Team Revo - California
RECENT RESULTS: 1st, 2023 Balance Bar Adventure Sprint, New York City; 5th, 2023 Balance Bar Adventure Sprint, Austin, Texas; 3rd, 2023 Balance Bar Adventure Series final rankings; 4th, 2023 Balance Bar Adventure Sprint, New York City; 4th, 2023 Balance Bar Adventure Sprint, Richmond, Virginia; 4th, 2023 Balance Bar Adventure Sprint, Los Angeles; 6th, 2023 Hi-Tec Adventure Racing Series final rankings.
THE PLAYERS: Patrick Watson, 35, the captain of Team Revo, is strong on his feet and on a bike. A member of the 1988 NCAA Division I champion cross country team, he's also had success as an Expert class mountain biker, Cat 3 cyclist and a triathlete. He's been competing in the Balance Bar sprint series (formerly known as the Hi-Tec Adventure Racing Series) since 1998. Based in Los Angeles, he works as a pharmaceutical sales rep for a division of Johnson & Johnson.
Heather Curwen, 31, a sales manager for Answer mountain biking components, shoes and apparel, has been an Expert class mountain biker and a successful triathlete. She holds a Master's degree in kinesiology and has worked as a fitness instructor for seven years. She lives in Valencia, California, with her 3 1/2-year-old son, Cade.
Josh Crosby, 30, of Santa Monica, California, is an actor, model and personal trainer, not to mention a U.S. and world (indoor) rowing champion and an elite-caliber triathlete. He helped start a mobile spa business that visits Hollywood sets and offers treatments out of an RV. He also volunteers as a physical activities leader for KIDSHAPE, a program that provides health and fitness education to obese children and their families.
THE SCOOP: Watson retooled the team this year after modest success in 2023. Watson, Curwen and Crosby will primarily race together in the Balance Bar Adventure Sprint races, while Melissa Coombes (San Diego), Vytenis Benetis (Maryland) and Tracy Cote (Maine) will race with Watson during the 24-hour series. "Last year we made some nav mistakes and got lost a couple of times," Watson says. "We got pretty frustrated. But now we have 'V,' who is probably one of the best [adventure racing navigators] in the world." Coombes subbed for Curwen (who was on vacation in Norway) during the team's victory at the Balance Bar sprint race in New York City on May 23.
Team Revo is focusing only on sprint and 24-hour races, with no plans for an expedition race in the near future. That's primarily because they're competing in 11 Balance Bar races and don't have enough vacation time to do other races. "Those multi-day races take a lot of time," Watson says. "The longest race I've done took 37 hours, and we slept for 10 minutes. And to think that we'd be going three or four more days. That's crazy."
NOTEWORTHY: Watson, Curwen and Crosby try to train together at least once a week, but because each works a full-time job it can be difficult to arrange. Heather's son, Cade, often accompanies the team on group workouts, either in a full-suspension jogger, bike trailer or kayak. "With Heather being a single mom, we've got to fit Cade into our plans, too," Watson says.
SPONSORS: The team is backed by Revo (eyewear), CarbBOOM! (gels), Intense (mountain bikes for the sprint series), Specialized (mountain bikes for the 24-hour series), Maxxis (tires), SportLegs (muscle recovery system), Crank Brothers (pedals), CytoSport (energy drink) and Manitou/Answer (mountain bike components and apparel).
WHAT'S NEXT: Team Revo is competing in the entire eight-race Balance Bar Adventure Sprints series in 2023, as well as all three Balance Bar 24-Hour Adventure Races in Beaver Creek, Colorado (July 17-18); New York City (October 9-10) and Los Angeles (November 20-21). As of early June, the team was in second place in the sprint series with 166 points.
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