Answer/Rennen Season-Opener-Plus-One Report

February 15, 2013 by · Comments Off 

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Submitted by George Costa
The start of the 2013 USA BMX factory team competition got underway in Reno, NV for the season opener. Answer/Rennen was in attendance and ready to make its mark on the upcoming season. Many of our off-season recruits were in attendance and the future looks bright for our squad. The team came away from the weekend with a solid fourth place on Sunday and, more importantly, a 230pt score. The level of factory team competition has been raised this year and with new teams in the mix it will be more important than ever to obtain these high scores.

Stop number two for the squad was the USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals in Louisville KY. This race, held indoors, at the Kentucky Exposition Center, replaced Morristown, and many did not know what to expect. The race did not disappoint, with 286 motos of action- packed racing. The tight track made for some great berm warfare, with Answer/Rennen coming out on top in all instances. This event had some breakout performances by the riders that resulted in a Sunday win, with a score of 244 pts.

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

9X Brandon Crain went into Reno with a new training plan, drive and determination. Birthdays play such a factor in these young ages. The freshly turned 9 yr didn’t let that phase him scoring back to back 2nd place finishes in one of the biggest classes of the weekend. Look for big things out of the smallest Answer/Rennen rider this year.

10X Gavin Freewalt – Had some solid laps on both cruiser and 20″ but did not hit the podium in Louisville. Being the the first race of the year, this was a tune-up event for the G-Man. He knows where he is at and where he has to go.

12X Markwane Billingsley debut race for A/R was Louisville KY and he did not disappoint. On Saturday he was having the ultimate come from behind charge after unclipping out of the gate in his semi. From 8th he quickly moved his way through the pack one by one till he was in 4th. Markwane must have heard his Michigan fan club going crazy and he continued to try to pass people. Unfortunately he washed out in the last turn ending his chance for his first main with the team. Sunday was a different story as he scored a solid third place finish in 12X.

Erik Meyer of Answer/Rennen at the 2013 USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals
13X Erik Meyer– after scoring a third place finish in 13-14 open in Louisville on Saturday, Erik had a terrible crash breaking his wrist. He will be out for 12 weeks, but the Midwest Muscle is in good spirits, and will be ready to get after it when he returns to the track.

15X Cam Moore had an amazing showing in Jr Devo, beating the year-older Collin Hudson. This race had everyone on their feet cheering. On Sunday in 15X he went to score a big 2nd place finish in a huge rider count class.

16X Justin Knapper went out to Reno ready to redeem himself in the 16X class. After many hot laps and one crash, he dislocated his shoulder on Saturday night and his weekend was over. Apparently, he needs to dislocate his shoulder more often cause in just three short weeks, Justin dominated every race he entered in Louisville. He went on to sweep 16X both days and became the second A/R rider to make quick work of Collin Hudson.

17-18X Derik Bergh made his A/R debut in Reno, and we were impressed to see him make a statement out there. His Sunday performance helped the team get fourth place in competition. Come Louisville along with his dad they packed up their truck and drove off from their Igloo in Fergus Falls, MN to make the 15-hour hike from the frozen tundra. Living in arctic temperatures doesn’t seem to phase Derik one bit, as he was leading laps all weekend, and made the 17-18x main both days. Battling for the lead in Saturday’s main with the USA BMX national #1 amateur is a great way to start the weekend off. Unfortunately, he lost grip in the first turn and went down. On Sunday he hard-charged from gate 8 to take third for the day and help the team win the factory competition.

19-27X Niles Austin was in both Reno and Louisville and his maturity and skill showed through as he went on to score three 2nd place finishes and a third across the two weekends. This kind of riding provides huge points to the team’s success. Still, second isn’t good enough for him, so watch for him on top of the box very soon.

21-25 Cru Jeremy Knapper showed up to Louisville ready to murder his competition. On Sunday he did just that taking the win in 21-25 cruiser with ease.

Justin Wike of Answer/Rennen at the 2013 USA BMX Silver Dollar Nationals
28-35X Justin Wike was in Reno and this year remembered to show up for all four mains he made. He annihilated the competition not only in 28-35X but Open also. So much so, that we hear NAG 1 in this class is on a mission to duck any race Justin is at.

41+ Shawn Diprete (top) was in Reno and Louisville but the real story for him comes from Reno. After destroying his cruiser class and 20 Shawn started feeling really sick and I received a call at 3AM asking me to remove him from the team sheet for Sunday. Once sheets are submitted there’s no way to change that so I proceeded to ask him to skip cruiser altogether and first round of class and try to get as much rest as possible. He goes up for second round and transfers to the semi, then wins the semi and finally wins the main. Thats called being a team player right there folks, had he not done this we wouldn’t have scored the 230 pts for Sunday.

8G Tara Klein was in Reno and, after losing her crank arm off the back of their car on the way to the race, she quickly regrouped to score a respectable third and fourth.

10G Jamie McHenry’s debut race for A/R was in KY and being a bit nervous she quickly got used to the new bikes and proceeded to score a second and fourth in class/cruiser on Sunday.

