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News and Rumors Previous November 1, 1999
Posted October 31, 1999
Fall Nationals Update: A new record has been set in the ABA for a regular season race. The Fall Nationals brought in a whopping 398 motos. From what we hear, the weather caused a lot of problems. High winds of 30-40 mph made for dusty and dangerous conditions. Vendors sold out of goggles really fast. On Saturday night a transformer blew leaving the track and crowd in darkness. Fights broke out, security was ushered in...not good for BMX. But as Milli Vanilli might say, "Blame it on the ..." uh, wind! We'll have more updates tomorrow.
Some quick news from the NBL Fall Classic: Cimar Durate won day one of Pro Open. Dingo's Raul Gomez tripled in the 25-29 ex, cruiser, and 18 over open classes and got two number one plates at Friday's US open.
BMXtreme.com web master Grant Hansen was seen "drag" racing at his local track in Secaucus, NJ. Stay tuned for horrific photos.
Posted October 26, 1999
Gary Turner is back in the Bike Business!! A year after his departure from the bicycle industry, Gary Turner, founder of GT Bicycles, the world's most recognized name in BMX, has returned. He will be teaming up with Mike Devitt, past President of SE Racing and BMX's Founding Father, Scot Breithaupt. They will be creating a new line of BMX and Extreme Sport bikes for marketing to bicycle dealers worldwide.
Turner has been concentrating on his Off Road Truck Racing team and Classic Car collecting. His son, Craig Turner, was just crowned "Best in the Desert" Class 7 Off Road Champion in his GT Racing/Ford Truck. Gary has been involved in automotive racing for over 30 years including a World Championship in Top Alcohol Drag Racing, and Off Road Trucks. In the early years, Gary was Team owner, Head Mechanic and Driver!
Turner says: "My lifeblood has been bicycles for almost 25 years, I have been itching all year to get back in. The opportunity to start a new company with Mike and Scot was too good to pass up. We have a great team of guys with incredible experience in all facets of the bike industry. I am anxious to introduce our new 2000 line."
The ABA has finished counting its ballots for this year's Golden Crank Awards. While we don't have the final results yet, we did hear that Dingo's Josh Fiegly was in the top five for Rookie of the Year. We'll keep you posted on further developments.
Posted October 25, 1999
Wade Bootes is in the current issue (Oct 28th) of Rolling Stone Magazine. He is in the fashion section with fellow MTB racer Brian Lopes. If you get the chance, check it out.
Posted October 24, 1999
Next month's SNAP preview: The new Dingo "YCP" was put to the test by SNAP's own Keith Mulligan. The test went great for Dingo with comments like "I think the Dingo would rank right up there with some of the best aluminum bikes I've ever ridden."
Quick results from the Five Star Series NBL race in Homestead, FL: Kevin Tomko took the pro win on both Saturday and Sunday. Guess he likes his new red Kastan.
Thomas Allier, after breaking his wrist recently, took a digger on his road bike and needed stitches in his leg. His out for the moment, but should be well rested for the ABA Grands.
I just got done watching another installment of the Gravity Games on NBC. I gotta tell ya -- well done NBC! The best part of the vert competition, in my opinion, was Simon Tabron's run. He fell hard, we got to see his gorgeous concerned wife, and then, even though time had run out, he got back on his bike and hit a clean 900. Gravity Games really hyped it up and and commented how Simon displayed the true meaning of BMX...riding for the sake of riding.
Posted October 21, 1999
SE Racing Trademarks Change Hands. After 23 years, the SE Racing, trademarks are no longer controlled by it's founders. As a result the current U.S. manufacturing operation has closed its doors, shut down, history, finished, adios muchachos, GONE!!! Recently, Mike Devitt, who has run the company for many years, an outside investor, and SE's founder, Scot Breithaupt made a bid to buy out the foreign partners. A deal could not be struck, so they pulled the plug as of October 15th, 1999. The entire staff will leave the company to create a new brand. All the SE machinery and fixtures will be used for the new venture. Devitt says, "Our crew has been together for over 20 years, Sal Correa, shop foreman and his welding wizards, the sales guys, and I are anxious to get the new brand rolling. Our new partner, and Scot, and myself will start the new venture immediately. We will attack the BMX, jumping-freestyle and MTB markets with the same top quality innovations and promotions that made SE a powerhouse in the 70s and 80s. Diehard SE fanatics can still count on us, they will be blown away by the new bikes. A new name, a new company, a new challenge!" The new BMX brand name and location will be announced soon.
