Some of you know me and some of you dont. One thing I am sure of is if you raced from 1979-1986 on the national circuit you probably knew my father. My dad Frank Lopez was an NBL official from 1979-1986 and him and my mother ran the NBL office when it moved to Flemington N.J. in 1982. We rarely missed a race in those days. My dad was the type that was liked by everyone and would
ABA Reno NV Race, “First and Only AA Pro Win of My Career" January 7th, 1995 Actual Journal Entry "AA Pro motos 1-4-2 Main 2-2-3 Overall = 1st "YES! My first AA win ever! I won $870 plus $25 for a moto win. Here's how the rest of the main finished: 2nd- Gary Ellis, 3rd- Justin Green, 4th- Brian Foster, 5th- Eric Carter, 6th- Charles Townsend, 7th-Matt Hadan, 8th- Danny Nelson. I beat 'em all! There were 28 AA pros here."
Pro Open motos 3-1-2 Main 2nd. "Won $240. Brian Foster won. Cool, my best pro day EVER! I was passing a lot of people down the second straight. My big day finally came. Everyone gave me props! It's almost kind of funny that "I" won. But I raced consistent all day. At night, ate pizza in the hotel room."
All of those with an interest in old and unique bicycles will want to check out the newly posted Online Bicycle Museum at skullskates.com - featuring muscle bikes, motocross bikes, BMX bikes, cruiser bikes and assorted bicycle components.
The BMX bikes range from 1968 Schwinn Stingrays modified for BMX racing to rare Benny MX bikes and original Yamaha, BRC, Huffy, CCM, PK, Race Inc., Hiawatha, and Kawasaki models.
It's definitely worth checking out the website for detailed information on each bike. It's a rundown through (Canadian) BMX bike history with detailed shots that will stunn you.
Formula Bicycle Company is pleased to announce that Swiss Jr. Men’s racer and 2007 Jr. Men’s World Champion, Yvan Lapraz, is now part of it’s already stellar factory team. Lapraz joins Donny Robinson and Alise Post on perhaps the most powerful Factory team around. “I’m stoked to have a racer of Yvan’s caliber on board,” said Will Rells, Formula’s Brand Manager. “He is definitely a world-class rider, and showed it in Canada this year.”
The American Bicycle Association is hitting the road in a big way. The ABA’s “MPV” (mobile promotional vehicle) will be making surprise visits to BMX tracks all around the country. The MPV will be on the road exposing kids to bicycle motocross racing and is anticipated to be on the road 8 months of the year. The ABA “MPV” will also have “special” ABA BMX offers for everyone who receives a visit.
The 30th Annual Grand National has come and gone, and around the corner is the kick off to the 2008 season. Camp Woodward will start the season out right as the host of this year's Supercross National and NE Regional Championship. A weekend of racing will take place on the pristine Woodward Camp facilities. To start the season off with a BANG, the NBL will introduce new class structures, points system, and the North East Regional Championship!
The upcoming season will be host to a lot of exciting and history making events. The NBL announces several new and improved modifications to the national class and point structure for the 2008 season. Added to the schedule are classes like the new 41 and Over group, which will prove to be a battle of the ages. The over populated 17-24 classes have undergone some heavy sectioning, adding groups like 17-18, 19-25, 26-34, and 35-40 to the men's classes.
The Dew Tour also hosted a UCI BMX Supercross race. The starting hill and the jumps on the track were very impressive. It's good to see that they're stepping up giving the best riders in the world a challenging track. The way thing are run are as follows. Plenty of practice time, followed by a time trial to determine starting positions and then the race starting with 1/8th finals. Teams from Italy, Holland, Belgium, Colombia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Argentina, Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand, France and some other countries raced against Americans to score points for future Olympic selections.
With the ABA BMX Black Jack National event being such a huge success, and moto and rider count being one of the biggest of the year you can bet there were some major changes in the points for the ABA National #1Title chases. The Black Jack Nationals was a must attend for all the PRO's, riders, manufactures, and teams. The excitement level was high, the talent was deep, and the pressure was unbelievable for everyone. With that being said, here's a
I went over to Matt Hoffman’s warehouse & rode the ramps with Dave Mirra, Brian Foster, Luc-E, and Kennan Harkin. Then we came back to the track & checked it out. At night, us & the Hoffman crew & other trick star BMX racers went out to a club. It was $5 to get in & all-you-can-drink. There were a lot of BMXers in there. We were all acting goofy towards the end of the night. They were kicking Mike Castillo (Big Island) out, so I was jumping in to help & then a bouncer got me in a head lock & we fell to down on the dance floor. We were rolling around, wrestling on the ground. Brian Lopes & Mike King were helping out by kicking the guy. I got up before him & punched him and shaded off. Then all of the sudden we were all dancing again! Big Island still got kicked out though. We left soon afterwards before anything else happened. I stumbled back to the hotel & slept.
It's fair to say that BMX has made some progress over the last couple of years. The Supercross races might not be the easiest to set up but it does create some spectacular racing and it's this type of racing that will make it to the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The next UCI Supercross will be held in Salt Lake City together with the Dew Tour stop this weekend. Here are 4 SX movies to get you ready for it: