Podcast: Steve Spencer on GT’s 2013 Program

January 7, 2013 by · Comments Off on Podcast: Steve Spencer on GT’s 2013 Program 

Steve Spencer talks about the GT BMX Program for 2013

Last week, BMX News reported that Tyler Brown had stepped in to the post of Road Manager and Elite Team Member of the GT Bicycles BMX Team. Alongside that news, there were a flurry or rumors and suppositions about where the GT program was headed in the new year.

We invited GT Sports Marketing Manager, Steve Spencer on the Announcers Tower Podcast, to give us the straight story on the 2013 details, including some amateur team additions, and ow the Tyler Brown deal came about.


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Exciting times for Steve, and the whole GT gang. We look forward to seeing the amateur team in Reno this weekend, and will bring you more on the program as part of our coverage.


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Inside the Injury: Arielle Martin Blog

September 24, 2012 by · Comments Off on Inside the Injury: Arielle Martin Blog 

On the mend: Arielle Martin shows us the new Intense Phnom

Updated 9/25. See below for latest episode of the “Qualified” video series.

There is no doubt it has been a very traumatic August and September for Arielle Martin and her family. Riding high, as August dawned, with the Olympics just days away, and all the possibility that held…only to have her dreams dashed in a last-minute training accident, on her birthday, no less. BMX News readers were among the first to learn of her accident and, 13 days later in an exclusive podcast from the hospital, how she was determined to put it all back together.

Then, scarcely a month later, tragedy struck as her brother-in-law, Rob Verhaaren, was killed in a freak cycling accident while participating in a road bike race in Wyoming.

We saw Arielle for the first time since her hospital stay at last week’s Interbike trade show. She looked every bit herself, the positive, can-do champion who is still healing (on many levels) inside, but ever-optimistic in word and deed. We got a personal guided tour of the new Intense products, complete with Elite commentary on the 2013 Intense BMX Phenom and Sinz monocoque carbon fork.

Writing is always great therapy, and we were stoked to see a post-Vegas update to her AMV15 blog over the weekend. She tells the story in a “Letter to London,” laying bare all the emotions, dashed dreams and devastating physical injuries of the last fifty-odd days.

It’s tough to read at times; Arielle tells of her injury from the hospital bed perspective, and it is heart-rending to witness a friend in so much physical and emotional pain.

A few excerpts:

At the accident scene

The impact had knocked the wind out of me and I laid there for what seemed like an eternity fighting to breathe. What was that noise? Then I realized it was me. I was screaming.

In the hospital the following day

The white coats came back. “When can I go to London?” I demanded.

…One of them stepped forward and said bluntly: “Arielle you are not going to London.”

One month, to the day, after the Games began

On Saturday Sept 8th as Mike and I were preparing to take the pup for a walk a phone call came informing us that his oldest brother Rob had been in a cycling accident while competing in LOTOJA (Logan, UT to Jackson Hole, WY) and it was quite serious. I was sick, anxious, as we waited for word and when it finally came I only got sicker. Rob was gone.

Rushing to Jackson Hole, clarity sets in.

A reality check to what is really important in life. It’s quite simply that, the gift of life. (and) Family. It was time for me to let (London) go.

As we said, tough to read at times, but a great read, for sure. We’re anxious to see Arielle back on the track…but not a moment before she is fully healed up. News will continue to update you on her progress as the 2013 season gets closer on the calendar.

UPDATE 9/25/2012: Today, the latest episode of the US Olympic Committee video series “Qualified” was posted on YouTube. This episode features a video that Arielle’s friends and family recorded prior to the Games, for Arielle to watch while she was in London. Obviously, due to her injury, she never got to watch it in London, but sees it now for the first time.


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UCI Announces Calendar-2013 SX Schedule

June 15, 2012 by · Comments Off on UCI Announces Calendar-2013 SX Schedule 

2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Schedule

UPDATED – February 6, 2013
Dates changed, and one event was dropped form the 2013 schedule. The dates below are current as of February 6, 2013.

As part of the UCI Management Committee meeting in Salzburg, Austria, the governing body released the calendar 2013 BMX Supercross World Cup dates.

The way that the schedule works, you are actually seeing events which straddle the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The events after the Auckland World Championships are part of the 2014 season–just as the Olympic Games and the Abbotsford, Canada event in 2012 are part of the 2013 season.

Calendar 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Schedule (Updated 2/6/13)
April 19-20 – Manchester, England
May 10-11 – Santiago Del Estero, Argentina
June 15-16 – Papendal, Netherlands
September 27-28 – Chula Vista, CA USA

So, it’s good to see that it is still only a handful of events each year. Also neat to see new destinations popping up on the calendar, with stops in Argentina and the British National Cycling Center in Manchester.

The season finale will bring the tour back in Chula Vista for a romp on the London replica track. Hard to believe that the London Games will be more than a year in the rearview by that time.

The events are still slated for two days, and we have been getting more dribbles of information about the time trials situation for next year. But UCI has not made an official announcement on this yet, so we’ll keep it to “sources say.”

Sources say that the time trials will go on, as they always have, but that a certain number of ranked athletes in both the mens and womens classes, will be “safe” (automatically qualified for the Saturday race day). The rest of the group will qualifying, via time trials, as before. No word on whether the Superfinal will remain, or go the way of the Dodo.

