Natarsha Williams Birk
Joins Marian University Cycling Coaching Staff
world champion cyclist will coach the university’s BMX
program INDIANAPOLIS – Marian University Cycling Coach,
Dean Peterson announced today that Natarsha Birk will be
joining the coaching staff of the 28-time National
Champion collegiate cycling program at Marian
University. Birk will coach all disciplines with a
specific focus on the university’s BMX and mountain bike
Birk comes to the two-time defending Collegiate BMX
National Champions with vast BMX racing success,
including two World Championships (1996 and 2000), three
World Cup Championships, two European Championships, and
a National Championship from her home nation of
Originally from Innisfail, Queensland, Birk has been
racing bikes since age 5. She turned professional in the
sport of BMX at 16 and raced internationally, in 17
countries, until 2004. She moved to the United States in
2000 and has remained involved in the BMX industry.
She comes to Marian University Cycling from ANSWER
BMX, where she has served as the Sales and Sponsorship
Manager since 2009. “BMX has been my life – so to be
able to do something in a career that I’m passionate
about, makes me happy,” said Birk. “When you have a
passion, it’s easy to pass it along, and this will allow
me to actually help athletes along, be hands-on, and
make themselves better.”
Birk is an accredited level 1 coach and will bring
those skills, along with her strength in sports
psychology, to help the Knights continue to advance
their program, particularly in the off-road disciplines.
“We continue to look for ways to develop in the BMX and
mountain bike disciplines, as those are the youngest
areas in our program’s history,” explained Peterson.
“Natarsha is going to be a huge part of our staff moving
forward – I am confident she will help us grow our
efforts to create a meaningful experience for our
student-athletes, both on and off their bikes.”
The Cycling Knights won the Collegiate BMX National
Championship in 2013 on their way to the team’s first
omnium championship. They repeated in 2014 and head to
Atlanta, Georgia this weekend to defend that title. BMX
became an Olympic sport in 2008.
Birk lives in Westfield with her husband, Ryan, and
their son, Ryder, 7, who also races BMX. She is 39 years
About Marian University Indianapolis Marian
University (www.marian.edu), founded in Indianapolis in
1937, is the only Catholic liberal arts university in
central Indiana. It serves a student body of nearly
3,000 through dedication to excellent teaching and
learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions.
Marian University is one of Indiana’s 31 independent
colleges and one of 244 Catholic colleges and
universities nationwide. Since 2001, Marian University
has been led by President Daniel J. Elsener, whose
vision and leadership are transforming the university.
In 2013, Marian University opened the Michael A.
Evans Center for Health Sciences, home to its College of
Osteopathic Medicine. Marian University has amassed 28
national championships in cycling, in 2012 won the NAIA
national championship in football, and was a national
finalist in football in 2014. About Marian University
Cycling The Marian University Cycling Team is a full
varsity team at Marian University in Indianapolis.
Governed by USA Cycling, the team competes year-round in
five cycling disciplines: track, cyclocross, mountain
bike, BMX, and road racing.
A team of nearly 60 student-athletes from 28 states
and four countries train and race while going to school
full-time and serving the local community as well as
pursuing their cycling hopes and dreams. As of January
2015, the team has 28 team national championships, in
track, road, BMX, and cyclocross, is the reigning
Division I Omnium Champion Team, and has been honored as
the USA Cycling Collegiate Club of the Year four times,
most recently in 2014.
To learn more, "like" the team on Facebook or visit
BMX Racing News -
Tuesday - April 21, 2015
UCI SX UK PHOTOS ARE POSTED!
Photos, many, many photos are posted to the UCI
Race Report Page.....You know you want to see em!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY PIX TO BE POSTED FROM MANCHESTER,
Big News from GSX Events:
The 2015 UCI BMX Supercross
World Cup kick started with the opening round
of the season at the home of British Cycling in
Manchester, United Kingdom. With focus on qualifying for
the 2016 Rio Olympics in was a full house of over 200
riders ready to get the season underway.
Phillips, GBR, undefeated at his home track over the
past 2 seasons got the proceedings started with a win in
the Time Trial Super Final over second placed Connor
Fields, USA and 3rd placed Twan van Gendt, NED. 2014 UCI
BMX World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, Mariana
Pajon, COL, kept it smooth and fast in the women's Time
Trial to edge out Caroline Buchanan, AUS, 2nd and
Felicia Stancil, USA in 3rd place.
"King" Liam Phillips (GBR)
surrounded by a crowd of photographers,
chronicling his BIG win at the UCI BMX
Supercross World Cup in Manchester, GBR.
The main event of the weekend brought the house to
their feet in Manchester, in what can only be described
as a showcase event for Bicycle Motorcross, (BMX). WIth
action from the start to the finish the crowd was on the
edge of their seats as the riders put on a display of
speed, energy, power and grace as they battled like
warriors in a gladiator arena.
The Elite Women's Final saw 2014 BMX Supercross World
Cup Series Winner , Caroline Buchanan, AUS, come out of
lane 5, like a scolded cat, taking the hole shot.
