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Photo Galleries: Oldsmar

October 19, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Photo Galleries from the 2015 Gator Nationals

It was an incredible weekend of fun, sun and sizzlin race action in Oldsmar, FL for the annual USA BMX Gator Nationals. The 2015 installment took on a bigger, bolder footprint than in recent memory, in that it was debut event for the new multimillion dollar dual hill facility we have been writing about for the past year or more. Plus, it was the finale for the 2015 USA BMX North American SX series…AND the final two-score opportunity for the pros before heading to the big showdown on Friday/Saturday at the 2015 USA BMX Grand National in Tulsa next month. Tulsa has two scores up for grabs: one at Friday’s Race of Champions (which counts toward the best-of-10 season scores), and one for the Grands, itself, which is double points.

Elite Men had a strong showing, with 40 riders–including the trio who is taking the title hunt right down to the final laps in Tulsa: Sam Willoughby, Connor Fields and Joris Daudet. Oldsmar had some added international flav in the elite classes, with quite a few names we don’t normally see on US moto sheets: Sylvain Andre, Amidou Mir from France were two who American fans have not seen live, and in person, very much. Sylvain wowed the crowd, with the Friday night win, flanked by Connor Fields and Joris Daudet.

There was also a crush of South Americans we do not see all that much, putting down impressive laps against the biggest stars American BMX has to offer. This was solid proof that USA BMX is accomplishing what it set out to accomplish via the NASX series: attract the best riders in the world to US shores to race for the richest purses in the sport.

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Elite Women had a much thinner presence, with only nine entries on Friday night and 12 on Saturday (men dropped to 34 on Saturday). Brooke Crain was out resting a concussion from last week in Chula Vista, but aside from her, the others making up the top five in points were there.

Alise went in to Oldsmar with a season points lead of 515 points. Waiting for the podium presentation, a few stats junkies did some quick iPhone math and proclaimed Alise with having an all-but-certain lock on the title. But, alas, their calculations may be flawed, since they almost-certainly relied on the posted points on the USA BMX site, which did not take into account the Chula Vista scores last weekend. Alise is, obviously still way-out in the points lead, but we’re not sure about it being “mathematically impossible” for Felicia.

All that aside, the two Elite Women wins of the day were hotly contested between Alise and Mariana Pajon (above), who traded top-spot honors from Friday to Saturday–both of which were decided in the last half of the track, which helped the crowd get loud.

We will have more from the Gator Nationals tomorrow in our full recap. Meanwhile, check out the photo galleries of pro and am classes, linked below.

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Recap: 2015 Mile High Nationals

August 28, 2015 by · Comments Off 

BMX News Recap of the 2015 Mile High Nationals

For the first time in six years, the national tour set down stakes in Grand Junction, Colorado. Last time, it was for the 2009 ABA Mile High Nationals, on the long-standing Grand Valley BMX track. The race went well, and gave city leaders an appetizer-taste of what BMX could bring to this city of 60,000 on the Western Slope.

Fast-forward to the present day. USA BMX came to town for their Mile High Nationals, and stop number two on the brand-new USA BMX North American Supercross Series (NASX).

Back in ’09, the idea that we would have our very-own SX series here in North America was a dream–some might say an “impossible dream,” given the infrastructure that would be needed in order to make it happen. It would mean multiple tracks with eight-meter starting hills, and a big enough footprint to also accommodate an amateur track alongside the big track.

Today, thanks to the leadership USA BMX has brought to moving BMX forward within municipalities across the country, it’s a reality (plus dozens of new non-SX tracks in cities who have now embraced BMX Racing).

In addition to the two SX tracks at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, we also now have top-drawer facilities in Rock Hill, SC; here in Grand Junction, as well as high-caliber, soon-to-open facilities in Oldsmar and Sarasota, Florida. Not only is the NASX the sole independent SX series in the world, it is also the highest-paying BMX series of all, with $7000 guaranteed for the Elite Men winner and $3500 for the top Woman. That’s for each day!

The Dual Hills at Grand Valley BMXLooking down the double-barrel of the Grand Junction gun. On the left, a local-friendly hill that also had a great launch for the amateur action of the weekend. On the right, a regulation eight-meter SX hill where heroes present and future boosted it for all it was worth.

We’re always interested to hear the inside story of how these remarkable facilities come to be, and Grand Valley BMX Track Operator Nick Adams (also a top staffer at USA BMX HQ) gave News an exclusive peek into the development of the new Grand Valley BMX facility.

The idea and discussions for the new track started in 2009 after the (ABA) Mile High Nationals. We knew we had the ability to host another national, but not at the 2009 location.

At the time, the Master Plan for the Fairgrounds was being reviewed and an outside agency was brought in to do the plan.

They met with all of the tenants of the fairgrounds, the community, and staff to develop the plan. BMX was part of that plan and part of the project. So in reality, the plan has been in the works for six years.

Once we knew BMX would be a part, we then planned-out what we could do to make the most impact locally, regionally, and nationally.

