|archived news / december 2013|
BMX Racing News - Thursday/Friday - December 26-27, 2013!
|Monster Products joins BMXultra.com's BSX2014!|
|Bicycle Supercross (BSX), the world’s largest annual
one-on-one BMX race, is delighted to announce that
leading audio lifestyle brand Monster Products has
signed on as the title partner for BSX 2014. Announcing
the partnership, event founder, Shane Jenkins said he
was delighted that Monster Products – managed and
distributed throughout Australia by Convoy International
– had agreed to team up with BSX to help raise funds for
Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. “When
I look back over the short history of the event I feel
very proud that we have been able to work with so many
amazing people to raise money for the Royal Children’s
Hospital Foundation. Not only have we previously worked
with Australian cycling icons such as Tour de France
winner, Cadel Evans and Australian Women’s Athlete of
the Year, Caroline Buchanan, we have also partnered up
with a number of industry leaders. I’m very excited that
we will be working with Monster Products for 2014.”
Held in January each year, BSX is many things, but most importantly, it is a festival/celebration of BMX and BMX racing culture. Top professional and amateur athletes from across Australia and around the world gather around a specially designed track for a massive BBQ in the name of fun. All funds raised through auctions and raffles are donated to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation to purchase much-needed medical equipment. Mr. Jenkins added, “With Monster Products on board, we have created a new trophy, the ‘Monster Products Hot Lap Award’. There will be two awards; one for the Men’s and one for the Women’s time trial classes. While the time trial has always been a highlight of the event, it’s now set to become a real feature.”
As part of their involvement, Monster Products and Convoy International will be donating thousands of dollars’ worth of headphones to be auctioned off on the day. Sohan Karunaratne, Head of Marketing at Convoy International – the premier importer, distributor and marketer of various audio lifestyle brands including Monster Products – said, “We’re excited to be working with BSX on their charity event in January as it’s for a fantastic cause. Monster is dedicated to creating products that deliver incredible sounding audio, whether you listen to relax or get ready for a race, so we’re looking forward to recognising top competitors in this event with the new Monster Products Hot Lap Award.”
Mr. Jenkins went on to say, “With over $32,000 raised to date, BSX has been able to make a significant contribution to a wonderful foundation. By having Monster Products on board for this year’s event, we are aiming to set the bar even higher”.
About Monster Products - Monster was founded more than 30 years ago by Head Monster Noel Lee, a recipient of the prestigious Plus X Award®: Lifetime Achievement Award, as a company dedicated to creating products that enhance the sound quality of music. The company engineered the sound of the acclaimed Beats by Dr. Dre® headphones, and has become the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance, sonically superior headphones, all of which feature the company’s Pure Monster Sound™.
Monster is also the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced connectivity solutions for high- performance home entertainment, audio, home cinema, computer and gaming, as well as a leading innovator in the field of mobile accessories and professional audio. The company also provides high-performance AC power line conditioning and protection products for audio/video systems, as well as energy-saving power products. Monster continues to lead in innovation with over 300 U.S. and international patents and dozens pending, offering more than 4,000 products in over 134 countries worldwide.
About Convoy International - Convoy (www.convoy.com.au) is a leading importer, distributor and marketer of a wide range of high-fidelity loudspeakers, headphones, docks and speakers for personal audio devices and computers, advanced audio components for use in home and car installations, surge and power conditioning units, audio-video digital accessories and cables. Convoy’s Brand portfolio includes Aerial7, Bowers & Wilkins, Classé, harman/kardon, JBL, Monster and SOL REPUBLIC.
Event Details - When: Monday, 13 January 2014. 11am – 5pm Where: 55 Watsons Rd, Pheasant Creek, Victoria.
The Monster Products BSX is presented by BSX Inc / www.bmxultra.com & proudly supported by.....
Platinum Partner ..... Convoy International / Monster Products (www.convoy.com.au)
About BSX - BSX (Bicycle Supercross) is one-on-one sprint trails style BMX racing on a backyard track built specifically to test a rider’s skills. The short straights, lofty jumps and tight corners are intense under race conditions, offering a fun and entertaining event for competitors and spectators alike. The event provides a unique experience for the local Victorian riders, as well as the interstate and international visitors during an off day of the annual BMX Victoria Track Attack series. The primary goal BSX is to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation but there’s so much more to the event. It creates an atmosphere that words just can’t describe. Since the very first event in 2006, BSX has raised over $32,000 helping to providing the hospital with much-needed equipment.