Mariana Pajon, COL, unclipped off the first jump and
lost her momentum while Alice Post, USA tucked in behind
Buchanan out of the first turn and that's where she
stayed for the rest of the race as Buchanan took charge.
Stefany Hernandez, VEN, finished strong in 3rd place.
Caroline Buchanan (AUS)
leads the pack in the Elite Women's Main
Event at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in
The Elite Men's Final was a start studded cast with
Liam Phillips, GBR, getting first gate choice and taking
the all important inside lane. The EliteTrax Double Dice
incentive for racing out of gate 8 for the win with the
opportunity of doubling your prize money went to the
young Frenchman, Amidou Mir. Out of the gate Liam
Phillips was pure class, with fellow countryman Tre
Whyte, GBR, having a great first straight. Joris Daudet,
FRA, did not get the start he wanted, while Twan van
Gendt, NED, went down in the first straight.
Whyte went down in the 2nd turn and soon after him,
2nd placed Willoughby went over the front of his bars
with a speed wobble as he entered the tricky 3rd rhythm
section. Mir, found a second gear and went past Nick
Long in 2nd and that's the way it stayed to the finish
line with Liam Phillips, large and in charge and way
ahead as he crossed the finish line for a hatrick of
wins, undefeated on the Manchester track for the 3rd
year in a row as the arena erupted with applause at
another victory for the King of the track in Manchester.
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup rocks on to Round
Two in Papendal, Netherlands the weekend of May 9-10.
BMX Racing News - Wednesday/Thursday - April 15/16, 2015
BMX MANIA IS ON THE
ROAD to uci sx!
BMX.....It's UCI BMX Supercross World Cup time!
Yeah buddy, the UCI BMX SX
series for 2015 is kickin' off this weekend and
BMX Mania Dot Com is
on the road to cover all the action and hit YOU up with
awesome photo coverage from
British Cycling's UNREAL mega indoor BMX SX
course in Manchester, England!
This place has got to be the best dedicated indoor
Supercross BMX track ever invented. Big, Fast and never
a rain date!
All the Fast Kids will be there, getting ready to
grab Olympic Qualifying points for
2016's Olympic BMX outing and you will not
want to miss the action that we're going to bring you.
So, check in Friday Evening, HERE for awesome photo
coverage of your favorite BMX Stars, we will not let you
2015 is going to be an awesome year of
UCI BMX SX,
Santiago del Estero, Argentina;
and Chula Vista, CA USA
..... AND BMX Mania will
be there for ALL the action!
Supercross World Cup and EliteTrax introduce the Lane 8
Double prize money for
finalists who pick the outside lane and win the race!
(Manchester, Great Britain, 10 April
2015). Instant excitement has been added to the 2015 UCI
BMX Supercross World Cup with the introduction of the
Lane 8 Double Dice presented by EliteTrax. Riders in the
finals in both the Elite Men and Elite Women classes who
pick the outside lane (Lane 8) and proceed to win the
race, will receive double the prize money when they
cross the finish line.
Normally, the outside lane is not considered the most
favorable starting position in race. The fact that you
cannot protect and control the race in the first turn in
the same way as being on in the inside is something
riders consider when they pick a gate position. Riders
can make their own gate pick in the finals based on
their semifinal result. The fastest rider in the
semifinal heat gets ‘first pick’ on the 8-position
The inside gates have always been favorite until the
EliteTrax Lane 8 Double Dice showed up. The first rider
who picks the empty Lane 8 position on the gate is
shooting for double prize money that day.
To make it even more interesting, if the same rider
in Elite Men and Elite Women manages to win from Lane 8
three times in one season (The Triple Crown), a prize of
US$25.000 will be paid out.
Winning from Lane 8 is certainly not an
easy one, but not impossible as history has proven. In
2012 at the Papendal BMX Supercross event Maris
Strombergs won the last race before the Olympics from
Arielle Martin did the same at the UCI BMX SX in Chula
Vista in 2011 in the Elite Women class. Shanaze Reade
had a terrible semi final on the demanding SX track in
London in 2011 and ended up having to choose Lane 8. She
got the holeshot in the final and never looked back in
front of an ecstatic home crowd.
Perhaps the most famous win from the outside was the
2010 UCI BMX World Championships Elite Men finals where
Maris Strombergs took the rainbow jersey title starting
from lane 8.
This EliteTrax Lane 8 Double Dice prize money option
is completely voluntarily, since the riders choose their
own gate position (based on the time in the previous
(semi-final) heat). In this way, no one will be forced
to take the Lane 8 option. It is there if a rider feels
that he has what it takes!
The EliteTrax Lane 8 Double Dice will be introduced
at the first round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup
in Manchester, England. When the Elite Men and Elite
Women line up for the final race of the day, all eyes
will be on Lane 8.
EliteTrax Inc. is the leading BMX track builder in
the world and has been instrumental in developing modern
BMX tracks and its design. EliteTrax is a proud partner
of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.
BMX Racing News - weekend update - April 11/12, 2015
TNT BMX Is
Back And Runnin'!
