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26/02 Morphine Industries Hits Oldsmar BMX for ABA Gator Nationals

Morphine Industries press release
The long awaited ABA Gator Nationals hit with a bang this weekend and the Morphine crew was there to live it up.

The factory trailer and most of the team rolled into town Thursday night to stake our claim to some terra and get some track time before the masses rolled into town the following day.  Props go to Jonny and the crew at Oldsmar for setting up the track and putting together the makings for great weekend of racing.

The team hit practice on Friday to work out the road kinks and get a taste of what the track had to offer and then it was out on the town for a little R & R.  Things get a little fuzzy at that point but I think I remember Kevin Tomko showing me pictures of his glory days, Damian sleeping in the backseat of the car and Barry’s hair straighter in the hotel room.

Then it was on to Saturday and we are ready to roll:

VET PRO – Tim Dinger came out swinging taking a few top spots in the motos but getting squeezed in the semi ended his day on Saturday.  Sunday, he came back with top spots in the motos again but getting squeezed was not on the menu today – charging to a third place podium finish in the Main.

AA PRO – Gavin Lubbe gave the pink, black and white a rest for the weekend and rode for the  homeland in the South Africa colors.  And ride he did with a great performance on Saturday charging through the motos, quarters and semi to take a spot short of the podium in fourth.  On Sunday there was the making of a repeat performance, however, a pedal slip changed those plans and keep him out of the main.

A PRO – Jason LaRev rode hard in the stack A PRO class both days narrowly missing the transfer spots. But….ooh the ladies.

36-40X – Doran Bradshaw feeling a little under the weather on Saturday morning, bucked up and rode anyway to the jeers of his team.  Not having the normal Bradshaw style brought him up short of the main.  Coming back on Sunday with a good night rest to continue his assault, Doran took a 5th in the main (still not Bradshaw style).

15X – Damian Cherepko tore up the field and turned heads with his dominating performance.  Racing Class on Saturday and Sunday, Damian took a 2nd and 8th due to a crash in the second turn.  In Junior Dev, Damian pounded the track taking the pro sets and putting bike lengths between him and the field.  He took a 3rd on Saturday and topped the podium on Sunday with a 1st.

13X – Noah Reeves rode in one of the biggest and stacked classes of the weekend with 25 riders.  Saturday proved to be a banner day as he sailed through the motos and semi.  Getting pinched out in lane 1 in the main, proved to be a tough place to make up ground and he settled for a 7th.  Sunday was another day of the same with a cruiser through motos and semis and taking a 6th in the main.

11X – Richie Dey continue to show off his aerial moves on the track, riding in a stack 15 man class.  On Saturday Richie, took an unfamiliar 7th place due to a miscalculation on the track.  Sunday, Richie came back to make up for Saturday putting a smack down on the class and finishing with a 3rd in the main.

We had a great time as usual in Oldsmar.  Johnny your the best Bro – great race.

Be sure to check us out at the next race.  Okeeheelee BMX for the Florida State Race on February 27-28 and then Desoto Baby for the USAC BMX Championships and the ABA Super Nationals.  See you there.

Barry……a straightening iron?

Morphine Industries would like to thank its Factory Team Sponsors; HARO BIKES (harobikes.com), Fly Racing (www.flyracingbmx.com),  Alienation (www.alienationbmx.com), Sinz Racing (www.sinz-racing.com), Rennen (www.rennendesigngroup.com), Tioga (www.tiogausa.com/bmx), Black Crown (BlackCrownBmx.com)

25/02 Stay Strong update

Stay Strong press release
Stay Strong framesets are on the water from the factory and will be with us in the next 3 weeks. As we don’t have distribution for this “Limited Edition” collab frome with Freeagent these can be ordered by emailing marco@staystrong.co.uk to reserve yours before they come in. They are limted availability as the bulk have already been allocated on pre orders so get in quick if you’d like to support the cause and ride an updated version of the frame that takes Maris Strombergs, Kyle Bennett and Christian Becerine to the podium week in week out. Aussie Junior Darryn Goodwin is riding for us in 2010 and wil be hitting the world circuit flying the flag for STAY STRONG and Stephen Murray.

We ship worldwide so please check the site for clothing and accessories including all collab products like the S&M Stay Strong stem now in stock. And see other Stay Strong updates and news on the blog

www.staystrong.co.uk

24/02 Video: Helmet Cam footage of Shepparton track

by bmxultra.com
We headed up to Shepparton on Sunday for a club race and captured a bunch of footage on the VHOLDR Contour HD helmet cam.

  • Jamie Mahuika was hitting up the first pro section straight so we had him use the camera for that.
    link: vholdr.com/video/bmx-racing-shepparton-pro-straight
  • Our own Shane Jenkins rides the am section.
    link: vholdr.com/node/70273

There will be more footage to come.

24/02 One Bicycles at the Blue Mountains

One Bicycles Australia press release
2010 NSW Southern Region Series – Round 1 Blue Mountains
by Miekel Rose

This was Round 1 of a 5 round series for the 2010 NSW State Titles qualifier. Blue Mountains is home club of Justin Beattie, the 11 Boy Pocket Rocket and member of the ONE Bicycles Australia Team. After some conversations and convincing, Justin raced up with his Team mate Nikalus Rose in the 12 boy’s class. This is a red hot class with current W1 Andrew “Andy Mini Me” Hughes challenging all who sit on the gate with him.
Blue Mountains suffer from rained out events more often than not and to counteract this, have concreted the whole track, making it extremely fast and dangerous if you come off.
Mikayla was back on the brand new custom painted ONE Expert and resuming her ongoing battle with W5 Bianca Robertson from the Liverpool Club. Mikayla was on fire winning all 3 motos and coming out in the final of 10 Girls to finish the day with a clean sweep after some very close  battles with Bianca as they usually do. Mikayla also raced 8-10 Boys cruiser racing in some great motos with the boys placing thirds and seconds in the heats and finishing the final in fifth after getting boxed out by the boys in the first corner. Mikayla is a little fighter and a tough little competitor and don’t the boys know it now!
Nik had a bad spill over the gate in practice on Saturday after a technical issue with the PA system caused him to snap before the gate was dropped. Nik was lucky not to lose fingers under the gate which managed to crush his bars and scratch his new frame. Nik was bruised top to toe but came out Sunday with some new bars (thanks Ross Harland) and ready to have a good go at Andy and Justin and the other riders in his class. Nik had Justin in his first two motos and Justin raced every bit like the Australian Champion he is and kept Nik at bay with Andy winning one of those motos, relegating Nik to third after Justin passed him in the third corner. Nik won his third moto and set up for a great final. Nik picked gate 1 and managed to pull an amazing first straight to find himself in second behind Andy in to the first corner with Justin hot on his heels. After an amazingly close race, that is how they finished in 12 Boy’s. Andy 1st, Nik 2nd and Justin an amazing 3rd. Justin had just blown away a number of state plated 12 year old boys and showed he had what it takes to give it to the bigger boys.
Nik was also on fire with his cruiser winning two of his motos and placing second behind Andy in the other. In the final Nik again got a great snap and chased Andy all the way to the line coming a close second and finishing the day on a high.
Josh was back on his bike after a bad fracture of his wrist which had kept him off his new 2010 white ONE Pro XXL for 2 months. This was to be his first event and he was keen to give it a good crack. He rode well in the motos placing in the top 4 and assuring himself of a place in the 15 Boy’s final. An amazing effort seeing he had limited training in the lead up to this season and his fitness was lacking, along with getting used to a brand new bike. In the final Josh rode well until the two triples where he stumbled and was shot out the back and could not get it back placing 8th in the final.
On Cruiser Josh had two other competitors from the ACT to challenge him and like his 20” was getting used to new Wheelset and different gearing after upgrading from 1 3/8 rims to 1.75’s. Josh rode well in the heats with a win, a second and a third. In the final he was winning until the second last straight when he “Buzzed” his pants on the rear tyre, manualling over some small jumps allowing his two rivals to pass him. Josh was disappointed with his final and a silly mistake which gave away a win, but has learnt much from his first ride back.
Thanks to the Beattie family for saving us a commanding view of the track on the third corner and for calming me down after Nik’s accident on the gate. I also like to congratulate Justin for stepping up a class and giving it his all and showing all the skill and speed he has to mix it up with bigger riders. Well done Champ!

