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.

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.