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29/10 Photos: Victorian Interclub – Frankston

by bmxultra.com
The traditional pre Victorian Championships hit out was on at Frankston on the weekend. The classes are huge, there are no finals except for the pro classes and riders compete for their club rather than themselves.

We had full intentions of taking a lot of photos, but didn’t find much time between two classes.

We do have some track photos, as requested by a few of you, and some of the pro finals as well.

Click here to check them out.

28/10 Victorian BMX State Champs entries close tomorrow!

by bmxultra.com
If you have been thinking about entering for the Victorian State Championships, tomorrow (Friday October 29) is your last chance. You have already missed the deadline to mail in your entry, but online entry is still open. Don’t leave it until it’s too late. Here’s the direct link to save you some time. https://www.clubsonline.com.au/multi/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_main&MultiID=149&OrgID=1636

28/10 JBL— Act Fast, Save Huge!

ABA press release
Act fast.Save huge.
Right now, ABA members can save up to 40% or more on great JBL, Harman Kardon, Infinity and AKG audio gear.

Headphones. Loudspeaker docks. A/V receivers. Blu-ray players. Car Audio amps, speakers and subwoofers.  We’ve got something for everyone on your holiday gift list — at savings you won’t believe. Hurry to www.ababmx.harman.com (username ababmx, password bmxracer) and cash in — before we come to our senses.

Up to 30% additional off now through October 31st only.

Only at www.ababmx.harman.com.

27/10 Review: Supercross Fox Yeah bars

by bmxultra.com
The Supercross Fox Yeah bars have been around for a little while now, we’ve seen a large number of the bars getting around on the tracks. We had Simon Trewin check them out for us. Click here to read the review

26/10 BSX2011 update – Ride sessions this weekend/New class

by bmxultra.com
BSX (short for Bicycle Supercross, and is often referred to as Backyard Supercross) is a Royal Children’s Hospital fund raiser. It will be on again on Monday 17 January 2011 (during Track Attack). It will be the sixth running of the one on one backyard BMX race. BSX is the longest running event of it’s kind in the world and draws a large number of competitors from around Australia. The event has pulled a few international visitors and a number of Olympians.

BSX2011Ride sessions this weekend
With the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday we’ve decided to take Monday off and make a 4 day weekend out of it to spend nearly the whole weekend cleaning up and riding the BSX track.

There was some damage caused by the snowfalls a couple of weeks back, but that won’t take long to clean up.

Here’s what we have planned

  • Sat 2pm – late
  • Sun 10am – late
  • Mon 10am – late
  • Tue 10am – late

If you have time and want to pop up for a session, or have some time to help us clean up, email webmaster@bmxultra.com to let us know you are coming.

If all goes to plan we should have the ram gate installed on Monday by Travo from Holeshot Engineering.

A new class
There is strong campaigning for a new class for the younger riders at BSX, while we have resisted in the past we are seriously considering it for BSX2011. If you have strong feelings for or against email us at webmaster@bmxultra.com and let us know what you think, we are always open for feedback.

Track Upgrades
Thanks to some awesome friends and family we now have a ram for the BSX starting gate. It should be installed some time over the next few weeks. This means that the gate will be as safe as it could possibly be, we will need less volunteers (so more people can enjoy the racing) and the gate will drop super quick.

We have been making a lot of changes to the track by hand, and the first two straights are faster and more fun than they have ever been. We still have plans for the last half of the track, but are trying to team up with the guys from Dirtz (www.dirtz.com.au) to make it the coolest little backyard track in the world. We are very excited and fingers crossed we can make it happen. If things don’t work out we still have a plan B and the track will still be significantly different to what it is now.

Partnership opportunities
If you would like to be involved in BSX2011 we have partnership packages available now, email webmaster@bmxultra.com for details. Basically we are looking for donations or products or even services for auctions/raffles. 100% of profits raised will go directly to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Naming rights are still up for grabs, contact us for details.

Track updates
The track changes are coming along very well so far, with some tweaks that will make the track faster, and a whole lot more fun and challenging, and there are still a whole lot more to come

If you are able to help swing a shovel, drive a bobcat/dingo or just help ride the track and roll the new changes in then keep an eye out for up coming working bees.

Poster
The 2011 poster for the event has been finalised. It features Luke Madill (left) who won the event in 2006 and 2007 and Josh Callan (right) who won in 2008 and 2010.

As we add partners the supported by area will be updated. So if you are interested in being a part of a very unique event and becoming a partner read the partner opportunities section below.

Go ahead and print it out and put it on your fridge, put it in your bmx club newsletter, put it on your facebook page, whatever, just spread the word.

Volunteers needed
We will also need some new volunteers for administration leading up to the event as well as running the event on the day. Jobs include parking attendants, ticket sales on the gate, taking entries, selling raffle tickets, manning the silent auctions, track maintenance and so on.

Riders
If you are interested in the event drop us an email webmaster@bmxultra.com to help us determine how many riders to expect.

We need to know:

  • what class you would like to ride
    • Open men
    • Open women
    • 30 & Over Open wheel
  • where you are from (City & State)
  • and your name.

Generally we end up with 32+ riders in the Open mens class, about 12 in the 30 & Over open wheel and 2-4 Open women. But there is plenty of room for more.

BSX is presented by bmxultra.com and proudly supported by
Gold Partners
Dirt Designs (www.bmxultra.com/dirt)
XBR (www.xbr.com.au)

Silver Partner
ABD (blog.abdbmx.com/)

Bronze Partner
Supercross BMX Australia
Chris Van Winden Paintjobs

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 five years the event has raised approximately $22,000 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.

 

25/10 HRV Classic Update

HRVfitness press release
Hey guys, the HRV Classic going to be exactly that, CLASSIC! Every things is coming together, the huge trophies are on the way, the track is getting prepped and Australia’s number one riders are getting ready for the biggest race of the year.

We have already received confirmation from Brian Kirkham, Luke Madill, Kamakazi, Oliver Hoarau and even 2x world champ Sam Willoughby. This is guaranteed to be a huge event and the only thing that is missing is you! Each and every rider that makes a final will receive one of the jumbo HRV Classic trophies; also all sprockets will  receive trophies on the day.

This will be unlike any racing you have seen this year, with a big focus on the fastest guys in the sport you are guaranteed to be entertained. Get ready and brace yourself for the 2010 Skin Industries HRV Classic.

Online entries are now available on line at the BMX Victoria web site
(https://www.clubsonline.com.au/multi/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_main&MultiID=173&OrgID=1636 ).

25/10 Celebrated surfer helps future cycling stars

by bikemedia
Better known for her seven surfing world titles, Layne Beachley is also building a reputation as a girl power icon. Beachley’s “Aim for the Stars” Foundation assists young women by supporting,  inspiring and motivating them in their pursuits.

The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation provides financial and moral assistance to girls and women across Australia to help them realise their dreams in sporting, academic, community or cultural pursuits.

Over seven years the foundation has supported the dreams of 167 women and recipients have included a glider pilot, marine biologist, racing car driver, violinist, figure skater and even a rodeo rider.

In 2010 three of the 13 recipients were cyclists including two mountain bikers and a para-cyclist.

Two time world mountain bike champion, Caroline Buchanan from Canberra was one of the high profile athletes. Buchanan is now focusing on BMX and aiming at  the London Olympics in 2012.

Also aiming at the 2012 Paralympics is another recipient, C1 Para-cyclist, Jayme Paris from Sydney. Jayme has had a huge year and been able to make the key international qualifying meets and is well on her way to representing Australia at 2012 Paralympics.

Mountain biker, Maya Sidhu from the Gold Coast also received support from the foundation this year. Sidhu is the current cross country national series winner in her age group.

