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BMX racing news, Wednesday - December 29, 2010

USA Cycling announces 2011 National Championships

Colorado Springs, Colo. - USA Cycling unveiled its complete 2011 national championship calendar today. A total of 17 events will provide riders of all ages and abilities with opportunities to win national titles across all five disciplines of competitive cycling. Of the 17 events, 12 are headed to new host cities.

The first national titles of the year will again be bestowed upon BMX racers. For the first time in its five-year history, the USA Cycling BMX National Championships will take place on the grounds of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The April 16th event will feature elite and junior racing on the Beijing-replica Supercross track, while all other categories will compete on the adjacent, traditional BMX track.

For a complete look at the National Championship Calendar, click here.  

2011 USA Cycling National Championship Calendar

*All dates and locations subject to change

April 16: BMX National Championships - Chula Vista, Calif.

May 6-8: Collegiate Road National Championships - Madison, Wis.

May 28-30: USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships - Greenville, S.C.

June 22-26: USA Cycling Elite, U23 & Junior Road National Championships - Augusta, Ga.

July 7-10: USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships - Frisco, Texas

July 14-17: USA Cycling Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships - Sun Valley, Idaho

Aug. 2-7: USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships - Trexlertown, Pa.

Aug. 20: USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships - Grand Rapids, Mich.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 4: USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships - Bend, Ore.

Sept. 15-17: USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championship - Indianapolis, Ind.

Sept. 17: USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships - Bend, Ore.

Sept. 24-25: USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships - Beech Mountain, N.C.

Sept. 29 – Oct. 3: USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships - Carson, Calif.

Oct. 1-2: USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships - Colorado Springs, Colo.

Oct. 28-30: USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships - Davis, W. Va.

Jan. 4-8: USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships - Madison, Wis.

Date TBD: USA Cycling Track Tandem Sprint National Championships - Trexlertown, Pa.  

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, Tuesday - December 28, 2010

Sifiso Nhlapo Picks Up Exclusive Bike Deal with Morewood Bikes

South Africa's, Sifiso Nhlapo has landed a brand new and HOT sponsorship deal with Morewood Bikes from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa that will put him on his own line of BMX bikes for the foreseeable future.

Skizo Team guy, Mark Squire had the low down for us, with details of the sponsorship what the bikes will be like and what Skizo will be up to in 2011.

For all the details, click here for the complete story, more photos and interview.








BMX racing news, Monday - December 27, 2010


If you get the BMX Nation mag from the NBL you would have seen super smooth Elite Women's rider, Alaina Henderson on the cover.

That in itself isn't unusual as Alaina is a fast, newsworthy pro. The thing that might have raised an eyebrow is her Felt BMX Racing jersey. Felt? Felt hasn't had a race team for a while, but that's about to change .

It is official Carlos Perez and his crew are back on Felt Bike’s under the Factory Felt BMX/SC Action Sports banner and Felt BMX could not be happier.

Carlos will be running the show and so far the confirmed sponsors are Fly gear, Alex Rims, Eleven parts, Van shoes, Profile parts and Johnson plates.

Confirmed riders: Dylan Perez, Alaina Henderson, Joey Lynn Henderson, Samantha Brown, Anthony Catlow, Coleman Habib, Gabe Hatem and William Parker.







BMX racing news, Saturday - December 25, 2010

Merry BMXing Christmas From BMX Mania

The ABA Loses Legendary Canadian Track Operator, Marie Davidson

Marie Davidson, age 68, passed away at peace and without pain in her home surrounded by family on December 12, 2010 following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born on May 3, 1942, in York County, Toronto, Ontario with no real roots of her own, Marie lived her life in service to others including her children and grandchildren; her many foster kids and their families; and thousands of BMX riders and Sea Cadets all over British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. Marie had a special gift of being able to bring out the best in people through unconditional acceptance, genuine caring, and understanding. In her generous spirit, her heart and home were always open to anyone in need. Her fondness for all things in nature included a love of bears, her special friends the raccoons (Ricky’s), and most of all her cats, Ms. Pootie’s Friend and Mr. Luke.

Marie was known as Nan, Nanny, Nanny-Marie, Mom, Mammy, Wilma, Gree, Mare, Maria, Mary, and Queen Marie to family and friends. For the past 40 years, Marie served as a foster “mom” to more than 140 children. Since 1992, she has been instrumental in raising over $250,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital through annual ABA BMX Race for Life events. In her words, “it is all about kids helping kids”. Marie was an Honorary Member of the Branch 256 Legion; a director of the Navy League of Canada Nanaimo Branch; chairperson for the Canadian ABA BMX Tracks; and, President of the Nanaimo BMX Association. In recognition for her dedication and commitment, Marie received numerous awards. Most recently, she was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Society Service Award.

Marie is survived by her sons Michael (Katherine), Robert, and Joseph; and, five grandchildren, Jason, Brett, Ryan, James, and Trevor. She is further survived by two step grandchildren Jacqui and Elliot Wyman; her daughter-in-law Anna Davidson; and the many foster children and their families.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 in the Auditorium at the Beban Park Community Centre, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC.

A memorial fund has been established in her name with the BC Children's’ Hospital. Donations can be made online or your gift can be mailed to: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, c/o Tribute Program, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4.

We would like to thank the staff of the VIHA Community Nurses & Home Care and the Red Cross for enabling us to fulfill Marie’s desire to remain at home. Heartfelt thanks to Jan McIntyre, Home Care Nurse, for her compassionate care.

“The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind.” - John Allston

Awesome ABA Grands video Christmas Present

From Rich Montalvo

"The Man" from the coverage of all your favorite ABA National Events for the last several years, Rich Montalvo has sent us a nice little Christmas Gift that we can pass on to you for some fun Christmas BMXing.

Made in "TV Show" style, the vid from the 2010 ABA Grands features BMX FunGuy, Vet Pro Tim Dinger, one of the true comics at any BMX race, interviewing his way thru all of the different ABA National Title Battles that were up for grabs at the ABA End Of The Year Spectacular! AA Pro, Girls Pro, Pro Cru, # 1 Am Boy titles are ALLLLL in here, along with interviews with Alise "The Injured Beasty" Post and Maris Strombergs, the "Golden Boy" of BMX who crashed HARD while in the title hunt.

All in all, a Merry Christmas gift from Rich to you. No cost, no ads, just for the love of the sport that we all are just a little addicted to. Merry BMXn' Christmas!

And How about a BMX Mania Exclusive!
Download this video for your iPod

AND.....If you have any questions about this awesome piece of work, just hit up "Genius Boy Wonder", Rich Montalvo here for any of your ABA Grands Video Masterpiece concerns.

BMX Video At It's Finest!

"UCI Worlds Santa" Rips Up Downtown Copenhagen!

A Bad To The Bone, Manuallying, Rip Snortin', Street Riding, BMX Santa Claus was spotted recently, TEARING IT UP in downtown Copenhagen, Denmark. Santa was seen Bunny Hopping little old ladies and heading off in a hurry for what looked like a pretty urgent destination, can you guess where he was heading? The North Pole? Some Good BMXer's house to lay some cool free stuff on them? Johan's office to sign up for next year's UCI BMX World's at Bike City?

Well, if you REALLY want the answer, check out this awesome video.

Ride, Santa, Ride!







BMX racing news, Friday - December 24, 2010

THE Re-Ups as Sponsor of UCI Supercross Series, Worlds and 2012 Olympics

CERRITOS, CA--VSI Products is pleased to announce that it has signed on again as the official number plate supplier to the 2010, 2011 and 2012 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series and UCI BMX World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The three-year deal is a continuation of VSI's current sponsorship agreement with the UCI.

VSI signed on with the UCI in 2007 prior to the Olympic Games in China where THE number plates were used by all the riders. THE number plates also are used at all UCI Supercross races and World Championships.

"Our relationship with the UCI has been great and has given the THE brand excellent exposure around the world. We look forward to working with them through at least 2012," said Toby Henderson, founding partner at VSI, THE's parent company.

Besides supplying more than 4,000 custom number plates to the UCI each year, VSI also donates THE, ITS, Intense and Vigor products to the UCI Training Center in Aigle, Switzerland. The products are used at the facility to help developing young cyclists reach their potential. Among the notable pro riders who went through the UCI program are Sifiso Nhlapo, Yvan Lapraz, Emilio Falla and Fabian Hernandez.

