December 24, 2013 by BMXNEWS.COM Editors · Comments Off
The free clinics promoted by Pro Gate as last month’s USA BMX Grand National were very popular, with over 250 riders signed up for the two sessions. In the morning session, Mariana Pajon, German Medina and Greg Hill spent more than an hour with the kids, coaching them as they gated up on their form and other things that go in to getting rippin holeshots consistently.
In the afternoon, Tyler Whitfield and Olijuwon Davis rocked the house, Rockford style, with serious tips & tricks for over 100 attendees.
We caught up with OD to talk a little about how the clinics went, and get some tips on how you can give your self a gate clinic every day (both mentally, and on the bike).
Since recording the Podcast over the weekend, we learned that Olijuwon finished at the top of the A-Pro points chase for 2013. There is no title in that class, but we’re very happy for our buddy, nonetheless. Congrats, OD!
Here are some photos from the clinics
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November 21, 2013 by BMXNEWS.COM Editors · Comments Off
Thursday at the Grands is all about walking the massive expanse of the Expo Center, catching up with old friends and ripping some gates over at Pro Gate to keep the skills razor sharp before Friday’s ROC. Well, that and your 30 minutes of practice at some point.
This year, Pro Gate is stepping up to put some “Set-em-up” in your Thursday downtime.
Sign up for one of our two FREE gate clinics on Thursday. We are doing two in order to accommodate practice times for all ages.
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Mariana Pajon – 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist
German Medina – Coach, Colombian National Team
Greg Hill – Former Top Pro and Owner of GHP BMX.
3:30PM – 4:30PM
Felicia Stancil – Factory GT
Tyler Whitfield – Factory Ssquared-Answer
Registration is free, but spots are limited. Register using the link below to assure yourself a spot.
April 14, 2013 by BMXNEWS.COM Editors · Comments Off
Great news out of Rockford (IL) today, as Pro Gate announces a fresh four-year deal with UCI to be their starting gate guys, through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio–and everything in-between.
Whether it is the bigness of the Supercross World Cup series, the stripes-on-the-line seriousness of the UCI World Championships, or the ultimate world-stage BMX event of the Olympics, the podium has been decided by a Pro Gate falling perfectly, for a good-long time.
UCI posted the following official release to make the great news official, complete with remarks by “Mr. Pro Gate,” Pierce Barker III:
UCI has renewed its partnership with BMX gate manufacturer, ProStuff, LLC, makers of the “Pro Gate” line of products. Under this agreement, ProStuff will be the sole supplier of BMX gates for the next four years at all UCI BMX Supercross World Cups (managed by GSX), the UCI BMX World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It is essential to ensure a safe, reliable and consistent starting system for riders throughout the season. ProStuff will also provide upgrades and new systems to the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland, consistent with the latest technology available. This will support the WCC’s development work with the best BMX riders in the world.
ProStuff has been a major force in development of starting gate and control technology for the sport of BMX since 2002. As a market leader and a long partner of the UCI, ProStuff has worked hand-in-hand with the UCI to improve the sport’s safety and technology in BMX.
ProStuff President, Pierce Barker, III said, “We bring innovations to the sport to help the rider be more competitive and successful no matter where he or she trains, rides or competes. As this branch of cycling continues to grow at a very rapid rate on six continents, we are pleased to announce that our partnership with UCI will continue to grow and prosper. We are excited and honored to be selected as the sole supplier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”
UCI Sponsors Coordinator Emmanuel Blanchard adds: “This collaboration with ProStuff enables us and event organisers to rely fully upon a professional start gate we can all trust. The ProStuff team pro-actively responds to the technological challenges of the fast evolving discipline of BMX Racing.”
The best part is that the rock-solid Pro Gate technology is now available, and ready to ship to your driveway, via the Pro Gate Junior. Check it out using the link below.
Top Photo Courtesy of UCI
May 4, 2012 by BMXNEWS.COM Editors · Comments Off
We all drive cars, but not a lot of people think about the engineering miracles that actually get you from point A to point B. Until, of course, one of those little belts, bolts or bulbs blows up, and puts sharp focus on the finer points.
The same holds true in BMX Racing, where we all rely on a mechanically-sound starting gate to get the group off to a fair, even and safe start, and on to what lies beyond the 30-foot line. But when something doesn’t go to plan…when the gate sticks, or shakes itself apart after 1200 slams in a weekend, you knows it’s time to call the pros.
Our friends at ProGate are celebrating their 10th year in 2012, and we sat down with bossman, Pierce Barker, to talk about the company, the upcoming Olympic Games (which will be using their gate, as in Beijing), and life, in general, “on the gate.”
We also get in to an important topic for every BMXer, parent and Track Operator…namely what can tracks can do to keep their starting gates functioning to spec. This means not sticking when they are supposed to drop…and not dropping when they are supposed to be up. The fix is surprisingly simple, and approachable on almost any budget.
Pierce flys to all the UCI Supercross races, to be on-site just in case something goes awry, and has some great stories from the road.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy this segment as much as we enjoyed producing it.
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Above: Danny Doherty, Jay Patch and Pierce Barker (far right) of ProGate take a moment out of setting up the very first of their ProGate “Crescent” BMX Starting Gate Systems in their Rockford, IL factory. BMX News photo by Mike Carruth.
May 7, 2010 by BMXNEWS.COM Editors · Comments Off
ProStuff, LLC, better known by their product’s brand name, Pro-Gate, has received a prestigious award for Excellence in Exporting from the White House.
According to the press release:
The President’s “E” Award was created by Executive Order of the President on December 5, 1961(EO 10978), to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.”
A contingent from ProStuff, including President Pierce Barker, Operations Chief, Jay Patch and key players Ed Doherty and Rise Barker will attend the May 13th Ceremony at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. No further news on the installation of a two-man adjacent to the Eisenhower putting green was available at this time.
BMXNEWS wishes to congratulate the ProStuff posse on their exemplary performance in exporting American tech and know-how to the world, over the past four years (the period measured by the Committee in determing award recipients). In the period 2006-2009, ProStuff increased their exports by an average of 96% per year.
The Press release concluded:
ProStuff currently has distribution agents set up in 11 countries while having exported equipment to 41 countries…and growing. Operations manager Jay Patch attributes part of their success to being the Olympic Standard for BMX and Mountain Bike race gates; including 2008 in Beijing, 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and then through the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Jay has pledged to get some photos of the ceremony, and report back to BMXNEWS on whether President Obama prefers the ABA or Random cadence.