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BMX Racing News - Monday/Tuesday - October 27-28, 2014

Chase Bicycles Pro Team Race Report From USA BMX Fall Nationals In Kissimmee, Florida

The Chase Bicycles Pro team headed just outside Orlando, Florida for the 2nd to last round of the 2014 USA BMX Pro Series race season. Each season, heading to the end of the USA BMX tour, the riders and fans alike look forward to the Fall Nationals Disney Cup event. 3 action packed days of racing for BMXers is always a welcomed treat, and the Chase Bicycles Pro team and Team DHR were looking forward to the event.

Coming into the Fall Nationals, Connor Fields was sitting 3rd overall in the USA BMX rankings and was looking to try and close the gap to the top two overall ranked riders. With 3 days of racing, Connor had a shot at replacing a score, and he did just that on Day 1 with a 3rd place overall. Connor was in the main event all 3 days, with Day 1’s result being the best, Connor would finish up 8th on Day 2 and 5th on Day 3.

Team Chase / Stay Strong Pro rider Anthony Dean made the Fall Nationals his return to racing after his horrific crash at the UCI BMX Supercross Finals in Chula Vista, CA. Anthony rode strong and made it into the Elite Mens finals all 3 days at the Fall Nationals. Anthony would wrap up the weekend with a podium finish on Sunday, with a 3rd, as well as a 5th and 6th place finish.

Cristian Becerine, the 2013 USA BMX #1 Vet Pro, has had another great season, once again leading the Vet Pro points chase. He was riding stellar at the Fall Nationals, by finishing 1st, 2nd, and 1st overall on the 3 days of racing, and taking the overall Disney Cup title after the 3 days of racing. Cristian heads into the USA BMX Grands with the points lead and a chance to repeat his title.

This was the largest Disney Cup National event to date, and the riders now get a short break to get ready for the USA BMX Grand Nationals held over Thanksgiving weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

USABMX Fall Nationals Disney Cup Results

Chase Pro Team

Day #1
Elite Men
Connor Fields - 3rd
Anthony Dean - 5th
Vet Pro
Cristian Becerine - 1st
Day #2
Elite Men
Anthony Dean - 6th
Connor Fields- 8th
Vet Pro
Cristian Becerine - 2nd
Day #3
Elite Men
Anthony Dean - 3rd
Connor Fields - 5th
Vet Pro
Cristian Becerine - 1st

The Chase BMX Factory Team is proudly sponsored by Shimano, Tioga, Fly Racing, ODI, Kicker Audio, KMC, Elevn, Excess, Insight, Kingstar, Stealth, Hubs Vans, and G-Form.

Chase BMX offers some of the worlds best BMX race frames, the RSP Series, as well as 2 lines of complete bikes, the Chase Element and Chase Edge. Visit for more info on the line of frames and bikes.

Chase BMX is a division of the BMX Racing Group along with Elevn, Excess, Insight, and Kingstar.
For More info on any of the BRG Brands, as well as the race teams schedule, please visit

About BMX Racing Group
The BMX Racing Group delivers a full range of BMX Racing products, highlighted by the Chase BMX Brand. Other brands of BRG: Elevn Racing, Excess, Insight, and Kingstar. Founded by legendary BMX Pro racer Christophe Leveque and Industry leader Pete Dylewski, BRG has delivered some of the best BMX products for racers over the past 3 years and supports BMX racing on all levels.

Twitter: @BMXRacingGroup Instagram: @BMXRacingGroup @ChaseBicycles FaceBook:

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I was stoked! Nice shot, nice layout, nice rider! Pretty good combination, I guess.

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BMX Racing News - weekend update - October 24-26, 2014


MotoUp continues to grow and they are acquiring new rider talent and sponsors for the 2015 season. Today MotoUp is pleased to announce that Paul Rinehart and Alexus Rinehart will be wearing the MotoUp colors by the Grands next month. Paul a known force in the cruiser ranks and current NAG #7, and East Coast National Champ 2012-2013.

