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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 :)

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Do Lotto Numbers Go Up to 64?

March 13, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Nic Long at the 2013 USA BMX Winter Nationals

Of the thousands of photos we shoot every year, what are the chances that the photo number, and the number of the rider in the photo will match? As we were going through our photos from the Winter Nationals a couple weeks back, we noticed this one of Nic Long–file name DSC_0064.JPG, which matched perfectly with his 64 career number.

That seems like some kind of sign, so we checked in with Powerball and Mega Millions to see if we could include “64″ in a gambit for a big BMXer score. Alas, Powerball only goes up to 59 and Megamillions to 56. So, we’re going the numerology route, and adding the 6 and the 4 to get 10, then dropping the 0 to play #1 as our pick for the “power/mega ball.”

Nic, if we hit it this week, we’ll split it with ya…and ya’ll are witnesses!

—Mike Carruth

UCI BMX North American Championships

March 9, 2013 by · Comments Off 

2013 UCI BMX North American Championships

UCI BMX racing has been part of our reality in North America since 2009, when the random gate made headlines in Guthrie. Looking back, it seems so normal now, but in the days of ABA vs. NBL, to hear the beep-beep-beep-beeeeep of the “NBL Gate” at an ABA race…well, that was like punk rock in front of an opera crowd. Wow, that was four years ago already.

But still, BMX racing, UCI-style has its little quirks, which are strange and unusual to the fun-loving USA BMX crowd. There are a few scholars who are well-versed in the kabbalah-like mysticism of the UCI BMX rulebook. But they never seem to emerge until a couple days before a race, or when a BMX forum thread is posted that states one person’s understanding of a rule.

The 2013 UCI BMX North American Championships ran as part of the Gator Nationals Pre-Race this year. UCI rules stated that, for 2013, only participants from the home continent could participate–meaning only riders from North American countries could race Friday night. That was pretty well known from the get-go. Oh, and, by the way, you have to run the jersey of your country, rather than your regular factory jersey. That part…not so much. A press release, sent Wednesday said:

According to article 1.3.059, every rider competing in a BMX world championship (Championship, Challenge and Masters level) and at the continental championships (Championship level) must wear a national BMX jersey matching the jerseys of his fellow-countrymen. The only variation allowed shall be advertising on the jersey. The national jersey must be worn whenever a rider is engaged in activities on the track, prize giving ceremonies, press conferences, television interviews, autograph sessions and other occasions during the event, which require a good presentation to the media and the outside world.”

(props to USA Cycling and USA BMX for getting the info out before people just showed up and found out the hard way).

Our intrepid men and women made it work, fashioning back-of-jersey numbers (also per UCI rule) out of duct tape, covering over last year’s sponsors on their USA jerseys with duct tape, or new-sponsor stickers. It was kind of a BMX-meets-Bad-News-Bears approach, but it got the job done.

When the first gate fell at 5PM, 13 women, nine Jr. Men, and 25 Elite Men were suited up. Though 13 countries were eligible (Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St Martin, United States and Virgin Islands), only the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico had riders on the sheets.

Jr. Men

Donavon Long’s Haro/Promax team decided to take the hit on the hundred-dollar-plus UCI fine (per rider) for not wearing a country jersey, and rock their factory colors. Andrew Townsend was making an impression, looking strong throughout the night, taking a 2-1-1. Maliek Byndloss is going to be a major factor in Jr. Men, come World’s time this year, and he had the track wired, with a 1-2-4. In Junior, you also had names like Hunter Pelham, Alden Volle, Caleb Minthorn and Bryce Betts, so the main was going to be one to watch as a tasty appetizer to the Elites.

