Lauren Reynolds

considers herself a very determined and self-motivated person in all areas of life. She loves BMX and is very determined to reach her dreams and goals.

“I’m a very fun person and love meeting new people. I know what I want in life and will do whatever it takes to reach my goals,” she said.BIOBirth Date:June 25, 1991Hometown:Bunbury Western AustraliaHeight:170 cm (5’ 6″)Passions/Hobbies:I am very passionate about riding my BMX bike of course. My hobbies are riding my 50 moto bike around when not training, fishing with my dad and enjoying life as much as I can whether it be travelling the world competing or home with my friends and family.Career Accomplishments:2010: Top 10 world ranking; 2nd UCI Frejus, France Supercross World Cup
2009: Top 8 world ranking; 2nd overall Australia Probikes series; 8th UCI World Championships
2008: 1st UCI world ranking; 2nd at Beijing World Championships; Australia Jr. Elite Champion

8 times State Champion 
4 times Australian National Champion
1 time World Champion

Olympic Dreams:In 2012 I want to dominate women’s BMX in the world and accomplish one of my career goals—Gold in London.Riding Style:My riding style is a very relaxed and confident style of riding. I don’t ride to impress anyone. I just ride how it feels comfortable for me and how I have always ridden my bike. I love getting some hang time and feeling good on my bike. I train very hard and all my life have had to train alone and push myself. Off the bike, I try to be a friendly person as much as possible until its time get the job done. I respect those people who respect me and support me. I certainly don’t like to show myself off and get myself out there unless I am wanted to do so. I’m really just an average 19/20 year old girl who loves to ride her bike and enjoy life. And of course, I’m extremely hungry to bring home Gold for Australia in 2012.Frame/Bike:I love my bike. I’m currently riding a custom 2011 BMX Australia Intense Podium Pro XL+ frame. It feels so nice and the set up with all the components is awesome. Feeling good to bring home some medals on this beast in 2011.Future Goals:Originally I wanted to follow my Mum’s footsteps in becoming a beauty therapist and run my own salon like she does, specializing in make-up artistry. However, I really want to see where my BMX career takes me and possibly continue in a major coaching role or something along those lines in Australia BMX. I really enjoy helping the youth and encouraging them to take on a career like I have started.Current Team:Team Australia/High performance program/ Intense BMX teamCurrent Sponsors:BMXA, Alpha-H, Stingaz Surf n Skate, Intense BMX, THE, Sinz Elite, Australind Beauty works, BONT cycling shoes, SRH clothing, Stealth, Thompson, Alienation

David Herman

Twenty-two-year-old David Herman began racing in 1996. Since then, BMX racing has been his greatest passion. “I have seen the world through BMX and have raced my bike on six different continents. I love what BMX has brought to my life and I enjoy every moment I’m able to it.”

BIO
Birth Date:May 9, 1988
Hometown:Wheat Ridge Colorado
Height:5’8″
Passions/Hobbies:BMX Racing, traveling, tennis, going to sporting events, golf, basketball, movies. . .
Career Accomplishments:2011: 2nd USAC National Championships, 7th UCI World Cup South Africa
2009: 1st UCI World Cup Adelaide, Australia, 1st UCI World Cup Frejus, France 
2008: Ranked 3rd AA Pro 
2007: ABA Pro Rookie of the Year
Two-time ABA Number 1 Amateur

Olympic Goals:My goals through 2012 are to continue to progress and stay healthy through the Olympic Games in London. I want to be an Olympian in 2012 and win a medal.
Riding Style:My riding style has changed in recent years. I am now more focused on staying smooth and executing efficient form rather then trying to be stylish. The image I put off at the races would be easy going and approachable while maintaining a balance of focus and seriousness for the days events. My training is what holds the key to what I want to accomplish in BMX. Within my training program lies the belief system that I can make my dreams become reality. I’m 100 percent invested in my coach and myself.
Frame/Bike:Right now I’m riding an Intense Podium Pro XL frame. After riding many bikes on the market I can honestly say I’m happy to be currently riding the best bike I’ve ever ridden. I love the response I get out of the gate with the stiff rear end. My bike is loaded top to bottom with the best Sinz, THE and Profile components. The custom purple and white paint job gives my bike a unique flavor that catches everyone’s eyes.
After BMX:After BMX I would like to finish school. One day I would like to become a physical therapist with a background in sports medicine and eventually raise a family in Colorado.
Current Team:Factory Intense
Current Sponsors:Intense BMX, Sinz Elite, THE, Sinz, ITS, Fly Racing, Profile, and Sidi.

Caroline Buchanan

Caroline Buchanan first sat on a bike at 3 years old. She started racing BMX at 5. Her mentor, Layne Beachley, 7-time World Surfing Champion, says, she has a never-say-die attitude. Buchanan says this pretty much sums her up perfectly. 

“I am a very competitive, healthy, athletic, driven person who loves my family, friends and Diesel my French Bull dog puppy,” she said.

Check out my latest Video blog 🙂

BIO
Birth Date:October 1990
Hometown:Canberra, Australia
Height:165 cm (5’ 5”)
Passions/Hobbies:Graphic design, health and fitness
Favorite quote:“be yourself…because everyone else is taken”
Career Accomplishments:2010: 2nd in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series for 2010; 3rd in the Overall BMX World Ranking UCI points; Swatch UCI BMX Supercross Female Rider of the Year; Australian Elite Female BMX Cyclist of the Year finalist; 3rd UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Spain; 6th UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Denmark; 1st place USA BMX ABA Grand Nationals; A.C.T Female Sports Star of the Year
2009: Australian Elite Female BMX Cyclist of the Year: Finalist in the ACT Young Australian of the Year Awards for 2010;1st place USA BMX ABA Grand Nationals; Australian BMX Champion Elite Women; Winner of the Australian National Series; Elite BMX “Peoples Choice” Australian rider of the Year; 6th UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series for 2009.

