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Ride To End Obesity After School program

Ride To End Obesity After School program edit with Justin Kosman filmed last week during one of our school visits. Team USA BMX Director, Jamie Staff, joined us along with our US Junior Development Team riders, Kamren Larsen, Colin Whittington and Noah Ramos. The goal is to share the message of leading a healthy life, being a hero against bullying with an introduction to BMX. For more information please visit our website, ridetoendobesity.com.

2017 YMCA BMX Pro For A Week camp dates

2017 YMCA BMX Pro For A Week camp dates in San Diego listed below! Register now!

June 16 – June 23, 2017
South Bay YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 421-8805

June 26 – June 30, 2017
Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

Ecke Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (760) 942-9622

July 3 – July 7, 2017
Rancho Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 484-8788

July 10 – July 14, 2017
Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

La Jolla YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 453-8805

July 17 – July 21, 2017
Peninsula YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 226-8888

Copley Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 280-9622

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

USA Cycling launches U.S. Junior BMX Development Team

USA CYCLING LAUNCHES U.S. JUNIOR BMX DEVELOPMENT TEAM

(January 23, 2017) — USA Cycling today announced the creation of the U.S. Junior BMX Development Team.

The team, which will serve as the premiere BMX development team in the United States, will focus on developing athletes who will be targeted to win medals at the 2020 and 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

USA Cycling and Director of BMX Jamie Staff have teamed up with Dale Holmes Racing to improve the development of young American riders. Both Staff and Holmes are passionate about youth development in the sport and hope their combined 60 years of experience will help to develop the United States’ next, great BMX athletes.

The team, which will compete in both domestic and international events, will work alongside USA Cycling’s current Olympic medal winning athletes at the training center in Chula Vista, California and have access to top facilities and sports performance staff.

“With this team, we will be able to make sure that our athletes get experience competing alongside the best riders in the world at all major events, which will be key to their development as athletes,” USA Director of BMX Jamie Staff said.

The team, which is made up of junior riders who have shown interest in Supercross style racing and who have proven themselves domestically, has four riders:, Kamren Larsen (Junior Men, Bakersfield, California), Noah Ramos (15 Men, Meadow Vista, California), Payton Ridenour (15 Girls, Pottstown, Pennsylvania) and Colin Whittington (Junior Men, Riverside, California).

The team will compete at a majority of the USABMX national events with possibility of earning places to the UCI World Cup series and other UCI International events during the course of the season.

[Press Release from USA Cycling on our new US Junior Development Program USACycling.org.]

BMX Pro for a Week Summer Camp 2017

BMX Pro for a Week 2017
Dates & Locations
**We have expanded our programming and on several camp weeks our camp is offered at several locations**

June 19-June 23, 2017 at South Bay YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 421-8805

June 26-June 30, 2017 at Mission Valley / Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

June 26-June 30, 2017 at Ecke Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (760) 942-9622

July 3 – July 7, 2017 at Rancho Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 484-8788

July 10 – July 14, 2017 at Mission Valley / Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

July 10 – July 14, 2017 at La Jolla YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 453-8805

July 17-July 21, 2017 at Peninsula YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 226-8888

July 17-July 21, 2017 at Copley Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 280-9622

July 24-July 28, 2017 at East County Family YMCAs
Register by Calling: (619) 449-9622

July 24-July 28, 2017 at Cameron Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 449-9622

July 24-July 28, 2017 at Davis Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 464-1323

July 24-July 28, 2017 at McGrath Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 462-9622

July 24-July 28, 2017 at Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

July 31-August 4, 2017 at Ecke Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (760) 942-9622

August 7-August 11, 2017 at Mission Valley / Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

August 7-August 11, 2017 at Rancho Family YMCA
Register by Calling: (858) 484-8788

August 14-18, 2017 at Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club
Register by Calling: (858) 271-6222 Ext. #104

August 21-August25, 2017 at Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA
Register by Calling: (619) 298-3576

Olympics / Rio

With this past weekend’s much anticipated Olympic Games in Rio – Anthony Dean went in strong with good preparation, leading in finishing up with a month’s training camp in San Diego with the Australian National Team.

Anthony was on it, straight-off-the-bat feeling good in practice and using the Time Trial to iron out a few kinks, easing into Thursday’s quarter finals, and finishing with two wins and a third, thus qualifying first for lane pick for Friday’s semi final.

The triple semi format was set, and Anthony went into automatic mode wining all 3 semi’s. By now it was evident he had a huge chance not only to medal but also to win. Australian teammate, Sam Willoughby, was doing exactly the same on the other half of the draw – winning his semi finals and setting everything up for what it looked like an Australian showdown for Gold. Still, this is BMX and anything can happen as we know.

Even though Connor Fields was not a stand out during qualifying he was gaining confidence all day long. Sam started in lane one, Anthony in two and USA’s Nic Long in three. The gate slammed down and it was evident Anthony was slightly late – and enough for Long to shut him down and put Anthony to the back of the pack and end his Olympic Dream.

Meanwhile, upfront, Nic Long was winning into turn two but made a small mistake enabling Connor to attack and pass Nic on the third straight; Connor went on to win Gold.

Anthony was disappointed as expected and came in 8th knowing he had missed a big chance, but nevertheless, did himself and his country proud on the big stage. To be in the Olympics Final is no small thing and we are very proud of him.

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Team Clip

The guys at ride100percent filmed this cool little clip of the Team.

