USA BMX Grands – Report

The final stop on the USA BMX National Schedule for 2017, as always, goes down in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Grand Nationals, which is marked as both the most traditional and Greatest Race on Earth.

The full Haro/US Junior Development Team line-up was in Tulsa looking to finish the year strong alongside celebrate the team’s first full year as the US Junior Development Team under Team USA’s umbrella. We’ve had a solid year with so much growth potential slated in the years ahead.

Noah Ramos came into the Grands with some good momentum from the last few races in the highly competitive 16x and walked away from the weekend with a solid 3rd place at the Race of Champions and 4th at the Grands.

Colin Whittington has also had some good results in the latter part of the year but could not quite put anything together at the Grands. He still “repped” strong and hung out in the pits after his racing to support his teammates.

Payton Ridenour, always fighting for the win at any given race, took the Race of Champions win Friday night and backed it up with a 3rd at the Grands in Sunday night’s main event. Great year for the P-Nut.

Kamren Larsen has been almost unbeatable at the last few Nationals of the year with wins in Bakersfield & Reno and had plans to continue that into Tulsa. During training 3 weeks ago, Kamren crashed out breaking his shoulder. With rigorous rehab, Kam managed to put himself back together in time for the Grands. He took the win Friday but unfortunately went down battling for the coveted 2nd spot in Sunday’s main. He consistently gives it his all.

It was a great weekend and year and we look forward to sharing more information on our expansion of the US Junior Development program in the month ahead. We extend gratitude to all of our sponsors for their support this year as we head into the off-season.

USA Cycling, Dale Holmes Racing, Rockstar Energy, Haro Bikes, Barona Casino, Mercedes-Benz of San Diego, wd40Bike, ride100percent, Shimano, ODIGrips, Answer Racing, Tioga, Box Components, Stealth Hubs, Wheelbuilder.com and KMC Chain.

PC: Steve Diamond @stevediamondelements

Black Jack Nationals Reno

Another perfect weekend for Kamren Larsen at Reno, Nevada for the Black Jack Nationals – winning 17-18x both days. Noah Ramos also put in a good showing making the 16x main both days and grabbing a 2nd place on Saturday. Up next, USA BMX Grands next month.

PC: USABMX

Fall Nationals – Bakersfield

The 2017 USA BMX National Series continues as we head into the tail-end of the season with this past weekend’s stop at the new, improved Metro BMX Track in Bakersfield, California for the Fall Nationals. Our Full US Junior Devo Team line-up made the trip out to Bakersfield in hopes of grabbing a few more points heading into Reno the weekend of October 13-15th and the Grands in Tulsa over Thanksgiving weekend.

Payton Ridenour was riding strong even though the results didn’t show it. Bad luck struck for the P-Nut crashing out both days in the mains, while batting it out. Still, thankfully, no injuries and we know she will come back strong as she always does.

Noah Ramos and Colin Whittington rode consistently both days. Both made the main events and Colin had his best ride with a 2nd and Noah with a 4th Sunday.

Kamren Larsen was riding on his home track and with lots of family and friends track-side he was looking to put the hammer down, which he surely did, easily winning both days in a highly competitive 17-18x class continuing a great season.

As always, a big thanks to all our Team Sponsors for supporting our program and we look to finishing off the season strong. USA Cycling, Rockstar Energy, Haro Bikes, Dale Holmes Racing, Mercedes-Benz of San Diego, WD-40 Bike, ODI Grips, Answer Racing, Ride 100percent, Shimano, Box Components, USA BMX, Stealth Hubs, KMC Chain and Wheelbuilder.com.

PC: Tangent Products

BMX Pro For A Week – YMCA Summer Camp

We had a great BMX Pro for a Week YMCA Camp run this summer with 10 weeks straight. We’re grateful for the YMCA of San Diego’s faith in us to deliver high-quality programming. We’ve enjoyed tremendous growth and not only expanded in the number of Y’s in the county we work with but also in the number of campers each week. We thank both our regulars and our newcomers for their support. We have an 86% retention rate on campers and we love it when they bring siblings, cousins and friends. It is through many strategic partnerships that we continue to grow and serve more kids in our local communities. Thanks to all for taking part and we look forward to growing together.

Team Report

Since July’s UCI World Championships in Rock Hill, our US Junior Team have kept busy on the race front all summer long. Noah Ramos and Payton Ridenour took wins at the Mile High Nationals in Colorado and just a few weeks later Kamren Larson took wins both days up in Washington at the Lumberjack Nationals.

On the State Championships side of things, Payton won her State/Gold Qualifier over in Pottstown, PA with Noah and Kamren both winning out west at the Tangent Pro/Am in Northern California in their respective classes. Kamren also made the Pro/Am Main event in a deep class of 36 riders, which is a big stepping stone in the larger picture mixing it up with some of the world’s best Elite riders.

Colin Whittington who has been focusing on school for the first part of the summer is easing back into race mode getting on the podium at the Las Vegas Nationals and coming in 2nd at this weekend’s States race in Lake Perris, CA.

PC: Andy Olmstead

BMX Pro For A Week YMCA Summer Camp

We’re at the mid-point of our 2017 Summer Season of our BMX Pro for a Week YMCA Summer Camp. We’ve seen tremendous growth over the past four years. Many of our weeks are selling out, get your youngster signed up. Our program is geared for ages 7-14 – please find the list of dates, Y locations and contact information below. Big thanks to our title sponsor of this program this year, Haro Bikes.

July 24 – July 28, 2017
East County Family YMCAs
Cameron Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 449-9622

Davis Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 464-1323

McGrath Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 462-9622

July 24 – July 28, 2017
Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

July 31 – August 4, 2017
Ecke Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (760) 942-9622

August 7 – August 11, 2017
Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

Rancho Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 484-8788

August 14 – August 18, 2017
Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club
Register by Calling: (858) 271-6222 Ext. #104

August 21 – August 25, 2017
Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

PC: Justin Kosman.

South Park

The latest stop on the USA BMX National schedule this weekend was at one of the most famous east coast tracks, South Park BMX in Pittsburgh, PA. The track was originally built in 1978 and is known for its natural flow and beautiful park location.

The men’s side of the US Junior Development Team was unable to make the trip, so Payton “P-Nut” Ridenour held down the fort. She was up against some stiff competition in the 15-16 girls class as well as the demands of the ever-changing weather and track conditions. Rain delays on Friday and Saturday forced the race to be postponed while the track was covered and uncovered several times. However, Mother Nature paid everyone back with a sunny and dry Sunday. The event staff did an amazing job of keeping everything running.

Payton was on the podium all three days, getting 3rd on Friday and Saturday and a 2nd on Sunday. This was a great opportunity to prepare for the UCI World Championships in Rock Hill, SC, later this month.

PC: Eric Doty / On The Road.

Salt Lake / Maryland Team Report

We hit Salt Lake City this past weekend on the recent USA BMX National Schedule for the men’s side of the Junior Devo Team with Colin Whittington, Noah Ramos and Kamren Larsen. They were all ready for 3 days of National racing.

Colin was easing back into racing after focusing on school for the last few months and even though he did not figure in the results he put in some good laps and made the mains on Sunday. Still lots of motivation as we move into the summer for Colin.

Both Noah Ramos and Kamren Larsen flew into Salt Lake a few days early to spend some time training with our Team Coach, Arielle Verhaaren before the race alongside helping out with a Grass-Roots Clinic on Thursday at the track with the GT Team, which had a huge turn out and was a success with so many local bmxers showing up.

Race-wise, Noah made some main event appearances but no podiums this weekend. Kamren Larsen like Nashville, was feeling good going in but somehow crashed out Friday while leading the 17-18 x final in windy conditions. Saturday Kamren finished a solid second place and like Friday, more bad luck Sunday, crashing out while leading the semi final.

Still lots of positives to take away from the weekend. The boys headed down to San Diego for a week’s Camp at the Olympic Training Center with other riders on the US Team prepping for this Summer’s World Championships.

While we were out in Utah, Payton Ridenour was flying the flag back East Coast racing and winning both days despite moving up a class! Clearly, it didn’t slow her down a bit. Now, she’s hopping on a plane to make her way out to the OTC for this week’s camp as well.

PC: Tangent Media.

Nashville

The Music City Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee is one of the iconic races on the USA BMX National Schedule that goes back to the early 80s with the Murray World Cup, which was held at the very same venue.

Our US Junior Development Team riders, Noah Ramos, Kamren Larsen & Payton Ridenour all spent the week leading up to the race with the Team Coach, Arielle Verhaaren over in Rock Hill for a Pre-Worlds Junior Camp. Even though our crew was understandably tired from the Camp, it didn’t slow them down.

Payton Ridenour came away with a 1st, 2nd and crashed out day 3 while out front.

Noah Ramos moved up a class into the highly competitive 16x and rode strongly all weekend long, coming away with 3 main event appearances and a consistent 3rd and 4th in the bag with a dose of confidence, and it’s clear the hard work he’s putting in with Arielle is paying off.

Kamren Larsen has really excelled since joining our program and was primed for a win anytime. Nashville was that time, as he won 17-18x all 3 days against the country’s best in that class. Kamren is on a roll right now putting in the work and it’s paying off.

All-in-all our best weekend as a team to date since this program rolled out back in January. We leave Nashville with 6 Podiums and 4 wins, which really puts us on the right track as we head into the summer. Next up, the Team will be in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2 weeks times.

Photo Credit: JPennucci Photography.

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Atlanta Dixieland Nationals

The US Junior Development Team headed back East this weekend to Atlanta for the USA BMX Dixieland Nationals, which were held in Cobb Country, Powder Springs, GA. Payton Ridenour, Noah Ramos and Kamren Larsen all made the trip out and were looking to continue building on an already good start to the year, as we move into the summer part of the season with the World Championships in July – which is the main goal for the season.