The name is not a coincidence, Paul's daughter Alexus will also MotoUp in 2015. Alexus, is the current #1 District rider for 15-16 Girls and was both District #1 and State Champ 2012 and 2013. The father/daughter addition to the roster is a welcomed addition to Team Manager Shawn McGovern who will continue to seek out new riders for 2015.

"MotoUp is passionate about BMX, and we are looking for current and up and coming expert rider for our grassroots roster, not only in Ohio, but our neighboring states to help those riders selected reach that next level of competition."

MotoUp's head Moto Man Chris Morgan added to McGovern's comments "Shawn is doing a great job on not just finding us new riders, but the right riders. "Riders who can tell us up front what they can bring to MotoUp is crucial, and Paul and Alexus are a great addition."

MotoUp's 2015 sponsors include SE Bikes, Alias MX, Maxxis, Eks Brand, Promax, Seven10 MX Graphics, and Odi for 2015.

Interested riders are requested to go to and apply through the team page.

From left, Ryan Stack (2nd), Liam Phillips (1st) and Tre Whyte (3rd)
Parkour Ride, sponsored by YESS BMX is a multi-discipline head-to-head elimination race with two riders racing a special circuit up and down a multi-level car park. The event space varies across every level, featuring different spectator attractions, music, food stalls and bars around the circuit. Technology, sound and video are all harnessed to create a unique audio/visual experience for fans and riders.

Parkour Ride took place recently at Tobacco Dock in the Docklands area east of London. Parkour Ride was open to male and female riders on all kinds of bikes. The main disciplines were BMX, mountain bike and road bike (including fixed gear/single speed.

Riders were to line up against Parkour Ride pros, as amatuer riders were able to compete their way thru am competition to make it in to the finals to compete against top U.K. pros. Eventual 2nd place finisher, Ryan Stack was one of the amateur riders who worked his way thru am eliminations to race in the pro finals.

Pros include Parkour Ride ambassador, YESS BMX Factory Pro and former World BMX Champion, Liam Phillips, plus stars from the worlds of BMX, mountain bike, track and road.

More info on Parkour Ride can be found at

Check out the action from Parkour Ride below!







BMX Racing News - Wednesday - October 21, 2014

Prostart on the road to USA BMX GRANDS!
PROSTART is excited to announce our participation in the greatest race on earth, at the USABMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA. We will be travelling to the Grands at the end of November. We will present an exhibition space to show our BMX starting & timing systems addressed to private individuals, clubs and states.

Through all our projects in Europe, we believe that our experience and know-how through all our projects can bring new solutions to BMX racing in America. During this event, the 1-man portable gate will be our main product due to its facility of transport and utilization, but we also look forward to discussing our outstanding 8-man safety gate, which we think is the safest BMX gate for any riders anywhere.

In the meantime, we invite you to discover our FaceBook page Prostart.BMX and our website in order to know more about us. See you there!

Prostart is a French international company managed by passionate people with aim to propose quality and affordable products. They have already set up more than one hundred 8-man safety gates and sold more than two hundred 1-man portable gate all over the world. They also created an innovative and encouraging solution on their 100% electric gate. We advise you to follow closely this young dynamic company who is growing up everyday !




BMX Racing News - Tuesday - October 20, 2014

Job Available In The BMX Industry.....Contact Crupi  BMX!
Baldwin Park, CA - Crupi Parts, Inc. is in search of a warehouse manager with a BMX racing background.

This person will need to have shipping and invoicing experience, good phone skills and be self motivated.

This person will also need to have good BMX mechanical skills and can build a BMX wheel.

Position is available immediately at Crupi's warehouse in Baldwin Park, CA. Please contact Greg at if you have the skills needed for this position. Thank you. - Crupi BMX




BMX Racing News - weekend update - October 17-19, 2014

2015 USA Cycling National Championships announced

The USA Cycling BMX National Championships move east in 2015 to the newly-built Novant Health BMX Supercross Track in Rock Hill, S.C. The date for the USA Cycling BMX National championships are slated for March 21, 2015.