USA BMX South Park

The South Park, PA race has got to be one of the most iconic events on the US calendar since the 80s, whether it be during the NBL days or since the merge into USABMX in recent years. The track is always a favorite with the Elite / AAs even today with only a few tweaks over the years everyone still loves South Park.

Dani George is in fine form at the moment even though she missed out on making the US Olympic Team she has still been a pivotal member of Team USA’s Olympic preparation training team with Brooke Crain in her Rio build up. Dani made the trip out to South Park and cleaned up winning both days and some good scores going into the year-end points chase.

Photo Credits: (Gork) USA BMX.

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USA BMX Winter Nationals

First stop on the USA BMX Elite series kicked off this past weekend over in Phoenix Arizona for the traditional Winter Nationals at Black Mountain BMX, which has been on the ABA/USA BMX calendar since the early 80s. If you know anything about race history in the U.S., then you’ll surely have heard of some of the iconic Nationals & stories from over the years at Black Mountain.

With Anthony Dean still working his way back up to speed after injury, he was not in Arizona and will miss round 2 next week in Oldsmar, Florida but will be back on the gate ready to race next month for the first World Cup of the year in Argentina – he’s already itching to go.

Dani George has put in a solid winter’s training at the Olympic Training Center with Coach Greg Romero and it showed with a 3rd Friday night backed up with a 2nd place come Saturday during the mains. With Dani still in a building phase in her training for the summer, it’s great to start the season with 2 Podiums and renewed motivation for the year.

Team Manager, Dale Holmes, decided to race this weekend for a little fun finishing up with a 3rd place Friday night against the old guys who are still very competitive at this level.

In all, a good start to the year for the team. It was nice for the team to break out the new Stay Strong pits area for the season and to get to represent all of the team’s new sponsors. Next up, the team has a photo shoot this week with the 100 Percent guys and Dani heads off to Oldsmar, Florida for the next stop on the USA BMX Tour and US National Championships this coming weekend.

Dale Holmes Racing, Stay Strong, Goliath Financial, Zola Clean, Kick Start Fat Loss, GEICO, Barona Casino, WD40Bike, ride100percent, Shimano, USA BMX, Walmart, ODIGrips, Answer Racing, Tioga, Box Components, Stealth Hubs.

For more updates check our social media:

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Twitter @DHolmesRacing
Instagram @DaleHolmesRacing

Images by USA BMX.

Dani Update

It’s a wrap on Dani George’s USA BMX Grands and the season, making both the Race Of Champions and Grand Nationals main events and it’s looking like Dani will be National number 4 for the year end in the Elite Women’s class. Dani didn’t get the podiums she was shooting for this weekend – going in, feeling good and winning qualifying laps all weekend but just could not get the consistent finish she was looking for in the 3 main events on both days. Still, we’re pumped on Dani’s first full year with us finishing it off strong and looking forward to her building on it in 2016. Great job, Dan.

Photos by @bmxmania.com.

USA BMX North American Series Chula Vista

Solid weekend for the Team down in Chula Vista for the USA BMX North American Series on the Beijing SX track and DK Gold Cup West finals on the regular USA BMX, Chula Vista BMX National track both located at the noted Olympic Training Center.

Bryce Betts had a busy & successful weekend in Chula Vista. After winning Friday’s SX Open on the big hill, Bryce raced both Saturday & Sunday’s Gold Cup Finals and came in 2nd both days. On top of all of the racing, Bryce joined us at the USA BMX National Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner, where he was also reporting for BMXNews.com. All in all, a great weekend for Bryce and a big congratulations to our Sponsor and owner of Chase Bicycles, Christophe Leveque on being inducted to this year’s Hall of Fame – much-deserved.

Dani George rode consistent all weekend long but could not quite put it all together on either day’s final but still showed a good presence and is already preparing for next weekend’s race in Tampa, Florida.

Anthony Dean was feeling confident all week long going in to the race. On Friday, a slip up in the semi final (while in 3rd place through the rhythm section) cost him a place in the main but he was determind to make amends Saturday and he won laps early -taking the semi win and giving him lane choice and gate 1 for the final. Anthony, put in another strong first straight but unfortunately going into the first turn lost his back end causing him to lose speed and hit recovery mode for the rest of lap – leaving him on podium once again in 3rd place.

A great weekend for the Team — showing well and we hope to keep the momentum rolling as we head to The Gator Nationals this coming weekend in Tampa, Florida.

Big thanks to all of our sponsors for supporting the Team. Without you guys, this would not be possible and we extend our gratitude.

Chase Bicycles, Goliath Financial, Zola Clean, GEICO, Barona Casino, ride100percent, Shimano, wd40Bike, Walmart, ODIGrips, Tioga, Answer Racing, Stealth Hubs.

Images: Derek Betcher.

UCI World Cup Rock Hill

Last weekend marked the final stop on the UCI Supercross Tour in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Both Anthony Dean and Dani George were ranked in the top 10 in points and with a good showing could have moved into the top 5 in both the Elite Men and Woman’s classes. Anthony could have made it into the 3rd overall with a podium finish. The weather was troublesome, as it was raining continuously through practice, Time Trials and into Saturday night’s main show under the lights of Rock Hill at this fantastic new facility that will also hold the 2017 UCI World Championships.

Dani George was starting to feel good again after last month’s injury and once again put herself in the Elite Women’s final and heading into turn one in podium contention. Unfortunately, leader Alise Post, went down resulting in Dani getting caught up and out of the running. Still a good consistent SX season where Dani finishes 7th for the year and continues to build going into 2016.

