Jason Carnes Berm Academy Edit

May 9, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Jason Carnes Berm Academy Edit

Some of the best memories BMXers have of their time in the sport are not at the track. They are made on the road trips we take, the places we stop along the way, and the people we meet.

The race is the headline event, for sure, but we guarantee that you’ll remember meeting Fred Gwynne (aka Herman Munster), or seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time, or even a flat tire at 2AM on your way back from the Grands as much, or more, than how you did at the race.

Earlier this year, former Redline Team Manager, Jason Carnes has been giving BMXers the best tour experience in the world via his “Berm Academy” program. All in a custom motor coach, with one of the most factory of pit areas at the races.

Sounds amazing, right? Well, it should, because it is.

Berm Academy is out with a new edit, produced by friend-of-News, Brett Rohlfing, showing some of the “life on the road” moments, with words from the man-himself on how the tour experience he creates will be one of those life-long memories you’ll talk about for years to come.

Check it!

The Berm Academy website (link below) has quite a few pre-set tours but, just-today, Carnesie is rolling out a new way to roll with him: a “build your own” tour option, where you can pick the start and end dates, and meet-up with the ongoing tour, already in progress, for an incredibly-reasonable $100 per day, which includes road transportation and the kind of personally-cooked meals you got a glimpse of in the video (um…we’ll take cheese on ours, JC!).

So, get about it, and hit the road with Berm Academy this Summer.


Jason Carnes Berm Academy Website

Berm Academy “Build Your Own” Page

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Berm Academy “Coast to Coast” Edit

April 10, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Berm Academy Coast to Coast Edit
Jason Carnes is out with a sweet edit documenting the Berm Academy “Coast to Coast Extravaganza” tour that happened last month. If you’re unfamiliar, Berm Academy is a unique BMX experience that puts you on the road with the man who knows the BMX Road life best: Jason Carnes.

You join the tour at a given location–in the case of the Coast to Coast, it was in Los Angeles– and drive in the luxury motor coach that is the Berm Academy rig from place to place–hitting up USA BMX National stops, places of interest (in the edit we see Hollywood Boulevard, London Bridge, Meteor Crater, USA BMX HQ, Troy Lee Designs HQ, Oakley Dirt Lab, Maris Strombergs’ house and more), local tracks and whatever else looks fun along the way.

It looks like SO much fun (because it is)! Carnsie is currently at Hilltop Ranch outside of Houston, TX, getting ready for the USA BMX Lone Star Nationals next week. The “Lonestar to Dixieland” tour is about to kick off on April 19, and there are still spots available.

Check the link below for details about what’s included in that tour, and any of the other Berm Academy Tours throughout 2017.


Berm Academy “Lone Star Nationals To Dixieland Nationals” Tour

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Video Tour: Berm Academy Rig

February 15, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Berm Academy Video Tour

We have been following the progress of Jason Carnes and Berm Academy since the very-first nuggets of the idea were made public, right around Grands 2016. In Tulsa JC gave us a personal walk-through of the rig, which has since undergone more upgrades and creature comfort additions Read more

Podcast: Jason Carnes on Berm Academy

December 8, 2016 by · Comments Off 

Jason Carnes Berm Academy

Without question, the top road warrior in BMX Racing is Jason Carnes. For the past 17 years, we have seen him in the Redline pit, setting up the perfect environment for the riders under his care, and offering a place to put-down for friends who were pitless.

Whenever News showed up early for a national, we’d always see JC scrubbing the grit & grime off the Redline banners, wiping-down the bikes from the last stop, prepping them for the weekend, and generally getting the space squared-away, with almost military precision.

That was no accident, by the way, as Jason served our country in the US Army, as a Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He then carried an exemplary level of aesthetic discipline back into his BMX career as the face and voice of Redline Bicycles in the field, both at the races, and at Redline Flight School clinics.

Jason recently marked an end to his career in the Redline rig, and has launched a BMX startup like no other.

