The NBL 2007 points season kicked off this past weekend at the beautiful NBL Nellis BMX track. Nellis is a fan favorite and between the excellent track and the perfect weather, the first NBL Elite Pro and UCI event for the 2007 NBL National season was a huge success with a large moto count, new sponsors for the NBL series, and a huge international Pro turnout.
Attention all riders: Don't miss out on some easy money for your future! If your photo appears on the front cover of BMX Today or any other major BMX magazine (BMX Plus!, BMXWorld, BMXer, etc.) out there and you have a clearly visible NBL sticker showing on your number plate, YOU WILL WIN A U.S. SAVINGS BOND! Elite riders will receive a $500 savings bond, and amateur riders will receive a $250 savings bond. If there are multiple riders in the photo, and they all have visible NBL stickers on their plates, then THEY ALL WIN! Stop by the NBL Registration trailer at any National or Regional and pick up a free NBL sticker for your number plate.
The Stoppelcross season has started. The first race was held in Handel and saw quite a few BMX-ers and friends on the starting gate in the several classes.Bjorn Wijnants was hella fast on his 250, didn't even know he rode some motocross. Jurgen Meyer and Harm van Brussel had some problems in the beginning of the MX1 hobby final and worked their way up to the front but got stuck somewhere around 15th place. These races become a mess after a couple of laps and it's hard to keep track.
After a hard crash in Albequerque busted up the arm of JEFFERY UPSHAW, the bones were X-rayed and set, and Upshizzle hopped on a plane back to Ohio Monday morning; rather than the scheduled drive with JASON CARNE$ to Nellis for the big NBL season opener. Back home, doctors had a look and Jeff went in for surgery Thursday morning to have 2 plates and screws put in. One of the bones had been set good and wouldn’t need any plates, while the other bone would. Jeff said he was told it would be a 4 to 6 week healing process, and that he is hoping to return in time for the NBL Christmas Classic. “I always seem to do better after some time off,” he said, “because I miss BMX so much.”
The ABA (American Bicycle Association) once again provided free live-streaming coverage of the 25th national event on its 2006 BMX (Bicycle Motocross ) racing series. The ABA has previously provided an audio feed of its national events for fans and racers to get real-time coverage of its national BMX races. After live streaming video for the "Blackjack Nationals", adding the live streaming-video coverage for the ABA BMX Fall Nationals is once again a first for BMX and unprecedented for the sport!
UCI BMX RANKING The 2005/2006 UCI BMX Ranking came to an end with the 2006 UCI BMX World Championships in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Once again Robert De Wilde (NED) showed great consistency throughout the season snatching the top spot in Elite Men, followed by always present Randy Stumpfhauser (USA). In Elite Women, Gabriella Diaz (ARG) won the overall ranking with great results on the Latin American Continent and at the World Championships. Another Dutch rider, Martijn Scherpen came out on top in the Junior Men Ranking with his strong season in Europe followed by his 2nd place in the World Championships.
Albequerque, NM:The USA has a HUGE, brand new indoor BMX facility in Albequerque, and the American Bicycle Association christened it by holding the Fall Nationals under its roof. When finished, this City-funded facility will supposedly be sweeter than the DeSoto, Texas track, and will host a Olympic-style BMX training facility. Although not yet complete, it was a great site for the final regular-season National of 2006. Of course, Team Redline and the rest of the BMX world wasn’t about to miss out on the chance to break-in the new building.
October 27, 2006 – (San Diego, CA) Bombshell/Avent Cycles has hired BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion Mike King to their staff as the company’s Brand Manager. King will oversee many facets of the organization which will include areas of marketing and promotions, product development and team management."Bringing Mike onboard as Brand Manager was an easy decision,” says company President and Founder, Gary Hickman. “His successful racing and management career which spans over three decades will bring Avent and Bombshell a wealth of knowledge and experience. We believe Mike will strengthen and add some creditability to our product lines along with mentoring future athletes.” added Hickman.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” said King. “Avent and Bombshell make great products and I want to make sure we continue that path and become even more innovative. This creates a huge challenge for me which I look forward to.”
After giving it some serious thought I came to a decision to call it a day racing AA/ Elite in BMX. I have just turned 35 and it's time for a change and some new motivations and challenges. Free Agent / KHS, my family and close friends are fully supporting me on my plans and for 07 I'm going to give 4x Mountainbiking more of a push, something I've always wanted to do without the BMX distraction. The sport of 4x suits more of my age group and it's not as hectic as BMX, so it should suit me fine. Alongside racing MTB for KHS I'm going to be working more on Team management with Free Agent, among other Free Agent/ KHS duties. I feel I have pretty much reached all my goals in BMX and had a great time along the way, and even though I'm not racing I'll still be around as BMX is still in my heart and I'm as passionate about it now as I always have been since the day I began 25 years ago. It will be cool to just be a fan instead of a racer. I'm excited about the future.