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Answer Rennen Desoto Race Report

April 11, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Answer Rennen Desoto 2014 Race Report

The “Lone Star State” was the fourth stop on the Answer Rennen team’s schedule for the 2014 campaign. Texas was a hot bed for action over the weekend with the NCAA Final Four Tournament, NASCAR, AMA Supercross and of course USA BMX’s Super Nationals all having action in the Lone Star. For some of the riders this was the first time they have had the privilege of riding the Metroplex BMX track, and what a wonderful facility and track they have in Desoto. The weather may not have been the most ideal for racing, but the team suited up and kept warm by leading lap after lap.

Recap of the riders in attendance

Brandon Crain (10X) – The Bird Man was able to get rid of that gate bug that got him in Phoenix and decided to lay down the law in the 10X class and 10 cruiser with double wins for the weekend in front of his own cheering squad of grandparents, aunts and numerous cousins. Brandon is training hard and will definitely be a factor in the 10X class the rest of the season.

Jack Kelly of Answer Rennen at the 2014 USA BMX Super Nationals
Jack Kelly (11X) – We have said it before and we’ll say it again, Jack’s new nickname should be the “destroyer” because that is what he did over the weekend in the 11X class, he flat out destroyed it. Not sure if Jack’s secret is in those socks he wears, but if it is, we will be looking to invest in a few pair. Still working out some kinks in his new race set up, just imagine what will happen once he gets it fine tuned…whoa!

Justin Knapper (17X) – Coming from the *still* cold Northeast, and still trying to knock some of the winter rust off, Justin was seen in the mix during his rounds and finished 4th on Saturday in a super stacked 17-18X class. The lack of track time caught up to Justin on Sunday with just getting edged out in the semi and having to sit out watching the main events from the stands. Now that the weather in the Northeast is starting to warm up, look for Justin to start getting in that track time and shaking the rust off.

Derik Bergh (17-18X, top photo) – Recent training has paid off for “Randy” (inside joke–have to ask Derik) on Saturday with a hard-fought drag race to the finish for the win in the super tough 17-18X class. On Sunday the term “wrong place at the wrong time” was Derik’s motto in the main event as coming out of the first turn in second a crash behind him sent one of the bikes into his rear tire forcing him to have to unclip and settle for a 4th. With his determination, look for Derik to be up front again at the next National.

Jeremy Knapper (23C) – After taking the Winter Nationals off, Jeremy came to DeSoto to start knocking off his winter rust like his brother. On Saturday Jeremy showed the way to the finish line by squeaking out the win and vowing to make the next day different. Sunday not only was there thunder outside but also some “Thunder” inside with Jeremy pulling away from the competition in the main and doubling up on the weekend. I did see Jeremy eying up Jack’s socks so who knows what will happen at the next National.

Max Egdorf of Answer Rennen
Max Egdorf (A Pro) – Imagine what will happen when Max is able to start training, between work and not having any tracks open near him, he was still able to make the main event both days at the Super Nationals. Saturday saw Max getting tied up in the first turn and rolling past the finish line in 7th place. On Sunday a third turn crash in the first round put Max in the hole early for points and his years of experience kicked in to help him work his way through the qualifying rounds to make the main event. Going into the last turn in the main event sitting 4th, Max was able to dodge the rider in front of him, who saw the same fate as Max did in the first round, finishing with a 3rd and a spot on the podium.

Austin Loebe (Elite Men) – One of the young up and coming Elite Men had a good weekend by my standards, with a crash in the first round and some bad gate assignments, Saturday didn’t go the way he had hoped but he looked to get Saturday out of his head and get ready for Sunday. Once the first gate dropped on Sunday, Austin took his new 2014 Ssquared bike (soon to be released) to the front of the pack and was seen in the mix in his moto’s until getting tied up in the first turn in his quarter ending his great day of riding on Sunday.

The team had a great weekend at the Super Nationals with a Factory teamsheet win on Saturday, and third on Sunday. The team’s next race will be the Dixieland Nationals in Powder Springs, GA.

We would like to thank Jim Buchanan from Factory Ssquared – Answer for allowing us some trailer space to store our bikes, it was greatly appreciated.

