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BMX RACING NEWS - weekend update - JUNE 28-30, 2013

hot New Alloy bars from Elevn

All new from Elevn Racing is our line of Butted Alloy Handlebars for the young stars of BMX racing! 4 new sizes for the mini Elevn fans, giving you the ultimate bars just like the Pros! All bars are offered in Black or White finish.

Elevn Mini Alloy Bar - 2.25’’ Rise 21" Wide
240 grams - 8.45 ounces no cross bar
Butted Bar AL-6061 T6 Extra light, Offered in Black and White
Bar Sweep - Up 2 Back 8 - 90lb recommended weight limit
Elevn Junior Alloy Bar - 4.25" Rise 23" Wide
330 grams - 11.65 ounces with cross bar
Butted Bar, AL-6061 T6 Extra light, Offered in Black and White
Bar Sweep - Up 2 Back 8 - 120lb recommended weight limit
Perfect for a lite-weight Cru Bar as well!
Elevn Junior Plus Alloy Bar - 5.75’’ Rise 24.5" Wide
375grams - 13.20 ounces with cross bar
Butted Bar, AL-6061 T6 Extra light, Offered in Black and White
Bar Sweep - Up 2 Back 8 - 140lb recommended weight limit
Perfect for a lite-weight Cru Bar as well!
Elevn Expert Alloy Bar 6.5" Rise 26" Wide
405grams - 14.30 ounces with cross bar
Butted Bar, AL-6061 T6 Extra light, Offered in Black and White
Bar Sweep - Up 2 Back 8 - 140lb recommended weight limit

ELEVN mini 2.25" alloy race bar black/white ... ELEVN mini 2.25" alloy race bar white/black ... ELEVN Junior 4.25" alloy race cross bar black/white ... ELEVN junior 4.25" alloy race cross bar white/black ... ELEVN Expert 5.75" alloy race cross bar black/white ... ELEVN Expert 5.75" alloy race cross bar white/black ... ELEVN Expert2 6.5" alloy race cross bar black/white ... ELEVN Expert2 6.5" alloy race cross bar white/black

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Hey, it's Canada Day and the BMXers on the hot new YESS Factory Team are in Celebration Mode! Meet the riders up close and personal as they give you a little look in to their team, their drive to win and their YESS bikes! More from YESS at

Morphine Industries Makes the Hike to Show its Presence at the Rock

Photos courtesy of M. Carruth / and J. Landrum /

The Morphine Industries Factory trailer and team gathered in Rockford last weekend to let loose on the track and have some good ole Morphine fun for the weekend. With the threat of Mother nature trying to ruin the weekend with the wet stuff, we set up our digs and proceeded to make it home for the three days. Jake and the crew at Rockford had the track in tip top shape as usual and the weekend held up to its reputation.

Vet Pro – Tim Dinger continued to make his long awaited come back with a great performance this weekend in a small stacked Vet Pro class. Dinger styled and horsed his way to a solid 4th on Saturday and a 5th on Sunday.

A Pro – Brandon McCoy, rode solid all weekend in a 20+ rider A Pro class but with a few slight mishaps finished weekend with an 8th on Sunday.

A Pro - Olijuwon Davis, started off the weekend as usually hittin’ the Friday night PRO race and starting off the affair with a 6th.

On Saturday, OD stepped it up with a 4th but had a battle trying to keep his rear tire from spinning out of the gate. Not an easy task when packing some engines. Sunday, OD was back to showing off his hard work and style as he rolled to the same podium spot once again with a 3rd.

17-18X Jared Johnson and Ryan DeRoche, battled in “the” stacked class for the weekend with 37 riders. A class that has no forgiveness for error or mishaps. Jared finished weekend just outside the mains and Ryan took a Podium Spot on Saturday with a 3rd.

16X - Noah Reeves, put together a solid weekend rolling through motos, qtrs., semis and on to the mains. Saturday brought a 5th and Sunday was ended with a 4th.