Beachley’s foundation also supported many other talented women this year like dancer, actor and singer, Sarsha Murray from Sydney, who is now studying and living her dream in New York.

Some of the past recipients have gone onto great things including Casey Eastham, a member of Australia’s gold medal hockey team at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Beachley is very proud to support women in their incredible personal endeavours.

“I am thrilled to inspire and motivate women across Australia to dare to dream, pursue their passion and aspire to achieve,” said Beachley.

“My support will give females the opportunity to maintain a determined focus on their goal, to achieve their dreams earlier in life and allow them to further their ambitions and aim for the stars.”

Applications for 2011 grants are now open and the Foundation is inviting girls and women across Australia whether they are an academic, an athlete, an artist or even an archaeologist to apply. An opportunity exists for all females striving to achieve their goals.

Grant applications close 12 November 2010. Grants will be awarded at the discretion of the Foundation, to deserving applicants who meet the criteria and best demonstrate their aspirations to further their education and/or personal development.

Interested individuals or groups can get additional information by referring to the website:

www.aimforthestars.com.au

Applications for grants in 2011 remain open until 12th November,2010.

www.aimforthestars.com.au

22/10 BSX2011 update – Upgrades

by bmxultra.com
BSX (short for Bicycle Supercross, and is often referred to as Backyard Supercross) is a Royal Children’s Hospital fund raiser. It will be on again on Monday 17 January 2011 (during Track Attack). It will be the sixth running of the one on one backyard BMX race. BSX is the longest running event of it’s kind in the world and draws a large number of competitors from around Australia. The event has pulled a few international visitors and a number of Olympians.

Track Upgrades
BSX2011Thanks to some awesome friends and family we now have a ram for the BSX starting gate. It should be installed some time over the next few weeks. This means that the gate will be as safe as it could possibly be, we will need less volunteers (so more people can enjoy the racing) and the gate will drop super quick.

We have been making a lot of changes to the track by hand, and the first two straights are faster and more fun than they have ever been. We still have plans for the last half of the track, but are trying to team up with the guys from Dirtz (www.dirtz.com.au) to make it the coolest little backyard track in the world. We are very excited and fingers crossed we can make it happen. If things don’t work out we still have a plan B and the track will still be significantly different to what it is now.

Partnership opportunities
If you would like to be involved in BSX2011 we have partnership packages available now, email webmaster@bmxultra.com for details. Basically we are looking for donations or products or even services for auctions/raffles. 100% of profits raised will go directly to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Naming rights are still up for grabs, contact us for details.

Track updates
The track changes are coming along very well so far, with some tweaks that will make the track faster, and a whole lot more fun and challenging, and there are still a whole lot more to come

If you are able to help swing a shovel, drive a bobcat/dingo or just help ride the track and roll the new changes in then keep an eye out for up coming working bees.

Poster
The 2011 poster for the event has been finalised. It features Luke Madill (left) who won the event in 2006 and 2007 and Josh Callan (right) who won in 2008 and 2010.

As we add partners the supported by area will be updated. So if you are interested in being a part of a very unique event and becoming a partner read the partner opportunities section below.

Go ahead and print it out and put it on your fridge, put it in your bmx club newsletter, put it on your facebook page, whatever, just spread the word.

Volunteers needed
We will also need some new volunteers for administration leading up to the event as well as running the event on the day. Jobs include parking attendants, ticket sales on the gate, taking entries, selling raffle tickets, manning the silent auctions, track maintenance and so on.

Riders
If you are interested in the event drop us an email webmaster@bmxultra.com to help us determine how many riders to expect.

We need to know:

  • what class you would like to ride
    • Open men
    • Open women
    • 30 & Over Open wheel
  • where you are from (City & State)
  • and your name.

Generally we end up with 32+ riders in the Open mens class, about 12 in the 30 & Over open wheel and 2-4 Open women. But there is plenty of room for more.

BSX is presented by bmxultra.com and proudly supported by
Gold Partners
Dirt Designs (www.bmxultra.com/dirt)
XBR (www.xbr.com.au)

Silver Partner
ABD (blog.abdbmx.com/)

Bronze Partner
Supercross BMX Australia
Chris Van Winden Paintjobs

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 five years the event has raised approximately $22,000 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.

21/10 Crupi’s Tyler Brown on MTV’s Made!

Crupi Parts press release
Baldwin Park, California – Crupi Parts, Inc is proud to announce that on season 11; episode 16 of MTV’s program “Made”, Tyler Brown was the featured coach training a 17 year old high school girl who wanted to race BMX. The episode first aired Monday, October 18th on MTV but anyone can see the full episode by going to mtv.com and clicking on Made (or try this link:)
http://www.mtv.com/videos/made-season-11-ep-16-bmx-racer/1650184/playlist.jhtml
[Editor: The Video doesn’t play in Australia, and possibly other countries outside the North American continent]

Tyler had quite the challenge getting this girl to commit to the training and learn how to ride before her big race. But Tyler’s training did the trick and the girl did well for her first ever BMX race.

Tyler not only made Crupi and his other sponsors proud but we feel that he represented the best in BMX which helps to promote our sport in a positive light for those still new to the sport or not yet familiar with it. Congratulations Tyler and a job well done!

20/10 Video: Redline team at Frejus World Cup

Fastfokus.com press release
We just finish a video for Redline, for the WC final in Frejus !

Check it out.

This is the link: http://vimeo.com/15899359

20/10 RAD & BMX Bandits outdoor screening at Geelong

by bmxultra.com
Now here’s a great initiative. The Geelong BMX Club have an outdoor screening of the Awesome BMX movies Rad and BMX Bandits. That would be a great night.

When: Saturday, November 20 · 7:30pm – 11:00pm

Where: Geelong BMX Club (Grinters Reserve), Coppards Road, Moolap (map)

Don’t forget to take along a seat, drinks and nibblies

Rad and BMX Bandits screening

Facebook event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154306247940014

19/10 Team bmxultra.com at Lilydale’s Spring Cup

bmxultra.com press release

Two bmxultra.com team members headed out to Lilydale on Sunday for the Spring Cup. A cold snap dumped snow in the hills around the Lilydale area, and a whole lot of rain in the days leading up to the event, but the track held up fairly well considering. The cold conditions and predicted showers didn’t stop a good number of riders showing up. After a little bit of drizzle early in the day the track started to dry and got faster as the day went on.

Shane Jenkins (30 & Over Open wheel) was struggling a little with the boggy track at the start of the day but managed to qualify for the final comfortably. When the gate dropped in the main Shane got out to a good start and managed to slot into third place entering the first corner. That’s when Craig Walczuk slid out while in second and Shane had no where to go but into Walczuk, his race was over. The two go to their feet and put on a show over the third straight jumps. Shane’s looking for better luck in the finals, make that a seventh for him.

Jamie Bullows (30 & Over Open wheel) was out for a fun day at Lillydale, he’s still working on getting his racing legs back to speed after a break from racing. He missed out on the main, but as always stayed to watch and support his team riders.

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.

18/10 Thunderdome Coaching Clinic

by Tom Siinmaa
Learn all you need to know from Victoria’s best AA Pro’s in Tom Siinmaa, Matt Dunsworth and Bodi Turner before you take on the Knox Thunderdome. The session will cover all areas and give an opportunity to master the new gate before racing kicks off.

The clinic is open to all ages and abilities. Email Tom at ride_on69@hotmail for bookings and more info.

18/10 2011 Haro bikes have landed at Don Ash Bike Hub

Don Ash Bike Hub press release
The complete 2011 Haro BMX range is now available at Don Ash Bike Hub. Ranging from Mini to Pro XL+ & including the new top of the range Race Lite.

Check out www.haro.com.au or donash.bikehub.com.au for full specs & prices.

Or alternatively email the shop donash@bikehub.com.au or phone 0358213378, ask for Nathan Barker or Nathan May.