Posted October 20, 1999
Color them crazy! XTRSKN Shin Pads now come in an array of colors, including Red, Blue, Black, Desert Camoflage, Sea Reef. Check out the XTRSKN web site for more information.
Some of you may remember Greg Valance. A few summers ago Greg rode a 24" BMX bicycle cross country from the Connecticut shore to the California coast setting a Guinness book record. Our sources heard this past weekend at the NBL Empire National that Greg was back home from Big Bear California, where he had been working the past few years as a ski instructor. Apparently Greg had a severe loss of appetite and weight loss, and his parents pleaded with him to come home to see doctors. Greg was taken to Yale New Haven Medical center in New Haven CT for testing. Yale has been know for years to be one of the best cancer treatment centers in the country. Yale test results showed a large cancerous tumor in Greg's stomach. At that point Greg was given a 90% chance of fully recovering, and referred to another cancer treatment center in New York city. Further testing done at the New York site has found another large tumor in his heart, and no further medical predictions have been given. We hear that people are trying to organize some kind of fund raiser in the town of Norwich, CT. Greg's home town, sometime in late November. We'll keep you posted on further developments.
Rumor has it that Jason Johnson who recently turned A Pro will be off of Mosh after the ABA Grands. We'll keep you posted!
Posted October 19, 1999
Big news on the BMXtreme home front! Congratulations to fellow web guru Hans who got engaged over the weekend to his long-time love Allie. And more well-wishes for Hans: he just accepted a position with Team Paradise and will be in charge of all their online advertures. Hans is going to relocate to the BMX capital of the world, known more commonly as Huntington Beach, CA. He promises that his involvement with BMXtreme will not dwindle; in fact, things are only going to get better. Feel free to wish Hans and Allie a big ol' congrats with an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Purse has picked up a co-sponsorship with EVS protective gear. Look for John to be wearing their shorts and other products.
Posted October 18, 1999
Redline Press Release: 1 MORE DOWN, 2 TO GO: REDLINE's JOHN PURSE REMAINS IN HUNT FOR ABA NO.1 PRO TITLE
Here is a quick report from the ABA Super Nationals in Texas: On Saturday, Christophe Leveque won AA Pro and was followed by John Purse and Thomas Allier. On Sunday, Leveque took the AA win again and was trailed by Randy Stumpfhauser and Kyle Bennit. Christophe also won Open on Sunday. Thomas broke his hand on Saturday in a crash in the 3rd main. We're not sure yet how serious the injury is. You can send Thomas a get-well e-mail to email@example.com. To see a full report on how the Double A Marketing team did, click here.
Posted October 15, 1999
Sarasota BMX is coming to the end of it's summer series. The last race will be the 5th of November 1999. That night there will a 16 and over open with a $500.00 dollar purse and 100% payback with a main. There will also be a 16 and over open for the ladies with a $250 dollar purse and 100% payback with a main. Practice is on Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Friday practice and racing will be 6:00pm to 7:30pm for practice and racing at 8:00pm. The entry fee for the open will be as follows. AA and A pro will be $10.00 and all others will be $4.00 due to the fact that they must also enter in class which is $6.00. For more information e-mail CWLOVAN@aol.com.
Posted October 13, 1999
Dingo Factory has informed us that Dingo and Jeff Dein have decided to pursue other interests.
Posted October 10, 1999
"Maniac" heads west for the winter. That's right. Hyper Bicycles pro Mike Gul will be heading to Mesa, AZ for the winter. Mike will continue to be doing clinics out west. Stay tuned for his updated schedule.
Posted October 8, 1999
We just heard from a reliable source that SE Racing has been sold! We're going to try to dig deeper into this story and keep you informed.
Posted October 6, 1999
Dingo has a new fast 16X on its roster. Matt Tischler will be ripping it up on the west coast.
The NBL Tampa Lake Park in Tampa, Florida, is redesigning its track and hopes to be done within the next two weeks. The new design will be difficult and technical, perfect for a national.
Posted October 5, 1999
Live chat with Ryan Nyquist! GravityGames.com is doing an online chat with Ryan Nyquist, Thurs. Oct. 7th at 6:00 p.m. PT. For those who didn't see the show on Sunday, Ryan took the gold medal in the dirt jumping competition. He did a sick 720 over the last set of doubles and rode consistently all around. The course put to shame the one they had at the X-Games.
