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Tyler Whitfield Wins Cajun Nats Photo Dash

March 17, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Tyler Whitfield - Winner BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

The BMX News Photo Trophy Dash for the 2014 Cajun Nationals is complete. With five full days of voting and over 650 likes on the eight finalists, it was fun watching how the votes were going.

Tyler Whitfield of Ssquared Answer won the dash with 219 likes. That means he gets a 20×30 canvas print of the above photo. Adrian Sanders from Leawood, Kansas was one of the fans who liked the winning photo, and we drew her name at random to receive a $50 Dan’s Comp gift card. Congrats Tyler and Adrian!

Tyler told “News”
“I want to thank all the friends, fans, and family who shared and liked my photo for the Trophy Dash! Big thanks to my mom Delores for tagging every friend on her friends list and Mike Carruth for putting me in the contest! I can’t wait to see how the picture looks on the canvas. Thanks again to everyone.”

About the Photo:
It was captured in the 17-18x Semi on Saturday. Most of the shots that ultimately make it to the Photo Trophy Dash are “Naturals,” meaning I pretty much know as soon as I look at the LCD on the back of the camera that it is one of “those” photos that will either make it in to our race coverage, or the Photo Trophy Dash (if we have one).

Those who know me know I love shooting indoors, and that jump on the last straight was perfect for great action. The shot of Derrick Blackmore in this Trophy Dash was also shot on that jump. I love me some nice motion blur, but the eyes have to be sharp to make the cut. In this case, Tyler’s determined, “eyes-on-the-prize” expression was nice and sharp, with plenty of action blur to tell the story of speed, with or without a caption.

What is a “Trophy Dash?”
Trophy dashes have a long and rich history in BMX Racing. In the early years of the sport, the winners of the pro, top expert and open classes would meet again for one final lap (the last race of the day, usually), and race for the overall title of “Trophy Dash Winner.” This was the “winner among winners.” In fact, the very first BMX Racing World Champion was decided when Anthony Sewell won the 14-Over Trophy Dash at the Jag World Championships in 1978.

Keep an eye out for more Photo Trophy Dashes in the coming months.

—Mike Carruth

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Final Hours: Vote in the Cajun Nats Photo Trophy Dash

March 17, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2014 Cajun Nationals Photo Trophy Dash

Voting ends 5PM Central time today on the Cajun Nationals Photo Trophy Dash. The image with the most likes on the image page in the Photo Trophy Dash Gallery (link Below) will win a 20×30″ canvas print of the winning image for the rider named in the caption.

One lucky liker of the winning image will win a $50 gift card from Dan’s Comp

As of 9AM on Monday, Tyler Whitfield was leading with 207 likes. Olijuwon Davis and Walker Finch were bar-to-bar, with 141 and 138, respectively. Trophy dashes are winer-take-all events, so rally your social media posse, and vote up your favorites.

Also, it’s not too late for the mid-pack:

John Anderson from ORP/Rickard Bikes
Alec Nesbitt from Lindsey Wilson Cycling
Ashlee Hill of CCH Bikes
Derrik Blackmore of Phoenix/Box
Brandon Ceslok of Ssquared Answer

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Vote Now in the Cajun Nats Photo Trophy Dash

March 13, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Vote in the 2014 Cajun National Photo Trophy Dash

Its been a while since we have run a BMX News Photo Trophy Dash. But the photos from the Cajun Nationals were especially well-received by the fans, so we just had to gate-up the top eight images from the weekend, and have a sprint-to-the-finish of Facebook likes, to see who gets the coveted people’s choice award.

Of the eight images in the group, the one that gets the most Facebook likes by 5PM Central Time on Monday, March 17 will win a 30×20 canvas print of the winning image for the rider named in the caption.

Also, one luck liker of the winning image will receive a $50 gift card to Dan’s Comp.

So, take a gander at the top shots below, click the link at the bottom to vote for your favorites, and ring up some friends to do the same.

John Anderson of ORP in the Cajun Nationals Photo Trophy Dash

John Anderson of ORP/Rickard Bikes

Olijuwon Davis of Doublecross Bikes in the Cajun Nationals Photo Trophy Dash

Olijuwon Davis of Doublecross Bikes

Ashlee Hill of CCH Bicycles in the Cajun Nationals Photo Trophy Dash

Ashlee Hill of CCH Bicycles

Vote Derrik Blackmore in the 2014 Cajun National Photo Trophy Dash

Derrik Blackmore of Phoenix/Box

Vote Tyler Whitfield in the 2014 Cajun National Photo Trophy Dash

Tyler Whitfield of Ssquared/Answer

Vote Brandon Ceslok in the 2014 Cajun National Photo Trophy Dash

Walker Finch of Haro/Promax

Vote Brandon Ceslok in the 2014 Cajun National Photo Trophy Dash

Brandon Ceslok of Ssquared/Answer

Vote Alec Nesbitt in the 2014 Cajun National Photo Trophy Dash

Alec Nesbitt of Lindsey Wilson Cycling

While you’re at it, we would sure appreciate if you could like the BMX News Fan Page, and follow @bmxnews on Twitter. If you do it now, it will be real quick-like. Links below will open in new windows for easy escapage.