Anthony Dean was riding all weekend with a knee injury he picked up in training but didn’t let this slow him down one bit putting himself in the final and lining up against all the big names in the sport. Not the greatest gate for Anthony, as he had to fight all the way around but still finished up with a solid 5th for the night, which also gave him enough points to finish 5th for the year in SX rankings.

Both Dani and Anthony along with Bryce will now change their focus to finish off the USA BMX season with races in Chula Vista, Tampa, Florida and the Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma over Thanksgiving weekend.

Photo credit: Derek Betcher.

UCI World Cup Argentina

This past weekend was round 4 of the UCI World Cup in Santiago Del Estero, Argentina in South America. Both Dani George and Anthony Dean made the trip down with their respective National Teams, USA and Australia, looking to put in a good showing. Dani was still recovering from a crash a few weeks ago in Colorado but gave it her all during the race. Unfortunately, she didn’t progress beyond the semi final, which put her out of the main event. Despite a less than perfect performance, she still goes into the final round in Rock Hill sitting in the top 10 and with some much-needed rest, there’s little doubt she’ll finish the World Cup 2015 Season off strong.

Since the World Championships, Anthony, has been struggling a bit with mid-season burn out given all of the travel and racing, which is not unusual for this time of year. It goes without saying, Anthony had to dig deep for this one to get back on a plane for a long haul down to Argentina. Still once again, he proved how strong he is not only physically but also mentally – as he remained positive all week. Anthony rode solid all day and put himself in another World Cup final. A good gate and strong first straight, Anthony crossed the finish in 2nd place behind World Cup leader, Liam Phillips, with World Champion, Niek Kimmann in 3rd. Anthony not only hit the podium once again but also racked up more points towards Olympic qualification in 2016.

Next up, both Dani and Anthony head back to San Diego to rest up and get ready for the final World Cup of the year in Rock Hill, South Carolina before finishing up the final part of the USA BMX National series for 2016 season.

Photo credit Craig Dutton.

YMCA "BMX Pro for a Week" Summer Camp Edit

In celebration of our second year of, “BMX Pro for a Week”, summer camp through a cooperative adventure with the YMCA of San Diego County – we had a new edit done to show you first-hand a day in the life of our campers. We cover bike and street safety, the importance of wearing protective gear, why leading a healthful lifestyle is important both on and off the track and the fundamentals of BMX Racing. Our ultimate goal is to introduce the sport of BMX racing to more kids and to excite those already interested in getting more involved. We’ve been grateful for the support of our sponsors and also for the support of USABMX. Check it out.

UCI World Championships Zolder Belgium

Like most years, the World Championships is an emotional roller coaster – and this year’s was no different. With schedule changes, wind and rain it was all about adapting and dealing with it, as there was a World Title on the line. Dani George was feeling good all day despite the weather and put herself in the semi-final but unfortunately, got tangled and went down in the first straight. We know she’s disappointed but she’ll come back strong in Sweden in a couple weeks time. Anthony Dean, like always, was well-up for the challenge after crashing out in last year’s World Final. Anthony didn’t let the bad weather affect him and remained motivated all day long and put himself in the final once again. A slight wheel-spin coming out of the gate, Anthony, didn’t let this throw him off and pulled through to 3rd and 4th place going into turn one but bumped with David Graf going into turn one and went down. Anthony is focused on taking away the positives from the race, as he always does and has already set his sights on the next World Cup in a few weeks time. Congrats to Niek Kimmann for winning the title – he rode strong and smart all day long and is a worthy Champion.

Photos BMXMania / Craig Dutton

USA BMX South Park

Another good weekend for the team in South Park, PA at the Stars and Stripes USA BMX Nationals.  Anthony Dean and Dani George flew out East and both put in a good performance showing good form going into the World Championships later this month in Belgium.  South Park is one of the most fun tracks on the USA BMX tour with a lot of history – well-known for its technicality and downhill speed.  Dani started out Friday night with a good third place – and backed it up Saturday, Day #2 with a 2nd place on the podium once again.  Anthony started off with a rough weekend – crashing on Friday night’s semi-final – even though he was banged and bruised up – he soldiered through on Saturday – only to crash again during qualifying but still put himself in the main event and walked away with a great 2nd place behind, Connor Fields – adding to his points for the year-end.  Both riders are now heading back to San Diego for the last few weeks of preparation before heading out to Europe for the Worlds.

Photo Credit JPennucci Photography.

USA BMX Salt Lake

Over the weekend, the Team road tripped to Salt Lake City for the USA BMX Great Salt Lake Nationals, at Rad Canyon BMX in Utah. We had a full team line-up, good weather and a nice wide open track to make for some good racing.

Bryce Betts wanted to continue his streak this weekend but unfortunately, a small mistake on Saturday during the semi final put him out. However, Bryce returned strong on Sunday in the highly competitive, 19-27 expert class just missing the podium with a 4th place spot but still a good showing.

Dani George, along with a stacked Elite women’s class, were all in Salt Lake looking to do some damage. Dani was looking good both days during the motos but a few mistakes cost her both days in the main and resulted in finishing with a 6th and an 8th. We know Dani was disappointed but she will come back strong for the next one.

