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Dani George Ready to Throdwn in 2018

December 21, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Dani George Joins Factory Throdwn

As the final sands of 2017 slip through the hourglass, BMX teams across the country are re-racking their rosters for the new year. Afterall, it’s only 22 days to the Las Vegas season opener on January 14, and 57 days til the pro opener in Phoenix on February 16.

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BMX Elites Talk “Risk Vs. Reward”

October 22, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Red Bull Rampage 2015

After last weekend’s Red Bull Rampage in Utah, Mountain Bike Freeriders have begun to ask the question of “risk vs reward.” The event saw several serious injuries, including the (hopefully temporary) lower-extremity paralysis of athlete Paul Basagoitia.

For those of you not familiar with the Rampage event, it takes place in Virgin, UT, and is widely considered the most extreme cycling event in the world. Competitors take single-rider runs, starting at the top of the mountain, then rail down 6-inch wide trails, boulder-dotted declines, giant gaps 60 feet in distance, often with a 50-foot drop in elevation. Oh, and they do insane tricks during their runs, too. Most of these lines are “natural”–meaning cut or shaped by “dig crews” from the terrain already there, and some features are constructed of wood. If you haven’t seen it, check out the highlight video below.

On Monday, Mountain Bike site VitalMTB.com ran an opinion article by Brandon Turman entitled “Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective” (link below)

The article goes into great depth on the behind-the-scenes preparation for the Rampage event, and how the most competitive athletes now need to bring their own dig crews to develop sections of the course that put their own spin on things. “Sounds like a dream, right?” Turman says, then proceeds to lay-bare all the work and expense involved in getting a crew there, and paying the freight for all of them–before the riding even starts.

“Progression” in the courses is also a factor in that world, as it is in BMX Supercross, with some saying it has reached a point of being “ridiculous.” It’s an odd thing to hear among this crowd; the very existence of this sliver-discipline of Mountain Bike is based on the premise that it is more extreme that the most extreme.

Red Bull has created a venue and a healthy financial reward for the freeride community, complete with international TV, web and streaming coverage. The prize purse for the 2015 event last weekend was $100,000. But, even with that, there is a risk versus reward conversation.

The Vital piece acknowledges input from several athletes, so we might assume their feelings on the subject are represented there. But what about BMXers?

Risk versus Reward in BMX Racing

Risk versus reward was in the BMX News headlines recently, with the rider protest at the Olympic Test Event in Rio. And fans of BMX Supercross have run the risk versus reward discussion over and over many times. But, to this point, we haven’t heard from the athletes, themselves, on this issue.

The premise of a BMX Supercross race is much different than what the Rampage competitors face and, as such, the concerns and motivations of BMXers on this topic are also different.

We posed three questions to a roster of 11 athletes. We received four responses back, from Sam Willoughby, Dani George, Donny Robinson and one response that we were asked to keep anonymous. These responses provide a great insight into how Elite BMX athletes are thinking on this topic, and we greatly appreciate their participation so we have a window into the Elite mindset on this topic.



1). For you personally, is there a “Risk vs Reward” threshold in BMX Racing? A point at which you would say “it’s not worth it,” and stop doing what you do?

Sam Willoughby: There hasn’t been thus far. That being said, I was not at the recent Rio test event, but from what I saw, that was pushing it. It’s not the risk of injury that turns me off but the loss of head-to competition when the course becomes the main competitor.

Anonymous: Definitely. Obviously everyone always wants to progress and become better at what they do, but in a sport where injuries are so common and seem to be getting more and more serious, I’d be lying if I said I don’t weigh up “Risk vs Reward” and sometimes settle on “it’s not worth it.”

Dani George: In anything, there is a risk vs reward threshold and BMX Racing is no different. That threshold is different for everyone but I think once it the risk exceeds the reward, it’s time to take a step back, reevaluate, and perhaps take a different path.

Donny Robinson: At 32 years old, there has only recently come a point where I began to see that what is needed of me to excel in what our sport has evolved in to, might not be worth risking my long-term quality-of-life and transitional success that is inevitable after any athlete’s competitive career.