Next big event is the Team’s attack of the A.C.T. Championships. We are hoping to catch up with some of the Southern members of the Team at the event and discuss how great our new 2010 ONE “Ultimate One” bikes are and hope they can dominate at the lead up event to this year’s National Championships. See ya all there! Come and check out the bikes. ONE frames are the current Olympic GOLD Medal winning frame and an extraordinary piece of engineering.

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

24/02 Royal Children’s Hospital race this Sunday at Geelong

BMXVictoria press release
BMX Victoria’s annual Royal Children’s Hospital fundraising race meeting is on this Sunday at the Geelong BMX Club. If you have not sent an entry in it is not too late as Online Entry for this event is available. Go to http://www.bmxv.com.au/html/2010_events.html and click on the Online Entry link.

Entry is only $10 for age and cruiser classes, $5 for Sprockets, racing starts at 11am.

23/02 Gear chart upgraded

by bmxultra.com
The bmxultra.com BMX specific gear chart has been around for a long time and has become quite popular over the years, but it’s been quite ugly. So we took some time to improve it to make it a whole lot easier to use and read. We plan to improve usability of the gear calculator soon too stay tuned.

Click here to check out the gear chart.

23/02 BMXVictoria fundraising auction

BMXVictoria press release
As well as crowning the 2009 Riders of the Year this Saturday night, BMXV will also be raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

This year we will be Auctioning:

  • Signed and Framed Luke Madill picture and number plate.
  • Signed and Framed Kamakazi picture and number plate.
  • Signed and framed number plate from Vega FM’s Dicko and Dave
  • Signed and framed BMXV 2010 State Team Jersey.

If you are interested in biding on these items and won’t be attending the night please contact me prior to this Saturday on president@bmxv.com.au and I will arrange something for you.

22/02 BMX boost with big Supercross track in Brisbane

by bikemedia
BMX has received another boost  with the announcement today by the Minister for Sport, Mr Phil Reeves, that  construction of a world class Supercross track will be built in Brisbane’s south. The $ 1.5 million facility will be the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and will be built at the Sleeman Sports Complex later this year.

The track will feature a  three story high or 8 metre start ramp which will launch riders onto the 350 – 400m. Riders will reach speeds of up to 60 km/h with 10 metre jumps on some sections.

According to Reeves the BMX facility shows the State Government’s commitment to making the Chandler complex a hub for the local community and also for elite athletes.

National BMX coach, Wade Bootes said the venue would help to raise Australia’s chances at the international World Cup Supercross events and in turn improving our chances of getting maximum riders at the London Olympics in 2012.

“We already have the evidence that preparation on a supercross track has proven more successful for us,” said Bootes.

The sport of BMX has increased in profile internationally since its inclusion as an Olympic sport in Beijing in 2008. BMX Australia has also had unprecedented growth at the grass roots level with membership jumping up by 20 percent in some states.

22/02 Northern Park club race

Northern Park BMX Club press release
The Northern Park Bmx Club will be holding club races on the second and fourth Friday of the month starting February.

The next club race is Friday 26th February

Registration will close 7:15pm before a 7.30pm start

Cost $5

All are welcome.

About Northern Park BMX Club
The Northern Park BMX Club (AKA Lalor Park BMX Club) has one of the richest histories of any BMX club in Australia.

  • Recognised as the oldest BMX club in Victoria
  • Host to the NBA Grand Nationals many times
  • Multiple Australia Vs USA challenges
  • The 1998 UCI World Cup and Pacific Continental championships

The Northern Park BMX Track is located at Sycamore Reserve, Mill Park, Victoria (AUSTRALIA).

HRVFitness Australian BMX Championships preparation19/02 HRVFitness – 10 week Australian Titles preparation

HRVFitness.com press release
HRVFitness are at it again, preparing Victoria for the Australian Championships with 16 training sessions at Frankston and Knox over the next few months.

  • $20 for a single session
  • $269 for 16 sessions

For more information check out www.hrvfitness.com.

18/02 ABA BMX Champ, Randy Stumpfhauser’s Farewell Tour

ABA press release
Randy Stumpfhauser (Stumpy) has announced his retirement and will end his illustrious career at the 2010 ABA Grand Nationals, this Thanksgiving, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The ABA Grand Nationals is where Randy began his PRO Racing career at the age of 18 back in November of 1995.

Randy began his BMX career in 1986 at age nine. Like many BMX racers, Randy was introduced to BMX by his father. Since 1986 Randy has ridden for several BMX teams. His first sponsor was Hi Tech Racing back in 1990. From there he went to Action Racing from 1991-93 before joining Powerlite Industries. Randy raced for Powerlite as both an amateur and professional from 1993 through early 1996. In 1996 Randy was they ABA Rookie Pro of the Year and rode for ELF. After the 1996 season he rode for Huffy through the 2003 season. From 2004 through the 2008, Randy rode for GT Bicycles. After the 2008 season Randy joined GHP and will now retire as a GHP rider.

In 2009 Randy Stumpfhauser was celebrated as the 2009 ABA Pro of the Year. This is determined by the ABA membership and has always been one of the most prestigious off track honors a rider can receive. To go along with the elected honor of top pro, Randy persevered on the track to become the ABA National Number 1 Pro. This was the first ABA “AA’ pro title for Stumpfhauser and the seventh overall ABA number 1. Randy won the National #1 Cruiser title in 1995 and the National #1 Pro Cruiser title 5 years in a row from 2001-2005.

To honor his great career and allow fans to show their appreciation for the “consummate professional”, the ABA and GHP have planned a farewell tour. Starting at the Gator Nationals in Oldsmar, Florida, one lucky winner will take home the ABA BMX Champs jersey, personally autographed by Randy Stumpfhauser. As Randy races to defend his ABA #1 Pro title in 2010, a lucky winner will be chosen by Randy at each subsequent Pro Series event to receive an autographed jersey.

In addition to the jersey giveaway, beginning at the Winter National in Phoenix, ABA Racewear will have a specially designed Stumpy T-shirt available for all fans to have personally autographed by Randy. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Randy, you know what a truly great person and ambassador for the sport he his. If you have never met the man, this is an opportunity to see why he has been apply nicknamed the “consummate professional.”

Randy will retire as one of the most accomplished and professional BMX racers our sport has ever witnessed. GHP BMX and the ABA would like to wish Randy the best of luck in 2010 on his quest to defend his hard earned ABA BMX PRO title.

About the American Bicycle Association
ABA (American Bicycle Association), formed in 1977 and headquartered in Chandler, Arizona is “The Sanctioning Body of BMX”©. The ABA organizes BMX racing for boys, girls and adults, nationwide and Canada. With 60,000 active members, 274 racing facilities and a 27 event national race schedule, ABA is the largest promoter of action sports.

