USA Cycling announced today the six athletes who will represent the U.S. at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru for BMX Freestyle and BMX Racing. Among the athletes is current BMX Freestyle World Champion Justin Dowell (Virginia Beach, Va.) and 2017 BMX Freestyle World Champion Hannah Roberts (Buchanan, Mich.). “Both Justin and Hannah have had incredible seasons so far this year including winning last week’s World Cup in Montpelier and we want to ensure our athletes are as prepared as possible for the Olympics in Tokyo,” said Scott Schnitzspahn, Vice President of Elite Athletics for USA Cycling, “With BMX Freestyle making its debut in the Games, we are excited to provide them with the opportunity to gain experience competing in a multi-sport event prior to the Olympics.”
Monster Energy’s BMX athletes dominate at FISE in Montpellier, France. Monster Army’s Justin Dowell had an incredible weekend at FISE with a win in the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup, and third place in the Spine Ramp the night before. Rounding out the podium spots are Jose Torres who earned the top spot in Spine Ramp, and Pat Casey with first place in Dirt finals. Teammates Moto Sasaki took third place in UCI BMX Flatland World Cup, and Leandro Moreira took second in Dirt. After qualifying in 10th after the Park Semi Finals, Dowell was one of the first people to ride in the Finals and he set the bar with a score of 91.20. Afterward he anxiously watched as the rest of the heats went down.
The June programming on World of X Games focuses on complementing contest coverage with unique stories from the world of action sports, including a look back at the Best of BMX, Moto X and Skateboarding competitions at the inaugural X Games Shanghai. Fans of Moto X will follow along with accomplished Moto X rider Jackson Strong as he prepares for X Games Minneapolis. Additionally, viewers will get up close and personal with drivers at the Score San Felipe 250 and The 2019 Mint 400, as well as some of the best surfers in the world on FREESURFER.
Best of BMX at X Games Shanghai 2019 Airs: 6/9 at 12:30 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on ABC
The Spine Mini is a classic FISE event that is guaranteed high energy and to bring in the hugest crowd, and this year was no different. Jose Torres blasted to moon, while Mark Webb and Justin Dowell got crazy tech, and that's the beginning...
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Monster Energy congratulates team rider James Foster on a strong bronze medal finish in BMX Big Air at the inaugural X Games Shanghai 2019 today. In a boundary-pushing Big Air session on the giant Mega Ramp that drew massive crowds at the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, the 33-year-old from Redlands, California battled the world elite of big ramp BMX freestyle riders to claim his sixth career X Games medal. The first-ever X Games Shanghai 2019 brings the biggest names in BMX, skateboarding and freestyle motocross together for an action-packed weekend. The world’s premier action sports spectacle reaches audiences in China and millions of viewers across the globe via live broadcasts on ESPN and partner networks.
Speaking of spectacle, it hardly gets more spectacular than BMX Big Air. Towering over the X Games event village at a total height of 73 feet, the Big Air ramp proved a crowd magnet on Saturday. Starting from a 59-feet roll-in, BMX riders sent their best aerials over the kicker gap in the structure’s middle – optionally clearing a 50-feet or 63-feet gap – before finishing their runs with massive aerials on the 27-feet quarterpipe. Each rider received four runs to post a high score – composed of the gap and quarterpipe aerials – in a final session featuring ten athletes from three countries, including six American riders, three Australians and one Brazilian.
Monster Energy’s Foster came into the event as a podium threat after winning back-to-back gold at X Games Minneapolis 2017 and 2018, plus silver at X Games Sydney 2018. But past achievements held no