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Recap and Photo Galleries: 2015 Music City Nats

May 26, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Recap of the 2015 USA BMX Music City Nationals

Music City BMX is as familiar as an old friend, and just as much fun to be around. The seven-hour Southbound trip is no-biggie by now, with strategic Starbucks and Chipotle stops along I-65 getting permanent pinpoint status in the BMX Newsteam map app.

This year’s race would be a tad-different, in that it was splitting a square on the national schedule with the USA BMX Spring Nationals in Albuquerque. Last year, News drove out to ABQ, then kicked-it in a few fleabag motels in Texas before showing up in Nashville on Weds (thankfully, no fleas tagged along).

Still, even with 160-some motos of Westerners rippin it up in the Duke City, the competition, the moto-count and the stoke-factor was high in Nashville, from the first practice gate on Friday, til the last “See Ya in Raytown” on Sunday. 302 motos on the sheets for day one, which included 40 motos of USA Cycling “Challenge” class races for qualifying into the 2015 UCI Worlds in Belgium.

That was also something different about the 2015 installment of this race. In previous years, the “USA Cycling National Championships” was the co-star at one race or another, including Albuquerque last year. This year, with the split-schedule and new way of selecting qualifiers (main makers in ABQ and Nashville, instead of the 16 in the semis at a single race), the USA Cycling aspect was downgraded to a “Worlds Qualifier” and not a “National Championship.” Thus, there were more than a few folks who won their Challenge class on Saturday, combed their hair, maybe took a blast of Binaca, getting ready for their podium moment to receive their “USA” champion’s jersey and medallion–only to receive clarification that such was the difference between “Worlds Qualifier” and “National Championship.” Here’s a Music City Nationals trophy, if you want it. Ideally, the worlds qualifiers for the USA would be decided by year-end NAG standings, if UCI would get with the program and just run our age classes (haha).

As the season unfolds, this is the race where we start to see riders aging-up and training-up for their new class–and it’s always interesting to see who makes the step up without missing a beat, and who needs to go back to the sprint spot and squat rack more often. We also get to see new stars emerging after the former hotshoes move on.

Elite Men had 37 riders and Elite Women had 13 for Friday night’s pre-race pro show. Most of the heavies were in the house, with the exception of a few notables like Sam Willoughby (back in Australia for a bit), many of the South Americans (in Chile for the UCI Continental Championships), Marc Willers, Barry Nobles and Caroline Buchanan (taking some R&R in Lake Havasu). After the anomaly of an all-American podium on Friday night in Ventura, Nashville’s Elite podiums had their own anomaly– ending up exactly the same, for both classes, both days. More on that below.

Here are some highlights from the weekend:

Top Photo, Left: First Round in the Friday Pro Show, Alise put her Redline out front, and kept it there all weekend long, with a full-pop of aces in motos and both mains.

On her wins in Nashville, Alise told News:

I am really happy with the weekend! I have always loved the Nashville track and wanted to have some good riding again after a couple of sub-par performances the last couple of finals I’ve been in. It felt good to let it all out, have clean laps, and be out front all weekend with my dad, family and lots of support watching. Not to mention, I have never won the day of this national where guitars were handed out, so I was pretty set on getting it this year!

Picturesque Hamilton Creek Park, adjacent to Music City BMXRace Day, 6:45AM Saturday. All calm over Percy Priest Lake, in the Hamilton Creek Section. A great view, that’s only about 500 feet from the last turn of Music City BMX. This expanse has served as camping, parking and a cooling-off place for countless BMXers over the years, and is one of the “amenities” that make the Music City Nationals one of the must-attend races on the USA BMX Nationals Schedule.

J Percy Priest Dam in Nashville, TNSpeaking of Percy Priest Lake, the J. Percy Priest Dam is the namesake of the lake, named after a US congressman from Tennessee. Completed in 1968, it generates 28 MW of electrical power (enough to power about 21,000 homes).

New USA BMX Operations RigUSA BMX debuted their new “Big Red” operations trailer at the 2015 Music City Nationals. The original, now dubbed “Old Blue” was the first big rig in BMX racing, and served the ABA, then USA BMX, well for more than a decade. Old Blue will stay in service, tending to the Western races on the schedule, while Big Red will zip around East of the Mississippi. The new rig, formerly on the NASCAR circuit as a Sprint Communications simulator, has upgraded-everything to smooth-out raceday operations for the riders, and speed the set-up and teardown process for the USA BMX crew.

Kelsey Van Ogle at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsKelsey Van Ogle, “KVO” to her loyal subjects, has been rippin in a major way since turning pro this year. Nashville was her third and fourth podium of her Elite career, with third both days. Hard to believe she is puttin a hurt on the pros, at 16 years old. That’s Kristen Bobb on KVO’s port side.