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Cameron Moore Wins Photo Trophy Dash

July 4, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX News - Cameron Moore wins Photo Trophy Dash

After three days of vigorous voting, the shot of Answer / Rennen’s Cameron Moore from the first straight at Rockford won the June 2013 Photo Trophy Dash.

Cameron closed strong with 538 votes over second place finisher John Miller for Black Crown, who ended the voting with 508 votes.

Cameron will receive a 30×20 canvas print of the image for winning the Trophy Dash. “Aryanna Rachelle” of Deerfield Beach, FL will receive a Rennen Smart Sprint from our random draw among the 538 people who like the winning photo.

Congratulations to Cameron on the win, and a big thanks to all who voted for all eight photos.

Watch for the July Photo Trophy dash on August 5.

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Vote in the June Photo Trophy Dash

July 1, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX News Photo Trophy Dash - June 2013

With two big races in the month of June (Nashville days two and three, and Rockford, we had more than enough shots qualify for the Photo Trophy Dash. The eight you see below are the office favorites–the final gate of eight for June 2013.

Click through at the bottom to vote. The image that gets the most votes by July 4 at Noon Eastern time will earn the rider named in the caption a 30×20 canvas print of the shot. Also, one lucky liker of the winning image will win a Rennen Smart Sprint, courtesy of Rennen Design Group.

Marc Willers – BOX Components/DK Bicycles
Vote for Marc Willers in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash June 2013

Jamie Patterson, Hutch BMX
Vote for Jamie Patterson in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash June 2013

Dylan Shipley, Morphine Industries
Vote for Dylan Shipley in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash June 2013

Cameron Moore, Answer/Rennen
Vote for Cameron Moore in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash June 2013

John Miller, Black Crown Products
Vote for John Miller in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash June 2013

Maliek Byndloss, Ssquared Bicycles
Vote for Maliek Byndloss in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash June 2013

Justin Posey, Dan’s Comp
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Bubba Harris, Badd & Company
Vote for Bubba Harris in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash June 2013

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Alex Tougas Wins March Photo Trophy Dash

April 8, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Alex Tougas wins the March 2013 Photo Trophy Dash

It was officially decided last Thursday, but we are just getting it posted now, Factory Yess flyer, Alex Tougas from British Columbia, Canada won the March Photo Trophy Dash. Alex finished the four-day Facebook contest with 183 likes for the photo above.

The shot was in the 14x main on Saturday night in Phoenix (March 2, 2013). Alex is in the lead, heading into the second tun, with Bubba Gonzales on his outside. That’s a pretty impressive pack to be leading. Bubba eventually got around him in the fourth straight (there are seven straightaways at Black Mountain), but Alex hung on for a strong second. We think there is a video of the lap floating around on YouTube–good stuff.

We’ll definitely be seeing more of Alex and the familiar Yellow, White & Black colors of Yess BMX as the 2013 season hits the power band.

For getting the most likes, Alex will receive a 30×20 stretched canvas print of the shot for his wall, and we’ll try to bring you the photo of the photo when he gets it.

Plus!, we promised one lucky liker of the winning photo, who also liked the BMX News Facebook page, and followed @bmxnow on Twitter would win a Rennen Smart Sprint. So, we’re shipping one out to Baylie Kortman of Grand Rapids, MI (who may already have one, but with lots of other bikes in the house, we’re sure it will be put to good use).

Baylie Kortman wins a Rennen Smart Sprint in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

We actually picked three other names before Baylie, but they did not have the Facebook/Twitter part handled. Next time, maybe.

So, a big congrats to Alex, his sponsor Yess BMX, and Baylie on behalf of BMX News and Rennen Design Group.

We also want to say thanks to all who voted, and the other seven competitors in the March Trophy Dash.

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Vote in the March Photo Trophy Dash

April 1, 2013 by · Comments Off 

bmxnews.org Photo Trophy Dash for March 2013

March seemed like a long, LONG month. It started in Phoenix, with the USA BMX Winter Nationals. That was the season opener for the pros, and they turned out in droves to soak up some Southwestern sun, and spin the cranks for the first time since the Grands.

The very next week, we were off to see John Sawyer and his amazing facility in Oldsmar, FL for the USA BMX Gator Nationals. That was also the weekend for the first UCI race of 2013–the UCI BMX North American Continental Championships. Wow, that’s a mouthful.

