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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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

Press release.

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.

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.

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!
#ChaseBMX #StayStrong #Walmart #BaronaCasino #VeeTireco #GoliathFinancial #ANSR #Shimano #ODIGrips #KICKER #StealthHubs #kmcchain

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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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.