BMX News Coverage of the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsThose Hostile Industries dudes bring a show on the track, and on the sidelines. Break Dance level: 10

Max Egdorf at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsFirst round of A-Pro on Saturday. Answer Rennen rockstar, Max Egdorf whips it to the hard-inside, as Phil Delizia (814) plots a line to the heart of the “big push” part of the Music City first turn.

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Graydon "The Ladies Man" Hutchinson at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsGraydon “The Ladies Man” Hutchinson had his fresh-new Kuwahara cruiser on the front-side all weekend long in 10 Cruiser, posting a double-win for his new sponsor.

Stephani Morin at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsStar BMX Products hotshoe, Stephani Morin has been training-up lately for the big battles in 14G. Double deuces in the hefty class (to SSquared show-stopper, Kate Deters on Saturday, and Supercross jammer, Anna Johnson, on Sunday). She also got the W in 13-14 GCruiser on Saturday, and another win in 17-29 Women’s Cruiser Challenge Class in the World’s Qualifier on Saturday. Pretty good weekend!

Charlie Golwyn at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsHere’s Charlie Golwyn, truckin on the new Epik Carbon rims, which were the talk of the track in Nashville this weekend. As if Charlie didn’t have enough factory-flav goin on.

Derik Bergh at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsAnswer/Ssquared had a full compliment of stars on the sheets in the Music City. Derik Bergh blazed a trail to a second on Saturday (behind Menardo Simon), and a capital-W-win on Sunday.

Cameron Moore at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsSome golden-hour photo flair with the Golden Boy of 17-18x, Cameron Moore. Double aces on the weekend for the Haro/Promax set.

Saturday Night Pro Main at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsSaturday Night Special: Joris Daudet noses into the lead over the first-turn mountain in the Elite Men Main Event. Friday and Saturday podiums were exactly the same with Joris on top, and Anthony Dean and Connor Fields in the two-three podium spots. A Chase BMX sweep!

BMX News coverage of the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsMusic City BMX brought an epic light show to the The Friday Night Pre-Race Pro Show, with a rollout for both Elite Women and Elite Men. The hospitality extended by the Music City BMX crew was present in every-aspect of the race weekend. This is the case every year, but we never stop appreciating it. Regarding the rollouts, we gotta say, it’s always better when Elite Women gets to take one as well as the guys. Both classes are “Elite” after all, and it only makes sense to equal it up.

Santiago Marin at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsWe’ve been used to hearing Santiago Marin getting lead-rider calls for amateur motos and mains for plenty of years. In Nashville, Santi tore it up in A-Pro, and landed atop the podium on Saturday, getting one of four autographed guitars as a podium prize, in addition to some USA BMX cash. Kenny Gustafson got the A-Pro win on Sunday.

Gavin Freewalt at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsThe G-Man, Gavin Freewalt, put in some serious office hours in the Music City. Double wins on Saturday (13 Challenge Boys and 12x), and 11-12 Open / 12x wins on Sunday give G the BMX News In-N-Out Burger “Double Double” award for the Music City Nationals. Though, being a Chicagoan, maybe it’ll be Portillo’s instead! #bestburger

Kyle McRory at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsKyle McRory from Pittsburgh has been turning some impressive laps lately. Dude just got a brand new Troy Lee kit for Nashville, when disaster struck, first round on Friday. Here’s how Kyle told it on social media:

“First moto of the weekend I got a thorn in my tire and tried racing on a flat, and ended up with a broken bone in my shoulder, ac separation, bad concussion, fractured sternum, badly bruised hip and possibly broken ribs as well as a few other things. Guess I learned my lesson.”

Wishing Kyle a quick recovery from that laundry-list of injuries.

The Return of Mr. Bill to the Music City
Nashville has been a favorite stop on the national tour for decades. The NBL Grands was held there in 1983, and the track had tons of huge nationals over the years. Back for the first time since 1991, Billy Griggs brought his new-era game to the new-era track. Of course, sometimes you bite the bear, and sometimes the bear bites you. Here’s what Billy told us about his weekend:

Billy Griggs at the 2015 USA BMX Music City NationalsIt was truly a “memory lane” experience. The walkways through the trees in the pit area were just as I remembered. And the lake, I literally felt 14 again.

The first time I was there was 1983 for the NBL Grands, then all the Murray World Cups. The last trip there was as a AA Pro, in 1991.

Fast-forward 24 years, and the track was slightly intimidating the first couple laps. The pure speed and size of the lips on the first straight were something I have not done since I have been racing again, if ever before.

