The ABA is proud to announce that the ABA BMX Hall of Fame has found a permanent home at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. The Olympic Training Center has set aside nearly 1000 sq. ft. inside the OTC Visitor Center to pay homage to BMX heroes from days gone by; the National BMX Hall of Fame will be one of the main attractions for over 300,000 annual visitors. OTC Director Tracy Lamb stated, “It is a great honor to have this collection housed at the Olympic Training Center and it’s very exciting to know that most of the items in the collection have never been on public display”. Tracy went on to add, “now with an Olympic replica BMX track for the Elite riders, an ABA sanctioned amateur track and now the BMX Hall of Fame and Museum Chula Vista will become a world renown BMX destination”.
To commemorate this occasion and in conjunction with the UCI Supercross and US Open Amateur National, the San Diego Hall of Champions will host the 25th annual BMX Hall of Fame banquet
The 2009 ABA BMX racing season has been a crazy and exciting one so far this season. Almost every ABA BMX event this season has been up in rider participation and attendance. Some events have been the largest they have been in the past 10 years. The UCI events, the USAC National Championships, and the ABA BMX Nationals series events have been a who's who in the BMX racing world. We've even seen some world class dirt jumpers make the jump back to their roots and get back out on the track. Heck, even everyone's favorite BMX hero, Cru Jones has been spotted on an ABA BMX track in 2009!
During last weekends European Championships rounds 13&14 in Cheddar (UL), Formula Europe’s Rihards Veide proved to be back in full shape after his injury earlier this season. Rihards took 2nd place in Junior Men in both rounds. Also Niklas Laustsen is back after his injury and made it the semis both days. In the Elite Men category, Edzus Treimanis is riding consistently making finals. He took a 6th on Saturday. Edzus is now in ranked 6th and with 2 more rounds to go,
European UCI Championships BMX Racing, Cheddar, England. 27-28 June 2009. Junior and Elite results: Sunday - Round 14 Elite Men 1 Arnaud Dubois/BEL 2 Marcus Bloomfield/ENG 3 Martijn Scherpen/NED 4 Jordy van der Heijden/NED 5 Thomas Hamon/FRA 6 Stepan Tumpach/CZE 7 Liam Phillips/ENG 8 Ivo van der Putten/NED
Wednesday Update Latest with Sifiso, he can't speak but I just got a message from him on skype saying I'm home and overwhelmed by all the messages in my inbox and face book please thank everyone for me.
This is what the doc has said about the surgery, “we had to cut an opening like two and half finger wide in his throat to put a spacer between one of the vertebrae. We also had to put a titanium plate with two screws in and had to remove some ligaments that broke. The work was done around the C3 & C4. In six weeks time we will have to see on his improvement and make a decision on a second operation.”
Sifiso typed on skype, ”I'm still pretty drugged up. I feeling like falling asleep every 5 min but I'm looking forward to the recovery process. With the help of Marie, Anders and his wonderful family and
Growing a xeroxed 'zine into a 84 page full sized full colour magazine is a good job. BMX A TOPE! is a Spanish BMX magazine that focuses on BMX racing but also has some freestyle topics in there too. Issue 10 has a wethepeople Addict bike test for instance (6 pages!) and a report about a jam in Mallorca. It shows a little concrete park so maybe that'd be something for the next trip? Ismael Ibanez has a photo portfolio with some great shots of Naran and Alvaro. The magazine is in Spanish so hard to read (for me) but great for those countries where they speak Spanish and little English. The BMX Old School pages were cool to see. Brands like Zimarron, Monty, Derbi, BH and Peugeot were once big in BMX. Michelin even had a COBRA BMX tire out! Racing takes over from there with an interview with Javier Morales visiting Miami, and many race reports with loads of photos. There's even a full page FATBMX ad in the mag!
The Redline Queensland team - which consisted on Tristan Kronk, Mitchell Hoad, Lachlan Harvey and Katie Van Zanden won the Team Trophy. With the Redline Australia team placing a close second - consisting of Karl Mustchin, Kai Sakakibara, Saya Sakakibara and Melinda McLeod. Well done to all the riders who came away with an Australian plate. Special mention has to be given to the riders who placed in the top three.
The girls showed the way coming away with four 1A plates. Rachelle Smith from WA was the only rider to do the double 1A in her 12yr girls 20" class and in 12yr & under girls cruisers. It was also Rachelle's fourth time receiving 1A. Speaking of multiple titles - Melinda McLeod, from QLD, won her fifth Australian Title and placed 3rd in 15-16 yr girls cruisers. NSW's Saya Sakakibara also defended her No.1-Aus plate and showed why she is currently ranked No.1 in the World.
Mitchell Hoad from QLD moved up one place from last years result,