Keep it with BMX News for more on the 2013 UCI calendar, and the emerging rules for the new season.

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USA Cycling Develops Head Injury Protocol

April 26, 2012 by · Comments Off on USA Cycling Develops Head Injury Protocol 

USA Cycling Develops Head Injury Protocol

This comes out of VeloNews, but mentions BMX in the very first sentence, so we felt it was fitting to let you in on it. As tracks become more extreme, and hyper-optimized training by BMX athletes increases the speeds they travel on those tracks, concussions are always a possibility, when there is a bad crash. Most recently, at last month’s Chula Vista SX, where we witnessed Jelle van Gorkom suffer such a bad impact that his Motocross-grade helmet and Leatt Brace both cracked, and Jelle was in the hospital for two weeks, with sundry injuries—including…wait for it…a severe concussion.

Fortunately, The World Cup series has a medical team, complete with licensed physician, right there to take charge of any issues. And they do take charge. We remember at the 2011 Chula Vista SX, when Donny Robinson crashed on the first straight. He had low enough points to transfer to the next round, but the medical team “black-flagged” him and he was not permitted to race, over his objections.

In the article, USA Cycling President of Athletics, Jim MIller, said, of BMX injuries:

Dirt-track racing “is a high-risk, high-impact sport when they crash,” Miller explained. And because BMX courses are tight and competition for first position into the banked turns is furious, the riders crash a lot. Not being doctors, the BMX coaches and USA Cycling officials did not feel comfortable making judgment calls “when these kids crash and get up and say they are fine and they want to race the next round.”

The VeloNews article is a great read for anyone who races BMX, or has kids racing BMX, as it goes deep into the mechanics of head injuries, and talks about how USA Cycling has taken the lead on developing the protocol, complete with a software tool that tests brain function and cognitive function.

We have heard riders say “I’m fine…I really want to get out there next round” after a bad wreck, only to learn they have no recollection of saying it, nor of the crash, nor of anything after leaving the pit area. This is obviously a case of some form of brain trauma. It’s not a question of being “tough,” is the point. When you need to make the decision to race or not race, you may not have the physical ability to make such a decision–and not even know it til much later. USA Cycling, via their efforts on this important issue, has stepped in to ensure science can give you a hand when your brain’s in pain.

We have included a link to a “decision tree” chart, developed by “Medicine Of Cycling,” to help in diagnosing brain injuries. We recommend you print it out and put it in your gear bag, in case you need to administer it to a friend or teammate. Also great for local tracks.


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Sander Bisseling Ends BMX Career

April 19, 2012 by · Comments Off on Sander Bisseling Ends BMX Career 

Dutch Elite BMX Racer Sander Bisseling Ends Career

Got an email from a reader in The Netherlands, with news that Dutch National Team star, Sander Bisseling, would be suspending his BMX career, effective immediately. He’s had a tough go the past couple races, not making it out of time trials in Chula Vista or Randaberg. As the Olympic Games get closer in the window, it starts to become clear who is going to be selected for the team and who is not.

Sander is a prolific blogger, and made the announcement in the place you would expect–on In the statement, he added the following insight:

After (Randaberg), many things went through my mind and a lot of thoughts run through the brain, where together with my coach Bas de Bever we have looked at the chances to make it still to London. In all honesty and looking at it realistic, we both realized that this chance is theoretically is still possible but practical nil, with most influential reason (being) the injury to my foot.

It’s clear it was a tough decision for him, but he has some solid thinking behind it, with eyes to his future.

We wish him the best in the future, and hope we’ll be hearing from him when he touches down in his next thing.


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—Mike Carruth

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Norway is Sweet for Caroline

April 16, 2012 by · Comments Off on Norway is Sweet for Caroline 

Women's Report from Randaberg, Norway BMXSX on BMXNEWS.COM

A fortnight after the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series pulled up stakes, and headed to Randaberg, Norway, 39 globe-trotting gals (and four non-starters) made the hop over to the land better known for Sardines and Salmon, than for BMX.

The Norwegian hosts were awesome in every way–eager to showcase their country, and their hospitality, to hordes of two-wheeled happy campers. This extended to the track, itself, when a family-owned business turned out a multigenerational task-force to lay down thousands of paving bricks in the turns. The pavers were placed one by one, with surgical precision, all under the watchful eye of Elite Trax, and its master track builder, Tom Ritz.

Six American women tacked some mileage on their frequent-flyer accounts–including Brooke Crain, Arielle Martin, Amanda Carr, Shelby Stacy, Chula Vista SX Podium Bronzer, Amanda Geving, and fresh off her National Championship win in Chula Vista, Alise Post. All six made it out of Time Trials, into “The Big Show” on Saturday, where 3,000 locals kicked down some “Krones” to witness the first BMX SX event on their soil.

Four out of the six Americans made it into Friday’s Time Trial Superfinal (meaning they placed in the top 16 of top times), with Brooke Crain placing highest of the lot, with a third. Chula Vista Superfinal winner, Caroline Buchanan repeated her beat-the-clock beatdown, besting second place finisher Laëtitia Le Corguillé of France by a few blinks of an eye.

