Rad Racing’s Jim Brown reports: It has been a fantastic summer in the Pacific Northwest and RAD Racing NW has been taking advantage of the great conditions to get lots of riding and racing in. The flow of the schedule in our neck of the woods is much heavier on the MTB side in the early season and tons of road racing throughout July/August, the 2013 schedule was very similar.

RAD Racing NW wrapped up their road season in August after scoring several major successes.

On July 7th RRNW Stormed the State Criterium Championships in Seattle and walked away with 5 State Titles, the power of the RAD machine was too much for the others out there.

A week later, nine RAD riders participated in the annual Seattle to Portland. Joining RAD Executive Director Jim Brown on the two-day 200-mile ride were Brayden Buchanen, Ciara MacDonald, Calder Wood, Croix Cameron, Wyatt Mason, Andrew Waddell, Lewis Whiley, Annie Rosser, and Erik Pitkanen. A highlight of the event for Brown was having his 14 year old daughter Isabella join him on the tandem for the ride.

Aynslee King took the top spot on the series podium for the Seattle Road Development Series in the junior girls 10-12 Category. In 13-14, Ciara MacDonald was second, and in Andrea Casebolt was number one in 17-18. On the boys’ side, Croix Cameron and Alex Walentynowicz took 1st and 2nd in 13-14, while Lewis Whiley took the third spot in the 15-16 division. David O’Brien and Ayden Young were 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Boys 17-18 series.

In senior category racing, 14 year old Whiley quickly established himself as one of the fastest riders out there. After taking his Category 4 upgrade, he jumped right to the front of that group as well.After picking up some late season upgrade points, Lewis’s goal is to join his teammates at the Cat 3 level by late spring next year.

Mountain bike and cyclocross racer Nolan Brady brought his powerful engine to the road this year and quickly became a workhorse for his Cat 3 teammates. In fact, a major focus of our older riders this spring was working together and being aggressive as a team. It paid off when Tyler Tangen took 2nd in the Men’s Category 3 Best All Around Road Rider (BARR) competition. BARR points are awarded 15 deep at all WSBA championship events and 10 deep at all other BARR events. Joining Tangen in the overall top 15 were Young and O’Brien. Meanwhile, Cat 3 teammate Avi Mahan was able to put his road skills to the test in Europe as part of a junior racing program.

In addition, four riders attended the USAC Regional Road Development Camp held at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR: David O’Brien, Ayden Young, Tyler Tangen, and Lewis Whiley. RAD riders performed very well at the camp and some may even receive invitations to the national development camp.

David O’Brien and Nolan Brady were extended an invitation to the US National CX Development Camp in Helena, Montana with National Team Coach Geoff Proctor. Joining our riders to assist with coaching was RRNW Performance Director David Fleischhauer. The goal of these riders is to be selected for 2013 Eurocross Camp and hopefully a spot on Team USA for cyclocross worlds.

Finally, the whole team participated in the second annual Rapha NW Classic Juniors Stage Race. RAD is the organizing team for this annual event, which, this year, drew over 125 participants from all over the western part of the United States and British Columbia. Taking place over two days, the three stage race is the largest juniors’ only event in the United States outside of the national championships.

Check out the RAD album on DBC Photography.

Next up….. of a very busy cyclocross season.

As always thank you for your support, we couldn’t do it without you.

Warm Regards,

Jim