All racers at UCI Supercross World Cup races, the UCI World Championships and 2012 London Olympic Games will use THE number plates, numbers and side numbers.

"With the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and the UCI BMX World Championships being the premiere BMX racing events in the world, we would only settle for the very best partners and suppliers. VSI has proven that they are the market leaders with great products, and at the UCI we are excited to continue our partnership," said Johan Lindstrom, the UCI's BMX Sports Coordinator.

The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series kicks off next season with racing April 8 and 9 in Pietermaritzburg South Africa. The rest of the season will take riders to the Netherlands and Denmark for the UCI BMX World Championships, London and the Supercross Series Finals in Chula Vista, just 90 miles from THE World Headquarters.






BMX racing news, Thursday - December 23, 2010

Maris  back in Latvia inspiring & Motivating

Maris back in Latvia hanging out with the kids.

This past weekend back home in Latvia Maris Strombergs and his Coach Ivo Lakucs gave a presentation in front of hundreds of aspiring children how life is like being the Olympic Champion living and racing BMX in the USA.

Maris explained that it is possible for anyone to have dreams and goals and make them a reality and his plans for the next few years which include defending his Olympic title in London in 2012.

The kids loved it.

Over  400  showed  up!

Intense, SINZ, THE Named Official Product Supplier to Cycling Australia

CERRITOS, CA--Intense BMX, Sinz and THE have signed a deal that makes the U.S. BMX frame, bicycle and components supplier the Official Product Supplier to Australia's top BMX professionals. The agreement with Cycling Australia is an extension of a less-formal deal in 2010 where the company supplied members of the powerful BMX Australia Elite High Performance Program with frames, forks, components, helmets and protective gear.

"We're really excited to continue working with Wade and the Australian riders. Last year, they proved to be one of the strongest national teams. The women made many, if not all of, the Supercross mains and Brian Kirkham came on strong at the end of the year with a great ride in Frejus. We expect big things from them next year and through the Olympics," said Toby Henderson, VSI's founding partner. VSI is the parent company of Intense BMX, Sinz and THE.

The sponsorship covers Elite High Performance riders Rachel Bracken, Lauren Reynolds, Brian Kirkham and new addition, Caroline Buchanan.

As it did last year, VSI will provide support in the form of product, including frames, components and accessories from Intense BMX, SINZ Elite and SINZ and helmets, padding and clothing from THE Products. Each member of the team will ride custom painted Intense BMX Podium frames.

"I rode the new bike at the local BMX track in Alabama and did some sprints on it. It feels awesome. I noticed that it's super stiff, more responsive than my Ti frame and acceleration was noticeably better. I am excited to race it," Buchanan said a few days after she got her new Podium frame and Sinz Elite Carbon forks.

In 2010, the young Australian riders showed they have the skills and speed to compete with the world's best BMX racers. Buchanan is currently ranked fifth by the UCI, while Reynolds and Bracken ended the year ranked ten and eleven, respectively. Kirkham moved up from 27 in 2009 to 19th last year. The team is currently ranked third in the world behind Latvia and the United States.

"Toby and VSI have been a great support in my cycling career and now having them continue this into our National Elite HP BMX Program is an exciting time. This gives our riders the confidence and opportunity to use the products they want to use to help them be competitive on the international circuit," said former World Champion Wade Bootes, who is head coach of the Cycling Australia/BMX Australia BMX High Performance Program.

The Elite HP riders will compete in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and the United States with a focus on the UCI Supercross World Cup Series and World Championships in 2011.

The addition of the Australian program sponsorship further bolsters VSI's commitment to supporting the world's best BMX racers. VSI, through Intense BMX, Speed Bicycles, THE, Sinz Elite, Sinz and ITS, sponsors the UCI Supercross Series, World Championships and 2012 London Olympic Games, the USA Cycling Junior Development Camps and the ABA.

In addition to these organizations and events, the company also supports the Factory Intense and Factory Speed Teams, Rennen/Intense, Intense/Spinnz, J&R Racing, Delux Racing, SE Racing, the S&M Team, Intense Europe, Team Little Dudes Racing, Atomlab and more than a dozen individual racers. VSI also offers a contingency program to professional/elite and junior elite riders who use its products.

Visit to learn more about Intense, SINZ Elite, Sinz, THE, ITS and other VSI brands.







BMX racing news, Wednesday - December 22, 2010

BMX Mania Mini Interview with UCI SX Events leadership

Wanna check out the interview? Go HERE!


Morphine Industries’ The “Nugget” Takes the Top Spot at the Young Guns Shootout – Pro/Am.




We got there Saturday morning ready to race.  Practice was the usual where all the fast guys were sizing each other up during the full out practice laps.  The heavy hitters of the day were Dennison Smith and Tyler Whitfield. 


Motos started and the powers that be were not shy about stacking the first moto with all the fast guys.  Hey, if you are going to win you got to beat the best.  After three rounds, I was sitting at a 1-2-1.  I continued with a 1 in the semi and it was on to Main Time. 


I got lane choice due to top finish so I took lane 1.  The gate dropped and Dennison and I collided going into turn 1 and luckily I came out in front of him.  Another rider avoided the contact and passed me going into the 2nd straight but I caught and passed him into the 2nd turn.  I rode the rest to the top spot


Sunday brought the Future Pro Challenge, always a fun race with a lot of fast bros from the area. And they give out some cool prizes.  Come on who doesn’t like cool prizes.  The motos started and I ended with a 1-1-1. I keep up the momentum and rolled through semis once again to Main Time.  Lane choice put me in lane 1 for the second day.  The gate dropped and this time Tyler and I went into turn 1 banging.  @ riders took advantage of the contact and passed us out of turn one.  I jumped back on the gas and passed one of the riders in turn 2 and was not able to caught the other finishing with a deuce for the day.


Thanks to everyone at Steel Wheels it was a great weekend of racing with a bunch of skilled riders.



Morphine Industries would like to thank its Factory Team Sponsors; HARO BIKES (, Fly Racing (,  Alienation (, Sinz Racing (, Rennen (, Tioga (, Black Crown (  Without you guys we would be sitting in the dirt.  Instead, we are rockin’ the best looking rigs at the gate and on the podium.




BMX racing news, Tuesday - December 21, 2010


Read the complete story, click here!

Team Intense- Spinzz Grabs their first factory team win

at the NBL Morristown, Tennessee National

BMX Mania Editor's Note - Our apologies to Team Intense-Spinzz that we didn't get this cool team news posted sooner, but we have been swamped and sometimes it's not easy to get all of the good news posted that we'd like to. Maybe we can go with, "Better Late Than Never"? Congrats to Team Intense-Spinzz on their first Factory Team win.

Team Intense-Spinzz News Release ..... After finishing off the 2010 year as the Team NBL Champions (Intense/Dynapep) there was only one thing left to do and that was to start competing in the Factory Team Division.  While others were out West at the ABA Grand Nationals some of us stayed back to play at the Morristown indoor track in TN for the start of the 2011 NBL National season. 

With a new color scheme and a new roster and a lot of changes to the NBL, we had no idea what to expect, but once the first gate dropped things just came naturally and we were off to riding hard and having fun doing it.  We came out just the way we finished at the Grand nationals and took 1st on Saturday and a 3rd on Sunday.  

The vibe was the best that we’ve seen in years and this was the first time that we have ever had to wait in line for practice.  Quarters in the cruiser classes were unheard of at this race which led to a breakout number of Semi’s.  The arena was packed with riders and fans throughout the East coast.  This race was simply “fantastic”.

 "A" Elite Pro rider Justin Riddell started off his season with a bang (in the last corner seriously) and grabbed a first on Saturday and a second on Sunday. He is 17 years young and always brings his AA skills to battle with the very best.

The South Florida crew drove up early to have a little Thanksgiving fiesta at the Lackey’s in Hendersonville TN. Todd Lackey raced 2 classes and had some strong finishes. He came out with a 1st and a 2nd place finishes in 35-39 cruiser and two first place finishes in 30 plus open.    His Daughter, Campbell Lackey grabbed two 2nd place finishes and best friend Halle Friedel took 1st and 3rd in the 9 girls class.  

14-girls, Sarah Gross rode like she stole something that weekend grabbing the 1st in her motos against Wooding and company but settling for 2nd in the main.