BMX Racing News - Merry Christmas, 2013!
|Nobles & Buchanan Grab Cover Of BMX Plus Mag|
Caroline Buchanan hit us up with this news note, she's the first ever Women's Pro to appear on the cover of BMX Plus......Check it out! ..... "Already the most successful social media shared BMX Plus cover and with over 90, 000 magazine readership. This is a huge honor to be on the cover with my DK Bicycles team mate and boyfriend Barry Nobles and also making history as the first girl to be front and center on the front cover ever."
Congrats to CB on another big time achievement in her BMX Career, and......"Oh Yeah, you to, up there in the left hand corner, 'Barry The Rad'!
Big Time Racing At Steel Wheels Pro Challenge!
1st Brandon McDowell (Lindsey Wilson) $ 400 plus a Dragon Wheels wheel set
2nd Olijuwon Davis (Doublecross) $200
3rd Brandon Ceslok (Answer Ssquared) $140 plus Non Nag10 winner Profile chain ring
4th Jarred Johnson $100 plus Non Nag10 2nd Profile stem
5th Tony Claar (Oneshot Ssquared) $80 plus Non Nag10 3rd Madera stem
6th Nicholas Tanzymore (Tanzymore) $50
7th Brandon Brown (Badd&co) $40
8th Tyler Whitfield (Answer Ssquared) $30
$5 for semi makers ..... 26 total riders
|Race Action Photos - Gary Brown|
BMX Racing News - Thursday/Friday, December 19-20, 2013
|Clayborn/HRPdesigns/Fastenal Factory Racing, year in review|
It has been a long season on the National BMX circuit and it’s time to catch everyone up with how the Clayborn/HRPdesigns/Fastenal Factory Squad has done this year.
First and foremost, the team would like to give a heartfelt “Thank You for your support” to the Team’s Sponsors this year Richard @ Clayborn, Stuart @ HRPdesigns, Chris @ FASTENAL, Ray @ Fly Racing, Gus @ Profile Racing and Natarsha @ Answer BMX. The opportunities the team was able to offer, to these amazing racers, would not have been possible without you.
In 2013 the Team represented at 20 National weekends throughout the US including, Tulsa, OK; Louisville, KY (Twice); Phoenix, AZ; Tampa, FL; Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; West Monroe, LA; Charlotte, NC; Albuquerque, NM; Nashville, TN; Severn, MD; Pittsburgh, PA; Las Vegas, NV; East Moline, IL; Kingston, NY; and Toledo, OH Clemmons, NC for the Redline Cup East Coast Championships'
Wrapping up the year, it was Orlando, FL for the Disney Cup and the team finished the year off back in Tulsa, OK for The Presidents Cup/Race of Champions and the Grand Nationals, which for the second year in a row set the record for the largest BMX race ever held.
The 12 rider squad has been featured in 105 main events and earned 38 podium finishes, 11 wins, 14 – 2nd places, and 13 – 3rd places. Highlighted by Chris Kennedy’s “Perfect” weekend in East Moline, IL, 4 classes entered and 4 wins for the weekend; Logan Hair’s near perfect weekend in West Monroe, LA, winning 3 out of 4 events.
Who could forget Lola Petillo standing on the 3rd Place Podium at the USA Cycling Amateur National Championship in Nashville, TN and finally Bryce Yeager’s battle for 3rd place at the Nashville National in, quite possibly the hardest class in BMX, 16 expert.
This was the first year of Clayborn and HRPdesigns combining forces for a Factory effort and we look for bigger and better things in 2014 as this team continues to evolve. - Stuart Harrison/HRPdesigns.com
Answer/Rennen adds Maltezos
I am very happy to announce the signing of 36-40X Davey Maltezos to the Answer/Rennen family.
One of my personal greatest achievements in racing came at the age of 15 racing locally in Rhode Island against Davey. He was a northeast factory superstar having ridden for teams such as Coke Cola/Bikes N More and Cannondale/Ross. On the national level back then he would bang bars with the best of them such as Robbie Miranda, Kevin Tomoko and Randy Stumpfhauser.