The Skinny on Shinny

British media darling, and GBR Oly Team shoe-in, Shanaze Reade was spotted on the property early Friday, and was on the start list for Time Trial day. But by the time the first gate dropped, she had become a DNS on the roster, indicating she pulled out of the weekend’s festivities. This did not go unnoticed, and she took some jabs on the Freecaster commentary by Pete D’s SX-day sidekick, Samantha Cools (who, we learned on-air, is quite pregnant–congrats!). No official word on the backstory that caused Shanaze to drop.

Lørdag (Saturday)

The traditional four-gates-of-eight were locked and loaded, with the first heat stacked with household names. Caroline Buchanan took the first trip with authority, with a pair of USA jerseys, owned by Alise Post and Amanda Carr in second and third, respectively.

Next up, it was Chula Vista podium topper, Magalie Pottier of France, who put the hurt on Manon Valentino and Gabriela Diaz of Argentina (along with other names like Merle vanBenthen (fourth), Lauren Reynolds (sixth), and Shelby Stacy (seventh)), with a decisive lap.

Sarah Walker was spotted walking about in Chula Vista, but opted out, citing a still-healing injury. In Randaberg, she was back on the bike, and doing battle with Chula Vista second-place finisher Laëtitia Le Corguillé. Laëtitia took the first round win, with Aneta Hladakova in the tré.

The final rack had Brook Crain out to an early lead, with Nederlander Laura Smulders in the chase, and Arielle Martin and Amanda Geving looking to make it a “USA, USA, USA” finish. Prospects for that improved down the second straight, when Laura had an unexpected appointment with the well-packed surface. The moto finished with the Team USA Trio of Crain, Martin, Geving.

After a break in the action, second round was queued up, and ready to rock.

First drop for round two, Alise was out to an early lead, but Caroline made up some serious ground by turn one, then made the pass down the second straight. That’s how it finished, with Lithuanian Vilma Rimsaite in for third.

Second rack ended up as a copy-paste of first round, but Valentino had a bit of an edge into turn one. Magalie is power personified on her Redline, and put the swoop on, to lead it from there. Lauren Reynolds was having some turn one trubs, and ended up on the pavers, as she had in the first round.

Sarah Walker was running her GoPro helmetcam backwards, whether as subconscious psych warfare, or so she and the Kiwi coaches could see what was happening on her six. Sarah and Laëtitia battled strongly to the mid point on the second straight, but after turn two, she opened up a lead on Sarah that would hold to the line. Laëtitia’s sis, Audrey, was in for third.

Final group in round two had it same as first time out, with USA x 3, Crain, Martin, Geving.

During this virtual break in the action between second and third round, we’d like to get on record as a firm supporter of scrambling the motos in SX. Naturally, there is seeding to consider, but for so many motos to go the same way (or close to it) all three rounds seems to be a place where the “show” could get a bump to the next level of awesomeness. So, put us down for a moto scramble, some on-track-toast and a large dose of adrenaline as our race day fare.

First pack of third round saw Alise fly to the front. She ran the table the whole trip, with Amanda Carr in for the dos, and Caroline cruisin in for third.

Manon Valentino had a pretty solid first straight in Norway, and was at the front again into turn one, where French teammate Pottier put the inside squeeze play on her again, and rallied to ink a 1-1-1 for the qualifying rounds. Manon was second, then Reynolds. van Benthem went down in the last turn, but was up after a minute or so after being checked out by the ace medical team. She rode across the line, and gave a wave (nicely camouflaging her obvious pain) to the applauding fans.


Sixteen in, eight out, just like every set of semis on God’s Green Earth. The first group had Alise Post on the inside, with Pottier next to her in gate two and Valentino in lane three. Gabriela Diaz in gate four, Caroline in the middle of the lineup, in five, then Carr, Rimsaite and Horakova.

Pottier and Post had the best starts of the bunch, but by the apex of the first jump Buchanan was edging to the lead. She would have held it too, but drifted to the outside in the first turn, and let a house full of guests in the door–namely Pottier and Post. We’re not sure how, but Valentino ended up coming from lane 3 at the start to the extreme outside into turn one, where she crashed to the ground, and took Jana Horakova down with her–prompting one Euro observer to say that “the most dangerous place to be on an SX track is behind Manon Valentino” (perhaps referencing the fact that she crashed in front of Felicia Stancil in Chula Vista’s semi as well).

Caroline rode the turn WAY high, and the pack exited turn one as Pottier, Post, Buchanan, Rimsaite. Vilma made up some ground on Caroline in the early moments of the second straight, and settled into third by turn two. Amanda Carr–who came down the hill in seventh place, was making lemonade out of her earlier lemons, and had potential to pose a challenge for Caroline’s bubble spot on the outside. It didn’t happen though, and the first half of the Women’s main was decided: Pottier, Post, Rinsaite, Buchanan.

The second semi had Brooke on the inside, Walker in two, then Geving, Romana Labounkova of the Czech Republic, Arielle, Laëtitia, Hladakova and Melinda McLeod of Australia. Laëtitia and Sarah were first to hit the lip of the first jump, and Brooke was, maybe, half a wheel back…but got pushed off the track briefly on the landing, and that scrubbed off a lot of her speed. That said, she was still in fourth, with a great vector to the inside that blasted her past the others. Arielle did not have a very good gate, and was seventh down the hill, but her polished pack-riding skills put her in a wheel to wheel duel for second, with Walker. All were chasing Laëtitia by this point, who had about a bike on them as they darted into the second straight.