We designed a track that would meet the needs of the local program and had the option to add a Supercross hill in the future. If we saw the need for another 8-meter in the U.S., we would build one. We obviously saw a need.

We believe we have built a track and facility that meets the needs of our youngest riders as well as the elite riders.

That was the interesting thing about the reactions we received from the riders, as related to the track. “Challenging on the SX side,” “wide open” overall, with the right-side great for national racing…but still approachable for local racing.

That’s what we saw, all weekend long at the 2015 Mile High Nationals. Passes were being made on the am straightaways and in the turns alike– no lead-rider was “safe” from a hard-charging competitor.

Friday

The SuperX Open Class had 30 riders, giving the guys who we see at the top of the results in the Expert classes on a regular basis a shot at going big from the Big Hill.

Ryan Zinzow and Nick Deters at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsRyan Zinzow (second from right) and Nick Deters (74) take their Ssquared rides over the first set in the SX Open class. Nick posted on Instagram: “Always a blast going down the big hill.”

Up-top, it was guys like Bryant White, Colin Whittington, Michael Boyle, Nick Deters, Larry “Boo” Huff, Derrick Blackmore, Corey Salas, and BJ Ensey with moto wins on Friday night. Ensey won the main, with Salas and Boyle joining him on the proverbial podium.

In the Elite classes, more than a few were crunched and munched by the Grand Valley SX side. Brooke Crain, Dani George, Kelsey Van Ogle and Teagan O’Keeffe all met the soiltac or the black top in Elite Women. Dani and Kelsey were well enough to keep it rolling, and KVO logged a fifth in the main, behind Alise Post, Felicia Stancil, Amanda Carr, on the podium, and Lauren Reynolds for fourth.

When the men gated up, Tanner Sebesta had a good lap going first round, but blew a tire in the first turn, and soft-tacoed his front wheel.

The second rack of Elite Men was probably the most profound munch of the day, as Justin Posey was leading the group, but came down on the first second-straight set and blew his hand off the grip, sending him drilling into the surface, and suffering a laundry list of injuries that included a broken back, knocking out two teeth, broken humerus and broken finger. He was down for a while, but gave a thumbs-up to the fans as he was carried off on a backboard.

Justin Posey down at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High Nationals
Here’s what JP posted on Facebook on Thursday, after the accident:

I was leading the pack at the USA BMX SX series round in Grand Junction Colorado. Came out the first turn and over-shot and was sideways on the first pro set, landed and my hand slid off. Next thing I knew, I’m rolling like a rag doll!

I had surgery on my back where I broke it in two places, separated my shoulder and broke my humerus, knocked my two front teeth out (again), concussion, and a broken finger. I’m now at Colorado Springs at the OTC gearing up get this shoulder/ arm fixed. Last will come the teeth.

I’ve been amazed with the outpouring of love and support and I honestly couldn’t/won’t be able to finish without everyone’s help. You guys don’t understand how much it means for you all to reach out to me and push me to push through this pain. I’m sorry I haven’t responded to all as I’ve been in lots of pain,

Surgeries, procedures and more. The dream is still alive thanks to each and everyone of you. Thanks again, so look forward to thanking each and everyone of you in person!

As noted above, once he was able to leave Grand Junction, he moved to Colorado Springs, where members of the US Olympic Training Center medical team got started to put him on the road to recovery. We are all pullin for you, JP, and looking forward to seeing you at the races soon!

On the podium Friday night, it was Sam Willoughby up-top, with Joris Daudet and Connor Fields in the 2-3.
Sam Willoughby at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High Nationals

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Saturday/Sunday

Apart from the Friday Night Pre-Race, there was some great racing in the Saturday/Sunday national program. Here are some of the highlights:

Corey Salas at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsNews announced Corey Salas’ addition to Factory Supercross earlier this month. Grand Junction was the first race that Corey was suited up, and rockin it for Smilin Bill Ryan and crew. Corey collected a win on Saturday in 17-18x, and a win in 21-25 Open on Sunday. He topped it off with a sixth in class on Sunday.

Alise Post at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High Nationals Caption Contest. Visit and Like the BMX News Facebook Page to enter. The caption with the most likes by Noon Central on Wednesday, August 2 wins a special goodie bag.

Nick and Kristi Adams at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsGrand Opening Day in Grand Junction. USA BMX CEO B.A. Anderson (right) awards Grand Valley BMX Track Operators Nick and Kristi Adams a commemorative plaque for the hard work they and their local team put in to making the 2015 Mile High Nationals happen.

Brieanna Jones at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsStriders on-course to open-up competition on day one of the Mile High Nationals. Brieanna Jones topped the 5-Over Strider class. In the background, the SX hill shows the ultimate progression for these early BMXers.

Matt Moberly at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsMatt Moberly (18) rocked the house in Vet Pro on Saturday, making the first pro podium of his career, with third to Cristian Becerine and Derek Betcher.

Noah Miguel at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsNew J&R pickup Noah Miguel from the West Texas town of El Paso had three aces in 9-10 open and 10x. Dude grunted it out hard for all four main events, but a seventh on Saturday kept the double-double from happening. No doubt, we’ll be seeing more of Noah this year.