Jason Carnes’ Berm Academy offers a series of full-immersion BMX tours which allow riders 14-over to get the real-deal BMX road trip experience, directly from the guy who has been on the road longer than some of them have been alive.

News sat down with Jason to bring you a podcast that sets the scene for how Berm Academy works, and how you can be part of this unique experience for one week, or a full month of BMX life on the road.

iOS users: paste the link below into your device’s browser to listen

There’s no doubt that the road trips we take hold the best of all memories of our time in BMX. I, myself, wrote an article in the BMXer, back in 2008, talking about the very-thing that Jason is now offering to a new generation of BMXers (link below). So, who’s “in?”

—Mike Carruth


Jason Carnes Berm Academy Website

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2015 USA BMX Champions – In Their Own Words

December 9, 2015 by · Comments Off 

2015 USA BMX Champions

As we close the book on our coverage of the 2015 USA BMX Grands, and the 2015 season, we felt it would be fitting to highlight each of the seven rider champions of 2015 with an “in their own words” article, which tells of the actual experience leading up to, and including their time on the big stage, hoisting the silver cup over their head. For two, it was their first time in this particular spotlight. For the rest, it’s clear that every trip to this particular stage is unique, and a moment in their lives that will be with them forever, as if it were the first time.

Gather your racers around, because class is now in session.

Joris Daudet on his 2015 AA Pro Title WinIn Friday night’s racing, I was having hard time with the track and made changes to my bike during racing which didn’t work out–never a good idea to do, but I didn’t want to have any regret, saying “what if” after the race. I didn’t really enjoy riding that night which really showed in my performance. Not finishing where I wanted, I knew I needed a fresh start.

I feel people automatically took me off the winning list after Friday night performance. Saturday night I wanted to prove them wrong and put on a show! And everything just fell into place. I felt super good on my bike. Winning the first main event, I was so happy but winning all three mains and the title was just a dream come true!

It was also special for me to be the second Frenchman to win the title, after Christophe who I look up to a lot. He is the main reason I went off to chase this title too.

After all the problems in France lately, I really wanted to bring some happiness and joy back home.

—Joris Daudet

Alise Post on her 2015 Pro Women TitleThe USA BMX Pro title is a long-standing award within our sport, and winning this prestigious title never gets old! This year I earned my fourth pro women’s title, and it honestly feels just as rewarding as the first. Each year poses different challenges, but if by the end of an entire year’s work you’re standing on that podium with the coveted silver cup in hand – you know you’ve done something right!

For this year’s Grands, I think the race that stands out the most was my second main during the Pro Spectacular finals. Although this wasn’t my strongest first straight, I believe it was my smartest race with good competition and overall my cleanest lap. Winning this main from the outside put me in a good position for the final main which allowed me to finish the season strong with a win for the event and overall title.

—Alise Post

Cristian Becerine on his 2015 Vet Pro TitleWinning the title felt good after a rough year. More than the title itself, I felt strong the entire year. I took a different approach this year as opposed to the last few years. I started coaching a few different guys and, instead of focusing on myself, my focus was on pushing my athletes to break their limits. I was able to train, myself, while coaching and I was pushing myself as hard as I pushed them. And I grew along with them.

Nothing really stood out this weekend. It seemed everything was clicking and I was riding well. It was fun to watch the racing of my teammates and the athletes I train. This year my team has taken me on as part of the family. They have made me feel so comfortable and I have enjoyed every weekend I spent with them. I appreciate all they have done for me.

—Cristian Becerine

Olivia Armstrong on her 2015  USA BMX Girl Cruiser titleWinning the title for me is an honor and a big deal, considering that two out of the three years I have raced Grands I have gotten the National Girl Cruiser title.

This is special because there are only four given out for amateurs and I was one of them. One thing that I kept in my head the entire weekend that helped me keep my eye on the win was just to take it one lap at a time. There were a lot of races and even if I was getting tired I focused on one lap like it was my last.

