The American Bicycle Association hosted the Spring Nationals this past weekend, May, 23-25 in Albuquerque, NM. The Veloport/Duke City BMX Facility is the only the second BMX only facility built in the world and what a great place it is. The racing at the Spring National event was exciting to say the least! The Duke City BMX crew really stepped it up and had the facility in tip top shape and ready to race! This was the fifth PRO Series event of the season and the PRO Riders were excited to head to the high altitude of New Mexico to see who had the legs on the tour.
With the Olympic Games in Beijing only two months away, the excitement for the debut of BMX Race is mounting daily. Among a strong group of contenders from both the men’s and women’s sides, two riders have emerged as the ones to watch as the US Team chases its dreams of Olympic Gold. For the men, the rider to watch is Mike Day. With a string of successes over the last three years including the 2005 NBL #1 Pro, 2005 UCI Worlds 2nd Place, 2006 UCI Worlds 3rd Place, and the 2007 UCI Supercross 1st Place, Mike has been on a tear leading up to Olympic qualification. The fastest rider on Olympic style tracks, Mike has won every time trial on the UCI Supercross circuit for the last year and a half. Crediting his monster speed to his longer than average legs, Mike also clocked the fastest time of any athlete on the Beijing Supercross track during last year's test races. To say he has an advantage there would be an understatement.
GT BMX Race Team Manager Eric Rupe had this to say about
GT BMX Racers - Jill Kintner and Mike Day - are featured in today’s edition of the New York Times! Jill is the feature article entitled “Lure of Olympics prompts return of BMX Star,” the story highlights Jill’s recent return to BMX, her struggles with injuries and her commitment to go all the way in Beijing.
In a second piece about the Olympic Training Center, Mike Day is quoted talking about the center.
Here's some exclusive video of Donny Robinson sharing insider tips and expert advice along with several other U.S Olympic Team hopefuls who are training hard for the summer Olympics. As a proud sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team AT&T is also offering fans a chance to win a trip for two to Beijing for the summer Olympics.
I woke up at 7:30am in Columbus, OH & rode a few blocks to Rich Vittiello’s hotel (the main guy at Huffy). We had breakfast & talked for about 2hrs about their sponsorship offer for me for next year. They will pay me $30,000/year salary with bonuses & they want to sign me for two years! I went back to my hotel & called Brad Lusky at Haro & told him about the offer. He said that Haro would not be able to come close to matching it. So I was like, “Laters.”
At night, there was a Pro race & jump contest. I got 3rd in the race & won $242. Stoked! I entered the jump contest & I jumped good, but didn’t qualify. Ali & a couple of her friends came to the race. She looks a lot better than I remember. (She’s the flight attendant that I met last month flying to the ABA Grands)
A bad landing in practice has eliminated 19 year old Queenslander, Melissa Mankowski, from her first chance of making the first ever BMX Olympic team at this year's Beijing Olympics. The newly crowned National Champion hurt her left knee at training on Thursday just one week away from competing in the final Olympic selection event, the World Championships in Taiyuan, China. According to Mankowski’s coach, Sean Dwight, it was not a fall but just an unfortunate incident. “She went over a jump and for some reason
The East Coast Team headed to The NBL Freedom National’s Woodbridge, Virginia. The race was right in Larson’s Family backyard well not exactly in their backyard but less than 10 minutes away from their house. They had a great time and Jon Larson took some amazing pictures. Psykopath was well represented at the NOVA BMX Track in Woodbridge; the race was on April 25-27. The track was smooth and well maintained as usual. Kudos to the track Operators and all the volunteers that make this
USA Cycling and the United States Olympic Committee today released a detailed description of the event format that will be utilized at next month’s 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the sport of BMX. Scheduled for Saturday, June 14 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., the U.S. Olympic Team Trials will feature eight competitors with the overall winner earning an automatic nomination to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.