11X - Dylan ‘Dweazey” Shipley, coming off a questionable stripped 1st place in Nashville was determined to continue his momentum. Dylan rode hard and rolled to the mains taking a 5th on Sunday.

Overall, we had a great weekend in Rockford supporting the Morphine Brand as well as our great family of sponsors. Props to Haro and the new carbon Clutch. Finally got a chance to really check it out and ride it. Can you say STIFF. Stoked for it to come out and get some of our riders on it.

Big shout out to Olijuwon’s mother, Alicia, for housing most of us and providing some great hospitality! Oh yeah, be ready 5 and under, OD’s nephew Joseph is coming and he’s a ripper like his uncle.

Factory Team Sponsors: HARO BIKES (, Fly Racing (, Alienation (, Hawk Racing (, Rennen (, DNA Energy (, HRP designs (









BMX RACING NEWS - Thursday - JUNE 27, 2013



USA BMX MidWest Nationals - Rockford, IL - Connor Fields once again on the podium.
Just days after winning the Elite Mens Super Final Time Trial in Papendal, Holland, Chase BMX Pro Rider Connor Fields made a quick turnaround from his home in Las Vegas, NV and headed off to one of the staples on the USABMX Pro Tour - RockFord, IL. Rockford is one of the fastest tracks on the BMX Pro Tour, where pure power and leg speed are the key to a victory. Things got off to a gloomy start on Friday, as rain and thunder storms rolled in, threatening the event, but due to the hard work of the track director and USABMX, things went off with just a slight delay in the program.

On Saturday, 27 of the worlds fastest Elite Pros entered the event, looking to make their way to the main event. Connor started the day of racing off with great results in all of his rounds, easily making his way into the main event. With the USABMX format at non UCI point events, 3 main events are run for the Pro riders. After 2 main event runs, Connor was tied for 2nd overall and looked to be on the podium, but a crash in the last round would hold him back to 6th for the day. This shows how competitive the Elite Pro class is!

On Sunday, Connor was ready to be back in the main event and looking to make an appearance on the podium as well. As the main events played out and all 3 wrapped up, Connor did just that, with good enough results to net him a 2nd place overall finish. Wrapping up another good USA BMX weekend of Pro racing, Connor currently sits in 2nd place overall in the Pro Title chase. Consistency is the key to any season long title, and Connor has been very consistent with podium finishes this season.

Next up for Connor will be a training camp at the USA Olympic training center in Chula Vista, CA, getting ready to defend his UCI BMX World Title in the Time Trials and get ready to challenge for the Elite Mens Pro title Held in New Zealand in mid July.

Chase BMX is proudly supported by Tioga BMX, Shimano, Elevn, Kicker, Excess, Fly Racing, KingStar, ODI, Insight, and Thomson.

Chase BMX is a division of the BMX Racing Group. For More info on any of the BRG Brands, please visit BMXRACINGGROUP.COM
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Promax Launches Elite Factory Team With Arielle Martin and Kory Cook
 ANAHEIM, CA—Cycle Group, Inc. (CGI) is pleased to announce that as of July 1, Promax Components will be the main sponsor of Elite Woman Arielle Martin and Elite Man Kory Cook.

The two had been riding for VSI’s Intense and Speedco respectively, but lost their sponsorships when the distributor announced it would discontinue all rider and team sponsorships at the end of June.  

“I know how tough it is for a rider to lose a sponsorship in the middle of the season. Michael, and I have had very good relationships with all the VSI riders. When they lost their main sponsor, we wanted to help out,” said Toby Henderson, founder and executive director of CGI, BOX’s parent company.

CGI also approached Brian Kirkham and Dominique Daniels about sponsorships. Both riders, however, have other plans or opportunities.

“Arielle is one of the top female riders in the world, consistently placing well in both Super Cross and USA BMX events. And Kory has shown a lot of potential as an Elite rider. I think with the right support he could become a consistent podium finisher. Both will represent Promax well,” Henderson added.

The contracts with Martin and Cook are through the end of 2013.

