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BMX Racing News, Wednesday - August 31, 2011

Marc Willers, BMX Superhero.....Blow By Blow London Race Recap!

Race Report: Marc Willers Powers to 2nd 2011 SX Win in London

This weekend marked the 12-month point of the 2012 London Olympic Games. So what better to do than have a race on the very track we will be racing on next year?

It would be one of the toughest days mentally I have ever had. The clouds opened up just as our morning warm up started. We were put on hold for a couple of hours. Already on a caffeine rage, I shortly was in for a mental crash, as the rain looked like it was never going to let up. The clouds broke around 4 p.m., two hours after the scheduled start. The track builders got stuck into it trying to fix all the bog patches. It was time to reload on the caffeine.

Shortly after 5p.m., it was time to race. Due to the late start and for TV scheduling, qualifying was cut to a one-moto transfer instead of the usual best of three. On the gate for my first race, a very strange call came from the speaker box. It wasn’t the normal “Random Start” call that came over, but none other that the old ABA voice call. Everybody had a mild panic attack (mine was quite a vocal one), not quite figuring out what was going on until a few moments later. Somehow between the race before us and our race, the box switched itself to the other call. First race jitters were already high. As the gate dropped for the race, I came out anything but pretty. I kept it cool for the lap and settled in for 3rd and a spot in the quarterfinal.

The quarter was pretty uneventful and I got through the lap in 2nd and made a pass to move into 1st in the last corner.

The semi was similar, but I held the lead from start to finish and got a spot in the main.

The main was yet another rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. I got out fast from the gate and held the inside line into the first turn. World No. 1 Joris Daudet snuck his wheel up the inside at the exit of the turn but I had a good run with some decent speed off the corner and stayed in front. I stuck to my plan, didn’t get excited and start charging at everything like I have done in the past. I stayed smooth and held my line, which I knew was the fastest line around the track.

Sam Willoughby made a pass up the inside onto the box jump, but I knew it was a tough line and there was a huge chance that he would have to sacrifice his third-straight speed by going low in the turns. Before I knew it, Daudet also snuck up the inside of both of us, but it didn’t change my plan. They rode each other high in the second-to-last corner. I followed my line and railed around it and came into the third straight will full speed and had the lead back before we all landed the first jump in the straight and rode it all the way to the line for my second World Cup win of the season.

Once again I want to thank you all for giving me these opportunities! - Marc






BMX Racing News, Tuesday - August 30, 2011


Official Corsa Racewear Press Release –Tampa Bay, FL

August, 2011-- A brand new extreme sports gear company called Corsa Racewear will be unveiled at the 2011 NBL Grand Nationals in Louisville, KY over Labor Day weekend. So what’s so special about Corsa Racewear? The limited edition “Unleashed” series will offer the following:


-          Gloves offer textured Clarino® synthetic leather palm for durability, while still thin enough to allow riders a close grip of the handle bars. These gloves fuse functionality with durability. You will not be disappointed with the performance and feel of these gloves.


-          Race pants are lightweight yet durable, with a side zippered pocket and a Velcro strap system that allows you to tighten the right pant leg, helping to prevent the pant from getting caught in the sprocket. And our race pant is 2 inches longer compared to the standard MX pant.  No more high water look!


-          Our jerseys have fade-free sublimated graphics and offer a hidden zipper pocket on the upper left arm to stash some cash, a cyclist’s racing license, etc. 

This is racewear for the extreme cyclist. Our mission is to provide the best quality racewear to BMXers, mountain bikers and other cyclists around the world. As racers ourselves, we know what cyclists need from their racewear. From the professional racer to the dedicated racing hobbyist and enthusiast, we are here for you!  

Look for the Corsa Racewear pit area at the 2011 NBL Grand Nationals.  Our gloves are already available for purchase, but our complete limited edition product line will be available mid October 2011. 

For more information about Corsa Racewear’s gear and color options, check us out at and make sure to “Like” us at




BMX Racing News, Monday - August 29, 2011

A Public Service Announcement from Bicycle Components

Going to Reno????? ..... Reno Local Vet Pro and owner of BC Bicycle Components Mike "The Swa-Man" Sawatsky would like to inform you of some road construction that has the Wells exit in Reno which leads to the Reno Livestock Event Center closed! Yikes!

The best directions would be as follows

East bound ..... I-80, take 395 North amd stay to the right. Exit off on Oddie Blvd and take a Left.

Follow Oddie and it turns into Wells right at the event center.

Coming West, take the same, 395 North and take same directions.

This should help get you there safely and is the best way around the road work.

Everyone drive safe and we'll see you here in Reno!


Little BMXers flying around on Strider bikes with no pedals! This has got to be some of the craziest video turned in by BMXers in a long time. Check it out and remember, you may be watching a future World Champion!

Strider World Cup Races To Sarasota For The Strider World Championship

A Weekend of World Championship Racing and Family Fun October 14th to 16th

Rapid City, SD (August 11, 2011) – The Strider World Championship and Sarasota Kids Fest will bring toddlers from around the globe to Sarasota, Florida USA on the weekend of October 14-16, 2011 for three days of adventure on two wheels and off. Strider Sports International, the world’s premier no-pedal balance bike manufacturer, will hold their season-ending race at beautiful Sarasota BMX, 1590 North Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34237.

The Strider World Championship on Saturday, October 15th – the first toddler world championship of any kind – will feature 2, 3, 4 and 5-year-old racers from North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. If your child hasn't qualified, you are in luck! There is a Last Chance Qualifier on Friday, October 14th to qualify for the World Championship being held the next day.

Every racer will earn a medal for participation in the race and the top three finishers in each age group will be awarded trophies during a finish line podium ceremony. At the end, there will be lots of big smiles, and the first 2-year-old, 3-year-old, 4-year-old and 5-year-old World Champions will be crowned. If you haven't seen a toddler trophy ceremony, you’re in for a treat! Pre-registration is required. Race entry fee is $40 for the Championship and $15 for the Last Chance Qualifier. Registration is limited to 200 racers. For more information or to pre-register, visit

In addition to world championship racing, bring the whole crew to the Family Fun Festival, Strider Parade, BBQ, Strider beach riding, and luau held throughout the weekend at the track and race headquarters, the world-class Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel. Located directly on Sarasota's world renowned beaches, the Helmsley Sandcastle and Strider have teamed up to offer beach front rooms, multiple swimming pools, free evening child care and open-air trolley rides to shuttle riders and family between the hotel and the track on both days. Special Strider rates start at $99 per night for families up to five. Rooms are limited so book your room early and mention "Strider World Championship" to receive your discount. For hotel details, visit

“Four years ago I could not have imagined that the bike I created for my son to learn to ride would lead so quickly to a championship race for children from around the world,” states Strider Inventor and CEO Ryan McFarland. “We always believed the Strider was special in the way it taught toddlers how to balance and ride on two wheels. Now with the Strider Cup and Strider World Championship, we see children as young as 2-years-old experiencing friendly competition, developing sportsmanship and playing on two wheels. This is going to be an amazing weekend, and we are grateful to all our partners and Sarasota County for helping us culminate the season in true Strider style – fun in the sun!”

“Sarasota is proud to host the 2011 Strider World Championship," said John McCarthy, Sarasota County Recreational Tourism Development Manager. "Sarasota is well-poised to host an exciting weekend of Strider family fun with America’s number one beach, a vibrant downtown, and the first purpose-built, “no-pedal” BMX race track in the country.”

“The Strider World Cup is the minor leagues for BMX Racing, and we're thrilled to be a part of the Strider World Championship as it shines a big spotlight on our smallest racers,” finishes B.A. Anderson, CEO of USA BMX. “It is an honor for USA BMX to be the host of this historic event as we celebrate and cheer for the cycling champions of tomorrow."

Special thanks to our partners: Nutcase Helmets (, Y Water (, Go Pro (, Sarasota County Sports Commission (, Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel (, USA BMX (, and Sarasota BMX (

About the Strider World Cup™

The Strider Cup™ and Strider World Cup™ events are play experiences designed to let toddlers and young kids age 18 months to five years old explore the world on TWO wheels. Whether it is test riding a Strider™ No-Pedal Bike for the first time or racing Striders on a dirt track with other toddlers, Strider World Cup™ events have something for every family interested in giving their child a head start. Balance, coordination, and confidence all develop naturally when children experience group play and friendly competition on Striders. For more information, visit

About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes

If your toddler can walk, your toddler CAN ride a STRIDER™! Avoid tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles. Go straight to riding on TWO wheels. STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bikes help toddlers age one to five years old learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling, which develops glittering confidence and amazing bike handling skills. So ditch the tricycle and training wheels, and teach your child to ride a bike sooner, better, and safer with a STRIDER™. Available at





BMX Racing News, weekend update - August 27, 2011

Factory Team adds a new AA

For Immediate Release - Apple Valley, CA The Speedline/Supercross Factory Team adds a new AA to the Speedline Team

Speedline would like to welcome Men's Elite - "AA" Alex Anthony to the Speedline/Supercross Factory Team. Alex has recently been tearing up the A Pro Class and in Las Vegas turned up to AA Pro and made the jump over to the Speedline team for the rest of the year.

Alex rode Supercross' during his amateur career while riding for the Marzocchi/Supercross team and was excited to get back on to a Supercross as part of the Speedline/Supercross Team.

Alex joins Kim Hayashi, Afton Schrimpf, Jesse Day and Zach Tossett on the Speedline/Supercross Factory Team.

For more Information on Speedline Parts, please visit our website at

The Speedline Factory Team is proudly equipped with Alienation Rims, ODI Grips, Fly Racewear, and Supercross BMX Frames and Parts.




BMX Racing News, Thursday - August 25, 2011


Yeah, Buddy!!!!! Who wouldn't want a chance to get schooled by Maris and The Boys, and that's just the beginning!

The clinic will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center's, "Future BMX Track", in the heart of Team USA's Olympic Dreams and Training!

Dig It! Do It! Dial it in! Check out the flyer A Buv for all the interesting facts and details!