In the main, Maliek got out clean and made it to the first jump a sliver ahead of Townsend. Hitting the monster triple into turn one, Andrew decided to jump it, and Maliek stayed low. At some point in there, the Answer Holeshot award was decided, but from our angle, it was tough to see (Townsend was holding the $250 check, come podium time). Into turn one, Andrew was on the indisde, and Maliek on the outside, bar to bar. Of course, BMX physics dictates that the guy on the inside can determine when the guy on the outside can turn, and Andrew took it high and wide, nearly punting Maliek into the abyss. Fortunately, Byndloss rode the tippy-top of the asphalt, and got back on the gas. That let Bryce Betts slip into the two-spot, with Volle in the three. Maliek probably had steam coming out of his ears at this point, and was like a freight-train down the “mile-high” second straight. By turn two, it was Townsend, Betts and Byndloss. It stayed that way down the third straight. Townsend had command of this one into the last turn, and it did not look like that was going to change. But Maliek made up serious ground, and was in position to dive on Betts in the last turn to challenge for second. The last straight is a technical, deeeeep rhythm, and this was a moment when all the time Maliek has spent out here would come in handy. He executed it flawlessly, and got a wheel ahead of Betts, about 10 feet from the line to seal the deal on an awesome comeback from fifth in the first turn. Podium was Townsend, Byndloss, Betts. All three rode a heck of a race, that shows the level of Junior men is advancing in a major way.

Elite Women

The battle was definitely going to be between Alise and Dom, as it has been for years. But joining the mix for this little soiree would be Felicia Stancil (can we say “soiree” in the context of a North-Americans-only race?). The Junior Women class didn’t make, so she was joining the Elites. We were also impressed with how Amanda Geving was looking, both last week in Phoenix, and in the qualifying rounds here in Oldsmar. She seems to have her new Yess ride pretty-well dialed, boosting it into turns one and two with authority.

Dom was coming out of lane three in the main, and Alise out of one. Both had triple-aces in the motos, so this one would decide the fastest of them all (for tonight). As the pack hit the backside of the first jump, Dom had about a wheel on Alise, and Felicia, who was coming out of gate 7. Amanda was between Dom and Felicia. Dom hit the Answer Holeshot Award spot, and the cash register in the lower-right-hand-corner of our mind’s eye did a cha-ching to $250 for 3D. Felicia skied the triple, but was way on the outside–practically in the RV park–but still made it INTO turn one in second. That didn’t last long, as Alise put a sharp carve to the bars, and railed up and under, easing her Redline into the two-spot. Felicia was off the gas for a split- second, which also let Geving by, as they hit the second straight. And that was pretty much the race for the podium spots. Crossing the line was just a formality. Final order: Daniels, Post, Geving.

Elite Men

As a “Locals Only” race (continentally-speaking), all the Aussies, Euros, and South Americans had to park it, and heckle from the fence line, as 25 battled for the top spot. Heading into the Elite Semi, Corben Sharrah had the low points, with three. Connor Fields was second-lowest with five, from a 3-1-1. David Herman had six, with deuces across. This is Josh Meyers’ home track, and he looked hot tonight, improving as the night wore on. Tory Nyhaug and Nic Long won their respective semis, so that could be a glimpse into the main event action. Fortunes turned ugly for Corben in the semis, and his perfect day was pooh-poohed, so he’d be cheering on Teammate Nic Long, instead of racing against him in the main.

As the second-to-last main event of the evening, The Elite Men gated up with Josh Meyers on the inside, Nic in gate three, Nyhaug in four, then Fields, Herman, Donny Robinson and in what we think is his first Elite Men’s main event, Tanner Sebesta. It was four-across at the first check-point: the backside of the first jump. Meyers, Long, Fields and Herman. Into turn one, Nic was in command, with Herman on the outside. Nic stayed low, and David boosted it. Nic had the Answer Holeshot Award (his second so far, having taken it home on Sunday in Phoenix as well). Josh was tucked in on the inside, as the tight pack headed into turn one. Into the second straight, it was Long, Meyers and Herman, which was how it would ultimately finish. Connor and J-Rog were battling for fourth, and the second turn could spell another reversal of fortune–but it didn’t. J-Rog came to the line in fourth. dR rallied back from an abysmal start to cross the line fifth. Elite Men podium would go Long, Meyers, Herman.

Though not part of the UCI program, a quick shout out to BMX News pal Olijuwan Davis, who topped the podium in A-Pro for the Gator Nats pre-race.

Winning the Continental championships gets you some hefty UCI points (the highest in 2013, outside the Worlds or an SX race)…but you do not get a jersey (like Worlds winners, or National Champions), or a plate to run. it’s for the glory and the points. And, maybe the cash. We were pleasantly-surprised to see the podium checks. The UCI Continental Championship payouts were pretty tasty. Andrew Townsend and Dom Daniels each pocketed $1309 for Jr. Men and Elite women, respectively–plus $250 each for the Answer Holeshot Award. And Nic Long banked $2618, plus $250 for his win. Not bad for a smallish field of North Americans.

