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Box Pro Contingency Brings Easier Pay in 2019

November 29, 2018 by · Comments Off 

2019 Box Components Pro Contingency Program
We all know that there are many sources for pro BMXers to collect a paycheck. These sources are often not as fat as we would like, and not every rider goes after every stream. For example: some do not actively teach clinics, and others mostly rely on sponsor salary and prize money Read more

2017 BOX Contingency Pays Out

August 24, 2017 by · Comments Off 

2017 BOX Pro Contingency Pays Out

Back on November 24 of last year, BMX News brought you a report on the Box Components Pro Contingency program for 2017. The program put $80,000+ up for grabs for A-Pro, Elite Men, Elite Women and Vet Pros who hit the podium at USA BMX Pro Series and UCI World Cup races (Elite only) Read more

Five Things Hurting Pro BMX in America

January 10, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Five Things Hurting Pro BMX in America

As the days tick down to the USA BMX 2017 pro Opener in Phoenix, on February 17, we are starting to learn more about how things will be structured for the top classes in the new year. A big piece of that puzzle was fitted into place last Friday, as USA BMX sent an email to pros entitled “2017 USA BMX Pro Series Information.”

There were some routine housekeeping items, plus official word that all national races not carrying the “Pro Series” designation would be Pro Open on Saturday and Sunday—allowing pros of any designation to race (AA Pro Pro Women, A-Pro, Vet Pro).

There was also a bullet point that confirmed USA BMX would be funding the USA Cycling BMX Elite World Championship Team, AND contributing $120,000+ per year to USA Cycling in order to fund the BMX program’s international team.

But the big news was in the payout table. In 2016, the Elite Men purse money was based on the number of riders signed up (from 16 and fewer, with a $2000 purse; to 31-over riders with a $10,000 purse). That meant $3500 for the Elite Men’s win at big races like the Winter Nationals. The women were scheduled the same. They would get the same money as the men and, like the men, it would be according to rider count.

For 2017, however, UCI rules require that men and women be paid the SAME, no matter what—whether women have 8 and the men have 38, the pay needs to be the same.

The “equal pay” rule isn’t the only thing ruffling feathers. The amount of the purses has dropped considerably for 2017, from $10,000 at the big races ($3500 for the win) to $3,500 total ($1000 for the win). North American Supercross Series went from $20,000 for men and $10,000 for women, to $10,000 each.

This touched off a social media tsunami over the weekend, with a flurry of posts, often hundreds of comments deep, decrying the pay cut, and foretelling all kinds of “what happens next” scenarios. Some calling for a walkout, as happened in Nashville three years ago, and others prophesizing the end of the pro classes as we know them.

For every set of fingers tapping out comments, there is an opinion on how this “should” go down, and what factors are contributing to the recent downward momentum of the pro classes, and their relevence to the future of BMX Racing.

We took a few mins (ok, a few days) to ponder that as well, and came up with the following list of five things that are, in our opinion, hurting the potency of pros in the modern era.

This list is mostly centered around the pros as a marketing vehicle for brands, since sponsorship is almost-exclusively where their money comes from, whether via USA BMX or via their own direct sponsors. So things that impact the visibility or exposure time of the pros to consumers are large on this list.

5. Friday Night Elite Racing.
Friday at the 2016 Winter Nationals
BMX pros are a group of exceptional people—they do the hard things most of us can’t (or won’t) do, physically and mentally. But in this one thing, they’re just like the rest of us.

Most working stiffs, if given the option, would choose to NOT get up at 5:30AM that one day, every few weeks, when it’s “necessary.” Instead, we’ll try to shift that work to a day when we’re going to be at the office anyway. Human nature, right?

Rewind to 2015 (and earlier), the pros, understandably, did not relish the idea of getting up at 5:30AM on Sunday to be at the track for a 7:30 warmup and an 8AM-sharp first moto— only to sit around for two or three hours til they race again. Then try to make it out of town in time to get home Sunday night.