Don Ash Bike Hub
126-128 High St,
Shepparton Vic 3630
http://donash.bikehub.com.au

18/10 Position Available – Victoria BMX Development Officer

bmx victoria press release
Position Available
Cycling is a sport which is building in popularity, not only in terms of participation levels but also in terms of involvement at the competitive level, and this position provides the successful candidate with an exciting opportunity to be part of the future development of cycling in Victoria.

The BMX Officer is a new part time position (12-16 hours per week) where the successful candidate will be responsible for the management of the BMX Development program in Victoria. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to build a program and make a difference in cycling throughout the state.

For further information see the Position Description

Applications close November 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm EST.

Additional information and application can be submitted to:

Kipp Kaufmann

General Manager

kipp.kaufmann@cycling.org.au

15/10 40 Years of BMX celebrations

by bmxultra.com
Many of you would know by now that BMX is celebrating 40 years on November 14th 2010. It’s only fitting that the OM of BMX, Scot Breithaupt, the man responsible for starting this great sport, has organised the biggest celebration that BMX will ever have seen.

We are very proud to be associated with this event, it will be the Woodstock of BMX where Joe Kid on a Stingray will come to life.

40 years of BMX

The celebrations will run over the weekend of November 13-14 in California.

The types of things to expect over the weekend include

  • Intense – Speed Bicycles ABA BMX Races
  • S&M Park Freestyle
  • Redline Dirt Jump Comp
  • Giant – 4130 Ride
  • History Of BMX Display
  • CW Racing Old School Collector Show

For more information visit 40yearsofbmx.com

For those of you who can’t make it, why not organise your own celebrations with your BMXing buddies. Take a bunch of photos and send them into the website to be posted in the photo gallery.

To coincide with the 40 Years of BMX celebrations the bmxultra.com compound will be open on Saturday November 13 for a BBQ and ride session from 10 am onwards for anyone in interested in popping into the Kinglake area. BBQ is BYO meat. We’ll see if we can get some of the bmxultra.com Hall of Fame-ers along too.

15/10 Redline Cup West Finals
Live from Boulder City BMX

GO211 press release
The third and final Redline Cup Finals will be held this weekend in Boulder City, Nevada. With 130 motos last weekend at the Central Finals and National Pro Points on the line at Redline Cup West, will the west be able to outdraw the mighty central region?

For more information on the ABA Redline Cup Finals visit: www.ababmx.com

15/10 NBL Partners With AXO For Additional Membership Benefit

NBL press release
Every Current NBL Member Will Receive 40% Off AXO Gear

GAHANNA, OH — Today the NBL announced a new partnership with AXO which will give all current NBL members a 40% discount on AXO gear and apparel. AXO is an industry leader in the motocross world and has recently extended their product lines to encompass BMX Racing. By signing up on the AXO website, NBL members will be eligible to receive the 40% discount on any items ordered through their online store.

For more details on the sign-up process, please visit www.nbl.org/get-40-off-axo-gear.

NBL CEO Gary Aragon says, “One of the main goals of the New NBL is to bring more value to an NBL membership. We are very excited to bring AXO on board to help further this goal. It is just the first of many new membership benefits we will be announcing in the coming weeks and months.”

AXO Race Manager Dave Rasmussen adds, “We believe BMX plays a key role in MX and at AXO America we want to support that relationship, so we couldn’t be happier to be partnering up with the National Bicycle League.”

14/10 One Bicycles 2011 frame

by bmxultra.com
We’ve been sent a sneak preview of the 2011 One Bicycles frame.

All we know at this stage is have is

  • the 2011 frame will be available in all sizes
  • the only colour option is black
  • they will be available around December
  • these frames look sick!

2011 One bicycles frame

14/10 2010 BMXer Magazine Golden Crank Awards are NOW OPEN For Voting!

ABA press release
Golden Crank Awards time, and ABA racers, this is your time to speak up!

Here`s how it works: Since 1992 BMXer magazine has asked you, ABA community, the racers, fans, and BMX industry to vote for your favorites in four categories for the prestigious Golden Crank award.

Categories are Pro, Rookie Pro, then Bike, and also Team of the year.

Each year voters (that would be you) are rewarded with some really cool stuff from top names in the BMX industry, from complete bikes, to frames, to top-shelf parts and equipment.

Prizes to be awarded to voters from:

  • Intense
  • FLY Racing
  • THE
  • TIOGA

The votes determine the recipients of the Golden Crank Awards, handed out each year at the Greatest Race on Earth, the ABA Grand Nationals.  Which means time`s coming up, hurry, vote!

Just check out the list, the Golden Crank Award winners are a list of who`s who in the BMX racing world. Over the years some really close scores have determined the winner in the past, and some big surprises have come as well — so yes, your vote is important, you are creating history. One thing`s for sure: The racers and fans place their votes and let the BMX Industry know who their favorites are. This matters.

Here`s a a look of the past winners since 1992 in all four categories.  But what will be the history for 2010? It`s up to you. Vote, you`ll need your ABA number to do so, and remember you are also entered into the drawing for prizes just for participating.

Now get in there and vote; it`s up to you, ABA BMXers, to determine the recipients for the 2010 Golden Crank Awards.

Click the link Below!

http://www.ababmx.com/index.php?page=default/newsview&newsid=720&search=

14/10 Orlando is the last stop of the ABA National Series before the finale in November

ABA press release
The American Bicycle Association (ABA) is returning to Orlando, Florida, and ORL BMX, October 22-24, 2010, for the 4th consecutive year of the Disney Cup Fall Nationals.  This year the bicycle motocross race has even more significance than years past as it also carries International Cycling Union (UCI) points status.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) is cycling’s International Federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and administers and promotes the development of the eight disciplines of cycling, including BMX.  Qualifications spots for each Nation in the Olympic Games in the discipline of BMX are determined by the UCI.  The rankings by nation are determined by the position of the three best male and three female riders from each nation in the UCI BMX ranking.

Olympic BMX racers from the 2008 Beijing Games from around the globe will be in attendance at the event.  13 of the 32 male BMX racers who competed in the inaugural BMX event in Beijing are also in contention for the coveted ABA #1 Pro Title.  Olympic Gold Medalist Maris Stombergs (LAT), Cristian Becirine (ARG) Arturs Matisons (LAT), Robert de Wilde (NED), Raymon van der Biezen (NED), Ramiro Marino (ARG), Sifiso Nhlapo (RSA), Jared Graves (AUS), Marc Willers (NZL), Liam Phillips (GBR), Kyle Bennett (USA), Olympic Bronze Medalist Donny Robinson (USA), and Olympic Silver Medalist Mike Day (USA), are all Olympians who have raced previous ABA events.  Australian Olympic hopeful and past Junior World Champion Sam Willoughby is currently the ABA points leader.  With three national scores on the line in Orlando many riders will be looking to move up in the points chase.

In addition to the top male and female pros in the World, the event will draw some of the fastest and up and coming amateurs from around the United States and Canada.  These riders range in age from 3 to 76 and will be racing to amass points for titles in their age classes and the highly coveted ABA #1 amateur title.  It is anticipated that the weekend will see over 800 racers each day, attracting thousands of fans and spectators to the Orlando area.

Action for the weekend gets started on Friday with registration and practice taking place from 9:00 to 1:30 p.m.  Racing on Friday will begin at 3:00 p.m.  Saturday gets started with registration and practice beginning at 7:30 a.m. and racing beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Sunday, the gates open at 7:00 a.m. and racing begins at 8:00 a.m.  A day parking pass is $5 and there is no admission charge for spectators.  The pro practice will take place from 1:55 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday and 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

ORL BMX is located at 901 Ferrand Drive, Orlando, FL  32808, and is an American Bicycle Association sanctioned BMX race track. This family friendly facility is equipped with bleachers, rest rooms and a snack bar.  The track operates year round with practices held every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and racing currently held every Thursday and Saturday.  For more information on ORL BMX visit www.orlbmx.com or call the track hotline at 407-297-3589.