Into, and out of turn two clean, the tote board had it as Le Corguillé, Martin, Walker and McLeod. Brooke was out of position by this point, having cased the landing on the first double in the second straight–but was still fighting hard to make up the ground.

And that would be the balance of the Elite Women’s main event: Le Corguillé, Martin, Walker and McLeod…with Brooke fighting back to within about two-tenths-of-a-second of the transfer spot.


In the catbird seat after her semi win, Laëtitia chose the inside gate. Fanning out from there, we had Arielle, Magalie, Alise, Sarah, Caroline, Melinda McLeod and Vilma Rimsaite. After a “get-the-crowd-hyped” intro by GSX announcer Max Cluer, the gate dropped, and they were off.

Down the hill, and cleared of the first double, the pack was still closer than peas and carrots. Walker had a smidge of a lead, but not enough to start writing checks off of. Laëtitia, and Sarah hit the apex of the triple into turn one dead even–but this is where the drama was happening all day long, so could all eight keep it on two wheels? While Sarah and Laëtitia rode the turn in the middle, Pottier and Martin were carving sharply to the inside in the low-low land. Where’s Caroline during all this? She is at the absolute top of the turn, in sixth place. Alise is in fifth. Since we all know how it ends up, this is a pretty good testimonial for how passing IS possible on these SX tracks.

Magalie sprints into the second straight with a bike length lead on Laëtitia, then another bike length, then Walker. Team USA was at Defcon 1 in the chase, with eyes set on a podium spot, if not a win. Arielle was up to fourth, and Alise in fifth. Over the second double in the second straight, it looked like it might all be over for Magalie, as she did one of those stiff-legged-over-rotate moves that Maris did at the 2010 ABA Grands. Fortunately, she rode out of it and continued in the lead.
Arielle and Alise made up serious ground on that set, and it was four-wide on the backside. Everyone seemed to land clean, but in the middle of the pack, Sarah Walker went down on the flat, taking Le Corguillé with her. It was a “7-10” situation for the Americans, as all the carnage happened between them (McLeod was down too).

The close proximity of avoiding that ballup scrubbed some speed off Arielle’s charge, and Alise took up the two-spot into turn two. Unfortunately, she bobbled a little on the entrance, and Caroline picked her off on the inside, coming into the third straight in second, with the Terminator-style crosshairs in her Oakley Goggles set on Magalie Pottier, who had, probably, seven bikes on Caroline by this point.

By the time the pack hit the last turn, Magalie’s lead had dropped to about a bike length. Caroline played the rhythm section like a Stradivarius–like an extension of her personal race kit–and made up massive ground. After the step-up out of the last turn, Caroline was at her Bottom Bracket…then wheel-to-wheel…and then finally ahead, just as the pair were about to cross the line. Caroline had the win! From sixth in turn one to a half-a-bike lead at the win. Wowza! THAT was some good racing. Granted, there was the crash of Le Corguillé and Walker, who most certainly would have been major factors had they stayed up…but don’t forget, a big part of the race is staying up, so all props to Caroline.

On the Freecaster feed, it appeared as though Magalie sat down near the line, then Caroline passed her. Not true. Magalie sat down AFTER Caroline had passed her. Alise was in for the final podium spot, about 7/10 of a second later.

Sarah was down for a couple mins, then walked off under her own power. It was later learned she had dislocated her shoulder. She’ll have an MRI on it this week to assess the impact it will have on her trip to Papendal in two weeks. “For me this is a minor setback and nothing I can’t handle,” she told a New Zealand sports page.


For those of you filling in your scorecards at home, put another 140 in the Alise Post column under 2012 USA Cycling Power Rankings. Arielle’s fifth place, earns 110 points and keeps her high-atop the USA Cycling BMX Power Rankings, with 480 points. Carr and Crain each get 80 points for their fifth in the semis, and Amanda Geving, who crashed in turn one of the second semi gets 67 points. Arielle leads it by a healthy margin, with a post-Norway 480. Then Crain (415), Carr (372), Geving (360) and Post (295).

Next week, a UCI/USA BMX Pro Series event in Phoenix, AZ should turn out a strong galaxy of stars. We’re eager to see who stays in the mix, and who sits it out. BMX News will be on-scene in Phoenix for the USA BMX Winter Nationals, starting this Friday. Be sure to keep it right here for story and photos of all the ams and Elites.

UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Randaberg, Norway

Caroline Buchanan rides her Speedco to a win in Randaberg, Norway

Name – Country – Bike
Caroline Buchanan – (AUS) – Speedco
Magalie Pottier – (FRA) – Redline
Alise Post – (USA) – Redline
Vilma Rimsaite – (LTU)
Arielle Martin (USA) – Intense
Melinda McLeod (AUS) – Intense
Laëtitia Le Corguillé (FRA) – Kuwahara
Sarah Walker – (NZL) – aBD


Detailed Results, via BMX-RESULTS.COM

USA Cycling Power Rankings and Points Tables

BMX News US Olympic Qualifying Primer

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Fields The Man, Among Men in Norway

April 14, 2012 by · Comments Off on Fields The Man, Among Men in Norway 

Connor Fields of Team USA wins Norway BMXSX

Connor Fields touched down in Norway, still on an emotional charge from his Chula Vista win (and the one before that, probably). He was here to win again…but Saturday’s main event was on the distant horizon.