17 X, Geoffrey Banser was unstoppable and did not lose a lap both Saturday and Sunday.  

29 X, Dustin Means put together some excellent laps unfortunately hitting the gate and coming unclipped led him to a  3rd on Saturday and 4th on Sunday. (Welcome Back)

The Gozales family from Tampa showed up ready to race as expected with Steve finishing 2nd in the 50-54 cruiser class on Saturday and 1st on Sunday and Patti grabbing a 4th and a 1st in the 40-44 woman’s cruiser class plus a 3rd and 2nd in her new 20 inch class.

9 X, The Golden boy Joeseph Leto grabbed everyone’s attention with his track skills winning out everything that weekend except 1 moto. 

8-Girls McKenzie Gayheart took a 5th and a 6th this weekend with less than a year of racing under her belt, great job girly!

Our youngest rider Drew Freidel – 6 Challenger (Expert Jan. 1st lol) never lost a lap all weekend and is training for the Olympics in London…

 Our next National stop will be at the Christmas Classic in Ohio we will see everyone there or check us out at (  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! 

Thanks to our great family of sponsors: VSI Products for renewing our contract for 2011 and always believing in us and supporting us. (, Intense BMX frames the best in BMX, ITS, THE, Sinz, Spinzz bicycle shop,  Monster Energy Drink, Subway, Scream and Fly racing, Compass Banners and Signs, Profile Racing, Pro Gold Lubricants, Troy Lee designs, Hawk Racing, Animal Customs, Ernie’s Southern Off road, Club Rodeo and all of our Southwest Fl. Doctors.






BMX racing news, Monday - December 20, 2010

TWELVE From Red Bull & Michal Prokop


Twelve months, twelve short documentaries on a long way to success. Training. Races. Travelling. Life. TWELVE - a new project of the pro mountain biker and BMXer Michal Prokop.

Robert Trnka's camera takes the month of November in Michal Prokops' year, just as he has actually spent it. Without any adornments and planning. It doesn't aim to celebrate the leading actor; it endeavors to capture by its sincerity. TWELVE doesn't create dramatic situations, but it catches them if they arise.

Twelve November brings us just a few weeks back in time, but it's enough to change ice reality to colorful autumn. In the woods near Turnov, where the Soviet Army played war in the past, we have completely different warriors now. Their weapons are shovels, picks, saws, imagination and enthusiasm. The camera caught Michal at trails called A51.

 The year 2010 is almost over, so one more ride, the last few berms before the snow hides all trails, 4X a bmx tracks and bikers will have to spend long months in gyms, halls and courts ...!

Let two racers play in the squash court and watch them for a moment. Entertainment guaranteed. It does not take a long and originally intended leisure game of two friends, changes with increasing strain at all. Poker faces, movement speeds up at the court. They start counting a score. And in a while, they seriously fight. Racers.

Or sit two Moutainbikers on a motorcycle. It does not matter that motorcycles lacking few numbers in adult size, and Supercross arena is replaced by a track that would not have been seen in the grass, not to be outlined by rusty stove, chairs and pillows. The process will be the same. Michael and his mechanic Krab.

A short stop for some PR stuff and hurry up for a highlight of the autumn social program.

The King of Cycling awards. The Czech Cycling Federation effort to evaluate the most successful representatives is trying for years long to step out of its own shadow. Unsuccessfully, unfortunately. Undignified form, again and again, brings down this commendable idea to the knees. But it remains essential that this was Czech bikers most successful year ever, to which Michal Prokop contributed not only with his bronze medal from the World Fourcross Championships.

You can find all episodes of the TWELVE project at

TWELVE Crew * Producer: Red Bull * Screenplay, camera: Robert Trnka * Editor, post-production, and music: Jan Mocnak


Hot New Team Formed.....Team Storm


BMX fans and enthusiasts… there is a new Storm brewing on the horizon of 2011 and it may be headed for you!  After 3 years of racing as a Trophy Team in the ABA “Team Storm” is moving to the Bike Shop division lead by team manager Bob Glarner.  Team Storm is proud to have headline sponsors Scheels All Sports & VSI Products (Intense, Vigor, Sinz and THE)

Scheels is a 23-store operation with stores in 8 states including North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Nevada.  Scheels' provides customers with first-class customer service and the world's largest selection of sports, sportswear and footwear. 

VSI distributes top level BMX race gear and performance products that BMX riders have known and respected for years.  In addition to our headline sponsors we have a cavalcade of Midwest sponsors excited to team up with our electrifying group.

Team Storm’s solid group of young and developing riders will be exciting to watch on the track in 2011 as they pursue their goals in BMX and in life.  With Scheels All Sports, VSI, and our other proud sponsors, our rides will achieve all of their goals and more.  So when you here that rumble off in the distance know it’s a Storm coming… Team Storm!  Heading to a National or State event near you. 

For more information on Team Storm visit their fan page at contact the team manager, Bob Glarner/Team Manager /



A Pro, Sean Storms.....Sailing On!


A Pro standout, Sean Storms has made the move from roostin' thru the dirt to sailin' cross the open sea.

Sean has taken his BMX skills to the U.S. Navy!

He has completed his basic training and schooling and has received his orders to report to the USS Port Royal in Hawaii in January. 

He would also like everyone to know that he and his Lady Emilee were married this past Saturday (December 18th) in a small ceremony.

Best wishes to Sean from his BMX Family and best wishes for a "Jammin' BMX Time" in the Navy!

Don't forget to hit the track with those salty sea legs, Sean!


New ABA Bike Shop team

New bike shop team to compete at ABA events throughout the east coast in 2011. 

We would like to thank our sponsors for coming on board with us for our first year of competition. 

Look for our pit area at most all next season’s ABA east coast nationals beginning with the 2011 season opener in Oldsmar, Florida. 

HRP Designs – Official supplier of the freshest number plates in BMX! ..... Kovachi Wheels – The finest wheel building in all of BMX ..... Shift – Gearing the team in 2011 to look great while going fast! ..... Schanewolf Cyclesport – One of the oldest shops on the east coast with specific focus on bringing the best bmx products to racers.

The team is working on details on a few other neat sponsorships which we hope to be able to announce very soon.

2011 Roster:  Ty Gibbs, 8X, Bryce Easter, 9X, Quentin Crowley, 11X, Masato Pischke, 12X, Ian Noerenberg 14X, Kavin Bradner, 15X, John Noerenberg 41-45 Cruiser, Kerri Norberg, 46 & over cruiser (NAG10), Chris Norberg A Pro

                                                                                         Shawn Pischke, Team Owner –









BMX racing news, Saturday - December 18, 2010

Dan's Comp/Celly Smelly's, AA Pro, Matt Pohlkamp recently participated in a ceremony at two Ohio schools sponsoring two BMX racers for the Dan's Comp/Celly Smelly's/ Marika's Gym BMX Race Team.

The new team riders are Jesse and Meagan Woodruff.

Jesse, a seventh grade student at Memorial Middle School, and his sister Megan, a fifth grade student at Brown Elementary, in Hilliard, Ohio were surprised at school when Professional BMX rider Matt Pohlkamp visited to present them with new team jerseys and offers to sponsor them on the BMX circuit.

Both Jesse and Megan have been competing in BMX bicycle racing for the past two years.

Jesse is ranked 6th in the nation in the 12-year old rookie class, and Megan is ranked 4th in the nation in the 10-year old girls class.  Congratulations!


Check out the super cool video of Matt and his sister in law (Matt's Wife, Jessica's Twin), Marika Zahrndt making the formal presentation to Meagan in her classroom, VERY cool. It's a pretty big deal having a Pro Racer make a personal appearance at your school, picking you up for their BMX team.

Other media you can check out:

Post from Hilliard city schools  SO CUTE!

Jesse Woodruff








BMX racing news, Friday - December 17, 2010

CERRITOS, CA--VSI Products is pleased to announce that it will take over the management of the Intense/Phantom/OnTrac Team (IPOT). The change will result in the team being divided into two-Factory Intense and Factory Speed-and the addition of three of the world's top professionals.

Through Intense, VSI has always been the primary financial backer of the team, in addition to the number-one source of bicycle and components. Next season, VSI will provide even more financial and product support. OnTrac owner Chuck Colton will reduce his involvement in the team so he can spend more time with his family and focus on his business. Colton will continue to follow the racers and make the familiar IPOT rig available to the teams.

"I want to thank Chuck for his dedication and support of the team all these years. He's been a great partner and a big part of the success of the team. I wish him well and look forward to seeing him at a race or two in the future," said Toby Henderson, VSI's founding partner.

Donovan Long will continue in his role as team manager of the amateur riders while VSI will take care of pros David Herman and Arielle Martin, who will represent Intense, and new Speed racer Marc Willers.

