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Recap Podcast: Manchester SX

April 15, 2016 by · Comments Off 

BMX News Recap Podcast - Manchester SX

In the hours following Sunday’s Manchester SX, BMX News posted a brief recap of the race, along with videos of the main event laps and the full webcast…but we really wanted to get an up-close-and-personal account of the Team USA angle of the race. So, we invited the three top USA finishers from the race, long-time friends of News Brooke Crain, Nic Long and Alise Post.

Alise started the weekend out strong, with a Saturday win in the time trial Superfinal (the first of her career). She looked razor-sharp throughout Sunday’s racing, until misfortune visited her in the final feet of the main event, and let a coming-on-strong Caroline Buchanan slip by for the win. The rejiggering of the lead also gave Brooke the opportunity to race in for third place, and join Caroline and Simone Christensen on the podium.

For her part, Brooke had a week that is a story worth hearing as well, contracting Avian Flu, which is common in the UK, the week leading into the race. Through strict determination and the help of USA Cycling support personnel, plus her teammate Nic Long’s help and encouragement, she made it back to be strong enough to race. In this podcast, Brooke takes us through how she made that remarkable recovery and qualified-through to the main event.

Nic went 3-2-2 in the motos, won his quarterfinal, and took second in the semi, to fellow Team USA star Corben Sharrah. Nic started in lane two in the main event, with Corben in lane one, and hit turn one in fourth place, with eventual podium trio Liam Phillips, Kyle Evans and Renaud Blanc up front. Nic finished fourth.

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We will pick it up from there with our show, the 122nd episode of the BMX News Announcers Tower Podcast.

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Editor’s Note: I had a great time on this show, and it was very refreshing to hear the personal stories of each guest, and their focused outlook. We look forward to seeing all three of our friends in Rock Hill next week, and BMX News will bring you three days of story and photos from the Novant Health BMX Supercross facility.

—Mike Carruth

Links

BMX News Recap: 2016 Manchester SX

Haro Bikes Website

Troy Lee Designs Website

Redline Bicycles Website

Nic Long’s “Idol Hand Gloves” Website





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Gloves From the Hand of Your Idol

October 13, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Idol Hand Gloves

“Rider owned” is a label that immediately brings you in; it helps you identify that product as part of a line that is created with the understanding only a rider can bring to development. US Olympian Nic Long has applied his long-standing experience and Elite racing preferences into creating the Idol Hand line of racing gloves. In December of 2014 the factory Haro star officially announced the new venture via Instagram.

Fast forward just 18 weeks from the initial announcement and Nic was on the podium at the first stop of the UCI World Cup in Manchester, wearing the first run of Idol Hand gloves. That’s a great story-within-a-story. Nic proved that if you want something bad enough–even if it’s outside your level of comfort or expertise–go get it. And he did.

The Idol Hand glove series features nine different styles, all with different images designed by talented artists. The Pursuit glove is the simplest of the line, and one of the four colors is bound to match your kit perfectly. The oath, mutiny, poise, and heroine lines are much louder, and scream creativity. The designs created by top artists such as Matt Tishler, Chris Dykes, and Adam Turk are like nothing else we’ve seen in the racing world, really giving Idol Hand it’s own identity.

Idol Hand Sixty Four series BMX Gloves

Idol Hand “Sixty Four” Nic Long personal edition.

The gloves feature full color dye-sublimated graphics, with 4-way stretch. The perforated clarion multi-flex palm, and mesh finger gussets pair together perfectly, creating a thin form-fitting feel. The gloves come in sizes X-Small to X-Large, and are priced $27.95 to $34.95 (depending on the model).

Go get a set from J&R now. You’ll find that the image and the product, itself fits…well…like a glove.
Use discount code JRSPOT15 for 15% off your order of $75 or more at checkout

Links

Idol Hand Mutiny Gloves

Idol Hand Gloves – Sixty Four


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Nic Long Wins Interbike BMX Athlete of 2015

October 2, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Nic Long wins 2015 Interbike BMX Athlete award
A few weeks back, at the 2015 Interbike trade show, the organizers held their second-annual Interbike awards dinner. The event had 36 award categories (below, with respective winners), covering all aspects of the bicycle industry. Nic Long was selected as “BMX Athlete of the Year.” Read more

McCollum Park Pro-Am

August 2, 2015 by · Comments Off 

2015 McCollum Park BMX Pro Am

The annual McCollum Park Pro-Am in Washington State ran this weekend. The turnout was awesome, and the race action was even more awesome, based on reports that trailed-in over the weekend. The Pro-Am portion of the program is now solidly on the “must-go” list for many Elites and top experts looking to ride with the biggest of big-boys.