About the ABA

The American Bicycle Association (ABA) was formed in 1977 and is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona. “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.

13/10 Victorian BMX Championships entries close soon

BMX Victoria press release
An important reminder to all BMX Riders wishing to attend the Victorian BMX Championships
BMXV STATE TITLES POSTAL ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 22nd OCTOBER.
That’s less than 10 days away
Online entries close a week later
NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED
If you’re entering online don’t leave it till the last day.
DON’T MISS OUT; GET YOUR ENTRIES IN NOW

12/10 Sun Graphics

by bmxultra.com
Former BMXer and an old friend of ours, Steve Munyard, sent us a link to his new website www.sungraphics.com.au. Sun Graphics, based in the Dandenong Ranges East of Melbourne, specialise in Custom frame painting,
Custom helmet painting,
Frame repairs & Decal reproduction,
Sign Writing,
Vehicle signage and a whole lot more.

Here’s some examples of their work:

For more information check out www.sungraphics.com.au

12/10 UCI SX Frejus Race Videos

mpora.com press release
We’ve teamed up with Hans at BMX-videos to cover all the race action from the Frejus Supercross World Cup in France.

Men Final: http://video.mpora.com/watch/ZEOLhfiI7/
Semi 1: http://video.mpora.com/watch/PQnwLhv1U/
Semi 2: http://video.mpora.com/watch/m9RV2FqGk/

Women Final: http://video.mpora.com/watch/d8UuppYXo/
Semi 1: http://video.mpora.com/watch/8CfUpD0D3/
Semi2: http://video.mpora.com/watch/0vWJQysF0/

11/10 UCI BMX Supercross awards 2010

UCI press release
With the Olympics just two short years away the interest in the world’s fastest growing action sport is rising. At the end of another successful season, the UCI BMX Supercross organisers take time to reflect and honour the special achievements within the BMX Supercross community. The awards were presented by Double A Pete during a lively and rather typical BMX party in Frejus. 

There were several prizes awarded with the majority of the awards being decided by a jury vote. The result for the most popular rider of the year award however was judged by the public, who casted votes through an online voting pole.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Nominated;
1. German Medina, COL
2. Fabrice Vettoretti, FRA
3. Sean Dwight, USA
4. Wade Bootes, AUS

Winner is Fabrice Vettoretti coach of the French National Team.

Jury’s motivation; He demands the most of his riders, he get’s the results. Not for nothing everybody calls him ‘Fab’.

BEST PASS OF THE YEAR
Nominated;
1. Maris Strombergs LAT
2. Sylvain André, FRA
3. Sam Willoughby, AUS
4. Nic Long, USA

Winner; Nic Long (USA)

Jury’s motivation; In one of the most thrilling races in the history of BMX Supercross in Chula Vista 2010, Long passed the two fastest riders in the world, taking the Chula Vista title. This all happened in front of an ecstatic crowd.

RIDE STYLE AWARD OF THE YEAR
Nominated;
1. Joris Daudet, FRA
2. Corben Sharrah, USA
3. Sarah Walker, NZL
4. Ivo Van Der Putten, NED

Winner; Evil Ivo – Ivo Van Der Putten, with permanent bike number 666

Jury’s motivation; Ivo is always the first to hit the big jumps. He shows no hesitation and combines strength and power along with perfect style. Ivo was out for most of the season, but still the jury’s favorite.

BEST CRASH OF THE YEAR
Nominated;
1. Vincent Pelluard, FRA
2. Connor Fields, USA
3. Quentin Cayleron, FRA
4. Amanda Geving, USA

Winner; Connor Fields (USA)

Jury’s motivation; This award could also be called the bad luck award of the year. During the World Championships in South Africa, Fields was leading the finals in the biggest event of the year by three bike lengths, before loosing rhythm and falling hard on the second to last straight.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Nominated;
1. Sylvain André, FRA
2. Brooke Crain, USA
3. Corben Sharrah, USA
4. Tory Nyhaug, CAN

Winner; Sylvain André (FRA)

Jury’s motivation; Sylvan symbolizes ‘New School’ riding. He is skinny, extremely fast and has no fear – he was also the 2010 Junior World champion.

FEMALE RIDER OF THE YEAR
Nominated;
1. Shanaze Reade, (GBR)
2. Caroline Buchanan, (AUS)
3. Laetitia Le Corguille, (FRA)
4. Alise Post, (USA)

(picture Caroline Buchananwinner of people’s vote)

People’s vote ;
With the closest of margins and 30% of the votes, the people voted Caroline Buchanan from Australia as their rider of the year.

MALE RIDER OF THE YEAR

Nominated;
1. Maris Strombergs, LAT
2. Sam Willoughby, AUS
3. Sifiso Nhlapo, RSA
4. Marc Willers, NZL

People’s vote;

With a clear win, taking 45% of the people’s vote, the clear favorite amongst the BMX community – Sam I am. Sam Willoughby takes the title for male rider of the year.

Jury Members are:

1. Bas De Bever – Dutch coach & UCI BMX Commission
2. Mike King – US Cycling coach & UCI BMX Commission
3. German Medina – Argentina Coach & UCI BMX Commission
4. Nicole Shuepbach – Swatch
5. Jerry Landrum – BMX Mania
6. Robert De Wilde – Most experienced rider
7. Pete Dylewski – Freecaster host
8. Tom Ritz – UCI BMX track builder

11/10 Maris Strombergs and Sarah Walker win UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Frejus

UCI press release
Frejus, France 9 October 2010 – In an impressive finale Maris Strombergs outperformed all Elite men. The strong Latvian rider came powering down the start hill in front of thousands of BMX fans on the sunny south coast of France. Strombergs took the holeshot and dominated the remaining 30 seconds of the race from start to finish. With this victory during the last Supercross event of the season, the Olympic and World Champion also secured his overall 2010 Supercross World Cup title.

Strombergs running a temperature
Maris Strombergs was ecstatic after his final race. “This is amazing. I felt so tired today. I was not expecting this,” Strombergs said gasping for air. “I was running a temperature and I could not have done one more race! But I kept focussed on this last one and gave it all. This is great. But I am not done yet. I want to win it all. Also the ABA Grands that are coming up in the states.”

Strombergs is determined. If he wins the ABA Grands in November of this year, he will win the quadruple crown, something that has not been done before. Winning the NBL Grands 2010, UCI World Championships 2010 the UCI 2010 Supercross World Cup and the ABA Grand.

Willers: “I won the Silver”
Second was Marc Willers from New Zealand and third Connor Fields. Willers is back in the podium and a happy man. When asked whether Willers had lost the gold or won the silver, the Kiwi said smiling: “It felt like I won the silver.”

Willoughby not on the podium
Sam Willoughby was the only rider that also had a chance on taking the 2010 Supercross World cup title. But in order to do so the double junior world champion from Australia had to beat Maris Strombergs by two places. With a fourth place in the final Willoughby could not prolong his 2009 World Cup title.

Sarah Walker back on track
Sarah Walker won the women’s event and is back on track after she suffered a back injury during the World Championships in South Africa. Second was Lauren Reynolds from Australia and third the 2009 junior world champion Mariana Pajon. Favourite Laëtitia Le Corguillé crashed on October 8 and could not compete due to a broken finger.

“Smooth and simple”
Sarah Walker said immediately after her winning the event, “I felt strong, kept it smooth and simple. That gave me the victory. I also did not have any expectations. I just wanted to race as a starting point after my injury. So I am really happy, but it is a bit bitter sweet because Laëtitia could not race. I would have loved to compete against her. In Copenhagen we were elbowing all the way. That was great competition. But on the other hand I won here and to do that you have to race and stay on your bike and that is just what I did.”