You can now enter to win a Christophe Leveque autographed jersey at the Double A Marketing web site. Christophe is this month's featured rider and you can also read an interview with him.
John Kovachi is reportedly doing very well after open heart surgery and has some big things planned for 2000. Stay tuned.
Neil Wood broke his wrist while riding at Sheep Hills. He has flown back to England and may need surgery.
Posted October 4, 1999
At the ABA Gold Cup Central Championships held this past weekend, John Purse won AA on Saturday and Christophe Leveque won Sunday. Click here to see how the Double A Marketing pros in attendance did.
Want to win Rob Zombie's guitar? The one he played at Oz Fest? Nirve will give you the chance. Click here for more info.
The NBL Gator National seems to keep moving locations. From Tampa, to Sarasota... now it's going to be held in Daytona. Note: this will be going on during Spring Break so book your hotels early!
Andrew Presland has decided to leave Bully and is looking for a big-time ride. Any takers?
Posted October 2, 1999
For all you east coast racers out there, Secaucus BMX, and ABA track in NJ, has been totally redesigned, and I can honestly say it's the best track I have ever seen: big jumps and lots of them, and a crazy rhythm section. Oh baby!
Posted October 1, 1999
Win Tektro Brakes! Check out this month's contest.
We have a full report with photos of the Interbike 1999 East Coast Show. Check it out.
Beverly Hills Polo Club will be sponsoring Robert MacPherson and Thomas Allier. And along with Jason Richardson, Boss Clothing will be sponsoring Greg Romero.
Posted September 30, 1999
Click here for a full report to see how the Double A Marketing pros did at the ABA West Coast Gold Cup Championships.
Fourth annual street and dirt contest in Arizona at the Fort Mcdowell Indian Reservation. Last year it was held in conjunction with the 2-hip/Iron Horse burning bike festival. The dates will be November 19th & 20th 1999. There will be amateur street & dirt jumping competeing for prizes. Also a pro class for street riding with a cash purse. Sign-ups and practice will be Friday and Saturday will be the qualifying/contest. If large numbers show, contest can run over into Sunday 21st. The event ground may also be open Sunday for public/pay session. There is a BMX track, dirt jumps (big and small), and a complete bike park. Sunday will be decided by interest over the Friday and Saturday events. If you have any questions please e-mail at-Bicycult@excite.com.
Richie Anderson has added some more dates to his factory clinics. Click here for the updated schedule.
Posted September 27, 1999
We just got back from the east coast Interbike show at Mountain Creek Resort in New Jersey. Stay tuned for a full report and photos of great products.
Here are some results from the ABA Gold Cup West at Black Mountain BMX in Arizona: Danny Nelson won on Saturday and Steve Veltman won on Sunday. Christophe Leveque took the open win on Saturday and Thomas Allier got the job done on Sunday. Jamie Staff won cruiser both days.
Posted September 25, 1999
Richie Anderson has added some more dates to his factory clinics. Click here for the updated schedule.
Greg Hill has returned to Redline and will be driving the factory truck to a majority of nationals. Greg will continue to set up his Sinister Steering Systems tent at the races as well. Greg's return to Redline does not mean that he will once again be training John Purse, however, the two still remain the best of friends.
Bizarro Racing adds new rider to team. Nick St.Lawerance, the 1999 NBL National #2 15X and 15 Cruiser National #4 is the newest addition to the Bizzarro National Team. Nick was a member of the 98 Diamond Back Factory team, and had been taking some time off from racing during the 99 season. Look for Nick to be back hot and heavy for the 2000 season, and make his Bizzarro debut at the NBL's Midwest National in Indianapolis, IN on October the 2nd. Nick is glad to welcome his new co-sponsors, Sonic Speedwerx, Aheadset, KMC, Tektro, ODI, Pedros, and PowerBar!
Posted September 24, 1999
Wade Boote's House for Sale or Rent!! 2000 square foot house with 3 big bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with an attached 2-car garage, plus shed which sits on six acres of land. Equipped with a BMX track, Moto Cross track, Baseball Diamond, Satellite dish and working well for watering. Also ideal for horses and other animals. 18 minutes from Desoto BMX Track, 15 minutes from downtown Dallas and 30 minutes from DFW airport. Location - Inside corner of 635, 175 and where I-20 meet. Dallas, Texas. For more information e-mail Wade Bootes at TrekBMXPro@aol.com
Posted September 21, 1999
Jason Richardson has picked up a new co-sponsor in Boss Clothing. Look for Jason to be walking in style from now on.