17/02 Available now in Australia – Ground Up – a Bicycle Motocross Film

Ground Up BMX DVDECI press release
Have a gate dropping, dirt jumping good time with Khalen Young, Danny Caluag, Steven Cisar, Denzel Stein, Kris Fox, David Herman, Mikey Brabant, Barry Nobles, Tyler Brown, Nic Long, Travis Ohrazda, introducing top amateurs Rusty Nesvig and Nathan Padilla. Also featuring Mike Day, Nate Berkheimer, Jason Rogers, Mike “Hucker” Clark, TJ Ellis, Mike Lakin and many more.

Filmed at Sheep Hills, MLR, Shaddys, Miracles, The Bone Yard, Ricks House, “The Ranch” and more.

With racing from selected ABA Nationals and exclusive footage of ERA’s Kingston CUP…. 30 of the World’s Best riders, racing on a WICKED TRACK for a total purse of $30,000! FLAT PEDALS ONLY! NO CLIPS!

Available from all good bike stores in Australia – RRP $34.95

16/02 Alienation BSX: Fundraising

by bmxultra.com
We have been waiting to finalise the total amount raised from the Alienation BSX, there is still money trickling in, but in the meantime we decided to get the money to the bank early and the Royal Children’s Hospital are just as ecstatic as we are. We smashed our past record of $6,235.85, set in 2007. This year we have raised $7,738.80 so far. That’s a total raised of over $22,000 since BSX began in 2006.

There are a whole lot of reasons for the success of the event, it’s great to have the support of the wider BMX community, and while it could have been easy for riders to stay at home we managed to break records with the rider count at the wettest BSX in history.

On top of the money raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital the Cadel Evans jersey went under the hammer and raised $500, that money was donated to the Kinglake West Country Fire Authority.

The popular number plate auction was a big one this year raising $981.10 and it was almost as competitive as the racing. The biggest price tag on a plate was for Simon Anderson’s plate at $126.60, Luke Madill’s plate was popular too, it went for $100. The only female competitor Ziggy Callan’s plate went for $50, more than her brother and event winner Josh Callan, whose plate sold for $40. Event organiser Shane Jenkins’ plate sold for $50 as well.

We would like to thank everyone individually for their contributions on the day, but it would take a while. For all that helped on the day and leading up to the event, thank you. For all the riders who came out to ride in crazy conditions, thank you. For the spectators, thank you. And a massive thank you to all of our partners.

We will see you all next January for BSX2011.

A special thanks to our partners
Alienation BSX is presented by bmxultra.com and proudly supported by
Gold Partners
Dirt Designs (www.bmxultra.com/dirt)
XBR Magazine (www.xbr.com.au)
Airsho
BMX Australia (www.bmaustralia.com.au)
G Media

Silver Partners
ECI (www.eciimports.com)
ABD
BMXMAD (www.bmxmad.com.au)
Roadside Services and Solutions (roadsideservices.net.au)

Bronze Partner
Chris Van Winden Paints (CVP)
Supercross BMX (www.supercrossbmx.com)
SE Bikes
Alpine Timber Windows & Doors
Poison City Records (www.poisoncityrecords.com)
Cadel Evans (www.cadelevans.com)

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 four years the event has raised approximately $15,000 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.

15/02 The secret to a cleaner bike

by bmxultra.com
We have been putting our VHOLDR Contour HD helmet cam through it’s paces lately in preparation for an upcoming product review. While going though the footage collected so far we found something that our dog loving reader might enjoy. Cleaning the bike with a helping hand.

Check out the link: http://www.vholdr.com/node/67961

15/02 bmxultra.com T-shirt’s available now

bmxultra.com/Phirebird press release
The bmxultra.com T-shirts have been selling like hot cakes and half of them have been leaving Australian shores. If you want one of these strictly limited t-shirts you had better be quick before they are all gone.

The bmxultra.com T-shirts have been printed and designed by Phirebird Design Co. “Bringing style back into BMX” and until now have been sold exclusively through Shoppe79seventy which is an online shoppe for Racers, BMX fans or hoarders that just can’t help themselves.

Each month a new BMX Design will be released on Shoppe79seventy for delivery to your door with more cool products coming soon.

Shoppe79seventy use only PayPal to guarantee the most secure online purchase for their customers…

bmxultra.com began in 1996 and keeps the racing community up to date with the latest BMX news, product reviews and a whole lot more. It also hosts the BSX, a one-on-one race/charity event, every year. bmxultra.com also hosts Australia’s most active online BMX forum with more than 1,100 active members.

If you buy online the price is $25.95 + $7.00 FREIGHT (Australia Wide). That’s only $32.95 delivered to your door! That’s if you only buy one T! The more you buy the better it works out! If you buy from the bmxultra.com tent they are $26 each.

Support those who support BMX and better still $5.00 from every T-shirt goes to the  Royal Children’s Hospital.

The t-shirts are available now and only from Shoppe79seventy.com or from the bmxultra.com tent.

bmxultra.com t-shirt

13/02 Speedline Cranks in Shops now! Grab a pair today!!

Speedline cranks Speedline Parts press release
After over a year of being out of production, the little SX cranks have found a new home with Speedline Parts ( www.speedlineparts.com ) and  are back in stock at your favorite BMX dealer today. These are the same SX mini cranks that you have loved over the years, CNC Machined 7075 T-6 Billet Aluminum Arms, with a replaceable spider that allows you to run either a 5 Bolt Spider, a Solid Chainring, or the new 4 Bolt 104 Pattern Spider for an even lighter set up than the original ( Only 350 grams for the 2 arms, and 4 bolt spider in the 145mm length ) . Currently the Speedline SX Mini Cranks
are available in Black only in sizes from 135-170mm in 5mm increments. Pick up a set at your favorite BMX dealer today. And the great part is that these California CNC Machined Cranks are affordable and work with your existing square Taper BB set. And while you are there check out the full line of Speedline Parts for your bike. From Carbon Fiber headset  spacers, to Hollow Pin Chains and everything in between.

For more information visit www.speedlineparts.com and if your favorite Dealer does not carry Speedline Parts have them contact WPS, QBP or Supercross BMX to start stocking it today.

Speedline Parts are distributed in Australia by Supercross BMX Australia email sxaustralia@supercrossbmx.com for details.

13/02 NBL to raffle ProGate equipment at congress

NBL press release
$6800 Worth of Equipment Will Give Your Track a World-Class System
HILLIARD, OH — The NBL will be raffling almost $6800 worth of ProGate equipment at Competition Congress next weekend (February 19-21) in Bethlehem, PA. The package will help make your track’s starting system world-class. Tickets will cost $30 for one, $50 for two or $100 for five.

If you or your track is interested in bringing this top-of-the-line starting equipment back home, make sure to send your money or yourself to Congress. On top of the raffle, there will be several seminars to learn how to run your tracks better and also many chances to share ideas with other track directors around the country.

The full list of products being raffled:

  • 4x 12 ProStuff 12V DC air ram w/ ShockStopper adjustment: $865
  • 3 piece pin set used to mount ram to gate brackets, includes 2 pins and 1 yoke: $68
  • Set of air ram brackets; welded ram brackets, includes both gate and ramp pieces: $262
  • Standard ProStuff control: $1,364
    (Includes: Brain box, 10’ brain box cable, standard: 1X power box, auto ranging charger, carrying case, + instructions)
  • 3X power box UPGRADE: $195
  • Large (UCI) track light set: $759
  • 66’ light cable: $126
  • Large FRL with bracket: $189
  • Large FRL extra element: $29
  • Four (4) ShockStoppers with brackets: $1,956
  • Amplified speaker (Master): $452
  • Non Amplified Slave speaker (Slave): $242
  • Two (2) 50’ Speaker cables: $220

Total Controls: $6,727

12/02 One Bicycles at the Shepparton Open

One Bicycles Australia press release
The Shepparton Open was on Sunday, it was the first race at the 2010 Australian Championships track so rider count was up nice and high along with the level of competition. The Victorian One Bicycles team members were all there. Kyle Horton was looking very comfortable in the Pro Men when it came to the final though he didn’t get such a hot start, it was probably just as well too with a heavy pile up going into the last corner Kyle had just managed to avoid the carnage and was able to cross the line in third place. Chris Van Winden put together another podium finish, placing second in the 25-34 Men’s 20″ class. Issy Penglase sent her race report in so we’ll let her tall you all about her first experience at the Shepparton track.

