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Factory Spots for Posey and Palmer

December 21, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Posey and Palmer join Ssquared and Clayborn

The team news train takes us ever-forward toward the 12-pages of a new calendar. Today, we’re pleased to report that Justin Posey and James Palmer will join John Sawyer’s Advantage Bicycle Corporation (ABC) group as factory flyers for the Ssquared and Clayborn brands, respectively.

Posey is fresh off a long ride with Dan’s Comp (where, perhaps not-coincidentally, he rode an Ssquared), and we remember Palmer well from his long-stint on Factory Yess.

Here’s what John told News about the pickups, via a release:

Over the past few years we have been striving to build an image that is second to none.

Always seeking the best brand representatives on and off the track, it was a no-brainer to add Justin Posey and James Palmer to the arsenal of ABC riders.

Posey has been co-sponsored by Ssquared and Answer since 2012 through his Dan’s Comp sponsorship so it was a natural fit to add him to the Ssquared roster and we wouldn’t see it any other way.

With Palmer being new to the ABC family, we’re pumped for him to spearhead the Factory Clayborn team to help bring the brand back to the top.

Bring on 2018!

Justin and James join factory Answer BMX anchor-pro, Tory Nyhaug to form a powerhouse trio of household-name stars, representing ABC brands around the world, and here at home (North America, being “home” to all of us).

All the best for a successful 2018 to all our ABC friends, both long-standing, and new.

—Mike Carruth





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Posey and Bice Top Collegiate Podiums

March 14, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Posey and Bice top Collegiate Podiums

The 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate BMX Championships took place last weekend as part of the USA BMX Cajun Nationals in West Monroe, Louisiana. The race gets better every year, and this time around the rider count was 44 riders, including many household name pros and amateurs, mixing it up Read more

Injury Update: Justin Posey

August 22, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Justin Posey Injury Update

**UPDATED**Yesterday, during first round of the 2015 USA BMX North American Supercross Series, in Grand Junction, Colorado, Justin Posey was involved in a bad wreck on the second straight, resulting in several injuries, and a backboard ride off the track. Even in that condition, JP was mindful of the fans, and their concern for him, and gave a thumbs up as he was carried off the track by members of Grand Junction Fire & Rescue.

This morning at the track, as people started showing up for practice, and setting up camp for the day, the questions were “How’s Posey doing?” “Have you heard anything about Justin?,” in the same breath as “good morning.”

Usually, when there are no social posts, or messages in to the BMX News Global Command Center, we know to stay out of the way and let the professionals on the medical team do their thing.

Just a short time ago, however, we did receive the following message Momma Posey:

Asking for prayers for justin. We know the sport he loves so much carries this risk and yesterday as many of you saw it was a tough one. I’m on my way to Colorado now and will give updates as soon as we’ve met with everyone and figure out next steps; he will likely need surgery.

We are so appreciative of all of the calls and texts and the love. We all know how much justin loves his friends so your caring is a big part of getting through this and then starting the healing process. He’s not feeling so hot right now so he’s not answering a lot. I will update with the specifics this afternoon.

**UPDATE** Saturday, 8:14PM


He’s in great spirits, and the gang coming by to watch him be spoon fed his dinner was entertaining. He separated his shoulder which was put back in place but he also has a fracture. TBD whether surgery will be required. He has fracture in his back (T-7) which will require surgery tomorrow morning to stabilize it with plates and screws. There is no concern for any long term issues other than the typical surgery risk.

He also had a concussion a broken thumb and knocked out his 2 front teeth. We all know justin and he will be back in no time as every time he gets knocked down he comes back stronger. The only time we’re going to feel bad is missing his opportunity for the RIO test event and his home track of Rock Hill SX. But we start focusing on getting better starting tomorrow. Appreciate the prayers especially tomorrow for the surgeons.

We are so very grateful to everyone for everything and I refer everyone to jRich post today as that has been my inspiration along with some of the videos his friends have posted with Justin being his typical goon self.

Hugs from both of us.

—Michele


We will keep this page updated with new developments, as they become available. But for now, some prayers and positive vibes going up for Justin. Leave comments below to get your well-wishes through directly.

—Mike Carruth

Top Photo: Justin and Connor Fields go into turn one, just before the accident.


