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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.
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Subject: Australian National BMX Champion + National Series Winner - Report

Tuesday, May 2

Australian National BMX Champion + Australian National Series Winner





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Thursday, April 21

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Chula Vista Factory Intense & Factory Speed Team Results

Tuesday, April 19

The Factory Intense and Speed Teams both rode great in Chula Vista at the SoCal National and USA Cycling National Championships. Lead by Elite Men Marc Willers (1st Friday and Sunday) and David Herman (2nd Friday and Saturday) Intense finished 2nd and Speed 3rd on Friday and 1st and 2nd on Sunday.

In Saturday’s big event on the Chula Vista OTC track, Rusty Nesvig grabbed the gold in Junior Men, Herman the silver and a very-sick Arielle Martin bronze for Factory Intense. Speed’s Bryce Hocking finished 6th in Junior Men, while teammates Nick Koehler and Shelby Stacy crashed hard in their motos. Nick was able to take a later run at the semis, but Shelby pulled out after a horrendous crash over the first jump in moto one.

Other new US Champions include Intense’s Madison Martinez in 11 Girls, Speed’s Felicia Stancil in 13 & 14 Women’s Cruiser, Cole Tesar in 15 Boys and newcomer Kevin Pauls in 12 Boys.

Between the two Nationals on Friday and Sunday, the Factory Intense Team picked up 24 total podium spots (12 each day) with five wins on Day 1 and seven on Day 2. The Speed Factory Team grabbed seven podium spots on Day 1, of which five were firsts, followed by eight podium spots and six wins on Day 2. Add to that the podiums and wins grabbed by J&R/Speed riders, the lone Rennen/Speed rider Justin Wike and Dominique Daniels, and Speed had a total of 29 podiums with 19 wins over the weekend.

Besides Marc Willers’ domination of the Mens Elite (He was perfect for the weekend.), we also want to mention the dominant riding by Rusty Nesvig in 17-18 X and Junior Elite Men, Madison Martinez (five firsts) and Kevin Pauls who raced his first National in the Speed Factory colors and took three wins in 12 Boys.

Needless to say, we’re pretty stoked with how things went in Chula Vista.


Factory Intense, Factory Speed Teams Welcome KMC as Sponsor

Thursday, April 14

CERRITOS, CA— VSI Products is pleased to announce the addition of KMC chains as a major sponsor of the Factory Intense and Factory Speed racing teams. KMC is one of the world’s leading performance bicycle chain makers.

“We’re really excited about having KMC join the team. They make some of the best chains available and we look forward to working with them as they build the brand within the world of BMX,” said Toby Henderson, VSI’s founding partner.

Combined, the teams include more than two dozen NAG riders, as well as professionals David Herman and Arielle Martin, all of whom will use KMC’s Z610HX, X9SL and other KMC chains for the remainder of the season.

As part of the sponsorship deal, VSI will become the U.S. distributor of KMC BMX-specific chains. VSI will offer its dealers several models of KMC chains in 96-link lengths and proprietary colors. Among the chains to be sold by VSI are the Z610HX, X1 and X9SL.

VSI Products, Inc. designs, develops and sells a wide range of BMX and mountain biking products including bicycles, frames, forks, components, helmets, protective gear, clothing and tires. Intense, Sinz Elite, Sinz and THE are market leaders in BMX racing, while the newly created Speed, EYE and AVE (pronounced Avenue) brands are quickly gaining popularity within the BMX community.

KMC Chain is a distinguished leader and celebrated pioneer in the bicycle chain industry. It has consistently devoted itself to the production of premium bicycle chains for more than three decades. In 1986, KMC began making chains for Shimano, establishing a partnership that stands today. KMC has 11 factories and 16 sales companies around the world in Taiwan, China, Holland, USA, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam with sales in more than 130 countries.


 Team Intense/ Monster lookin’ Peachy at the Georgia peach national

Spring is here, the time has changed and the peach trees were blooming.  Heading due North up I-75 for an 8.5 hour tour makes this the 3rd closest trip the team gets to take this year just to hit a NBL National event.  Peach Tree City is well known for their Southern hospitality and it was at it’s finest with both Shayne and Anthony Robinson hosting the race for the entire weekend.  The track was smooth and fast and with the high level of competition showing up for practice this was definitely going to be a race to remember.

As Saturday rolled around the temperature was in the 80’s, the competition was getting fierce and with Monster Energy drink sponsoring the race the team was amped to put on a good performance.  The stage had been set for the Intense/ Monster team to show up big and that is just what happened.  The team finished both days 1st with point totals 345 and 347. 



 
 "A" Pro rider Justin (J-Ride) Riddell Happy 18th Birthday grabbed a 4th in A pro on Sat and a 5th in the Elite men’s open on Sunday.  You can never count this kid out with the skills he has in his arsenal.  Teammates for 7 great years (I love you bro)

37 X and Cruiser, Mike (Mr. Consistent) Powers rode awesome all weekend long grabbing a 2nd, 2nd on Cruiser and a 8th and a 2nd on 20.  His nickname precedes him because he usually always podiums unless he does not hear the gate cadence lol….sorry had to.

38 X and Cruiser, Todd Lackey (Lack) took a lot of GA clay samples home with from the cruiser mains both days (8th’s) but shocked opponents on the 20 inch that C.J. Mcguire let me borrow grabbing a 2nd on day 1 and a 5th on Sunday.  I think I like that bike more than the cruiser after this weekend lol

50+ Cruiser, Steve (The Latin Lover) Gonzales was short 1 lap perfects on both Saturday and Sunday….finishing 2nd and 1st in his mains.

Woman’s Cruiser Patty (German Girl) Gonzales stayed consistent riding out of class and grabbing a pair of seconds for the weekend.  She also is learning how to ride the 20 inch taking a 2nd and a 3rd on that small thing….don’t worry the new Intense is in the mail.

17 X Geoffrey (G Ban Man) Banser was showing some of the sickest nose taps that I have ever witnessed.  He’s back in Cape Coral, living with Powers and riding and training on his bike like he should be.  He and Riddell are the best of buds and riding and training together just might help both out tremendously.

16 X King Kong Kody Wong had a stacked class and got squeezed a little on Sat settling for a 4th  and knocked over the corner on Sunday not making the main…..but never count him out because he was on fire in the cruiser class taking a 2nd  on Saturday and a 1st on Sunday.
 
14-girls, Sarah Gross (I don’t like this track lol) never lost a lap all weekend and showing all the girls in the South that she wants that #1 15 girls National plate in September.

And special thanks to my young gun riders for always riding hard and running extra classes to help the team out.  There were many 1st place finishes by our young riders.
12X, Eli Garcia (Little Sexy),10X, Joey Leto (Golden Boy), 10X, Bentley Garcia (just Sexy), 9 X, Dylan Shipley  (Baby Riddell), 10 G, Halle Friedel  (Halle Berry), 9 G, Campbell Lackey (lil Powers)
8-Girls McKenzie Gayheart  (MC Kenz), 7X Drew Friedel (Mad Man), 6-C Fisher Houston (Big Fish), 5-C Zane Garcia (Baby Sexy)
All of our young riders were showing off their mad skills and jumping everything around the track…….


 
 Our next National stop will be at the Easter Classic in Sarasota, Fl. Followed by the Gator National in WPB. We hope see everyone there or check us out at (www.teamintensebmx.com). 

Thanks to our great family of sponsors: VSI Products for always believing in us and supporting us. (www.vsiproducts.com), Intense BMX frames the best in BMX, ITS, THE,   Monster Energy Drink, Subway, Scream and Fly racing, Compass Banners and Signs, Profile Racing, Pro Gold Lubricants, Troy Lee designs, Hawk Racing, Animal Customs, Ernie’s Southern Off road and Club Rodeo.


J&R Bicycles-Speed ABA Winter Nationals Team Report, March 19-20, Surprise, Arizona:

Monday, March 28

After winning our first 3 ABA nationals in team competition, a number of riders on the team had birthdays just before the ABA Winter Nationals. I wasn’t sure how the kids would fair in their new age groups, but it proved to be no problem for Ryan Pettigrew and Bryce “B.B. King” Batten. After turning 13 on St. Patrick’s Day, Ryan was looking forward to see how he would do against his new group after getting wins in Reno and Redmond as a 12 year-old, but also against the 14 year-olds in 13-14 open. Ryan had another great weekend, by getting a triple-double. Bryce gets a big win for the team in 11x on Saturday and a win in 11 cruiser on Sunday. Levi Pope just missed the main in class both days, but had a solid 2nd place on Sunday in 12 cruiser.

The Winter Nationals pulled in 271 motos, including over 10 bike shop teams in team competition. The J&R-Speed has another great weekend, winning both days. The team won by a single point over the tough Bike Alley crew on Saturday with a score of 200 points, but fared better on Sunday with a score of 213 points. This puts the team in first place overall in the standings.

The feel-good story of the weekend belongs to A Pro Matt “Hot Rod” Rubeck. It looked pretty bleak for him after Sunday’s 2nd round with a crash that bangedup his knee. A 4th place in the third round gave him 13 points. He just made the cut and got out of his semifinal. In the main, he was sitting in the middle of the pack and saw the potential for some carnage in front of him. Matt makes some smart moves and drags races Alan Hudson to the finish line to get his first Pro win. Congratulations Matt! He not only picks up the $500 check from the ABA, but gets an additional $200 in bonus money from the VSI Contingency Program! Matt runs the Speed 546 (XXL) frame, Sinz Forks, T.H.E. number plate and Seat, and Intense Micro Knobby tires.

Rachel Mydock also had a great weekend for the J&R-Speed team with a double in 14 girls. It was perfect timing for the team, as Lauren Whisler fell hard on Saturday’s main injuring her hip and having to sit out Sunday. Other notable finishes for the weekend include two 2nd place finishes by Zack Vankammen in 16x, Katin Mitchell winning his first national of the year in 7x, Kyle Mitchell finishing on the podium in 7x, and Nick “Little Diva” Tuttle getting a podium finish in Vet Pro.

In other team news, K.J. Romero came up from Tucson to watch some racing and hang with the team after having surgery to remove his appendix the week before. K.J. should return for Chula Vista and start his assault in the 19-27x class and he turns 19 on April 1st.

The team would like to thank all of its sponsors, including J&R Bicycles (www.jrbicycles.com), Speed Bicycles (www.speed-bicycles.com), Troy Lee Designs (www.troyleedesigns.com), Sinz (sinz-bmx.com), THE (www.theindustries. com), Alienation (www.alienationbmx.com), Shimano (www.shimano.com), Rennen (www.rennendesigngroup.com), and ODI (www.odigrips.com). Scott Angus, TM


VSI Riders Find Success at UCI Races in New Zealand

Monday, March 14

PUKEKOHE, NEW ZEALAND—Marc Willers flew home to New Zealand last week to compete for the Oceania Continental Championships and, as he has done all year, dominated, earning the Championship title on Saturday, as well as a win the Sunday.

The race is one of five Olympic qualifiers, so it attracted other top riders from elsewhere in the world. Joining Willers on the flight from LAX were four American racers, among them Factory Intense Pro David Herman. The race also attracted Australia’s Elite men and women, including Brian Kirkham, Rachel Bracken, Caroline Buchanan and Lauren Reynolds, all of whom ride Intense Podium frames equipped with a range of Sinz Elite and Sinz components and wear THE gear.

With Willers’ win on Saturday for Speed, VSI swept the Men’s Elite podium with Herman picking up a solid second place and Kirkham in third. In Women’s Elite, New Zealand’s Sarah Walker picked up the win, but second, third and fifth went to VSI-equipped Reynolds, Buchanan and Bracken respectively.

Marc Willers doubled in New Zealand, picking up the Oceania BMX Championships on Saturday and the Eilte Men’s win on Sunday.

The Aussies left New Zealand on Sunday and headed for US where they will compete next at the ABA Winter Nationals in Surprise, Arizona. The Americans, however, stuck around with all of them making Sunday’s main. Willers spent much of the race in second behind fellow countryman, Kurt Pickard, but with an impressive show of speed, power and skill, took the lead in the last straight for the win.

Marc Willers rides a Speed 546 M-Series frame, Sinz Elite Carbon Pro Plus forks, Sinz Elite rims, Sinz headset and seatpost, THE saddle and ITS Hustler and MK2 tyres and wears THE T2 helmets.

David Herman rides a custom-painted Podium Pro XL frame, Sinz Elite Pro forks, Sinz Elite iHub wheels, Sinz headset, brakes and seatpost, THE saddle and ITS Hustler and MK2 tyres and wear THE T2 helmets and safety gear.