—Olivia Armstrong

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Jason Carnes on his 2015 #1 Cruiser  TitleWinning the Cruiser title was an amazing feeling, and a little emotional! Walking up to the stage, you have about thirty seconds to reflect back on the year and think about the hard work that’s gone into it, from the training and racing, the good and bad luck, the pain and injuries, and everything in between. It’s the struggle we all go through as competitors, and it takes a perfect storm to end up on the stage holding that cup!

I’ve been fortunate enough to win a few in the past, and I never take it for granted! It NEVER gets old either! Haha! It’s been a long time since I’ve been up on the stage and if I hadn’t seen Alise go up there twice on Saturday night (what a beast!), I may have needed a map to find it!

I’m grateful that Redline gives me the opportunity to keep racing, and really thankful that there are a bunch of other old dudes like me out there that just can’t get enough of this BMX stuff…it really helps the rider count!

-Jason Carnes

Sophia Foresta on her 2015 USA BMX #1 Amateur Girl TitleIt was an amazing feeling when I realized I had won the title, because my hard work had paid off. The Grands weekend can be very tough mentally and physically, especially going into that main event. As I got into the gate, I knew that I had prepared for that one lap and I just had to leave it all out there.

My family told me they were proud of me long before the race even began which took all of the pressure off. I looked around at all of the people in the stands, took in the atmosphere, and remembered; “I’m here riding my bike. What could be better than that?

-Sofia Foresta

Kevin Pauls on his 2015 USA BMX #1 Amateur TitleAt any typical national, I can usually remember what happened all the way around the track, from the first straight to the second corner, bumping elbows with my competitors. Grands is different. You sit behind the gate getting zoned in, visualizing the race to come within the next 30 seconds. Then you stand up in the gate, and before you know it, you cross the finish. All I remember from that main event lap was seeing the red light flash right next to gate 8, my lane assignment, and I easily got my best gate of the weekend. My body did the rest. When I crossed the finish, I could not believe that I had become the National Amateur Champion and my emotions took over.

It has always been a dream of mine to walk onto that stage and receive the cup. I was thrilled to be the one to win the title for 2015. This has been my best season in BMX by far with 24 wins and the amateur title. I know that this moment will stick with me for the rest of my life, but it will take a week or two to truly absorb what I have accomplished

—Kevin Pauls

We’re sure you agree that the statements of all seven champions tell the tale of incredible focus, performance and accomplishment…and how the triumph of that time on the stage was preceded by plenty of adversity, which each of them had to overcome in order to be in position for close-contention for the most prestigious titles in BMX Racing.

A Big BMX News congratulations to all seven of our 2015 champions. We look forward to seeing those #1 plates up front in the new season.

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Podcast: Jason Carnes on 2015 Flight Schools

May 13, 2015 by · Comments Off 

2015 Redline Flight School Podcast
The Redline Flight School tour is the widest-reaching and only factory-supported clinic tour in the United States. Lead instructor, and Factory Redline Team Manager, Jason Carnes, is out there for 50 clinic stops a year, at tracks from coast to coast and border to border.

For the second installment in our 2015 clinics series, we sat down with Jason for a podcast on what he has planned for the year, as well as the type of material he covers for those who may not have had the pleasure of the Flight School experience.

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Check out the link below for the 2015 Redline Flight School schedule. And be sure to stop by the Redline pit at the 2015 USA BMX Music City Nationals next week in Nashville.


2015 Redline Flight School Schedule

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Factory Redline Race Report: Disney Cup

November 5, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Jason Carnes Makes Hand-Drawn Kyle Bennett sign

This is the first in a series of five Factory Team race reports from the Disney Cup we will be posting each day this week. Watch “Team Sheet” (on the left side of the page) for the Tuesday – Friday reports from Black Crown, Answer Ssquared, Answer Rennen and Chase BMX.