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Clinics and Camps With Some Champs

April 23, 2015 by · Comments Off 

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The grass is greener East of the Mississippi these days–at least greener than it was a month ago–and outdoor season is putting some major players on the road for clinics and camps in the coming weeks and months.

In this, the first of our features on BMX Clinics of the Spring/Summer 2015 season, we’re bringing three sets of go-fast get-togethers, with a gang who knows how to get the giddy-up going in guys and gals from Novice to top-expert. If you have goals for the 2015 season, pick one or more of these to put your good-foot forward.

Donny Robinson, May 9 and 10, Indiana

Donny Robinson Clinic at Steel Wheels BMX
The 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist is coming to Indiana for a rare two-day camp of unique, skill-building exercises. Here’s a little ditty that dR told News about his camps:

I love doing clinics and camps! When you see me after a session, you’ll see that I am equally as tired as if I had just concluded a day of racing; I put the same effort into helping other riders improve (mentally and physically) as I do in my own racing. I approach my camps as a mixture of exercises and attitude, which I’ve learned through my own career as well as from those who’ve helped me rise through the ranks of the sport (Richie, Ronnie and “Papa A” Anderson; Jim Mack and Jason Rogers).

My goal for riders and parents who attend a training camp is for them to get a taste of something different, something “special.” Improvement and knowledge need to come from somewhere deeper than constantly teaching the basics. I’ve been blessed to have experienced every level this sport has to offer, and I love passing my knowledge on to those willing to make their success a focus for a few hours, while we’re together.

Times: Saturday May 9, 2:30PM-5:30PM and Sunday May 10, 9:00AM-Noon

Where: Imagination Glen (aka Steel Wheels Outdoor), Portage, Indiana

How Much: $100 for both days, or $70 for One Day

How to Sign Up: Online at pedals2medals.com/sw515

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*Shoutout to BMX News Contributor, Bryce Betts, for the fast-looking flyer design

Notes: Camp will happen rain or shine (in bad weather, the camp will move to the Steel Wheels Indoor track (about 8 miles away). They will notify enrolled riders by email if there is a change).


Donavon Long, May 14-16, Minnesota

Donavon Long Clinic at Rum River BMX

10-time ABA/USA BMX Team Champion Manager and Coach, Donavon Long, makes the trip from San Diego to the new Rum River BMX indoor arena.

Rum River Track Operator, Kevin Riedemann told News:

We are all about transferring knowledge. That’s why Rum River BMX has a youth mentor and coaching program that runs weekly. But we believe you learn different things, or pick up different lessons from different teachers so we actively try to find educational programs to help make riders better. We have always had some great riders from our area… Now we just have a lot more as we expand our education base.

Our sport will grow because we provide riders with the skills to compete and have fun, as well as helping them to feel as though they belong. We are really excited to have Donavon coming out to our little BMX community, it’s great that he is willing to share his expertise with us.

It will surely make us better; we are all-about-learning.

Times: Three separate clinics

Wednesday, May 13, 6:00PM-9:00PM (all skill levels)

Thursday, May 14, 6:00PM-9:00PM (all skill levels)

Saturday, May 16, 9AM-Noon (experts only)

Where: Rum River BMX, Isanti, MN

How Much: $35 per clinic

How to Sign Up: Email kevin@rumriverbmx.com

Notes: Camp will happen rain or shine; Rum River BMX is indoor.


Justin Posey and Luke Roarty, June 4-9, Maryland

Justin Posey and Luke Roarty Clinic at Chesapeake BMX

2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Champion and meteoric-riser in the AA Pro class, Justin Posey joins with double-F-Fast guy in 19-27x, Luke Roarty, to bring a set of pre-East Coast Nationals clinics to Chesepeake BMX in Severn, MD. This is the place and time to get some pre-nats track time, and dial in your skills at the same time. East Coast Nationals are June 12-14.

Angie Black from Chesepeake BMX told News:

The thing I really like about BMX is the camaraderie between riders of all ages. Luke Roarty was 17 when he met my son, who was 6 years old at the time. Luke rode with him and showed him a few moves. This doesn’t happen in other sports. Clinics are another great example of community and sportsmanship displayed by riders of various ages. Clinics are instrumental for riders to progress and excel in the sport. They provide knowledge, confidence and ultimately, SPEED.