2). If there is a risk versus reward threshold, what is it? Is it weighted more toward the extreme nature of tracks (if they get too much crazier, it makes it not worth it)? The number of racing stops? The size of the purses (I’m not going to risk my health for $X,000, but for $XX,000, I might be more willing)?

Sam Willoughby: The way our sport is right now, you make more money at USA BMX events with half the risk. Obviously stuff still happens because that’s the nature of the beast. However if you offered anyone in a Casino those odds they would take it all day long. In my opinion though, I have raced many tracks for minimum purse that I don’t agree with, but none have been so ridiculous that I personally felt it wasn’t worth it…YET.

Anonymous: I think it’s a combination of all of those factors. The tracks are getting more technical and making decisions on which lines are “faster” vs “safer” is definitely becoming a factor. As a country without as much government funding, and with a deep level of competition, we have to race a lot to stay competitive and financially able to continue this career path. Racing that much makes it harder and harder to compete under fatigue how gnarly the tracks are. I think you already see people making some decisions of which races to hit based on the financial gains. There is not a lot of money in our sport, so injury bills can add up. Buuuuut, with that said, I definitely think people are more willing to risk things the bigger the potential reward is.

Dani George: Like I said, that threshold is different for everyone so I’m just going to voice what it is for me. Personally, when someone mentions “Risk vs Reward” I think too many people automatically think that money is the reward for taking the risk in question. In BMX Racing specifically, especially at the Elite level, there is so much more reward than just the money. I think that being able to travel to world is a reward. So is the opportunity to compete at the Olympics and earn a medal for your country. What about the fan base you create and the kids that you mentor? Or striving towards the goals you set and achieving them? And the fun we have? It’s all extremely rewarding.

As a side note, I do believe in the increased pay. Not because of the risks we take, but because of the money we bring in. We deserve bigger payouts because we are the faces of the sport and provide the entertainment. Kids race because they want to be us one day. Without us, all this money wouldn’t be coming in.

Donny Robinson: As I look back on what I’ve been so thankful to achieve, I realize, to add more accolades to my resume, I would need to win a more prestigious Olympic medal, or, win the USA BMX Pro title. To do that, however, would mean I would need to race on what is becoming the standard – increasingly-technical SX tracks, where the precedent has been set that those races will be run in nearly any kind of weather, all while competing amongst a field of ever-talented, young, and hungry riders. That task might be worth it if I were still making a living wage from sponsors, winning races, or just not facing repeated injuries – but I’m not. There will always come a time where riders choose, or are forced, to leave this sport. My love for this sport still has a hold on me, but I hope I can make the choice to exit sooner-than-later, so that I might not jeopardize my ability to use my off-the-bike talents and passions to help others in the future.



3). When we talk about “progression” we are usually referring to the nature of tracks, but maybe not as much the WAY the sport is run and administered. Do you see a need for “progression” in ways other than track-specific details? If so, please specify.

Sam Willoughby: YES YES YES AND YES….. The tracks in my opinion have maybe 20% to do with progression but the other 80% comes from the “show” and the presentation of the sport. Take NASCAR for example (as I am a huge fan of this sport). Talladega is still the same track Dale Sr. raced 20 years ago. However the equipment has advanced, the formats changed, The TV package has grown as has fan involvement.

Another one is (AMA) Supercross, they are still jumping the same 70ft triple that McGrath and Larry Ward did. But the show and the equipment have become better… Could those 450s jump bigger? Yeah, they could, but who cares; it’s not a long jump comp, it’s a race, therefore the race should be the focus, because the naked eye could care less if the rhythm is 10-feet deep or 5 feet deep… they just want to see a close race and they want to be entertained, on the TV package and live at the show. I think the 8M BMX Supercross hill is great in some respects but maybe our sport can’t afford it? Could those millions of dollars being spent to build BMX SX tracks be better spent growing the sport???