Skip a week to get some laundry done, and we were back in the suitcase, destination: the big D–and by that, we mean Desoto. All manner of strangeness was visited upon the BMX faithful, as more than an inch of hailstones fell from the sky, and the anticipated balmy Texas temps were swapped-out with something more suiting the produce room at Costco.

A total of 7,500 miles on the toteboard for the month. Through it all, BMX News was there, snapping the shots that quicken the pulse, and bump the brands on the backs of the fastest BMXers in the known universe. Of the 1035 photos that made the cut from the three races, we took the past week to distill that über set down to 30, then 15, then a final gate-of-eight, to bring you the March 2013 Photo Trophy Dash.

Vote For Your Favorites

In the gate for the Photo Trophy Dash are our eight favorite shots from the month. Now you, the readers and fans, will pick the fairest of them all. Why these eight? Well, each had that little something extra. Maybe it was the lighting, exposure and composition of the shot; maybe it was the style on the rider; maybe it was repping awesome racing action. Whatever it was, it caused us to say “THAT is a killer shot!” from the moment we saw it on the monitor.

Cast a vote for your favorite by clicking through to the gallery page at the bottom of the page. The photo with the most Facebook likes at 12 Noon on Thursday, April 4 will win the trophy: A 30″ x 20″ canvas print of the winning shot.

But wait…there’s more!

Like the BMX News Facebook Page, and follow @bmxnow on Twitter, and we will choose one lucky liker of the winning image to win a Rennen Smart Sprint BMX Speedometer (a $90 value). Links are below to get that done, as well.

Here is the rollout for the BMX News March 2013 Photo Trophy Dash

Click Below to Vote for Ryan Zinzow of Ssquared/Answer

Vote for Ryan Zinzow in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

Click Below to Vote for Seth Michalowski of Badd & Company

Vote for Seth Michalowski in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

Click Below to Vote for Spencer Cole of DK Bicycles

Vote for Spencer Cole in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

Click Below to Vote for Alden Volle of Dan’s Comp

Vote for Alden Volle in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

Click Below to Vote for Donny Robinson of SE Bikes

Vote for Donny Robinson in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

Click Below to Vote for Brian Kirkham of Intense BMX

Vote for Brian Kirkham in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

Click Below to Vote for Alex Tougas of Yess BMX

Vote for Alex Tougas in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

Click Below to Vote for Corben Sharrah of Haro Bikes

Vote for Corben Sharrah in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

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Justin Knapper Wins Photo Trophy Dash

February 18, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Answer/Rennen Justin Knapper wins Photo Trophy Dash

The BMX News Photo Trophy Dash is an every-once-in-a-while contest where we take our eight favorite photos from a given race or period of time, and post them for our Facebook fans to decide which image is the best of the best.

The Photo Trophy Dash/Bluegrass brought 878 votes from BMX Racing fans around the world. When the voting ended on Saturday, February 16, Justin Knapper of Answer/Rennen had the most Facebook likes, with 423, winning the contest.

About the winning image:

What I liked about this photo, from the moment I snapped it in the third straight, was the concentration and “eyes on the prize” vibe it gave off. And while there is not “style,” in a jumping sense, the way the bike and body are positioned is perfect. The Answer/Rennen kit looks great in the shot, with the white in the uniform “popping” out from the background. And there is just enough blur to show speed, but razor-sharp eyes. To me, it says “BMX” in a big way.

—Mike Carruth

Aside from the glory and bragging rights of winning his second Photo Trophy Dash (he also won the very first one we had, last March), we will ship Justin a 30×20 gallery-wrapped canvas of the winning photo.

In addition, we always choose one lucky liker of the winning image, at randon, to receive a Gift Card at J&R Bicycles. For the Bluegrass Dash, the 50 semolians goes to Charl Whitehead of Johannesburg, South Africa (so, about 441 Rand).

Congratulationa to both Justin and Charl on the wins.

The next Photo Trophy Dash will be posted on Tuesday, March 5, with eight great images from the USA BMX Winter Nationals. That is the first Elite Series race of 2013, so we should come home with some amazing stuff.

Meanwhile, we hope you will take a second now to like BMX News on Facebook, and Follow @BMXNOW on Twitter.

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Vote in the Photo Trophy Dash – Bluegrass

February 13, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Vote in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash - Bluegrass

Whenever we come home with some especially solid shots from a race, we put it out to the fans and readers around the world to vote for the king of the set in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash. It harkens back to the early days of BMX, when the winners of the top expert classes would race one last time to see who was the fastest and bestest of the day.

We have assembled a stunning “gate of eight” for your review. Click the link below to go to the official Photo Trophy Dash Gallery and cast your vote (by liking the image). You can vote for more than one, if more than one photo deserves the “like”

The image that has the most likes on the gallery page by Noon Central time on Saturday, February 16, will win a 30″ x 20″ canvas of the winning shot for the rider named in the caption.

