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BMX Racing news - weekend update - august 31, 2012








BMX Racing news - Wednesday - august 29, 2012

GT BMX Blows Up In Berlin!

August 23rd – 24th 2012 - RedBull Revolution - Berlin Germany

GT Bicycles’ Corben Sharrah and Mike Day took on a stellar field of contenders to finish 2nd and 3rd, respectively, at the RedBull Revolution this weekend in Berlin Germany.

The event, the first of its kind in BMX, assembled BMX racers and freestyle riders to compete on a SX-style BMX race course but with super-sized jumps and other challenging obstacles where the athletes not only race to the line but get cash bonuses for high risk tricks and maneuvers.

RedBull and GSX Events collaborated to organize the event that put a spin on traditional BMX race events by creating more of a “show” that was entertaining and captivating for spectators and viewers. Over 7500 spectators poured into Mellowpark in Berlin Germany to watch the history-making event.

The organizers went all out to cater to the athletes during the days leading up to the race. As all of the riders arrived they had a BBQ/Meet & Greet at the Mellowpark bark where the racers got to meet the freestyle riders as well as the Revolution staff. On the following night a double-decker bus picked up the crew and took them on a tour around sites of Berlin then to a “secret” dinner location.

The evening before the race everyone got a special treat as all received customized RedBull letterman jackets, shirts and a limited edition Ikonix number plate hand made and autographed by the legendary Bob Haro. Who said Christmas only comes once a year? It was a very special week for all who attended.

The race started off with 48 racers and freestyle riders broken out into eight groups. They would race it out through a qualifying system until they whittled the field down to the top-8 for the final. For Sharrah and Day the progressive track allowed them to display not only their worldclass speed but also their incredible bike handling skills on the massive and unique jumps. Both would pilot their GT Speed Series bikes easily through the qualifying rounds and even earned a little “Style-bonus” money for laying down a few tricks during their races.

Mike Day would have to step up his game in his semi run after having to overcome a bad start. Out of the gate Day would find himself in last, 8th place, but did not panic as he put on a display of why he is one of the most respected riders in the sport by passing riders at will all the way up to 2nd place which brought the crowd to their feet.

Loading up in the gate for the final would be another GT-mounted rider along side of Corben and Mike. StayStrong/GT athlete Darren Goodwin (AUS) not only raced well enough to earn a spot in the final but did so while throwing down tricks during every single lap he took. He was a definite crowd pleaser with his flips over the finish line jump.

The huge crowd fell silent as the final gate dropped with eight riders abreast raced down the thirty-foot-tall start hill. Corben would get one of his patented starts and was battling for the lead with Twan van Gendt of the Netherlands. Mike was sitting midpack but everyone knew that is not where he would stay as he started to work the field. Sharrah would continue to work to get around Twan but coming into the last turn Day was charging hard making a run for the leaders. At the line Corben would take 2nd and Mike earned a hard fought for 3rd.

It was an amazing event that will definitely change the face of Elite BMX racing. Look for more events of this kind, it'll be AWESOME!

The GT Bicycles team is honored to be supported by the following:

To learn more about new GT BMX race team and the 2012 GT Speed Series bikes, go to

Leatt, "The Way" with Jelle van Gorkom

Check it out, fans! Sander Bisseling, one of the greatest Dutch riders to hit a BMX SX Hill ever, has directed and produced a super cool video with NL BMX National Team Member, Jelle Van Gorkum. Featured in the video is Jelle's gnarly and life threatening crash at the last UCI SX race in Chula Vista, California. Jelle ate it in the Second Straight and received some HARSH injuries and Leatt has something to say about that. You Will Want To See This.....

Raymon van der Biezen Olympic Games Race Report

The Olympic Games in London was another great experience in my life, but after riding so well I’m not happy with getting 1st in time trial and a 4th place in racing.