The Australian High Performance Elite Team of Brian Kirkham, Rachel Bracken, Caroline Buchanan and Lauren Reynolds ride custom painted Intense Podium frames, Sinz Elite Pro forks, Sinz Elite XX cranks, Sinz Elite rims, Sinz headset, brakes, chainrings, stems and seatposts and wear THE shorts. Kirkham, Bracken and Reynolds wear THE T2 helmets and safety gear.

Caroline Buchanan placed 3rd on Saturday in the Oceanic BMX Championships riding her new custom-painted Intense. Fellow Aussies Lauren Reynolds was second and Rachel Bracken, fifth.

Congratulations and thanks to all the VSI riders who placed and/or raced in New Zealand.


BMX AUSTRALIA, UCI NATIONALS SERIES

Tuesday, March 8




Rounds 7 and 8 of the Australian National series was a perfect weekend..perfect weather..perfect track..3 days of racing and 3 convincing wins!!!

It was finally a dry weekend of racing in canberra and was great to have the competition come to me in my home town.

My home club the Tuggeranong Vikings BMX club put on such a huge weekend of racing for such a small club. Our club would only have roughly 20 families and everyone pulled together on the day.

The UCI points rounds (world ranking points) held on friday and saturday had the biggest crowds that we have had in the series. The ACT titles on Sunday also had big crowds with over 600 hundred rider entries.

I really enjoyed having the home crowd see how I compare against the fastest girls in Australia. (Nicole Callisto, Lauren Reynolds and Rachel Bracken)

I surprised my self with my abilities over the weekend…watching the video afterwards I gave my self a pat on the back and was really happy to see see how my general preparation training that I have been doing on the Gold Coast has been paying off.

I ran an all girls coaching clinic the weekend prior, so I was excited to see all the girls I have been coaching see how they have improved and how they used what I had taught them. Over the weekend I did poster signing and was selling my UNIT signature clothes.

The Australian team and myself will now head to Auckland New Zealand for a category 3 UCI Oceania Round then back to Gold Coast to prepare for the South Africa World Cup.


James Visser slopestyle rider

Monday, February 28


Milka/THE helmet

Tuesday, March 1





James Visser slopestyle rider

Monday, February 28


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.

Sponsored by: HRVfitness, Speed, Sinz, THE, Skin Industries, Altegra, BMXpress Magazine, Phirebird.


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


ABA BMX's #2 Pro Marc Willers Interview

Thursday, February 3



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.




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

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Intense, Sinz, THE Named Official Product Supplier to Cycling Australia

Wedensday, December 22
CERRITOS, CA—Intense BMX, Sinz and THE have signed a deal that makes the U.S. BMX frame, bicycle and components supplier the Official Product Supplier to Australia’s top BMX professionals. The agreement with Cycling Australia is an extension of a less-formal deal in 2010 where the company supplied members of the powerful BMX Australia Elite High Performance Program with frames, forks, components, helmets and protective gear.

“We’re really excited to continue working with Wade and the Australian riders. Last year, they proved to be one of the strongest national teams. The women made many, if not all of, the Supercross mains and Brian Kirkham came on strong at the end of the year with a great ride in Frejus. We expect big things from them next year and through the Olympics,” said Toby Henderson, VSI’s founding partner. VSI is the parent company of Intense BMX, Sinz and THE.

The sponsorship covers Elite High Performance riders Rachel Bracken, Lauren Reynolds, Brian Kirkham and new addition, Caroline Buchanan.

As it did last year, VSI will provide support in the form of product, including frames, components and accessories from Intense BMX, SINZ Elite and SINZ and helmets, padding and clothing from THE Products. Each member of the team will ride custom painted Intense BMX Podium frames.

“I rode the new bike at the local BMX track in Alabama and did some sprints on it. It feels awesome. I noticed that it’s super stiff, more responsive than my Ti frame and acceleration was noticeably better. I am excited to race it,” Buchanan said a few days after she got her new Podium frame and Sinz Elite Carbon forks.

In 2010, the young Australian riders showed they have the skills and speed to compete with the world’s best BMX racers. Buchanan is currently ranked fifth by the UCI, while Reynolds and Bracken ended the year ranked ten and eleven, respectively. Kirkham moved up from 27 in 2009 to 19th last year. The team is currently ranked third in the world behind Latvia and the United States.



“Toby and VSI have been a great support in my cycling career and now having them continue this into our National Elite HP BMX Program is an exciting time. This gives our riders the confidence and opportunity to use the products they want to use to help them be competitive on the international circuit,” said former World Champion Wade Bootes, who is head coach of the Cycling Australia/BMX Australia BMX High Performance Program.

The Elite HP riders will compete in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and the United States with a focus on the UCI Supercross World Cup Series and World Championships in 2011.



The addition of the Australian program sponsorship further bolsters VSI’s commitment to supporting the world’s best BMX racers. VSI, through Intense BMX, Speed Bicycles, THE, Sinz Elite, Sinz and ITS, sponsors the UCI Supercross Series, World Championships and 2012 London Olympic Games, the USA Cycling Junior Development Camps and the ABA.

In addition to these organizations and events, the company also supports the Factory Intense and Factory Speed Teams, Rennen/Intense, Intense/Spinnz, J&R Racing, Delux Racing, SE Racing, the S&M Team, Intense Europe, Team Little Dudes Racing, Atomlab and more than a dozen individual racers. VSI also offers a contingency program to professional/elite and junior elite riders who use its products.




TEAM INTENSE- SPINZZ GRABS THEIR FIRST FACTORY TEAM WIN AT THE MORRISTOWN, TENNESSEE NATIONAL

Wedensday, December 22
After finishing off the 2010 year as the Team NBL Champions (Intense/Dynapep) there was only one thing left to do and that was to start competing in the Factory Team Division. While others were out West at the ABA Grand Nationals some of us stayed back to play at the Morristown indoor track in TN for the start of the 2011 NBL National season.

With a new color scheme and a new roster and a lot of changes to the NBL, we had no idea what to expect, but once the first gate dropped things just came naturally and we were off to riding hard and having fun doing it. We came out just the way we finished at the Grand nationals and took 1st on Saturday and a 3rd on Sunday.

The vibe was the best that we’ve seen in years and this was the first time that we have ever had to wait in line for practice. Quarters in the cruiser classes were unheard of at this race which led to a breakout number of Semi’s. The arena was packed with riders and fans throughout the East coast. This race was simply “fantastic”.

"A" Elite Pro rider Justin Riddell started off his season with a bang (in the last corner seriously) and grabbed a first on Saturday and a second on Sunday. He is 17 years young and always brings his AA skills to battle with the very best.

The South Florida crew drove up early to have a little Thanksgiving fiesta at the Lackey’s in Hendersonville TN. Todd Lackey raced 2 classes and had some strong finishes. He came out with a 1st and a 2nd place finishes in 35-39 cruiser and two first place finishes in 30 plus open. His Daughter, Campbell Lackey grabbed two 2nd place finishes and best friend Halle Friedel took 1st and 3rd in the 9 girls class.

14-girls, Sarah Gross rode like she stole something that weekend grabbing the 1st in her motos against Wooding and company but settling for 2nd in the main.

17 X, Geoffrey Banser was unstoppable and did not lose a lap both Saturday and Sunday.

29 X, Dustin Means put together some excellent laps unfortunately hitting the gate and coming unclipped led him to a 3rd on Saturday and 4th on Sunday. (Welcome Back)

The Gozales family from Tampa showed up ready to race as expected with Steve finishing 2nd in the 50-54 cruiser class on Saturday and 1st on Sunday and Patti grabbing a 4th and a 1st in the 40-44 woman’s cruiser class plus a 3rd and 2nd in her new 20 inch class.

9 X, The Golden boy Joeseph Leto grabbed everyone’s attention with his track skills winning out everything that weekend except 1 moto.

8-Girls McKenzie Gayheart took a 5th and a 6th this weekend with less than a year of racing under her belt, great job girly!

Our youngest rider Drew Freidel – 6 Challenger (Expert Jan. 1st lol) never lost a lap all weekend and is training for the Olympics in London…

Our next National stop will be at the Christmas Classic in Ohio we will see everyone there or check us out at (www.teamintensebmx.com). Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Thanks to our great family of sponsors: VSI Products for renewing our contract for 2011 and always believing in us and supporting us. (www.vsiproducts.com), Intense BMX frames the best in BMX, ITS, THE, Sinz, Spinzz bicycle shop, Monster Energy Drink, Subway, Scream and Fly racing, Compass Banners and Signs, Profile Racing, Pro Gold Lubricants, Troy Lee designs, Hawk Racing, Animal Customs, Ernie’s Southern Off road, Club Rodeo and all of our Southwest Fl. Doctors.



GTHE Re-Ups as Sponsor of UCI Supercross Series, Worlds and 2012 Olympics

Wedensday, December 22
CERRITOS, CA—VSI Products is pleased to announce that it has signed on again as the official number plate supplier to the 2010, 2011 and 2012 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series and UCI BMX World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The three-year deal is a continuation of VSI’s current sponsorship agreement with the UCI.

VSI signed on with the UCI in 2007 prior to the Olympic Games in China where THE number plates were used by all the riders. THE number plates also are used at all UCI Supercross races and World Championships.

“Our relationship with the UCI has been great and has given the THE brand excellent exposure around the world. We look forward to working with them through at least 2012,” said Toby Henderson, founding partner at VSI, THE’s parent company.

Besides supplying more than 4,000 custom number plates to the UCI each year, VSI also donates THE, ITS, Intense and Vigor products to the UCI Training Center in Aigle, Switzerland. The products are used at the facility to help developing young cyclists reach their potential. Among the notable pro riders who went through the UCI program are Sifiso Nhlapo, Yvan Lapraz, Emilio Falla and Fabian Hernandez.



“With the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and the UCI BMX World Championships being the premiere BMX racing events in the world, we would only settle for the very best partners and suppliers. VSI has proven that they are the market leaders with great products, and at the UCI we are excited to continue our partnership,” said Johan Lindstrom, the UCI’s BMX Sports Coordinator.

The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series kicks off next season with racing April 8 and 9 in Pietermaritzburg South Africa. The rest of the season will take riders to the Netherlands and Denmark for the UCI BMX World Championships, London and the Supercross Series Finals in Chula Vista, just 90 miles from THE World Headquarters.


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VSI Announces $120,000 Pro-Jr. Elite Contingency Program for 2011

Tuesday, December 7
CERRITOS, CA—VSI Products, Inc. is proud to announce that it will launch an ambitious contingency program that could result in payouts of more than $120,000 to professional and junior elite racers who use VSI products and get on the podium at ABA, NBL and UCI races in 2011.

Starting with the ABA Silver Dollar Nationals in Reno, Nevada, January 16, VSI will pay bonuses to racers using Intense, Speed, Sinz Elite, Sinz and THE products who finish in the top three or four at each of the 14 selected UCI/ABA weekends, five NBL National Tour races, UCI Supercross events and the World Championships.

“We can’t afford to support every racer we’d like to or every racer who wants to ride our stuff. This is a way for us to give back to the sport and support all the riders who really like and prefer to use our products,” said Toby Henderson, VSI’s founding partner.

All professional men and women and junior elite men and women qualify for the contingencies, which range from a low of $3 for a junior rider who gets third using a single smaller VSI item like Sinz Elite grips at an ABA or NBL National to $750 for a male professional winning the Worlds on an Intense or Speed frame. Riders who use all the qualified VSI products and win would get $190 to $1,750, depending on the race and the rider’s level. Juniors and A Pros will be eligible for the higher AA Pro payout amounts when they race against them in events like UCI Supercross races or combined ABA races.

“We’re following the motocross model for this program. I’m a big fan of motocross. Both sports are similar and we’re trying to elevate BMX to that level of professionalism. I see this as a great way to give back to the sport, especially the younger riders, women and A pros who typically aren’t funded well, if at all,” Henderson said.

All riders must have their bikes inspected by an approved race official before racing to be eligible and must submit reimbursement forms to be paid. More info the process and procedures will be announced soon.

To download the program spreedsheet on how to win just Click Here!


J& R Bicycles Racing Team to Ride Speed Frames in 2011

Friday, November 19
CERRITOS, CA—Speed Bicycles is pleased to announce that it signed a deal with the J&R Bicycles Racing Team to supply the team with frames throughout the 2011 race season. J&R is the first national team to ride Speed frames.

“We’re really excited that J&R will be on Speed. It’s a good strategic move for us. This past season, the team raced on Intense frames and that got us a lot of exposure at Nationals across the country,” said Toby Henderson, founding partner at VSI, Speed Bicycles’ parent company.

VSI Products, Speed’s parent company, also supplies the team with SINZ Elite forks and THE number plates. J&R raced on Intense Podium frames throughout 2010. Due to a smaller number of frame sizes available in the Speed line-up, some riders will continue to race on Podium frames.