Anthony Dean was once again in fine form in AA/Elite riding strong and smart all night during Friday’s race. Anthony, after winning his semi final, looked like the guy to beat but just came out a little late in the main and locked elbows with Joris Daudet over the first jump and when you’re in lane 1 in any Elite final, that’s one mistake you cannot afford to make. Anthony still fought back and came home with a respectable 5th place but hungry for more the next day. Once again, on Saturday Anthony felt strong and confident all day long and put himself back in the main event. Not the greatest gate, but Anthony found himself mid-pack and made a clean, smart move in the first turn and took it all the way home and hit the podium once again. Great job Anthony.

Team Manager, Dale Holmes, like in Ventura last month, decided to get the bike out and raced Saturday for some fun and came home with a nice first place Trophy in 41-44 and over expert class.

In all, a great weekend for the Team. We would like to thank Robin from WD40Bike for coming along for the weekend and hanging out and supporting the Team. Great weekend.

Photos BMXMania.com.

USA BMX Nashville / Albuquerque

Over the weekend, Anthony Dean and Dani George headed out to Nashville, Tennessee for the Music City Nationals while our other half of the Team, Bryce Betts, was racing in the West at the Spring Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In Nashville, Anthony continues his consistent podium rides finishing 2nd behind Joris Daudet both days in Elite with Dani coming in 4th place both days topping off a consistent weekend for her as well. Anthony now sits well in second place in the USA BMX end-of-season points chase with some strong momentum going into the summer. In New Mexico, Bryce also had another good weekend placing 4th in Class both days and a win in Open on Saturday. Next up, the full Team will be in Salt Lake City in 3 weeks time for the Great Salt Lake Nationals.

Photos: BMXNews.com and USA BMX.

World Cup Holland

It’s been a busy month on the road for Anthony Dean starting with the 1st World Cup of the year in Manchester, England. Then, flying straight from there down under to Brisbane, Australia for the Australian National Championships. Racing on a slick course after 2 days of continuous rain, Anthony went down in the final while sitting in 2nd place behind World Champion, Sam Willoughby who also crashed out due to a wet last turn, which claimed all top 3 riders in the final. From there, Anthony hopped back on a plane again and headed back to Europe for the 2nd round of the UCI World Cup in Papendal, Holland which was held this past weekend.

Even though the travel and racing were wearing on him and he felt extremely tired, Anthony fought hard all weekend long placing 1st and 2nd up to the Final Sunday afternoon and put himself on the gate with a shot for the win with 7 others of the World’s best riders. After another solid lap it was looking like Anthony was set for a place on the Podium until a small mistake led to being passed and pushed back to 4th place over the finish line. Still, a solid ride with some good World Cup and Olympic qualification points so a good weekend all-in all.

Anthony now heads to Belgium with the Australian National Team for a Training Camp on this Summer’s World Championship track in Zolder before heading back to San Diego at the weekend for some much needed rest and recovery time.

Dani George was also in Holland for the World Cup and looking to put in another good showing after making the final in Manchester.
Unfortunately, a bad start for her in the semi final and even though it was a hard charge though the pack she could not quite get in the 4th transfer spot and ended up 5th place and just out of the Final but we know she’s a fighter and will be back.

As always, a big thanks to all our sponsors for their continued support of the program.

Photo credit: Jerry Landrum.

UCI World Cup Manchester

Dani George and Anthony Dean headed out to Manchester, England for the first round of the UCI World Cup. With the Olympics only a year away, everyone’s working for Olympic qualification points. Dani had a great start to her World Cup campaign making it through to the Elite Women’s final and placing 7th. Anthony was feeling great going into Manchester but just had one of those days where things didn’t click and he didn’t make the final. Still, with great form this year, we know it will kick in for him. Currently, Anthony is in Australia getting ready for the National Championships before both he and Dani head back out to Europe for the 2nd Round of the UCI World Cup in Holland in a few weeks time.

Photo credit: Keith Valentine, Abi Taylor, and Jerry Landrum.

Team Report USA – BMX Super Nationals

This past weekend, the Team headed out to Desoto, Texas for the USA-BMX Super Nationals. Desoto had great weather, track and facility and both our Dani George and Anthony Dean were looking to continue a great, consistent start the the year.

Dani started our Day 1 Friday night with a big win in the Elite Women class. Going into the last turn, Dani was in 2nd place and put a great pass on the girl in front getting her – her first big win of the year and maximum points toward the end of year points chase. Saturday, Day 2, Dani was looking to do the same but, unfortunately, a late gate in the main and slide out in the first turn, while coming through traffic put Dani on the ground and no chance to repeat Friday’s win. Still, no injuries and a win on Saturday makes it an unquestionably good weekend for her.

Anthony Dean was on it all weekend winning lots of laps and putting himself in the Elite Mens main event both days. Friday, Anthony placed 3rd and Saturday, day 2, Anthony backed up his Friday’s Podium with another great showing and 2nd place for the day and much like Dani can leave the weekend feeling good that everything is clicking into place for the year.

Both Dani and Anthony are now heading out to Europe to prep for the first World Cup of the season in a few weeks time in Manchester, England.

As always, a big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters of the program.

Chase Bicycles, Goliath Financial, Zola Clean, GEICO, Barona Casino, ride100percent, Shimano, wd40Bike, Walmart, ODIGrips, Tioga, Answer Racing, Stealth Hubs, USA-BMX

Photos: Jason McGuire USA-BMX.

Report USA BMX Phoenix

This past weekend was the USA BMX Pro Series tour season opener at the legendary, Black Mountain BMX Track in Phoenix, Arizona.