Like the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, this was a big happening! It’s unbelievable how many athletes I have seen in such a nice atmosphere. I had a great time till the first race day. From that day I felt a lot of mental stress, because I wanted to show everybody what I am capable of…

The first few days in London we did some easy training sessions at the Dutch High Performance Centre and we went to the Oakley Safehouse to get our Olympic goggles. On Monday August 6th we had our first practice on the Olympic BMX track, which looked awesome with all the details! My first practice felt okay, but I had some issues with the very first jump coming down the starting ramp and the first jump coming out the first turn. These jumps we’re really small and steep for the speed we have, but I had to deal with it like everybody else.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had some more practice. I took my time to discover the track better and better, but also took enough time to recover in between. On Wednesday August 8th the mental stress for me started, because we had time trials. I didn’t felt to great, but somehow I pulled it of and I rode a decent lap! My competitors we’re almost half a second slower than me, so that gave me some confidence!

Even after a great time trial lap, 1 day later I had the same mental stress again for racing on Thursday. I almost couldn’t eat, but I needed to get some energy for the race, so breakfast and lunch took me some time… Before racing we had 30min warm-up. Riding felt pretty smooth, so I was getting ready for some race action. I was able to win 3 heats and that felt great. Because I won the first 3 heats, I was done and didn’t had to race the last two heats…

Friday: semi finals and final. Same mental stress, but I started of good with a first heat win and a 2nd place in heat two. Unfortunately I had one bad start these OG and that was during my third semi heat race. Right after the start I had no place to go. At the finish I got 5th place, which gave me the last start pick in the final based on time. From lane 8 it was almost mission impossible to get first place, but I was going for it… Not a bad start, good acceleration, but around 3rd/4th place into turn one. Back to 5th at the second straight but than I was riding some smooth lines and almost came back to 3rd place, but I was on the wrong side into the last turn. All my energy was gone and 4th place was my final result. Teammate Twan did a great job getting 5th behind me, and Laura even better with a bronze medal in the woman class.

Getting 4th at the Olympics is a terrible feeling. I’m still disappointed, mixed emotions, but when I realize where I’m coming from I can be proud of myself.

It’s been a great experience and I want to thank everybody for their support before and after the Olympics. Hopefully I’m able to do this, another 4 years to Rio!

Latest training video before the Olympics. CLICK HERE
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BMX Racing news - Tuesday - august 28, 2012

Registration now open for the Abbotsford BMX Supercross World Cup at USA Cycling!
Registration is now open for the final and fourth round of the 2012 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup which is scheduled for Sep 14-15 in Abbotsford, Canada. Registration is available online for all championship class riders with an active USA Cycling BMX license and closes at 5 p.m. MT on September 3.
The Abbotsford Supercross event is open to all elite and junior-level riders holding a USA Cycling BMX international license and riders must be born from 1995 or earlier to be eligible to enter the race.
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series offers significant international class 2 ranking points that affect an athlete’s individual international (UCI) world ranking, and contribute to a nation’s ranking, which is the primary factor in determining the number of start positions a country receives for the 2013 BMX World Championships held in Auckland, New Zealand, July 26-27, 2013. For more information visit the 
UCI BMX Supercross World Cups official webpage.
All championship class riders with an active USA Cycling BMX license can register now by logging on to their 
My USA Cycling account. Simply click on My AccountRegister for an Event, filter ALL disciplines to “BMX,” click on 2012 UCI Supercross – Abbotsford. Riders wishing to attain a license can do so by visiting or directly via
Registration costs $196 and is open until 5 p.m. MST on September 3, 2012. LATE Registration costs $392 and is offered from September 3, 2012 at 5:01 p.m. MST to September 5, 2012 until 2:30 p.m. MST (no exceptions).  
The registration fee does include 
TravMed insurance coverage for all USA Cycling members from September 12 – 16, 2012. The above does not include a $6.00 service fee.

For more information contact:




BMX Racing news - MONDAY - august 27, 2012

Red Bull R.Evolution lifts BMX to new heights!

Pure action and adrenaline at Europe’s most innovative BMX race . Red Bull R.Evolution in Berlin combines race and freestyle elements for the first time. Dutchman Twan van Gendt grabs victory at the brand new Berlin Mellowpark track.

Berlin (GER)- 24.08.2012 The Race-Evolution has succeeded: Berlin’s Mellowpark on Friday evening became the stage for the most innovative BMX race of the year with Dutchman Twan van Gendt snatching victory ahead of Americans Corben Sharrah and Mike Day in a tightly fought finale of the Red Bull R.Evolution. Flawless backflips from Nate Berkheimer and crowd favourite Desmond Tessemaker turned on the heat among the 5,000 spectators at the Mellowpark with Luis Brethauer going to the quarter final for Germany’s best performance of the evening.