"I'm very excited to be working with VSI to help continue the legacy of the IPOT team. The new addition of the Speed Factory Team will bring a whole new level to the Factory Title hunt for 2011. We put together some of the fastest riders in the world and they will all be ready to help take VSI and BMX to the next level," Long said.

"And, I can't thank Chuck and Terry Colton enough for the support that they have given to the riders and family's over the years. I know that they will keep on giving back to the kids in this sport and others as their grand kids grow and play sports themselves," he added.

The team has won multiple national titles and is stacked with NAG riders. It narrowly lost the Factory Team title at this year's ABA Grands, but with two beefed-up rosters it could reclaim the number-one spot and take number-two, as well, next November in Tulsa.

The Intense Factory Team will ride Podium frames with SINZ Elite forks, XXX cranks, bolt-on grips and wheels, Sinz brakes, handlebars, stems and seatposts, THE saddles and number plates and ITS MK2 and Hustler tyres. The Speed Factory riders will race in similarly spec'd Speed M-Series bikes. Look for a few of them to breakout the new 20-millimeter bikes this spring.

"We're really looking forward to having a closer working relationship with the team. I think it will benefit VSI as we develop and introduce new products and it will help the riders since we'll be more attentive to their needs. I want this program to be as professional as the factory race teams of the past-like the GT, Hutch, Diamondback and JMC teams of the 1980s," Henderson said.

New members of the team include Nick Koehler, Shelby Stacy and Brodie Spot.

Factory Intense Team - Dane Gilbert, 7X ... Brodie Spot 9X ... Bryant White 11X ... Madison Martinez 11 Girls ... Christopher Blevins 13X ... Christopher Abernathy 14X ... Sean Gaian 15X ... Kristen Long 15X ... Rusty Nesvig 17-18X ... Chad Street Vet Pro

Pro Factory Intense Team - David Herman ... Arielle Martin   Factory Speed Team Roster - Wyatt Bell 9X ... Brock Heffron 14X ... Cole Tesar 15X ... Derik Bergh 16X ... Felicia Stancil 16 Girls ... Nick Koehler 17-18X ... Bryce Hocking 17-18X ... Shelby Stacy 17 Girls ... Fernie Jaquez 19-27X ... Jake Peebles AA Pro

Pro Factory Speed Team - Marc Willers

powers bike shop factory team

Nokesville, VA- Powers Bike Shop Factory Team introduced the newly formed BMX factory race team at the Thanksgiving Classic held in Morristown TN.

Team owner Chad Powers provided the vision of a team comprised of a wide array of talent in which riders hold National titles in North America and Europe. The wide span of ages within the team ensures a mentoring relationship helping some of our younger riders develop and enhance their raw talent. With Chad’s years of experience and relationships with many teams, Chad is able to provide a solid direction and mission for this Team, inclusive of professionalism, integrity, family atmosphere and an environment of teacher, coach and mentor which will add to the success of the team and the development of the riders. Lastly, we want to have a lot of fun.

Team owner Chad Powers was extremely please with the team results . On day 1 the team had an impressive 2nd place finish. Day 2 the pink and black finished 5th out of 11.

A couple of notable performance’s were Andrew Townsend 14x having a perfect weekend in both 20 inch and cruiser. Also Jeffrey “J-Dub” Ketron 8x showing that training does pay off , by taking home a perfect on 20 inch and cruiser.

The entire team would like to wish our injured riders a speedy recovery. Joel Clark with muscle strain and Abby Macleod with a broken elbow.

Our Team Roster of awesome riders, includes, Jeffrey “J Dub” Ketron 8X ... Abagayle MacLeod 11G ... Josh Walsh 11x ... Kristen Klein 12G ... Ponton Cary 12X ... Hunter Stephens 12X ... Ben Desiderato 13X ... Hannah Macleod 14G ... Andrew Townsend 14X ... Daniel Birmingham 17-18X ... Taylor Deltuva 17-18X ... Pat Parker 26-34X ... Joel Clark 41+X ... Nigel Hopkinson 41+X ... Jason Sherrill Vet Pro ... Michelle Lehman 17+ Women ... Chad Powers 26-34X


This team would not be possible without the generous contributions from our sponsors Allstate, Standard, Profile, Morphine, Fly, Frederick County Customs, Alienation, Mariani Gardens, Coleman Motor CO and Blotout Graphics .

The teams next appearance will be at the Christmas Classic in Columbus OH. Please visit our pit area.









BMX racing news, Thursday - December 16, 2010

Global SX Events To Hire Johan Lindstrom

Global SX Events, Inc. (GSX) Hires Johan Lindström to Direct UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and US BMX Supercross Series.

Global SX Events, Inc. (GSX) Hires Johan Lindström to Direct UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and US BMX Supercross Series. GAHANNA, OH (December 15, 2010) — Global SX Events, Inc., (GSX) announced today that it Johan Lindström will assume the role of CEO. This week, GSX announced that it will take over the general management of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, for which it will hold part of the organization and marketing rights. In addition, GSX Events will also be the UCI partner in another field: the UCI’s BMX track building service.

Gary Aragon, Chairman and President of GSX Events, says, “We are extremely fortunate to have Johan join GSX to lead the team. After all, the Supercross World cup is what it is because of him, and there is no one in the world more qualified to take this to the next level.” Added Johan Lindström, “I'm excited about the opportunities that Global SX Events will bring to the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and BMX in general. It's time for BMX to ‘take the training wheels off’ and bring it to the next level, and I'm confident that GSX Events is capable of doing so. What strikes me is the passion of the sport that all people involved in GSX Events have shown. I'm thrilled to be leading the GSX Events team."

GSX will also be responsible for all Elite events for the National Bicycle League, Inc., (NBL) and the NBL NationsTour events will now be run by GSX as the US BMX Supercross Series. More information will be coming forth on the details of BMX Elite racing with GSX.

About Global SX Events, Inc. Global SX Events Inc, (GSX Events) is uniquely positioned to be the premier promoter of professional and amateur events internationally. The GSX Events leadership team represents the leading edge of BMX events organization internationally. Headquartered in Gahanna, Ohio, USA, GSX Events is a subsidiary of the National Bicycle League, Inc.

About EliteTrax, Inc. EliteTrax, Inc. (EliteTrax) is committed to the development, design and construction of premier event tracks around the globe. The EliteTrax leadership team is the world leader in every level of track building. Headquartered in Gahanna, Ohio, USA, EliteTrax is a subsidiary of Global SX Events, Inc., a National Bicycle League, Inc. subsidiary.

About the National Bicycle League, Inc. The National Bicycle League, Inc. (NBL) manages the best in BMX (Bicycle Motocross) leagues and promotes the international and olympic sport of BMX racing across the country and abroad. As a public charity in the US, NBL also focuses on communicating the value of healthy lifestyles for children and families through BMX racing. NBL is BMX! For more information, visit:





BMX racing news, Wednesday - December 15, 2010

UCI BMX Supercross World Cups to be

managed by Global SX Events Inc.

The International Cycling Union is pleased to announce its partnership with Global SX Events Inc (GSX Events) which will hold part of the organization and marketing rights for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series. 

The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, the world’s leading BMX racing series, serves as the main qualification event for the 2012 Olympic Games. Introduced by the UCI in 2003, this series of races has revitalized BMX with its exciting and spectacular Supercross format. 

UCI will maintain its role in governing the sport and will continue to draw up and manage the international calendar as well as establish the regulations for international competition. 

UCI President Pat McQuaid explains, “BMX in general and the BMX Supercross World Cup in particular, are undergoing spectacular growth, which has accelerated since their Olympic baptism in Beijing in 2008. The UCI has invested considerably in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup to bring it up to its current level, but I am convinced that the partnership that will now link the UCI and Global SX Events will allow BMX to continue its growth in optimal conditions: still under the aegis of the UCI, but making the most of GSX Events’ skills.”  

Based in Gahanna, Ohio (USA), Global SX Events Inc will take over the general management of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, for which it will hold part of the organization and marketing rights. In addition, GSX Events will also be the UCI partner in another field: the UCI’s BMX track building service. With the recent development of the discipline worldwide, GSX Events (through EliteTrax) will be able to answer to the increased demands for the construction of high-level BMX tracks around the world. The BMX track building service will be led by the well-known track building expert Tom Ritzenthaler.  