“We had been thinking about maybe picking up a pro for Promax, but had no budget or solid plans. When these riders became available, we wanted to help them get through the end of the season and saw this as a good time to try something new. What we do next year is still up in the air,” said Michael Gamstetter, CGI’s senior brand manager and senior product designer.

Both riders are expected to make their debuts in Promax uniforms August 30 at the USA BMX Derby City Nationals in Louisville.

CGI will supply Martin and Cook a range of Promax components such as brake sets, cranks, bottom brackets, headsets and seatclamps, as well as BOX handlebars and stems, rims, number plates and one-piece saddles/seatposts.  

Both riders negotiated separate frame deals. Martin will ride GT frames while Cook will be on DK frames.






BMX RACING NEWS - Tuesday/Wednesday - JUNE 25-26, 2013

German Champion signs with AGRESSIVE

The 12-time German Champion Regula Runge signed with the Italian brand AGRESSIVE . The 1st race on her custom size frame was the Supercross World Cup in Papendal / Netherlands.

Regula says “I love the frame. It reacts more directly – more AGRESSIVE - than any frame I rode before. The stiffness and perfect size for me makes riding much easier.”

Further Sponsors: Leatt, Schwalbe, GoPro / Grofa, Diadora, SRM Training Systems, Adidas Eyewear, SATA, SWLB, Glotz, KSK Ludwigsburg

About AGRESSIVE: 100% made in Italy with the 10 year experience of CEO Sergio Moretti, owner of BMXRACEITALIA. Every custom size and color possible. Hand made.

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'Big Daddy' At The Music City.....30 Years Later!
"Big Daddy" Eric Rupe Race Report - USABMX Music City Nationals / USAC National Championships - June 1-2, 2013

Eric Rupe: - 46-50 Cruiser–Friday:1st ..... 45 & Over Cruiser-Saturday:1st/National Champion ..... 46-50 Cruiser–Saturday:2nd ..... 46-50 Cruiser-Sunday:1st

Big Daddy Rupe came to Nashville looking to capture his 5th USAC National Championship in six tries.

It was thirty years ago this summer that Eric raced at this same track, where the NBL Grands was held, and won his first Elite Men's Pro Title....Wow, how time flies!

As it turned out he was able to win three out of four mains over the weekend, including that 5th USAC title.

He'd like to say thanks to Shane and Tim at Evolution Bike Co. for the team uniform as well as their support on the weekend.

Big Daddy Rupe proudly represents the following partners: Evolution Bike Co., Ugly Kid Clothing, Oakley and Fly Racing,

DK/Anthony Dean Edit
Australia's, Anthony Dean has been making himself known around the World BMX Circuit for over a year now and is proving to be the Real Deal.

Fast, stylish and Hard Core BMX! Ladies and gentlemen.....Allow us to introduce, DK's, Anthony Dean!

Video by Macca.

Alienation BMX Moto Grips special at Dan's!
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BMX RACING NEWS - Monday - JUNE 24, 2013

Sam & Alise Take Two In Rockford!
Sam Willoughby continues his winning ways on the USABMX Pro Circuit with two BIG wins at the Midwest Nationals in Rockford, Illinois. With a full on load of AA Pro's at the race, Sam destroyed the comp, taking heat from Connor Fields both days, but sealing the day with another Double Weekend. Next stop for the USABMX crew is the Stars & Stripes National at the legendary South Park BMX track in Pittsburgh's, South Park BMX., July 6 & 7..

From left, it's Brooke Crain, Alise Post, Dominique Daniels and Sarah Walker......Some VERY serious Lady Pro Speed, Grace and Power makin' it's way down the first straight at legendary Rockford BMX! Alise held her lead for the win and did it twice over the weekend, taking yet another Double for her 2013 collection of wins.

Sorry that we're moving kind of slow on photos and race reportage, but we had a major media disaster during the weekend in Rockford and we're working fast to get it fixed. Please check back, more BMX racing, news and photos to be posted!