“Knowing the proven race frame geometry and technology that VSI has put into frames in the past will make for an easy transition to the Speed frames. The team is really looking forward to riding Sinz, THE and Speed products for 2011,” said Scott Angus the manager of the J& team.

The J&R Team is based in Florida where J&R Bicycles’ headquarters is located, while Angus lives in Southern California. Team members also live all over the country, giving the team a presence at all the biggest ABA and NBL races. Most of the 2010 team will return for the 2011 season, including recently signed speedster Austin Fowble.

Speed sells a range of high-end BMX race frames and will soon begin shipping its revolutionary Speed M-Series 20 Rolling Chassis which features the first-ever 20-millimeter through axle frame, fork and wheel set. For more information, go online to: www.speedbicycles.com.

To learn more about J&R Bicycles, got to www.jrbicycles.com.


Marc Willers Signs on as the Newest Speed Racer

Thursday, November 18
CERRITOS, CA—Speed Bicycles is pleased to announce that it signed New Zealand’s Marc Willers today for the 2011 race season.

“Marc caught my eye a couple of years ago and he has been really fast since the summer. I really liked what I saw at Chula Vista and decided there that he was the guy to lead Speed. We’re really happy to have him on the team and we look forward to a long relationship,” said Toby Henderson, founding partner at VSI, Speed Bicycles’ parent company.

Willers, the silver medalist at the UCI Super Cross Finals, in October in Frejus, France, and a consistent ABA podium finisher, will ride a Speed bicycle equipped with SINZ Elite, SINZ, ITS and THE gear as well as THE helmets and Fly clothing next year.

“After having such a bad year last year, I’m pleased to join with Speed and the guys and I’m looking forward to working with them as I try to take the number-one spot in BMX,” Willers said.



Willers is a skilled dirt jumper and thrill seeker. He once rode his BMX bike at 100 kilometers per hour downhill and he owns a 1977 Toyota Corolla stuffed with a 500 hp engine.

Willers, who is 25 years old, won his first national title at age of 10 and has only lost it three times since. He left high school in 2001 at the age of 16 to paint cars. After making his first Elite Men’s World Final in 2005 he put down the spray gun to race full time.

He moved to Southern California, last year, to chase his goal of becoming the world’s best BMX racer. A shoulder injury in March 2009, however, kept him for competing at the top of his game for most of the season. He had surgery in October and returned to racing in May at the UCI Super Cross World Cup in Copenhagen where he placed 4th. Since then, he has been on the podium at seven out of the 10 ABA nationals he raced and took second in Frejus. He got his first win at the Redline Cup Western Finals in Boulder City, Nevada, last month.

Among Willer’s other racing palmares are 6th at 2005 BMX World Championships; 2nd at 2006 UCI Oceanic Continental series; 1st at UCI Supercross Frejus, France, and 1st at UCI Oceanic Continental series in 2007; 2nd at UCI Supercross Madrid, Spain, 2nd at UCI Oceanic Continental Series, 5th in UCI World Ranking and Olympic Semi-Finalist in 2008.


VSI in the Media & on the Web: Right Now and Coming Soon

Monday, November 8
VSI riders and products have been featured heavily in the BMX media recently and there is more to come over the next few months.

Here’s some of what’s out there right now:
In the October issue of the ABA BMXer magazine, you will find a cover shot of Speed-sponsored Dominique Daniels, the newest ABA National Number One Women’s Pro, as well as an article and interview with her. Not only does Dom ride a Speed frame, but she runs THE, Sinz Elite, Sinz and ITS components and wears THE helmets, protection and clothing. Also, check out the “Bike Check” on Sifiso Nhlapo’s Intense Podium. In the same magazine, are numerous shots of Intense, Speed and Sinz riders leading on the track.



BMX Plus! featured the new Eye BMX zine, Eye Witness, in “Inside Scoop” in the December issue. (A new issue of Eye Witness, by the way, is in the works, as well as a full-color Eye/Ave catalog.) In the same issue of Plus!, Intense/Monster rider David Herman is featured prominently in the Reno race coverage. He was flying there, by the way.

Speaking of Plus!, don’t forget the awesome review of the Speed M-Series 20-Mil Rolling Chassis that ran back in October. Rolling Chassis will be here at the beginning of 2011 and from what we can tell from the buzz at the tracks and around the industry, a lot of people want one.



If you look at the last few issues of Mountain Bike Action, be sure to check out the hands of nearly every test rider. Almost all of them are riding in THE Summer gloves. They even made it in MBA’s “Rewards for Good Boys and Girls” article in the December issue on the Road ID hand model’s mitts. Andrew Neethinling’s THE One helmet is front and center, too, in the race coverage.

On the web, www.bmxmania.com and www.bmxnews.com have been keeping readers up to date on the goings on with all our riders, Eye BMX and VSI’s new sponsorship of the S&M Racing Team. Both sites also covered George Costa’s hearty endorsement of the new Speed M-Series 20-Mil Rolling Chassis after he did some detailed testing with his G-Cog power meter. Eye and Ave and the guys who ride the products, have been see frequently of late on www.transworld.net and www.vitalbmx.com.

You can also see the guys’ many video edits around the web at Erik Engstrom’s blog (Erik designs a lot of the Eye and Ave stuff.), www.crankfaster.blogspot.com.

In related news, Speed and Eye BMX now have Face Book pages. Please “friend” us and ask your customers to do the same. We encourage Eye and Speed bike owners to post bike photos on either page. Check them out at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eye-BMX and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Speed-Bicycle.

As for future coverage, keep an eye, no pun intended, out in Ride and BMX Plus! magazines and www.Transworld.com for coverage of Eye and Ave products and the Eye BMX team.


A Pro Big Bucks

Tuesday, November 2

Alex Anthony picked up the A Pro big bucks on Friday at the Disney Cup in Orlando, Florida, last month. Alex rides for the Rennen/Intense Team and one of the most stylish riders of his generation. A hardy congrats go out to him for his win.


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VSI Riders Find Success at the Disney Cup Fall Nationals

Tuesday, October 13
ORLANDO, FL—Several VSI-sponsored riders racing the last ABA national before Grands found themselves on the podium, while a slew of others made their mains.

In Elite Men, Intense/Monster rider David Herman grabbed third on Sunday in his first race since crashing hard at Frejus. David has been flying since Reno, but bruised his back and injured his shoulder and injured at the UCI Supercross Finals in France. His form looks good, again, for Grands next month. Intense/DynaPep’s C.J. McGuire took fourth behind David and snapped up seventh on Friday.

In Elite Women, Dominique Daniels, who rides for Grand Canyon University and is supported by VSI with Speed frames, SINZ components and THE helmets and gear, took firsts Friday and Saturday, beating her rivals Alise Post and Amanda Geving. On Sunday, however, she missed the hat trick and only managed seventh on the day.


Rennen/Intense’s Courtney Applewhite picked up fifth on Friday and Sunday in here Pro debut, while Stephanie Barragan, who rides and Intense Podium, took fourth and eighth Friday and Saturday.

Intense/Monster’s Dannay Caluag managed to pull off a second fourth place on Sunday after crashing hard on Saturday while leading Pro Cruiser. He picked up another fourth place on Friday.

In A Pro, Rennen/Intense’s Alex Anthony grabbed the first on Friday, helping his team take the Factory Team win with a score of 210. On Sunday, however, they missed the overall win by just one point. As for the rest of the team, Cam Moore (12 X), Shawn DiPrete (36-40x), Max Egdorf (19-27x), Austin Loebe (17-18x) and Nicole Mitchell (8g) all scored second place.


In Junior Men, Intense/Phantom/On-Trac’s Rusty Nesvig tripled while Speed racers Jesse Day and Nick Koehler picked up thirds on Friday and Saturday respectively. Jesse also managed a fourth place on Sunday.


On the Junior Women’s front, a very consistent Shelby Stacey, racing for Speed, grabbed third all three days. Sean Gaian of Intense/Phantom/On-Trac did the same in USAC Junior Development Boys.


Finally, the old men of BMX; Pro Vet, John Purse, who rides an Intense Podium, took second, sixth and third over the three days. Chad Street of Intense/Phantom/On-Trac placed fifth, second and second. Dommingos Lammoglia of J&R finished eighth on Friday and jumped to fourth on Sunday. And Will Murray of Rennen/Intense seventh on Friday and eighth on Sunday.

Not a bad weekend for Intense, Speed, SINZ and THE riders.




VSI Sponsored Riders Finish Supercross Season Strong

Monday, October 18
FREJUS, France—VSI was well represented at the UCI Supercross Finals in the South of France. Riders using Intense, Sinz, THE, ITS and Speed products did well in both main events, getting 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th in women and 7th in men, as well as in qualifiers and the time trials. In addition, Intense and Speed frames, SINZ forks and THE helmets were widely used by the men and women competing at the race.



David Herman of the Intense/Monster team was blazing all weekend, setting one of the highest speeds of the day down the start ramp and qualifying 11 in time trials on day one of the race. After muffing his start in his first moto, David skillfully picked his way through the group and grabbed a respectable forth. In his final two motos, he showed his fantastic form, taking first easily. Unfortunately, he crashed in his quarterfinal and failed to make the main.

Arielle Martin, also of Intense/Monster rode well all weekend, qualifying in the time trials 6th. When she got through the first straight and out of the first corner cleanly, she easily beat her competition. In the main, however, she was bumped a few times and in the first corner put down a foot. Although she missed the win and podium, she finished a respectable 5th.

Intense was well represented by the Australian National Team by Brain Kirkham, who won all his motos and made the main, and Lauren Reynolds and Rachel Bracken who both made the women’s main. Lauren made the podium, taking second, while Rachel grabbed 6th. All three ride Intense frames, SINZ forks and THE helmets, pads, gloves, clothing and number plates.



Fellow Aussie Luke Madill rode impressively in his first race on a Speed frame. Luke took first and two seconds in his motos to David Herman, then crashed when he ran over David in the quarters. Although he’d only had the bike a week or so and had only done a few rides on it, he said it felt really good.



Speed racked up its first UCI Supercross podium position with Columbia’s Mariana Pajon’s third place in Frejus. Mariana was flying all weekend, winning won all her motos and semis and qualifying 7th in the time trials.



Besides these VSI-supported riders, dozens of others raced on VSI gear. SINZ forks were used by more than 20 percent of the 197 men, including winner Maris Stromberg and third place finisher Conner Fields and 25 percent of the 43 women. THE helmets were worn by 15 percent of the men and 23 percent of the women. And, more than 14 percent of the men raced on Intense or Speed frames, while 16 percent of the women did.

Congratulations and thanks to all the riders who supported VSI throughout the season.


Village Get Flow'd Contest

Wedensday, October 13
Cody McKenna and Chris Bracamonte are two of the shredders who ride for EYE BMX and AVE. We're super stoked they won this and were recognized for their great riding. Cheers, guys.



Check it out atwww.vitalbmx.com





THE Industries support 2010 UK National Series and British Championships Awards

Monday, September 27

Cerritos, CA

Over the weekend of the 18/19 September British Cycling hosted the 2010 British Championships at the spectacular Cheddar BMX Track in the South West of the UK. Over 870 riders took part in the end of season finale and THE Industries were on hand to make the National Series and British Champs presentations one too remember.

Teaming up with the UK’s premier custom plate supplier, BigDaddyPlates, THE provided the Top 8 ranked riders in the National Series and the British Champion winners with their very own Moto Plate complete with specially commissioned Plate Sticker.

The culmination of a hectic week for THE and BigDaddyPlates came on Saturday night when the National Series trophies and Plates were presented on the specially constructed Stage at Cheddar

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Riders aged from 5 to 50 climbed onto the stage as darkness fell to be presented with their prizes by UK Elite Riders Liam Phillips and Marcus Bloomfield in front of a huge enthusiastic crowd

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Then onto Sunday and the presentation of the awards for the British Championships … It what has been heralded as the best race meeting in the UK for many, many years the winning riders again climbed the podium to receive the cherished 01 plate. The riders all gave 100% in the pursuit of this title and the joy was clear to see as the crowds once again flocked to the presentation and in a fitting tribute THE Industries contribution to the event it was the Route55/Intense BMX team riders of Grant Hill and Kelvin Batey who took the titles in Junior Men and Elite respectively.

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World Cup #6 Windham, USA & World Championships Mont St. Anne, Canada

Friday, September 10

Well, that was it.. the 2010 season is over after a back to back weekend of racing.
Last week we had the World cup finals in Windham, USA. For the World Cup overall title anything was still possible, I was in the lead by only a couple of points. I qualified fastest and was feeling good on this new awesome track. Racing went good until the final, I was leading going into the first corner when me and Anita Molcik got a bit close... my front wheel washed out and before I knew it I was on the ground. Could not believe what was happening so quick, Anita Molcik won the race and the overall tittle. The 2010 title literally slipped away underneath me.