Cycling Australia Sez: Reynolds on the podium in London

West Australian Lauren Reynolds has placed third in the final on a rain interrupted day of racing at the UCI BMX Supercross round in London.

"I'm very happy really, it's good to get a result and even better to get it here in London one year out from the Olympics," said Reynolds.

Home favourite Shanaze Reade (GBR) claimed the win in the women's final ahead of New Zealand's Sarah Walker with Reynolds close behind. The third round of the World Cup series was staged as an official test event for the 2012 Olympic Games but the marquee day was marred by rain. Racing eventually got underway after a three hour delay but instead of three runs in each heat the women's quarter finals and the men's first round motos were cut to one ride each with the top four progressing through.

"(It was) a really hard long day here with the weather and mentally draining but you really had to hold it together and I guess I did that fairly well," said the 20 year old from Bunbury. "I honestly thought we weren't racing today because it (the rain) came in that bad and my body started to shut down a lot but I knew....I had to keep it going."

Reynolds agrees her second place in yesterday's Superfinal time trial also helped her confidence today but a crash in practice wasn't part of the day's plan.

"The conditions were crazy and it was a case of survival on the track," she said. "I pinned it my first one and got over the next one okay but the wind stopped me and turned me and it was straight to the ground but it was a light crash luckily so I just jumped back up and got ready for racing.

"(I told myself) I'm feeling good, riding well, have the track under control so not too much to worry about just getting the job done again," she explained. "I put it together and had some good laps.

"In the actual final my gate wasn't the greatest but I just played it smart I think and just kept my cool and kept in control," she said. "I had a nice first straight and got in the mix and held onto that number three. The two girls ahead of me they had a really good battle and they were fairly flying so it was just keep up with them and not let anyone past me."

Recently crowned junior world champion, Melinda McLeod, stepped into the elite ranks this week and qualified for her first Supercross main final finishing sixth.

In the men's final South Australian Sam Willoughby, who won yesterday's time trial and in all his rounds to the final led from start to finish, was marked as the man to beat but New Zealand's Marc Willers stole his thunder. Willers was first down the ramp until the crossover in the second straight where Willoughby and World Champion Joris Daudet (FRA) passed him on either side. But in the rhythm section Willers regained ground and on the final turn squeezed out Willoughby to snatch back the lead.

He won with Daudet second and Nicholas Long (USA) third while Willoughby crossed in sixth place.

It was a solid performance by the Australian team who "We're working well together, stepping stones on the way up, we're a young team and we're starting to get the experience under our belts now," said Reynolds. "Only a matter of time now and we're going to start seeing a lot more results. Team Australia's going really well."

Full results can be found here.

Audio grabs

About the London Olympic Games BMX Track - Located at the northern end of Olympic Park in Stratford in east London, the new BMX Track is approximately 450m long and features an eight-metre high starting ramp, followed by a challenging series of jumps and tightly banked corners. For the first time the track features a 15 metre long tunnel in the second straight of the women's course and a box jump.

London 2012 Olympic Games - BMX - The BMX Track will host both the men's and women's Olympic Games BMX in 2012 with a total of 48 riders competing for two gold medals. See more info on BMX at the Olympic Games here.

The Australian BMX High Performance Squad for the London round of the UCI BMX Supercross is below for reference:

Elite Men

Elite Women


CycleCraft is excited to announce our partnership with Deuce Brand Sports Watches as a new sponsor.  Deuce Brand makes the most colorful and exciting sport watches available today.  Check one out on the arm of your favorite CycleCraft Factory rider.  For more information go to or contact CycleCraft through email directly at and order yours today.



In addition to Deuce Brand (, the CycleCraft BMX Team is successfully supported by the best co-sponsors in the world, including: Profile Racing (, Answer BMX (, Kenda Tires and Tubes (, Fly Racing (, Alienation BMX (, MCS Bicycles (, UGP (, Animal Customs (, 24/Seven Graphics (, HRP Designs (, JW Bicycle Products (, and Daytona Toyota (  We sincerely thank all of them for their support.

Free Agent / Rockstar 5 Stop Texas Clinic Tour

Kyle Bennett kicks off the Free Agent / Rockstar 5 Stop Texas Clinic Tour, Sept 10th at Beltway 8 BMX Track in Houston.

See the Flyer above for all the info that you need to get hooked up with a GREAT clinic with BMX Legend, Kyle Bennett.

Willoughby sizzles in Supercross time trial

Cycling Australia Media Release

South Australian Sam Willoughby has grabbed victory and Bunbury's Lauren Reynolds placed second in the Superfinal time trials on day one of competition at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup round in London.

The third round of the series is being staged as an official test event for the 2012 Olympic Games and is giving riders and officials a chance to test and provide feedback on the track in full racing mode.

"It's really good," said Willoughby after his time trial win. "Good to know I can put a fast lap together so now it's a matter of doing it in racing which is a different situation but it definitely puts the confidence up there knowing I'm capable of putting a good lap together."

Willoughby clocked a sizzling 42.625 to finish 0.142 seconds faster than World Champion Joris Daudet from France (42.767) with a second Frenchman, Sylvain Andre this in a time of 43.317. Brian Kirkham also qualified into the 16 man final for Australia and finished 11th in 45.074.

Rain yesterday forced the official practice to be called off before it was completed and today's rescheduled practice was further delayed as riders waited for the track to dry out. Sunny, warm conditions were welcomed but not so the gusting winds that created trying conditions for the riders in their timed solo runs.

"You've just gotta adapt and ride to the conditions and not ride too over your head cause it will come up and grab you especially with how hard the track is to start with and then you throw in the wind factor," said Willoughby. "I just tried to ride to the conditions and just do what I could to get a clean lap and not try to overdo anything because I knew that would be the best situation."

In the women's event Reynolds (40.170) was a mere 44 thousandths of a second off the winning pace of Magalie Pottier of France with hometown favourite Shanaze Reade third in 40.309. Canberra's Caroline Buchanan (41.479) was the sixth fastest and Queensland's Melinda McLeod placed tenth in 42.886.

"I put down a fairly reasonable lap especially considering the wind, that was pretty crazy today," said Reynolds. "I'm happy with that and second is good but obviously going for a little better tomorrow.

The results today give both Reynolds and Willoughby a good draw in the moto rounds but no-one is sure what will happen when eight riders hit the course at once in race mode.

"It's going to be crucial to get out front I think because it is a pretty tight track," said Willoughby. "After that box jump and into the third straight towards the finish line I think there will be a lot of opportunities to pass because people are making mistakes and it's windy.

"But if you're out front and get to the first turn in front then that's 50 percent of winning the race.

"That's the plan (for me) get out front and ride my own lap just like I did in the time trial."

One rider who won't be lining up tomorrow is Queenslander Rachel Bracken who broke her ankle in a crash today during practice. The undisclosed fracture of her right fibula has meant an early end to her season but she has been cleared to fly home on Sunday with her team mates.

      Download AIFF format audio file of Willoughby talking about his time trial win.

About the London Olympic Games BMX Track - Located at the northern end of Olympic Park in Stratford in east London, the new BMX Track is approximately 450m long and features an eight-metre high starting ramp, followed by a challenging series of jumps and tightly banked corners. For the first time the track features a 15 metre long tunnel in the second straight of the women's course and a box jump.

London 2012 Olympic Games / BMX - The BMX Track will host both the men's and women's Olympic Games BMX in 2012 with a total of 48 riders competing for two gold medals. See more info on BMX at the Olympic Games here.

The Australian BMX High Performance Squad for the London round of the UCI BMX Supercross is below for reference:

Elite Men

Elite Women




BMX Racing News, Wednesday - August 24, 2011



Just in case you're going to the Ride Like A Girl Clinic with Carley Young, you need to be aware that you need to fill out the following forms!

Check em out, just click on the following links and get them back to Gnarly Carley and you'll be good to go!





BMX Racing News, Tuesday - August 23, 2011


Alienation BMX and Stay Strong are proud to announce that Alienation now has it’s Stay Strong rims in stock!

Two choices – Runaway and Skylark. Both are made of 6069 material to be 30% stronger keeping the same weight.

All proceeds will go to the Stay Strong Foundation.

Visit for more information.


Free Agent and Nema Cycling, together with Need Three, are proud to present SoCal’s BMX Gold Coast Cup Pro-Am, Saturday August 27, 2011, awarding $5,000 in prize monies through 8th place!   

This will be a special two-race event on the final day of the 2nd Annual BMX Gold Coast Cup series.

That’s two Pro-Am races in one day along SoCal’s Gold Coast where the racing will be hot but the daytime temps should be a perfect 72 degrees! 

With Mike Redman in the house to announce, the good times are set to roll first at Santa Barbara’s Elings Park BMX Raceway, 10:00am-11:30am sign-ups, racing ASAP. 

The action then shifts a short 35 miles south along the 101 Coast Highway to Camarillo’s Freedom Park BMX Raceway, 5:00pm-7:00pm sign-ups, racing ASAP.   

Open to 15 and over expert amateurs and pros, the entry fee for the two-race format/day is just $20. 

Final rankings and the money will be awarded based on combined finishes from both races. 

For complete information, got to or, become a fan on facebook at Gold Coast BMX racing, or call our hotline at 805-824-7854

The SoCal BMX Gold Coast Cup is going on now, every Saturday in August, offering great regional competition, custom awards and great giveaways from the following series sponsors.

Sponsored By.....Free Agent Bicycles, Nema Cycling, Intense BMX, Speed Bicycles, GT Bikes, Redman Bikes, Stealth Hubs, Supercross BMX, Clayborn Bikes, Stile Industries, THE, Atomlab, ODI, ITS Tyre Systems, Sinz, Alius, Kenda Tires, LDC, Hot Shoppe, KwegCo Chains, White Lightning, Tangent, StructureIT Worldwide and Corporate Graphics.