Answer/Rennen Co-Sponsors: Answer BMX, Rennen Design Group, Ssquared Bicycles, Tioga BMX, G-Cog, Crit BMX, Fly Racing, Time2Shine, G-Form, Base Brooklyn and Pedro’s

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Rennen Design Group Website

Answer-Rennen Winter Nationals Report

March 27, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Answer-Rennen 2014 Winter Nationals Race Report

By Glen Knapper

The “Valley of the Sun” was the next hot stop on the Answer/Rennen team schedule, and Phoenix was going to live up to the word “hot.” The temperature wasn’t the only thing going up in Phoenix– with 292 motos on Saturday, the small team that ventured out to the Winter Nationals buckled up their Fly Racing helmets, and prepared for some tough racing. The hard-packed Black Mountain track was perfect for the team’s Tioga Powerblocks to carve up the annual freshend-up track design. Once the action started, one by one, the team was out front of their motos with their Ssquared frames and Answer parts leading the way to first round transfers.

Quick recap of the riders…

Samantha Gracey (9G) – After recently aging up, “Lil Sam I am” showed that she is going to be a contender in the girl class with a 5th place finish on Saturday. Sunday was a little different for Samantha after getting caught up in a crash in the second round, which ended her day. Good thing she was wearing her G-Form pads and was able to brush the dirt off and walk off to fight another day…definitely one tough little girl.

Brandon Crain (10X) – The “Bird Man” was riding hard on Saturday working his way through his qualifying rounds on both cruiser and 20” but was bit by the gate bug when it came time for the mains and was stuck trying to work his way through the pack and finished with a 6th in cruiser and class. On Sunday Brandon gave the cruiser a rest and picked up the 20” and put his Crit plate on the podium for a 3rd. One thing for sure is Brandon will shake that gate bug and will be moving up on that podium.

Tara Klein (10G) – The local girl showed up with her family in tow and had a great weekend. There is not much I can say but Tara has really been moving lately and with 2nd’s in cruiser both days and a 5th & 6th in class it shows her passion for this sport. Rumor has it that Tara might be doing a East Coast tour this summer and will surely stop by Time 2 Shine to check out the 2 stores.

Jack Kelly (11X) – They call him the “cannonball” but I think that shortly they will have to start calling him “destroyer” because on Saturday that is what he did, destroyed his class. Sunday’s main event had to be one of the better races of the day with Jack just running out of track and finishing with the 2nd. Look for Jack’s pit crew (Dad) to be tweaking his Rennen Decimal Chainring to get that perfect feel. I have watched the “cannonball” for years and have had the pleasure of getting to know him the past few races and what a great young man he is.

Justin Knapper (17X) – Fresh off the newest cover of Pull Magazine and coming from the frigid East Coast, Justin was trying to knock off some of the winter rust but a clip problem on Saturday ended his day quickly, but even though he ended up watching from the sideline on Saturday he was seen cheering on his teammates in typical Justin fashion. After wiping his bike down with some Pedros bike lust and Pedros chain lube, Justin came back on Sunday with a mission and finished 3rd in the super tough 17-18X class.

Derik Bergh (18X) – Living in California for the past month has been a plus for Derik as he was seen in the mix on Saturday and Sunday’s rounds but a clip problem in Saturday’s main kept him from the podium and a crash in Sunday’s qualifier round ended his weekend. After dusting himself off and throwing on his Base Brooklyn t-shirt you could see the passion he has for BMX. Look for Derik to be back on the gas and out in front of the pack the next time you see him.

After the dust settled, the team had a good weekend in the 602. It wasn’t the best, but one thing I can say about these riders from being around them the past couple of years: never count them out.

The next race for the team will be Desoto, TX. If you’re in town, stop by and say “Hi,” and test drive the newest product from Rennen Design Group, The Smart Sprint.