There was an impressive turn-out in both the Elite men and Elite women’s classes and a change in the schedule with Elites now racing both Friday night and Saturday day.

Bryce Betts continues to improve – making Sunday’s main event and walking away with a solid 5th place in the 19-27 Expert Class. Between races, Bryce was seen running about the pits working on future updates/reports for BMXNews.com. Dani George made her debut for the team in the Elite women’s class – making both main events against some of the women’s best elite riders. We know Dani wants more and we’re confident she’ll get there. We’re excited to have Dani a part of our team and she fits well. Anthony Dean was coming off of solid Winter training and also a big win in Australia earlier in the year, and he was eager to put in a good performance in Phoenix. Friday night, Anthony was riding well but unfortunately crashed out in the semi-final. Saturday, was a different story. Anthony was winning laps all day and easily put himself in the main event Saturday night. When the gate slammed down in the final, Anthony took the holeshot against World Champion, Sam Willoughby, who was hot-on-his-heels – and it looked like Anthony was going to get his first, big US major win but unfortunately Sam got under him in the last turn, pushing Anthony back to 3rd. Even though he didn’t win, Anthony showed the fans and his fellow competitors, he’s going to be a major threat in 2015 and we’re excited to see what else’s in store for us for the rest of the season.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Chase, Goliath Financial, Zola Clean, GEICO, Barona Casino, ride100percent, Shimano, wd40Bike, Walmart, ODIGrips, Tioga, Answer Racing, Stealth Hubs

Photo credit: Derek Betcher.

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Australian Season Opener

Great start to the year for Anthony Dean competing in the first round of the Australian National Series in Nerang on the Gold Coast this past weekend. It was a tough 3 days of racing with many International riders present so it served as a good season warm up for Anthony after the Christmas Break. Friday, Anthony took the big win then backed it up with two 2nd place podiums on both Saturday and Sunday ending solidly with 3 podiums. Anthony, now spends another week or so training with the Australian National Team before heading back to the US to continue preparations here.

The Team’s “Ride to End Obesity Program”, educating middle school aged kids on the importance of staying active, eating well, making positive choices, bike and street safety and an intro to BMX Racing, kicks back off on Wednesday, January 21st, and both Anthony Dean & Dani George will be present. We’re excited to get back into the swing of things following a great Holiday.

We’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support of our program in addition to our new partners we welcome for 2015:

Chase, Elevn, Insight, Kingstar, Excess, Goliath Financial, Barona Resort & Casino, GEICO, Ride100percent, Shimano, Walmart, WD40Bike, Tioga, ODIGrips, Answer Racing, Stealth

USA BMX Grand Nationals

It’s been a long weekend at the USA BMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma – but a great one. A huge turnout – BMX Racing continues to grow here in the US and we’re really excited to be part of it. It’s been our first full year as a team and we feel really good with our progress, as we have not only built a successful BMX Race team but have also ventured into unchartered territory with an onsite school program, Ride to End Obesity, aimed at helping kids lead more healthful lives and to get them excited about BMX. We’ve also forged a partnership with the YMCA of San Diego County to get involved at the grass roots level and to do our part to grow the sport. Our national clinic program continues to expand into more states and it has been very well received.

This past weekend, Anthony Dean continued to build on his first, solid year here in the US. Anthony made both main events at the Grands, which in and of itself is a huge accomplishment given the pool of talent in the Pro/Elite class today. Day #1 didn’t go as planned, with Anthony making few mistakes but he certainly came back strong for Day #2 on Saturday night. Anthony just missed the podium with a 4th but had a great ride.

Cristian Becerine was defending his Vet Pro title, as he’s won it for the past few years. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great night for Cristian as he lost the title to his long-standing rival, Javier Colombo. Congrats to Javier. It was still an amazing year for Cristian with countless wins and podiums.

Bryce Betts was flying the flag for us within the 19-27 Expert class. It was a bummer weekend for Bryce, as he crashed Sunday during open qualifying rounds. Bryce couldn’t quite put it back together and didn’t make the main in class due to not feeling 100%. We’re really proud of Bryce, he’s been an asset both on and off the track and he’s still building a solid future for himself.

We’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their support this year. We’re expanding in 2015 and will be announcing new sponsors after the first of the year. Stay tuned for updates.

Photo Steve Diamond.

BMX Pro for a Week Video

Check out our recent edit from our, “BMX Pro for a Week” summer camp program in cooperation with the YMCA of San Diego County with the Chase/DHR Team.

Thanks to Barona Resort & Casino for their continued and increased support allowing for an expansion of our Ride to End Obesity Program into San Diego Unified School District through an after school partnership with the YMCA of San Diego.  2015 is looking very positive and we remain excited to grow every facet of our team.

Clinic Tour / USA BMX Disney Cup Florida

The DHR team just got back from a successful week down in Florida.

We started the week with a clinic tour hitting numerous tracks with our first stop in Miami.  We worked our way up to Orlando with a stop over in West Palm Beach along the way.  It was great to branch out on our grass roots program and to make it to the East Coast and have the opportunity to both meet and ride with lots of new folks from beginners right up to a lot of older riders make a reentry into the sport with their kids.  We’ve built some great relationships with riders and families and are already making another trip back next year and adding more stops to our clinic tour.  Big thanks to Miami BMX, Okeeheelee and Orlando BMX for the warm welcome.  And, also a special thanks to Terry Smith and his family for their hospitality and for helping us organize the Miami clinic on the first leg of our tour.

