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BMX racing news December 2008

19/12 Prokop kidnapped by UFO. Again!

ProkopRider.net press release
It was back in the end of Prokop’s year 2006 when Extra-Terrestrial spaceship full of amazing stuff landed in the Schladming airbase to pick-up the very best fourcross rider available here on the globe. None men in black were there ready for action, so aliens had quite time to make Prokop an offer he couldn’t refuse. Deal was done and last two years Michal Prokop was working hard for those ETs based in Italy. Using UFO products, Prokop the almost alien, was taking another inter-galactic winnings day by day. He even brought that UFO trade mark to the most prestigious sports event here, the Olympic Games in Beijing!

Those aliens keep their word and they worked hard to incorporate various new cool Prokop signature products into their space product line. Now, the UFO technology is available also for you, terrestrials! How about Prokop Air Knee-Shin Guards to protect your vulnerable body?! Put Prokop Bandage over the guards to get unbeatable combo.

The Olympic season is over. Prokop is going back to the fourcross racing to catch third rainbow jersey and third World Cup title captured in the meantime by speedy Spanish fly. Also that Yeti kangaroo appears to have a fancy for some gold. And there are many others… Well, Prokop needs some serious help and his friends are back…

Prokop was kidnapped by UFO. Again! Just heard at UFO headquarters… they will keep Mr. Prokop for another two years!!!

NASA spokesman told us nothing more than “no comment”… but then he continued… “All I can do for you is to provide you with a translation of just recorded and decrypted message coming from somewhere in cosmos…”

Mr. Simone Consoloni, director of UFO Plast MTB and BMX departments:

“We are happy to announce that Michal Prokop: two times Fourcross World Champion, two times Fourcross World Cup Winner and runner-up in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, chooses UFO Plast to be his partner for race wear and body protectors for another two years! This cooperation is definitely great success for all of us. It is undoubtedly one of the main achievements for UFO Plast, and we expect this signing to really help us. Michal is one of the strongest, fastest, smoothest and highly motivated guys both on gravity mountain bike or the BMX scene – a real Pro rider. Our cooperation won’t be just about product and financial support. We will develop and test together new ranges of pants, shorts, gloves and body protection. Michal, being so focused on all the smallest details of his equipment is the perfect partner for this”.

We were lucky enough to locate Michal Prokop at his top secret training facility in the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome. He said…

”To continue being an ambassador of such a great group of friends that I found in UFO Plast, it makes me really proud and satisfied. I am bit of a fanatic when choosing my race wear and all I can say after two years of riding UFO gear is just… go ahead to pick some UFO stuff! It all looks sweet as well as it works. You will see me riding new Lightning shorts combined with Prokop Air Knee-Shin guards at fourcross World Cups and brand new made in Italy Wanted pants when BMX comes to my schedule. UFO Airbase are the gloves of my choice. Black & white, that’s my style for 2009. Hopefully, the rest of the field will exclusively see the
only alien on my back, while aliens can get many opportunities to smile from the top of podium…”

About UFO Plast
It all started in 1977 when Vito Consoloni, a young energetic workman full of great resolutions cherishing a secret dream, decided to set up his own business, thus establishing UFO Plast together with two more people. He was not short of desire to work or wish to encounter obstacles; first of all he was motivated by his great passion for sport, which even before activated his mind. Inside the 120-square-metre garage, this hothouse of dreams soon began to yield fruit to end up with substantial profits, official recognition of its high quality products and several motocross and enduro victories. However, even he would have never been able to imagine that his modest company only with three employees could become one day the greatest world reality in the market with accessories for all-terrain vehicles. UFO Plast assumed the first position in production of plastics for motorcycles, protective elements, and sportswear in the third millennium. Nowadays, the company still retains the industrial philosophy which inspired its founders 30 years ago, but it applies these same principles to new contents and products. The headquarters now spread over surface of 8.000 square meters and are characterized by a modern and eye-catching architectural design, while the futuristic technological features make it possible to deal with orders in real time. Five warehouses, two product shops, a solid sector of research and development, and eighty employees allow UFO Plast to produce its 3,000 products, which they supply every year to thousands of sale places located in the entire world. Searching for shapes, selection of materials and diligence focused on quality represent three conditions thanks to which UFO Plast trademark managed to break through during the time with permanently growing success.

And at the end – sport – the final goal, the fulfillment of which is substantiated by many titles achieved in world championships in motocross and enduro – dreamt-off important winnings, behind which there is the soul of UFO Plast trademark, the first real supporter of this beautiful sport.

Learn more about UFO Plast products at www.ufoplast.com

About Michal Prokop
Czech fourcross and BMX pro rider Michal Prokop managed to step out of shadow of sports giants even before the flames went up over the Beijing. With his two World Champion rainbow jerseys, two World Cup titles and 10 World Cup wins in his pocket, Michal Prokop for sure already belongs to prestigious club of real heroes of gravity mountain biking history. The life on pedals is his hobby and livelihood as well. The King of the Czech cycling of 2006 and the Author factory rider acquired all titles on his mountain bike and he even defended them again.

Michal brought himself to the attention of sports public particularly thanks to his dominant position in mountain bike fourcross. This guy belongs among the very few exceptional sportsmen, in the case of whom the one of us may afford to consider any other placing except win in the top world competition as something surprising. Unlike most of his other competitors MP devotes himself equally to two related, but still different disciplines! Moreover, in 2006, just a few months after his severe injury, Prokop initiated the Czech national team of the track world championship on oval…

Learn more about Michal Prokop at www.ProkopRider.net

18/12 ABD BSX update – GT, Fox & CVP support BSX

by bmxultra.com
What: The ABD BSX – A one-on-one backyard BMX race charity event
When:
Monday 19th January 2009 (During Track Attack week)
Where: Pheasant Creek (60kms North East of Melbourne’s CBD)
Classes: Open Men, Open Women, 30 & Over open wheel
Why: The ABD BSX is a fund raising event for the Royal Children’s Hospital
Video: Click here to download a video of the 2008 event. (64Mb Windows Media file)

GT supporting the ABD BSX
GT Bicycles have been big supporters of the BSX, right from the first event in 2006. Their support was supplied in various ways, from bidding the most amount of money in the history of the event ($200) for a BSX number plate at auction to drumming up riders to help us put on a great show and raise money for the Royal Children’s hospital. 2009 will mark the first year that they will be an official sponsor of the event. The GT riders have dominated the event with Olympic hero, Luke Madill, taking the win in the pro open class for the first two years and Simon Anderson winning in 2007 and 2008 in the 30 & Over men’s class, if he wins in 2009 he will be the first person ever competitor to win three in a row.

Fox supporting the ABD BSX again
Fox have been a supporter of BSX since 2007, donating product for the very popular raffles, auctions and so on. They are back with a whole lot more in 2009. Look out for the Fox Rampage Helmet (gloss Black with gold trim) at the Auction in 2009, it’s going to be very popular if the helmet they supplied to BSX2008 was anything to go by. Thanks to Fox and Monza for the ongoing support.

CVP (Chris Van Winden Paint-jobs) supporting the ABD BSX
Chris Van Winden has spent many hours helping us maintain and reshape the BSX track and he’s competed at BSX himself finishing fourth in 2008 in the 30 & Over class. He’s making a donation for 2009 that will make him a very popular man. Chris is a professional spray painter who has been painting bike frames, his donation is a paint job for a BMX frame to the value of $200.

Pre-order your t-shirt or hoodie
Email webmaster@bmxultra.com with your name, size and contact details to pre-order your BSX merchandise or risk missing out

  • T-shirts $15
  • Hoodies $30

Open ride coming January Saturday 10 and Sunday 11
With last weekend a washout we have had to cancel our idea of racing in Sydney to finish off getting the track finalised for the ABD BSX. Right now riding is just as important as lifiting a shovel to help with finishing touches or helping drop the gate mechanism in. If you are up for a ride just email webmaster@bmxultra.com for address details and so we know when to expect you. This will be the last opportunity to ride the track until the Monday of the ABD BSX race.