Results Frejus Supercross:

MEN:
1) M. Strombergs (LAT) 31.805
2) M. Willers (NZL) 31.960
3) C. Fields (USA) 32.139
4) S. Willoughby (AUS) 32.749
5) R. Marino (ARG) 33.027
6) J. Meyers (USA) 33.344
7) B. Kirkham (AUS) 1:00.399
8) L. Phillips (GBR) 8

WOMEN:
1) S. Walker (NZL) 35.774
2) L. Reynolds (AUS) 36.195
3) M. Pajon (COL) 36.327
4) A. Post (USA) 36.391
5) A. Martin (USA) 36.933
6) J. Seesing (NED) 37.610
7) R. Bracken (AUS) 38.118
8) A. Carr (USA) 46.398

11/10 Record number of participants at UCI BMX Supercross 2010 finale

UCI press release
A record number of riders entered the final round of the UCI BMX Supercross in Frejus, 198 men and from 47 women from 27 countries. With the Olympics just two short years away the interest in the world’s fastest growing action sport is rising. The event kicked off with the time trials to determine which 64 men and 32 women will continue in tomorrow’s finals.

World Cup leader Le Corguillé out of competition due to crash
Laëtitia Le Corguillé, who stood out this season during the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series winning all three previous stops in 2010, is out of competition for this round. This afternoon 8 October in front of her home crowd she crashed during time trials in the third straight just before the last turn. She was down for a while and taken of the track by UCI medical staff for further observation.

Le Corguillé will not be able to compete in tomorrow’s finals as she has was diagnosed with one broken finger and some bruised ribs. Now she is missing the opportunity to dominate the 2010 World Cup season winning all events in one season. However her lead in the standings is big enough to secure the 2010 BMX Supercross overall trophy 2010 for Elite women.

Down under the fastest
Time trial winner was Sarah Walker, the 2009 UCI BMX World Champion from New Zealand. Walker won in 36.362 seconds. The multi talented Caroline Buchanan from Australia was second with 36.457. These two riders are part of 32 that continue to battle it out for the last Supercross win of season. Together with some seven other Elite women BMX riders Walker and Buchanan will also go all out to claim second spot in the 2010 World Cup standings.

Shanaze Reade expert commentator Freecaster.tv
She is present in Frejus looking forward to assist UCI Supercross Freecaster host Pete Dylewski as an expert commentary during the live broadcast on www.Freecaster.tv .

Local French rider rules men’s time trials
Joris Daudet won the men’s time trials in 31.650 seconds and the French rider sits in the hot seat for the moment. Second was Dutchmen Raymon van der Biezen in 31.742. All the other top riders are on their heels. With Willoughby (AUS) third, Fields (USA) fourth and Strombergs (LAT) fifth.

Willoughby trails Strombergs by 64 points for the 2010 World Cup trophy. The Australian will try to stop the Latvian BMX World Champion from taking away his 2009 Supercross title. Connor Fields, who is in third place, can theoretically still win the top spot, but the young American rider needs a small miracle to do so.

Teaser video

08/10 ONE Bicycles Australia Team at the N.S.W. Titles in Tamworth

One Bicycles Australia press release

This year saw the Northern Region of NSW host the State Titles at the Tamworth Club. The Club had come under some criticism after hosting the Pre State titles earlier in the year for the condition of the track, so after much deliberation it was decided to get the professionals in to build the Club an amazing new track. The Balkan and the Tamworth Committee created an awesome track for the event and the feedback was that the track was challenging and fun! The event is held over two days, with 4 motos on Saturday and a fifth moto, semis and finals on the Sunday.

Mikayla Rose was out to make it back to back State Champion in the 10 Girls class and after an amazing year on the bike she came in to the event ready to take that win. In warm up she looked comfortable and very fast through the third straight, over the bridge and in to the “whirlpool”! In her first moto on her 20”, her long time rival Bianca Robertson came out flying and took the holeshot in to the first corner. Bianca managed to hold Mikayla out til the last corner when she left the inside run wide open and Mikayla came through to steal the win away. In the next 4 heats Mikayla managed to holeshot and secure top spot leading in to the final moto. Mikayla’s goal was to clean sweep the age Class and did so taking the win and the Number 1 NSW plate with it. A great effort by all the other girls who raced!

On Cruiser Mikayla raced in the 8 to 13 Girls Cruiser. She had some tough competition in this event and wanted to get a good result racing older girls! Mikayla got some great gates and kept the older girls on their toes taking fourths in the 5 heats. In the final moto she managed another fourth capping off a great weekend with 4 NSW.

Nikalus Rose was in the tough 12 boys class and wanted to make podium on both bikes for the event. Nik didn’t look all that comfortable on the track in Friday warm up, but after 4 motos on Saturday found his consistency paid off and he was sitting in 4th spot, Ben Bainey, Brock Griffiths and Andy Hughes were all on song and racing fast! Nik managed seconds and thirds and a first on day one. On Sunday he came out in his last moto to take the win and some well deserved confidence in to the semis and finals. In the semis he got a second securing his spot in the final. In the final he drew gate 4 and came out flying. In to the first corner they were very bunched and that allowed Nik an opportunity to go under Ben Bainey in to the second corner and chase down Brock and Andy. Nik pulled back the lead the other two riders had chased hard to the line for a great third behind Brock Griffiths and Andy Hughes. Awesome final and some well deserved results for the riders.

In 11 to 12 Boys Cruiser Nik looked far more comfortable. In his heats he managed firsts and seconds and was riding with a lot more confidence. In his final Nik had Andy and Brock again as his major threats with local rider Daniel Morris sitting in gate 4. When the gate dropped it was Andy with the holeshot, with Brock Nik and Dan all looking for track room. After some tyre rubbing and push and shove nik got spat out the back to sixth spot with his mate Steve Henderson getting caught up in the incident and coming down behind Nik nearly taking him to the deck too. Nik recovered and took off after the lead pack. By the Whirlpool Nik had clawed his way back to fourth and accepted he wasn’t going to better that spot until Brock Griffiths chain came off spitting him off the bike and hitting the deck hard. Nik rolled through for his third spot and walked away 3 NSW on both bikes after some amazingly close and hard fought racing!

Justin Beattie was out to make another year as State Champion and had been working on his speed and gates leading up to the event. Well didn’t that show, Justin was on fire and came out on a mission to dominate the 11 Boys class. Dominate is what he did, winning all his 5 heats leading up to the semis. Justin kept enough in reserve to ensure he had some juice in the tank for the semis and the final. In his semi Justin cruised in for another win securing lane choice in the final. In the final Justin’s mate Will Moran pushed Justin all the way to the line as Justin crossed the finish in first claiming the State Championship for another year. At the end of the race Justin noticed a considerable amount of air had gone out of his back tyre. How good is this kid, he races undefeated all weekend and then wins the final on a deflating tyre!

Joshua Rose had been training hard in the lead up to the event and was hoping to nail down his first ever State plate. On his 20” bike in the hotly contested 15 Boys class, Josh rode well managing fourths, fifth and a third to ensure he went on to the semis. Josh managed to get a stacked gate for his semi, in saying that, every gate is stacked in 15 Boys in NSW! Josh rode well and only missed the final by half a bike length. Josh had finally realised that to be competitive he needed to train hard and stated he would train even harder now to achieve his goal of making a final in the 15 Boys class. In the 15 to 16 Boys cruiser, numbers were down and only 4 riders contested the medals. Josh and his mate Jake Hindmarch kept each other honest all weekend by swapping firsts and seconds all weekend. In the final moto of the day, josh only needed a third to secure the second spot overall, however raced hard and came in second anyway, walking away with his first ever State plate with a 2 NSW on cruiser.

