Revel Consulting/Rad Racing NW has been lighting up the racing scene in road and mountain bike this early season. Racers from ages 10-18 have been going out and giving their best in the months of April and May, as it turns out… giving your best often ends up with riders on the podium.
Up and coming road racers Ayden Young and Tyler Tangen have been scoring top 10 finishes in the senior categories. After the Ballard Criterium, Tyler has enough points to upgrade to the Cat-3’s; while Ayden with his strong finishes, is not long for the Cat-4 world.
Conor Klupar continues to display his toughness, discipline, professionalism, and quiet leadership as he is always a threat in the Cat-3 racing. A very impressive Silver medal in the 90 mile Cat-3 State Championship and a victory at the Ballard Twilight Criterium have highlighted his season so far. Conor is a monster on the Velodrome, and this season he battles it out in the Cat 1-2’s at Marymoor.
At the first Seattle Area Junior Criterium race Revel/Rad won every junior boys category contested. Yup you read that right… we won them all. 10/12-Croix Cameron 13/14 Lewis Whiley 15/16 Tyler Tangen 17/18 Conor Klupar. That was some strong and impressive riding.
The Enumclaw Stage Race is always a big item on the racing calendar. This year we brought a strong group of U14 riders who went after it very hard, raced as teammates, and landed some podiums. Scott Funston put the MTB away for the weekend and took the overall GC for the 10-12 boys; a victory in the TT got things started and he sealed the deal with a win in the road race. Alexander Walentynowicz won the criterium for Revel/Rad in the same category for a clean sweep of stages Lewis Whiley fought tooth and nail in the 13-14 category and his results reflected his hard work, in the end he was able to attain a 3rd place finish, which is something he should be quite proud of.
Most recently, new rider Kyle Dickinson notched a gold medal in the State Time Trial Championships held in Tenino. Kyle bested all others in the boys 10/12’s. Ever present Lewis Whiley scored himself a Silver Medal in the same event for the boys 13/14’s.
On the dirty Mountain Bike side of things…..
In April a contingent of Revel/Rads migrated south to attend the 2012 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. This is always a great trip, we get to say hi to many of our sponsor representatives, we get to see some great pros, great expo, and this year we got sunshine, which is always a bonus coming out of the wet early spring of the PNW. David Kirske JR decided to ride his bike really fast in the 15/16 MTB race and earned a silver medal for his efforts, we may turn him into a mountain biker someday.
Revel/Rad closed out the Westside MTB series with 10 year old phenomenon Scott Funston winning the U19 Sport category for the series; yes he was racing kids as much as 8 years older than him. This kid is scary fast, maybe that’s why he won the silver medal at CCX Nationals in January. On the Expert side of things Erik Pitkanen quietly continues to get stronger and stronger, his consistency and strength won him the overall U19 Expert series; he is only 14 years old as well.
Members of Revel/Rad continue to dominate the Washington HS MTB series, our own Kyle Sweeney riding for Olympia Composite locked up the win in the boys Sophomore category. In the varsity boys David O’Brien finished 2nd. While all of the riders were competing for their High School teams it shows the strength and impact of Revel/Rad on the HS League. Because of a scheduling conflict between the biggest and longest running road stage race in Washington and the HS Finals, several of our riders had to make a choice between the 2 races, this took several of them out of the running for the overall. Hopefully next year organizers can take the big picture more into account and avoid athletes having to make these tough choices.
Thus far the highlight of the season had to be the 24 Hours Round The Clock MTB race in Spokane over memorial weekend. Revel/Rad took a small army over there and fielded 3 junior teams and 2 adult teams with staff and parents. This year rather than build 1 super star team, I divided the talent up amongst the 3 junior teams, placing younger riders on each team, the goal being good competition amongst our kids.
I could have easily fielded a rock star team and crushed the race but this seemed like a better plan for team building. I also placed a fair amount of responsibility on the older riders to lead their teams and formulate a strategy. A 10 year old learns a lot about themself at 2 in the morning when he has to saddle up and ride into the darkness for 15 miles. There were times when some of the younger riders struggled, but they all bucked up and did their fair share. Older riders were put into a position to “step up” and close some gaps where the younger riders needed help. The idea of the three teams was a great success; the whole weekend was great for the team. One of our team ended up second, only 9 minutes down on a team comprised of all older riders, another of our team rounded out the podium in 3rd place.
Special guests included Dr. Andy Rosser who is a new team sponsor this year, Andy rode on one of the adult teams and did chiropractic magic in-between his laps. Also joining us was an old friend of mine from the BMX days back in central Washington, Nate Mendel. When he is not guest riding for us, his real job is playing Bass Guitar for the Foo Fighters. Yup, the kids got to hang out with a legit “Rock Star”. Nate held his own on a loaner bike provided by Kona Mountain Bikes.
Thank you so much to the volunteers who kept us up and running and bellies full. Revel/Rad’s ace mechanic Mike “Big Cat” Smith was on scene to keep our machines running as well.
As always thank you to all of our sponsors who make what we do possible.
Events on the horizon include:
Marymoor Velodrome Racing, Capital Stage Race, State MTB Championships, State Road Championships, USA Cycling Regional Development Camp, Annual Seattle to Portland ride, MTB Nationals, and Revel/Rad’s very own new race The Rapha NW Classic Junior Stage Race.