(photo via USA BMX Facebook Page)

Factory Redline Report
USA BMX Fall Nationals Disney Cup

The fifth-annual Disney Cup brought some incredible BMX Racing action to Orlando last weekend. At 207 motos, Saturday’s race was said to be the largest USA BMX/ABA Florida national ever (196 on Friday and 197 on Sunday). Awesome to see the numbers and excitement keep climbing year over year.

Weather reports leading in to the weekend were weighing heavy on the thousands of inbound BMXers, as Hurricane Sandy sat a couple hundred miles away, in the Atlantic, spinning her way up the Eastern Seaboard. Thursday’s practice was rained out, and a lot of twitter messages from the track ended with hashtags like #soaked, #rainraingoaway and #bringit.

The Redline rig was staked-down solid on the third straight, and Carnes & Co. put out the traditionally-squared-away display for the fans.

On-scene for Factory Redline were the aforementioned, JC, Sam “Stripes” Willoughby, Denzel Stein, Tory Nyhaug, Mr. Black Plate, Amateur #1, Josh Klatman and Kiwi Trent Woodcock racing A Pro. Alise Post is still sidelined, recovering from a hand injury, but will be back for the Grands (which is only 24 days away!).


Racing got underway a little past 3PM and in the first rack of Elite Men, Sam put the first winning lap on the board for the team. Next gate, Tory got his weekend started with a win. A few gates later, Denzel posted a fourth, but was looking strong, and we knew he’d be looking for an upgrade next time out (he got it, with a 2-2 in the next two trips),

The World Champ continued his winning ways throughout qualifying with two additional aces, completing his set in the motos. Tory’s 1-2-3 was enough for a ticket to the 1/4s, as was Denzel’s 4-2-2. Carnes was in the Vet Pro mix, but his 5-5-5 would make it a “wait til tomorrow” day.

Denzel got through the quarters and semis with a second and a first, respectively, so things looked good for #26. Sam made a major push to get past traffic in the Elite Men semi to grab one of the qualifying spots. But the last turn would be the decider, and at the stripe, he was out of the top four.

The ORL BMX track was groomed to perfection, and is famous (infamous?) for several “joker” features that can toss the deck in the air, and make things end up completely unlike they started. The first turn was notorious for that, as a rack of closely-packed pros come in at mach three, and the crowd closes their eyes to see who makes it out clean.

The Friday Elite main was one of those times, as The People’s Champ came out of lane seven, and was half a bike out of the lead, deep in the first turn. That line took him way-high, and a momentary flirtation with the over-the-berm club interrupted his groove enough to scrub off several places worth of speed. Tough to recover from that, and a seventh is what the record books will show.

Josh was in for a fourth on the day in the 37-riders-deep 19-27 Expert class.

Three day races are definite butt-kickers. After some 10:30PM carry out food, the focus was on “sleeping quick,” as Saturday’s race day was going to dawn quicker than anyone expected.


The prospect of Mother Nature stomping on all our fun was quickly fading on Saturday, and it looked like we’d get the whole weekend in without much more than a track-watering sprinkle or two.

Sam was off to an incredible day, with wins in his first five laps (three motos, quarter and semifinals). Jason and Tory also shook the day one blues, with slots in the Vet Pro and Elite Men main, respectively. Denzel riding well in the motos, with a 4-2-2, but a sixth in the quarter put him on the ugly side of the fence for the main.

Carnes saw some daylight open up in the Vet Pro main, and slid in for a podium third-place podium spot. Hanging around the infield waiting for the presentation on Sunday morning, he said he might need someone to draw him a map on how to get up there, since it had been so long. That’s part of what’s so awesome about Jason. Dude is one of the most respected riders out there, and still can bring the self-deprecating humor.