The kids were happy with their results and now awaited the result of the Corporate Teams trophy. Last year the Team walked away with the trophy in their first attempt at it and were hoping to do the same again this year. Krank It Crupi had pipped them to the post with the win this year after some great Team results. Blackmans Cycles took second spot with the ONE Team taking third. It was so close between the three teams with a mere 4 points separating first to third. There is always next year!

Now the Team can rest until the Victorian Championships in November this year! Nik and Justin will have little time to rest after Justin made the Australian Team to travel to the land of the long white cloud and in his kindness his father Jim offered to take Nik too! Nik is so grateful for the opportunity to travel with his Team mate and friend Justin and the pair will be contesting the North Island Titles flying the flag high for the ONE Team. Will keep you posted on that trip! Can’t wait to get to the Vic Titles and catch up with the rest of the ONE Team and maybe give the corporate Team a crack there too!

As usual the Team is very grateful for the ongoing support of their BMX Manager and Guru, Shane Jenkins and the always supportive ECI. Thanks guys for believing in the kids and giving them the opportunity to ride the best bike in the market. Is it any wonder Maris Strombergs rode his ONE to World and Olympic GOLD!

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 ourselves we 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

07/10 Preview UCI BMX Supercross 2010 season’s finale in Frejus, France

UCI press release
The fourth and final stop of the 2010 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, presented by Swatch, will be held in Frejus on the south coast of France on 8 and 9 October. In Frejus the UCI BMX Supercross series are part of one of the biggest multi-cycling events in Europe known as the ‘ROC d’Azur’. The 2010 Supercross World Cup title is at stake and, with less than two years to go to the London Olympics, things are also heating-up for Olympic qualification points
.

See teaser video here.

French connection
Currently 200 Elite men and 44 Elite women from 27 countries are registered to compete. A record number of 72 French riders have registered to compete. Second nation in number of competitors is the Netherlands – Coach Bas de Bever’s Dutch army counts 19 Elite riders. With 17 riders, the third biggest team comes from the USA.

Strombergs and Willoughby battle it out for the 2010 World Cup
It is going to be a full-on battle between Latvian rider Maris Strombergs, who currently leads the 2010 Elite men’s ranking, and the 2009 Supercross winner Sam Willoughby from Australia. Willoughby trails Strombergs by 64 points and will try to stop the Latvian BMX World Champion from taking away his 2009 Supercross title. Connor Fields, who is in third place, can theoretically still win the top spot, but the young American rider needs a small miracle to do so.

Le Corguillé defends title
Laëtitia Le Corguillé stood out this season during the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series. The French female rider won all three previous stops in 2010 and was also the overall 2009 Supercross World Cup winner. Only during the World Championships in South Africa did Shanaze Reade from the United Kingdom beat her. The multi talented Caroline Buchanan from Australia is runner-up in the 2010 ranking and was recently crowned the 2010 Mountain Bike 4-cross World Champion. Buchanan and some seven other Elite women BMX riders will go all out for the second and third spots in the season’s ranking.

SWATCH BMX Supercross Awards 2010
The UCI is pleased to announce the 2nd annual SWATCH BMX Supercross Awards Ceremony. The banquet will be held Saturday evening 9th October in Fréjus. During the banquet the 2010 BMX Supercross World Cup Overall Winners, as well as several other special awards will be presented. The categories are:

Best Crash Of the Year
Best Pass Of The Year
The Ride Style Award
Coach Of The Year
Rookie Of The Year
Female Rider Of The Year
Male Rider Of the Year

New for this year is that the public was be able to vote on their favourite Female and Male Elite BMX Rider Of The Year. For all the other categories, the winners will be selected by a jury.

Please see teaser video on Freecaster.tv

For all results see www.bmx-results.com

07/10 Bunbury BMX Track Completed

Bunbury BMX Club press release
The Bunbury BMX Club Inc has a built a new world class track at its venue South of Bunbury. The track is based on the 2010 South African World Championship track designed by UCI track designer Tom Ritzenthaler. Built by renowned track builders Dirtz n Trail this state of the art track is over 350m long and has two pro sections. It is the first compliant track in Australia with the famous berm jump where the pro riders jump over the second berm for challenge riders.

Commenting on the new track Bunbury BMX President Mr Tim Wakeling said the new track has taken the standard of tracks in Australia to a new level. We are very proud of what we have built and it’s a credit to all who were involved including local businesses and the wider community.

“We wanted to build a world class facility that was like no other in the country and one that complied with UCI requirements. We also wanted it to provide spectators with an outstanding viewing experience of the whole track and one that is a favourite amongst riders and spectators alike” he said.

The new track, built entirely out of Cracker Dust, has both a second and third straight challenge and pro section and includes a new 5 metre high challenge start ramp that has been built to UCI specifications.

“We completely demolished the old track and set aside this material to build up the spectator areas. We then trucked in over 6000m3 of additional clean fill to elevate the viewing platform to over 4m above ground level. Finally, 5000 m3 of Cracker Dust was delivered and used to build the track to cater for the challenge and pro rider” Mr Wakeling said.

Track builder Mr Geoff Cartwright from Dirtz Design and Construction said it was crowning moment in their track building career and includes the never seen before “hip and boot” pro section.

“This is without doubt one of the best and most challenging tracks we have ever built. There is no other like it in Australia. It is a serious kick ass track that will challenge even the best pro riders. It is the first track I have incorporated the unique “hip and boot” whereby the pro rider is flung from one side of the track into the third berm. Mr Cartwright said.

The Bunbury BMX Club has been very professional and thorough in their approach and it shows in the finished product. I can’t wait to see the Probikx and Champbikx rounds come here, its going to be full on” he said.

The Club has just announced local building company Perkins Builders as its naming rights sponsor and the new facility will be known as Perkins BMX Stadium.

07/10 BMX Edge October Sale

BMX EDGE press release
With the new 2011 Redlines now starting to arrive we need to clear some stock.

We are offering the following bikes and frame sets that are in stock and ready to go.

2010 DK Junior – was $549.00 NOW $449.00
2010 Hillbrick Mini – was $699.00 NOW $599.00
2010 Hillbrick Expert – was $899.00 NOW $749.00
2010 Hillbrick Junior Frame set, includes forks, headset, clamp  – was $320 NOW $289.00
2010 Hillbrick Expert XL Frame set, includes forks, headset, clamp, post – was $499 NOW $349.00
2010 GHP Frames – were $770.00 NOW $695.00

Also now in stock the following 2011 Redlines with more arriving soon.

2011 MX Redline Mini – $475.00
2011 MX Redline 24” Cruisers – $499.00
2011 Redline Pitboss – $529.00

Call us today on 0427 779 700 or email bmxedge@ymail.com

06/10 Yakima Launch in Australia

by bmxultra.com
We received an invite to the Yakima launch in Australia a while back. Yeah you read right Yakima, who are they? That’s exactly what we thought. A quick Google search brought up a pretty funky website that features all sorts of car racks for outdoor enthusiasts. They have various racks to carry everything from kayaks to snowboards and skis to bikes, they even have specialised trailers that can be configured to your outdoor needs.

We looked into the bike racks on the site and thought it would be worth a look. So we accepted the invitation from Zylux Distribution, who also distribute Utopia Goggles here in Australia. The launch was last night. All of the product was on display on various vehicles in the car park right up to the conference room and it was layed out in all it’s glory in the room as well.

We had no idea what to expect from the presentation, or even if there would be anything that bmxultra.com readers would be interested in, so once inside the conference room we started to take a look at the bike racks when we were approached by Eric Roesinger who is from Yakima USA. We started talking about how 20″ bikes would fit some of the racks, and expected him to glaze over since all the marketing seemed to be towards road and mountain cyclist, but we were pleased to know that the 20″ community hadn’t been forgotten in the Yakima rack designs.

