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Bio – Madelynn DeSantis, Haro / US Development

Bio – Madelynn DeSantis

Age: 15

Years racing: 8 years

Local track: Sycamore BMX

Local crew you ride with?
Leyna Jones, Alijah Salas, Tayor Rungatis, Derek Phipps, Connor and Jack Eaton, Eric Rupe, Kevin Pauls, Dylan Lyons, Brock Arndt.

Sponsors?
USA Cycling, Haro, Rockstar Energy, WD40, 100 Percent, Answer Racing, Shimano, ODI, Box, Tioga, HRP Designs, Wheelbuilder.

Major wins/titles?
National #1 Girl Cruiser (2017), World 7 (2017), Roc #1 (2017), NAG #2 Class (2017),  NAG #1 class (2016), Gold Cup #1 (2016), State #1 (2016), Triple at the Grands (2015) Won Class, Cruiser and Open.

How did you get into racing?
My brother started racing and we spent a lot of time at the track, so my dad got me a bike, I’ve been riding ever since then.

It’s your first year on the Haro / US Development team how are you liking it?
It’s Great! The team has opened many doors for me, I got to go down to Chula Vista and ride the SX track, I have some great teammates, coaches, sponsors and team manager.

How’s your season going?
Season is going good so far. I have 5 national wins and a handful of seconds, looking forward to moving up into the 15 – 16 Girls class.

You just doubled over in Atlanta; how did the weekend go? Do you feel like you’re in full form now or can we expect even more going in to the summer?
It was a great weekend in Atlanta, winning class and cruiser both days was awesome. I took a couple of falls racing mountain bikes this season, so I’ve been recovering from those injuries. Now, I feel I’m back at almost 100% and ready to train hard this summer then I will really be in full- form just in time for the Grands!

You’ve been easing into some SX riding this year over at Chula Vista. Any plans to race on the big hill this year?
No plans to race the big hill yet, I’m looking forward to spending some more time down in Chula Vista this summer when I’m off school. The big hill is a blast to ride, though!

You’re also involved and compete in MTB cross country. Tell us a little more about that and how you’re doing this year?
This is my first year racing mountain bikes, and it is way different than BMX. My races have been about 8 to 10 miles, and I’m still learning how to pace myself. I have had some top 10 finishes and a couple of 12th place finishes when I crashed. It’s a lot of fun and I really enjoy riding the MTB, looking forward to next season.

Who are some of the riders you look up to?
Kevin Pauls, Mike Day, Jill Kintner, Ashley Verhagen,

Favorite track?
I really like Lemoore BMX, I spent a lot of time there training for the Worlds, it has the big start hill and super fast turns.

PC: Justin Kosman

Atlanta Dixieland Nationals

Big turn out for the Team over the weekend in Atlanta at the Dixieland Nationals, recognized as one of the best stops on the USA BMX Tour with a top-notch facility and friendly atmosphere from Margie Hatfield and her crew at Cobb County BMX.

Kamren Larson continued his great form coming away from the weekend with a 1st and 2nd and another nice deposit to take to the bank for his weekend’s work.

Both Noah Ramos and Cam Mason in 16x had a consistent weekend making the mains both days and with best finishes of 4th each.

Our girls were on a mission this weekend. Birthday girl Brooke Craft doubled Saturday, then upped an age on Sunday and came in a respectable 3rd place.

Payton Ridenour had a few problems on the gate Saturday during the main but was on a mission Sunday taking the win from the start and never looking back.

Madelynn DeSantis dominated all weekend long on both the 20 and 24 doubling both days and adding more points in the bank for the year-end title chase on both bikes.

In all, a great weekend for our team. Kamren Larsen now heads out to Europe for the next 2 rounds of the World Cup, with our team riders on the west coast heading out to Lake Perris for the Tangent Pro Am next weekend.

As always, big thank you to all out team sponsors for keeping this team rolling.

USA Cycling, Haro Bikes, Rockstar Energy, Dale Holmes Racing, wd40Bike, Barona Casino, ride100percent, Answer Racing, Shimano, ODIGrips, Box Components, Tioga, HRP Designs, Wheelbuilder.com.

PC: USA BMX

Interview – Payton P-nut Ridenour

PC: Justin Kosman

Age / Where do you live?

I am 15 years young and I live in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

Years Racing?

My dad introduced me to racing when I was little and I have been doing it ever since, which has been about ten years.

Sponsors?