Red Bull R.Evolution will return in 2013 • The world’s leading BMX racers compete at Mellowpark Berlin on August 17 • Tickets available from € 5 and up • Live webcast at WWW.REDBULL.DE/REVOLUTION .

The BMX Revolution Continues!

Munich, June 7, 2013 – Red Bull R.Evolution is back! On August 17, 2013, the world’s best BMX racers will rock the German capital again – and you can watch them live on site and on the Internet! Just like in the previous year, Mellowpark Berlin will be the venue for a unique BMX Supercross event that will inspire riders and fans alike. The improved track will offer the riders exciting new obstacles that have never been seen before in BMX and that will emphasize the racing spirit of the event. For information on tickets (from € 5 and up), live webcast and side events, visit WWW.REDBULL.DE/REVOLUTION.

The evolution of BMX Supercross is in full swing! Following the overwhelmingly successful premiere of Red Bull R.Evolution in 2012, the event is again dedicated to progression and innovation. For the planning of the 2013 edition, the participants of last year’s event provided their feedback. Red Bull and track designer Tom Ritzenthaler (Elite Trax) precisely analysed mode, schedule and course of the event. In the end, they had enough insights to improve the event set-up and create the perfect conditions for an unparalleled race. BMX fans can look forward to jaw-dropping runs and exciting head-to-head duels, while new obstacles and challenges expect the riders.

After the event, the track will be maintained for the German BMX racing scene and Berlin’s youth. This makes Mellowpark a one-of-a-kind BMX Mecca for Germany and the whole of Europe. In cooperation with the German Cycling Federation (BDR), Mellowpark has recently applied for an official stop of the UCI Supercross World Cup. An annual race on their home turf would be a unique opportunity for German BMX racers to prepare for the 2016 Olympics.

In 2013, the vision of Red Bull R.Evolution has stayed the same: to create an innovative event for the BMX racing scene and take the sport to the next level. “If BMX races would have been like this 5 years ago, I would never have given it up”, BMX pro Kris Fox praised the track after the 2012 race. This time, 28 of the world’s best riders (according to the UCI ranking) will come to Berlin. 8 wild cards will join them. On the evening of August 17, this high-carat field will turn Mellowpark into a cauldron. Red Bull R.Evolution is back, and it has many future development options for this exciting sport on board! Tickets are available in advance sale and online from € 5 and up. For further information, please visit WWW.REDBULL.DE/REVOLUTION.

BMX Supercross: BMX Supercross is no sport for cowards. In groups of 8 and with up to 60 km/h, riders race down the starting ramp. With such speed, they ride over huge jumps, banks, rhythm sections and step-up jumps. The contestants give everything their muscles and endurance allow. At the same time, they have to stay extremely focussed to master the technically demanding tracks faultlessly. Right away, their untamed energy and excitement transfers to the crowd.

Mellowpark Berlin: Mellowpark in Berlin-Koepenick is a venue for youth culture offering Europe’s biggest BMX and skate park. Pros and amateurs come here to practice, have fun and follow their passion. Since 10 years, Red Bull has supported the vision of Mellowpark Berlin. The common aim is to create perfect training conditions for the skate and BMX scene and give wings to rookie riders. Since the construction of the BMX racing track for Red Bull R.Evolution 2012, the BMX racing discipline has joined BMX freestyle at Mellowpark. From the beginning, the track has held great appeal to the locals. After Red Bull R.Evolution 2013, Red Bull will again leave the track to the scene for further racing fun and as the base for an officially approved UCI track in order to make international World Cup races possible from 2014 on. WWW.MELLOWPARK.DE






Olympian Marc Willers and Elite rider Barry Nobles join the J&R BMX Superstore team of amazing racers under a co-sponsorship deal signed recently.

"We are thrilled to have such great athletes partnering up with us", says J&R Bicycles marketing manager Bert Morrison.

Look for both riders to be flexing their J&R muscle at the USABMX Midwest National this weekend in Rockford, Illinois.



(Click above to check out the FMR X-1)

There's a new company around, called FMR BMX and they are stoked about their new frame, called the X-1.

