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BMX Racing News, Saturday - July 31, 2010


all UCI worlds challenge results posted, including Friday's racing

13 & Under Challenge official Finishes Posted on UCI Worlds Race Report Page!



Day One Of Racing At The UCI BMX World Champs

Official News Release / Gameplan Media

Pietermaritzburg - South African fans celebrated on the first day of the UCI BMX World championships at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg as nine year old Johannesburg schoolgirl Georgina Grassie became the nation's newest world champion when she won her 9 Girls main final to give the host nation their first title of the champs.

Grassie was all smiles, and danced cheekily on the podium after holding off a concerted charges from Kiwi girls Jesse Smith and Mikayla Bearman to scoop the world number one title, as South Africa bagged three medals on the opening day, raced under grey skies and in chilly winter conditions.

Durban racer Axel Webster grabbed the silver medal in the 11 Boys main final, while the third medal came from Nicole von Munster in the 10 Girls final.

New Zealand racers were dominant in the junior challenge classes, winning golds in the 13 Girls through Tahlia Hansen, 5,6 Boys through Lachlan Stevens Mcnabb, with the 7 Boys gold going to Rico Bearman.

There were load cheers for Zimbabwean riders, who enjoyed neighborly support from the local crowd as Tyler-Shae Donaldson (5-6 Girls) and Tayne Turnock (9 Boys) scooped world titles. US riders took home three junior world titles for world number one Julian Dittrick (8 Boys), Michael Gonzalez (11 Boys) and the stand-out junior rider Colin Hudson (13 Boys).

Grassie's gold in the 9 Girls final crowned a thrilling start to the worlds, watched by a big crowd at the Royal Showgrounds. She took time to warm to the event, finishing third in her first moto, then a second earned her a place in the final, where she found her feet and raced away to an early lead, which, even under considerable pressure from the two new Zealanders, she never relinquished.

Australian Jaden Rice posted on of the strongest performances of the day. He shot through on the first berm turn to instantly turn the race into a dice for the silver medal. His compatriot Jake Tunney was just as dominant as he showed his peerless class in the 12 Boys final.

In the first girls final, Argentinean rider Cingolani Francesca fell heavily on the second straight after coming off the tabletop badly, and was stretchered off to receive medical attention. Ahead of her Zimbabwean Tyler-Shae Donaldson pulled off an audacious slice inside the first berm to slingshot into the lead, which she never looked like surrendering.

The girls racing finished with a decisive 1-2 for Japan, as Kanami Tanno capitalized on a start ramp holeshot to win the 10 Girls title, just a minute before  Saya Sakakibara added another gold in the 11 Girls decider.

The girls racing ended with a New Zealand double as Tahlia Hansen and Abigail Fox ring fenced the top two spots on the podium early on in the 13 Girls final.

The afternoon session gave the big crowd a first glimpse of the form of the top elite men as they went through their first practice session on the track, and testing the start ramp and the big jump at the end of the second straight that catapults them over the challenger classes turning berm.

Sifiso Nhlapo gave his fans plenty to cheer about, while Olympic champ Maris Strombergs and Australian rising star Sam Willoughby proved that they are in top form for their showdown on the weekend.

The second day of the UCI BMX World Champs features the challenge class finals for the 14 and over juniors and the masters classes, followed by the elite junior men and women's time trials in the afternoon.












BMX Racing News, Wednesday - July 28, 2010

UCI BMX World Championships Race Report Page Open for business!


WWW.BMX-VIDEOS.COM launches super cool UCI Worlds Impressions Video.

Check it out at WWW.BMX-VIDEOS.COM

Preview of UCI BMX World Champs

Official UCI Worlds News Release / Gameplan Media


Pietermaritzburg - The UCI BMX World Championships get under way at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday with a large South African contingent eager to satisfy the huge expectations of their local fans.

1100 riders from 37 nations have entered the competition, racing on a world first track that sees an elite track alongside the cruiser class track, and spanning an endurance testing 385 metres/1263 feet (Championship classes) and 355 metres/1165 feet (Challenge classes) from start to finish.

South African Olympic hero Sifiso Nhlapo has been mobbed by fans since his arrival in Pietermaritzburg, and has tried to balance his obligations to his supporters, and staying focused on his preparations for a world senior title in the elite racing on Saturday afternoon.

Nhlapo, or "Skizo" as he is known to his followers, heads up a South African entry of 300 riders, eager to make an impression on the UCI challenge, Cruiser and World Championship races, win medals and earn the prized "world number" rankings.

The action starts with two days of competition in the Challenge classes, in classes ranging from the Under 13 age groups to master classes, with the elite riders getting their turn to practice on the unique layout later in each afternoon.

the attention turns to the elite riders on Saturday, when the Royal Showgrounds main arena will become a cauldron of excitement as the best elite riders in the world start working their way through the heats (or "motos") through to quarter and semi-finals until the lineup for the climax Main Events settled.

Adding extra pressure to the elite riders is the added onus of critical Olympic qualification points that will be awarded at this years world championships for the first time.

"There's no doubt there will be more pressure on the riders, as this event carried the most points in the whole Olympic qualification process," said the UCI's head of gravity disciplines Johan Lindstrom.

The elite field has been reshaped by a spate of accidents in training. South African pacesetter Dean Holdstock's dreams of making the men's elite main final evaporated into the dust of Alrode in Gauteng when he injured vertebrae in a crash at the final leg of the SA champs.

A frustrated Holdstock is on the mend, and will be in the stands to show his support to the South African team taking part in the competition.

There will be a new name on the world championship trophy, following confirmation that US ace Donny "dR" Robinson was ruled out of flying to South Africa to defend his title after falling badly in training and re-injuring his lungs and ribs.

That same crash at the US High performance training base at Chula Vista left his US teammate Kyle Bennett, who was rushed to hospital suffering two fractures in his left collar bone, an AC joint separation on his right shoulder, three fractured ribs, a bruised lung, a broken cheek bone and a laceration to his liver in the crash on the final straight.

The Latvian juggernaut Maris "Bombis" Strombergs has been the global pacesetter in the elite men since winning the coveted Olympic gold in Beijing, and has regularly won Supercross and international titles riding the wave of his Olympic fame in 2008.

However the BMX world is talking up the chances of Australian ace Sam Willoughby. Since ruling the world as a junior the speedster from Adelaide has taken the step up to senior elite racing with ease, and the 19 year old comes into the World Champs with the UCI number one ranking, following a stellar season.

In the elite women's field, expect to see the Tricolor flag flying in the stadium when Laëtitia le Corguillé appears at the top of the massive eight mete high elite start ramp.

She will be put under pressure by Australian ace Caroline Buchanan, Colombia's Mariana Pajon, US champ Alise Post and top Kiwi racer Sarah Walker, as the increasingly competitive women's classes gradually progress through to the main final. (BMX Mania Editor's Note.....Great Britain's, Shanaze "Speedy" Reade will more than likely have something to say about the final, as she is ALWAYS a factor when she's on the track!)

The junior men's class is sizing up to be a highly competitive struggle between the class riders like the Americans, Connor Fields and Corben Sharrah, and Canada's Tory Nyhaug, while the girls 2010 world title holder may come from Dutch star, Merle Van Benthem or American, Brooke Crain.

The weather forecast for the weekend is excellent, while there is a small chance of drizzle on the opening day.

The event will enjoy massive global exposure, as the TV coverage is screened to a record number of global networks, including SuperSport in South Africa plus Eurosport2, ORF Sport+, DSF / Sport1, Sport + France, BSkyB, IEXTV, TV3 Latvia, Proactive TV, Extreme Sports Channel, Universal Sports, ESPN Brasil, ESPN International, Eurosport Asia Pacific, SBS Korea, SBS Australia, Cycling Image Japan, IEC Sports ' Road to London', TN Produccions Spain, SNTV, and live on your computer at

Spectators at the Royal Showgrounds will be entertained by the music from DJ Uncle R, just back from performing in Ibiza. Entry is R35 per day

The UCI BMX World Championships takes place at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from 29 July to 1 August. More information can be found at


Thursday 29 July

09h00 UCI BMX World Challenge 13 and Under to Main Finals

14h30 UCI BMX World Challenge 13 and Under Medal ceremony

15h00 Elite Women and junior women practice

16h00 Junior men practice

17h00 Elite Men practice

Friday 30 July

09h00 UCI BMX World Challenge 14 and over, master classes to Main Finals

12h00 Autograph signing session

14h00 UCI BMX World Challenge 14 and over, master classes medal ceremony

14h30 Elite women, junior women practice

15h00 Junior men practice

15h30 Elite men practice

16h00 Junior men, junior women time trials

Saturday 31 July

09h00 Elite riders warm-up

10h00 Elite men and Elite women time trials

12h25 Junior men warm up

13h30 UCI BMX World Championships - junior women, junior men, elite women, elite men motos to main finals

17h10 UCI BMX World Championships - junior women, junior men, elite women, elite men medal ceremony

Sunday 1 August

09h00 World Challenge Cruiser 12, 13-14,15-16,17-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45+ motos to main Finals

14h30 World Challenge Cruiser 12, 13-14,15-16,17-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45+ medal ceremony

15h00 World Championship Cruiser Junior Women, junior, elite women, elite motos to main Finals

18h00 World Championship Cruiser Junior Women, junior, elite women, elite medal ceremony

18h15 Closing ceremony


Argentina National Team.....

Strong At The UCI BMX Worlds!

The Argentina World Championship BMX Team has made the trip to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa for the UCI BMX World Championships.


The Elite Team is made up of Gabriela Díaz, Ramiro Marino, Cristian Becerine, Facundo Narpe, Ernesto Pizarro and coach Flavio Vaccarezza.


Argentina is also being represented by seventeen other riders in the Challenge class.



BMX Racing News, Tuesday/Wednesday - July 27/28, 2010

UCI BMX Worlds Underway in South Africa - Check BMX Mania, Tuesday night for hot Shots from Challenge/amateur Practice!

BMXMANIA.COM TECHNICAL UPDATE.....Sorry, but we've had some trouble getting our net connection dialed in and the Jet Lag is still "Laggin"

so Tuesday Photo Gallery will be posted, Wednesday morning.......PROMISE! Go ride your bike instead of cruising the internet! Yee Haw!!!!!

