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Danica Anderson Ages Up and Moves-Out

January 15, 2019 by · Comments Off 

Danica Anderson logged six wins in Vegas
Danica Anderson took her NAG 1 skinny digit out for a first (national) run last weekend at the 2019 USA BMX Silver Dollar Nationals. As the top photo confirms, it came up all-aces for the Lil’ Avalanche in Vegas, with six wins for the three-day national.

Sunday served up some special treats, as Danica aged-up to 12 Girl and destroyed her new-class competition by a country mile. Let’s go to the tape:

We’re looking forward to another year of Danica dominating the comp, and watching the other riders step-up their game in the process.

Well done, Danica…And Happy Birthday!

—Mike Carruth

Video and top photo courtesy of Lorinda and Rich Anderson, used with permission.

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2019 Silver Dollar Nationals Recap

2019 Silver Dollar National Recap

January 15, 2019 by · Comments Off 

BMX News Recap of the 2019 USA BMX Silver Dollar Nationals

It has became a tradition for racers around the nation to pack their new uniforms in their suitcases and roll them into the South Point Casino on the second weekend of January. Just 47 days after the Grands, riders have secured their new sponsorships and have a chance for a fresh start. While some are hoping to carry momentum from last year, others are excited to get a full system reboot. No matter the previous circumstances however going into this event everyone is tied for amateur number one.

first jumpRacing at South Point has given-birth to a whole new term in our sport; “short track racing.” And a short track it was, with six rollers, two step ups, and one triple for the entire track. USA BMX does it’s best to keep things fair however, as you can see with the slanted first jump. When asking riders they mentioned the inside was more challenging than the outside, but they were still able to go over it without missing a pedal. Many riders were even pedaling all the way over the triple into the turn, not stopping once down the first straight.

warm up
The Las Vegas National plays host to many amenities that make the race special. Not only can you walk straight from a South Point hotel room to the track, there is a fully covered warm up area connected to the back of staging. From the first to last gate drop this area is swarming with riders warming up and cooling down on their outrageously tall seat posts.

bar track viewWhile it can be pretty peaceful watching the races in the saloon, it isn’t always the same on the track. The tight course makes for intense racing which often leads to drama. THRODWN’s Matt Wilcox and Robby Patterson were the center of drama all weekend. Matt opened the season with a banger, high-lowing Robby in the second turn and holding him off as he slid out in the last turn trying to catch back up. Day two Robby got the best of Matt who rolled in for the second. To break the weekend tie-breaker Robby took the early lead, all the way until the last turn when Matt went for the win. Both ended up crashing inside of the turn taking down other riders with them while Shaun Chandler of Tuscon carefully rolled around the top of the berm to steal the win away. After the move some words were exchanged in the turn, which continued at the finish line. Track official Chris Luna was between the two to make sure nothing further happened, as there is clear animosity between the two. It will be interesting to watch the battle for 26-35x supremacy for the rest of the season.

ronniekimAmateur number one rider Ronnie Kim was on hand racing open, cruiser, and class. Although he still had the white w1 on his plate, it was apparent how he earned the elusive Amateur title last year. Of the nine main events Ronnie entered, he crossed the finish line first every single time. Ronnie mentioned that he did not make his AM1 plate yet, but he planned on running the black background later in the year.

remix wheelsIt looks like Remix is making a large push for some marketshare in 2019 and beyond. News just broke that Brooke Crain has signed a co-sponsorship with Remix BMX. The wheel company was set up all weekend showing off their carbon and aluminum wheelsets. They also had Brooke Crain and Rachel Jones in-booth, signing autographs and talking with fans.

roybal
Al Roybal was apart of a small crew of the new Factory Answer team. The always-smiling racer was showing off their new black gear with flo logos. You will notice that the gear actually features a “retro” logo dating back to the early 2000′s. After finishing third in 46-50 expert Roybal mentioned that Answer planned on incorporating their retro logo back onto some future parts. Stay tuned to NEWS for updates.

race fast uniformSpeaking of new teams, Patrick Coo made his debut on “RACE FAST”. The team has a reported laid back atmosphere that all the riders seemed to praise. Patrick definitely-did “race fast” all weekend as well taking home two out of three 16x victories including an impressive lane 8 win on Saturday.

dream teamThe first Las Vegas national isn’t just about *factory* riders showing off their new jerseys though. Jameson Forrest is a nine year old expert and graduate of Donny Robinson’s BMX Racing League in Napa. Although he did not qualify into the main events he still had a blast and quoted the “best part was being here with his friends”. Jameson was also seen handing out the first place trophy slips on Sunday.