Addison Finch at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsAddison Finch just finished a first-round transfer on Saturday, and was winding down from the lap, when one of her local fans came over to talk. This is one of our favorite photos from the weekend, because it shows how important our factory stars are to the younger riders, and how those stars fill the role, without pretense. It’s one of the best things BMX Racing has over other sports: accessibility to the top athletes. Addie won 13-14 Mixed open both days and logged a second on Saturday (to Kate Deters) and a fourth on Sunday in 14G.

BMX News Coverage of the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsThe right-hand line on the second-straight SX set was the razor’s-edge of out-of-control, or on-the-track all weekend long. In a rare retreat, even a News flash tripod was moved back after two in a row landed inches from crushing it. The left side of this set was where Justin Posey crashed on Friday night.

Bryce Batten at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsBryce Batten in turn two of 15x first round on Saturday, holding off Triston Judd from the outside, pop-the-clutch line. BB got through the 15-16 Open Semi in a qual spot, but when the expert semi came, he went down hard. A few days after the race, Bryce was back home in AZ and nursing a concussion and some back pain. A Monday adjustment at the chiro helped with the back pain, and a phone call from Donny Robinson to talk about the concussion was said to help tremendously. Bryce is in good spirits now and working toward getting back on the bike as soon as makes sense.

Kaitlyn Van Renselaar at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsThe 5-Under Girls rage just as hard as the big gals. Kaitlyn Van Renselaar aced-up on the class both days.

Alise Post and Jason Carnes at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsTurnabout. Usually, Jason Carnes is the guy at the finish line, ready to greet Alise and all the other Factory Redline fliers. But, on Saturday, as the pro podium was getting prepped, Alise had a spare minute or two to flip the script and give Jason some love after his win in 41-45 Cruiser. He won it on Sunday, too!

Matt Juster at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsMeet Matt Juster, the taller-than-Paul-Bunyon Aussie who took down Saturday’s A-Pro Main. Jordan Miranda and Todd Barry went 2-3 on the day.

Sam Willoughby at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsIt was a jammin weekend in ‘Junction for Sam. Twin-wins in the North American SX tipped the scales at $14,000 for the weekend, plus $500 in Answer Holeshot cash, to top it off.

BJ Ensey at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsFactory Supercross star BJ Ensey aced-up on 17-18x both days in Grand Junction. Ryan Zinzow double-deuced it in that class, and the Sat/Sun third went to Niko Williams and Michael Boyle, respectively. Oh, and Ensey also won the SX Open class on Friday night. Boyle won it on Saturday.

Hunter Brown at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsHunter Brown is the In-N-Out Burger Double-Double award winner of the Mile High Nationals Weekend. An Extreme force, applied with some serious fast. Wins in 14x and 13-14 Open, times two, for the Rocket. A $20 In-N-Out Burger gift card is coming your way, Hunter.

Tyler Cacciola at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsTyler Cacciola came close to the double-double at the Mile High Nats. A win in 13x on Saturday, and a double in 13x and 13C on Sunday. Only the Extreme Team ride of Cameron Wood kept him off it in the 13 Cruiser main on Saturday.

Jack Bakken at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsCrupi Coloradan Jack Bakken blazed a trail to twin wins on Saturday in 10C and 10X. He got the win in Cruiser on Sunday, but dropped it in class to the new J&R jammer, Noah Miguel on Sunday.

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The Speedco Velox on display  at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsDerek Betcher brought the new Speedco pit out to Grand Junction, including a couple of his personal bikes and killer colorways of the coming-to-market Velox frame. Here’s one of the tasty builds DB put on display.

Chris Knapp at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsChris Knapp came oh-so-close to the double-double in Grand Junction. Wins in 36-40 Cruiser both days, a win in 36-40 Expert on Saturday (above). Jason Miles got the win on Sunday in class.

Tristan Trincado at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsTristan Trincado won 8 Intermediate both days. For his efforts, he got a perfectly-punched ticket to the expert class. Tristan’s pops owns the Aspen Dirtbike School, which hosts riding and training for Moto and BMX. We’re definitely stopping in to check it out next time we head to the Mile High.

Sophia Foresta at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsSophia Foresta won 15-16G on Saturday, and was leading it to this point on Sunday, when she bonked the entry to turn two. But the story doesn’t end here–in fact this is where the real “race” began. Kanami Tanno from Japan (left) was there to take advantage of Sophia’s jam-up, and took the lead out of turn two.

Sophia Foresta at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsSophia chased Kanami down, but the W4 was not yielding a millimeter. Out of the last turn it was a full-on drag race that had the crowd screaming their heads off.

Sophia Foresta at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsIn the final feet, Sophia pulled even, then ahead at the line for the win. GREAT racing, ladies!

