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Dale Holmes’ “BMX Pro For a Week” Edit

September 1, 2017 by · Comments Off 

BMX Pro For a Week Wrap-Up Edit
Dale Holmes Racing is out with a final edit for their 2017 “BMX Pro For a Week” Camp series. The one-week camp format, which brings kids from San Diego-area YMCA locations, out to the BMX Track for five days of coaching and riding has been a wildly-popular fixture for the past four Summers.

In this two-minute-and-change edit, Dale goes over the goals of the program, with an applause-worthy explanation on what an important role riding bikes has on kids, and why this fundamental childhood activity must not be forgotten by families who are so busy with other things.

The video was produced by Justin Kosman for BMX Pro For a Week sponsor WD-40 Bike.

Great stuff, guys!

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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

Haro’s “Golden Ticket” Returns

November 26, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Haro Bikes Golden Ticket

That Grands goodie bag you’ll be grabbin-up today or tomorrow could be golden! For the second year in a row, operatives from Haro Bikes slipped behind the scenes into the goodie bag vault and hid “Golden Tickets” in three totally-random goodie bags. Maybe it’s the first one given out this weekend, maybe it’s among the last…maybe it’s the 343rd.

Checks your bag carefully; if you get one of the three Golden Tickets in the whole-whide-world, you will be walking away with either a Haro Carbon or one of two Haro Aluminum. Report immediately to the Haro/Promax pit and see Donavon or Traci Long to redeem your prize.

While you’re there, try and linger a little bit. Haro/Promax has some of the hottest hotshoes on two wheels, so maybe some of that fast will rub off on you.

All hail to Haro Bikes for adding some mighty-good mystery to an already great goodie bag.

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Interview: Brooke Crain

March 10, 2015 by · Comments Off 

BMX Interview with Brooke Crain

BMX News readers love Brooke! This six-minute interview by contributor Tanner Yeager answers some of the questions you sent in, and some we added on our own.

It’s hard not to smile along with her, as she cheerfully give us some awesome off-the-cuff answers, in her characteristically down-to-Earth style.

Questions:

BMX News readers want to know: Do you have a boyfriend?

How did you cope with your crash at the Olympics?

What are some of the misconceptions people have regarding you being an Olympian and a professional athlete?

Is it hard being a professional athlete and also maintaining a social life like others your age?



Keep an eye on Brooke at the upcoming races, and watch for more with her as BMX News covers the USA Cycling national Championships, the USA BMX Carolina Nationals, UCI Continental Championships, USA BMX Super Nationals, and beyond.

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Factory PowersBikeShop for 2015

January 19, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Factory Powers Bike Shop

Today, we start what will be a sort of “Lightning Round” of BMX Racing team news that has occurred since the new year. One team release each day between now and Friday.

Today, we have some swell news about a swelling-of-the-roster under the Factory Powers Bike Shop (or PowersBikeShop, as they prefer to show it) tent. Jeff Ketron is whipping-up a real gem of a program in the pink & black, and some new co-spo changes make their season-opener release more-interesting still.

Here’s what Jeff told News:

We are proud to announce the addition of three new riders to our Factory Team roster. All three join us from the friendly confines of the Carlos Perez-led BlackCrown team.

We are super-excited to have 16x Josh Walsh from Norwalk, Connecticut returning to our family (lower right in the top photo). Josh rejoins us at a perfect time in the team’s history. Welcome back, Josh!

Another addition is 11x Wyatt Parker from Tallahassee, Florida (left in top photo, with Jeff). We are grateful to be a part of Wyatt’s progression in the sport, and hope he’ll be with us for many years to come.

Factory PowersBikeShop is also very proud to announce that Mr. Jeremy Thompson will be joining us in 2015. Jeremy is coming off of a stellar season last year, earning NAG 2 in the 41-45 expert class and NAG 4 in cruiser while riding for Black Crown. With 20 years of experience, he brings deep knowledge to our team and will serve as a great role model for the younger members of the team.

One thing we have known Powers for over the years, is their long-standing relationship with Standard Byke Co. For 2015, they’re going in a different direction for frames on the Factory team side, and also slimming-down the co-sponsorship list a bit. More from Jeff:

A special THANK YOU to Rick, Jess and the crew at Standard Byke Co. Without their support over the last four years (nine years total, dating back to the “Accel Racing” era), we wouldn’t be where we are today.

The pride and workmanship they put into their product has helped shape us into the team we are. The words “Thank You” can never come close to the amount of gratitude we have.