Bailey Brannen of Answer/Rennen at the 2013 USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals
11G Bailey Brannen was in Louisville and if every track was 1 ft shorter she raced on she would go undefeated. Straight deuces for Bailey in 11G after leading those mains to almost the bitter end. She is very determined and will get back on it soon

14G Abby MacLeod was in Louisville with more drive and determination than ever. Having freshly turned 14G you’d think she would be at a disadvantage but to the contrary she went on to score back to back 2nd place finishes in 14G

A-Pro Max Egdorf’s first race of the season was Louisville and, while he didn’t get the results he was looking for, by Sunday he started looking like that A-Pro who took second at the grands. Good thing we delivered the team’s G-Form impact protection this weekend. The elbow pads came in handy when last turn berm warfare commenced. Who would have known that G-Form elbow pads can take out a Mini Cooper. For those who don’t know Max’s longtime nickname is “elbows out.”

A-Pro Austin Loebe was in Reno but there wasn’t much to report on. Apparently living the dream in California meant a lot of sitting around and not much training. He returned to his home state of Delaware where there is nothing to do but train. Austin redeemed himself in Louisville leading many laps, and impressed everyone by riding the way we know he can. Austin did get smashed three times by a Mini Cooper before he returned the favor to the little guy on Sunday. Even with takeouts, Austin was able to stay on the podium both days getting a 3rd and 2nd in the very aggressive A-Pro class.

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Answer/Rennen is proudly sponsored by: Answer BMX, Rennen Design Group, Ssquared Bicycles, Tioga BMX, G-Cog, Profile Racing, Alienation BMX, Crit BMX, Insight BMX and Time2Shine and G-Form.

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Time 2 Shine Re-Caps 2012 and Talks 2013

January 11, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Time 2 Shine BMX Talks 2013 on

Matt and Sabrina McEvoy have done a great job bringing Time 2 Shine from industry up-and-comer, to firmly-rooted online dialin’-in center in the span of about 10 months. Their team has been at the front of the pack, they always have some awesome deals up on the web site, and are sprinting in to 2013 with some serious new moves to take it to the next level.

Matt sent us the following re-cap of their 2012 season, and also kicked-down the details on what the 2013 program looks like.

With 2012 officially in the books, Time 2 Shine’s first full complete season as a race team was a very memorable one. The T2S team won the Virginia State Series, had several Top 3 Redline Cup Riders, and also the following riders earning NAG Plates this year:

Mika McEvoy – NAG 4 in 7 Girls
Jamie McHenry – NAG 7 in 10 Girls
Jamie McHenry – NAG 2 in 10 Under Cruiser Girls
Niles Austin – NAG 3 in 21-25 Cruiser

Notable Mentions:
Niles Austin – NAG 11 in 19-27 Expert
Ashton Raum – NAG 19 in 17-27 Girls

We have seen great progress in our roster, and our grassroots program. We are excited to continue to help develop our riders to get to the next level in the sport.

Shining Brighter in 2013

The new year brings some new and exciting opportunities for Time 2 Shine. Our website (link below) is booming, and has become a leading online BMX Mail Order Site, with over $1m in stocked inventory, and industry-leading customer service!

The RollOutCalc mobile app, which T2S and Niles Austin partnered on last year is gaining momentum on the iTunes & Android Marketplace, and brings a much-needed convenience for riders who need to calculate the rollout of the gearing on their bike. will be vending at the Stars N’ Stripes Nationals at South Park BMX, and at the Empire State Nationals in Kingston, NY.

We are happy to announce some exciting co-sponsorships that will get going in 2013. George Costa’s Answer/Rennen Factory Team, Jim Buchanan’s Factory SSquared / Answer / TLD team, and Shawn Pischke’s SpeedTech / SSquared Bike Shop Team. Also, Brian Nygard’s “The Nationals” BMX Race Team, which features a few hundred riders across the US.

Time 2 Shine’s own team roster has some edits as well. Jamie McHenry & Niles Austin will be heading over to the Answer/Rennen Factory Roster. It truly has been a pleasure working with these two riders, and we are excited to see them grow in the sport of BMX.

We would like to welcome the addition of Bryce Easter – 11x who previously raced for Factory Doublecross, Nate Cremeen – 13x who previously raced for Deluxx Bikes, and Caleb Horton – 10X who previously raced for Werkz Racing. Time 2 Shine will be welcoming back Mika McEvoy – 7 Girls (NAG 4), Ashton Raum – 17-20 Girls, Chris McHenry – 9x, Max Philion – 7x, and Cody Lynn – 16x.

Time 2 Shine has added sponsorships from SSquared Bicycles, Rennen Design Group, SIDI America, NEMA Cycling, and Answer BMX to support our race team for the 2013 season.

None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our riders and their parents! We would like to thank everyone involved for a wonderful and memorable 2012 Season.

2013 Time 2 Shine BMX Co-Sponsors:
Rennen Design Group, Ssquared Bicycles, Answer BMX, Nema Cycling, Sidi America

*note: links placed by BMX News to highlight companies who are also BMX News advertisers).