Times: Three separate clinics

Thursday, June 4, 6:00PM

Saturday, June 6, Noon

Tuesday, June 9, 6:00PM

Where: Chesapeake BMX, Severn, MD

How Much: $35 per clinic, pre-reg; $40 per clinic walk-up

How to Sign Up: email cbmx_1@verizon.net or call Angie at 301-254-4197

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*Shoutout to friend-of-News, Rolando Camacho for the awesome design work

Notes: Private training is available June 4- 9. Call or email for more info.





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Roadtrip Notebook: Colombia

December 12, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Austin Hiatt and Jordan Miranda in Colombia

By Austin Hiatt

BMX racing has the ability to take an individual to many exotic and beautiful places around the world. This time, Justin Posey, Jordan Miranda, and myself had the pleasure of visiting Medellín, Colombia for the first time to race our bicycles and enjoy a rich new culture. We were invited to compete in the International Competition de las Luces (International Competition of the Lights).

Colombia Mountain View
The city of Medellín is like nothing we see back home in America. The city is divided by huge mountain ranges that create vast valleys (above).

Medellín City Lights
In Colombia, Christmas is a month-long celebration. The entire city is dressed with beautiful lights, hence The Race of the Lights, and what seemed like a never-ending routine of fireworks, creating a magnificent sight to see at night. The final piece to the puzzle of this amazing city is the people that reside there. The people in Medellín were nothing shy of awesome, showing us incredible hospitality and a welcoming kindness.

Colombia BMX Track for Competition de las Luces
The BMX racing experience in Colombia is also extraordinary. It can be compared to the scene of a world cup UCI race with air horns and cheering fans. The fans there are phenomenal and loved having American BMX racers in attendance to sign autographs and take pictures. It was a crazy, on-going occasion that we all enjoyed. The track in Medellín was unique, featuring five of the tightest turns I believe will ever be seen in BMX, in addition to six straights of various jumps– all fun to ride in their own way.

The two-day event was a different format to that of the traditional BMX race we’re used to. Day one was a separate UCI category one event. As far as results go, Sergio Salazar would take the win being accompanied on the podium by Justin Posey in second and Carlos Ramirez in third. Jordan Miranda would pick up an 8th place in the final as well, while an unfortunate event in the semi landed me with the dreaded “5th in the semis” spot; not qualifying to the main.



The next day is when things got interesting. Sunday’s results would be totaled in a point system that was calculated from every lap you took (on both Saturday AND Sunday). However, a torrential rain storm came in following our qualifying motos and the race was called off. They calculated our points from Sunday’s motos and every lap on Saturday to get an overall score for The Race of the Lights. Sergio Salazar would take the overall win with fellow Colombians Carlos Ramirez taking a second place and Andres Arenas with the third. Justin Posey would find himself with fourth,Jordan with a seventh, and myself with a ninth-place overall. We all enjoyed the change of pace from our traditional style of BMX racing.

Here’s the day one Elite Women main event:



Finish:
Mariana Pajon (COL)
Magalie Pottier (FRA)
Stephanie Gomez (COL)

Medellín city view
Justin, Jordan, and I would like to thank the entire Colombian BMX community, Martín Posada, and the BMX Antioquia commission, Carlos Zuluaga of CJ Bike store, the city of Medellín, Carlos Mejia of Stay Strong, and Carlos Ramirez and his family. The hospitality that these individuals showed us was absolutely astonishing and made for a trip to remember. We are all truly-grateful for the experience that they gave us, we will carry with us for the rest of our lives. We hope to return next year to enjoy another amazing race in Medellín!

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Don’t forget: the UCI Worlds will be here in 2016…make your plans now, because this is one you will absolutely not want to miss!

Until next time,

Austin Hiatt

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Posey and Stancil Top Collegiate BMX Podiums

April 5, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2014 USA Cycling BMX Collegiate Championship

In the three years since the USA Cycling BMX Collegiate National Championships first met in Chula Vista, the program has come a long way. That first year, there were 21 riders total in the collegiate classes. For the 2014 running, in Desoto, there were semis for both men and women.

The Collegiate BMX program, itself has, naturally, been maturing as well. This year, 11 schools were represented with 19 women and 28 men.

