Team manager Jim Brown reports: Revel-Rad Racing NW has made it to almost the halfway point of the CX season. We were spoiled for the first month or so with balmy temperatures and dry race courses. The weather has turned, and the time has come to get tough. The kids actually really like riding in the mud, it’s a license to get dirty, and what kid doesn’t like to get dirty.
In our region there are 2 race series that the kids contest, Seattle Cyclocross and MFG Cyclocross. The 2 different promoters offer the chance to race every single weekend. In most cases the kids focus on one series or the other, one or two are going for both. One rider who has been dominant thus far is 12 year old Alex Walentynowicz(took me 2 years to get that last name down). Alex has really developed this year and he is currently the leader in his age division in both of the regional series.
We have a large group of U14 riders hitting the dirt and mud this fall and the top results every week are peppered with Revel/Rads. Most of our older kids race senior categories and we have had a huge impact in those races as well. Tyler Tangen was the Seattle Cat-4 leader after 3 races, he elected to move up to the Cat-3’s as did teammate Ayden Young. Kyle Sweeney is riding powerfully in the 4’s and took a 2nd place finish last weekend at MFG, that same day, Ayden Young took 2nd in the Cat-3 race. One thing to point out here, is that these kids are racing in the biggest fields out there, typically 80-90 riders in the Cat- 3/4 races, this further shows how strong these kids are. Andrea Casebolt is a constant threat in the women’s Cat-3 races, she is ramping up to contest Nationals in January where she will try to podium for the 5th year in a row.
Our National level riders on the men’s side this year are David O’Brien and Nolan Brady, they currently contest local races in the Cat 1/2 field. Last weekend was a breakout race for both kids as David and Nolan posted 4th and 5th respectively at MFG. These two fellas are packing their bags next week and doing a 10 day trip for junior UCI races in Cincinnati and Louisville, these are key races in the quest to make the team for the World Championships.
This weekend we have a local double with MFG at Marymoor on Saturday and Seattle CCX at Sprinker on Sunday.
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