Durangos reputation as a cycling center added a new dimension with last weekends Trials from the Crypt bicycle trials competition.
Man, what a great weekend, said Ryder Okumura of Durango, one of the top trials riders in the country and the organizer of the Trials from the Crypt.
With hundreds of spectators and the most competitiors of any event in the United States this year, the Trials from the Crypt was a huge success, Okumura said, extending thanks to all the organizations and individuals who made Saturdays event happen at Durango BMX.
It was the first sanctioned bike trials event in Durango in six years.
Okumura said the event attracted professional riders from Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Washington, California, Indiana, Arizona and the United Kingdom.
Aaron Iolo Cook of the U.K. won Saturdays pro division.
Hes getting ready to embark on a bicycle tour of the American Southwest with his girlfriend. Theyll be riding his home-built tandem touring bike.
Faythe Gillam of Durango won the womens division last weekend in her first trails competition ever.
There were a number of Durango highlights, Okumura said.
Chris Squires of Durango finished second in the beginner division.
Tom Neb of San Juan Cycles in Durango took time out from starting his new bike shop to compete in the pro division.
Max Molello of Durango, in his first trials event, placed third in the sport class.
Clif Pinto of Pedal the Peaks bike shop in Durango was seventh in his first trials event since the mid-1990s.
The mountain bike class, as expected, attracted a large contingent for the Durango event.
Max Loewenstein of Durango won the category, edging Ed Whritner of Colorado Timberline Academy.
We would like to thank all of the volunteers and, of course, all the spectators, Okumura said.
He said the event will return in 2011 even bigger.
We found volunteers for everything, Okumura said.
We found checkers (judges) so we could run eight sections.
He said the Durango cycling community provided a lot of support for the event.
It really came together for us, he said. And Durangos got that good reputation for hospitality which everyone enjoyed.
Okumura, the 2004 NORBA trials series champion, returned to competition this year.
He qualified for and competed in the USA National Series Trials event in Sequatchie, Tenn., at the Trials Training Center, finishing fourth.
The 31-year-old first came to Durango in 1997 to attend Fort Lewis College.
Training for this is almost 100 percent on-the-bike training, said Okumura, who works at Purgatorys Ski and Ride School in the winter.
Its all about balance, balance recovery ... and trying to stay focused mentally.
You have to be able to maintain focus and avoid frustration, Okumura said.