11 times Australian National BMX Champion
8 times top 10 finishes at World BMX Championships
Career GoalsThe Olympics are the ultimate goal for any athlete, being the pinnacle of sport. When BMX was announced as an Olympic Sport for Beijing 2008 I was ready and competitive enough to be part of the process, but too young with an age minimum of 19. I always love a challenge so competing at the highest international level in BMX and mountain biking has been great for me to build my skills and knowledge. I really enjoy both disciplines but have decided after winning my 2nd MTB World Title I will focus my energy on BMX. It’s really important for me to be at the top of my game in 2011 at all the World Cup rounds as the Australian Team needs to qualify Australia as a country and then, if ranked in the top 4 countries, two girls will be selected to go to London.

I want to be riding my bike for as long as possible and believe that I am doing everything to open many career pathways after riding—graphic design, sports marketing, sports manager, anything media/sport related or a personal trainer. 

I want to be a great role model especially for girls. My 2 cycling disciplines are both sprint based. I train 18-20 hours a week, roughly 2 hours per session and 1 hour for recovery sessions is my typical week. I rode against boys right up to national level until I was 13 and learned how to hold my own on a racetrack. It taught me race skills that I would not otherwise have learned at a young age. 

It’s always a great thing winning a race, but what is the greatest feeling is winning whilst overcoming odds. Rising to the challenge and surprising myself with my abilities.
Riding Style:My riding style is strong and in control. I get told that I ride like a boy, which is a big compliment. I train hard, always giving everything 100 percent. My image would be sporty, athletic, edgy blonde—an individual.
Frame/Bike:Intense Pro Podium frame with custom Australian team design—green and yellow with native aboriginal art. It’s lightweight, very stiff and reliable. Only the best for the team dominating the world BMX rankings.
Future Goals:If I put as much time and energy into making money as I’m putting into BMX at the moment, I should be rich in no time.
Current Team:Australian Elite High Performance National Team. Coach: Wade Bootes, Riders: Lauren Reynolds, Rachel Bracken, Brian Kirkham and myself.
Current Sponsors:Cycling Australia/BMX Australia, Layne Beachley “Aim For The Stars”, Sport Australia Hall Of Fame, ACT Academy Of Sport, UNIT clothing, Oakley, Leatt, Tioga, Stromlo Forest Park, Musashi Nutrition, Intense, Sinz, THE, Stealth, Thompson, Alienation

Brian Kirkham

Brian Kirkham – Intense Team Rider

BIO
Birth Date:Jan. 1, 1986
Hometown:Adelaide, South Australia
Height:182 cm (5’ 10″)
Passions/Hobbies:Riding bikes of any kind, training, chilling with mates, live music, living the dream and recently my veggie garden
Career Accomplishments:3 times Australian National Series Champion
2 time Pacific Oceania Series Champion
7th France World Cup
7th World Jnr Elite Men
1 time World Amateur Champion
6 times National Amateur Champion
Goals Through 2012:Keep achieving my short-term goals and improving my world ranking to achieve my long-term goal of a medal at the London Olympics.
Riding Style:Straight, stiff and strong. I put in the hard work training and I’m a nice guy.
Frame/Bike:Custom Intense Podium Pro XL+ with dialed componentry. It’s fast!
Future Goals:If I put as much time and energy into making money as I’m putting into BMX at the moment, I should be rich in no time.
Current Team:Australian HPP/Intense
Current Sponsors:Cycling Australia, Intense, THE, Sinz Elite, Tioga, Stealth, Thomson, Alienation, LKI

Arille Martin

Arille Martin has been riding since she was 2 1/2 years old, and competed in her first BMX race at the age of 5. She was nationally ranked at 10. She has been competing for 17 years, and is not slowing down. Martin is training hard to make the 2012 Olympic team.BIOBirth Date:July 30, 1985Hometown:Cedar Hills, UtahHeight:5′ 5″ (165 cm)Passions/Hobbies:Studying the human body, health and nutritionCareer Accomplishments:2010: 3rd ABA Summer Nationals; 2nd Great Salt Lake Nationals/2nd Great Salt Lake Nationals; 2nd Black Jack Nationals/3rd Black Jack Nationals; 7th UCI Supercross Series
2009: UCI World Championships Bronze Medalist 
2008: UCI Supercross World Cup Champion; 2nd UCI Adelaide World Cup; Qualified for Chula Vista OTC resident athlete program
2007: Awarded USA Cycling Podium Program Athlete 
2006: USOC Operation Gold recipient; ABA National No. 3 Overall Women’s Pro; 6th UCI World Championships Sao Paulo, Brazil
2005: ABA National No. 3 Overall Women’s Pro; NBL National No. 3 Overall Elite Woman
2004: ABA National No. 2 Overall Women’s Pro; NBL National No. 3 Overall Elite Woman
2003: NBL National No. 2 Overall Elite Woman; ABA National No. 6 Overall Women’s Pro
Olympic Dreams:With lifelong aspirations of wanting to become an Olympic athlete, when the 2002 Olympic Winter Games were named to Salt Lake City, Utah, Arielle began her pursuit to become an Olympian by trying out for the U.S. Luge Team. However, her passion was always her bike, so when BMX was added as an Olympic sport, she set her sights on Beijing, China. Arielle just missed making the 2008 Olympic Team and is training for London 2012. Her husband was deployed to Afghanistan in February 2008—they both represent their country in unique capacities.Riding Style:Arielle is one of the most aggressive and skilled female riders on the U.S. BMX Team. A natural sprinter and strong technical rider, Arielle excels at the Supercross-style course. She came off some injuries from 2006 but has shown great results. Not even a crushed liver, bruised lungs, internal bleeding, a broken back or a torn ACL held her down. She has bounced back higher than ever to become only the third woman in BMX history to land a back flip. She prides herself on being the first female to try any new trick.Frame/Bike:A graduate of Brigham and Young University, she majored in Exercise Science. Fascinated with how the body works, she has plans to go back to school for her Master’s Degree and PhD so she can work with athletes.Current Team:Factory IntenseCurrent Sponsors:Intense BMX, THE, Sinz Elite, ITS, Fly Racing, Profile, Sidi, Leatt