Gary Aragon, Chairman and President of GSX Events, says, “The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series is currently the leading international BMX event. But as the sport grows, the series will need to grow with it. GSX Events is committed to continually develop and advance the sport of BMX racing the world over. Our goal is to partner with the UCI to take the sport through this next phase of growth.”

The 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup calendar

8-9 April Pietermaritzburg (RSA)

27-28 May - Papendal (NED)

19-29 August - London (GBR)

16-19 September - to be confirmed

30 September-1 October - Chula Vista (USA)

Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX To Host Grand Opening Race!

Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX will be hold it’s Grand Opening Race on Saturday Dec. 18. Registration is from 12:30 – 2:30 with racing starting ASAP. This will be a “triple” point race. 

Sanctioned by the NBL, Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX is the second BMX track of parent company Helmets On Inc., a Grand Rapids based non-profit organization, which also operates Grand Rapids BMX. TAIBMX has about 90,000 sq/ft of usable space inside the former original Meijer building, located in Greenville, MI, making it the largest indoor BMX racing facility in the Mid-West. “We have essentially created an outdoor track indoors” said Doug Doerr VP of Helmets On Inc. And now offering the BMX riders on Michigan a place to race and practice all winter long.

TAIBMX will also debut their 1st annual “Kick Off the Winter Indoor Season Men and Women Pro/Am Money Open”.  (see website for details). This will be an exciting event to start the indoor season. So please come out to watch or compete in our new indoor facility.

Race fee for the Grand Opening day is $15 for points and $20 for points and award.

As if that's all not enough, Thrifty Acres will be offering an awesome clinic with Josh Smith from the DK Factory Team from 9-11:30. At ONLY $15, the price is right and if you get in touch and let them know that you're coming, Josh will contact you by email with details.

Also, for our ABA BMXing Friends, don't forget that you are ALWAYS welcome! To welcome you with a smile, the Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX folks will be offering a one day free membership, and if you want to come back, they'll help you sign up for one of the money saving 'New NBL' memberships......THE Place To Race!

This is going to be one event that you will not want to miss!!! The address is 1220 N. Lafayette St., Greenville, MI 48838. Please visit for more information.

Redman/Rockstar Wins 2010 ABA Factory Team Title

December 15, 2010 – Murrieta, California

It was a familiar end to the 2010 season for the Redman/Rockstar Factory BMX Team--with the team win at the ABA Grand Nationals this past Thanksgiving weekend locking up not only the #1 Factory Team title for 2010, but earning Mike Redman's Tribe the ABA Factory Cup for the 4th time this decade.   

Since 2000, the Redman race program has finished 2nd, 4th, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 13th, 2nd and 1st--making it one of the-if not the--most dominant race team these past 10 years.   In that time, the riders’ names have mostly changed, but the 2010 Tribe certainly earned its place among the very best through their consistent and dominating performance all year--something that did not go unnoticed by the ABA membership who voted Redman/Rockstar the Golden Crank Team of the Year.  

Golden Crank Rookie Pro of the Year honors were also bestowed upon Redman/Rockstar's Corben Sharrah who just one year ago won the ABA National #1 Amateur title.  This season capped Corben's 9th year riding for Redman.   Continuing that championship tradition, Kelsey Van Ogle brought home the coveted ABA National #1 Girls Cruiser title, along with the NAG #1 plate for 12 year-old girls.    Together with brother Lain Van Ogle, who once again grabbed the NAG #1 plate in the 15 year-old boys class, the Van Ogles have certainly become the most potent brother/sister combination racing today--if not ever. 

In the 13 year-old boys class, Walker “Dirt Bird” Finch powerfully rode to a win and the NAG #1 title, making it two in a row for Finch.  Michael “Bubba” Gonzales also took NAG #1 honors in the 11 year-old boys and 11 cruiser classes, solidly establishing Bubba as the class of his class.   While 12 year-old Dougie Butcher, 11 year-old Landon Sellers and 10 year-old Shayne Lewis also finished the season strong, taking home NAG #5, NAG #7 and NAG #3 rankings respectively.  While 8 year-old Julian Dittrick found himself in a tough spot at the Grands, Julian was one of two Redman riders—together with Bubba Gonzales—to win a UCI World Championship this past July.  As if these guys weren’t impressive enough, the Redman/Rockstar girls rocked too—with 14 year-old “Gnarly Carlie Ferree and 11 year-old Amanda Olguin joining Kelsey Van Ogle as National Age Group Champions.  Still, if not for the critical contribution of every team rider throughout the season—including 14 year-olds Hunter Pelham and Jack Pope, 9 year-old Zachary Vonbergen and 6 year-old Tara Klein--the team would not be holding its 4th factory team title today.   

Special thanks are due to the tremendous support of Redman/Rockstar by team sponsors, Rockstar, Troy Lee Designs, ODI Grips, KWEG Co. Chains, Eks Brand Goggles, Moto-Concepts, Technique Components, LDC and Industrial Ride Shop.  Look for your current ABA Factory Team Champions, Redman/Rockstar, next at the 2011 season opener, ABA Silver Dollar Nationals, January 14-16, 2010, in Reno, Nevada.  For more information, contact Redman online at  For sponsorship and marketing opportunities, contact Richard Huvard at


The Greatest Race On Earth was held in Tulsa Oklahoma and this year history was made. Dominique 3 D Daniels should be use to making BMX history in the American Bicycle Association; in 2007 she became the first and only BMX rider to capture every #1 plate that could be won by an ABA amateur (NATIONAL 1, NAG 1, ROC 1, REDLINE 1, DISNEY 1, STATE 1, DISTRICT 1 AND WORLD 1).

She followed that by becoming the youngest ABA member to win National Titles in Class and Cruiser (age 14) and she followed that by being the first ABA rider to go from Amateur #1 to Girl Pro #1 in 2008. This year found Dominique trying to do what has only been done by 1 BMX Pro in ABA history and that is 3 consecutive pro titles done only by the great Bubba Harris.

After the dust had settled there are now 2 ABA BMX Pro’s in that rare league. “It is truly an honor and humbling to be in the ABA history books especially with the likes of Bubba, I still have his autograph poster in my room from my first Grand’s in 2005. I will do my best to represent our sport with grace and continue to spread how great our sport is to the country and the world. I will be training very hard this year and with God’s help I will be back to defend my title in 2011”

Dominique would like to thank her sponsor’s Grand Canyon University, GHP/Extreme, Alienation, THE, Stealth, Johnson Plates, The Bike Doctor, Fast Athlete, Fetish Bikes of Scottsdale, HED and MY FAMILY!!!







BMX racing news, Tuesday - December 14, 2010

Crupi's Josh Klatman is the 2010 National #1 Amateur

Congratulations Josh on a brilliant season.  The National Amateur #1 Title is a huge accomplishment and is a great testament to the caliber of rider you are. 

Crupi, ProGate, Fly, ODI, Embee Performance and House of Stickers are all very proud of you and your accomplishment and wanted to say Thank You! 

We look forward to another great upcoming season with you in 2011!




BMX racing news, Monday - December 13, 2010

Adventure Travel Launches

Action Packed 2011

BMX Travel Deals!

Get ready for the UCI BMX Worlds in Denmark next year!
Packages and prices to be released year end!
Contact us at 253-531-1757 or at our E-mail:
Don't wait!! The Ramada Reno Hotel listed below is filling up fast! HURRY! HURRY!
NOTE! Contact us for any of the ABA National Hotels and let us know what your budget is.
We will find accommodations to meet your budget!
Save $20.00 per night
RAMADA RENO HOTEL** Great Offer**Near Track don't need to drive!!
(Previously the Holiday Inn)
Within walking distance only 1 ½  blocks from the track. Complimentary Parking.
Rooms have double beds (new mattresses), Comp wireless internet, coffee maker with coffee.
A full service restaurant onsite & in addition a 24-hour food service at Diamond's Diner. Complimentary Airport Shuttle

In addition they supply you with a $4.00 Daily food & beverage credit.

2 daily complimentary drinks.

Daily Complimentary bottle of water.

Daily Casino Bucks.

3 Lounge areas to enjoy a great cocktail.

24 hour complimentary downtown shuttle.

Reconditioned rooms.

Hotel 1½ blocks from track.

Note: We will take Saver Stamps in part or full payment for the ground portion of your trip.

Transaction fee of 10% with a max of $25.00 will be applied.

We need six weeks to process stamps from receipt.