Donations
One of the various ways you can help BSX is to make a donation for the Royal Children’s Hospital, even if you can’t make it on race day. Each donation over $2 is tax deductable. If you would like to make a donation, all donated funds via cheque, cash or credit card will go directly to the RCH, just fill out this form and mail it as directed.
BSX2009 Donation Coupon (PDF document)

Volunteers
Each year it takes many people to keep BSX running smoothly. We need people to help with parking, on the gate, in the merchadise stand, selling raffle tickets, and around the track. If you can help out on the day please email webmaster@bmxultra.com. There are special benefits for volunteers, you will need to email for details.

Win one of two ABD race bikes
We will have an XL and an Expert up for grabs at the ABD BSX, but you’ll have to be there to win. More details coming soon.ABD XL 09 ABD Expert 09

Other items you can win

From Fox

  • Fox Rampage Helmet
  • Fox DirtPaw gloves

From CVP

  • BMX Frame Paint Job
From GT

  • GT Drill Shirt
  • GT Kraton Grips X 2
  • GT Kraton lock on Grips
  • GT Steel Rail Seat
  • GT Alloy Pedals
  • GT Alloy Flat Bar End

More coming

Partnership opportunities
If you are interested in becoming a BSX partner we have many packages available, contact us at webmaster@bmxultra.com for details.

ABD BSX is presented by bmxultra.com and proudly supported by
Platinum Partner
ABD (www.avantibikes.com)
Gold Partners

Dirt Designs (www.bmxultra.com/dirt)
XBR (www.xbr.com.au)
Silver Partners
Elite Cycle Imports (www.eciimports.com – S&M, THE Industries, Alienation, Sinz and Profile Racing)
Supercross BMX (www.supercrossbmx.com)
Bronze Partner
Poison City Records (www.poisoncityrecords.com)
GT Bicycles
Fox By Monza
Chris Van Winden Paint-jobs

Supporting Partners
BMX Australia
BMX Victoria
BMX Press Magazine

For more information see bmxultra.com/bsx

About BSX
BSX (Bicycle Supercross) is one-on-one sprint trails style racing on a backyard track built specifically to test a rider’s skills. The short straights, lofty jumps and tight corners are very intense under race conditions but also fun for competitors and create quite a lot of entertainment for spectators. The event provides a unique experience for the local Victorian riders, as well as the interstate and international visitors during an off day of the Track Attack series. The events primary function is to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. In just three years the event has raised $11,678.45 which has provided the hospital with new equipment. Funds have been raised through gate takings, raffles, auctions and donations.

About the Royal Children’s Hospital
‘The Royal Children’s Hospital is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria and provides a full range of clinical services and health promotion and prevention programs for infants through to adolescents. Each year the Royal Children’s Hospital treats tens of thousands of children through our Emergency Department, inpatient admissions and outpatient visits. The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation plays a vital role in providing additional funding to support important research projects and purchase state of the art medical equipment to ensure that every child receives the very best treatment now and into the future.

18/12 HRVfitness and Phirebird have joined forces!!

HRVFitness press release
HRVFitnessTwo of the most popular independent race teams have joined forces, HRVfitness.com and Phirebird have inked a deal for 2009.
Phirebird manufacture some awesome products such as race jerseys, BMX Club hats and T-shirts. They have recently completed the 2009 HRVfitness team jersey and once again they have out done them selves.

This season the HRVfitness team will also be strutting the new 2009 THE helmets, Intense Podium frames and S&M bike components thanks to Elite Cycle Imports.

Keep an eye out for the guys as they head down the coast this January, starting at Narang (Queensland) for the National Pro Bikx/Champ Bikx series, then on to Sydney for the XBR series and then home to Melbourne for the rest of the Track Attack series.
Good luck guys, kick some ass!!!

HRVfitness.com is sponsored by: Intense bikes, Skin Industries, BMXPress Magazine, Phirebird, Louis Garneau, BSC Kompressorz.

17/12 NBL Christmas Classic and President’s Cup head to historic Lexington, VA

NBL press release
The historic City of Lexington, Virginia is bracing itself for a busy holiday season this year.   More than 2,000 BMXer’s will be racing their way into the Virginia Horse Center for the annual NBL BMX Christmas Classic and President’s Cup. This year’s event includes two National Race events where the top National amateurs will be competing head-to-head for points and awards.  Many of the current National Champions will be attending to defend their titles and vie for exciting awards and prizes.

The three-day long Christmas event will take place at the Virginia Horse Center from December 27-29, 2008 and kicks off on Saturday, December 27th with the 24th Annual President’s Cup – The state-vs-state competition, where Michigan will try to defend their 2007 title against top-ranked Florida, Illinois, Ohio and more than 20 other competitive states. The event is open to all rookie, novice, expert, girl, cruiser, and pro NBL riders who have earned a state ranking of #1-#15 within their state. Special Silver Cups will be awarded to all riders who make their respected main events. And speaking of Presidents, Ken Masters, who was recently named as the new NBL President, previously served as the Michigan State Commissioner and is excited to be a part of this great race. “It’s a one-of-a-kind event and it always adds a new level of comradery and friendly competition between the states.  It’s my favorite race of the year and we are looking forward to our new venue in Lexington this year,” said Masters.

This will serve as Master’s first President’s Cup, taking over the reins from Bob Tedesco.  Ken will attend the ‘Classic’ and have to gracefully watch his home state defend the President’s Cup title against a tough field.  The race will be Bob Tedesco’s last race as Managing Director of the NBL and the change in leadership promises to inject new energy into the 35-year old league.  “We are looking forward to a great Christmas with everyone and we’re excited about our plans for 2009 and beyond.  With several new programs and plans in the works, we will continue to the tradition of hosting the best races and offering a wide variety of programs for all of our members,” said an enthusiastic Masters.  “It is a true honor to follow in the footsteps of one of America’s legendary BMX founders, Mr. Bob Tedesco, he nostalgically adds.

The showcase event, the NBL Christmas Classic, takes the stage on Sunday, December 28th and Monday, December 29th and features full-blown National amateur racing. Riders, both male and female, from the age of four all the way up to 65 will be competing for valuable National series points and spectacular trophies and awards.  As an extra Christmas bonus, UGP (Underground Products) will award prizes to the winners of the Open classes both days as part of the ’09 UGP Open Championship Series.

Check out all of the high-flyin’ BMX racing action at the Virginia Horse Center and watch the newest Olympic sport. Local attractions include the Historic Bridge, Stonewall Jackson House, Hunter’s Raid Civil War Trail and the quirky Foamhenge.  Visit their local website for more details at www.lexingtonvirginia.com. To find out more information about the race event including schedules and times, visit the NBL website at www.nbl.org.

The NBL Christmas Classic is proudly sponsored by BAWLS Guarana (www.bawls.com), Intense BMX (www.intensebmx.com), Kenda Tires (www.kendausa.com), UGP (www.undergroundproducts.com), Standard Byke (www.standardbyke.com), Sinz Racing (www.sinz-racing.com), THE Industries (www.bmxthe.com) and Hotshoppe Designs (www.hotshoppedesign.com) in association with GO211 (www.go211.com) and Camp Woodward (www.campwoodward.com).

About the National Bicycle League
The National Bicycle League (NBL) sanctions exciting local, state, and national levels of BMX (Bicycle Motocross) racing across the country and in Puerto Rico.  With more than 30,000 members and more than 150 BMX race tracks, the NBL is the largest not-for-profit BMX racing association in America. NBL sanctions racing in a growing number of states across the country offering programs for all levels and ages of riders, both male and female. The NBL National Series is the premier National BMX series in America and comes to a thrilling end on Labor Day weekend of each year with the legendary NBL Grand National.