The prototype X-1 has a 21.75 top tube with chainstay length of 14-14.75. headtube angle 74.5 degrees and a seat tube of 71 degrees and works with a 27.2 seat post.

The XXL frame weighs in at 4 lbs 4 oz The frame takes a old school design and modernizes it. The rear dropouts are in between the seat tube and the chainstay to make it a stiff, and it also has a gusset by the bottom bracket on the top and bottom of the chain stays to keep it stiff in the bottom bracket.

The frame is made of 4130 OX platinum chromoly tubing. They are planning on doing a few different sizes and pricing will be available soon.

These frames are 100% hand made in the USA and in the Midwest by Standard Bykes.  They are taking pre orders on the bike and it will be a 8 week wait to get your frame, but worth the wait.

According to, FMR Owner, Adam Berkley, "This is something I have wanted to do for a long time and I'm very happy to be partnering with Rick at Standard Bykes to make this dream a reality. If anyone is interested in the frames or would like more information they can email me at FMRBMX@HOTMAIL.COM or call 217-685-1031."

Frames will be, $450 + shipping and handling 

Jelle Van Gorkum celebrates, "buddy style" after winning the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Men's Class on his Home Track in Papendal, Netherlands. It was Jelle's first SX win and 3000 screaming Dutch Fans were on hand to cheer him on! Check back, later this week for more from Mariana, Jelle and Papendal!!!!! Check out the BMX Mania Papendal Race Report Page.....HERE!


Sunday Photo Gallery Posted To The BMX Mania Race Report Page!

 Click On "Air Mariana" To Go There!



This weekend, the UCI BMX Supercross is holding its 3rd round of the 2013 World Cup tour in Papendal, Holland. Saturday, time trails were held to take the top 64 Elite Men and top 32 women info the SuperFinals on Saturday night.

Chase BMX Elite rider Connor Fields had a strong practice leading up to the Time Trials. Connor was the last rider to go, as the current leader of the Elite Men on the World Cup tour, but 2 small mistakes on the track held him back to 2nd overall.

With the top 16 moving onto the SuperFinal, it was down to the SuperFinal run to decide the days champions.

When the gate dropped for Connors SuperFinal run, he was spot on near perfect and he had the fastest lap on the Papendal track, taking the win for the day in the SuperFinal.

Watch for Connor and the rest of the Worlds fastest BMX Elite riders on Sunday as they go head to head when the race kicks off on

Chase BMX is proud to be supported by Tioga, Elevn, Shimano, Insight, Fly Racing, Kicker, ODI, KingStar, and Excess.

WHATTTTTT?  This Friday begins what many BMX addicts might consider one of, if not, THE BEST race of the 2013 BMX Racing Season ... The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal, Netherlands. This track ..... This location ..... This race ..... This lineup of talent makes this one of the BEST races of the 2013 BMX Racing Season. See it all, LIVE, on WWW.BMXLIVE.TV!






Yeppers! BMX Mania is off to one of the most favoritest races on the World Wide BMX Circuit, the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at Papendal, Netherlands!

Tons of riders will be on hand to contest one of toughest tracks around. BIG, FAST, and YES, there will be a sellout crowd of rabid Euro's, cheering on their favorites!

Check in Saturday morning, U.S. time for a full on photo gallery of the best of the best from Practice Day at UCI Papendal! C U There! - Jerry Mania

The Fly BMX division headed down to Salt Lake City for the USA BMX Great Salt Lake National at Rad Canyon BMX track. Check out some of the weekend action here, on BMX Mania!







The BMX Racing Group (BRG) is proud to announce the support of the UCI World Cycling Center (WCC) BMX division in Aigle, Switzerland. BRG will become a new frame and components partner for the BMX Racing program.

Riders attending the WCC are able to use some of the best products in BMX offered from BRG, including Chase BMX Frames, Elevn Racing Components, Insight Soft goods, and Excess Wheels.