Race-runner, Bob Gleyre, posted the following on Facebook:

543 riders in 99 motos, plus the pro am, made it 110 motos total! I never expected that, and I’m forever greatful to you all! My first time linking multiple sign-up computers together, as well as setting up the race in race manager. We had a few small hiccups with the pro am plate numbers, but only one repost, and that was due to a handful of riders forgetting to sign up.

The pros and amateurs put on an amazing show, and all of the riders and families were so awesome! I thank each and every one of you for your support and thanks that was expressed throughout the day. By noon today I had over 80 text messages and even more Facebook messages with an amazing outpouring of thanks. Every time I turned around, someone was shaking my hand and saying thank you. I’m blown away by the BMX community this weekend to say the least.

I also must say, the outpouring of support by volunteers, staff and families of the other tracks in the state has seriously restored a ton of my faith in the Northwest scene. This race was run by volunteers from multiple Washington tracks, and the knowledge, professionalism and team work was over-the-top!!!! I can’t thank you all enough.

Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my wife Sheila Bergley Gleyre for her unbelievable support in this endeavor. She has sacrificed so much of our time together to allow me to follow this crazy dream of mine. Even going as far as to step up and be a major contributing volunteer in sign ups.

I really want to list each and every volunteer that stepped up and made this possible, but in fear of my forgetful brain leaving someone out, I will just say thank you to all that made yesterday possible! You know who you are!

Pete Kirk thinks I’m crazy as all-get-out, with my rebuilds, pro plates, making our own trophies, dj, drone etc. But I know for a fact he wouldn’t want it any other way! Until next year… Keep the rubber side down!

—Bob

Races like this are an important part of the BMX ecosystem, which allows areas that do not normally get Pro Series races to bring the big guns to town, and put on a helluva show for the locals. Looks like the mission was more-than-accomplished this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing the 2016 version.

Results were not immediately posted, but we can see the top-three in the photo above:

Nic Long (Haro Bikes)
Lain Van Ogle (Staats)
Jeffrey Upshaw (Kuwahara)

Well done, all-around!





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2015 USA Cycling BMX Elite Champions

March 21, 2015 by · Comments Off 

2015 USA Cycling BMX National Champiions

It was an incredible evening of BMX Supercross Racing under the lights in Rock Hill, SC Friday Night, as the 2015 USA Cycling BMX Elite National Champions were crowned.

This race, which was open to US citizens only, had 25 riders in Elite Men, and a total-points-running seven for the women.

Alise Post topped the first round, but had some trouble on the first straight in the second round, battling back from the back of the pack to finish third to Brooke Crain and Felicia Stancil. The third round of the total points class would be run before the Elite Men’s main event, and saw Alise put in a solid, almost effortless-looking lap to capture the win, and keep her stars & stripes sleeve for another year.

In the Elite Men’s main, some drama in the semis shuffled the deck a bit, and we had a main event rack that had some great potential for a “hiding in the weeds” pickoff.

BMX News 2015 race coverage sponsored by Dan’s Comp
BMX News Race Coverage is Sponsored by Dan's Comp

Defending champ, Connor Fields, had some trouble out of the gate–hard to say if he unclipped, or hit the gate, but whatever the impediment, he was last down the hill, as Nic Long and Justin Posey went to the front out into turn one. That order was written in pen from the exit of the first turn, on. Meanwhile, the three-spot changed hands a couple times, with Logan Collins and Steven Cisar battling for it down the second straight–but Connor came through the pack super-strong, and took up third by mid-point on the third straight. At the line, Nic had the win, Posey with second and Connor on the three-step. For as awesome a lap as Nic and JP put in to earn their spots, the hot lap of the night may just have to go to Connor for his last-to-third performance.

While there were not enough riders to fill-out Junior Elite classes, there were championship jerseys handed out, nevertheless, as Juniors and Elites were combined. Thus, the junior with the highest finish would be the Junior Champ. In the case of the Junior Women, the only one in the running was Kelsey Van Ogle. For Junior Men, it was defending champ, Collin Hudson, and Ryan Pettigrew–with Pettigrew getting the top podium honors this year.

Congratulations to all our USA Cycling BMX Champions. Two more exciting days of BMX Supercross await here at the Carolina Nationals, so keep it here for more re-cap, and photo galleries.