2015 USA Cycling National Championships

Jan 7-11

Cyclo-Cross National Championships

Austin, Texas

Feb 14

Fat Bike National Championships

Ogden, Utah

Mar 21

BMX National Championships

Rock Hill, S.C.

Apr 18-19

Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships

Greenville, S.C.

May 2

Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships

Columbia County, Ga.

May 8-10

Collegiate Road National Championships

Asheville, N.C.

May 23-25

Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Jun 24-28

Amateur and Para-cycling Road National Championships

North Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Jul 14-19

Mountain Bike National Championships (XC, Gravity, Enduro)

Mammoth Mtn., Calif.

Jul 21-26

Masters Track National Championships

Rock Hill, S.C.

Aug 4-9

Elite and Juniors Track National Championships

Carson, Calif.

Sep 9-13

Masters Road National Championships

Ogden, Utah

Sep 17-19

Collegiate Track National Championships


Oct 23-25

Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships

Snowshoe Mtn., W.V.





BMX Racing News - Thursday - October 16, 2014

Canadian BMX Grands Series Video Trailer!
Hey, sports fans! Check it out.....It's the trailer for a 3 video series covering the Canadian Grands that took place this past weekend.

The video series is going to be ready to rock in November, so keep an eye out here at BMX Mania Dot Com for some hot BMXin' from Canada, cuz we'll have the whole series.

The official Canadian Grands video is brought to you by BMXCanada/BMXUSA, Yess BMX and Extreme.

Good stuff from Gordon More at Match Strike Digital Media.

The official link = Race Report UCI BMX SX Chula Vista and National race in Erp, Holland

From Dutch SuperPro BMXer, Raymon van der Biezen.....The track at the last UCI BMX SX in Chula Vista scared me and some good racing at the last National race in Erp, the Netherlands…

About 3 weeks ago we had the last UCI BMX Supercross (World Cup) race in Chula Vista, USA. I rode that track 2 years ago during a training camp. Nothing changed, but during practice before this race I got scared. Normally when I ride my bike I decide how to ride every jump on the track… In Chula Vista I couldn’t really control my bike the way I wanted to, because some jumps had a weird kick to them, especially on the third straight!

This time I had to do time-trials because I was ranked top 16. Somehow I pulled off a decent lap and got 10th place in TT. Normally I wouldn’t be satisfied with this result, but considering my fear for this track I was happy.

The next day racing was on. In the 1/8 finales I had some nice battles with my teammate Twan v Gendt and Tre Whyte from Great Britain. My start and first straight felt strong, but I was to thoughtful riding the rest of the track. I made it easily to the quarterfinal. My start was great, unfortunately I came up short at the second jump and lost my top speed. I rode in 6th position and wasn’t able to pass anyone because I was to thoughtful… I can tell you I never raced with this kind of feeling before, but on this level it’s mentally damn hard to do what you have to do when you are scared! Congratulations to the podium finishers.

We flew back home on Monday, had an easy training week and raced the last National race at my home track in Erp. Unfortunately I don’t really ride this track very often, because I’m training at Papendal fulltime. It’s nice technical track and all my teammates and other Dutch riders showed up at the race. We all had some nice battles going on in the heat races and semi final. I felt really tired all day, probably from my jetlag coming back from the U.S. We had a strong final. After a bad start I was back in 8th position, but I made some aggressive moves and got 5th after a close finish with Joris Harmsen who got 4th. I was disappointed, but I did the best I could.

The 2014 season is over. Not the results I was looking for, but I’m happy to end this season without any injuries besides my lower back. The team and I have 3 weeks off before we start preparing ourselves for 2015. I like to make some X-rays or scans to see how my wrist and lower back is doing at this point. From there my doctor, physiotherapist, trainers and I will see what I can do to get ready for next season.

Check Raymon out at




BMX Racing News - Monday - October 13, 2014

Chase Bicycles Race Report ..... USA BMX Gold Cup EAST/SX event
The Chase Factory Team riders Connor Fields and Joris Daudet, were joined by supported riders Melinda McLeod, Sifiso Nhalpo, Jamie Staff, and Renato Rezende made the trip to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the USA BMX Gold Cup Finals East event, which was a pro series, and the first USA BMX Supercross event.

