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archived news / April 2013

BMX Racing news - Thursday/Friday - April 11-12, 2013

UCI renews partnership with ProStuff

The UCI has renewed its partnership with BMX gate manufacturer, ProStuff. Under this agreement, ProStuff will be the sole supplier of BMX gates for the next 4 years at all UCI BMX Supercross World Cups (managed by GSX), the UCI BMX World Championships and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

It is essential to ensure a safe, reliable and consistent starting system for riders throughout the season. ProStuff will also provide upgrades and new systems to the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland, consistent with the latest technology available. This will support the WCC’s development work with the best BMX riders in the world.

ProStuff has been a major force in development of starting gate and control technology for the sport of BMX since 2002. As a market leader and a long partner of the UCI, ProStuff has worked hand-in-hand with the UCI to improve the sport’s safety and technology in BMX.

Pierce Barker III, ProStuff President says, “We bring innovations to the sport to help the rider be more competitive and successful no matter where he or she trains, rides or competes. As this branch of cycling continues to grow at a very rapid rate on six continents, we are pleased to announce that our partnership with UCI will continue to grow and prosper. We are excited and honored to be selected as the sole supplier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”

UCI Sponsors Coordinator Emmanuel Blanchard adds: “This collaboration with ProStuff enables us and event organisers to rely fully upon a professional start gate we can all trust. The ProStuff team proactively responds to the technological challenges of a fast evolving discipline.”

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BMX Racing news - Wednesday - April 10, 2013


Click Here to Relive Round 4 of the UCI 2012 BMX SX World Cup

BMX Live TV is dedicated to bring you the latest and greatest from the world of BMX racing and BMX Supercross in particular.

This includes live webcasts from all stops of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and exclusive behind-the-scenes looks in the acclaimed documentary series LANE 1.

The 4th and last episode of LANE 1 is set in beautiful British Colombia, Canada and Abbotsford.

The tension from the Olympics was long gone, but nevertheless the overall World Cup title was to be awarded and it came down to the wire with some unpredicted results and crashes.

Watch it all unfold in LANE 1 – ABBOTSFORD.

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TylerVision - Behind the Scenes with GT

Check out the behind the scenes look at how a big BMX company unveils a hot new product.

Tylervision, from Tioga Tires and Tyler Brown! - TylerVision - Behind the Scene with GT from TiogaBMX on Vimeo.

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2024 ISSUE 10 is here! Yes it’s been a while but 2024 is still haulin’ ass and is back to get you motivated for the new season. Race action from Derby and Peterborough 2012 BCBMX Nationals, the Redbull R.Evolution and of course the London Olympic Games. Liam Phillips gets the cover of issue 10 while we pay our utmost respects to Kyle Bennett with a twist on our logo and a feature on one of the pioneers of modern day BMX racing. Ride in Peace KB #88

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Marc Willers' Olympic Bike Appears In Famous Museum Program

The Art of the Bicycle - Museum Of Science & Industry Chicago - 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL

Get geared up to see amazing bikes, past and present! See some of the Museum Of Science & Industry’s most fascinating–and rarely-exhibited–historic bicycles, juxtaposed with the coolest, fastest and most high-tech bikes currently on the market, in The Art of the Bicycle.

Invented 200 years ago, the bicycle has been continuously reshaped and re-engineered to make riding safer, more reliable, and more fun. The Art of the Bicycle traces this amazing evolution and shows how the bicycle continues to evolve driven by the inventiveness of its riders.

This exhibit features nine newly restored artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection, five contemporary racing bikes including Marc Willers' 2013 Olympic DK scoot, and 10 cutting-edge contemporary bikes.

From a replica of an 1818 Draisienne Walking Machine, invented by a German baron to traverse his garden; to a replica of an 1830 McMillan, one of the first pedal-operated bicycles; to a 1960s chrome and rocket-red Sears Spaceliner, these bikes all tell a remarkable story of creativity and human ingenuity.