Some good racing to start off Gator Nationals weekend. Saturday and Sunday are calling for perfect weather, and stacked racks all-day long.

Keep an eye on BMX News for Story and Photos from the Gator Nats. Meanwhile, check out the photo gallery from Friday night’s race (includes some photos from the pre-race as well).

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2013 UCI BMX North American Championships Photo Gallery


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Pull Releases Multi-Cover Olympic Edition

September 13, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Pull Magazine on bmxnews.com

Pull Magazine is out with its Olympic Coverage this month, and to honor the five Team USA athletes who participated in the games, the magazine will release its August/September issue as a “multi-cover” edition. USA BMX members from the respective home states of each Olympian will receive the cover bearing their local hero. Thus, Minnesota residents will get Alise Post smilin in their mailbox, Coloradans will get David Herman, and Nevadans will get Connor Fields. Since California is home to two Olympians, Brooke Crain goes to Nor. Cal; Nic Long to So. Cal.

And BMX Canada members are in on the fun too, with a special Tory Nyhaug cover, honoring their sole Olympian in the 2012 Games.

USA BMX members in other 45 states will get their cover at random. Last year, when Fast Company magazine did a multi-cover issue with tech titans Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Jeff Bezos, we got the Jobs cover–exactly the one we wanted. We are not going to spill here who we’re hoping for on our issue of Pull, as they are all good in our book.

The inside content is the same for all six cover executions, so this is one opportunity in life where you’ll get to judge a book by its cover.

USA BMX will also be selling a limited number of “box sets” with all six of the commemorative covers. More details on that will be available in the coming weeks.


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Team USA’s BMX Squad Meets the London Press

August 5, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Team USA's London 2012 BMX Squad

USA Cycling held a press conference for the US Olympic BMX Team in London yesterday. On the stage were the five team members (Nic Long, David Herman, Connor Fields, Alise Post and Brooke Crain), as well as the USA Cycling BMX Program Director, Mike King, and Head Coach, James Herrera.

UK multimedia content and news provider, “Press Association” posted the following clip to YouTube



And this one via MSN (which can not be embedded).
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Here are a couple additional quotes from the press conference, supplied by USA Cycling

Alise Post
I didn’t start dedicating myself to BMX full time until I was 18. I’ve made exponential improvements since moving out to San Diego. One, I think getting to ride all year was a huge jump in results. Number two, just focusing on one thing eliminates a lot of distractions and you are able to put all of your energy into one thing.

When I got injured last year I felt like I had been doing really well and like I was kind of blowing it at the last minute. Olympic points were starting and I was just wondering how I’m going to make up this points difference. The Olympics were a year out and they are telling me I have an eight month recovery time. After I got through surgery and got on the recovery trail, I decided I wasn’t going to let it beat me. I was going to give it my all and do what I could and I was able to make a five month turnaround. I was so happy and I had a great medical team behind me during that.

Connor Fields is my training partner. He’s obviously been pretty successful on the world cup circuit and it’s great to have such people behind. He is able to lift me up when I’m down and I think it is good for us both. He is on me all the time. Sometimes he is a little tough on me and plays coach when he is training partner, but in all it has helped me a lot.

Connor Fields
I’m excited. When you get here and see the arena and everything you can’t help but get excited. I wish we raced tomorrow. I’m just trying to enjoy all the little things.

When I leave here, I want to know that I gave 100% of everything I have, whether that gets me fifth place or a medal. I believe if I do that, and with a little luck I will get a medal.

The format of this event rewards riding smart and riding consistent because there is no single elimination. You have to race three heats or five heats so it is going to reward someone who races well throughout. Then the final is just going to be about who seizes that moment and is able to give everything they have when it matters most.

David Herman
My goal headed into this Olympics is to get a medal. I’m coming off the best season I’ve ever had. I was able to get three World Cup podiums in the last ten months and fifth at the World Championships, so anything but a medal would be disappointing. The opportunity to compete here and represent my country is already one big goal completed and now it is time for the next.