This year’s race format was the best of the three years, in many ways. It was run Friday night, woven into the USA BMX Super Nationals pre-race. That allowed the Collegiate classes to receive a bit more of the spotlight–the only downside being that there were fewer eyes on the racing, since lots of folks don’t attend the pre-race.

Felicia Stancil of Marian University
The womens racing was dominated by Felicia Stancil (above) and Dom Daniels, who aced all three of their motos and their respective semis. Kristen Bob (Marian) was also riding well Friday night, as was Madison Pitts of Lindenwood University–in her final Collegiate Cycling appearance.

In the main event, Dom Daniels (Grand Canyon University) had the inside lane and, though she had a pretty good start, got pushed off the left side of the first jump, so was pretty much out of contention from the get-go. Felicia was in command from there, and took the pack all the way home for her first Collegiate BMX title. Kristen Bob was Second and Madison Pitts was third.

The men’s class had lots of action on the track, with the new crop of USA BMX pros like Justin Posey and Bryce Hocking going up against long-established title holders like Danny Caluag. Posey won the Collegiate title last year in Phoenix, and Danny won it the first year in Chula. Both were in solid contention for a win in Desoto, so it was exciting to see if one of these guys would come out a 2-time Collegiate Champion.

Danny Caluag at the 2014 USA Cycling BMX Collegiate Championships
Danny C has a lot going on in his life right now. About to graduate from Lindsey Wilson College with a Nursing degree, five months away from becoming a new dad, and looking toward racing the 2016 Olympics in Rio for Philippines. He was looking very strong at the Collegiate nats, and we knew the main event would be a great battle between him and JP, who has been training full-time and looks like a Hulkified version of his former mortal/amateur self, both on and off the track.

Also in the mix among the men was Kristaps Vinters for Lindsey Wilson, Jarrod Adcock for Northern Illinois University, the aforementioned Hocking, and Alan Hudson from Mars Hill University. All of these guys won a moto (with Posey and Caluag winning a semi apiece). The infield chatter was that the battle for the third podium spot could be just as rockin as for the top-step.

In the main, Posey had it– pretty much from the bottom of the first straight. He came out of the first turn solidly in the lead, and though Danny got close in the second turn (photo at top), JP was able to hold him off through the last turn, and on to the stripe. As expected, the third podium spot was hotly contested, with Hocking and Vinters finishing so close that we all thought Hocking had it at the line (and tweeted words to that effect). But no… in the video review, it was Vinters who got the call.

The “Team Omnium” honors went to Marian University. Coaches Dean Peterson and Ryan Birk have done a tremendous job of putting together a real “dream team.” Lindsey Wilson was second in the team results. This is the first outing for LWC following the retirement of Coach Dave Grigsby, and its clear the program is in capable hands with new coach, Andrew Parson and his deputy, Charles Mooney. Fort Lewis College was third in the Team Omnium order.

Collegiate BMX Fan
With more and more schools getting in to the Collegiate BMX scene, and more riders moving into the age where a Collegiate BMX career is something they want to pursue, we expect bigger and bigger things from the program in years to come. We would most like to see a Collegiate BMX series (even if it’s a “mini-series”), which would definitely raise the profile beyond this one race a year, and make it more attractive for schools and riders to participate.

We are just getting our Collegiate BMX coverage started, so follow @collegiateBMX on Twitter for occasional updates on happenings inside the Collegiate BMX scene. Also keep an eye on collegiatebmx.com for on-going news from the Collegiate BMX scene.

We will update this story with more from the podium presentations, happening Saturday morning. Meanwhile, check out our Photo Gallery from Friday’s Championship.

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Note to the Collegiate Team Managers: The photo gods have told us to deliver a message: next year, how about some uniform colors that do not involve solid black from head to toe?

USA BMX Summit Opens in Louisville

February 20, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2014 USA BMX Summit Coverage

The 2014 USA BMX Summit is underway in Louisville. The opening cereSteve Buttleman, bugler for Churchill Downs just performed “Call to the Post” to kick off the event, then the National Anthem.

- Karl Schmitt, Executive Director of the Louisville Sports Commission talked a little about Louisville’s rich history.

- John “Johnny Cat” David is serving a Emcee for the event.

- “Meet the Staff” Video needed a “re-post” due to a technical problem. Audience loved the humor.