USA Cycling | Haro Bikes | Rockstar Energy Drink | Dale Holmes Racing | WD 40 Bike | 100% | Answer Racing | Shimano | ODI Grips | Box | Tioga | HRP Designs | Wheel Builder

2017 was your first year on the US Development Team how did it go?

My first year on the U.S. Development Team was amazing! I had so many awesome opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t on the team. I got to train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, start a structured training schedule, and hit a lot more nationals.

PC: Justin Kosman

Being young and it being your first year in a structured team environment, what were some of the benefits you liked?

One of the benefits I like about the team is having the coolest coach, Arielle Martin-Verhaaren. From her I gain tons of knowledge whether it’s about racing, training, nutrition, recovery, etc.

We’re already into the 2018 season, how’s that going so far?

So far, the 2018 season is going really well. I have already been out to Chula Vista once for some training, won my first national in Louisville, Kentucky, and raced my first ever supercross open. It’s awesome that I have gotten to go to three nationals this early in the season, because there are still no tracks open where I live with all of the winter weather.

What are your goals for the season?

My goals for the 2018 season are to get National #1 Amateur Girl and to take advantage of all of the opportunities my team gives me.

Your mom and dad are key elements, to your race program. What are some of the benefits of having a family with the same passion for riding bikes as you?

My mom and dad play a huge role in my racing and training. At the races they keep me hydrated and eating well as well as video my laps. And during training both my mom and my dad will do sprints with me and always encourage me to be my best.

PC: Joey Cobbs

Who’s in your crew at the races?

At the races my crew is my coach Arielle, my mom, my dad, the infamous Dale Holmes, the U.S. Development Team, and some of the girls that I race with.

You also ride the Skateparks, trails and in fact have a backyard pump track and ride mtb – do you think being into all aspects in riding helps?

I think being into all aspects of riding helps so much with BMX! Trails, skateparks, and the pumptrack in my backyard help me with my technical skills. And MTB riding helps me with the endurance and strength aspects of racing.

Any thoughts on doing more MTB or even competing in Park?

Ha, definitely a no on competing in park. I can do some tricks on my trampoline bike but when I tried to take my tricks to an actual jump it didn’t go as smoothly. But, I have been getting into some more MTB stuff like dual slalom and cross country which I really enjoy.

PC: Justin Kosman

You raced your first SX race in Oldsmar last month how was that?

My first SX open race in Oldsmar, Florida was a blast! I had so much fun and loved experiencing a different aspect of the traditional racing. I am looking forward to doing a few more SX races this season.

What are your favorite tracks?

My all-time favorite tracks are the outdoor in Louisville, Kentucky and South Park, Pennsylvania because they’re downhill and super flowy. I also really liked the Grands track last year with how peaky and tight all of the jumps were.

Toughest competitors?

15-16 girls is a super competitive class, but I think that one of my biggest competitors is myself. Sometimes, I just need to believe in myself more to do my best.

PC: Joey Cobbs

Best part about racing?

I think that the best part about racing are the rewards that you get after working so hard to achieve your goals.

Long-term goals?

My long-term goals are to go to the 2020 and 2024 Olympics and bring home a medal.

Madelynn DeSantis

Perfect weekend up in Oregon for Madelynn DeSantis at the Great North West Nationals winning Open & Class both days. Madelynn continues a great start to the year with the team as we move into the summer. She’s not just on a BMX but also ripping it up on the Mountain bike as well racing XC over in So-Cal.

PC: Tangent Products

Ride to End Obesity after school program

We’re already mid-season on our Ride to End Obesity after school program tour. It’s great to see so many new faces with excitement to get on bikes. We continue to expand to serve more young people in San Diego. Next up, we will be serving children from military households with this positive message and programming through the Toby Wells YMCA.

PC: Justin Kosman

Race Report – Rock Hill

It’s been cold, and at times, wet conditions for the Carolina Nationals in Rock Hill over the weekend. The team headed out to South Carolina, host of last year’s UCI World Championships, for the next stop on the USA BMX National Tour.

Kamren Larsen was looking to continue his good start to his Pro career in Rock Hill grabbing the Hole Shot Award during Friday’s A Pro Final but a little mistake on the second straight cost him to drop back a few positions to 5th place. He came back strong on Saturday and took the win along with the cash in the bank for his trouble. Kamren now heads straight out to Paris for the first round of the UCI World Cup next weekend and a chance to gain some experience on the International front.

Payton Ridenour continues to ease into SX on the Big Hill racing Friday’s SX Open and hitting the podium with a good 2nd place. P-Nut also made it into the main events both Saturday and Sunday on the regular track with her best place finishing Sunday with a 2nd.