To be on the podium in Randaberg, he would have to ride just as perfectly on this freshly-built track as he had in the prior two Chula Vista rounds, a track which he has been riding as his “home track” since he came to the SX discipline.

Friday’s Time Trial qualifier, and Superfinal both went swimmingly for him. As the top-ranked athlete, he had last whack at the 115 entry class, and swooped in on the final gate to unseat Norwegian hero, and Time Trial World Champ Andre Aguiluz.

Saturday, when the first gate-of-eight heard the cadence, the men’s classes ignited like a solid rocket motor–full throttle til the end, no stopping.

Bubba Harris, who was in Connor’s moto in the qualifiers, toughed it out through a trying coupla days, as his bike and gear did not show up in Norway til race day. Team USA pal Nic Long offered his bike, and Mike Day tossed a jersey in to help Bub get some practice, and his time trial lap. The borrowed gear was enough to get Bubba a 32nd-place qual spot, in the time trial cut of 64.

Marc Willers suffered a brutal wreck earlier in the week, which busted up his eye like Rocky Balboa in Rocky One. No word if he said “Cut me Mick…Cut me” as he was getting patched up.

Still, the puffy peeper did not take 777 out of service, in fact barely slowing him down. He took it to Sam Willoughby in a big way in the qualifying rounds, with a 2-4-2. Unfortunately, he clipped Sam’s back wheel into the second turn in the quarterfinal, and was out of the program for the day (taking Barry Nobles along with him, who was also looking strong in prior laps).

Willoughby was riding extremely well in Norway, with first place finishes in every qualifying lap, and a first straight that seemed tailor-made for his power band. He met up with Connor in the semis for the first time, and was second in a group that was three-of-a-kind with Aussies, qualifying Khalen Young and Brian Kirkham as well.

On May 4, 2011, BMX News reported that Liam Phillips would hang up his BMX helmet for a velodrome career (open in new window). That was a bummer for GBR watchers, because he was the only one of the British men’s squad who had a solid chance to make a blip on the Olympic BMX radar in London town. Phillips was in the spandex about five months, then surfaced again on October 24, telling Sky Sports “I missed my BMX bike and, as such, have made the decision to return to BMX racing.” Here we sit, five months after THAT, and he is in better-than-ever form, with wins in five of the six laps he started today. In qualifying, he kept megawatt talent like David Herman and Sifiso Nhlapo at bay…Tory Nyhaug in the quarters, and a lot of the same guys in the semi to come into the main as the only other guy, aside from Connor, to have aces across.

Also giving a thumbs-up shout to Khalen Young on the weekend. it is still always strange to see him in his Aussie team kit, but the riding shows us who it is as well as any jersey could. Like Sam, he was also pulling heavy down the first straight, and would get some good separation from the guys behind him after the second set. He made it into the quarters by a healthy six-point margin (over Twan van Gendt), and raced between the razor blades of the Willers/Nobles wreck in turn two of the quarters. A solid third in the semi put him in the main event.

The Americans had some setbacks on the trip. Josh Meyers went down in practice and was rattled hard enough to stay out of the start order on time trial day. Internal bruising, but OK to travel. Seven Americans made it out of motos to the Quarterfinal. That thinned to three for the semis (Connor, Mike Day and David Herman), and Connor alone in the main. Australia had the most main positions with three: Willoughby, Kirkham and Young.

For the main event, Fields chose the inside gate, which seemed to be a solid advantage on this track. Liam Phillips was in gate 2, Sam Willoughby in 3 and Tory Nyhaug in 4.

The gate dropped, and from our vantage point, Khalen Young jumped out to the lead at the crest of the first set. Nyhaug and Fields were right on his bottom bracket. 100 feet later, into the first turn, Connor had taken the lead, and KY was back to second, with Willoughby a half a bike back on them. Both KY and Sam cased the top of the triple into turn one a little…but 97 got “an opposite reaction” to that action, and it bucked him off his groove, sending him into the bricks. Sam was still on-stride, went a little wide, and Phillips got inside, taking up the second place KY left available.

Into the second straight Fields raced with nothing but daylight in front of him, and quite a bit behind him as well. The pack exited the second turn in that order, but Sam started making up some serious ground on Liam’s starboard side, then blazed by him like a rocket sled on rails. Connor rode the third straight well, but not with the precision perfection required in this pack, so Sam gained some serious yardage on the Con Man as well by the entrance to the last turn.

It was an all-out sprint to the finish with Fields, Willoughby and Phillips in that order. Tory Nyhaug slid on the inside in the last turn and was mounting a challenge for Liam, when disaster struck in the 3-4. Liam got a little out of shape as he started pedaling out of the turn, and that was amplified by the pressure Tory was putting on the situation to his left. Momentum caused Phillips to cut sharply to the left, just as he hit the jump right after the turn, and lofted into the air taking Nyhaug along with him. That opened the door to Carlos Oquendo of Colombia to hit the podium, if he could stave off Quentin Caleyron of France, which he did, by about a 10th of a second.

