NBL Pro Series Checkpoint. 2008 will go down in history as the most exciting year in the history of BMX and while the Olympics continue to elevate the profile of BMX internationally, the NBL Pro Series heads to South Park, PA for the Stars n’ Stripes Nationals in what promises to set the stage for the Grands. On Labor Day weekend, only 8 days following the sport’s debut at the Olympics, the NBL National Champions will be crowned at the 2008 NBL Grand National of BMX in Louisville, Kentucky. Imagine being surrounded by thousands of fans and racers during the afterglow of the Olympics – This year’s Grands includes Hall of Fame inductions, the UGP Open Championship, and much more.
GT’s Randy Stumpfhauser has taken charge of the men’s Elite chase and is the early favorite but two of Free Agents Olympians, Kyle Bennett and Cristian Becerine, are both in hot pursuit.
UCI is pleased to announce the 2009 permanent career numbers for Elite Men and Elite Women. These numbers must be used at all international BMX events including the Olympic Games for the 2008-2009 season. In 2006, the UCI introduced the permanent BMX number system for Elite Men and Elite Women. With this system, riders can choose a “career number”, which they have the exclusive right to use for their entire Elite class career. This will give riders a possibility to market themselves and to give media and
Last week, Bubba Harris went in for surgery to get “some” floating bone chips removed from his left ankle (leftovers from his foot dislocation last August). He’d told me that his foot specialist, who is a road cyclist, was amazed that he was in contention for Olympic qualification – stating that he technically shouldn’t even be walking; let alone racing. Bubba told me that I wouldn’t believe what they took out … and looking at this photo; it’s amazing that he was able to race this year and do as well as he has done – including a win at the NBL
Round #6 of the 2008 NBL and ABA Pro Series events were held this past weekend in Prunedale, California for the NBL and Atlanta, Georgia for the ABA. With one of the few conflicting ABA and NBL national Events of the season, the Pros of BMX had to make the decision on which series to attend. A larger turnout was at the NBL event, but the ABA event was just as difficult with the level of riders in attendance. With Pros on each side of the USA racing this past weekend, it made for 2 great events. Here is how the Pros finished up:
Kyle Bennett, one of the 3 rider Team USA's BMX Olympic Team, has been on a tear in the NBL with a slew of great results. Prunedale was no exception, as he looked to be one of the fastest riders during the qualifiers on Saturday. The NBL one main event format worked out great for Kyle as he took the win wire to wire on Saturday. Sunday started out a little different for Kyle as a first moto crash
-REDLINE CUP EAST - Kettering BMX, Kettering, OH September 5-7, 2008 -REDLINE CUP CENTRAL- St. Peters BMX, St. Peters MO September 12-14, 2008 -REDLINE CUP WEST - McCollum Park BMX, Everett, WA September 19-21, 2008
After his dramatic victory at the Olympic Trials in Chula Vista, California this Saturday, GT BMX Race Team Rider Mike Day has qualified for a spot on the US Olympic Team and will be headed to Beijing to compete in the Olympic Games this August. Mike’s win at the Olympic Training Center means he will join his GT teammate, Jill Kintner, who qualified just two weeks ago with her performance at the UCI National Championships. The win was made particularly poignant because the Olympic Trials were Mike’s last possible chance to qualify and a first place finish was required
Mike Day (San Clemente, Calif.) won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Cycling (BMX) on Saturday and will earn the second automatic men's nomination to the squad that will represent the United States later this summer in Beijing.Day won the multi-heat competition in convincing fashion by winning three of four heats and placing second in the other - a performance so dominating that Day was officially declared the winner before the finals. After four heats, Day's advantage in the overall classification had rendered the
As the result of a recently sustained injury, U.S. Olympic Team hopeful Bubba Harris (Goodyear, Ariz.) has withdrawn from Saturday's 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Cycling (BMX). Harris sustained the injury while practicing during a training session on Thursday. He issued the following statement:
"While preparing for the Olympic Trials on Thursday, I was giving it my all, as usual, when I crashed on the second straightaway. As a result of the injury that was sustained, I've decided to withdraw from Saturday's competition. Although I'm disappointed that I won't be
Crupi World Team claims 4 gold and 2 bronze medals at the UCI World Championships in Taiyuan, China. W1 12-year old Hannah Sarten of New Zealand worked hard to keep her title and take her place on the top of the podium. After a slow gate Hannah came into the first turn in 3rd place, but had the gold in sight. She stayed tough through the second straight, held a low line, went for the pass in the second turn taking over and holding the lead to the finish line. Hannah went on to take the gold in cruiser on Saturday for a first in the history of New Zealand!
Merle Van Benthem followed Hannah making sure the Crupi girls would shine. Merle came out of the gate and spent most of the race in second place. Coming in to the third turn she decided it was time to put her riding skills to use jumping the entire technical straight she took the lead and kept it all the way to the gold. She followed with a gold in cruiser where she left the gate in first place and never looked back holding it to the finish line assuring the Crupi girls with two double-doubles for the weekend!
Description: The International Cycling Union (UCI) has given the National Olympic Committees (NOC) confirmation of the number of places each of them has obtained for the BMX events at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. According to criterion 1 (UCI ranking by nation) which was finalized on June 1st 2008, and criterion 2 (2008 UCI BMX World Championships), 17 nations in the Elite Men category and 11 nations in the Elite Women category will be represented at the Beijing Olympic Games.
A total of 45 places have been awarded: 30 Elite Men and 15 Elite Women.
The UCI is very pleased with the universal participation, demonstrated by the qualification of several countries from the American and African continents.