Rolling Stone Magazine goes extreme! The magazine recently interviewed Wade Bootes for an upcoming issue to be on news stands in mid-October. Be sure to check it out. Speaking of Wade, he was spotted racing clipless this weekend. Will mountain biking suck him up completely!? Just as long as he doesn't show up in Spandex shorts I think we're safe.
Posted September 20, 1999
Just got back from the ABA Quaker State Nationals in Raleigh, NC. Amazingly, Hurricane Floyd had a good effect on the track and it was fast and dry. Nothing too hard or technical, but the lips on the jumps were tricky and the paved turns ruled. In AA, it was all about Christophe Leveque. He won all three mains on Saturday and took the overall win on Sunday too. He told me it's the first time all year he has felt good. If his injuries don't come back, watch out! Other podium winners for Saturday were Thomas Allier taking second and Jason Richardson taking third. On Sunday, Allier took second again and John Purse held on for the three spot. Kevin Tomko won AA Cruiser both days. Click here to see how the Double A Marketing pros in attendance did.
Posted September 15, 1999
Tis true, Jason Richardson's contract has expired with Giant/Mosh and it will not be renewed because Mosh wants to focus more on dirt jumping. Jason will certainly have some offers on his table and we'll let you know first who he's going to sign with. We also hear that Renato Silva will be dropped from Diamondback now that they have Stevenson, so lots are going on in the sponsorship world!
Posted September 14, 1999
Warwick Stevenson is now sponsored by Diamond Back. It was just a matter of time that this fast import secured a major factory ride.
Posted September 11, 1999
This comes as no surprise to some and a shock to others: Dales Holmes' contract is up with GT. We'll keep you posted on just who he'll he be riding for in Y2k.
Crupi Parts will be co-sponsoring Kyle Jenson and the Challenge Racing Team. Watch for the formal announcement at the ABA Grands.
Posted September 7, 1999
Robert MacPherson took a hard fall in Reno and was knocked out for a little while. He had to go to the hospital and was released at 3 am, only to show up on Sunday at the Black Jack Nationals and take another 2nd place finish in AA.
Posted September 5, 1999
Danny Nelson wins the NBL number one pro title! In the semis, Thomas Allier flew over the last turn and didn't transfer into the main. Dale Holmes won class and cruiser. Neil Wood took 2nd, Nelson took 3rd. Neil Wood won the Huffy Series. Christophe Leveque won the Open Series. Dale Holmes also won cruiser title. John Purse won open, but didn't make the mains in Class.
Here's a quick report from the ABA Black Jack Nationals in Reno courtesy of Go BMX. With the NBL Grands going on, the AA's had a pretty good turnout with riders such as Greg Romero, Wade Bootes, Charles Townsend, Jamie Staff, Chris Schoonover, and Craig Reynolds. Mr. NorCal Greg Romero took Saturday's win. Saturday's moto count was a whopping 353, and Sunday is seeing 323. We'll keep you posted on further developments.
Your humble web master, Grant Hansen won the NJ State Championship for the 19-27 age class. Right on!
TNT Products is up for sale. Any takers?
Posted September 3, 1999
We would like to wish a special get well to Tom Ernsdorf who at the NBL Grands today got his arm caught in the gate. His arm suffered some serious injuries and we hope he has a speedy and pain-free recovery.
Posted August 31, 1999
gOrk to leave the ABA; signs deal with Seattle Bike Supply. Here's the official press release:
Kent, WA: Seattle Bike Supply, official distributor of Redline and Torker Bicycles, is pleased to announce the addition of gOrk to their 2000 line-up. But don't look for gOrk to be sold in any of SBS's 3,000 independant bike dealers. As of October 1st, gOrk will be the latest addition to the phone-friendly SBS staff, in the position of Marketing & Promotions Director.
This is what gOrk told us: That's right, I am leaving ABA. Right after the Gold Cup Finals West, I will pack up the U-Haul and make the big move to the completely opposite climate of Seattle, WA. After ten years (almost to the exact day), I accepted an awesome job working for SBS; who owns and distributes Redline and Torker bicycles. In this position, I will be in charge of putting out their monthly 40-page flyer (which goes to all dealers), as well as directing their ad campaign, sponsorship and team. Needless to say... I am STOKED. I've got that "new job" psych and this position will be a great challenge. The October '99 issue of the BMXer will be my last mag, and Reno's Black Jack Nationals (this weekend) will be the last race I cover for the ABA."
