Answer-Rennen to Become Factory Answer in ’19

November 21, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Factory Answer Rennen Becomes Factory Answer in 2019

Team changes are historically held til after the Grands, out of respect for the current sponsor. In this case, however, the current sponsor IS the new sponsor, so we’re cleared to take off the duct tape on this one going INTO the Grands, instead of as a post Grands report.

For longer than some BMXers have been alive, there has been a Factory Answer/Rennen team (and Rennen/Intense, before that). George Costa has been one of those guys who has perfected the art and science of moving the chess pieces around on his BMX Ouija board just-so, ultimately leading to back-to-back USA BMX Factory Team cups in 2016 and 2017. The squad comes into Tulsa third place in the 2018 points.

George announced recently (in a blurb carried in Pull Magazine) that he would be stepping away from the team scene in 2019, leaving many to wonder what would become of his constellation of BMX stars. Would they be the hot properties to seek out for other teams looking to move up in the pecking order? Would they go “plain-wrap” for a season, or would it be something else.

Well, turns out, it’s something else alright. Long-time team title sponsor, John Sawyer of Advantage Bicycle Corp (parent company of Answer BMX) has stepped up to announce that the Answer/Rennen team would be absorbed into the Factory Answer BMX team, as would the Factory Squared team, creating a 28-member mega-squad for next season.

Here’s a press release John sent over to BMX News about the plans:

Advantage Bike Corp is pleased to announce the following team changes for the 2019 season. The Factory Answer BMX team will be absorbing the Factory Ssquared team as well as welcoming riders from the Answer/Rennen team.

We would like to thank George Costa at Rennen for everything he has done involving the Answer/Rennen team over the years. George will be stepping away from the team aspect of BMX for the time being and we wish him the best with his new warehouse endeavors.

Glen Knapper will be active Factory Answer BMX Team Manager moving forward. The Knapper family has been a staple not only in the race programs, but also from the grassroots level as a Track Operator for countless years.

2019 Team Sponsors:
Answer BMX
Ssquared Bicycles
MJT Designs
Custom Racing
Carve Tires

2019 Team Roster
Tory Nyhaug, Elite Men
Justin Posey, Elite Men
Lauren Reynolds, Elite Women
Saskja Lack, Elite Women
Larry Dardini, Vet Pro
Justin Knapper, A-Pro
Andre LaCroix, A-Pro
Ronan Weber, A-Pro
Markwane Billingsley
Bailey Brannen
Sebastian Chavez
Brandon Crain
Marshall Gehrke
Dustin Hammond
Tyler Holland
Jeremy Knapper
Tyler McGuire
Matthew Meekins
Kater Montellano
Aubrey Palmer
Al Roybal
Ronalds Ritins
Tyler Rooney
Michelle Senger
Robert Slatter
Jeremy Thompson
Jacob Trujillo
Sumi Yuki

Lots of familiar names on there, from the Answer Rennen days, also some high-wattage Elite presence in the bring-together of Tory, Posey and Lauren Reynolds, plus some names we are not familiar with. Looks like 2019 will be a very interesting year in the team scene. It always is, of course.

And a big Congratulations to our friend, George Costa on an incredible Team Manager run (since 2012 for Answer/Rennen, and with Rennen/Intense before that).

Naturally, George isn’t “retiring” to his rocking chair on the front porch of Rennen HQ. He just built a brand new manufacturing facility (a large part of which was with his own two hands), and we’re quite sure he will be cranking out chainrings and other moto-morsels very soon.

News will bring you updates on all of the above, as they happen.

—MIke Carruth


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2018 Factory Answer-Rennen News

January 10, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Answer Rennen Factory Team 2018
OK Riders, set ‘em up! The gate is about to drop on the 2018 season. And as we get every-lastbit of photo gear we have packed up and on its way to Vegas, we get an early peek at the freshened-up, and oh-so-fresh Factory Answer Rennen rider kit for the new season. Read more

2017 Team Changes

December 30, 2016 by · Comments Off 

2017 Team Changes
With the start of the 2017 national season two weeks away, the team changes are flowing in to the BMX News Global Command Center. In this update, we have additions to six teams, including a special scoop to close it out. No doubt, there will be more to come, so keep an eye on News for more headline-makers of 2017.

Alpha BMX
Keely Kortman Alpha BMX Team ChangesKeely Kortman (above) is joining up to run Alpha colors in the Elite Women’s class, along with 8X Nate Minster, 17-18X Anthony Bucardo, and the addition of 6 year old girl Kaylin Sun.

