2019 USA BMX National Schedule – Part One

September 12, 2018 by · Comments Off 

2019 USA BMX National Schedule - Part 1

Devotees of the USA BMX National Series gathered round the old Victrola in the living room on Wednesday to get their first glimpse of the 2019 National schedule. And by “old Victrola” we, of course, mean Facebook Live.

We love when we can put pins in next year’s map early, so the #NewsTeam was among those who drew near and gave their attention.

Here’s how it breaks out:

2019 USA BMX National Schedule – Part One

January 11-13
2019 Silver Dollar Nationals
Las Vegas, NV

January 25-27 (Three-Day National)
2019 Bluegrass Nationals
Louisville, KY

February 8-10 (Three-Day National)
2019 Sooner Nationals
Tulsa, OK

February 15-17
2019 Winter Nationals
Phoenix, AZ
(Pro Series Opener)

February 22-24
2019 Gator Nationals
Oldsmar, FL
(Pro Series/SX Series/Worlds Qualifier)

March 8-10
2019 Cajun Nationals
West Monroe, LA

March 15-17
2019 Spring Nationals
Albuquerque, NM
(Pro Series/Worlds Qualifier)

March 29-31
2019 Carolina Nationals
Rock Hill, SC
(Pro Series/SX Series/USAC Elite Championship)

April 5-7
2019 Super Nationals
Desoto, TX
(USAC Collegiate Championships)

April 12-14
2019 Great Northwest Nationals
Redmond, OR

April 26-28
2019 Dixieland Nationals
Powder Springs, GA
(Pro Series)

May 3-5
2019 Golden State Nationals
Bakersfield, CA

May 24-26 (Three-Day National)
2019 Music City Nationals
Nashville, TN
(Pro Series)

The USA BMX Facebook Live announcement (well-hosted by Mr. Chris Luna)

2019 USA BMX National Schedule Announcement

2019 USA BMX National Schedule Announcement

Posted by USA BMX on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Props to USA BMX for putting together this nice walk-through of the places and faces we’ll be seeing on the trail in the new year.

We’re looking forward to hitting the infield in Vegas, with a fresh stoke, after the off-season (short, though it is). And speaking of faces, with the places, we’ll be watching for you in the viewfinder in 2019!

Editorial: “I Wish I Knew He Was Sick”

August 1, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Former BMX Track Location

Inside a solemn funeral service for a well-liked member of the community, mourners file past a photo of the deceased. Some kiss the portrait, others make the sign of the cross on themselves in silent prayer, and many dab tears from their eyes, knowing they will never see their friend again Read more

Podcast: John David on Florida State Series

July 24, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Podcast: John David on Florida State Series
On May 17, BMX News reported the story of a USA BMX decision to suspend authorization of the Sunshine State Association (SSA) to promote BMX Racing events in the state of Florida (link below). SSA had run the “Florida Cup” series for decades, and there were a fair amount of opinions voiced on both sides of the issue.

A letter sent to tracks on that day, signed by USA BMX COO, John David, and CEO, BA Anderson, promised an all-track meeting on the afternoon of July 21, to “discuss structural options of the new series and finalize the details for 2019.”

That meeting took place, as scheduled, this-past weekend in Orlando. Two representatives from each of the 15 Florida tracks attended.

To recap some of what was discussed, and to give BMX News readers the details of what was ultimately decided, we are joined by John David, on Episode 143 of the Announcers Tower Podcast.

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We look forward to seeing the realization of these plans in the 2019 series, and are also-anxious for your comments on what John said, in the comments below.


USA BMX Shuts Down Florida SSA Series


USA BMX Shuts Down Florida SSA Series

May 17, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Logo for the Sunshine State BMX Association
In an odd stroke of coincidence, yesterday was seven years to the day that ABA and NBL officials met in a hotel meeting room to discuss the terms of an NBL/ABA Merger (ultimately leading to the formation of USA BMX). It was also the day that one of the final vestiges of NBL racing Read more

Racing Returns to Woodward

April 3, 2018 by · Comments Off 

BMX Racing at Camp Woodward, PA

Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania has deep roots in the sport of BMX—both in freestyle and racing. Racing has been off the menu for a while, but a new partnership between the megawatt action sports camp and USA BMX will bring BMX Racing back to town, effective this summer.

