Podcast: Tony D — USAC BMX Programs Manager

October 11, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Tony Degollado USAC Interview
Big news this week out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as USA Cycling added a big name to their already massively-competent crew. In the lead-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the federation has added Tony Degollado— “Tony D,” to most of us in the BMX world, as BMX Programs Manager.

Tony is uniquely qualified to take on this position, as he has long-experience in both the Racing and Freestyle aspects of the sport, having been a racer, team manager for Haro Bikes (where he directly managed the racing and freestyle teams), brand manager for Kenda Tires, Vee Tires, served as co-founder of Driven Brand (again, in tires) and, most-recently, serving as BMX Freestyle Program Manager for USA BMX.

In his new role at USA Cycling, Tony will work directly under the ringleader of the whole BMX show over there, Jamie Staff—who has been running the program the past five years (hard to believe it has been THAT long! Jamie continues doing a great job with the program).

It is our privilege to welcome Tony back to Announcers tower, to talk about his new gig, as well as chat about some rank-and-file BMX news.

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Podcast with Tony Degollado

A *BIG* BMX News congratulations to Tony on landing one of the “dream jobs” in all of the BMX universe. We look forward to seeing what he, Jamie and all the shot-callers at USAC put together in the next 655 days.

—Mike Carruth

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”).


Dale Holmes Racing Website

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

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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):

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

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
Barona Casino
Answer Racing
ODI Grips
Box Components
*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


Dale Holmes Racing Website

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

All Photos Joey Cobbs

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2018 Haro/US Development

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,, KMC Chains
*Links added to highlight companies that are also BMX News advertisers. Links will open in a new window.


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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

OTC BMXers Get News Coverage

February 14, 2015 by · Comments Off 

OTC BMXers Get News Coverage

The Olympians and Olympic Hopefuls at the US Olympic Training Center/Chula Vista are accustomed to being in the media spotlight for their on-track talents. This week, the crew got on the tube for their chops with a power saw and hammer.

San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB (CBS 8) ran the following segment Read more

Podcast: Jamie Staff and Brooke Crain

February 4, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Podcast: Jamie Staff and Brooke Crain

A vanload of 17 BMXers from the US Olympic Training Center/Chula Vista headed South of the border at the end of January on a long-planned volunteer trip to build a house for a needy family in Rosarito (located about 40 miles South of San Diego).

The trip was organized by More Than Sport, a nonprofit that pairs athletes with worthy causes in over a dozen specialties. On the BMX side, USA Cycling BMX Director, Jamie Staff, got an impressive posse of pedalers together.

Raising the Walls

A line of BMXers raises the walls on a More Than Sport home build project in Rosarito, Mexico.

Measure Twice

Jamie Staff says all the BMXers learned some valuable skills during the two-day trip. Here, “measure twice, cut once” is successfully applied.

The group was in Rosarito on January 24-25, and completed the ground-up build of the modest structure right on schedule, complete with a key-turn ceremony for the single-mother of four and her boys to step inside to see the handiwork of their new friends.

More Than Sport BMX Edition

The grateful recipient family of the work BMXers did for More Than Sport in Rosarito, Mexico

Brooke Crain was one of the 14 athletes who made the trip, and both her and Jamie were gracious enough to take time out of their training camp this week to talk with us about the trip, and how it impacted them and their teammates.

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished photo with the full More Than Sport BMX Crew, support staff and the family who would move, in moments later.

Aside from Jamie and Brooke, here are the others who made the trip: Jeff Glynn, Alise Post, Dani George, David Herman, Nic Long, Steven Cisar, Justin Posey, Felicia Stancil, Sean Gaian, Jared Garcia, Shealen Reno, Tanner Sebesta, Jordan Miranda, Tommy Zula and Ryan Pettigrew.

While you’re listening to the Podcast, browse through the extensive gallery of photos the group brought back from the trip; it will put you right in the moment with them (link below, will open in a separate window).

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Big props to all 17 of our friends who pitched in to create this moment of a lifetime for the family who received a new home.


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The Most “Brandable” UCI BMX Career Numbers

September 3, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2015 UCI BMX Career Numbers  are Open

In the realm of UCI BMX, the career number (or “permanent number,” in some documentation) is a great way for BMX athletes to create personal brands around their racing number, much in the same way motocross stars and NASCAR drivers do.

The registration period for 2015 UCI BMX Read more

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