Win a $50 Gift Card
Then, head over and like the BMX News Facebook page and follow @bmxnow on Twitter (links below). We will pick one lucky liker of the winning photo, and if you are a liker of our Facebook Page and our Twitter, you will win a $50 Gift Card to J&R Bicycles.

Here are the candidates:

Nathan Thalhamer – Revolution/Fly/Supercross
Nathan Thalhamer - in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

Justin Knapper – Answer/Rennen
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Spencer Cole – DK Bicycles
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Chase Hines – MCS Bicycles
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JJ Grieve – Doublecross Bikes
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Chandler Denton – Profile Racing
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George Goodall – Redline Bicycles
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Collin Hudson – Crupi BMX
Vote For Collin Hudson in the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

We will announce the winner on Monday, February 18, 2013. Be sure to share the image from the Photo Gallery page so all votes count (likes give on other than the gallery page do not count).

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Connor Fields Wins Sept. Photo Trophy Dash

October 7, 2012 by · Comments Off 

bmxnews.org Connor Fields wins September 2012 Trophy Dash

Last Monday, we posted the BMX News Photo Trophy Dash for September. It was a selection of eight of our best shots from the USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals in Louisville, over Labor Day Weekend.

About the Winning Photo

It was the Elite Men Semi on Saturday, and I was shooting the second straight. I got a solid shot of Connor in the lead, and then Willers and Tyler Brown battling for second. As they hit the pro set on the third straight, Connor had a sizable lead. Enough, in fact, that it reminded me, in an instant, of a photo I took four years earlier at the 2008 NBL Grands, where Connor destroyed his 15x main event.

I ran across the second straight, and hastily aimed and zoomed-in-full on the last turn, on the chance I could get a similar shot. I did not have the greatest lens to get a shot from that far away, but if the action was right, it almost wouldn’t matter. It was one of those rare moments, as a photographer, that as soon as you pressed the button, you knew you “got it.” It was not even necessary to look down at the screen on the camera (true confession: I did anyway).

Here is the shot from 2008:

Connor Fields leads the 15x main event at the 2008 NBL Grands

(LOL…this was a long time ago…pre-BMX News (for me), and pre-BMXNOW, when I was still tagging images with the Vintage logo)

This time around, Connor and his Chase BMX/Monster Energy ride got 416 votes on the image, which made it the winner by as wide a margin as in the image, itself.

We asked Connor to comment on the two photos.

First off, Mike let me say thank you for doing all that you do we all appreciate it. 2008 was really the first year I decided to take Bmx seriously and start training, and that was also the year the phantom-intense-ontrac team did the NBL series to take on Terry Sonners Dans Comp team. I ended up doubling at the NBL grands that year an this photo was taken during the 15 expert main event, I remember it was one of the best laps of my life.

Fast forward four years to 2012 and I’m racing at Louisville under the sanction “USABMX” and I had just returned from the Olympics 3 weeks before. Crazy. This semi was on day two if I recall correctly and we were all going for that all important gate selection in the final so I was pinning it all the way around the track. Ended up being a cool photo that brought back some memories. Thanks Mike and to everyone who voted.

Congrats, also, to the other finalists, who made the final eight, out of 355 photos shot in Louisville: Felicia Stancil (GT Bicycles), Lain van Ogle (Hyper Bicycles), Caroline Buchanan (Speedco Bicycles), Shan Hatfield (SE Bikes), Logan Collins (Diamond Back/Alius), Scott Moreland (Dan’s Comp) and Amanda Geving (MCS). View images in a new window.

For getting the most Facebook likes, Connor will receive a 30×20″ gallery-wrapped canvas of the winning image.

We also chose one lucky liker, at random, of the winning image to receive a $50 J&R gift card. That honor goes to Jakob Young of Portland, OR. Congrats, Jakob!

The next BMX News Photo Trophy Dash is scheduled to start October 30, and will include images from the Disney Cup–but only if we come back with eight exceptional photos.

Meanwhile, please use the links below to like the BMX News Facebook page, and follow @bmxnow on Twitter. That’s how we keep the ‘dashes dashin.

—Mike Carruth

History Lesson: What is a “Trophy Dash?”

For those of you not familiar with how a “trophy dash” works, it is a throwback to the days of old in BMX, when the top-class winners would line up one last time, at the end of all the mains, for one final lap to see who was the “champion of the day.” The guy (it was guys-only, back then) across the line first was the winner. One Trophy, winner take all, hence the name.

In fact, it was the 14-Over Trophy Dash at the 1978 Jag World Championships that determined the very first overall World Champion of BMX (Anthony Sewell). #throwbackthursdayonamonday

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