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BMX Racing News - Tuesday/Wednesday - May 26-27, 2015

PUMPTrax USA builds New Community Pump Track in Brookings, South Dakota

From KELO News / BROOKINGS, SD - Brookings will soon be home to a brand new Pump Park, built by PumpTrax USA of Columbus, Ohio. The three dirt tracks for bicycles are part of the Dakota Nature Park in the south part of town. It's not a dirt cheap form of recreation but this $20,000 dirt track facility will be a welcomed addition to the Brookings bike trail. Brookings Parks and Recreation Director Pete Colson says it's taking 100 truck loads of dirt to get the job done.

"It's a park similar to our skate park or even a sledding hill. People are going to travel just to do a particular activity. It's something very, very different and something you don't find a lot of in this part of the country," Colson said.

PumpTrax USA out of Ohio is building three courses for riders at all different levels. Once the crew is finished in Brookings, they will head to Rio De Janeiro to build the BMX track for the Olympics.

"The goal in building the Pump Park here in Brookings is to take someone that has never done this sort of riding before and then incrementally work their way up to a more advanced level," Lead Builder, Alex Fowler said.

From Strider bikes to BMX, pedals aren't necessary here. The tracks are designed to use your body weight and wheels to get you around.

Colson hopes the Pump Park will become a destination in the region.

"I hope everybody comes out and eventually enjoys the park and the nature park as well. It's kind of a place that we're really proud of and we hope it attracts as many citizens as it does visitors," Colson said.

The Pump Park will be ready in about three weeks.

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BMX Racing News - Friday - May 22, 2015

BMX Mania's, Shannon Taylor Awarded USABMX Bob Warnicke Scholarship!

$75,000 IN BOB WARNICKE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO 70 STUDENTS ..... USA BMX has just announced this year's recipients of the Bob Warnicke Scholarships - to both a record number of college students in addition to a record dollar amount.

More than 70 students will be awarded part of the $75,000 in scholarships; which is raised from participants in the Bob Warnicke Scholarship races held throughout the past year at USA BMX tracks.

"As our sport sees increased participation in our Bob Warnicke Scholarship races, the USA BMX Foundation is able to give back more to our members - those who are balancing college life with their favorite sport, BMX Racing," stated CEO of USA BMX, B.A. Anderson. "All of us at USA BMX are thrilled to be able to hand out a record amount - $75,000, to a record number of students."

BMX Mania Dot Com, owner and team manager Jerry Landrum is also proud to announce that one of our very own team members, Shannon Taylor was awarded a $2000 scholarship from the Bob Warnicke Scholarship Fund.

According to Landrum, "I raced with Bob Warnicke, a great BMXer who gave a lot to the sport back in my old 'Cardiac Class' days of BMX racing, and it is awesome to see a BMX Mania team member, Shannon Taylor, to be honored in the memory of a great man who worked really hard to make BMX better, my old race mate, Bob Warnicke. Shannon personifies the spirit of the Warnicke Scholarship award, he's a great student, a hard worker and gives his all to the sport that he loves! I couldn't be prouder."

From the USABMX Bob Warnicke Scholarship announcement .... NAME: Shannon Taylor ..... HOMETOWN: Warsaw, IN ..... COLLEGE: Marian University ..... DEGREE: Chemistry, Exercise Science ..... AMOUNT RECEIVED: $2,000

Shannon has also been accepted for a cycling and academic scholarship to Marian University in Indianapolis and will be studying and competing this Fall as a member of the Marian Knights Cycling Team.





BMX Racing News - Monday/Tuesday - May 18-19

Caroline Buchanan Battles To Hold On To UCI SX Series Lead!

Caroline Buchanan battled to hold on to the series leader red plate at stop 2 of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series in Holland.

Buchanan continued her lead in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series despite battling it out all weekend in the middle of the pack. The heavy travel and race schedule over the past 25 days saw Caroline compete at 2 World Cups, The Oceania Championships & National Championships, across 3 countries, 4 time zones & 6 days straight of travel time. The fatigue caught up with Caroline by this final leg of 4 weeks on the road and saw her bar to bar fighting for a spot in the final.

The European weather put on a show with amazing sunny summer conditions for the finals as the riders battled not only for World Cup series points, but all important Olympic qualification points as well.

In the elite women’s final the current world champion and Olympic gold medallist, Mariana Pajon (COL) won with a solid lead ahead of Felicia Stencil (USA) and Stefany Hernandez (VEN). Caroline crossed the line in 4th position.

“Riding against the best girls in the world doesn't get any easier. With Olympics closing in less than 550 days away, all the countries are stepping up their game."

"I am not a racer that is used to battling it out in the pack but this weekend taught me how quickly fatigue can catch up with you and a really good lesson about riding through the hard days, persavering and holding onto as many crutial points as possible."

“The amazing support from the BMX High Performance Unit, my coach Wade Bootes and boyfriend @barrryNobles95 has me in positive spirits looking forward to the upcoming World Championships."

On to the next :)



■ BMX World Championships Belgium - July 24 - 25th
■ BMX Supercross World Cup Round 3 - Sweden August 15 - 16




BMX Racing News - Friday/Saturday - May 15-16

Haro Bmx UK Race Team Video Edit!

Haro Bmx UK Race Team from Haro Bikes UK on Vimeo.