The staff of BMXtreme.com wishes gOrk the best of luck. We'll miss his the flavor he added to the BMXer.
John Purse raced his local State Qualifer and beat out Kyle Bennit for the $1,000 prize money. Will we see more pros racing locals? Don't count on it!
Posted August 30, 1999
Dingo BMX set to release a new model of aluminum racing frames, the YCP. How is it different from the G2 you ask? Well, for starters it's made from 7005 aluminum which makes it even lighter and stiffer. It also has an ovalized seat stay, CNCed head tube, new drop-out design, and a huge 2 1/4" down tube. The frame will be available in Pro, XL, Cruiser, and Expert Cruiser. Check out the Dingo BMX web site for more info and photos, and check out the cool custom paint jobs available.
Hey, want some info on the NBL Grands track so you can prepare? Our sources revealed the following: First straight starts w/ 2 rollers about 24" high (kinda like a mini double), 4-5 ft step-up, another 5-6 ft step-up and step down into an asphalt berm. Second straight: right out of berm is 8" roller right before giant 8-10 ft double, followed by a 8 ft step up into the second berm. Third straight: 2 ft roller right out of asphalt berm, followed by a small 2 ft table, a 2 ft double (after this the pro section splits off to the right - more on that later), into a table that has four 1 ft rollers on top. There is a small half width roller on the inside as you head toward a counter clockwise hip jump into the last berm (dirt). The fourth straight is basically a rhythm section. I'll describe the pro section the best I can. After that double, the section has 3 GIANT doubles before a small berm that puts you on the backside of that hip jump - making it more like a table for them.
Speaking of the NBL Grands... listen to this rumor: The Powerlite team (amateurs) will NOT be present. Wonder what that's all about!
For those of you wondering, the XTRSKN web site is back up and running. It had been down for a couple of days. Look for XTRSKN at the NBL Grands to be sporting colored shin guards, arm guards, and knee guards in red, blue, an 80s retro color, and a cool camo theme. We hear that the new X-1 frames will live up to everyone's expectancy and that they really turned out nice. Check out XTRSKN.com for more information.
Get you best action pics out and enter them in the CRANK BMX Action Photo Comp. 1st place wins a PROPS Video, 2nd a Hoffman T-shirt, 3rd a Hoffman Cap. The contest is sponsored by Pedal-Inn.com, PROPS, and Hoffman Bikes. Competition ends September 15 so be quick. Go to Crank BMX for more information.
Posted August 27, 1999
We are proud to announce the launch of the Double A Marketing Web Site!!! found at www.doubleamarketing.com. Double A Marketing represents top AA Pros including Thomas Allier, Wade Bootes, Jason Donnell, Matt Hadan, Christophe Leveque, Robert MacPherson, Darrin Mitchell, Jason Richardson, Greg Romero, Jamie Staff, and Randy Stumpfhauser. You will find a lot of stuff at this web site: bios for each rider, two monthly contests, featured rider of the month, fan club material, race reports, and you can send any rider a personal e-mail for him to respond to! So check in to see how your favorite BMXers are doing and where they're headed.
Bizarro Racing Update from London Wilmont: Well this past weekend in Trumbull CT, was just what the doctor ordered for the Bizzarro Racing National Team. Things seem to be clicking on all cylinders as we head to the NBL Grand National next weekend.
As I've told you about all season, Chris Decouto continued his quest for a National #1 in the 25-29 X class. By picking up two more perfects, Chris heads into the Grands just two points behind Haro's Scott Smith the points leader. Unless they draw each other in the moto's, it will all come down to the main for National # 1. Chris is proud to run a Free Agent F&F, Aheadset, ODI grips, KMC chain, Tektro brakes, Sonic pads, and be fueled by PowerBar products. The entire team will be cheering for Chris in Louisville, and we're all very proud to have him as a teammate.
Another name you've heard from me all season is Walter Dunn, 16X & Cruiser. Walter picked one perfect on each bike this weekend. Saturdays 16X Main event victory over Dan's/Huffy rider Spanky Gravinmier helped the Bizzarro team to a Third place spot in national team competition. Walter will be a contender in both the Grands mains and year end rankings. Walter ended last season as #4 in X and #6 in Cruiser, and looks to improve those rankings. Walter is proud to run a KMC chain, Kenda tires, ODI grips, Baker pads, Sonic Plates, Tektro Brakes, Aheadsets, and be fueled by PowerBar products.
