2014 Music City Nationals – Full Photo Set

May 26, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2014 USA BMX Music City Nationals Photos

Before we set sail for home this morning, we wanted to get a final post from Nashville on the wires. All three days at the Music City Nationals provided great action, and a perfect setting for us to do what we love doing most–capturing images of the real and the raw on the race track, and bringing them back to you.

In all, there are 400 images that made the cut (out of about 500 total), with good representation of all classes that worked hard to take home the high-hardware from Nashville–from the youngest Novices, on up to Maris Strombergs and Mariana Pajon’s double wins in the Elite classes.

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2014 USA BMX Music City Nationals – Friday Photo Gallery

2014 USA BMX Music City Nationals – Saturday Photo Gallery

2014 USA BMX Music City Nationals – Sunday Photo Gallery

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Photos: Music City Nationals Day One

May 25, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Maris Strombergs and Connor Fields at the 2014 Music City Nationals

Day one of the 2014 USA BMX Music City Nationals was sunny and steamy, on and off the track. Great weather, and bar to bar racing was in effect from the first Strider moto to the finalmain event of the day, which was decided in the final feet after John Pringle’s last turn charge to take home the win.

With 274 motos on the boards (including seven racks of Elite Men & Women), the race day was long–about 8 and a half hours, but folks were up & at it early, early for Day two (as evidenced by the scooter slam happening outside our motel door at 6:30AM). Sunday morning saw a 30 minute spell of rain, but it moved out quick, and skies cleared, giving way to what looks like another great day of racing in the Music City.

Saturday’s Pro racing had a lot to keep fans on the fenceline. Sam Willoughby missed qualifying, with a fifth in the semi–which wouldn’t really be noteworthy if it weren’t Sam. In the main, Maris and Connor (above) had the lead from the bottom of the first straight, and Kurt Pickard was a solid third into turn two, when his back wheel broke loose, and he spun into the asphalt, giving Logan Collins the perfect opportunity to take up the three spot. This was Logan’s first Elite Main event appearance, in front of his home crowd. How could it be more perfect for him?

In Elite Women, it was Mariana all the way for the win, with Don Daniels back on the podium in second. Brooke Crain had a great trip, and was in for the thiree spot.

We’re stoked for Rusty Nesvig–his win on Saturday put him over the top of the $4,000 needed to move up to AA (being 20 years old, he could have raced UCI Elite anyway, but any points earned would not have counted toward the USA BMX AA Pro class, or allow him to race the top class when it is USA BMX Pro and not UCI Elite). Jeremy Smith and Olijuwon Davis joined Rusty on the podium.

There were a fair amount of wrecks on Saturday, so we’re sending out a big BMX News get well card to the five or six riders we know of who won’t be suiting up today. Day two is usually better in that regard, as people learn to throttle it back, instead of going all wango-tango down the maineater first straight.

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Welp, Sunday racing is underway, so we’d better beat feet out to the track and light this candle for day two. Watch for Day two photos Monday morning, and our Music City race re-cap on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, Check out the 255 photo gallery from Saturday’s racing.


2014 USA BMX Music City Nationals – Saturday Photo Gallery

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Photos: Music City Pro Practice

May 23, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2014 Music City Nationals

Nashville, TN is the center of the BMX universe this weekend, as the annual USA BMX Music City Nationals kicks off tomorrow. This year’s race is a two-day affair (it was three days last year, as host to the USA Cycling Amateur Championships), and our quick, unscientific parking lot spot check shows license plates from as far away as Colorado, Massachusetts, Lousiana, Florida and even some Californians making the drive.

News is on day eight of our “Westward” tour, which took us to Albuquerque last week, then on an 18-hour hop East to Nashville by Tuesday night. Cooled-off hotspots, dead hotel Internet, and closed-for-water-outage Starbucks locations have all conspired to keep us from getting our ABQ re-cap posted. But, never fear, it IS coming. Think of it this way, if we were in print, like the old days, you’d still have another seven weeks to wait.

Today’s pro practice brought out some of the names we’ll see on the sheets in the top classes this weekend (though some are reportedly still inbound). Albuquerque winners Nic Long and Kurt Pickard (above) are here, as is Sam Willoughby, Maris Strombergs and David Herman–so is Connor Fields, who wasn’t in Albuquerque–plus a “cast of dozens” more. We saw Shanaze Reade in practice, but not Felicia or Dom, so something new could be at hand in terms of a clash of “unusual suspects” in Elite Women. SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE: Felicia, Dom and Mariana are all here, so double-stack the action!

We heard the pre-race was 88(!) motos Friday night, so that could mean a Saturday count of 220 or so, based on one of the many formulas we apply to predict these things. Some here think it will edge more toward 300, so we’ll see who’s right, and shame the loser appropriately and mercilessly.

