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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.