The tailor-made track will remain at the Mellowpark making it the biggest and most versatile BMX training spot in Germany. 

A BMX race that also combines breath-taking freestyle tricks: that had never been seen before on European soil! Red Bull managed to ignite the domestic and international BMX scene with exactly such a brand new event concept. The basic idea is pure riding fun, to break away from regulations and strict rules, back to the BMX origins.

"The riders are on fire and are totally relaxed. I just find it fantastic to experience this kind of development,” said BMX legend Bob Haro (USA), considered the founder of BMX sports and a rider who also left his mark on the race and freestyle scene.

So it was no real surprise that Red Bull R.Evolution attracted the very best BMX riders to the German capital. Some 48 riders from 13 countries made the trip, among them 32 of the best riders on the UCI world rankings and eight fresh from competing in London.

Big name riders such as Mike Day (USA), Kris Fox (USA), Luis Brethauer (GER) and the London bronze medalist Carlos Oquendo (COL) made sure of an extra portion of adrenaline in front of a sell-out 5,000 crowd. 

Mellowpark was ready to explode when the phrase  ‚Riders ready - watch the gate’ was heard for the last time on Friday with Twan van Gendt, Corben Sharrah, Mike Day, Simon Duchene, Luke Madill, Zabala Oquendo, Sylvain Andre and Darryn Goodwin poised for victory. While early rounds were more relaxed, riders now battled it out for a top spot. Despite this being the final, Darryn Goodwin tried to make up for lost ground following an early crash with a spectacular frontflip on the final jump that pulled the fans off their seats. 

“It was just unbelievable, to take part in the first Red Bull R.Evolution and then go and win it”, said a beaming Twan van Gendt just after champagne-drenched podium celebrations. "I hope there are many more such races in the future", said the 20-year-old.  

Tom Ritzenthaler and his EliteTrax-Crew came together with the Mellowpark to create this unique Super-Cross track. After the 10 meter high starting tower riders were put through a 450m long hell with S-sections, Doubles and Trick Jumps.

“Even for the pro racers this was a hugely demanding track. The riders had to get used it in the beginning – it was even bigger than London – but then they were really hot and excited to race it”, said Germany’s national BMX team coach Florian Ludewig. “And the best thing is the track at the Mellowpark will remain which makes it a perfect training spot for German riders.”

Germany’s Luis Brethauer was eliminated in the quarter-finals despite having held on to fourth place at the start. A Hang Up knocked the wind out of his sails, allowing his rivals to pass. “I am confident we will catch up until Rio 2016. I want to race for a medal there and that is my training target”, said the 19-year-old BMX professional from Reutlingen. 

The added bonus at Red Bull R.Evolution was the judging of the freestyle tricks. While tricks are not part of a normal BMX race, they are welcomed at Red Bull R.Evolution.

“You could see how much fun everyone had on the track”, said second-placed Mike Day. Crowd favorites Desmond Tessemaker (NED) and American Kris Fox may have not been among the leaders but showed Backflips over the second Double with an enormous length of 13 meters. Fox casually sprinkled his rides with No Handers and Nac-Nacs. “If BMX-Race was like that before, I would have never stopped” he said, excited about Red Bull R.Evolution. .....


Final results:

1 148 van GENDT Twan NED 45.881
2 24 SHARRAH Corben USA 46.710
3 365 DAY Mike USA 47.111
4 157 DUCHENE Simon FRA 47.997
5 17 MADILL Luke AUS 49.612
6 566 OQUENDO Carlos COL 50.194
7 39 ANDRE Sylvain FRA DNF






BMX Racing news - Thursday update - august 16, 2012


USA BMX is proud to support Turborilla's new mobile game, Mad Skills BMX, which released on the iTunes App Store today for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The game is a follow-up to the smash hit Mad Skills Motocross, the highest-rated motocross game on the App Store.