On the local level he and I would go to battle twice a week at our local track Rocky Hill. I would win and then he would, it almost always came down to who had the inside gate. At nationals he would smoke me by over a straightaway, I had local track hero syndrome and couldn't pull it together at a national, Davey though was true badass.
Both Davey and I spent plenty of time over a berm or two back in the day usually due to one of us getting aggressive towards the other. In the summer of 1992 (21yrs ago) I was able to win the 15 Expert Rhode island state championship from him coming down to the final main where we tied in points but I had the better final race finish. (note the plate in our picture)
As the years went on Davey went on to earn NBL #2/3 and has made the main in 18+ men at the worlds in both Colombia and England against the likes of some of the legends in the sport who went on to great pro success. In 1997 Davey took time away from the sport to focus on his career and raising his daughter.
Fast forward to 2013 and Davey has been back on the scene the last few years and has gotten his groove back on the national race circuit. He most recently won the 2013 USABMX Grands in 36-40X. He is more focused than ever and with a solid support system and team by his side he is ready to capture his first ever #1 title. The journey starts now and I am happy to have my friend and former nemesis representing the best brands in the Industry.
Bonus coverage: I added pics of Davey and I at 15 and 16 racing each other please note the 1-3/8 wheels he rode up to the age of 17, who does that nowadays???
Welcome to the team Davey! - George Costa - Answer/Rennen BMX Team
Old Skool buddies, Davey Maltezos (21) and George Costa (69C) back together in action on the award winning Answer / Rennen BMX team!
BMX Racing News - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
|Rest In Peace.....Diamondback BMX!|
|Editor's Note from Jerry Landrum/BMXmania.com
.... Here're some words today from Diamondback Pro, Nate Berkheimer about the passing of one of the
great names in BMX, Diamondback.
The first good race bike that I ever got for my son back
in the 80's when he and I were first beginning to race
BMX was a Diamondback, he actually only ever rode
Diamondbacks during his BMX involvement. DB was also the
home of many great pro riders over the years, and the
quality of the bikes were never doubted. Also, Diamondback and Mike Hammond have been big
supporters of BMXmania.com over the years, and for that
we say......THANKS from BMXmania.com, you will be
From Diamondback BMX Pro, Nate Berkheimer - Rumors are all over the BMX world about Diamondback pulling the plug on the BMX program for next year and beyond. I wish I could say it wasn’t true, but you’ve heard right. The brand is heading in a different direction and BMX unfortunately isn’t along for the ride.
The BMX program at DB has been going longer than most BMX brands have even existed, they will always be involved in BMX in some way, it’s their roots since 1978. Everyone at the headquarters rides bikes, and most are pretty damn good, but they are running a business, and this is the repercussion.
During the past 8 years with Diamondback I have had so much fun on my bike, I’ve been on some of the best trips of my life, and made countless friends and memories along the way. The DB crew has been more supportive of my crazy BMX career than I could have ever hoped for. From racing AA to competing in the Dew Tour, they’ve always had my back. I’ve proudly endorsed the brand since day one and it’s definitely sad for me to see it go.
Ive experienced so much with the brand and have made great friendships within the company. Huge thanks to everyone that’s helped me out along the way, especially brand manager Mike Hammond. He is one of my favorite dudes to ride with and an all around solid guy. He believed in my riding even when I sometimes didn’t. Many of good times were had on and off the bikes together.
The DB team had a wide variety of talent, im confident that everyone will find their place within another brand in the sport. Although I wont be riding for Diamondback next year, not too much will change. I ride simply because I love it, and will continue to do so. 2014 will be my 25th consecutive season riding BMX so I’m hoping to have a memorable year. Family trips, trail sessions, countless hours at the skatepark, riding the local tracks and helping out the kids, I love all disciplines of BMX and don’t plan on hanging it up anytime soon.
Keeping the dream alive! - Nate Berkheimer
BMX Racing News - Sunday/Monday, December 15-16, 2013
|UCI BMX Supercross #2 Final from Camp Woodward West 2004|
Check Out The UCI BMX SX Race Report Page, here!
|It's Round Two of the UCI BMX Supercross discipline
and it was held at Camp Woodward West in California.
