While the Durango BMX Track quietly awaits cyclists past its summer prime, several locals still are basking in their success at the state finals in early September in Grand Junction.
Durango BMX had 19 cyclists represented at the Grand Valley BMX Track over Labor Day weekend, and seven won state championships.
From the Durango Coca-Cola/Boarding Haus team, Adam Short (9-year-old Cruiser), Shane Ellis (11-year-old Cruiser), Miranda Gallegos (12-year-old Class), Riley Wanzek (12-year-old Cruiser) and their coach/manager Walker Lowe (41-45 Cruiser) won age-group titles Sept. 6.
Kelly Bachor won the 41-45 Cruiser championship, and Zach Thorsheim won the 14-year-old Cruiser championship.
Durango had 11 cyclists finish in the top 10 of their age classes at the end of the summer BMX season: Shawn Cotton was ranked second in the 31-35 Cruiser; Phil Bachor third in 41-45 Cruiser; Braeden Short second among 6-year-olds; Nikolas Henry third among 8-year-olds; Keenan DesPlanques third among 12-year-olds; Wanzek fourth among 13-year-olds; Coltin Gallegos fifth among 10-year-olds; Michael Hawkins fifth among 14-year-olds; Liam Dubois seventh among 6-year-olds; Tilden Berriman ninth among 9-year-olds; and Tyler Cotton 10th among 12-year-olds.
Durango BMX will continue to race at 1 p.m. Sundays at the local track until the end of November. The American Bicycle Association (ABA) Grandnationals are Nov. 27-30 in Tulsa, Okla.
Vondracek 14th in Ironman
Jesse Vondracek, a 28-year-old teacher in Durango, finished 14th out of 2,435 competitors in the Ford Ironman Louisville triathlon in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 30.
Vondracek, this year’s Durango Parks and Recreation Triathlon winner, finished the 2.4-mile swim in 59 minutes, 43 seconds, the 112-mile bike ride in 5:05.04 and the 26.2-mile run in 3:07.14. His overall time was 9:17.01.
Viktor Zyemtsev, a 36-year-old from Ukraine, won the Ironman in 8:25.27.
Rolling Thunder bowl to victory
The Durango Rolling Thunder bowling team, coached by volunteer Anne Talbot, rolled to victory Oct. 3 in the Special Olympics Games at the Lakeside Bowling Alley in Cortez.
The team is Steven Goff, Melanie Harshman, Sophie Horvath, Lindsey Lopez, Dominic Luna, Chris Mackey, Greg Maxey, Abbie Reigel, Courtney Reynolds, Steve Ruth, Bryan Shafer, Bryant Smith and Lucas Talbot.
Cathy Simbeck coached the local Special Olympics volleyball team at the Southwest Colorado Special Olympics Regional Volleyball Tournament last Saturday and Sunday at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.
Basketball, skiing and track and field are the next Special Olympics events.