- Pivoted to the next part of the program, with talk of the DK Bicycles giveaways first one is a whopping prize package that includes a DK Elite Cruiser Complete, DK Professional Frame, six-pack of DK helmete, DK Race forks and 2 DK Wrenches.

Justin Posey - USA BMX Summit

Justin and Mamma Posey speaking to the group now. Talking about persisting in the vision of BMX Racing in the face of outside doubters–and how his Marian University scholarship was the realization of a dream to ride his bike and race at the same time.
JP talking about Jeff Upshaw, and the contribution the non-racers make to the sport.

- John David back in the mic now, and says 17 colleges and universities are giving BMX related scholarships, now talking about the Bob Warneke Scholarship.

USA BMX Race For Life Check presentation to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Big bucks raised by BMXers in 2013 – over $300,000 just handed over to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society via USA BMX Race For Life program.

6:00 – Staff video rolling. Good to see all the behind-the-scenes people who we do not see at the races.

BA Anderson at USA BMX Summit 2014

BA Anderson addressing the session. Talking about the “First 10 Weeks” coaching program. 50% of tracks have certified coaches. Talking about Nickelodeon “Day of Play.” Says BMX was a big hit at the event in 2013, and they are going to expand the Nickelodeon relationship “big time.”

- BA still at the mic. USA BMX now owns a lightning detector for use at nationals.

- Acknowledges Sam Willoughby with 13 wins in a row, 19 total in 2013.

- John David back on the mic now. “Read to Ride” Program is one of the new initiatives that USA BMX will undertake in 2014. More info in tomorrow’s session.

- John refers to Nick Adams as “Director of Marketing” – looks like a new title for him. Will get more on that later.

- Second drawing is 50 track number plates Crit Plate. Jeremy Murphy from Cedar Rapids BMX wins it!

- 11,000 Local races run in 2013.

- Taking a 15 minute break now, which marks the end of the opening ceremony. General session on Track Marketing will be next. This will mark the end of our as-it happens live coverage. More Summit reporting later tonight, and throughout the weekend.

- Said hello to an old friend: Brant Fred from Kankakee, IL. His parents, Jerry & Sharon ran Bourbonnais BMX in the 80s. Was a fun track that was our only ABA in the area. Brant is bringing BMX back to Kankakee in 2014 with a track just off Interstate 57. We’ll bring you more on that in future weeks.

First Session at the 2014 USA BMX Summit

A near-full house at the first session for USA BMX track operators (nobody ever likes to sit in the front row, even among BMXers). Lots of good tips & tricks for TOs on marketing and advertising their business (aka their local track). “Your track is a business” was first bullet point in Track Marketing session, which is a great place to start–talking about CUSTOMER service, and how that racer complaining about the rhythm section is your customer.

- About 10% of the tracks in the room have Wi-fi at the track…does yours?





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Vote in the June Photo Trophy Dash

July 1, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX News Photo Trophy Dash - June 2013

With two big races in the month of June (Nashville days two and three, and Rockford, we had more than enough shots qualify for the Photo Trophy Dash. The eight you see below are the office favorites–the final gate of eight for June 2013.

Click through at the bottom to vote. The image that gets the most votes by July 4 at Noon Eastern time will earn the rider named in the caption a 30×20 canvas print of the shot. Also, one lucky liker of the winning image will win a Rennen Smart Sprint, courtesy of Rennen Design Group.

Marc Willers – BOX Components/DK Bicycles
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Jamie Patterson, Hutch BMX
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Dylan Shipley, Morphine Industries
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Cameron Moore, Answer/Rennen
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John Miller, Black Crown Products
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Maliek Byndloss, Ssquared Bicycles
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Justin Posey, Dan’s Comp
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Bubba Harris, Badd & Company
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Sunday: Megawatt Clinic With Faoro and Posey

May 20, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX Clinics - Justin Posey and Tyler Faoro Clinic

If you want to get your mojo in the motos and mains on-point, the best way to do it is by being coached and mentored by those who have been in the mix themselves.

This Sunday, at Okeeheelee BMX in Florida, you have a rare chance to get with two of those peeps.

Tyler Faoro and Justin Posey are hosting together a four-hour clinic to bring your on-track attack from good to great. In addition to the on-track stuff, they will take the group from home training tips & tricks, to bike maintenance, to the stuff you should always, always pack in your bag on raceday.