Windham results:
1st Anita Molcik
2nd Caroline Buchanan
3rd Jana Horakova
4th Anneke Beerten

Overall World Cup:
1st Anita Molcik
2nd Anneke Beerten
3rd Jana Horakova
4th Fionn Griffiths

There was no time to be bummed or upset about this race, I knew that the weekend after was even more important with the World Championships in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada. I love coming to Canada and in Mont Sainte Anne, I raced my first MTB World Champs here 11 years ago. The track was good, I really enjoyed riding it and felt ready for qualifying. I had so much fire in me from the weekend before that I rode a bit to aggressive in qualifying, I hit a corner way to quick and crashed. I got back on my bike as quick as possible and ended up in 12th. With this qualifying result I knew it was going to be a tough night of racing for me with the outside gate the whole night. The crowed was massive on Friday night and the atmosphere was amazing! My first heat was packed with good riders, I had a good start and went in to the first corner in 2nd place. But before I knew the girl in 3rd made a pass from 3rd to 1st, so I was back in 3rd spot, I tried to find an inside line to pass but before I knew it we crossed the finish line and I was out!!! This result was a big big disappointment for me, I knew I was feeling and riding good, but sometimes all this does not matter when you race 4-cross.

Mont Sainte Anne results:
1st Caroline Buchanan
2nd Jana Horakova
3rd Romana Labonkova

I can still look back on a good season, every single World Cup I was in the final and I won 2 of them. Now it is time for me to get things rolling for the 2011 racing season. I want to thank all my sponsors again for this amazing season and all their support. Specially I would like to thank Gery Peyer, Team manager from Suspension Center. Suspension Center will not continue with a large international team next year. Big thanks to them for helping me out for the last two years, giving me the support and making racing and traveling around the globe fun!

For more info and to stay up to date please check: www.annekebeerten.com
See you all at the races......keep on riding.

Thanks,
Anneke


VSI-Sponsored Riders Killed it in Reno and Louisville

Tuesday, September 7

Nick Koehler doubled in Reno on his Speed M-Series frame and Sinz Stealth forks.


Free Agent's Maris Stromberg had a big weekend in Kentucky. Maris rides Sinz Stealth forks and wears a THE helmet.


Swiss National Champion Yvan Lapraz took second in Elite Men and won the Elite Open at the NBL Grands using a wide range of VSI products.


Dominique Daniels' domination of the Junior Women continued in Lexington.

At the ABA Black Jack Nationals in Reno, NV, Intense-Monster rider David Herman won the Mens Elite race on Sunday, while Sifiso Nhlapo, who rides for Intense/Sinz/ITS took second on Saturday. In Womens Elite, Intense-Monster’s Arielle Martin got on the podium both days with a second on Saturday and third on Sunday.

Speed Factory rider Nick Koehler doubled, taking first in 15 Expert both days. The two wins moved Nick up from 6th in NAG to 3rd, giving him an outside shot at the top spot at Grands in November. Nick also picked up a 6th in Junior Men on Saturday. Fellow Speed rider Shelby Stacy picked up a 3rd in her first Junior Women’s race on Saturday.

Austin Fowble of PPC Racing/BMX.com doubled in USAC Junior Development Boys as well as a 7th and 3rd in 15 Expert. Austin recently replaced his Intense Podium with a new Speed M-Series frame. This was his first race on the new frame.

In addition, the Intense/Phantom/On-Trac Team took home the Team win on Saturday. Helping make that happen were riders like Rusty Nesvig who won Junior Men and got 3rd in 16 Expert on Saturday and Sean Gaian who took 1st in 14 Expert on Saturday followed by a strong 2nd on Sunday.

VSI also had a great showing at the NBL Grand Nationals in Louisville, KY.

Free Agent’s Maris Stromberg won the Elite race and took home the Elite Mens National Championship title riding a Sinz Stealth Carbon fork and wearing a THE ONE carbon helmet. Taking second in the Elite Mens race and first in Elite Open was Swiss National Champion Yvan Lapraz who rides for Intense, Sinz, ITS and THE.

The Elite Women’s National Champion and Elite Women’s Grands winner was Dominique Daniels who has dominated her class all year. Dominique is sponsored by VSI and rides a new Speed M-Series frame and a full Sinz set-up, including Sinz Stealth Carbon forks and Sinz stem and bars. She also uses THE clothing, protection and helmets and ITS tyres.

Rennen-Intense wrapped up the year with the Factory Team National title, while Intense-Dyna Pep took home the Shop Team National title.

Congratulations to these and the many other VSI-sponsored riders who participated in these two big races.


World Cup in Windham

Thursday, September 2
The team has done it.... we won the World Cup overall no.1 Team title at the UCI world cup finals in Windham, USA! It has been a hard season of ups and downs for individual riders on the team but everyone has performed really well throughout the season and as a team we have been really consistent which gave us enough points to take the top spot in the team rankings. We are all delighted, It was goal for the team this season to finish top 3 and to actually win the title is amazing. We hope it is good news for all our great sponsors that have supported us this year and over the last 3 years since the team started.

The final round of the World Cup in Windham was amazing - on a shorter, less steep track that we have had in Europe but with some really technical sections and the high speeds made it a close race for the Finals.



Claire had a big crash on the first day of practice and was not looking great to be able to race but she toughed it and and incredibly managed her sixth 7th place finish and 7th overall in the Womens series. With the other top 10 girls swapping places week in week out, Claire remained super consistent on all the different race tracks and proved she is definitely one of the top women racers in the world. Well done Claire from all of us on the team.

The worst news of the weekend for us was Matti Lehikoinen who had been having a fantastic season laying in 8th place in the world cup standings. With the last few seasons of bad injuries and recovery time Matti just wanted to put a full season together injury free to build his confidence for the World Championships next week. However Matti being the fierce competitor that he is was pushing hard in practice and went down huge on the fastest part of the track when his front wheel just skipped over the top of a rut.

Matti plowed his left shoulder right into the ground and the impact was just too big. It looks like Matti has snapped some ligaments in his shoulder and unfortunately was unable to race the finals and it is lucking unlikely he will be able to compete in next weeks World Championships in Canada. This is a huge blow for Matti and he is really devastated to get injured again so we wish him the best of luck and a quick recovery. Matti still ended up 13th overall in the mens world cup standings even after missing this last round. We would like to thank Matti for his awesome results this season and it has been great having him on the team this year!

Ruaridh didn't get the result he was looking for. After his 10th place in Champery and a top 40 in Val Di Sole with a mechanical he was looking for a least a top 15 - 20 result this weekend. The nerves got to Ruaridh a little in the morning and then he just tried too hard in the finals and made some big mistakes on the track which you just couldn't do here and he was disappointed with his 47th place finish. Still not a bad result by any means but at the level Ruaridh is riding at he is capable of much better. He still finished the season ranked 36th in the World Cup which is fantastic. Hopefully he can take this into next week where he has earned a place on the super hard to qualify UK world championships team. We are all going to be behind you next week Ruaridh.

Chris Kovarik was looking strong this weekend and was hoping for a good top ten finnish but some mistakes on the first half of the track in his final run cost him this. Chris put in a super fast 2nd half making it back to finnish 20th for the day but it was not what he was looking for or capable of. Chris is hoping to turn it around next week at the World Championships on a course where he has won 2 World Cups in the past. Chris 20th position here at the finals gave us some great points though to achieve our team overall win so thanks mate and good luck next week.

Matt Simmonds has been a star this season and he didn't disappoint again here at the finals finishing a fantastic 17th position. At the start of the season Matt told me his goal was top 20 overall and he has worked so hard to achieve this. Matt didn't just finnish in the top 20 he made it into the top 15 overall in 15th place which is amazing in the super close and competitive mens class. Well done Matt you totally deserve your overall result we are all really proud of you.



Julien Camellini has not had the season he was hoping for by his standards. He finished a solid 16th place for the finals and along with his 7th place finnish at the Fort William round of the world cup he definitely has the speed. But with some big crashes at the races this season and last year out with injury, Julien is still getting back up to his full potential he showed in 2008 when he was 2nd in Maribor and finished top 10 overall! Julien is racing for France next week at the World Championships and we wish him the best of luck.

So on the whole it has been an amazing season, thanks to all our great riders - Claire Buchar, Julien Camellini, Ruaridh Cunningham, Chris Kovarik, Matti Lehikoinen and Matt Simmonds for winning the No.1 team prize and your individual results.

Thanks also goes to our mechanics Dave, Paul and Carl for keeping the bikes in top working order and a huge thank you to all our sponsors for the great products and support. I hope us winning the Team title has made it worth while for you all.

Also thanks to our videographers and photographers at MTBCUT.tv for our great podcasts and images.

UCI World Cup Team Standings

1. CHAIN REACTION CYCLES/INTENSE 432 points
2. SCOTT 11 411
3. SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 356
4. COMMENCAL 352
5. TREK WORLD RACING 314
6. MAXXIS - ROCKY MOUNTAIN 293
7. MS EVIL RACING 249
8. SUSPENSION CENTRE 196
9. COMMENCAL SUPERRIDERS 190
10. GT BICYCLES 181
UCI WOMENS Individual Standings

1. Sabrina JONNIER 1130 points
2. Emmeline RAGOT 1045
3. Tracey MOSELEY 909
4. Floriane PUGIN 906
5. Myriam NICOLE 810
6. Rachel ATHERTON 685
7. Claire BUCHAR 556
8. Mio SUEMASA 536
9. Céline GROS 469
10. Petra BERNHARD 411
UCI MENS Individual Standings

1. Gee ATHERTON 1229 points
2. Greg MINNAAR 1185
3. Sam BLENKINSOP 864
4. Aaron GWIN 757
5. Marc BEAUMONT 633
6. Brendan FAIRCLOUGH 606
7. Steve PEAT 491
8. Danny HART 482
9. Fabien PEDEMANAUD 480
10. Steve SMITH 478
13. Matti LEHIKOINEN 415
15. Matt SIMMONDS 379
27. Julien CAMELLINI 303
28. Chris KOVARIK 301
36. Ruaridh CUNNINGHAM 245


On behalf of the whole team we would like to congratulate Gee Atherton on taking the mens overall and Greg Minnaar on 2nd place. These 2 riders have swapped 1st and 2nd places at nearly every world cup this season and have made it super exciting for everyone. The finals were unbelievable, with only 3 points between them they both kept their heads and raced into 1st and 2nd place with only 0.37 seconds between them - Amazing guys..... Good luck at the World Championships next week.


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THE-Sponsored Rider Anneke Beerten Tops 4-Cross in Italy


Anneke Beerten sent us this report of her victory in 4-cross at the recent World Cup races in Val di Sole, Italy. Anneke wears THE helmets. Congrats on another big win Anneke.

After a couple of weeks of decent training it was time to get back to the racing action for the last half of the season. For round five of the World Cup we went to the beautiful mountainsides of Val di Sole, Italy.

For a change we had good weather and the course was in good condition. The course was challenging for us girls, but I always enjoy riding there--big jumps and loose gravel!


Qualifications went smoothly and I set the fastest time. The pressure was on. The overall standings are so tight and I had only a 10-point lead going into the race. I knew I had to step it up and give it all I had.

There was this massive pro line with two big double jumps on the course. I jumped them in practice and knew if I could do them in racing I could make a difference between me and the rest of the girls. In the semi-final I didn’t take the second double well, but jumping it gave me a good lead on the rest of the field and I made it to the finals.

In the finals I had a good inside gate and went even more aggressively over the two big jumps. I was the only girl to jump them in the final. It was such a great run and adrenaline rush to win the race. Another World Cup win in my pocket and I extended my lead by 45 points for the overall.

It was a great weekend for the Suspension Center team. My teammate Emmeline Ragot took the win in the Women's Downhill!

Next stop will be Windham, USA for the World Cup finals!


Womens 4-cross Results
1st Anneke Beerten
2nd Anita Molcik
3rd Katy Curd
4th Joanna Petterson
5th Steffi Marth


!Update! UCI World Championships in South Africa

Intense BMX Europe winner of UCI trade team challenge world title in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

From July 29th until August 1st the UCI held there annual world championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Riders from the Intense BMX team Europe were present to participate. After the last gate dropped on Sunday Intense BMX Europe won the UCI Challenge Trade team title.

Thanks to all or team riders who did a great job in there individual classes.