BMX racers revel on training ahead of UCI BMX World Champs

Official UCI BMX Worlds News Release / Gameplan Media

Pietermaritzburg  - As the world celebrated two years to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, eager BMX racers dreaming of Olympic glory in years to come got their first chance to train on the cutting edge course built for the UCI BMX World Championship that starts at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

“It’s hectic!” enthused junior SA team rider Devon John from Johannesburg. “It’s long and hard and technically tough, especially on the first and second straight.”

“The rhythm section is hard as well,” said team mate Joshua Bryant. “The start hill is the best I have ever seen, but by the time you get to the first jump it really shoots you up!”

John and Bryant were part of a massive contingent of South African challenger class riders that grabbed their opportunity to train on the 385 metre long duel track that will decide the world titles over four afternoons of intense BMX action.

Watched by a sizeable crowd of fellow riders, BMX enthusiasts and curious onlookers keen to watch the riders testing the jumps, bumps and berms on the course, which has been universally praised for its technical demands and ability to offer a fair contest.

While the challenger classes trained on the track for the first time, many of the elite superstars arrived in the city ahead of their world title deciders on the weekend.

Amongst them, Olympic Games star Sifiso Nhlapo took time out to meet fans at a signing session at the Midlands Mall, while others like Australian star Sam Willoughby and the Latvian Olympic champ Maris Strombergs slipped quietly into town and settled into the team village.

The UCI BMX World Championships takes place at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from 29 July to 1 August. More information can be found at

Madera Picks Up Joey Albright!

Madera BMX has announced the addition of Joey Albright to the Madera BMX Race Team. Joey will be sporting the Madera jersey at the NBL Grands on September 4-5, 2010. Team Manager, Gus Lanzilotta commented, "I am very proud to have Joey flying the Madera colors, there is no doubt that Joey will add his veteran wisdom and his incredible intensity to the team."
Madera BMX made the replacement with the exiting of Elite/AA Pro Tyler Faoro from the team. Tyler will be riding as Profile Racing's factory pro. Nick Lucas also re-signed with Madera for next season. Be sure to keep your eyes on Joey at the 2010 NBL Grand's as he goes for the Vet Pro title.
Madera BMX components are manufactured by Profile Racing in St. Petersburg, FL USA. The Madera brand offers low cost race components that are intended to help the BMX community in these economic times while providing top-quality race components made in the USA.







BMX Racing News, Monday - July 26, 2010

Pietermaritzburg track unveiled for UCI BMX World Champs

Durban, South Africa - While the worlds best BMX riders converge on Pietermaritzburg for the UCI BMX World Champs that start on Thursday, the track was formally opened on Monday to critical acclaim from the global BMX fraternity.

From the top of the eight metre high elite start ramp, Pietermaritzburg's deputy mayor Jabu Ngube was all smiles as she overcame her fear of heights to cut the banner to formally open the new-age track for the competition, aided by the UCI Technical delegate Johan Lindstrom, Cycling SA's president Greg Till and Pietermaritzburg BMX racing icon Sharlene McGillvray.

"We might have missed out on the soccer, but now it is Pietermaritzburg's time to shine," said Ngube. "We are working hard to position the city as a sporting destination, and the BMX World Champs is an excellent chance to show the world what we can do."

She also urged Pietermaritzburg sport lovers to support the event in numbers, which will in turn support the city's bids to host other major international events in the future.

"This way each and every person that attends the event will also be serving the city," she added.

Cycling South Africa's president Greg Till was all smiles surveying the state-of-the-art track, which for the first time will feature dual tracks for the elite and cruiser classes, and two separate start ramps.

"It is totally awesome and a dream come true," said Till. "I have overcome the disbelief and I must say that the entire set-up has way exceeded my expectations."

Till also underscored the importance of staging an Olympic discipline world championships to such high standards, and the impact this would have on cycling's ongoing drive to have BMX included in the Commonwealth Games.

He also threw his weight behind the deputy-mayor's call for the public to support all four days of the event. "The support from Pietermaritzburg for the recent downhill BMX event was outstanding. I really hope that we can get the same sort of support for this event as we might get for a rugby match."

"All our riders will be easily identifiable in their green and gold, and you cannot understand what a difference the home crowd support will make for a lot of these riders," he added.

"We have plenty of world numbers and very experienced riders, but we also have riders who have never raced at this level. For these guys and girls the support of the home crowd in the Royal Showgrounds will mean a great deal,' said Till.

The UCI BMX World Championships takes place at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from 29 July to 1 August. More information can be found at







BMX Racing News, Sunday - July 25, 2010


Sorry we haven't been updating the web site much over the weekend, but we've been on the road for the last couple days, about 10000 miles and 40 hours of flying later and we've ended up in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa for the 2010 UCI BMX World Championships. Check back regularly for updates, Hot BMX Racing Photo Action and all kinds of other groovy stuff from the UCI BMX World Chamionships!











BMX Racing News, Friday - July 23, 2010

Formula BMX Completes available!

Optimum Nutrition Signs BMX ‘AA’ ‘Elite’ Pro Tyler Faoro


AURORA, ILLINOIS – JULY 22nd, 2010. Tyler Faoro, who turned ‘AA’ Pro this year while leading in the BMX ‘A’ Pro Series points standings, is the newest Optimum Nutrition (ON) sponsored athlete.


The Coral Springs, Florida, native has been competing in BMX races since he was 5 years old and has twice won national championships, bringing home his state’s BMX title in different classes a total of six times. This year’s national champion will be decided in Louisville, Kentucky this coming September.  


Tyler has been bringing a bigger game this season, picking up the intensity of his training and paying close attention to nutrition. He has been swapping 1st and 2nd place finishes with an impressive international group of Olympic competitors including a Gold Medalist. His skill and physical training have been evident. Now, with Optimum Nutrition, it’s just “Ferocious,” said Tyler. “During my 16 years of competing, I have learned the importance of nutrition. The field is filled with very determined BMX competitors who all want to lead through the qualifying rounds, quarter finals and semi finals. The main event puts the focus on the podium.”  


“Optimum Nutrition is proud to sponsor such a well-respected competitor as Tyler Faoro, and we consider him to be a fantastic addition to our team of athletes,” said Bob Corbett, ON’s Athlete Manager. “Our premium line of protein, recovery and energy products is also a great fit for the intensely competitive world of BMX racing, and fans of the sport can expect the ON Team to be a very visible presence at major events.  We recognize BMX athletes have unique nutritional needs to fuel their performance and we look forward to helping Tyler and the BMX community compete at their best.”  


ON’s focus on quality and innovation means serious competitors and everyday athletes can rely on Optimum Nutrition products to help them reach their peak without banned substances. The company’s 25 year history of product innovation and uncompromising quality standards have made Optimum Nutrition a trusted world leader in sports nutrition in over 120 countries.




BMX Racing News, Thursday - July 22, 2010



In affiliation with the American Bicycle Association, Freedom Park BMX Raceway and Elings Park BMX Raceway, NeedThree/Madhaus Action Design and Gold Coast BMX Racing are proud to present Southern California's 1st Annual BMX Gold Coast Cup!

Round One kicks off this Saturday morning, July 24th, in Santa Barbara and this Saturday afternoon in Camarillo and the prize list is impressive. Special awards throughout the series plus top 20 GCC point earners will win a custom sublimated Gold Coast Cup Jersery. Top 10 will win special commemorative plaques. And for the GCC champ-- a Redman Tomahawk frame of choice with custom GCC graphics.

Prizes and crowd giveaways every week including Troy Lee Hemlet, Intense frames and bike, Free Agent complete bikes, Clayborn Cruiser, LDC parts, Bombshell Forks, Sinz Forks, Kweg Chains, custom GCC 2010 ODI lock on grips, Nema riding gear, Supercross frame and parts and lots, lots more. Series points will be determined from your best 5 out of 8 regular series races plus the two series finale/double point Race For Life races at Santa Barbara's Elings Park and Camarillo's Freedom Park both on August 24th. Simply participate (you don't need to win) in 5 regular series races and the 2 finale races and raise the most money for the Race for Life and win a pair of Stealth Hubs valued at nearly $600!

For all the info and rules check out our EVENTS PAGE or go to Also, become a fan on facebook at Gold Coast BMX Racing! Hope to see you this Saturday, 7/24 at Elings Park in Santa Barbara (11:00AM-12:30PM sign-ups) and then in Camarillo at Freedom Park (5:00PM-6:30PM sign-ups) for ROUND ONE of Southern California's 1st Annual BMX Gold Coast Cup!

That's 2 tracks. 5 weekends. 10 races. Tons of prizes, crowd giveaways and infinite good times!

Series Sponsors: Answer BMXAtomlabAvent CyclesBombshell PartsClayborn CyclesFinish Line LubricantsFree Agent Bicycles, Intense BMX, ITS Tire Systems, Kenda TiresKweg Co.Little Dude ComponentsNema Brand ClothingODI GripsPit Image Race ApparelRedman Bikes, Sinz PartsSpeed Frames, Stealth HubsSupercross BMXTHE and Troy Lee Designs.

For more details and competition rules go to

Click here to check out the Event Flier!


Preview UCI BMX World Championships 2010
On track for the UCI BMX World Championships
2009 World Champion Donny Robinson not competing

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 22 July 2010 - The 2010 UCI BMX World Championships will be held from 29 July until 1 August in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the second largest city in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. Who will be crowned the world’s best BMX racers per class by the end of next week?

See preview video

“Best track on the planet”
The best 1,100 riders from 37 countries will compete on a track that is purposely build for these world championships. The track is situated in the main arena of the agricultural showgrounds of Pietermaritzburg. The construction is currently ahead of schedule and UCI track builder Tom Ritzenthaler ensures this will be the best BMX racing track on the planet.

The track is unique as it is the first track to feature separate straights and start ramps for the elite and challenge class riders.

The BMX Supercross style track for the elite riders is used for the first time during the world championships and it might favour the technical riders. However, the length of the track will benefit ‘power riders’. For the first time ever, the World Championships will include a time trials qualification event, so the time trial specialists will also benefit from having a good seeding going into the main event.

"A great course is not just about power," says Ritzenthaler. "To succeed a rider needs to have to think and plan every inch of the race, then combine speed and power with that thought process."

Who is next?
Unfortunately the defending world champion Donny Robinson (USA) will not be able to race this unique track. Robinson has to sit this one out due to a string of bad crashes and repeated injuries to his ribs and lungs.

