Tuesday
Apr082014

Jetton Rebounds in Santa Ynez!

 US Kenda Cup Race #4- Santa Ynez Valley Classic

Written By Lee Jetton


After dealing with the heat at Bonelli and a mechanical that resulted in a DNF at Fontana, I needed a good day here in Santa Ynez. I raced this course last year as a CAT 3 and placed 4th with a podium spot that left me on a high note for entering the Sea Otter Classic the week after. My mind set and strategy was the same as last year, go out and have fun! Sitting at the start line, the odds were stacked against me. Three age groups were taking off at the same time and my group was in the back. There's twenty racers in my group alone and I was the last one in line. We start and I make a move immediately to gain some ground. We narrow down to the single track and I can't see the trail due to all the dust the lead group is creating. I hang on a wheel patiently waiting for the first set of climbs to approach so I can make a move and start working my way through traffic. As it plays out, starting last in my group out of 20, I placed 9th after a very solid day on the bike. Looking forward to a solid week of training and hitting the Sea Otter on all cylinders.

 

 

Tuesday
Apr082014

Platinum Dominates Santa Ynez!

US Cup #4    The Santa Ynez Classic   4/6/14

The team wanted to put on a good showing for it's hometown crowd and local head sponsor Platinum Performance which is located in Buellton a few miles away.  The course was redesigned by race promoter Mike Hecker which was very favorable to most of the riders.  More singletract!  The course was very fun with twisting singletract throughout the green hills with some short steep climbs to keep the riders in check.  The lap was eleven miles and the Cat 1 racers took on two loops.

The team was out in force with twenty-two riders competing.  The team took home five 1st place, two 2nd place and four 3rd place finishes.  In total, the Platinum Performance team had 16 top five finishers!

 

Adam Poytress (192) is back!  Adam took home a gold in the Cat 1 30-34 race.

 

Alex Teno put it all together for his first victory in the US Cup this season.  Alex won the Cat 1 45-49 race.

 

Jon Miller is looking unstoppable this season with another win in the Cat 1 60-64 race.  Photo by Phillip Beckman.

 

Randy Liechty is riding strong this season with another win in the Cat 1 55-59 class.

 

Bob Llamas wins the Cat 1 70+ class......of course!

 

Josh west rode well but couldn't catch teammate Adam Poytress.  Josh settled for a 2nd in the cat 1 30-34 race.

 

Dean Swank railing it out for a 2nd place finish in the Cat 1 55-59 division.

 

"Strongman" Tim Sparks took a respectable 2nd place finish in the Cat 1 Singlespeed race.

 

Jennifer Todd took a 2nd place finish in the Women's Pro race!

 

Ryan Corbet raced to a 3rd place finish in the very competitive Cat 1 40-44 division.

 

Francisco Vidal (194) took home a bronze in the Cat 1 50-54 race.

 

Craig Sisino took home a 3rd place finish in the Cat 1 Singlespeed race.

 

Robert Neary raced to a 3rd place finish in the Cat 2 50-54 class after battling a cold all week.

 

John Biron took home a 4th place finish in the Cat 1 50-54 race.

 

Ted Williams took his "hometown" knowledge to help him put off a 4th place finish in the Cat 1 55-59 race.

 

"Danger" Dave Culbertson took home a respectable 4th place finish in the Cat 2 50-54 race.

 

Michael DoCouto took home a 5th place finish in the Cat 2 35-39 race.

 

Andy Osburn had a good race with a 6th place finish in the Cat 1 50-54 division.

 

Mason Miller was all style in the Cat 2 25-29 race.  Mason took a 6th place finish.  Photo by Phillip Beckman.

 

Michael Marshall took home a 7th place finish in the Cat 1 50-54 class.

 

Corey Luce raced to a 8th place finish in the Cat 1 30-34 division.

 

Lee Jetton took a 8th place finish in the Cat 2 45-49 race.

 

Steve Silva took a 9th place finish in the Cat 1 55-59 race.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Apr082014

Echeveste Wins Island View!

Island View Criterium  Goleta, Ca 3/6/14

Written by John Echeveste

 

We came to this race with 5 guys: Andres, Kelsey, Tucker, Alex and myself.  Knowing we had some great sprinting firepower in the race, we decided that we would mark all breakaways and try to set it up for the final.  A few minutes into the race a small breakaway went, only to be brought back almost immediately. Another break went, this time containing two of our riders.  We forced the other teams to chase, and it quickly became apparent that very few people cared to do any work.  We let those chasers wear themselves down, and as soon as the break was caught Andres was on the front, stringing the field out.  Coming into the final corner of the course with 25 minutes to go, and into a headwind, I saw an opportunity and attacked the peloton.  By the end of that stretch I could tell I already had a significant gap, and put my head down and decided to hold a gap as long as possible to set up our sprinters.  After a few laps I could no longer see the group behind me, and knew that if I could stay out of sight I might have a chance.  As time wore on I could feel myself slowing down, and was convinced that I would be caught with only a few laps to go. However, to my complete surprise, I glanced the pack in front of me coming through three laps to go.  I gave it an extra dig, and coming in to 1 lap to go managed to catch the group.  I came in having lapped the field, just in time for my teammates to take third, fourth and fifth place.  It was a great day for the Platinum Road Team, our tactics and strength combined to bring us a big result in the local race.

 

Sunday
Mar302014

DoCouto surprise 2nd at CCCX

CCCX  Monterey, CA  3/29/14

Michael DoCouto didn't realize the only rider ahead of him was in his class.  The mistake led DoCouto to a 2nd place finish in the Cat 2 35-44 race held in Monterey yesterday.  "That wouldn't happen again" DoCouto stated.  "Next time I will go after everyone on the course, unless they physically beat me".  

Monday
Mar242014

Jennifer Todd Wins The SLO Tri!

March Triathlon Series,  San Luis Obispo  3/23/14

Platinum rider, Jennifer Peoples won her age group as well as placing 9th overall at the March Triathlon Series in San Luis Obispo on Sunday!