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McLeod double gold leads Aussies to top of BMX worlds medal table

Tuesday, August 03

Australia’s teenage stars have put the team at the top of the elite racing medal table with Melinda McLeod collecting double gold and Darryn Goodwin the time trial crown at the UCI BMX World Championships in Denmark.
The BMX Cyclones were the only nation to win more than one gold medal and leave Copenhagen with a total of three gold, one silver and one bronze medal from eight Championship Class events.
Queensland’s McLeod, 18, opened her campaign on Friday when she won the elite junior women’s time trial Superfinal, the first time this has been a medal event at the championships. A day later she fought back from a bad gate draw to win the race crown rainbow jersey.
McLeod launched herself from the gate to hit the front at the first corner (berm). She was challenged at the second corner but a powerful surge over the rhythm section put her back in front. She crossed more than half a second clear of silver medallist Abbie Taylor (GBR) with American Brooke Crain in third place.
“It was just a great race out there today,” said McLeod after her win. “I knew it was going to be a tough one so I had a plan A, plan B, plan C, just to make sure I had it covered.
“My third moto (heat) was not that great so (I had a late) lane draw and had lane six. I knew I’d been fast across the track all day and just had to really stay relaxed,” she explained. “I didn’t expect I’d come into that first corner in first and just had to race my own race for the rest of it and luckily I led the lap.”
McLeod’s dual success is even more impressive considering the Mackay rider had a run in with moped whilst warming up to race on Friday.
“I got hit while out on the road warming up by a moped about ten minutes before my first time trial on Friday so it was not the smoothest weekend but I’m really glad I could overcome that. Big credit to the guys in the high performance team because they really helped me.”
The win comes after McLeod last year placed third and marks the end of her junior career.
“Now elite women and that’s no easy class,” said McLeod who is eligible for the Olympic Games. ” If the Olympics comes up then it comes up but my focus is on trying to make (Supercross) finals and get as fast as I can.”
Goodwin, 17, won a third gold for the team when he clocked the fastest time in the elite junior men’s time trial Superfinal.
In the elite time trial competition Brian Kirkham collected a bronze medal and Caroline Buchanan was second in the elite women’s event.
In Saturday’s racing Sam Willoughby and Kirkham both qualified for the elite men’s final but narrowly missed out on podium places finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Australia didn’t qualify a starter in the elite women’s final but in the elite junior men’s final Goodwin and Bodi Turner both qualified. Goodwin placed fourth and 16 year old Turner was sixth.
The BMX High Performance team Cyclones for the World Championships is below for reference with their ranking listed (please note rankings are as at 12 July – prior to championships):

BMX 20″ – Elite Men

  • Joshua CALLAN (Warburton VIC, 08.04.1991| UCI Rank #26)
  • Brian KIRKHAM (Clapham SA, 01.01.1986 | UCI rank #4)
  • Luke MADILL (Cranebrook NSW, 28.05.1980 | UCI Rank #21, 2008 Olympian)
  • Sam WILLOUGHBY (Trott Park SA, 15.08.1991 | UCI Rank #3)
  • Khalen YOUNG (Kelmscott WA, 20.11.1984 | UCI Rank #17)

BMX 20″ – Elite Women

  • Rachel BRACKEN (Mermaid Waters QLD, 30.06.1991 | UCI Rank #11)
  • Caroline BUCHANAN (Kambah ACT, 24.10.1990 | UCI Rank #3)
  • Lauren REYNOLDS (Bunbury, WA, 25.06.1991 | UCI Rank #5)

BMX 20″ – U19 Men

  • Darryn GOODWIN (Swan View, WA, 02.08.1993 | UCI Jnr Rank #1)
  • Bodi TURNER (Bayswater North, VIC, 18.09.1994 | UCI Jnr Rank #18)

BMX 20″ – U19 Women

  • Melinda McLEOD (Mackay, QLD, 12.02.1993 | UCI Jnr Rank #2)

ONE/Kenda race report

Tuesday, July 19

In Birmingham, England for the EC round 9 and 10 that were held in ONE/KENDA’s Simone Christensen from Denmark got 2nd in Junior Women, with Nadja Pries from Germany in 3rd.

Elite Dutchman Jordy vd Heyden 5th and 15yo Chris Christensen from Denmark 1st in round 9. In round 10 ONE/KENDA’s Simone Christensen took 3rd in Junior Women and Nadja Pries 6th. In Elite Men and Jordy vd Heyden took 6th

At the Dutch National Championship in Baarn in Boys 12 years old Kevin van de Groenendaal once again won the title.

Denzel Vakkers took 4th in Boys 13 years old.
Jordy van der Heyden took 8th in Elite Men.
In Germany Nadja Pries won the national title in Elite Women.

The final rounds 11 and 12 were held in Haaksbergen.
Simone Christensen crashed hard in the first moto, breaking her tumb and collarbone.
In Junior Women Nadja Pries took 8th place. In Elite Women Aneta Hladikova got 5th.
Jordy van der Heyden took 8th in Elite Men. 
Last years European champion Chris Christensen went to early in the main and hit the gate.