Saturday’s weather looks good–cooler than today’s 85–and dry. Sunday is too soon to tell on the preciptiation front, with storm clouds on some forecasts after 12 Noon.

As we reported in our Throwback Thursday piece, the track is in tip-top shape, with a fresh topper of asphalt on the first turn, as well as some nipping and tucking where needed. The youngins are having a great time skying over the first-straight table, and it will be interesting to see how many 12-unders bring their pilot’s license to first round tomorrow.

We popped off a few dozen frames in pro practice tonight (link below). That shooting-down-the-first-straight angle is one of our favoritist shooting spots on the whole USA BMX tour, and we just didn’t want to shoot anywhere else in the 30 minute practice today. But still, some rad shots for OUR warm up day. We’ll be getting all around that place the rest of the weekend.

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BMX News coverage of the 2014 USA BMX Music City Nationals continues tomorrow with tweets from the infield (follow @bmxnews), and Saturday photos posted Sunday morning. Meanwhile, check out the Friday pro set.


Photo Gallery: 2014 USA BMX Music City Nationals – Friday

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MCS Nashville Team Report

June 10, 2013 by · Comments Off 

MCS Bicycles Nashville Team Report

Submitted by Brian Fell
For a few years now, I have been telling people that Nashville, TN was going to be the new “summer national.” I feel safe to say that prediction has come to pass. The MUSIC CITY NATIONALS are by far the best race of the year. Even with Mother Nature trying to spoil the party, the atmosphere was exciting and fun. Well, until the third round for the Elite’s on Sunday, then it got sour. But that is another story altogether…

Usually, set-up on Thursday is a long day. You get to the track, find your spot and commence to set-up shop. Three hours later the tents are up, banners are placed, bike stands are out and you are looking for dinner. In Nashville, I was fortunate to have some of my guys there to help me out. Although they had to drive through the night, the vibe at the track was giving them a second wind (or maybe it was a fourth wind! LOL!) and we were able to knock everything out in just over an hour. So off to the hotel we went. We were able to check in early, get cleaned up and head downtown for some dinner and a stroll around to some of the shops. I would like to see all of the races be like this. We had a nice, laid back time. Another reason why Nash-Vegas is the new summer national!

Erick Clark of Factory MCS at the Music City Nationals
Our team had an up and down kind of weekend. Eric Clark got his weekend off on the right foot taking second on both bikes on Friday, looking like he has finally shaken off the bad vibes on his twenty. He stayed solid on his cruiser with two more second place finishes on Saturday and Sunday, but his twenty was not his friend. He wasn’t able to make the mains either day.

MCS Bicyles Tucker Rice at 2013 Music City Nationals
Tucker Rice wasn’t able to race on Friday because of school, but he was able to fly in on Friday to race Saturday and Sunday. Tucker looked good in his motos, taking the wins in the first rounds, but fell victim to some sticky circumstances in the semis and didn’t make it in for class. He was able to get two more wins in on cruiser though. Tucker is a strong-willed rider, he will figure it out!

MCS Bicycles Tyler Wagner at the 2013 USA BMX Music City Nationals
Tyler Wagner had some good rides and some well… not so good rides. In 16 Expert, he took fourth on Friday and Saturday, looking solid. He skipped cruiser on Friday, but raced it on Saturday and Sunday taking first both days. He seems very comfortable in cruiser and the results speak for themselves.

Petey Peters (top) made the drive to Nashville after work on Thursday, getting in pretty late and just seemed to have a hard time getting into the groove of things. He would get a second in Open and an eighth in class on Friday. Saturday was a wash, but Sunday he was able to rebound and get a sixth in class.

BMX Racing Photos - Raul Gomez of MCS Bicycles
Raul Gomez had a pretty good weekend. The guys in these classes are just as competitive as any class out there. All of the mains came down to the wire! Friday, Raul was able to squeak by and get the win on twenty and settle for a third in cruiser. Saturday was no let down either with Raul taking another win at the line in Class and another third in cruiser. Sunday was a little better in cruiser taking a second, but he would have to settle for a second in class as well. All around, an excellent weekend for him!

MCS Bicycles report on 2013 USA BMX Music City National - Chase Hines
Chase Hines fell victim to some bad voodoo in his mains. Chase looked really good in his motos both Saturday and Sunday looking like the guy to beat. But come main time, outside gates would be a hurdle he just couldn’t get away from. He would have to settle for a seventh on Friday and a sixth on Saturday. Saturday night Chase caught some kind of bug. He tried to soldier through on Sunday, but it just wasn’t meant to be, he made it through the motos but that was about it.

All in all, not the best weekend, but for from the worst. It was great to have the whole team together. I like it when everyone is hanging out having a good time. Our next race will be South Park, PA. We haven’t been there for a few years. I for one am looking forward to it. Hopefully, we will see you there!

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