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Added 19:53:02 on 2012-10-17

UCI Retires the Number 88

As of Monday, the UCI BMX Commission has decided to retire number 88, his race number, from the list of available numbers. It will remain forever the number of a cycling figure who shared his dream and passion for his sport throughout his life.

For the full story go to: http://www.uci.ch/Modules/ENews/ENewsDetails2011.asp?id=ODgyNQ&MenuId=MTYzMDQ&LangId=1&BackLink=%2FTemplates%2FUCI%2FUCI8%2Flayout%2Easp%3FMenuID%3DMTYzMDQ%26LangId%3D1

Added 17:48:34 on 2012-10-15

RIP – Kyle Bennett

On Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 BMX lost a great guy and great BMX racer. Need we say more.

Added 12:37:06 on 2012-05-17

Olympic Track Holds “Dress Rehearsal” Practice

With only 82 days left until the first gate drops at the 2012 London Olympics, preparations, and refinements are in the “dress rehearsal” stage, before the world touches down at Heathrow.

Until the Olympians turn up, the star of the show is the London 2012 track, itself. And like most stars today, ours underwent a bit of a facelift (or, as we say in the biz, “had some ‘work’ done”) before the big show.

For the rest of the story go to: http://www.bmxnews.com/2012/05/olympic-track-holds-dress-rehearsal-practice/

Added 15:07:46 on 2012-04-26

USA Cycling, Physicians Develop Head Injury Protocol

With increased scrutiny on BMX crashes and head injuries on the road, as well as brain injuries in sport, USA Cycling has engaged a number of physicians to develop protocols to help riders and their doctors better manage post-head injury recovery.

For the full story go to: http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/04/news/head-injuries-and-cycling_215165/2

Added 11:22:53 on 2011-12-06

Sneak Peak at the New Hyper BMX Frame

For those that attended the CJBMX Ironman race in Howell, New Jersey, USA, they got a chance to see the new design for the 2012 Hyper BMX racing frames. Jud Ciancio from Hyper was on hand with his prototype frames to give them a run on the track.

Jud says that the frames are almost ready for production with a few more adjustments and to expect to see them out for the spring of 2012. I was able to take some pics of the cruiser to show the new look.

Fellow racer and web blogger, “Crazy” Al Cayne, sat down with Jud for an interview about the new 20″ frame and what to expect about it. Here is the link to the video at cac-tv.com:

http://www.cac-tv.com/2011/12/2012-hyper-prototype-race-frame/

Here are the pics of the cruiser frame as it looks now before the final adjustments:

2012 Hyper Cruiser Prototype Pic #1 2012 Hyper Cruiser Prototype Pic #2 2012 Hyper Cruiser Prototype Pic #3 2012 Hyper Cruiser Prototype Pic #4 2012 Hyper Cruiser Prototype Pic #5 2012 Hyper Cruiser Prototype Pic #6 2012 Hyper Cruiser Prototype Pic #7 2012 Hyper Cruiser Prototype Pic #8

 

Added 22:25:46 on 2011-06-23

Sanctioning of BMX Racing is unified in the United States

From its humble beginnings in the 1970’s to its inclusion in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, BMX racing has seen many changes through the years.  Many sanctioning bodies have come and gone during the 40 year history of the sport, but two have remained.  The American Bicycle Association (ABA) and the National Bicycle League (NBL) have both been in operation since the 1970’s and now, like so many sports leagues, the two have joined forces and will operate as USA BMX.

For the complete article, visit: http://www.nbl.org/sanctioning-of-bmx-racing-is-unified-in-the-united-states/

Added 10:34:46 on 2011-06-21

The ABA/NBL Merger is now final-and-official!

 

The merger between the ABA and the NBL is now official and details about the merger are being released today. BMXNews.com has posted membership news and will be having a podcast posted later today. Here is the link to the membership article: http://www.bmxnews.com/2011/06/usa-bmx-membership-what-you-need-to-know/

 

Added 14:26:18 on 2011-05-17

ABA and NBL to come together, via USA BMX

There is breaking news about a merger between the NBL and the ABA being reported by www.BMXNews.com. Here is the link to the story at BMXNews.com: http://www.bmxnews.com/2011/05/aba-and-nbl-to-come-together-as-one-via-usa-bmx/

We will add more here as we find more information.