One of the favourites for the title in the elite men’s class is Olympic champion Maris Strombergs (LAT). The Latvian did put down a strong performance during recent BMX events and he convincingly won the last UCI BMX Supercross world cup stop in Copenhagen.

One of Strombergs biggest rivals will be Sam Willoughby (AUS). The talented young Australian makes his debut in the elite men’s class during this year’s World Championships. Last year Willoughby won the junior world title in his hometown Adelaide. If he manages to win the elite class this year, it will be the first time ever that a rider wins back to back junior titles followed by an elite world champion title.

But Willoughby is facing more formidable competition. For example Sifiso Nhlapo (RSA). The young Johannesburg resident and local BMX favourite is on a comeback tour this year after a serious injury in 2008. His recent strong performances in some major North American BMX events, indicate that he is able to mix it with the big guns again, this time in front of a home crowd.

Elite women’s class
In the elite women’s class, experts say that it could be a showdown between Laëtitia Le Corguillé (FRA), who won both rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross in 2010, current elite World Champion Sarah Walker (NZL) and Shanaze Reade, the 2008 World Champion. But others say to keep a look out for riders that could upset like Caroline Buchanan (AUS), the former junior World Champion Mariana Pajon (COL) and Alise Post (USA).

Predict the future
The racing in the junior men’s class will probably be very close. With riders like Corben Sharrah (USA), Conner Fields (USA) and Tory Nyhaug (CAN), who can all potentially claim the top podium. They have been very competitive in the BMX Supercross races amongst elite riders, so this will give them a chance to battle it out amongst themselves.

In the junior women's class you should keep your eyes out for Brooke Crain (USA) and Merle Van Benthem (NED) who both have good results racing against senior Elite riders in the UCI BMX Supercross world cup series.

Registration now open for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Chula Vista

USA Cycling would like to announce that registration for the UCI Supercross World Cup event in Chula Vista, California, is now open. Competition begins with time trial qualifying on Friday, September 17 and round three of the World Cup series on Saturday, September 18 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Those who sign up early may take advantage of additional training time on the SX track, which will be announced soon. The Chula Vista event, while part of the 2011 season, is the next-to-last race in the UCI Supercross World Cup series for 2010. The final stop is in Fréjus, France on October 8-9.

This race is open to all championship class members and those who are licensed as challenge class with a 1994 date-of-birth. With the 2011 season beginning August 1, new juniors will be eligible to compete. The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series offers significant international class 2 ranking points that affect an athlete’s individual international ranking and contribute to a nation’s ranking, which is the primary factor in determining the number of start positions a country receives at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Registration and Entry Fee - All championship class riders with an active USA Cycling BMX license can register now by logging on to their “My USA Cycling” account. Online registration costs $165 and is open until 5:00 p.m. MST on August 25th, 2010. For FAQs about USA Cycling’s new online registration system, click here.  

Travel and Accommodations - USA Cycling members are eligible for travel-related discounts on airfare, lodging and bike shipping from partners such as United Airlines and Hertz rental cars, among others. Visit your My USA Cycling page to learn more about these savings opportunities. Please contact BMX Program Director Mike King at if you have any questions.

Photo caption: Connor Fields (right) and Donny Robinson ride during the UCI Supercross World Cup race in Chula Vista, CA, in 2009. Fields went on to place third in the final.

Photo credit: Royalty-free photo courtesy of USA Cycling/UCI

New Zealand High Performance team announces Official Team for UCI BMX Worlds

Elite Men: Marc Willers & Kurt James

Elite Women: Sarah Walker

Junior Men: Trent Woodcock-Takarua, Daniel Franks & Nick Fox

16 boys: Trent Jones

15 boys: Ryan Lewis

Ken Cools - Head Coach

Ryan Hollows - Assistant Coach

John Cowell - Strength Coach

BMX Mania's Donna Snow Competes In Miss United States Pageant

BMX Mania's, Donna Snow is in Chicago this weekend, competing in the Miss United States pageant.

The pageant will air on MTV, at a date to be announced. The finals, which are Friday evening, will be “live” on YouTube. If you search Miss US International 2010 you should find it.

So, if you are not doing anything Friday night, check it out!!! They begin around 7 p.m. Sometime after that you can see it!








BMX Racing News, Wednesday - July 21, 2010

All on track for the greatest BMX course on earth

Pietermaritzburg – World renowned track builder Tom Ritzenthaler has assured BMX fans worldwide that the Royal Showgrounds track that is currently ahead of schedule, will be the best racing track on the planet.

The 42 year old Ohio native is entrusted by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to sculpt the track for the BMX Worlds each year, and he expects the unique Pietermaritzburg layout to quickly earn the respect of the riders.

"It takes BMX racing to a whole new level in terms of endurance and toughness," he said in a rare break from the long hours at the helm of his power-roller and earthmoving machines.

"This track is over 380 metres long, while the usual track length is around 310 metres," said the likeable American, which was himself a competitive BMX racer before being co-opted by the UCI as their premier track builder.

"The first straight has elements of speed and power, but it is the second straightway that will be technical," he added.

The track is unique as it is the first track to feature separate straights and start ramps for the elite riders, and has been designed to introduce new technical challenges for the riders.

Ritzenthaler builds each track together with 27 year old Canadian Kyle Michell, who was also a top BMX racer. "It's critical that we both raced. That way we know exactly what the riders expect from each jump, and on each section of the course."

"A great course is not just about power," says Ritzenthaler. "To succeed a rider needs to have to think, and plan every inch of the race, then combine speed and power with that thought process."

The duo formed their unique track building tag-team after working together to build the course for the Victoria World Champs in Canada in 2007.

They have hand-picked red clay soil found near Tweedie for the track in the main arena at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg. "It's perfect," said Ritzenthaler. "It compacts down really hard till its almost like concrete, and its easy to shape."

Ritzenthaler seemed destined to a career building BMX Tracks, after growing up in a family that lived and worked at a BMX track in Ohio in the seventies. "My dad taught me how to build a track and make changes to it," says Ritzenthaler.

He has seen the sport go through highs and lows, and feels that it is on a very positive growth curve at the moment. "BMX is going crazy over in Europe, while it is kinda levelled out in the US," he says

It has taken a six truck fleet three days, or 650 truck loads of non-stop ferrying to get the nine thousand tons of red clay into the showgrounds, ready to be shaped by Ritzenthaler and Michell.

While Ritzenthaler and Michell sculpt the track, riggers are building the two side-by-side start ramps. The elite riders drop off a massive eight metre high start ramp, while a more forgiving five metre ramp will be used by the other classes. The UCI BMX World Championships takes place at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from 29 July to 1 August. More information can be found at

Spectators will be assured of a visual treat as the world-first track for the UCI BMX World Championships that start on Thursday 29 July will be easily viewed from all corners of the arena.

All photos by Dave Macleod/Gameplan Media

Alienation BMX Sponsored Fast Guys Tear It Up At NBL Nashville!

Well its that time of year again, and some of the Alienation BMX Fast Guys, were rushing into the NBL Music City National In Nashville, Tennessee for NBL Elite Series Stop Number 8 on the tour. What a great weekend it was with some of the top pros in the house and with the fast track and big jumps you know there was going to be some great race action. Some of the top Alienation riders were in the house showing off their fresh product and looking good doing it. 

Alienation's factory pro, Jeff Upshaw was in Nashville showing off his skills, After a 6th and 7th in Lexington, South Carolina Jeff seemed to be on a mission in Nashville. Day 1 got to see all the amateurs race, when the pros showed up to race the pro spectacular at 6pm, rain was coming down and Saturday's night event was canceled which meant double payout and double points for these guys. With a stacked Elite Men's class Alienation's Jeff Upshaw battled through to the Main Event. In the main Upshaw didn’t let anyone down by pulling a 5th, which meant two 5ths for the weekend. 

The No Fear Machine Super ex Logan Collins was in attendance. Logan is one of the few pros to call Music City BMX his home track. Logan is sporting the new Speed frame and it seems to be working for him. Logan has been a top pro for years now and let me tell you, the dude has some sick style. After looking forward to racing Saturday night in front of his home crowd, Logan had to regroup and get ready Early Sunday morning. He didn’t let the home town down by dominating qualifying rounds getting a 2nd,1st,1st Logan looked like the man to beat. With a super stacked main it was going to be no pushover at all to get the win, With lane 8 Logan seemed to get bunched up in the first turn and took a respectable 7th. This Super Ex final looked like one of the hardest Super ex races of the year. 

After having almost two years off of racing Morphine' Industries, Mike Kapes was eager to get out there and show everyone what he came back to do and Kapes looked stronger than ever. Sunday couldn’t come soon enough for Mike as he made it swiftly in to the final. After the dust settled, Money Mike ended up walking away with two 6th place finishes for the weekend. Look for Kapes to be one of the men to beat come Grand Nationals time. 

Hometown boy and WORLD Number 1 vet pro, Tome Opincar was there sporting off his Intense/DynaPep ride. Tome was also in Evansville the weekend before getting some riding in before the Music City National. Saturday in Evansville Opincar took a 2nd,1st,1st in motos and pulled off the Vet pro main event win. Sunday was no different except Tome didn't lose a lap all day ending up having a perfect day and taking the main event win. In Nashville he wanted to continue his success. Come main time, Opincar was ready to do work. Was going for a nice move in the last turn and ended up going down so he took the 8th spot. Tome is the man to beat in the Vet pro class and it shows, its not easy winning a World title in any class. Wishing Tome the best of luck at the NBL Grand Nationals Labor Day weekend.

Dan's Comp Factory's, Weston Pope has been recovering from an injury for quite some time now but he was looking pretty "well" in the Music City. Weston powered his Alienation Runaway Rims to a strong showing as he battled for first all the way to the Finish Line and took home a VERY respectable Second Place finish. 

Rennen/Intense's Will Murray is a powerhouse in the Vet pro class, and has made name for himself over the last few years. Will is a class guy and likes to be out front showing the way around the track and In Nashville he did just that. In motos he was quite consistent by pulling a 3rd,3rd,3rd looking really good, and in the Main event he pulled a 2nd place. So double that and make it two seconds for the weekend which was a crucial part in the point standings with two more pro races left leading into grands. Look for mr.Murray to be in the mix at the Grand Nationals as well.