For 2015, however, the Factory pilots will be shredding on the new Haro Carbon frames. We are extremely excited to represent Haro Bikes, and our other co sponsors:

Profile Racing, Fly Racing, Speedline Parts, Potter Racing, Alienation BMX, Standard Byke Co (for parts other than frames), BOG Racing and G-Form. In addition to these great supporters we will also be representing Allstate Roadside Services.

*Links added by BMX News to highlight companies who are also BMX News adversiters.

The full roster is 15-riders-deep, and looks like this:

Rayne Wilson – 11 girls + cruiser
Kristen Klein – 15-16 girls
Samantha Miller – 17-20 women + cruiser

Thomas Hooks – 7 expert
Wyatt Parker – 11 expert
Jeffrey Ketron – 12 expert
Thomas Townsend – 14 expert
Ponton Cary – 16 expert
Josh Walsh – 16 expert
Erik Klein – 17-18 expert
Brandon Propheter – 17-18 expert
Ben Desiderato – 17-18 expert
Taylor Deltuva – 19-27 expert
Jeremy Thompson – 41-45 expert + cruiser

Jason Sherrill – Vet-Pro

The full squad hits the track in a few weeks at the 2015 USA BMX Carolina Nationals in Rock Hill, March 20-22. Jeff told us to make sure to pass on a big BMX News invitation for all Newsians to stop by the PowersBikeShop pit.

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Is a Haro “Golden Ticket” in Your Goodie Bag?

November 25, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2014 Grands Haro Golden Ticket

You could be feelin great when you check your Grands goodie bag this year. Part of the fun of Grands weekend is going through the bag to see what swag was left for you by the Santa Clauses of the BMX industry.

Well, this year, you could be “golden,” thanks to a promotion by Haro Bikes–three “Golden Tickets” placed randomly in the goodie bags. If you happen to pull one out of your bag, you could be hauling-home an $1100 Haro Carbon frame, or one of two Haro aluminum frames that are part of the program. The carbon winner will be clearly marked, so no guessing required.

If you get one of the three Golden Tickets, make your way, with due haste, to the Haro/Promax pit, and find Traci or Donavon Long to redeem your prize. The actual goods will be awarded at the Saturday evening Pro Spectacular so all can see that stoke-smile on your face.

Props to Haro Bikes for putting some kickin prizes in play! We’ll have photos of the winners as part of our Grands coverage.

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First Class With the Haro Carbon

August 9, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Haro Carbon Race Frame

It was just about a year ago when Haro Bikes dropped a two-and-a-half-minute edit on the world, touting their forthcoming carbon race frame.

The frame was an instant hit, barely touching the warehouse shelves at Haro HQ, early this Spring, before blasting out in a convoy of UPS trucks headed East.

They started showing up at the races within weeks, and the drool factor was high in staging as the competition got their glims on the highest form of factory freshness to hit the market in a while. All that ended, of course when those aboard got down to business in the gate. The PTC (Power Transfer Center) of the Haro Carbon puts the pedal power to the ground, and from then on those gawkers went from droolin to stewin.

The Carbon has some supreme bike tech onboard. On the frontside, the beefy, tapered 1-1/8″, 1-1/2″ head tube. In the middle, we have the press-fit BB86 bottom bracket, which Haro calls the “heart of the PTC concept.”

That BB shell plusses-up the normal 68mm-wide Euro hangar, and gives an 86.5mm-wide connect-point for the downtube, chainstays and seat tube to all join together for your success on race day.

All wrapped in a spiffy, brutally-strong package of Haro’s special blend of carbon fiber, known as C/730.

Nic Long, who gives a convincing pitch in the video (below) from riding the prototype has even more praise for the Carbon after months of riding the production model. He told News

“The Haro Carbon frame is the most responsive frame I’ve ever ridden. It actually responded so abruptly at first that in my initial gate session I was slamming the gate repeatedly. The learning curve was short, of course, and my first three pedals were noticeably more efficient.”

Yes, the price tag has a “whoa” factor to go with the cool-and-drool factor ($1099.95 at J&R), but the good stuff always does.

The Haro Carbon is offered in four sizes (Pro, Pro XL, Pro XXL and Long); and available in two colors: carbon black and pure white. The XL is 2.7lbs, and if you want more, you can peep the full geometry and measure-up at the link below.

Haro Carbon Dropouts
Out back, the Carbon has 20mm dropouts, but are adaptable to 10mm (3/8″) and 15mm axles, so it’s dealer’s choice on the axle action.

As we said above, price tag is $1099.95, but Use discount code JRSPOT15 for the special 15% off Product Spotlight discount, which brings it down to $934.