16/12 ABD BSX update – Pre-order your t-shirt or hoodie / Another open ride

by bmxultra.com
What: The ABD BSX – A one-on-one backyard BMX race charity event
When:
Monday 19th January 2009 (During Track Attack week)
Where: Pheasant Creek (60kms North East of Melbourne’s CBD)
Classes: Open Men, Open Women, 30 & Over open wheel
Why: The ABD BSX is a fund raising event for the Royal Children’s Hospital
Video: Click here to download a video of the 2008 event. (64Mb Windows Media file)

Pre-order your t-shirt or hoodie
As per usual we will have limited edition BSX t-shirts for sale at just $15, all profits will be going to the Royal Children’s Hospital, but for the first time we will also be selling BSX hoodies for just $30.
The t-shirts and hoodies are very limited so that we don’t get stuck with excess stock. If you want to make sure there is a t-shirt and/or hoodie reserved for you, members of your family or your friends please email webmaster@bmxultra.com with your name and contact details, the number of t-shirts and hoodies and the size for each of them.

Pre-order your BSX merchandise or risk missing out

  • T-shirts $15
  • Hoodies $30

Open ride coming January Saturday 10 and Sunday 11
With last weekend a washout we have had to cancel our idea of racing in Sydney to finish off getting the track finalised for the ABD BSX. Right now riding is just as important as lifiting a shovel to help with finishing touches or helping drop the gate mechanism in. If you are up for a ride just email webmaster@bmxultra.com for address details and so we know when to expect you. This will be the last opportunity to ride the track until the Monday of the ABD BSX race.

Donations
One of the various ways you can help BSX is to make a donation for the Royal Children’s Hospital, even if you can’t make it on race day. Each donation over $2 is tax deductable. If you would like to make a donation, all donated funds via cheque, cash or credit card will go directly to the RCH, just fill out this form and mail it as directed.
BSX2009 Donation Coupon (PDF document)

Volunteers
Each year it takes many people to keep BSX running smoothly. We need people to help with parking, on the gate, in the merchadise stand, selling raffle tickets, and around the track. If you can help out on the day please email webmaster@bmxultra.com. There are special benefits for volunteers, you will need to email for details.

Win one of two ABD race bikes
We will have an XL and an Expert up for grabs at the ABD BSX, but you’ll have to be there to win. More details coming soon.ABD XL 09 ABD Expert 09

Other items you can win

From Elite Cycle Imports

  • S&M Slam Bars
  • Alienation Recliner Seat
  • Alienation grips X 5 sets
  • S&M ODI Lock-on grips
  • THE Seat
  • Sinz pro v-brake set
  • THE mini seat 27.2
  • THE super moto plate
  • Sinz brake cable
  • Profile Imperial Chainwheel (39T & 40T)

 

From Poison City Records

  • Poison City t-shirt Large
  • Poison the World 3 CD
  • The Optionals CD
  • The Gifthorse CD
  • Daysworth Fighting CD
  • Lungs CD
  • Fear Like US CD
  • A Death in the Family Vinyl LP
  • Manifesto Jukebox/Death in the Family Vinyl EP

Check out www.poisoncityrecords.com

More coming

Partnership opportunities
If you are interested in becoming a BSX partner we have many packages available, contact us at webmaster@bmxultra.com for details.

ABD BSX is presented by bmxultra.com and proudly supported by
Platinum Partner
ABD (www.avantibikes.com)
Gold Partners

Dirt Designs (www.bmxultra.com/dirt)
XBR (www.xbr.com.au)
Silver Partners
Elite Cycle Imports (www.eciimports.com – S&M, THE Industries, Alienation, Sinz and Profile Racing)
Supercross BMX (www.supercrossbmx.com)
Bronze Partner
Poison City Records (www.poisoncityrecords.com)

Supporting Partners
BMX Australia
BMX Victoria
BMX Press Magazine

For more information see bmxultra.com/bsx

About BSX
BSX (Bicycle Supercross) is one-on-one sprint trails style racing on a backyard track built specifically to test a rider’s skills. The short straights, lofty jumps and tight corners are very intense under race conditions but also fun for competitors and create quite a lot of entertainment for spectators. The event provides a unique experience for the local Victorian riders, as well as the interstate and international visitors during an off day of the Track Attack series. The events primary function is to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. In just three years the event has raised $11,678.45 which has provided the hospital with new equipment. Funds have been raised through gate takings, raffles, auctions and donations.

About the Royal Children’s Hospital
‘The Royal Children’s Hospital is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria and provides a full range of clinical services and health promotion and prevention programs for infants through to adolescents. Each year the Royal Children’s Hospital treats tens of thousands of children through our Emergency Department, inpatient admissions and outpatient visits. The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation plays a vital role in providing additional funding to support important research projects and purchase state of the art medical equipment to ensure that every child receives the very best treatment now and into the future.

15/12 Review: Supercross Cadence Chainring

by bmxultra.com
We have been able to spend some time checking out the Supercross Cadence Chainring, a USA made 4 bolt chainring with a whole lot to offer. Click here to check out the review.

13/12 ABA BMX 2008 Grand Nationals, “One For The Record Books!”

ABA press release

The 2008 ABA BMX Grand Nationals will be always be remembered as a true celebration of the career of Clayton John, and at the center of it all, the most extreme indoor BMX track ever constructed.  As Clayton celebrated his last year as ABA’s President, he was given his dream car, a 1934 Ford, which was presented to him by Bernie Anderson during the Friday Night Pro-Spectacular.  The riders were treated to a track that was built by ABA Master Track Builder, Billy Allen, using more than 6200 cubic yards of dirt, the most ever for an indoor track.  The track featured an enormous starting hill, a spectacular AA-Pro berm jump and three split straights.

Billed as the “Greatest Race on Earth”, the racing absolutely lived up the hype.  The first thing to draw attention, other than the amazing track, was the moto count.  The Grands attracted 490 motos full of the best riders from around the World.  This year’s moto count far exceeded 2007 and is validation of the hard work of the ABA and ABA Track Operators.  A total of 45 States and 13 countries were represented at this year’s Grand Nationals.

Here is a summary of the 2008 ABA Grand Nationals.

The ABA Hall of Fame is the most prestigious recognition in all of BMX and this year featured an exceptional class:

2008 ABA BMX Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Clayton John – ABA President for 27 years
  • Bernie Anderson – ABA Owner since 1985
  • Jon and Chuck Raudman of Skyway fame
  • Marvin Church
  • Brian Lopes

2008 ABA/BMXer Magazine Golden Crank winners:

  • Denzel Stein – Rookie PRO of the year
  • Mike Day – PRO of the Year
  • Intense/Phantom/On-Trac – Team of the year
  • Intense – Bike of the year

NAG 5 Challenge Winners:
Two-time ABA National #1 Am, Nic Long received some great KICKER Car Audio equipment for his NAG 5 Challenge win. Nic is the second rider to win both the NAG 5 Challenge and the ABA National #1 Am. title in the same year. David Herman was the first rider to do so, breaking the NAG 5 Challenge curse by being the first rider to win both the Nag 5 Challenge and the ABA National Title in the same year. This had never been done before until 2006.

Taylor Wolcott has the honor of being this year’s female winner of the NAG 5 Challenge and picked up a KICKER Car Audio iPOD dock station as well.

PRO hole-short awards:

  • AA PRO – Sam Willoughby – Claybornbmx.com sponsored $500
  • A PRO – Josh Meyers – BMXnow.com sponsored $250
  • Ladies PRO – Dominique Daniels – Claybornbmx.com sponsored $500
  • Vet PRO – Kenth Fallen – Vintagebmx.com sponsored $200

Thanks to all the great sponsors that helped out with the Friday Night NAG 5/PRO Spectacular:

NAG 5 Challenge Prizes from:
Industrialrideshop.com
Kicker.com
thebmx.com
intensebmx.com
bawls.com
FLY Racing
BMX HEX
J&R Bicycles bikes
Riders PRO shop
Redline Bicycles
bmxnow.com
bmxnews.com
Sun Bru
ABA BMX Racewear

Special thanks to Pete Dylewski and the Intense crew for the Intense Pit Bikes for the Intense Pit Bike Challenge!