The story goes, the pros lobbied USA BMX to change the schedule, because of the “oh-dark-thirty” effect. Not sure if that’s true or not, but somehow we ended up with the Friday Night Elite race.

Anyone who has been to a Pro Series national in the past year can tell you that the Friday Night “pro show” is pretty much a non-event. Shifting day one of pro racing to Friday makes all the sense in the world, from a convenience point of view. But it makes no sense at all from a “keeping the pros relevant” point of view. Race, race, race. Podium in the pitch dark, out behind the trailer, where nobody’s watching, and see ya tomorrow.

4. “Hero” Status is Tougher Today.
Hero Status is Tougher
There was a time when we would look up to the BMX pros we saw in BMX Action or BMX Plus! as near-literal gods. You’d see Stompin’ Stu in the hotel coffee shop eating an omelette, and you’d be so stoked, and so nervous, you couldn’t eat your own ham & cheese. It was because you only saw Stu at that race, or in the magazine, two months later— at least if you were a kid from any other place that wasn’t So. Cal.

Today, we know everything there is to know about our pros. Social media has removed all “mystique” between the fans and the Elites. As with many of these points, on the surface, that sounds like a good thing…but, in reality, not so much.

Kids don’t hold heroes in the same regard as earlier generations did (or maybe it’s just different). Many can’t even name a favorite pro (we have asked). That’s a problem for the long-term viability of the pro class, if it is to remain something more than a few quick laps on the track, then a race back to rental car return.

3. The Every-Hour-On-the-Hour Running Order*
On the hour running order
Again, we bump up against what’s efficient and gets the pros done as quickly as possible, versus what’s important for keeping professional BMX Racing interesting to BMX families, and the brands who love them.

One example: on Friday of the Derby City Nationals in Louisville, the pros were finished with their total race day by early in second round.

There was a time when everyone knew to head for the fenceline at the start of each round of racing to watch the pros. We all know that, in BMX Racing, the participants (and their families) ARE the spectators.

With the every-hour-on-the-hour schedule, the fans are in staging, in the pits, out at the camper, at concessions, or otherwise concerned about their own race day. If the goal is to make pro racing an “event,” the every-hour-on-the-hour running order only serves to make pro racing just another series of gate drops, among the hundreds of others throughout a weekend. Some folks watch, but many miss out on seeing them.

* Note: sometimes it’s every 45 mins, or other than every-hour-on-the-hour…but pros don’t run at the top of the order anymore, which is our point here.

2. Counting on the Sanction, Exclusively, for Prize Money.
The Imaginary USA BMX Vault
It’s the way it’s always been done, we realize. And, if memory serves, it has NEVER been enough. Granted, I was out of the sport for the whole of the 90s and early-mid 00s, so maybe there was a time when those pros were like “Man, we got it GOOD at the payout window!” But I had not seen that from 78-88 or from 08-16.

In the 80s, when ABA awarded a Trans-Am to the #1 Pro, people complained it wasn’t a Porsche. When it was a Mustang, they wanted a Trans-Am (or a Porsche).

There’s an argument to be made that, without big-brand sponsor money dedicated—exclusively—to pro purses, and year-end awards, pro-specific money is a losing proposition for the sanction. Afterall, we don’t hear of hoards of amateur families deciding to travel to a race because it’s a $20,000 payout versus a $5,000 payout. USA BMX funds it because they feel a sense of responsibility to make a career in BMX Racing possible—albeit a hardscrabble existence at times.

Lots of keyboard warriors imagine there’s a USA BMX vault filled with cash, from wall to wall. The reality is that it’s a family business, subject to the peaks and valleys of the market just like any other enterprise.

The pro classes are waiting at the window for the pay to come to them. Maybe the time is coming when they go looking for the pay.

Could the pros band-together and go find an outside-the-industry sponsor for their series, using their own initiative? Of course they could— which is something we may see sooner rather than later, out of pure necessity. Will they work together to develop some ancillary revenue streams that are not exclusively prize money? We will soon find out.

1. UCI Influence

UCI Influence
BMX in the United States developed organically, with many of its rules and customs reflecting the sport’s motorcycle roots, as well as influences from all facets of American life.

In as much as BMX in the US had its uniquely-American influences, UCI BMX influences are more in the European tradition of road and track cycling.

Over the past eight years, it has been quite a “cultural adjustment” to align the American flavor of Pro BMX Racing with the UCI’s version (a harsh critic might say BMX in the US “sold its soul” for the Olympic dream).

UCI influence has all-but “bred-out” the American roots of the pro class in USA BMX racing and, in doing so, has weakened the DNA that keeps the pro class relevant in our country.

One big part of this is the trend away from pros/Elite champions running their #1 plate. Partly due to UCI rules that prohibit any #1 other than UCI W1 from appearing at UCI races, and partially due to riders wanting to stick with their UCI Career Number. So the story goes, at least.

Whatever the reason, rank and file BMXers don’t know who the champs are any longer, and that’s an under-appreciated problem for pros who rely on recognition as part of their worth to sponsors.

A 10 Inter should know who the #1 pros are (male and female). Ask five random kids at your local track (without leading the witness) and you’ll see how many can actually tell you who our reigning champs are. If it’s 1 in 5, I’d be surprised.

Conclusion
Take the BMX pro class down to its most basic element…the thing that tells us why it exists, in the first place. Industry-folk might say “to allow manufacturers a vehicle to showcase products and influence buying decisions.” Fans would have a different answer, riders, themselves would have their own answer.

I have deep respect and affection for all of our heroes in the pro class, and I badly want to see them succeed.

The pro classes must not end up like Pro Cruiser. Once a vibrant class, which ultimately devolved into one “cruise lap” stuck in at the end of 10 Novice, followed by a race lap, then done. Everyone gets to the airport before noon on Sunday (or Saturday, to use the current format).

Next time, fewer show up, until one day, almost-nobody shows up, and BMX, as a sport, moves on— as we did from Pro Cruiser. Today, almost no current rider under 16 remembers it. Make no mistake: it can happen.

Looking at the five points above with an open mind, it’s tough to come to any conclusion other than the very-underpinnings of the pro classes are being eroded.

Who’s at fault for that? No one firm or factor, by itself. Society, as a whole, is changing. How people purchase goods and services is changing. BMX Racing is changing.

The BMX pro classes may-just be next for a makeover, if they are to remain viable for the long-haul.

—Mike Carruth

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Bike Check: Jared “The Jet” Garcia

December 23, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Jared Garcia Factory BOX Bike Check

Back on November 19, BMX News reported that Jared “The Jet” Garcia would be parting ways with long-time sponsor Supercross BMX, and joining Marc Willers as part of a Dynamic Duo on the BOX Components Factory Team in the 2015 season.

The Jet finished out his 2014 commitment to Supercross like the gentleman he is, signing autographs til the final hour of his time in Tulsa.

But with a new year ready to kick off next week, and the pro opener at Black Mountain exactly 59 days away, we are getting a first-look at his new runway-rail.

Rather than use the zoom-tool and try to zero-in on what kind of BOXware he has bolted-up to this beauty, we asked him to send over a full parts list, so we could ooh-and-ah over every detail.

As we might expect, it’s a rolling showroom of the full BOX line.

Here’s how it pencils out:

Frame: DK Professional V2, XXL with PF30 BB Shell, Black
Fork: BOX X2, Carbon Fiber
Headset: BOX Glide, Integrated
Stem: BOX Delta, 53mm, LTD Orange
Stem Lock: Promax ST-1, black
Bars: BOX Maximus, Black, 8” Rise
Grips: BOX Hex by ODI with BOX Genius Left Clamp
Seatclamp: BOX Helix QR, LTD Orange
Seatpost: BOX Echelon Carbon
Saddle: BOX Echelon Carbon
Brakes: BOX Eclipse Linear Pull Brake Arms with BOX X-Ray Pads in LTD Fuchsia
Lever: Prototype BOX Carbon Fiber “Genius”
Cranks: BOX Vector, 175
Bottom Bracket: BOX Vector PF30
Chainring: BOX Cosine 7075, 43T
Chain: KMC
Wheels: BOX Focus Front Rim and Focus Rim in LTD Orange, laced to BOX Hollow Hubs
Freewheel: BOX Buzz, 16T
Tires: Maxxis Torch – 20 x 1.95 Front and 1.75 Rear
Pedals: Time Atac DH4
Number Plate: BOX Phase One (number “187″)