Dirt will be moving soon to get the track ready for the first happy campers, at the direction of Dirt Trendz Skid-Steer impressario, Lance McGuire.

Woodward will host four camps of six days each in 2018. Those dates, and the corresponding tuition are as follows:

July 29 – August 4 ($1499)
August 5 – August 11 ($1499)
August 12 – August 18 ($1299)
August 19 – August 25 ($1299)

We encourage you to go check out Woodward’s website (link below). On it, you’ll find the full depth and breadth of what they offer, at six locations (five here in the US of A and one in Mexico). BMX Racing is featured at the Pennsylvania location only.

Here is what USA BMX told News, in a release:

USA BMX and Woodward Combine Forces, Uniting Premier BMX Racing Organization and Action Sports Camp for BMX Racers of All Ages

USA BMX, the world’s largest BMX racing organization, and Woodward, an action sports and lifestyle camp, community and cultural icon, today announced a partnership designed to benefit BMX racers of all ages, all around the world. Included in the partnership and starting this summer is a new BMX Racing program at the Woodward Pennsylvania location offered from July 29 – August 25, 2018.

This summer’s Woodward Pennsylvania BMX Race Program will feature a brand new state-of-the-art track that will include a pro gate, asphalt turns, audio and lights. The track design, developed in collaboration with USA BMX and track developer Lance Maguire, will allow participants of all ages and skill levels to progress and have fun.

“We could not be more excited to partner with the world’s premier sports camp”, said USA BMX chief executive officer, BA Anderson. “Offering a BMX racing program to a wide audience of young kids is our priority, and by partnering with Camp Woodward, we are exposing BMX racing to an entire new group of kids.”

Woodward’s new BMX Racing director, Jason Toutolmin, will draw on his two decades of experience racing, event organizing and as a current USA BMX track operator to teach campers everything from bike and gear set-up to gate starts, sprints, turns and jumps. BMX Racing campers will also have access to ride on Woodward’s dirt jumps, foam box jumps, and resi-landing jumps.

“BMX racing is a natural fit with Woodward’s action and lifestyle sports programming, and a great complement to our existing BMX camps,” says Jody Churich, EVP and COO of Woodward, a POWDR company. “Each of our programs, facilities and handpicked coaches across the country are designed and selected to inspire and mentor kids through sport and culture. Like USA BMX, we are dedicated to enabling greatness in athletes of all ages and abilities, and this includes those who are training for regional or national competitive events, or one day the Olympics.”

USA BMX members who register for Woodward BMX Racing Camp Sessions prior to June 1, 2018, qualify for a discount of $200 off regular price camp registration. USA BMX Members who register between June 1 – August 25 will receive a $100 discount. Register here.

Stay an extra week and take their Digital Photography camp. Maybe you’ll find yourself shooting for BMX News by Fall. We always need more contributors.

If you skipped over the release, you almost cost yourself $200; if you sign up before June 1, you’ll get $200 off the tuitions we listed above. Slow-pokes registering between June 1 – August 25 get $100 off.

We look forward to seeing how this program develops. Stick with BMX News for the latest.


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Social Reply: Has UCI/USA BMX Relationship Helped or Hurt the Sport?

November 17, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Social Reply: UCI and USA BMX

Posted on Facebook by Bryan Jones, we answer here, since the reply was too-long for FB.

In this question, we have to do something we do not normally do–separate, exactly, what “the Sport” is.

The bulk of the sport is rank-and-file families, who bring their kids to the BMX track to get in on some true family-oriented fun. Some climb the pyramid up to inter, expert, state races, Gold Cup, and national racing.

The tippy-top levels of the BMX pyramid is made up of Elites, with A-Pros (in the USA) below them, and hotshoe Experts who are considering making the jump to the next class-up.

The former, rank-and-file folks, are not affected by UCI at all (unless they go to the Worlds).

The latter are, however, affected in different ways.

The USA BMX format is, by far, the most mature set of BMX Racing rules in the world. Their self-contained system is set up to promote grassroots racing, on-up to the A-Pro, Pro Women and AA-Pro classes. No other country has such a system.