And now, give a look to the video that started it all:

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Podcast: T-Hoff on Freewheel Project Camp

August 8, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Tony Hoffman with the 2014 Freewheel Project Summer Camp

In our 99th episode of the Announcers Tower Podcast, we welcome Tony Hoffman back to the show to talk about the 2014 Freewheel Project Summer Camp. The eight-week session ended earlier this week with a graduation ceremony that awarded 96 Haro ZX/20 BMX Bikes to graduates.

In this interview, Tony talks about the three prongs of The Freewheel Project: Time on the BMX track, leadership and personal finance. We also discuss what happens with the campers’ BMX participation after the eight weeks are up.

The Freewheel Project awarded 96 Haro BMX Bikes in 2014
Some stick around, but most don’t for a variety of reasons, but Tony cited the maintenance costs (getting to the track, weekly entry fees, etc) as one of the barriers he has seen that keep camp graduates from a longer time on the track. One bit of news that came in after we recorded the interview was that four of his grads from this year have already signed up for a USA BMX membership, and are moving into the Novice class at Woodward Park in Fresno (where the camp is held each year).

Tony also talks about the next Freewheel Project initiatives, and about his growing coaching program for performance BMXers.

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Roadtrip Notebook: Salt Lake

June 4, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2014 Salt Lake Nationals Roadtrip Notebook

By Bryce Betts (co-starring Brooke Crain) – Life on the road has become the routine lately. After going to six nationals in just over two months, travel can start to wear on you. As the “travel fatigue” set in, the pre-planning element of my trips continued to dwindle. When I left for Florida, the first trip in this string of nationals, all my I’s were dotted, and T’s crossed when it came to planning. If I were to use the same example for the planning of this Salt Lake trip, my penmanship would be the equivalent of a first grader (a few i’s dotted and only some t’s crossed).

After just booking the hotel room on Tuesday night, I started packing and left on Wednesday. On the way out, I stopped at a local track, Speckles Park BMX, where I worked with two kids on improving their rhythm section. After a quick two-hour “clinic,” I continued on my three-hour drive to Brooke Crain’s house. Brooke was going to be my road trip partner-in-crime this go round. After a quick stop at Applebee’s with her friend from home, we packed the car and turned in early, anticipating the long drive in the morning.

At 7AM our alarms went off, and if you were a “fly on the wall”, you’d see we are not morning people. After putting our bikes on the back of Brooke’s Blue KIA forte, we crawled to Starbucks. I picked up my usual, a tall white mocha with two scoops of vanilla bean, and we were on the road.

2104 Salt Lake Nationals Roadtrip Notebook
I picked up the first leg, with the main intention of being able to be the DJ. You see, Brooke and I don’t really agree on music; so there was definitely a power struggle, between her country, and my alternative/hip hop tastes. Before we knew it, I was pulling into the Chipotle on Las Vegas Boulevard, marking the half-way point. After fueling up, we took a little detour to the Nike outlet, before getting back on the road. I hopped back in the driver seat, to control the music again.

Brooke and Bryce drive to Salt Lake
One memorable bit of the road trip for me was when we passed into Arizona, on I-15. I remember reading out loud, “Welcome to Arizona” Brooke and I simultaneously looked at each other and said, “Arizona?”. I have a long resume of roadtrip wrong turns, so we quickly looked at our navigation to make sure that we were headed in the right direction. After seeing that we actually just go through the tip of Arizona, we were relived, and continued on our way.

Once we hit Utah, the 80 mile an hour speed limits were in sight, and the last bit of the drive would be a breeze. Until we hit a 35 mile an hour construction zone, which really disrupted the flow of the drive. Once we got through that, I stopped in Beaver Utah, where Brooke took it the rest of the way to the “red pin” on the nav map.

Not realizing that the time changed in Utah (+1 from PDT), Brooke and I could not find a place that was Open for dinner at what we thought was 8:30pm. After frustratingly asking Google for hours of all the places around us with no luck, we ended up eating at Sonic before heading to the hotel. Greasy burger and milkshake in hand, we arrived to the Sleep Inn at 10PM Mountain Time, (9PM Pacific). After a little mishap at check in, not booking a room for Thursday night (oops), we finally got a room and were able to bring everything into the room. We were both exhausted after a full day of driving, and both immediately went to bed after checking in (after foam rolling of course).

With Utah being the normal two-day national, we were able to sleep in (at the Sleep Inn…haha) and relax before heading to the track. Pretty exhausted, we both slept past 10AM, and missed the free breakfast at the hotel. That wasn’t a problem though, because we were conveniently located walking distance from an IHOP. Fueled on pancakes, we went back to the hotel to lie around some more. Unfortunately, we had to eventually get this race weekend started, and head to the track. Although we were tired from the drive, I was definitely looking forward to riding the new track.