The Bizzarro crew did suffer one blow this weekend, 40-44 cruiser up and comer Mike Keough broke his collarbone. Mike was just learning to harness his power, and looked to make a good showing at the NBL Grands. That will have to wait till next season. Get well soon Mike!
Alberto Rodriguez blasted the rest of the 16nov class on Sunday, after a main event crash on Saturday. Like Mike, Alberto is just starting to put all the pieces together as a rider. Look for Alberto to be a main maker in Louisville.
Bizzarro comeback kid Todd Cambio, will spending a little time in Louisville this week. Todd has said that his goal is to win the 25-29 Cruiser Grands main event, and has not lost a cruiser main yet this season. Some extra track time will be a help, maybe Bizzarro will even have the inside scoop on what this years Grands track will look like. A BIG pro section is the rumor going around. Bizzarro's single A pro Shawn DiPrete has been spending a little extra "Trail" time in preparation for this rumor....
Good team points this weekend helped our goal of being a top ten National team this season. Like I said, we're clicking on all cylinders going into the Grands - see ya there.
Posted August 24, 1999
Nirve has put together the Nirve Street Board to get kids' input on their many products. Gary Ellis was on hand as a Nirve representative. The Street Board tested Nirve's surf and skateboards and bicycles and loved them. To see photos from the event, check out GoBMX. You can look for Nirve products to be available this October.
For those of you still interested, Eric Martin (see articles below) has seemed to turn the corner and picked up some speed heading toward the finish line! Eric was allowed to "Wake up" this weekend and was transferred to a Boston area rehab hospital for some long term treatment. This news comes three long weeks after Eric crashed during a Cape Cod BMX local race and was air lifted to Mass General Hospital in Boston. Eric seems to have some short term memory loss, and the long term prognosis is still uncertain. Doctors still insist that Eric has a chance to make a 100% recovery, and at this point we can only hope for this to happen! As they say "time will tell."
The charity race is this coming Sunday at CCBMX, make a weekend of it. Remember Cape Cod is the vacation paradise of the Northeast. Sign ups 9am - 11am, 12 dollars will get you signed up and a "Eric Martin Race to Recovery" T-shirt. The raffle will be huge!!! Hope you all can help us raise money to support a BMXer in need. If you can't make it to the race then feel free to send a small donation to:
For you Nor-Cal racers, Richie Anderson is having a clinic at Napa Valley BMX Aug. 27. A tune-up for the Beat The Heat series and the Black Jack. For more info, visit http://members.xoom.com/FactoryBMX
Hyper Bicycles pro Mike Gul will be doing a clinic August 28th at "The Hill" in Elgin IL. The clinic will be from 8:30am-race time. The cost is only $15.00.
Posted August 19, 1999
Posted August 18, 1999
You may have heard rumors that Haro Bikes was being bought by Huffy. Our sources at Haro have told us that this is not true. While Huffy may have looked into the company, nothing has come of it. There is another rumor circulating that SE Racing is for sale. We'll try to get to the bottom of this one.
Posted August 17, 1999
Injuries plague points leaders! Thomas Allier hurt his ankle recently at Sheep Hills and had to take the weekend off. Over the weekend in PA, both Danny Nelson and Christophe Leveque injured themselves and missed some race action. This should make things pretty interesting for the NBL Grands!
Darrin Mitchell is the newest rider to join the Double A Marketing team. Click here to see a report from Double A Marketing on the weekend's events.
Superstar Colin Stiles has been added as a special guest instructor at the Trumbull National clinic this Friday. Colin will join the Bizzarro Clinic crew for a super clinic Friday at noon. Want some extra track time in preparation for the National weekend, this is your chance to learn some new pointers on the track you'll be racing all weekend. Twenty dollars is the fee, you'll receive a Sonic number plate, limited edition Bizzarro Racing T-shirt, and a sticker packet full of promotional giveaways! Learn from guys like Shawn Diprete (Superclass), Jeff Brun (21-24X), Walter Dunn (16X), Chris Decouto (25-29X) and many more.