Noah was racing 15 x and Kamren 17-18 x, both were riding well during Saturday’s race but both crashed out in the same place in the semi-finals while in qualifying positions. Just bad luck.

Both came back stronger Sunday with Noah placing 5th in his final, and Kamren fighting a bad start in his final to a 2nd place with a real gutsy ride and a good finish to the weekend.

Payton Ridenour was on it all weekend long. Her time training in Chula Vista and working with Team Coach, Arielle Martin, is really starting to show great benefits to her. Payton came from 2nd place to make the move on the leader on day one making the pass and taking the win. She dominated Sunday, taking the win from lane 8 start to finish.

We also wanted to note and thank John Buultjens from Haro, who came out for the weekend to check out the action and spend some time with the team to get to know everyone. Thank you, John.

Next up for the Team – Nashville, Tennessee later this month.

Photo Credit: USA BMX.

Ride To End Obesity After School program

Ride To End Obesity After School program edit with Justin Kosman filmed last week during one of our school visits. Team USA BMX Director, Jamie Staff, joined us along with our US Junior Development Team riders, Kamren Larsen, Colin Whittington and Noah Ramos. The goal is to share the message of leading a healthy life, being a hero against bullying with an introduction to BMX. For more information please visit our website, ridetoendobesity.com.

Rock Hill, South Carolina Nationals

Over the weekend the USA BMX 2017 National Tour continued at the Novant Health Supercross facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina which will also host the UCI World Championships later this summer.

The full US Junior Development Team made the trip out to South Carolina, as not only National points were on offer but this event also doubled up as a World Championship qualifier for a lot of the riders. Noah Ramos, Kamren Larsen & Colin Whittington have all trained hard to build up to Rock Hill at their first official training camp at the Olympic Training Center last month. In addition to these guys, our Pennsylvania based rider, Payton Ridenour were all feeling confident going in.

Friday night marked the USA Cycling National Championships for Junior & Elites with not only Stars and Stripes on the line, but also for Kamren & Colin racing in the Junior category, there were two qualifying spots available for the World Championships. In short, they’d need a first or a second to put them in.

With three Moto total points for the title, Kamren was sitting pretty with two wins going into the 3rd round and it was looking like he was going to take the win – when a small mistake going into the last turn caused him to unclip and get bumped back to 6th. Still 1, 1, 6 was still good enough for 2nd overall and even though he missed out on the title, 2nd it was still good enough to confirm Kamren’s spot on Team USA later this summer.

Noah Ramos was racing 16 Boys Friday night and breezed through the long day of racing qualifying his spot for the World’s.

The rest of the weekend marked a regular USA BMX National. Payton Ridenour (Already qualified for the World Championship) put in a flawless performance winning her class Saturday and making her new Coach, Arielle Martin-Verhaaren, very proud.

Noah Ramos was also on a mission taking a huge win in his class and a double dose of celebration was in order for Coach Arielle.

Kamren Larsen had some bad luck Saturday going down in qualifying and a trip to the medics with a few minor injuries. The best option was to sit out the rest of the weekend and rest up.

Colin Whittington didn’t fair in the results over the weekend but still came away with some good positives to work on during the next few weeks.

All in all, a very solid weekend for the Team with a big not of thanks to our new Coach, Arielle Martin-Verhaaren, Jamie Staff and Andrew Kramer for all of the support over the weekend. As we depart with 3 podiums, we’ve renewed our motivation and drive to press on.

Photo credit: Gork.

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Ride To End Obesity (School Program 2017)

This week marked the 4th year of our Ride To End Obesity School program in San Diego kicking the season off at Meadowbrook Middle School.

We were excited to invite Team USA Director of BMX and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jamie Staff, to head up the presentation on eating well, staying active, the fundamentals of BMX and what it takes to be a BMX athlete. We also welcomed US Junior Development Team rider Colin Whittington, as he shared his journey and what it takes to be a BMX athlete. Big thanks to Haro for being our Title sponsor of Ride to End Obesity this year.

Photo Credit: Joey Cobbs.

2017 YMCA BMX Pro For A Week camp dates

2017 YMCA BMX Pro For A Week camp dates in San Diego listed below! Register now!

June 16 – June 23, 2017
South Bay YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 421-8805

June 26 – June 30, 2017
Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

Ecke Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (760) 942-9622

July 3 – July 7, 2017
Rancho Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 484-8788

July 10 – July 14, 2017
Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

La Jolla YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 453-8805

July 17 – July 21, 2017
Peninsula YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 226-8888

Copley Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 280-9622

July 24 – July 28, 2017
East County Family YMCAs
Cameron Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 449-9622

Davis Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 464-1323

McGrath Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 462-9622

July 24 – July 28, 2017
Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

July 31 – August 4, 2017
Ecke Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (760) 942-9622

August 7 – August 11, 2017
Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

Rancho Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 484-8788

August 14 – August 18, 2017
Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club
Register by Calling: (858) 271-6222 Ext. #104

August 21 – August 25, 2017
Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

Gator Nationals Oldsmar, Florida

From Phoenix, the US Junior Development team headed to Oldsmar, Florida for the Gator Nationals with much better conditions than last week; easy breeze with the sun out. Kamren Larsen, Colin Whittington, and Noah Ramos were all racing with Colin and Kamren not only racing the national but also racing Friday’s SX open on the big hill. Both guys have not ridden SX in over a year – so it was a bit nerve wrecking for both – but they managed to push through and qualify for the final with Colin coming in a respectable 6th place and Kamren going from 3rd place in the first turn to passing both riders ahead of him and taking the big win! Saturday & Sunday all three guys raced the USA BMX National – Colin had a bit of trouble qualifying during the weekend but Kamren hit the podium again on Saturday with a 3rd in 17-18 x and also making the main on Sunday. Clearly, a solid weekend for Kam. Noah rode consistently all weekend despite not hitting the podium, he made 3 out of 4 mains and has lots to build on going into the National Championships next month. Now, the guys all head back to California for a little rest before heading to Chula Vista’s Olympic Training Center for the first US Training Camp of the year.

Photo Credit: USA BMX.

Winter Nationals Phoenix, AZ

The Winter Nationals in Black Mountain, Phoenix, Arizona has a deep race history in the American race scene and for a lot of us – the real first test for the season is here with such a big turn out in most classes across the board. The USA Cycling Junior Development Program has just partnered up with Rockstar Energy Drink in the last few weeks and looking to make its first full team line up appearance for the 2017 season.

Payton Ridenour was first up for the team racing Friday night at the World Championship qualifier and coming home with the big win and setting the stage for the rest of the weekend for the Team.

Saturday, as predicted all week, the heavens opened up raining all day long and turning the track into a slippery mud fest lotto for every rider racing. Noah Ramos 15 x, Colin Whittington 17-18 x and Kamren Larsen 17-18 x all were riding good but crashes due to the slick conditions made it impossible to be consistent up front all day but all still managed to make some Open finals — but again, crashes in the mud kept them off of the podiums. Payton Ridenour coming from the East Coast and a little more used to these kind of conditions put another solid day in coming in 1st in Open and 3rd in class.

With Sunday’s National cancelled due to more rain over Saturday night that’s a wrap on the Winter Nationals and the Team all head back to the East Coast for next week’s Gator Nationals in Oldsmar, Florida where everyone is looking for better conditions.

Big thanks to Jamie Staff and everyone at USA Cycling for the support of this new program and all the Teams sponsors for 2017.

Photo Credits: Jerry Landrum.

Payton Ridenour

Our East Coast USA Cycling Junior Development rider, Payton ‘P-nut” Ridenour from Pennsylvania kicked off her 2017 season debuting at the USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Payton, at 14, is already a 6 x National Champion and only got her Haro built up a week ago but she still managed to take 3rd place on Saturday and back that up with the big win on Sunday despite little time on the bike setting the stage for a great year ahead on the new USA Cycling Junior Team. Next race up for Payton and the full Junior Team will in Phoenix in a few weeks time for the Winter Nationals.

Photo Credit: Racer Concepts.

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USA Cycling launches U.S. Junior BMX Development Team

USA CYCLING LAUNCHES U.S. JUNIOR BMX DEVELOPMENT TEAM

(January 23, 2017) — USA Cycling today announced the creation of the U.S. Junior BMX Development Team.

The team, which will serve as the premiere BMX development team in the United States, will focus on developing athletes who will be targeted to win medals at the 2020 and 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

USA Cycling and Director of BMX Jamie Staff have teamed up with Dale Holmes Racing to improve the development of young American riders. Both Staff and Holmes are passionate about youth development in the sport and hope their combined 60 years of experience will help to develop the United States’ next, great BMX athletes.

The team, which will compete in both domestic and international events, will work alongside USA Cycling’s current Olympic medal winning athletes at the training center in Chula Vista, California and have access to top facilities and sports performance staff.

“With this team, we will be able to make sure that our athletes get experience competing alongside the best riders in the world at all major events, which will be key to their development as athletes,” USA Director of BMX Jamie Staff said.

The team, which is made up of junior riders who have shown interest in Supercross style racing and who have proven themselves domestically, has four riders:, Kamren Larsen (Junior Men, Bakersfield, California), Noah Ramos (15 Men, Meadow Vista, California), Payton Ridenour (15 Girls, Pottstown, Pennsylvania) and Colin Whittington (Junior Men, Riverside, California).

The team will compete at a majority of the USABMX national events with possibility of earning places to the UCI World Cup series and other UCI International events during the course of the season.

[Press Release from USA Cycling on our new US Junior Development Program USACycling.org.]

GT Bicycles

It’s a New Year and we have a number of new sponsors & programs rolling in for the 2017 season including a new partnership with GT Bicycles for our Dale Holmes Racing Team. After spending most of the 90s racing GT I’m pretty stoked to be working with them once again. On the team front, 19-27x Bryce Betts will back in our camp for 2017 alongside Dani George in the Elite Women’s class. Big thanks to Steve Spencer at GT for helping put this together and we look forward to sharing all of our team sponsors and plans for 2017 in the next few weeks.