Dale Holmes racing pit at the 2014 Salt Lake Nationals

Upon arriving to the track, I headed straight over to the Chase bicycles pit, where I met up with my TM Dale Holmes. Dale hooked me up with some new 2015 ANSR MX gear before I got ready for practice. The race weekend was looking to be hot, so the new lightly colored mesh jerseys were definitely going to be nice for the weekend. We I hadn’t been to Salt Lake in 9 years, so I was anxious to get on the track that looked fast, smooth, and technical. This race was for some reason a “B” national, so that meant that my practice was huge with everyone over 17 years old in the mix. Pulling into practice just on time, I rolled right up the open lane 10 to get on the track. Things seemed smooth sailing, until Ron Jones of the ABA stopped me out of the 10 other people going up that lane. Ron got really mad that we were going up the open chute, and made me wait to go up the hill (editor’s note: good on you, Ron!).

Barry Nobles photo above Rad Canyon the Great Salt Lake Nationals
After the little “misunderstanding” with Ron, and the apology that followed, I found myself in the gate looking down at the track for the first time. I rolled through it my first lap, just to take observations. The first straight seemed wide open and fast, with a technical step-up-step-down as the first jump, to a long sprint before the big triple step-up into the first turn. Out of the first turn was an extremely steep table top, to a nice set of doubles before turning to the technical third straight. Although the jumps down the third straight were small, that made the peaky set of step-ups, tables, and doubles even more challenging at speed. After the last turn I was also surprised to find a technical rhythm section, that looked to be simple from far, but was actually very deep, and was definitely going to be challenging at the end of the lap in the 4,300ft altitude.

Once practice ended, I watched Brooke ride in the practice, and we headed back to the Hotel. At the hotel we met up with my friend Marc Estep, who is an A Pro from Bellflower. After cleaning up, we headed to Texas Road House, to meet up with Brooke’s HARO teammates and Jared Garcia. After waiting at the restaurant for quite a bit, we became suspicious when nobody showed up. Brooke quickly called Nic Long, where we found that we were actually 15 minutes from the Texas Road House we were suppose to be at. After Brooke told me how dumb I was, we headed to the correct location. When we were there, it actually started to sprinkle rain, which was odd to me. The rain quickly stopped though, and luckily we didn’t see any more rain for the rest of the weekend.

Brooke Crain Wins Elite Women at 2014 Salt Lake Nationals
Before I knew it I was checking my motos on Saturday, and Brooke was racing her first round. With just under 200 motos, I was pleased to still have a solid class, with 29 riders in 19-27 expert. The winds were high on Sunday, making the first straight extremely fast, and the first turn intimidating. The intimidating speeds in turn one ended up being my downfall on Saturday, as I hesitated in the first turn of my semi, and went from 3rd to 5th, and wasn’t able to recover from that mistake. Frustrated, I still raced my main event in open, and ended up with a third. The day was much better for Brooke however, as she rode great all day. Brooke was the only girl jumping the triple-step-up into the first turn, and seemed to be in great spirits. These spirits ended up paying off, as she ended up getting the holes hot and win in the main.

The win didn’t come easy for Brooke however; she was bumping with Shanaze into the first turn, and actually came unclipped in the first turn, putting her foot out motocross style, holding on for the win. It was definitely something awesome to watch, friend or not. With the high winds, and dry track, the track was a dust pit. Goggles on the faces of spectators were the norm, and most felt as if they were being “sand blasted” come main event time. Because of the conditions, and myself not making the main, we left right after Brooke’s podium picture, and went back to the hotel to clean up. After an early dinner, we went back to sleep as soon as possible to get ready for the 5:50am wakeup call.

Bryce Betts at the 2014 Great Salt Lake Nationals
The alarm went off at 5:50, and I frustratingly got out of bed, and walked to breakfast in a zombie-esque state. After an unsuccessful day of racing, its always hard for me to fall asleep, so combine a bad Saturday, with an early wake up call Sunday and its not a great combination. Tired, I was happy to see that the weather was much better on day 2. The wind was seemingly gone, and everyone seemed to be in good spirits. My goal for the day was to not hesitate in turns, and to focus on my gates. I ended up doing that, and found myself in the main in 19/27x, and winning in 17-20 open. The race in 19/27x was a great race between Kyle Bastin and Jordan Miranda, with Jordan taking the win after a move in the last turn. (Above photo by Corrine Walder).