gaerne shoesThe American distributor for Gaerne shoes (GIZMO GEAR) is from Las Vegas. They are known to bring a bunch of shoes into the arena and had screaming below-retail sales on all lines of shoes ranging from $60, up to $300.

usa bmx shirtsIn addition to Garne, USA BMX was set up as usual selling not only the event shirt but also various BMX-related merch. The first race of the year also always has the infamous “$10 table” where you could buy last year’s shirts at a large discount.

alpha
Alpha debuted their new gear at the Grands, which “popped” under the arena lights. The unique colorway is modeled here by Jake Brown. Alpha started the year off great with a team sheet win on Friday, really showing they are a contender for the national title.

london
Bay Area BMXers was another team to show off their new gear. The bright color way stood out on the track especially on top riders like Gaige Gomolicke who took home both a 10 cruiser and 10 expert win. London Johnson shown modeling the gear is definitely a rider to watch this season though. London was seen at Northbay BMX less than two years ago racing in a football helmet. Now he goes into the 2019 season NAG 4, with an 36-40 expert Grands win under his belt. Unfortunately his weekend was riddled with crashes, but the season is long and there are plenty of races left. Look for London to continue to progress this year.

wiawis
The WiaWis cutout bike was on display right as you entered the arena. The distinct display is a definite eyecatcher and shows off the true craftsmanship put into a carbon frame. Some may still say steel is real but carbon is quicker!

Zack Van Kammen won Pro Open at the 2019 Silver Dollar NationalsOn the pro side of things Zack Van Kammen made his debut on Factory THRODOWN and looked about as fast as one could go on this small track. Zack was on the podium all three days, taking wins on Friday and Sunday. The Bad Boy, Billy Russel won pro open on Saturday with Zack taking third (Alan Hudson was second).

jake plateOverall racing was tight and exciting at the Silver Dollar Nationals. It is always exciting to see riders take to the track in their new gear, and the mains are always electric. All of the riders have a seemingly new spark with a hope for better outcomes in the new year. The track may not be exceptional (owing to limited floor space in the arena), but the crew at USA BMX definitely do all they can do to make the race the best it can be. There is not a better crew in the world that could run as many races as they do flawlessly throughout the weekend. As for me, it’s always nice to visit with old friends and relive my many years lining up behind the gate trying to achieve goals. The South Point is a great home for the USA BMX season opener and it’s apparent it won’t change locations soon. If you have not been to this national I encourage you to spend a day or two after to enjoy the great city of Las Vegas.

—Bryce Betts

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30 Moments From the 2017 Grands

December 1, 2017 by · Comments Off 

31 Moments form the 2017 USA BMX Grands
Writing the Grands story has always been a grand challenge. SO much takes place over the two days of racing, let along the ROC and the Thursday practice.

Instead of reciting pages of finishes, Romper Room style, we distilled our experience down to the following 30 highlights. Read more

Recap and Photos: 2017 Music City Nats

May 31, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Joris Daudet Doubles-up in Nashville

Our annual trip to Nashville is one we look forward to all year long. It has all the boxes checked for making long-lasting memories for riders, parents, sponsors and media-folk.

A legendary track, modernized in both shaping and racing surface; a picturesque park setting, with on-site camping right by the water; staff who are all tried-and-true BMXers, and also posessed of that special Southern Hospitality to make us all feel as welcome as-can-be. And, of course, one of the best photo angles in all of USA BMX into the first turn. I actually had to monitor my shooting there, else I may have come away with 250 shots of the same angle.

This was the first three-day national of 2017, set after some other races in the region (Atlanta and Minnesota), and before the Summer onslaught. In eyeballing the results, we noticed a lot of hotshoes held-off on racing Open at this one. Maybe that is a factor of the expense of three days of age class racing, or maybe it’s something else—hard to say.

Moto-count wise, the three days posted 211, 255 and 221 on the boards (fence). That’s smack-dab in the BMX News “sweet spot” of 200-250 for a national, that gets you out of the parking lot early enough to not have to eat gas station roller grill hot dogs for dinner, and get enough sleep to lay down the ponies in prime fashion the next day. Nothing worse than chasing a sleep deficit when you need to be at your best.

This was the sixth stop of the 2017 USA BMX Pro Series. Elite turnout was kinda-thin, with 9 and 10 for the Women and 16 for the men, both days. Again, placement on the calendar may have played a role, with the race happening just-after the back-to-back UCI World Cup races in Europe, a big Pro-Am in Canada this weekend, a few injuries keeping riders home, and some “intangible” factors. A-Pro had 19 and 17, and Vet had nine both days.