Dylon Vaughn at the 2015 USA BMX Mile High NationalsThe last turn was the scene of more than a few smooth moves, all weekend long. Here’s the 19-27x main event, in progress, into the second turn. Dylon Vaughn’s leading it, but Robby Patterson is within striking distance, as you can see, just off of Dylon’s port side. The two battled down the third straight, but Robby had the move of the day as he bolted around to take the lead out of the last turn, and on for a day-two win. Corey Salas won the class on Saturday, with Robby in the deuce.

Packing it Up

The Mile High Nationals weekend saw awesome racing, big checks for the pros and big scenery for those of us who drove in for the race. For us city-folk, the “ooohs,” “ahhhs” and “WOWs” were endless, as we made our way over the Rockies! Below: McClure Pass, about 100 miles from the parking lot at Grand Valley BMX, on our way, along the scenic route, from Chicago.

McClure Pass, Colorado

No doubt we’ll be inking this stop on our calendar the moment the schedule comes out, in future years! A big thanks to Nick and Kristi Adams and their local crew for the hospitality!

—Mike Carruth

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2015 USA BMX Mile High Nationals – Results

Friday Photos: 2015 USA BMX Mile High Nationals

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2016 UCI BMX SX Schedule Released

July 14, 2015 by · Comments Off 

2016 UCI BMX Supercross Schedule

As we edge ever-closer to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio next August, the eyes of BMX Supercross fans will be firmly-affixed to the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series. Promoted by GSX Events, as in recent years, the series will stage three races before taking a fourth-month break to fit in the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships in Colombia, and ultimately the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Here’s where the tour will be stopping:

2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Schedule

March 26-27, 2016* – Santiago Del Estero (ARG)

April 9-10, 2016 – Manchester (GBR)

May 7-8, 2016 – Papendal (NED)

September 24-25, 2016 – Rock Hill, SC (USA) 



October 8-9, 2016 – Sarasota, FL (USA)

*Date to be finalized; may change to March 25-26.

We are definitely happy to see two races right here in the US of A, and will be anxious to watch the new Sarasota SX facility coming along between now and then.

Taking a peek at the 2016 US Olympic qualifying guidelines, the first three races are going to be the big ones for the Olympic Hopefuls. It is during this time period that the all-important USA Cycling Power Ranking points will be earned (starting July 1, 2015 and up to and including the 2016 Worlds). A win of any of these three SX races earns any US woman an automatic spot on the Olympic Team. A podium at any of these races earns the men a nomination to the so-called long team–the 12-member (max) team from which the final three will be chosen.

We will have more on the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup season as details become available.

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Virtual Flyover: Oldsmar BMX/SX

February 5, 2015 by · Comments Off 

A virtual fly-over of the new Oldsmar BMX
John Sawyer and the Oldsmar BMX crew are making progress out at the site of the future dual-hill BMX and BMX Supercross facility they will unleash on the world this year, in plenty of time for the 2015 USA BMX Gator Nationals in October.

The latest glimpse is a virtual fly-over of the track layout, showing how both tracks will flow when you go.

Looks awesome, guys! We’re already scoping out the perfect camera positions (any chance for some “media steps” on the berms?).





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Fresh Oldsmar Rendering

December 5, 2014 by · Comments Off 

New Oldsmar BMX Rendering

The dual-hill do-over of the Oldsmar BMX track is nearing its groundbreaking phase. We found this recent rendering on Facebook this morning, showing a bit more detail of how the facility will be arranged, and how the starting hills will interact with the first straight. Read more

New Details on USA BMX SX Series

October 20, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2015 USA BMX North American SX

Following the release of the 2015 USA BMX National schedule a few weeks back, there has been much speculation and anticipation about the forthcoming domestic SX series, which was teased on the schedule graphic with an unexplained “SX” icon (above).

That was as frustrating as a season-end cliffhanger of your favorite TV series–you were stoked for what was to come, but left saying “aw…MAAAAN!”

BMX News sat down with USA BMX COO, John David late last week to get some early details on the North American BMX Supercross Series, as well as pose a few other 2015 questions. There are still details yet-to-come, burt we appreciate John sitting down with us to give News readers some early tidbits.

NEWS:Tell us about the domestic BMX SX series USA BMX has on tap for 2015.

John David: “We’ve been working and thinking about this as a long-term strategic plan, and wanted to make sure that we created a North American BMX Supercross series–for a lot of reasons–to make sure that the USA BMX series remains one of, if not the premier series in the world. (Also) to make sure we continue to do what we have always done, since the beginning of the pro series in the 80s, and that’s to inspire the best athletes in the world to be here and participate actively in the USA BMX series. This is something that has been in motion for years–we’ve been planning to have a number of facilities, where we can have a Supercross series, and have the biggest purse money in BMX.

The series will be called the ‘USA BMX North American Supercross Series.’ It will be at least four stops in 2015, with a potential fifth stop that we’re still working on the funding mechanism for, but these are the dates for the four:

March 21 – Rock Hill, SC
August 21-22 – Grand Junction, CO
October 9-10 – Chula Vista, CA
October 16-17 – Oldsmar BMX

The Louisville, KY stop, on September 4-6, is the one we are currently working to finalize the funding mechanism for. Certainly, our hope is to have the Louisville stop (in 2015), and we’re able to have a five race series. But, if not, four stops is certainly a great start.”

