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Haro/US Development Team Edit & Update

February 22, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Haro/US Devo Team Edit

Following up on the article we ran on Feb 7, heralding the 2018 launch of the Haro/US Development team, Dale Holmes and Jamie Staff are out today with a short-and-sweet video edit.

The Justin Kosman-produced edit formally introduces us to the squad, and shows some of the training and on-track style the riders laid down in their week at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center earlier this month.

The edit shows six of the seven team riders, with Bryce Batten mentioned, but not shown.

This, because Bryce suffered a major crash at the training center on Feb 8, which landed him in a San Diego-area hospital for a few days with a laundry list of injuries.

Bryce Batten 2018
Within a week, Bryce was looking, at least externally, like his usual self (above).

We wanted a bit more than social media surface details, but didn’t want to bug the man himself. A big thanks to friend-of-News Momma Batten for the following report:

Bryce is doing exceptionally well! He’s back to school with some accommodations and catching up on his work. His kidney laceration is healing up well and he does not need anymore follow up with the specialist.

He saw the neurologist Monday and had some cognitive testing. He has some deficits, which were expected, and at this point can do some moderate aerobic activity.

Balance therapy starts Monday, where he will be retested and see what the next steps are. We have been reassured that he will completely heal from this head injury with no adverse affects from the brain contusion.

Our BMX family has been so amazing and supportive and we appreciate all of the well wishes and prayers from each one of them.
We look forward to seeing everyone when he’s “100 percent” (pun intended).

We are SO glad to hear these positive details. Stick with BMX News for details on Bryce’s return to the track.

Kamren Larsen Interviewed by Rail The Berm
Another important development after the edit was filmed is the incredible performance by Kamren Larsen in his first Pro outing at the 2018 USA BMX Winter Nationals in Phoenix. Kam scored aces-across in the Friday and Saturday A-Pro main events, and again on Sunday in Pro Open. Way to go, Kamren! (above: Kamren pauses for an in-the-pits interview with Brad DeBusk of “Rail the Berm”).

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Twitter: @DHolmesRacing
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Haro/US Devo Team Edit

Haro/US Development Team Launches for 2018

February 7, 2018 by · Comments Off 

2018 Haro/US Development
Last year, Dale Holmes and Jamie Staff broke from the traditional “factory team” format to create a USA Cycling “Development” team that would train, coach and mentor a small team of riders, likely over many years, to ultimately reap the next crop of US Olympic hopefuls in BMX Racing.

With coaching help from Arielle Verhaaren (still Arielle Martin to many of us), the 2017 roster saw some great results, and we noticed an unquantifiable maturing among the whole squad.

Bryce Batten 2018 Haro/US Development  TeamFor 2018, the program has expanded to include more riders, two of whom making the jump to A-Pro at next week’s USA BMX season opener in Phoenix–Bryce Batten and Kamren Larsen.

Of the pro side of the team, Dale told News:

“Bryce & Kamren will make their Pro debut in Phoenix, so we’ve decided to give them a different look from the ams on the team with full 100% helmets & gear. The Ams will be branded Answer Racing & Rockstar Energy.”

The Haro/US Development Team will consist of the following riders (listed alphabetically):

Pros/Elites
Bryce Batten – A-Pro/Elite
Kamren Larsen – A-Pro/Elite

Amateurs
Brooke Craft – 13G
Madelynn DeSantis – 14G
Cam Mason – 16X
Noah Ramos – 16X
Payton Ridenour – 15-16G

They are all riding the Haro Carbon Citizen, in addition to parts and gear from the team’s impressive roster of sponsors. These are:

USA Cycling
Haro Bikes
Rockstar Energy
Dale Holmes Racing
WD40
Barona Casino
ride100percent
Answer Racing
Shimano
ODI Grips
Box Components
Tioga
hrpdesigns.com
Wheelbuilder.com
*Links added to highlight companies that are also BMX News advertisers.

Dale gave us some more fill-in on the details, saying:

The Team are all currently in Chula Vista on a Team camp getting some riding in and shooting some footage.

Focus of the year is to ease both Bryce and Kamren into the Pro Elite ranks with an emphasis on USA BMX, a few selected European rounds and the UCI World Championships.

Additionally, we teach the kids the ropes on racing & training, the industry side, as well as working with sponsors and ensuring they deliver what is expected of them.

Team USA Cycling BMX Director: Jamie Staff
Team Manager: Dale Holmes
Team Coach: Arielle Verhaaren

We are definitely looking forward to seeing all the Haro/Devo riders out front and in the BMX News viewfinder as much as possible this year. All the best to everyone involved.