Still, all the top-class action was pulse-quickening, and brought fans to the fenceline to cheer for their faves. It was awesome to see five of the Dutch National team make an appearance; the USA BMX crowd doesn’t get to see them all that often, and they really added some spice to the proverbial soup.

TOP PHOTO: Joris Daudet has the heat for a three-peat in the USA BMX title chase. He has declared his intention to get there and, from this mid-season view, it’s lookin pretty good for him to get there, with a double-up in Nashville.

Weather or Not
If you have been to the Music City Nationals more than once, you know that it almost-always rains at least one of the days. The track leadership took a big step in 2016, and skim-coated the track—which allows for racing in all-kinds of weather.

For the 2017 installment, Friday was picture-perfect. Clear blue skies and temps in the low to mid 80s (with a heaping-helping of hometown humidity). Saturday started out a bit sketchy, but cleared up for a while, with intermittant sprinkles, that let-loose just as the pro mains were starting up (which were a the start of the amateur semis). Most of the Saturday mains were run under ominous conditions and some downpours. Sunday was dreary, and treated the crowd to showers out of nowhere, then sun, then more gloom.

Photo Recap
Below are some prime picks of our pics from the race. Those who know News, know we don’t usually shoot in the rain (scarred for life after one particular race where the lens on our Nikon looked like a fishbowl, with half-height water). We got a full-spread on Friday, and a few frames on Saturday. Check the links below for free mid-res image downloads, via PhotosArePosted.com.

Music City BMX in Nashville, TNThe fastest (non SX) first straight in USA BMX Racing. The Music City crew had the track groomed to perfection for the national. Last year’s rebuild has settled-in nicely, and the skim-coat racing surface made for non-stop, no-slop race action, even when the skies got drippy throughout Saturday and Sunday’s event.

Twan van Gendt of the Dutch National Team out of turn one on FridayOrange Crush! Five members of the Dutch National Team touched down in the Music City for two days of American-style mixin-it-up. As fate would have it, all-five are in this first-round rack on Friday. Twan van Gendt up front, with Niek Kimmann (313), Dave van der Burg (192), Jelle van Gorkom and Niels Bensink in the mix.

Brayden Vititow - Winner of the Throdwn "Factory For a Weekend" contestBrayden Vititow won the Throdwn “Factory For a Weekend” contest by creating a video promoting his local track (Black Mountain BMX), and earning the most likes, shares and views of all entries. Brayden got the full-factory treatment, as promised, with a brand new Throdwn bike, factory uniform, and all the trimmings. News will have a video recap of his experience next week, so keep an eye out for that. Meanwhile, check out his video (link will open in a new window).

Richie Dey of Factory profileRichie Dey rocked the Profile Racing ride to 17-20 Cruiser wins on Friday and Sunday, and main event appearances all three days, including a second in 17-18x on Friday.

Jason Carnes of Berm AcademyJason Carnes had the Berm Academy rig in Nashville, which served as a central pit for many of the pros, as it has for most of the pro races this year. Hard to say if he is telling a knee-slapping, laugh-until-you-cry story from the road here, or if some of the plentiful Music City no-see-ums are mounting an attack.

Olijuwon Davis won Pro Open on Friday and A-Pro on Saturday at the 2017 USA BMX Music City NationalsOlijuwon Davis loves what he does and does what he loves. Top of the Pro Open class on Friday, then an A-Pro win on Saturday. Cameron Moore turned an impressive lap in Sunday’s main event to book the win, with Cole Tesar in second and OD in third.

Robert Raymonde at the 2017 USA BMX Music City NationalsRobert Raymonde is tougher than a bull driving a Sherman tank. He had a bad wreck last month and was in the hospital for several days, had surgery, and after about three weeks of recovery, flew from So Cal to Nashville to make all three mains in 51-55 Cruiser. Good to see you back on the track, Rob!

Markwane Billingsley and Kamren Larsen at the 2017 USA BMX Music City NationalsBNA Air Traffic Control had to be alerted for this flyby. Markwane Billingsley and Kamren Larsen getting “Blue Angels” close into turn one. Larsen had a great weekend in the Music City, with three wins in 17-18 Expert.

Peter Choat at the 2017 USA BMX Music City NationalsPeter Choat ruled 12x at the Music City Nats, with aces-across all three days. Full Tilt was lookin good on the track, as a whole in Nashville, with a team sheet shut-out in the hotly-contested Factory Team category. That is a pretty-tough-do, indeed. The team was well-rested between rounds, in the posh new trailer they pulled in to town. Glass doors, air conditioning, and on-board video gaming.