GEAR

Shoes: SIDI Drako
Pants: FLY Racing Kinetic Glitch bicycle pant
Jersey: FLY Racing Kinetic Glitch (BOX Factory Edition)
Glove: FLY Racing Lite race glove
Helmet: Fly Racing F2 carbon
Goggles: Oakley “Airbrake” MX

Did you catch that? Some proto-ala-moto action with that “Genius” lever. You can bet we’ll be getting some up-close-and-personal, hidden-camera, spy shots of that one real soon, so keep your eyes peeled for it, here on News

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Re-Cap and Photos: South Park Pro Day 1

July 5, 2014 by · Comments Off 

USA BMX South Park Day 1 Pro

As News reported earlier in the week, the 2014 USA BMX Stars & Stripes Nationals got started a little early, with a rare Friday Night pro race. The schedule was altered due to a UCI race on the North American Continent this weekend (in Mexico), thus the Friday Night UCI race. Day two of pro racing will happen on Saturday, and sunday will be “pro open,” in which riders of any pro class can race.

Unanimously, the pros we talked to liked the Friday night and Saturday format, since it spares them the 5:30AM wake up call on Sunday (to get to a 7:15 warmup, and ready for an 8:00 first round), and allows them to get home at a decent hour. For our part, it would seem to cannibalize the weekend’s racing, so our feelings are mixed on it as a permanent fixture (no talk of that–at least publicly–from USA BMX).

So, despite 23 countries running National Championships this weekend (including Colombia, France, Great Britain, Latvia and others), the turnout in the Elite classes was still pretty robust.

The weather really could not have been any better if we had a climate control panel to punch up temps in the upper 70s, a slight breeze and vivid blue skies. Praying for more of the same for the balance of our time here.

Brooke Crain at the 2014 USA BMX Stars & Stripes Nationals
Brooke Crain was training up for the worlds last week, so missed Rockford, but she was in top-form in South Park, leading laps all afternoon, and closing the day out with a wire to wire win in Elite Women. Lauren Reynolds got in for second, and Dani George has been putting her new privateer status to use as a motivator, making her second podium in as many weeks.

Speaking of Brooke, the Haro team showed up in new threads for Friday (as shown above). We last saw them on Thursday, doing the pre-national clinic with Donny Robinson, and they were rockin the regular factory kit we have seen them in for a while now. But Friday, it was a change to new red, white and black Alias gear. So, watch the photos closely; they didn’t all defect to Redline. These duds are but a stitch in time, as Alias whips up the new-fangled factory fashions.

After five or six weeks of non-stop continent hopping, Sam Willoughby also missed Rockford for some much-needed rest from the road, but was in South Park to get things going again before Rotterdam. Sam won four out of five laps on Friday, dropping to second behind David Herman in the third round. The main event (top photo) was a wire to wire trip that made the last race of the day worth the wait for Sam fans.

Back to Elite Men. Connor Fields had a good day one in South Park. Staying at, or near, the front through the motos, second in the semi and in behind Sam for a second in the main. Awesome to see the Stars & Stripes sleeve flying high at the Stars & Stripes Nationals!

We have been tapping out Tweets with Donny Robinson in second or third quite a bit lately. More than a few times through the motos in Rockford, and on day one in South Park, it was threes-across, as dR took the tré in all five of Friday’s laps…including his first podium finish since Reno, earlier this year. That’s gotta feel pretty good.