Nic Long
I keep a pretty level head and don’t get too excited about seeing other athletes. It is cool seeing people in the village I was watching last week on TV.

Brooke Crain
Arielle has been such a good leader to all of us and she has helped us all to where we are now. I’ve been put in a situation to help my team and I am now focused and eager to take to the track and represent my country well.

Mike King
The first straight has changed. When we were here in August (2011), we had separate first straights and turns for men and women. For the Games, we will have a singular first straight and first turn, then it will split off into their own. The women will veer off to the left and into a tunnel. The guys will hit a hip jump and cross-over.

It will even the playing field a little bit. You will have a good opportunity from lane one and lane eight. Before there was some questions on whether one and eight were equally-fair for the competitors. The first straight is about strength and power and is so crucial.

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Team USA Suits Up

July 28, 2012 by · Comments Off 

The 2012 US Olympic BMX Team

After participating in an Olympic Opening Ceremony aboard the USS Midway museum in San Diego last night, the 2012 US Olympic BMX Team suited up in their London 2012 kit at the Olympic Training Center/Chula Vista for the first time, for a quick photo in front of the Olympic Flame that is adjacent to the Visitor Center, home of the National BMX Hall of Fame Museum.

Flanked by USA Cycling BMX Program Director, Mike King (Left), and head BMX coach, James Herrera, the team of Alise Post, Nic Long, David Herman, Connor Fields, and Arielle Martin will be on a big bird to London Town in the coming days, ready for the start of the BMX events on August 8.

The uniform, designed by Nike, with a “Screaming Eagle” icon by legendary BMX visionary, Bob Haro, received a fair amount of attention from the public after it was debuted a few weeks ago. Some loved the patriotic spin of the iconic eagle, holding a set of BMX handlebars in its talons. And others came out vocally against the design as too simplistic and reminiscent of a sandlot softball team.

We think most will agree that, in the final analysis, the kit’s real-life incarnation is a significant step-up from the artist’s rendering. Of course, maybe it helps to see familiar faces wearing it, but we think it’s going to look quite cool up on the podium, come the August 10 medal ceremony.

Important to note that the racing kit you see was made in Nike’s hometown of Beaverton, Oregon USA.

What do you think about the final, wearable version? We’re talking about it over on VintageBMX.com

Arielle Martin posted this photo with her Olympic Intense Podium (via Instagram)
US BMX Olympian Arielle Martin with her Olympic Intense Podium

And David Herman Posted This one of his Free Agent Olympic ride (via Facebook)
US BMX Olympian David Herman shows off his Free Agent Olympic Bike





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Photo via James Herrera’s Facebook Page

US Olympic Trials Photo Gallery

June 19, 2012 by · Comments Off 

BMX News Photo Gallery from the US Olympic BMX Trials

Saturday, June 16 was one of the most action-packed days in the last four years for the BMX Supercross/Olympic BMX scene, at least in the United States.

It was the day when all the cards would be shown, both by the athletes, and by the selection committee making the discretionary picks for the Mens and Womens teams representing the US at London Games, this August.

The day started with the US Olympic BMX Team Trials, where the second of three slots for the Men would be decided, winner take all. How fitting that Connor Fields, from Las Vegas–the global headquarters of winner-take-all– was the favorite going in…but this being BMX Supercross, anything could happen.

As we laid out in our preview to the Trials race, the format was different than anything the audience on hand would ever see in “Classic” BMX Racing.

We started with two time trial runs to establish some early points for the top three, then to the first two motos, where the full gate-of-eight would race. Following the second round, two riders would be dropped from the program–so six would race the third moto, then a final-four would race to decide who got the spot.

Corben Sharrah looked very strong all day, winning the time trial, and the second and third motos. Connor took the win in the first round, but it took a photo finish to decide it between he and Corben. Of course, the only lap that TRULY mattered in the grand scheme was the final, so strategy would play a big role in the results of the day.

Connor took the final lap from gate to stripe in the lead, over Corben, Mike Day and Barry Nobles.

There are more details on the Trials in our Sunday morning post (see link below). As well, on Saturday, we would learn the Selection Committee Nominees–the two “discretionary” picks, which had been decided in the days following the UCI BMX World Championships, a few weeks ago.