During the 30 minute presentation a bunch of the Yakima USA team spoke about who they are, where they are from and of course about the design of their products. It was during this presentation that my interest had really sparked. Yakima aren’t just another bike rack company, they are an enabler for outdoor enthusiasts. They understand their audience, and haven’t rested on the racks that work. Yakima continually develop their large range for safety, simplicity and for practical use. It was interesting to see the various range of hitch (tow bar) racks and roof mounted racks. No matter what your preference, or vehicle type, Yakima will have something for you.

After the presentation Zylux put on some dinner, but we made use of that time to get some photos, while others were eating. The idea was to have something to eat, then take a closer look at the gear with the people from Yakima and Zylux. In the end we got so tied up in taking a close look at the products and asking questions that we completely missed out on the free feed.

Yakima’s 30 years of experience really showed in some features that we hadn’t seen in bike racks before. While a built in bottle opener in the products really sparked the interest of some, we were more interested in features like;

  • bike racks were built to carry from 20″ to 29″ bikes
  • some of the racks include a built in lock
  • the arms of the bike hitch racks are strong enough to hold 4 bikes but they can fold away when you don’t have any bikes loaded
  • the one thing that won us was the stabiliser strap that attaches to your seat tube to stop the bikes from swaying from side to side, a perfect way to protect your bicycles

After the Launch we were like kids in a candy store. We want everything in the shop!

We have only touched on the Yakima product range. Do yourself a favour and check out www.yakima.com.au

Click here to check out some photos from the Launch.

06/10 NBL Christmas Classic & President’s Cup Return To Columbus

NBL press release
Greater Columbus Convention Center To Host Holiday NBL Events
GAHANNA, OH — Today the NBL announced that the Christmas Classic and President’s Cup will be returning to the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The December 27-29 races will be held at their traditional locations for the first time in three years.

Information on hotels and other details will be posted on the NBL website in the coming days.

NBL CEO Gary Aragon says, “I’m excited to announce that two of our premier races will be returning to the downtown Columbus area. We have great history here in Columbus, and as the hometown for our headquarters, we look forward to many more years of racing here.”

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 20,000 members and more than 150 BMX race tracks, the NBL is the largest not-for-profit BMX racing association in America. NBL is BMX! For more information, visit: www.nbl.org.

05/10 Photos: Backyard Bash

by bmxultra.com
Our webmaster Shane Jenkins had a gathering of family and friends on Saturday to celebrate his 40th Birthday. It was a simple BBQ with lots of BMXing on the backyard track. When the riders started cutting loose the camera came out and it became a photo session, man there are some extremely talented riders in Victoria.

Click here to check out the photos.

05/10 ABA BMX & VANS Shoes presents 40 Years of BMX-Cyclebration

40yearsofbmx.com press release
November 13th-14th 2010 @ Hollywood Sports Park-Bellflower BMX, Long Beach & Bellflower, CA.

40 Years of BMX CelebrationsProposed Events:
* 1000’s of new kids exposed to FS and racing !!

• INTENSE-SPEED BICYCLE BMX Races:
Standard ABA Classes
Old School -Pre 1980, 1980 to 1990 both 20” and 26-24 Cruisers & Sidehacks
MX Class; Old and new school MX riders

• Free BMX Safety Clinic for beginners
Taught by local Pros and Top Girl riders on Race Track

• Fit Bikes Park Freestyle Competitions-
9 + under, 10-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-21, 22 over, O S/Pre 1990 Riders
Street-Ramp
¼ Pipe Highest Air
Best Trick –Dirt
Best Trick –Street
High Jump
Long Jump ala World record?

• Aggro-Air Dirt Jumping Contest
*Judges: Bob Haro, Eddie Fiola, Brian Blyther, Mike Dominquez, Bob Morales,

• CW RACING Old School BMX Bike Expo-show & Contest:
Classes: 1970 + before, 71-75, 76-80, 81-85, 86-90
Cruisers- 1980 + before, 81-85, 86-90
Hacks, Tandems, Misc.
Pit Bikes-All Years
Best Old School, Pre 1984
Best Mid School, 1985-1992
Overall Best of Show (Voted by Attendees-Public)
* Judges: Juan Mattos, Johnny Johnson, Mike Carruth, Steve Brothers, Jerry Landrum, Gray Sansome, Lionel & Sean Ewing

• “Giant Bicycle Get A Clue Ride”
A City Street Ride through Long Beach, Saturday Nov 13th with a special twist!
Over 300 BMXers converge on LBC streets!!

• Bang Pictures Presents BMX Movie Tents
Wide Screen Projectors, chairs inside tents….
BMX Bandits, Rad, other Theater releases
Writing on the Wall, Joe Kid, Stompin Stu, ABA Races, TV-DVD’s
Popcorn , Candy and Beverage Sales
DVD & Poster Sales of Joe Kid & Stompin Stu

• BMX Swap Meet
Old School Displayers trades/sales of Old School Bikes, Parts and Memorabilia

• BMX Hall Of Fame Autograph Sessions with Event Posters
PK Perry Kramer Bob Haro Stu Thomsen
Greg Hill Dave Mirra ? Mat Hoffman
Brian Blyther Dale Holmes Mike Metzger?
John Crews Eddie Fiola Cheri Elliot
Donnie Robinson Dave Volker Scotty Freeman
Mike Day Javier Columbo Todd Lyons
Tyler Brown Heidi Mirisola Eric Rupe
Greg Esser ? ` Everette Rosecrans Jeff Utterback
Mike Dominguez Danny Hubbard Rick Twomey
Jeff Kosmala David Clinton Jesse James?
Harry Leary Toby Henderson Jeff Bottema
Kathy Sessler? Byron Friday Brian Ramocinski
*More to be announced as they commit (Would get top Freestylers and Racers included and use them for pre-promo with web sites, mags, newspapers, TV…)

• “40 Years of BMX” Event Product Sales
Shirts, Pit Tootsie Shirt, Hats, Hoodies, Posters, (All with your logo)

• Raffles Tickets
50/50 Cash, Bikes, Parts, Safety Equipment

• Food & Beverage Concessions

• Sales/Display Booths for Sponsors Products and services

• Hot Shoppe & Elite Global Farms VIP & Media Tent (Awaiting deal)
Food & Beverage, tables & chairs

• Fast-Life.org Food Drive – for Thanksgiving and Christmas
Bring a can and get free raffle ticket

• Proclamation of Nov. 14th as “BMX Day” in Long Beach
Mayor of Long Beach to Present plaque and make announcement.
** Am in negotiation with Fuel TV for three ½ hour shows on the event…

More information coming soon to 40yearsofbmx.com

04/10 Review: THE F-1 Shorts

by bmxultra.com
When it was time to get into some new race pants we couldn’t have made a better decision than the THE F-1 Shorts, check out the review to find out why.

04/10 Bubba Harris on Supercross

by bmxultra.com
Bubba Harris has a whole lot of titles to his name, including a World Championship and Three consecutive ABA Pro titles, he’s been showing a return to form lately and spent some time riding for Answer, we just noticed on the Supercross website that he’s now riding for Supercross BMX. Check it out for yourself at www.supercrossbmx.com.

04/10 THE Industries support 2010 UK National Series and British Championships Awards

THE/BigDaddyPlates press release
Cerritos, CA – Over the weekend of the 18/19 September British Cycling hosted the 2010 British Championships at the spectacular Cheddar BMX Track in the South West of the UK. Over 870 riders took part in the end of season finale and THE Industries were on hand to make the National Series and British Champs presentations one too remember.

