Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FLC Wins Again!

Fort Lewis Cycling Team Wins 4th Consecutive MTB National Championship

Fort Lewis cyclists adorned in their hard-earned Stars and Stripes jerseys

The recent Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships could not have gone any better for the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team. By the end of the weekend they had thirteen podium finishes and took the overall team win for the fourth year in a row. Sage Wilderman took second in the Cross Country, won the short track, and then hopped on a Downhill bike and took the win there, too. Rotem Ishay won both the Cross Country and the Short Track for his second year in a row. Jack Hinkens, a freshman for FLC, podiumed in both of his first appearences at collegiate nationals. FLC also had three racers show their diversity in the sport and accumulated enough points over the weekend to reach the podium for the individual omnium award. These three riders were Nate Byrom, Sage Wilderman, and Kaila Hart, who placed fourth in the Short Track. Other podium finishes consisted of Sarah Sturm, who placed third in the Short Track, and Taylor Borucki, who placed fifth in the Downhill. Although podium finishes are relished, it was the overall team effort that allowed Fort Lewis College to be the overall 2010 Mountain Bike National Champions. Congratulations FLC!!!

Women’s Team
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

Mens Team
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

(XC=Cross Country/ST= Short Track/4X=Four Cross/DH=Downhill)

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wade 1, Lazy 0


Below is the "Pincer Movement" Wade Moore confronted near the intersection of Hwy 160/550 and River Road on his cycling commute to work this Monday - just before an area were they're resurfacing the asphalt highway. Scary, huh? But worry not, Wade has contacted the proper authorities and CDOT has promised to rectify the obvious problem.

Shortly Thereafter

Our hats off to Mike McVaugh (CDOT Region 5 Traffic and Safety Engineer) who, when alerted by Wade to the aforementioned problem said, "Hmmm... that's not right!". Mike quickly contacted the proper personnel who immediately rectified the problem - as shown below. And as a bonus, they swept the shoulder of accumulated debris. Now it's a clean bike commute coming from east of town. Thanks Mike!

Durango's Sweet Elite

Bouré Bicycle Clothing is a proud supporter of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo Sweet Elite Under-25 Team. This team is so exciting that it was recently featured in

Former USPro champ Wherry starts U25 MTB team
By: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published: November 3, 2010

Tad Elliott at the Triple Crown finals near Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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."

In 2010, Durango Devo riders won eight titles at the National Championships in Granby, Colorado. Last month, Fort Lewis College was crowned collegiate mountain bike national champions for 2010. Read More HERE:


Team Press Release

The 2011 Mountain Bike Racing Season will be greeted with a new Durango, Colorado based Under-25 Mountain Bike Racing Team. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo Sweet Elite presented by Spine Colorado/Durango Orthopedics and Fort Lewis College. The Team will compete at local and regional races including the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic; in addition the Team will compete at the National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho this upcoming July 2011. The 5 rider team ranging in ages of 17-24 will be riding Specialized S-Works 29 inch wheel bicycles, with additional equipment and service support provided by Mountain Bike Specialists in Durango. Riders will be provided specific coaching and training programs, as well as race and travel support. The Team will meet 2 times a week to practice as a team with their coach.

The Team formation is to promote the success of Durango based riders coming out of Durango Devo (local youth cycling program), Fort Lewis College, and outstanding local talent who need additional support to continue to be successful at the upper levels of competition. In 2010 Durango Devo riders won 8 titles at the National Championships in Sol Vista, Colorado. Fort Lewis College recently was crowned National Collegiate MTB Champions for 2010... The group forming the team includes Ned Overend. Sarah Tescher, Matt Shriver, Chris Wherry, Joey Thompson, and Chad Cheeney, all accomplished cycling athletes at a National level and sponsor and structure coordination from John Glover (Mountain Bike Specialists) and Gaige Sippy (Iron Horse Bicycle Classic).

2011 Team Roster

Tad Elliott – 2008 and 2010 U23 Mountain Bike National Champion
Teal Stetson-Lee- 2009 Collegiate Cyclocross National Champion
Colton Andersen- 2010 Fort Lewis College Nationals Team Member
Howard Grotts – 2010 Cat 1 17-18 Mountain Bike National Champion and 2010 Division 2 Collegiate Mountain Bike Short Track and Cross Country Champion
Alicia Rose Pastore 2010 Cat 1 17-18 Mountain Bike National Champion
Joey Thompson – Team Coach. Fort Lewis College Graduate and former athlete.
Chris Wherry – Team Manager Former US Pro Road National Champion and owner of the Hub Training Center

Sponsor support is Durango based with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Spine Colorado/Durango Orthopedics, Fort Lewis College, Mountain Bike Specialists and King Cage, Bread, and Boure Sportswear. The sponsors see the value of Durango’s Cycling Community and talent and are lending support to further that effort. Additional sponsors include Specialized Bicycle Company and SRAM Components.

Ned's SS Championship Bike

Pro bike: Ned Overend’s Specialized Rockhopper SL Singlespeed
By: Matt Pacocha,

Ridden by Ned Overend to the 2010 US MTB Single Speed National Championship

55-year-old Ned Overend was planning on racing in the elite category at this year's US Mountain Bike National Championships. Instead, Deacon James, Specialized’s director of recreational cross-country R&D, asked if he’d be interested in racing the new 29in-wheeled Rockhopper SL singlespeed.

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

What's Wade to Do?

Commuter Horror Theatre

This was the "Pincer Movement" our Wade Moore confronted near the intersection of Hwy 160/550 and River Road on his cycling commute to work on Monday - just before where they're resurfacing the asphalt highway. Scary, huh? But worry not, Wade has contacted the proper authorities and CDOT has promised to rectify the obvious problem. We'll get you a follow-up photo shortly.


2010 Four Corners CX Series p/b Animas Orthopedic Associates

Fall is definitely in the air now in Durango and we all know that means that cyclocross racing season is just around the corner. New this year is that all the races will be sanctioned by USA Cycling so that means everyone will have to have a USA Cycling annual license (available at or purchase one-day licenses at registration for $10.

The FCCX series kicks off the season with the Spooky Cross on Sunday Oct. 31 at the FLC Stadium. Registration is from 4-5:45pm on site and the Men’s 3/4 and Open Women start off the racing at 5pm for 40 minutes of pain. The Men’s Elite/1/2/3 and Men’s 40+ race starts at 6pm and will last for 50 minutes. Costumes are encouraged and all racers will need to keep an eye out for the “Ghost Barriers”.

Read More about all the events HERE...