Cristian Becerine at the 2014 USA BMX Stars & Stripes Nationals

Vet pro had a small turnout, with a one-rack, total points, pursuit. Cristian (above) won rounds one and two, and Matt won the third, giving CB the overall. Local hero Jesse Burkes took the third.

A Pro had 14 riders on the sheets, and gave the packed fenceline a good show. Phil Delizia was back (haven’t seen him in a while), and took the main event win, though Olijuwon Davis and his Doublecross gave a good challenge. Crupi colors were in third, in the person of Nick Koehler, who is starting to find his groove in the money class.

Wow!, and that was just the pre-race (well, sort of).

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Lots more to report from South Park on Saturday and Sunday, so definitely keep it here on News for how it all happened. If you just can’t wait, check out the social media hooks (below) that updated throughout the day.

Meanwhile, check out the Photo Gallery from Friday, which includes pro action, as well as 80 or so shots of the pre-race (which we do not usually shoot, so kind of a neat change in the program).

Elite Results

Elite Men
Sam Willoughby – Redline
Connor Fields – Chase BMX
Donny Robinson – SE Bikes/Pedals2Medals.com
Nic Long – Haro Bikes
Tyler Faoro – Dan’s Comp
Logan Collins – BlackCrown Products
Kurt Pickard – Haro Bikes
Justin Posey – Dan’s Comp

Elite Women
Brooke Crain – Haro Bikes
Lauren Reynolds – Ssquared Bicycles
Dani George
Amelia Walsh – Yess BMX
Dominique Daniels – Doublecross Bikes
Drew Mechielsen – Yess BMX
Alaina Henderson

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Photo Gallery: 2013 USA BMX Pro Finals

December 2, 2013 by · Comments Off 

2013 USA BMX Pro Finals

It was an amazing evening of BMX in Tulsa Saturday night, as the fastest BMXers in the world came together to settle accounts on the 2013 season. Points were tight for Pro Women and Vet Pro, but the Men’s title was on lock after Sam Willoughby’s win on Friday.

Laced into the Pro action was the NAG 5 Challenge, which brings the top five riders in several NAG classes together for an all-out shootout that takes age group segmentation out of the equation and puts them all together. Two classes: Boys and Girls, and a $2500 money purse for each group ($800 to the winner).

And for between-the-racing entertainment, USA BMX brought dirt jumping back to the program, with an invitation to the DK dirt jump team of Drew Bezanson, Mike Verga and ???. Barry Nobles helped the guys dial-in the single-line course, and even joined in the fun when he did not make it to the AA semi.

The racing was absolutely off-the chain, and we will have the full report on that with our Grands 2013 recap, posted on Wednesday.

But we wanted to clear some of the photo logjam we have going on by posting the gallery from Saturday night now, so you could enjoy some of the visuals from the evening in advance of the story.

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$125K Payday Awaits Pros in Tulsa

November 12, 2013 by · Comments Off 

2013 USA BMX Grands Payout

USA BMX announced today that the total prize money up for grabs in Tulsa would top $125,000, making it the richest weekend in the history of BMX Racing.

The season-end payout has been doubled, giving the winner a $20,000 payday (2-10 below). Top of Pro Women will get $5,000 for the season win.

Based on the number of AA pros signed up at press time, the purse looks like it will be $14,000 ($4,000 for first). And that’s not the end of it. If 36 or more AAs show up, that number gets bumped-up again, to $20,000 total, with $7,000 for the winner.

Women will split a $4,000 purse with $1200 for first.

The Answer Holeshot Award ends its first season back with double-stuff for the Saturday race–$500 for AA and Women. ROC on Friday will payout $250 each for A Pro, Vet, Women and AA.

Oh, and the NAG-Fivers get in on the ka-ching thing too. A $5,000 purse will be split evenly with $2500 each for boys and girls alike. This is the first year the NAG 5 gets a money purse instead of prizes.

GRANDS PAYOUTS

AA-PRO – $14,000 total purse*
1 $4,000
2 $2,500
3 $1,400

*Based on number of registered riders. 26 to 35 AA-Pros. Maximum payout, with 36 or more AA-pros will be a $20k purse, with $7,000 for the winner.