"We here at BRG are excited to partner up with the UCI WCC. Thomas Allier has further developed an already great program that UCI has had in place and taken it to the next level. Riders at the WCC are now able to use BRG products on their efforts to help in their further development in the sport of BMX racing. We look forward to being a part of such a great program for many years to come!" stated by Pete Dylewski, Strategic Partner at BMX.


The World Cycling Center Coach, BMX Legend Thomas Allier, has assembled a group of 16 young athletes, that train on the UCI's Supercross track, built on site at the UCI and World Cycling Center office property, and have access to some of the best training and equipment to help accelerate the talent each of the riders possesses. The main objective of the WCC is to detect and train the most promising athletes so that they reach international level.


"With Chase BMX Frames, Elevn Racing Components, Insight, and Excess Wheels I have the feeling, we offer to our riders at the WCC the best bikes and parts on the market. We really like the design and quality and I hope it's the start of a long term relationship" noted Thomas Allier of the World Cycling Centre (WCC), which houses the headquarters of the International Cycling Union, is a high-level coaching and training centre. It is noted for its modern facilities and is located in an ideal environment for cycling. Designed for riders, coaches and cycling managers, the WCC has been given the label « Olympic Training Centre » by the IOC.


About the UCI WCC - The main mission of the International Cycling Union (UCI) is to promote cycling on the five continents, in all disciplines (road, track, mountain bike, BMX, para-cycling, cyclo-cross, trials and indoor cycling) and on all levels. The development of Elite competition is the central objective of all the development actions led by the UCI WCC. For elite cycling to continue to encourage cycling amateurs, practicing or non-practicing, and to inspire the young, it is vital that all groups that make up our sport function correctly. The elite come from the grass-roots level; champions cannot develop their potential without competent coaches; to exist, athletes must be able to depend on solid structures.


About BRG - The BMX Racing Group was created to bring to the BMX market Hi-End BMX racing parts that are needed in the pursuit to win. BRG brings together some of the finest people the BMX Industry has to offer to create such items. The 2 main partners in the Group are: Christophe Leveque, one of the most historic BMX riders to have ever graced a BMX Bike and one of the BMX Industries most experienced and successful marketing professional, Pete Dylewski.


We stand behind our products 100% and are here to listen to you, the riders on what you’d like to see for us to produce to help you get the winning edge.


BRG is proud to offer products that have been designed by a past BMX World & National Champion Christophe Leveque meet to his high standards and are proudly offered to BMXers world wide!


For More info on any of the BRG Brands, please visit BMXRACINGGROUP.COM ... Twitter: @BMXRACINGGROUP ... FaceBook: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/BMXRG











USABMX US Nationals - May 4-5, 2013
Eric Rupe: 46-50 Cruiser/Saturday: 1st ..... 41 & Over Expert/Saturday: 1st ..... 46-50 Cruiser/Sunday: 1st

Big Daddy Rupe hadn't raced since the USABMX Grands back in November, but that didn't stop himfrom showing up in Bakersfield at the US Nationals and picking up where he left off in Tulsa.


It wasn't easy by any means though, as he had very tough competition in both the 46-50 cruiser and the 41 & Over expert classes. 


Age catches up to everyone and Eric is no exception, yet he still manages to still be able put it together come main time. 


Metro BMX in Bakersfield has been one of Eric's favorite tracks since he first raced here back in the early 90's. 


It was a fun weekend despite the high winds on Sunday, as the USABMX crew ran the event in their usual flawless way. 


Look for Big Daddy at the next event in Nashville, TN where he hopes to defend his title at the USAC National Championships.


Big Daddy Rupe proudly represents the following partners: Ugly Kid Clothing, Oakley and Fly Racing.


Recently, Extreme Team sent a small contingent north of the border for the USABMX Frasier Valley Nats to get in some track time, score some NAG & Team points, and rep their Extreme BMX Products frames for the crowd!