Anonymous: Yes. I think sports will always naturally progress over time, simply because of time elapsed and the level of competition rises with each generation. However, there needs to be changes made in location, set up, and admin of races that cater to fans and TV in order to grow our sport. As the demographic base and following of our sport grow, more money can filter in and help with the progression of the tracks and the “risk vs reward” factor. People outside of the sport don’t know enough about it to this point to understand the progression of the actual tracks. They do understand exciting, close racing though.

Donny Robinson: Progression is a main talking point in action sports and what seems to almost be a necessity to keep athletes and fans engaged. BMX Racing has worked on visual progression through events and layouts like X-Games Downhill, SX tracks/World Cup circuit, and of course, the Olympics, which were all supposed to bring in more fans, sponsors, money, and legitimacy to our sport – but have they? Maybe a better “progression” model for our sport should viewed in terms of the future it can provide for its participants. You can now use your talent in BMX Racing to earn a college scholarship. So, what if more riders were able to then transition to a pro racing career, where the sport was healthy enough to provide a living wage to many, not just the lucky-few?



It’s a great discussion, which we will all watch with enthusiasm (and react to with our opinions) as the Rio 2016 Olympic cycle becomes Tokyo 2020. Stick with BMX News for more on this topic as it develops.

Thanks again to the Elites that responsed to our questions, so we could bring you the BMX perspective to this long-standing question.

—Mike Carruth

Video

2015 Red Bull Rampage Highlight Reel

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Vital MTB: “Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward?”

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Daudet and Dani Top Day One Desoto Pro Show

March 28, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Joris Daudet and Nic Long in the Desoto Day One Main

After a quick-turn from Rock Hill, home for laundry and a couple days of get-ready, 41 Elites made the trip to Desoto for the 2015 USA BMX Super Nationals. Both Elite Men and Elite Women are thinner than they might otherwise be, since many US riders stayed home to get ready for a Monday departure to the Europe for a stop at the Worlds venue in Zolder, Belgium, then on to the UK for the first World Cup of 2015 in Manchester (April 18-19).

The riders in attendance put on a great show for the pre-race crowd on Friday evening. With clear skies and temps in the low-to-mid 70s, it was great racing weather (albeit under the Metroplex BMX enclosure). That enclosure has protected us from the harshness of the elements for many Super National weekends past. Snow, sleet, freezing rain and dead of night were all visited upon us in recent years, but the show went on. No such complaints this weekend, as it looks like we’re going to have ideal conditions.

Amanda Carr and Dani George into turn one at the 2015 USA BMX Super Nationals
Elite Women had some good battles on Friday, and it was interesting to see who would emerge as the star of the evening, with some of the usual lead-riders back home, or already over in Europe. Amanda Carr and Dani George were, beyond a doubt, the standouts of the evening and treated the fans to an awesome main event whereby Amanda led it to the last turn, then Dani put the swoop down and took it on home for Chase BMX/Dale Holmes Racing. A wreck on the first straight took Shelby Stacy and Carlie Ferree out of the mix, so we will be watching closely to see how it shakes out on Saturday. Shealen Reno rode well all night, and earned her first spot on an Elite podium, so big congrats to her!

We had some serious horsepower in the house for Elite men, with Sam Willoughby, Nic Long (fresh off his National Championship win last week), David Herman, Joris Daudet, Anthony Dean and 24 other hard-chargers. This wasn’t going to be a cake walk for anyone.

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We saw some wrecks during the moto rounds, and also some sights we rarely see–namely Sam Willoughby working his way through the pack, more than once. The Champ was having a bit of a bad night on Friday, and was out for the main event.

The Elite Men main was Joris and Nic from the get-go (top photo, on the first jump). Anthony Dean stayed clear of some carnage (Gustafson and Logan Collins) to get around for third. Logan did a flip, and was stunned for a moment, but made it off the track under his own power, though holding his wrist. Joris got the Answer Holeshot cash as well as a $1750 podium check.

Check out the link below for the Friday Night Photo Gallery.

And keep your browser pointed at BMX News throughout the weekend for more from Desoto, including full photo galleries and recap. And, of course our crowd-pleasing tweets from the infield on @bmxupdates.