BMX Pro for a Week Summer Camp 2017

BMX Pro for a Week 2017
Dates & Locations
**We have expanded our programming and on several camp weeks our camp is offered at several locations**

June 19-June 23, 2017 at South Bay YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 421-8805

June 26-June 30, 2017 at Mission Valley / Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

June 26-June 30, 2017 at Ecke Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (760) 942-9622

July 3 – July 7, 2017 at Rancho Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 484-8788

July 10 – July 14, 2017 at Mission Valley / Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

July 10 – July 14, 2017 at La Jolla YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 453-8805

July 17-July 21, 2017 at Peninsula YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 226-8888

July 17-July 21, 2017 at Copley Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 280-9622

July 24-July 28, 2017 at East County Family YMCAs
Register by Calling: (619) 449-9622

July 24-July 28, 2017 at Cameron Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 449-9622

July 24-July 28, 2017 at Davis Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 464-1323

July 24-July 28, 2017 at McGrath Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 462-9622

July 24-July 28, 2017 at Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

July 31-August 4, 2017 at Ecke Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (760) 942-9622

August 7-August 11, 2017 at Mission Valley / Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

August 7-August 11, 2017 at Rancho Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 484-8788

August 14-18, 2017 at Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club
Register by Calling: (858) 271-6222 Ext. #104

August 21-August25, 2017 at Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

USA BMX Grand Nationals

The 2016 season finally came to an end over Thanksgiving weekend at the USA BMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Both Anthony Dean & Dani George went into the race looking for a good result to cement a great season on not only the international front but also on the domestic one as well.

Dani, unfortunately crashed during qualifying at Friday’s Race of Champions and from there on out was riding at 60 percent with a shoulder injury for the rest of the weekend. She dropped from 2nd in points to 4th after not making it through to the finals Friday or Saturday night.

Anthony was on the gas all weekend finishing 3rd at the Race of Champions and backing it up Saturday night winning the Grands over the 3 finals with UCI World Champion Joris Daudet 2nd and Olympic Champion, Connor Fields in 3rd. Impressive Podium shot for sure against the Chase boys.

Daudet ended up with enough points to take the USA BMX title for the 2nd year with Anthony bumping up a few spots into 4th with his win. Great finish to the year for Anthony and the Team with a win at one of the toughest events of the year.

It’s been a great year, which wouldn’t have been possible without the continued support of all of our sponsors and we share our gratitude to all of them for making it happen. Here’s to another great year ahead!

Stay Strong, Goliath Financial, Kick Start Fat Loss, GEICO, BaronaCasino, wd40Bike,ride100percent, Shimano, Walmart, ODIGrips, Answer Racing, Tioga, Box Components, Stealth Hubs & USA BMX.

Photo: USA BMX.

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Lake Perris Fall Nationals

The USA BMX Fall Nationals made its way back to Southern California this past weekend at the legendary Mike Redman’s Lake Perris Track, which also held this event in the late 90s & 2009. Both Dani George & Anthony Dean were racing, in fact it was Anthony’s first race back since the Rio Olympics so he was really looking forward to getting back out there in the AA mix.

Lake Perris is Dani’s home track and she was looking to add to her year-end points tally but just was in the wrong place at the wrong time in both Friday’s and Saturday’s main events finishing mid-pack. Still, Dani sits top 3 going into next month’s USA BMX Grands so she’s looking to put in some work now and finish up the year with a top 3 place in the National series.

Anthony was back to his winning ways in Perris winning lap after lap all weekend long. On Friday, a little late gate in the main cost him a podium but he came back strong Saturday with a 2nd place behind the on form 2X Olympic Champion, Maris Strombergs.

Another good ride in Tulsa next month could help Anthony climb into the top 5 and a good way to finish off the 2016 season.

Images by BMX News.com.

UCI World Cup Sarasota, Florida

It’s a wrap on the 2016 UCI SX World Cup Series with the final in Sarasota, Florida. Dani George made her way through Saturday’s Time Trial, onto Sunday’s racing and then transferring through the moto’s & semi into the final, finishing 6th place and 8th overall in the World Cup standings. Despite an early season of injuries, Dani still put in a solid World Cup season and now changes focus for the last two rounds of the USA BMX National series in Lake Perris, CA and the Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma over thanksgiving weekend.

Photo by Craig Dutton.

UCI World Cup Rock Hill, SC

Round 4 of the UCI World Cup this past weekend was held in Rock Hill, South Carolina on the Novant Heath SX Track, which will also host the 2017 UCI World Championships for the first time in the US since 2001. Flying the flag for the team, Dani George was ready to get back on the SX circuit and put in a good showing especially on US soil. Dani rode consistent all day, putting herself in the main event. Coming out of the gate from lane 8 going into the first turn, Dani sat in 3rd but drifted a little wide on the exit losing some momentum pushing her back to 5th crossing the finish line. Still, some good points made for the overall and now Dani heads to Sarasota, Florida for the final round of the 2016 SX season and to continue to build on this weekend’s result.

Images by Craig Dutton.

BMX Pro For A Week YMCA Summer Camp

We had an incredible summer camp season with our BMX Pro for a Week camp offering through a partnership with the YMCA of San Diego County. We reached hundreds of local kids with a positive message of staying active, healthy eating, avoiding destructive decisions and the full 101 of BMX Racing.

Special thanks to Troy White Photography for making the trip to the track to capture some of these moments.

Stay-tuned for Fall clinic dates, Holiday camps and our full calendar for 2017!

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Olympics / Rio

With this past weekend’s much anticipated Olympic Games in Rio – Anthony Dean went in strong with good preparation, leading in finishing up with a month’s training camp in San Diego with the Australian National Team.

Anthony was on it, straight-off-the-bat feeling good in practice and using the Time Trial to iron out a few kinks, easing into Thursday’s quarter finals, and finishing with two wins and a third, thus qualifying first for lane pick for Friday’s semi final.

The triple semi format was set, and Anthony went into automatic mode wining all 3 semi’s. By now it was evident he had a huge chance not only to medal but also to win. Australian teammate, Sam Willoughby, was doing exactly the same on the other half of the draw – winning his semi finals and setting everything up for what it looked like an Australian showdown for Gold. Still, this is BMX and anything can happen as we know.

Even though Connor Fields was not a stand out during qualifying he was gaining confidence all day long. Sam started in lane one, Anthony in two and USA’s Nic Long in three. The gate slammed down and it was evident Anthony was slightly late – and enough for Long to shut him down and put Anthony to the back of the pack and end his Olympic Dream.

Meanwhile, upfront, Nic Long was winning into turn two but made a small mistake enabling Connor to attack and pass Nic on the third straight; Connor went on to win Gold.

Anthony was disappointed as expected and came in 8th knowing he had missed a big chance, but nevertheless, did himself and his country proud on the big stage. To be in the Olympics Final is no small thing and we are very proud of him.

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Team Clip

The guys at ride100percent filmed this cool little clip of the Team.

USA BMX South Park

The South Park, PA race has got to be one of the most iconic events on the US calendar since the 80s, whether it be during the NBL days or since the merge into USABMX in recent years. The track is always a favorite with the Elite / AAs even today with only a few tweaks over the years everyone still loves South Park.

Dani George is in fine form at the moment even though she missed out on making the US Olympic Team she has still been a pivotal member of Team USA’s Olympic preparation training team with Brooke Crain in her Rio build up. Dani made the trip out to South Park and cleaned up winning both days and some good scores going into the year-end points chase.

Photo Credits: (Gork) USA BMX.

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Salt Lake City Nationals

The Great Salt Lake Nationals has been a regular stop on the USA BMX Tour and is always a top-notch event coupled with good weather this time of year. Both Anthony Dean and Dani George were ready to put the World Championships behind and after a few solid weeks of training down in San Diego, they were both ready to get some good results in on the domestic calendar.

Friday, Anthony was feeling strong all day and come main time — not even World Champion, Joris Daudet could stop him taking that much-eluded National win he has come close to many times. Anthony not only took the first place check but also grabbed the Holeshot bonus as well.

Saturday, once again Anthony feeling good again and backing Friday’s win he grabbed a 2nd place behind Chase’s Joris Daudet. Great weekend and more confidence in the bag going into this summer’s Olympic Games.

Dani George was feeling good placing 2nd on Friday behind National Champion, Alise Post but an unlucky crash out in Saturday’s semi final left her out of the main. Even tough it was disappointing, Dani knows she’s riding well and can carry it through the summer.

In all, a great weekend for the team with 3 podium finishes.

Photos: USA BMX.

UCI World Championships Medellin, Colombia

The UCI World Championships in Medellin, Colombia have both come and gone, and it wasn’t the weekend Dani George and Anthony Dean were looking for. Sometimes bad luck strikes and there is nothing you can do about it – that’s bmx racing. Congratulations to Joris Daudet and Mariana Pajon on taking the Rainbow Jerseys in the Elite classes. Both Anthony and Dani head back to California to rest up and get ready for the next stop on the USA BMX Tour in Salt Lake, Utah in a few weeks time.

UCI World Cup #3 Papendal Holland

Round 3 of the UCI World Cup headed to Papendal, Holland over the weekend. With Dani George still recovering from injury, Anthony Dean was representing us alongside fulfilling his role on the Australian National Team. This was the last World Cup before the World Championships in Colombia in 3 weeks time and the Olympic Games in Rio, so it was a very important event to gain points for Olympic selection.

Anthony was on his third weekend in a row racing but as planned, continues building results, confidence and speed week-by-week. During qualification, he felt he was back to where he needs to be – winning laps and placing 2nd in the semi final behind 2 x Olympic Champion, Maris Strombergs.

