2018 Haro / US Development Team update: With both Bryce Batten and Kamren Larsen going Pro for 2018, we have given them a different look from the rest of the AM’s on the team with full 100% helmets and gear. The AM’s will be branded Answer Racing and Rockstar Energy. Our plan for the year is to ease Bryce and Kamren into the Pro Elite ranks with an emphasis on the USA BMX circuit, a few select European rounds and qualifying and racing the UCI World Championships.
In the years I worked for GT Bicycles (1996 - 2001) the international product presentation was always a good time. New products to show, bicycle lovers around, drinks and food aplenty, and media present to take photos of the new products. FATBMX had to miss the 2018 GT product presentation in Nevada but luckily enough we got sent the photos of the special night. Gary Turner (the GT in GT) showed up for it as did trial guru Hans "no way" Rey, England's Dale Holmes (DHR), Box Components' Toby Henderson, GT factory riders, TM Steve Spencer and product manager Ben Ward who explained the new GT BMX Racing product to all listening. GT has been good in creating a family and it's great to see them backing BMX year after year.
We're kicking off our 4th year of the Ride to End Obesity After School Program in San Diego with the goal of educating young people on the importance of eating well, staying active, being a hero against bullying and an introduction to BMX Racing. We have been fortunate to reach more than 2000 kids locally with this positive message and we look forward to continued expansion. It is the responsibility of all of us involved in the sport to give back at the grass roots level and to get more kids on BMX bikes.
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.