In the Challenge classes Jordi Schippers NED (cruiser 15/16) made it to the semi final. Axel Webster RSA (boys 11), Jordi Schippers NED (boys 15) and Kristaps Vinters LAT (boys 16) made the final. Axel finished 2nd, Jordi finished 7th and Kristaps finished 8th after a crash on the first straight.

Intense BMX Europe is proudly sponsored by: www.intensebmx.com , Shimano, BERMA plaatwerk, www.sinz-racing.com , Elkay sport, www.THE-industries.com, Alpine Stars, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Veltec and www.VSIproducts.com.

Intense BMX Europe Team managers
Jan Schippers & Jorg de Louw


UCI World Championships in South Africa



Congratulations to all the Intense, Speed, Sinz, THE and ITS riders who raced at the UCI World Championships in South Africa last week. And there were a lot of them.
Sifiso Nhlapo rode his custom painted Intense Podium frame and Sinz Pro forks to second place in Elite Men. Intense supplied him with the frame painted in a South African color scheme.
Sinz forks were aplenty in the Elite and Junior Elite finals with more than a few of the podium finishers co-sponsored by Intense, Sinz and THE. Among the Sinz podium finishers were Elite Men’s Gold Medalist Maris Stromberg and, of course, Sifiso; Women’s Gold Medalist Shanaze Reade and Junior Women’s Elite Gold and Silver Medalists Merle Bentham and Brooke Crain. Stromberg also wore a THE One helmet.
Among the other VSI-sponsored riders who made their mains were Khalen Young of Australia and Raymond van de Bieger of the Netherlands in Mens Elite who both ran Sinz forks; Intense Monster’s Ariel Martin, who looked strong, but unfortunately crashed and finished 8th in Women’s Elite, rode a custom painted Intense Podium, ITS tyres, Sinze forks and THE One helmet. Also on the gate with her were Laëtitia le Corguille of France and Rachel Bracken of Australia.
Connor Fields who rides with a Sinz fork and THE helmet, crashed spectacularly while leading the Junior Elite Men’s race. He finished 8th. Speed’s Nick Koehler finished 6th in 15-16 Boys Cruiser on a borrowed Intense (Thanks to Rob Cunnington at Cycles Africa for the loaner.), while Speed teammate Shelby Stacy grabbed 7th in 16 Girls. Dominique Daniels, who gets support from Speed, Sinz and ITS, placed 4th in Junior Elite Crusier. And Shay Glynn who rides for Profile and uses Sinz forks and ITS tyres picked up a 3rd in 15 Girls.
Congrats to all these riders and all the others who raced with Intense, Speed, Sinz, ITS and THE gear.


2010 UCI BMX World Titles

HRVfitness sent two of their finest to represent at the 2010 UCI BMX World Titles held in South Africa. Brandon Te Hiko and Jaden Rice. Both riders are in devastating form after winning their respected classes at the recent Australian Titles in Shepparton.

Brandon put in a fantastic performance and managed to come away with # 3 World in the 13 boys. This was Brandon’s second worlds, and after a bad spill at last year he was out to prove a point.

But the big news was the “Dominator” Jaden Rice. Jaden has looked strong all year and when it came to final time he didn’t pull any punches. The big fella dropped the hammer and came away with his first gold at a world event.
Congratulations to both riders. What a fantastic job.
HRVfitness Team Sponsors: Intense Bikes, S and M bikes, Altegra, Skin Industries, BMX Press, Phire Bird, DNA Nutrition, Strictly BMX.


Alli Sports and the Gatorade Flow Tour

The folks at Alli Sports and the Gatorade Flow Tour recently featured Eye- and Ave-sponsored rider Daniel Sandoval in AM Spotlight. Daniel rode his Eye Q frame to a first in BMX Park and second in BMX Dirt June 12 at the Gatorade Flow Tour contest at Da Compound in Perris, California. We're stoked to have Daniel as a member of the Eye/Ave team.


Transition Factory Racing's Jill Kintner takes Womens National DH title

Lars Sternberg and Jill Kintner of the Transition Racing squad attended the US National CHampionships in Sol Vista Colorado this past weekend, while Bryn Atkinson travelled to Morzine France to prepare for the final two European rounds of the World Cup circuit. Lars and Jill left a week beforehand to attend the Mountain States Cup in Snowmass Colorado, and get acclimated to the altitude in preperation for the Champs the folloowing weekend.
Jill and Lars were both enjoying the Snowmass course, and had the course dialed come Sunday race time. In the Womens final Jill had a few crashes, and suffered a gash to the chin which required some stitches. Melissa Buhl (KHS) took the victory. In the Mens race, Lars had a conservative run and placed 4th in the finals. Aaron Gwin took a convincing win by over 15 seconds. Both Transition riders were happy with the relaxing weekend, and were looking forward to being as strong as possible heading into Nationals.
The team arrived at Sol Vista ready to get to work. With a spread out practice schedule the pressure was off to learn the course in just a few runs. Both riders made the necessary equipment and physical adjustments required to succeed on such a unique course. At just around 2.5 minutes the course was much more physically demanding than a typical course of the same duration. There we're some large jumps and obstacles that were made even more challenging by a near constant 15-20 mph wind. The mens and womens fields both saw early withdrawls due to injuries.
In seeding Sunday am Jill set the bar with a qualifying time of 2min 50sec. Lars qualified 3rd in mens with a time of 2min 27sec. Having set the fastest seeding time Jill was the last Woman down. Jackie Harmony stepped up her time to a 2min 49sec in the finals, which meant Jill had to go faster than in seeding to take the win. She crossed the line with a 2min 46sec, and a DH National Championship jersey to add to her growing collection. She had this to say "I was told by a homie, to put the “Soul” in Sol Vista, and that might just have happened yesterday. Dedicated the race to some broken friends, and Won my first ever Downhill National Championship in pro Women. Couldn't be happier!"
In the mens finals Aaron Gwin ran early after a crash in seeding and set a new record of 2min 21sec. Lars would be unable to best this time after suffering a puncture to his rear tube 1/2 way down the race course. In the end Gwin's time stood, and he took his 2nd Men's title. Lars says "I'm glad Kintner was able to bring home a jersey to the NW. It would have been amazing to have brought both of them home, but unfortunately this was not my year. I am happy with my performance this weekend however. I stuck to my plan in practice, and found the right pace for the course early on. I feel I was on my way to a successful weekend, but my rear tube had other plans!"

The team has returned home for the NWCup finals, whilst Bryn remains in Europe for Champerey this weekend.

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ABOUT TRANSITION BIKES Transition Bikes is a bicycle company located in Ferndale Washington and is focused on creating trail and gravity oriented mountain bikes. Our philosophy is simple, Rider Owned for Life since 2001. It is not a slick marketing slogan but something that defines who we are as a company. Connecting with our dealers and customers from a rider standpoint is our number one concern. Through outstanding and responsive customer service, and unique niche product design, we create and build relationships with our customers that are important to everyday riders and forgotten by larger companies. When you buy a Transition product you can be assured it has been tested in real world conditions by the same people that design them. We don't believe in using Catalog designs; everything is designed in house by us. Our goal is not to become a huge corporate brand but rather a company the average rider can believe in. Our customers are our family and we get immense joy from seeing them progress their riding to new levels right beside us.


Round 4 of the UCI World Cup

Round 4 of the UCI World Cup was one of the toughest, craziest World Cups in the history of the sport. The most extreme track on the circuit was turned into a mud bath of thick gloop with the terrible weather we had, making it virtually unridable to all but the very best riders in the world.

The team survived the crazy extreme conditions of the Champery downhill course and extended our lead in the team standings. This was thanks to some fantastic results from our riders.


Claire Buchar kept her consistency even after a tough week for her in practice. Claire was struggling with the track, her hands, mechanicals and confidence due to some big crashes, but she kept her composure and rode brilliantly in the final. She battled down the course to take her 4th 7th position and retaining her 7th overall.

Chris Kovarik who was riding fantastic all week and one of the few riders still able to throw down huge style on the massive jumps down at the bottom of the track even in the worst of conditions finished an astonishing 9th place even after a huge crash on his last practice run and barely able to even put enough weight on his leg to stand on the pedals. This is credit to how tough the Australian rider is.

Ruaridh Cunningham finally put together a run we knew he is capable of, gaining his first ever World Cup top 10 finishing 10th. We are all so stoked for him and Ruaridh is still grinning now! Well done mate.

Matti Lehikoinen had a tough week with some huge crashes in practice and qualifying beating himself up pretty bad, but he kept his composure and managed a great 13th position for the day and retaining his 8th overall position in the mens standings.



Matt Simmonds and Julien Camellini didn't do as well as they expected, both not having great runs and placing 45th and 59th respectively - but getting down with no serious injuries. Matt moves slightly down in the overall rankings but only to 15th which is still great and Julien just slips outside the top 20 in 21st. But with 2 rounds still to go Matt and Julien are looking to move back up the standings.

A huge thank you has to go out to the Mechanics Dave, Paul and Carl for keeping the bikes rolling in the very tough conditions, Joanne Seagrave for feeding and looking after us all week with the most amazing food. Also to Martin the Masseur for patching the riders back together after big crashes enabling them to race.

Thanks to all our sponsors for the best bikes and equipment to make the riders jobs as easy as possible.

This week we head on down to Val di Sole, Italy for the 5th round of the UCI world cup. Lets hope for some sunshine and a dry race!

Until then.....

Photography by Geoff Waugh - MTBCUT.tv


Intense BMX Europe European Championships Sandnes, Norway.


Last weekend was the National Championships for many countries in the Northern Hemisphere.

From the team Matt Simmonds and Ruaridh Cunningham competed in the UK champs at Ae forest, Scotland and Julien Camellini headed to Val d'Isere for the French champs.

Julien was determined to put in a good run and go for the French title but crashed within 30 seconds from the finish having posted the fastest split time of the race only 1 minute of the track remaining.

Ruaridh Cunningham was feeling good for a result in front of the home Scottish crowd after seeding 6th with a conservative run but made a mistake in the wet, muddy conditions in the final and ended up head-butting a tree on his run ending his hopes for a podium position.

Matt Simmonds had another solid race showing once again he has stepped his racing game up to the top level. Matt finished 4th and earned a place on the podium only 10ths of a second behind Josh Bryceland in 3rd. Congratulations to Steve Peat on winning another national titles in front of Gee Atherton.



Here is Matts race report and pictures from Ian Linton. Many thanks Ian.

This year’s national champs where held at AE forest, with the track getting a revamp it had a mixture of all sorts varying from fast rocky sections, tight woods, steep switch backs and when all linked together made a hard course.

This was now my fifth year racing national champs as an elite and with previous podiums I was more hyped up than ever to get another. Over the weekend a lot of rain had fallen which left most people opting for spike tyres, mud guards and a shed load of tear offs.

In seeding race favourite Steve Peat had a big crash which left him coming down early in the finals. Onto myself and I was sitting in third with Josh Bryceland in second and Gee Atherton winning seeding.

Come the afternoon and the rain showed no sign of letting up, as I came across the line into second place Steve Peat had put in a storming run, some four seconds up on my time with only two riders left my chance of a podium was still alive. Josh was next and came in on a similar time to mine but a fraction quicker quickly followed by gee who didn’t quite have enough to beat the time of Steve but still good enough for second.

So that was me in fourth place, I’m now getting ready to fly to France for the fourth round of the world cup series next weekend.

Till then, Matt.


Intense BMX Europe European Championships Sandnes, Norway.


The final two rounds of the UEC European championships were held in Sandnes Norway July 9-11. The organization build a track in the city center of Sandnes to bring BMX to the people and it paid off during the junior and elite racing the stands were filled with people from Sandnes of whom saw BMX for the first time and to top things of the race was televised on national TV and Eurosport 2.

The track was a basic M shape with a pro section on the second straight, a great rhythm section on the third straight and three nice brick paved turns.

The Intense BMX Europe team was present with Jordi Schippers (boys 15 and cruiser 15/16), Kristaps Vinters (boys 16), Abbie Taylor (Junior women), Klavs Lisovskis (Junior men), Jeffrey Hoogland (Junior men), Maartje Hereijgers (Junior women), Lorin Martinez (Junior men) and Arnaud Dubois (Elite men).



On Friday it was time for race one of the weekend, with all top contenders in each class present the racing was awesome. The junior men and Elite men were up for quarter finals, while the Junior women were up for semi’s and the Elite women were up for mains.

In Junior women Abbie taylor had a chrash in the first turn while in 3rd place, Maartje Hereijgers made the main and finished second. In Junior men Klavs Lisovskis and Jeffrey Hoogland were not able to make the main, Lorin Martinez made the main event and placed 3. In Elite men Arnaud Dubois had a rough day and did not make the main.