He had start from 8th position and was able to make it to 5th.
In round 12 Nadja Pries got 3rd and Aneta Hladikova 5th.
Jordy van der Heyden took 4th overall in Elite Men and Simone Christensen took 3rd overall in Junior Women.

Photos: Bruno Giustacchini and Wiebe van der Zwaag


Chicago USA – Race report

Wedensday, June 22

After last months hectic racing schedule it has been so nice to have some relax time in America.

I love coming to the ABA BMX races in America. It is good to mix up the schedule a bit, get some different races in ,catch up with friends and the atmosphere is always great. There was about 230 heats of racing and roughly 1000 riders entered.

My 1st few laps on the track I was hating the uphill 1st straight sprint to the 1st jump. Although over the weekend I managed to block it out and my legs got used to it.

Day 1 of racing was hot, humid and long!! ABA races run through in a different format to anything I am used to racing. Between each race you sit around waiting for about 2 hours for all the other ages to race. In the final it was a close battle between me and Alise Post from America. I had the hole shot down the 1st straight then she passed me in the first turn and then I passed her down the last straight to take the win on day one.

During racing on day 2 a light shower came through and the track was SCARY to ride.

The track is covered in soil tack coating for minimum maintenance..but when a slight bit of water hits it….its like riding on ice!!

For the final on day 2 I knew that it was going to be another battle between me and Alise. Alise got a better gate and was able to cut me off, pulling up on her in the 3rd straight she blocked me well and I fought all the way to the line. Alise won day 2 with about a wheel length lead crossing the line.

The night after racing a group of us went and watched the New York Yankees vs the Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley field downtown Chicago. Awesome atmosphere and such a great experience.

Back home to Australia now..5 weeks till BMX World Championships in Copenhagen Denmark 🙂


ONE/Kenda race report

Wedensday, May 18

It was a good weekend for the ONE/Kenda team worldwide.
In Holland, Kevin van de Groenendaal won the Top Competition round 2 in Boys 12 and Denzel Vakkers got 2nd in Boys 13.

In France Jordy van der Heijden got 7th in Round 7 of the French Cup for Elite Men, and in Latvia Kristers Lejins won the UCI Category 5 Latvian GP in Elite Men.
On the other side of the ocean Gabriela Diaz from Argentina got 2nd in the Panamerican Championship in Colombia. 

HRVFitness/Speed Taking top Spot at the South Australian State titles.

Monday, February 21 

Great weekend of Racing guys, Team HRVfitness/Speed Headed to Mount Gambier for the South Australian Titles. Jaden Rice was in good form and put together some good moto finishes, but when the gate dropped in the final the 10 year old world champion put the pedal to the metal and smashed the competition as he added another title to his already impressive list of achievements.

“HRV” Harvey took a back seat this weekend as he starts his run at another National Vet Pro title. Tony Raced in the 30-34 class over the weekend, even though he was a little short on bike skills and managed to put together a good lap and take out the win.

Oliver Hoarau looked sharp all weekend, after taking out a few motos it was starting to looking like a Kirkham – Hoarau show down in the final. Brian Kirkham got off to a great start, then decided to move across on the field and set up for the first turn, but moved too fast, hitting Oliver’s bars and then shotting left, taking out the rest of the field. With only three riders left standing, Oliver had some work to do if he was to catch the two front runners. So he put his new SPEED to the test as he dropped the hammer out of the first turn and chased down the two leader. He took the lead into the second turn and Didn’t look back..

Oliver has been working hard in the off season as he ready’s himself for his biggest challenge yet (super cross 2011). Well done to all the guys, fantastic job.

McLeod double gold leads Aussies to top of BMX worlds medal table

Tuesday, August 03

Australia’s teenage stars have put the team at the top of the elite racing medal table with Melinda McLeod collecting double gold and Darryn Goodwin the time trial crown at the UCI BMX World Championships in Denmark.
The BMX Cyclones were the only nation to win more than one gold medal and leave Copenhagen with a total of three gold, one silver and one bronze medal from eight Championship Class events.
Queensland’s McLeod, 18, opened her campaign on Friday when she won the elite junior women’s time trial Superfinal, the first time this has been a medal event at the championships. A day later she fought back from a bad gate draw to win the race crown rainbow jersey.
McLeod launched herself from the gate to hit the front at the first corner (berm). She was challenged at the second corner but a powerful surge over the rhythm section put her back in front. She crossed more than half a second clear of silver medallist Abbie Taylor (GBR) with American Brooke Crain in third place.
“It was just a great race out there today,” said McLeod after her win. “I knew it was going to be a tough one so I had a plan A, plan B, plan C, just to make sure I had it covered.
“My third moto (heat) was not that great so (I had a late) lane draw and had lane six. I knew I’d been fast across the track all day and just had to really stay relaxed,” she explained. “I didn’t expect I’d come into that first corner in first and just had to race my own race for the rest of it and luckily I led the lap.”
McLeod’s dual success is even more impressive considering the Mackay rider had a run in with moped whilst warming up to race on Friday.
“I got hit while out on the road warming up by a moped about ten minutes before my first time trial on Friday so it was not the smoothest weekend but I’m really glad I could overcome that. Big credit to the guys in the high performance team because they really helped me.”
The win comes after McLeod last year placed third and marks the end of her junior career.
“Now elite women and that’s no easy class,” said McLeod who is eligible for the Olympic Games. ” If the Olympics comes up then it comes up but my focus is on trying to make (Supercross) finals and get as fast as I can.”
Goodwin, 17, won a third gold for the team when he clocked the fastest time in the elite junior men’s time trial Superfinal.
In the elite time trial competition Brian Kirkham collected a bronze medal and Caroline Buchanan was second in the elite women’s event.
In Saturday’s racing Sam Willoughby and Kirkham both qualified for the elite men’s final but narrowly missed out on podium places finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Australia didn’t qualify a starter in the elite women’s final but in the elite junior men’s final Goodwin and Bodi Turner both qualified. Goodwin placed fourth and 16 year old Turner was sixth.
The BMX High Performance team Cyclones for the World Championships is below for reference with their ranking listed (please note rankings are as at 12 July – prior to championships):

