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Korea’s WIAWIS Teams Up With Donavon Long

December 4, 2017 by · Comments Off 

WIAWIS/LSG Factory Team
Donavon Long’s eight-time ABA/USA BMX National Champion Factory Team will get a makeover for 2018.

The new year will see the formation of Long’s Sport Group, LLC – a sports marketing agency that Donavon and his wife, Traci, founded. The team will be under the LSG umbrella, and will also act as a service provider for brands wishing to get more deeply involved in the sport of BMX Racing.

BMX News caught up with Big D after the Grands for some details. Here’s what he said:

“With all the experience we have in developing winning athletes and championship teams, it’s a natural progression for us to make that experience available to outside brands that want to plug-in to BMX Racing, or existing industry brands looking to take things to the next level.”

In 2018, Long’s 20-rider-plus squad welcomes Korea’s high-end carbon fiber craftsmen, WIAWIS (pronounced “WeeYa Wiss”) to the program as title sponsor of the WIAWIS/LSG Factory Team. “WIAWIS” stands for “WInning Action, WInning Spirit.”

Though relatively new to the BMX scene, WIAWIS is the world’s leading producer of carbon fiber archery products for competition and sport.

Sylvain Andre on a WIAWIS fram at the 2017 USA BMX GrandsThe company has had a carbon BMX frame for two years now and, apart from the LSG tie-in, supports a few Elite riders—most notably, Sylvain Andre of France (above, at the 2017 Grands).

Donavon gave News a little backstory on how the relationship came about, saying:

“Traci and I met up with Hyun Suk Edward Jung (Eddy) at Interbike this year. After talking with Eddy at the show, Traci and I felt that WIAWIS aligned perfectly with our plans for LSG, and the future of the team.”

Watch for the debut of the WIAWIS/LSG Factory team at the 2018 USA BMX Silver Dollar Nationals in Las Vegas on January 13-14.

2018 WIAWIS/LSG Factory Team Co-Sponsors
Promax Components
IRC Tires
Stantec
Box Components
KMC Chains
6D Helmets
HT Pedals
Gaerne Shoes
ODI Grips
Phenom Nutrition
Seven Apparel

*Links added for companies that are also BMX News advertisers

Main Photo (Top):
The WIAWIS “Rokon” Carbon Fiber BMX Race Frame. Sizes: Pro, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL
Main Photo (Bottom):
A post-Grands group shot with 22 members of the team, plus Donavon and Traci (far right)

Stick with BMX News for more on the 2018 WIAWIS/LSG Factory Team, including new additions to the roster.

—Mike Carruth



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WIAWIS/LSG Factory Team

Haro/Promax 2017 Team Update

December 19, 2016 by · Comments Off 

2017 Haro Promax Team Update

One of the most formidable teams on the USA BMX National Circuit is back for 2017 with a 29-rider roster. The Promax brand was recently sold by Toby Henderson’s Cycle Group, Inc. to a new owner–mega distributor, Quality Bicycle Products (QBP)– but the team will continue to fly Read more

Donavon Long Goes Full Time on Master Timers

May 12, 2016 by · Comments Off 

Donavon Long Full-Time on Master Timers

Donavon Long checked in with News today to let us know he is moving to full-time development of his line of BMX training timers (Master Timers) and, of course, managing the Haro/Promax team.

This means he is moving on from his position as BMX coordinator for the City of Oldsmar. Read more

Clinics and Camps With Some Champs

April 23, 2015 by · Comments Off 

BMX News Clinics and Camps 1

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

Download The Donny Robinson Clinic Flyer
*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

Download The Clinic Flyer
*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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Podcast: Donavon Long on New Devo Team

March 18, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX NEWS PODCAST - Donavon Long

In one of the “hanging out in the lobby” discussions that make BMX travel so fun, Donavon Long and some friends of News got to talking about his new Phantom Development team, last month in Louisville. It is a comprehensive program, with multiple points of entry and participation, and allows riders of all skill levels the aility to join, and become involved in the team benefits.

The benefits, in this case go beyond just jersey, bike and pants. Donavon is bringing a coaching and training component to the team benefits-list. This really steps the program into a higher-strata, the likes of which we have not seen from a non-factory team before–especially when you consider that the advice and coaching is the very same that got Donavon’s Intense Phantom Ontrac team to multiple Factory Team cups, and nurtured more NAG and National riders than any program in recent memory.