The week of clinics were a lead into the USA BMX Disney Cup – a three day National in Kissamimee.

As the team prepared for the weekend race festivities, we were all welcomed at our good friend Craig Holland’s vacation rental property where the entire Chase  team posted up for the remainder of the week.  Special thanks to Craig for taking good care of us.

Our Vet Pro, Cristian Becerine, continued a great year by hitting the podium all three days – with two 1st place showings and a 2nd – giving him the Overall Disney Cup Win.

Anthony Dean, our Elite Rider, was back on his bike for the first time since his crash in Chula Vista last month.  But despite a few aches and pains and swollen knee, Anthony had a solid weekend against the World’s best – making the main events all three days and finished the weekend off on a great note with a 3rd place on the podium on Sunday.

The team now has a few weeks off before we head out to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Grand Nationals to wrap up an already successful year.

 

STX BMX Raceway Clinic

This past weekend Cristian Becerine and Dale Holmes flew out to Corpus Christi, Texas to put on a Clinic at STX BMX Raceway. The Clinic was spread out over a 5 hour period with the group all fairly new to the sport. We covered all the basic fundamentals and the 101 of BMX including bike and street safety, gate starts, turns, jumps on the track, alongside the importance of eating well and staying hydrated. What a fun group these guys were – so many different personalities and great to work with. A big thanks to all of our team sponsors that went out of their way to give so many goodies for giveaways. Everyone that participated left with a bag stuffed with sponsored loot. We’re all excited to get back their next season. A special thanks to Jeff and his wife for fully taking care of us – and for making the trip go smoothly.

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UCI World Cup / USABMX Nationals Chula Vista CA

The final stop on the UCI BMX World Cup Series was once again held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Anthony Dean has had a great SX season so far this year and going into the last round he sat in 2nd place with a mathematical shot at the overall title. What an awesome achievement in his first full year here in the states and racing the tour. The day’s racing started out well – Anthony was putting in some solid laps and transferred through the quarter final into the semi but unfortunately went down hard battling for the 4th place transfer spot. Just to be safe, Anthony was transported to the hospital for checks. He unfortunately suffered a concussion and some broken teeth alongside being a bit battered and bruised. It is definitely time for some down time including some rest and relaxation. On a positive note, Anthony still finished off the year in points in 2nd place in the UCI World Cup 2014 Overall. We’re very proud of him.

Alongside the World Cup, USA BMX held the Hall of Fame Nationals on the smaller track where our own, Cristian Becerine and Bryce Betts did battle for the weekend. Bryce didn’t have the greatest of weekends but still managed to make some mains and represent well. Cristian was on a good roll this weekend winning both days and more points toward the title chase in Tulsa this coming Thanksgiving. All in all, a good solid weekend with some ups and downs – we’re all glad Anthony is ok. Keep an eye on or social media channels for more updates.

Argentina SX World Cup

Over the weekend, Anthony Dean, competed in Argentina for the 4th Round of UCI SX World Cup. Anthony really loves racing down the big hill and it has shown with his consistent results at the World Cups this year. Anthony was feeling great and qualified through the heats with some wins and went on to get 2nd place in the quarter and semi finals, earning himself good lane selection for the final. Unfortunately, a little late out of the gate in the final and stuck in traffic, Anthony tried to battle through but went down to end his day. On a positive note, Anthony’s healthy (no injuries) and now moves into 2nd Place in overall World Cup points going into Chula Vista for the final round. He is in striking distance of the overall title and gets to sleep in his own bed and race on his favorite track of the tour, as he lives nearby the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.

Photo BMXMania.com.

East Coast Summer Tour

Over the past week, the Chase / Stay Strong Team headed off on a Summer Tour to the East Coast for a planned clinic in Nashville, Tennesseeon and a USA BMX National in Louisville, Kentucky. There was a great turnout at Music City BMX – for sure it’s one of the best tracks in the country.

Following the clinic, the team then packed up and headed to Kentucky for the USA BMX National for three days of racing. Even though the results don’t show it, Anthony Dean put in some good laps – this is his first, full-year on the USA BMX Tour and he’s definitely learning the ropes while also competing in the UCI World Cup Series which has remained his primary focus. Cristian rode solid as always and managed to grab a win on day #1. Reppin’ on the West Coast, the team’s Bryce Betts, made a good showing at the Reno Nationals with consistent laps all day and walked away with a few podiums. While everyone else heads home, Anthony Dean is headed for South America for the 4th round of the UCI World Cup Series where he currently sits 3rd in overall points.

BMX Pro for a Week Summer Camp

This past week we ran another week of our BMX Pro for a Week Summer Camp in cooperation with the YMCA. Many of our kids haven’t ever ridden on a real BMX track and few have had a lot of bike time. It was cool to start at Level 1 (with bike safety, protective gear, basic riding skills) and move progressively into more technical skills. By the end of the week, our kids were ready to jump on the gate and race one another. It was great to see.

It occurred to our team that we are amongst the new generation of riders – just not fortunate enough to have access to either bikes or tracks. This camp was a great bridge for kids wanting to be connected to the BMX industry. We’re happy to do our part to get more kids exposed and more involved in the sport.

At the week’s end, our rider, Jesse, earned himself a new bike and gear for paying attention and giving each day his all. What a great experience it was for our entire team to partner with the Y. We look forward to seeing these guys/gals again at our Winter Session camps (dates to be announced soon).

