Not a bad weekend for Durango DEVO's Stephan Davoust: The local junior cyclist scored a first-place victory in
Saturday's Cat 3 15-18 boys dual slalom, threw the game-winning touchdown pass to DEVO coach Chad Cheeney later that
night in a game of 6v6 football around the campground, then added a fourth-place finish in Sunday's Cat 2 cross country
Cheery results for an otherwise rainy and gloomy weekend in Nathrop.
"On Friday, 45 parents, athletes and coaches took temporary residence at the campground across the street and sat in
cars, under rain tarps and pop-up tents and weathered out the storm," Cheeney said in a news release to The Durango
They missed their typical prerides at the Chalk Creek Stampede, too. Cheeney, in the pro field, was the first DEVO
rider to race a course in the Super D. He placed 18th.
Devo team director Sarah Tescher placed seventh in the women's Super D.
Gino Pastore, the first junior DEVO cyclist to ride, bettered his coaches' times and passed a quintet of riders to
win his race. Teammates Elliott Saslow, Sepp Kuss and Levi Kurlander finished second through fourth, respectively.
DEVO riders also placed seventh through 13th - in order, James Shahan, Henry Larson, Chase Sievert, George McQuinn, Charlie Malone, Cole Mystrom and Shane Ellis.
The skies began to warm for Davoust's dual slalom victory, Cheeney said.
"His consistent and safe riding style kept him moving on through the rounds the fast track," Cheeney said.
DEVO scored three victories in the 1-mile short track: Charlie Greenberg in the U14 boys, Haakon Sigurslid in the Cat
2 boys, Alicia Rose Pastore in the Cat 1 girls and Howard Grotts in the Cat 1 boys.
Cheeney said the team capped Saturday's competition with a spaghetti dinner for 50 around the campfire, including a
game of 500, touch football and the famous "Schwag Fest."
The bike saddles, Cheeney said, were frosted at 7 a.m. Sunday.
Greenberg broke camp with a personal-best second-place finish in the cross country race, while Mystrom finished
fourth, Malone fifth, Sievert sixth and McQuinn eighth.
The U14 girls followed with a sprint finish "that had the families and crowd going wild as they were neck and neck
the entire final 100-yard stretch," Cheeney said.
DEVO's India Waller finished second, and Sophia Quick and Robin Austin followed in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Larson finished fifth in the Cat 3 boys race.
Sigurslid won the Cat 2 boys race, while teammates Kurlander and Davoust battled each other for third and fourth.
Shahan finished 12th.
Pastore continued her Mountain States Cup winning streak with a dominating cross country win. The defending national
champion won by more than 6 minutes.
"She has her sights set on worlds in Canada later this season," Cheeney said.
Grotts, the team's other defending national champ, pulled away early from the Cat 1 field, maintaining a 1-minute gap
on the pack for three laps. He was caught, however, on a straightaway and settled for second, 20 seconds back.
Sepp Kuss, less than 4 minutes back, earned his best Cat 1 finish in third place. Gino Pastore and Saslow "finished
tired and hungry in fourth and fifth place for Durango DEVO," Cheeney said.
The coaches had some fun, too.
Tescher won the singlespeed competition, and U14 coach Jess Reed finished second aboard her new custom bike, locally
made by Norse Cycles. U14 head coach Annie Cheeney finished sixth and "accomplished her goal" in her first Cat 1
race, her husband said in the release.
"Overall, it was a great weekend for Durango DEVO," Chad Cheeney said. "The weather was bad at first, but the group
stayed strong and weathered it out only to find two gorgeous days of competition ahead.
"The athletes bonded, and the parents got to know one another over pasta and campfire smoke.
"DEVO likes Nathrop, and Nathrop likes DEVO," Cheeney said.