SELLE Royal channels its BMX roots

RE-introducing: Aeroyal

27 November 2010 – Pozzoleone, Italy -  Selle Royal, a world leader in saddle manufacturing, is diversifying its interests and audience by re-introducing a saddle that – unknown to even many discerning cycling historians – has significantly shaped today’s saddle trends. The new 2011 ORIGINS line featuring the Aeroyal - first launched in the 1970’s with great success – represents a hip diversion for a brand that is largely successful with the ‘comfort’ crowd.

Deviating from the Selle Royal norm - one that typically conjures images of black, squishy, thumb-test type saddles - the Aeroroyal represents comfort, style and performance.  It is a design with unmistakable association with the earliest days of BMX racing; cool gear that was also strong enough to withstand the beatings and bang-ups of BMX.

Almost indestructible in use, the Aeroyal soon came to be the ‘toy’ everybody wanted. Its distinct, aeroplane-like shape was prized by many and – 40 years later – it is not only contemporary but carries a wealth of history. The old-style font, the typical rear spoiler, the numerous air-vents represent legendary, original styling. Today, the design not only fits with its roots - in BMX - but is also making its presence on mainstream fixed gear bicycles and other urban rides.

The Aeroyal is a rare product that is capable of spanning history yet has undergone zero design reformations, and holds its own as being 100% current.  The $39.99 Aeroyal with chromed steel rails weighs 300 grams is available in black and white. The Aeroyal is scheduled to hit retail shelves in early December.




BMX racing news, WEEKEND UPDATE - December 11-12, 2010







BMX racing news, friday - December 10, 2010

Samantha Cools Is Back On The Track.....ABA Grands Race Action!

After almost a full year of ups and downs in life, I knew it was time for change to be able to keep moving forward. I was off my bike for almost 10 months and after starting to ride with Anders again, I found my inner hunger to race. I wanted to race with no pressure and just do what I love, go fast and perform at the best of my ability.

In August, I started to train and raced a couple Canadian Nationals, then went on to compete in Reno and the Supercross in Frejus. Everything I did was a stepping stones to get me back in shape. It was a blast on the way, but also a struggle, but struggle is what you need in order to move forward.

The ABA Grands was the race I worked for this year and my real comeback. My nerves the week before were there, but I really just wanted to get on the gate and ride some fast laps with fast girls!  I ended the weekend with a 3rd at the ROC and 2nd at the Grand Nationals. For me results where good but most important was that I felt healthy and fit.

It also made it easy going in to Grands with a new sponsor. SSquared Bicycles hook it up, and I couldn't be happier with the team. John and the gang are doing a great job with supporting their athletes and presenting a positive and stress free atmosphere. All I can say about the SSquared frame is MINT, they pimped me out with the sickest ride.

Answer forks, Alienation rims, Tioga tires, Hawk Racing, Stealth and Elven racing have also come onboard with me. Just want to thank you all for the support.  

More to come from Sam in Reno - #56









BMX racing news, Thursday - December 9, 2010

Powers Bike Shop Picks Up Tommy Zula Co-Sponsorship
Powers Bike Shop and Tommy Zula have sealed a one year deal for co-sponsorship.

Chad from powers bike shop says, "Tommy's a great dude and long time friend of mine, why wouldn't we want to help him out with whatever we can?"

Keep an eye out, cuz you will see Tommy this year rocking the freshest Powers Bike Shop gear!

Chad plans to keep Tommy in good parts, to help him get to the top!

According to Chad, "This is the first co-sponsorship deal of this type that Powers Bike Shop has ever done and we couldn't think of a better rider/person to do this with."







BMX racing news, Wednesday - December 8, 2010

Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX had their Grand Opening this past weekend in Greenville, Michigan.

The track is brand new and according to Track Director, Paul Maycroft, it's the only indoor BMX that he knows that's in a supermarket.

Looks like a cool place to ride and keep the skills warm over the cold northern winter, so check it out if you are within striking distance.

The Practice Weekend was good to go with nearly 150 riders and the opinion on the track is that it's "GREAT!

Please visit the track site for more

Photos by Douglas VanOost









BMX racing news, Tuesday - December 7, 2010




Morphine Industries sends Crew to Tulsa for the ABA Grands

Photos courtesy of Jerry Landrum / 


There can be only one thing that brings droves and droves of people to the state of Oklahoma other than Sooner football – yeah you guessed it baby, BMX racing.  The pinnacle of the year is here again and the Morphine crew hit the road to bring some answers.  We were stoked to send the crew to line up for the festivities.



VET PRO – Tim Dinger  (race report overview by Dinger himself) Friday night at the ROC.   3, 2, 1, in motos.  Crashed in Semi, but still made it out.  Had lane 8 in the main, high low in first turn was in 4th going into 2nd turn.  Adam Tredwell and Chad Street bumping in turn 2.  Tredwell goes down right in front of me and I ran him over.  Bummer for sure...   5th for the day at ROC


Saturday at the Grands.  Winning first moto, then I washed out in the last turn that had no berm, ha ha.  Broke a rib, not fun for the rest of the weekend.  2nd in moto 2, won third moto.  3 Mains.  Spun the gate in the first main, came back to the pack, overshot the pro/am section into the last turn, looped out straight to butt cheek.  Not a good way to start the mains.  Took 4th and 4th for the next 2 mains, but felt that I could have placed better with a better gate selection.  5th overall for the day. 


Stoked that Barry won Pro Cruiser, bummed about LaRev's knee, dust snot for days, after Grands sickness with a broken rib, priceless.......



A PRO/ELITE MEN –  Gavin Lubbe started his weekend off with a bang on Friday night ripping through the  ranks of A PRO men straight to the main.  Pulling the holeshot, he took command of the race finishing with a #2 at the line.


Saturday and Sunday saw Gavin line up for some of the same results in AA PRO.  He worked his way through motos, quarters, and semis to take a spot at the coveted main event gate start.  Unfortunately moto 1 ended with a snapped chain.  The next two motos He fought to get back to form and ended with a 7th place finish.


Gavin Also hit the track in PRO Crusier taking a spot on the podium with a 2nd place finish!!


A PRO – Jason LaRev started the weekend and ended the weekend on Friday.  Jason unfortunately, blew his knee up in one of the motos.   Yo Bro, Quick recovery!!


19-27X – Olijuwon Davis started off the weekend with a throw down Friday taking home the top spot in the ROC. Yes that is right #1.  He continued on into the night with the NAG 5 challenge.  As he put in his own words, “ I fudged up!”  OD took a 6th place


Saturday was starting out to be déjà vu with the Nugget winning moto 1.  However, at the Grands if you don’t bring it every round misfortune will happen.  OD got washed out I the quarters to end the day. 


17-18X - Tanner Sebesta saddled up for stacked Junior Men throw down on Friday night.  Putting together some smokin’ laps brought Tanner to main event with a 3rd place finish.


Saturday and Sunday, he continued the assault on class with most of the same riders from Junior Men.  Tanner once again moved through the ranks to take is expected spot at the main event gate and a 4th place finish.   Tanner walked away with a 4 NAG plate for the year. 


16X – Damian Cherepko came along way from PA to show the sooner state what the east coast is all about.  He rolled through class in motos, quarters and semis to take his spot at the gate for the main event.  Damian took a podium spot with a 2nd place finish. 


Can we pause for a moment of silence….we would like to take this time to thank all the Morphine Factory Team Sponsors and Riders.  It’s been a great year.  Our sponsors have given us the best and our Riders have been the best.  Everyone has pushed it and it’s paid off.  It was a great year and 2011 is looking even better so hold on for the ride.


Thanks to everyone that has been part of this year’s race season.   

Morphine Industries would like to thank its Factory Team Sponsors; HARO BIKES (, Fly Racing (,  Alienation (, Sinz Racing (, Rennen (, Tioga (, Black Crown (


Without you guys we would be sitting in the dirt.  Instead, we are rockin’ the best looking rigs at the gate and on the podium.

VSI Announces $120,000 Pro-Jr. Elite Contingency Program for 2011

CERRITOS, CA—VSI Products, Inc. is proud to announce that it will launch an ambitious contingency program that could result in payouts of more than $120,000 to professional and junior elite racers who use VSI products and get on the podium at ABA, NBL and UCI races in 2011.

Starting with the ABA Silver Dollar Nationals in Reno, Nevada, January 16, VSI will pay bonuses to racers using Intense, Speed, Sinz Elite, Sinz and THE products who finish in the top three or four at each of the 14 selected UCI/ABA weekends, five NBL National Tour races, UCI Supercross events and the World Championships.