PRO WOMEN – $4,000 total purse
1 $1,200
2 $700
3 $500
Based on 16 or fewer registered riders

OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP PAYOUTS

AA-PRO
No.1 $20,000
No.2 $10,000
No.3 $8,000
No.4 $5,000
No.5 $4,000
No.6 $3,500
No.7 $3,000
No.8 $2,500
No.9 $2,000
No.10 $1,500

PRO WOMEN
No.1 $5,000
No.2 $3,000
No.3 $2,000

OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

FACTORY TEAM – $10,000

BIKE SHOP TEAM – $5,000

ANSWER HOLESHOT AWARDS

Holeshot Winner of 1st main, all weekend.

Brought to you by Answer Products.
$250 ROC AA-pro
$250 ROC A-pro
$250 ROC Womens Pro
$250 ROC Vet Pro

$500 GRANDS AA-pro
$500 GRANDS Womens Pro

NAG 5 CHALLENGE PAYOUTS

$2500 – Boys
$2500 – Girls

It’s great to see USA BMX stepping up the money game for the fiercest and fastest in the world. The action starts in a little less than two weeks, as the highways and jet routes of North America will be jammed with thousands of BMXers heading in to Tulsa town.

Our coverage starts Wednesday, so keep it here for story, photos and scoops all weekend long.

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Tasty Pro Payday in Washington State

August 26, 2013 by · Comments Off 

2013 McCollum Park Pro/Am - BMX Racing News

Sometimes the appetizer is just as satisfying as the main course. That may be how some of the pros were looking at things this past weekend, as they headed up to Washington State for the McCollum Park Pro/AM. The “main course,” in our little tale, is the 2013 USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals coming up this weekend.

It has been almost two months since we were in South Park for the Stars & Stripes Nationals. Granted, the World Championships and the Red Bull R.Evolution race were slotted in there. But for those who didn’t go to either of those, that’s a long layoff, so this race was perfect to shake the legs out.

The McCollum Park Pro/Am had 50 riders on the sheets, with a dozen or so household names vying for a widely-promoted $12,500 purse. The State Championships, which were run in conjunction with the Pro/Am had 99 motos, and some solid depth in the chutes.

Connor Fields won $13,000 or so in Germany, so another $4500 for a win in Washington would edge him close to a $20k prize money month–and a win on Friday and/or Saturday in Louisville could put him over the top.

Sam Willoughby was also in the house, getting things warmed up for the three-day race in Louisville, and ready for a top-step showing of his own.

We found a video of all the pro-am laps up on YouTube, so we’ll embed that here for your viewing pleasure.

The final main definitely provided the action the organizers hoped megawatt stars would bring with the big money payout. Fields and Willoughby, tied in points with a 1-3 and a 3-1, respectively. David Herman was just one point behind Connor and Sam, so the final main finishes would mean everything. Fields had the holeshot, and led it into turn two, where he drifted high, (and was said to have unclipped, but that is unconfirmed), Sam scooted under and took the lead, and the big check. Connor was second and Justin Posey third this lap–but the overall third went to Herman.

Here is the video of all the Pro/Am Laps (by Michael Gray, via YouTube)

Some great racing, for sure. Congrats to the McCollum Park crew on putting on a great race, and to the Pro/Am Main Makers (main finishes):

Sam Willoughby (Redline) 3-1-1
Connor Fields (Chase BMX/Monster) 1-3-2
David Herman (Free Agent/Rockstar) 2-4-5
Justin Posey (Dan’s Comp) 7-2-3
Donny Robinson (SE Racing) 5-5-6
Jeff Upshaw (Kuwahara) 6-7-4
Tyler Brown (GT Bicycles) 4-6-7
Nick Long (Haro) 8-8-8

Thanks for Ken Pliska for posting those (via VintageBMX.com)!

Top Photo by Michael Albright

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CCH Pickups A Pair of Pros

August 17, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX Racing News - CCH Picks Up Caldwell and Miller

Got a “good-news” email from Cruisen Chris Hoffman today, telling tale of a pair of pro pickups to his team tent.

