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Exclusive! Maliek Byndloss to Race for Jamaica

March 11, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Maliek Byndloss to Race for Jamaica

Over the past few years, there have been a few household-name riders who have changed their UCI country of record to race for other nations. Dominique Daniels, Danny Caluag and Amanda Carr are three names that roll easily onto the keyboard, but there are probably four or five others I can point to if pressed.

Today, BMX News brings you the breaking-news-exclusive that 2013 USA BMX National Amateur Champion Maliek Byndloss has changed his UCI affiliation from USA Cycling to the Jamaican Cycling Federation.

Maliek has dual citizenship (USA/Jamaica), which allows him to compete for either country, and made the decision after weighing many factors. BMX Racing is just getting started in Jamaica, and we have been lurking on the BMX Jamaica Facebook page for a few months now. It’s great to see the sport taking root in a very organic fashion (the track looks similar to ones we rode in the early days of BMX in the US).

This news came in hot, hot, hot this morning, so we have not had a lot of time for a deep-dive interview with Maliek on his plans. But we were able to get him to answer a few questions on the change, before we pulled the “breaking news” alarm here at the BMX News global control center.

News: Can you explain the concept of an athlete moving their competitive status to another country?

Maliek: My parents were both born in Jamaica, I was born here, and I hold both US and Jamaican passports. This gives me the opportunity to compete for either country, and will allow me to help with the growth of BMX racing in Jamaica, since the sport relatively new on the island.

NEWS: Do you have to move to Jamaica now that you will be competing for them?

Maliek: No, I will still be competing in the USA BMX series, like always, and UCI SX World Cup races around the world. I am excited to be the very first member of the Jamaican National BMX Team, with the ultimate goal of competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

NEWS: What uniform will you be racing in going forward?

Maliek: I will be in my SSquared uniform for the remainder of 2014. In 2015 I will be wearing the Jamaican national uniform.

NEWS: Anything else you would like BMX News readers to know about this decision? I’m stoked!

Maliek: I am thankful to God, my parents, John Sawyer, German Medina, Darol Carr, Edward Harper, Jonathan Gosse, my sponsors (list below), Jamaica Cycling Federation and UCI. With the continued support of those listed above, I look forward to representing Jamaica and the sport of BMX Racing as best I can. Thank You all for your support.

BMX News will have more with Maliek on this big news, as well as his move into the Elite ranks, next week in Oldsmar.

This has been a BMX News Special Report. We now return to our regularly-scheduled program.

Maliek’s Sponsors: SSquared Bicycles, Answer BMX, Troy Lee Designs, SiDI, DeFeet, Tioga, Rennen, Crit Plate, MJT Designs
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Photo Gallery: Bluegrass Nats Day Two

February 10, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Kenneth Gustafson 19-27 Expert

The 2014 USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals is now in the history books. Day two ran smooth, and the track was slightly improved, after some post-race work on Saturday night.

Sunday saw 251 motos on the sheets, and some good back & forth racing in practically all classes in the main events.

A-Pro was amped-up, with 24 riders. Maliek was lookin strong all day, but in the end it was Max Egdorf from Answer Rennen who got the overall win after the three mains. Maliek was second and Corey Ross from Lindsey Wilson was third.

Top Photo: Kenneth Gustafson (above, in the Sunday Semi) had a great weekend in the Derby City, scoring twin wins in 19-27x.

Lots more to report from Louisville, so watch for our photo/caption re-cap Monday night before lights out.

Meanwhile, here’s a pixelicious appetizer in the form of the day two photo gallery.

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Photo Gallery: Bluegrass Nats Day 1

February 9, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Maliek Byndloss of Ssquared Bicycles

BMX News is back in Louisville, Kentucky for the first of three trips in 2014. The Bluegrass Nationals kicked off Saturday in Freedom Hall of the Kentucky Expo Center.

The star of the weekend (or maybe the villian) was the track, itself, as some ornery damp dirt made for mushy moto conditions, and gave plenty of common ground to complain about. Billy Allen and his crew worked hard all weekend to get it firmed up. We’ll have more on that in our re-cap on Monday.

Day one of the Bluegrass Nationals had 273 motos on the sheets, including 28 A-Pros. Joining the class for the first time was 2013 National #1 Amateur, Maliek Byndloss, who started the day off with a crash, but ended it with a splash, winning the top class (also won the Friday Night Pre-Race, which was his official pro-opener).

We are heading back to the arena for day two, but before we hauled buns from the hotel, we wanted to post the Saturday photos for your viewing and downloading pleasure (free image downloads, as we always do). Over 170 curated photos in all.

Watch for the Sunday photos late tonight, and the re-cap before lights out on Monday in the new Dan’s Comp Race Coverage section.