The date is May 2nd, 2004 and the word is now out that this format of BMX racing is going to be in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, so all the fast guys were there for a chance at one of the most awesome BMX tracks, EVER!
With 50 foot plus jumps and blazing speeds down the race course carved out of the side of a mountain, this race was going to be one of the best ever!
Mike Day was THE man to beat, winning the time trial and looking like he was going to race to the finish. BUT, as BMX Racing does sometimes, there was a change of events and Derek Betcher blasted out of the pack in the main event to take the win with Mike breathing down his back tire as they sailed across the Finish Line, practically side by side!
Unreal BMX racing, check it out and if you want to see the complete event on DVD, you can find that at BMXmania.com/sxvids.htm.
BMX Racing News - Friday, December 13, 2013
|The J&R – Speedco team had another great season, culminating in its 4th straight Bike Shop title. The team will undergo a few changes for next year, including Chase Bicycles as its frame sponsor, as well as select items from Elevn, and a few roster changes. Box Components will continue to support the team with Eclipse brake sets, Genius brake levers, X series carbon forks, number plates, rims, seats, seat post clamps. Other great co-sponsors over the years include Troy Lee Designs, ODI, and Tioga.|
A big thank you to Jasen Krenek at MJT Designs on providing photography services for our team photo in Las Vegas, as well as providing graphics for our banners and decals for our BOX Phase 1 number plates.
The team was missing a few riders at the Grand Nationals, but those who came were there to support our run at our 4th title, including: Michael Weatherford, Lauren Whisler, Stella Sunseri, Levi Pope, Ryan Pettigrew, Shayne Lewis, Jack Bakken, Josh Veron, and late season pick-up Joe Sontag.Lauren Whisler will be stepping aside from the team next year after 10 years of racing. She has an impressive resume with several NAG #1 titles and winner of the 2009 Girls NAG 5 challenge. Lauren started at Northern Arizona University last fall and wants to dedicate more time to her studies in Criminal Justice.
With the departures of Lauren, Stella Sunseri, and Kevin Shankel, it left some room for some new additions for the 2014 season. J&R is proud to announce the additions of Alexis Vitale, Ty Beadle, Dahvin Childs, and Gavin Nelson to the team. - Scott Angus, TM
BMX Racing News - Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|The very first UCI BMX Supercross final!|
Here's a bit of BMX History for ya! It's a sweet little video of the very first ever UCI BMX Supercross final! Robert "Afro Bob" De Wilde took home the win and the track set a GNARLY standard for BMX Supercross racing for years to come!
With 50 foot jumps, MASSIVE sweeping turns and super high speed on the track, this race was one of the best of all time.
BMX Mania was in attendance and grabbed some Hot Shots of the race, check em out on our UCI BMX Supercross video page!
Only on BMX Mania and 'for sure', BMX Mania Approved!
Redman/Rockstar Factory Team adds two New Riders for 2014
|Redman/Rockstar has added 8X Ronnie Kim
(Corona, CA) and 9X Flyin’ Ryan Goodwin (San
Clemente, CA) to their factory squad. Ronnie had
a strong 2013, finishing NAG #1 in both 7X and 7
Cruiser. Goodwin won multiple nationals in 2013
snagged Redline Cup #1 and finished 13th in the
NAG standings after just turning nine years old.
“These are two riders I have had my eye on for some time and am excited to have them as part of the Tribe,” said Mike Redman. “We are looking forward to a great 2014 season for the Redman/Rockstar Factory Team.”
Mike Redman and the Redman brand have been synonymous with BMX Champions for the last 20 years. They have won numerous NAG, World, Amateur and Factory Team titles. The team consists of some of the most high profile BMX riders in the country and world.
For more info, check out Redmanbikesusa.com .
|Motive Power Racing Presents.....|
Motive Power Racing is
proud to announce the first team event.
This clinic will be great for riders going to Reno or for those who just want to improve their riding.
We will focus on gates and track positioning (turns, inside, etc). We will not be accepting sign-ups until January 2nd due to the possibility of inclement conditions.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We
are excited to see everyone at the clinic!!