Another hometown guy Super Ex, Champion's/Nofear/Intense, Chase Campbell was in the house. He was in Evansville last weekend also looking to do well, and brought home a 4th Saturday and a 8th (crash) Sunday. In the Three motos he finished 3rd, 2nd, 2nd so seemed to be doing well on his home turf. Chase ended up getting a 6th in the super hard semi, so didn’t transfer to the Main event, but look for him to redeem himself this weekend at Elite Series stop number 9 in Connecticut. 

Standard's Army's, Jarod Adcock has been turning a lot of heads lately, dude has been flying lately in the stacked 17-18 expert class. Taking some momentum in to Music City after a good weekend in Evansville, he looked fast on Saturday and took home the Main Event win! Sunday day two he took a 2nd,2nd,2nd in the three motos and a respectful 3rd in the main event. Jarod is a super fast dude and a top contender as he sits 4th in the nation in his class. By Grand National we wish Jarod the best of luck on bringing home the number 1 plate. 

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the NBL Music City National a huge success. Alienation BMX has some fresh products out. So get your hands on the best products and most certainly the best rims out there. - Chase Campbell-Alienation BMX Media Staff

Colombia BMX Team For UCI Worlds

The Colombian National Funded Team has been announced that will compete at the 2010 UCI World Championships to be held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Elite Women - Mariana Pajon

Elite Men - Augusto Castro - Jose Luis Diaz - Andres Jimenez - Carlos Mario Oquendo

Junior Men - David Oquendo

BMX Head Coach – German Medina

BMX Coach – Jorge Wilson Jaramillo

Morphine Crew Turns up the Volume at Music City National

The crew headed north for Nashville by way of Marietta, making a stop at JRev’s house to enjoy riding trails, Mexican food, kilted barmaids and getting slobbered on by Diesel. From there it was a short hop over the Music city and get down to what we came for. If you haven’t raced the track, make it a stop for sure. It ranks up there with Okeeheelee for sure.

Mike Kapes, AA Pro - Two years in the making and a lot of excitement around Mikes return came to a pinnacle at Nashville. Unfortunately, Mike came into Nashville recovering from a hyper extended knee but could sit on the sidelines any longer. The anticipation was furthered with mother nature delaying the pro spectacular till Sunday for a double pointer.

Mike hit the track and did not disappoint taking a few laps to get rev’d back up. Posting a 4-5-2 in the motos bringing Mike to the main event. Saddled up in lane 7, Mike charged to a sold 6th place finish in a stacked final lap.

Tim Dinger, Masters - Got a late start the Nashville because his driving buddie and partner in crime turned himself into a human shovel trail riding and broke his shoulder. ( God speed, Goose). Regrouping and heading down with the NC crew , he made it in time to sit and sit and sit as the rain turned day 1 of raing for the Pros into a bust, one of the few times it pays to be an Am.

Making up for a day off Saturday, Tim hit the motos hard Sunday pulling a 1-2-2. Maintime was no sit down either as Dinger flowed through the track to take a soild third.

Jason LaRev, Super X - After hanging and chillin with the rest of the Pro ranks on Saturday, Jason hit the track with the 21 rider strong Super X class. Jason displayed his skill over the doubles and through the rhythm posting a 5-4-1 narrowly missing the main.

Noah Reeves, 13X- charged his way through 16 riders airing it out over the doubles on the first straight and doubling through the rhythm on Saturday by sweeping motos with a 1-1-1. Main time brought about a battle for first which Noah was edged out for a solid 2nd. Can you say Déjà vu? Noah repeated his performance from Saturday with a solid day of 1-1-1 and again taking a 2nd in the main.

Richie Dey, 11X – The Air Dog started his weekend in true fashion, hitting the first straight with plenty of height between him and the dirt. With astacked six man class, he racked upa 2-2-2 in motos and took a 4th in the main.

Sunday was on of those days that proved all riders are ON everyday. Richie took a 4-4-5 in motos and got railroaded off the second turn to take a 6th in the main.

Photos Courtesy of Mike Carruth/ and Jerry Landrum/

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







BMX Racing News, Tuesday - July 20, 2010

Stein, Meyers added to USA Cycling BMX Worlds squad


Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 19, 2010) – USA Cycling has announced the final squad that will contest the UCI BMX World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, July 29 – August 1. Joshua Meyers (Treasure Island, Fla./Factory S Squared-Troy Lee Designs) and Denzel Stein (Desoto, Texas/Redline Bicycles) have been added to the American line-up that will contest the elite men’s event following injuries suffered by veterans Donny Robinson (Napa, Calif./Hyper-Monster Energy) and Kyle Bennett (Conroe, Texas/Free Agent-Rockstar) during pre-worlds training.


“While we’re sad Donny and Kyle won’t be able to participate in the event, we are excited to be able to offer two top young talents the opportunity to gain experience on the world’s highest stage,” said USA Cycling’s BMX Program Director, Mike King.


One of the hottest riders on the domestic circuit, Meyers earned his discretionary nomination to the elite men’s squad following solid performances in this season’s UCI BMX Supercross World Cup events and as one of the top U23 riders in the overall Supercross World Cup rankings. At age 19, Stein earned a discretionary nomination proving himself as one of the top riders in USA Cycling’s 2010 U23 Men’s BMX Power Rankings.   


Robinson, the reigning world champion, and Bennett are not expected to compete in South Africa; however the pair of Olympians will remain on the official roster. Both are expected to complete a full recovery and plan to return to competition later this year.

Visit the UCI BMX World Championships webpage for more information on the event.

2010 UCI BMX World Championships - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa - July 29 – August 1

USA Cycling 2010 BMX World Championship team:

Elite Men - Denzel Stein** (Desoto, Texas/Redline Bicycles) - Joshua Meyers** (Treasure Island, Fla./Factory S Squared-Troy Lee Designs) - Donny Robinson (Napa, Calif./Hyper-Monster Energy) - Kyle Bennett ** (Conroe, Texas/Free Agent-Rock Star)

Junior Men - Connor Fields (Henderson, Nevada) - Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz.)

Elite Women - Arielle Martin (Pleasant Grove, Utah) - Amanda Geving (Largo, Fla.) - Alise Post ** (Saint Cloud, Minn.) - Ashley Verhagen ** (Simi Valley, Calif.) - Amanda Carr ** (Punta Gorda, Fla.)

Junior Women - Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif.) - Taylor Wolcott ** (Roseville, Calif.)

**Discretionary selection

Australian Team for UCI BMX World Championships
The Australian BMX team will depart Australia this weekend for South Africa to contest the 2010 UCI BMX World Championships being staged in Pietermaritzburg, from 29 July to 1 August.

BMX Head Coach - Wade Bootes

Elite Men ..... Joshua CALLAN Healesville VIC ..... Jared GRAVES Toowoomba, QLD ..... Brian KIRKHAM Hillbank SA ..... Luke MADILL Cranebrook NSW ..... Sam WILLOUGHBY Trott Park SA ..... Khalen YOUNG Kelmscott WA

Elite Women ..... Rachel BRACKEN Aitkenvale QLD ..... Caroline BUCHANAN Kambah ACT ..... Nicole CALLISTO Beechboro, WA ..... Lauren REYNOLDS Clifton Park, WA

U19 Men ..... Matthew DUNSWORTH Boronia, VIC ..... Darryn GOODWIN Swan View, WA

U19 Women ..... Kirsten DELLAR Carlisle, WA ..... Melinda McLEOD Mackay, QLD

Elite BMXers prepare for the UCI Worlds at World Cycling Centre

From: UCI Communication Services

In the final countdown to the 2010 UCI BMX World Championships which will take place in South Africa at the end of the month, the Supercross track at the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland, is in demand.

Nine National Federations and BMX clubs are training at the WCC this month in the run up to the Pietermaritzburg Worlds on July 31st and August 1st. With its 8 metre high starting ramp, the Supercross track in Aigle provides an ideal training ground for athletes who will be confronted with a similar ramp and track in South Africa.

Among the BMX athletes benefiting from the WCC infrastructures in July are British riders Shanaze Reade (2008 World Champion) and Liam Phillips (2nd in Copenhagen leg of 2010 Supercross) as well as the Czech Republic’s Jana Horáková (4th in the 2009 BMX World Championships in Adelaide, Australia,) and mountain bike 4-cross specialist Romana Labounkova (2010 European 4-cross Champion).

The athletes training on the WCC’s Supercross track this month represent Hong Kong, the Czech Republic, Japan, the Fédération Française de Cyclisme, British Cycling, BMX Verona (Italy), the Canadian Cycling Association, BMX Club Cournon (France) and Swiss Cycling.

Squire Industries Offers UCI Worlds Special On Under Armour Men's Recharge!
Squire Industries in South Africa has a UCI Worlds Special Arrangement with Under Armour for distribution of their Recharge Wear. To make sure that you can pick yours up at the Worlds, please fill out the contact form for pre-orders at at the "Contact Us" section!





BMX Racing News, Monday - July 19, 2010

BMX A TOPE! Magazine issue #15 Is Out Now!

Spain's BMX A Tope! Magazine has released issue #15. Primarily in Spanish, but with major races subtitled in English, BMX A Tope! is 100% BMX Race oriented and one of the last remaining BMX Race Print Publication remaining.

BMX A Tope! covers many race all around the world as well as covering the entire Spanish BMX Race Scene, including many of the big international races, like European BMX Series Rounds 5&6 in Weiterstadt, Germany that is covered in Issue 15 ..... Check it out.

You can subscribe to have it sent right to your door in Spain, or anywhere else in the world, pick it up, it's a fun mag!


GHP has some new and VERY hot stuff available on their web site for Fast BMXers everywhere. Greg Hill is a legendary BMXer and knows how to turn out nice BMX parts, so you'll want to head on over to and see what's up!

DK Bicycles Australia Signs With Goodlife Health Clubs






BMX Racing News, Friday - July 16, 2010


Hire Park BMX in Warsaw, Indiana will be blowing out races THIS weekend! If you are not qualified for the NBL Midwest Regional Championship, to be held at Hire Park on August 14, you are in luck! We will be hosting a MULTI RACE weekend, July 17 & 18. Five races, one weekend.


Come out Saturday, July 17, for three races, a local, Bob Warnicke Quadruple points, and a local. Race the first two and get the third race for FREE! Come out on Sunday and run two local races. It is a perfect opportunity to get the points and races you need to get that Regional Championship number for the 2010 season.


