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 16-June 23, 2017 at South Bay YMCA
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June 26-June 30, 2017 at Mission Valley / Toby Wells YMCA
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June 26-June 30, 2017 at Ecke Family YMCA
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July 3 – July 7, 2017 at Rancho Family YMCA
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July 10 – July 14, 2017 at Mission Valley / Toby Wells YMCA
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July 10 – July 14, 2017 at La Jolla YMCA
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July 17-July 21, 2017 at Peninsula YMCA
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July 17-July 21, 2017 at Copley Family YMCA
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July 24-July 28, 2017 at East County Family YMCAs
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July 24-July 28, 2017 at Cameron Family YMCA
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July 24-July 28, 2017 at Davis Family YMCA
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July 24-July 28, 2017 at McGrath Family YMCA
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July 24-July 28, 2017 at Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
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July 31-August 4, 2017 at Ecke Family YMCA
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August 7-August 11, 2017 at Mission Valley / Toby Wells YMCA
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August 14-18, 2017 at Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club
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August 21-August25, 2017 at Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
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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.