Smoothieking and CycleCraft announcement of Sponsorship

CycleCraft is proud to announce the sponsorship between Smoothie King and CycleCraft BMX. The cross promotion of both brands in the BMX market place will be a great thing for us all. The great 100% American made CycleCraft BMX race frames, and the fresh and healthy Smoothie King drinks are rocking the show.

The sport of BMX could not have two better partners helping promote heath and fitness, along with great fun the whole family can enjoy. The 2012 Summer Olympics are fast approaching, and it’s great to know Smoothie King and CycleCraft will be on the scene showing not only the USA, but the world, what a great healthy drink Smoothie King is, and what a great healthy sport BMX racing is as well.

Go check out, and to learn more about BMX racing in your community, and jump in and get involved in the great sport of BMX racing. 

We are pleased to be partnering up with company that will further promote the sport of BMX and a get active lifestyle. DJ Halligan owner of Smoothie King Wesley Chapel and New Port Richey has been at the forefront of extreme sports in the South Eastern part of the United States for many years with sponsorship's and his Mobil Fund Raising Units.  He has provided a healthy alternative to energy drinks, snow cones, ice cream at tracks and has instilled proper nutrition in any sport will always produce a winner. DJ Halligan states," We will elevate the sport of Bmx and combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity with this partnership. We would like to use the 600 stores in 32 states to be an outlet for promotion of the new USA BMX and the new Smoothie King Limited Edition CycleCraft Bmx bike (which will be unveiled at the Grands). Big plans are in the works and I am pumped!!!" 

Dj Halligan can be reached at for further comment.

The Cyclecraft BMX team is successfully supported by the best co-sponsors in the world, including: Profile Racing (, Answer BMX (, Kenda Tires and Tubes (, No Fear (, Fly Racing (, Alienation BMX (, MCS Bicycles (, UGP (, Animal Customs (, 24/Seven Graphics (, HRP designs (, JW Bicycle Products (, Toyota of Daytona (, PowerAde (

Go211 to Webcast NBL Grand Finale

Every single minute of the Grand Finale of the NBL Grands will be broadcast LIVE on As always you will be able to watch and chat with your friends during the webcast. Go211 will also post the Moto Sheets in PDF format so you can follow along and know what riders are in what moto.

On Demand videos will be posted and will include all Rounds of motos, Quarters, Semi Finals and the Main events.

Schedule is as follows

Friday 9/2 - LIVE: 5:00 PM EDT
Saturday 9/3 - LIVE: 8:00 AM EDT
Sunday 9/4 - LIVE: 8:00 AM EDT

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BMX Racing News, Monday - August 22, 2011



BMX Mania adds yet another excuse to the long list of exciting reasons why things don't get done around here, but seriously.......

In the meantime, we have added about another hundred photos from the Big Race. Check out the Saturday Report on the BMX Mania Race Report Page, by going HERE! (Or clicking on "Jerry Jet Lag" above, photo by English BMX "FanAtic", Stu Dixon!)






BMX Racing News, weekend edition - August 20-22, 2011

it's reade & willers at UCI SX London!


Shanaze Reade and Marc Willers win UCI BMX Supercross World Cup London 2011

UCI Media Services - London, Olympic Park 20 August 2011- Witnessed by a sell out crowd home favourite Shanaze Reade (GBR) dominated the final on the Olympic ‘home course’. With the men Marc Willers (NZL) was first to cross the finish line in the final to claim top honours during the third stop of the UCI BMX Supercross at London’s Olympic Park.

It was a tough day for all the riders, organizers and track builders. Rain delayed racing until approximately 17.00 hours. The 64 Elite Men and 32 Elite Women started practice as scheduled but had to wait for about three hours before practice and resumed and racing started.

The sky completely cleared and the sun came out for Reade and Willers but also for the enthusiastic crowd that refused to go home. England showed picture perfect conditions as even the wind died down to create a historic BMX race on the Olympic BMX track in London.

Sixty-four Elite men qualified for the finals. But there was no room for error in the qualification round. Due to time restrains the racing went straight into elimination mode. The best four of each heat qualified for the next round. Do or die.

Shanaze Reade was extremely happy to be able to win in front of her home crowd. “This gives me confidence. The British crowd made racing so much easier. I have not experienced such a big and enthusiastic crowd myself. The whole day was an emotional roller coaster. Eventually the sun came out. But this is England and we have to deal with it. We all handled it well. It is great to win one year ahead of the Olympics on this track.”

In the men’s final Willers won the hole shot and was leading until the crossover in the second straight. On the Red Bull jump Sam Willoughby (AUS) and World Champion Joris Daudet (FRA) passed the New Zealander on either side. But in the rhythm section Willers showed his magic and caught up again. He led through the last turn ad continued to claim victory on the finish line.

Marc Willers was al smiles. “It was tough. With the delays. But I thought about Papendal where the conditions were just as bad. I knew I held it in me as I did in Holland. Once in the final I saw Sam (Willoughby) on the inside and Joris (Daudet) passing me. I had flashbacks of the worlds. But I kept my head and kept my line.”

The London track features some unique innovations like the radical ‘Oakley Underground’, a tunnel where the women drop in and pop out on the other end while the men have to master the exciting Red Bull jump. There is some discussion about the innovations as some riders like Willers favor the typical BMX track.

Willers has an opinion about that. “I am more a fan of the three corners and four shapes course. But you can make your move on this track. Surprisingly everybody stayed up.”

UCI BMX SX London - Time Trials Superfinals

Top TT Winners - Elite Men/Sam Willoughby ..... Elite Women/Magalie Pottier
Elite Men's Top Five
1st Sam Willoughby AUS 42.625 0.000
2nd Joris Daudet FRA 42.767 +0.142
3rd Sylvain Andre FRA 43.317 +0.692
4th Tory Nyhaug CAN 43.666 +1.041
5th Moana Moo Caille FRA 43.702 +1.077
Elite Women's Top Five
1st Magalie Pottier FRA 40.126 0.000
2nd Lauren Reynolds AUS 40.170 +0.044
3rd Shanaze Reade GBR 40.309 +0.183
4th Laëtitia Le Corguillé FRA 40.379 +0.253
5th Marian Pajon COL 41.162 +1.036

Eighteen Americans through to saturday's racing at BMX Olympic Test Event

London, England (August 19, 2011) – The opening day of the BMX Olympic Test event & UCI Supercross World Cup #3 saw the United States qualify more riders through to Saturday’s main than any other nation. Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX) qualified first on his initial time trial run, showing his prowess on the soon-to-be Olympic track.

BMX fans can watch the main event on NBC this Sunday, August 19 at 3:30 ET.

In all 18 American men and women posted initial time trial runs fast enough to put them in the top half of their gender group to move into Saturday’s main event. Three American men and three women also scored initial times in the top 16, qualifying them for a second run; termed the Time Trial Superfinal.

On his first try of the 2012 Olympic course, Fields posted the top time amongst the vast 126-man field on the initial run at 43.404. Going at it a bit differently in the Time Trial Superfinal, the 19 year-old cruised to a sixth place finish with a 44.013.

“The first run I was just trying to get a smooth lap so I would qualify,” explained Fields. “I wasn’t too worried about the actual time; I was just trying to get a clean lap and ended up riding a really good lap. The last one I was really going for gold and I think I tried a bit too hard and would have been better off to have just stayed relaxed. Tomorrow will be a different ball game though. You really have to go all out, get in front and then not make any mistakes.”

Weston Pope (Clarksville, Ind.) and Tyler Faoro (Coral Springs, Fla.) joined Fields in the TT Superfinal, coming in 13th and 16th respectively to put them in good position for tomorrow. In all 12 American men earned a spot amongst the top 64 and will move on to tomorrow’s eight-up contest to decide who is the early favorite to win Olympic gold.

Australia’s Sam Willoughby posted a 42.625 on his second run to edge out a pair of Frenchmen in the Time Trial Superfinal and qualify first for Saturday’s head-to-head competition.

On the women’s side recent junior elite world championship bronze medalist Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro-Rockstar) made her initial run in 41.068, good enough for fourth; while teammate Amanda Geving (Largo, Fla./ Endeavor-Rip XX Racing was just behind her in sixth. The pair fell to seventh and eighth in their second runs, which determines seeding order for the top 16 who advance, but sit in good form moving into tomorrow’s main.

Racing through the pain of a separated shoulder, the ninth-ranked female on the SX circuit Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX) made it to the TT Superfinal and ultimately qualified in 14th. The other three American women in the competition made it through to Saturday’s main, just outside of the top 16 spots.

“The first time I ride a little conservative, to try and make sure I qualify for tomorrow,” stated Martin. “If you make it to the second round it is a bit more fun. You get to open it up and ride really hard. I just pushed a little too much through that first jump.”

The stage is now set for Saturday’s mains including 1/8th finals, quarter finals, semis and the final. Audiences all over America can watch via tape delay on NBC Sunday at 3:30 ET.

UCI BMX Supercross World Cup - BMX Olympic Test Event - London, England - August 19-20, 2011


Elite Men’s Time Trial qualifiers & Superfinal Results

1. Sam Willoughby (AUS) 42.625

2. Joris Daudet (FRA) 42.767

3. Sylvain Andre (FRA) 43.317

6. Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX) 44.013

13. Weston Pope (Clarksville, Ind.) 44.660

16. Tyler Faoro (Coral Springs, Fla.) 44.616

20. Joshua Meyers (Treasure Island, Fla.) 44.819

23. David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Intense BMX) 44.940

25. Mike Day (San Diego, Calif./GT-Red Bull) 45.049

27. Barry Nobles (Wetumpka, Ala.) 45.227

37. Tommy Zula (New Carlisle, Ohio) 45.608

44. Nicholas Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro-Rockstar) 45.719

47. Kyle Bennett (Conroe, Texas) 45.853

29. Jason Rogers (Mesquite, Texas) 45.902

55. Corey Reid (Avondale, Ariz.) 46.493

Elite Women’s Time Trial qualifiers & Superfinal Results

1. Magalie Pottier (FRA) 40.126

2. Lauren Reynolds (AUS) 40.170

3. Shanaze Reade (GBR) 40.309

7. Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro-Rockstar) 41.554

8. Amanda Geving (Largo, Fla./ Endeavor-Rip XX Racing) 41.844

14. Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX) 44.777

17. Amanda Carr Carr (Punta Gorda, Fla./Endeavor-Rip XX Racing) 43.188

22. Danielle George (Palmdale, Calif./Supercross BMX) 43.776

26. Ashley Verhagen (Simi Valley, Calif.) 45.188

For more information visit the London Prepares Series’ official webpage.