Teaming up with the UK’s premier custom plate supplier, BigDaddyPlates, THE provided the Top 8 ranked riders in the National Series and the British Champion winners with their very own Moto Plate complete with specially commissioned Plate Sticker.

The culmination of a hectic week for THE and BigDaddyPlates came on Saturday night when the National Series trophies and Plates were presented on the specially constructed Stage at Cheddar

Riders aged from 5 to 50 climbed onto the stage as darkness fell to be presented with their prizes by UK Elite Riders Liam Phillips and Marcus Bloomfield in front of a huge enthusiastic crowd

Then onto Sunday and the presentation of the awards for the British Championships … It what has been heralded as the best race meeting in the UK for many, many years the winning riders again climbed the podium to receive the cherished 01 plate. The riders all gave 100% in the pursuit of this title and the joy was clear to see as the crowds once again flocked to the presentation and in a fitting tribute THE Industries contribution to the event it was the Route55/Intense BMX team riders of Grant Hill and Kelvin Batey who took the titles in Junior Men and Elite respectively.

For more info on THE and other VSI brands visit www.vsiproducts.com

For more info on Custom Plates and THE plates stickers visit

www.bigdaddyplates.co.uk

04/10 Morphine Industries invades Chula Vista

Morphine Industries press release
Supercross weekend was a good excuse to fuel up the Morphine Industries private jet and head out west to take in all that Cali has to offer.  1st stop – SX track, where Gavin Lubbe, Jason LaRev and Olijuwon Davis strapped on a pair and rolled in on one of the gnarliest tracks in the world.  The guys rode good but when you are competing against 130 other riders, you better bring your A game if you want to make that main event.  We have to give huge props to Haro‘s Nic Long for the come from behind victory in the main event! If you haven’t seen the footage, do yourself a favor and check it out now. Probably the best race you will ever witness.

Over on the Am track, it was business as usual….   Gavin Lubbe was out front all weekend in A Pro, taking home the win on Saturday.   Sunday, he had it in the bag until he left the door open in the last turn and next thing you know he was in 8th.  Not how he wanted to finish but he defiantly made a statement with his first straight pull all weekend.  Vet Pro, Tim Dinger made the east coast proud by winning most of his motos and finishing up with a 3rd and 4th overall. In the amateur ranks, our newest addition to the fam, Tanner Sabesta pulled a 4th and a 6th in 17-18x,  in a super stacked class of 30 riders.  Damian Cherepko was doin’ work in 16x, until he ate it in the semi on Saturday but he got back on the podium with a 3rd on Sunday. Olijuwon Davis took the day off on Saturday but he also got on the box with a 3rd place on Sunday in 19-27x.  In 36-40x, Doran Bradshaw got the short end of the stick when he and another rider mysteriously tangled up on the second straight, which resulted in a few cracked ribs and a separated shoulder. Nothing a little time off won’t cure but I’m pretty sure things are going to get interesting when these two get on the gate with each other again.

Next stop on the Morphine Industries world tour….Orlando for the ABA’s Disney Cup. Be sure to stop by and check out our new whips from Haro….and take a sneak peak at the new protype Haro Race LT CRUISER.

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

01/10 NBL To Guarantee Track Payouts In Writing

NBL press release
Payouts Will Be Written Into Track Contracts
GAHANNA, OH — Today the NBL announced its guarantee of the $5.95 per rider track payout.

CEO Gary Aragon explains, “Unfortunately, there are some who feel they speak for the NBL — even if they are not part of our Sanction or its leadership, and as such it has come to my attention that false and slanderous statements have been made about the New NBL, specifically concerning the per rider fees we will pay tracks.”

“Let me be clear that the fees we will pay tracks, $5.95 per rider, per race, will not change at any time during a track’s contract period. Furthermore, we will write this clearly into every contract for every track. Thus, tracks will have that rate guaranteed for the full duration of their contract with the NBL — even if it is a long-term contract. What’s more, we will likely increase the amount we pay to our tracks, and we will gladly amend any track’s contract at their request to reflect the increased payout, but at no time would we decrease the amount during the contract period. Our goal is to continue to make this sport less expensive for riders while at the same time providing tracks with more income from operating our programs.”

“In addition, there are rumors out there that the numbers just don’t work, and the NBL can’t support the payouts and fees. These false statements are not only wrong and offensive, but they are entirely in conflict with our very mission at the NBL. I can understand how someone who intends to profit off their business might not understand how these numbers work, but as a Public Charity, we have no need to hoard money as it does not end up in any person’s pockets nor does it profit anyone. The NBL is built upon that foundation — it’s the members and tracks that should benefit, not the people who run a sanction, and with that focus, charitable structure, and mission, we can take what would be distributed as ‘profits’ and pass that money on as savings to members and more value to tracks.”

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 20,000 members and more than 150 BMX race tracks, the NBL is the largest not-for-profit BMX racing association in America. NBL is BMX! For more information, visit: www.nbl.org.

01/10 BMX Queensland State Championships

by bikemedia
On the final day of competition at the BMX Queensland State Championships it was time for the elite riders to stake their claims on the titles despite very damp conditions in Mackay today.

The action got underway with the younger age groups. The junior women’s race saw a change of fortune for young Gold Coast rider, Madison Janssen. Janssen burst into the lead leaving behind hot favourite and multiple national champion, Melinda McLeod from Mackay.

“Since I was racing Melinda McLeod I was pretty nervous but I got a good gate,” explained Janssen.

When I came out the first corner first I knew I had it. It’s my first junior elite race, I’m so happy.”

The junior men’s race went to Darren Goodwin from Perth with a strong effort shown by local rider, Corey Frieswyk.

“When we got out of the gate I just had a good clean run,” Goodwin said.

Now racing as a second year junior, Goodwin said there were a lot of first year juniors and others now giving him some challenges on the track.

“We’ve got Corey Frieswyk, Bodi Turner and Luke Hombsch and they are all up there to win,” said Goodwin.

The elite women’s race got away to a three rider challenge at the front of the field with defending champion, Cherie Simpson from the Gold Coast up against Kelly Percy from Redlands and Krystal Cranfield from Callide having a return to the sport.

Percy claimed the title, her first as a senior rider, with Simpson second and Cranfield third.

Percy‘s confidence had grown after strong performances in the motos .

“I  wasn’t confident at the start. I was winning all my motos and I felt really comfortable. But coming into the final I started to get more nervous,” admitted Percy. “I did panic a little bit.”

After suffering a broken collarbone earlier in the year which resulted in surgery, Percy was pleased to be back on the bike and in good form.

“I haven’t won anything since I was younger so this was quite nice,” Percy added.

The elite men’s win went to Sunshine Coast’s Joel Clark after a shuffle of leaders early in the race.

For the 26 year old pool tiler, it was this win that justified his reputation as one of the best riders in the state.

“I’m so  happy to win it again. A lot of people thought it was a fluke last year so it was good to prove I could do it again,” said Clark.

The men’s final race was anybody’s guess with the lead changing down every straight until  Clark finally took over winning convincingly on the line.

“We were going everywhere!” admitted Clark.

The heavy rain that had fallen throughout the preceding week added another level of difficulty to a tough race.

“The mud has really taken it out of me,” said Clark. “The race was about ten seconds longer than it usually is which is tough,” Clark added.

Other winners on Sunday were Christopher Brown 13 boys; Abbie Blackbutn 13 girls; Morgan McPherson 14 girls; Tristyn Kronk 14 boys; Erin Rook 15 girls; Jack Buchhorn 15 boys; Tenika Bragg 16 girls; Nathan Knight 16 boys and Justin Lamb 30+ masters men.

The championships boasted just under 900 riders with 53 state championship titles claimed over two and a half days.

Bundaberg has been announced as the 2011 location for the BMX Queensland State Championships in September.

 

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