The Rock Hill facility is state of the art for BMX racing, with both the 8 meter and 5 meter starting hills, and an incredible track built by Elite Trax. The city of Rock Hill had pulled out all the stops to have the premier BMX track in the USA and looking back to all that was built in South Carolina, they have exceeded the expectations of many and have done a great job of bringing the sport of Supercross BMX to the spotlight it so much deserves. If you are anywhere near this facility, we suggest you go and see if for yourself! More info on Rock Hill can be found here.

The only thing the City of Rock Hill could not control was the weather. Friday was just perfect, but as the races kicked off on Saturday the rains were headed in the direction of the track and they would hit, just as the main events were to start. With the Elite riders taking to a 8 meter high starting hill and the large jumps on the track, the Main events for the Elite Men and Women were postponed until Sunday morning, so the conditions would be safer for the riders.

The Elite Men's class was stacked with the start of BMX and Connor Fields had a firm hold in that group of riders. Connor had a great weekend with making the main event both days finishing 3rd on Day #1 and 4th in Day #2. Connor rode consistent and strong and now sits 3rd overall in the USA BMX overall rankings.

Joris Daudet was looking good both days, but he was only able to advance onto the semis both days.

Melinda McLeod stuck around the USA after the UCI BMX World Cup finals to race her first weekend ever of the USA BMX Pro Series tour and with two 3rd place finishes in Rock Hill, she continued on her podium performances she has been solidly putting in this 2014 BMX season.

Jamie Staff was on hand at the Rock Hill facility to not only support the USA Cycling riders and help further promote the USAC Jr Development program, but he also put some time on the track. Jamie was 2nd both days in the Vet Pro class and this now throws him into the overall title hunt for the 2014 season. Not too bad for a part time BMX racer.

The team now has a weekend off before heading to Orlando, Florida for the last weekend of the regular USA BMX Pro series tour, for the Disney Cup. We are excited to be joined by the DHR team in Florida for one of the best weekends of BMX racing all year long!

The Chase Bicycles Factory Team is proudly sponsored by Shimano, Tioga, Fly Racing, ODI, Kicker Audio, KMC, Elevn, Excess, Insight, Kingstar, Stealth, Vans, and G-Form.

Chase BMX offers some of the worlds best BMX race frames, the RSP Series, as well as 2 lines of complete bikes, the Chase Element and Chase Edge.

Visit for more info on the line of frames and bikes. Chase BMX is a division of the BMX Racing Group along with Elevn, Excess, Insight, and Kingstar. For More info on any of the BRG Brands, as well as the race teams schedule, please visit

About BMX Racing Group
The BMX Racing Group delivers a full range of BMX Racing products, highlighted by the Chase BMX Brand. Other brands of BRG: Elevn Racing, Excess, Insight, and Kingstar. Founded by legendary BMX Pro racer Christophe Leveque and Industry leader Pete Dylewski, BRG has delivered some of the best BMX products for racers over the past 3 years and supports BMX racing on all levels.

Twitter: @BMXRacingGroup

Instagram: @BMXRacingGroup @ChaseBicycles

MotoUp to gear up with Alias MX for 2015
MotoUp is pleased to announce that it has reached a sponsorship agreement with Alias MX for 2015.

The sponsorship will be for our factory and grassroots BMX teams. "We are excited to work with Alias in the coming year" said MotoUp's Chris Morgan " they are a well established brand in motorcross, and as they expand to the sport of BMX, we are pleased to promote them with our factory and grassroots riders.

MotoUp factory riders will be debuting in the new gear later this month.

Alias joins the list of MotoUp sponsors which include SE Bikes, Maxxis, BOX, Promax,and ODI.





BMX Racing News - weekend update - October 10-12, 2014

Redline BMX Race Lookbook Features 2015 Redline BMX Race Rides!
Hey, BMX Race Fans! Check out the hot new 2015 Redline BMX Race line of BMX Racing Machines. The news bikes and frames are IN and ready for you to claim your ride, so check out the new Redline BMX Race Lookbook and find the Speed You Need to claim your share of BMX Racing Glory!