BMX 20″ – Elite Men

  • Joshua CALLAN (Warburton VIC, 08.04.1991| UCI Rank #26)
  • Brian KIRKHAM (Clapham SA, 01.01.1986 | UCI rank #4)
  • Luke MADILL (Cranebrook NSW, 28.05.1980 | UCI Rank #21, 2008 Olympian)
  • Sam WILLOUGHBY (Trott Park SA, 15.08.1991 | UCI Rank #3)
  • Khalen YOUNG (Kelmscott WA, 20.11.1984 | UCI Rank #17)

BMX 20″ – Elite Women

  • Rachel BRACKEN (Mermaid Waters QLD, 30.06.1991 | UCI Rank #11)
  • Caroline BUCHANAN (Kambah ACT, 24.10.1990 | UCI Rank #3)
  • Lauren REYNOLDS (Bunbury, WA, 25.06.1991 | UCI Rank #5)

BMX 20″ – U19 Men

  • Darryn GOODWIN (Swan View, WA, 02.08.1993 | UCI Jnr Rank #1)
  • Bodi TURNER (Bayswater North, VIC, 18.09.1994 | UCI Jnr Rank #18)

BMX 20″ – U19 Women

  • Melinda McLEOD (Mackay, QLD, 12.02.1993 | UCI Jnr Rank #2)

ONE/Kenda race report

Tuesday, July 19

In Birmingham, England for the EC round 9 and 10 that were held in ONE/KENDA’s Simone Christensen from Denmark got 2nd in Junior Women, with Nadja Pries from Germany in 3rd.

Elite Dutchman Jordy vd Heyden 5th and 15yo Chris Christensen from Denmark 1st in round 9. In round 10 ONE/KENDA’s Simone Christensen took 3rd in Junior Women and Nadja Pries 6th. In Elite Men and Jordy vd Heyden took 6th

At the Dutch National Championship in Baarn in Boys 12 years old Kevin van de Groenendaal once again won the title.

Denzel Vakkers took 4th in Boys 13 years old.
Jordy van der Heyden took 8th in Elite Men.
In Germany Nadja Pries won the national title in Elite Women.

The final rounds 11 and 12 were held in Haaksbergen.
Simone Christensen crashed hard in the first moto, breaking her tumb and collarbone.
In Junior Women Nadja Pries took 8th place. In Elite Women Aneta Hladikova got 5th.
Jordy van der Heyden took 8th in Elite Men. 
Last years European champion Chris Christensen went to early in the main and hit the gate.

He had start from 8th position and was able to make it to 5th.
In round 12 Nadja Pries got 3rd and Aneta Hladikova 5th.
Jordy van der Heyden took 4th overall in Elite Men and Simone Christensen took 3rd overall in Junior Women.

Photos: Bruno Giustacchini and Wiebe van der Zwaag


Chicago USA – Race report

Wedensday, June 22

After last months hectic racing schedule it has been so nice to have some relax time in America.

I love coming to the ABA BMX races in America. It is good to mix up the schedule a bit, get some different races in ,catch up with friends and the atmosphere is always great. There was about 230 heats of racing and roughly 1000 riders entered.

My 1st few laps on the track I was hating the uphill 1st straight sprint to the 1st jump. Although over the weekend I managed to block it out and my legs got used to it.

Day 1 of racing was hot, humid and long!! ABA races run through in a different format to anything I am used to racing. Between each race you sit around waiting for about 2 hours for all the other ages to race. In the final it was a close battle between me and Alise Post from America. I had the hole shot down the 1st straight then she passed me in the first turn and then I passed her down the last straight to take the win on day one.

During racing on day 2 a light shower came through and the track was SCARY to ride.

The track is covered in soil tack coating for minimum maintenance..but when a slight bit of water hits it….its like riding on ice!!

For the final on day 2 I knew that it was going to be another battle between me and Alise. Alise got a better gate and was able to cut me off, pulling up on her in the 3rd straight she blocked me well and I fought all the way to the line. Alise won day 2 with about a wheel length lead crossing the line.

The night after racing a group of us went and watched the New York Yankees vs the Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley field downtown Chicago. Awesome atmosphere and such a great experience.

Back home to Australia now..5 weeks till BMX World Championships in Copenhagen Denmark 🙂


ONE/Kenda race report

Wedensday, May 18

It was a good weekend for the ONE/Kenda team worldwide.
In Holland, Kevin van de Groenendaal won the Top Competition round 2 in Boys 12 and Denzel Vakkers got 2nd in Boys 13.

In France Jordy van der Heijden got 7th in Round 7 of the French Cup for Elite Men, and in Latvia Kristers Lejins won the UCI Category 5 Latvian GP in Elite Men.
On the other side of the ocean Gabriela Diaz from Argentina got 2nd in the Panamerican Championship in Colombia. 

Track Attack

Wedensday, January 26 
Team HRVfitness’s Oliver Hoarau put on a fantastic performance over the recent week of racing in Victoria. The “Track Attack” series started on the 15th of January and ran through till the 23rd. With 6 separate race meets in 9 days, it’s truly a gruelling week of racing.
Oli put on a fantastic performance and a consistant week of riding giving him enough points to take the series win. He also came away with final wins at both Lilydale and the final round at Park Orchards. A strong Victorian field with the likes of Tom Siinmaa and Matt Dunsworth, made for some exciting battles.
World Champion Jaden Rice was also in there, racing up a class as he prepares for the 2011 season ahead. Jaden put in a big effort for the whole week of racing, after racing two classes and over 40 individual races he still managed to finish second overall in the 12 boys behind Victorian state team rider James Tait.
Team HRVfitness Sponsors: Intense, Altegra, Skin Industries, Phire Bird, THE, BMXpress magazine, scott, Strictly BMX.

