From Jim Brown: Riders for Junior Development Team Revel Consulting- Rad Racing Northwest barely had time to catch their breath after the close of cyclocross season before they were back out on their mountain and road bikes chalking up multiple podium finishes in the early season.
In February, David O’Brien kicked off the mountain bike season with a win in the U19 Expert Division at the first Budu Series race. 12-year-old phenom, Scott Funston, was on top of the U19 Sport Division at the same race. In March the U19 sport division was dominated by Revel-Rad riders with Tanner Patnode, Funston, and Kyle Sweeney sweeping the podium. Later that same month, Travis Luther and Ethan Casebolt landed on the podium in 1st and 3rd respectively in the U14 beginner race. It was the first mountain bike race for both of these young riders. At the same race, Sweeney and Funston were 1st and 3rd in the U19 Sport Division. Funston and Erik Pitakanen were 1st and 3rd in the U19 Sport at a race on beautiful Whidbey Island.
On the road, Cat 3 rider Conor Klupar started the season in great form and has landed on the podium twice already with a 3rd place at the Tour de Dung race number one and a second place at the University of Washington Criterium held in North Bend.
New team members Tyler Tangen and Ayden Young made an impression early in the season with podium finishes at Mason Lake. Tangen upgraded after the first race then surprised a lot of people the following week by taking 2nd place in his first ever Cat 4 road race. He recently took 4th in the Cat 4 criterium at Volunteer Park. Young will be joining him shortly in Cat 4. Both riders hope to upgrade to Category 3 by the end of the season. There they will join Klupar, O’Brien, David Kirske, Jr., and Avi Mahan to form a formidable team presence.
Revel-Rad dominated the opener of the Lance Armstrong Junior Racing Series in Seattle. Croix Cameron, Alex Walentynowicz, and Gideon Bender swept the junior D (10-12) race while Lewis Whiley captured his first ever road win in junior C (13-4). In A/B (17-18 and 15-16) the older riders put on a clinic in teamwork. While O’Brien, Young, and Matt Wilkinson took control of the pack, Klupar and Tangen jumped out front and worked together to shake off a challenger from another local development team. The two riders earned the A and B top spots while O’Brien took 3rd in the B race.
Next up this weekend is Sea Otter Classic, hope to see many of you there!