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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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