Elite Women Podium Day One 15 Super Nationals
Elite Women (13 Riders)
Dani George, Chase/ DHR
Amanda Carr, J&R Bicycles/Redline
Shealen Reno, Hyper Bicycles
Kelsey Van Ogle, Factory Staats/Ciari
Madison Pitts
Kristen Bob, All-Star Racing/Rocket Fizz
Carlie Ferree, Haro/Promax
Shelby Stacy, Dan’s Comp-Tangent-BOX

Elite Men Podium Day One 15 Super nationals
Elite Men (29 Riders)
Joris Daudet, Chase BMX
Nic Long, Haro Bikes
Anthony Dean, Chase/DHR
Steven Cisar
Carlos Oquendo
David Herman, Free Agent Bicycles
Kenneth Gustafson, Doublecross Bikes
Logan Collins, Speedco / Sinz

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2015 Dale Holmes Ride to End Obesity

January 14, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Dale Holmes Ride to End Obesity

After a very successful first year, Dale and the team are back in 2015 with a bigger, better “Ride to End Obesity.” Last year’s program stopped at 12 schools within the Poway, CA Unified School District.

This year, they will cover some of the same ground within the district, but with a brand new crop Read more

Dani George Signs with Dale Holmes Racing

December 18, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Dani George Signs with Dale Holmes Racing
Just picked this one off the main BMX News “firehose-feed.”

Dani George, who has been racing as a privateer since leaving Factory Supercross back in June of this year, announced today that she would be riding for Dale Holmes’ Chase/Stay Strong team for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Dale said the following via social media:

We’re excited to announce that Dani George has signed with the Chase / DHR Team for the next two years. Dani has done well hitting three main events in the 2014 UCI World Cup Series and placed sixth at the UCI World Championships, which were held in Holland this year.

We’re excited to have Dani as part of our team; she has a great support group around her including coach, Greg Romero and Team USA. Dani will compete in the USA BMX National Series and UCI BMX World Cup Series with the goal of making the US Olympic BMX Team. She will take part in both our “Ride to End Obesity” school program, and also our summer camp offering with the YMCA of San Diego County.

We look forward to supporting Dani in her bid to ride for USA in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Dani told News:

I’m happy to announce I have signed with Dale Holmes Racing LLC for the next two years. With Dale now part of my great support system, I have everything I need to achieve my goals in the sport.

Being part of the Chase/DHR program also means I can help others through Dale’s YMCA and “Ride to End Obesity” programs. I’m super-excited for the two years ahead of me, and to experience this next chapter alongside my new teammates, Anthony Dean and Bryce Betts. Bring on the new era!

Dani will be suited-up for DHR, and ready to rock & roll at the first race of the year at the 2015 USA BMX Winter Nationals in Phoenix in February.

Congrats all-around!

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Dale Holmes Racing Website

Chase BMX Website

Dani George on Twitter

Dani George Parts With Supercross

June 17, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Dani George Departs Supercross BMX Factory Team
In Chicago baseball, Ernie Banks is known as “Mr. Cub,” for his long tenure on the North Side team. Seeing him in another team’s colors would be like opening a Diet Coke and finding Sprite inside.

Yesterday, just as we were executing the daily power-down procedure here in the BMX News Global Command Center, we received the following email from long-time Supercross Factory star, Dani George:

As of June 16, 2014, I will no longer be representing Supercross BMX. I had a great run with Bill Ryan and the whole Supercross BMX family, but after four years with the team, I have decided it is time for me to move on.

I want to thank Bill for all the support he has given me as an amateur and as I continued my career into the Elite class. I wish him and the team well.

I will be in Rockford for the USA BMX Midwest Nationals June 27-29 and then in South Park the following weekend.

It takes a lot to shock us battle-hardened news warriors here at HQ but, we have to admit, that was a surprise. Dani sent the news hours after returning from the Berlin World Cup in Germany. Sometimes those long flights get you to thinkin that it’s time for a life change.

We asked Dani what she would be riding in Rockford, jersey and bike wise, and she said “It’s up in the air at the moment.”