News: Will there be a new ruleset for these races, or will you be using UCI rules?

JD: Each one of these events are already inscripted with UCI, so they will be part of the USA BMX series as well–it’s all kind of part and parcel. The finer details of exactly how everything is going to be structured will be something we will share with you very soon– more detals on the format–but we need a little more time to tweak and revise things to make sure everything’s solid.

News: At those four/five stops, with the SX racing be in place of the regular Pro Series racing on Sat and Sun, or will this be a separate program–kind of a “Friday Night Show,” of sorts?

JD: Both, in a way. One thing we have done for 2015 is to shift all pro racing to Friday night and Saturday. That was a strategic thing, and something that has been in the making for a long time. Sunday is always tough to get local media out to the event, whereas Friday night is a big night for local sports. And for the pros, themselves, we love the fact that pro warmup at 7:15 on Sunday morning goes away–that was something that was a big “ask” from the pros, since we had so many large pro races, we’d finish up late, then they would have to be back here at 7:15AM. There are some nice things, not only for the pros, but for the program that were thought about in creating that. It also gives us one race under the lights, and one race in daylight, for the most part, which will create some excitement as well.

NEWS: So, will the SX races be part of the USA BMX #1 Pro title chase then?

JD: Absolutely. There is no intent at this point in time to separate that out as its own separate title, but what we’re working out now is exactly how that will be integrated into the existing title.

For these Supercross races, the Elite Men will race for a purse of $20,000 per day. Elite Women will race for $10,000 per day. That makes these races the richest races in all of BMX. We still have some of the finer details yet to finalize, as I mentioned, but we wanted to get some of this info out now, so the national federation teams can make plans, in their budget and schedule, to attend.

News: A quick question on the Rock Hill weekend in March. That square has the little USA Cycling bug along with the UCI and USA BMX “SX” bug. USA Cycling released that on their Nationals Championships schedule, but did not specify if that was the Elite AND Amateur championship, or just Elite. Can you clarify that?

JD: It will be the Elite National Championships. The way that weekend will work out is: USA Cycling National Championships on Friday, USA BMX North American Supercross Series on Saturday, and UCI Continental Championship on Sunday. For the regular USA BMX National that weekend, it will be the normal ‘pre-race on Friday, National Saturday and Sunday’ format. Details for the Amateur National Championships are still being finalized and will be released soon.

NEWS: Here’s a question from a reader: “In Louisville, we are sitting in the hotel having breakfast, and saw Donny Robinson and Connor Fields on the morning news. It was great to see BMX on TV like that. Does USA BMX have plans to do more of that?”

JD: Yes! We have an intensive plan at every single national stop to work with local media to maximize coverage for the sport and the athletes. That’s a big effort, but that is one of the CORE fundamentals of what we do. At the end of the day, we don’t do it to impress our own customers, we do it so that, the wednesday following the event, at the local track (Derby City BMX, in this case), they have the best Wednesday they’ve ever had because of the exposure their track and our sport received leading up to the national.

That was the end of our interview for this installment. John promised to bring more information back to BMX News readers as it becomes available, so please watch for that.

To Summarize

2015 USA BMX North American Supercross Series

Four Stops
March 21 – Rock Hill, SC*
August 21-22 – Grand Junction, CO
October 9-10 – Chula Vista, CA
October 16-17 – Oldsmar BMX

*Friday is the USA Cycling National Championships
†Possible fifth stop in Louisville, KY, September 4-5, 2015

SX Series Prize Money
Elite Men: $20,000 per day
Elite Women: $10,000 per day

Pro Racing Schedule Change for 2015
All pro racing in the USA BMX series will be Friday/Saturday. We did not ask, but assume Sunday will be “Pro Open” as it was in South Park this year. We will confirm that. There will be Elite racing on Sunday in Rock Hll, which is the UCI BMX North American Continental Championships (which is not part of the USA BMX series).

Miscellaneous
Supercross series races are not for a separate title, and will be incorporated into the USA BMX Pro Series title chase.

Keep your eyes and ears tuned to BMX News for more information on the 2015 USA BMX National Series, and the evolving North American Supercross Series.

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10 Observations on the 2015 USA BMX Schedule

October 2, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2015 USA BMX National Schedule

Last Friday, USA BMX released the dates and places for the 2015 national series. There will be a total of 26 national weekends, with 31 races; plus three Gold Cup finals and the Grands. That means five “double national” weekends, where nationals will be happening the same day on the West and East Coasts (or, more accurately, West and East of the Mississippi). Lots of the regular-favorite places on the schedule, plus a few new ones and a couple we are returning to.

Here are 10 observations about the season ahead.

1). The season will start in Las Vegas, breaking the long tradition of Reno in January.

2). The Pro season starts in late February, at the Winter Nationals, which are coming back to Black Mountain.