When an outside force, like UCI, comes in to place certain rules and requirements on the “American flavor” of BMX racing, it DOES hurt the sanctity of the American flavor of BMX Racing, though may not hurt “the Sport,” as a whole. Sit back, as we unpack it.

Three mains, for example, is a uniquely-American format, and is rooted in giving the pros more exposure to the fans. That is critical to sponsor value in supporting athletes.

Also: the inability for the USA BMX #1 pros (Men and Women) to run their #1 plate here at home (even if the UCI #1 is not in attendance), hurts the value of those titles and, by extension, pro/elite racing. (NOT a problem in 2017, with BIG props to our own home-grown UCI World Champions: Corben Sharrah and Alise Post!!)

That said, the pros have done some things to hurt their own program, without UCI or USA BMX influence. Namely, the Friday/Saturday racing schedule. News has been on-record as opposing that since its inception; it denies the Sunday crowd—which is appreciably-larger than the Friday crowd—the opportunity to see their heroes in action.

The reasons for having pro/elite classes, in the first place, are said to include “giving the younger riders something to strive for,” “giving kids ‘heroes’ they can look-up to,” and “providing ‘influencers’ for sponsors to represent products and services.” If that is the case, there is a lot of “optimization” available to make BMX Elite/Pro racing better for all concerned.

So, back to the question at hand: “Has the Relationship Between UCI and USA BMX Helped or Hurt the Sport?”

The UCI program is the gateway to the Olympic Games. The fact that all of the USA BMX Pro Series races are also UCI-calendar events HELPS our athletes earn both nation and athlete points toward Olympic qualifying. That’s a BIG positive.

But, it comes at somewhat of a cost to the “soul” of American BMX Racing. In order to be on that lympic bandwagon, USA BMX has to conform to UCI rules (one main, no USA BMX #1 plate on the track, etc), plus their “equal pay” scale for Elite Men and Elite Women classes.

All of the proverbial players know how that game works and, though the equal pay rule doesn’t make a lot of sense when you have 30 Elite Men and eight Elite Women, it’s a system born in the European tradition, the current thinking of which is equal pay.

OUR BOTTOM LINE: “The Sport” is a big place. In the US, we are fortunate to have the USA BMX system of proficiencies, support for local programs, and a genuinely-good “pyramid” that allows BMXers to participate at the level they are most comfortable. Can you imagine a BMX local scene where there was only one proficiency, by age, here in the USA? Me neither.

For those who ARE affected by UCI influence (Elites, mostly), to borrow a line from Godfather II, “this is the business (they’ve) chosen.”

Thanks to Bryan Jones for posting the big question.

—Mike Carruth


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Social Reply: UCI and USA BMX

2018 USA BMX Rule Changes

November 7, 2017 by · Comments Off 

2018 USA BMX Rule Changes

As the calendar gets thinner and thinner, the particulars of the new season are coming into sharper focus. We already have the full national schedule and, on Monday, we now have the USA BMX rule changes for 2018. Per usual, adjustments to the most mature BMX racing ruleset on the planet are greeted with both love and hate but, by-and-large, make sense for the purpose under which they were created.

2018 USA BMX Rule Change Highlights

  • Upper-age 20” classes have been remodeled to 17-20, 21-25, 26-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 51 & Over.
  • Moto building in the “race manager” program will be re-worked to behave similarly to pre-2017 logic.
  • NAG/NAT will now count your best EIGHT scores (instead of seven), plus the Grands. A MINIMUM of four national scores will be required to earn a NAG plate.
  • Canadian NAT/NAG riders will be required to run a maple leaf sticker on their plate
  • Striders will run on Friday and Saturday of each weekend.
  • As of July 2018, all riders at USA BMX Nationals will be required to run “side plates,” ala UCI
  • Trophy slips must be exchanged for a trophy or stamps at the event in which they are earned.
  • If you pull out before the cutoff, you will be issued a refund, instead of a credit.
  • No more 7-day membership.


2018 USA BMX Rule Changes – Official Release

New Classes
The 2018 Rules Meeting brought forth a few changes in the available classes for Novice, Intermediate and Expert riders. Starting at age 17, the new structure will look like this: 17-20, 21-25, 26-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 51 & Over.