“We can’t afford to support every racer we’d like to or every racer who wants to ride our stuff. This is a way for us to give back to the sport and support all the riders who really like and prefer to use our products,” said Toby Henderson, VSI’s founding partner.

All professional men and women and junior elite men and women qualify for the contingencies, which range from a low of $3 for a junior rider who gets third using a single smaller VSI item like Sinz Elite grips at an ABA or NBL National to $750 for a male professional winning the Worlds on an Intense or Speed frame.

Riders who use all the qualified VSI products and win would get $190 to $1,750, depending on the race and the rider’s level. Juniors and A Pros will be eligible for the higher AA Pro payout amounts when they race against them in events like UCI Supercross races or combined ABA races.

“We’re following the motocross model for this program. I’m a big fan of motocross. Both sports are similar and we’re trying to elevate BMX to that level of professionalism. I see this as a great way to give back to the sport, especially the younger riders, women and A pros who typically aren’t funded well, if at all,” Henderson said.

All riders must have their bikes inspected by an approved race official before racing to be eligible and must submit reimbursement forms to be paid.

More info regarding the process and procedures will be announced soon.

VSI Products, Inc. designs, develops and sells a wide range of BMX and mountain biking products including bicycles, frames, forks, components, helmets, protective gear, clothing and tires. Intense, Sinz Elite, Sinz and THE are market leaders in BMX racing, while the newly created Speed, EYE and AVE (pronounced Avenue) brands are quickly gaining popularity within the BMX community.

BMX Mania Sez.......Check out all the prize money you can win if you're taking Top Spot On The Podium and runnin' the VSI product at the following races!!!!!

AA Pro Men














THE Helmet

Intense/Speed Frame

SINZ Forks

THE Number Plate

SINZ Wheels

ITS Tires

THE Saddle


SINZ or THE Grips


ABA/UCI  Races

(14 Races)












NBL Nations Tour

(4 Races + Grands)












UCI Supercross*












UCI Worlds

*Includes Jr. Elite












A Pro Men












ABA/UCI  Races












NBL Nations Tour












Pro Women












ABA/UCI  Races












NBL Nations Tour












UCI Supercross*
























Jr.  Men/Women












ABA/UCI  Races












NBL Nations Tour












Worlds (Jr. Elite)













VSI Re-Signs as Sponsor of Top National Teams

CERRITOS, CA—VSI Products, Inc. is proud to announce that it is once again a title sponsor of the top Factory and Shop Teams in the country. For 2011, VSI will once again sponsor Rennen/Intense, J&R Racing and Intense/Spinzz.

“We think it’s really important to give back as much as possible to the sport and support those riders who have worked hard and made it to the top of their classes. In this business that isn't always easy to do. But even though business has been rough during this economic downturn, I know making a living racing BMX is even tougher,” said Toby Henderson, VSI’s founding partner.

“We’re committed to supporting the best riders with great product and getting it to them when they need it throughout the entire season. We’ve built a reputation as a reliable sponsor that makes reliable frames, components and safety gear and we’re really happy all our teams came back to us for next season. They are all top-notch teams with the world’s best riders. It’s an honor to support them,” Henderson added.

VSI will provide the 25-racer Rennen/Intense team with Intense Podium and Speed M-Series frames, SINZ Elite carbon forks, THE T2 helmets, SINZ Elite XXX cranks, ITS tyres and THE number plates and numbers. Rennen/Intense finished the year as the top National Team in the NBL and was fourth in the ABA Factory Team hunt. VSI and Bizzarro BMX, which manages the team, inked a two-year deal at the ABA Grands last week. In 2012, the team will switch exclusively to Speed frames.

J&R Racing, which took the number-one Shop Team title at the ABA Grands, will ride Speed frames, SINZ Elite carbon forks and THE number plates. The team recently added junior speedster Austin Fowble to its roster.

Intense/Spinzz, formerly Intense/DynaPep, will hit the track on Intense Podium frames, SINZ Elite carbon forks, THE helmets and THE shorts and knee/shin guards. Intense/DynaPep is the 2010 NBL Team Champion.

VSI also remains the title sponsor of the Intense/Phantom/OnTrac Team, which has held numerous national titles and narrowly lost the Factory Team Title at this year’s ABA Grands. Stay tuned for more on the big changes VSI has planned for IPOT in 2011.

In addition, VSI has sponsorship agreements with Deluxx Bikes, S&M, SE Racing and Intense Europe for 2011.

Florida State Qualifier 3&4 – St. Pete BMX.

Photos courtesy of Diesel Dad


The Morphine Industries Florida based crew headed to St Pete BMX for stop number 3 and 4 to make some noise.  It was good to have young gun Noah Reeves back after a short hiatus from a back injury.



Elite Men – “Money” Mike Kapes headed the crew making his presence know in the PRO OPEN.  Coming off a great performance in Riverview, Mike was amped and ready to continue his trek back to the top.  Saturday started off with a great performance with Mike horsing the competition down the first straight rolling through the motos straight to the main event.  With memories of Riverview still fresh, the crowd as on the edge of their seats to see the battle for the title continue.  Mike burned up the first straight swapping paint with CJ and Tyler.  Holding his own Mike took a slight second behind CJ.


Sunday promised to be a barn burner as well as the pack lined up for a new day.  Mike rolled through motos again with the addition of a dirt nap thanks to a follow rider you slide out in turn 2 taking the back of Mike’s bike with him.  Dang it! All that fresh ink on the arm got scuffed up!  A quick recoup and back to the main event.  Gate dropped and the same battle when on. 



13X – Noah Reeves made his qualifier debut fresh off an injury.  The weekend started with a deuce and a couple of unos in the main.  He rounded out the day on the top spot of the podium with a 1st in the main.


Sunday proved to be another great day with the same results in motos (2-1-1) and ending the day just off the top spot with s 2nd in the main.



11X – Richie Dey came to St Pete with a dominate performance racked up from Riverview running only 1 in all motos and mains.  It appeared that nothing different was going to happen at St Pete.   Richie lined up for Open, 11 Crusier and 11x on Saturday and once again dominated from wire to wire in all motos and mains making for a perfect day.


Sunday was a repeated performance with Richie posting up another perfect day.  His year has started with a domination racking up 4 straight perfect weekends.


The next stop for the Morphine Crew is the NBL Christmas Classic in Columbus, Ohio.  Be sure to push the new toys and bills aside and head up, over and down to check it out.


Next stop for the Florida State series is in mid January at Miami South BMX.  Thanks to Mitch Horne, the new Miami track should be host to continued top notch racing in the series.



Morphine Industries would like to thank its Factory Team Sponsors; HARO BIKES (, Fly Racing (,  Alienation (, Sinz Racing (, Rennen (, Tioga (, Black Crown (  Without you guys we would be sitting in the dirt.  Instead, we are rockin’ the best looking rigs at the gate and on the podium.


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BMX racing news, Monday - December 6, 2010


Action Sports Depot Christmas Sale!

Barry Nobles Takes ABA National #1 Cruiser Title!