Posted August 15, 1999
Just got in from the ABA Quaker State Nationals. Here is a quick update: Rain! There was lots of it during the evening hours, and it was the best thing that could have happened. The northeast has been stricken by a severe drought, and the track just absorbed the moisture and made for a pretty good surface. The track itself was typical east coast ABA. Nothing too challenging for expert riders, sketchy turns, but very well groomed and well kept; there were some pretty good jumps, but no rhythm section to speak of. The Cedar BMX crew did a fantastic job with their track renovations, and the races ran smoothly and cleanly. Anyway, race action: Due to threats of more rain, pros ran only one main. Jamie Staff took the AA win followed by John Purse who also took the open win. Matt Pohlkamp took the big win in Sunday's AA followed by Matt Hadan and Steve Veltman. Dingo's rookie pro Josh Fiegly took his first A pro win on Sunday, and Kayla Gaddis, (12 girls) pulled of triples on both days. Christophe Leveque pulled out of race action because he pulled a muscle in his back during practice, and Danny Nelson took a hard fall on Saturday and decided not to race Sunday. Stay tuned for complete race report and tons of photos.
Hyper Bicycles is rumored to be coming out with a magnesium pro XL race frame that will weigh only 3 pounds! Stay tuned for more details.
The Eric Martin Race to Recovery (see below articles on Eric's injuries):
Sunday August 29, 1999 at Cape Cod BMX; All proceeds will go to the Eric Martin Fund. Cost will be $12 (points only). Racing starts at noon. Pre-register by calling (508) 968-4972, or on race day from 9:00 TO 11:00 am. All sign-ups will receive an Eric Martin benefit t-shirt. We invite all to attend to make this a successful event. Our hearts and prayers go to Eric and his family. Cards and letters can be sent to:
C/O Mass General Hospital
Boston, MA 02114
Donations can be sent to:
Posted August 10, 1999
Josh Stricker has moved to Bethlem, PA to ride real trails and improve his riding and hang with his east coast buddies. Josh tore his ACL, PCL and meniscus and hooked up a knee brace sponsorship with Innovation Sports CTI knee braces.
DK's Leigh Ramsdeil broke his arm at the ESPN bike stunt competition in Oceanside; unbelievable that this is the first bone he has ever broken. Mark "Gonz" Gonzales pulled a rebel run during Troy Mcmurry's prelim run at the ESPN bike stunt comp in Oceanside; obviously security took action and kicked the Gonz out of the event venue.
Old school Mike Dominguez is back on the bike. Hoffman Bikes hooked him up with a new rde. Mike is getting ready to return back to the bike stunt contest scene next year riding the ESPN bike stunt pro vert. His ultimate goal is to qualify for the 2000 X-Games.
Posted August 9, 1999
It was no coincidence that neither Thomas Allier nor Danny Nelson raced this weekend. They are tied in NBL points and both agreed not to race until the NBL Grands, and will let that race determine the champion. Anyone taking bets?
John Purse added another win on Sunday at the ABA Minnesota National to double for the weekend. Greg Romero took 2nd in AA both days. Click here to see how the Double A Marketing pros did at both the ABA race and the NBL Big Bear.
HOFFMANBIKES and Bendigo BMX Club in Australia have sealed an agreement to run the HOFFMANBIKES Bendigo Gold Rush 4000. This is to be one of the richest prize and money advents in Australia and sets a standard for all. The winning AA Pro will take home $1,200 in cash and prizes and also have a chance at winning the HOFFMANBIKES Gold Nugget Dash trophy for the fastest time with a gold nugget set on a laser etched stainless steal base valued at $400. The AA pros are not the only winners in this event -- there is also $2000 worth of giveaways to the other classes and one lucky rider will take home a Hoffman Flash.
Posted August 8, 1999
Wade Bootes Wins UCI World Cup!
Story by Rob Jones
Australians ruled in the Dual, round 7 of the Swatch Dual World Cup, held in Bromont, Quebec. Katrina Miller (Team Jamis-Smith) extended her winning streak to six (she has only missed Squaw this year, after sitting it out with an ankle injury), and BMXer Wade Bootes (Trek-VW) added a new name to the men's winners circle with a totally dominant performance.
A wet course was a worry, after it had rained steadily over the past few days, but conditions cleared up the night before the race, leading to comments such as: "It was fun", by Miller. Men's second place finisher Eric Carter (Team GT) agreed, adding "every race it gets better and better. As they (the course designers) dial it in we can concentrate on racing, and not worry about either rider getting a lane advantage."
The men's final did not come down to the same heart stopping ending, but the racing was extremely intense, just the same. Series leader Brian Lopes (Volvo-Cannondale) suffered an ankle injury in practice before the start of the race, and retired early. Carter and Bootes had no such bad luck, and steadily worked their ways through the draw, with Carter disposing of Cedric Gracia (Volvo-Cannondale) in his semi, and Bootes getting a free ride in his, after Richard Houseman (Tomac-Manitou) jumped the gun and endo'd down the ramp as he hit the descending starting gate.