 

NBL Membership Sign-Up Discount Period Extended

Membership Sign-Up Discount Period Extended Through February 20

The discounted rates on all membership packages have been extended through February 20, 2011. New and renewal memberships will be available at the previously advertised discount prices through that date. New members will also receive an NBL Goodie Bag during this period.

Additionally, new and renewal members will be able to take advantage of the discount period by signing up through the NBL’s new membership website, jointhenation.org, beginning Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Wood Jumps, Flat Turns? BMX is Hot Indoors!

For BMXers from East of the Mississippi and north of the Mason-Dixon line, it used to be a December 1 tradition to strip off the knobbies of outdoor season in favor of “stadium tires.” This was because, in all but one or two places in the country, indoor BMX in the 70s and 80s was exclusively run on concrete floors, with wooden jumps and flat turns. In fact, the first World Championship of BMX was decided on such an unorthodox course (Jag World Championships, Indianapolis 1978).

But, evolution and innovation marched forward, and the concrete indoor tracks were replaced by permanent indoor-on-dirt facilities, in Wisconsin (Walworth BMX in Elkhorn, which was started as wood jumps on Dirt), Northern Indiana (Steel Wheels in Hobart) and, yes, in Indianapolis.

Some races those of us of that era remember fondly are the aforementioned Jag Worlds in Indy (1978-1981), and the “Rondo Classic” in Minneapolis (which was not officially a national, but had every pro and factory amateur of the time in attendance). There were also various homespun regional and local races like a few at the old International Amphitheater in Chicago; later at the Odeum in suburban Villa Park, and a series at the Rock Island Armory in the Quad Cities, on the Mississippi River.

From the full story go to http://www.bmxnow.com/2011/01/636/

Elite Pros Discuss the Upcoming Season

With the ABA’s first race of the season going down this weekend in Reno, Nevada, I thought it would be a good time to check in with some of the top Elites and a couple of riders who are making their Elite Debut for 2011. The question I threw out to them was “What do you plan to do differently for the 2011 season and what are you goals this season?” Here is what they had to say.

Donny Robinson
“My goal is to beat Kyle and Connor and Josh and Cristian and Gavin and Joey and Barry and Sifiso and Hoffman and Denzel. But seriously, I’d like to have as much fun as possible and to do well at as many races as I can.”

Check out: http://espn.go.com/action/bmx/blog/_/post/6012116/elite-pros-discuss-upcoming-season for the full story.

UCI extends partnership with VSI Products

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced the extension of its partnership with VSI Products.

VSI remains the official supplier of THE handlebar numbers for the 2010/2011/2012 UCI BMX World Championships, 2010/2011/2012 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The three-year sponsorship deal continues the excellent collaboration between the UCI and VSI Products that started in 2007. The UCI signed a sponsorship contract with the Californian company the year before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and as a consequence all the riders at the Games used THE handlebar numbers. Since that time, THE has become the official supplier of handlebar numbers for all races at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and UCI BMX World Championships: VSI Products supply over 4,000 customised handlebar numbers every year.

Visit http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/uci_extends_partnership_with_vsi_products/?utm_source=Feeds&utm_campaign=Latest+News&utm_medium=rss for the rest of the story.

Elite Pros Discuss the Upcoming Season

With the ABA’s first race of the season going down this weekend in Reno, Nevada, I thought it would be a good time to check in with some of the top Elites and a couple of riders who are making their Elite Debut for 2011. The question I threw out to them was “What do you plan to do differently for the 2011 season and what are you goals this season?” Here is what they had to say.

Donny Robinson
“My goal is to beat Kyle and Connor and Josh and Cristian and Gavin and Joey and Barry and Sifiso and Hoffman and Denzel. But seriously, I’d like to have as much fun as possible and to do well at as many races as I can.”

Check out: http://espn.go.com/action/bmx/blog/_/post/6012116/elite-pros-discuss-upcoming-season for the full story.