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Maliek Byndloss Gets Props in Sports Illustrated

January 26, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Maliek Byndloss Featured in Sports Illustrated

The BMX media is, no doubt, the best place for BMXers to keep pace with the headlines in BMX Racing. But when one of our own breaks into the national spotlight, it is all-the-sweeter.

In last week’s issue of Sports Illustrated, 2013 USA BMX National Amateur Champion, Maliek Byndloss got a tasty tip-of-the-hat by the editors as one of the “Faces In The Crowd”– a regular feature highlighting the accomplishments of young athletes in a variety of sports.

Maliek was featured alongside five other athletes, three female and two other males, who logged stand-out performance in recent weeks.


Sports Illustrated "Faces In The Crowd" featuring Maliek Byndloss

News asked Maliek how he felt, when he saw the coverage:

When I saw the Sports Illustrated article, I thought it was a blessing to be acknowledged by one of the most prestigious sports magazines in the world. I hope we’ll see more BMX racers, and our sport, featured in future issues.

Sports Illustrated has a weekly paid circulation of over 3 million copies.

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Podcast: 2013 Am Champion Maliek Byndloss

December 15, 2013 by · Comments Off 

2013 Amateur Champion Maliek Byndloss

With the 2013 USA BMX Grand Nationals two weeks in the rearview, the title battles that made it an epic evening of BMX racing have had some time to sink in. For the second in our 2013 “Champions” podcast series, we are joined by our new Amateur Champion, Maliek Byndloss, for his first appearance on Announcers Tower.

Aside from talking about winning the title, and his perspective on same, he also gives us some tasty news nuggets on whether or not he plans to turn pro in 2014, whether there will be any changes in his Ssponsorship Ssituation, and speaks about some of his opinions on how riders and parents can keep BMX fun, while not losing the competitive edge.

We have been seeing Maliek on the track for years, and this is the first time we had the opportunity to interview him. We definitley will be inviting him back for a future episode real soon.

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Podcast: 2013 Am Champion Maliek Byndloss

December 15, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Podcast Interview with Maliek Byndloss

With the 2013 USA BMX Grand Nationals two weeks in the rearview, the title battles that made it an epic evening of BMX racing have had some time to sink in. For the second in our 2013 “Champions” podcast series, we are joined by our new Amateur Champion, Maliek Byndloss, for his first appearance on Announcers Tower.

Aside from talking about winning the title, and his perspective on same, he also gives us some tasty news nuggets on whether or not he plans to turn pro in 2014, whether there will be any changes in his Ssponsorship Ssituation, and speaks about some of his opinions on how riders and parents can keep BMX fun, while not losing the competitive edge.

We have been seeing Maliek on the track for years, and this is the first time we had the opportunity to interview him. We definitley will be inviting him back for a future episode real soon.

Listen Now

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Vote in the June Photo Trophy Dash

July 1, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX News Photo Trophy Dash - June 2013

With two big races in the month of June (Nashville days two and three, and Rockford, we had more than enough shots qualify for the Photo Trophy Dash. The eight you see below are the office favorites–the final gate of eight for June 2013.

Click through at the bottom to vote. The image that gets the most votes by July 4 at Noon Eastern time will earn the rider named in the caption a 30×20 canvas print of the shot. Also, one lucky liker of the winning image will win a Rennen Smart Sprint, courtesy of Rennen Design Group.

Marc Willers – BOX Components/DK Bicycles
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Cameron Moore, Answer/Rennen
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Maliek Byndloss, Ssquared Bicycles
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USAC BMX Elite Championship: Hi-Amps, Low-Drag

May 19, 2013 by · Comments Off 

2013 USA Cycling BMX Champion Nic Long

If you have been to a big race in Chula Vista before, you know the electricity of race day. We wrote about it more than once, where the “business” of BMX Supercross is about to be transacted on the track, and there is no time for idle chatter.

This weekend’s USA Cycling BMX Elite National Championships was a break from the gunfighter-serious tone, as 36 riders and a hundred or so spectators turned up to see who would run the striped-sleeve for the next year.

The striped sleeve is really the only public-facing proof of the title. This is a one-off race that happens once a year. The only place the #1 plate earned here can be run is at this race next year. There is no prize money and no series points (though the race did bestow UCI points, albeit the lowest classification). That said, a title is a title, and for those riders who have title bonuses written into their contracts, the chance of grabbing that bonus, plus another title for the resume was more than enough reason to show up.

The race was scheduled to begin at 11AM, and podium awards were to end at 1PM, which was almost exactly how it went down. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, with temps in the mid-70s, bright sun and a shallow breeze (which must have felt like a 747 jet blast to some of the less-experienced riders on the Beijing track).

