Durango Dirt Derby gets mountain bikers on the last patch of open dirt

Durango Dirt Derby gets mountain bikers on the last patch of open dirt

 Thursday, June 14, 2018, 9:30 PM

The Durango Dirt Derby will be held free of charge on the track at Fort Lewis College all summer at 6 p.m. every other Thursday, with the next event to be held June 28. Workouts range from one fast lap to 12 laps in a points race format. The event is non-competitive and simply encourages people to get a good workout in on their bikes. “I wanted a group-oriented thing for mountain bikers like we have Tuesday night worlds for the road,” Ishay said.

With trail closures all around Durango making it impossible for mountain bikers to ride in town, former Fort Lewis College cyclist and current exercise science director at FLC Rotem Ishay, front, led the first Durango Dirt Derby event Thursday night around the track at Ray Dennison Memorial Field on the FLC campus. Ishay had planned the event long before the trail closures caused by the 416 Fire, but the timing of the first ride helped cooped up cyclists get on some dirt. “We have the natural resource of the dirt track over here, and if you want to ride that fast you have to have tires with knobs with a cross bike or mountain bike. Combining track racing and mountain biking, they are two total opposites on the spectrum of cycling. Mountain biking is all about climbing, force and strength, while track is all about speed, aerodynamics.”

Courtesy of Kate Dorrell

Zia Town Series (Buckley Eliminator!)

Devo riders stacking the gate!

Devo riders stacking the gate!

The Devo super fun race and the Zia Town Series was an awesome afternoon!  the Devo kids tor up the course and all revived metals for their valiant effort!   The Zia race is always entertaining.  watching the local pros, FLC riders and many of the up and coming riders go head to head is certainly an event to see!  The great commentating from Coach Chad Cheeney just makes the races too!

Results for the Zia races:

A Men

Final 6-Pack

A Men Winner - Riley Amos

A Men Winner - Riley Amos

1 Riley Amos  RGPs Holeshot

2 Chad Cheeney

3 Simon Donaway

4 Sam Vickery

5 William Farmer

6 Nick Glotfelty


Loser 6-Pack

7 Chad Quinn

8 Max Bechtold  RGPs Holeshot

9 Brad Neagos

10 Will Berger

11 Patrick San Marco

Max Bechtold tapping the cone for the RGP's prize!

Max Bechtold tapping the cone for the RGP's prize!

12 Sean Holley

B Men's Final

1 Riley Jaber

2 Tyson Atwell  RGPs Holeshot

3 Mason James

4 Aaron Renner

Open Women's Finals


1 Katja Freeburn  RGPs Holeshot

2 Sage Davis

3 Sara Swallow

4 Willow Lott

5 Maggie Holcome

6 Nina Quayle

Coach Lee showing the little groms how its done!

Coach Lee showing the little groms how its done!

Blaze the ride!

This year’s tour kicks off on Saturday, September 29, with a cannon blast and a police escort. All three ride options are followed by a party on campus.

The Fall Blaze is not a race -- it's a chance for FLC community members, supporters, friends, alumni, students, staff, and anyone else who just loves to ride to enjoy a fun and safe scenic group tour through the autumn colors of southwestern Colorado – all while supporting the student athletes on the nationally ranked Skyhawks cycling team.

The Fall Blaze is open to cyclists of all skill levels and abilities, offering tour options of 37, 60, and 100 miles. All three fully-supported rides set off from campus and include food and aid stations, support vehicles, and a party at the finish line back in the center of campus.

All proceeds benefit the Fort Lewis College Cycling Scholarship, awarded to men’s and women’s cycling team members with at least a 2.50 GPA and who are also active in the community. Awards range from $500 to $1,000.

Come join us on a cycling adventure to remember while becoming a part of the FLC cycling family!

Credit for photos and words: Fort Lewis College and Rick O'block

The Hawks fly on Durango

Info from David Hagen with Fort Lewis 

FLC Cycling Squawker Classic Soars into Durango

 The Fort Lewis College Cycling Team will hold its annual Squawker Classic road racing events Saturday April 21st and Sunday the 22nd.  Collegiate cyclists from the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) will descend upon Durango for one of the toughest weekends of racing before USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Grand Junction, CO May 4th, 5th and 6th. It is the 6th RMCCC conference race weekend of the spring season offering up a Team Time Trial, Criterium and a Road Circuit race for rivals University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University, Colorado Mesa University and the rest of the RMCCC. The race is also a USA Cycling Collegiate Regional Championship with schools from the Southwest and Inter-Mountain Conference also competing. For the 4-Corners region there are also USA Cycling categories for the Individual Time Trial, Criterium and Road Circuit race.