—Mike Carruth

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Dale Holmes Racing Website

On Social Media
Facebook: Dale Holmes Racing
Twitter: @DHolmesRacing
Instagram: @daleholmesracing | @usdevelopment

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Bryce Batten Moves to Haro/US Devo Team

December 12, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Bryce Batten Joins Haro/US Devo Team

After an awesome year on Factory Throdwn, Arizona star, Bryce Batten announced, on social media, that he was moving to the Dale Holmes and Jamie Staff-led “Haro/US Development Team” for 2018.

The team had a great start in 2017, with Read more

Mercedes-Benz of San Diego USAC Jr. Devo Edit

June 20, 2017 by · Comments Off 

USA Cycling BMX Jr. Devo Team

The four-member USA Cycling BMX Junior Development Team is a new-for-2017 creation of Dale Holmes and Jamie Staff. The goal of the team is to take a select-few riders and coach/mentor them in both the on and off-track things a future Olympian must know.

With coaching by Arielle Martin, the squad, which consists of Kamren Larsen, Noah Ramos, Colin Whittington and Payton Ridenour, are all showing big gains from the close-order attention of their coaches and mentors.

Dale Holmes’ DHR Program has been humming-along for more than a couple years now, and recently brought on Mercedes-Benz of San Diego (MBSD) as a team sponsor. They have a spiffy new Sprinter van that they use for going to the races, and also their school and YMCA programs around the San Diego area.

On Tuesday, MBSD posted a video edit to their YouTube channel, produced by Justin Kosman, with some footage of the Devo team doing their thing at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (formerly known as the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center).

It’s a great peek inside the program, and the individual riders—who did a supremely-competent job in their on-camera interviews (Colin was not able to make it to the shoot due to a scheduling conflict).

To us, this is where the off-track mentorship is showing results, as well as the race results the riders have turned in in the first half of the 2017 season.

Big props to Dale and Jamie for having the vision to create this program. And to Justin Kosman for doing what he always does—showing the topic in spectacular fashion. And, finally to Arielle, Kamren, Noah, Colin and Payton. We are definitely looking forward to seeing the fruits of your efforts as the program matures.

—Mike Carruth

The USA Cycling BMX Junior Devo Team is supported by:
USA Cycling, Haro Bikes, RockStar Energy, BaronaCasino, Mercedes-Benz of San Diego, wd40Bike, ride100percent, Answer Racing, Shimano, ODI Grips, Box Components, USA BMX, Stealth Hubs, Wheelbuilder.com, KMC Chains
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Editorial: John Paul Rogers Podcast

June 9, 2017 by · Comments Off 

John Paul Rogers on Dale Holmes PodcastEarlier this week, Dale Holmes recorded an episode for his “High-Low” podcast show featuring long-time BMX industry legend, John Paul Rogers.

I was looking forward to this episode since Dale told me about it a few weeks back in Nashville; JP and I just-missed each other in terms of our respective California adventures. If my understanding of the timeline is correct, he got there in late 1988 or early 89, and I pretty-much checked out of the BMX scene in March of 89, returning in March of 2008.

Two-hour podcast episodes are usually too long for my taste; I prefer to keep it to about an hour, both for listening and for our Announcers Tower podcast, here on News.

But, I have to admit, this was one I wish could have gone another hour—JP tells his stories in a way that keeps you smiling between belly-laughs, and provides plenty of useful detail into the outlines of history we have sketched in our minds.

The first hour or so of the episode was good-ol-days stuff, and we strongly encourage you to listen from the beginning; there is some true old-gold there.

But the purpose of this editorial is to give a tick-tock of what he covered, vis a vis present-day BMX Racing, and his opinions on some relavent topics therein.

We include some of our own notes on the points, and will include the embed to the show at the bottom, so you can listen along.

PARENTAL ADVISORY – This episode contains explicit language and adult themes. It may not be suitable for younger listeners.

http://www.daleholmes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/johnpaulrogers.mp3

Timecode – Topic

1:11:29 – Pro Racing is not an asset; does not bring riders in.

1:12:38 – What Freestylers think of BMX Racing

1:13:54 – SO much potential for BMX Racing

1:14:11 – Why are tracks so big?

1:15:30 – Elite Women

1:17:34 – Dale Asks: “Would Freestyle shot-callers get interested in BMX Racing?”

1:18:13 – On Greg Hill

1:19:15 – The only ones who have done independent events are freestyle guys

1:20:10 – BMX Racing is “Elitist” and exclusive.

1:20:23 – Racing’s Appeal to kids

1:20:50 – USA BMX Develop Pump tracks

1:22:43 – Smaller events

1:23:44 – They should have dirt jumping competitions at pro events.