Brooke Craft made her first trip out East with the team and came out swinging winning Saturday’s main event in her class.

Cam Mason was on his home turf this weekend, as Rock Hill is his local track. Cam rode solid all weekend placing 4th in the SX Open backing it up with a 2nd place in 16 x on Saturday and was back in the main on Sunday.

In all, a great weekend for the team, next up on the domestic front will be the Dixieland Nationals April 20-22 in Atlanta.

PC: USA BMX

BMX Pro for a Week 2018 dates

BMX Pro for a Week Summer 2018 CAMP DATES – San Diego. Register now!

June 18 – June 22, 2018
Mission Valley YMCA
619-298-3576

South Bay YMCA
619-421-9622

June 25 – June 29, 2018
Ecke Family YMCA
760-942-9622

July 9 – July 13, 2018
La Jolla – Dan McKinney YMCA
858-453-3483

July 16 – July 20, 2018
Copley YMCA
619-280-9622

Mission Valley YMCA
619-298-3576

Rancho Family YMCA
858-484-8788

July 23 – July 27, 2018
Peninsula Family YMCA
619-226-8888

East County / Davis Family YMCA
619-464-1323

Cameron Family YMCA
619-449-9622

July 30 – August 3, 2018
Mission Valley YMCA
619-298-3576

Ecke Family YMCA
760-942-9622

August 6 – August 10, 2018
Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club
858-549-5355

August 13 – August 17, 2018
Mission Valley YMCA
619-298-3576

Interview – Haro / US Development Team’s Cam Mason

PC: Justin Kosman

Age / class / years racing?

16yrs old and I race 16 expert. I have been racing for 11 years.

I started when I was 6yrs old. My parents bought me a freestyle DK for Christmas and ramps and it was just natural for me. My Dad who is from Scotland, raced there when he was younger and he said let’s find the local BMX track, which was southern Maryland BMX. Shortly thereafter, I started racing for a local bike shop called Mikes bikes. Ever since BMX has been my passion.

Live / local track?

I live in Huntersville, NC and my local track is the Novant Health BMX Supercross track in Rockhill, SC. I moved here 3 ½ years ago from Maryland for the Rockhill track.

Team / Sponsors?

Haro / US Development Team, USA Cycling, Haro, Rockstar Energy, Dale Holmes Racing, WD 40 Bike, 100% Bike, Answer Racing, Shimano BMX, ODI Grips, Box, Tioga, HRP designs, Wheelbuilder.com

PC: Justin Kosman

How is the start of the season going for you?

The 2018 season has started off pretty good. I have gotten into most mains that I would normally not make this time of year due to just aging up. I’m definitely bummed that I didn’t make the junior men team for this year but I definitely have my eye on 2019 for junior men.

What kinds of racing do you like – the traditional track or SX?

SX is my passion because I love to jump and go fast! I do still enjoy traditional racing, I love all racing and have even done some mountain bike racing. I really like the adrenalin and competition.

Name a few of your favorite tracks in the US?

My all time favorite is South Park in Pittsburg, PA. I love this track because it’s downhill and one of the fastest tracks I have ever ridden. I was the youngest to jump the pro set at 11yrs old with the help of Justin Posey.  Louisville, Kentucky is my 2nd favorite track. I really like their pro set Oldsmar, Florida is also a favorite because it’s technical.

You just spent a few weeks out West with your team riding Chula Vista on the big tracks and trails, how was the trip?

My trip was amazing! I love riding the tracks out there, and the photo shoots were pretty sick. The facility is so awesome I could live there! It was such a great opportunity to be on the big hill with the pros and training in the gym with them.

Who are some of the riders you look up to and why?

Conner Fields and Corben Sharrah…

Conner because his laps are always perfect and he is consistent.

Corben because of his skill and style on the bike.

Also Justin Posey because he has influenced me in my riding and he’s gotten me to try new things over the years and helps me feel like I can accomplish anything.

PC: Justin Kosman

How are things on the US Development Team with Team USA and your new Coach, Arielle Verhaaren?

Things are awesome on the team! I’m excited to be riding for Team USA. It’s a dream come true! Arielle is great I feel she is going to get me where I want to be and has my best interest at heart. Her workouts are tough and I like that because I can already see my body and mind changing.

Who are some of the riders you like to ride with back home?

