US Cup #1 Vail Lake 

US Cup #1  Vail Lake  3/2/14

The Platinum Performance Mtn bike team was in force at the start of the 2014 season.  The team is ready to defend their title for the tenth year!  Twenty-Four riders may the trek to Temecula, CA to take on some of California's best riders.  The weather had dumped rain on the course for days and the conditions were surprisingly perfect.  The course consisted of sticky soil that made the singletrack ideal.  The lap consisted of an 8 mile loop that had plenty of twisting singletract, steep short climbs, and fast fireroads.  Every rider had great things to say on this venue.

Here are some pictures of the Platinum riders ripping up the descents.

Randy Liechty took a 1st place in the Cat 1 55-59 class.


Jon Miller putting another 1st place trophy on his shelf.


Jennifer Todd took her first victory in the Pro Women's division.


Bob Llamas never gets old with another victory in the Cat 1 70+ class.


Alex Teno rode strong for a 2nd place finish in the Cat 1 45-49.


Dermot Carroll was on all cylinders with a 2nd place finish in the Cat 1 50-54 race.


Steve Silva surprised himself on how well he rode to a 2nd place finish in the Cat 1 55-59 class.


Josh West rode solid for a 3rd place finish in the Cat 1 30-34 division.


Ted Williams took a hard fought 3rd place finish in the Cat 1 55-59 race.


Tim Sparks took a respectable 3rd place finish in the Cat 1 Singlespeed race.


Francisco Vidal rode to a 4th place finish in the Cat 1 50-54 race.


Corey Luce took a 5th in his first race of the Cat 1 30-34 category in the US Cup.  


Roger Moore raced to a 5th place finish in the Cat 1 45-49 class.


Craig Sisino took a 5th in the Cat 1 Singlespeed division.


John Biron took a 6th place finish in the Cat 1 50-54 race.


Michael Marshall rode to a 9th place finish in the Cat 1 50-54 race.


Andy Osburn rode to a 10th place finish in the Ca t1 50-54 race.


Ryan Corbet shown here and Todd Booth both had mechanicals in the Cat 1 40-44 race.  Unfortunately, for Ryan he was in 2nd place in the last lap when he tore a sidewall on his tire.  






Images From Fontana Winter Series #4

Todd Booth riding to a victory in the Cat 1 43-50 division.


Ryan Corbet taking Gold in the Cat 1 35-42 class.


Francisco Vidal claims the win in the Cat 1 50-58 race!


Photos by Phillip Beckman.


Southridge Winter Series #4

Southridge Winter Series #4  Fontana, CA  2/23/14

The Platinum Performance Team had it's last warm-up race before the US Cup season which starts next weekend.  The seven riders that attended the race had success in their various races.  Ryan Corbet started off the day by taking the Cat 1 35-42 race with a win.  Followed by Todd Booth wining the Cat 1 43-50 race.  Francisco Vidal took charge in the Cat 1 50-58 race with a win.  Robert Neary won the Cat 2 51-59 division.  Adam Poytress rode to a 2nd place finish in the Cat 1 27-34 race.  Alex Teno had some stiff competition in the Vet Pro race.  Teno took a 3rd place finish.  Randy Liechty had a wheel problem which pushed him down to 4th.  Great job guys!


Jetton Experiences Southridge


Race report #2 - Southridge Winter Series Race #3
Written by Lee Jetton
CAT-2 age group 43-50
I knew going in this race it was going to test my nerves and technical skills as a racer. So here we are Saturday morning at the starting line in Fontana and I'm watching each category wave take off. My nerves are up and the racing mind takes over. The starting horn blows and we bolt off the line. Right from the start several guys are attacking before we start climbing the rock garden section, so I had to come up with a strategy very quickly on how I'm going to keep these guys in reach! Sure enough as I played this out in my mind, guys are blowing up by the time we hit the asphalt climb. At that point I decide to make my move on the asphalt and stay with the lead group. As I complete my first lap I'm feeling good and strong, passing other riders easily but couldn't see the top 5 in my group. I had to make my way through a lot of traffic on the second lap, searching for the leader but knowing I was somewhere in the top 5. As the results were tallied, I ended up on the podium with a 5th place finish!
What I've learned from my first two races in CAT2 is, I need to push harder on the start and stay with the top 5 so I'm not working through so much traffic.




Platinum Ready's For Fontana!

Southridge Winter Series #3  Fontana, Ca  2/10/14

The Platinum team had several riders enter the Southridge XC race to test their fitness before the US Cup which starts next month.  Several Platinum riders topped the podium including Randy Liechty (Cat 1 51-58), Jon Miler (Cat 1 59+), and Mason Miller (Cat 2 27-34).  Corey Luce (Cat 1 27-34), Dean Swank (Cat 1 59+) and Michael De Couto (Cat 2 35-42) took 2nd place finishes.  John Biron took a third place finish in the Cat 1 51-58 class.  The course was a challenging singletract that has tons of rock out croppings, steep climbs and loose descents.  The course was a 5.5 mile, 600' ascent per lap.  The riders took on three laps.



Jon Miller going for the win.



Randy Liechty took a solid win in the Cat 1 51-58 class.



Alex Teno was under the weather and took a 4th in the Vet Pro race.  He still holds the lead in that class for the series.