BMX Racing News - Wednesday/Thursday - October 8/9, 2014

Turbo BMX Picks Up New Riders!
Turbo Bike Co. would like to announce that they have added Brock Hollis (36-40 men) and Tristen Knight (16 Boys) to the Turbo Bikes USA Factory Team.

Tristen celebrated his Turbo Bikes team debut with three wins in Arkansas. His bike was finished being built the day he arrived in Arkansas on the 19th. Having never ridden the bike, Tristen finished in 1st place on all three races.

Recently, Tristen raced his local track and he finished in 1st place as well. Brock Hollis also celebrated his Turbo Bike team debut in a similar manner in Arkansas when he took first in 36-40 men. Both riders are mounted on the Turbo Bike Co. pro alloy frames.

Keep your eyes out for the new Turbo Bikes 2015 Renegade Stem in 48mm and 53mm reach, and the new Turbo lock-on hand-Granade grips.

If you are interested in the Turbo Bikes grassroots program, please contact Turbo Bikes direct on email For more information go to .

Crupi BMX Factory Team Is Ready To Rock!
Crupi BMX is rebuilding a new Factory Team for 2015 to join existing team riders Anna Johnson and Colin Whittington and in Crupi's first move, they name Gary Whittington as Factory Team Manager (yes, Colin's Father) to start building this new team.

Crupi is excited to have Gary who has many years of experience as a "Factory Dad" as well as experience running his successful Crupi Team Green Texas team.

Crupi's goal is to start the new team with just a handful of top riders so if you are in the top NAG 5 standings and are looking for a quality team program for 2015, contact Crupi or Gary Whittington directly at .


For more Crupi BMX, check it all out at





BMX Racing News - Tuesday - October 7, 2014

CGI Selected for 2014 Interbike Award for BMX Innovation of the Year
CGI (Cycle Group Inc.) is proud to announce that it received the 2014 Interbike Award for BMX Innovation of the Year for its BOX Maximus handlebars and Delta stem.

Selected by the editors at BMX Plus! magazine, the bars and stems feature a 31.8 mm clamping diameter. Although the concept of making the bar/stem clamp area larger is not new to cycling, or even to BMX, the Maximus/Delta combination is the first to successfully feature the design in a lightweight butted chromoly bar and lightweight alloy stem.

“It’s a real honor to get the Interbike Award. We believe strongly in the advantages of the Maximus/Delta combo. Every rider who has used it has given us overwhelmingly positive feedback. Many won’t change bar/stem combos if you paid them. And I mean that literally. It is a bonus that the generally skeptical editors at BMX Plus! recognize the bar and stem as beneficial and innovative,” said Michael Gamstetter, CGI’s senior brand manager and senior product designer.

More and more of the world’s top riders are asking to ride BOX Delta stems and Maximus and Maximus Rusty bars. Why? Because they know the 31.8 clamp diameter of the bars and proprietary tapered tubing profile vastly improves stiffness over traditional 22.2 bars. This added stiffness translates into better gate snaps and pull down the first straight and improved confidence while jumping.

Who’s using Delta-Maximus? Marc Willers, Kory Cook, Teagan O’Keefe*, Barry Nobles*, Caroline Buchanan, Tommy Zula, Damien Godet, Twan van Gendt, Jelle van Gorkom, Raymon van der Biezen, Laura Smulders, Merle van Benthem, Roy van den Berg, Martin Jaspers, Niek Kimmann, Shanaze Reade, Matt Pohlkamp, Kurt Pickard, Sarah Walker, Matt Cameron, Trent Jones, Quentin Caleyron, Donny Robinson, Bodie Turner, Rachel Jones, Corey Reid, Ashley Verhagen, Austin Hiatt, Rusty Nesvig, Bryce Hocking*, Walker Finch*, Andrew Townsend*, Kevin Pauls, Kristian Cooper, Lain Van Ogle, Kelsey Van Ogle, Shelby Stacy, Daichi Yamaguchi, Arielle Martin, Tyler Brown, Justin Wike, Dylan Cooley, Mike Weatherford, Manon Valentino, Yoshitaku Nagasako. . .

