Sepp Kuss and Kaylee Blevins win Colorado High School State Mountain Bike Championships

Kaylee Blevins and Sepp Kuss from Durango won the Colorado High School State Championships in Mountain Biking on Saturday October 20, 2012.  Both cross country skiers competed for Rocky Mountain in the Junior National Championships in Soldier Hollow in early March, 2012.

At the Desert Classic in North Fruita in Grand Junction Blevins won her race in 1 hour, 4 minutes 39 seconds for the Durango Demons, two minutes ahead of anyone else on the 16.4-mile course, which coach Sarah Tescher described as fairly flat with nowhere to rest.

In the varsity boy’s field, Kuss finished first in 1:19:53, and by the time he rode in the last race of the day, Tescher said the desert course lines had “been turned into 4 inches of moon dust from so many riders.  Sepp went out strong and stayed there, finishing three minutes ahead of the rest of the field.”  Levi Kurlander, a RMN skier from Durango, finished fifth.

At the Mountain Bike National Championships in Sun Valley in July, Sepp was 4th in Junior 17 to 18 class, and Kaylee was 5th in the same class for females.

Durango HS freshmen Charlie Greenberg finished second in his race at the State Championships.  Greenberg’s finish put him atop the overall freshmen boy’s field for the league title.

But one more person affiliated with the mountain bike program received top honors at the race:  Sarah Tescher, J5 cross country coach for Durango Nordic, was voted Coach of the Year by the Colorado League committee.  “I am both honored and embarrassed to receive Coach of the Year, as in my eyes, the success of the team is due not to me but their parents, all the (Durango) DEVO coaches and the Durango community itself.  I am the one that is lucky to work with such amazing kids.” said Tescher.

Tescher is the Director for the Durango DEVO junior development program for mountain biking.  The program is arguably one of the best junior programs in the country for junior mountain bikers from 5 to 23 years old.