About the Olympic BMX Track - Located in the north of the Olympic Park in Stratford in east London, the new BMX Track is approximately 450-meters long and features an eight-meter high ramp at the start, followed by jumps, bumps and tightly banked corners. For the first time ever the track features the ‘Oakley Underground,’ a 15-meter long tunnel, part of the women’s second straight and the ‘Red Bull Box Jump’, a challenging and technical feature where elite men fly on a box and off again. The BMX Track will host both the men’s and women’s Olympic BMX competitions next summer, with a total of 48 riders competing for two gold medals.

About USA Cycling - Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit






BMX Racing News, Wednesday/Thursday - August 17-18, 2011


Rain clouds and some wet stuff moved in over the BMX Venue at the Olympic Park and washed out two of the three rounds of practice for Friday. The "A Group" made up of the top ranked men's riders got in a complete round of practice, and the "B Group" of men's practice had just gotten out on the track, when the rains hit, necessitating the closing of practice and covering the track with the meters and meters of shiny black waterproofing to keep the track in good shape and ready to rock tomorrow.

Practice times for Friday have been re-scheduled to give the Men's B Group and the Elite Women plenty of time to get their groove on.

Friday practice times

Elite Women 1000 -1125

Men's group C 1130 - 1310

Men's group B 1315 - 1355

Time trials start - 1400



BMX Australia Games hopefuls set to race on London track

Australia's BMX contenders will this week contest the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series in London being staged as an official test event for the 2012 Olympic Games.

It's the first and only chance the riders will have to race on the track ahead of next year's Olympics and National BMX Head Coach Wade Bootes says all are keen to make the most of the opportunity.

The team headed to the Netherlands after last month's World Championships in Denmark where they topped the medal table with a total of three gold, one silver and one bronze medal from eight Championship Class events.

"Definitely the guys are excited," said Bootes. "We've had a great preparation in Holland and everything is going great and we should have some great results.

"If you compare the Papendal track it's very similar and everyone has been riding well in the last couple of weeks so hopefully we'll get at least three (men) and three (women) in the finals," said Bootes. "On the day they're going to be putting it all together, putting the A game on and let's see what we can produce."

On Thursday local time the teams have an opportunity to walk the track ahead of official practice with the Time Trial Superfinals on Friday and the racing finals on Saturday.

About the London Olympic Games BMX Track - Located at the northern end of Olympic Park in Stratford in east London, the new BMX Track is approximately 450m long and features an eight-metre high starting ramp, followed by a challenging series of jumps and tightly banked corners. For the first time the track features a 15 metre long tunnel in the second straight of the women's course and a box jump.

London 2012 Olympic Games - BMX - The BMX Track will host both the men's and women's Olympic Games BMX in 2012 with a total of 48 riders competing for two gold medals. See more info on BMX at the Olympic Games here.

The Australian BMX High Performance Squad for the London round of the UCI BMX Supercross is below for reference:

Elite Men

Elite Women

American BMXers primed for Olympic Test Event

Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 17, 2011) –Less than one year ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games, nearly 160 elite BMX riders, and more than two dozen Americans, will gather in London for the official BMX Olympic Test Event, also the third stop of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series. The first opportunity for the riders to race the Olympic track ahead of next summer’s Games begins this Friday August 19th, with finals on Saturday the 20th.


The final will be broadcast nationwide on NBC on Sunday, August 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET.


Ranked 12th and 14th in the Suprecross series, Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro-Rockstar) and David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Intense BMX) will lead the U.S. men’s contingent which is on the hunt for a medal after coming up empty at the recent world championships in Copenhagen.


Veteran Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX) will lead the American ladies as she is ranked inside the top 10 halfway through the four-race series. She’ll be joined by former soccer player turned BMX star Amanda Carr (Punta Gorda, Fla./Endeavor-Rip XX Racing) and recent world championship bronze medalist in the junior elite division Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro-Rockstar) in headlining the U.S. women’s squad.


In total 120 Elite men and 40 Elite women have singed up for this ultimate Olympic test. For more information visit the London Prepares Series’ official webpage.


About the Olympic BMX Track ..... Located in the north of the Olympic Park in Stratford in east London, the new BMX Track is approximately 450-meters long and features an eight-meter high ramp at the start, followed by jumps, bumps and tightly banked corners. For the first time ever the track features the ‘Oakley Underground,’ a 15-meter long tunnel, part of the women’s second straight and the ‘Red Bull Box Jump’, a challenging and technical feature where elite men fly on a box and off again. The BMX Track will host both the men’s and women’s Olympic BMX competitions next summer, with a total of 48 riders competing for two gold medals.


About USA Cycling ..... Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit


It's one year out from the Olympics and the UCI BMX SX caravan is rolling in to London to stage the 2011 version of the 2012 BMX Olympic event. We're just headin' out to make it happen for you at the race, so check out the action at the London Olympic Park, Thursday for practice, followed by Time Trial Friday and Big Race Saturday!

It's GOLDEN, Baby We're rockin' with The Rings!

See you there!

2011 President’s Cup to be paired with the

ABA Grands in Tulsa Oklahoma

One of the most prestigious and exiting events in all of BMX is the annual State vs. State NBL President’s Cup, and one of the most frequently asked questions is, “When and where will the President’s Cup be?”. As the face of BMX racing in North America evolves and the NBL and ABA National Series are molded into one mega series under USA BMX, great events like the Presidents Cup are taking on a whole new meaning. We are pleased to announce that the 2011 USA BMX President’s Cup will be hosted on Friday, November 25, 2011 in conjunction with the 2011 ABA Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

When deciding the location for this amazing event major considerations were taken into account. Paramount among them were pairing the State vs. State ABA event with the NBL State vs. State event and finding a central location to ensure participation from the entire USA BMX membership which is now evenly geographically distributed across the U.S. The ABA Grand Nationals (and future USA BMX Grands) are hosted annually, Thanksgiving weekend and features one of the most dynamic arenas at a quarter of a mile long and a BMX track that is constructed with more dirt than any other track in the World. The ABA Grands are very similar to the NBL Grands as the race takes place on both a Saturday and Sunday, preceded by a special race hosted on Friday. This ABA Friday race—The Race of Champions—is for riders who have qualified to participate by finishing in the top 10 in the ABA State Series based on age and class (i.e. top ten 10 year old expert). Last year’s Race of Champions featured participants from 45 states and the merging of the two events under USA BMX will realize participation from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and at least 2 Canadian provinces. NBL riders will qualify as they have in the past by finishing in the top 15 in their NBL State Series based on age and class.

The great tradition of the President’s Cup will continue and feature a Parade of States, with all riders from each state completing a track walk adorning their State’s flag and name, State vs. State team competition where riders from each state will challenge each other on a State Team Sheet. The bleachers will be divided by state as the state teams group together to cheer on the fellow statesmen and strategize on how to win the Cup. Additionally a very special cup will be awarded to the wining state with an additional banner acknowledging the winner of every President’s Cup since the beginning of the event in 1985. The award of the day will be fabulous cups. In addition, the champions in every class will be awarded no. 1 plates and vehicle stickers.

Anyone who attends this year’s President’s Cup/Race of Champions is sure to be impressed. Tulsa is an outstanding host city that is ideally and centrally located to the USA BMX track base and offers amazingly low hotel rates (some as low as $69 per night). The Tulsa Expo Square is the perfect indoor BMX venue, all under one expansive roof, featuring a track is legendary year after year. Additionally, the vendor and team areas will be the largest you have ever experienced. Please don’t miss this historic event!

To pre-register for this event or for hotel information please click here.

First year for Prophecy BMX at the Worlds and 2 Elite finals!

The last weekend of July the Elite and Junior World Championship took place at Copenhagen in Denmark with at the same time the world challenge for all the other categories….The track was really great, fast with many huge jumps, a long rhythm section at the 3rd straight and impressive turns in which it was easy to make some moves.

So it was great to see how all of the riders performed, because on that kind of track the qualification is never sure until the finish.

For Prophecy BMX, it was the first time to have some Prophecy BMX frames on the gate of a World championship, and we were very proud to see not just riders from our team but other riders on our bikes, as well! And we want to congratulate all riders for their performances during this extraordinary week of races…

Regarding the Prophecy BMX team, all our team riders were there and even if Henrik Baltzersen did not pass the time trial, Joey Bradford and Moana Moo-Caille showed how fast they were going on their Scud carbon frames.

Joey Bradford had a bad crash one week before the worlds during a training camp at the Olympic center in Chula Vista. but decided to come anyway to compete at the worlds…It was a quite crazy decision when you know that Joey just has time to pack his baggage after have been out of hospital a very short time, until the flight to Copenhagen two days before the race!

But Joey impressed the entire crowd Friday during the time trial getting the first time until the second turn and slowing down at the 3rd straight to avoid a crash and to be sure of the qualification for the next day…Joey finished anyway to an incredible 18th place in the time trial. Unfortunately the Saturday during the race he could not succeed to make a good start and did not pass the qualifications…

At the reverse Moana Moo-Caille, who finished at the 40th place at the Friday’s time trial, had a GREAT Saturday, running nearly perfect, race after race until he made his way in to the final!

Unfortunately even if Moana did get quite a good start during the final, he had some troubles on the downhill start ramp and had to grab some brakes before the first jump…after coming back 7th Moana crashed alone at the last turn and finished 8th place. But Congratulation to Moana to showcase his Prophecy BMX for its first year participation a final in Elite men!!!!