 2008 ABA BMX National Champions:

ABA National #1 PRO – Khalen Young – The third Australian to win an ABA AA-PRO #1 Title and is $15,000 richer for his efforts. Khalen also won a sweet 2008 fuel-injected Suzuki RMZ 450 motocross bike for his title win!

ABA National #1 PRO Woman – Dominique Daniels – 3 total ABA Cups for Dominique and counting. Dominique also becomes the first to female to win back-to-back Am and Pro titles in her rookie season.  Dominique also won a 2008 fuel-injected Suzuki RMZ 450 motocross bike to go along with the title!

ABA National #1 PRO Cruiser – Danny Caluag – Back-to-back PRO Cruiser titles for Danny C. Danny has been the man to beat the last couple of years on both bikes and this title was no fluke. Danny C also won a 2008 fuel-injected Suzuki RMZ 450 motocross bike for his title win!

ABA National #1 Vet PRO – Kenth Fallen – This was Kenth’s rookie season in the Vet PRO class and he’s made his mark in the history books. Kenth dethroned Jason Carnes who had won the previous 5 years.  Kenth wins his first ever ABA PRO title and a 2008 fuel-injected Suzuki RMZ 450 motocross bike for his title win!

ABA National #1 AM – Nic Long – Back-to-Back in 2007 and 2008. Nic Long becomes the fourth ABA National #1 to win back-to-back. Nic joins a very short list with David Herman, Josh Oie and Richie Anderson as the only Back-to-Back winners in ABA AM title history. Nic also wins a 2008 fuel-injected Suzuki RMZ 450 motocross bike for his efforts!

ABA National #1 Cruiser – Corey Cook – He’s been close before and this year he got the job done. Corey also won a 2008 fuel-injected Suzuki RMZ 450 motocross bike for his cruiser title win!

ABA National #1 Girl – Jordan Nopens – Jordan was in the hunt all year long and now she is the 2008 ABA National #1 Girl. She grabs her first ABA title and a 2008 fuel-injected Suzuki RMZ 450 motocross bike to go along with it!

ABA National #1 Girl Cruiser -Felicia Stancil – Felicia is a stand out rider on the circuit. She’s been a front-runner for years and it all finally paid off for her in 2008. Felicia will be a top Olympic team candidate in the future. Felicia won a 2008 fuel-injected Suzuki RMZ 450 motocross bike for her cruiser title win!

ABA National #1 Factory Team – Intense/Phantom/On-Trac – This is the third title and $10,000 title bonus for Chuck and Donovan’s crew. This is their third ABA Factory Team title in 4 years!

ABA National #1 Bike Shop Team – Extreme Sports/Answer – They’ve had a great season and the #1 Bike Shop Team Cup is theirs. $5,000 title bonus can’t hurt either.

ABA National #1 Trophy Team – Holeshot – Nor-Cal’s own Holeshot crew wins their first ABA CUP in the ultra-tough Trophy Team Division!

With the addition of UCI events and hosting the USAC Championship once again, we’re looking forward to even bigger and better things in 2009.

ABA would like to thank all our great 2008 National Series sponsors:
American Suzuki-(www.suzukicycles.com )
Dan’s Comp (www.danscomp.com)
Jig-A-Loo-(www.jigaloo.com)
Intense BMX-(www.intensebmx.com)
T.H.E. (www.bmxthe.com)
BAWLS Guarana (www.bawls.com)
Bawlstyle (www.bawlstyle.com)
Redline Bicycles-(www.redlinebicycles.com)
FLY Racing-(www.flyracingbmx.com)
Sponsorhouse-(www.sponsorhouse.com)
Tangent-(www.tangentproducts.com)
ABABMXRACERS- (www.ababmxracers.com)
Fire Magic Premium Grills (www.rhpeterson.com/firemagic/)
Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex (www.disneysports.com)
GO211.com (www.go211.com)

Without your help, we couldn’t make the ABA BMX racing season such a huge success.

13/12 Toms Skujins signs with ONE/Kenda

ONE KENDA press release
The 2008 European Champion in Junior Men, Toms Skujins from Latvia signed a new contract with ONE/Kenda.

Toms had been with ONE/Kenda for two years already and will now compete in Elite Men, joining Arturs Matisons.
Both riders are from the same town in Latvia, Valmiera.

ONE KENDA is sponsored by:
Pinch Gear, BOMBSHELL, KMC, SHIMANO, SNAP, BOLLÉ, THE Industries, WLM DESIGN, UFO, THOMSON, ODI, KENDA, NIKE

12/12 Photos: NBL Thanksgiving Nationals – Morristown TN

by bmxultra.com
bmxultra.com/One Bicycles team member headed down to the NBL Thanksgiving Nationals at Morristown Tennessee without his bike to take a few photos. Click here to check them out.

12/12 Tommaso Giustacchini signs with ONE/Kenda

ONE KENDA press release
ONE Bicycles is proud to announce that Italian Tommaso Giustacchini has signed with ONE/Kenda.
Tommaso is the reigning European Champion and will defend his title in 14 year old boys in 2009 in Denmark.

Tommaso’s main goal is winning the youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.

To see Tommaso win the European title click here on Boys 13: BMX-Videos.com

ONE KENDA is sponsored by:
Pinch Gear, BOMBSHELL, KMC, SHIMANO, SNAP, BOLLÉ, THE Industries, WLM DESIGN, UFO, THOMSON, ODI, KENDA, NIKE

12/12 Arturs Matisons and Aneta Hladikova sign with ONE/Kenda

ONE KENDA press release
ONE/Kenda is proud to announce that Arturs Matisons from Latvia and Aneta Hladikova from Czech Republic have signed a new contract with ONE Bicycles.
Both riders have been with ONE/Kenda for years now.

Aneta Hladikova is the 2008 Elite Women National champion in Czech Republic and Arturs Matisons won the Supercross in Madrid earlier this year.

ONE KENDA is sponsored by:
Pinch Gear, BOMBSHELL, KMC, SHIMANO, SNAP, BOLLÉ, THE Industries, WLM DESIGN, UFO, THOMSON, ODI, KENDA, NIKE

12/12 ProkopRider.net is back!

ProkopRider.net press release
It took some time but now the ProkopRider.net is back and way better and stronger than ever before. Every single race result since 2000, full 2009 schedule, tons of pics and videos, wallpapers, screensavers, various documents… just anything you could need is available at www.ProkopRider.net. This is the only place in the virtual World where you need to go for any info concerning Mr. Michal Prokop…

Also, there is brand new secured download section for media professionals and sponsors. Do you need hi-res images and your deadline is just round the corner? No problem! Come to ProkopRider.net, see what’s available, log in, make your selection, indicate what you want to do with the pics and confirm. Once you get an approval you can start downloading. Simple and faster than sending huge files here and there.

Please excuse us if our English won’t be always perfect. Yet it should be better to understand than our native Czech language… nebo se snad pleteme?:)

Don’t forget to check the links to Michal’s sponsor web sites to find lots of quality and cool stuff.

Big thanks go to Red Bull for making this whole project possible to happen. Jan Mocnak and his team have our biggest respect for his 100% professional work and never ending patience. Thanks to Rob Trnka for his amazing photos. And last but not the least…

Thanks to all of you for being so loyal to ProkopRider.net. Enjoy!