3). The pro series has 14 races in all, including the Grands. New stops in Rock Hill, Ventura, and Grand Junction.

4). Note the little “SX” icon on five of the pro stops. No details yet, but it foreshadows a US domestic SX series. Rock Hill, Grand Junction, Louisville, Chula Vista and Oldsmar. Sam Willoughby tweeted over the weekend that he had “inside word” that there would be “more prize money” for 2015. No word on whether the SX races will be a separate event to the USA BMX #1 Pro title-chase, or will be counted as part of it.

5). The USA Cycling National Championships appear to be in Rock Hill in March (note the USAC logo).

6). We will be in Nevada and Florida three times each.

7). No confirmation on which races will be three-day nationals in 2015. We have received loose confirmation that Louisville/Reno will remain three-day, but that is all we had by deadline.

8). Make plans to hang out in Florida from the 16th to the 25th to take in the big open for the Oldsmar SX track, then the Disney Cup.

9). Gold Cup West will be in Chula Vista, along with the SX series race, but the Central and East are TBA.

10). The Hall of Fame will likely stay in Chula Vista, in October (unconfirmed).

11). Bonus! The Las Vegas national in July will also be a Vet Pro race. The icon appears the same as the “Pro” icon, but look super-close and you’ll see it’s two words.

We’re excited for the season ahead, and anxious to see how the domestic supercross series unfolds. It’s pretty rare that we have a whole new species of BMX racing coming to the fans, so we will keep you posted on the details as they become available.

Meanwhile, get our your digital Sharpie, and start circling dates–download the PDF of the 2015 USA BMX national schedule.

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Maris and Mariana Top Podium in Argentina

September 8, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup - Argentina

After the traditional summer layoff, the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup season started back up with a blaze into Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

With 121 men and 40 women on the start list, the attendance was marginally smaller on the men’s side (-6), and seven riders larger on the womens side than the 2013 stop.

Everyone interviewed, and updating via social media was talking up the amazing hospitality of the local crowd, and how welcome all the riders felt by the fans in this city of 244,000.

Everyone also celebrated how the track allowed these best of the best to go all-out on the pedals instead of having to hold back, for fear of over-jumping, as is the case both in Manchester, and at this year’s worlds in Rotterdam.

Alise Post at the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Argentina
Alise Post, having just returned from an injury suffered on practice day in Manchester, was in top form going into Saturday’s qualifying rounds (which she had to race due to not having the series points to advance directly into the Superfinal). No biggie there, as Alise topped the field with a 1-1-1 in the day one motos. Gabi Diaz, racing with the home country crowd behind her, also turned a 1-1-1 in the motos on Saturday.

In mens qualifying, 48 of the 121 starters would advance to Sunday’s big show (making a total of 64, once you include the auto-qualified top 16). Tory Nyhaug, Federico Villegas and Jelle van Gorkom all turned straight aces in qualifying. All Americans who made the trip were on to Sunday’s racing.

In the Time Trial Superfinal, Mariana Pajon started second in the eight-rider field, and turned what she later called a near-perfect lap AT 34.394. Caroline Buchanan came close–still in the 34-second club, but crossed the line with 34.888. The Superfinal is winner-take-all, so it was Mariana for the win.

The 16-man Superfinal had a few more hotseat changes than the women (Yoshi Nagasako and Sylvain Andre. . .then Maris Strombergs kept it warm for six gate drops, until Connor Fields unseated him. Connor had it four more, until Liam Phillips–the points leader, and last dude to duel, came across for the win by .06 seconds.

Liam Phillips and mariana Pajon win the Time Trial Superfinal in Santiago del Estero, Argentina - bmxsx.com
As boring as time trial runs can be for us spectators, when there is a cliffhanger component like this, it bumps up the excitement for sure.

Race Day

Pete Dylewski and Javi Colombo
On the bmxlive.tv webcast, Pete Dylewski was joined by Argentina’s native son, Javi Colombo. There was a BMXer reunion Saturday Night, which was a who’s who of 1990s Argentine BMX–including fellow USA BMX Vet pro, Cristian Becerine.

Elite Men

Sunday qualifying saw a first-round digger by USA’s Jared Garcia, who then came back to win second round. Same for Federico Villegas, who also came back with a round-two win to keep his qualifying points on-point. Troy Nyhaug broke loose in the first turn of first round, and took Liam Phillips down to the street top. Liam’s bike flew up, and bounced off Anthony Dean, who inherited the lead. Dean looked so focused, it appeared as though he barely noticed the Yess logo on Liam’s downtube, flying by at eye level.

2014 UCI BMX World Cup - Argentina - Maris Strombergs
Maris was the only rider who came out of motos with three wins. Joris Daudet and Jelle van Gorkom both had 2-1-1. Coming out of the early rounds, Sean Gaian of the USA was the only Junior to advance. One big surprise was the no-qual of always-in-the-mix Twan van Gendt. He missed it by one point, after a second round wreck gave him 10-points.