On Saturday it was time for race two of the weekend, this time Kristaps Vinters and Jordi Schippers were also racing. They both had quarter finals in there age group. Both Intense riders were able to make the main event. Jordi Schippers was able to get 5th overall, while Vinters rode perfect all day long taking the European title in boys 16.



On day two both Abbie taylor and Maartje Hereijgers made the main in Junior women were Abbie scored a 4th place and Maartje took the top spot taking the win. In Junior men Klavs Lisovskis and Jeffrey Hoogland were not able to make the main, Lorin Martinez made the main event and placed 5th. In Elite men Arnaud Dubois had a better day and made it to the semi’s.

On sunday it was time for cruiser racing, Jordi Schippers raced in the 15/16 age group, Maartje Hereijgers in the Junior women and Klavs Lisovskis, Jeffrey Hoogland and Lorin Martinez in Junior men. All Intense riders made there main event or scored a podium spot. Jordi Schippers went down in the main event placing 7th overall. In Junior women Maartje Hereijgers placed second overall. In Junior men allthree Intense riders made the main event. Were Both Klavs Lisovskis and Jeffrey Hoogland both rode a great race with Lisovskis taking second and Hoogland taking the top spot and the European title.



In the overall standings Maartje Hereijgers finished second in Junior women class and Abbie Taylor finished third.
In the Junior men class Lorin Martinez finished third overall.

With a European title, two seconds and two thirds in the Championship classes and a European title in the boys 16, the Intense BMX Europe team had some great results at the European Championships. Congratulations to all Intense BMX riders for there results at the European Championships.

Thanks to all our great partners Intense BMX, Shimano, BERMA, Alpine Stars, Sinz, Elkay sport, THE, Rockstar energy drink, Veltec and VSI.


As you all know by now Rennen/Intense has been hard at work over the past month, competing all over the Eastern United States. Once again we’ve set the bar for 2010 Factory/National team racing accomplishing a rare feat: Two wins, on the same day, in two different locations, in two different sanctions.

Here’s a breakdown of the team sheet riders that competed in the dual race weekend:

Nashville, TN - NBL Music City National

o Shayne Robinson: Scored a pair of wins in the senior ladies cruiser class for the weekend
o Melissa Woodruff: She dominated the 40-44 women’s cruiser class with a pair of wins
o Cam Moore: Nothing but firsts in the 12 year old expert and cruiser classes all weekend long!
o Austin Loebe: Rough weekend for the Luscious one, 6th and 2nd in the stacked 17/18 expert class
o Will Murray: Two for one 2nd place Masters Class finish
o Courtney Applewhite: Pair of 3rds in a combined 15 & over girl’s class for the weekend

Westfield, MA - ABA New England National

o TJ Maniscalchi: 2nd and 4th in 12x and 1st in 11-12 open
o Rochelle Wooding: Pair of deuces in 14 girls
o CJ Fisher: 1-1-2 in Jr Devo, pair of wins in 15 cruiser and 2nd and 3rd in 15x
o Max Egdorf: 2nd and 3rd in 19-27x
o Pat Parker: 1st in a combined 28-40 expert class
o Shawn DiPrete: 2nd and a 1st in a combined 28-40 expert class

Rennen/Intense will now look forward to a team effort in Severn, MD at the ABA Star Spangled National this coming weekend the 17/18th of July.

For those of you in the New York state area, Rennen/Intense will be holding a clinic on Monday night July 19th at New Paltz BMX. We recently received a batch of one time limited edition Rennen/Intense T-shirts from BLTees Inc and those will be available at this event. Also our 7th annual summer camp kicks off in Bethel, CT on Monday July 19th at Bethel Supercross at 9am.

We thank you all for your continued support.

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Mega Avalanche Race


THE helmet and Intense sponsored World Downhill Champion downhiller Emmeline Ragot just finished the spectacular Mega Avalanche Race at Alpe d'Huez, France, taking 2nd place. THE-sponsored rider Fionn Griffiths got 9 th while Chain Reaction-Intense rider Clair Buchar took 11th place. Check out Emmeline's race report.

The popular Mega Avalanche Race took place July 10 and 11 in l’Alpe d’Huez ,France for the 15th time. Mega Avalanche is an enduro race on the glacier at an altitude of more than 3,000 metres. From there we raced down past the town of l’Alpe d’Huez and finished the race in the valley at Allemont below Oz en Oisans . This year, 2,000 riders from 31 countries took part in the event with a record 90 women starting .

The qualification was on Friday on a different track that included 25 minutes of riding on a really technical downhill. The start was mass-start style just like the finals would be. There was plenty of fighting in the first corners. I finished 4th behind AnneCaroline Chausson, Tracy Moseley and Sabrina Jonnier. The qualification determined the starting position and line for the competition on Sunday morning on the glacier.

Saturday at 6 a.m. all the women gathered at the lift to be transported to the glacier. Upon our arrival on the top, the temperature was less that 0°. It was freezing! We waited one and a half hours hour in the cold before the start. The snow was a bit soft and that made the ride really difficult, but the track was step and we were able get some speed. I had a big crash in the snow when my front wheel cought a rut and stopped dead, sending me over the bars.Fortunately crashing on the snow is less hard than the dirt or rocks. After 3 kms of snow I was 2nd and I keep this place until I crossed the finish line with a time of 1 hour and 12 minutes. The track was really physical with some very step up hill climbs. But it was a good experience and good training.



Results:

1. Anne Caroline Chausson, SUNN ( France) 1h 07 min
2. Emmeline Ragot, Suspension center INTENSE (France) 1h 12 min
3. Meggie Bichard, Somerset (UK) 1h 18 min
4. Anka Martin, Sram Santacruz ( USA) 1h 18 min
5. Tracy Moseley, TREK (UK) 1h 19 min
6. Saugy Myriam , Texner BMC ( SUISSE) 1h 19 min
7. Brigit Braumann, Specialized-mountainbiker (Austria) 1h 20min
8. Sabrina Jonnier Maxxis Rocky-mountain (France) 1h 21min
9. Griffiths Fionn, Norco World Team (UK) 1h 21min
10.Amy Laird, R&R Sport – Raceface- Lezyne (NZ) 1h 22
11. Claire Buchar, Chain Reaction Intense (Canada) 1h 22


FOX NEWS AT THE OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER

Fox News 5 in San Diego interviewed Intense-Monster Pro Arielle Martin at the Olympic Training Center Supercross track in Chula Vista, CA, in June during the Junior Development Camp. Speed Bicycles riders Jesse Day and Nick Koehler ripped it up behind her. Jesse, on his Speed frame, is the first rider to go. Nick, wearing a red helmet and riding a red and black Speed frame, hit the track a few riders later.

 


VSI Names Michael Gamstetter as Marketing Manager

CERRITOS, CA, June 16, 2010—VSI Products, Inc., the parent company of Intense, Sinz, THE, Speed, Vigor, ITS, EYE and AVE hired bicycle industry veteran Michael Gamstetter as its new marketing manager. He will be responsible for the creation of ad campaigns, ad placement, web content, management of all sales and marketing collateral as well as sponsorship and event management.
“Michael has a long history in BMX and more than 20 years experience in the bicycle industry and with that he brings a wealth of knowledge to VSI. He’s going to be a great addition to the team,” said Chris Smith, VSI’s chief operating officer.

An avid cyclist with a broad range of interests and abilities, Michael began riding bikes at the age of 3-years-old and never stopped. Since discovering BMX racing in the late-1970s he has continuously been involved in cycling in one way or another—¬as racer, mechanic, retailer, advocate and journalist. While living in Japan, Michael realized his dream of working in the bicycle industry when he took a job with Japan Cycle Press magazine as a translator, editor and art director. He later joined the editorial staff at Bicycle Retailer and Industry News where he worked for 11 years.

After leaving the magazine, Michael managed a retail bicycle shop, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Design, worked as an industrial designer for Nova Lighting and launched a graphic design and retro number plate company called Forty Four 16 Design.

“Our brands have huge growth potential and Michael’s industry experience as a reporter and editor combined with his interests in cycling, bikes and design fit perfectly with VSI and our long-term goals for the company,” said Toby Henderson, VSI’s CEO.
Besides a degree in industrial design, Michael has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree; rides and occasionally races road, cross country, BMX and cyclocross and collects vintage BMX bikes.
As marketing manager, Michael will use his editorial, design and promotional experience, as well his many industry contacts to boost the visibility of VSI’s seven BMX and mountain bike brands


Well it was another great race at the 3rd Round of the UCI World Cup at Leogang, Austria.

With most of the team having great results we managed to win the best team of the race again for the 2nd consecutive World Cup and we now are leading the World Cup - so at the next round in Champery, we will have the yellow number plates for the leading team.


The track at Leogang was really demanding on the riders and the bikes as it had very mixed terrain with lots of tight steep corners up at the top section and flat pedalling sections linking up the very technical wooded sections lower down on the course.
The weather played a huge part in the race as it rained most of the week and with all the practice with hundreds of riders the track developed huge holes on fast parts of the track and was constantly changing throughout the weekend. When the riders finally came down for their race runs, the track had changed a lot and caught many riders out.

In the Womens race Claire Buchar managed another great result placing 7th again for the 3rd time and retains her 7th place overall in the womens standings. Claire was struggling with breathing at the race due to getting sick in the week leading up to the race so well done Claire.

In the mens race Julien Camellini and Ruaridh Cunnningham didn't have the best days racing. Both of them fell victim to the tough conditions, Ruaridh crashing hard up on the top section and Julien having a terrible run and going off the course 3 times. Ruaridh ended up 75th position and Julien in a disappointing 48th which has dropped him down to 18th position from 10th in the overall standings. Hopefully they can get back higher in the rankings at the next 3 races.

Chris Kovarik didn't have the best of runs either, making a few big mistakes and not carrying speed in some sections as well as he would of liked - but he placed 18th and these days with the times so tight it was still a good result in the top 20.


Matt Simmonds and Matti Lehikoien had a great weekend. Matti qualifying in 4th position on the Saturday and Matt Simmonds in a career best 6th place with less than 1 second separating them both. They couldn't quite match their qualifying positions but still did amazing with Matti in 9th and Matt Simmonds in 10th. His best ever World Cup result to date. So well done him. Matti had now moved up to 8th in the overall standings and Matt is 11th.

Congratulations to Greg Minnaar and Sabrina Jonnier for winning the mens and womens race.

Men's DH Results
1. Greg Minnaar 4:05.65
2. Gee Atherton 4:06.39
3. Aaron Gwin 4:10.09
4. Sam Blenkinsop 4:11.17
5. Cameron Cole 4:11.77
6. Steve Pete 4:11.82
7. Brendan Fairclough 4:12.61
8. Justin Leov 4:12.93
9.Matti Lehikoinen 4:13.25
10. Matt Simmonds 4:13.82
18. Chris Kovarik 4:18.36
48. Julien Camellini 4:26.65
75. Ruaridh Cunningham 4:48.36
9.Matti Lehikoinen 4:13.25

Womens DH Results
1. Sabrina Jonnier 4:52.70
2. Emmeline Ragot 4:56.27
3. Floriane Pugin 4:58.05
4. Tracey Moseley 5:02.39
5. Myriam Nicole 5:05.48
7. Claire Buchar 5:12.72

Our next big race is the famous Mega Avalanche in a few weeks time which should be great fun and then the 4th round of the World Cup is another few weeks after that.
Thanks once again to all our sponsors for supporting us with the best equipment.


World Cup 4-cross, Leogang

It's always exiting to go to a new place and ride new tracks. For the 4th round of the UCI World Cup we went to Leogang, Austria, the replacement venue for Schladming. The weather predictions for the weekend were not good, and the predictions were right this time.
The whole weekend it rained almost non stop. The 4-cross track was nice, steep, technical and very slippery and muddy on Saturday night. I messed up qualification big time, ended up 3rd which is not bad but I know I could have done a lot better.

Going into this race I was feeling good and hungry for a win. But racing in these conditions means anything can happen. My Quarter and Semi final went without a problem and I went on to the final. I had a great gate in the final and was able to cut to the inside corner and power into first place. The last grass corner was the most tricky one of the whole track and before I knew it Romana Labounkova came on the inside of me, but my Michelins kept me upright, and I was able to get on the pedals quick and took home my first win of the season!!

With this win I am also leading the Overall series! Stoked to be back on the top step of the podium and to be riding in the leader's jersey at the next World Cup.

Womens 4-cross result:
1st Anneke Beerten
2nd Joanna Petterson
3rd Romana Labounkova
4th Fionn Griffiths
5th Anita Molcik

For more info and to stay up to date please check: www.annekebeerten.com
See you all at the races......keep on riding.