Florida ABA Race Report

Monday, February 14 

Tampa Bay, Florida was the home to the 3rd ABA National weekend for 2011 and also the North American UCI Continental Championships.

The track was reasonably technical and for once riders had to actually make use of the practice sessions to get it dialed in. The first step up proved to be a factor for many as it was a little high for the short legged riders to manual, but yet had too much hang time if you chose to jump it. I preferred the tried and true technique of just stabbing the rear wheel down as hard as possible and hoping to get enough pop over the landing which seemed to do me well for the weekend. The start ramp was also a test of pure horsepower. On this hill you either have it or you don’t. Sitting on the gate which felt almost like flat ground, was awkward to balance at times.

This race was also being filmed by NBC Universal and will be airing some time in April and May.

Saturdays race was the Continental Championships and I started off strong with 3 holeshots and 3 wins in motos. 41 Elite men turned up for the race which meant we had to endure quarter finals. Sticking to my routine of late, I continued to choose lane 1 throughout the day and again won my quarter and also my semi-final. With some serious Olympic points on the line the pressure was on to get out clean in the main event. Having the faster time through the semi-finals I had first lane pick so slotted back into 1. The gate dropped and I found myself with a slight lead at the bottom of the hill and from there went on to take the holeshot and also the win in front of Sam Willoughby and Corben Sharrah in 2nd and 3rd and becoming North American Continental Champion.After getting a bit lazy on the whole eating during race day thing, I awoke on Sunday feeling the burn after basically redlining myself for all of Saturday. It seems protein shakes, bananas and stupid amounts of caffeine are not the easiest to recover from.

The first 2 motos were a struggle but by the 3rd I had snapped out of it and found my groove again. Winning all of my motos, quarter and semi, I again had the fastest time going in to the main and took lane 1. By the time the first turn came I was in the lead and had successfully taken 12 holeshots from 12 starts and then went on to get my first double victory in the US. I also made it 3 ABA wins in a row making it 4 total wins, a 2nd, and a forgettable semi-final blunder for this season.

I’m going to be skipping the next Desoto ABA race in March as I will be flying home to New Zealand for the Oceanic Continental Championships the following weekend.

Thank you to all my sponsors Speed, Swatch, and Shimano for all your support and everyone else for helping me get here.

Marc

Toby Henderson, Speed’s founder and a BMX racing legend, introduced the revolutionary 20-Millimeter Speed system last fall with plans to sell it as a Rolling Chassis only. Interest in the system was so strong, however, that he went back to the drawing board and came up with a modular system that will allow almost anyone, regardless of their frame and budget, to take advantage of the benefits of the oversize aluminum axles.

Instead of a Rolling Chassis consisting of a frame, forks, wheels, headset and stem, Speed is now selling each piece individually. Only the forks and front wheel must be used together, but they will work on any frame. 

Even better, the new Speed M-Series 20 frames include two sets of chain tensioner blocks that make them compatible with standard 10-millimeter and 20-millimeter axles. This means a consumer can buy a Speed frame now and use his or her current parts and upgrade to the full 20-Mil system later.

Speed Bicycles Begins Shipping New 20-Mil-Ready Frames

Wedensday, January 26 
CERRITOS, CA—Speed Bicycles took delivery of the first batch of its highly anticipated 20-Millimeter-compatible M-Series 20 frames yesterday. Bikes built with Speed’s 20-Millimeter front and rear through-axle system have been scientifically proved to have significantly less torsional flex while providing racers with a boost in pedaling efficiency.

From now on, all Speed frames will feature the 10/20-millimeter-compatible dropout system.

“Based on feedback we got from consumers, we decided it made sense to offer the parts individually. Some people wanted to use the forks and front wheel only, others wanted the whole package, but wanted to buy it one part at a time. By making the frames work with any wheels, we made this mostly possible,” Henderson said. 

“Of course, we think the whole package is the best way to take advantage of the 20-Mil system, but not everyone can do that. Now, you can buy a Speed frame and later upgrade to a Sinz Elite Carbon Pro 20-Mil fork and 20-Mil iHub wheel. And then, even later, upgrade the rear wheel to get the full benefit of the 20-Mil system. Or, just buy a fork and front wheel and put them your current frame,” he added. 

The 20-millimeter rear wheel will not work with standard frames. Only the Speed M-Series 20 frames can accept the oversize axles used to stiffen the frame and wheel. 

Speed also found a way to reduce the price of the whole package, dropping it from the announced $1,499.99 MSRP for the Rolling Chassis, to $1,379.99. The MSRP breakdown for the individual parts looks like this: Speed M-Series 20 frame with headset, $399.99; Sinz Elite Pro Carbon 20-Mil fork, $279.99; Sinz Elite 20-Mil front wheel, $249.99; Sinz Elite 20-Mil rear wheel, $449.99; Sinz Elite 20-Mil wheelset, $699.99. The Rolling Chassis, when purchased all at once, is $1,379.99 and includes a free Sinz stem. 

ONE/Kenda at International Indoor in Belgium

ONE KENDA press release/ Wedensday, January 26 
The first international BMX event in Europe is as usual the Indoor in Kortrijk during the

Velofolies bikeshow.