Shepparton Track Open Meeting and State Team training By Isabella “Issy” Penglase
It was first day of State Team training for 2010 as well as first time Shepparton has been used so we where all very excited

There are four Girls in the Junior State team and we worked with HRV. He got us straight into Jumping all the Tabletops; by the end I was clearing all of them so left that part of training happy.
Gates – I have been getting good gates at a lot of the meeting’s but now with a few pointers from Tony it seems its coming together a lot better, now to work on stopping my double click out of the gate. Dad talked to Tony he said it may be a One Team thing as Kyle does it as well I hope so I want to jump as well as him one day.
The rest of the day was general skills and some work on the Velodrome

Sunday Race day!

The track is awesome and Pro-gate rocks!

We got to the track Early and started getting our gear on, practise went well and kept working on the jumps that I have been hitting in training. I was a little nervous as I had entered 12 BOYS rather than the girls.
Moto 1 the gate dropped and I had a good snap, the first straight is a long long long one and I was over the moon to be equal second at the end of the straight I was pushed a little wide but held my ground and stayed with the two leaders until the line to grab a 3rd
Moto2 and much the same as the first with a few other quick boys out there for me to chase, Moto went well I think a few jumped around me to put me off but I stayed focused and got across the line in 4th
Moto 3 this was a loaded gate and I had to get out and stay with them. I got out and did stay with them and was over the moon to be so close to Cairns,  and Fletcher going into the 3rd straight even though I finished with a low place was a great race to stay as close as that to theses guys.
Sitting around Dad and I where trying to work out if I got into the Semi’s they Richo calls me to the hill for a run off. I was so excited as I haven’t made a semi with the Boys yet and I had a chance.
The gate dropped and I got out well. I held a nice gap all down the first two straights
As I turned the second berm I saw witches hats over the Am straight so just went down and over the Pro section with a roar and clap from the crowd. With a win in the Run Off I had made my first Boys semi final
Semi number 1 – what a race I kept with the guys all over the track and pushed a few up the berm to keep in the mix, coming out of turn 2 and I held a good line but just didn’t have the same power as the guys and they got a wheel in front I pumped hard down the 3rd straight and was just behind Cairns going into the last turn he powered away but I was so happy that I nearly got into my first expert Boys Main. Next time guys I’ll be there.
Thanks again to
Shane – team manager
Eci- Especially Paul, the bike is working Great
Sandy – Utopia Optics watch out for these great goggles coming to shops soon
Also Shepparton club and council for giving us a great track

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

12/02 Loop’d Network and SponsorHouse are Now Hookit.com

Hookit.com press release
Largest and most active online social network for lifestyle sports rebrands as Hookit.com
SAN DIEGO, CA – Today, Hookit.com formally announces the launch of its new brand name and online identity. The site, formerly known as the Loop’d Network or SponsorHouse.com, continues to operate with all the same members, partners, features and services that members are accustomed to.

The company, originally known as SponsorHouse, pioneered the online sponsorship category back in 2001. Now operating as Hookit.com, the site provides the same unique services created specifically for athletes and brands, including sponsorship, brand insider loyalty programs, contests, eCommerce, community websites and online self-promotion tools. Now with 550,000 members, Hookit.com is the largest and most active social network for motocross, bmx, skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding and other lifestyle-oriented sports.

“We are really excited to finally roll out our new brand name and logo, and want to make sure all of our members and brand partners know that we are still the same company, offering the same products and services,” said Scott Tilton, CEO of Hookit.com. “We’ve had tremendous support during the transition and now we can solely focus on innovating new features for our members and partners again.”

The selection process began last June and the new name was selected by members through a series of polls, interviews and surveys. Hookit.com more clearly defines what the network is all about – A place to hook up with friends, brands and deals all around your sports. Initially, the only visible change is the name and an updated look so members and brand partners won’t have to do anything differently when using the site.

Wondering why we changed? To get the full story and FAQs visit: www.hookit.com

About Hookit.com
Formerly known as SponsorHouse and the Loop’d Network, Hookit.com is the largest and most active social network for lifestyle sports with features and services created specifically for athletes and brands. For Members: We are a place to hook up with friends, brands and deals on products. For Brands: We are a place to hook up with a core audience of athletes and enthusiasts to market and sell your products. For more information, visit www.hookit.com.

11/02 Shepparton BMX Club racing and training schedule

Shepparton BMX Club press release
We are running Club days/nights so people can attend and ride the new Shepparton BMX track.

Training nights

Every Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5pm onwards.

Racing

February:

  • Saturday 6th / 7th see BMXV web site
  • Sunday 21st Club day registration at 10am gate drops at 11am

March:

  • Thursday 11th Club night registration at 5.30pm gate drops at 6pm
  • Sunday 28th Club day registration at 10am gate drops at 11am

April:

  • Good Friday 2nd gate practice at 3pm
  • Easter Saturday 3rd Vic country cup
  • Easter Sunday 4th Vic country cup
  • Thursday 8th Club night registration at 5.30pm gate drops at 6pm
  • Thursday 22nd Club night registration at 5.30pm gate drops at 6pm

May:

  • Saturday 1st Pre titles event
  • Sunday 2nd Pre titles event
  • Wednesday 5th to Sunday the 9th Aussie titles
  • Sunday 23rd Club day registration at 10am gate drops at 11am

June:

  • Thursday 3rd Club night registration at 5.30pm gate drops at 6pm
  • Sunday 27th Club day registration at 10am gate drops at 11am

Thanks again for all of your support.

11/02 Northern Park club races

Northern Park BMX Club press release
The Northern Park Bmx Club will be holding club races on the second and fourth Friday of the month starting February.

February club races

  • Friday 12th
  • Friday 26th

Registration will close 6:45pm before a 7.30pm start

Cost $5

All are welcome.

About Northern Park BMX Club
The Northern Park BMX Club (AKA Lalor Park BMX Club) has one of the richest histories of any BMX club in Australia.

  • Recognised as the oldest BMX club in Victoria
  • Host to the NBA Grand Nationals many times
  • Multiple Australia Vs USA challenges
  • The 1998 UCI World Cup and Pacific Continental championships

The Northern Park BMX Track is located at Sycamore Reserve, Mill Park, Victoria (AUSTRALIA).

11/02 310proshop.com hat offer

310proshop.com hat offer310proshop.com press release
310proshop has 3 special offers running.

  1. US Continental offer – Spend over $60 for free ground shipping
  2. International offer – Spend over $500 for free shipping
  3. Hat offer – Spend over $700 for a free 310 hat.

Check out www.310proshop.com

10/02 2010 bmxultra.com/One team jersey

2010 bmxultra.com/one bicycles team jerseyby bmxultra.com
Here’s a glimpse at the new 2010 bmxultra.com/One Bicycles team jersey, thanks to Chris at One Bicycles.

As per every year they are fully customisable with your name and country flag and this year the design incorporates your race number as well.