Going up for the final, Anthony really looked like he had a shot to win or get on the podium but got a little sideways out of the gate, which shut down his momentum so he hit plan B mode and started to put himself in a good position down the first straight enabling him to start picking off some riders on the track to still get a good result.

Unfortunately, Joris Daudet, who was battling with Maris Strombergs, went down on the second straight and Anthony ran into the back of him resulting in the end of his race and a 7th place finish for the day. Not the result he was looking for, especially riding and feeling good, but he takes away more confidence to build on and good form going into the World Championships.

Thanks to the Australian National Team for taking care of Anthony over in Europe and to all of our team sponsors for their support.

Stay Strong, Goliath Financial, Zola Clean, Kick Start Fat Loss, GEICO, BaronaCasino, wd40Bike,ride100percent, Shimano, Walmart, ODIGrips,Answer Racing, Tioga, Box Components, Stealth Hubs.

Photos: Craig Dutton.

Kick Start Fat Loss

We’re excited to expand our partnership with Kick Start Fat Loss! Their franchise centers are committed to revolutionizing health, exercise and ultimately, fat loss. This worldwide brand for healthful eating and spearheading your energy is expanding by the day and franchises in the United States will soon be available. By creating a wellness community through up-to-date nutrition, fitness, health and positivity, Kick Start Fat Loss is changing the health and wellness game. Their core values are directly aligned with our goals at Dale Holmes Racing to inspire young people to lead a healthful life. Join the movement, check it out, www.kickstartfatloss.net.

Photo Credit Justin Kosman.

Anthony Dean South Carolina / Colorado

Anthony Dean has been on the road for the last few weeks getting some race time in and he’s back up-to-speed after a winter plagued with injuries. First up, Anthony headed to the USA BMX South Carolina Nationals at Rock Hill with the goal of making the mains both days, which he did successfully before moving onto last weekend’s race at Grand Junction, Colorado for the Mile High Nationals. He’s feeling better on the track as the weeks progress and Anthony came away with two 4th place finishes and more confidence in the bank going into this weekend’s UCI World Cup and important Olympic qualifier in Papendal, Holland.

Photo Credit: BMXNews.com

UCI World Cup 2 Manchester, England

Round 2 of the UCI SX World Cup was held over in Manchester, England at the British Cycling Indoor National Cycling Center. With Anthony Dean still recovering from his crash in Argentina, it was down to Dani George to fly the flag for the Team alongside representing Team USA in a bid to qualify for a spot on the US Women Olympic Team.

As always, it was a tight, technical track in Manchester with a short first straight not leaving much in terms of a margin of error. By the time racing was underway, the track had already claimed many top riders in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions.

Dani, still unfazed by the track, started off the weekend riding great, winning all of her qualifying heats on Saturday and backing it up with a handful of second place finishes going into the Semi Finals on Sunday. Heading down the first straight during the semi everything was looking good for Dani heading into the first turn in 3rd but she got ran high exiting the first turn resulting in having to ride the doubles out of the turn, ultimately loosing momentum and going over the bars on the ground.

Unfortunately, it looks like Dani has broke her collarbone and has also suffered a potential ankle injury, as she heads straight back to the US to get checked out and to start her road to recovery. Tough break for both literally and figuratively for Dani – for sure.

We would like to thank Team USA for taking great care of Dani during her time with the team for their great support both on and off the bike while out on the World Cup Tour. We’ll keep you posted on Dani’s recovery.

Photo: Craig Dutton.

UCI World Cup Santiago del Estero, Argentina

With the Olympic Games coming up later this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  it’s down to the wire for Olympic qualifying for both the Elite Men & Women’s classes, with a big priority and focus on gathering points at this year’s UCI World Cup events leading into Rio.

The World Cup opener was in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, with both Dani George & Anthony Dean in attendance representing Team USA & the Australian High-Performance National Team, respectively, looking to kick things off with a good showing.

Argentina marked Anthony’s first race back after injury. He had a good team camp prior to Argentina, with time in both Colombia on this year’s World Championships track and in Rio at the Olympic site. Anthony started out with some good laps in the qualifing heats only to unfortunately crash in his third round, re-injuring his shoulder and was unable to give it a “good go” in the quarter finals and as a result was done for the weekend.

Dani George was feeling good going in with some solid training in the bank, but had a bad gate in the semi final. This led to being stuck in traffic and not making it back into a qualifying spot, ending her day.

Even though it was a disappointing weekend for our guys, the season is early and they are both positive and strong and will bounce back. Dani now heads to the UK with Team USA for a few weeks camp leading into round 2 of the World Cup, which will be held in Manchester. Anthony flies back to San Diego to get his shoulder checked out and rehab back into shape.

A big thanks to both Team USA & Australia for taking care of Dani & Anthony on International duty and we look forward to the next few rounds of the World Cup for 2016.

Photos: Craig Dutton.

Ride to End Obesity

Ride to End Obesity – Year #3 is in full swing with a few additions. Dr. Jason Richardson (PhD Psychology) has joined the team and leads an interactive discussion on healthful living, avoiding destructive decisions, and understanding our belief system to unlock the power within. Our on-bike portion includes bike and street safety, the importance of protective gear, and includes riding games and mini competitions. We conclude each session with giveaways from our team’s sponsors.

Photo Credit: Justin Kosman.

USA BMX Oldsmar Florida

This past weekend, Dani George headed to Oldsmar, Florida for the Gator Nationals on the USA BMX National tour, which was also the first round of the year on the SX track with the big hill. Oldsmar’s schedule was 3 days of back-to-back racing, with National Points given on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, running as US National Championships for the US Elite Men and Women. All of the world’s best girls were in Oldsmar including the Olympic Champion, Mariana Pajon. So, it was a good gauge for Dani to see were she stacked up.

Even though Dani came short of a podium, she showed strong all 3 days and left Florida with some positives heading more into the season and building her form.

There’s a little break in the National race schedule now as both Dani and Anthony Dean get ready for the first World Cup in Argentina next month.

Photo Credit BMXMania.com.

Kick Start Fat Loss Announces Sponsorship of Dale Holmes BMX Racing Team

We’re stoked to announce the addition of Kick Start Fat Loss to both our 2016 Team Sponsorship line-up and also as a contributor to our Ride to End Obesity (teen program) and BMX Pro for a Week (kid’s summer day camp program). Making healthy eating and lifestyle choices is vital, as is avoiding destructive decisions and we’re all excited to have the Kick Start Fat Loss Team onboard! Check out their website, kickstartfatloss.net and on social media.

Facebook Kick Start Fat Loss KSFL with Rachel Holmes
Twitter @KSFLUK
Instagram @kickstartfatloss

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USA BMX Winter Nationals

First stop on the USA BMX Elite series kicked off this past weekend over in Phoenix Arizona for the traditional Winter Nationals at Black Mountain BMX, which has been on the ABA/USA BMX calendar since the early 80s. If you know anything about race history in the U.S., then you’ll surely have heard of some of the iconic Nationals & stories from over the years at Black Mountain.

With Anthony Dean still working his way back up to speed after injury, he was not in Arizona and will miss round 2 next week in Oldsmar, Florida but will be back on the gate ready to race next month for the first World Cup of the year in Argentina – he’s already itching to go.

Dani George has put in a solid winter’s training at the Olympic Training Center with Coach Greg Romero and it showed with a 3rd Friday night backed up with a 2nd place come Saturday during the mains. With Dani still in a building phase in her training for the summer, it’s great to start the season with 2 Podiums and renewed motivation for the year.

Team Manager, Dale Holmes, decided to race this weekend for a little fun finishing up with a 3rd place Friday night against the old guys who are still very competitive at this level.

In all, a good start to the year for the team. It was nice for the team to break out the new Stay Strong pits area for the season and to get to represent all of the team’s new sponsors. Next up, the team has a photo shoot this week with the 100 Percent guys and Dani heads off to Oldsmar, Florida for the next stop on the USA BMX Tour and US National Championships this coming weekend.

Dale Holmes Racing, Stay Strong, Goliath Financial, Zola Clean, Kick Start Fat Loss, GEICO, Barona Casino, WD40Bike, ride100percent, Shimano, USA BMX, Walmart, ODIGrips, Answer Racing, Tioga, Box Components, Stealth Hubs.

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Stay Strong / DHR

Poway, CA – For 2016, Dale Holmes Racing is proud to introduce the Stay Strong / Dale Holmes Racing team and its riders who will be competing in both the 2016 USABMX National Series and the UCI World Cup.

Led by team owner Dale Holmes, the Stay Strong / Dale Holmes Racing team riders include USABMX National Elite #4 for 2015, Anthony Dean, who is also currently ranked #5 in the UCI World Cup Series and podiumed 10 times throughout the 2015 season domestically and internationally.

Joining Dean, Dani George current USABMX Elite Women National #4 and UCI World Cup #7 will continue on with the Stay Strong / Dale Holmes Racing team in 2016.

The team is honored to be able to represent Stephen Murray and to continue being a part of the Stay Strong family. Stephen is and has been an inspiration to all of us.

“2015 was a great year for the Dale Holmes Racing team, especially with both Dean and George putting in a solid year and ranking well in both the USABMX and UCI World Cup Series. Dani will be spending the year at the Olympic Training Center in 2016 to train alongside Team USA and to give her the best chance of qualifying and representing Team USA at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio. The team has seen tremendous growth in both its after school program, Ride to End Obesity, and in its summer day camp, BMX Pro for a Week, offered through a partnership with the YMCA of San Diego County. We look forward to continued growth in all areas of the team both domestically and internationally and in having both Dean and George on the gate in Rio”.

For more on Stay Strong / Dale Holmes Racing check out DaleHolmesRacing.com, RidetoEndObesity.com, StySrg.com, Facebook: Dale Holmes Racing, Instagram: @DaleHolmesRacing, Twitter: @DHolmesRacing.