This year it was held on the 22nd and 23rd of January.
ONE/Kenda’s World Champion Chris Christensen from Denmark was present with his sister Simone and Rowdy van Harsel was going to race Junior Men in his first year. New in the team and also present were Jasper Peters, Nadja Pries from Germany and Denzel Vakkers who made the switch from the Junior ONE team to the ONE/Kenda team. Chris Christensen won both saturdays and Sundays event in 15yo Boys.
Denzel Vakkers took 3rd and 2nd in 13yo Boys.In the combined Junior/Elite class, Nadja Pries took a 3rd on Saturday and Sunday, withSimone Christensen in 4th and 5th place.



Rennen/Intense,Reno

Monday, January 24 

Hello All, Rennen/Intense got the 2011 season off to a fantastic start at the ABA Silver Dollar Nationals in Reno, NV, a LONG way from home for most of our riders. We decided to attend the Reno national for a couple of reasons; one was the hope that we could prove that our Factory Team podium finish at Grands wasn’t a fluke. But also because the fabulous day had come, and the slingers cadence is gone, long live the Random Gate! lol 

Also a factor in our decision to attend was that one of our newest rider additions is based in Reno and was able to provide the guys with great lodging and transportation for the weekend. Once the racing got underway we found we had been blessed with high rider counts in almost all of our team sheet options, thus it didn’t take a rocket scientist to make the five choices needed. Luckily we had only one foul up per day and our top four scores were enough to create some high sheet totals and take the Factory Team win both days. Here’s how your favorite team rider attending made out: 

Max Egdorf: With 8 racks in the 19-27x class, Max was the “Man” in Reno pulling a 2nd on day 1 and bumped up one spot to the top of the podium on day 2.
Devon Yeager: Our newest “little” guy rode large on day 1, taking home the victory in 9X. 
Shawn DiPrete: Luckily his “Roynuts” issues didn’t happen on the big bike, as that’s what we had him penciled in for. Two main event wins for Shawn in 36-40 cru. 
Austin Loebe: Austin dominated the 17-18 expert class in Reno, picking up the main wins both days.
Alex Anthony: Overcame some day 1 bad mojo and rocked his way onto the Podium in the “A” pro class on day two for a 2nd place finish and the fourth good score we needed for the sheet.
Justin Wike: Also made his team debut in Reno and did more then just win the 26-35 expert class on day 1; he was a top player in the stacked 17 & over expert class both days also. Thanks again for the hospitality, Justin!

Hoping to continue our early-season success, look for us in Oldsmar, FL for the ABA Gator Nationals. Our next NBL team event will be at Shayne Robinson’s track in Peachtree City, GA just South of Atlanta, for the next installment of the team “Cat 2” series on March 19th & 20th. 
Special thanks to Errol and Donna at Delta Cycle (www.deltacycle.com) for keeping us stocked up with the great Aztec brake pads and cables! Also, Mark at Riderz Ready (http://riderzready.com) for the outstanding customer service and support with our recent team jersey orders. 

Follow the latest Rennen/Intense team photos, information, and fun tidbits on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/RennenIntense-Factory-Team/260978136054

Currently, only the 20-Millimeter-ready frames are available. Forks and front wheels are expected to be in stock next month with rear wheels to follow soon after. 

“The rear hub is really the crux of the project. We have had very successful tests on all our sample hubs and Nick Koehler is racing on one. But before we release them to the pubic, we want to make sure they are right. We’re really, really close,” Henderson said, adding that he is working with several hub makers in the hope of adding an American-made hub set to the line.

The new 10/20-Mil frames have slightly different graphics, although the red/black paint scheme remains the only available color. The new head badge features the Speed “Bar-Code,” while the seat and down tube graphics got a new twist. Each frame includes a Sinz headset; anodized, aluminum, 10- and 20-millimeter tensioner blocks and a set of tensioner bolts.


Quilted Hoody

With heavy, quilted, cotton fleece on the outside and luxurious silk lining on the inside, the THE hoody is guaranteed to keep you warm and cozy when the temperature. Features include thumb loops at the cuffs, chrome and carbon THE logos and custom THE zippers pulls.

XS Part#: TSS-05
SM Part#: TSS-06
MD Part#: TSS-07
LG Part#: TSS-08
XL Part#: TSS-09
XXL Part#: TSS-10

F1 Mechanics Apron

Made from heavy-duty nylon, the F-1 apron is a fully functional piece of service gear designed for long days toiling at the workstand. But with a large carbon and chrome Torch appliqué on the chest, steelembossed graphics, embroidered THE logo, contrasting piping,alternating textural fabrics andcustom chrome hardware it looks amazing on sales floor. Three large waist pockets, adjustable straps and cell phone and pen pockets add functionality. When it’s time for cleaning, toss it in the washing machine.

Part#: TMAB-0-0

F1 Helmet Bag

The THE F-1 Helmet Bag protects helmets and goggles with style. It’d lightly padded and includes an external, zippered goggle pocket and shoulder strap-mounted cell phone pouch. Custom THE zipper pulls and graphics are standard.

Part#: THB-01

F1 Gear Bag

The THE Rolling Gear Bag is one roomy bag. Packed with features like a super-strong collapsible handle, urethane wheels, two removable inner dividers, three cable-reinforced handles, three zippered external pockets, an integrated luggage tag and custom THE zipper pulls and graphics it makes for a very versatile suitcase. The heavy-duty handle will stand up to just about any abuse dished out by the burliest of luggage handlers. We’ve even used it as a bike bag, fitting a disassembled bike in on more than one occasion.

Part#: TLWL-0-8

F1 Sports Bag

The THE Sport Duffle Bag is made from 900D nylon for low weight and durability. It has four external zippered pockets, including two separate end sections for shoes, wet clothes, dirty socks or even greasy bike parts. Custom THE zipper pulls and chrome and carbon graphics add style.