Alex Tougas of Yess BMX at the 2014 Great Salt Lake Nationals
Overall the racing in Salt Lake was action packed, and fun to watch. The stands and infield seemed to be more packed than usual, and having the pits in an asphalt parking lot opposed to a dirt lot was a nice touch. Although the Elite Men Class was smaller than usual, there wasn’t a shortage of thrills. The battle between Corben and Connor in the final was amazing to watch. In my opinion the biggest surprise of the weekend was Sifiso Nhlapo and Alfredo Campo, who both were riding great all weekend and ended up sharing fourth place finishes. There were also great races in amateur throughout the weekend, with some notable laps being Sean Gain and Collin Hudson battling both days in 17-18x, as well as Makieva Hopson and Dustin Hammond going head to head in 16x. The most dominant amateur performance belonged to 15x world champion, Alex Tougas, who seemed to be in a class all his own in Salt Lake (above photo via USA BMX Facebook).

Brooke Crain and Bryce Betts back in the car 2014 Great Salt Lake Nationals
Once the dust from the Sunday main events settled, the team tents were down, and the final cooldown rides were done, everyone was saying goodbye and heading home. The goodbyes didn’t last long however; as it seemed like every BMXer went to the local Chipotle after the race. Once Brooke and I got through the line of racers that went out the door, she hopped in the driver seat, and we hurried home. The drive home after a long weekend of racing is always a burn, but it has to be faced. Brooke was tired after not getting much sleep Saturday night, so she pulled off 3 hours into the trip, for me to take the reins. Exhausted, I was determined to get home safely, without too many stops. The first six hours of the drive went by like a breeze, but it was the last six started to take its toll on me. With an unnamed energy drink, it was smooth sailing to Brooke’s house though (excluding the lesson I learned with paddle shifters and playing the drums on the steering wheel driving down the highway). We arrived to Visalia, California at 1AM, where I said my final goodbyes to Brooke, as she spent most of her attention greeting her beloved bulldog, Baylee (http://instagram.com/bulldogbaylee).

Driving home from the 2014 Great Salt Lake Nationals
Still buzzing on caffeine, I thought I’d continue driving home. My caffeine quickly burned off however, and I found myself sleeping in a Starbucks parking lot, somewhere between our houses. The sunlight through my windshield eventually woke me up at about 8AM, which put me in the driveway 9:55AM Monday morning. Salt Lake was definitely a fun national, and I want to go back next year. But for now, it’s time to get back to work. With a five-week break from nationals, I am going to take this time to make some improvements, before hitting the road to Vegas.

—Bryce

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Podcast: Bob Haro on His New Ikonix Brand

May 8, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Bob Haro debuts Ikonix BMX Bike Brand
Whether you were a rider, an aspiring BMX entrepreneur, someone who admired BMX art, or were in to the industry side of the BMX scene, Bob Haro was kind of a one-stop-shop for hero worship in the golden era of BMX. At 16, Bob invented the concept of a stylized number plate for BMX (versus the square or oval stock plates), and sold them at the races for $7.50ea.

Bob had great success with his number plate company, and eventually expanded the product line into frames, with the advent of the Haro Freestyler (world’s first purpose-made freestyle bike, which corresponded with his invention of BMX flatland). The company expanded into complete bikes, then apparel, then racing bikes–all wildly successful in the booming BMX marketplace of the mid 1980s.

By 1986, West Coast Cycle–a prominent wholesale distributor of BMX bikes, parts and accessories–purchased Haro Bikes from Bob (then 28 yrs old), and he stayed on for another five years to shepherd the company through the transition and remain the “Steve Jobs” of the Haro brand.

After his exit from haro Bikes in 1993, Bob had a creative hand in many BMX related projects over the years, including design work on the 2008 Team USA Olympic uniforms, and the “eagle” logo for the 2012 US Olympic BMX kit.

Bob was out of selling product in the BMX from 1993, and makes his official return tomorrow, when he debuts the “Ikonix” FS-1 complete bike.

We are anxious to see the bike in the flesh, but before the website goes live, we wanted to get the story of how the Ikonix product came to be, and what Bob’s plan is for the brand.

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Look for updates on the Ikonix story as they come in to the BMX News Global Command Center. Meanwhile, set yourself an alarm for Noon Pacific tomorrow, and go see the Ikonix site when it goes live.

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Bob Haro's first sell sheet for Factory Plates, 1977

^^Bob Haro’s original sell sheet for “Factory Plates,” circa 1977

Ikonix FS1 BMX Crank
^^The crank that will come on the Ikonix FS1 complete bike, available May 9 on ikonixbikes.com

Bob Haro at the 1980 Jag BMX World Championships
^^Bob at the 1980 Jag BMX World Championships–caught near the elevators at the Indy Hyatt Regency, by a 14-year old superfan.

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