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.
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.
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.