Dani Update

It’s a wrap on Dani George’s USA BMX Grands and the season, making both the Race Of Champions and Grand Nationals main events and it’s looking like Dani will be National number 4 for the year end in the Elite Women’s class. Dani didn’t get the podiums she was shooting for this weekend – going in, feeling good and winning qualifying laps all weekend but just could not get the consistent finish she was looking for in the 3 main events on both days. Still, we’re pumped on Dani’s first full year with us finishing it off strong and looking forward to her building on it in 2016. Great job, Dan.

Photos by @bmxmania.com.

USA BMX Grands

A solid Saturday night and end of the season for Anthony Dean at the USA BMX Grands in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Anthony once again put himself in the main event against the World’s best and with the Pros running 3 main events, it was a real test for him especially after just coming back from a knee injury last mont, which, obviously limited his training and riding time. Still, Anthony dug deep and rode consistently and finished smart in 4th place for the night giving him an overall ranking of 4 for the year as well. Congratulations to Joris Daudet for winning all 3 mains and the title and also to Sam Willoughby and Connor Fields for making it an exciting Title Championship battle.

Photos by @bmxmania.com.

USA BMX North American Series Chula Vista

Solid weekend for the Team down in Chula Vista for the USA BMX North American Series on the Beijing SX track and DK Gold Cup West finals on the regular USA BMX, Chula Vista BMX National track both located at the noted Olympic Training Center.

Bryce Betts had a busy & successful weekend in Chula Vista. After winning Friday’s SX Open on the big hill, Bryce raced both Saturday & Sunday’s Gold Cup Finals and came in 2nd both days. On top of all of the racing, Bryce joined us at the USA BMX National Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner, where he was also reporting for BMXNews.com. All in all, a great weekend for Bryce and a big congratulations to our Sponsor and owner of Chase Bicycles, Christophe Leveque on being inducted to this year’s Hall of Fame – much-deserved.

Dani George rode consistent all weekend long but could not quite put it all together on either day’s final but still showed a good presence and is already preparing for next weekend’s race in Tampa, Florida.

Anthony Dean was feeling confident all week long going in to the race. On Friday, a slip up in the semi final (while in 3rd place through the rhythm section) cost him a place in the main but he was determind to make amends Saturday and he won laps early -taking the semi win and giving him lane choice and gate 1 for the final. Anthony, put in another strong first straight but unfortunately going into the first turn lost his back end causing him to lose speed and hit recovery mode for the rest of lap – leaving him on podium once again in 3rd place.

A great weekend for the Team — showing well and we hope to keep the momentum rolling as we head to The Gator Nationals this coming weekend in Tampa, Florida.

Big thanks to all of our sponsors for supporting the Team. Without you guys, this would not be possible and we extend our gratitude.

Chase Bicycles, Goliath Financial, Zola Clean, GEICO, Barona Casino, ride100percent, Shimano, wd40Bike, Walmart, ODIGrips, Tioga, Answer Racing, Stealth Hubs.

Images: Derek Betcher.

UCI World Cup Rock Hill

Last weekend marked the final stop on the UCI Supercross Tour in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Both Anthony Dean and Dani George were ranked in the top 10 in points and with a good showing could have moved into the top 5 in both the Elite Men and Woman’s classes. Anthony could have made it into the 3rd overall with a podium finish. The weather was troublesome, as it was raining continuously through practice, Time Trials and into Saturday night’s main show under the lights of Rock Hill at this fantastic new facility that will also hold the 2017 UCI World Championships.

Dani George was starting to feel good again after last month’s injury and once again put herself in the Elite Women’s final and heading into turn one in podium contention. Unfortunately, leader Alise Post, went down resulting in Dani getting caught up and out of the running. Still a good consistent SX season where Dani finishes 7th for the year and continues to build going into 2016.

Anthony Dean was riding all weekend with a knee injury he picked up in training but didn’t let this slow him down one bit putting himself in the final and lining up against all the big names in the sport. Not the greatest gate for Anthony, as he had to fight all the way around but still finished up with a solid 5th for the night, which also gave him enough points to finish 5th for the year in SX rankings.

Both Dani and Anthony along with Bryce will now change their focus to finish off the USA BMX season with races in Chula Vista, Tampa, Florida and the Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma over Thanksgiving weekend.

Photo credit: Derek Betcher.

UCI World Cup Argentina

This past weekend was round 4 of the UCI World Cup in Santiago Del Estero, Argentina in South America. Both Dani George and Anthony Dean made the trip down with their respective National Teams, USA and Australia, looking to put in a good showing. Dani was still recovering from a crash a few weeks ago in Colorado but gave it her all during the race. Unfortunately, she didn’t progress beyond the semi final, which put her out of the main event. Despite a less than perfect performance, she still goes into the final round in Rock Hill sitting in the top 10 and with some much-needed rest, there’s little doubt she’ll finish the World Cup 2015 Season off strong.

Since the World Championships, Anthony, has been struggling a bit with mid-season burn out given all of the travel and racing, which is not unusual for this time of year. It goes without saying, Anthony had to dig deep for this one to get back on a plane for a long haul down to Argentina. Still once again, he proved how strong he is not only physically but also mentally – as he remained positive all week. Anthony rode solid all day and put himself in another World Cup final. A good gate and strong first straight, Anthony crossed the finish in 2nd place behind World Cup leader, Liam Phillips, with World Champion, Niek Kimmann in 3rd. Anthony not only hit the podium once again but also racked up more points towards Olympic qualification in 2016.

Next up, both Dani and Anthony head back to San Diego to rest up and get ready for the final World Cup of the year in Rock Hill, South Carolina before finishing up the final part of the USA BMX National series for 2016 season.

Photo credit Craig Dutton.

YMCA "BMX Pro for a Week" Summer Camp Edit

In celebration of our second year of, “BMX Pro for a Week”, summer camp through a cooperative adventure with the YMCA of San Diego County – we had a new edit done to show you first-hand a day in the life of our campers. We cover bike and street safety, the importance of wearing protective gear, why leading a healthful lifestyle is important both on and off the track and the fundamentals of BMX Racing. Our ultimate goal is to introduce the sport of BMX racing to more kids and to excite those already interested in getting more involved. We’ve been grateful for the support of our sponsors and also for the support of USABMX. Check it out.

UCI World Championships Zolder Belgium

Like most years, the World Championships is an emotional roller coaster – and this year’s was no different. With schedule changes, wind and rain it was all about adapting and dealing with it, as there was a World Title on the line. Dani George was feeling good all day despite the weather and put herself in the semi-final but unfortunately, got tangled and went down in the first straight. We know she’s disappointed but she’ll come back strong in Sweden in a couple weeks time. Anthony Dean, like always, was well-up for the challenge after crashing out in last year’s World Final. Anthony didn’t let the bad weather affect him and remained motivated all day long and put himself in the final once again. A slight wheel-spin coming out of the gate, Anthony, didn’t let this throw him off and pulled through to 3rd and 4th place going into turn one but bumped with David Graf going into turn one and went down. Anthony is focused on taking away the positives from the race, as he always does and has already set his sights on the next World Cup in a few weeks time. Congrats to Niek Kimmann for winning the title – he rode strong and smart all day long and is a worthy Champion.

Photos BMXMania / Craig Dutton

USA BMX South Park

Another good weekend for the team in South Park, PA at the Stars and Stripes USA BMX Nationals.  Anthony Dean and Dani George flew out East and both put in a good performance showing good form going into the World Championships later this month in Belgium.  South Park is one of the most fun tracks on the USA BMX tour with a lot of history – well-known for its technicality and downhill speed.  Dani started out Friday night with a good third place – and backed it up Saturday, Day #2 with a 2nd place on the podium once again.  Anthony started off with a rough weekend – crashing on Friday night’s semi-final – even though he was banged and bruised up – he soldiered through on Saturday – only to crash again during qualifying but still put himself in the main event and walked away with a great 2nd place behind, Connor Fields – adding to his points for the year-end.  Both riders are now heading back to San Diego for the last few weeks of preparation before heading out to Europe for the Worlds.

Photo Credit JPennucci Photography.

USA BMX Salt Lake

Over the weekend, the Team road tripped to Salt Lake City for the USA BMX Great Salt Lake Nationals, at Rad Canyon BMX in Utah. We had a full team line-up, good weather and a nice wide open track to make for some good racing.

Bryce Betts wanted to continue his streak this weekend but unfortunately, a small mistake on Saturday during the semi final put him out. However, Bryce returned strong on Sunday in the highly competitive, 19-27 expert class just missing the podium with a 4th place spot but still a good showing.

Dani George, along with a stacked Elite women’s class, were all in Salt Lake looking to do some damage. Dani was looking good both days during the motos but a few mistakes cost her both days in the main and resulted in finishing with a 6th and an 8th. We know Dani was disappointed but she will come back strong for the next one.

Anthony Dean was once again in fine form in AA/Elite riding strong and smart all night during Friday’s race. Anthony, after winning his semi final, looked like the guy to beat but just came out a little late in the main and locked elbows with Joris Daudet over the first jump and when you’re in lane 1 in any Elite final, that’s one mistake you cannot afford to make. Anthony still fought back and came home with a respectable 5th place but hungry for more the next day. Once again, on Saturday Anthony felt strong and confident all day long and put himself back in the main event. Not the greatest gate, but Anthony found himself mid-pack and made a clean, smart move in the first turn and took it all the way home and hit the podium once again. Great job Anthony.

Team Manager, Dale Holmes, like in Ventura last month, decided to get the bike out and raced Saturday for some fun and came home with a nice first place Trophy in 41-44 and over expert class.

In all, a great weekend for the Team. We would like to thank Robin from WD40Bike for coming along for the weekend and hanging out and supporting the Team. Great weekend.