Elite Women

Mariana and Alise were in the same moto, which made for some great racing. They went 1-1-1 and 2-2-2 on their way to the semis. In the second group, also two top names, in Laura Smulders and Caroline Buchanan. Laura got the win in the first and third round, and Caro had the second round ace.
14 Argentina Elite Women Qualifying Rounds
Third gate had some stars too (well, all four did, really), as Felicia Stancil and Brooke Crain took on Magalie Pottier, Dani George, Elke Vanhoof, Amanda Carr and two Brazilians. The first four qualified out in that order. Magalie took some time off the tour, but has come back strong. In the fourth group, Merle van Benthem went down hard, and was not able to make up the points deficit to move on to the semis.

Elite Men Quarterfinals

In the first quarter, Maris had the holeshot, with Anthony Dean taking up second into turn one. Jim Brown was third going into turn two, when Renato Rezende jumped into the inside…but Jim held the three-spot to the line, with Renato in the final qual spot.

Next up was Connor coming out of lane one. Into the first turn, it was the Con-Man, and Corben Sharrah, but Tory Nyhaug shot up the inside to take up the two-spot. Nagasako was down in turn one. Into turn two, Corben landed to the inside, pinching off the line of Gonzalo Molina, and giving Sylvain Andre an inside line to a qual spot, which is how it finished.

In the third rack, David Herman came out of gate six, and was down the first straight in the lead, with Jelle van Gorkom on his port side and Barry Nobles in third. That’s how it stood out of turn two, with Brazilian Rogerio Reis in the four-spot. Rogerio’s qual spot held to the last turn, when it looked like he had some trouble, and went wayyyy outside on the berm, letting Raymon van der Biezen in from sixth to the final qual spot.

Liam Phillips at the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Argentina
In the final mens quarterfinal, it was Liam Phillips coming out of lane one, with Nic Long and Joris Daudet in the hunt. Into turn two, Joris over-jumped the second set, giving a go-ahead to Sean Gaian to take up the three-spot and Alfredo Campo the final qual slot. Joris was close behind, but not close enough to advance.

Semis

Elite Women
After the motos, the next time we’d see the Elite Woman battle it out was in the semifinals.

Mariana Pajon at the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Argentina
In the first group, Stefany Hernandez was down on the latter part of the first straight (while even with the lead over the first jump), then got run over by Simone Christensen. The official call out of turn one had it Pajon, George and Crain. Into turn two, Brooke jumped in, and Caroline pumped in, giving Brooke about a half-a-bike advantage and the inside, with Dani on the bubble. That’s how it would finish.

The second Elite Women semi had Alise Post rockin out of lane one. Laura Smulders was in lane two and, on the way down, hesitated a bit, and fell back. Over the first set, Melinda McLeod had a wheel into the lead, but Alise got a great backside and, being on the inside, was in command as the pack raced into the first turn. Manon Valentino settled in behind Alise into turn two, with Magalie Pottier in third and McLeod in the bubble spot. That’s how it finished, and Magalie pumped a fist in the air to comemorate her spot in the main event after being away for a while

Elite Men
“Stacked to the rafters” would be a great way to size-up the first semi. Maris took lane one, Liam Phillips was in lane two, then Jelle van Gorkom and Tory Nyhaug. Past the ram was Sean Gaian, Jim Brown, Raymon van der Biezen and Sylvain Andre. Into turn one it was Strombergs, Phillips and Nyhaug, but Tory had a challenge on his left from van Gorkom. Nyhaug had the inside, and made the most of the real estate he controlled into turn two to solidify his spot–actually coming into the third straight even with Phillips. At the stripe, it was Strombergs, Phillips, Nyhaug and van Gorkom.

Connor Fields at the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Argentina
The second semi could best be described as the “Team USA” semi. All five of the USA athletes who made the semis were in semi #2, with Connor Fields, David Herman, Barry Nobles, Nic Long and Corben Sharrah all vying for four spots against Anthony Dean, Renato Rezende and Alfredo Campo. Out of turn one, it was Fields, Dean and Herman…which is how it ended up into turn two, but Corben jumped to the inside in the four-spot. Into the third straight, the bubble spot was a three-abreast battle between Nobles, Sharrah and Rezende, and by the last turn, Renato had solidified the final qual spot.

Wowza! that was some off-the-chain racing. And the highest of the high-amperage competition was yet to come–in two main events.

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Main Events

Elite Women
BMX News Coverage of the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Argentina
Alise was set up in lane one and Mariana lane two. Then Brooke Crain, Manon Valentino, Caroline Buchanan, Magalie Pottier, Melinda McLeod and Dani George. The gate dropped, and for a couple-three seconds, it was tough to see who would emerge in the lead. Heading into turn one, as the camera cut-away, it was very close with Pajon in the lead, Post on the inside and McLeod on the outside. The first turn, on-screen leaderboard had it Pajon, McLeod, Post– and in fourth, Velentino was on her way to crashing to the ground and, thankfully for those behind, drifting to the outside. To the end of the second straight, it was Mariana and Melinda…but Alise was on the hunt, and cut the turn sharp to the inside, coming up under McLeod and taking up the two-spot as the pack raced toward the third straight. Mariana was gone by this point–and would win, unless disaster struck. It didn’t, and the first three across the line were Pajon, Post and McLeod.