It's an LCQ weekend for the Regional Championship! Registration will run from 1pm to 2pm. Race ASAP. Approximately 30 minutes between races. Call the track at 574-268-RIDE for more information.


Head on over to WWW.FLYRACING.COM and check out the new line of 2011 FLY Race Wear, Helmets, Casual Wear, and more.

The new F-16 Limited, Kinetic, and Evolution race wear is featured on the new site as well as the new Kinetic "Flash" and "Graphitti" helmets.

The new FLY Gear looks amazing and will make any rider stand out on the track. Available soon through your local dealer or favorite mail order be sure to check it out.

Intense BMX Europe European Championships Sandnes, Norway

The final two rounds of the UEC European championships were held in Sandnes Norway July 9-11. The organization built a track in the city center of Sandnes to bring BMX to the people and it paid off during the junior and elite racing the stands were filled with people from Sandnes many of whom saw BMX for the first time and to top things off the race was televised on national TV and Eurosport 2.

The track was a basic M shape with a pro section on the second straight, a great rhythm section on the third straight and three nice brick paved turns. The Intense BMX Europe team was present with Jordi Schippers (boys 15 and cruiser 15/16), Kristaps Vinters (boys 16), Abbie Taylor (Junior women), Klavs Lisovskis (Junior men), Jeffrey Hoogland (Junior men), Maartje Hereijgers (Junior women), Lorin Martinez (Junior men) and Arnaud Dubois (Elite men).

On Friday it was time for race one of the weekend, with all top contenders in each class present the racing was awesome. The Junior men and Elite men were up for quarter finals, while the Junior women were up for semi’s and the Elite women were up for mains. In Junior Women Abbie Taylor had a crash in the first turn while in 3rd place, Maartje Hereijgers made the main and finished second. In Junior men Klavs Lisovskis and Jeffrey Hoogland were not able to make the main, Lorin Martinez made the main event and placed 3rd. In Elite men Arnaud Dubois had a rough day and did not make the main.

On Saturday it was time for race two of the weekend, this time Kristaps Vinters and Jordi Schippers were also racing. They both had quarter finals in there age group. Both Intense riders were able to make the main event. Jordi Schippers was able to get 5th overall, while Vinters rode perfect all day long taking the European title in boys 16. On day two both Abbie Taylor and Maartje Hereijgers made the main in Junior women where Abbie scored a 4th place and Maartje took the top spot taking the win. In Junior men Klavs Lisovskis and Jeffrey Hoogland were not able to make the main, Lorin Martinez made the main event and placed 5th. In Elite men Arnaud Dubois had a better day and made it to the semi’s.

On Sunday it was time for cruiser racing, Jordi Schippers raced in the 15/16 age group, Maartje Hereijgers in the Junior women and Klavs Lisovskis, Jeffrey Hoogland and Lorin Martinez in Junior men. All Intense riders made there main event or scored a podium spot. Jordi Schippers went down in the main event placing 7th overall. In Junior women Maartje Hereijgers placed second overall. In Junior men all three Intense riders made the main event. Were Both Klavs Lisovskis and Jeffrey Hoogland both rode a great race with Lisovskis taking second and Hoogland taking the top spot and the European title. In the overall standings Maartje Hereijgers finished second in Junior women class and Abbie Taylor finished third. In the Junior men class Lorin Martinez finished third overall.

With a European title, two seconds and two thirds in the Championship classes and a European title in the boys 16, the Intense BMX Europe team had some great results at the European Championships. Congratulations to all Intense BMX riders for there results at the European Championships.

Thanks to all our great partners Intense BMX, Shimano, BERMA, Alpine Stars, Sinz, Elkay sport, THE, Rockstar energy drink, Veltec and VSI.


We were lucky enough to catch up with Caroline Buchanan today on the Gold Coast. She is in town for a couple of weeks training hard with the Australian BMX team before heading to worlds in South Africa next week.

Only recently getting over surgery on her sinuses, and having her tonsils removed, Caroline had an unfortunate spill at Luke Madill’s training track resulting in a broken finger and stitches. This hasn't slowed her down though, and Caroline is confident leading the Australian team towards the 2012 Olympics.

We managed to get some filming done as well as an interview, so stay tuned for a video coming online soon. Caroline is a true inspiration to all young girls, and with her strong enthusiasm and never give up attitude, she is sure to be on top of the BMX world within no time.

Good luck Caroline!


BMX Legend, Danny Oakley Featured At California State Fair!

Old Skool Legend and ABA BMX Hall Of Fame member, Danny Oakley will be featured this weekend at the California State Fair, Cal Expo.

Saturday, July 17th 2010 at 2:00PM and at 4:00PM, Danny will be featured at the Meet & Greet session at Cal Expo, along with a display featuring a portion of his legendary racing career, highlighting his forming many successful companies, his legendary creations & designs, including bicycles, frames & forks.

Check out Danny's BMX Bio from the ABA BMX Hall Of Fame, one of the most prestigious honors in BMX!

Danny Oakley: Danny first started BMX racing in 1965 in the Baldwin Hills area, above Ladera Heights, and later, in Malibu in Southern California. He helped to establish organized BMX racing in early 1970, and retired in 1981.

Danny was instrumental in establishing organized BMX racing, and numerous tracks in Southern and Northern California, during a time when organized BMX did not formally exist. A few such tracks are The Downhill Track of Baldwin Park in 1970, Malibu in 1971, Landels Park & Hamann Park in 1973, and The Downhill Track of Mount Tamalpais in 1974.

Danny Oakley, a true Legend of our sport, raced for such legendary teams as Bikette & Dirtmaster, Rick`s Bike Shop, Silver Shield, MotoPRO, Speedo, and Mongoose. He was instrumental in forming Pro Products, Inc., MotoPRO, and Speedo. Moreover, Danny was instrumental in designing products for Pro Products, Inc., MotoPRO, Speedo, and B.M.X. Products, Inc., Mongoose, including the infamous Moosegoose, a 20 inch BMX race frame Danny designed for taller riders, and racers (Danny is quite tall himself).

He has conducted BMX Racing Clinics, and Demonstrations in the United States, and in Europe. He has participated in NBA, UBR, NPSA, NBL, CBA and ABA sanctioned races. Danny raced and won numerous titles, and championships, such as 4 Time, West Coast Champion, 6 Time, Northern California Champion, NPSA National Champion, and NORA CUP, to name a few. Danny was one of the racers that was featured in the BMX episode of the well known national TV show, CHiPs.





BMX Racing News, Wednesday - July 14, 2010

South African BMX community shaken

by crashes at National Championships
Pietermaritzburg – BMX racers around the country are rallying around six year old Cameron Du Bruyn, who was badly hurt in an accident at the final leg of the SA championships at Alrode in Gauteng on the weekend, as the country's top riders went through their final preparations for the UCI BMX World Championships.

Du Bruyn crashed while racing at the event, leaving him with a ruptured spleen and a burst liver, leaving him in critical condition in hospital. "Everyone in the BMX world is holding thumbs and praying for Cammie," said veteran rider Sharlene McGilvray.

Five times SA Champ BMX rider Dean Holdstock gave his fans a major scare when he crashed badly at the Alrode in Gauteng, leaving him with two cracked vertebrae, and in a race against time to recover for the UCI BMX World Champs in Pietermaritzburg starting on 29 July.

The Centurion based star crashed after looping out in the technical rhythm section at the world class Alrode layout, and landed heavily on his coccyx, and was attended to immediately by ambulance personnel at the track.

Holdstock has undergone scans and X-Rays, confirming two cracked vertebrae. “
Recovery is coming on slowly,” said Holdstock. “I am still very stiff and I feel like a bus has taken me down!”

Holdstock’s major crash was just one of a number of wipe-outs that gave supporters and fans anxious moments at Alrode on the weekend, marring what was an otherwise exceptional SA Champs.

276 eager riders made up what is being viewed as
one of the best-attended, happiest and most competitive BMX meet ever held in the country.

“This weekend was awesome!” said Pietermaritzburg’s master class ace spokesperson Sharlene McGilvray, who returned flushed with excitement and adrenaline. The track was amazing and brilliantly prepared.”

“There were thrills and spills aplenty, with one of our best hopefuls, Dean Holdstock hitting the grit in spectacular fashion, and hurting his back quite badly,” she said.

“The novice category was well subscribed, and the rhythm section (a sections of track made up of up to three humps in quick succession) really tested one's ability to ride,” McGilvray said, adding that this is where most of the serious crashes happened.

“The UCI Worlds track in Pietermaritzburg should have the same,” she said. “At the Alrode track the first straight after the start ramp and pop-out was really fast. You want that, as it gets you up to speed for the rest of the track. We’ll get that in PMB as well. Aspects of really tough and competitive tracks are replicated all over the world.”

“Riders from the age of four to 53 were there and there was such a nice vibe. I bottled some Howick weather and took it to Joburg with me and let a little bit out each day! It was fabulous! We couldn’t have hoped for better weather”, added McGilvray.

The UCI BMX World Championships takes place at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from 29 July to 1 August.

More information can be found at








BMX Racing News, Tuesday - July 13, 2010

Kyle Bennett & Donny Robinson Involved In Bad Training Crash

Many of you are aware, Kyle Bennett, was involved in a crash with Donny Robinson while training at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego. Here’s an update on Kyle's condition…as we understand it from the medical staff, Kyle is in pain at the moment but his doctors have confirmed that he is expected to make a full recovery.

Kyle has two fractures in his collar bone, three fractured ribs, a bruised lung, a broken cheek bone and a torn liver. Thankfully, the doctors have advised against any surgeries at this time, as they believe Kyle will be able to heal entirely on his own. He will stay at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego for the next week or so to ensure he continues to progress.

Kyle’s family and close friends and trainer, Sean Dwight, as well as the OTC Staff are standing close by to offer both emotional and physical support. We thank you in advance for your well-wishes. If you’d like to send notes to Kyle, please do so on either is Facebook page or on any of the regular BMX forms, as we know Kyle will be checking both regularly. 

We’ll keep you updated on his continued progress.

Kyle is in good spirits, is expected to make a full recovery, and not surprisingly, is already excited to get back on his bike and make 2011 his year! ~ Dale Holmes


Gavin Lubbe Hits Salt Lake UCI on Way to South Africa


Gavin Lubbe South African BMXer and Olympic hopeful proved that he can indeed keep up with the top guns during the Great Salt Lake UCI race this weekend.   