Supercross BMX chief, Bill Ryan sent News the following statement:

We are sad to announce the departure of one of Supercross’ Elite Riders, Dani George from the team. After four years on the Supercross Factory team, not to mention numerous other years on Supercross Support teams, it has come time where Dani has decided that she would like a fresh start on her Elite career.

Dani came on to the team as an amateur, but with the attitude of a professional and carried that thru with her in her BMX career as she won the 2011 ABA BMX #1 Amatuer Woman Title and the 2012 USAC Junior Women Title, as well as the last two years making Elite Women Mains at USA BMX events and UCI Supercross Events. We at Supercross have tried to support Dani in the best manner possible, but as Dani is moving forward with her Elite Career she is looking for a fresh start and we at Supercross wish her nothing but the best with the rest of her Racing career. It will be hard to not have Dani in the pits as well as the Playground, but this is a decision she has made for herself and we wish her the best with everything life has in store for her.

—Bill Ryan

It’s going to be strange seeing Dani in something other than her Factory Supercross kit, aboard her purple Envy–just as it would be if, suddenly, Mr. Cub were wearing a White Sox jersey. At the same time, we realize how, sometimes, a clean-slate change is needed to change up the mental game.

We’ll bring you more on what’s next for Dani, as part of our Midwest Nationals coverage next week.

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Saturday: USA Cycling BMX Elite Championships

May 16, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX Racing News - Connor Fields defends his national title in Chula Vista

Last year, the USA Cycling BMX Elite Championships was run on Sunday, the day after the Chula Vista SX. That weekend had three “big draw” events happening all at once–a USA BMX National, the USA Cycling National Amateur Championships (qualifying gateway to the world championships), and the UCI BMX Supercross. The Elite race, on Sunday was a fairly lonely place, running at the same time as Day Two of the USA BMX National. It was almost (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) too much BMX happening for one weekend.

This year, it will be a much different setting, with the Elite race running as a stand-alone event–no national, no SX, no Am championships (Ams will race in Nashville two weeks from now). It will be kind of an interesting experiment, in that it elevates the Elites, having their own exclusive stage to show their stuff on the “Beijing” track. I’m not sure if they put out promo to attract spectators, but I expect it to feel like a more-rider version of the Olympic Trials, but likely without all the fanfare (friends, family, industry folk, and in-the-know San Diego locals ringing the fences).

The Olympic Trials only had eight riders, whereas this one will have 37 (according to Thursday’s entry list), making it the highest-amperage “local” race in the history of mankind (scheduled run tine: two hours). If the BMX News jet wasn’t in for an oil change, we could be back in Chicago, in time for dinner.

It is scheduled this way out of necessity, really, since the Elites need a supercross track to do their thing, and the Am race had a scheduled “move” after being in Chula for two years. Chances are about 100% this race will be back on the same weekend as the ams in future years, run on one of the “dual hill” facilities currently under construction/discussion.

This weekend’s preliminary list shows 19 Elite Men, 11 Junior Men, five Elite Women and two Junior Women (Women will likely be combined, unless more signed up by the cut-off. USAC awards a title to the first “Elite” and the first “Junior” to cross the line, regardless of how they actually place in the main).

Apart from the title, itself, the Elites will be racing for the right to wear the “flag-sleeve” on the left side of their jersey, which is oh-so-cool, especially since the only place they can run the #1 plate they earn is at this race, next year.

The 2012 defending champs (Connor Fields, Nick Koehler, Alise Post and Dani George) are all scheduled to appear, but Nick and Dani are Elite now, so we’ll have two new Junior Champions, however it shakes out.

BMX News will be hopping a big bird westbound to bring you the story and photos on Saturday night, so be sure to check in here. We’ll also be tweeting the as-they-happen happenings from the infield, so follow @bmxnews for the early scoop.

Check out the link at the bottom for the link to the preliminary entry list.

