The new ABA Pro Series kicked off this past weekend with great success at the Silver Dollar Nationals in Reno, Nevada. With huge Pro rider counts, a great track and big money on the line, the racing was nothing short of spectacular. By the end of the weekend the ABA handed out $26,500.00 to the top Pro Riders in Women, Vet, A and AA classes.
On the track the racing was a treat for the spectators. Other than Mike Brabant’s domination of A Pro, the other Pro classes featured different winners each day. Women Pro was won by Arielle Martin on Saturday, while Kim Hayashi took the win on Sunday. Darrin Mitchell took the Saturday Vet Pro win, with Todd Parry on the top spot for Sunday. AA Pro was dominated by Bubba Harris on Saturday, however bad luck in the Semi on Sunday left Bubba looking from the grandstands while Kyle Bennett stole the show with the big win with Nate Berkheimer coming in a strong second.
The NBL is excited to announce our new Marketing and Public Relations director, Kevin O’Brien, who brings with him a large collection of experience and knowledge to the NBL team. Our recent Christmas Classic served as his initiation to our organization where he met many of our key personnel and volunteers. The NBL is dedicated to providing the best programs to our membership and Kevin’s style will help the NBL further establish strong relationships with our growing list of sponsors and supporters while maintaining solid relationships with our track operators across the country.
“BMX is going through an exciting transition as the sport gets ready for the 2008 Olympics, but we need to remain focused on maintaining steady grass roots programs so that we continue developing the future stars of tomorrow. The NBL has a solid base of excellent programs for all riders and we will have some opportunities to push the sport back into the mainstream with our older Expert and Elite riders in the next two years. BMX racing may be a household name, but our goal is to make sure that people think ‘Bicycle Motocross Racing’ when they hear that three-letter word” said O’Brien.
Rancho Dominguez, CA (January, 2006)- Free Agent is proud to announce the development of the 2006 Free Agent BMX World Team. Former World Champion, Dale Holmes has helped put together a world-class line up of riders from around the globe to support the current USA based team.
In the lead up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Free Agent World Team will focus on Junior and Elite classes for 2006 with a crop of new signings. The World Team includes:
COUNTRY NAME TITLES
Argentina Cristian Becerine 9X Argentina Champion Ramiro Marino 4X World Champion
The 2006 NBL Season kicked off in pure classic NBL style this past week in the Columbus, Ohio Convention center with one of the favorite BMX races of all time- The NBL Christmas Classic. After being in Florida for the past few years, the Christmas Classic was brought back to Ohio and the arena atmosphere made for some exciting racing action. With a awesome built track with a 2 strait away pro section offered for the Elite riders, it was Classic Columbus racing action and the fans loved it. Besides the regular NBL elite national event, Day 1 offered the first North American UCI Continental ranking event. Here is how the Double A marketing riders finished up for the weekend:
Kyle Bennett picked up right where he left off at the end of the ABA season, out front and taking home a win in Columbus. On Day 1, Kyle was in both the UCI and NBL Elite Main events. Kyle finished up 4th in NBL Elite and 7th in the UCI race. Sunday, things were back to normal, as it was Elite Pro and Pro Open. In the Elite main, Kyle started things off by winning the Sun Ringle Hole shot award, on his way to a huge Elite men's win.
MADISON, Wis. - December 21, 2005 -Who’s the scariest dude on the MTB Race circuit? Here’s a hint: he’s the scariest dude on the BMX Race circuit, too, and he’s an amateur that has all the pros scared. GT proudly announces that Joey Bradford has joined the team.
Bradford has over 200 National main event wins and is fresh off accomplishing the most difficult feat in BMX. Bradford took the "Grand Slam of BMX," winning the big four Championships: ABA Worlds, UCI Worlds, ABA National Champion and NBL National Champion.
At only age 16, Joey Bradford rides like a seasoned veteran. Bradford lives in Monterey, Cali. and competes in Junior Eite or Junior Men in BMX and 18-and-under Junior Expert class in MTB. Bradford’s riding the GT Moto in his MTB comps and the GT Ultrabox in his BMX comps.
For the fourth time in his BMX career with FACTORY REDLINE, BUBBA HARRIS has signed the dotted line. This years’ contract was a bit different though; as it teams up the current 2-time ABA No.1 Pro and UCi World Champ with Redline for the next three years, and encompasses new clauses that cover Olympic medal and Olympic coverage contingencies … something never before written in to any BMX pro sponsorship. Also, for the first time in his pro career, his Redline agreement includes an NBL title contingency.
Intense BMX is proud to announce the addition of Kelvin Batey to the 2006 World Team. Kelvin will join Jamie Staff and Michael Robinson on the Intense BMX World Team. In 2006, Kelvin will be competing in the UK National Series, the UCI European Championships series, and at the World Championships in Brazil. Kelvin has already been selected by the Great Brittan Racing squad as one of the riders whom have been brought into the Olympic training program and will train and travel with the staff from the GBR training squad.
After years with One Bicycles, Kelvin Batey has left to join forces with Intense BMX. It was a tough decision for him to leave his long time sponsor, but Kelvin was enticed by the direction of Intense BMX and how far they have come in just a year and a half.
The Open Dutch Indoor BMX Championships took place today in Wanroij, The Netherlands. With over 800 entries over the weekend, the race was fairly big. In Elite men the top three results look like this: Elite men Open Dutch Indoor Championships: 1. Martijn Scherpen 2. Arno Kanis 3. Harm van Brussel
The U.S. Olympic Committee has mandated that USA Cycling more closely and effectively manage the BMX discipline now that it is part of the Olympic Games. As such, USA Cycling has been and will continue to be the sole governing body for BMX in the United States that is recognized by the USOC, the UCI and the various anti-doping agencies (World Anti-Doping Agency and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency).
Below you will find an outline for how the sport of BMX will be managed by USA Cycling as we approach the sport’s inclusion in the 2008 Olympic Games. It is vitally important that we get this information to you and the entire body of interested athletes who desire to compete in UCI-sanctioned events including World Championships, Continental Championships, National Championships and the Olympic Games.
Aigle, Switzerland:Just as NASCAR displays the winning car of the Daytona 500 at their Florida Museum, the UCi has a tradition of displaying all of the World Championship winning bikes at their impressive World Headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland. Amongst all of the road, track and mountain bikes that have taken their riders to rainbow-striped jersies, is one that is familiar to many American BMXers. It is the #1 machine of Redline Pro BUBBA HARRIS; the bike that took 20 year old Harris to 24 AA-pro wins in both ABA and NBL during 2005, as well as both the ABA and UCi World Championships.