Their team kit looks tight (in a good way), and will look awesome in our viewfinder, come Lousiville next month.


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A Throwback and a Go-Back for Upshaw

December 20, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Jeff Upshaw Back on Kuwahara

You might think the photo above is a “Throwback Thursday” homage to our friend Jeff Upshaw. Well, it is and it isn’t. It IS a throwback…the photo was taken February 14, 2009 at the NBL Columbus Fairgrounds race. Here we have Uppie leading an Elite Men’s moto, decked in the colors of his new sponsor of the time, Kuwahara. And see…nice transition to the news of the day.

Fast-forward almost four years. Kuwahara made their exit from the US market…then, just last month, announced the brand was coming back to US shores under new ownership, and with a new plan for BMX market superiority.

In the spirit of gettin’ the band back together, Jeff and the Kuwahara USA peeps got to talking, and decided to bring the sizzle back for 2013. Jeff has been spending much of his time with everyday life, selling cars at a Ford dealership in Ohio (quite successfully, we are told). But BMX has never been far off Jeff’s 2-do list, and he gets out to the Dayton Indoor with frequency, to keep his flow flowing and his skills upshizzle-sharp.

No firm plans on which races Jeff will be hitting (as you remember from an earlier BMX News story, he is racing A-Pro at the moment, so lots of options), but we wanted to bring you the news of Jeff’s return to the team. it’s a solid story of good people coming together to make it happen for a long-beloved brand.

We also managed to get the 2013 Kuwahara team roster along with the Upshaw lowdown.

1. Jeff Upshaw – A Pro

2. Sienna Fines – 13 Girls

3. Phillip Keiser – 19-27 Expert

4. Bart McDaniel – 46-50 Cruiser & 41+ Expert

5. Eric “E-Dogg” Schreiber – 41-45 Cruiser & 41+ Expert

6. Alan Porter – 46-50 Cruiser & 41+ Expert

7. Chris Jeffery – 46-50 Cruiser

8. Scott Woodworth – 41-45 Cruiser & 41+ Expert

9. Troy Daniels – 46-50 Cruiser

Plus a few young hotshoes in the works!

We thinks there’s gonna to be a lot of Kuwahara yellow in those 46-50 cruiser main events. Congrats to Jeff and the whole Kuwie crew.

The latest and greatest Kuwahara product will be hitting the shores and the stores in the next month or two, so keep your eyes here on BMX News for the latest. Meanwhile, give their website an eyeball or two.


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Answer-Rennen Takes a Shine to Time 2 Shine

October 23, 2012 by · Comments Off 

BMX Racing News: Answer/Rennen teams up with Time 2 Shine

It’s always awesome when great people come together, joining forces to take an idea to the next level.

Answer/Rennen and Time 2 Shine are doing just that for the 2013 season. Rennen’s George Costa sent over a prototype jersey sketch this afternoon, with the T2S logo prominent on the chest. George tells it like this:

Time 2 Shine is signing on as a major co-sponsor of the Answer/Rennen Factory Team for 2013 and beyond. T2S will be providing financial/product support of the Answer/Rennen team in a three-year team commitment.

News: How did the deal come about?

GC: I was in pursuit of a 19-27X replacement for Austin Loebe, who will be debuting as a Rookie Pro in 2013.

I contacted Niles Austin who was riding for T2S, and expressed my desire to have him ride for A/R in 2013. I knew it was a longshot, as Niles was close to T2S owner Matt McEvoy. Matt saw this as an opportunity to spread the word about his growing online shop, and with the help of Niles and Scott Macleod (Father of Abbie Macleod A/R 13G) they created this opportunity for Answer/Rennen.

As part of the deal we will also be adding T2S 10yr old girl Jamie McHenry to the Answer/Rennen Roster for 2013. This was like hitting three birds with one stone, and I could not be happier. We got a solid contender in 19-27X and a dominate 10G and a great sponsorship deal for the next three seasons! ”

Time 2 Shine honcho, Matt McEvoy said:

Everyone at Time 2 Shine is very pleased and excited to be a part of the Answer/Rennen team in 2013 and beyond. We are excited at the opportunity that Niles Austin & Jamie McHenry have to join this team, and excel in their class.

We are also all looking forward to working with the current Answer/Rennen roster, and helping them with what they need to move on to the next level.

Time 2 Shine’s current bike shop riders are excited as well, as this team will be working as an Answer/Rennen development team.

All around, Time 2 Shine and Staff are very pleased with this deal and are happy to have some of the best BMX rider’s in the country!

Keep an eye out for George and the Answer Rennen crew at this weekend’s Disney Cup in Orlando. As well as the awesome products and services by all three companies mentioned above.

Answer/Rennen Co-Sponsors: Answer BMX, Rennen Design Group, Ssquared Bicycles, Tioga BMX, G-Cog, Profile Racing, Alienation BMX, Crit BMX, Fly Racing Insight BMX and Time2Shine


Answer BMX website

Rennen Design Group website

Time 2 Shine website

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