—Mike Carruth

Above: Connor Fields leads at the 2012 USA Cycling BMX Elite National Championships

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It’s all Downhill at the Supercross Playground

January 24, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Supercross BMX Playground Gets SX Hill

Or maybe the better headline would be “It’s all down THE hill…” as in, the starting hill. Got an email overnight from Bill Ryan and the Supercross/Anarchy/Speedline gang. Seems work has resumed on “The Playground–” their private SX stomping grounds, situated adjacent to their global HQ.

News has been bringing updates on progress at the three-acre playground since February last year. The bobcats have been bobbin, and all the surface stuff has been dialed (well, it was dialed, until they decided to go bigger on some of the features this week).

One component that was missing, though on the drawing board from day one was a starting hill to capture the quick kick in the pants needed to attain SX-style warp speed.

The whole point of the Playground was to give team riders, and friends of the brand a private place to practice for the SX races between now and the next Olympics.

The new hill, which is currently a roll-in, but will likely soon have a gate, is “four Jeremys high” to the deck–about 24 feet, and five Jeremys high to the rider.

We’re always interested in the “how much” of things, but Bill was fuzzy on the math, saying “I really don’t want to total up all of the receipts, but lets just say that a Lexus is-F would have been cheaper. But the Lexus would not get Dani, Jeremy and the rest of our riders the extra hill time to try to get them to the 2016 Games in Rio.”

Factory Supercross star, Tristan Mitchell at the helm of the Bobcat
We even spied new-to-the-team 10x, Tristan Mitchell at the controls of the Bobcat, pushing and grading. Team space, team effort.

Next time we’ll be within striking distance of Apple Valley will be next month, when we’re in Vegas for the USA BMX Summit. Who knows? If the weather cooperates, maybe we’ll blow off our Monday flight, and head over to the Playground for a photo shoot. Stay tuned!

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Supercross Giving Two Frames for a Super-Story

November 7, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Supercross BMX is giving away two envy frames, via bmxnews.org

As the drone of election night returns were at maximum, we got an email from smilin Bill Ryan over at Supercross. Seems they have two frames that were too small for their intended pilots and came back to the Supercross factory after the bigger-size swap-out had occurred.

Well, they have been built-up, so they can’t be sold as new. It was around that time they hatched a plan to bring an early Christmas to two lucky mini-movers who have a compelling story on why the $500 worth of aluminum awesomeness should flow their way.

Here’s how it breaks down:

Well here is the deal. If you are a little ripper and are in need of a new frame, or if you are a parent of a little ripper, it is time for you to get busy. We are accepting mailed-in requests only.

All entries must be post marked by No. 30th , 2012

We will be selecting the two winners on December 7th.

Sorry, but this is only open to residents of the Continental United States. (International contests may be popping up soon at some International Distributors so keep your eyes open )

We need a handwritten letter to the best of the riders ability, addressed to Dani or Jeremy, explaining why they need a new frame.

The riders must be valid USABMX members. Parents, you need to send in a list of race results, a copy of a current report card if applicable, a photo of the riders current bike and how you think the frame would help out your child.

This current contest is limited to the 2 2012 Supercross ENVY’s pictured. One White, One Teal. They are Mini Frames, so it is most likely going to fit a child of 8 years old or younger.

By entering the contest you are agreeing that Supercross can publish the winners photo and name in conjunction with this giveaway. Odds on winning are dependent upon the number of entries we receive.

So if you think that you or your rider is in need of a new frame and has a valid reason why, shows effort at school and on the track. Now is the time to get writing and see if they can win. Good Luck everyone!

Commenting from the USA Cycling camp currently under way in Chula Vista, Dani George said:

“In a sport as small and interconnected as ours, it’s important to give back to the younger generation so that they grow to love it and eventually help the sport itself develop.”

—Dani George

Jeremy Rommel added some soulful syllables of his own:


I wanna hook a lil dude up with a frame because the lil guys are the future of the sport. and i love stoking out the lil dudes. I want them to tell me about how much the love to ride their bikes, and their favorite part about riding.

—Jeremy Rommel

A great gesture from some great people.

Click below for info on how to submit your story.