Photo credit: fatbmx.com.

UCI World Championships

This past weekend was the UCI World Championships in Rotterdam, Holland. Cristian Becerine and Anthony Dean were out in Holland not only representing both of their countries, Argentina and Australia, but also flying the flag for the team as well. Cristian was out on a mission to take the Masters World Championship Title that he’s been chasing for the past few years. Everything went to plan during racing with Cristian winning the Semi-Final and taking the lead in the final. Unfortunately, last year’s World Champion, Kelvin Batey, put a move on Cristian going into the last turn, which meant Cristian had to defend the lead which ultimately resulted in both Kelvin and Cristian losing momentum and being passed. Cristian crossed the line in 3rd place and got a respectable bronze medal for his effort. We know that Cristian’s going to work really hard to have another shot at the title in Belgium next year.

Anthony Dean went into the World Championships in great form after a solid two weeks of training in Europe with the Australian National Team. As predicted, the Elite racing at the World Championships is always crazy – everybody wants a spot in the final and a chance to become World Champion. Anthony’s game plan was to take one race at a time and put himself in the last 8 and lay it all on the line. Well, that’s exactly what he did qualifying for the final is no easy task – Anthony made the main but unfortunately had to deal with lane 8, which was a huge disadvantage on the short first straight. Still, Anthony kept focused and put in a solid first straight and came out of turn 1 in 3rd place behind Connor Fields and Sam Willoughby. Anthony could see already there was a good chance Connor and Sam would make contact in the next turn – he kept on the outside and started planning for the high-low pass in turn 2 but unfortunately, Connor went down resulting in the whole pack going down including Anthony. Needless to say he’s disappointed that the World Championship podium was in his grasp but wasn’t meant to be this year. We know all he can do is learn from this and stay positive. Congratulations to Sam Willoughby on the Win.

Photo credit: BMX Holland.

Team Update

It’s been a busy week for Cristian Becerine, as he was in the MidWest conducting clinics in both Indiana and Ohio and then made his way to South Park, Pennsylvania for the USA BMX Stars and Stripes Nationals. A couple of wins in the bag for Cristian and he’s back on a plane headed to California for a few days rest before heading out to Nevada – Boulder City BMX for another Chase/Stay Strong Clinic on Thursday, July 10th from 6:30-8:30p.m., along with team rider, Bryce Betts. The guys will then race the Las Vegas Nationals July 11-13 and the following week – we kick off another session of our BMX Pro for a Week summer camp with the YMCA. Keep an eye on all of our social media outlets for daily updates.

USA BMX Midwest Nationals

This past weekend, the team headed out to Rockford, Illinois for the USA BMX Midwest Nationals. Anthony Dean was back in the states and looking to add to his mark in the AA/Elite Class. Anthony rode consistently all weekend long at the top – putting himself in the main event both days – but had a problem out of the gate on Saturday that cost him a potential podium – finishing up in 7th. Sunday, again a little late out of the gate in the final but he still came back with a strong 5th against the World’s best. Anthony will now spend the next month getting ready for the UCI World Championships coming upon Holland next month. Cristian Becerine had another weekend with a 2nd place on Saturday and a win on Sunday and a few more points toward his year end score. Cristian now stays on the road for the next week where he will be conducting clinics in both Indiana and Ohio and will then move into next weekend’s race in South Park, Pennsylvania.

BMX Pro for a Week

This past week we held our season opener of “BMX Pro for a Week”, our summer camp experience offered through a partnership with both the Toby Wells & Mission Valley YMCA facilities. Our goal has been to reach out to kids not currently in the BMX circle to get them excited about the sport of BMX. While, some of our campers have been to BMX tracks before – most have not and enjoy learning what BMX Racing is all about.

By the week’s end, these kids are able to make full laps at both stops: Kearny Moto Park and Chula Vista BMX (at the Olympic Training Center). Several of our campers were actually participants in our Ride to End Obesity Program. In fact, Victoria was one of these kids We taught her how to ride a bike just 8 weeks ago and she actually rode the track. It’s exciting to be able to give back and make a difference in the lives of kids that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to participate.

Victoria left campFriday with a new bike, jersey and helmet – thanks to our sponsors! This is what BMX is all about. These kids are excited to continue with the sport and try their hand at racing. A big shout out to ChaseBMX, StayStrong, Walmart, BaronaCasino, VeeTireco, GoliathFinancial, ANSR, Shimano, WearsRobJames, ODIGrips, KICKER, StealthHubs, KMCChain, & GForm for making this possible.

Photo credit: Corinne Walder.

Great Salt Lake Nationals

Over the weekend the team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah for the USA BMX’s Great Salt Lake Nationals. It’s always one of the team’s favorite spots to stop with great weather and a challenging track. Bryce Betts is really starting to come into form going into the summer months, making 3 out of 4 mains with his best place finish a1st in Open on Sunday. Keep an eye on Bryce’s social media- he has been writing some great road trip reports for bmxnews.com – alongside doing a number of clinics. He’s been a great asset to the team, as he’s creative and always on the go.

Cristian Becerine had an up and down weekend – he crashed out Saturday in the main but came back strong with a 2nd on Sunday. Anthony Dean was really looking to put in a strong performance this weekend but was held back a bit by a crash on Saturday. Battling through a bit of soreness – he tried to race Sunday but was in too much pain so he called it a day. He’s already en route to Germany, as he prepares for the third round of the UCI World Cup Series.