So much of the art of the win is laid-down before your bike comes off the rack in the parking lot, and the fact that it’s in the program here is good stuffs!

The $100 clinic fee includes all the above, plus a swag-bag, snacks and water. Part of the proceeds will go to Kyle Bennett’s daughter, Kylie’s fund, which is just what we’d expect from this pair of aces.

Time: 9AM-1PM
Where: Okeeheelee BMX, West Palm, FL

Sign up by messaging Tyler or Justin at the links below.

Here is the whole flyer, skillfully-designed by Nor Cal shredder Bryce Betts.

Tyler Faoro and Justin Posey BMX Rcing Clinic at Okeeheelee BMX

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Photos: USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals

February 11, 2013 by · Comments Off 

2013 USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals on bmxnews.org

It was an action-packed weekend of racing, as the third stop on the 2013 USA BMX National Tour touched down in the Derby City. It’s hard not to love Louisville: lots of great BMX memories here, easy to get in and out of town, hotels close to the venue, and solid, neighborhood-joint pizza, just a phone call away (Spinelli’s…bookmark it!).

The last time we were in town during the Winter months was for the 2009 NBL Christmas Classic. That race was shoe-horned into the “Broadbent Arena” at the Kentucky Exposition Center, and was generally not very pleasant. We were over-the-moon stoked to learn that NBL was bringing the Classic to Columbus–or anywhere other than the Broadbent Arena for 2010.

This year’s USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals would be in the said-to-be-larger Freedom Hall. Truth be told, it did not feel all that much larger than the Broadbent–though we’re sure someone could/will point to blueprints that say otherwise. The reality is that the KEC, as a whole, is an awkward setting for a BMX race. Parking was $36 for three days, which is their standard rate for all events, but we thought was testing the limits for a BMX crowd. Some had the option to ride the shuttle provided by some of the close-in hotels– a nice bonus that effectively shaved $12/nt off their room rate.

There was no team pit space, so the social factor of strolling around and seeing friends was pretty-much nonexistent, as everyone adjourned to the arena seats (or back to the room) after locking their bikes in the provided bike lockup area, out back.

This was the first year at the KEC for USA BMX, so we anticipate many of the creature discomforts will be addressed for next year. Louisville loves BMX, and we know they want what we want: the best possible BMX race.

For its part, the track was wedged in to the floor space available. It was a similar theme to all the other indoor stops on the tour, aside from the Grands. People are always going to complain about the indoor tracks–like death and taxes. Of course, the truth is everyone has to ride the same track. Once racing got underway, you saw passing on the straightaways as well as the turns, which is a good sign–on any track.

The last turn gave the most ominous first impression, with its tight radius and wall ride-esque facing. There was a heaping helping of drama there, especially in Sunday’s mains, where even the younger girls classes were riding the comp “high and over.”

Billy Allen and his crew did a great job of keeping the track in shape during the weekend. The dirt was not exactly awesome–mixed heavily with wood chips and some kind of moss-like protomatter that was neither dirt, nor wood. Like trying to make snowballs out of oatmeal and ice chips. Still, they held it together til the last main crossed the line.

The Bluegrass Nationals brought 286 motos on Saturday and 268 on Sunday. Lots of teams made the trip, looking for beefy rider counts. Donavon Long’s Haro/Promax team won the Factory honors on Saturday, George Costa made it out of Boston just ahead of the blizzard of 2013. His Answer/Rennen team rained on the parade of all the other Factory Teams on Sunday, turning in the top sheet.

Louisville was the last race before the Elite season starts up at the Winter Nationals in Phoenix. And we were impressed, as we were in Reno, with the level of stoke the crowd exhibited for the 23 A Pros who made the trip. This was Justin Posey’s Pro class debut, and he raced it like an ace. In fact, he WAS an ace, winning every lap both days–the first day for Dan’s Comp, and the second for his Collegiate team, Marian University. The USA Cycling Collegiate BMX Championships are being run alongside the Winter Nationals. You have to like JP’s chances at the title, if you saw him race this weekend.

We are going to have more on the Bluegrass Nationals Tuesday morning, including a Photo Trophy Dash. Leading up to that, give a gander to the photo galleries from the race.

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