The NBL Elite BMX Series is gaining momentum and after only four rounds in the chase, new leaders are emerging. A favorite of both national and international stars, the series, also known as the 'League of Champions', continues to feature the country's best races and world's best riders. Here's a peek at what happened at the NBL Jackpot Nationals from Nellis BMX in Nevada, March 14 & 15. Free Agent's new star, Maris Strombergs, who is both the Olympic and World Champion, continued his winning ways and now boasts a 3-for-4 win ratio in the series.
New Zealand's BMX Olympian, Sarah Walker (Rotorua), claimed her first win since competing in Beijing. At the UCI Oceania Round in Canberra today Walker claimed victory despite only two weeks of preparation. Walker took the win in a classy field including one of Australia's Olympians, Nicole Callisto, and national series leader, Caroline Buchanan from Canberra. In a close finish Buchanan finished in second with Melbourne's Ziggy Callan in third.
Walker was pleased to be back competing in BMX. "We've all had a bit of an off season lately," explained Walker. "We've all started racing at different times. I only started a couple of weeks ago. I think the others have had a couple of months really."
After losing to Buchanan in yesterday's round today Walker had different ideas. "Today I was feeling a lot better," said Walker. "I had the advantage of not trying to get out of the gate as hard with the amount of training I've had."
Answer BMX Products Inc is proud to announce the signing of 3X ABA Pro Champion and UCI World Champion Bubba Harris to a multi year sponsorship contract. This is Bubba’s second stint as a racer for Answer Products as he raced for the brand as a pre-teen back in the 90’s before going on to his previous longtime sponsor Redline Bicycles. Bubba will make his Answer BMX pro debut at the ABA Winter Nationals in Phoenix AZ on March 6-8 2009.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Bubba as our Pro for Answer BMX as he continues his comeback from a devastating ankle injury in China and additional injury at the Olympic Trials last summer.
Over 700 BMX riders will converge on the country’s capital city, Canberra for three days of racing. The program kicks off with round five of the Hog’s Breath Café National Probikx Series on Friday night at the Melba BMX track. Saturday morning riders face another round, the sixth at Tuggeranong BMX track. Both of the rounds are also combined Oceania ranking rounds eight and nine and offer valuable UCI
Free Agent and Kenda are pleased to announce the new Free Agent/Kenda European BMX Race Team for 2009. The team will consist of four riders from England, Norway, Latvia, and Holland, and is looking to expand even more in the future.
“Free Agent has built a great relationship with Kenda over the years. They’ve supported both our Free Agent BMX and our KHS Mountain bike teams,” said Team Manager Dale Holmes. “We decided it only made sense to set up a joint team project in Europe.”
2008 Olympic BMX Gold Medalist will once again be on hand at the ABA BMX Winter Nationals in Phoenix, AZ.. Free Agent's AA PRO, and Latvia's own MARIS STROMBERGS made his ABA BMX debut in Reno, NV. earlier this season and made a great impression with the fans. He's really starting to hit his stride in the USA, having an excellent weekend at the ABA BMX Gator Nationals in Oldsmar, FLA.
MARIS is excited about the ABA BMX Winter Nationals and will be doing a few autograph sessions through the weekend at the Free Agent Team pit area. MARIS will have his actual 2008 Olympic GOLD medal on hand for the fans to see as well! Be sure to stop by the Free Agent Team pit area to say hello to MARIS.
In a further expansion of our World Team of Elite Riders, Supercross BMX has brought the New Zealand Junior Superstar Kurt Pickard into the Supercross BMX Family. For those of you not familiar with the name, be prepared to get used to it as he was previously the10 time New Zealand Champion and now under the wing of BMX Supercoach Ken Cools, Kurt is planning on taking his new Supercross onto the World Stage.