UCI extends partnership with VSI Products

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced the extension of its partnership with VSI Products.

VSI remains the official supplier of THE handlebar numbers for the 2010/2011/2012 UCI BMX World Championships, 2010/2011/2012 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The three-year sponsorship deal continues the excellent collaboration between the UCI and VSI Products that started in 2007. The UCI signed a sponsorship contract with the Californian company the year before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and as a consequence all the riders at the Games used THE handlebar numbers. Since that time, THE has become the official supplier of handlebar numbers for all races at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and UCI BMX World Championships: VSI Products supply over 4,000 customised handlebar numbers every year.

Visit http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/uci_extends_partnership_with_vsi_products/?utm_source=Feeds&utm_campaign=Latest+News&utm_medium=rss for the rest of the story.

Colombo Moves To Masters

After many years of competing at the AA Pro/Elite level, Javier Colombo has decided to move into the Masters class for the 2011 race season at 32 years of age.

For the more go to http://www.nbl.org/javier-colombo-moves-to-masters/

Global SX Events, Inc. (GSX) Names Johan Lindström CEO

Global SX Events, Inc., (GSX) announced that Johan Lindström will assume the role of CEO. This week, GSX announced that it will take over the general management of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, for which it will hold part of the organization and marketing rights. In addition, GSX Events will also be the UCI partner in another field: the UCI’s BMX track building service.

Gary Aragon, Chairman and President of GSX Events, says, “We are extremely fortunate to have Johan join GSX to lead the team. After all, the Supercross World cup is what it is because of him, and there is no one in the world more qualified to take this to the next level.”Johan Lindström added, “I’m excited about the opportunities that Global SX Events will bring to the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and BMX in general. It’s time for BMX to ‘take the training wheels off’ and bring it to the next level, and I’m confident that GSX Events is capable of doing so. What strikes me is the passion of the sport that all people involved in GSX Events have shown. I’m thrilled to be leading the GSX Events team.”

GSX will also be responsible for all Elite events for the National Bicycle League, Inc., (NBL) and the NBL NationsTour events will now be run by GSX as the US BMX Supercross Series. More information will be forthcoming on the details of BMX Elite racing with GSX.

News from the UCI

Press release – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup to be managed by Global SX Events Inc.

The International Cycling Union is pleased to announce its partnership with Global SX Events Inc (GSX Events) which will hold part of the organization and marketing rights for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series.

The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, the world’s leading BMX racing series, serves as the main qualification event for the 2012 Olympic Games. Introduced by the UCI in 2003, this series of races has revitalized BMX with its exciting and spectacular Supercross format.

UCI will maintain its role in governing the sport and will continue to draw up and manage the international calendar as well as establish the regulations for international competition.

UCI President Pat McQuaid explains, “BMX in general and the BMX Supercross World Cup in particular, are undergoing spectacular growth, which has accelerated since their Olympic baptism in Beijing in 2008. The UCI has invested considerably in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup to bring it up to its current level, but I am convinced that the partnership that will now link the UCI and Global SX Events will allow BMX to continue its growth in optimal conditions: still under the aegis of the UCI, but making the most of GSX Events’ skills.”

Based in Gahanna, Ohio (USA), Global SX Events Inc will take over the general management of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, for which it will hold part of the organization and maketing rights. In addition, GSX Events will also be the UCI partner in another field: the UCI’s BMX track building service. With the recent development of the discipline worldwide, GSX Events (through EliteTrax) will be able to answer to the increased demands for the construction of high-level BMX tracks around the world. The BMX track building service will be led by the well-known track building expert Tom Ritzenthaler.

Gary Aragon, Chairman and President of GSX Events, says, “The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series is currently the leading international BMX event. But as the sport grows, the series will need to grow with it. GSX Events is committed to continually develop and advance the sport of BMX racing the world over. Our goal is to partner with the UCI to take the sport through this next phase of growth.”

The 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup calendar;

8-9 April                           Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
27-28 May                        Papendal (NED)
19-29 August                    London (GBR)
16-19 September               to be confirmed
30 September-1 October   Chula Vista (USA)

www.uci.ch

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