Like the historic examples, the bikes in the contemporary gallery also illustrate how today’s riders and inventors are pushing the boundaries of the bicycle. Learn about the latest trends, cutting-edge materials, and technologies used by elite athletes, urban riders and bike enthusiasts. See science's role in the design process; several of today's top bicycle companies are using defense-grade materials and working with former aeronautical and NASA engineers to create and test their products.

This exhibit will be open through 2018 and is included in Museum general admission.

Vee Rubber Takes Over Intense Tires

A passing of the torch has been completed. VSI Products, licensee of Intense Tires and Vee Rubber (maker of the MK2 and other ITS branded tires) have agreed to move forward with all current ITS tires under the Vee Rubber name and its distribution channels. The terms of the agreement are being kept private between the parties.

Brand Manager for Vee Rubber, Tony Degollado stated “We are excited about the opportunity to move forward with the existing tread patterns that ITS was so successful with.  Vee Rubber has been the manufacturer of these tires since their inception, so for us to take these designs to the next level only makes sense. The all new “MK3” tire perfectly complements our new Speedster Race line of tires.”

VSI's COO Gregorio added: “We’ve had a great working relationship with Vee Rubber for many years and I trust that they will put the same passion into the line of tires that we created as we have.  Vee Rubber has been a great manufacturing partner for us and passing the torch to them at this time was the best option”.

Coupled with this great news, Vee Rubber has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Donovan Long’s Haro amateur race program.  “Donovan is a clear leader in running and promoting successful race programs. We wanted part of his team, and a deal was made.  It’s a perfect fit for Vee Rubber!”

Great things are on the horizon for Vee Rubber.  We’re excited about the future.

Josh Smith Picks Up Ride With Extreme Team
AA-Pro Josh Smith (Dayton, Ohio) will be riding for Extreme BMX Products/Extreme Team (

Josh will be hitting nearly the entire USA BMX Pro Series this year, while aboard his new Extreme XXL race frame.

Look for tons of photos, video edits, and reviews from Josh Smith and Extreme BMX Products all season long!

For more, follow Josh on Instagram/Twitter (@joshsmith968)!

Josh commented on his new endeavor, "I am beyond thrilled to be a part of a team with such a great history, an amazing group of riders, and a new product that is built with integrity and race results in mind, from the ground up. I haven't raced a full season on the USA BMX tour since 2010, and I can't wait to get back on it!"

Josh would like to thank all his personal sponsors, Extreme BMX Products ( Royal Racing ( Killshot Custom Number Plates ( Leatt Protectives ( EKS Brand Goggles ( as well as all of the team sponsors, Fly Racing ( Rockwell Time ( Tangent ( No Weak Links Clothing Co. ( Extreme Fire Protection ( Performance Bike Parts ( Ben's Bikes ( ODI (






BMX Racing news - Friday - April 4, 2013

SpeedTech / SSquared Take the Gators by Storm….

SpeedTech/SSquared traveled to the Sunshine state with a mix of new & returning riders to the squad ready to kick off the 2013 USABMX season.

The team would take its first win of the Season in Bike Shop on Saturday and follow up on Sunday with a 2nd.

A great weekend by team riders, Valentina Vargas, Juan Vargas, Wess Haggstrom, Kit Bjerk, Matt Moberly, Steven Penland, Laura Wheeler, Karrie Norberg & JoJo Starr. 

The next stop for the team will be the Dixieland Nationals in Powder Springs, GA! 

We would like to thank John, Marla & Blake Sawyer at SSquared, Ryan & Natarsha Burk at Answer, Matt at Time 2 Shine, Stuart Harrison at HRP Designs and George Costa at Rennen for all their support in 2013.





BMX Racing news - Wednesday - April 3, 2013

Walker & Willers lead NZ team for UCI BMX Worlds in Auckland

Olympic silver medalist Sarah Walker and world No 7 ranked Marc Willers will lead a strong New Zealand team named today for July’s UCI BMW World Championships in Auckland.

A 15-strong team has been named today by BikeNZ for elite racing at the championships to be staged at Vector Arena on 24-28 July.