Factory BlackCrown Rocks NBL Morristown, Tennessee National

While others were out shopping on Black Friday... the BlackCrown crew rolled into Morristown, TN for the start of the 2011 NBL National season on a chilly Thanksgiving weekend. What an impressive performance for our new team!!
With a new factory team roster and the new NBL structure, we weren’t sure what to expect. For starters, the national factory team was created this year after a fun and successful year the Blackcrown/Bizarro team had in the Team NBL division last year. BlackCrown was ready to step it up a notch with our group of expert riders and go to the National Team Division. The new set-up didn’t hold our riders back! We came out in full force finishing 2nd both days!
As for the New NBL, the season opener seemed to be a success with 195 motos on Saturday and 196 motos on Sunday. Several classes had quarters and semi events.
Elite Master rider Tommy Board returned to the BlackCrown squad with  "A" Elite Pro riders Matt Beatty and Chris Murphy. These three standouts all made it to the main event and battled out impressive finishes with Beatty finishing 3rd, Murphy 4th and Board 5th on Saturday. Then on Sunday Tommy headed home, and the tight first turn was not kind to the BlackCrown riders with Murphy finishing 5th and Beatty taking an 8th.
The Motley Crew from Florida, Drew and Lisa, both raced 2 classes and had some strong finishes. Drew came out with two 2nd place finishes in 35-40 Expert and then in the 40-44 Crusier  finished with 3rd place finishes both days. Lisa won both 20” and Cruiser on Saturday and got two 3rd place finishes on Sunday.
19-25 Expert, RJ Livesay, won most of his motos and semi’s but slammed to the ground both main events, jumped up, grabbed his bike and fought for a 5th place finish Saturday and Sunday. 
The Robinson family from Peachtree City showed up ready to race! Ty Robinson, 16-Expert, finished well in his tough class with a 3rd on Saturday and got pinched to the back of the pack on Sunday and had a 7th place finish. Mom and Dad Robinson didnt hold back all weekend, Anthony finished 1st in the 50-54 cruiser class on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday and Shayne perfected her 50-54 women's cruiser class winning both days.
12-Expert, Nick Connelly grabbed everyone’s attention with his sick track skills, leading his class of 17 racers for the win in class and a 4th on his cruiser on Saturday.Then grabbed 2 perfect scores on Sunday.
Getting old is tough! Ask our youngest rider Andrew Sperano, National #1 6-Expert . He just had his 7th birthday and had to move into the 7 Expert class where he had a tough weekend racing the older guys. Andrew ended the weekend with a respectful 5th and 6th place finish. This kid has the desire to race, he will start easing his was back to the podium as the season goes on.
Cheyenne Grant made her presence known in the 15 Girls class finishing 2nd on Saturday and 5th Sunday. The new girls classes will be interesting to watch this season.
The man behind the BlackCrown name and team, Rob McAllister rode strong all weekend in 40-44 Cruiser finishing 4th and Saturday and a 2nd on Sunday.
Most of the BlackCrown crew will be heading to Ohio for the NBL Christmas Classic later this month showin some style.  See you there!
Thanks to everyone that helps make the new BlackCrown Factory Team possible. Hyper BMX frames (, Fly Racing (, Profile Racing (, Monster Energy Drink (www., Rennen (, Morphine Industries (, Sun Ringlé (, Maxxis Tires (, and Georgia Carpet Finishers.

New riders in ONE/Kenda team

ONE KENDA press release


In 2011 ONE/Kenda will have new riders added to their squad.

From Latvia, Maris Gutmanis and Kristers Lejins will race in Elite Men and from Germany, Nadja Pries will race in Junior Women.



Nadja is the 2010 German Elite Women national champion and took 3rd place at the 2010

UCI Worlds in South Africa.


Maris Gutmanis was injured for almost 2 years and made a great comeback this year,

making mains in A Pro in the US and 10th overall in the European Championship ranking.


Kristers Lejins is a multiple National Champion in Latvia and made the podium at the 2010 UCI Worlds in South Africa with a 2nd place in Junior Men.


ONE/Kenda wishes to thank all their sponsors for their support in 2010 and is anxious to

do a great season in 2011. 


ONE KENDA 2011 is sponsored by: 
















BMX racing news, weekend update - December 4 & 5, 2010


UCI BMX SX France Foto Fun!

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BMX racing news, Friday - December 3, 2010

CycleCraft Signs Jeff Upshaw!

CycleCraft Bicycle Company is proud to announce the signing of AA- Elite Pro Jeffery Upshaw to the CycleCraft Factory Team.

Jeff’s first official big race with CycleCraft will be the ABA Silver Dollar Nationals in Reno, NV.

The rumors about Jeff signing with CycleCraft have been all over the internet for the last month or so.

It is time to make it official.

When CycleCraft began to look for an Elite rider to represent the company at BMX track both stateside and abroad, the attention quickly focused on signing Jeff.

Jeff has a reputation throughout the sport as being a highly-skilled bike handler, a great ambassador for the sport, and a rider and fan favorite.

When he is not training to become an even better racer, Jeff is one of the first to help out the younger riders in reaching their racing goals.

We look forward to watching Jeff achieve his goals while wearing the CycleCraft purple and blue.

Look for Jeff and his new teammates at tracks all over the country, with stops at ABA/ UCI National Series events, NBL Nations Tour and National Series races, several international UCI SX races, as well as hitting a couple Florida ABA State and SSA events.  Additionally, Jeff will be hosting several rider clinics throughout the nation. Look for that schedule to come out soon.

Jeff and the CycleCraft Factory Team are supported by a great group of co-sponsors, 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 (

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NBL Golden State Champions!

"Golden State BMXers recently had an exciting weekend racing the Dorsey Cup at Santa Maria BMX  and attending the annual Golden State Awards Ceremony at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA.  

On Saturday racers raced in honor of Linda Dorsey, our own CA announcer extraordinaire, who passed away in 2008.  

In attendance and racing were her son, Bryan Dorsey, and several of his racing friends, Peter Casano, Dale Paris, John Murray, and Dan Dalton.  

On Sunday, excited families and friends met at Magic Mt. to receive their coveted custom Team CA hoodie and matching number plate, while being cheered on by the audience.

In attendance was the designer and producer of the hoodies and number plates, Dave Marietti, of the Hot Shoppe.  

Then came the best part, riding the roller coasters and spending time with their friends and families, while wearing their new apparel.

It was a fun weekend for all!








BMX racing news, Thursday - December 2, 2010


Sinz Introduces New Elite Bolt-On Grips

Sinz recently added three new Elite Bolt-On grips to its vast product line-up and reaction to the new design has been overwhelmingly positive.

The grips have a thin, comfortable gripping surface covered in a simple and highly functional diamond pattern.

A unique, translucent, rubber grip allows the Sinz Elite logos silk-screened on the plastic grip body below to show through.

Anodized black clamps keep the grips in place while plastic bar end caps protect the handlebars.

They come in three sizes to fit a variety of hand widths and riding styles.

Available in clear/white in 90, 115 and 135 millimeter lengths. They cost about $19.99.

J&R Bicycles Racing Team to Ride Speed Frames in 2011

CERRITOS, CA—Speed Bicycles is pleased to announce that it signed a deal with the J&R Bicycles Racing Team to supply the team with frames throughout the 2011 race season. J&R is the first national team to ride Speed frames.

“We’re really excited that J&R will be on Speed. It’s a good strategic move for us. This past season, the team raced on Intense frames and that got us a lot of exposure at Nationals across the country,” said Toby Henderson, founding partner at VSI, Speed Bicycles’ parent company.

VSI Products, Speed’s parent company, also supplies the team with SINZ Elite forks and THE number plates. J&R raced on Intense Podium frames throughout 2010. Due to a smaller run of sizes available in the Speed line-up, some riders will continue to race on Podium frames.

“Knowing the proven race frame geometry and technology that VSI has put into frames in the past will make for an easy transition to the Speed frames. The team is really looking forward to riding Sinz, THE and Speed products for 2011,” said Scott Angus the manager of the J& team.

The J&R Team is based in Florida where J&R Bicycles’ headquarters is located, while Angus lives in Southern California. Team members also live all over the country, giving the team a presence at all the biggest ABA and NBL races. Most of the 2010 team will return for the 2011 season, including recently signed speedster Austin Fowble.

Speed sells a range of high-end BMX race frames and will soon begin shipping its revolutionary Speed M-Series 20 Rolling Chassis which features the first-ever 20-millimeter through axle frame, fork and wheel set. For more information, go online to:

To learn more about J&R Bicycles, got to


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BMX racing news, Wednesday - December 1, 2010



In Episode four we get to see Shanaze in the gym with her strength and conditioning coach Mark Simpson, followed by a power walk with her dog - Alfie. Shanaze then meets Lord Seb Coe and introduces him to the BMX Centre. Finally Shanaze's family stay with her and she takes them shopping! 


Shanaze Reade Series: Episode 4 from Shanaze Reade Series on Vimeo.


UCI BMX Commission All Snowed In!

From our 'Euro-porter' who knows about happenings on the European BMX scene.....

Due to massive snow fall, the airport in Geneva is closed leaving top coaches and racing legends Mike King, Bas de Bever and German Medina stranded in beautiful snowy Switzerland : May be an opportunity to visit the Swatch museum....

They were all there because they're members of the UCI BMX Commission, which is made up of; Président, Abe SCHNEIDER AUS; Membre, Bas DE BEVER NED; Membre, Mike KING USA; Membre, German MEDINA COL; Membre, Roger RINDERKNECHT SUI and Coordinateur, Johan LINDSTRÖM.

While Abe, Bas, Mike and German might not be used to such heavy doses of snow and might be found shivering in their clip shoes, Roger and Johan are used to that weather, as they are Swiss residents.

The UCI had an international referee/judge class going on for 2 days also...