Donavon promised to give us some Podcast gold on the Development Team program, once the official website was up. Well that switch was thrown last week, and we sat down with him on Friday for the 4-1-1.

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I’m sure you’ll agree that Donavon has some great plans for the team, and has put a lot of thought and effort into making it happen. We look forward to seeing team updates, and following the Phantom Development regional teams as they get started.

—Mike Carruth

Back Stage Notes: This is episode #72 of the Announcers Tower series. In all 72 episodes, I have used the same USB headset for recording. It started getting buggy on me last week, and seems to have gone punk-dead just in time for this interview, without any indication. It just failed-over to the built-in microphone on my MacBook Pro. I normally use the mute button on the mic while I am recording interviews, so there is not interference from my side of the call. I tend to adjust levels, type new questions into my rundown, and always…always toss my Slinky Junior around all-the-while. It helps me think, and I never work without it.

Slinky Junior - the thinking man's toy
Well, this time, the mute button broke, along with the rest of the headset, so you are going to hear some strange jingling in parts of the recording. You might also hear a few seconds of typing, as I re-arrange some of the questions in the rundown. So, now you’ll know that those sounds are all just part of making the magic happen :)

Links

Phantom Development BMX Website





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Tyler Schaefer Going Pro in 2013

January 3, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX Racing News - Tyler Schaefer turning pro in 2013

Jumping around Facebook this morning, we spied a post from Tyler Schaefer giving the fans a peek into her plans for the new year. Here’s what she said:

Next week is the first race of the year in Reno and my last national as an amatuer. You guys are officially looking at a pro! My first pro race will be in pheonix. So stoked!

The 19-year old will stick with Donavon Long’s team this year, rockin the Haro/Promax colors, with megawatt teammates like Hunter Pelham and Walker Finch.

We look forward to seeing her gate up with the top class at the USA BMX Winter Nationals on March 2, and wish her big success in the pro ranks.

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Photo via Tyler’s Facebook page. Photographer unknown.

Haro and Promax Bring Marquee Names To Team

November 19, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Rusty Nesvig on Haro/Promax for 2013, via bmxnews.com

We always thought the juiciest team news hits at about 7PM on Sunday night of Grands week. But this week, the scoop Santa came early, and we have an early shocker for you.

For starters, Donavon Long’s “Phantom” team, which we have known as Intense Phantom OnTrac for the past several years until it changed to Factory Intense for 2012, will part ways with Intense BMX for 2013. Donavon has picked up a deal with Haro Bikes and Toby Henderson’s Promax parts company. Bell Helmets also figures prominently into the plan. The jersey above is shown for the first time by Rusty Nesvig, who will be one of the anchor riders on the newly-clad squad. Also on Haro/Promax will be Walker Finch, Hunter Pelham and East Coast sensation Andrew Townsend from Virginia. That is one heavy duty crew!

It’s rumored that Rusty will be rockin the new threads for a maiden voyage in the NAG 5 Challenge on Saturday night. The rest of the weekend, he will be back in his trusty Yellow and Blue Factory Intense kit. Next time we’ll see the new colors on-course will be in Reno, where the full team will make their debut.

Donavon Long said the following in an early peek at the official release:

“I’m very excited to be working with Haro and Promax to help continue the legacy of the Phantom Team. Haro and Promax will bring a whole new level to the Factory Title hunt for 2013. We put together some of the fastest riders in the world and they will all be ready to help take Haro, Promax and BMX to the next level.

The guys will be aboard Haro frames with the full line of Promax components (cranks, stems, brake sets, headsets, seatclamps, bottom brackets and seatposts) and whatever’s left will be filled in with BOX components’ line for things like rims, number plates, and one-piece saddles. Some riders will use Haro’s Cliq chromoly forks.

Co sponsors for the Haro/Promax team include Bell Sports (as mentioned), Fly Racing, BOX Components, Stealth and ODI Grips.

Toby obviously has long history with Donavon, having been at the helm of VSI during the IPOT days. In the release (linked below), he said:

“We’re really looking forward to working with Donavon and the team again. He has put together an amazing program. Our relationship will benefit Promax as we develop and introduce new products. It also will help the riders win since many of our products have been proven to provide measurable advantages in races”

Congrats, and best of luck to all.