Also pumping the stoke for next season, is the start of Alpha Factory East. That squad includes 28-35 Expert Shawn Wade, Lucas Mallory in 15 year old Expert, 14X Thomas Barone and his brothers, Nicholas in 11X and Matthew in 8X, joining 12X Zachary & 10X Austin Close.

Factory Answer/Rennen Team ChangesOn December 5, BMX News reported the addition of Kody Kolshinski to the Factory Answer/Rennen team. Today, we’re pleased to break some additional news for the #1 Factory Team.

8-year old Krista Hopkins from Clovis, CA comes to the team toting a 2016 NAG 1 plate. NAG 1 is a big accomplishment, to be sure…but even moreso when you consider that 2016 was her season as a national rider. Oh, and we can’t forget her collection of other skinny digits in 2016: ROC 1, Gold Cup 1 and State 1—all while maintaining straight A report cards in school.

Full Tilt
2017 FullTilt Team AdditionsFull Tilt won the Bike Shop Team title in 2016, and is upgrading to the Factory ranks for 2017. In addition to the very-deep talent already on the roster, Fritz Vogt & company will bring on four new household name stars in the new year.

Olivia Armstrong 16G
Ronnie Kim – 10X
Rachel Luna – 20-30W
Shealen Reno – Elite Women

2017 Factory Kuwahara Team ChangesFactory Kuwahara has a strong squad, spread across the country, keeping the green and yellow out in front, both at the local tracks and nationals alike.

For 2017, the Kuwa crew is adding four new chairs to the tent, putting more presence on the ground in four new places.

Juan Carlos Carbo – 51-55C, Plantation, FL
Zack Day – 12X, Greenville, WI
Cynthia Pappas – 41 & over women (NAG 1), 46-50 women (NAG 3), Massilon OH
Jason Wesson – 41-45X and Cruiser, Pitt Meadows, BC Canada

Tyler Brown 316 Racing
On Christmas Eve, Tyler Brown announced he and GT have parted ways, and he would be running the jersey of his longstanding grassroots “316 Racing” team. The big announcement was made via a Facebook Live webcast. Here is that webcast, in its entirety.

Zombieland BMX
Dominique Daniels Returns in 2017It has been a while since we have seen Dom on the track, mixing it up in the front of the pack of an Elite Women moto or main event. In 2017, we’ll see 3D back on-course, aboard a BlackCrown frame, in the jersey of Zombieland BMX. We caught a quick hello and a hug at the Grands, and we knew a comeback could not be far behind. This is confirmation!

Watch for a special Announcers Tower podcast with Dom in the next week or so to hear about her time away from the sport, and what she has planned for the new year.

The Look Ahead
The countdown clock here at the BMX News Global Command Center is at 15 days til the 2017 season opener. No doubt, we’ll have more team changes when we touch down in Vegas. Stay tuned for all the news and photos from the Silver Dollar Nats.

—Mike Carruth


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Answer/Rennen Fall National Recap

November 4, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Jack Kelly at the 2014 Disney Cup

By Glen Knapper
The final stop on the Answer/Rennen Summer Tour took us to Mickey’s front door–the USA BMX Fall Nationals in Kissimmee, FL. The Disney Cup is a three-day, three-national-score weekend that brings riders from across the US and many foreign lands as well. All hit town with high hopes of hoisting the Disney Cup trophy high above their heads on Sunday. The team geared up on Friday morning to get the three day event started with some fast practice laps before the racing got under way Friday afternoon.

Rider Recap

Bailey Brannen (13G) – Shining bright in her home state, Bailey showed up to put in some hot laps. It’s been a few months since the last time I had the pleasure of seeing this young lady race, and every time I see her she impresses in a big way. Bailey was doing double duty at Disney, racing both class and cruiser. She finished with a pair of deuces and a fifth in class and third, fourth and seventh in cruiser. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do in Tulsa.

Jack Kelly (11X) – The “Cannonball” came to town and conquered 11X, acing all-but one lap (in open on Sunday. With a Disney Cup on his mantle, Jack’s focus shifts to defending his NAG 1 plate in the season’s final showdown.

Markwane Billingsley at the 2014 Disney Cup
Markwane Billingsley (14X) – If “Scooter” wasn’t striking fear in the the minds of 14X before, after this weekend he definitely is. Markwane is starting to show his full potential, and had some incredibly-strong laps in Florida. After a third place finish on Friday and a crash on Saturday, he pulled it all together and finished the weekend off with a win on Sunday. Scooter is training hard to upgrade that NAG 8 when the dust settles on Grands weekend.