I ride with Cole Tesar, Brady Kincheloe and KJ Romero and right now, Alfredo Campo is here and will be here for next 5 months – he really helps me out a lot and it’s awesome to get to ride with an Olympian every day. Cole Tesar was my coach for the past 4yrs until getting on the US Development team. Cole has been a huge part of my life from a coach to a best friend and has helped me develop into the rider I am today. I love riding wit KJ because he always keeps it fun and has a smile on his face no matter if he gets 1st or last.

PC: Joey Cobbs

What are your goals for the remainder of the year?

My goals are to get stronger and have more confidence in myself and to always keep it fun. And, to be in the top 5 Nag Riders.

What are your long-term goals?

To make junior men for 2019 and to one day make the Olympic team and WIN!!

Haro / US Development Team

The 2018 Haro / US Development team shot some footage with Justin Kosman during a week-long camp down at Chula Vista’s Elite Athlete Training Center, as we head into the season. Kicking off our second year of this program, we’re excited to expand the team and document our journey along the way.

Winter Nationals – Phoenix

A good start to the year for the Haro/ US Development Team in Phoenix, Arizona at the USA BMX Winter Nationals. With new signing and rookie Pro Bryce Batten unfortunately out with an injury for his home town race, it was down to our other new Rookie Pro Kamren Larsen to fly the flag on the pro department side of the team. Kamren did just that, winning A Pro both Friday and Saturday and finishing off a perfect weekend taking the win in Pro / Open on Sunday as well and had a nice check in his pocket to take to the bank from his first weekend of racing Pro.

For the girls, our crew of ladies hit the podium all weekend long with Brooke Craft coming in 2nd on Saturday, Payton Ridenour opening her account for the season with a 2nd and 3rd and Madelynn DeSantis taking home 2 wins and a 2nd place for the weekend.

Noah Ramos and Cam Mason in 16x didn’t hit the podium in Phoenix but still both made the mains both days and put some solid laps in with lots to build on.

In all, a good start to the year for the team, which now heads to Tampa, Florida for the Gator Nationals this coming weekend.

2018 Haro / US Development Team

2018 Haro / US Development Team

Team USA Cycling BMX Director: Jamie Staff @usacycling
Team Manager: Dale Holmes @daleholmesracing

Bryce Batten @brycebatten101
Kamren Larsen @kamrenlarsen

Brooke Craft @craft_brooke
Madelynn DeSantis @maddie_desantis1
Cam Mason @cam.mason
Noah Ramos @_noah.ramos_
Payton Ridenour @paytonridenour

With both Bryce Batten and Kamren Larsen going Pro for 2018, we have given them a different look from the rest of the AM’s on the team with full 100% helmets and gear. The AM’s will be branded Answer Racing and Rockstar Energy.

Our plan for the year is to ease Bryce and Kamren into the Pro Elite ranks with an emphasis on the USA BMX circuit, a few select European rounds and qualifying and racing the UCI World Championships.

Team Sponsors:
USA Cycling usacycling.org
Haro Bikes harobikes.com
Rockstar Energy rockstarenergy.com
Dale Holmes Racing daleholmesracing.com
WD40 wd40bike.com
Barona Casino barona.com
ride100percent ride100percent.com
Answer Racing answerracing.com
Shimano shimano.com
ODIGrips odigrips.com
Box Components boxcomponents.com
Tioga tiogausa.com
HRP Designs hrpdesigns.com
Wheelbuilder.com wheelbuilder.com

Website: DaleHolmesRacing.com
Facebook: Dale Holmes Racing
Twitter: @DHolmesRacing
Instagram: @daleholmesracing @usdevelopment

PC: Joey Cobbs @jcobbs

Bluegrass Nationals – Kentucky

The Bluegrass Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 27 and 28 was the first stop for the USA Cycling Development team members who are based in the eastern United States. With a frigid and snowy start to 2018, the riders were itching to get some time on their bikes.

First up was Payton “P-Nut” Ridenour, coming off an impressive 2017 season earning the Race of Champions #1, National Age Group #2, and UCI World #2 plates in the 15-16 Girls class. She definitely picked up where she left off showing rad skills on the short, tight track to take the win on Saturday and a 2nd on Sunday. Camron Mason, a new rider to the team in the 16 Expert class, showed great potential with a 6th on Sunday. As the season ramps up, we expect great things from these two as they continue to develop and train.

The next stop on the USA BMX national circuit will be in mid-February at the Winter Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona. This will be the first race for the full team. Can’t wait!

PC: Racer Concepts

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.

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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!
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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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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.