The team rolled into town and knocked out the Friday practice sessions without a hitch. When Saturday came, it was time for business. Cameron Wood started things off for Extreme Team by winning 11 Cruiser, (which he repeated on day 2) and took down a 2nd in 11 Expert, followed by a 3rd on Sunday! One gate drop after Cameron’s cruiser win was the 12 Cruiser class whereHunter Brown boasted a pair of 2nd’s for the weekend! Hunter backed up his cruiser results with a 7th and 5th in the always stacked 12 Expert as well!


Hayden Brown must have been watching his younger brother, Hunter, from his staging lane because he was more than fired up for his main events throughout the weekend, taking a solid 4th in the combined 15-16 Cruiser main on day one, which he backed up by a stellar performance on Sunday, where he took 1st  in 15 Cruiser and a 15 Expert 3rd , which was one of the largest classes over the weekend! Huge thanks to these guys for making the team and the frames look amazing over the weekend!


(P.S.-during the same weekend, Jeremy Smith was a mere 3,000 miles away at the USABMX Tarheel Nats, where he took a dirt nap in 17-18x on day 1, followed by a 1st place finish on Day 2)


Extreme team thanks all of their sponsors: Fly Racing ( Rockwell Time ( Tangent( No Weak Links Clothing Co. ( Extreme Fire Protection ( Bike Parts ( Ben's Bikes ( ODI (

Tell em, BMX Mania sent you!







Editor's Note - Sunday at the USABMX Music City National, the entire Elite Men's / AA Pro class boycotted the Quarter Finals of Sunday's race due to a "miscommunication" between the pro's expectations of what the Saturday Pro Payout was and what USABMX had budgeted for a combination USABMX Pro Series Race and it also being a UCI Points race on Saturday. Check out the facts and figures below. I guess it's kind of like that old Led Zeppelin song........'Communication Breakdown'.

Evidently, there's another item on the line that may need to be addressed. IF Sam Willoughby would have won on Sunday, he would have expanded his new USABMX Record for consecutive AA Pro wins. Did Sam give up his record with his participation in the walkout? What will the outcome be?

We'll see at the Midwest National in Rockford, Illinois in two weeks! WAIT! Will the pros run at Rockford? Pro Union? BMX Madness! We'll be there, keep it tuned to BMX Mania and find out what's happening!

Official USABMX News Release - USA BMX is a world-class organization who holds itself to the highest standard in BMX racing; from enforcing the rules of racing to membership services. With that said, I want to apologize to every BMX race fan who had to witness the pro walk-off this past weekend.

This entire episode was a miscommunication on our behalf.  When the announcement was made at the beginning of the year about the increased pro payout, it was, unfortunately, not explained correctly. The guaranteed increased year-end payout and the increased per-race payout was based on the UCI purses being lower at UCI events. With the significant expenses involved with running a UCI event, the mandatory minimum payout is what made the UCI events work within the entire pro budget. Unfortunately, these races were erroneously included on the increased pro pay announcement, which is what led to the protest.

There was never any intention to deceive the riders, it was a simply a case of miscommunication. Obviously, we value our Elite riders and, as such, USA BMX will do as we have for 35 years and do what we say we will do. We stated in a press release that all Pro series events would receive the much higher USA BMX purse, and we plan to honor that. Checks will immediately be sent to those Pro riders to make up the difference. The Elite riders were told on the back of the hill that this issue would be resolved as soon as we got back to the office, and they were given one of my senior staff member’s cell phone number in case they had any questions. It is unfortunate that there was not enough trust from the pros that USA BMX would resolve this issue, and I am disappointed that the Elite riders chose to walk off. Many of them are riders I watched grow up racing BMX, while others were simply caught up in something they didn’t understand.

Based on the facts, this is the decision that would have been reached regardless of the pros decision to walk-off. Again, I apologize to all of the race fans who didn’t get to watch their favorite Elite riders race Sunday in Nashville. Fortunately, the A Pro, Vet Pro, Women Junior and Men Junior classes all put on exciting main events for attendees and live stream web viewers. In the future, I will make sure that all aspects of pro racing expenses are more closely scrutinized and publicized to avoid any confusion.

