The first of nine Fire Magic Premium Grills Grill-Off Series kicked off this past weekend the ABA BMX Winter Nationals event in Phoenix, AZ. The turn out for the weekends events was excellent. The new track layout, the perfect weather, and the stiff competition were second to none. The Fire magic Grill-Off was a HUGE buzz in the pits and everybody was ready to show case their secret recipes for the judges. With well over an impressive 30 entries, the judges had to narrow the Grill-Off field down to just the top five best of the best dishes. And believe me, it was hard, everything looked and tasted sooooo good!
In what could only be compared to a roller coaster at Disney World, Bubba Harris’ weekend in Florida was definitely thrilling, with lots of ups and downs, and finished up on Sunday with a big smile - and the thought of “let’s do it again.” FRIDAY: In the motos, Bubba was lookin’ close to his old self, making passes to the front and working the dog-legged last straightaway rhythm section like he owned it. Passing riders on the outside line; while most chose the shorter, inside route. But Harris is still lacking power out of the gate, and he’s the first to admit it.
A few weeks ago I rode my dirt bike for the first time again after two and a half years off the KTM. I had a few crashes, some hospital time and a crooked bike so it took a bit to throw a leg over the buddy seat again. I survived, the bike survived and it was good fun. The opening round of the Open Dutch MX championship series took place in Gemert today. With half the GP riders there we had to go take a look even though the weather report was terrible (and they were right this time). Time to see how it is supposed to be done.
Trailer first. Full length video at the end of the year. Featuring Khalen Young, Luke Madill, Jamie Gray, Glenn Codega and Jared Graves and their competition. The Aussies are getting ready for the Olympics. Feel the pressure, taste the motivation, listen to what they have to say:
The National Bicycle League (NBL) is proud to announce the formation of a new national level partnership with Standard Byke Company. The Standard brand has earned a loyal following in both racing and freestyle over the past two-decades and their renewed commitment to racing is good news for fans of high quality products and rider-owned companies. Standard is one of only a handful of rider-owned companies in BMX and they continue to forge new ground in all areas of development and production. Rick Moliterno’s company has very recently taken over full control of production and manufacturing at their new factory in Davenport, IA. This will translate into a range of improvements to their already solid line of 125R race frames and forks plus a bundle of new products to compliment their American-Built line.
Moliterno, who has deep roots in bicycle motocross, is eager to see the racing side grow and the new partnership comes at a perfect time as the sport nears its Olympic milestone.
It took a while but team USA has got their act together now to conquer the gold at the first BMX Olympics in Beijing, China. Not only did they build a replica of the Olympic BMX track in California, they hired coaches and put them up in housing close to the track. The following four movies will give you an idea of what's going on down there. Interviews with Mike Day, Randy Stumpfhauser and Jill K.
Two Queenslanders have stamped their claim on a spot in Australia’s first ever BMX team to compete at this year’s Beijing Olympics. Krystal Cranfield originally from Gladstone rode strongly to win the tenth round of the UCI Oceania Series in Penrith today. Fellow Queenslander, Jared Graves from Toowoomba repeated his win yesterday to finish in front of New Zealand’s Marc Willers.
In about 30 days the BMX world will converge on a brand new venue for the 2008 edition of the Great Northwest Nationals. The event, presented by Team BMX Oregon and the Oregon Sports Authority, will be held at the Hooker Creek Event Center in Redmond, Oregon April 4-6, 2008. This entire facility is spectacular and the arena will be one of the best ABA will visit all year. The Hooker Creek Event Center, a multi-purpose indoor arena, is the largest of the buildings at the Fairgrounds that constitutes some 279,000 square feet of space under one roof. The space will allow for a great track with tons of bleacher seating.
Also, during practice on Saturday ABA will host the 2007 ABA Canadian National Series Awards Ceremony!
Queensland’s Jared Graves and Perth’s Nicole Callisto both improved Australia’s chances of taking the maximum number of BMX riders to the Beijing 2008 Olympics. By winning ahead of competing countries New Zealand, China, Japan and Hong Kong today in Penrith, the Australians gained valuable UCI points from this Oceania Round 9. Former mountain bike rider, 25 year old Graves, got an early lead on New Zealand’s Olympic hopeful Marc Willers. Close contact in the first turn between Willers and Penrith’s Luke Madill gave the kiwi second place. After getting an unlucky outside starting lane Madill was still content with third place on his home track.
Graves saved some power throughout the earlier heats but in the final it was not all easily sailing. “It was a bit of a shady lap in the final. I had a few moments but I had a good start and held it from there,” explained Graves.