News updated June 14th

MTN Bmx rider Sifiso "skizo" Nhlapo returned home for a week before heading off to USA for final preparations leading into the BMX World Championships to be held in Pietermaritzburg South Africa 30th/31st July. The return home coincided perfectly with rounds 4 & 5 of the MTN Bmx Nationals held in Germiston. The local bmx riders where surprised when Skizo pitched up but at the same time all the young riders welcomed their bmx hero.

Skizo had a great day riding with the local Elite riders and didnt drop one lap the whole day showing everyone that he is right on track leading upto World Champs, Skizo commented "I enjoyed racing back at home again and was really surprised as to the turn out both in riders and supporters. There are alot of riders that have really lifted their game leading into World Champs which is great to see as it is at home and we can show off some of the younger talent to SA. This next month for me is crucial with final prep for Worlds so I can get on the podium for the home crowd"

Results for the weekend where 1st Sifiso Nhlapo 2nd Dean Holdstock 3rd Kane Herbert

Sifiso's new schedule till the end of the year will be as follows:

June 18-20th Rockford PRO UCI (USA) July 2-4th Great Salt Lake City PRO UCI (USA) July 30-31st BMX World Champs (South Africa) Sept 3-4th Black Jack National PRO UCI (USA) Sept 17-18th Chula Vista UCI SX (USA) Sept 24-26th MTN SA Grand National (South Africa) Oct 8-9th Frejus UCI SX (France) Oct 22-24 Disney Cup PRO UCI (USA) Nov 25-28 Grand Nationals PRO UCI (USA) Dec Train at Potch Facilities

Milka Wheels of Speed - Willingen, Germany

Most of the team (apart from Ruaridh who competing in a Scottish National back home and placing 2nd) competed in the the Downhill race at the huge bike festival in Willingen, Germany at the weekend. The festival is huge with all of Germanys MTB industry there with stands showing products from bikes to basically everything you can buy related to riding. It is like a massive outdoor bike show.

The Downhill race is held on the track that used to hold a World Cup DH and 4X race on and it is always very competitive with a lot of the top world cup pro racers showing up because of the track with its big jumps and also the great prize money which is a ton more than a World Cup! I wonder why UCI can't provide as good prize money at the biggest races in the world?

The racing is always super tight and a great spectacle for the people watching with times only differing between hundredths of seconds. All the team did exceptionally well with Claire Buchar narrowly missing out on the win by the fastest DH woman in the world - Rachael Atherton by less than a 1/4 of a second. Matt, Chris and Matti where all in the top 10 and so close to the podium in times.

Thanks to the organizers at Willingen for having the team at there great event once again. See you next year. Also a huge thank you to Kathy Sessler from the Santa Cruz Syndicate team for her photos.

Final Results

Aaron Gwin 1:50.06
Greg Minnaar 1:50.26
Andrew Neethling: 1:50.99
Dan Atherton 1:51.69
filip Polc 1:52.03
Matt simmonds 1:52.03
Chris Kovarik 1:52.19
Steve Smith 1:52.55
Matti Lehikoinen 1:52.96
Florent Payet 1:52.99

Rachelo Atherton 2:06.15
Claire Buchar 2:06.39
Antje Kramer 2:13.82

The team now heads over to Leogang in Austria for the 3rd round of the UCI World Cup this coming weekend.

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FORT WILLIAM, Scotland June 6th

Team Kenda-Playbiker had its best weekend of the 2010 season so far at the second downhill mountain bike World Cup in Fort William, Scotland. Sean O'Connor (AUS) rode to a career best 8th place finish on one of the roughest and fastest tracks on the circuit. Nathan Rankin (NZL) was only 52nd , which is below his potential but mainly due to the effects of the crash he suffered in Maribor, while Wyn Masters (NZL) was 40th after an interesting 26th in qualifies.

In 4x, Edo Franco (ITA) rode well, making it to the 1/8th finals, putting him in 28th place. "I need to work on my gates," the young italian said, "I'm always struggling down the first straight."

This year's downhill track had a variety of new sections in it, as well as a few very rough section where they had scraped it down to the bedrock, making for lots of long nights for the mechanics rebuilding wheels.

O'Connor was incredibly pleased with his performance in the downhill. "I hit all of my lines up top, and all of my training has paid off allowing me to put down a lot of hard pedaling at the bottom of the track on the motorway." O'Connor's performance now puts him in 22nd place in the overall World Cup ranking, 3 points out of a protected slot. When combined with the rest of the team's results, Kenda-Playbiker has now rejoined the top 20 trade teams on the World Cup standing, with an interesting 12th at the Scottish round.

Some of the team is now headed to the home resort Pila, Italy for a week of training and relaxation, while others have headed to local races to get some more race time in on their bikes.

The team will rejoin each other next weekend in Leogang, Austria, for the next round of the 2010 Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup.

WORLD CUP 4-CROSS, FORT-WILLIAM

It's always a pleasure to travel up to Fort William in Scotland. The scenery is just breathtaking, everything is green and the drive up from the airport in Edinburgh was really nice. This year we had great weather, normally it rains a lot here, but the whole week the sun was out and the track was dry and dusty.

There were no changes made to the 4-cross track, it was the same as last year. It's a simple track with not a lot of challenges to it. On a track like this it is difficult to make a difference to the rest of the riders. I was feeling good on my bike all weekend and was able to qualify first.... It's been awhile since I had the fastest qualifying time so it was nice to be riding with that number one plate on my bike again.

On Saturday afternoon the race area was already packed with people and at night when racing started there was the great "Fort William" atmosphere, people blowing horns and sending out a great vibe! The adrenaline was pumping and I was feeling confident, I made it trough the quarter and semi final without a problem and made it to another world cup final. I had a good gate in the final but then I just got powered out by the Jana Horokova who was next to me. I had a hard time on this "power first straight" and was unable to take in the lead. On the second straight I tried to make a move for 2nd place, but that did not go as planned and even bumped me back ending up 4th.

On Sunday I had a blast doing the Downhill commentating for Freecaster.tv together with Rob Warner. Scotland rules and I had a great weekend!

Next stop: European Championships in Willingen, Germany next weekend!

Womens 4-cross result:
1st Jana Horakova
2nd Anita Molcik
3rd Romana Labounkova
4th Anneke Beerten
5th Lucia Oetjen

For more info and to stay up to date please check: www.annekebeerten.com

Chain Reaction Cycles.com / Intense - No.1 Team at Fort William World Cup

Team Chain Reaction Cycles / Intense had a fantastic weekend at Fort William. The race, weather and whole event was amazing. As you can see we took top honors for the weekend winning the best team award. It was great having the while team up on the podium in front of the cheering race fans.

The great UK crowd was there in full effect which made for a sensational atmosphere. Lesley, Mike and the crew put on another fantastic World Cup event and the course builders had done an amazing job on the DH track making a great race.

We had some great results over the weekend with everyone making it through to the Sunday finals and Matti Lehikoinen placing 5th in the semi final was great.

Claire Buchar had another great run equaling her 7th place from Maribor at round 1 and is 7th overall in the Womens standings.

Julien Camellini got back up to speed placing 7th in the men's category which was really a good result for him and the team so early on in the season after 1 year out with injury. Matti Lehikoinen also had a brilliant run and placed 10th for the day which should boost his confidence for the rest of the season. Matt Simmonds had another great ride finishing 20th so 2 top 20s for Matt in the first 2 world cups is great. Ruaridh Cunningham had a good run in the final but not quite able to equal his semi final placing of 19th. He ended the day in 37th but only 3 seconds off his goal of a top 20. On a 4.30 minute plus track this shows Ruaridh is riding really good and hopefully his results will come with a little more time.

The only real disappointment we had for the weekend was Chris Kovarik. He was riding great all weekend placing 9th in the semi final even after a jammed chain from landing on a big rock halfway down the course we were sure he was on for a podium spot at least. But it didn't go Chris way after clocking the 4th fastest 1st split time only 0.3 of a second behind eventual winner Gee Atherton Chris got a front puncture ending his and the teams high hopes. It was a real shame as Chris put in so much effort this weekend wowing the crowd with his exceptional riding skills doing probably the most runs of anyone all weekend.

But 3 riders in the top 10 and 4 in the top 20 was fantastic for the team and this will give us a good confidence boost heading into the 3rd round of the World Cup in 2 weeks time.

Congratulations to the race winners Gee Atherton winning in front of the home crowd and Sabrina Jonnier from France winning the womens race. Also well done to New Zealand's Cam Cole in 2nd place in the men's race and the whole team would like to pass on their best wishes to last years World Cup winner Sam Hill who sustained a bad shoulder injury in Fridays practice - we hope to see him back on the bike soon and racing asap

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Rennen/Intense Team Report

Rennen/Intense started the NBL Keystone National weekend out with a bang by conducting a 30+ rider pre-national clinic on Friday afternoon. From there things never slowed down till the drive home on Sunday. With a top notch track, and hot weather, fun times were on tap for the Memorial Day holiday weekend in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Pottstown was the last of a busy three NBL national weekend schedule in the month of May, and as the saying goes "the best was saved for last". Already having picked up two NBL team wins in the month of May, Rennen/Intense kept on rolling with two more big point total wins that not only earned us the win each day but extended our "overall" National Team category point lead an additional 7 points.

Our team pros represented well as Allen Currier made the trip and not only assisted with the clinic but pulled a podium finish in the Super X pro class on Day 1. Will Murray was all “Deuces” for the weekend in the big extra money Masters pro class, as the Texas Roadhouse Café threw in an extra $2000 to the pot on Day 1.
Pat Parker scored on big time day 1 with a win in the 26-34 expert class, and followed that up with a solid 2nd on day 2. Davey Maltezos represented the R/I colors in 26-34 also and scored a third on Day 2. Max Egdorf was on fire with a pair of wins in the 19-25 expert class, and Austin Loebe had a perfect weekend in 17-18 expert, never losing a lap. Both of these guys were a huge asset to the Friday clinic also! Rochelle Wooding (14 girls/cru) and Justin Knapper (13x/cru) both had perfect weekends, never losing a lap in either class or cruiser. Randy Bitinaitis, who now should only be referred to as “The Butcher”, spent day 1 knocking off the rust and then came up big time on day 2 with a double in 40-44 cru and 41+X classes. Meanwhile his daughter Nikki was in the 11 girls class mains both days. Ross Wooding handled the 19-24 cruiser class with main event wins both days, and Susie Levan picked up a win the ladies cruiser class on Day 1. Victor Behm powered his way to a 16 expert main event win on day 2.

Justin Knapper (13x)

We now head into a tough stretch of seven National event team competitions over a seven weekend span in June/July. Starting off with back-to-back ABA nationals in Charlotte, NC and Rockford, IL, then it’s the NBL’s classic South Park national. July 4th weekend we take a break, then get right back into it by fielding teams in both Nashville, TN (NBL), and Westfield, MA (ABA). July 17/18 will find us in the fine state of Maryland for an ABA National, with our 7th annual week long Bethel, CT Summer Camp kicking off on July 19th. We end this massive stretch in Trumbull, CT for the NBL’s Constitution Classic National event.

Once again I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you ALL for your continued support!

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Intense BMX / Monster Energy Pro Team Race Report
ABA Spring Nationals: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Round #6 of the 2010 ABA Pro BMX Race Series was held May 28-30. With 1003 Amateurs and 28 of the world’s top Pro riders in attendance this was one exciting weekend of racing. The covered arena houses 81,000 square feet of one of the best BMX tracks anywhere and with over 200 motos of racing each day it showcased the best in BMX racing over the Memorial Day weekend.

This weekend, Intense BMX/Monster Energy Pro Team riders Danny Caluag and David Herman made the trip to Albuquerque.

Danny Caluag has had a great 2010 season so far and his Spring National efforts show he is continuing his winning ways. On Saturday Danny rode well all day in both the Elite Men’s and Elite Cruiser Class. Danny missed out making the Elite Men’s class, but came back with a vengeance in Elite Cruiser and went from start to finish in the lead, taking the win. On Sunday, Danny made his way into both main events. In Elite Men he finished 4th, and in Elite Cruiser a battle for the win ended up in disappointment, as Danny crashed and finished 8th for the day.

David Herman has put in a lot of effort to regain top form after his early season injury and this weekend he let everyone in attendance know his hard work is paying off. His results of 8th place in the Elite Main event each day do not reflect how well he rode overall this weekend. On each day David made it through the qualifiers on his way to the main event where he was near the front of the pack going into the first turn on both days. Unfortunately, crashes on both days kept David off the podium, but his overall performance demonstrated he is headed in the right direction with his training.

Both David and Danny, as well as, Arielle Martin will head off to round #7 of the ABA Pro Tour, June 5th & 6th in Sacramento, CA for the ABA Summer Nationals.