Keely Kortman at the 2017 USA BMX Music City NationalsElite Women had nine riders on Friday and 10 on Saturday. A pleasing performance by this pair on Saturday. Keely Kortman (472) and Shealen Reno (10), in that order behind the double-up of Alise Post. On Friday, Dani George and Heather Collman joined Alise on the podium.

Alise Post at the 2017 USA BMX Music City NationalsSpeaking of Alise, she skipped the UCI SX races in Europe earlier this month, and kept it low-flame until Nashville, where she lit it up in a big way, and scored twin-wins on the weekend. But props have to go out to Dani George for getting the Answer Holeshot award on Friday, with a turn one move that put her in the lead at just-the-right-time.

Bobby Dellert at the 2017 USA BMX Music City NationalsBobby Dellert is getting used to his 2017 Ssquared ride just-fine. He laid down some great laps in Nashville, and topped 16x on Saturday. Backing up to Friday, he was down the order a bit, with a fifth, but come Sunday, he was locked in to a second place finish, behind the National #1 Amateur, Throdwn’s Jesse Welch. The Phenom split the wins on Friday/Sunday.

Tyler Smith at the 2017 USA BMX Music City NationalsAfter Atlanta, Tyler Smith traded in his Haro/Promax kit for a new one of the Factory Answer flavor. He made two out of three 19-27x mains in Nashville. Billy Russell was the man to beat in the class this weekend, though, with aces-across all three mains. He was going so fast, we didn’t even get a photo of him. Well done, Billy!

Alise Post adds Broski Sound to the programIf you know your history on pro number plates, you know they sometimes slip some inside jokes into the mix, along with the standard fare of sponsor logos. Alise Post was rockin “Broski” on hers in Nashville. And just as we started to track her down to find out what it all meant, we happened upon the Promax pit setup, where we spied a sweet counter display, featuring the Silver Medalist…well…on display.

Alise Post adds Broski Sound to her programHere’s what Alise told News about the new sponsor:

After years of working with JBL Audio, I recently moved forward with another audio company in Broski Sound. This is a smaller company with lower-end options of headphones, and I think it’s a great fit for both me and the BMX market. All of the headphones are wireless which is great for training, and I think the affordability of them make them an awesome option for really anyone, but especially kids traveling all over and running around the track. They’re quality and function meet our needs.

I met the owner of Broski through Chula Vista BMX. His son races out there and he also sponsors Tyler Brown’s 316 Racing team. It’s cool working with them because they’re motivated in their industry but are also big fans of BMX and have really taken it on board and are supporting it.

I’m honored they wanted to work with me and put my face on their packaging, to promote me, their brand, and the entire sport of BMX to the outside world, through their headphones. I’m a big fan of “support those who support you,” and I look forward to a long future with Broski Sound.

Alise is on-point with her assessment; we saw some $20 bills in the hands of AP11 fans waving at the Promax pit peeps, who then referred them over to a tent by concessions, where they were being sold. More to come on the product in the coming weeks.

On The Way Out
We had a solid seven-hour drive, back to the 312 to ponder the weekend in Nashville. It really was a great trip, that lived up to the anticipation. The pit vibe was chill, and we had a lot of time to talk BMX with friends. The Rock Hill Worlds are high on everyone’s mind right now–whether training for the race, or parents making their preps to make it a trip to remember.

Our next race will be the 2017 USA BMX Midwest Nationals in Rockford–which is equally anticipated here at the BMX News Global Command Center, since it is at one of our local tracks.

As we sign it off, check out the photo galleries, linked below.

—Mike Carruth

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New Twitter For Race Day Updates

August 21, 2014 by · Comments Off 

@bmxupdates is Tweeting on race day

BMX News, via our @bmxnews and @bmxnow Twitter accounts have been tweeting from the races since 2008 (first tweet was on November 17, 2008). Some races have a large volume of tweets–sometimes a hundred or more.

A few recent cycling events have caused us to mute a some of the accounts we follow, due to the massive stream of race day tweets coming through. We like to follow these accounts for day to day updates, but weren’t as interested in the moment to moment details of the disciplines they were tweeting about.

We would never want to be a nuisance to our Twitter followers, an increasing number of whom are outside the industry, and watch our feed to keep pace with what’s happening in BMX Racing.

This caused us to re-evaluate our race day Twitter game. Starting with next week’s Derby City Nationals, we will no longer be tweeting hi-volume race day tweets on @bmxnews and @bmxnow, and will be switching those Tweets to @bmxupdates. Pro main event finishes will still be Tweeted on the main accounts (and @bmxupdates).

We hope you will continue to follow our main accounts, and will use the link below to follow our race day updates.

See you in Louisville next week!

*Thanks to Amy Haines for the on-track Twitter photo.

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