Links

Download the Full Press Release

IPOT Splits and Doubles Up

December 15, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Intense/Phantom/OnTrac Team 2009

The rumors of the what was to come for the storied Intense/Phantom/OnTrac team started circulating a few weeks before the recent ABA Grands. Some reports had everyone except a few choice riders going their separate ways…others told tale of a new creation taking shape to replace name of the team, with most of the players staying the same.

In a release obtained by News today, it looks like the former is going to be the new reality for a 19-member posse.

VSI Products will effectively take over the team, and create two new squads–one running an Intense BMX uniform and frames, and the other rockin the “new” Speed uniform and hardware–all supported by VSI brands Sinz and T.H.E.

The team will be managed by IPOT honcho Donavon Long, whose deep knowledge of the sport and rider development was at the center of the team’s long-standing success. IPOT team owner Chuck Colton will take on more of an “of counsel” role, and will be stepping back to concentrate more on family and his garage door business (the “OnTrac” in Intense/Phantom/OnTrac).

As you’ll read in the release, below, the vision of VSI ringmaster, Toby Henderson, is for the new teams to continue the dynastic stature that IPOT has established, but to step that up to be reminiscent of the “True” factory teams Toby and his contemporaries remember on teams like the SE Factory Boys, Hutch, GT (and related brands), and others of the time.

Here’s the release:

VSI Products is pleased to announce that it will take over the management of the Intense/Phantom/OnTrac Team (IPOT). The change will result in the team being divided into two—Factory Intense and Factory Speed—and the addition of three of the world’s top professionals.
 
Through Intense, VSI has always been the primary financial backer of the team, in addition to the number-one source of frames and components. Next season, VSI will provide even more financial and product support. OnTrac owner Chuck Colton will reduce his involvement in the team so he can spend more time with his family and focus on his business. Colton will continue to follow the racers and make the familiar IPOT rig available to the teams.
 
“I want to thank Chuck for his dedication and support of the team all these years. He’s been a great partner and a big part of the success of the team. I wish him well and look forward to seeing him at a race or two in the future,” said Toby Henderson, VSI’s founding partner.
 
Donavon Long will continue in his role as team manager of the amateur riders while VSI will take care of pros David Herman and Arielle Martin, who will represent Intense, and new Speed racer Marc Willers.
 
“I’m very excited to be working with VSI to help continue the legacy of the IPOT team. The new addition of the Speed Factory Team will bring a whole new level to the Factory Title hunt for 2011. We put together some of the fastest riders in the world and they will all be ready to help take VSI and BMX to the next level,” Long said.
 
“And, I can’t thank Chuck and Terry Colton enough for the support that they have given to the riders and family’s over the years. I know that they will keep on giving back to the kids in this sport and others as their grand kids grow and play sports themselves,” he added.
 
The team has won multiple national titles and is stacked with NAG riders. It narrowly lost the Factory Team title at this year’s ABA Grands, but with two beefed-up rosters it could reclaim the number-one spot and take number-two, as well, next November in Tulsa.
 
The Intense Factory Team will ride Podium frames with SINZ Elite forks, XXX cranks, bolt-on grips and wheels, Sinz brakes, handlebars, stems and seatposts, THE saddles and number plates and ITS MK2 and Hustler tyres. The Speed Factory riders will race in similarly spec’d Speed M-Series bikes. Look for a few of them to breakout the new 20-millimeter bikes this spring.
 
“We’re really looking forward to having a closer working relationship with the team. I think it will benefit VSI as we develop and introduce new products and it will help the riders since we’ll be more attentive to their needs. I want this program to be as professional as the factory race teams of the past—like the GT, Hutch, Diamondback and JMC teams of the 1980s,” Henderson said.
 
New members of the team include Nick Koehler, Shelby Stacy, and Brodie Spott
 
Factory Intense Team
Dane Gilbert, 7X
Brodie Spott 9X
Bryant White 11X
Madison Martinez 11 Girls
Christopher Blevins 13X
Christopher Abernathy 14X
Sean Gaian 15X
Kristen Long 15X
Rusty Nesvig 17-18X
Chad Street Vet Pro
 
Factory Intense Team Pros
David Herman
Arielle Martin
 
Speed Bicycles Factory Team Roster
Wyatt Bell 9X
Brock Heffron 14X
Cole Tesar 15X
Derik Bergh 16X
Felicia Stancil 16 Girls
Nick Koehler 17-18X
Bryce Hocking 17-18X
Shelby Stacy 17 Girls
Fernie Jaquez 19-27X
 
Speed Factory Team Pro
Marc Willers
 

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