The jerseys are only available from the One Bicycles online store over at www.onebicycles.com.

09/02 review: Alienation Bullitt hubs

by bmxultra.com
We’ve been checking out the Alienation Bullitt hubs for the past couple of months and have found them to be possibly the most free spinning hubs we have ever seen. Click here to check out the review.

08/02 bmxultra.com team at the Shepparton Open

bmxultra.com press release
The Shepparton BMX Club will be hosting the 2010 Australian Championships in just a few months. Their first race since UCI’s Tom Ritz redesigned and rebuilt the entire track was on Sunday where there were around 300 riders there to check out the track for the very first time.

The track has a super fast and long first straight which is much like a drag strip with a big double before the first corner however it was mostly just the pro riders jumping the double. Don’t get me wrong it does have a step up shortly after the bottom of the hill, then a roller, then a rolly double before the double at the end of the straight, but you pedal flat out through them. After that it’s mostly rhythm, there is little opportunity to pedal except maybe around the corners. The track feels long and by the end of the first straight riders are gasping for air. The massive corners look great but they are wide open, there will be a lot of mistakes made on the corners and a lot of crazy moves.

Brandan Bullows returned to racing in fine style after a 6 month break. He came out and won his first moto in the Pro class which had enough riders for quarter finals. He then followed that up with a couple of thirds. When it came to the quarter though a bad start cost him dearly, his day came to an abrupt end.

Shepp locals, brothers Levi and Chase Collins also made it through to the quarters a mistake from Levi, on his birthday, cost him a qualifying spot. Chase was struggling with the gate and gave the field too much of a head start, keep an eye out for these guys though, they have a real advantage over the coming months.

Mark Dobson was looking great in the 35-44 cruiser class, staying with the riders at the pointy end and took a convincing third, it looks like the Shepp track really suits Mark.

Jamie Bullows is finding form, he qualified for both the 35-44 cruiser and 20″ class mains. A 4th in the 20″ main and a 6th in the cruiser final wasn’t bad.

Shane Jenkins also in the 35-44 cruiser and 20″ was struggling a bit on the cruiser but qualified through to the semi but that’s as far as he got. It was a different story in the 20″ where Shane was fighting with Brian Alexander all through the motos. The final was no different the race was all the way to the last corner where Jenkins and Alexander collided but Shane took the win.

All in all a good day out for the team.

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

Supercross BMX's new look website06/02 Tons of new things going on at Supercross BMX

Supercross BMX press release
It may seem like it has been a minute or two since you have read a Supercross Fluff type press release on all the websites, well it is because we have been too busy to take the time to write up a press release about the cat using the litter box or the dog fetching our slippers and bringing us a Cold No Fear. So if you want to keep up to date with all the going on’s in the Supercross BMX compound, click on over to the new Supercross BMX website at www.supercrossbmx.com, there, not only can you read up on all of the cool new Supercross BMX products like our ENVY race frame and the Passion Park/Street/Dirt frame, but you will also be able to catch up on the Daily goings on at the Supercross Compound, Cool new video’s feature Bike Checks with the Pro’s, How To Video’s and more. Want Frame Specs, they are there, Want to download the new 2010 Supercross Catalog, go ahead, want a cool new desktop pattern for your computer go ahead and grab one, want to find out what your favorite Supercross rider is doing, click on over and read their twitter updates.

And as new product becomes available or something cool happens in the shop you will be the first to know about it. So click on over to Supercrossbmx.com today and see what is going on now. You never know who or what it may be.

05/02 One Bicycles at Track Attack/BSX

One Bicycles Australia press release
The Victorian based One Bicycles riders all hit up Track Attack last month. Chris Van Winden was riding well and finished second in the 30-44 mens class. Kyle Horton was really flying in the AA men, he finished a respectable fifth overall in a very competitive class. Issy did well too, but in the tradition of One Bicycles press releases we’ll leave it to the team to tell you what went down. Oh but first we had better not forget the massive road trip for Justin Beattie to get down to Victoria to get to the Alienation BSX for the day. The young fella did a great job making it into round 1. Talking about BSX, Chris and Kyle were both in the finals in 2009 but both fell victim to the very slippery track, and had to watch most of the mud fest from the sidelines.

Issy’s Track Attack Update by Craig Penglase
Well what a start to the Victorian racing season. Track Attack 2010 done and dusted and a great day racing at Shane’s BSX2010 with some good money going to charity.

Isabella arrived home from holidays with her Mum Friday evening before the start of TA 2010. Her surprise a new polished “One Bicycles” Expert – with a quick spin around the streets to see if set up was correct it was time to hit the sack for a sleep for the coming week.

The new bike must have felt right as Issy’s 2nd lap she was gapping the 3rd straight at South Eastern and looking comfortable on the bike.

Track Attack takes on six meeting’s at the following Eastern region clubs, South Eastern, Lilydale, Knox, Frankston, Park Orchards and Eastfield with Knox and Frankston being run under lights.

Isabella finished the series in 2nd spot after some good close racing. The only disappointment would be the lack of girls riding that Age group. We raced an age up to push Issy along witch Emily and co provided but a small field it was. Ironically it was great to see the size of the 12 girl’s class at all meeting.

We would like to thank Shane – the one Bicycles Team manager
ECI– especially Paul for your help and time and also hope your injury heal quickly to see you back out on the track,
Utopia goggles this is Isabella newest sponsor thanks Sandy we will be sending more info on this great product soon so keep you eyes peeled for it and also come and see us at the track for more information

Cheers good luck to everyone for their 2010 racing season

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

04/02 Video: Alienation BSX finals

by bmxultra.com
Well you probably know by now that there was plenty of crash action at the wet and wild Alienation BSX. Once again, thanks to the guys at AIRSHO, we had scaffold and a couple of video cameras set up (this time HD cameras, thanks to Gavin D for the loan). We captured all the action from a great vantage point. In an attempt to get the DVD out early this year we have got the finals together already, we’ll be taking feedback then moving forward with the DVD.

The video includes all finals

  • The new under 14 challenge/trophy dash – Jake Tunney Vs Ethan Murray
  • 30 & Over open wheel B final – Paul Tomkinson Vs Shane Jenkins
  • 30 & Over open wheel A final – Tony Harvey Vs Simon Anderson
  • Open Men B final – Luke Madill Vs Ryan Henderson
  • Open Men A final – Jonathan Hoare Vs Josh Callan

The video is available in a number of formats, they are very large downloads, all are high quality so it’s worth it.

A special thanks to our partners
Alienation BSX is presented by bmxultra.com and proudly supported by
Gold Partners
Dirt Designs (www.bmxultra.com/dirt)
XBR Magazine (www.xbr.com.au)
Airsho
BMX Australia (www.bmaustralia.com.au)
G Media

Silver Partners
ECI (www.eciimports.com)
ABD
BMXMAD (www.bmxmad.com.au)
Roadside Services and Solutions (roadsideservices.net.au)

Bronze Partner
Chris Van Winden Paints (CVP)
Supercross BMX (www.supercrossbmx.com)
SE Bikes
Alpine Timber Windows & Doors
Poison City Records (www.poisoncityrecords.com)
Cadel Evans (www.cadelevans.com)

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 four years the event has raised approximately $15,000 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.

03/02 Former BMX World Champion appointed coach at World Cycling Centre

UCI press release
Former BMX World Champion, Thomas Allier, will join the coaching staff at the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland, from February 1st.

The French athlete, 34 years, will be responsible for the WCC’s high level BMX trainees as well as young athletes training for the first Youth Olympic Games, which will take place in Singapore in August. He will also coach a number of less experienced riders who form a “development” group.