In all, the gate dropped only 23 times, which is usually about how many photos we get of the Elite classes in the first round alone at most nationals. The pressure was on for the photogs as well as the pedal-pilots. It went SO fast, in fact, that it was tough to keep up with tweets and notes. Here are some of the highlights, and a link to our 81-photo gallery.

Maliek Byndloss 2013 USA Cycling BMX Jr. Men Champion

Maliek Byndloss had a mixed-bag weekend in North Carolina, but was out to show what it’s all about in Chula Vista. From this first Jr. Men Lap, it looked like it was going to be his day. Took the motos in 1-1-2 (Whitfield got him third round).

Justin Posey of Dan's Comp at the 2013 USA Cycling BMX Championships

Posey made it back from a strong showing in Argentina to come out sizzlin in the first round. An unfortunate semi would keep him out of the main this time.

Patrick Coo of Factory Hyper 11x  watching the Elites

After the USAC race, the gate started dropping on the State Qualifier “upstairs” at Chula Vista BMX. The big hill race pulled some spectators over. Patrick Coo, Hyper’s 11x sensation, was suited up and ready for duty, but first some inspiration from the big dogs.

Connor Fields looked great all day for Chase BMX

It was hard not to consider Connor Fields the odds-on favorite to retain the title. Coming off a straight-aces weekend in Argentina, and then aces-across for the four laps leading up to the main in Chula Vista. Here’s the third straight of the second round, leading Barry Nobles, David Herman, et. al.

The Beijing-replica BMX Supercross track at the US Olympic Training Center Chula Vista

The place that is usually the VIP area was the hang-around spot for most of the riders and their families. The vibe was like a very-intense local race, run with USA BMX precision and professionalism, but pretty much everyone there knew each other.

Shealen Reno takin her Hyper into turn two at the USA Cycling BMX National Championships

Junior Women had two riders: Shealen Reno and Shay Glynn. Even though they were combined with the Elites, they would get their own title and podium, based on how they scored in the overall (the junior who was first, among the elites would get the Junior title). Second round action in turn two.

Tyler Brown - Factory GT and Track Operator of Chula Vista BMX

Tyler Brown was in civilian clothes, as opposed to his GT Factory kit for the National Championships. Why? As Track Operator of Chula Vista BMX, he was the guy in charge of making sure the state race happening upstairs would go off without a hitch. He made the responsible decision to get the track and all the supporting pieces in place for the big crowd that would be showing up just as he would have otherwise been gating up for first round.

Nic Long in the Semis at the USA Cycling BMX National Championships

Elite Men Semi #2: Nic has a comfy lead, with Posey about to boost it in the two-spot. By the stripe, JP’s second place hold on a main event slot would be chipped away, til he ultimately got “nicked” by Nick Koehler in the final feet for the final qual spot.

Maliek Byndloss leads the Jr. Men Main Event for Ssquared

Jr. Men Main Event. Byndloss through the middle, and out to an early lead. Whitfield (closest to camera) gave a brief challenge for a podium spot in the first turn, but the outside lines proved better this trip. Podium was Maliek Byndloss (Ssquared), Alden Volle (Dan’s Comp) and Hunter Pelham (Haro/Promax).

Alise Post and Arielle Martin go 1-2 in USA Cycling BMX Elite Championships

With only five riders between Elite Women and Junior Women, they combined AND also had to run total points–so we only got to see them three times (as opposed to six for Elite men, who had semis and a main). Alise Post had two wins going into the third round, so it was looking pretty solid for her keeping the red white & blue sleeve. Arielle, the same, with 2-2, for an ultimate 1-1-1 and 2-2-2, respectively. Shealen got the third, overall, but for the Elite podium, Brooke and Dani George tied with 13 points….

Factory Supercross is stoked for Dani George, earning the third place podium spot.

…Brooke was initially called onto the podium as third place, but then it was discovered that Dani finished ahead of Brooke third round, giving her the tie-breaker.

BMX Racing News - Nic Long leading the Elite Men main event at the 2013 USA Cycling BMX National Championship

Elite Men Main: Down the second straight, Nic opened up a solid margin on Connor and the rest of the pack. It got close at the entrance to the last straight, and Nic held the lead to capture the Stars & Stripes sleeve for the next year.

Next time we’ll see these guys and gals will be in two weeks in Nashville, where the USA Cycling Amateur National Championships will run alongside the USA BMX Music City Nationals (also a UCI Elite race).