Photos BMXMania.com.

USA BMX Nashville / Albuquerque

Over the weekend, Anthony Dean and Dani George headed out to Nashville, Tennessee for the Music City Nationals while our other half of the Team, Bryce Betts, was racing in the West at the Spring Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In Nashville, Anthony continues his consistent podium rides finishing 2nd behind Joris Daudet both days in Elite with Dani coming in 4th place both days topping off a consistent weekend for her as well. Anthony now sits well in second place in the USA BMX end-of-season points chase with some strong momentum going into the summer. In New Mexico, Bryce also had another good weekend placing 4th in Class both days and a win in Open on Saturday. Next up, the full Team will be in Salt Lake City in 3 weeks time for the Great Salt Lake Nationals.

Photos: BMXNews.com and USA BMX.

World Cup Holland

It’s been a busy month on the road for Anthony Dean starting with the 1st World Cup of the year in Manchester, England. Then, flying straight from there down under to Brisbane, Australia for the Australian National Championships. Racing on a slick course after 2 days of continuous rain, Anthony went down in the final while sitting in 2nd place behind World Champion, Sam Willoughby who also crashed out due to a wet last turn, which claimed all top 3 riders in the final. From there, Anthony hopped back on a plane again and headed back to Europe for the 2nd round of the UCI World Cup in Papendal, Holland which was held this past weekend.

Even though the travel and racing were wearing on him and he felt extremely tired, Anthony fought hard all weekend long placing 1st and 2nd up to the Final Sunday afternoon and put himself on the gate with a shot for the win with 7 others of the World’s best riders. After another solid lap it was looking like Anthony was set for a place on the Podium until a small mistake led to being passed and pushed back to 4th place over the finish line. Still, a solid ride with some good World Cup and Olympic qualification points so a good weekend all-in all.

Anthony now heads to Belgium with the Australian National Team for a Training Camp on this Summer’s World Championship track in Zolder before heading back to San Diego at the weekend for some much needed rest and recovery time.

Dani George was also in Holland for the World Cup and looking to put in another good showing after making the final in Manchester.
Unfortunately, a bad start for her in the semi final and even though it was a hard charge though the pack she could not quite get in the 4th transfer spot and ended up 5th place and just out of the Final but we know she’s a fighter and will be back.

As always, a big thanks to all our sponsors for their continued support of the program.

Photo credit: Jerry Landrum.

UCI World Cup Manchester

Dani George and Anthony Dean headed out to Manchester, England for the first round of the UCI World Cup. With the Olympics only a year away, everyone’s working for Olympic qualification points. Dani had a great start to her World Cup campaign making it through to the Elite Women’s final and placing 7th. Anthony was feeling great going into Manchester but just had one of those days where things didn’t click and he didn’t make the final. Still, with great form this year, we know it will kick in for him. Currently, Anthony is in Australia getting ready for the National Championships before both he and Dani head back out to Europe for the 2nd Round of the UCI World Cup in Holland in a few weeks time.

Photo credit: Keith Valentine, Abi Taylor, and Jerry Landrum.

Team Report USA – BMX Super Nationals

This past weekend, the Team headed out to Desoto, Texas for the USA-BMX Super Nationals. Desoto had great weather, track and facility and both our Dani George and Anthony Dean were looking to continue a great, consistent start the the year.

Dani started our Day 1 Friday night with a big win in the Elite Women class. Going into the last turn, Dani was in 2nd place and put a great pass on the girl in front getting her – her first big win of the year and maximum points toward the end of year points chase. Saturday, Day 2, Dani was looking to do the same but, unfortunately, a late gate in the main and slide out in the first turn, while coming through traffic put Dani on the ground and no chance to repeat Friday’s win. Still, no injuries and a win on Saturday makes it an unquestionably good weekend for her.

Anthony Dean was on it all weekend winning lots of laps and putting himself in the Elite Mens main event both days. Friday, Anthony placed 3rd and Saturday, day 2, Anthony backed up his Friday’s Podium with another great showing and 2nd place for the day and much like Dani can leave the weekend feeling good that everything is clicking into place for the year.

Both Dani and Anthony are now heading out to Europe to prep for the first World Cup of the season in a few weeks time in Manchester, England.

As always, a big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters of the program.

Chase Bicycles, Goliath Financial, Zola Clean, GEICO, Barona Casino, ride100percent, Shimano, wd40Bike, Walmart, ODIGrips, Tioga, Answer Racing, Stealth Hubs, USA-BMX

Photos: Jason McGuire USA-BMX.

Report USA BMX Phoenix

This past weekend was the USA BMX Pro Series tour season opener at the legendary, Black Mountain BMX Track in Phoenix, Arizona.

There was an impressive turn-out in both the Elite men and Elite women’s classes and a change in the schedule with Elites now racing both Friday night and Saturday day.

Bryce Betts continues to improve – making Sunday’s main event and walking away with a solid 5th place in the 19-27 Expert Class. Between races, Bryce was seen running about the pits working on future updates/reports for BMXNews.com. Dani George made her debut for the team in the Elite women’s class – making both main events against some of the women’s best elite riders. We know Dani wants more and we’re confident she’ll get there. We’re excited to have Dani a part of our team and she fits well. Anthony Dean was coming off of solid Winter training and also a big win in Australia earlier in the year, and he was eager to put in a good performance in Phoenix. Friday night, Anthony was riding well but unfortunately crashed out in the semi-final. Saturday, was a different story. Anthony was winning laps all day and easily put himself in the main event Saturday night. When the gate slammed down in the final, Anthony took the holeshot against World Champion, Sam Willoughby, who was hot-on-his-heels – and it looked like Anthony was going to get his first, big US major win but unfortunately Sam got under him in the last turn, pushing Anthony back to 3rd. Even though he didn’t win, Anthony showed the fans and his fellow competitors, he’s going to be a major threat in 2015 and we’re excited to see what else’s in store for us for the rest of the season.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Chase, Goliath Financial, Zola Clean, GEICO, Barona Casino, ride100percent, Shimano, wd40Bike, Walmart, ODIGrips, Tioga, Answer Racing, Stealth Hubs

Photo credit: Derek Betcher.

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Australian Season Opener

Great start to the year for Anthony Dean competing in the first round of the Australian National Series in Nerang on the Gold Coast this past weekend. It was a tough 3 days of racing with many International riders present so it served as a good season warm up for Anthony after the Christmas Break. Friday, Anthony took the big win then backed it up with two 2nd place podiums on both Saturday and Sunday ending solidly with 3 podiums. Anthony, now spends another week or so training with the Australian National Team before heading back to the US to continue preparations here.

The Team’s “Ride to End Obesity Program”, educating middle school aged kids on the importance of staying active, eating well, making positive choices, bike and street safety and an intro to BMX Racing, kicks back off on Wednesday, January 21st, and both Anthony Dean & Dani George will be present. We’re excited to get back into the swing of things following a great Holiday.

We’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support of our program in addition to our new partners we welcome for 2015:

Chase, Elevn, Insight, Kingstar, Excess, Goliath Financial, Barona Resort & Casino, GEICO, Ride100percent, Shimano, Walmart, WD40Bike, Tioga, ODIGrips, Answer Racing, Stealth

USA BMX Grand Nationals

It’s been a long weekend at the USA BMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma – but a great one. A huge turnout – BMX Racing continues to grow here in the US and we’re really excited to be part of it. It’s been our first full year as a team and we feel really good with our progress, as we have not only built a successful BMX Race team but have also ventured into unchartered territory with an onsite school program, Ride to End Obesity, aimed at helping kids lead more healthful lives and to get them excited about BMX. We’ve also forged a partnership with the YMCA of San Diego County to get involved at the grass roots level and to do our part to grow the sport. Our national clinic program continues to expand into more states and it has been very well received.

This past weekend, Anthony Dean continued to build on his first, solid year here in the US. Anthony made both main events at the Grands, which in and of itself is a huge accomplishment given the pool of talent in the Pro/Elite class today. Day #1 didn’t go as planned, with Anthony making few mistakes but he certainly came back strong for Day #2 on Saturday night. Anthony just missed the podium with a 4th but had a great ride.

Cristian Becerine was defending his Vet Pro title, as he’s won it for the past few years. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great night for Cristian as he lost the title to his long-standing rival, Javier Colombo. Congrats to Javier. It was still an amazing year for Cristian with countless wins and podiums.

Bryce Betts was flying the flag for us within the 19-27 Expert class. It was a bummer weekend for Bryce, as he crashed Sunday during open qualifying rounds. Bryce couldn’t quite put it back together and didn’t make the main in class due to not feeling 100%. We’re really proud of Bryce, he’s been an asset both on and off the track and he’s still building a solid future for himself.

We’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their support this year. We’re expanding in 2015 and will be announcing new sponsors after the first of the year. Stay tuned for updates.

Photo Steve Diamond.

BMX Pro for a Week Video

Check out our recent edit from our, “BMX Pro for a Week” summer camp program in cooperation with the YMCA of San Diego County with the Chase/DHR Team.

Thanks to Barona Resort & Casino for their continued and increased support allowing for an expansion of our Ride to End Obesity Program into San Diego Unified School District through an after school partnership with the YMCA of San Diego.  2015 is looking very positive and we remain excited to grow every facet of our team.

Clinic Tour / USA BMX Disney Cup Florida

The DHR team just got back from a successful week down in Florida.

We started the week with a clinic tour hitting numerous tracks with our first stop in Miami.  We worked our way up to Orlando with a stop over in West Palm Beach along the way.  It was great to branch out on our grass roots program and to make it to the East Coast and have the opportunity to both meet and ride with lots of new folks from beginners right up to a lot of older riders make a reentry into the sport with their kids.  We’ve built some great relationships with riders and families and are already making another trip back next year and adding more stops to our clinic tour.  Big thanks to Miami BMX, Okeeheelee and Orlando BMX for the warm welcome.  And, also a special thanks to Terry Smith and his family for their hospitality and for helping us organize the Miami clinic on the first leg of our tour.