New regulations limiting the qualifying numbers for the New Zealand team resulted in some strong competition for places in the team named at the conclusion of a summer series selection events and the national championships in Cambridge.

The Californian-based Willers is the only rider to gain automatic entry based on his world ranking, while Walker was selected on her 2012 performances that culminated in her silver medal in London. She had recovered from a dislocated shoulder to compete at the Olympics but has since undergone surgery to repair the injury, returning to her bike for the first time last week.

BikeNZ coach Ryan Hollows said the selectors were excited by the depth of talent.

“There is good depth in both elite men and junior men, while the team will be well led by the experience of Marc Willers and Sarah Walker,” Hollows said. “It will be interesting to watch our younger riders develop through to the championships and over the next couple years.”

Hollows said while the championships were the clear focus and an exciting opportunity for the sport in this country, the selectors also took a longer term view with their choices.

“It is the first time that New Zealand has ever hosted the BMX World Championships and that is going to be very exciting for our sport. With it being staged at the Vector Arena it is also a superb opportunity for us to profile the sport at the highest level to New Zealanders.

“At the same time we are looking for riders that have the ability to contribute towards securing Olympic qualifying places for 2016 and the ability to win a medal in Rio. For some of the riders the next 18 months will be spent developing towards that objective.”

London Olympian Kurt Pickard (Tauranga) has retained his place in the team along with Matt Cameron (New Plymouth) and Daniel Franks (Christchurch). The newcomers include Kaiapoi’s Trent Jones, up from the junior ranks, and Trent Woodcock (Pukekohe), who was a double junior world championship medallist two years ago.

Walker will be joined by New Plymouth’s Victoria Hill in the elite women’s team, with the Taranaki rider dominating the weekend competition and competed in last year’s world championships in Birmingham.

The team members who are part of BikeNZ’s High Performance unit will complete a training camp next week with combinations to compete at the Oceania Championships in Brisbane next month and six weeks of racing in the USA in June and early July. That group will complete a final training camp in Brisbane before the world championships.

The Challenge (age group) team will be confirmed later this week.

The BikeNZ elite team for the UCI BMX World Championships in Auckland on 24-28 July is:

Elite men: Marc Willers (Cambridge), Kurt Pickard (Tauranga), Matt Cameron (new Plymouth) Trent Jones (Kaiapoi), Daniel Franks (Christchurch), Trent Woodcock (Pukekohe). Reserves: Cody Stevens (Tauranga), Nick Fox (Gisborne).

Elite women: Sarah Walker (Rotorua), Victoria Hill (New Plymouth). Reserve: Hayley Gedye (New Plymouth).

Junior elite men: Cody Hobbs (Te Awamutu), Ryan Lewis (Te Awamutu), Todd Barry (Cambridge), Jarrod Browning (Cambridge), Donald Ross (Whangarei), Ryan Berney (North Harbour). Reserves: Luke Roguski (Tauranga), Stefan Gabel (Tauranga).

Junior elite women: Hannah Sarten (New Plymouth). Reserve: Monique Smith (Gisborne).

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The Sea Otter Classic is coming up, April 18 - 21, drawing tens of thousands of participants and spectators to the world famous Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, California for four days of racing, riding and the largest consumer bike exposition in North America. It's a HUGE event, with just about everything cycling that you can imagine......and this year, an awesome BMX vs MTB short course showdown called the Speed and Style Event!

The race will be invitation only and on a course custom built for Sea Otter by Alex Fowler of  Action Sports Construction. Alex is looking for BMX Pros that want to take on some of the best in mountain biking to do battle head to head on the Speed and Style course, pictured above. BMX Pros and Top Am's already lined up to race are Joey Bradford (Elite), Bubba Gonzales (Hyper Factory/14X) and Alex Fowler/A Pro.

If you are interested in racing the event, invitations can be arranged by contacting Alex at .

For more info on the Speed and Style Event and Action Sports Construction, check out .

Check out the cool tracks on the web site and let Alex come over and build you one!