-mail at patti.Rosenthal@active.com.
Or join Drew for the first annual Alferd Packer trail run, departing Needles Store at 9:30am and heading up Elbert Creek to points beyond. Fall colors are expected to be top-notch. Contact Drew at email@example.com for more information.
Saturday October 16th
Join the Durango Wheel Club for their group ride to Haviland Lake, Needles or Purgatory. This classic ride is 53 miles with 2600 feet of climbing. Meet at the Durango Recreation Center at 10am. Pace will be fast for some, for others, maybe not so fast.
For more information, contact Wade Moore at:
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
From the Durango Herald - September 27, 2010
Rachel Bauske, project manager for the shelter, said about 80 percent of the shelter's residents arrive with no form of transportation. The shelter has a handful of bicycles it loans, though several have fallen into disrepair.
"Durango Transit will help us out by giving us a bus pass, but that's just a bus pass for one person when we have up to 35 people staying here," Bauske said. "Although we work closely with community partners, getting bikes is crucial for our residents because that may be their only means of transportation at times."
Wanting to help, Bicycle Lemonade volunteer Russell Zimmermann approached Bauske about holding an event at the shelter to not only give away bikes but also repair the shelter's current bicycle fleet. Bauske agreed.
On Sunday morning, the all-volunteer Bicycle Lemonade crew arrived at the shelter with two pickup loads of bicycles and the parts and tools needed to make them work. Residents at the shelter each picked out a bike and then assisted in repairing it.
"We try to meet the person who's the prospective new owner of the bicycle before we start fixing it and make them part of the process," Zimmermann said. "Even if they're not a bike mechanic, maybe they can learn to patch a tube or oil a chain properly or something like that."
Bicycle Lemonade volunteer Jon Bailey said the work new bike owners put into their bikes makes them inherently more valuable.
"The value is created through the sweat equity that you put into it," he said. "This way, you're putting in time and learning something, and you're pumped."
The group's primary purpose is to rescue bikes from ending up in landfills. Donated bikes are fixed and given away, not sold. Money has been completely removed from the equation.
"The only way this happens is the community donates their bikes, donates the space, donates the time and then donates the bikes back to the community," Bailey said.
The group currently operates via booths set up at local events with information about dates and times spread primarily by word of mouth. Bicycle Lemonade is looking for someone who will donate space it can use as a base of operations, where someone who needs a bike can get one.
"Right now, bikes aren't an issue for us, it's having a workable spot to invite the public so we don't have to go somewhere and set up every time," Bailey said.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Burry Stander (2009 U-23 XC World Champion)
Ned Overend (Cycling Legend)
Daniel Navarro (Alberto's Top Lieutenant in the TDF)
Miguel Rojo (Specialized's Spanish Distributor)
Christophe Sauser (World XC and Marathon Champion)
Matt Hunter (Freerider)