Gavin Lubbe knew that the AA pro race was going to be a tough feat for him during Saturday’s racing but nonetheless motored his way through all the moto’s and semi making it into the Main and taking the 7th spot. During Sundays racing the young South African battled it out again showing that he definitely has what it takes .Gavin made it through moto’s into the semi taking 6th place unfortunately just missing the cut.


“I knew the racing was going to be tough as it was stacked and after having outside gates throughout the day I managed to make it into the main. After the gate dropped we were all bunched up together, some of us locking bars as we went down the first straight. I managed to stay up and got the 7th overall.” Added Gavin after Saturday’s main event.




“Overall I had a solid weekend of racing, I’m currently leading UCI points for South Africa so I added some more points to that which I am happy with.  The racing has definitely been some good preparation for the World championships which I’m looking forward to.”  Said Gavin.


Photos courtesy of Mike Carruth /

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


ONE/Kenda EC final rounds 11-12 in Norway

Aneta Hladikova and Chris Christensen EUROPEAN CHAMPION

ONE KENDA press release 


Round 11 and 12 of the Elite and Junior Men/Women European Championship were the last rounds, held in Sandnes Norway, host of the 1991 World Championships.


The weather was great for racing and the organisation had put a track in the city center of

Sandnes. Awesome event !

ONE/Kenda’s Chris Christensen from Denmark proved his shape all year and took the

European Title, just like he did last year.

His sister Simone took 4th place in 16yo. girls.



In Elite Women ONE/Kenda’s Aneta Hladikova from Czech Republic showed her skills.

She had no problems taking jumps faster then others and won both round 11 and 12,

Moving her up in the final ranking to a 2nd place.

Jordy van der Heyden from Holland made it to the main in round 12 in Elite Men,

taking the whole shot and getting out of the turn in 3rd place.

Unfortunately Jordy crashed in the last turn and took 8th, ending 11th overall.


In cruiser class Tommaso Giustacchini from Italy managed to take 5th place in 15/16


ONE/Kenda’s Aneta Hladikova from Czech Republic was looking good all weekend.

In Elite Women cruiserclass she once again confirmed her shape at this moment.

The European Title went to Aneta, and making it the 3rd victory in this event.


Thanks to our riders for doing so well and thanks to our sponsors for making it all happen.

We are grateful and proud for their support.


Check for the videos here: BMX-VIDEOS.COM


Photos: Bruno Giustacchini


ONE KENDA is sponsored by: 



SE's All New S1-E Grips


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BMX Racing News, Monday - July 12, 2010

British Cycling Rounds 7&8 Video!

Corinne Walder's race edit, showin' off the Manchester British BMX National Rounds 7&8 2010 for British Cycling.


Elite Men = Josh Meyers ..... Elite Women = Dominique Daniels

Masters = Percy Owens ..... Super Ex = C.J. McGuire

Official Results Now Posted On BMX Mania Race Report Page!

Check out the Elite Men's Main Event blow by blow "Lap Track"!


From the BMX Video skills of Corinne Walder, you get the story of Stay Strong BMX, that supports paralyzed BMX Racer/Dirt Jump Legend, Stephen Murray. Check out the story, buy some cool Stay Strong BMX gear, support the man.








BMX Racing News, Weekend Update - July 10-11, 2010

The NBL got the amateur end of things done at the 2010 NBL Music City National, but the rains came down, volunteers helped and got the track covered and the 'wet stuff' set in for HOURS, resulting in a cancelled Saturday Pro Spectacular with Double Points and Double Pro Purse up for grabs on Sunday.

Tune in Sunday morning, U.S. East Coast time for a sweet looking Amateur Photo Gallery and Monday for Sunday's Pro Spectacular Race Report from BMX Mania!









BMX Racing News, Friday - July 9th, 2010

NBL Stars & Stripes Highlight Video!

Luke Nesler of Spin TV caught all of the action from the 2010 NBL Stars and Stripes National. He got everything from race highlights to pro section crashes to some well known pro interviews! SOUTH PARK MADNESS!

NBL Announces Strider Sports International As The “Official PREbike™ Of The NBL

Strider Will Provide Every NBL Track With A Strider PREbike™ 

GAHANNA, OH (July 6, 2010) — The National Bicycle League is excited to announce a new partnership with Strider Sports International, makers of the Strider PREbike™. The Strider PREbike™ is a revolutionary pedal-free bike that enables toddlers to learn how to ride and balance a bike more quickly and safely than a typical tricycle or bike with training wheels. The partnership between the NBL and Strider is designed to expose the maximum number of toddlers to the thrill of bicycle riding while simultaneously giving the local NBL tracks a way to raise money as they develop the racers of tomorrow. 

NBL CEO Gary Aragon welcomes Strider to the NBL family by saying, “We are always looking for ways to bring in new riders to the exciting sport of BMX Racing. Partnering with Strider allows us to reach more young riders than ever before. Now we have a platform for introducing the youngest members of the NBL family to a lifestyle that includes exercise and the character-building challenges of competitive racing.” 

The scope of the partnership between the NBL and Strider includes exposing toddlers to the PREbike concept, offering opportunities to compete and providing a way for local tracks to raise funds for the development of the sport. Starting with the NBL Music City Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee July 10-11, Strider PREbikes will be available for demo rides and pit bikes races for children age 18 months to five years old. Strider also plans to provide NBL tracks with a Strider bike to help encourage potential young riders to start racing. In addition, NBL tracks will receive 10% of the proceeds from the sales of Strider PREbikes™ using the NBL promo code. 

Strider Sports International Founder Ryan McFarland adds, “The Strider PREbike was borne out of my desire to teach my son how to ride on two wheels at the youngest age possible. Cycling has been a passion of mine since my childhood, and I wanted to share the thrill and adventure of the sport with my children. Teaming up with the NBL allows us to share our passion with families around the country.” 

About Strider Bikes - If your toddler can walk, your toddler CAN ride a Strider PREbike™. Skip the tricycle. Skip the training wheels. Go straight to riding on TWO wheels. The Strider™ balance bike helps toddlers learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling, which develops glittering confidence and amazing bike handling skills. So ditch the tricycle and training wheels, and teach your child to ride a bike sooner, better, and safer with a Strider™. For more information, visit 

About the National Bicycle League - The National Bicycle League (NBL) sanctions exciting local, state, and national levels of BMX (Bicycle Motocross) racing across the country and in Puerto Rico. With more than 30,000 members and more than 150 BMX race tracks, the NBL is the largest not-for-profit BMX racing association in America. NBL is BMX! For more information, visit:








BMX Racing News, Thursday - July 8th, 2010

 Groundbreaking new track for BMX World Championships


BMX World Championships Media Release

PIETERMARITZBURG: South Africans have become used to sparkling new sports facilities with the World Cup soccer bringing a host of shiny new stadia which were ready months before the kickoff, but for the organizers of the UCI BMX World Championships next month the building of their track has to be a tense last-minute rush.
The Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg will be hosting the pinnacle of BMX racing from July 29 to August 1 in 2010, but logistics mean that the ground-breaking temporary track will put together in just eight days with very little room for error.
The track has been designed by the UCI and all the building work will be handled by UCI track builders Tom Ritzenthaler and Kyle Michell under the watchful eye of Technical Delegate John Lindstrom.
South Africa’s National Track Design Coordinator Eugene Eggars has the massive responsibility of making sure the international delegation have everything they need to produce the world-class facility.
“We have to organise everything they need to make the track,” said Eggar yesterday. “We have to get all the sand, machinery and materials they need before they arrive and make sure we have machinery operators to work with them.
“It is a tough logistical operation … for example we have to get five and a half thousand cubic metres of sand into the Royal Showgrounds. We have at least 10 trucks carting all the sand but we have to come in and dump the sand at night so as not to disrupt the Pietermaritzburg traffic.
“We dump the sand and get everything ready for them to start when they arrive on July 19, and then they have eight days to build the complete track.”
The track will be the first of its kind and is actually two tracks in one. There is the World Championships track for Elite riders and the slightly easier track for the World Challenge age group racing.
The main Elite track has an eight metre high start ramp that is 10 metres wide and 26 metres long and leads to a 385m track littered with jumps, including one over the top of the Challenge track. The Challenge track has a five metre high start ramp and the course is 355m.
UCI technical delegate Johan Lindstrom was in Pietermaritzburg last month for a final briefing ahead of the World Championships. After a grueling 24 hours of meetings and inspections of the Royal Showgrounds venue and facilities, he was positive that the event would be top-class.

“The track will be one of a kind,” enthused Lindstrom after inspecting the venue. “Never before have we built a course that will have two separate start ramps, and the track will be technically difficult and demanding.”

For Eggar the stress does not end once the riders get onto the track and begin training on July 26.
The event organisers are trying to source a plot of land so they can transfer the soil and materials used in the World Championship track and build a permanent international standard track as a legacy from the World Championships.
“We are hoping that Ritzenthaler and Michell will stay on after the World Champs and build the new track if we can find a venue,” said Eggar. “We have some great tracks in South Africa but it would be a fantastic boost to have them design a permanent course which could be used to develop the sport in the future.”
For a host of young BMX enthusiasts a new track could be just the incentive they need to emulate their heroes they will be seeing in action from July 29, and who knows, the 2020 World Champion could rise out of the soil of the 2010 track.

GHP Releases Old Skool Replica Frames & Forks!

This just in from GHP: Greg Hill will be producing a small run of original 1983 GHP frames and forks.

These frames and forks are exactly like they were during the very first run of GHP 27 years ago. For more info contact Greg Hill at 623-210-3193 or email him at


Formula Europe Grabs Two Silver Medals In Belgian Nationals

Formula Europe's TM Nico Van Dartel grabs the # 2 podium spot in both the Masters 20" and Cruiser 30+ categories.

Congratulations, Nico!

Nico is supported by Formula Bicycles,, Shimano, Alienation, Tioga, BES&T, SixSixOne, Royal Racing, and Effect Energy Drink.

DK Bicycles Dominate Australian BMX Titles

Team DK headed to the Australian Titles last week and dominated the event taking home 4 number 1 plates and also being voted TEAM of the year.

THURSDAY 6th - It all started on Thursday when in the PROBIKX rounds DK rider Cherie Simpson took out the overall win in ELITE WOMAN with a 1st place on the day giving her the overall for the series, not to be out done Matt Dunsworth also claimed the overall title in Junior Elite Men with a 2nd place on the day also giving him the overall series win.

