Rad Racing’s Jim Brown reports: Spring 2013 has arrived and with it the new racing season. For 2013 Rad Racing has returned to it’s roots and is running without a title sponsor, we are back to good old Rad Racing NW. Last summer Revel Consulting changed hands and the new owners did not have the same vision for supporting our team.
After meeting with the board of directors it was determined that we would not seek a large title sponsor to replace Revel, but to count on smaller dollar sponsorships to shore up the gap left by the title sponsorship. I feel good about moving back to our roots and our club name standing alone.
We have been working on some rebranding, we have brand new kits, and our website is currently in a revamp to reflect our changes and new sponsors. We have a very active Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.
The Westside MTB series got kicked off earlier this spring and currently we have a couple of rookies tearing up the U18 Cat-3 category.Andrew Waddell leads the overall series while Calder Wood chases him closely. Nathan Morrison has taken his first MTB win this spring in the U14 Cat-3 category as well. Scott Funston is our “ringer” and this 13 year old has taken 2 wins already this season in the U18 Cat-1 category, yes you read that right….13 year old wins the highest level U18 race.
The Road Racing has fired up as well. Volunteer Park is the traditional kick off to the Seattle area criterium season and is also part of the Seattle Road Devo Series.
In the 13/14 race Scott Funston showed that MTB riders can drive a road bike as well and took the win, Alex Walentynowicz took third in the same race. The 15/16’s were hotly contested and Lewis Whiley and Tyler Tangen rolled to 3rd and 4th respectively. The 17/18’s brought our team the gold and bronze with Ayden Young and David O’Brien respectively as well.
In the traditional road races we have riders who have been lighting up the SR Categories. Ayden Young made short work of his upgrade to Cat-3, this makes 5 very solid Cat-3 riders on our roster. Nolan Brady is knocking on the door to the Cat-3’s as well. Last weekend the Cat-3 teams went to the Walla Walla Stage race and flexed some muscle. Tyler Tangen ended up 10th overall on GC and took 2nd place in the Criterium. The team worked together solidly, and I think the work at Walla Walla is a sign of things to come.
Upcoming events for the team in the next month include:
Olympic View Road Race
Westside Series MTB Series
Ravensdale Road Race
Enumclaw Stage Race
Echo Valley Rally MTB
24 Hours “Round the Clock” MTB Race
Capital Stage Race
Marymoor Velodrome Track Racing