But the first lap at full speed, I hit them clean and was completely stoked on how it felt to go that fast, and that big, at 46 years old. The whole layout was well thought out and surface was awesome.

In the Saturday main, I jumped the double out of the first turn and manualed the step but miss-timed dropping my front wheel and hit the face of the second half of the jump. At that point, I was along for the ride and hit the deck pretty hard.

Fortunately I didn’t do any major damage but pretty much needed a crane to get out of bed Sunday morning.

Giving-away a win by making a huge mistake like that is pretty much the worst way to lose one.

Sunday, I backed down on trying to go as fast as possible and just focus on clean laps. The track certainly demanded respect. I was able to pull out the win and hopefully save a little face for the “rookie” mistake I made on Saturday.

It’s amazing what race adrenaline and being extremely-motivated to forget about a major on-track error can do to block out some pain.

LUKE SEGAL AT THE 2015 USA BMX MUSIC CITY NATIONALSLuke Segal was back from deployment for the US Military, just long enough to hit up the Music City Nationals. Luke shipped out soon after the last main crossed the line, but not before taking his new Staats Bloodline scoot to twin-wins in 36-40 Cruiser, and double-deuces in 36-40 Expert.

Closing it Out

The “butcher’s bill” listed a couple of 40-minute-plus breaks in the racing action on Saturday to tend to injured riders, and many more reporting concussions, a few miles worth of road rash, and some bruised egos all added to the tally. Our thoughts are always with those who had to take a trip to the ER to get checked out, some of whom we saw back at the track on Sunday doing just-fine.

A Big BMX News thanks to Tommy Jacobs, Thomas Petillo, Dustin McGregor, Tim & Carrie Strange and all the Music City crew for their help and hospitality for all of us who made the trip. Though it’s a thankless job at times, let us be among those saying “Thank You!”

Our next race will be the 2015 USA BMX Midwest Nationals (unless we succumb to the itch to go to Raytown on June 6). Check out the photo galleries from Nashville 2015 below.

Photo Galleries

2015 Music City Nationals Photos – Friday

2015 Music City Nationals Photos – Saturday

2015 Music City Nationals Photos – Sunday

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June 3, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Luke Segal pulled a double double in Nashville

Nashville, the home of country music and also home to Music City BMX, which is known for it’s super fast and super big first straight. Thomas Petillo and the Music City BMX crew had been working for weeks on the track and preparing the area located in Hamilton Creek park for the weekend. Read more

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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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.

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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.

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Throwback: Murray World Cup – Nashville

May 22, 2014 by · Comments Off 

BMX News Throwback: 1983 Murray World Cup

One of the races of the 80s-era that almost everyone can say “Oh yeah, I was there” is the 1983 Murray World Cup. Murray was getting in to BMX in a big way back then, and was based in Brentwood, Tennessee, just outside Nashville. Fitting, then, for their second World Cup race to be hosted at their local track–the very same we’ll be visiting this weekend. Trivia: the 1982 World Cup was held in conjunction with the World’s Fair in Knoxville.

We thought we’d bundle up this coverage from the October 1983 issue of BMX Action as a little pre-race throwback. You can definitely make out some of the track features, even on the mellow 80s layout (most notably, into the first turn, and midway down the second straight).

In combing over the results, I was surprised not to see any names that we might see this weekend–with the exception of Eric Rupe. Though, on page four of the PDF (link below), we see a 14-year old Billy Griggs (whom we saw in Albuquerque last week, making a comeback in the 41-45 Expert class. Wowza!).

We love digging out the old, dusty BMXA issues to check out the coverage we were glued to back in the day. Bob Osborn and the Wizard Publications crew were at full-boost during this time in the magazine’s history.

Here’s Music City BMX, as it looks today (well, yesterday, really), getting prettied up for this weekend’s Music City Nationals. A few changes to the track since last year (steeper starting hill, new gate, resurfacing of the first turn, and some second-straight work).
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Jason Carnes, Nick Fox and Lain Van Ogle will be doing a clinic out at the track tonight from 3PM-5PM for anyone wanting to get some early track time. Show up with $30, and you’re in.

BMX News coverage of the 2014 USA BMX Music City Nationals starts Friday, and continues all weekend, both here on the website, and via Twitter (@bmxnews). Be sure to check back for story, photos and “hotpoints.”