A-Pro Jon Miller from Ohio has been off the radar for a while, but is making his return to the scopes in Louisville, aboard one of CCH Racing’s Supercup frames.

Jon told News:

I am very excited on the new ride! All of the products are top notch and ride great. I’m loving the set up. Coming back from my recent injury has been a huge struggle but I am very excited to be working with Chris and CCH bicycles. I look forward to all the great racing to come!”

And, alongside the above news, Chris hooked one of Florida’s favorite flyers, Mike Caldwell. Here’s what Mike told us about the new ride:

I am absolutely thrilled with the opportunity that CCH has provided for me. I’m confident with their quality frame and accessories, we will be very successful in the future.

And, the final word goes to the big guy with the beard.

I am super psyched to get both Mike and Jon on board. These guys are what BMX is all about, grassroots, working hard before, during and after raceday, and doing clinics. These guys ride because they love to ride and that is exactly what I’m looking for.

Mike is based in Florida, and he is going to help us lock down the Florida BMX scene with tons of clinics, hitting the upcoming Florida State series, and many of the regional races down South. Jon is out of Ohio so he will cover the Midwest primarily.

Both riders will be hitting the big races. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have these two pros (in every sense of the word) representing the CCH brand.

Congrats to all involved. Watch for the first photos of Jon Miller on BMX News when the Bluegrass Nationals kicks off in less than two weeks.

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USA BMX Issues Statement on Elite Protest

June 4, 2013 by · Comments Off 

USA BMX Issues Statement on Elite Walk-Off

USA BMX issued a statement on Monday, in which CEO, BA Anderson apologized to race fans for the Elite walk-off that occurred in Nashville.

Here’s what he said:

USA BMX is a world-class organization who holds itself to the highest standard in BMX racing; from enforcing the rules of racing to membership services. With that said, I want to apologize to every BMX race fan who had to witness the pro walk-off this past weekend. This entire episode was a miscommunication on our behalf.

When the announcement was made at the beginning of the year about the increased pro payout, it was, unfortunately, not explained correctly. The guaranteed increased year-end payout and the increased per-race payout was based on the UCI purses being lower at UCI events. With the significant expenses involved with running a UCI event, the mandatory minimum payout is what made the UCI events work within the entire pro budget. Unfortunately, these races were erroneously included on the increased pro pay announcement, which is what led to the protest. There was never any intention to deceive the riders, it was a simply a case of miscommunication.

Obviously, we value our Elite riders and, as such, USA BMX will do as we have for 35 years and do what we say we will do. We stated in a press release that all Pro series events would receive the much higher USA BMX purse, and we plan to honor that. Checks will immediately be sent to those Pro riders to make up the difference.

The Elite riders were told on the back of the hill that this issue would be resolved as soon as we got back to the office, and they were given one of my senior staff member’s cell phone number in case they had any questions. It is unfortunate that there was not enough trust from the pros that USA BMX would resolve this issue, and I am disappointed that the Elite riders chose to walk off. Many of them are riders I watched grow up racing BMX, while others were simply caught up in something they didn’t understand. Based on the facts, this is the decision that would have been reached regardless of the pros decision to walk-off.

Again, I apologize to all of the race fans who didn’t get to watch their favorite Elite riders race Sunday in Nashville. Fortunately, the A Pro, Vet Pro, Women Junior and Men Junior classes all put on exciting main events for attendees and livestream web viewers. In the future, I will make sure that all aspects of pro racing expenses are more closely scrutinized and publicized to avoid any confusion.

In a later communication with BMX News, USA BMX also confirmed they would be making-good on the “enhanced” purse for the Oldsmar race in March (which was not addressed in the statement above).

We have a few questions relating to this topic still outstanding, and will get those answers posted as soon as they come in.

Links

2013 USA BMX Music City Nationals Photo Gallery – Friday

2013 USA BMX Music City Nationals Photo Gallery – Saturday





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