A Vintage Day at Avia Vineman 70.3

By Tom Demerly

TriSports.com Vineman Expo Store

Our Mobile Race Store goes up under a foggy morning sky before athletes arrive for packet pick-up and registration.

 

Bike Technician Kurt Levy saves a racer’s day with a derailleur adjustment and frame alignment.

Athletes line up for packet pick-up in the athlete village the day before Avia Vineman 70.3.

Race Announcers work the crowd, give the weather report and put on a great show the day before Avia Vineman 70.3

Trisports.com’s Kurt Levy goes to work on another bike, getting it race ready before the big day at Avia Vineman 70.3.

Sarah delights droves of customers in the TriSports.com tent during the expo at Avia Vineman 70.3.

As the sun climbed and the fog burned away it became a dog day for athletes anticipating a hot race day.

Bikes for the big showdown: Trisports.com sponsored pro Leanda Cave was to take on Sponsorship Coordinator Jaclyn Applegate in a handicap race. If Cave won, Applegate had to ride up Mt. Lemmon with Leanda in the big chainring. If Applegate won, Leanda Cave had to work as Jaclyn’s Applegate’s personal assistant for an entire day here at TriSports.com.

TriSports.com Pro Leanda Cave gets ready to test ride her bike after a tune-up in our mobile service tent.

Leanda Cave does a reconnaissance ride of the run course at Avia Vineman 70.3 the day before the race.

Cave at the professional’s at Avia Vineman 70.3 pre-race meeting.

The TriSports.com race truck and trailer is state of the art, but this beautiful off road van conversion belonging to Avia took a close second.

The Avia race van turned out with winch, brush bar and full off road lights to go with the sound system and video suite. A great race day wagon.

A strong Costa-Rican contingent arrived at Avia Vineman 70.3 in their matching uniforms ready for a big race day.

A real treat: A contingent of French Foreign Legionnaires from the special operations detachment on Tahiti arrived to race Avia Vineman 70.3.

Course Map: Spectators and competitors review the Avia Vineman 70.3 course on paper before heading out to see the challenging and beautiful terrain in person.

Brian Stover heads out for a powerful run after an excellent bike split. His performance in the red, white and blue TriSports.com colors was exceptionally strong, stopping the clock in 4:30:08, good for 4th place in the highly competitive Men’s 35-39 Division at Avia Vineman 70.3.

Jaclyn Applegate doesn’t know it yet- but she will have a pro triathlete as a personal assistant for a day as a result of a fine performance on her part.

The day started cool but temperatures rose to take their toll. Top pro Chris Boudreaux recovers after an impressive 4:10:06 good for 8th overall.

K-Swiss Athlete James Cotter pulled together a commanding 3rd place for K-Swiss in 4:02:39.

5th place overall Paul Attard stopped the clock in 4:05:02 and rehydrated in the TriSports.com recovery lounge.

Cotter feels the pain of a fine effort for K-Swiss.

TriSports.com Founder Seton Claggett was beaming over a beautiful day and thousands of happy athletes.

Director of Marketing Sarah Lieneke of TriSports.com lends a hand to Stover after he pushed hard in the closing miles at Avia Vineman 70.3.

The TriSports.com sponsored L.A. Tri Club was out in force, some members wearing the striking 1oth anniversary uniform of the world’s largest tri club.

Leanda Cave is a true sport after learning she will be Jaclyn’s personal assistant for the day here at TriSports.com.

TriSports.com’s Steve Acuna entertains athletes in the TriSports.com recovery lounge after the race at Avia Vineman 70.3.

The BSU Varsity Triathlon Team was out in force showing their colors at the Avia Vineman 70.3

A long day of big fun in the California wine country sun ends face down in the grass for this competitor in the TriSports.com recovery lounge after the Avia Vineman 70.3 race.