Mad Skills BMX was developed with the help of a group of USA BMX racers, and features realistic physics blended with arcade action, resulting in the ultimate mobile BMX game. Take the fun up a notch by connecting to Facebook to race against your friends via the game's interactive leaderboards.

Get Mad Skills BMX for iOS is only 99 cents and includes 40 tracks, with more on the way. Get it now!







BMX Racing news - Saturday update - august 11, 2012




Olympic BMX Time Trial Winners!







BMX Racing news - Friday update - august 10, 2012

Mad Skills BMX Coming To An iPhone Near You!


BMX Maniacs! Never be far from a HOT LAP on a BMX track!

Coming Aug. 16: Mad Skills BMX for iOS!

The follow-up game to Turborilla's wildly popular Mad Skills Motocross, Mad Skills BMX takes side-scrolling racing to another level.

Huge thanks to Supercross BMX, Fly Racing, Kicker, Go Pro, and Red Bull for their awesome support.

Trailer by the amazing IMOV Studios.

"Mission Statement" performed by Strung Out, courtesy of Fat Wreck Chords.

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(AND, it's BMX Mania Approved!)







BMX Racing news - Wednesday update - august 8, 2012


Check it out, sports fans! It's 'Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday' at the 2012 Olympic BMX event and the riders are LOVIN' it! Everybody's getting their lines dialed in to grab the quickest time around the track, so that they can pick up that GREAT lane choice for Thursday's racing, PLUS, they're just plain 'ol excited to be at the Greatest Race Of All Time. EVERYONE here is stoked, it's going to be a GREAT weekend of BMX Racing.

Wanna check out some Hot BMX Racing Pix? Get a little flavor of what's goin' on at the Big Race? CLICK HERE (Or Above) TO CHECK OUT THE BMX MANIA OLYMPIC RACE REPORT PAGE, it's RADIFIC!






BMX Racing news - Monday update - august 6, 2012

Olympic Race Report Page Posted on BMX MANIA!

London Race Report Page Posted on BMX MANIA.....Click above!


Sorry, BMX Fans that we've been out of touch for a while......Well, almost a week. BUT.....We've been working our way to the Olympic BMX Event at the London Olympic Games and we've FINALLY made it.

Have you heard the old saying, "What you see is what you get"? Well, what you see is UNBELIEVABLE! Here tis.....Literally a BMX Field Of Dreams.

But there are a lot of "Olympic Protocol" kind of stuff, so this is all we can offer at this point.

Stay tuned, here, though, cuz we've secured one of the best BMX Photo Guys ever and we're here and we'll get you what we can get, cuz this is the BIGGEST BADDEST BMX Event ever!

Gotta love that BMX is in the Olympics. UNREAL!

Monday, practice for both Men and Women, check in here later Monday night for a report!




BMX Racing news - weekend update - august 4-5, 2012

Redbull R.Evolution Lake Jump Video From Nate Berkheimer!


Just in from Diamondback's, Nate Berkheimer. Check out the awesome video that he put together from the Red Bull Revolution track build in Berlin. CRAZEEEEEE.......

"Just got back from Berlin, first stage of the Red Bull Revolution build is done. I put together a little video of us taking a break from work, thought the mania fans might enjoy it. We might even have a little lake jump session with the invited riders if it all works out."

Nate Berkheimer, Dave King, Johan Lindstrom, and Eric Bress take a break from building the most innovative BMX race track ever to take a jump into the river on bikes.




BMX Racing news - Wednesday update - august 1, 2012


Man! Can you believe it's been FOUR years since Maris and Anne Caro cashed in awesome BMX skills for Olympic Gold?

Well, it has been and it's been a crazy four years of BMX all over the world. BMX Mania has been honored to regularly bring you some of the BEST racing action in BMX, it's been GREAT!

Now it's time to head to London for the 2012 Olympic BMX Event. It is going to be KILLER, and we're just getting ready to head out.

We may be a little 'out of the loop' with internet connectivity for a couple days, so be patient and check back often.

Olympic coverage begins Monday with the first day of practice, check in then for exclusive Olympic BMX photos and race reportage from BMX Mania Dot Com!

BMX Mania's Jerry Landrum at the 2008 Beijing Olympics....Howdy!