—Mike Carruth

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Answer Rennen Turns Up The Volume in Nashville

June 7, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Austin Loebe at 2013 USA BMX Music City Nationals

Submitted by George Costa

Answer/Rennen went into Nashville ready to rock and roll on the weekend. The Squad was missing 17-18X Derik Bergh who had high school graduation ceremonies this weekend. The team battled hard with the countries fastest riders and best teams. We scored a third, a Fourth and Finished the weekend off with a win on the third day in USABMX factory team division. The win helps move us into 4th in the series and with the next few races touted to be the largest turnouts of the year the future is bright for the Answer/Rennen squad. Catch up to the squad if you can at the upcoming races in Rockford, South Park and Las Vegas.

Read below to see how your favorite rider has been up to

9X Brandon Crain has been on a tear winning almost every event he has entered. After getting a double double in Louisiana and wining 3 of 4 classes in Bakersfield Brandon took on the monster first straight in Nashville. Brandon came away from the weekend scoring two firsts in cruiser and two 2nd place finishes in class.

11G Jamie Mchenry Raced the USAC championship race and came away on top as the 11G National Champion! Jaime also scored three podium finishes on the weekend in the USABMX 11G events

Abby MacLeod of Factory Answer/Rennen
14G Abby MacLeod at the last few races has double-doubled for the team winning everything at the North Carolina and Canada nationals she attended. In Nashville she had rough time in 14G for the weekend but she went onto to dominate 13-14 girls cruiser winning two national days along with the 14 Girls USAC national championship title on saturday.

15X Cam Moore came into Nashville ready to redeem himself from North Carolina. Scoring a first and second on the weekend is a great way to do that. Cam is stepping up his training for the next month ahead which will be critical in the teams title hunt chase. When called upon cam always delivers so watch out 15X the Dirt Devil has awaken.

Factory Answer Rennen 16x Justin Knapper
16X Justin Knapper showed tremendous horsepower and speed in the stacked 16X class winning lap after lap Justin was definitely favored for wins all three days. Gate position and weather started to play a factor but Justin was able to secure two solid 3rd place finishes in the ultra competitive class. Justin also made his debut in Jr. men and showed he can hang with the top riders in the country. Look for him to make a hard charge in Jr. Men in his home state at the South Park National.

21-24C Jeremy Knapper went down hard his first moto of cruiser (see photo below, with Niles Austin and a downpour just starting up). He sustained minor injuries to his ankle and wrist that would keep him off the gate the rest of the weekend. He helped out the team tremendously on Sunday by spotting a registration error for his teammate Niles. Jeremy could be spotted all weekend giving his teammates a big thumbs up as he watched them ride.

Factory Answer Rennen Ace Niles Austin

19-27X Niles Austin became the USAC 25-29 national cruiser champ this weekend doing so earns him the prestigious stars and stripes fender. In 19-27X, Niles had a rough time still nursing a shoulder injury he sustained at a Pro-Am earlier in this month. Niles also learned the lesson of never giving up.

Factory Answer Rennen star Shawn DiPrete
41+/41-45C Shawn Diprete had some great battles with his peers this weekend. No one in this class matches his power or speed on the monstrous first straight. Shawn came away on the weekend with 5 podium finishes that included two 1st’s.

A-Pro Phil Delizia was looking fast in Friday practice and first rounds although a nasty crash had him watching from the sidelines on Saturday. On Sunday The Dragon was back winning motos and fighting his way into the main. When the gate dropped and rain falling nothing was going to stop Phil and he jumped his way into the lead in turn two only to slide out in the wet conditions and take down most of the main except for his teammate (more on that next).

A-Pro(Now AA) Austin Loebe (top) had a spectacular weekend winning 2/3 A Pro races on the weekend. Austin has officially become the first A-Pro in 2013 to earn his Elite men (AA) status by making over $4000 dollars this season. I have known Austin since he was 14 yrs old and have been involved with his race career since that age and I am incredibly proud of him as he has achieved what most kids only dream of. The next Chapter in his race career/life has now begun he will make his Elite Debut at the same track where he tested the waters last year “South Park.” Look for Austin to be banging bars with the best in the world as Answer/Rennen’s First AA Pro. Please keep Austin in mind when the rookie pro of the year voting starts in the fall.

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USA BMX Issues Statement on Elite Protest

June 4, 2013 by · Comments Off 

USA BMX Issues Statement on Elite Walk-Off

USA BMX issued a statement on Monday, in which CEO, BA Anderson apologized to race fans for the Elite walk-off that occurred in Nashville.

Here’s what he said:

USA BMX is a world-class organization who holds itself to the highest standard in BMX racing; from enforcing the rules of racing to membership services. With that said, I want to apologize to every BMX race fan who had to witness the pro walk-off this past weekend. This entire episode was a miscommunication on our behalf.