Bernard A. Anderson President & CEO USA BMX / The American Bicycle Association






Nashville, Tenn. (June 1, 2013) — BMX racers converged on Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday for the right to earn the Stars-and-Stripes jersey at the 2013 USA Cycling Amateur BMX National Championships. Riders from 35 different age categories battled each other and the elements for the right to call themselves the best in the nation in their respective divisions. Even a powerful afternoon storm that moved through the area could not dampen the enthusiasm of the racers.

In the end, 35 champions were crowned as they not only fought for the top step of the podium and the coveted Stars-and-Stripes jersey, but also for a chance to represent the U.S. at the 2013 UCI BMX World Championships, July 24-28 in Auckland, New Zealand. The top 16 in each age group qualified to participate in the age group world championships.

2013 USA Cycling Amateur BMX National Championships - Nashville, Tenn. - Saturday, June 1, 2013

Amateur National Champions from Saturday

Challenge Level
Girls 5-7: Valentina Vargas (Lehigh Acres, Fla.)
Girls 8: Grace Stevenson (Gilbert, Ariz./Redline Challenge)
Girls 9: Salem Robertson (San Antonio, Texas/Hostile-Bombshell)
Girls 11: Jamie McHenry (Angier, N.C./Answer-Rennen)
Girls 12: Jordan Scott (Henderson, Nev./Redman-Rockstar)
Girls 13: Anna Johnson (Garland, Texas/Factory Crupi)
Girls 14: Abagayle MacLeod (Winchester, Va./Answer-Rennen)
Girls 15: Shayla Blackmore (Durango, Colo./Phoenix Factory Racing)
Girls 16: Jamie Windholz (Centerview, Mo./Factory Ssquared-Answer)
Girls 17+: Kristen Bob (Plano, Texas/Alltow Wrecking Crew-Yes)
Boys 5-6: Charlie Golwyn (Cumming, Ga.)
Boys 7: Ronnie Kim (Corona, Calif./Wild Child Racing)
Boys 8: Cannon Wood (Yukon, Okla./Doublecross Bikes-ASV)
Boys 9: Connor Defrain (La Palma, Calif./Haro-Promax)
Boys 10: Jack Kelly (Kearns, Utah/Factory GT)
Boys 11: Carson Leet (Louisville, Ky./Factory Felt-SC ActionSP)
Boys 12: Reid Austin (Grand Junction, Colo./Redman-Rockstar)
Boys 13: Kendal Wong (Bradenton, Fla./Alltow Wrecking Crew-Yes)
Boys 14: Colin Whittington (Arlington, Texas/Factory Crupi)
Boys 15: Ryan Pettigrew (Watsonville, Calif./
Boys 16: Collin Hudson (Longmont, Colo./Factory Crupi)
Men 17-24: Kalvin Davis, Albuquerque, N.M./Supercross)
Men 25-29: Cody Freels (Tucson, Ariz./MJT Design)
Men 30+: Brandon Hopkins (Columbia, Ky./Lindsey Wilson College)

Cruiser Class
Boys 12 & Under: Reid Austin (Grand Junction, Colo./Redman-Rockstar)
Boys 13-14: Jason Baird (Linden, Mich./Motor City BMX)
Boys 15-16: Ryan Zinzow (Elkhorn, Wis./Factory Ssquared-Answer)
Men 17-24: Steven Penland (Summerville, S.C./Speed Tech-Ssquared)
Men 25-29: Niles Austin (Severn, Md./Answer-Rennen)
Men 30-34: Jonas Harmon (Logan, Utah/Factory GT)
Men 35-39: Luke Segal (Clarksville, Tenn./Factory Felt-SC ActionSP)
Men 40-44: Josh Shipp (Phoenix, Ariz./Works Development)
Men 45+: Eric Rupe (Woodland Hills, Calif./Evolution-Ugly Kid)
Girls 16 & under: Stephani Morin (Beach Park, Ill./Young Guns BMX Nat Devo)
Women 30 & over: Melissa Woodruff (Peachtree City, Ga./Fastback Vendetta)