2013 USA Cycling BMX Elite Championships – Results

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Junior Men – Total Riders = 10
1 MALIEK BYNDLOSS, FACTORY SSQUARED, CAPE CORAL, FL
2 ALDEN VOLLE, DAN’S COMP, PENRYN, CA
3 HUNTER PELHAM, HARO/PROMAX, CONROE, TX
4 SHANE HARLOW, FULLERTON BIKES, MORENO VALLEY, CA
5 LAYNE GAINER, FBN/SUPERCROSS, WAUCONDA, IL
6 SEAN GAIAN, FACTORY GT, SANTEE, CA
7 TYLER WHITFIELD, FACTORY SSQUARED/ANSWER, ROCKFORD, IL
8 COLE TESAR, FACTORY FELT/SC ACTIONSP, HUNTERSVILLE, NC

Junior Women – Total Riders = 2
1 SHEALEN RENO, HYPER BICYCLES, PLANO, TX
2 SHAY GLYNN, PROFILE / MONSTER, NORCO, CA

Overall Women – Total Riders = 7
1 ALISE POST, REDLINE, SAINT CLOUD, MN
2 ARIELLE MARTIN, INTENSE, SPANAWAY, WA
3 SHEALEN RENO, HYPER BICYCLES, PLANO, TX
4 BROOKE CRAIN, HARO, VISALIA, CA
5 DANI GEORGE, FACTORY SUPERCROSS BMX, PALMDALE, CA
6 SHAY GLYNN, PROFILE / MONSTER, NORCO, CA
7 SHELBY STACY, ANSWER/PROFILE/SSQUARED, BAKERSFIELD, CA

Elite Women – Total Riders = 5
1 ALISE POST, REDLINE, SAINT CLOUD, MN
2 ARIELLE MARTIN, INTENSE, SPANAWAY, WA
5 DANI GEORGE, FACTORY SUPERCROSS BMX, PALMDALE, CA
4 BROOKE CRAIN, HARO, VISALIA, CA
5 SHELBY STACY, ANSWER/PROFILE/SSQUARED, BAKERSFIELD, CA

Elite Men – Total Riders = 19
1 NIC LONG, HARO, LAKESIDE, CA
2 CONNOR FIELDS, CHASE BMX, HENDERSON, NV
3 JARED GARCIA, SPEEDLINE/SUPERCROSS, VICTORVILLE, CA
4 BARRY NOBLES, DK BICYCLES, WETUMPKA, AL
5 CORBEN SHARRAH, HARO, TUCSON, AZ
6 A.J. HIATT, ANARCHYBMX.COM, FRESNO, CA
7 NICK KOEHLER, FACTORY GT, TUSTIN, CA
8 ALEX ANTHONY, DIAMONDBACK/DOTFIT/FLY, SANTA CLARITA, CA

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Oldsmar Gets New Again

December 20, 2012 by · Comments Off 

2013 USA BMX Gator Nationals will be awesome at Oldsmar BMX

Hard to know what is going on in this photo at first glance. Is it a photo of the North rim of the Grand Canyon? The world sliding into oblivion as the Aztec Apocalypse makes its way West? Or some kind of BMX shot?

Well, C is the Correct answer. We pinched this one off Rusty Dial’s Facebook page. While we’re up here in Chicago with a gloomy 39 degrees and rainy day, the crew at Oldsmar BMX is underway on an end-of-year rebuild. This is a detail of one of the SoilTac-encrusted straightaways, getting a scoop-up in one of John Sawyer’s front-loaders.

Oldsmar BMX gets a rebuild ahead of the 2013 USA BMX Gator Nationals
No down-and-dirty on how the dirt will be distributed for 2013, but we know it is going to be fun for the entire family, and may make some need a fresh set of Freeguns.

More on the Oldsmar BMX rebuild as it takes shape.

Thanks to Factory Ssquared flyers, Rusty Dial (top) and Maliek Byndloss for the photos.

Maliek Byndloss Snags SIDI Co-Spo

October 24, 2012 by · Comments Off 

BMX News - Maliek Byndloss Snags SIDI Sponsorship

You see them strapped on the shanks of all the main-makers at pretty much every national you hit… SIDI shoes give BMXers the tight, stiff fit that roadies have been craving for decades. The good stuff never comes cheap, but they’ll last for as long as you want to take it, with replaceable parts in all the key places.

Just got word that Ssquared star, Maliek Byndloss will be rockin the SIDIs in full, via a new co-sponsorship deal he just stepped into.

News got an early gander at the forthcoming press release:

SIDI America, Inc. has announced Maliek Byndloss will be wearing SIDI shoes exclusively in 2013. SIDI will provide their legendary hand-made Italian cycling shoes to Byndloss in 2013.

SIDI America’s US Brand Manager, Sara Ecclesine, says, “We deeply appreciate Maliek representing SIDI and we are thrilled to finally formalize our relationship. As an athlete and a person Maliek shares the most deeply held values of the SIDI brand: integrity, dedication to craft.

While SIDI has long been known by discerning BMX riders, we are glad to finally become Maliek’s official shoe sponsor and move forward in the BMX market.”

*Actually, as you can see in the photo, he’s been rockin them for a while…but let’s just say as an official operative.

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