1. Joris DAUDET (France), 2. Maris STROMBERGS (Latvia), 3. Marc WILLERS (Nouvelle Zélande), 4.
Sam WILLOUGHBY (Australie), 5. Brian KIRKHAM (Australie), 6. Calors OQUENDO ZABALA (Colombie), 7. Connor FIELDS (USA), 8. Moana MOO CAILLE (Prophecy BMX, France)

Outside the Prophecy Factory BMX team, we want to congratulate two other riders who reached the finals.

First in Elite Women, Lieke Klaus reached the final and finished with a great 4th place with her Scud carbon frame Pro XL….and in the Challenge Classes, 9 Boys rider, Luke Rossiter finished with an awesome 7th place with his Scud Junior frame….NICE!!!!!

Sponsors: Prophecy BMX, Cycles evasion, Elevn, KMC.


Maris Gutmanis #138 (season 2009/2010 UCI ranking #48) needs Your, esp. BMX community help with fight against cancer in his stomach discovered just lately. He must go through at least 4 chemical therapy courses with charge of $16 000... $20 000. By now, government and drug manufacturer rejected support, co money must be found somehow. So if You have some dollar for one of most dedicated Latvian riders I know, here's his account:

Maris Gutmanis

Pers.ID: 201089-11809

Bank swift: HABALV22

Account: LV08HABA0551021748146

I am asking to Global community because Latvian population, economics and BMX community is too small to collect such money in time. If money will be collected more then needed Maris is promising to donate to LIVESTRONG foundation ( ) of Lance Armstrong supporting fighters against Cancer worldwide. Thank You, very much!

About Maris: Maris is 22. He and his family in some way is unique - he is living and still lives in place where closest BMX track is about 50km from home. With fulltime working parents it was very unusual and pretty selfless for them to make possible to provide practice BMX as often as his contemporaries.

A couple of Years ago Maris decided to do BMX in highest level instead of leaving BMX as hobby by doing something else. BMX became his way of life. One of his hardest tests was breaking collarbone and problems with its proper accretation - out of season. After that he worked hard and targeted to even step on podium of European championship rounds.

Latest achievements of Maris Gutmanis: 10 times in ABA A PRO finals, 2 times on podium #11 at Time Trial of SX Madrid 2010 9th at 2 rounds of European championship 2010 3rd at final round of European championship 2010 European ranking 2010 #10 World ranking #48 7th at round of European championship 2011.







BMX Racing News, Monday - August 15, 2011

Pre NBL Grands "Ride Like A Girl" Clinic!

Check out this special Friday, Saturday, Sunday Girl's Only Clinic with Elite Woman's rider, Carley Young. It all takes place the weekend right before the NBL Grands so you'll be getting used to that awesome track and getting schooled on what it takes by one of the most hard core and dedicated Women's BMXers around.


FLY Racing Kinetic “Dash” Helmets in stock now

With a retail of $99.95 the Kinetic helmet is a steal.

These DOT Approved helmets will keep you safe out on the track while keeping you looking tight for the fans.

With many features like a dual density foam liner, removable/washable comfort liner and cheekpads, and 10 vents to keep you cool on those hot race days the Kinetic helmet is the ticket for any age rider.

Available in youth and adult sizes and 4 color ways the Kinetic Dash is should be available at your favorite shop or mail order now.






BMX Racing News, Weekend Update - August 13-14, 2011

Direct to YOU from the BMX crazies at Bike City, it's some of the cool race action from the Elite Men & Women's racing during Day 4 of the UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark! EAT IT UP!

Cool New BMX Web Site Unveiled


The video geniuses at Bike City in Copenhagen put together a lightning fast look at the UCI BMX Worlds Elite Men & Women's Time Trials competition on Friday of the UCI World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. CHECK IT OUT, IT'S GRRRRRRREAT!






BMX Racing News, Thursday - August 11, 2011

"Ride The Nation" Blog Catch Up!

Here we go again! Jerry Mania is once again BEHIND and this time it's the Warren's and their U.S. Wide Ride that we have to apologize to. SORRY not to get these cool ride reports up, but sometimes we just gets behind, ya know? Here's the BIG Catch Up, check it out and to see the whole story, follow the links! CLICK HERE!
Day 110 & 111 ..... Miles Ridden Overall: 3425 ..... We are staying overnight at Oakdale Campground in DeGraff, OH
From the 8/9 blog: After leaving Ohio Dreams, we headed North and West towards Waterford, MI for the Great Lakes National. Once Ohio flattened out, we found ourselves making better mileage than expected. We took the Waterford Oaks track up on their offer to camp there as early as Wednesday and we arrived just before 8pm in pouring rain. It was only the 3rd time in all of our 3 ½ months of bike travelling that we got caught riding in rain, so we really couldn’t complain.

As we rounded the corner into the track, we saw a bunch of BMX parents sitting under the Concession Stand pavilion and then we heard a round of applause as they looked toward us. I looked over my shoulder to see who the applause was for and then realized it was for us. What a welcome! ..... Wanna Read More? Get It Here!

From the 7/25 blog: As BMXers around the world readied themselves for the World Championship of BMX racing in Copenhagen, Denmark, our daughter was thrilled to be going to Ohio Dreams, a world class extreme sports training facility in Butler, Ohio. We had all heard great things about Ohio Dreams and had seen video clips of the giant slip ‘n slide … but you just can’t know Ohio Dreams until you leave the real world and enter the Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory of extreme sports: Ohio Dreams!
We had a tough 50+ miles to ride from West Canton, Ohio out to the Butler, Ohio facility but we were determined to make it there by 2pm and we did! As we rode in the gravel driveway, past the field of corn and up to the warehouse style main building, I was so hot from riding that I didn’t notice much of my surroundings. We leaned our bikes against the wall, took off our helmets and walked into the a/c chilled entry of Ohio Dreams registration area. Two young counselors, with the “hard to put your finger on it” cool factor, launched into action pulling paperwork and asking questions peppered with funny and quirky phrases that only the Beast seemed “to get”. She was immediately relaxed and I sensed that she had quickly made the connection to her new home for the week. ..... Wanna Read More? Get It Here!

From the July 18th Ride the Nation Blog: After a few days of rest with friends in Seven Springs, PA, we got back on the road … er, should I say, “Trail”? Instead of returning to South Park to resume our bike ride, we opted to ride the Great Allegheny Passage 60 miles from Connellsville to Pittsburgh, PA. I was completely befuddled by the flat, albeit, even downhill, trail that led back into Pittsburgh. During our prior stops at Johnstown and Westmoreland BMX, we rode nothing but hills there and back. I suppose the GAP is part of the rails to trails movement, but we only rode next to railroad tracks about 40% of the time. For the record, 15% of the time was spent trying to figure out where the trail led when it crossed through towns … poor signage! The other 45% of the time was just plain blissful cruising!

And then there’s Pittsburgh. As soon as you come into town, you get dirty. The shoulders of the roads are littered with tire stabbing debris, there is dirt flying up in your face and then there are dirty mouthed drivers who curse you out for being on 2 wheels instead of four. To my surprise, I actually learned a few new dirty phrases! Again, South Park may be the only safe, friendly haven for cyclists in this area. ..... Wanna Read More? Get It Here!





BMX Racing News, Wednesday - August 10, 2011

World Championship Post Race Podcast Show With Dale Holmes dot com And DB44

Check out the fun and games, as Dale Holmes and Derek Betcher talk over the UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. Time Trial controversy and a bunch of other goodies await you. Click above to check it out!


While you're at it, listenin' to Dale and what he's thinkin', check out his UCI Worlds Interviews on this second podcast. Entertaining, relevant and BMXin' To The Max! Dale's got the goods.......Two for the price of ONE!





BMX Racing News, Tuesday - August 9, 2011

Akron BMX Family Mourns Loss

Of track Family Members!

The Akron (Ohio) BMX Family is mourning the loss of an entire family of racer/volunteers after they were murdered in a shooting spree that left 8 dead in Copley, Ohio.

Autumn Johnson, (16) and her Grandparents, Russ and Gudrun Johnson were regulars at the Akron BMX track, and the family had been involved with BMX for many years.

According to Sherm McKee, owner of Autumn's BMX racing team sponsor, Bike Authority Bike Shop, "We've known these folks for 20 years. The family has performed tireless work to promote BMX racing. There is a giant void left by them that can not be filled. We will miss them greatly."

The Johnson Family were killed when a neighborhood resident, who was evidently troubled over family matters, went on a shooting rampage and killed them along with Autumn's father, Brian. Also killed in the shooting was a friend of Autumn's who spent the night with her and two other neighbors.

Shock and grief have run through the Akron BMX Family and several memorial efforts are planned, including a memorial race tonight (Tuesday) at the Akron BMX track.

According to track officials, "Tuesdays race will be dedicated to the entire Johnson family and ALL riders will be asked to partake in the National Anthem parade lap. Russ lovingly donated the new flag pole at Akron BMX just this year as well as always donating his time as a volunteer."

A benevolent fund has been set up to receive donations for the Johnson family. You can send your donation payable to: The Michael Johnson Benevolent Fund c/o First Merit Bank 832 West Maple Street Hartville, Ohio 44632 or drop it off at any First Merit Bank.

Prayers and best wishes are most certainly sent in the direction of the remaining members of the Johnson Family and the Akron BMX Family as well.

R.I.P. Johnson Family BMXers, with love from BMXers around the world.

Photo / Autumn Johnson Facebook Page









BMX Racing News, Monday - August 8, 2011

Welcome Back NBL Grands!