FRIDAY 7th - The youngest member of the squad Mitch Hoad had a great day on Friday claiming the number 2 plate in 11 boys, Mitch had a fantastic day and after fighting of 60+ other riders he was happy with the 2 plate.

SATURDAY 8th - With most of the squad racing on Saturday there was bound to be some great results and Team DK didn't disappoint taking out some major titles,

Blake Moore in the 15 boys has been training so hard towards these Nationals, and the guy they call mighty mouse smashed thru his Moto’s and into the semi's, but a crash down the first straight ended any chances of that #1 plate, I'm sure Blake will come back stronger and faster next year I would even put money on it.

Ryan Van Vugt  claimed his consecutive #1 plate with a massive win to stamp his claim on the 16 boys class, once again Ryan proved his class winning every race he was in, all i can say the Junior Elite Boys better watch out next year when Ryan moves up a class.

Lacey Oliver pushed her way up to claim the number 3 spot in Junior Elite Woman, riding thru a bad wrist Lacey showed some guts to get that far,

Alex Ulyate in his first Nationals in Junior Elite Men couldn't of ended any better making the main and claiming the number 5 spot, watch out for this guy next nationals.

Matt Dunsworth has been riding well all year and for him not to walk away with the #1 plate would be a disappointment for the local Victorian, but true to his form Matt rode well all day and stood up on the podium at the end of the day in that number 1 spot, with Matt now moving up in to Elite Men it is going to be tough but if anyone can do it I’m sure he will.

Cherie Simpson finally did it by claiming her 1st National Title in Elite Woman after putting in a stella performance in the final by over taking her rival into the last corner and crossing the finish line with her head held high, Cherie has been chasing that title for a few years so was great to see her on top of the podium with her novelty cheque.

Brock Murray in Elite Men was chasing that #1 title but a few mishaps in his quarter killed any possibility of that, but if anyone can bounce back from that and chase it next year is Brock.

To top of the weekend Team DK / Loose Kid Industries / Rockstar Energy Drinks was also voted Team of the year at the BMX awards, so was a great way to finish of an amazing week for DK bicycles and it's team riders






BMX Racing News, Wednesday - July 7th, 2010

NBL Midwest Regional Championship

and Last Chance Qualifier

Moved To BMX Mania's Home Track!

The BMX Mania staff is all excited that the NBL has moved the Midwest Regional Championship and Last Chance Qualifier to our home track, Hire Park BMX in Warsaw, Indiana. Look for complete coverage of all the excitement from BMX Mania, your Fun and Friendly Home for BMX Mayhem!

Official NBL News Release:

The Midwest Regional Championship and Last Chance Qualifier scheduled for August 14-15 in Indianapolis, Indiana has been moved to Hire Park BMX in Warsaw, Indiana. All pre-registrations already received will be honored. If you would like a refund of your pre-registration fee, please contact Angel Dorr at 614-416-7686. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you would like to pre-register for this race, please download the pre-registration form.

For more information about Hire Park BMX, please visit their website at, or contact Track Director Dan Rumple, (574) 268-7433 or email Dan, here.

Hire Park BMX is located at: 1030 E. Arthur St., Warsaw, Indiana 46580.

NBL BMX Racing Completes Another Classic Weekend In Pittsburgh

Stars & Stripes Nationals Saturday Night Pro Spectacular Event Rocks South Park! 

GAHANNA, OH (June 29, 2010) -- The NBL Stars & Stripes Nationals, held at South Park BMX in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 25-27, drew over 1000 racers and fans to race and watch the action at the longest-running NBL National. The seventh race of the season for the NBL’s Elite Series featured more than 400 fast Pros and top amateur riders from across the country on the world-renowned South Park track.

 The Pro Spectacular began with local rockers, Good Brother Earl, taking the stage to entertain the crowd. Fun contests and exciting giveaways for fans included more than $2000 in prizes, including bikes from Intense and a Hyper dR Replica Bike won by local rider, Joel Ewing.

Pros from all over the U.S., as well as Colombia, Brazil, and South Africa signed autographs for their fans during an autograph session, and then the big action began at 5pm! The “Alabama Slamma”, Clayborn’s Barry Nobles, laid the ponies down to take the Elite Men win over Olympian Ramiro Marino and Haro’s Jason Rogers. Dominique Daniels continued her domination of the Elite Women’s class by powering past Florida girls, Amanda Geving and Madison Pitts. It was Standard’s Scott McMahon who passed Johnny Culbreth in the second straight and got out ahead of the typical Super-Ex pileup coming out of the Pro section. He held off Weston Pope down the last straight for the win. GT’s Joey Albright is hitting his stride this season and continued his solid run with a win over Intense/Dyna-Pep’s Tommy Opincar to increase his points lead in the Masters class.


Elite Men: 1. Barry Nobles, 2. Ramiro Marino, 3. Jason Rogers

Elite Women: 1. Dominique Daniels, 2. Amanda Geving, 3. Madison Pitts

Super-Ex: 1. Scott McMahon, 2. Weston Pope, 3. A.J. Bontorno

Masters: 1. Joey Albright, 2. Tommy Opincar, 3. Andres Rueda

The racing in South Park lived up to the hype with only three more races left for Elites to gets points before the NBL Grands on Labor Day weekend in Louisville. Next stop: Nashville, Tennessee for the Music City Nationals. For complete athlete standings and more information, visit the NBL website at

The NBL Stars & Stripes Nationals were proudly sponsored by Hyper Bicycles (, Kenda Tires (, J&R Bicycles ( Intense BMX (, Ohio Dreams Action Sports Camp (, Sinz Racing (, and THE Products (

About the National Bicycle League

The National Bicycle League (NBL) sanctions exciting local, state, and national levels of BMX (Bicycle Motocross) racing across the country and in Puerto Rico. With more than 30,000 members and more than 150 BMX race tracks, the NBL is the largest not-for-profit BMX racing association in America. NBL is BMX! For more information, visit:












BMX Racing News, Tuesday - July 6th, 2010


Nhlapo continues rich vein of form in US as Aussie spoils Independence Day fun


BMX World Championships Media Release


Pietermaritzburg - South African BMX star Sifiso Nhlapo continued his giant killing form in the United States on the weekend, while Australian Sam Willoughby pushed himself to the top of the podium at the Great Salt Lakes BMX Nationals at the weekend and muscled to the top of the list of World Championships favourites.

South African hoping for a local World Champion in Pietermaritzburg were given some hope when Sifisi Nhlapo took fifth in Sunday’s racing. Nhlapo is also on the comeback trail after a potentially career-ending crash last year.

The young Johannesburg resident has proved himself able to mix it with the big guns once more and his appearance in the final on Sunday was his third in four events after a fourth and a fifth recently in the Mid West Championships.

"I felt good all day getting through my motos with ease transferring to semi on day one," said Nhlapo. "In the semi I knew it was going to be stacked. Going down the first straight we were pretty even and banging bars and none of us we going to shut it down resulting in carnage where two of us crashed out."

"Day two went a lot better," said Nhalpo. "I got through the motos and semis and was feeling great had a solid clean lap in the main final to finish fifth."

"Coming back from all the drama I had in Europe with my visa is just a breath of fresh air," said Nhlapo. "Just being able to focus on my racing again with a clear mind has been great and I love it. Being here in the USA is different in a good way. I have always been able to adapt to change and this has just been another test of character and I think I have done well."

The Great Salt Lakes Nationals in Utah is the final major event before the world’s best riders head for Pietermaritzburg to take part in the UCI BMX World Championships at the end of the month, and so was the last chance for riders to establish a psychological advantage before aiming for the world titles.

By spoiling the American Day of Independence parade for the US fans in Utah, Willoughby made sure he will be the rider to watch in Pietermaritzburg on July 29 to August 1.

The Australian ended second in the first round of racing on Friday with 2008 Olympic Champion Maris Stromberg taking the win. Khalen Young crossed the line third while fourth-placed Donny Robinson, in his first event back after a serious injury, proved he is well on track to challenge for the world title.

Willoughby was sublime on the Sunday and cruised to victory with David Herman grabbing the runner up spot from Stromberg, with Young in fourth.

The riders will be going their separate ways with a variety of different races at various venues around America and Europe before congregating in Pietermaritzburg at the end of the month to find who is the world number one.


AA Pro Results: Saturday
1 Maris Strombergs
2 Sam Willoughby
3 Khalen Young
4 Donny Robinson
5 Joshua Meyers
6 Randy Stumpfhauser
7 Gavin Lubbe
8 Denzel Stein
AA Pro Results: Sunday
1 Sam Willoughby
2 David Herman
3 Maris Strombergs
4 Khalen Young
5 Sifiso Nhlapo
6 Bubba Harris
7 Nic Long
8 Joey Bradford

BMX Camp Ramiro A Big Success!

The city of Cordoba, Argentina was the home to BMX Camp Ramiro! Hosted by Supercross Elite Rider, Ramiro Marino, the camp was a BIG success. Ramiro flew home from a successful two week tour on the U.S. circuit and BMX Mania Pro Training Camp Saturday night to a big press conference for TV and was welcomed by the mayor of the the city of Cordoba.

Sunday morning, camp started off bright and early at 10AM and the weather was PERFECT for the campers and crew.

Everyone went hard to work with three hours of camp instruction and then the BMX Ladies Of Cordoba served up a great lunch.

After lunch, Ramiro and his helpers got the riders back out on the track for two more good hard sessions.

Some of the info covered included Turns, Gates, Jumps, Manuals and Stretching which made for a great day of BMX School, and the students were STOKED!

One of Ramiro's sponsors, Light Clothing did a great drawing for some super cool looking T-Shirts and Ramiro passed out tons of stickers as well, including some goodies from Shimano.

The camp was limited to only 20 kids and Ramiro sez, that they were "really nice to me all the time and they were hungry to learn some good BMX racing priciples to improve their riding. I was really stoked to have had this opportunity to teach 20 cool kids who really want to ride their bikes as fast as they can."

Ramiro would like to say thanks to everyone in Villa Dolores who made it happen, Shimano, Light Studio Clothing, Pulver and everyone who was in support!


New LADC numberplates hit the first straight!


