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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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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.

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.

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
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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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