In Saturday’s Elite main, Tory had gate one and Sam gate two. The pack was four-abreast over the first jump, with Tory and Sam right in the thick of it. The last place most people want to be is on the far outside of this first turn, so as the pack shot down the middle of the first straight, the inside squeeze was on to get the hot middle-line in to turn one. That put Tory on a white-line ride into the grass for a second–similar to what happened to Denzel Friday night, but in a different place.

Meanwhile, SW91 went into turn one in fourth, and came up with a gem of a pass using the “not-too-high-not-too-low” line, then pedaling the next two jumps to take up second. He was nudging the lead for the rest of the lap, but if was going to have to be the left-step for Saturday (which Sam was not all that stoked about, but we thought was pretty impressive). Tory was hanging in for fifth, but drifted high in turn two, and that was basically the ballgame for him, with a snowman on the Saturday sheets.

Josh had a tougher time on day two, spinning in for a sixth in 19-27x

Two-thirds of the Disney Cup was in the books. The battles would definitely get stronger on day three, as the deciding laps for the overall cup would be put down.


Day three had some early Halloween goblins gumming up the mix for Tory and

Day three could have been officially called “The One Show,” as Sam-the-World-Champ took his UCI skinny digit to the front every time down the hill, including the main event. Speaking of that Elite main, it was one of the most exciting in recent memory–and kept the fans on their feet long after Sam crossed the stripe for the win.

Taking a fresh look at the video, it was a heck of a lap for Sam, who was pinned against the inside chalk the whole trip down the first straight. His Tioga Powerblocks had the major hookup in turn one, as he held a hella-tight line on the dirt berm to take it from third to second into the second straight. Into turn two, SW was on the outside, and a wheel behind Willers, but the third straight would prove the great equalizer for the day three top-step.

Some turbulence ensued as Sam and Marc matched crank for crank to get to the third turn in the lead, and just as Sam was riding Willers high into turn three to put the lock on it, Donny Robinson came out of nowhere to slip under both of them, and into the lead as the last turn was coming into view. The crowd was going berserk as Sam pulled even with dR at the first rollers of the last straight rhythm–then ahead of him for an incredible and well-executed win. Very proud of our champ!

Speaking of podium spots, Trent got on the box on day three as well, with a third in A Pro. Carnes was back in the main, with a 4-3-4 in the motos. It didn’t quite break our way in the The Vet Pro main, but a 7th is still nothing to hide under the sofa.

Pros “Pass The Bucket” for Kyle Bennett

Although Fresno was the first race following the tragic death of Kyle Bennett earlier this month, this was the first time the full compliment of athletes came together (Fresno was on the very day of KB’s memorial service). More than a dozen of the fastest BMXers on Earth got together and “passed the bucket” to raise money for Kyle’s daughter, Kylie, and family as a whole. By the time the last main crossed the line on Sunday, the Elite effort raised over $2300. Local business Smoothie King also created a special “KB88 Smoothie” to sell at the track, and raised another $700 in sales. One thing that is an absolute: the BMX community will always pull together to take care of its own. Great job to everyone who took

Props to our Regional Team Winners

Justin Riddell (Redline/M-1) A Pro
Connor Defrain (Bike Alley/Redline) 8-under cruiser
Sarah Gross (Redline/M-1) 16G
Brandon “Birdman” Crain (Redline/Challenge) in 8x

Brandon “Birdman” Crain (Redline/Challenge) in 8-under cruiser
Joe Hauck (Redline Adventure) 13-Inter
Brandon “Birdman” Crain (Redline/Challenge) in 8x (Friday)

Brandon “Birdman” Crain (Redline/Challenge) in 8-under cruiser
Joe Hauck (Redline Adventure) 13-Inter
Connor Defrain (Bike Alley/Redline) 8x cruiser

Disney Cup 2012 ended up with mixed results for Factory Redline. But we were always in the mix, and everyone is stoked to end the season on the highest of high notes leading in to the “Greatest Race on Earth.” Keep an eye on this space for the colossal USA BMX Grand National report, just after Thanksgiving.