Part#: TLWL-0-7

Backpack

The super-roomy THE Backpack/Computer Bag is designed to organize and carry a ton of gear. It features six external zippered pockets, numerous internal pockets, including a padded computer storage section, padded contoured shoulder straps, custom THE zipper pulls, key clip, headphone port and a heavy-duty cable-reinforced handle.

Part#: TLWL-0-6

Youth Knee & Elbow Guard

F-1 Storm youth knee/elbow Guards offer kids unique and tailored fitted protection. Designed to work as either knee or elbow pads, they are available in four sizes and feature easy-to-use, slip-on adjustable elastic straps with hook-and-loop closures. The caps are sewn to an ultra-soft foam base to ensure comfort and a superb fit.

SM Part#: TKNE-0-1
MD Part#: TKNE-0-2
LG Part#: TKNE-0-3
XL Part#: TKNE-0-4

Lil’ Snappers Clip Shoe

Lil’ Snapper shoes are made specifically for kids. Offered in sizes 1 -through 8, they feature a triple-hook-and-loop strap retention system, breathable mesh uppers with a carbon-look rand and heal cup. A proprietary sole provides plenty of clearance for clipping in and out, while the molded soles and tread pattern make walking a breeze.

Size 1 Part#: TCKS-0-1
Size 2 Part#: TCKS-0-2
Size 3 Part#: TCKS-0-3
Size 4 Part#: TCKS-0-4
Size 5 Part#: TCKS-0-5
Size 6 Part#: TCKS-0-6
Size 7 Part#: TCKS-0-7
Size 8 Part#: TCKS-0-8

Youth Fantasy Helmet Composite

At just over 1,100 grams, the OneComposite helmet is lightweight yet super strong. A completely new helmet designed from the ground up, the super-stylish One has a reduced silhouette, semi-integrated visor, 17 cooling vents and comes with an extra color-matched visor and durable Cordura nylon helmet bag. It’s available in four graphics options.

  • Hand-laid composite material
  • 17 external super-cooling vents
  • Four internal air-flow channels
  • Removable and washable liner
  • Custom metallic hardware
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and finger tab
  • Extra replacement visor with matching graphic
  • Cordura helmet bag
  • Suitable for BMX, mountain biking,snowboarding and other non-motorized action sports
  • Exceeds CPSC and CE certification standards

Weight: 1,100 grams

Youth SM Part#: TGH-FAN-1
Youth MD Part#: TGH-FAN-2
Youth LG Part#: TGH-FAN-3
Youth XL Part#: TGH-FAN-4

Youth Helmet Sizing Chart
SM45-465 5/8 – 5 3/4
MD47-485 7/8 – 6
LG49-506 1/8 – 6 1/4
XL51-526 3/8 – 6 1/2

Youth Frost Helmet Carbon

At just over 1,100 grams, the one carbon helmet is lightweight yet super strong. A completely new helmet designed from the ground up, the super-stylish One has a reduced silhouette, semi-integrated visor, 17 cooling vents and comes with an extra color-matched visor and durable Cordura nylon helmet bag. It’s available in four graphics options.

  • Hand-laid carbon material
  • 17 external super-cooling vents
  • Four internal air-flow channels
  • Removable and washable liner
  • Custom metallic hardware
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and finger tab
  • Extra replacement visor with matching graphic
  • Cordura helmet bag
  • Suitable for BMX, mountain biking,snowboarding and other non-motorized action sports
  • Exceeds CPSC and CE certification standards

Weight: 1,000 grams

Youth SM Part#: TCH-FRO-1
Youth MD Part#: TCH-FRO-2
Youth LG Part#: TCH-FRO-3
Youth XL Part#: TCH-FRO-4

Youth Helmet Sizing Chart
SM45-465 5/8 – 5 3/4
MD47-485 7/8 – 6
LG49-506 1/8 – 6 1/4
XL51-526 3/8 – 6 1/2

Frequency Youth

THE’s One Helmets come in youth sizes and we’re not talking adult-size shells with super-thick pad sets inside. We offer true full-face, BMX helmets with custom youth-size shells. THE is the only BMX helmet company that does this. Just like our adult helmets, the kids version is constructed using multi-layer, hand-laid up, carbon fiber or composite material for the outer shell with an anatomically correct dual-EPS liner and removable and washable custom-printed padding. The result is a lightweight child-size helmet with amazing style, fit and comfort. Replacement pad kits are available to resize the helmet as the child grows. Super-cooling comes from 15 external vents that connect to four internal air-flow channels. A padded chin strap provides comfort while a stainless steel D-ring closure ensures the helmet stays on in the event of a crash. Available in Youth Small through Youth XL sizes in Carbon Fiber with Frequency graphics or Composite with Racing Stripes graphics. Each helmet comes with an extra visor. The youth Carbon weighs 29 ounces while the Composite version weighs 34 ounces. Both models exceed CPSC and CE certification standards.

  • Hand-laid carbon fiber
  • 15 external super-cooling vents
  • Four internal air-flow channels
  • Removable and washable liner
  • Custom metallic hardware
  • Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and finger tab
  • Extra replacement visor with matching graphic
  • Cordura helmet bag
  • Four adult sizes
  • Suitable for BMX, mountain biking,snowboarding and other non-motorized action sports
  • Exceeds CPSC and CE certification standards

Adult SM Part#: TCH-FRE-1
Adult MD Part#: TCH-FRE-2
Adult L Part#: TCH-FRE-3
Adult XL Part#: TCH-FRE-4

Bike Stand

The fully adjustable THE bike stand is made of injected high-density plastic and fits any type of bike. Large side panels make for great places for team sponsor or shop logos. Customization also is an option. The modular design make it easy to connect multiple stands to each other to hold a whole fleet of bikes in the garage or at the races.

Part#: TBS-01