When the announcement was made at the beginning of the year about the increased pro payout, it was, unfortunately, not explained correctly. The guaranteed increased year-end payout and the increased per-race payout was based on the UCI purses being lower at UCI events. With the significant expenses involved with running a UCI event, the mandatory minimum payout is what made the UCI events work within the entire pro budget. Unfortunately, these races were erroneously included on the increased pro pay announcement, which is what led to the protest. There was never any intention to deceive the riders, it was a simply a case of miscommunication.

Obviously, we value our Elite riders and, as such, USA BMX will do as we have for 35 years and do what we say we will do. We stated in a press release that all Pro series events would receive the much higher USA BMX purse, and we plan to honor that. Checks will immediately be sent to those Pro riders to make up the difference.

The Elite riders were told on the back of the hill that this issue would be resolved as soon as we got back to the office, and they were given one of my senior staff member’s cell phone number in case they had any questions. It is unfortunate that there was not enough trust from the pros that USA BMX would resolve this issue, and I am disappointed that the Elite riders chose to walk off. Many of them are riders I watched grow up racing BMX, while others were simply caught up in something they didn’t understand. Based on the facts, this is the decision that would have been reached regardless of the pros decision to walk-off.

Again, I apologize to all of the race fans who didn’t get to watch their favorite Elite riders race Sunday in Nashville. Fortunately, the A Pro, Vet Pro, Women Junior and Men Junior classes all put on exciting main events for attendees and livestream web viewers. In the future, I will make sure that all aspects of pro racing expenses are more closely scrutinized and publicized to avoid any confusion.

In a later communication with BMX News, USA BMX also confirmed they would be making-good on the “enhanced” purse for the Oldsmar race in March (which was not addressed in the statement above).

We have a few questions relating to this topic still outstanding, and will get those answers posted as soon as they come in.

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June 2, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX Racing News - Sam Willoughby Breaks Consecutive-wins Record

While one-third of the Music City Nationals story is yet-to-be-written, we thought we would help you pass the time between now and the last gate on Sunday, with a 209-photo gallery from Friday’s race.

In browsing the gallery, you will start to see the classic battles of the weekend emerge–slicing and dicing that would carry into Saturday’s racing, and the USA Cycling National Amateur Championships which were run concurrently with the normal USA BMX national.

On Friday, the major headline went to Sam Willoughby, who topped John Purse’s seven-in-a-row Pro win record, by winning Elite men. Then he did it again on Saturday, putting the record at nine in a row.

We will have the full story, and Saturday/Sunday photo galleries from Nashville on Monday morning, so enjoy this little visual appetizer, complete with free mid-resolution downloads. We encourage you to share with your friends on social media, and your own websites.

Now, on to the track for an 8AM start to Day Three!

Because of the time required to prepare coverage of the Elite Walk-Out on Sunday, our story and photos from the rest of the weekend will be delayed until Tuesday morning. Our apologies for the delay.

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This Weekend: USA BMX Music City Nationals

May 30, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX Racing News: 2013 USA BMX Music City Nationals

BMXers from all corners of the US are on the highways and jet routes this morning, vectoring-in to Nashville, TN for the 2013 USA BMX Music City Nationals, and the USA Cycling BMX National Amateur Championships.

It is going to be three days of jammed-to-the-gills BMX Racing on a freshened-up Music City BMX track. Here’s how it will go down:

Friday: Practice from 8AM-1:20PM, Day One of the Music City Nationals starts at 1:30PM

Saturday: Practice from 7AM-10:20AM, Day Two of the Music City Nationals starts at 10:30AM. In place of the normal Open classes, Saturday’s race will feature the USA Cycling National Amateur Championships.

Sunday: No Practice, Day Three of the Music City Nationals starts at 8AM.

See the PDF below for full information and individual age class practice schedules.

This weekend’s racing will also be streamed live, via the Health & Wellness Channel’s HWClive.com (see below for link).

Music City Nats will be a three-score pro series weekend, and the stage is set for Sam Willoughby to enter the BMX record books for the most pro wins in a row. Let’s see if he can do it on Friday, then keep it rolling for the rest of the trip.

On Saturday, Washburn guitars is back in the BMX scene, with Idol Series Guitars for the winners of Elite Men, Elite Women, A-Pro, and Vet Pro.

It all starts Friday morning, so be sure to keep your browser pointed at BMX News throughout the weekend for story and photos. And, follow @bmxnews on Twitter for as-the-happen updates from the infield (@bmxnow will also be tweeting, but we are trying to move all our fans to the right twitter handle, so please follow @bmxnews).

Links

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Event Flyer and Practice Schedule

Link to HWC Live, for the live webcast





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