Thomas Allier was BMX Juniors World Champion in 1994, before taking the World Elite title in 1998 and 2000. He also has five European BMX titles and six French National titles to his name as well as various victories in the United States.

After the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where he reached the quarter finals, Thomas Allier retired from competition to concentrate on coaching. At the WCC he will join the coaches for the other three Olympic cycling disciplines (road, track and mountain bike).

WCC Director Frédéric Magné is delighted to welcome the new member of the coaching team: “We are very fortunate to have him on the team. The athletes will benefit from a former high level athlete who will be able to use his expertise and competition experience to help them develop.”

The high level training BMX course at the WCC will begin on March 15th, bringing together an international group of talented athletes. The main goal of the course will be the UCI BMX World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, from 29th July to 1st August.

03/02 EPIC Action Video Cam Introduces Their New High Definition Wide Angle Camera at the Action Sports Retailer Show on Feb 3rd & 4th

EPIC Action Video Cam press release
Oceanside, CA – Building upon their current success within the POV camera market, EPIC is excited to announce the addition of their new High Definition camera, due to hit retail shelves this March. EPIC brings Action Sports, Motorsports and Adventure enthusiasts into the world of YouTube with a self-contained, ultra compact, lightweight digital video camera ideal for capturing your best moments from the athlete’s point of view.

The EPIC Action Video HD Cam provides users with “out of the package” ability to shoot their favorite sports in High Definition  by including a variety of camera mounts, a 2gb SD Card and 3 AAA Energizer Lithium Batteries. Whether it is mounted to your helmet, your board, your handlebars, your kayak or the hood of your car, it brings a new perspective to video.

Epic HD Features:

  • 720P HD 1280×720 Digital Video (total of 3 resolution settings)
  • H.264 Video Compression
  • 30 Frames per second
  • 168 degree wide angle lens
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Accepts up to 16GB SD memory cards (2GB Card Included)
  • 8MP Still Cam with 1-9 Action Sequence burst mode
  • 10-30 second adjustable self  timer
  • A/V output for video preview and review
  • Audible guide
  • Upside Down mode
  • USB Out
  • Operated on 3 AAA Batteries (included)
  • MSRP- $249.00

Come Visit the EPIC Action Video Cam Booth, # 943, at the ASR Show this Wednesday and Thursday, February 3rd and 4th

Be sure to check out EPIC Action Video Cam at various events, races and competitions throughout the country in 2010. EPIC can be followed at www.Twitter.com/EpicAction or www.Facebook.com/EpicActionCam

EPIC Action Video Cam is also a proud sponsor of the Troy Lee Designs Race Team, GT Bicycles MTB and BMX programs, Hentges Racing, US Cup MTB Series and premier athletes across the globe.

Founded in 2000, EPIC offers specialty digital cameras, along with a variety of accessories to enhance outdoor pursuits. For more information, contact: EPIC Action Video Cam 3923 Oceanic Drive, Suite 200
Oceanside, CA 92056, Phone: 760-450-1006, www.relivetherush.com

02/02 Alienation BSX: Race report

by bmxultra.com
The Alienation BSX, short for Bicycle Supercross or some might suggest Backyard Supercross, is a One on One charity event run at the bmxultra.com compound at Pheasant Creek, nestled in the Kinglake ranges 60kms North East of Melbourne’s CBD. The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation are the primary beneficiary of the event, however we also help raise money for the Kinglake West CFA (Country Fire Authorite). With the event held in January, the peak of the Aussie summer, you would expect great weather, but BSX history has proved you need to be prepared for anything. We thought we had seen it all. When there’s rain, normally it would clear mid morning to a beautiful sunny day, everything would dry up the skies would turn blue and everything would be perfect. Normally.

Luke Madill at BSX2010The BSX has become an institution. An event by riders for riders, and the spectators get a whole lot out of it too, not only with the action packed racing on the track but with all the fundraising activities as well. The event has attracted riders from Canada, New Zealand and all over Australia, including the likes of Sarah Walker, Tanya Bailey, Lauren Reynolds, Ziggy Callan. Sam Willoughby, Luke Madill, Jamie Gray, Michael Robinson, Michael Fenwick, Khalen Young, Glenn Codega, Alex Cameron, 80’s legend Jamie Hales and a whole lot of others. Even professional wrestler Joey Russell Junior came along to race this year.

There have been just 3 winners in the hotly contested Open Men’s class over the past four years. Luke Madill took the wins in 2006 and 2007, Josh Callan won in 2008 and Scott Lacey in 2009. All three past champions returned for BSX2010, Luke Madill making a special trip to squeeze BSX in only a couple of days after becoming the Australian 4X champion, yet again. There were also a bunch of talented young riders who were expected to keep the past champions honest included Kyle Horton, Tom Siinmaa, Levi Collins, Jonathan Hoare, Connor Hunter, Luke Pretlove and Ryan Henderson, just to name a few. An in form Bodi Turner was a dark horse for the event. But each of them would have to make it all the way through eliminations in a record breaking field of 39 riders. Ziggy Callan was the only woman to put on her flat pedals for the day, she loves BSX and decided to take on the guys since there was no class for her.

The 30 & Over Open wheel class also broke attendance records with 14 riders. There was a push for a round of 16, but fell just two riders short. Simon Anderson was there to attempt to take an unprecedented fourth straight BSX win, but Tony Harvey wasn’t going to give Simon a run for his money. Other contenders included Shane Jenkins, who was looking for his fourth podium in a row, Chris Van Winden who’d made a few BSX finals now, Craig Walczuk, Jamie Bullows, Simon Trewin and Paul Knox who made the top eight last year. Throw in the interstate riders Paul Tomkinson, Craig Manual, Jason Eecen, Jim Beattie and pro wrestler Joey Russell Junior (aka Craig Austin) and let’s not forget BSX first timer Peter Stagg.

When people started to arrive at the Alienation BSX the rain was still falling and the track was still under wraps, but the forecast didn’t look good. Actually we had to abandon the idea of using transponders for timing because if we had got water in the start box it could have shorted everything out, so it was back to the old school, a stop watch.

The start of the event was delayed a while so the track was given time to dry. Lucky the Kinglake West CFA had setup early, they kept punters fed and warm until practice eventually started.

The track was a little slick at the start of practice but was drying up nicely through the session. The carpet certainly helped riders get some grip around the slick corners. Since most riders seem to run slick tyres no one was going particularly quick in the shortened practice session, so no one really stood out. Young Hayden Fletcher was hitting up the jumps and pulling some big airs, he seemed to be the only guy to really have fun with it during the practice session.

Time trials

By the time the time trials were on the track had dried significantly. Luke Madill put in a hot time early, but the crowd were quiet. It wasn’t until Hayden Fletcher put in a great run boosting the first two straights that the crowd started to get into it. The time trials were pretty much incident free until Lachie Tye’s run. He did manage to get in a good lap until he launched off the last corner for quite possibly the crash of the day. Ziggy Callan, the only woman game enough to get her bike out put in a great run too, proving she can hang with the boys. In the end it was Josh Callan who got the fastest lap in followed by Kyle Horton, Luke Madill and Scott Lacey.

In the 30 & Over men, Paul Knox put in a smooth run to qualify in the top 8 knocking out previous finalist Chris Van Winden and former Australian Champion Jamie Bullows to name a few. In the last timed run of the day Jim Beattie got a good snap but when manualling through the first doubles seemed to put his front wheel down a little early and since it was pointing off to the side of the track he followed and went down into a flat spin. He got up with a smile on his face and continued his run. Simon Anderson took the fastest lap with Tony Harvey in second followed by Shane Jenkins and Paul Tomkinson.