Contrary to popular belief, the trials race did not figure in to the final men’s pick (ultimately, Nic Long) at all–the Trials were exclusively about the middle slot.

Here is our photo gallery from Saturday afternoon and evening. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.

2012 US Olympic BMX Team Trials Photo Gallery

Links

2012 US Olympic BMX Team Trials Recap

2012 US Olympic BMX Team Trials Preview





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The Team

June 17, 2012 by · Comments Off 

The 2012 US Olympic BMX Team

After a very unconventional day of BMX Supercross on Saturday, the program moved quickly from Connor Fields’ commanding win of the US Olympic Trials, to the National BMX Hall of Fame dinner. There, the parting shot would be the induction of the 2008 US Olympic BMX Team…and the announcement of the so-called “Coach’s Pick” (officially: The “Selection Committee Nominee”) for the Men and Womens classes, to round out the team.

With respect to the Coach’s Pick, Alise seemed the slam-dunk favorite going in, following her remarkable performance, and comeback from last year’s injury–culminating at the 2012 World Championships, where she led the main event before crashing in the first turn. And Nic Long also seemed to have a pretty solid vice grip on the spot, once we knew Connor had won the Trials race.

Corben Sharrah leads the third moto at the US Olympic BMX Trials
That did not deter a lot of spectators to the process from voicing their opinions that Corben (above) had put in such an impressive showing in the Olympic Trials race (winning the Time Trial, then winning two out of three motos–on the challenging London Replica track), that perhaps his checker jumped Nic’s on the proverbial board.

Connor Fields leads the main event at the 2012 US Olympic BMX Trials
For his part, Connor Fields (above, in the main event) rode the Trials race with the strategy of a chess champion, taking it light in the Time Trials, and riding cautiously (by his own admission) in the motos, to ace the four-man main event which included Mike Day, Corben and Barry Nobles.

So, after Dinner, and the five inductees of the evening had been announced (Steve Johnson, Eric Carter, John Palfreyman, Mat Hoffman, and Windy Osborn), Mike Redman took the podium to introduce the 2008 Team. One by one, Mike Day, Donny Robinson, Kyle Bennett and Jill Kintner came on stage, ready to “pass the torch” (figuratively, of course) to the next generation of BMX Olympians.

After some of Redbone’s signature ribbing, the first three of the 2012 US Olympic BMX Team came to the stage. First David Herman, then Arielle Martin, and then the newest of the lot, Connor Fields. Redman then called Mike King onto the stage to announce the final two members.

USA Cycling BMX Program Director, Mike King
He started with the Women’s pick. And it was one of those moments, where as soon as he said “From Saint Cloud, Minnesota…” you obviously knew the next words were going to be “Riding for Redline…Alise Post!” Alise came to the stage, and joined her teammates at the left of the growing line of US Olympians, next to Arielle Martin.

And finally, the moment was at hand. Two (indeed, three and a half) years of speculation about who would “make the team” was down to a few breaths, uttered by the person who had taken the program from a seedling in 2007, to a mighty oak today.

“From Lakeside, California”…and then we knew, it would be Nic Long.

So, the team was complete. And though, for a few hours following the announcement, there was time for celebration, everyone surely knew that the REAL training starts now. The first gate falls in 51 days. We have no doubt that Team USA will be among the most prepared and mentally in-the-game as humanly possible. We wish them godspeed to the Gold!

We will have a photo gallery from the Olympic Trials race posted on Monday, so watch for it!

—Mike Carruth

*Editors Note: There will also be one “alternate” selections made for the Mens and Womens team. Those athletes will go to London as “understudies” of sorts, ready to step in, in the event of injury or illness of one of the official members of the team. BMX News will update this story with those selections, as soon as they are made public.





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USA Cycling Funds 10 to First Two SX Races

February 28, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Arielle Martin and Brook Crain of Team USA

USA Cycling BMX announced their funded team for the first two Supercross World Cup events of 2012 on Monday. A total of ten athletes—-five men and five women–will officially represent Team USA at next month’s Chula Vista Supercross (on March 30-31), then onto Randaberg, Norway on April 13-14.

Due to the Olympic Games in August, the 2012 season is on a fairly short runway, with only three World Cup events before the the World Championships in May (23-27). The final World Cup event, prior to the worlds will be in Papendal, Netherlands on May 12-13.