The week of clinics were a lead into the USA BMX Disney Cup – a three day National in Kissamimee.

As the team prepared for the weekend race festivities, we were all welcomed at our good friend Craig Holland’s vacation rental property where the entire Chase  team posted up for the remainder of the week.  Special thanks to Craig for taking good care of us.

Our Vet Pro, Cristian Becerine, continued a great year by hitting the podium all three days – with two 1st place showings and a 2nd – giving him the Overall Disney Cup Win.

Anthony Dean, our Elite Rider, was back on his bike for the first time since his crash in Chula Vista last month.  But despite a few aches and pains and swollen knee, Anthony had a solid weekend against the World’s best – making the main events all three days and finished the weekend off on a great note with a 3rd place on the podium on Sunday.

The team now has a few weeks off before we head out to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Grand Nationals to wrap up an already successful year.

 

STX BMX Raceway Clinic

This past weekend Cristian Becerine and Dale Holmes flew out to Corpus Christi, Texas to put on a Clinic at STX BMX Raceway. The Clinic was spread out over a 5 hour period with the group all fairly new to the sport. We covered all the basic fundamentals and the 101 of BMX including bike and street safety, gate starts, turns, jumps on the track, alongside the importance of eating well and staying hydrated. What a fun group these guys were – so many different personalities and great to work with. A big thanks to all of our team sponsors that went out of their way to give so many goodies for giveaways. Everyone that participated left with a bag stuffed with sponsored loot. We’re all excited to get back their next season. A special thanks to Jeff and his wife for fully taking care of us – and for making the trip go smoothly.

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UCI World Cup / USABMX Nationals Chula Vista CA

The final stop on the UCI BMX World Cup Series was once again held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Anthony Dean has had a great SX season so far this year and going into the last round he sat in 2nd place with a mathematical shot at the overall title. What an awesome achievement in his first full year here in the states and racing the tour. The day’s racing started out well – Anthony was putting in some solid laps and transferred through the quarter final into the semi but unfortunately went down hard battling for the 4th place transfer spot. Just to be safe, Anthony was transported to the hospital for checks. He unfortunately suffered a concussion and some broken teeth alongside being a bit battered and bruised. It is definitely time for some down time including some rest and relaxation. On a positive note, Anthony still finished off the year in points in 2nd place in the UCI World Cup 2014 Overall. We’re very proud of him.

Alongside the World Cup, USA BMX held the Hall of Fame Nationals on the smaller track where our own, Cristian Becerine and Bryce Betts did battle for the weekend. Bryce didn’t have the greatest of weekends but still managed to make some mains and represent well. Cristian was on a good roll this weekend winning both days and more points toward the title chase in Tulsa this coming Thanksgiving. All in all, a good solid weekend with some ups and downs – we’re all glad Anthony is ok. Keep an eye on or social media channels for more updates.

Argentina SX World Cup

Over the weekend, Anthony Dean, competed in Argentina for the 4th Round of UCI SX World Cup. Anthony really loves racing down the big hill and it has shown with his consistent results at the World Cups this year. Anthony was feeling great and qualified through the heats with some wins and went on to get 2nd place in the quarter and semi finals, earning himself good lane selection for the final. Unfortunately, a little late out of the gate in the final and stuck in traffic, Anthony tried to battle through but went down to end his day. On a positive note, Anthony’s healthy (no injuries) and now moves into 2nd Place in overall World Cup points going into Chula Vista for the final round. He is in striking distance of the overall title and gets to sleep in his own bed and race on his favorite track of the tour, as he lives nearby the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.

Photo BMXMania.com.

East Coast Summer Tour

Over the past week, the Chase / Stay Strong Team headed off on a Summer Tour to the East Coast for a planned clinic in Nashville, Tennesseeon and a USA BMX National in Louisville, Kentucky. There was a great turnout at Music City BMX – for sure it’s one of the best tracks in the country.

Following the clinic, the team then packed up and headed to Kentucky for the USA BMX National for three days of racing. Even though the results don’t show it, Anthony Dean put in some good laps – this is his first, full-year on the USA BMX Tour and he’s definitely learning the ropes while also competing in the UCI World Cup Series which has remained his primary focus. Cristian rode solid as always and managed to grab a win on day #1. Reppin’ on the West Coast, the team’s Bryce Betts, made a good showing at the Reno Nationals with consistent laps all day and walked away with a few podiums. While everyone else heads home, Anthony Dean is headed for South America for the 4th round of the UCI World Cup Series where he currently sits 3rd in overall points.

BMX Pro for a Week Summer Camp

This past week we ran another week of our BMX Pro for a Week Summer Camp in cooperation with the YMCA. Many of our kids haven’t ever ridden on a real BMX track and few have had a lot of bike time. It was cool to start at Level 1 (with bike safety, protective gear, basic riding skills) and move progressively into more technical skills. By the end of the week, our kids were ready to jump on the gate and race one another. It was great to see.

It occurred to our team that we are amongst the new generation of riders – just not fortunate enough to have access to either bikes or tracks. This camp was a great bridge for kids wanting to be connected to the BMX industry. We’re happy to do our part to get more kids exposed and more involved in the sport.

At the week’s end, our rider, Jesse, earned himself a new bike and gear for paying attention and giving each day his all. What a great experience it was for our entire team to partner with the Y. We look forward to seeing these guys/gals again at our Winter Session camps (dates to be announced soon).

Photo credit: fatbmx.com.

UCI World Championships

This past weekend was the UCI World Championships in Rotterdam, Holland. Cristian Becerine and Anthony Dean were out in Holland not only representing both of their countries, Argentina and Australia, but also flying the flag for the team as well. Cristian was out on a mission to take the Masters World Championship Title that he’s been chasing for the past few years. Everything went to plan during racing with Cristian winning the Semi-Final and taking the lead in the final. Unfortunately, last year’s World Champion, Kelvin Batey, put a move on Cristian going into the last turn, which meant Cristian had to defend the lead which ultimately resulted in both Kelvin and Cristian losing momentum and being passed. Cristian crossed the line in 3rd place and got a respectable bronze medal for his effort. We know that Cristian’s going to work really hard to have another shot at the title in Belgium next year.

Anthony Dean went into the World Championships in great form after a solid two weeks of training in Europe with the Australian National Team. As predicted, the Elite racing at the World Championships is always crazy – everybody wants a spot in the final and a chance to become World Champion. Anthony’s game plan was to take one race at a time and put himself in the last 8 and lay it all on the line. Well, that’s exactly what he did qualifying for the final is no easy task – Anthony made the main but unfortunately had to deal with lane 8, which was a huge disadvantage on the short first straight. Still, Anthony kept focused and put in a solid first straight and came out of turn 1 in 3rd place behind Connor Fields and Sam Willoughby. Anthony could see already there was a good chance Connor and Sam would make contact in the next turn – he kept on the outside and started planning for the high-low pass in turn 2 but unfortunately, Connor went down resulting in the whole pack going down including Anthony. Needless to say he’s disappointed that the World Championship podium was in his grasp but wasn’t meant to be this year. We know all he can do is learn from this and stay positive. Congratulations to Sam Willoughby on the Win.

Photo credit: BMX Holland.

Team Update

It’s been a busy week for Cristian Becerine, as he was in the MidWest conducting clinics in both Indiana and Ohio and then made his way to South Park, Pennsylvania for the USA BMX Stars and Stripes Nationals. A couple of wins in the bag for Cristian and he’s back on a plane headed to California for a few days rest before heading out to Nevada – Boulder City BMX for another Chase/Stay Strong Clinic on Thursday, July 10th from 6:30-8:30p.m., along with team rider, Bryce Betts. The guys will then race the Las Vegas Nationals July 11-13 and the following week – we kick off another session of our BMX Pro for a Week summer camp with the YMCA. Keep an eye on all of our social media outlets for daily updates.

USA BMX Midwest Nationals

This past weekend, the team headed out to Rockford, Illinois for the USA BMX Midwest Nationals. Anthony Dean was back in the states and looking to add to his mark in the AA/Elite Class. Anthony rode consistently all weekend long at the top – putting himself in the main event both days – but had a problem out of the gate on Saturday that cost him a potential podium – finishing up in 7th. Sunday, again a little late out of the gate in the final but he still came back with a strong 5th against the World’s best. Anthony will now spend the next month getting ready for the UCI World Championships coming upon Holland next month. Cristian Becerine had another weekend with a 2nd place on Saturday and a win on Sunday and a few more points toward his year end score. Cristian now stays on the road for the next week where he will be conducting clinics in both Indiana and Ohio and will then move into next weekend’s race in South Park, Pennsylvania.

BMX Pro for a Week

This past week we held our season opener of “BMX Pro for a Week”, our summer camp experience offered through a partnership with both the Toby Wells & Mission Valley YMCA facilities. Our goal has been to reach out to kids not currently in the BMX circle to get them excited about the sport of BMX. While, some of our campers have been to BMX tracks before – most have not and enjoy learning what BMX Racing is all about.

By the week’s end, these kids are able to make full laps at both stops: Kearny Moto Park and Chula Vista BMX (at the Olympic Training Center). Several of our campers were actually participants in our Ride to End Obesity Program. In fact, Victoria was one of these kids We taught her how to ride a bike just 8 weeks ago and she actually rode the track. It’s exciting to be able to give back and make a difference in the lives of kids that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to participate.

Victoria left campFriday with a new bike, jersey and helmet – thanks to our sponsors! This is what BMX is all about. These kids are excited to continue with the sport and try their hand at racing. A big shout out to ChaseBMX, StayStrong, Walmart, BaronaCasino, VeeTireco, GoliathFinancial, ANSR, Shimano, WearsRobJames, ODIGrips, KICKER, StealthHubs, KMCChain, & GForm for making this possible.