Results
Elite Women
Alise Post, Redline
Brooke Crain Factory Haro, Visalia, Ca
Felicia Stancil, Factory Gt
Dani George, Chase/ Dhr
Shealen Reno, Hyper Bicycles
Kelsey Van Ogle, Factory Staats/Ciari
Alaina Henderson

Elite Men
Nic Long, Factory Haro
Justin Posey, Dan’s Comp
Connor Fields, Chase Bmx
Corben Sharrah, Factory Haro
Steven Cisar, Avent/Bombshell
Jeffery Upshaw, Factory Kuwahara
Logan Collins, Speedco/Sinz
Barry Nobles, DK Bicycles

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Photo Gallery: 2015 USAC BMX Elite Championships





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Photo Gallery: Rockford Day 1

June 29, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Nic Long and David Herman

The first day of the 2014 USA BMX Midwest Nationals was a hot, hot, hot day of 241 muggy motos. Action in the pro classes was thick all day long, with Olijuwon Davis handily taking the A Pro class on his home track. Vet Pro had the three long-time favorites: Javi Colombo, Cristian Becerine and Matt Pohlkamp on the podium.

It was a smaller-count day in the Elite classes, with many opting out of Rockford–and likely South Park next week, to rest-up, train up, and not tempt fate for the World Championships in Holland next month. But for the elites that were on-scene, the racing was raucous.

Elite Women was missing Mariana, Alise, Felicia and Shanaze, but the 10 who did show up put on a great show for the fans. Dom Daniels added a win to her 2014 scorecard and was joined on the podium by Amanda Geving and Dani George, who was out for the first time without her familiar Supercross bike and uniform. Amanda Carr was also riding near the front all day, as was Lauren Reynolds.

Good battles in Elite Men between the Haro guys (Long, Sharrah and Pickard, who all made the main–from the same semi, no less), David Herman, Connor Fields, Joris Daudet, Kory Cook and Anthony Dean. Elite Men had 23 riders on the sheets for Saturday’s race, and we also saw good efforts from Joey the Bomb (who crashed out in the semis), Faoro and Posey. In the end, it was David Herman’s day to do-the-do, and he led the race pretty much wire to wire.

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Moments after the pros raced their mains, the skies opened up, and we had a rain delay of just under an hour. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain, and the balance of the mains were run in the dry (ok, damp). Storms thundered through overnight, but as of first gate on Sunday, we’re racing under hazy sunshine.

BMX News will have more race highlights from Rockford on Monday morning, as well as our full-re-cap of the Midwest nationals on Tuesday morning. For the moment, take a look at our awesome photo gallery from Saturday’s race. Free photo downloads as well! Link below.

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2014 Midwest Nationals Saturday Photo Gallery

Rockford Results (on usabmx.com)





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Nic Long Homeless Handout 3

March 17, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Nic Long - Homeless Handout 3

Last month, Nic Long and more than a dozen other BMX family members came together for some home cookin, and good-doin as part of Nic’s on-going “homeless handout” program.

The group put together around 200 meal boxes with spaghetti, bread, bottled water and cupcakes, loaded it all up into eight waiting SUVs, and headed to downtown San Diego to distribute the goodies.

The giveaways did not stop with tasty treats. Nic put together other things that homeless people, especially, can use: 150 blankets donated by Haro Bikes, boxes of clothes from Vans and Dan’s Comp.

Nic literally had some folks dancing in the streets, as you’ll see in the Deft Family edit below.

Last week, some freestylers riding street in Downtown LA drew the ire of both social and mainstream media worldwide, as they were painted as disrespecting the homeless by bunnyhopping over, and generally menacing (but not hitting) them. The riders in the vid didn’t hurt any of the unsuspecting homeless, but as they say in media coaching circles, the “optics” were not very good (translation: it didn’t look good).

We like Nic’s edit, because it shows BMXers doing something that needs doing. Our guess is that they would be out there doing it, whether cameras were rolling or not, which makes it all-the-cooler.







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Golf Pros

September 9, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Nhlapo, Long, Strombergs and Gareth Swanepoel

After his Day Two win in Louisville, Maris Strombergs tweeted last week that he picked up a new set of golf clubs. That teed-up the idea for a pro-down on the local links on the off-weekend.

Sifiso Nhlapo, Nic Long, Maris and pro Motocrosser Gareth Swanepoel parked their whips and picked up the woods. No word on whether these big dogs caught any birdies or eagles on the outing.

These guys clean up pretty well.

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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Photos

USA Cycling BMX Elite Championships Photo Gallery





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Justin Kosman’s Nic Long Edit

April 3, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Nic Long video edit from the USA BMX Winter Nationals

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of video impresario Justin Kosman here at the BMX News Global Command Center. We saw Justin shooting at last month’s USA BMX Winter Nationals in Phoenix, and it’s alway cool to see what he comes up with.

Presented for your inspection is an edit Justin did for Bell Helmets featuring Nic Long. “Elevating the Game” is a quick view, at one minute, and has some good action.



If you’re hankerin for some more Winter Nats eye candy, check out our Photo Galleries from the race:

Photo Galleries

USA BMX Winter Nationals Saturday Photo Gallery

USA BMX Winter Nationals Sunday Photo Gallery

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