Closer by magnitudes was the finish between Fields and Willoughby. SO close, in fact, that the digital scoreboard at the finish line initially put Sam up top, then quickly turned to “PH,” denoting a photo finish between the two. When the finish line photo was reviewed, it was millimeters for the rider on the outside–the one with the Stars & Stripes sleeve–Connor Fields. Two-one-thousandths-of a second ultimately separated these amazing athletes!

Connor now has a place in the UCI BMX Supercross history books, as the first person to win three consecutive SX events. No mathematical lock on the USA Cycling Power Rankings exists, even with the stellar results to date…but with two events left, Connor has has a 225 point lead on David Herman, the closest contender. With the win, Connor picked up another 200 points, David picked up 80 with his fifth in the semi, and third-place power rankings, Nic Long picked up 52 points with an 8th in the quarters.

Papendal is in two weeks, then on to the World Championships in Birmingham, UK, after which the first slot in Team USA’s London Olympic squad will be known, based on the final Power Ranking points.

After that, it’s on to the US Olympic Trials in Chula Vista on June 16, where a “Long Team” of eight riders will race for the second of three possible slots, on the new London-replica track.

The final slot will be decided by a “Selection Committee” of eight cycling dignitaries, appointed by USA Cycling. The BMX delegate on that panel is Eric Rupe.

Stick with BMX News all the way to the podium in London for the latest on the Olympic BMX and UCI BMX Supercross scene.

Watch for our re-cap of the women’s side of the Norway SX Sunday, late afternoon.

—Mike Carruth

Watch the Men’s Final


UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Randaberg, Norway

Name – Country – Bike
Connor Fields – USA – Chase BMX
Sam Willoughby – AUS – Redline
Carlos Oquendo – COL
Quentin Caleyron – FRA – GT
Brian Kirkham – AUS – Intense
Liam Phillips – GBR – Crupi
Tory Nyhayg – CAN – Redline
Khalen Young – AUS – Haro


Detailed Results, via BMX-RESULTS.COM

USA Cycling Power Rankings and Points Tables

BMX News US Olympic Qualifying Primer

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In Depth on the DIY Frame Project

April 12, 2012 by · Comments Off on In Depth on the DIY Frame Project 

Guy Godwin's DIY BMX Racing Frame Build

Over the past few days, a story has been making the rounds on the net, first on, then on outlets like Facebook, of a BMX Dad in Kentucky, who took his skills into the garage and built, from scratch, a race frame for his 10-year old son.

The story centers around a video account of the process, 9-hours of welding and preparation, sped up 5000%, to tell the whole story, including the first test ride, and paint/finishing–complete with decals in 7 minutes and 39 seconds.

BMX News wanted to find out more about the project, and the man behind it, Guy Godwin. We sent a series of questions, which Mr. Godwin answered in detail.

First, watch the vid…

And now, the questions, and Guy’s answers.

What motivated you to do the project?

Two years ago, a high school friend purchased this jig with the intent of making some frames. Dean Howard was going to do the fabrication at that time. As luck would have it, I was looking for a small frame for my then 3-year old to ride. Together, we decided to make one frame for him, and see what happened. I desinged it on Autocad at home, and Dean was going to weld it up. He did great work. But, the design was “not the best,” and we did not set it up on the jig right. Dean did not have time to put into it anymore.

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That build got me hooked. Dean was not able to weld anymore, but I had to do more. Since my dad was a welder by trade naturally this was something for me to attempt. During the fall of 2009, I purchased the welding equipment and learned how to weld. (Wasting a LOT of material). In the spring of 2010, my youngest son was growing like a monster…too big for the 18″ and too small for a mini. I designed and built a 20″ that is smaller than you can purchase. In my “practice,” phase, I built one Cro-mo frame and one Aluminum.

Here is the Aluminum Prototype.
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From there I made some adjustments and came up with this one.
20" Micro Mini

By that point, my 10-year old wanted me to make him one too. The video is of that process.

Obviously, you have welding and prep skills…is this your day-job trade?

No, I am an automotive engineer by trade. I used to be in Design but now mainly Quality.

How did you choose the geometry of what you wanted to build?

The geometry is pretty unique, other than being a “one off.” I designed it for my 10-year old. He is small, skinny and timid. He does not jump, does not manual etc.. He had never ridden any bike other than is 17.5 pound Supercross complete. As he grew, I knew he would want to be more diverse and start to manual etc… So I made this frame is really short in the back end (12.5″ chainstay), to help him learn to manual.

Plus the shorter wheelbase (34.31″) should help him get in and out of obstacles quicker. For the front triangle, I started with 110% of his femur length (13.75*1.1=15.125″). I went horizontally 15.125″ from the center of the Bottom Bracket to the center of the Head tube. With his knees up and femur parallel to the ground, I assumed this would be the worst case senario for rider area. The 110% + extra clearence provided by the stem gave him plenty of room to move. From there, the bottom tube and top tube lengths were determined by my head tube and seat tube angles which are pretty much standard to most other frames. The frame weighed 2.02 pounds after paint. The bike weighed in at 13.05 pounds. This was with a steel Bottom Bracket and heavy 4130 forks. I expect to have his final bike around 12.25 pounds. About FIVE pounds lighter than his old complete.