Elite Men
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Looking down the gate in the final gate of the weekend (from the inside) was: Connor Fields, Maris Strombergs, Anthony Dean, Liam Phillips, Tory Nyhaug, David Herman, Jelle van Gorkom and Renato Rezende. Down the hill, and for the entirety of the first straight, it was tough to see who would emerge with the lead–it was THAT close. Into turn one, Nyhaug had a half a wheel on Phillips and a full wheel on Strombergs, but that was a moment frozen in time (and captured by the official split-timer). Maris, the insider, took the pack deep into the crook of the turn and exited solidly in the lead. Liam and Tory battled for second down the length of the second straight, with Liam on the inside. Both jumped inside to the sharpest pivot point in turn two, but Liam got there a split-second earlier, and angled the 65 bike to own the postage stamp of real estate that would ultimately decide the balance of the podium. The pack left turn two as Strombergs, Phillips and Nyhaug. Liam made up some good ground on the third straight, and was stalking Maris closely for a possible lunge to the win at the stripe. The lunge came, but Maris held on to the lead by about half a wheel (top photo). The margin was .022/sec–less than the blink of an eye

In the post-race interview, Annalise said “Maris, you came back to the World Cup…to Berlin…you win; you come here, you win…what an amazing result.”

Maris: “Yeah, but I didn’t win the worlds. That made me feel a little sluggish, mentally, and I am happy I was able to bounce back here in Argentina.”

Post-Race

As the stands emptied out and everyone made their way to the podium presentation, the riders who were not standing on the box started packing up and saying their goodbyes. Only 18 days til we meet again–this time on Pacific time, in Chula Vista for the season finale. This year’s Chula race will be even more special than the others, since we will not be back there in 2015. Instead, the 2015 finale will be in Rock Hill, SC at the new Novant health BMX Supercross track.

Check the links below for official results from the Argentina race, and the bmxlive.tv YouTube Channel for video of the two finals.

—Mike Carruth

Thanks to Craig Dutton/GSX and BMX Brasil for the photos, via Facebook.

Links

Official BMX SX Results on BMX-RESULTS.COM

BMXLive.tv YouTube Channel

Brasil BMX on Facebook





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Epic Pump Lap: Renato Rezende

August 18, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Renato Rezende Pump Lap

The Beijing-replica track at the US Olympic Training Center Chula Vista has been called the best SX layout on the World Cup circuit by many of the top Elites. It’s challenging, but not over the top.

Team Brazil was out there in recent days, training up for the final two rounds of the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series. As part of that training, #500, himself, Renato Rezende got a full lap with no pedaling at all.

The 1:25 second video, below, shows both his on-board GoPro view (41 seconds), and the view from the spectator POV, showing how he did it.

As we were watching it here, the big question was “OMG, how is he going to get over that berm jump?” But he did, which made this lap all-the-more epic.

Check it!

Awesome stuff…big props to Renato.

Links

Renato Rezende on Twitter

Chase BMX Website





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New “Straight SX” Concept Getting Some Props

July 10, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Straight SX BMX vs. MTB Concept

We spotted this one on Twitter this morning, a 3D concept drawing released by French racer/track builder Thomas Hamon. Hamon’s ProTracks build company is making its mark on the Euro scene, with some impressive completed projects and the contract to build the 2015 UCI worlds track in Zolder, Belgium.

The “Straight SX” concept is Thomas’ idea of how to bring SX to the city center. Here’s what he told News about the concept:

This project came about as I was helping the developers of Mad Skills BMX with some gameplay testing. This was just as I was starting ProTracks. So I thought “Hey…We should introduce BMX to Downtown!” That’s tough to do because downtown has straight lanes. So, let’s build the track as one long straightaway (like Mad Skills BMX).

The concept is also for BMX and MTB riders to both participate. I want to know: “who’s the best Rider?” Fields or Gwin? Daudet or Atherton?

Imagine a “Straight SX” race on the Las Vegas Strip! No rules, just a big show and all-star race–like Fast and Furious.

BMX Racing could use some innovation about right now. And it could use big-crowd exposure. Maybe mixing MTB and BMX into the same program would be a way to spur interest in the BMX side as a spectator sport. Any time you can have half the crowd cheering for one side, and the other half cheering for the other side (BMX vs MTB on the Straight SX track), it’s a recipe for a great event.

In our opinion, BMX Supercross does nothing for recruiting new riders into “Classic” BMX Racing, but in a setting like this, or the Red Bull Revolution races, that’s OK, because they are races that are primarily entertainment, but have a competition component.

As Thomas said, no firm plans in place for an actual event yet, just some concepts and early-stage teasers like the above.

Keep an eye on BMX News for more on their progress, as it becomes available.

Meanwhile, we have linked the hi-res version of the Straight SX concept drawing below.

Links

Straight SX Full-Res Concept Image

ProTracks Website

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