About Michal Prokop:
Czech fourcross and BMX pro rider Michal Prokop managed to step out of shadow of sports giants even before the flames went up over the Beijing. With his two World Champion rainbow jerseys, two World Cup titles and 10 World Cup wins in his pocket, Michal Prokop for sure already belongs to prestigious club of real heroes of gravity mountain biking history. The life on pedals is his hobby and livelihood as well. The King of the Czech cycling of 2006 and the Author factory rider acquired all titles on his mountain bike and he even defended them again. Michal brought himself to the attention of sports public particularly thanks to his dominant position in mountain bike fourcross. This guy belongs among the very few exceptional sportsmen, in the case of whom the one of us may afford to consider any other placing except win in the top world competition as something surprising. Unlike most of his other competitors MP devotes himself equally to two related, but still different disciplines! Moreover, in 2006, just a few months after his severe injury, Prokop initiated the Czech national team of the track world championship on oval…

12/12 Underground Products (UGP) and NBL renew partnership for 2009

NBL press release
Hilliard, Ohio – The National Bicycle League (NBL) is excited to renew their partnership with Underground Products (UGP) for the 2009 season. The two have joined forces to bring you the 2nd Annual UGP Open Series that will culminate with the UGP Open Championship at the NBL BMX Grand National on Labor Day weekend.

As an official co-sponsor of the NBL, UGP will receive extensive promotion at National Series events including signage, a display booth and prize draws at all of the Elite series events. As the ‘official apparel sponsor’ of the Series, UGP will exclusively provide clothing for NBL staff. To end the season on a high note, UGP will then award number plates for the National, Regional and LEAP racing programs.

“BMX has always had an ‘underground’ type of culture so the UGP brand fits in very well,” says Kevin O’Brien. “They have deep roots in the sport so our partnership works on many levels – A great year is ahead”.  And a great year indeed – UGP will award more than $4,000 in prizes through the Open series and even more through various other programs.

A wide range of UGP clothing including t-shirts, pants, shorts and backpacks will be awarded through the Open classes at Elite National events and all qualified riders will get the chance to race the UGP Open Championship at the NBL Grand National.  As a holiday bonus, all Open class winners at the NBL Christmas Classic will receive UGP presents. The first full UGP prize event will be the Coyote Nationals in Goodyear, Arizona, January 17 &18.

“Our partnership with the NBL is in-line with UGP’s mission to aggressively elevate the brand’s presence nationally among core BMX racing and freestyle enthusiasts and drive sales,” says Wann Chong, UGP Managing Director. “We’ve seen a huge boost in the demand for UGP this past year and 2009 is shaping up to be an even better one as we continue to expand our product line.”

To view UGP’s ever-expanding product line and learn more about Underground Products, visit www.undergroundproducts.com.  To see details about the UGP Open Series, visit www.nbl.org and check out upcoming issues of BMX Today Magazine.

About Underground Products
Underground Products (UGP) was launched in 1986 in Orlando, Florida. The brand has a full roster of BMX, Wakeboarding and Wakeskating athletes that travel the world doing what they love, but also developing and designing the UGP product. UGP’s innovative modern infusion of retro styling mixed with an element of raw sarcasm genuinely portrays the authentic underground street attitude that originally inspired the brand. The distinctive flavor of UGP’s “question everything” approach to mainstream idealism is evident in everything they make, which ranges from technical core-related products and limited editions to an extensive array of lifestyle apparel for guys and girls. www.undergroundproducts.com

About the National Bicycle League
Since 1974, The National Bicycle League (NBL) has been organizing local, state, and national levels of BMX (Bicycle Motocross) racing. With more than 30,000 active members and more than 150 BMX race tracks throughout the US and Puerto Rico, NBL is the largest not-for-profit BMX racing association in the world. NBL sanctions tracks in a growing number of states across the country offering programs for all levels and ages of riders, both male and female. The NBL National Series is the premier National BMX series in America and comes to a thrilling end on Labor Day weekend of each year with the legendary NBL Grand National.  Learn more about the exciting world of NBL BMX at www.nbl.org.  Media contact: Kevin O’Brien 614-777-1625.

11/12 ABD BSX update – Open ride this weekend

by bmxultra.com
What: The ABD BSX – A one-on-one backyard BMX race charity event
When:
Monday 19th January 2009 (During Track Attack week)
Where: Pheasant Creek (60kms North East of Melbourne’s CBD)
Classes: Open Men, Open Women, 30 & Over open wheel
Why: The ABD BSX is a fund raising event for the Royal Children’s Hospital
Video: Click here to download a video of the 2008 event. (64Mb Windows Media file)

Open ride coming December Saturday 13 (10am – 4pm) and Sunday 14 (10am – 3pm)
The track still needs as much riding as possible to settle in some of the recent changes. We also plan to drop the new permanent gate mechanism in but need some help with welding. The track will be open this Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday 10am – 3pm. If you are up for a ride just email webmaster@bmxultra.com for address details and so we know when to expect you. This could be your last opportunity to ride the track until the Monday of the ABD BSX race.

Donations
One of the various ways you can help BSX is to make a donation for the Royal Children’s Hospital, even if you can’t make it on race day. Each donation over $2 is tax deductable. If you would like to make a donation, all donated funds via cheque, cash or credit card will go directly to the RCH, just fill out this form and mail it as directed.
BSX2009 Donation Coupon (PDF document)

Volunteers
Each year it takes many people to keep BSX running smoothly. We need people to help with parking, on the gate, in the merchadise stand, selling raffle tickets, and around the track. If you can help out on the day please email webmaster@bmxultra.com. There are special benefits for volunteers, you will need to email for details.

Win one of two ABD race bikes
We will have an XL and an Expert up for grabs at the ABD BSX, but you’ll have to be there to win. More details coming soon.ABD XL 09 ABD Expert 09

Partnership opportunities
If you are interested in becoming a BSX partner we have many packages available, contact us at webmaster@bmxultra.com for details.

ABD BSX is presented by bmxultra.com and proudly supported by
Platinum Partner
ABD (www.avantibikes.com)
Gold Partners

Dirt Designs (www.bmxultra.com/dirt)
XBR (www.xbr.com.au)
Silver Partners
Elite Cycle Imports (www.eciimports.com – S&M, THE Industries, Alienation, Sinz and Profile Racing)
Supercross BMX (www.supercrossbmx.com)
Bronze Partner
Poison City Records (www.poisoncityrecords.com)

Supporting Partners
BMX Australia
BMX Victoria
BMX Press Magazine

For more information see bmxultra.com/bsx

About BSX
BSX (Bicycle Supercross) is one-on-one sprint trails style racing on a backyard track built specifically to test a rider’s skills. The short straights, lofty jumps and tight corners are very intense under race conditions but also fun for competitors and create quite a lot of entertainment for spectators. The event provides a unique experience for the local Victorian riders, as well as the interstate and international visitors during an off day of the Track Attack series. The events primary function is to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. In just three years the event has raised $11,678.45 which has provided the hospital with new equipment. Funds have been raised through gate takings, raffles, auctions and donations.

About the Royal Children’s Hospital
‘The Royal Children’s Hospital is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria and provides a full range of clinical services and health promotion and prevention programs for infants through to adolescents. Each year the Royal Children’s Hospital treats tens of thousands of children through our Emergency Department, inpatient admissions and outpatient visits. The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation plays a vital role in providing additional funding to support important research projects and purchase state of the art medical equipment to ensure that every child receives the very best treatment now and into the future.

11/12 The New Apple Valley BMX Track

by bmxultra.com
The old Horseheads BMX track has been going through a massive transformation since Bill Ryan of Supercross BMX took over the reigns. Bill teamed up with Kris Fox and Mikey Brabandt to design the track (complete with pro section) and master track builder Billy Allen is making it all a reality driving the heavy equipment. The Apple Valley BMX Moto Park, as it’s now known, is still under construction, but the way things are going it won’t be long before they’ll be racing there. The track will be ABA sanctioned, which means only ABA licenced riders will be able to use the facilities, this is something they are trying to obtain insurance for to add dirt jumps and make it available to the general public. The track has it’s own website at www.applevalleybmx.com where you can see the design and keep track of construction progress as it happens each day, complete with photos. Even before completion the track is making local news.

10/12 Congrats Jamie and Rachel

by bmxultra.com
bmxultra.com/One Bicycles team member, Jamie Bullows, is a father again. Cooper Andrew Bullows was born in the early hours of the morning this morning. Mother Rachel and baby Cooper are both doing well.

Congrats guys from the bmxultra.com crew.