Has your son taken it on the track yet? If so, tell us about the first outing?

We went to Evanville, Indiana for the Good Friday Practice and Louisville’s first race this past weekend. Background: My 10-year old has only had three crashes in all of his races. His first one was at Evansville (Hoosier National 2010). His last crash was the Halloween season ending race in Louisville 2010. He was in front when he went down. Face-planted into the dirt knocked out a tooth, gashed his chin up, Bit his tongue in four places. We thought his jaw was broken, but it wasn’t. See the end of the video….three-year old is also crashing in this one.

So this past weekend was our first trip back to Louisville since his crash. We only raced twice las in 2011. I was not sure he would ever climb back on. I think he may race for the first time at Louisville this coming weekend. (Fingers are crossed) He was a little laid back, just getting back in the grove and swing of things. Sunday we went to Cleve’s Ohio where he cut his teeth riding and he felt really comfortable. I am looking forward to seeing him race again, assuming he choses to. Yes, I made this knowing that he could possibly never race again.

Did anything about the project turn out differently than you expected?

The project has been pretty much as expected.

How long did the whole project take? (video said 9 hours, but I’m sure there was lead-up time and such)

I am not sure on total time. Just keeping the video set up took a lot of time. Not shown in the video was the drawing and jig set-up. Alone those two took probably four to five hours. The tube cutting was another three hours. There is so much hidden time that you really can’t keep track of it all. I would say it took close to 20 hours or work. That does not include ordering tubes, having tubes bent, finding a laser cutting supplier for drop-outs etc…

What are your plans for the future?

This is just a hobby right now so, my plans for the future are to continue making on an as needed basis. I have four or five folks that want an “18-inch Mighty Pro”. Which will be a very small 18″ bike 1.25 pounds. Targeting three-year old riders. I’m also planning a 4130 bike for myself. Im 6’5″ 230 pounds so like the little guys I will need a very unique frame. I’ve also been asked to look into some small/light park bikes for the little guys.

Anything else you would like to add?

The name that I adopted is “SELECT.” I came up with it because I can “select” everything as I want it. I created the logo with a quick Google search and putting some “fast” looking font together. The logo is a personal style that I like. It is big basic and simple. I like black on white and white on darks.


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Recap and Photos from USAC BMX Nats

April 10, 2012 by · Comments Off on Recap and Photos from USAC BMX Nats 

Matt Pohlkamp of Dan's Comp retains USAC BMX Title

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We started writing a “12 Questions on Chula Vista” story nine days ago, when we got back to the room after the USA Cycling BMX Elite Championships. It turned into an unruly “Blob” of a story, which consumed more space than the Library of Congress (ok, not really, but it was BIG). So, the executive decision was made today to slice and dice it into a series of posts for your easy-reading-pleasure. First, the USA Cycling BMX Amateur National Championships, which ran on Saturday, March 31…immediately before the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.

Question: Who were the Stand-outs in the USAC Am Championships?

LOTS of solid talent, for sure. This race is a little different than the average bear, in that everyone is racing their “UCI Birthday” class–meaning you are in the class of the age you will be on July 31 of this year. So, that makes for both a confusing day for those of us who cover the standard-issue USA BMX National series, and some interesting matchups who may never meet each other on the gate in a normal year of national-only racing.

In UCI-speak, anyone 30 years and over, riding a 20″, is in the “Masters” class, and greeted warmly by a heavy contingent of Vet Pros, 2011 USA BMX Champ for Dan’s Comp, Matt Pohlkamp, chief among them. For 2012, only five riders showed for Masters class: vet pros Pohlkamp, Rusty Dial (Ssquared) and Jason Carnes (Redline), A-Pro Haro star Derek Betcher, and Billy Burghout. That fact was not lost on the VintageBMX forum, as a “What happened?” thread surfaced soon after.

Lots of 1-1-1-1 results in the younger girl classes, with aces-across for Madelynn DeSantis in 9G, Payton Ridenour in 10G, Jordan Scott in 11G, and Alexis Vitale in 13G.

There was a good battle in the 14G main, between Lexa Jones and Kelsey van Ogle. Lexa and her Ssquared aced all three laps in the motos, but the Hyper ride of van Ogle took the Stars and Stripes jersey, and the top podium spot in the main.

Carlie Ferree was queen of the 16 year olds, but a second-round third, to Kristin Long and Savannah Davis kept the Queen’s straight-aces off the board.

In the boy’s classes, it was on like Donkey Kong from the first gate, as Dane Morales aced the 5-6 class all day long. Dane’s daddy is 80’s BMX Freestyle legend Bob Morales, who started the first organizing body for freestyle competitions–the American Freestyle Association (AFA), and started the sport down its road to glory as part of Bob Haro’s touring team in 1981. Big shoes, filled by this little guy in Chula Vista.

Redman rocker Vincent Esposito represented Ventura C-A in the spirit of Jason Jenson with an across-the-board win in the 8 year olds…and ol Cannonball Jack Kelly folded, spindled and mutilated the nine year olds for GT Bicycles.