Gracia easily took the consolation race for third from Houseman, and then it was time for the men's final. Bootes got the hole shot into the first jump, and that was it. Carter agreed: "Wade rode really good, really fast. He caught me off guard on the first jump, when he took a line more to the center, and then I was off my rhythm all the way down as I tried to catch up. It was a great ride, and it's good to see someone else at the top for a change."
Bootes, an Australian who makes his home in Dallas, Texas, attributed his result to "my BMX experience. I am really good out of the gate, in the turns." His best performance, prior to this race, was in Squaw, where he finished 8th. Currently, he splits his time between BMX (he recently attended the BMX Worlds, winning all his heats until crashing out in the semis) and the North American Dual circuit. "I hope to try the World Cup circuit next year, but we'll see what my sponsor says." Well, after today he probably has a pretty strong case...
Day one at the ABA Minnesota Nationals John Purse took the AA class win after Greg Romero, who won the first two mains, crashed and gave Purse the overall win.
Tuesday night at Cape Cod BMX in Sandwich, MA, one of the local riders suffered a horrible crash. Eric Martin 25-29 Cruiser, landed head first on the lip to the tabletop on the Cape's second straight. Eric was rendered unconscious and thought to have a broken neck. He was immediately airlifted from the track to Mass-General Hospital in Boston. As of this morning his was still in a coma, but luckily does not have a broken neck.
I'd like to take this opportunity to ask that everyone in the close nit family of BMX take a moment to say a prayer for Eric. Hoping for a full and speedy recovery. Anyone that wishes to do more than just say a prayer for Eric, please call Matt Ellis, Mass state commissioner at (508) 833.1902. It is still to early to tell just how serious Eric's injuries will be. I will send a update as soon as I hear any new news.
We have set the date for the first fund raiser. Sunday August 29th at Cape Cod BMX. It's going to be a T-Shirt race - every rider will receive a T with the "Eric Martin Fund Raiser Race" logo on it. Sign UP's will be 12 bucks, all proceeds will be going to Eric. Were trying to set up a big raffle, from donations. Again all proceeds from the raffle and the snack bar will go to Eric.
Posted August 4, 1999
Recently we floated a rumor that Barry Nilson and Chad Roberts might not continue their careers aboard the Haro team. Well, as rumors go, it was just a rumor. Barry and Chad are very happy with Haro and look to continue the success they have achieved thus far in their careers.
Posted August 2, 1999
Check out how the Double A Marketing pros did this past weekend at both the ABA and NBL races. Click here.
Announcing the PMGA: Pro Mini-Golf Association. Well, not really, but the following pros hooked up in a grueling battle in mini-golf: Randy Stumphauser, Todd Lyons, Kevin Tomco, and Alan Foster. Stumpy won the green jacket.
Christophe Leveque left France to return to the U.S., but not without a hefty bill from the rental car agency. Apparently, someone stole the Mercedes symbol off the car and left Christophe with the damage bill.
We are proud to welcome XTRSKN as a new sponsor to the BMXtreme.com web site!!!
Posted August 1, 1999
Early news from the ABA Great Salt Lake Nationals, sponsored by Dope BMX Products. Saturday saw 232 motos on a track that has been claiming a lot of victims. A bunch of riders have been going down over the last set of doubles of the first straightaway. We certainly wish anyone hurt there is OK. Our friends at Dope BMX Products had some bad luck: they sponsored this big race with the assumption that it was going to be filmed for Crank TV, but GT pulled out and didn't show, so Dope now isn't getting any television coverage. So please support Dope BMX Products!! They're cool people. Greg Romero took the win on Saturday followed by John Purse.
Updates on DeSoto BMX: The roof is completely finished, and the dirt for the track will be delivered next week. Everything should be perfect for the ABA SuperNationals in October. Anybody wanting to try the new track before the Nationals should come in for the two pre-national double-points races on 9/11 and 10/9. Their website will be up by October 1, when they will change their name to Metroplex BMX. Check them out at metroplexbmx.com in October!
Warwick Stevenson is off Standard and now is racing as an independent. We're sure he'll be picked up by someone pretty soon.
Rumor has it that Hawk frames are no more and that UFO bought the last of their frames and modified them to sell as UFOs.
Cyber Cycles has closed shop, and possibly may just keep their web site mail order page open. We'll try to find out more info on this.
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