September 3-4, 2011
Louisville, Kentucky

We’re excited to have all of the athletes and their families back in Louisville. While you’re here we hope you get a chance to come early or stay late and visit our unique attractions and dining options. Churchill Downs is the home of the most legendary thoroughbred horse race in the world, the Kentucky Derby. This is the track, with its iconic spires, where horse racing royalty is made. The Kentucky Derby Museum sits on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs. The museum pays homage to Kentucky’s thoroughbred horses and the Kentucky Derby. Louisville is the only place in baseball-loving America where the bats are made and the game is played – all on the same street. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory produces the legendary wooden baseball bats and celebrates the greatest players of the game. And, the triple-A farm team for the Cincinnati Reds, the Louisville Bats takes the field at Louisville Slugger Field. Take a ride on an authentic steamboat, the Belle of Louisville. The Muhammad Ali Center celebrates “the greatest.” Royal knights and American history come together at the Frazier International History Museum. Get up-close-and-personal with polar and grizzly bears at the Louisville Zoo. Take a tour underground at Louisville Mega Cavern. And, when it’s time to kick back and relax, visit the Urban Bourbon Trail to enjoy the history and heritage of great Kentucky bourbon right here in the city.

For more information on what to do and where to eat in Louisville check out

For more information on the NBL Grands visit


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Kentucky Derby
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Don't miss this one! This could be the last NBL style Grands EVER!

Tampa BMX has negotiated an awesome rate with the Hyatt Place Hotel in Louisville, KY for the Grands! 5 MILES OR 12 MINUTES FROM THE TRACK! Join your friends from Tampa BMX and take advantage of this spectacular deal! Email us through the contact us button on when you have made your reservation and we will add you and your party to the invitation only FREE PIZZA NIGHT on Friday September 2nd! We have a meeting room reserved just for the Pizza Party! To take advantage of this deal you must make your reservation by August 9th.

Here's the deal...

701 South Hurstbourne Parkway
Louisville, KY 40222

$79 per night (Sleeps 6!)

For Reservations call: 888-492-8847 and use group code TAMPA BMX


Here's what you get:

· 100% Smoke Free Hotel

· Complimentary Wi-Fi

· Complimentary Continental Breakfast

· Outdoor Swimming Pool

· Grab ‘n Go Case with muffins, sandwiches & salads

· 24/7 Guest Kitchen serving made to order snacks & entrees

· E-room with complimentary computers and printer

· 42" Flat-Panel TV in each room

· 2 double beds in each room

· Cozy Corner oversized sleeper sofa in each room



3D Doubles In Elite Women & Denzel Wins Elite Men

On Day 2 At ABA Land O Lakes National

Elite Men Elite Women
12 Total Riders 8 Total Riders
1 Denzel Stein 1 Dominique Daniels
2 Nic Long 2 Alaina Henderson
3 Dennison Smith 3 Ashley Lynch
4 Bubba Harris 4 Frances Maycroft
5 Elliot McGrath 5 Afton Schrimpf
6 Corey Reid 6 Courtney Tomei
7 Maris Strombergs 7 Ashley Verhagen
8 Matt Kelty  

Napa Valley BMX Crush/SX Picks Up Blake Paulson

Napa Valley BMX Crush/SX Press Release - August 1, 2011

Napa Valley BMX Crush/SX is proud to announce a two year deal with Jr. Elite rider Blake Paulson of  Folsom, CA.

Blake will also make his debut as an A-Pro at the upcoming Black Jack Nationals in Reno, NV.

Blake brings along the attitude of a champion to our program that has already begun to spread to our other riders.

We feel very fortunate to bring the Paulson family onboard and look forward to supporting his pursuit of a BMX professional title.







BMX Racing News, weekend update - August 5-7, 2011

Strombergs & Daniels Score Firsts in elite racing / Day 1 ABA Land O Lakes National
Elite Men Elite Women
13 Total Riders 8 Total Riders
1 Maris Strombergs 1 Dominique Daniels
2 Nic Long 2 Ashley Verhagen
3 Matt Kelty 3 Courtney Tomei
4 Dennison Smith 4 Afton Schrimpf
5 Denzel Stein 5 Ashley Lynch
6 Bubba Harris 6 Alaina Henderson
7 Tony Hoffman 7 Kaitlyn Larson
8 Jordan Seward  

Last Ever NBL Grands To Be UCI Points/Pro Race!

The new USA BMX sanctioning group has announced that the NBL Grands will be a Category 5 UCI Points race, to be held September 2, 3, 4 at the legendary Derby City BMX track in Louisville, Kentucky's; E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.

The NBL Grands which has been a tradition for pros and am's alike since 1977 will be the last ever "NBL Grands" as the USA BMX will go to a unified nation wide season finale with the 2012 USA BMX Season.

The Grands will feature an Elite level Pro Spectacular for UCI points and a Pro Purse.

Want to check out the NBL Grands Practice and Race Schedule? Click Here!

NBL Grand National to feature UCI Category 5 race for the Elite Classes

Official USA BMX News Release.....Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork!  The last two months have seen many changes in the landscape of Bicycle Motocross racing in the United States.  The recent asset purchase of the National Bicycle League (NBL) by the American Bicycle Association (ABA) has been the focus of much of everyone’s attention.  Due to the asset purchase, the American Bicycle Association submitted paperwork to the International Cycling Union (UCI) to move the Category 5 Elite races scheduled for Reno, Nevada, to Louisville, Kentucky.  Official word was received today from the UCI confirming that the change will take place.

Elite Classes that will be offered in Louisville are Elite Men, Elite Women, Junior Men, and Junior Women, and these classes will be held on Friday and Saturday.  In addition to UCI Category 5 points, ABA National Series points will also be offered towards the 2011 ABA AA Pro title and the 2011 ABA Women’s Pro title.  This means that ABA riders competing for the AA Pro or Girl Pro title can compete in Louisville and earn ABA points.  All other classes will be normal NBL classes competing for NBL points.  The ABA race in Reno, Nevada will have A Pro and Vet Pro.

The 2011 NBL Grand Nationals will be the final Grand National for the NBL.  “It is in the best interest of those involved with the NBL and for the good of the sport that we offer this opportunity to the former NBL members and to the elite riders to participate in this event,” said B.A. Anderson USA BMX CEO.  “While there will be more national events and probably UCI events in Louisville, this will be the final NBL Grand National.”

The recent changes will impact the scheduling for BMX in the United States for next season.  While details and schedules are still being worked out, the 2012 USA BMX Grand National will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma over Thanksgiving weekend.  The races leading to the Grands are still being scheduled and the format for ABA and NBL races is still being determined.  “We have over 350 tracks to work with as we plan our schedule for next season”, stated Anderson, “I know that we will have races at former NBL tracks as well as ABA tracks, with a few indoor venues mixed in.”  Historically the schedule for the upcoming season has been released in mid to late October.

With NBL titles on the line, elite racers vying for NBL, Olympic, and ABA titles, the NBL Grand National in Louisville, Kentucky will be a race for the history books.  Will you be present as the final chapter is written?  Make your plans now to be in Louisville for the 2011 NBL Grand National.

National BMX Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees Announced

On Thursday, September 29th, the National BMX Hall of Fame will add four more legends to its illustrious list of BMX racers, freestylers, pioneers and industry professionals. For the class of 2011, the inductees will be as follows.

Pioneer BMX Racer - Donny Atherton ..... As Schwinn's marketing poster-boy throughout the late 70's and early 80's, Donny Atherton was one of the sport's best-known amateur riders with a string of No.1 plates and titles in the NBA. In 1979, he was the NBA/Jag World Champion in 15 Expert, and he became the NBA's No.1 Amateur in 1980. After turning professional, Atherton was named BMX Plus' Rookie of the Year and in 1983 was ranked No.3 Pro in the American Bicycle Association. Riding for Schwinn throughout most of his career, Donny also represented classic brands such as Vector, Redline, Champion and ProFit. With constant coverage in the top magazines - including BMX Plus!, BMX Action and Super BMX, the name Donny Atherton was always in the spotlight - representing the sport in a positive and professional manner.

BMX Racer - John Purse ..... John "The Jackal" Purse started racing in 1981 at Armadillo Downs in Conroe, Texas. Little did he know from that day forward he would go on to be one of our sports all-time greatest. The Jackal has over 30 years racing experience, with 17 of those years racing at the professional level. After turning Pro at the ripe age of 17 (forging his mother's signature in the process to do so), he won in his A-pro debut and jumped up to the AA-pro ranks in four months time. John has never been one to back down from anyone, at anytime, and his riding style reflected this as well. He would scrap for everything he got on and off the track. This led a fellow competitor - Eric Carter, to nickname him "The Jackal". After struggling on the circuit for a few years, John began to win more steadily and won his first two No.1 Pro titles in the NBL in ‘95 and '96. The following year, The Jackal would have his best year yet - claiming the UCI World Championships (in Canada), as well as the ABA National #1 Pro title. Following that season, with full support from Redline, John had the confidence and determination in 1998 to break the ABA record for "Most Wins in a Single Season" - standing on top of the podium 25 times in a single season. It's one of his many career records that will be hard to beat. John is ranked second on the list of all-time AA Pro wins, with 71 ABA mains. He also holds the ABA record for most AA Pro Main appearances in a career - set at a remarkable 310. **He is the only Pro with over 300 lifetime mains. Add in his unrivaled accomplishment of popularity awards -- 3 consecutive ABA Golden Crank Awards for "Pro of the Year" (`97, `98 and `99), BMX Plus! Pro of the Year (`98 and `99) & 1999 SNAP Magazine NORA Cup Rider of the year, and there is no doubt that he is deserving of this year’s Racer induction.

BMX Freestyler - Mike Dominguez ..... Without argument, SoCal ramp-God, Mike Dominguez, would always go bigger than anybody else in BMX Freestyle. In total, Dominguez's career spanned ten years, and during that time he won all of the major titles-- as both an amateur and then as the sport's highest paid Pro. His resume includes everything from King of the Skateparks overall titles (as a 16x in 1983 and Pro in 1985); making him the youngest rider to ever win the KoS series. Riding for Hutch and then later on for Diamondback, Mike also took the AFA Masters title in 1987 in the ramp category. To earn those No.1's, you've got to have some tricks up your sleeve, and Dominguez was always pushing the limits. He was the first to do the can-can, the no-footed can-can, 540's, 900's, 1-footed/1-handed inverts, and tailwhip flyouts. When you watch the Dew Tour or X-Games today, the roots of every vert, park and trail trick can likely be traced back to the groundwork laid by this year's Freestyler inductee.