BMX Racing News - Weekend update, December 6-8, 2013
|GT BMX Goes Big At The USABMX Grands!|
WOW! The 2013 USABMX Grand Nationals was another barnburner! This is the race where a racer’s dreams are fulfilled or crushed and there was a lot of crushing. The yearly trek to Tulsa Oklahoma is where the USABMX race season wraps up to determine who the national champions are and the GT BMX team came away with a car load of hardware.
The fast-females of the GT squad dominated their respective classes and then some. A highlight of the event was the jaw-dropping performances from “Flyin’” Felicia Stancil and Sophia Foresta. Both were invited to participate in Saturday nights “NAG 5 Challenge” which pits the top riders from select age groups to compete to see who is the fastest amateur racers in the world. Felicia was last years winner and was focused to repeat and little Miss Foresta was one of the youngest in the field looking to show her stuff against the older competitors. Both handily won their first rounds and found themselves coming together into the final against the other top qualifiers. As expected Felicia jumped out front but with Sophia in her hip pocket pushing her around the track. Sophia fell victim to an inside dive by the third place rider in turn two taking her down. Felicia went on to win the coveted race letting the pro ranks know she is coming in 2014. As for Sophia, she left no doubt that she is coming in hot for next year’s event.
The main event of the weekend was the Grand National race where the racers are focused to win their division to earn the year long battle for the cherished #1 plates. The girls all came out firing dominating their qualifiers all the way to finals with Sophia Foresta (14 Girls), Felicia Stancil (18 Girls) and Heather Allred (26-30 Girls Cruiser) each taking the #1 plates for the year. Team mascot and little sweetheart Brooklyn VanRenselaar came back from a do-or-die qualifier to lock down the #2 plate in the 6 year-old Girls division. And to add to accomplishments, Felicia want to finish out her amateur career with a bang so she jumped into the Open class with the boys and the Cruiser division. By winning all three categories Felicia accomplished what very few have ever done, the “triple” win at the Grands! An amazing feat!
With the bar raised by the girls, the GT boys had their work cut out for them. Leading the charge for the gentlemen was “Cannonball” Jack Kelly. Jack piloted his GT Pro Series Pro bike to an undefeated weekend by not losing a lap. He not only earned the Race of Champions #1 plate but also secured the #1 plate the 10 year old boys division along with earning #2 overall for points against all amateur make racers! What a great season for the quiet little giant from Utah!
In the older amateur boys classes the competition has been at an all time high. The level of talent is amazing to watch and is currently being lead by GT team shredders Sean Gaian and Jordan Miranda. Sean came off an injury early in the season to work his way back in the mix to battle for the top spot in the 17-18 Expert division which was also the largest class of the weekend with 105 competitors! The San Diego local chipped his way through all the qualifying rounds to the final round of eight but an outside gate and some strategic riding from his competitors would hold him to 3rd place which was amazing in itself. Look for Sean to be owning the division in 2014.
Teammate Jordan Miranda was also coming off an injury and was feeling amped up and healthy to show his speed in the super competitive 19-27 Expert and Open classes. Miranda easily made his way to the final rounds putting him the Open final first against all of his top competition. The “Missle” Miranda lead start to finish on his 2014 GT Carbon Speed Series with one of the best laps of the weekend. Looking to repeat in the Expert class final he ended up stuck outside going into the first turn pushing him back into the pack. Jordan was bummed but is taking the result as fuel for his competitive fire for the 2014 season.
GT team cheerleader and one of the elder statesmen of the crew is Jonas Harmon. The congenial Harmon is friends with all of his competitors but you know they don’t like it when he beats them with a smile and that he did by taking the Race of Champions #1 plate for his cruiser division. Congrats Jonas!
The pro division in 2013 has been cutthroat and more competitive than ever. GT team import Joris Daudet from France made his way over for his first ever Grand National as well as partaking in the American tradition of Thanksgiving which he thoroughly enjoyed. The Frenchman used his fluent style and track speed to work his way through the field and into the final of the Elite Pro division final. Never giving up he came back from a few tough situations to take down a huge 5th place for the weekend.