BMX Racing News - weekend update - May 8/10, 2015

Mariana Pajon & Niek Kimman are winners at UCI SX Papendal!
1 Niek Kimman (NED) 1 Mariana Pajon (COL
2 Sam Willoughby (AUS) 2 Felicia Stancil (USA)
3 Jelle van Gorkum (NED) 3 Stefany Hernandez (ECU)

Mariana Pajon & Connor Fields Take Time Trial Superfinal Wins In Papendal!


They're Going To The Papendal Race Report Page on BMX Mania To Check out Saturday's Photos!!!! Click Here to go with them and join the fun!

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Yep, it's THAT time of year! Time for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup CLASSIC.....the big race at the Dutch Olympic Training Center in Papendal, Netherlands!

This is a race that the fastest of the fast ALWAYS make, and this year the Olympic Points intensity is beginning to crank up so you'll see intense BMX racing action and big drama in Holland!

Of course, BMX Mania will be there. We're in the air currently and will be on the ground, ready for Friday's Elite Men's and Women's practice sessions. We'll be bringing you some race coverage and HUNDREDS of awesome BMX racing photos of your country's best and your favorite riders!

Tune in late Friday evening for Friday Practice Pix and over the weekend for more from Papendal. THE place to race this weekend for International Elite BMX Racing Action!!!!!

Caroline Buchanan has won her 15th Australian BMX National Championship title over the weekend at the Sleeman Sports Centre in Brisbane.

Buchanan holds onto the Australian National Championship flag sleeve for another year, despite the south east Queensland flooding and storms that swept through the event over 3,000 racers, the BMX families and volunteers pulled together with a smile and the show went on.

In a competitive Elite Women’s final, it was Buchanan who grabbed the hole shot and got to an early lead. Western Australia’s Lauren Reynolds who wrapped up the Australian National Series win for 2015 attempted a powerful passing move in the first corner but wasn’t able to stick it and slid out.

“It’s a huge honour to wear the Australian sleeve around the world and ride for the nation with pride so I wanted to win that back and hold onto the national title.

“I knew today I was going to have to ride a smart lap. These turns were so unpredictable and slippery and I’ve known from my mountain biking to lower the centre of gravity and not panic on the exit.”

Racing at dusk on an extended day of competition following an extreme weather event affecting south east Queensland had forced the postponement of several events, Caroline Buchanan won the Elite Women's national title and and Corey Frieswyk the Elite Men's winner mastered the tricky and greasy track best.

Next Stop for Caroline and the High Performance BMX team is the 2nd UCI BMX Supercross World Cup round in Holland this coming weekend.

EliteTrax is pleased to announce their partnership with elite rider extraordinaire #95 Barry Nobles (USA).

Barry Nobles has been a long-time Supercross rider and in known for pushing the limits on a bike.

EliteTrax will support Barry’s efforts to compete at major international UCI events, while Barry also will take the role as official test rider for EliteTrax major builds.


“Riders often gets confused when they are asked to test a track or an obstacle. More often they judge the obstacle or design based on their own ability or gain.

Barry on the other hand, gives an opinion that gains everybody, not just himself, says EliteTrax Master Builder, Tom Ritzenthaler.

“Of course, with Barry not hesitating of hitting a new big jump, makes him the best test rider out there” continues Tom.


“EliteTrax has pushed the envelope of BMX, creating the BMX Supercross format and making us go faster and bigger.

I, among many others pro riders, have certainly taken Supercross to our liking” says Barry Nobles.


“I want to contribute to build even better tracks in the future and I’m confident my experience can give EliteTrax valuable feedback to produce new interesting obstacles and track designs” continues Barry.


It doesn’t matter if you are looking for rebuilding your local BMX track, or wishing to construct an Olympic size training facility, we got you covered.

No job is too small or too big for EliteTrax. We can design and build a BMX track that meets your needs.




BMX Racing News - Tuesday - May 5, 2015

Texas Bicycle Motocross Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Nominees
Mark Summers, President – Texas Bicycle Motocross Hall of Fame - On behalf of the Board of Directors of Texas Bicycle Motocross Hall of Fame, I am pleased to announce the nominees for the 2015 “Ryan Sheehan Spirit Award”.
West Texas BMX: David “Doc” Gray
Metroplex BMX: Jonathan Irvin
Pearland BMX: Chuck Martini
Katy BMX: Chris Rickard
Cowtown BMX: Craig Chandler
Tornado Alley BMX: Neil Ford
Central Texas BMX: Alfred “Big Al” Freeman

This award will be given to one person each year that exemplifies the sportsmanship and commitment to the sport of BMX that the late Ryan Sheehan showed during his BMX career.

Ryan possessed an intense love of the BMX sport that showed in every way. During his career, which started in 1983, he was always the first person at the track and the last to leave. He would help beginners with gate starts and give advice, or would hang out with the superstars and international riders. He would lend you his bike or pick you up off the track when you fell.

He loved every aspect of BMX racing. BMX Spirit is never about the biggest trophy or the most points or what number is on your plate. It is being a part of a BMX family of racers and lasting friendships.

His years of BMX were his happiest and for that our BMX family will be forever grateful. Each BMX track in Texas is allowed to nominate one person each year for this award.

The nominee can be a rider, sibling, parent, or other supporter from the local track. They can be currently involved or someone you want to recognize from the past. The methodology of how the nominee is chosen is left up to each track operator.

Each nominee will be presented with a Texas BMX Hall of Fame jersey, and will be recognized at our induction ceremony in Desoto at the Texas State Championships in August.