Photos: 2015 USA BMX Midwest Nationals

June 22, 2015 by  

Tyler Whitfield at the 2015 USA BMX Midwest Nationals

With all eyes on the weather, and three weather-related apps installed, the BMX News team set out on the 81-mile drive to Rockford. All sources throughout the week had the weather on the side of BMXers heading to the 2015 USA BMX Midwest Nationals, which would have been extremely rare. If, as the song goes, it Never Rains in Southern California, it ALWAYS rains in Rockford on Midwest Nats weekend. But the forecast looked good–right up til the time that it didn’t.

Still, we got two days of racing done in-the-dry, with a beautiful day on Friday, sunny and cool, breezy conditions, with temps in the mid 70s at race time. And a hot & sunny Father’s Day on Sunday.

Saturday was on-again-off-again, then always-on rain after second round, at which point it turned all-the-way-ugly (hence the thin photo gallery from Saturday’s race). The semis were interrupted by about two hours of rain delays, and pauses in the program to attend to few serious injuries.

The pro mains were hustled into effect, without the normal big buildup of roll outs and such; we were in somewhat of survival mode and even the normal rendition of AC/DC’s “Thunder” was superseded by the real thing.

BMX News 2015 race coverage sponsored by Dan’s Comp
BMX News Race Coverage is Sponsored by Dan's Comp

In the end, the race was called due to deteriorating weather after the 12 Novice main event. The balance of Saturday’s main events were run on Sunday morning, and then the Sunday race started, about an hour later than normal.

As always, we will have the full re-cap tomorrow afternoon, but meanwhile, check out the photo galleries from Friday’s pre-race/pro show and Sat/Sun of the National using the links below.

Photo Galleries

2015 USA BMX Midwest Nationals – Friday

2015 USA BMX Midwest Nationals – Saturday

2015 USA BMX Midwest Nationals – Sunday