GT Bicycles couldn’t be more proud of the team and its accomplishments on and off the track in 2013. The team radiates enthusiasm, fun and camaraderie then to add in their winning presence on the track lends to the perfect combination for what has become the most respected team in BMX riding. Thank you for an amazing year and we look forward to what 2014 brings!
The 2013 GT Factory BMX Team would like to thank its amazing sponsors who make it possible to perform at their best; Alpine Stars, GoPro, Troy Lee Designs, Tioga, Alienation, SDG, Lizard Skins, KMC, Skullcandy, BOX Components, Promax, Rockwell Watches, Only Protein and Stasis Number Plates & Bike Stands
BMX Racing News - Wednesday/Thursday, December 4/5, 2013
|Crupi Picks Up Nick Koehler|
Crupi Parts, Inc is excited to announce a new addition to the Crupi family; A Pro’s Nick Koehler.
Throughout the years Nick has proven himself as a strong contender with a number of accomplishments most recently the winner of the 2012 Jr. National Championships.
Nick has also been a part of the USA Cycling’s Development program since it began in 2008 and will be in contention for the 2016 Olympics.
Koehler brings a lot to the Crupi brand and we could not be more excited to have him front our brand.
Want to learn more about Nick? Be sure to follow him through his social media @NickKoehler.
|Answer BMX USA BMX Grands Recap|
To say the 2013 USA BMX Grands was a successful one for Answer BMX would be an extreme understatement.
Beginning with the Saturday Night Pro Spectacular, the wins and awards just kept coming all the way through the final main event on Sunday for Answer BMX and our sponsored racers and teams. So just how successful was it?
Golden Crank Awards - Team of the Year: Answer Rennen Factory Team ..... Pro of the Year: Sam Willoughby, Redline ..... Rookie Pro of the Year: Justin Posey, Dan’s Comp ..... Bike of the Year: Ssquared Bicycles
Grands Pro Spectacular Winners - AA Pro: Sam Willoughby, Redline ..... Girl Pro: Mariana Pajon, Dan’s Comp ..... A Pro: Jeffery Upshaw, Kuwahara ..... Vet Pro: Matt Polhkamp, Dan’s Comp
Grands Factory Team Winner - Answer Rennen Factory Team
2013 Overall Title Winners - AA Pro: Sam Willoughby, Redline ..... Girl Pro: Mariana Pajon, Dan’s Comp ..... Amateur: Maliek Byndloss, Ssquared Bicycles ..... Girl: Kelsey Van Ogle, Phoenix Cycles ..... Cruiser: Shawn Diprete, Answer Rennen ..... Girl Cruiser: Jordy Scotty, Redman Bicycles ..... Trophy Team: The Nationals
That’s 16 great highlights with one thing in common, they were all won on Answer Dagger forks. It seems like nowadays there are lots of choices out there for carbon fiber race forks, but only one brand has been doing it since the 90’s.
When it comes to carbon fiber, stick with the ones that have been doing it longer and better than everybody else, stick with Answer BMX.
Congrats to all of the racers and teams that chose to ride Answer for the 2013 season. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014. See you in Reno.
|Tommy Zula Video Edit from DK!|
|A quick look at DK Elite Pro racer Tommy Zula's
summer riding and training.
Filmed at Truth & Triumph Tattoo in Dayton, Ohio and at Ohio Dreams in Mansfield, Ohio.
Filmed & Edited by Jamie Allender x Matic.
BMX Racing News - Weekend UPDATE - dECEMBER 1, 2013
SATURDAY PRO SPECTACULAR FOTOS POSTED!!!!!
|FRIDAY/RACE OF CHAMPIONS AT THE USABMX GRAND NATIONALS!|
|AA Pro Rollout / Main Results Posted To The BMX Mania Rockn' Race Report Page At The USABMX Friday Race Of Champions!|
|Click here To Visit The USABMX grand nationals Race Report Page!|
|BMX MANIA POSTS USABMX GRANDS RACE REPORT PAGE/THURSDAY PHOTO GALLERY!|
|It's all goin' down this weekend with the
grand nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
It's the last race of the year, and the biggest race in the world, so we're kickin' it off with some Hot Shots from Thursday's Practice Day!
Check it all out, here at BMXmania.com/2013grands.htm!