Answer/Rennen Co-Sponsors: Answer BMX, Rennen Design Group, Ssquared Bicycles, Tioga BMX, G-Cog, Crit BMX, Fly Racing, Time2Shine, G-Form, Base Brooklyn and Pedro’s

Links

Answer BMX Website

Rennen Design Group Website

Answer/Rennen Reno Race Report

January 20, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Answer/Rennen Reno 2014 Race Report
By: Robert Klein
Reno or R1 as it is often referred to is in the books. This year had a little different feel. The weather wasn’t quite as cold outside as in years past, new team colors are brighter than in years past, and Shawn Diprete wasn’t in our team uniform (Although he was in our pits all weekend).

But one thing remained the same; the competition on the track was amazing. As usual the big teams had their normal 25 man teams staged and ready for the first round of team sheets. Answer/Rennen however had six riders total in attendance. There is a story about some guy versus Goliath. I do believe his name was George Costa. George stated at the end of the Grands that he had a newfound energy and desire if you will. Well folks we have awakened the sleeping giant. The off-season additions have already proven to be huge, as Jack Kelly put on his new kit, and was ready for action on a completely new bike. Cannonball Jack rode phenomenally along with team “veterans” Samantha Gracey, Tara Klein, Cameron Moore, Derik Bergh, and Brandon Crain.

Samantha Gracey (8G) finished third both days in mixed open making it through quarters and semis against all the top West Coast girls and third and fourth in class on the weekend.

Tara Klein (9G) representing Answer/Rennen on both class and cruiser. Klein ended the weekend with two 3rds on Saturday a third in class on Sunday and a huge win in 10 and under girl cruiser as a 9 year old.

Brandon Crain (10X) showed up ready to prove why he is NAG 1. Saturday went off and you could just tell something wasn’t quite right with Crain. Saturday would have to go down as a test day with a little bad luck thrown in for good measure. So some bike adjustments here and a little mental coaching there and Crain straight came for names on Sunday, winning 10 cruiser, and taking a 2nd in 10X against 43 riders.

Jack Kelly (11X) scored a 3rd in Open against the older kids and a 2nd in class. Sunday would be much of the same for Kelly as he finished 3rd and 2nd again. Jack is adjusting quite nicely to the new SSquared and team. We are very pleased to have him.

Cameron Moore (16X) had much of the same on Saturday. It seemed that bad luck followed our riders on Saturday and Cam was not exempt. Again when you are NAG 1, it comes with a huge target on your back, or your side in Moore’s case as lap after lap saw someone running into him on day one. Like all the Answer/Rennen riders Cameron went to the hotel and slept on it, then returned Sunday and showed ‘em why he is number 1. Cameron would lay the rubber down, heading into the main event as he and Ryan Zinzow of our sister Answer team put on a lap for the ages. Cameron would end up second on Sunday. After Moore finished his lap you could see the Answer/Rennen pits start to realize what was about to happen.

But before we go there, let’s talk about the Iceman Derik Bergh (17-18X). In what is hands down the toughest and deepest talented class in USABMX 17-18X Bergh did what he always does. He put his Answer/Rennen backed bike towards the front of the pack and took a hard fought second place on Saturday. In Sunday’s main event, after beating-out 30 other riders to make it an 8-man gate, Bergh clipped in like always, waited for the cadence and BANG! Shot out of the gate like a man possessed, banging bars with seven other riders, all the way through the first turn. As they settled in down the second straight Bergh was in second, and in position to make a move for the win, into the last turn he had Townsend on the outside–then went for the move, but Townsend shut the door just in time and they finished 1-2, with Derik in the two-spot.

So back to that feeling in the Answer/Rennen pits. Team manager George had that smile; you know the one that says, “We did it!” After tallying the team sheet, Answer/Rennen had laid down a huge 244 score. That was good enough to give us a second-place in the Factory division on Sunday. Our hats are tipped to Factory Phoenix for scoring a “Goliath” 250 points on their Sunday sheet, and winning the factory division. But I would say that little 6-man team that George brought to slay Goliath did a pretty good job at R1!

We’ll see you in Louisville. As always we could not do this without the great sponsors that help support our team.

Answer/Rennen Co-Sponsors: Answer BMX, Rennen Design Group, Ssquared Bicycles, Tioga BMX, G-Cog, Crit BMX, Fly Racing, Time2Shine, G-Form, Base Brooklyn and Pedro’s

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