1:24:03 – 100 pros, 100 amateurs and their families in Dirt Jump

1:26:00 – Reconnecting with the rest of BMX

1:26:19 – Faction Magazine

1:27:41 – Magazines and media

1:30:39 – “The money’s not bad” (in BMX Racing)

1:31:00 – “How can racing get big hen you’re only in 12 cities?”

1:32:06 – Pros should race for “$1000 per weekend x 40 weekends”

1:33:13 – Racing needs to “reconnect” with freestyle

1:34:15 – Talk about the freestyle brands, and bike sales numbers

1:37:24 – Prediction: 2020 will be the last Olympics for racing

1:42:36 – Talked to Mat Hoffman about UCI involvement in Freestyle

1:44:02 – Baffled USA BMX did not take up freestyle in North America
Editor’s Note: USA BMX *did* take up the cause of UCI BMX Freestyle in North America. It was big news last year, which we covered here on News, but we have not heard a peep about it for almost a year. Historically, freestylers want NOTHING to do with anything related to racing–even though, ironically, many top freestylers have racing roots, the rank-and-file do not, and want to stay as far away as possible from racing.

My take:

Many of the points above are JP’s opinion on a given person or topic, and we’re not going to nit-pick those.

Much of this discussion was taken from the pro point of view (talking about the number of stops on the USA BMX tour, and pro payouts, pro events and like-that).

But I felt compelled to weigh in on a few of the points concerning how BMX Racing should proceed in the future.

The concept of bringing the various BMX disciplines together (shoe-horning racing into the world of dirt, vert, park and/or street) is an interesting concept, but the reality is that it never really works in practice. The CULTURE of these groups are so different that it’s an oil & water scenario, with the rough and tumble freestyle crowd— PBRs in hand— dodging in and out of racing families walking to the moto boards or starting gate. Introducing that dynamic into national BMX Racing events would be, in my opinion, the worst possible thing for our sport, from a cultural point of view.

At root, BMX Racing is a family sport. Try-as-some-might to build it into it a spectator sport, an Olympic Sport, a Professional sport, a TV sport, etc.—it can be all of those things—but above all, BMX Racing is a family sport, in a way that the freestyle disciplines never will, or want to, be.

Yes, the freestyle events have lots of spectators, beer sponsors, etc. I’m not knocking the vibe or the setting for those events. But I, for one, would not want to see BMX Racing blended into those events–apart from a few choice instances (Sea Otter, for example, or if someone decided to stage an all-BMX “festival” of some kind).

A BMX Racing renaissance will not be found on the coat-tails of Freestyle this time (JP was correct that, in previous booms, this was the case). This time, we are really going to have to do it on our own, via the grassroots. We know from history that the pro and upper-echelon levels do not work to grow the sport by playing-up its extremes.

Let’s grow the grassroots to 100,000 or 200,000 participants in the US, then use those numbers to take things to the next level, then the next. THAT is the new paradigm that BMX racing needs to devote energy to. Because, by doing that, the culture of our sport is within OUR control, and we are not forced into a “take or leave it” choice by bringing non-racers into racing events, and introducing dozens of freestyle brands into our already-crowded ecosystem. We don’t really need them here; the BMX racing brands have things more-than-covered.

Don’t mistake the difference of my opinion with what was said as being “anti-change.” I think we MUST evolve BMX Racing in order to shape it into a program that works for the modern era. Between JP, Dale and many of the other voices out there talking about evolution, I line up with many of their points. I just think the evolution starts at the place we have paid the LEAST attention to over the years: grassroots. THAT is where we’ll find our 100,000 participants, not via bringing freestyle and racing together at nationals.

Big props and thanks to Dale and John Paul for a very entertaining and enlightening show! Can’t wait for part 2.

—Mike Carruth

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Dale Holmes “Ride to End Obesity” Edit

April 16, 2017 by · Comments Off 

DHR Ride to End Obesity Edit

News has been a big fan of the Dale Holmes “Ride to End Obesity” since Dale started the program four years ago. For 2017, Dale has teamed up with Haro Bikes and a roster of other sponsors who want to make a genuine difference in kids’ lives to bring the program to the next level. Read more

Podcast: Dale Holmes and Jamie Staff on Jr. Devo

January 23, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Kamren Larsen is one of four riders on USAC BMX Devo

USA Cycling took the Olympic year of 2016 off from Junior Development programming. Thanks to a new partnership with Dale Holmes, 2017 will see an expansion beyond the “camp” programming with which we are all familiar, and USAC will field a team of four hand-picked BMXers Read more