The restructuring of the classes between 17 & 35 years of age should make for some exciting classes and accounts for the transitional phases in life that riders go through. The 17-20 Expert division will be amazing to watch and certainly have title implications.

And the 51 & Over classes should help bring more older riders into the sport, while keeping some of the existing “old guys” racing 20” a while longer.

Moto Building
With the moto building changes, the name of the game was rolling back the clock to a simpler time. Novice and Girl riders will continue to check up 3 years to find a legal class of 3 (or more) riders.

For Intermediate and Expert riders, we will go back to checking up 1 year and Novice riders can (once again) theoretically move up to the Expert level.

Girls will first move to Intermediate if they cannot find a legal Girls class, which is where they checked in 2016 and previous years. Expert riders will check up in age, then drop into the Intermediate class of that age (giving the class Expert points).

After checking up with Experts, Girls will reset to the Girls level – Novices reset to the Novice level. Again, this basically takes us back to the moto building process of a few years ago, which should produce more desirable results (for the most part) than the 2017 process.

USA BMX National Series
For 2018, the best eight (8) scores will be counted for NAG/NAT points, plus the Grands. Riders must have a minimum of four (4) national scores to earn a NAG plate.

To better assist the announcers and scorers, CNAG and CNAT riders will be required to run a maple leaf on their number plate if they are using a non-issued plate (the trailer will provide them, if needed).

Balance Bike classes will be offered on Friday and Saturday of each weekend, with the classes run at the beginning of the event.

Finally, we will be requiring the use of side plates at national events beginning in July 2018.

Many riders who attended the UCI Worlds this year in Rock Hill, South Carolina might have seen “side plates” for the first time in their BMX career, but they make the job of the stagers, starter and scorers MUCH easier.

The July deadline will give number plate manufacturers time to stock up on side plates in advance of this requirement going into effect.

In terms of policy changes, trophy slips will need to be exchanged for the award (trophy or Saver Stamps) prior to the conclusion of that event. While riders have always picked up their trophy or plaque at each event, many would keep their trophy slips to redeem for Saver Stamps at another national event. Now, that trophy slip will need to be redeemed for either a trophy or Saver Stamps at the event it was earned.

Another policy change will affect riders that pull out of an event prior to the close of sign ups. Beginning in 2018, refunds will be issued rather than a credit. Refunds will be issued based on your method of payment for that event.


There will be no 7 Day Membership available in 2018 and beyond. The original intent of the 7 Day was to generate online profiles, and (unfortunately) too many 7 Days came in where no online profile had been created. Even worse, in some cases, tracks were telling people to call the Membership Department and they will create the online profile for you, which simply was never the case. At any rate, the 7 Day will no longer be an option.

Scanning teh Interwebs, the side plate rule is probably the one drawing the most ire, while the rejiggering of age classes is popular in certain circles, and not-so-much in others. The general consensus is that 26-35 should have been broken in half (no opinion on that here at the BMX News Global Command Center).

So-called "Side Plates" at the UCI BMX World Championships

Speaking of the side plates: we asked USA BMX if they can be any-old side plates (think Uni and Seca side plates from the 80s). They confirmed to us that the side plates they are talking about are the UCI-style plates, behind the head tube (above). No word on whether a sticker would suffice. Box Components currently manufactures the “Phase Two Side Plate,” which is available on their website for $9.99. But you have until July to get that done.

No evidence that this is some kind of BMX Illuminati, New World Order push to bring USA BMX closer to the UCI’s brand of BMX racing. Be sure to wear the right socks though, just in case.

News also asked USA BMX if this was the full-extent of the rule changes. For example, are there still-to-come changes to team-related rules for 2018. USA BMX said: “There will be some team changes that will be outlined after the Grands. No other changes will be in the new rulebook.”

Thanks guys!