10/12 Last minute Christmas gift ideas

by bmxultra.com
It’s not that far away until Christmas now, and I’m sure I’m not the only person that still has Christmas gifts to buy. What do you buy a BMXer for Christmas? Look at brand name products to make that gift extra special brands like S&M, profile, Bombshell, THE, ITS, Tioga, and Supercross BMX would go down well. We will leave it up to you to check out specific products then hit up your local bike shop to see what they have available or can order for you. This should be a great starting point though. Here’s some of our suggestions (all prices in Australian dollars).

Stocking fillers (up to $50)

  • T-shirts
    • S&M, Profile, Sinz, Intense
  • Bar ends
    • S&M, Supercross
  • Chain Tensioners
    • Profile, Supercross, Sinz
  • Tires
    • Tioga, Supercross, ITS
  • Handle Grips
    • Funn, S&M, Alienation
  • Gloves
    • Drive, Answer, THE
  • Seat clamp
    • Profile, S&M, Sinz
  • DVDs
    • TRANSIT, BSX

Put a big smile on their face ($50 to $200)

  • Handlebars
    • S&M, Supercross, Answer, Bombshell
  • Stems
    • S&M, Profile, Supercross
  • Chain rings
    • Profile, Supercross, S&M
  • Seats
    • Profile, Supercross, THE, Funn
  • Magazine Subscriptions
    • BMX Press, BMX Plus
  • Shoes
    • Vans, DC

Friend forever (over $200)

  • Forks
    • Supercross, S&M, Sinz, Bombshell, Answer
  • Helmet
    • THE, Answer, TLD
  • Cranks
    • Profile, Supercross, Sinz

10/12 Formula and Profile join forces

Formula press release
San Diego
, CaliforniaAfter a stellar 2008 season, Formula Bicycle Company has partnered with legendary BMX component company Profile Racing to make 2009 even better.  With this joint partnership, Factory Formula/Profile riders like Sam Willoughby, Yvan Lapraz, and Deak Brown will exclusively use Profile’s high quality line up including hubs, stems, and their legendary cromo cranks.  The entire Formula team will be rocking gold anodized Profile parts in 09.  Formula team rider Lee Lewis has been tapped to run the Factory program in 2009.    “We are stoked to partner with a legendary company like Profile,” says Lewis.  “Everyone knows the quality associated with Profile parts and the whole team knows we can step up our game in 09 using their stuff.”

In addition, look for the entire Profile factory team to be ruling the NBL circuit on Formula Nucleus race frames.  The team has just taken delivery of their new frames, expect to see the team in full force at the NBL’s Christmas Classic race.  “We couldn’t be happier with the deal with Formula,” stated Profile team Manager Gus Lanzilotta.  “Our team riders love the geometry and feel of the bikes, this is going to be a great year for all of us.”

Providing uniforms for the team will once again be Fly Racing.  “Fly has always stepped up huge for us, and we couldn’t be more proud to rock Fly in ’09.  We are stoked that we are still part of the Fly BMX program for 2009, we know there was a lot of competition,” explained Lewis.  “The new unis are fantastic and we are going to look good in 09.  Much thanks goes out to Ray, Factory Matt, and Terry.”

Formula 2009 JerseyThe Formula/Profile teams have also re-secured Maxxis Tires as rubber sponsors for 2009.  “Maxxis is another legendary company in BMX, so its only fitting that they’re on board,” stated Lewis.  “Our team has been running Maxxis for years and we couldn’t be any happier with the performance of their tires.”  The team has also signed on with Alienation to provide rims and wheels for the team and also for Formula’s complete bike line-up.  “We have a long-standing relationship with Ryan Birk and thought it was a great fit with him and Alienation.  The product is great and we are grateful for the opportunity to represent for Ryan and his new Company,” said Lewis.

Formula Bicycle Company manufactures the best BMX racing frames and bikes in the world.  Offering over 30 different sizing options for frames and the best spec’ed complete bikes on the market, Formula is a market leader in BMX.  Going into its fourth year, Formula has lead the way with design, innovation, and quality.

Formula Bicycle Company is proud to represent the following partners:
Profile Racing (www.profileracing.com),  Fly Racing (www.flyracingbmx.com),  Maxxis Tires (www.maxxis.com),  FormCo (www.formcoparts.com), Alienation (www.alienationbmx.com), Tektro Brakes (www.tektro.com)

For more info, please check out www.formulabicycles.com, or call 619-291-3015, or email info@formulabicycles.com

09/12 Review: Profile Gator Race Seat

by bmxultra.com
We have just checked out a hot new seat from Profile Racing that has to be seen to be believed. 100% real imitation alligator skin, titanium rails…I don’t need to go on, click here to check out the review.

09/12 Ultimate Racer Training

HRVFitness.com press release
Tony Harvey will be hosting a 2 day training seminar at the Park Orchards BMX track on the 20th and the 21st of December. Through Tony’s years of racing, training and study he has developed some fantastic sport specific training systems, guaranteed to give results.

Training will start both days at 9am and finish 4pm, food and drinks will be supplied.
Riders will also receive a 12 week training program tailor made to the individual rider.

This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the sports most experienced riders, so get in now. Spots are limited. 10 riders only.

Price:$200
10 Spots only

Email: tony@hrvfitness.com for more information or go to www.hrvfitness.com

08/12 Interview: Tioga’s Kai Cheng

by bmxultra.com
There are a few BMX brands that have survived our sport since the very early days, Tioga, best known for it’s tires, is one of them. Everyone who raced BMX in the 80’s or 90’s had used Tioga tires at one point or another. We had the opportunity to talk to Tioga’s USA General Manager, Kai Cheng. We discussed Tioga of old, the old Comp III tires, the new Power Block tires, the Olympics, the environment and the future of Tioga.
Click here to check out the interview.

05/12 ABD BSX update – Supercross BMX & Poison City Records support BSX

by bmxultra.com
When: Monday 19th January 2009 (During Track Attack week)
Where: Pheasant Creek (60kms North East of Melbourne’s CBD)
Classes: Open Men, Open Women, 30 & Over open wheel
Why: The BSX is a fund raising event for the Royal Children’s Hospital
Video: Click here to download a video of the 2008 event. (64Mb Windows Media file)

Open day coming Saturday December 6
Saturday December 6 from 11am until 3 pm we’ll have a small get together on the track to see how the changes hold up, take feedback and make any final tweaks if time allows.
One of the most important things for us at this stage is to get the track rolled in as much as possible so it holds up through summer and on race day.
Hopefully the starting gate mechanism will be fitted by then and we can have some practice races.
If you can’t make Saturday we will be at it again on Sunday the 7th, but you will need to contact us to let us know what time you plan on riding, just email webmaster@bmxultra.com

Supercross BMX supporting the ABD BSX
American BMX Manufacturer have committed to being a Silver Partner for the ABD BSX. They will be helping us raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation by supplying parts for raffle and aution on the day of the event.
If you have read the bmxultra.com product reviews you will see that the Supercross BMX products are leading edge, very high quality, light weight and set high standards in the sport of BMX racing. Many of the bmxultra.com/One team choose to use Supercross BMX parts on their bikes.
If you would like to get your hands on some great Supercross BMX products get to the ABD BSX in January or check out your local BMX specialist.

For more information about Supercross BMX check out www.supercrossbmx.com.

Poison City Records supporting the ABD BSX again
Poison City Records were a Bronze Partner of the BSX in 2008 and have returned for another year to support ABD BSX. They will be supplying a Poison City Records CD pack which features bands that you may have heard in the BSX2008 DVD.
Poison City Records are not only a record label but they also have a shop in Brunswick St, Fitzroy which sells CDs and lots of skating gear including a large range of Vans shoes.

For more information about Poison City Records check out www.poisoncityrecords.com.