Podcast: Dale and JRich Recap the Olympics

August 30, 2016 by · Comments Off 

Dale Holmes and Dr. JRich recap the Olympics

Dale Holmes and Dr. Jason Richardson posted-up the latest episode of the BMX Pro Podcast Show: Olympic Wrap-Up Edition. The show is definitely worth a couple consecutive listens to get the full-effect of their assessment of all the inside goodies going on in Rio during the Games. Read more

Edit: Dale Holmes Racing Summer Camp

July 21, 2016 by · Comments Off 

bmxnewsDHRcamp

Dale Holmes Racing has been making moves on and off the track since its inception in January of 2014. From bringing in outside-the-sport sponsors into their program, to bringing BMX to schools throughout Southern California, Dale and his crew have worked hard to present BMX Racing in a positive light. This summer, while Stay Strong/DHR riders Dani George and Anthony Dean have been atop Elite podiums, Dale has been hard at work back at home promoting and teaching the team’s “BMX Pro For A Week” camp at a San Diego-area YMCA.

The camp brings riders who have never seen a BMX track, and some who have never ridden a two-wheeler, to one of the three tracks in the San Diego area. Aside from BMX, Dale & Co cover bike and street safety, the importance of wearing protective gear, and the importance of leading a healthful lifestyle, on and off the track.

We spoke to Dale’s wife, Adrienne Wells Holmes, who chimed in with some great info on the program:

This is Dale Holmes Racing’s third year partnering with the YMCA of San Diego County to offer BMX Pro for a Week Camp. Dale has 11 weeks straight booked this summer and he’s working with Mission Valley, Toby Wells, Rancho Family, South Bay, Cameron Family, La Jolla & the Ecke Family YMCAs this year. The list of Ys continues to grow annually. We cover the full 101 of BMX Racing alongside Dale stressing the importance of taking care of yourself and staying active along with bike and street safety and BMX riding techniques. Dale has more than 80% retention on his campers, which is a sign they are really enjoying it.

The Camps ultimate goal “is to introduce the sport of BMX racing to more kids and to excite those already interested in getting more involved.” How could you not love a program with a mission like that?!

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Podcast: Dale Holmes “BMX Pro for a Week” Camp

September 9, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Dale Holmes on "BMX Pro for a Week" Camp

Dale Holmes just finished up with season two of his “BMX Pro for a Week” summer camps in conjunction with the YMCA of San Diego. This year, the program grew from two weeks to eight, and was packed-full of beginning BMXers, some of whom had never ridden a bike before.

The summer camp is one of three prongs of the Dale Holmes Racing program, the other two being the “Ride to End Obesity” program in the Poway, CA school district, and the Chase/DHR Racing Team, with members Anthony Dean, Dani George and Bryce Betts.

All of the programs were on our radar, covered in News since their start in early 2014, but the edit DHR released, posted here on July 28 provided a great peek into the summer camp program, and the positive impact it is having on the local beginner scene in San Diego (video reposted below).

Everyone involved in running a local track, or with an interest in growing the BMX pie across the country knows full-well that beginners, and lots of them, are the key to all that ails us, from a participation point of view.

Dale’s program is a shining example of how new riders can be brought into the fold, gradually, before they start worrying about skinny digits and low-number plates.

It’s not like “the old days” when we all rode bikes around the neighborhood, til the street lights came on, and our personal freedom was tied to two wheels and a pair of handlebars. Today’s 10-unders are not necessarily riding bikes–for a variety of reasons, so whatever we, as BMXers can do to get them off the couch and on the pedals is nothing less of a public service.

News sat down with Dale last week to hear about summer camp 2015, and get some 411 on the next steps for all DHR programs. It’s a great show, and we hope you enjoy listening.

Listen now:
link
iOS users: paste the URL below into your device’s browser to listen
http://www.bmxnews.org/podcasts/at-113-dale-holmes.mp3

Here’s the edit on the camp, produced by Justin Kosman

The BMX Pro for a Week summer camp is supported by an all-star list of sponsors, including Answer Racing, BaronaCasino, Chase BMX, GEICO, Goliath Financial, ODI Grips, ride100percent, Shimano, Stealth Hubs, Tioga, Wal Mart, WD-40 Bike, Zola Clean.
(links above added by BMX News to highlight companies who are also BMX News advertisers)

Speaking of Chase, here’s a snap of the fleet of Chase Edge bikes the camp uses. Pretty solid hardware, for racers of any calibur–and a dream machine for the campers.
Chase BMX Edge BMX Race Bikes

Keep an eye on BMX News for exclusive details of Dale’s 2016 program, as soon as all the particulars are inked.

—Mike Carruth

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