Photo credit: Corinne Walder.

Great Salt Lake Nationals

Over the weekend the team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah for the USA BMX’s Great Salt Lake Nationals. It’s always one of the team’s favorite spots to stop with great weather and a challenging track. Bryce Betts is really starting to come into form going into the summer months, making 3 out of 4 mains with his best place finish a1st in Open on Sunday. Keep an eye on Bryce’s social media- he has been writing some great road trip reports for bmxnews.com – alongside doing a number of clinics. He’s been a great asset to the team, as he’s creative and always on the go.

Cristian Becerine had an up and down weekend – he crashed out Saturday in the main but came back strong with a 2nd on Sunday. Anthony Dean was really looking to put in a strong performance this weekend but was held back a bit by a crash on Saturday. Battling through a bit of soreness – he tried to race Sunday but was in too much pain so he called it a day. He’s already en route to Germany, as he prepares for the third round of the UCI World Cup Series.

Team manager, Dale Holmes, decided to race Saturday only and managed to get the win. All in all a decent weekend for the team. Next up, Rockford in a couple of weeks.

Photo Credit Corinne Walder.

Albuquerque USA BMX Spring Nationals

Over the weekend, the team headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the USA BMX Spring Nationals. It was the first time we’ve had a full team line up in awhile, as our guys have been busy in different parts of the world fulfilling commitments and racing.

Cristian Becerine has been recovering from a bit of a knee injury sustained in Atlanta a few weeks ago but decided to give it a go over the weekend. Saturday, Cristian was winning the final and unfortunately unclipped and it cost him a podium but Sunday he came back strong taking a win.

Bryce Betts raced all three days and made 5 main events. He came away with two podiums and a good, consistent showing for the weekend.

Anthony Dean was back in the states from world travels and even though the results don’t show it, he was riding well all weekend but crashed on Saturday while in a qualifying position in the semi-final. Sunday, same bit of bad luck struck again and a crash kept Anthony out of the main event and the fatigue from travel was really starting to set in. It was time to head back to San Diego to regroup.

Team Manager, Dale Holmes raced and took the win both days in his class.

All in all, a good weekend. Cristian heads out to Nashville this weekend and the full team line up will be in Salt Lake City the weekend after – keeping it busy, just the way we like it.

Photo by Jerry Landrum/bmxmania.com.

UCI World Cup Papendal, Holland

This past weekend, Anthony Dean was in Papendal, Holland for the second round of the UCI World Cup. Despite terrible weather all week, Anthony stayed focused and didn’t let the weather talk him out of putting on a good performance. Just like Manchester, Anthony was winning laps all day long and was really hungry for another podium and a chance to challenge for a win. A few mistakes in the final cost him the podium but he pulled through with a solid 4th place behind Sam Willoughby and World Champion, Liam Phillips. Anthony now sits comfortably in 2nd place in the UCI World Cup overall points going into Germany next month.

Next up for Anthony, it’s heading back to the US to get back on the USA BMX tour for the next several weeks.

Australian National Championships

Close race this past weekend for Anthony Dean at the Australian National Championships battling all the way to the finish line with Sam Willoughby. Anthony just missed the Australian National title by an inch on the line. To battle and be so close with Sam was a great confidence booster for Anthony. He is already on the plane heading back to Europe for the 2nd Round of the UCI World Cup in Holland next weekend where he hopes to capitalize on his 2nd place from a few weeks ago at Round 1 in Manchester. We’re pumped with how well Anthony is riding right now and wish him well in Holland.

UCI World Cup Manchester World Cup Team Report

This past weekend was the 1st stop on the UCI World Cup Series in Manchester, England. Our Anthony Dean hooked up with the Australian National Team for the first training camp/trip to Europe of the year. After a successful camp the week leading into the race, Anthony started to feel more comfortable on the big hill.

Once race time arrived, his confidence was really up and he was banging out wins straight away. After a solid win in the semi-final, Anthony knew that the podium was in his reach. Although he didn’t have the best gate he rode a smart, solid lap and secured his spot on the box with his first ever 2nd place on the UCI World Cup podium. We know there is much more to come.

Anthony continues his World tour – now headed for Australia to race the National Championships scheduled in the next couple of weeks. He will then be back on the road again for the second stop of the UCI World Cup Series in Holland. Special thanks to BMX Australia and to all of our team sponsors for supporting our program.

Photos : BMXMania.com / Craig Dutton.

Hesperia Clinic report

The Chase / Stay Strong Clinic Tour is off to a great start with 3 stops in So-Cal. The team just finished up this past weekend at Hesperia BMX. Again, they were lucky with incredible weather – 80′ in the high desert with a cool breeze. It was great for the team to see so many familiar faces at the clinic and impressive to see the improvements in so many of them. The team looks forward to another visit to Hesperia BMX. Many thanks to Dan and the other local supporters for making it a fun day. The Ride to End Obesity program kicks off in two weeks – the team will look forward to keeping you updated. Any tracks (nationwide) interested in working with the team to host a clinic, please contact Daleholmes99@gmail.com. Cheers!

Sant Maria Clinic Report

Yet another great Clinic weekend for the Chase / Stay Strong Team with Anthony Dean, Cristian Becerine, Bryce Betts and Team Manager, Dale Holmes. We were really impressed with the kids’ abilities and we felt it was one of the best track’s we’ve ridden on the West Coast – great vibe for sure. Thanks again to our sponsors for making it happen – there were no shortage of smiles on the kids’ faces. Next up, this coming Saturday, February 22nd we’ll be at Hesperia BMX from 1-3p.m. — Hope to see you there!
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Freedom Park Clinic Report

A great start to the year for the Chase / Stay Strong Clinic Tour at Freedom Park BMX, CA. All the team was present, the weather held out for us and the turn out was great. It seems as though all of the kids had fun. A big thanks to everyone at Freedom Park, and all of our sponsors for filling our goodies bags and giveaways – the kids were pumped. #ChaseBMX #StayStrong #Walmart #BaronaCasino #VeeTireco #ANSR #Shimano #ODIGrips #KICKER #StealthHubs #kmcchain

Mark your calendars, the next stop on the clinic tour, is Santa Maria BMX on Saturday, February 15th from 1-3p.m. – for more information keep an eye on the website and on all of our social media spots – for any tracks (nationwide) interested in booking clinics, please email us at Daleholmes99@gmail.com

Team Photo Shoot

Last week we did our first Team photo shoot with both BMX Plus Magazine and a couple of our sponsors, Chase and ANSWR over at Bellflower BMX in So-Cal. It was great to get everyone together- great team bonding and a chance for the guys to have fun riding while grabbing some shots at the same time.

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Great start to the Season for the Chase / Stay Strong Team

It’s been a great start to the Season for the Chase / Stay Strong Team. We really couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year. First of all, our new AA/Elite rider, Anthony Dean, represented us well at the first few rounds of the Australian National Series down under in Nerang – Queensland. Anthony hit the podium all three days with (2) 1st’s and a 2nd – a solid start to Anthony’s year for sure. After spending some time with the Australian National Team training, Anthony plans to head back to the US to continue preparing for both the USABMX and UCI seasons.

Over in the US, it was the USABMX Season Opener in Reno, Nevada, where both Cristian Becerine and Bryce Betts made their team debut. A great weekend for both guys with Cristian walking away with 2 wins and Bryce securing a solid 3rd in the highly competitive 17/18 Expert class. In short, another great weekend for the team.

The first stop of our Clinic Tour kicks off on Saturday, Feb 1st, at Freedom Park BMX in Camarillo, Ca from 1-3p.m. – the entire team will be present. Please see our posted Clinic Flyer for further details. Hope to see you there.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors for their support of our team : Chase, Insight, Excess, Elevn, Kingstar, Stay Strong, Vee Tire co., Wal*Mart, Barona Resort & Casino, Answer Racing, Shimano, ODI, KMC, Kicker, Stealth.

Anthony Dean at Nerang Nationals in Australia

A great finish to the weekend with another win for Anthony Dean on Day #3 down under in Australia for the Nerang Nationals. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year and our new program. In addition to Anthony’s results we’ve had a lot of positive feedback from everyone over the last few days and I share all of our thanks to all for that. It goes without saying that it’s been a lot of work to get this going but with a simple goal and plan to work hard all year and grow the program, I’m confident we’ll get there.

Great thanks to our sponsors and supporters who have made this possible. Cheers to an unforgettable 2014.

Dale Holmes Debuts New Team

Five-time BMX World Champion and British Cycling Hall of Famer, Dale Holmes, has launched Dale Holmes Racing, LLC DBA Chase/Stay Strong BMX Race Team. The team will travel to all USA BMX pro series events, UCI BMX World Cup Races, select Internationals, and The UCI BMX World Championships in Holland.

The team will be owned and managed by Dale Holmes and will include 11-time National Champion and 2008 Olympian, Cristian Becerine, up-and-coming Australian 2013 Series Champion, Anthony Dean (pictured above), as well as US Amateur (17-18 Expert), Bryce Betts.

Dale Holmes Racing will also offer personalized BMX coaching and training for athletes, a nationwide clinic tour at USA BMX sanctioned tracks, and a summer camp partnership with the Toby Wells Foundation & Mission Valley YMCA facilities to offer, “BMX Pro for a Week,” an interactive school nutrition and onsite riding program, “Ride to End Obesity,” at Poway Unified School District sponsored by both Walmart and Barona.

Secured team sponsors include: Chase Bicycles, Stephen Murray Stay Strong, Walmart, Barona Resort & Casino, Elevn, Insight, Kingstar, Excess, Vee Tire Company, Answer Racing, Shimano, ODI, KMC, Kicker & Stealth.