Win one of two ABD race bikes
We will have an XL and an Expert up for grabs at the ABD BSX, but you’ll have to be there to win. More details coming soon.ABD XL 09 ABD Expert 09

Donations
One of the various ways you can help BSX is to make a donation for the Royal Children’s Hospital, even if you can’t make it on race day. Each donation over $2 is tax deductable. If you would like to make a donation, all donated funds via cheque, cash or credit card will go directly to the RCH, just fill out this form and mail it as directed.
BSX2009 Donation Coupon (PDF document)

Volunteers
Each year it takes many people to keep BSX running smoothly. We need people to help with parking, on the gate, in the merchadise stand, selling raffle tickets, and around the track. If you can help out on the day please email webmaster@bmxultra.com.

Partnership opportunities
If you are interested in becoming a BSX partner we have many packages available, contact us at webmaster@bmxultra.com for details.

ABD BSX is presented by bmxultra.com and proudly supported by
Platinum Partner
ABD (www.avantibikes.com)
Gold Partners

Dirt Designs (www.bmxultra.com/dirt)
XBR (www.xbr.com.au)
Silver Partners
Elite Cycle Imports (www.eciimports.com – S&M, THE Industries, Alienation, Sinz and Profile Racing)
Supercross BMX (www.supercrossbmx.com)
Bronze Partner
Poison City Records (www.poisoncityrecords.com)

Supporting Partners
BMX Australia
BMX Victoria
BMX Press Magazine

For more information see bmxultra.com/bsx

About BSX
BSX (Bicycle Supercross) is one-on-one sprint trails style racing on a backyard track built specifically to test a rider’s skills. The short straights, lofty jumps and tight corners are very intense under race conditions but also fun for competitors and create quite a lot of entertainment for spectators. The event provides a unique experience for the local Victorian riders, as well as the interstate and international visitors during an off day of the Track Attack series. The events primary function is to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. In just three years the event has raised $11,678.45 which has provided the hospital with new equipment. Funds have been raised through gate takings, raffles, auctions and donations.

About the Royal Children’s Hospital
‘The Royal Children’s Hospital is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria and provides a full range of clinical services and health promotion and prevention programs for infants through to adolescents. Each year the Royal Children’s Hospital treats tens of thousands of children through our Emergency Department, inpatient admissions and outpatient visits. The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation plays a vital role in providing additional funding to support important research projects and purchase state of the art medical equipment to ensure that every child receives the very best treatment now and into the future.

05/12 History repeats itself:  Intense/Bawls pro Danny Caluag scores back-to-back ABA titles!

BAWLS press release
Miami, FL – History repeated itself this past weekend as Intense/BAWLS Pro Danny Caluag – the defending ABA AA-Pro Series Champ –wrapped up the season with a #1 Pro Cruiser win for the second year in a row at the ABA Grands in Tulsa, OK!

“It feels so incredible to win another Cruiser title and I can’t wait till next year.” commented Danny.

In addition to his Pro Cruiser title, Danny finished in the AA-Pro Series Top 5 alongside Intense/BAWLS teammate David Herman who nabbed the #3 spot.  It was a thrilling season for this dynamic duo who proudly sported BAWLS gear at all ’08 ABA and NBL Nationals!

“We congratulate Danny on his repeat win and we thank David for a truly exciting season!  We are so proud to have these guys represent us and we look forward to Intense/BAWLS keeping in going in ’09!” said BAWLS Marketing Director Sabrina Gonzales.

For more BAWLS BMX news, photos and sponsorship info, visit www.BAWLStyle.com.

About BAWLS
BAWLS is the brainchild of entrepreneur Hoby Buppert, CEO of Hobarama, LLC, who named the beverage for the caffeinated “bounce” the drink packs. Widely distributed to local supermarkets, convenience stores (7-Eleven, Speedway/SuperAmerica), Target, Microcenter stores and gaming venues; BAWLS is a premium, non-alcoholic, carbonated beverage made from the guarana berry harvested in the Amazonian Rainforest. The caffeine found in BAWLS Guarana contains the same amount of caffeine as coffee and nearly three times that of traditional sodas due to a naturally occurring form of the stimulant found in the guarana berry. BAWLS’ unique refreshing flavor tastes like a citrus infused cream soda and its popularity continues to grow among caffeine-deprived, refreshment-seeking techies, students, professionals and athletes in need of a Bounce. For more information, visit www.BAWLS.com.

04/12 bmxultra.com team update

bmxultra.com press release
The Victorian Open State Championships was the biggest gathering of the bmxultra.com/One Bicycles team for 2008 with eight of the ten team members in attendance. With numbers like that it was difficult to miss the bmxultra.com/One Bicycles team jersey.

Shane Jenkins competed at his 26th consecutive Victorian State Championships on the weekend. After a big year of injury Jenkins seems to be on the mend collecting a third in the 35-39 mens class and after getting tangled up in the first straight in the final a sixth in the 35-39 mens cruiser.

Jamie Bullows edged out team mate Jenkins to take second in both the 35-39 mens class and the 35-39 cruiser class. Not a bad effort for a guy expecting the arrival of a new baby at any minute over the weekend.

Brandan Bullows was riding well all weekend, it was a crash that lead to him missing out on the A pro semi by the skin of his teeth. He was looking to make up for that in the 15 boys class but after mistiming the gate and playing catch up for most of the race he had to settle for fourth, not a bad ride considering.

Levi Collins has only returned to BMX racing for a short time after focusing on motocross for a couple of seasons. He’s showing improvements, finishing with a second in the Pro cruiser class. Levi just missed out on the AA Pro mens semi but was happy with his results.

Chase Collins was struggling with the gate all weekend but he didn’t let that bother him. After a clean sweep of his qualifying motos Chase was elbow to elbow battling it out for the #1 spot in the 18 mens class but was just edged out on the line and had to settle for second. He also made it through to the A Pro main but went down early in the race and finished up with eighth. When this guy works out his gates he will be unbeatable.

Scooby Guyers was battling it out with the big guns in the pro cruiser class all weekend and managed a respectable third place he also qualified for the A Pro main and although off to a slow start moved up the field to take fifth.

Mark Dobson is the newest member of the team and has only been in the bmxultra.com/One jersey a few times, each time making an impact on his class. The Victorian State Championships were no different. Mark ended up with fifth place in the tough 40-44 cruiser class.

Adam Carey has been spending time in NSW racing against some extremely tough and experienced competition and it paid off getting him into probably his biggest AA Pro main so far, when the gate dropped Adam went a little late as was left chasing, he went on to finish with seventh.

bmxultra.com/One Bicycles team at the Victorian State Championships
Team bmxultra.com/One Bicycles (Left – Right) Brandan Bullows, Levi Collins, Scooby Guyers, Mark Dobson, Jamie Bullows, Chase Collins, Adam Carey and Shane Jenkins

It was a great effort by all team members as the team prepares for a big year of racing in 2009.

One behalf of the team I would like to thank our sponsors for their support through 2008.

The bmxultra.com team is proudly supported by One Bicycles, Supercross BMX, Answer BMX, Dirt Designs, THE, Profile, Sun Ringle, and Tektro Brakes.

03/12 Morphine Industries – NBL Morristown/ABA Grands Reports

Morphine Industries press release
Morphine Industries’ Factory Team Posts First and Second at NBL Thanksgiving Classic
Morphine Industries took part of the factory team to Morristown this past weekend to throw down some rubber at the Great Smoky Mtn. Expo Center.

The track was tight and fast as expected in Morristown which proved to be a great venue for the team.  When the dust settled the team racked up a first place finish on Saturday and a second place finish on Sunday.

Super X, Tyler Faoro, spent all weekend battling from lane 7 and 8, racking up holeshots. On Saturday he got submarined in the last turn going down to finish with a 7th in the main.  Sunday, he got tangled up in the first and second turn to settle for a 7th.

Doran “Sure Thing” Bradshaw (30–34 Cr) did what he does, WIN, racking up 1st both days. Richie Dey (9X) swept his motos and main with 1st  on Saturday and a 2nd on Sunday.