From Al Cayne at
www.SugarCayne.com ...... If you haven’t
already heard the legendary BMX brand TNT Bicycles is
back and better than ever. For the last few months the
brand has been posting photos of their new aluminum
C-Four race frame, Revolver and Derringer hubs and it’s
got the industry buzzing!
BMX Racing News - Monday - April 6, 2015
To Build World Class Pump Track Layout In South Dakota!
Ritz, Johan and the boys over at GSX have been busy
BMXers and here's something VERY cool that they have
going on in Brookings, South Dakota.
The Brookings Park and Recreation department has
recently applied for 'Bicycle Friendly Status' for the
community and they have also contracted with PumpTRAX to
apply their BMX track building genius to some of the
park's land and the results are going to be stunning!
The community is excited and it shows in this bit of
promo from KELO-TV.
From KELO-TV/Sioux Falls, SD USA.
BROOKINGS, SD - The same company that designs BMX bike
tracks for the Olympics is coming to South Dakota to
create Brookings' newest park. Each track at the
Southbrook Pump Park is designed for bikers of different
levels. There is even a strider track for children
between the ages of 2 and 5.
Crews will arrive in May. It should take about 10
days to build the clay tracks on the southern edge of
town. The park should be ready for bikers by June.
If you are not familiar with a Pump Park, the name
comes from the fact that you don't need to use your
pedals at all. You should be able to make it all the way
around the tracks using just your body weight and your
Southbrook Park will be just north of the Dakota
Championship Rounds 1&2 Kick Off in Zolder, Belgium!
Euro Round 1, Elite Men
- 1 Connor Fields/USA ... 2 Amidou Mir/FRA
... 3 Twan Van Gendt/NED ... 4 David Graf/SUI ...
5 Niek Kimmann/NED ... 6 Edzus Treimanis/LAT
... 7 Sylvain Andre/FRA ... 8 Corben Sharrah/USA
BMX Racing News - Thursday/Friday - April 2/3, 2015
Recently, one of the most promising and world
class BMX athletes from Colombia, Daniel Barragan
16X; Top Standing in points of his class; multiple
time national Champion & 3 time finalist at UCI
World Championships; suffered a hard crash during
Daniel landed on his neck that was
immobilized and was taken to one of the most
outstanding hospitals in the country, Portoazul
Clinic for surgery.
Currently, Daniel is in recovery and getting
support from parents, family and friends.
Daniel's family ask for the BMX Family worldwide
to make & join in prayers for Daniel to be healthy
Best wishes & prayers for a speedy return to the
track for Daniel!
scores second Factory Team win of the 2015 season!
the first time in what is sure to be a storied history,
USA BMX scheduled a national event at the new Rock Hill,
SC facility. Rock Hill is a dual SX downhill, and
traditional BMX tournament course in one, with state of
the art spectator support facilities surrounding the
rolled into town with a strong squad ready to take on
all challengers, and most of all, we were very happy to
be out of the
snowy Northeast for the long weekend to be honest.
On the big hill C-YAA's dynamic pro duo of Austin
Loebe and Cole Tesar lined up in the SX
classes Friday and Saturday, easily spotted in their
Fly Racing pants
helmets and gloves. While neither made the main events
they sure did make us all proud, with strong
wise we fared well with eleven total main event wins,
and the top slot in Day
one's Factory Team competition. Lead by
CJ Fisher (19-27x & Cru), who continues to train
with Diprete Strength
(and it shows), and Evan Sinchak (14x &
Cru), who each picked up three main event wins. Not to
be outdone our wily veteran, Lance McGuire
(28-35x) scored two wins on Sunday, and Wesley
Haggstrom (9X & Cru) kept his bikes clean and fast
with Finishline Lubes
and scored the day one 9x win.
Hill saw the return of Kayla Gaddis, now Kayla Shane,
to the tournament course. Saturday was a "get to
know yourThomsonandODIequipped bike again" day for Kayla, while
Sunday saw the former professional use some of her
veteran skills to pick up her first win of the season
and helping the team to
another score north of two hundred and an impressive
fourth place finish.
Baird made his 2015 season debut and captured the
day two 16 cruiser main event using
KMC chains. Teammate
Coleman Habib (16x) stayed fueled with
and made three of four expert/open main events.
Donathan Williams took time away from fixing his
vehicle to compete in the 31-35 cruiser class, scoring a
pair of deuces. Mason Hayes (6x) continues to
progress making all four of his expert and open main
events, while Mason Bruns (8x & Cru) also
impressed and progressed lining up for three of four
mains using his Stealth hubs. Alex Poole
(14x) came up short, but has begun the training process
needed to continue his work towards being a factor
On the injury front Charlie Biggs (11x & Cru)
and Jonathan Austin (9x & Cru) were both missing
from Sunday's race. Not to fear though fans, nothing too
serious with either rider, and both should be back on
the track soon.
most of you saw with our display set up on your way to
view the first straight action, our 2015 Cruiser and
smaller sized twenty inch frame line is just about ready
for sale! Special thanks to Jerry Bradford and YESS for
the premium race site landscape.
Next up for the team will be USA BMX national in
Don’t forget to follow us at
www.facebook.com/CYAABMX, the page
is stuffed full of exciting photos from the teams
exploits all over North America.