Team manager, Dale Holmes, decided to race Saturday only and managed to get the win. All in all a decent weekend for the team. Next up, Rockford in a couple of weeks.

Photo Credit Corinne Walder.

Albuquerque USA BMX Spring Nationals

Over the weekend, the team headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the USA BMX Spring Nationals. It was the first time we’ve had a full team line up in awhile, as our guys have been busy in different parts of the world fulfilling commitments and racing.

Cristian Becerine has been recovering from a bit of a knee injury sustained in Atlanta a few weeks ago but decided to give it a go over the weekend. Saturday, Cristian was winning the final and unfortunately unclipped and it cost him a podium but Sunday he came back strong taking a win.

Bryce Betts raced all three days and made 5 main events. He came away with two podiums and a good, consistent showing for the weekend.

Anthony Dean was back in the states from world travels and even though the results don’t show it, he was riding well all weekend but crashed on Saturday while in a qualifying position in the semi-final. Sunday, same bit of bad luck struck again and a crash kept Anthony out of the main event and the fatigue from travel was really starting to set in. It was time to head back to San Diego to regroup.

Team Manager, Dale Holmes raced and took the win both days in his class.

All in all, a good weekend. Cristian heads out to Nashville this weekend and the full team line up will be in Salt Lake City the weekend after – keeping it busy, just the way we like it.

Photo by Jerry Landrum/bmxmania.com.

UCI World Cup Papendal, Holland

This past weekend, Anthony Dean was in Papendal, Holland for the second round of the UCI World Cup. Despite terrible weather all week, Anthony stayed focused and didn’t let the weather talk him out of putting on a good performance. Just like Manchester, Anthony was winning laps all day long and was really hungry for another podium and a chance to challenge for a win. A few mistakes in the final cost him the podium but he pulled through with a solid 4th place behind Sam Willoughby and World Champion, Liam Phillips. Anthony now sits comfortably in 2nd place in the UCI World Cup overall points going into Germany next month.

Next up for Anthony, it’s heading back to the US to get back on the USA BMX tour for the next several weeks.

Australian National Championships

Close race this past weekend for Anthony Dean at the Australian National Championships battling all the way to the finish line with Sam Willoughby. Anthony just missed the Australian National title by an inch on the line. To battle and be so close with Sam was a great confidence booster for Anthony. He is already on the plane heading back to Europe for the 2nd Round of the UCI World Cup in Holland next weekend where he hopes to capitalize on his 2nd place from a few weeks ago at Round 1 in Manchester. We’re pumped with how well Anthony is riding right now and wish him well in Holland.

UCI World Cup Manchester World Cup Team Report

This past weekend was the 1st stop on the UCI World Cup Series in Manchester, England. Our Anthony Dean hooked up with the Australian National Team for the first training camp/trip to Europe of the year. After a successful camp the week leading into the race, Anthony started to feel more comfortable on the big hill.

Once race time arrived, his confidence was really up and he was banging out wins straight away. After a solid win in the semi-final, Anthony knew that the podium was in his reach. Although he didn’t have the best gate he rode a smart, solid lap and secured his spot on the box with his first ever 2nd place on the UCI World Cup podium. We know there is much more to come.

Anthony continues his World tour – now headed for Australia to race the National Championships scheduled in the next couple of weeks. He will then be back on the road again for the second stop of the UCI World Cup Series in Holland. Special thanks to BMX Australia and to all of our team sponsors for supporting our program.

Photos : BMXMania.com / Craig Dutton.

Hesperia Clinic report

The Chase / Stay Strong Clinic Tour is off to a great start with 3 stops in So-Cal. The team just finished up this past weekend at Hesperia BMX. Again, they were lucky with incredible weather – 80′ in the high desert with a cool breeze. It was great for the team to see so many familiar faces at the clinic and impressive to see the improvements in so many of them. The team looks forward to another visit to Hesperia BMX. Many thanks to Dan and the other local supporters for making it a fun day. The Ride to End Obesity program kicks off in two weeks – the team will look forward to keeping you updated. Any tracks (nationwide) interested in working with the team to host a clinic, please contact Daleholmes99@gmail.com. Cheers!

Great start to the Season for the Chase / Stay Strong Team

It’s been a great start to the Season for the Chase / Stay Strong Team. We really couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year. First of all, our new AA/Elite rider, Anthony Dean, represented us well at the first few rounds of the Australian National Series down under in Nerang – Queensland. Anthony hit the podium all three days with (2) 1st’s and a 2nd – a solid start to Anthony’s year for sure. After spending some time with the Australian National Team training, Anthony plans to head back to the US to continue preparing for both the USABMX and UCI seasons.

Over in the US, it was the USABMX Season Opener in Reno, Nevada, where both Cristian Becerine and Bryce Betts made their team debut. A great weekend for both guys with Cristian walking away with 2 wins and Bryce securing a solid 3rd in the highly competitive 17/18 Expert class. In short, another great weekend for the team.

The first stop of our Clinic Tour kicks off on Saturday, Feb 1st, at Freedom Park BMX in Camarillo, Ca from 1-3p.m. – the entire team will be present. Please see our posted Clinic Flyer for further details. Hope to see you there.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors for their support of our team : Chase, Insight, Excess, Elevn, Kingstar, Stay Strong, Vee Tire co., Wal*Mart, Barona Resort & Casino, Answer Racing, Shimano, ODI, KMC, Kicker, Stealth.