Same details for 2018

Same details for 2018

The action will begin 8am Saturday morning April 21st with the “Morehart Murphy Team Time Trial.” Four-person collegiate teams and individual racers will start the intersection of River Road and CR 213 (La Posta) at one-minute intervals, turning around 13 miles later in Bondad just before Highway 550 and returning back up to CR 214 for a 32 kilometer (19 mile) course. The USA Cycling category Individual Time Trial starts at 9am and uses the same course.


The “Zia Taqueria Neighborhood Criterium” is back for racing action that encompasses 4th-6th Aves and 7th-10th Sts. The start finish will be at 4th Ave/8th St on a course with 6 turns and highlighted by the 6th Ave hill. Five collegiate and four citizen categories will speed around the course for varying amounts of time based on experience and ability. The action will be fast and fun! Racing starts at 11:30am and finishes at6pm.


Racing concludes on Sunday April 22nd with the grueling “Carver Brewing Co. Road Race,” starting at 8:00am on Rim Drive in front of the Education Business Hall. Travelling clockwise on Rim Dr. the course turns left on North Rim Drive (CR239) passing Hillcrest Golf Course then right on North College, through the roundabout, down Goeglein Gulch Road (CR238) and right on East 8th Avenue back to Rim Drive, completing the super tough 5-mile circuit.  The number of laps will be based on category ranging from 3-9 laps.


The official race flyer can be found here:


Online registration is available and encouraged to avoid $5 race day late fee


To stay updated and keep up with the race day action on the team Facebook page will have all the info, course maps and the flyer.


Come watch your Skyhawk cyclists in action against our regional foes. The RMCCC conference schedule, results and standings can be found at and info on collegiate cycling is here:


Volunteers will gladly be accepted - 60+ are needed for course marshals. Contact Dave Hagen at if you would like to help

Criterium Saturday April 21st, 2018 – Meet at 4th Ave/8th St

11am-2:30pm Marshals         Need 11

2:30pm - 6pm Marshals         Need 11

Road Race Sunday April 22nd, 2018 – Meet at Education/Business Hall Parking lot at FLC (Start Finish)

7:30am-1pm Marshals         Need 40


Traffic information:

Time Trial on Saturday from 8-10am there may be short delays on CR 213 to allow riders to start and turnaround please use caution if travelling that direction.


Criterium on Saturday from 11am-6pm East 4th Ave and East 5th Ave will be closed between 7th and 10th Streets and East 6th Ave will be closed between 9th and 10th Streets. Accordingly, 7th and 8th Streets will be closed between 4th and 5th Aves and 9th and 10th Streets will be closed between 4th and 6th Aves. There will be no parking on the course and any vehicles on the inside of the course will need to exit at 5th Ave/10th St.


Road Race on Sunday to ensure a safe event for participants the following roads will be CLOSED to vehicles from 8am to 1pm:

  • Southbound Goeglein Gulch between the Ft. Lewis Dr. roundabout and 8th Ave.
  • 8th Ave. between College Dr. and the Rim Dr. traffic signal
  • Rim Drive between 8th Ave stoplight and Education Business Hall parking lot
  • N. Rim Dr. (CR239) from N. College to Hillcrest Golf Course both directions, except resident access


Residents and businesses of Skyridge, Hillcrest, Hillcrest Estates, Hillcrest Apartments, Silver Peak Condos, Ferringway, Valle de Merced and residents of Goeglein Gulch Rd., Hillcrest Golfers and Fort Lewis College Students, Faculty and Staff please take note:


The only way off the College Mesa is via North College to Florida Rd. and the best way up is Goeglein Gulch (College Dr.).


Also, drivers that use N. College and Geoglein to access South Durango should use Florida Rd. to avoid getting turned around at the roundabout.

April Events

It's in the works!  Here is what we have going on for April and we Keep adding!  I have not ever seen all the cycling-centric events or activities compiled into one place before here in Durango!  It was fun and eye-opening to see how much is going on in April which makes me excited for this summer!  Many great events hapening this year! 

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If you hear of any event or don't see one on our list that you think should be, just submit it on our events page!