BMX Industry - Russ Okawa ..... Russ was originally introduced to BMX when he was hired as the manager of Canoga Schwinn bike shop. He formed the first Factory Schwinn team and as Team Manager, he picked up future National BMX Hall of Famers Kevin Jackson and Eric Rupe. With camera in hand, he was also a contributing photographer for Bicycle Motocross News, BMX ACTION and BMX Plus! magazines in their early days. He crossed over to Mongoose/BMX Products in 1980, under the title of Advertising and Promotions manager helping form the unstoppable Mongoose team; starring No.1 NBL Pro Eric Rupe. Russ put together freestyle team/promotions and mountain bike team/promotions for Mongoose throughout the 80's and played a key part in the mountain bike success of John Tomac. In 1989, Okawa left Mongoose to work for Sachs/Sedis, in charge of Sales/Marketing which later led to a job with KMC chains. In 1997, Russ teamed back up with his old friend from Mongoose, Skip Hess Jr., who was president at Giant Bicycles. At Giant, he worked alongside BMX Hall of Famers Dave Clinton, Perry Kramer and Travis Chipres - and was influential in Giant Bicycles' rise to becoming the leading brand of bikes in the world. Sadly, in January of this year, the sport of BMX lost one of its greats when Russ passed away. His induction this year will forever place his name and reputation in the history books.

BE A PART OF HISTORY! - A select number of tickets are being offered to the public for the 27th annual induction ceremony at the San Diego Hall of Champions (San Diego, CA) on Thursday, September 29, 2011. Visit the following link for more information and to purchase tickets.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BMX HALL OF FAME - The National BMX Hall Of Fame, founded in 1985 as the "ABA BMX Hall of Fame," has established a mission to further the sport of BMX by helping future generations remember the champions, heroes and thought-leaders who shaped the sport over its history. The Hall Of Fame currently has 96 inductees for the years 1985-2010, and is honored to welcome these four BMX greats in the class of 2011.

Visit the National BMX Hall of Fame website at to read up on all the past inductees. Visit the National BMX Hall of Fame on Facebook for photos of past inductees and past induction ceremonies.

This will be the National BMX Hall of Fame's 27th annual induction ceremony - and the third consecutive held at San Diego's Hall of Champions, in Balboa Park. To be inducted into such a club of legends is by far the ultimate in BMX accomplishments.

Toby Henderson Pedals On.....Leaves Intense BMX/VSI

CERRITOS, CA—BMX racing legend Toby Henderson is leaving VSI Products, Inc. to pursue “something big and relevant” within the BMX world. Whatever it turns out to be, his countless fans and friends can be sure it will indeed be big and relevant.

Toby has been the COO and a shareholder in VSI since 2004 and he is largely responsible for making VSI what it is today. He is a visionary who conceived and implemented many ideas, developed countless innovative products, created brands and built an organization that supported his vision. His shares will be sold back to VSI for an undisclosed amount.

Toby left the racing circuit at the peak of his success and is now making a second big transition in the same spirit—in each case, with a great track record of achievement. Having met his goal of establishing VSI as the leader in the BMX racing segment, he has decided the time is right to move into the next phase of his career. He is not ready to divulge details yet but it will definitely involve BMX.

The staff at VSI wishes Toby success in his new endeavor and has been working on a transition plan to ensure smooth and uninterrupted operations. Business will continue as usual.

Sales Director Gregorio de Haro is the new COO, and the rest of staff will continue in the same roles. Above all, Toby’s spirit of innovation remains built into the company’s DNA, and looking beyond the company’s transition plan, VSI is well poised for further growth in the years to come.

Jeff Ssengoba, Movin' On & Groovin' On TFS Design

After being the creative force in Ssquared Bicycles and designer of the CEO frame set I (Jeff Ssengoba) decided in May of this year to leave the company. Now I am putting my energies towards my own company: TFS Design Lab a BMX part maker and BMX consulting company.

TFS Design lab has a line of new products coming out in the near future. Please check us out at for an update on products in late Sept. We will strive to be the little BMX company that keeps the big ones on there toes!

I would like to thank, Kirk and Burt at J&R bicycles, Todd and Aki at Stealth Hubs, George at Rennen, TJ and Rich at Tangent, Ray at fly, Greg at Troy Lee and OdI grips and Toiga tires, the Ssquared riders in FLA, Point Pleasant Bicycle, Proctor and our west cost team, Brad in AUS, Ronald & Miki in Latvia, Sean in England. All of you are class acts to work with and I look forward continuing that in the future.

Most of all I want to thank everyone that took the time to look at the products and liked what they saw. Just wait til you see what TFS Design Lab has in store for you next!









BMX Racing News, Wednesday - August 3, 2010


Direct to you from the UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, we bring you the sad story of France's, Margot Hetmanczyk.

Margot was leading the 12-14 Girl's Cruiser class when she got out of the sync with the 3rd straight rhythm section and......Well, we don't have to tell you, now do we? OUCH!

Best Wishes, Margot!

Race Report: Marc Willers Takes Bronze Medal at Worlds

Sadly, I lost. Well, I got third. Everything throughout the weekend and the week prior, went perfectly.

My training and preparation was peaking to perfection, and I was feeling extremely good on the track. Practice went great and I got to the first turn first every gate I did.

Come race time, nothing changed. Battling against Sam Willoughby in every race pushed me to have consistently faster lap times than all the other racers during the day.

I won all three motos, the quarterfinal and then I won the semi-final in front of last year’s World Champ, Maris Strombergs. As the gate dropped in the main event, I came out strong from lane one and lead into the first corner.

Halfway down the second-straight Pro Section I over jumped a double so I put in a quick pedal to try and hold my speed. That pedal, I believe, is the moment I choked. It was the first time I had ever tried it. It sent me flying past the landing of the next jump I landed at the flat bottom, allowing Joris Daudet of France, to make a move up the inside of the second turn and take the lead.

Trying to defend my line in the corner, I lost momentum and Strombergs then gained a lot of ground and passed me half way down the third straight. By now, I think my heart was being dragged around in my wheel somewhere. I made one last attempt, but failed to catch Maris at the line. I’m happy with third, but obviously can not think what may have been had I not made a mistake. 

To watch the main, fast forward this link to about 2 hours, 11 minutes:

Here is another view:

I want to thank everybody that has helped me get here and I promise you all, I will get that win back.   

Next stop, the London Olympic Test Event, August 19 & 20. - Marc





BMX Racing News, Tuesday - August 2, 2010

ABA Land Of Lakes Nationals Live Webcast This Weekend!








BMX Racing News, Monday - August 1, 2010

J&R's Ryan Pettigrew, UCI World #1

J&R is proud to announce that one of it’s U.S.A. riders has scored a World #1 plate for team U.S.A.

13 year old Ryan Pettigrew cleaned house at the 2011 UCI World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark this week. J&R Bicycles owner Kirk Morrison had this to say about Ryan; “We are extremely excited for the Pettigrew family and proud to have Ryan on our team. Not only is he an outstanding rider on the track but he also packs a great personality off the track. J&R/Speed is fortunate to have him along with the rest of the riders and parents that make up the team. We also want to thank Ryan’s parents for their dedication along with the support of our team manager Scott Angus”.

Also competing at the UCI World Championships this week was our co-sponsored rider from Latvia. 9 year old Ronald Ritins rode great and took an impressive World #3 this year.

We are anticipating his trip to the U.S.A. this fall to race at the ABA Disney Cup in Orlando. He will be one to watch in this young “Future Pros” class.

We are still waiting results from other team riders that made the trip to the Worlds this year including a few riders from the J&R Bicycles U.K. division and our friend Domingos Lammoglia who is riding for his home country of Brazil.

We also like to thank our sponsors for getting us there:

J&R Bicycles
Speed Bicycles
Troy Lee Designs
THE Industries

Saturday at the UCI BMX world Championships!
Joris Daudet & Mariana Pajon Take elite titles
Campo & mcleod tops in junior

Elite Men's Podium

1st Joris Daudet/France

2nd Maris Strombergs/Latvia

3rd Marc Willers/New Zealand

Elite Women's Podium

1st Mariana Pajon/Colombia

2nd Sarah Walker/New Zealand

3rd Magalie Pottier/France





McLeod double gold leads Aussies to top of BMX worlds medal table

Australia's teenage stars have put the team at the top of the elite racing medal table with Melinda McLeod collecting double gold and Darryn Goodwin the time trial crown at the UCI BMX World Championships in Denmark.

The BMX Cyclones were the only nation to win more than one gold medal and leave Copenhagen with a total of three gold, one silver and one bronze medal from eight Championship Class events.

Queensland's McLeod, 18, opened her campaign on Friday when she won the elite junior women's time trial Superfinal, the first time this has been a medal event at the championships. A day later she fought back from a bad gate draw to win the race crown rainbow jersey.

McLeod launched herself from the gate to hit the front at the first corner (berm). She was challenged at the second corner but a powerful surge over the rhythm section put her back in front. She crossed more than half a second clear of silver medalist Abbie Taylor (GBR) with American Brooke Crain in third place.

"It was just a great race out there today," said McLeod after her win. "I knew it was going to be a tough one so I had a plan A, plan B, plan C, just to make sure I had it covered.

"My third moto (heat) was not that great so (I had a late) lane draw and had lane six. I knew I'd been fast across the track all day and just had to really stay relaxed," she explained. "I didn't expect I'd come into that first corner in first and just had to race my own race for the rest of it and luckily I led the lap."

McLeod's dual success is even more impressive considering the Mackay rider had a run in with moped whilst warming up to race on Friday.

"I got hit while out on the road warming up by a moped about ten minutes before my first time trial on Friday so it was not the smoothest weekend but I'm really glad I could overcome that. Big credit to the guys in the high performance team because they really helped me."

The win comes after McLeod last year placed third and marks the end of her junior career.