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Salt Lake – Day One Photos and Recap

July 1, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Marc WIllers Wins Elite Men on Day One

An awesome day of racing on day one of the USA BMX Great Salt Lake Nationals. With temps in the 90s, it was tough to stay cool…but the moves on the track were so hot they were cool. Lots of passing in the final feet, and in the turns. The unusual first jump gave some of the sport’s top riders fits for the early part of the day (Sam WIlloughby probably had the smoothest form over it, among the elites–he basically pedaled it like it wasn’t there).

The Elite Men’s main was unreal. Sam jumped out to an early lead, with WIllers just to his right. Marc rode the last 1/3 of the first straight on his back wheel…which looked like it might spell disaster for his day…but sometimes, it’s those “blazer’s edge” moments that make for a magic lap. Down the second straight, it was still Sam, but Marc was closing the gap quick, AND was on the inside going into turn two. Mark had pulled pretty-much even by the time they entered the turn, then took it high to make sure Sam had to stay where he was–in second. But the World Champ wasn’t finished yet…nor was Corben Sharrah, who was a strong third from the first turn on. He railed down the third straight, and pulled even with Marc, just as the last turn was coming into view…and Willoughby was on rails, up the inside, to pull even, then maybe a few milimeters ahead into the last turn. Marc quickly put a stop to that, via his line selection for the turn–a low carve, that pinched-off SW91′s daylight, and exited the USA BMX champ with a bike and a half on the World Champ. Corben was still in third, but was feeling the jet-powered charge of Khalen Young down the last straight–another 20 feet of track, and KY may have hit the podium, maybe even higher than third.

Here’s a iPhone TwitVid posted by Pete Dylewski (sponsored by BMX Racing Group)



Elite Women was a class to watch–where newly-crowned Redline Olympian, Alise Post matched up against her long-time rival, Dom Daniels. Dom was rockin a new jersey and bike (a Doublecross, as previously reported here on News). Also in the mix was Supercross hauler, Dani George. Dom won all three motos, and Alise went 3-2-2 (behind Dani first round). Over in the other Elite Women’s moto, Caroline Buchanan and Lauren Reynolds took it to the front throughout the day (with a 1-1-1 and 2-2-2, respectively).

In the main, the pack was fairly tight coming down the first straight, and we ened up losing Alise and Lauren just after the first jump. Dani George jumped to the early lead, and led what was left of the pack into the second straight. Caro was in hot pursuit though, and closed the gap quick, passing Dani down the third straight. Dom got balled up a bit by the first straight carnage, and was in way-last down the second straight. She “freight-trained” a comeback, which we thought was incredible, and passed two to cross the stripe in fourth. Final order was Buchanan, George and Ashley Verhagen, whom we haven’t seen in a while, and are stoked to see back up on the box.

Here’s the Elite Women’s TwitVid posted by Pete Dylewski (sponsored by Chase BMX)



In the team chase, GT Won the Factory Sheet on day one, with a solid crew that included some hometown talent in Jack Kelly, Sophia Foresta, “Ageless” Jonas Harmon–and San Diegan Sean Gaian–all of whom aced up (well, Jonas got second in 28-35x, but won 31-35 Cruiser). We also saw Cannonball Jack get second first round in…wait for it…11-12 open (no joy in the main, but wowza!)

We have more to report from Salt Lake, but we gots to hall bananas outta the room, to get over for Day Two.

Meanwhile, give the Day One Photo Gallery a look.

RESULTS

Elite Men
Marc Willers – Box Components/DK
Sam Willoughby – Redline
Corben Sharrah – GT Bicycles

Elite Women
Caroline Buchanan – Speedco Bicycles
Dani George – Supercross
Ashley Verhagen

A Pro
Logan Collins – Diamond Back
Jeremy Rommel – Supercross
Paul Wassenaar – Bellflower Bikes

Vet Pro
Cristian Becerine – Free Agent/Rockstar
Matt Pohlkamp – Dan’s Comp
Javier Colombo – SE Bikes

Jr. Men
Rusty Nesvig – Intense BMX
Jordan Miranda – GT Bicycles
Nick Koehler – Speedco Bicycles

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