BMX Mania's Elite Woman Donna Snow Announced As New NBL Spokesmodel

Elite Woman Donna Snow Announced As New NBL Spokesmodel
Donna Will Be The Face of New NBL Marketing Campaigns 

GAHANNA, OH (June 24, 2010) — Donna Snow, 2010 Miss Florida U.S. International, has been named the new spokesmodel of the NBL. Donna’s unique blend of racing talent and pageant beauty has made her one of the more popular women in the Elite Series. Her presence in forthcoming NBL ad campaigns will help raise the profile of BMX Racing and bring the sport to new audiences.

NBL CEO Gary Aragon introduces Donna, “As we move into a new era of the NBL with exciting marketing campaigns and promotions, Donna Snow will play a key role. We are grateful for Donna’s participation and we look forward to working with her.”

“I’m proud to represent the NBL,” Donna says. “I’ve been involved with the NBL since I was six years old and have made so many fantastic friends. They are like my extended family. I’m committed to racing in the NBL and can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

About the National Bicycle League

The National Bicycle League (NBL) sanctions exciting local, state, and national levels of BMX (Bicycle Motocross) racing across the country and in Puerto Rico. With more than 30,000 members and more than 150 BMX race tracks, the NBL is the largest not-for-profit BMX racing association in America. NBL is BMX! For more information, visit:












BMX Racing News, Moonday - July the fifth, two thousand ten


Lately ..... With JRich

BMXmania Editor's Note - For those of you who might not have been around quite as long as some of the rest of us grizzled old BMXers, Jason Richardson is one of the greatest BMX pros of all times, having ridden for many years competing at the highest levels.

As a world famous BMX Racing pro, Jason competed for many Factory Teams, including Mosh, Crupi, Haro and others.

Although Jrich has been out of AA for a couple years, he's been a busy guy, so here ya go, catchin' up with Jrich!

I just wanted to drop the BMX world a line on what has been up in my life as of late........

As of June 30th, I completed all of my academic requirements to earn the title, Dr. Jason Richardson, PsyD. The "PsyD" means Doctor of Psychology - so no, I CANNOT prescribe meds.

That said, I am and have been on my way to earning enough clinical hours to become licensed.

For the past year, I have been writing my dissertation, attending school, and working with Southern Indian Health Council providing psychotherapy to Native Americans and the surrounding population.

My youngest client was 5 and the oldest was 69. I am now working in day treatment program for severely emotionally disturbed kids AND working with a sports psychologist doing neurofeedback (

The family is growing up, Greyson is 5 and Decklen is 1.5 haha. The Mini ramp sits on the infield of my OUR pump track. We do get to Kearny or the OTC (Local tracks) to ride and my wife (The Beautiful Hale) has been amazing through the whole BMX, School, Ramp/BMX track-in-the-yard process!

Basically, I am a track dad - almost. Other than that, I think I surf more than ride. The cool part about that is there is a gate of vet pro in the water; Coach G (Greg Romero), Veltman (Steve Veltman), Kiyomi (Kiyomi Waller), Myself, and Justin Kosman ( for the photo contingencies! Speaking of photo contingency, I thought my modeling days were over but I got a call and was chosen for Eufora's new "HERO" campaign. Eufora is primarily sold in salons/boutiques, they are known for natural ingredients.

Lastly, I wanted everyone to know that I acknowledged the BMX community in my dissertation for all of life's lessons learned in 20 inches. There is no way I would be able to pull off the stuff I do/plan to do without the experience of laying it on the week in and week out. To those who ask, "What are you gonna do after BMX? Tell them, "Whatever I want to do!"

To that end, I hope to be a valuable resource to the BMX community and hope to be utilized as such. Now that school is done, I would like to make myself known again within our world and beyond - to what capacity, I will leave up to fate.

Peace, Dr. JRICH, PsyD.

p.s. Cutting the track and hanging out in the infield is permitted at my house!







BMX Racing News, Friday - July 2, 2010



Florida athlete receives full sponsorship with the Ripxx Team

SPRING HILL, Tenn. - Ripxx Racing has signed Florida State Elite BMXer Amanda Carr to be its latest sponsored athlete. This 19-year-old Floridian is topping the charts with extreme speed, and she is not slowing down any time soon. With the support of Ripxx Racing, Amanda is well on her way to being the best of the best.

Taking time off from school, Carr has been solely focusing on BMX and the training needed to make her better. When at home in Florida, she trains with Paul Williams, the coach known to “push you harder, and take you farther,” and is currently training with USA Cycling trainer, Sean Dwight in California. Carr has the drive and tenacity it takes to become a better athlete. The additional support of Rippx Racing is just another stepping stone to move her forward on the BMX track.

The Ripxx Personal Measurement Device is a small device about the size of a cell phone, used to improve speed and performance on the track. It contains a suite of sensors, along with a GPS tracking chip that records every move the athlete makes. Location, acceleration, speed, velocity, altitude, air time, number of jumps, and pedal count can all be measured. Following the run, Ripxx software enables the athlete to view his or her performance and results. Carr has been training with the Ripxx for only a short while, but has seen nothing but positive results.

When commenting on the Ripxx device Carr said: “I’ve only been able to use it for a few days, but I really like it so far. I think it is really interesting and useful for my training. I can’t wait to get the new software downloaded to my Mac.” Ripxx recently announced the release of its Suite 2.1 software upgrade that has full Mac support, along with countless other improvements.

“We developed the Ripxx so serious BMXers and other outdoor sports athletes could improve their performances,” said Dr. Kurt Nichol, lead scientist and president of Ripxx, Inc. While not everyone can be a sponsored athlete, anybody can train like one. Anyone can strap on a Ripxx device and record, save and share their runs with friends. Whether the Ripxx is used for training, or just bragging rights, this device is a sure-shot to make athletes better.

Ripxx would like to welcome Amanda Carr to its BMX team. “This young lady has the determination it takes to be a part of our team, and we are proud to have her wearing the Rippx logo,” Nichol said when commenting on Carr.  

Keep an eye out for Amanda Carr. She is bound and determined to be the best, and Ripxx supports her 100%. For more information about the Ripxx Personal Measurement Device, visit

Haro BMX Product Manager, Derek Betcher layin' down a little style....NOT out in the woods, but actually HIGH over the NBL Classic South Park track in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania just off the Blue Belt, or is it the Yellow Belt. Whatever, here's what's happening. BMX Mania - Derek, how can you get so nasty with your bike? DB44 - "Well, Jerry, it's only because of my Haro Race Lite frame. It's the same one that Khalen Young, Nic Long, Jason Rogers, Tony Hoffman, Tyler Faoro, Answer Supercamp, Morphine Industries, Paul Waasenar and all our other shredders are ridin'." Go buy one, and YOU too can ride like Derek!

Rennen/Intense takes a win at the Rock!



Stop number two of our summer grind tour found the team in Rockford Illinois for the ABA’s Mid West National. This is arguable the second largest annual BMX racing event east of the Mississippi, and Rennen/Intense was up for the challenge. With over 200 motos and most of our team riders in classes of 4 to 7 racks, this was one of our few opportunities to earn “major player’ Factory Team scores toward the showdown in Tulsa this November.

Day one the team was on point, with Will Murray (Masters), Austin Loebe (Jr. Men and 17-18x), Max Egdorf (19-27x), and Erik Meyer (11x) all finding the podium and catapulting the team sheet to a score of 217 and a Factory Team victory!  Pat Parker rode well for the final team sheet line; we shockingly lacked a female rider in Rockford, when that’s usually our consistent strong point, but ran into some “Mangulation” in both of the 28-35 expert main events. Chris Meaker represented Rennen/Intense with a big time win on day two in the 36-40 expert class. Alex Anthony looked strong in the Single “A” pro class but did not get the finishes to show for it. CJ Fisher looked strong in the Jr Development class, but has learned the hard way about tire size increasing with body size and should be back from a dislocated shoulder soon. Randy Bitinaitis kicked off his 2010 ABA season in Rockford and found the podium in both 41-45 Cru and 41+ X numerous times over the course of the weekend


Stop three was at the NBL’s crown jewel event in Pittsburgh, PA. South Park is, and no matter how you alter it, a track that “keeps you on your toes” so to say. It’s the kind of track where if you make a tiny mistake, it can be magnified like no other place and result in a major injury with the accompanying air lift to a downtown trauma center. South Park is engrained deep in the annals of the NBL’s history books, hosting the 1982 Grand Nationals and was televised numerous times in the 1990’s for ESPN’s road to Glory TV series. In 2010, the race (same as last season) sent two team riders to UPMC in downtown Pittsburgh. With the agony of injury comes the thrill of victory and Max Egdorf (19-25x) (who was one of the two team riders in the hospital last season), Randy Bitinaitis (40-44 cru, 41+ X) and amazingly Rochelle Wooding (14 girls) (who dislocated her right shoulder for the 7th time Saturday morning in South Park, then returned for Sunday’s race) all scored main event victory’s over the course of the two day event.    


Rennen/Intense continues to focus on dominating the major BMX events east of the Mississippi, regardless of sanction, and have affectionately anointed ourselves “Kings of the East”. We thank you all for your continued support.


We now look forward to a much deserved Fourth of July long holiday weekend off, and then get right back at it the following weekend with skeleton team efforts at both NBL Nashville, TN and ABA Westfield, MA.


For those of you in the New York state area, Rennen/Intense will be holding a clinic on Monday night July 19th at New Paltz BMX. We recently received a batch of one time limited edition Rennen/Intense T-shirts from BLTees Inc and those will be available at this event. Also our 7th annual summer camp kicks off in Bethel CT on Monday July 19th at Bethel Supercross at 9am.


Follow the latest Rennen/Intense team photos, information, and fun tidbits check us out on Facebook at:


Rennen Design Group ( makers of the finest gears, chain rings, cogs, and the ultimate training tool “G-Cog”!
Intense BMX ( makers of the ultimate racing frames and tires.


Co-sponsored by: Alienation (, Black Crown designs (, Finish Line (, FLY (, Johnson BMX Plates (, KMC (, Morphine Industries (, ODI (, PowerBar (, Profile (, SINZ (, THE (, and Thomson (


Rennen/Intense is a division of Bizzarro BMX, Inc.

ABA Midwest Crash VDO!

From the video genius of G0211's, Rich Montalvo, it's the ABA Midwest National Crash Flicks! Yes, that's right, you don't want to admit it, but EVERYONE likes a good wreck, except maybe the riders in these scenes!