Cameron Moore at the 2014 USA BMX Fall Nationals
Cameron Moore (16X) – It was a hotly-anticipated return to the starting hill for the Dirt Devil, following a major injury in June. Cam came to the Fall Nationals to test out his recently-healed ankle. He worked his way through qualifying on Friday, but a mishap in the semis left him watching from the sideline. On Saturday, Cameron put the Friday mishap behind him and worked his way into the main, before wrecking hard going into turn two. Game over, for this weekend at least. Heal up quick Cam…

Justin Knapper at the 2014 Disney Cup
Justin Knapper (18X) – One of the toughest classes in BMX right now has to be 17-18X. Making that main event is a chore in itself. The “outside gate” bug has bitten Justin a lot this year and Friday’s semi was no exception–which spelled a sit-down for the main. The rest of the weekend saw Justin get tied up in carnage in the main, but he still worked his way to fourth both days with some strong qualifying rounds. Justin is training hard the next few weeks and will putting down some strong laps in Tulsa.

Derik Bergh (19X) – With the weather starting to change in Minnesota, Derik is getting ready to snowbird it out to San Diego to avoid the need to shovel off a sprint lane in the street. With a clip problem in practice, Derik was hoping that he had solved the problem, but the grip of the clip slipped in Friday’s main, and he mounted a heck of a charge to make up ground for fourth. After some equipment adjustments, Derik was able to better his finishes every day with a third and second on Sat and Sun, respectively. Derik is heading to Oklahoma in the hunt for the NAG 1 plate and will surely be working hard in the few weeks left to bring it home.

Dave Maltezos (36X) – Not losing a lap all weekend is the best way to bring home a Disney Cup in both class and cruiser, just ask Davey because that’s exactly what he did. After wins all three days, Dave has surely positioned himself to be a top contender in both class and cruiser come Grands weekend.

2014 has been a great season for the team–and the best chapter hasn’t even been written yet. Answer/Rennen is poised for a great finish to the year at the “Greatest Race on Earth” in Tulsa on Thanksgiving weekend. Be sure you stop by our pit, say hello and meet some of the riders.

*Thanks to USA BMX for the photos.

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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Answer/Rennen Grands – “Tick-Tock” Edition

December 12, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Answer Rennen 2013 USA BMX Grands Report

A “Tick-Tock’ is a step-by-step account of what transpired during a given event. At The White House, the “Presidential Tick-Tock” is literally a minute-by-minute account of how the Commander In Chief spent the day.

Any Answer/Rennen trip is an exercise in military precision, an object lesson in packing a trailer, and sometimes a white-knuckle ride involving sparks and flames shooting out from under the famed Rennen van, the chopping-off of one or more parts with a hacksaw, then continuing at a reduced rate of speed to the destination.

These trips are the best BMX has to offer. The trips people will be talking about decades later as how awesome it was “Back In The Day.” All-the-moreso when they involve overcoming mechanical hurdles via any means necessary to ultimately triumph on Saturday and Sunday. The Answer Rennen Tick Tock for the 2013 USA BMX Grand Nationals is one of the most epic examples we have seen in recent years.

Submitted by George Costa

Monday, November 25, 2013
Load Rennen Van/trailer

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Depart Massachusetts (8AM)
Pickup riders in three different states
Notice a transmission line leak
Fix transmission fluid hose
Drive for three hrs after repair
Discover low fluid levels
Google “Autozone” (Shows “12mi away”)
Drive six miles
Van losing power quickly
Get stuck two miles From Autozone
Stranded on overpass (5PM)
Grab a bike out of the trailer
Ride two miles through snow
Get supplies from Autozone
Ride two miles back through Snow
Get yelled-at by State Trooper
Get Rennen van back to Autozone
Discover the new hose blew out
Make repair with correct hose
Drive three more hrs (top speed: 50 MPH)
Stop at Bufflao, NY airport (11PM)
Check rental car prices/availability
Declare that nothing is stopping us from getting to the 2013 Grands
Leave Rennen van at a “Park and Ride”
Rent an SUV (with trailer hitch!! – Yes!)
Perform vehicle swap (Midnight)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
12:15AM – Depart Buffalo, NY for Tulsa, OK
5:40PM – Arrive River Spirit Expo Center – Tulsa, OK (yes…nearly 34hrs since departure)
Set up Answer-Rennen pit in 20min (before building closes)

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Max Egsdorf Answer Rennen 2013 USA BMX Grands
Practice for all age classes
Thanksgiving Lunch with Answer/Rennen Team (12pm)