Wow! Looking over our notes, 10 boys was stacked-to-the-rafters, with Tristan Mitchell for J&R Bicycles, multi-time-World-Champ, Jules Dittrick, ABA Grands winner, Leo Hile for Intense BMX, and Hyper’s always-speedy Patrick Coo all meeting in the main for a big little guy throwdown. Mitchell, Dittrick and Coo all had straight-aces going in, but the recently-10 Coo was the man on the move in the main, and turned a perfect lap to top the podium. Mitchell and Dittrick joined him on the box, in that order.

Recent pickup for the AllTow Wrecking Crew, Kendal Wong rode his new Yess to a fully-aced finish in 12 Boys.

Edging into the teen scene, Bubba Gonzales traded aces with Kevin Pauls in the 13 Boys motos, with the Intense-mounted Pauls putting it in “Overdrive” in the first two rounds…but Bubba bested the field in the third round, and in the main on his factory-fresh Hyper. Pauls was on the two-step, and Kamren Larsen took his Speedco to the box for J&R.

No decisive domination in 14 Boys, but that made it all-the-more interesting, as Chris Blevins, Justin Richmond and Nick Deters did battle in a 12-rider class. The Juice aced all three trips in the his motos, while Deters and Blevens went 1-2-1 and 2-1-2, respectively. In the main, it was Blevins and his Factory Intense jersey on the top step, with Answer Ssquared Teammates Richmond and Deters in the 2-3.

Crupi’s Collin Hudson was riding strong all weekend long, and in Saturday’s 15 Boys scrummage, took it to the front in a main event peppered with household-name spice. Answer Ssquared Ryan Zinzow took wins in the first two motos, then had a case of perfectus-interruptus in yhr person of Austim Barrette in third round. Hudson went 2-2-5 in the motos, but more was coming from Colorado’s Crazy Legs. Meanwhile, in the second rack of the 14-rider class, Factory Intense flier Chris Abernethy got jammed up first round and crossed seventh, but aced both laps thereafter. In the main, it was Hudson, Zinzow and Abernethy on the podium.

It’s impossible not to hit all these Boy’s classes, because all have talent you’ll be seeing in the Jr. Devo results, and in the next year or so, in the Jr. Men’s mix. So true for 16 boys, where we had Sean Gaian, J&R’s Hunter Pelham and Hyper hound, Luke Roarty in the main event jam for the jersey. In the end, it went down that way, with San Diego Sean on the top step, Pelham and Roarty joining him in second and third, respectively.

Tanner Sebesta ran the table in 17-24 Men, with a 1-1-1-1. Free Agent/Rockstar Floridian, Juan Marin was looking sharp in his Fox gear, and scooted in for a second, and it was Big B, Brandon Ceslok for Answer Ssquared.

Speaking of Free Agent/Rockstar, Stephen Larralde was a rockstar in his own right in 30-Over Men, with a win on the day, but faced some serious challenge by Cody Wilson, who aced all the motos in that rack. Cody ended up the day with an off-the-podium fourth, but should definitely be proud of the showing. Chris Williams took the main event second, and “Ageless” Jonas Harmon hit the podium in his GT gear for third.

More from the Chula Vista Mega Weekend tomorrow. Meanwhile, check out the photo gallery, below.


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Chula Vista 2.0 Track Coming Along

March 27, 2012 by · Comments Off on Chula Vista 2.0 Track Coming Along 

Work in Progress shot of Chula Vista London Replica Track

This Saturday, BMX News will be on hand for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Chula Vista “2.0” Supercross track. Dirt is already moving, as you can see in the above photo, posted to Instagram by Arielle Martin on Monday. And as deep-in-our hearts as the current Chula track is, we are absolutely jumping out of our socks at the prospect of shooting the new track for the US Olympic Trials this June–a scant three months away.

The location of the 2.0 is just adjacent to the dining hall, and from the looks of it, may feature a dirt starting hill that will bonzai down into the London-style first straight (though we could be wrong, as we will not be seeing it live and in person for another 48 hours).

And that view! The photos are gonna be KICKIN! Well, afterall, “Chula Vista” does, translate to “Pleasant View,” and this one is a doozy.

Stick with BMX News Thursday-Sunday for coverage from the Mega BMX weekend at the US Olympic Training Center.

Here’s what the weekend’s schedule looks like:

Thursday – USA BMX and SX Practice; Assorted “Main-In-The-Pits” Coverage
Friday – Day One: USA BMX So. Cal Nationals
Friday Afternoon – UCI BMX Supercross Time Trial Superfinal
Saturday – USA Cycling BMX Amateur National Championships
Saturday – USA Cycling BMX Collegiate National Championships
Saturday Afternoon – UCI BMX Supercross “Big Show”
Saturday Evening – Official Ribbon Cutting for London-Replica SX Track
Sunday – Day Two: USA BMX So. Cal Nationals
Sunday Afternoon – USA Cycling BMX Elite BMX Championship (On SX Track)

WOWZA! The schedule is Stacked to the rafters. More packed than any race weekend we have ever shot before!

See you in the 619!

Photo by Arielle Martin, via Instagram.

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