—Mike Carruth

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Donny Does Nickelodeon Day of Play in NYC

September 20, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Donny and Tiffany Robinson at Nickelodeon Day of Play/NYC

By Donny Robinson
For over a decade, Nickelodeon has hosted targeted events all over the US, that help encourage kids and parents to turn off the TV and play, specifically, outdoors. By offering a slew of activities (such as bicycle riding, baseball, basketball, football & soccer, to name a few) Read more

2017 Grands Entry Fees Skyrocket. Or Do They?

August 30, 2017 by · Comments Off 

2017 Grands Entry Fees
BMXers woke up to a Tuesday morning in full social media meltdown over entry fees at the upcoming 2017 USA BMX Grand National. Post, after post, after post had the same screenshot from the USABMX.COM (mobile) pre-registration site, along with all-manner of “angry” emoticons, all-caps-jabs Read more

Practice, Preps and Pep Talks

July 24, 2017 by · Comments Off 

2017 UCI BMX Worlds Team USA Photo
Day two leading-up to racing at the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships got underway on Monday. Day one went smooth, until the weather dealt a wild card to the schedule.

Team USA got it’s Sunday practice in, but two of the later groups were rained out, as a wicked thunderstorm kicked up in the mid-afternoon. The Monday practice schedule was rejiggered, and the two groups that missed out on Sunday got in early on Monday, and then later in the day.

The Sunday storm put the expo area on spin cycle, tossing tents and soaking staff, and later pulling the power plug on parts of Rock Hill, which included the Wintrop Coliseum, site of the Team USA all-rider meeting.

Meanwhile BMXers from all over the world flooded into area stores, buying up provisions for race day: bottled water, sandwich supplies, ice, and every-manner of other accompaniment you can imagine. When they talk about “economic impact” of an event as large as this, you get a real sense of that by watching tables of hungry diners at the Outback, or full carts at the local grocery store, or “No Vacancy” signs on hotel-after-hotel.

I lucked out by the Sunday reschedule of the team meeting; I was driving here during the time it was originally scheduled, but got to see the event, in full, this afternoon, when it started at around 2:10PM.

Winthrop University Coliseum is an honest-to-goodness basketball stadium (college-level), and fully-half of its capacity was jammed with Team USA riders and their families.

USA BMX COO, John David kicked-off the festivities with an introduction of the dozens-deep support staff, brought in to make sure all 1000+ members of the team are well-cared-for.

Chris Luna spoke about some of the do’s and don’ts of UCI racing—which is different than many of us are used to. Some great tips in his briefing that will keep American riders on the right side of the rules.

Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols addressed the audience, with words of support from the home town crowd. And Carley Young gave a well-executed pep-talk to rally the excitement, and get everyone’s focus and stoke aligned just-right.

Once the meeting was adjourned, the staff staged-up a team photo (above), so those of use in the media, and every parent with a smart phone had a chance to capture this epic, unprecedented crowd—all in one place, all wearing a singular jersey “TEAM USA!”

Later in the afternoon, after practice was concluded, we learned of a change to the program for Tuesday’s Cruiser racing.

The Event Management team is aware that weather patterns are forecast that will interrupt racing and could cause danger to riders.

Likewise, a combination of very high temperatures and humidity greatly increases the likelihood of heat-related injuries for all participants, including event and team staff, riders, and the public.

For the safety of riders and staff a decision has been made to amend the format for racing of the Cruiser categories on Tuesday 25 July.

Riders will compete over two (2) Motos, then move to the qualifiers and the main final.

This change will reduce the length of racing and the time at the venue, so that the racing is finished prior to the forecasted storms and adverse weather patterns and so that everyone is less exposed to the possibility of heat related injuries.

For the future day’s events of the 20 inch categories, a decision will be made each evening for the following day of racing once the updated weather forecasting information is made available. A decision on the format for the following days racing will be communicated via a communique to the Team Managers.

Be assured this decision was not taken lightly and has been made in the interests of safety for all.

The race format for the Cruiser categories will consist of two (2) Motos then progressing to the qualifiers and the main final.

Norm McCann
BMX Secretary
UCI Aigle, Switzerland

Tuesday’s Cruiser racing has 1024 entries, to be run in 150 motos. The largest class is 40-44, with 107 riders.Racing gets underway at 8:00AM Eastern time, and our estimate is that it will be concluded by 1:30PM.

Stick with News throughout the week for more from the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships.

—Mike Carruth

Drop in on the live stream of Tuesday’s Cruiser racing

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