Arielle Martin suffers injury, withdrawn from Olympic BMX

Official USA Cycling News Release ..... London, U.K. (August 1, 2012) — USA Cycling announced Wednesday Olympic BMX cyclist Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash.) suffered an injury during routine training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., on Tuesday. Due to her injuries, Martin will be unable to make Wednesday's scheduled trip to London and will be replaced on the U.S. Olympic BMX Cycling Team by Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif.).

"Arielle has worked extremely hard and was on top form heading into the Olympic Games," explained USA Cycling V.P. of Athletics Jim Miller. "Unfortunately, she suffered an injury during her final training session before leaving for the Games. She certainly would have contributed to our efforts in London and will be missed by the entire squad."

Martin was transported to San Diego's Mercy Hospital Tuesday afternoon where she is receiving treatment for her injuries. The 27-year-old is expected to make a full recovery. Martin was set to begin competing in her first Olympic Games on Wednesday, August 8.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of Arielle's injury while training this week in preparation for the 2012 Games," said USA Cycling President & CEO Steve Johnson. "She is a true competitor and will be sorely missed in London. We wish her a complete and speedy recovery."

Martin will be replaced on the U.S. Olympic BMX Cycling Team by 19-year-old Crain, who has earned two world championship medals in the junior ranks and finished ninth at last summer's Olympic Test Event. She will join 21-year-old Alise Post (St. Cloud, Minn.) in representing the U.S. women in BMX cycling.

"Arielle is one of the most talented and determined athletes I've ever had the pleasure to work with," stated USA Cycling BMX Programs Director Mike King. "Her leadership and character will be missed both on and off the track. We have the utmost confidence in the depth and talent of our women's BMX program. Brooke has posted consistent international results, has been training hard and is fully prepared to step in and make an impact in London."

BMXpress / World Mags 2008 Olympic Special, Collectors Edition Available

Due to popular demand BMXPRESS MAGAZINE has decided to launch our new version of BMXPRESS MAGAZINE "WORLD EDITION" by re-releasing our most popular edition of BMXWORLD Magazine.

To celebrate the inclusion of BMX into the Olympics for the first time ever, BMXWORLD MAGAZINE published wall-to-wall coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

This Olympic Special, Collectors Edition is 102 pages of everything you could possibly want to know about the Debut of BMX in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

We covered the riders, the event and everything else you could possibly want to know about the debut of BMX as an Olympic sport.

You won't want to miss out on this Collectors Edition, now released through itunes as a digital magazine/App or on Samsung Andriod.

Follow the below steps and get your copy of BMXPRESS "World Edition" Digital Magazine on iPhone or Ipad or Samsung Galaxy Android TAB.

APPLE iPhone and iPad
  • Go to the APP STORE

  • Search for MAGSHOP app

  • Download free MAGSHOP app, open the app and search for BMXPRESS. You will see issue #58 (Current issue) and issue #57 BMXPRESS WORLD EDITION OLYMPIC SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION 2008.

  • Purchase in the normal manner…


  • Go to PLAY STORE

  • Search for the MAGSHOP app

  • Download free MAGSHOP app

  • Once downloaded MAGSHOP APP, open the app and search for BMXPRESS. You will see issue #58 (Current issue) and issue #57 BMXPRESS WORLD EDITION OLYMPIC SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION 2008.

  • Purchase in the normal manner…

Look for the below magazine cover (left side cover). This issue has been listed as BMXPRESS Issue #57.

Anyone wanting to purchase BMXPRESS issue #58 online can also do so at the above link.

Crazy Al Cayne Trumbull T.R.A.C.K. Rebuild Video


'Crazy' Al Cayne recently went up "Connecticut Way" to Trumbull T.R.A.C.K. to check out the new track rebuild.

In this patented Crazy Al video clip, Mike Grubber and Carlos Perez talk about the new track layout, the 2012 Connecticut open series and the Big USABMX New England Nationals coming in September.

Come through every Monday from May – September, 6 – 8 PM to get all the gates you can get for $5

Tuesday Night Racing from May into September!! Registration from 4-6PM. Practice from 5-6:45PM. Racing starts at 7PM.

Mountain Bikers are more than welcome to join the fun, we wanna see you there!