Maximus bars are available in 5.5, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8 and 8.5-inch rises with 7 degrees back sweep and 2 degrees up sweep. Maximus Rusty available in 8- and 8.5-inch rises with 3 degrees backs weep and 2 degrees up sweep.

CGI recently began selling two 31.8 stems under the Promax name. The Impact 31.8 is a top load stem available in 48, 53 and 60 lenghts. The Bnager is a front load stem available in 48 and 53 lengths.

*Riders using the new Promax Impact or Banger 31.8 stems instead of the BOX Delta stem.

BMX Racing Interview with James Palmer and Alex Tougas from Team Canada & Team Yess

Go up Canada Way with Yess BMX Factory hot shots, James Palmer and Alex Tougas as they give the low down on their dreams and goals in BMX......Die Hard BMXers!





BMX Racing News - weekend update - October 3-5, 2014

Kevin MacCuish Appointed as New UCI BMX coordinator
Kevin MacCuish will join the Off-Road section in the Sport and Technical department as the new BMX coordinator, replacing Ellen Bollansée (she will finish her UCI mission on 31st October 2014).

Kevin was formerly an international BMX and Mountain Bike commissaire and commissaire instructor, with experience at Olympics, World Championships and World Cup events.

Also, he formerly organized several events including a UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.

For the last two years he has worked independently as a sport consultant, and before that, he worked in cycling for several provincial federations in Canada, and also as a member of technical commissions for Cycling Canada.

He will be based at the UCI office, and will begin work on Monday, 6 October.

Ellen Bollansee Leaves UCI BMX Coordinator Post
From UCI BMX Coordinator, Ellen Bollansee - I want to thank the whole BMX community for the very constructive and good collaboration in the past years. For three and a half years I have worked with the UCI to improve the sport of BMX.

Driven by the passion for the sport that I've been practicing since my early youth, I am proud to have been a part of leading the sport in the London Olympics, 4 World Championship, numerous world cups and other events. My main focus was to go back to the roots of the sport, create a more professional sport and regain respect for all people working in the sport; riders, coaches, commissaires, staff,… I enjoyed working closely with organizers and staff to improve events. I focused on competition guidelines for the sport and for BMX tracks. This to ensure the development of tracks that meet certified standards around the world. One of the main goals was to make the sport understandable and this was received well by TV Broadcasters. I've seen things evolving in the good direction and have had the chance to help new possible Olympic sports emerging.

During my time at UCI BMX I have met many interesting people and have always worked in very good relations. Taking the decision to quit the UCI was a tough decision, but I've decided to change one passion for another. My path within the sport will continue but with less travelling around the world to be able to spend more time with my family and three young children. I am sure I can continue to pass on my knowledge and experience I had as a rider, coach, organizer and BMX coordinator to many other people.

I would like to thank each and every one to be a part in all of this.

For your information: Curriculum in BMX - Ellen Bollansée:

1984-2004 BMX Racing Career

*Silver medallist Elite Women - 2000 UCI BMX World Championships Argentina

*2 x European champion in Elite

*Bronze medallist juniors - 1997 UCI BMX World Championships Canada

*1 x European champion in Juniors

*2 x European challenge champion

*2 x World challenge champion


2004-2011 National BMX coach Belgian Cycling Federation

*Bronze medallist in Elite

*Multiple top 3 with Challenge riders 15-16

*Development and Elite team

2011-2014 UCI BMX coordinator

*2012 London Olympic Games

*2011 UCI BMX World Championships Copenhagen (DEN)

*2012 UCI BMX World Championships Birmingham (GBR)

*2013 UCI BMX World Championships Auckland (NZL)

*2014 UCI BMX World Championships Rotterdam (NED)

If you would like to contact Ellen regarding personal best wishes or have ideas about possible coordinating with her on high level BMX activities, you can contact her at the following email.