Longtime organizer and leader in BMX Racing, USA BMX, is proud to announce the creation of VUPIT™ and USA BMX Freestyle (USABMXF) - a new division of USA BMX. VUPIT™ is the membership tool for USA BMX Freestyle as well as a revolutionary sports social media application used as the grassroots digital ranking and qualifying system for amateur and professional riders to qualify for USA BMX Freestyle events. In addition to the digital component, starting in 2017, USA BMX Freestyle will host a four-stop national series and will begin to provide infrastructure for grassroots level promoters to host USA BMX Freestyle district state, regional and national level events.
USA BMX Freestyle and VUPIT™ have been developed and supported by some of the most influential riders in BMX freestyle history. USABMXF and VUPIT™ would like to announce the following members of the newly-established commission who will navigate this new division: Mat Hoffman, Ryan Nyquist, Chris
The Happy Anniversary Issue of BMX Rider magazine is out now. #25?! dropped on the mat earlier this month and once again it's a full on BMX magazine which are hard to find these days. Making it to the 25th issue deserves respect considering they've now filled 2500 pages with BMX freestyle for you to check out. Don't underestimate what a magazine does to the scene. It shows where the events are, how they were, what new products are out there made by the BMX companies, you can learn tricks from the How-To pages and also you get to learn riders better from the interviews they're publishing. The new issue is here. Make sure to get your copy.
-Interview: Tom Schorb-Mergenthaler aka Slayer aka Slaytanic Tom... -Roadtrip: Just another Gypsyroad to fish & chips...
Advanced Sports International (ASI) creates a new U.S. company called Advanced Sports Enterprises (ASE) to acquire the business of Performance Bicycle (PB). ASE will oversee the brand development, wholesale, and retail operations of both ASI and PB. ASI and PB will remain as separate divisions of the newly formed company. ASI will continue to manage its brand development and wholesale business out of Philadelphia while PB will maintain its retail home of ce in North Carolina. ASI President and CEO, Patrick J. Cunnane will continue to lead the brand development and wholesale division under the ASI banner while PB CEO David Pruitt will continue to lead the retail division under Performance Bicycle. Cunnane becomes the CEO of Advanced Sports Enterprises.
“This move capitalizes on continuing changes in the bicycle industry,” said Cunnane. “ASI has seen remarkable growth over the last decade and, like so many of our customers, Performance has been an instrumental partner each step of the way. As our
J&B Importers has acquired Alienation, the Mill Valley, CA based BMX aftermarket and OEM component brand best known for penetrating the BMX market with the first front specific BMX rim, and for its wheel systems using TCS ® (Tubeless Compatible System), licensed from WTB. Alienation will continue to operate independently with its existing management team led by industry veteran Zach Taylor.
Safe Haven Brands, the parent company of Airborne Bicycles, DK Bikes and System Cycle Supply, is excited to announce the hiring of Michael Gamstetter as brand manager of all brands and product manager for Airborne. Gamstetter is a 26-year industry veteran who most recently co-founded Cycle Group Inc. (CGI), and helped launch the Box Components brand. Under his management, Box rapidly rose to the top of the BMX market and is considered the leading component brand in BMX racing worldwide.
“Watching Michael’s career over the years has been exciting – I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to work with him,” said Bill Danishek, Safe Haven Brands’ president.
At CGI, Gamstetter was brand manager for Box, handling marketing, product and graphic design, rider, team and event