Friday, November 29, 2013
2013 USA BMX Race of Champions – 551 Motos
Race over at approximately 9:15PM
Check Grands moto sheets at host hotel – 712 motos – history made

Saturday, November 30, 2013
First round of Grands motos
Answer/Rennen riders leading tons of laps!
Pro Spectacular (6PM)
George Costa accepts Golden Crank Award for Answer Rennen
Answer/Rennen wins Golden Crank Team of the Year (7PM)
SSquared wins Golden Crank Bike of the Year (7:30PM)
Answer/Rennen A-Pro Max Egdorf wins Answer Holeshot award (9:00PM)
Max Egdorf Hurt in Pro Spectacular Main
Max fractures his collarbone and scapula (9:00:26PM)

Sunday, December 1, 2013
Answer/Rennen riders transfer through qualifiers into mains
6 Answer/Rennen Riders win their mains
6 NAG #1′s
Answer Rennen Brandon Crain NAG 1
Brandon Crain #1 9 cruiser (above)
Cameron Moore #1 15x and 15 cruiser
Jeremy Knapper #1 21-25 Cruiser
Niles Austin #1 26-30 Cruiser
Shawn DiPrete #1 41-45 Cruiser
Shawn DiPrete - 2013 USA BMX Cruiser Champion
Shawn DiPrete wins the Overall Amateur Cruiser Cup
Answer/Rennen wins the Factory Team Competition with a score of 688
Answer/Rennen climbs up in the standings from 4th to 2nd overall
Team begins celebrating in the pits
Newest Answer/Rennen rider Jack Kelly spotted in our pit
Breakdown of pit
Back to the hotel to get dinner and celebrate some more (Midnight)

Monday, December 2, 2013
Drive back to Massachusetts with the greatest sense of accomplishment ever felt in my 20 yrs of involvement of the sport

BMX is one of those sports that provides such a rush of adrenaline and excitement that sometimes we forget what is occurring around us. The sport is growing, races are getting bigger the competition is getting harder. We are beginning to see significant particpation from riders overseas. AA pro Sam willoughby just performed a near impossible feat of 18 AA wins and his third pro title.

As the TM of Answer/Rennen, I have had the pleasure of being knee-deep in the thick of team management and brand promotion. Establishing good relationships is vital to the success of the team and an important life lesson to pass onto the kids.

Champions are created, not born, and the true sign of greatness is when you can ask a rider to do something that may seem impossible, and they execute. Coach G has a saying “The mind will quit before the body”

On a few different occasions throughout the weekend I found myself talking through problems and working out strategies with both riders and parents. Riders earn respect when they take criticism and feedback and mold that into a great lap on the track.

We as adults and individuals in the industry owe it to ourselves to convey the knowledge and experience we have to these kids. They evolve into young men and women, right before our eyes, and it is so rewarding to know that, in some way-shape-or-form, our hands have had a part in shaping their futures.

I am an extremely fortunate person. I was able to find BMX racing and took a liking to that at age 12. At 15 I began racing in Rhode Island at a track called Rocky Hill. It was there where I first met Shawn Diprete. He was tall, skinny and had a mullet. Never did I think in my wildest dreams I would later start a BMX company that he would ride/work for. Yet here we are, 20+ years later and we are celebrating achievements in BMX that for some seem unimaginable.

But these achievements are not unimaginable. They’re real, and happening now in the moment. It’s the consequnece of surrounding yourself with the best riders in the country, representing the best brands in the sport.

Answer/Rennen is a family, not a race team. Like all families, we have our ups and downs, but when times get tough we pull together as one unit for those in need. We may get knocked down from time to time but you can be sure we will always get back up. The 2014 season is just a few weeks away, and Answer/Rennen will be there in full-force to leave its mark on the factory division.

We at Answer/Rennen would like to congratulate Donavon Long of the Haro/Promax team. He’s a legend in the factory division, and I can only hope to experience the same kind of success he has had for his teams over the years.

We also would like to acknowledge our sister squad, Ssquared/Answer/TLD, run by Jim Buchanan. I have the pleasure of sponsoring their team and can honestly say there is no other person who does more or cares about a small group of kids. They had a rough Grands but are mega-talented and will be back with a vengeance. Jim doesn’t get enough credit for what he does.

I’m writing this in the gate area at Boston Logan International Airport, a few minutes before boarding a plane to Colombia, where I will be taking-in an invitational race they are hosting in Medellin, and conducting a seminar on our products. The BMX life is amazing!

—George Costa

Answer/Rennen is supported by these amazing companies.

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 added to highlight companies who are also BMX News advertisers)