Jonathan Reeves got back on the track after a 5 month recovery and took 4th in the main on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday.

In the stacked 11X, Noah Reeves made it through semis to finish 3rd on Saturday and 5th on Sunday.

Talbott Cross rode hard coming up shy in both days missing the main in one of the toughest classes in racing 17-18X.

Morphine Industries’ Factory Team Race Report – ABA Grands
Morphine Industries had three riders at the greatest show on earth – the ABA Grands this past weekend.

The weekend start with the ROC and The Pro Spectacular racing on Friday.  A Pro rider, Gavin Lubbe, started his run for the weekend with an impressive 2nd in the main.

Unfortunately, fellow A Pro rider, Jason LaRev went down in his second moto and suffered possible broken wrist and ribs.  Shout out to Jason for a quick recovery.  Go big or go home.

Travis “Woody” Woodruff layed it down just missing the main in the stacked 44 rider strong 17-18X class.

With the ROC behind, Saturday started the real action.  Gavin Lubbe, once again tore up the track and made it through the 57 rider, A Pro class to take a 3rd place in the main event.

With the 17-18X class growing to 65 riders, Travis “Woody” Woodruff rode hard but came up short of the main on Sunday.

Great job Guys at the toughest event in BMX.

The Morphine Industries Factory Team is looking forward to the 2009 ABA season and will be fielding a complete team focusing on the Grands.

Morphine Industries would like to thank its Factory Team Sponsors; Staats Motocross Bicycles (www.staatsbikes.com), Alienation (www.alienationbmx.com), Fly Racing (www.flyracingbmx.com), Lost Energy Drink (www.lostenterprises.com), Sinz Racing (www.sinz-racing.com), Rennen (www.rennendesigngroup.com)

02/12 One Bicycles (Aus) Team Update

One Bicycles/ ECI imports press release
For the first time since the One Bicycles (Aus) team has been put together all six members were at the same meeting, the Victorian Open State Championships at Wodonga on the Victoria/NSW border. The team made us very proud flying the One colours and certainly making them noticed in many classes.

Kyle Horton has fully recovered from his surgery earlier this year and had a great meeting taking a convincing win the the pro cruiser class and making it into a tough AA Pro field and coming home with a respectable sixth place. The way Kyle has improved over the past 18 months you should expect to see a lot more of him in the AA ranks.

Chris Van Winden was supporting Movember, like many of the older riders over the weekend, he didn’t let it slow him down on his way to two more titles. Chris finished with a fourth in the 30-34 men and sixth in the 30-34 cruiser class.

Issy Penglase returned to the track where she broke her arm earlier in the year to finish a strong third place in the 10 girls class.

The Rose tribe (by Miekel Rose)

We arrived in Wodonga on Friday for our first Victorian BMX Titles under wet and miserable conditions. This was a little reminiscent of the recent NSW Titles and the thought of cleaning 7 bikes over the next two weeks did not seem appealing at all. The practice session was called off due to the wet conditions so we signed on and went home to prepare for another wet State Titles for 08. Friday night the heavens opened and I expected to wake to a shocker of a day and I was surprised to see blue skies and sunshine.

We hit the track early with Mikayla riding the first race of the day as an 8 girl. She had not raced any of the girls in her motos in the past and we were keen to see how she faired. She had a bad gate and raced hard for a close win in her first race. Over the day she continued to win and left the day on top of the score board in her class. This was her first attempt at cruiser and was racing the 8 to 10 girls cruiser class. She came out of the first race with a second to the 1V rider from 07 in Kiarra Taylor. Every race after that she won and was looking good for a place in the final. Day two she came out and won on both bikes. She had a 6th moto on her 20″ and nailed another win to take 1V in the 8 girls. She then had her cruiser final and came out chasing Kiarra hard. It was a close race with Kiarra winning and Mikayla getting 2V in 8 to 10 girls cruiser. A great weekend for her and ONE Bicycles Australia.

Nikalus was racing in the 10 boys 20″ and 8 to 10 cruiser. Nik was winning most of his heats on both bikes and at the end of day one was sitting in third on both bikes. Nik was feeling comfortable with the track and looking forward to stepping up for the final day. On day two he came out winning his 20″ and cruiser heats and was sitting ready for his quarters on 20″. He drew Luke Skinner an old rival, whom he loves to race. As they were coming down the second straight, Luke had a small lead on Nik as they hit the triple. Luke chose for a smaller jump and manual off the jump and Nik decided to hit it up as he had done all weekend as the wind picked up and blew him off course causing him to have a massive crash knocking himself out. He was taken to First Aid where he had no idea where he was or what happened. He was placed in traction and taken to Albury hospital, where we spent three hours, whilst they did some tests on him and eventually cleared him, so we could go and watch his little sister take a few plates at presentation. There is always next time! No plates and a new helmet needed. Not the weekend we planned for. But in the end he is OK and the helmet did what it was supposed to do and saved him more damage.

Josh started his weekend off well in 13 boys clocking up fourths and fifths and the same in 13 to 14 cruiser. He was liking the track and riding hard. Once again the triple in the second straight claimed another victim and he too, like his brother, came down very hard racing cruiser and was unable to continue for the remainder of the weekend. He has a huge bruise to the top of his left leg and was unable to walk let alone ride. He sat out the second day and supported his little brother and sister.

Not a good event for the boys, but that’s racing and when you are giving 110%, things like that happen. A fantastic effort by Mikayla and a good chance to see how she goes in other states against new riders. There is always another event and opportunity for the boys to show their skills on the fabulous ONE bikes.

Kyle Horton
Kyle Horton
Chris Van Winden
Chris Van Winden
Issy, Josh, Nikalus and Mikayla
Issy Penglase, Josh Rose, Shane Jenkins (Team Manager), Nikalus Rose, Mikayla Rose

All in all it was a good weekend for the team, and a great year. One behalf of the team riders I would like to thank the sponsors for their support for 2008 and look forward to a huge year in 2009.

How to buy One Bicycles products in Australia
If you would like to purchase a One Bicycles frame or accessories in Australia the best way to do so is to head down to your local bike store and place an order. If they don’t know what you are talking about tell them to call Elite Cycle Imports while you wait and place your order there and then. After doing some calculations myself I have found the cheapest way to get One Bicycles products in Australia is through a local reseller.

About One Bicycles
For over a decade ONE Bicycles (operating out of Holland), inducted into the European Hall of Fame, has solely focused all their efforts on the sport of BMX. Today they are at the forefront of BMX product design Worldwide. Utilizing advancements in the industry, some of which were conceived in ONE’s own engineering department, their products directly reflect the evolution and maturing of proven BMX design. Like a fine wine ONE Bicycles product line has come of age as a result of years of dedication to the sport of BMX.

One Bicycles are a major sponsor of the bmxultra.com team

Over the years One Bicycles have sponsored

  • Khalen Young
  • The Phirebird team which includes 2005 & 2006 World Championships finalist Jamie Gray and 2006 NBL Grands (A Pro) champion Glenn Codega

In 2008 Maris Strombergs rode his One Bicycle to victory in the Elite Men’s class at the UCI World Championships and followed that up by taking the first ever Men’s BMX Gold medal at the Olympics.

For more information about One Bicycles check out www.onebicycles.com

01/12 Khalen Young Wins ABA AA Pro crown

by bmxultra.com
If you missed the ABA Grands live stream on GO211.com Khalen Young has taken the ABA AA Pro title for 2008. We’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate Khalen for his outstanding effort. Fellow Aussies Sam Willoughby and Brian Kirkham were also in the AA Main and Lauren Reynolds was in the Pro women’s main. Check out www.ababmx.com for results.

01/12 Photos: Victorian Open State Championships

by bmxultra.com
With the hectic pace of racing it was difficult to get photos, so Tracy stepped up behind the camera for us in the finals, to bring you some nice photos from Wodonga. Before we write a full report Nicole Callisto took the women’s pro win, Alex Cameron took the AA Pro men’s title.
Click here to check out the photos.

 

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