2019 Reflections

2019 was a great year, we could not have had done it without YOU!

2019 Highlights:
2019 has been a pivotal year for DUST2, the board of directors and for the Pagosa Springs cycling community as a whole; and in many ways it feels like things are just beginning to take off. Some of the highlights of 2019 include:

  • WCWC merger
  • Development of a 5 year strategic plan
  • Successful completion of two trail partnership projects with the Town of Pagosa Springs, the Forest Service, the Southwest Conservation Corps and the GGP.
  • Hosted our third annual Fat Bike Race and Back Yard Race series events
  • Completed another successful season for the DUST2 youth cycling team.

2020 and beyond:
We are excited about 2020 and the potential for the DUST2 Wheel Club to continue to be a strong community partner organization championing safe and fun cycling for all cyclists, promoting great trail experiences and connecting Town, County and Forest Service trails into an accessible network providing access to miles of trail right from your back door. Plans are currently underway for two partnership projects with the Town of Pagosa Springs and Pagosa Ranger District, have plans to expand our team program and are laying the ground work for Pagosa to become a National Interscholastic Cycling Association race host community.

With warm holiday regards, and wishes for a happy New Year,



DUST2 Wheel Club had its first board elections in November, and we are excited to announce the election of a new board president, Lance Thornton!

Lance has always had a love of cycling and pretty much anything outdoors.  After being a some-timer here in Colorado the last five years, Lance and his family finally made the move to become Pagosans this summer. Lance and his wife, Melissa both teach in Pagosa Schools and their son Carter is attending Pagosa Springs High School.

Lance has been coaching with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, (NICA), and TMBRA  for the past 7 years, and spent 2 years as an assistant coach for St. Stephens in Austin.  In 2013 Lance helped form the Hudson Bend/Lake Travis (HBLT) cycling team that combined both area middle schools to feed the Lake Travis High School Mountain Bike team. In addition to this, Lance spent 2 years on the board and as a coach.

In 2015, Lance changed school districts and founded the Dripping Springs Mountain Bike Team (DSMBT), coaching kids from elementary through high school and established a board of directors to run this non profit organization. The DSMBT had 4 very successful racing seasons with 3 state champions, 1 state championship and constructed over 12 miles of new single track trail in the community.

Lance looks forward to working with the DUST2 board of directors and creating more single track and cycling opportunities in Pagosa Springs. The DUST2 board of directors is excited and grateful to welcome its new President.

DUST2 – Board of Directors Student Representative

We want to hear from YOUTH!

The DUST2 Board of directors is excited to announce the addition of a student representative!

The student representative will not have a vote, but will act as a liaison between the board and student-age members of DUST2 (including members of the team). The minimum age for the student representative is 15 years old.

Below are links to the position description and application. Applications must be submitted no later than February 21, 2020 for review before the April board meeting. We will announce the student representative in April.

Student Representative Description 

Student Representative Application

DUST2 and Amazon Smile Donations

Help DUST2 raise funds for trails by choosing DUST2 as your charitable organization of choice when using Amazon!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

For more information on the program and how to link your account to DUST2 as your organization of choice – click this link.

DUST2 and City Market Community Rewards

Help DUST2 raise funds for trails by choosing DUST2 as your local organization!

The City Market Community Rewards program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to DUST2, all you have to do is shop at City Market and swipe your Shopper’s Card.

For more information on the program and how to link your card to DUST2 as your organization of choice – click this link.


Join the single track revolution in Pagosa!

Round Up 4 Trails is a simple and easy way for your business to help support the continued planning and development of single track trails in Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County. With the addition of a tax-free round-up option in your POS system, your business can allocate a tax-free portion of every sale to DUST2’s trail maintenance, development and construction projects. While our passion is mountain biking, the beauty of the trails that we build and maintain is that they benefit hikers, runners, horse back riders, and bikers; and we even do work on some motorized trails!

Join the Round Up 4 Trails program and come ride with us!

Call or Text: 970-398-1168 or email us at, [email protected] to get started.


2019 and 2020 Teams and Trails: Come Ride With Us

2019 was a super year and we have YOU to thank!  Because of your generosity with your time and finances, we were able to accomplish all of our goals and more! Check it out:

  • Completed Phase 2b trails on Res Hill roughly one mile of fun, flowy single track including the New Towers Climb and Meadow Surfer, and Wapiti and Buena Vista reroutes.
  • Completed the Treasure Mountain Connector Trail partnership project with the Pagosa Ranger District that connects Treasure Mountain Trail to the CDT.  This trail was hand built with DUST2 volunteers, youth cycling team, and Tyler Albers and his trail crew. The trail is over a mile of super fun, high alpine single track trail. 
  • Partnered with the Pagosa Ranger District to map and inventory all existing Jackson Mountain Trails. We will be meeting with the PSRD later this year to discuss proposal ideas and next steps. 
  • Awarded 2019 GOCO Youth Corps grant with the TOPS and GGP to assist with Phase 2b trail construction and install two large armored crossings on Dakota Springs Trail.
  • DUST2 youth cycling team had another great year, adding several coaches and upping the team training game.
  • Had 24 kids (11 middle schoolers and 13 high schoolers) on our team this year and 17 coaches
  • Awarded 5 full ride scholarships
  • Had 9 kids race this year and 6 of them qualified for States
  • Coach Lance has started a bike club at the High School to create some continuity through out the school year. 
  • Some of our middle schoolers got to race this year at our Sonlight Backyard Race and Escalante Days in Delores.
  • We have many adventure riders on our team that prefer not to race. We encourage them to challenge themselves in other ways and want to nurture their love of the sport. 

As we look to 2020, planning and fundraising are the names of the game, and we hope you join us for some fundraising fun!
We are kickstarting 2020 with our Tuesday Giving Campaign on Facebook, followed by our super fun Winterfest line up: PMS Fat Bike Fun Race, DUST2 Cycling Team Penguin Plunge and DUST2 Winterfest afterparty at Motel SoCo!
And stay tuned for our February 22, 2020 Fat Bike Race announcement! 

DUST2 2020: Dreamin’ Big

  • Retention Bonus: In addition to retaining all of our super rad 2019 student athletes, we have big plans to grow our team in 2020.
  • Growing some Girl power: We want to bring more girls onto the team, and are planning a 3 day skills and ride clinic for high school girls to unlock their inner shredder in a welcoming and comfortable environment.
  • Did somebody say, Jackson? We will continue to partner with the Pagosa Ranger District on our Jackson Mountain Trail proposal.
  • Trail Crew in Da House: We are working toward training our own trail crew and will start in 2020 with trail crew leader education for 4 trail crew members.
  • Machine Power: We are super stoked to be receiving Mini excavator training for our trail crew team.
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot: There are more exciting projects we got cooking that we can’t unveil just yet, so stay tuned for the hot drops.

We need your help to accomplish our goals. Please consider supporting DUST2 through the many opportunities listed in this email; we cannot do what we do without your gifts of time and money.


DUST2 for #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday, the antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Give back December 3rd by donating or creating your own fundraiser for DUST2. This year we are fundraising to cover our 2020 general operating costs so that 100% of funds raised in 2020 can go to our team and trail programs.

Join us.