During the presentation of the BSX race plates the rain started up again, and then hail! It was brief but enough to give the track another good soaking. The sun came out again shortly afterwards and it was on to the eliminations.

Round 1

Open Men

  • Michael Chasteauneuf Vs Josh Callan: These guys are normally fairly even on the track, but you would have to say that Callan has the edge at BSX, and he had the #1 plate and a win under his belt to prove it. The race was even until the first corner where Chasty misjudged it and ended up dropping his back wheel over the backside of the corner, it was all over for him.
  • Kyle Horton Vs Shannon Rademaker: Horton had the lead but looked to slide a little in the third  corner, allowing Rademaker to pull up next to him. Horton took the win only to fall shortly after the finish line.
  • Luke Madill Vs Ethan Murray: Murray got the snap on Madill, but it didn’t take him long to get a strangle hold of the heat.
  • Scott Lacey Vs Ziggy Callan: It was a fairly even start, Ziggy’s experience on the track showing. Lacey started to pull ahead on the second straight but got loose into the second corner and nearly came unstuck, he got his feet back on his pedals but Ziggy was pulling up next to him. Lacey dropped it in the third corner allowing Ziggy to slip into the next round. The first time ever a woman had reached the second round at BSX. Lacey’s campaign to follow up his 2009 win was over.
  • Josh Isaac Vs Levi Collins: There’s no doubt that Isaac has improved a lot over the past 18 months but it would take quite a ride for him to knock off one of the favourites. Collins looked to take the win until he nearly gave it away in the last corner, fortunately for him he pulled it together just in time.
  • The rain had started to fall again, heavily, and the wind had picked up for possibly the worst conditions for this little red clay track but still the show went on.
  • Ryan Henderson Vs Jordon Dole: It was a fairly even race in extremely poor conditions until Jordon Dole went over the top of the third corner and nearly took Henderson with him.
  • Connor Hunter Vs Jake Tunney: Connor Hunter got off to a nice lead but found out early just how slippery the corners get in the wet. He regained composure and got himself back into the lead but lost traction, his back wheel slid out in the last corner and Hunter went down into the mud on his face. Tunney progressed to the next round.
  • Hayden Fletcher Vs Jonathan Hoare: Hoare got off to an early lead and Fletcher slipped in the first corner, leaving Hoare to cruise to the next round.
  • Tom Siinmaa Vs Cohen Gooden: Siinmaa had obviously been watching the early heats and was the first rider to drop the foot for the corners doin’ it old school. He put in a good ride eliminating Gooden in the process.
  • Bodi Turner Vs Talon Dobson: Turner got the snap and bounced out to a handy lead. He nearly came down in the second corner though and then again in the third. Dobson had pulled up just behind Turner coming out of the last corner but lost it on the second last jump and at the same time Turner got sideways going up the last jump. But Dobson was down and Turner managed to keep it upright somehow. In a great sign of what the day is all about, Turner walked over to Dobson to help him back up on his feet and over the line.
  • Sam Ewing Vs James Lautier: Lautier got the snap but Ewing wasn’t going to give up, he went into the first corner with a little too much speed and went down. Lautier was cruising around the second corner and also dropped it. Then when it looked like he had it all sewn up and heading down the last straight he had dropped it again. Ewing was scrambling to catch up but crashed in the second last straight, Lautier jumped back on his bike and this time made it to the line.
  • Scooby Guyers Vs Josh McLean: Scooby jumped out to the lead but then bobbled in the first corner, making up ground in the second straight he slid again in the second corner allowing McLean to get out to a handy lead. Guyers had given away too much ground and it was McLean who progressed.
  • Matthew Juster Vs Wade Turner: Juster got out to a narrow lead, Turner stuck with him, but Juster was being very cautious and was lucky not to make a mistake because turner was waiting to pounce all the way to the finish.
  • Adam Carey Vs Lachlan Kennedy: Carey looked to be playing it safe while Kennedy was putting it all on the line, it was working for him too until the third corner where he went in too low and was unable to turn hard enough without washing out.
  • Declan Hepburn Vs David Lyon: Lyon was too quick for Hepburn and the two looked like they would get to the line unscathed until Hepburn dropped it in the last corner, but by then Lyon was gone.
  • Luke Pretlove Vs Justin Beattie: These two were even exiting the first corner. Justin put the power down to get a good run for the second straight but all he managed to do was get the back wheel drifting and washed off all his speed. Pretlove kept it together to the line.

30 & Over

  • Simon Anderson Vs Simon Trewin: This is the third year in a row that these guys have met in the first round. Historically Trewin has gone down in a blaze of glory…and dust, much to the delight of his kids and those who like the crash scenes of the BSX DVDs. While Anderson got off to a good start Trewin stuck with him and by the third straight looked like he might also cause an upset with Anderson going for the four-pete. Anderson took the last corner perfectly and just edged out Trewin on the line.
  • Craig Manual Vs Tony Harvey: Manual got the snap but Harvey put in some big cranks to put himself into the lead in the second straight. Manual dropped a pedal exiting the first corner but got it back together. Harvey was out in front when Manual dropped the bike in the second corner.
  • Shane Jenkins Vs Craig Walczuk: Wally got the snap, but there wasn’t much in it. The two nearly clipped bars over the first double but somehow managed to stay upright. The two were neck and neck the whole way around the track. Entering the last corner it was anyone’s race. It came right down to the wire. Wally had the momentum but started to drift towards Jenkins in between the last 2 jumps and had to jam on the anchors to avoid the collision. Jenkins narrowly made it through.
  • Paul Knox Vs Paul Tomkinson: Tomkinson got the early lead which forced Knox to make too many mistakes and, in the end, he just couldn’t make up the ground.

Round 2

Open Men

  • Josh Callan Vs Tom Siinmaa: It was, even down the first straight, Siinmaa lost some speed sliding into the first corner, but kept it together. The race looked a little out of reach for Siinmaa, maybe 2 bike lengths but not impossible, down the last straight carrying more momentum he kept the pedal to the medal but dropped it when he lost traction going up the face of the second last jump. Callan also dropped a pedal but made it to the line.
  • Kyle Horton Vs Bodi Turner: It was an even start, Turner tried to power wheelie out of the first corner but just seemed to spin his wheels. Horton cashed in and took the lead to the line.
  • Luke Madill Vs James Lautier: Lautier got the snap, Madill had made up the ground by the first double and pulled away down the second straight leaving Lautier in his trail.
  • The rain had started to fall again.
  • Ziggy Callan Vs Josh McLean: Callan got the snap and kept it smooth taking the win and pushing herself into the top 8. The big question was, were we going to see a women in the Open Mens final? We had already seen that with Ziggy’s patience and skill that anything was possible.
  • Levi Collins Vs Matthew Juster. Juster was riding well, but Collins seemed to have the edge, when the two exited the last corner racing was close and both riders slid out, Collins kept his speed up, Juster couldn’t regain his pedals.
  • Heavy rain and strong wind kicked in again.
  • Ryan Henderson Vs Adam Carey: Henderson spun his back wheel out of the gate and Carey jumped to a narrow lead. Both riders were struggling to stay upright, it wasn’t until they got to the last corner that they started to have some real trouble. Henderson went in with a slight lead and a little too much speed, his wheels started to give way but he managed to keep it together somehow. Carey was right on his tail, but it was Henderson who would progress to the next round.
  • Jake Tunney Vs David Lyon: Lyon jumped to the early lead and rode a smooth lap with Tunney in tow, Tunney was about 3 bike lengths behind entering the last corner when he over cooked it and spun out.
  • Jonathan Hoare Vs Luke Pretlove: Hoare was about a bike length in front by the end of the first straight. Pretlove just tried to keep it together and couldn’t make up any ground. Hoare went through to the top 8.