USA Cycling typically selects funded riders one race at a time, based on performance criteria set forth in the “BMX Supercross Selection Principles” PDF. But, due to the timeframe being so short between the first two races, it was decided that the Team selected for Chula Vista would also don the Team USA jersey in Norway.

Interestingly enough, if you’re a US Citizen, you don’t have to be “funded” to fly the USA colors. Mike King tells NEWS: “We don’t discourage anyone from wearing our National Team jersey, and see this from time to time if a rider is unsponsored.” Something else we didn’t know…if your money is where your mouth is, and you are paying your own way to the race, performance will have its rewards. If you hit the podium at a World Cup event, your travel expenses will be reimbursed, AND you will receive a “podium bonus” of $1000 for first, $750 for second, or $500 for third from USA Cycling. That is pretty awesome, and we’re not sure a lot of people know about that fact (hence the reason we’re writing about it).

USA Cycling BMX Funded Team for Chula Vista and Randaberg

Men
Connor Fields (Henderson, NV / Chase BMX)*
David Herman (Wheat Ridge, CO / Free Agent-Rockstar)*
Nic Long (Lakeside, CA / Haro Bikes)*
Mike Day (San Diego, CA / GT Bicycles)
Corben Sharrah (Tucson, AZ / GT Bicycles)

Women
Brooke Crain (Visalia, CA / Haro Bikes)*
Arielle Martin (Spanaway, WA / Intense BMX)*
Amanda Carr (Punta Gorda, FL / Endeavor-Paul Williams)
Amanda Geving (Largo, FL / MCS Bicycles)
Alise Post (Saint Cloud, MN / Redline Bicycles)

*The asterisks next to the rider names indicate the athlete met USA Cycling’s “automatic selection criteria” (they are listed alphabetically within groupings). This criteria covers Elite Men who are ranked in the top three in the overall SX rankings; top two for Elite Women. Regarding the other five spots, USA Cycling BMX Program Director Mike King told NEWS “The remaining riders were nominated based on a 12-month performance-evaluation window and from our last two training camps.”

Arielle and Connor are fresh off World Cup wins at the 2011 World Cup season finale in Chula Vista, so we’re anxious to see them do their thing, right back where we left off. The balance of the field have been training hard, and looking strong…we’re expecting some big things from them. Nic will be fresh from an injury suffered in January, and is expected to be back tearin it up by Chula.

The three World Cup events and the World Championships are critical for both UCI Nations Ranking points (which directly control the number of start spots for the London Games). Team USA is in third place at present for the Elite Men’s Nations Rankings (Australia and France are 1-2, respectively). Among our guys, Connor has the points lead, with 1304, then David (1237), then Nic (1214).

The Nations picture is just as rosy for the women–moreso, in fact–with the American Girls in second for Nations Ranking points, behind Australia. Taking a granular look at how the points break out within Team USA’s Elite Women, we have Brooke leading with 1584 points, Arielle (1388), and Amanda Geving with 1136.

And while the Nations Rankings determine how many riders each nation can send, it is the USA Cycling BMX “Power Rankings” which help determine WHO, from Team USA, will be sent to fill those earned slots.

The Power Rankings will determine the first “automatic” spot on the London 2012 Team, following the World Championships. The 2012 Power Rankings started at the London World Cup (Olympic Test Event) last August, and include all the World Cup Races this year (Chula, Randaberg, Papendal), as well as the USA Cycling BMX National Championships (in Chula Vista on April 1), and finally, on to the World Championships on 5/25).

Boosted by their respective wins of the 2011 Chula World Cup, Connor and Arielle are sitting atop the Power Rankings going into the Calendar 2012 events.

With 31 days between now and the first Time Trial gate in Chula Vista on March 30, keep your eyes here on BMX News for as-they-happen updates on Team USA’s sprint to London.





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USAC BMX Elite Portraits

January 28, 2012 by · Comments Off 

USA Cycling BMX Elite Women

During our trip to the US Olympic Training Center/Chula Vista earlier this month, we were privileged to shoot individual headshots of all the riders taking part in the Elite Camp. We thought you’d enjoy seeing some of your favorite riders suited up in their Team USA Jerseys.

We are saving the goof-around outtakes for a more opportune time :)

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