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Redline Flights School is Touching Down Soon

May 21, 2012 by · Comments Off 


Jason Carnes and the Redline rig are on the road again this summer– with a coast-to-coast “Flight School” tour.

Start out this weekend at Cowtown BMX in Fort Worth, TX and follow the red dot on the map, to Retro BMX on Sunday 5/27, then on to Cargill Park in Louisiana on 5/28…and Cabot BMX in Arkansas on 5/29. (say hi to our good buddy “Elvis” while you’re there).

Your $20 Flight School tuition gets you three hours of up-close-and-personal attention by Carnes, a swag bag that will have you rollin factory fresh all summer, and a who-knows-who-might-show-up component that makes every Redline Flight School stop unique.

Download the official flyer below for the above-mentioned stops, and keep your eyes here on BMX News for stops coming you your local track.


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Factory Redline Desoto Race Report

March 22, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Redliners Sam Willoughby and Alise Post on

BMX News was not in Desoto for last weekend’s USA BMX Super Nationals, but our devices were blowin up with texts, tweets and calls all weekend long.

Our data plan was in the red zone, all amped-up on the Redline tip: “Sam!” “@SW91 on Fyah” “Willoughby wins it,” “I’m callin Sam for the Double,” “@Beasty11 Back on the podium, behind Frenchy Valentino and 3Dom (Saturday)”

Lots of other action from the big D, but the official Redline report hit our inbox, and we wanted to bring it to you as its own post.

Factory Redline TM, Jason Carne$ rolled the Redline rig into Desoto for the second Elite stop on the USA BMX 2012 tour…and by the time the last Redline banner was rolled up and a “Burrito Zone” order was texted into Chipotle, there were some tight pockets in the crew cab, headin’ to DFW for the hop back to San Diego.

On Saturday, Redline lined up Sam Willoughby, Tory Nyhaug, French flyer Damien Godet, and hometown hero/People’s Champ Denzel Stein. Come main time, Tory was in for a strong sixth, and Willoughby gapped the field for a decisive win (Added by News: check out video in new window- Sam’s in Gate 1).

In the Elite Women’s main, Alise Post took the next step down the comeback trail, hitting the podium in third, as the top US star, in a field of 12 for the day (Editor’s note: counting Dom’s second for Puerto Rico)

Carne$ not only kept the RL pit in the usual scrubbed-up-and-squared-away shape, but he also had a successful day on the track against the always-tough Vet Pros. A fourth for JC!

Sunday was another bright, sunny day for the Red, White and Black (and it didn’t even snow–a little inside joke from 2010).

In the Sunday main, Sam inked-in a double on the weekend, spinning-to-win against a stacked field. And Alise topped her first podium of 2012! Jump that #11 two podium squares on the board, for those scoring at home.

In addition to our top guns, Redline also had a strong showing by it’s Regional Development Teams including Florida based Redline/M-1, Texas based ORP, Minnesota based Redline/Adventure and California based Redline/Bike Alley.

A big shout-out goes to ORP’s Paige Norton who aced 14G both days on her freshly-hand-autographed Redline/Alise Post Flight frame!

Redliners Elliott McGrath of Stile Industries/Redline and Travis Ohrazda also made the journey to Desoto to mix-in with the stacked-to-the-rafters A-Pro class. “The Big Guy” gated up for Sunday’s main.

The Super Nationals served as a final tune-up for the Redline pros as they mosey-on-over to Chula Vista for the MEGA weekend of the first 2012 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup round, and the USA Cycling BMX National Championships.

Catching up with the team Chula V will be the guy with the black #1 plate, Josh Klatman, takin it to 19-27x in the USA BMX So Cal Nationals. Josh will also be in the hunt for a gold medal in the first USA Cycling BMX Collegiate National Championships.

Follow all your favorite Redline riders on Facebook and Twitter (click the links to go right to the Redline Pages in a new window).

Mike Carruth contributed to this story
Lead photo by gOrk, USABMX