"Now elite women and that's no easy class," said McLeod who is eligible for the Olympic Games. " If the Olympics comes up then it comes up but my focus is on trying to make (Supercross) finals and get as fast as I can."

Goodwin, 17, won a third gold for the team when he clocked the fastest time in the elite junior men's time trial Superfinal.

In the elite time trial competition Brian Kirkham collected a bronze medal and Caroline Buchanan was second in the elite women's event.

In Saturday's racing Sam Willoughby and Kirkham both qualified for the elite men's final but narrowly missed out on podium places finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Australia didn't qualify a starter in the elite women's final but in the elite junior men's final Goodwin and Bodi Turner both qualified. Goodwin placed fourth and 16 year old Turner was sixth.

The BMX High Performance team Cyclones for the World Championships is below for reference with their ranking listed (please note rankings are as at 12 July - prior to championships):

BMX 20" - Elite Men

Joshua CALLAN (Warburton VIC, 08.04.1991| UCI Rank #26)

Brian KIRKHAM (Clapham SA, 01.01.1986 | UCI rank #4)

Luke MADILL (Cranebrook NSW, 28.05.1980 | UCI Rank #21, 2008 Olympian)

Sam WILLOUGHBY (Trott Park SA, 15.08.1991 | UCI Rank #3)

Khalen YOUNG (Kelmscott WA, 20.11.1984 | UCI Rank #17) BMX 20" - Elite Women

Rachel BRACKEN (Mermaid Waters QLD, 30.06.1991 | UCI Rank #11)

Caroline BUCHANAN (Kambah ACT, 24.10.1990 | UCI Rank #3)

Lauren REYNOLDS (Bunbury, WA, 25.06.1991 | UCI Rank #5) BMX 20" - U19 Men

Darryn GOODWIN (Swan View, WA, 02.08.1993 | UCI Jnr Rank #1)

Bodi TURNER (Bayswater North, VIC, 18.09.1994 | UCI Jnr Rank #18) BMX 20" - U19 Women

Melinda McLEOD (Mackay, QLD, 12.02.1993 | UCI Jnr Rank #2)

Official News Release; July 29, 2011 BY HenrikN,

Day 3 of the UCI BMX World Championships 2011 for the first time ever presented four time trials gold medals in the classes junior women, junior men, elite women and elite men. Australia ran off with the golden medals in both junior classes while British Shanaze Reade took home yet another gold in the elite women and Norway’s André Fossa Aguiluz surprised everyone when he took gold in front of all the favorites in elite men’s class......

read more and check out complete results & photos, posted to the BMX Mania / UCI BMX World Championships race report page








BMX racing news, Thursday - July 28, 2011




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to the BMX Mania / UCI BMX World Championships race report page








BMX racing news, Wednesday - July 27, 2011


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BMX racing news, Tuesday - July 26, 2011

read more and check out complete results & photos, posted to the BMX Mania / UCI BMX World Championships race report page!








BMX racing news, Monday - July 25, 2011

Alise Post Injured, And Out Of Competition!

Alise Post, one of the toughest kids on the track is OUT of competition for the near future and faces some SERIOUS rebuilding and recuperation.

Last Thursday morning, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, 'The Beast' suffered another severe injury during a Team USA time trial training session on the team's Chula Vista, California SX track. Originally, Alise thought that she had just hyper extended her knee since she was still pretty mobile, but after the docs looked at the MRI, they confirmed more serious results.

According to Alise, "as of now, I am looking at a fully torn LCL, partially torn ACL, hairline fracture in the bottom of my femur, and my hamstring tendon being detached from the bone. The hamstring tendon, which is the most inhibiting and crucial for repair, has not been completely confirmed, but is highly likely."

Alise will be working early this week with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss options and what needs to be done. Worst case scenario at this point is a Right Knee Reconstruction, which would probably be along the lines of a 6 month recovery process, but that all remains to be figured out.

As a hard charger and tough competitor, Alise is going thru some hard times. She had just recovered well from another leg injury that she had last November and has been ON THE GAS lately, looking fast, confident and ready to charge the UCI Worlds, and BOOM, another bad injury.

Keep Alise in your thoughts and prayers as she faces a BIG recovery......If anyone can do it, she can! Podcast

with Haro's, Derek Betcher

Snap on your helmets, kids, it's podcast time on!

In a wide ranging (Count on an HOUR of AA philosophizing!) podcast on, Haro BMX's, Race Dude, DB44, talks about Olympic pressures for racers, a bit of his pilgrimage as a AA Pro, some BMX Insider stuff and LOTS of 'thinking out loud' on Pro Race Philosophy. (That's where the "snapping on the helmet" thing comes in!)

Derek is one of the more outspoken BMX Race Industry figures, and you won't be disappointed as he moto's around the industry, race scene and happenings of the BMX race scene over the last several years.

Check it all out at











BMX racing news, weekend update - July 22, 2011

Team USA's, Alise Post Withdrawn From UCI Worlds Competition!

Official USA Cycling News Release ..... Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 24, 2011)

Due to an untimely training injury reigning Elite Women's UCI World Championship Bronze Medalist Alise Post (St. Cloud, Minn./Redline Bicycles) will not contest the upcoming UCI BMX World Championships.

“Obviously this is horrible news but I feel confident that we have three girls who will step up to the challenge,” said USA Cycling BMX Programs Director Mike King of the U.S. team’s chances at the pending world championships. “Alise is a strong competitor and we expect to see her back in the saddle soon.”

Post, currently the seventh-ranked rider in the UCI World standings, suffered a leg injury during training on Thursday. The extent of her injuries is unknown but the 20 year-old is expected to return to competition as soon as possible.

“It is obviously unfortunate, but I’m already working to get back on the road to recovery.” stated Post. “The last time I suffered injury I came back even stronger so I fully expect this one to turn out just the same.”

The 2011 UCI BMX World Championships begin Monday in Copenhagen, Denmark with the elite competitions slated for later in the week.

UCI BMX World Championships ..... Copenhagen, Denmark ..... July 25-31, 2011

U.S. Team

Elite Men

Mike Day (San Diego, Calif./GT–Red Bull)

Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX)

David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Intense BMX)

Nicholas Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro-Rockstar)

Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./GT Bicycles)

Elite Women

Amanda Carr (Punta Gorda, Fla./Endeavor-Rip XX Racing)

Amanda Geving (Largo, Fla./MCS-Troy Lee Designs)

Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX)

Junior Men

Rusty Nesvig (San Diego, Calif./Factory Intense)

Junior Women

Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro-Rockstar)

Dani George (Palmdale, Calif./Supercross BMX)

About USA Cycling

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit




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Vegas Baby: J&R Bicycles-Speed brings home some bling-bling at the ABA Las Vegas Nationals, July 16-17

When the ABA schedule came out last year, it was great to see that Las Vegas was back on the schedule at the South Point Hotel. With limited space in the arena, it’s impossible for the ABA to build a premier track, but the venue more than makes up for the track limitations. The ABA built a respectable, short, tight track that made for 318 action-packed motos on Saturday, and just under 300 motos on Sunday.

The J&R-Speed team had another great weekend, winning both days. The team won on Saturday with a score of 226 points and 204 points on Sunday, narrowly edging out the Bike Alley-Redline squad again.

The 226 was our 2nd highest score of the year, but Bike Alley closed the gap with some good scores for the overall title. The 7x twins, Katin and Kyle Mitchell, made the podium in class and cruiser both days, including a win by Kyle Mitchell in 7x on Saturday. Big brother Tristan Mitchell gets a 2nd and 8th place in 9 cruiser, and a 5th and 6th in class. Bryce Batten doubles in 11 cruiser and earns a 2nd and 4th in 11x.

Leinani Peralta earns two 4th place finishes in the 9 girls class. Rachel Mydock got 6th place in 14 girls on Saturday and picked up a big win on Sunday with 23 riders. Kaden Wells has a pretty good weekend with a 3rd and 6th in 12 cruiser, and a 4th in class on Saturday. Jessica Navarro battled hard to earn a 2nd place and 5th place in the 17-27 girls class.

Austin Fowble has some bad luck in his hometown of Las Vegas with a crash in Saturday’s main and in Sunday’s semifinal while in qualifying position. K.J. Romero makes the main both days in 19-27x, finishing 3rd and 6th place. Meanwhile, Lauren Whisler and Ryan Pettigrew both earn another double-double to lead the team.

Ryan and Leinani will be off to the World’s in Denmark. For Ryan, hopefully this will be his year to get that #1 for team USA! Ryan has been W2 in two previous events.

Even with all of the good news, the team has taken some bad falls recently with Levi Pope recovering from a shoulder/elbow injury and Zack Vankammen recovering from a broken collar bone suffered at the Great Salt Lake Nationals.

Jason Morris is still recovering from his broken collar bone suffered in Chula Vista back in April. After the clavicle would not mend properly, he had to have surgery to install a plate and 7 screws.

In other news, Geoffrey Banser has joined the J&R road vending crew and will join the J&R-Speed team roster after the NBL Grands. The J&R BMX Superstore will be vending across the country at the following events:

July 22-24 Tarheel Nationals Burlington, NC NBL

July 29-31 Great Lakes Nationals Waterford, MI NBL

August 5-7 Land O' Lakes Nationals/UCI St Cloud, MN ABA/UCI

September 1-4 NBL Grand Nationals Louisville, KY NBL

September 9-11 Redline Cup Final Central Kansas City, MO ABA

Sept 29 - Oct 2 US Open Nationals Chula Vista, CA ABA

October 20-23 Disney Cup/Fall Nationals Pro/UCI Orlando, FL ABA/UCI

November 24-25 Race of Champions Tulsa, OK ABA

November 26-27 Grand Nationals/ Pro Finals Tulsa, OK ABA

The team would like to thank all of its sponsors, including J&R Bicycles (, Speed Bicycles (, Troy Lee Designs (, Sinz (, THE (, Alienation (, Shimano (, Rennen (, and ODI (

Scott Angus, Team Manager