Quarter Finals

Open Men

  • Josh Callan Vs Levi Collins: It was fairly even down the first straight until something went wrong for Collins, he exited the track launching off the side of the second double and his race was over. Josh was through to the finals again.
  • Kyle Horton Vs Ryan Henderson: Horton got off to a narrow lead but went into the first corner way too fast. The slippery surface claimed another victim and Henderson progressed.
  • Luke Madill Vs David Lyon: Once again Madill was off to a slow start but started making up ground by the first jump. Madill Slipped in the first corner, lost a little speed, but kept it going. Coming up the second straight Madill was trying to get some pedals down but just kept spinning the wheels. He’d pulled up just behind Lyon by the half way point but still had some work to do. Lyon was coping well with the pressure and the conditions. It looked like Lyon had it all sewn up going into the last corner, and it could have been the upset of the event, if it wasn’t for Lyon losing traction. He scootered to get going again and managed to pull it off but the second he got his foot back on his pedal he dropped the bike and handed Madill a get out of jail free card.
  • Jonathan Hoare Vs Ziggy Callan: Ziggy was doing well keeping up with Hoare but she dabbed a foot in the second corner and washed off some speed. Half way around the last corner she lost the back end of the bike and fell. Her run was over, but she did extremely well given the field and the conditions. Hoare was through to his first BSX finals.

It had started raining again for the semis.

Semis

Open Men

  • Josh Callan Vs Luke Madill: Madill was on the right lane this time. Josh got the snap and Madill got a faster start than his earlier efforts. Going through the first corner it looked like this one would be close. Both these guys had won before and were keen to take another win. Luke was on the inside in the first corner and pulled around the corner well, but you could see when his wheel went from carpet to clay that he had no traction he tried to put some big cranks in but just kept spinning, Madill eventually lost balance, and shot off the side of the next jump. Callan went on to the A main, Luke to the B Main.
  • Jonathan Hoare Vs Ryan Henderson: Hoare was in the left lane. The two were dead even down the first straight, Henderson seemed to have a good second straight but lost a bit of traction and speed going into the second corner. Dropping behind Henderson gave it all he had in the fourth straight only to slide nearly the whole way around the last corner, while he kept it upright Hoare took the win.

30 & Over

  • Simon Anderson Vs Shane Jenkins: Anderson, on the left lane, got off to a ripper of a start and had a length on Jenkins going into the first corner, Jenkins looked very cautious around the corners and just couldn’t keep up with Anderson.
  • Paul Tomkinson Vs Tony Harvey: Harvey on the left side. Tomkinson pulled a half a bike length on Harvey by the first jump but Harvey quickly made it up and the two were even by the halfway point. It looked like it could be a close call but as Tomkinson went into the last corner he slid and althrough he did a good job to keep it upright he lost all speed.

Josh Callan BSX2010 championFinals

The rain had started again for the finals.

Under 14 trophy dash. This is a new thing for BSX, since a bunch of young guns come and support the race we put the fastest two in a race together.

  • Ethan Murray Vs Jake Tunney: Murray on the outside. Murray got off to a quicker start and had a good bike length on Tunney going past the mid way point. But Murray slid out on the last corner and just couldn’t get the bike going again.

30 & Over

  • B Final – Shane Jenkins Vs Paul Tomkinson: Jenkins on the left side. A fairly even gate, Jenkins had a narrow lead down the first straight Tomkinson did the skid in the first corner and spun the wheels coming out of it. When he looked like he was about to get it together again, and with Jenkins pulling up next to him, he dropped it in the second corner.
  • A Final – Simon Anderson Vs Tony Harvey: Anderson on the left side, got the snap, Harvey pulled up even at the end of the first straight. But in the second corner it all went wrong for Harvey, he couldn’t stop the bike from slipping around, which allowed Anderson to break away and take the win.

Open Men

  • B Final – Ryan Henderson Vs Luke Madill: Madill on the right side got his best start of the day but Henderson still managed to out snap him. At the end of the first straight the two were neck and neck. Madill was spinning the wheels again out of the corners. It allowed Henderson to pull the lead by the half way marker. It was Henderson that spun the wheels out of the third corner and it looked like there was going to be a real race to the line, until Henderson slid out and eventually dropped the bike in the last corner, Madill took third overall.
  • A Final – Josh Callan Vs Jonathan Hoare: It was a very even start. Callan was on the outside and looking to take advantage of the faster corner. At the midway point Callan looked like he had a half a length lead. Callan made a little slip in the third corner to give away any advantage he had. Both riders were a chance for the win going through the last corner, Callan was trying to pedal out but got the spins. Hoare was doing a good job of staying upright and keeping his speed up. Both riders hit the last jump at the same time, however Hoare took the high road boosting the jump while Callan thrusted his bike forward to take his second BSX crown.

Click here for photos thanks to Gavin D/XBR: http://bmxultra.com/pictures/pictures/2010/01/bsx2010/index.php

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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 four years the event has raised approximately $15,000 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.

02/02 BMX Australia Round 4 and 5 Probikx/Champbikx Doubling UCI Oceania Ranking Round – ACT State Titles

BMX Australia press release
BMX Australia would like to remind all riders who are planning to enter the ACT Probikx/Champbikx round, entries close on the 23rd February 2010. It is advised to enter before the deadline as there can only be a limited number of entries accepted after the closing date because of the requirement to order transponders in advance of the event.

Riders can enter online at www.bmxaustralia.com.au or click on the below link for a printable entry form.
http://www.bmxaustralia.com.au/site/cycling/bmx/downloads/ACT%20UCI-Probikx-Champbikx%20Tuggeranong%20and%20Canberra%202010%20%20Flyer.pdf

Probikx prize pool of over $6000 over the 2 days.

Champbikx Prize Pool for each round is $600 for each of the boys and girls classes, so don’t miss out on the chance to win the money on offer.

Dates for the rounds are as follows:

  • Round 5 – BMX Australia Probikx/Champbikx
    (Doubling as UCI Oceania Ranking round) 5th March 2010
    Tuggeranong BMX Club
  • Round 6 – BMX Australia Probikx/Champbikx
    (Doubling as UCI Oceania Ranking round) 6th March 2010
    Canberra BMX Club

01/02 Shepparton entry forms

by bmxultra.com
The time has finally come where the greater BMX racing community is finally able to ride Australia’s first permanent UCI built racing facility at Shepparton in central Victoria. There are a few events to be held at the Shepparton track which is set to host the 2010 Australian Championships. The first race meeting is the Shepparton Open being held this Sunday February 7. Then the Victorian Country Cup held over the Saturday and Sunday of the Easter Long weekend in April.

For further information and entry forms click here to check out our race calendar.

01/02 DK Bicycles Australia sign with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINKS

DK Australia press release
Team DK Australia has joined forces with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINKS for the 2010 – 2011 race season.

The team is pleased to have ROCKSTAR on board as a partner, and look forwarded to continuing to lead the Australian BMX race scene on and off the track,

With the team now on the all new DK PROFESSIONAL Race frame and DK FLASH CRANKS they will defiantly be a force to be reckoned with.

Next major race meet for the riders will be the ACT Titles, so make sure you come and say hi and we may even have some stickers for you.

TEAM RIDERS:
Brock Murray, Ronnie Dugdell, Cherie Simpson, Alex Ulyate, Matt Dunsworth, Lacey Oliver, Ryan Van Vugt, Blake Moore and Mitch Hoad.

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