The Intense BMX / Monster Energy Pro Team is proudly supported by THE Products, SINZ Elite, Fly Racing, Shimano, ITS, Skull Candy, and Group D Designs.

Intense BMX Europe Dutch National Championships Kampen 30-05-2010

Last weekend the national championships were held in Kampen. The track always looks good here and this time was no exception. During Saturday nights practice there was wind and a little rain but noting major and all Dutch Intense riders were looking good. The weather forecast for Sunday was not looking very good and they were right for a change.

It rained most of Saturday night until about 8:00 Sunday morning. During practice for block 1 (all cruisers and 20” until 14 years old) the track was drying up a little and racing started at 11:00. Jordi Schippers (15/16 cruiser) and Jeffrey Hoogland (17/24 cruiser) were racing cruiser in block 1 while Roy Bax raced his 20” in 13 boys which is an age group up then normal to get more and better competition and racing experience.They all transferred out of the moto’s into there main or semi final. After the moto’s of block 1 finished practice for block 2 started (20” junior, elite, 15/16, 17/24, 24+). When the moto’s got underway the rain started to pour down and it was on and of until the semi’s which made it very slippery on the gate. In block 2 Jordi Schippers (15/16 boys), Jeffrey Hoogland (Juniormen) and Maartje Hereijgers (Junior/Elite women) all were looking good in there moto’s and transferred out easy onto there main, semi or quarter final.
Because the weather was bad it caused a lot of riders to spin out of the gate and the quarter and semi finals saw some upsets and surprises. All Intense riders made it to there main event with no problem except Jeffrey Hoogland who spun out on the gate and had to make a pass on the last straight to make it into the main in cruiser.


The main’s started with the cruiser classes and Jordi Schippers spun out on the gate and had to come from behind he gave it a good try but could not get a spot on the podium a 4th place was all he could make of it. Jeffrey Hoogland had to come from the outside because of his little spin in the semi, He snapped out of the gate and led the race from start to finish and had a solid run crossing the finish with more then a bike length on the rider in second.
After the cruisers it was time for the 20” classes to see who would become national champion. Roy Bax was spinning out on the gate and tried all he could but the time he lost at the gate was too big to make up and he finished 8th. Still not bad considering he is racing an age group up and making the main at the national championships.

After Roy it was time for Jordi Schippers to see how he could do. No major problem at the gate but he got squeezed on the hill but kept on going anyway and was able to make up for it in the first turn. Over the doubles on the second straight he made an unplanned one footer but managed to stay on and keep his 3rd place all the way to the finish.
In Junior men it was Jeffrey Hoogland who really wanted to double and bring home both titles. This time from an inside line he had another good gate and lead again from start to finish making no mistakes making it 2 out of 2.
Maartje Hereijgers was in the Junior/Elite women main with an outside gate position she had to make up ground to make it to the front of the pack she had a good first straight and managed to come out of the first turn in 3rd and maintained this position until the finish.

MTB News -

Trek World Racing Own US Open, Neethling and Moseley Win Again: 31.5.2010

Andrew Neethling (RSA) and Tracy Moseley (GBR) backed up their wins from the previous week at the Pro Gravity DH #2, with impressive wins at the even more prestigious US Open that saw many World Cup stars attending. In winning the Men's race, Andrew relegated 2008 World Champion Gee Atherton (GBR) to 2nd, and pre-race favorite Sam Hill (AUS) to 5th.

The US Open is also notable for paying a pro rider purse worthy of professional downhill racing, making it a popular stop for the top riders every May. In all, the 3 Trek World Raving riders took home $13,000 in prize money following their 4 podium results, and ensuring that this is an event that TWR will visit again.

The weather was ideal for the week, but the rocky sections of the course were often tough on tires. A few big names punctured in qualifying (Marc Beaumont, Kyle Strait and Bryn Atkinson), so without a protection system for these world ranked riders they were out for the finals. Our riders ran Maxxis Minions all week on their Session 88's and never had an issue, except for a big crash in training for Justin that left him with a corked leg that was promptly iced before qualifying.

In qualifying for the Women's race, Tracy finished 2nd. This was her first visit to the US Open and was sure she could find time in the final against fastest qualifier Melissa Buhl (USA) and Jill Kintner (USA) who crashed on the line in qualifying yet was OK to race the final. Andrew was third behind Mick Hannah (AUS) and Gee, and Justin was in 6th. Both guys knew they had more in the tank.

For the finals all 3 riders stepped it up and in a repeat of last weekend's results, finished with two wins and a 3rd. Back to back wins for Andrew and Tracy are a huge boost for confidence, and moral. Andrew said: "After qualifying I knew I had a chance at the win today and my goal was to go for it. For sure I was a bit nervous at the start, but that's normal against such a world class field. My game plan was to be smooth and keep the flow exiting the woods because after practice in the morning I realized that being too aggressive in the rock section wasn't going to pay off. I punched hard to the finish in the open section, and to be honest, I am absolutely over the moon."

Justin said: "I'm happy with the aggression I showed in my riding here, I pushed really hard. I just made a couple of mistakes that I need to eliminate for the future. Again, I'm happy with the podium and am stoked for Andrew. The team is on a natural high right now!"

A big thanks again to Neko Mulally and his grandmother Rosaline who fed the team likeroyalty for the past 10 days and no doubt was the fuel behind the victories!

The downhillers board a plane today and head directly to Fort William for World Cup Round #2 this weekend.Men:

1. Andrew Neethling (Trek World Racing) 2m 19.55secs 2. Gee Atherton (USA) 2m 20.09secs 3. Justin Leov (Trek World Racing) 2m 20.36secs 4. Steve Smith (CAN) 2m 21.00secs 5. Sam Hill (AUS) 2m 21.52secs

The team had great success at various races over the weekend. As the riders where in different parts of the world (some of them) got to go home for a few weeks between world cups everyone got to do different events.

Matt Simmonds and Ruaridh Cunningham raced the iXS cup Downhill round at Innerleithen, Scotland. It was a pretty stacked field with some international riders as well as the usual fast UK guys and Matt continued with his great form finishing 3rd and Ruaridh also had a good result finishing close behind in 6th place. Here is a report from Matt.

"Arriving in Innerleithen late on the Thursday evening I was expecting to walk the same old courses that have been used for a few years now, but instead was greeted with pretty much a whole new track which looked amazing. The guys that put all the hard work in have done a great job.
It was the first time that Ruaridh and myself have raced an IXS Cup and we both really enjoyed it. Something new to us was the format they use. We had Friday practice from 2pm-6pm, Saturday practice and seeding then Sunday finals which made practice a lot more relaxed with loads of time to check out lines and the big wooden hucks.
Come Sunday and the great weather that we’ve been having couldn’t quite hold off, with drizzly showers throughout the day it made the finish field interesting but the rest of the track stayed the same with dust and loose rocks everywhere.
Ben Cathro and Ruaridh missed seeding due to MTB Cut’s Stu Thomson’s wedding, so the pair were down early on. Ben clocked a cracking time of 2.57, which would later give him the win, and Ruaridh would eventually go into sixth with a 2.59. It was then a long wait waiting for the faster guys to come down later on with myself not managing to better Bens time but slotting into third with a 2.58 and Lewis Buchanan in second.
All in all a great weekend’s riding. A big shout out to Dale McMullan who won masters for ChainReactionCycles.com." Matt Simmonds

Chris Kovarik went over to Chester, while he and his wife Claire Buchar are in the UK, to race the NPS 4X round at Hart Hill for a change from Downhill racing. It has been a while since Chris has raced 4X and with a lot of the top World Cup guys over for the European 4X round on the Sunday it was another stacked field. Chris was also one of the only pro riders using flat pedals which is pretty rare in 4X these days but this didn't seem to slow him down. He made the final and finished 2nd behind top world cup 4X rider Joost Wichman. Chris' cornering skills and passing moves where a talk of the crowd and he made the racing really exciting.

Julien Camellini raced a downhill in Italy for a bit of training and finished 2nd so well done mate. Here are some words from Julien.

"This week end took place in Scopello the first round of the Italian National Cup. I was surprised by the wonderful track we've had there. 4 minutes long, with some fast open sections where you're top speed was around 85km h, some technical rooty and rocky woods, the perfect track for training before a world cup.
Training went pretty good for me, I'm getting used to the M9 and riding in the mud. We've had rain on and off the two days of practice, raining at the top and sunny at the bottom. Race day the weather decided to be more sunny.
I made a few mistakes in my run, especially in a long off camber, but I managed to take the second place behind the kiwi matthew Scoles. Third was another kiwi George Branningan.
Back home, my head is now at Fort William for the second round of the World cup. I'm looking forward to join the rest of the CRC troops to pin it at Fort Bill." Julien

Matti Lehikoinen was back home in Finland and he raced at a "Troy Lee Designs DH Cup" Finnish National where he took the Win, nice work Matti. I am sure the Finnish races were stoked to have you there and be able to compete against you. Matti told me that he always feels a lot of pressure racing back home as everyone expects him to win and with the tracks being really short over in Finland there is not much room for error. So well done mate

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The 2010 Intense BMX / Monster Pro Race Team

Intense BMX/Monster Energy Pro team riders Danny Caluag, David Herman, and Arielle Martin are all geared up and ready for the full summer BMX race season to kick in.

Danny and David, Intense BMX/Monster Energy team members, are joined by Arielle Martin for the 2010 season. David and Arielle will both compete on the full UCI Supercross circuit for 2010 as well as the majority of the ABA Pro Series National Events with Danny making appearances at all the ABA and NBL Pro Series National Events.

Danny Caluag - Danny has won the ABA #1 Pro Cruiser title for the past 3 years and is looking to make it 4 in a row. Danny, a past ABA #1 AA Pro, is also going after the NBL #1 Elite Men's title in 2010 and currently sits near the top of the points.

David Herman - David has been one of the USA's top International riders on the UCI Supercross circuit and looks to add another win in 2010 at the UCI events. David has been one of the few riders to win multiple rounds at the UCI SX Series. David will also attend the ABA Pro Series and contend for another top 3 year end overall position.

Arielle Martin - A Bronze medallist at the 2009 UCI World Championships and past overall Elite Women's champion at the UCI Supercross series joins the team for 2010. Arielle will focus on the UCI Supercross series and UCI World Championships for 2010, with some ABA National events thrown in.

Also for 2010, Intense BMX has put together an international support program for our international markets and have been able to sponsor some of the best riders from around the world, including: The Intense BMX Europe Factory Team based out of the Netherlands, Sifiso Nhlapo from South Africa, Brian Kirkham, Lauren Reynolds, and Rachel Bracken from Australia, Emilio Falla from Ecuador, and Yvan Lapraz from Switzerland.

Intense BMX has been awarded the ABA Bike of the year honors for the past 5 years. Our full line of High Performance race frames, the Podium Series, and our line up of complete BMX bikes make top of the line performance available to everyone. Please visit IntenseBMX.com to view all our complete bicycles and frames.

The Intense BMX/Monster Energy Pro Team is proudly supported by THE Products, SINZ Elite, Fly Racing, Shimano, ITS, Skull Candy, and Group D Designs.

Our Euro Team Manager Jan Schippers send in some photos of there Intense BMX Euro Support Vehicle and some rider shots from over the weekend.

Rennen/Intense was up to the challenge this past weekend at the NBL’s Dixieland Nationals in Lexington, SC. Lexington may be new, but it’s now one of the East Coast’s most technical tracks. While the track itself was “hot” the weather was keeping right up with it as temps soared into the mid nineties. With only a small team effort on hand we were still able to pull off the Day1 National Team win with a usable score of 88, adding two pints to our year end total that is now 891 and well in front of any other team more then half way through the season.

Austin Loebe (#862) on his way to a day 1 victory. Photo by: Patrick Nugent

Cam Moore dominated the 12x class all weekend, as did Shayne Robinson in the 40 + women’s cruiser class, both scored a weekend double.
On day 1 Max Egdorf (19-25x) and Austin Loebe (17-18x) both handled they’re respective class main events. Allen Currier took the challenge of the Super EX class and came up just shy of the main event both days. Will Murray rocked the Vet Pro classes with a 2nd podium finish on day 1, and followed that up with a 4th on day 2. Chris Meaker took on the 36-40 expert class and picked up a pair of deuces for the weekend. Rob McAllister handled the TM position and raced the 40-44 cruiser class on day 1, taking a hard far and a possible broken wrist, we wish him a speedy recovery.

Next up for the team is a National Team competition at the NBL's crown jewel in Pottstown, PA, Trilogy Park. We will also be conducting a Friday afternoon Pre-national clinic at Pottstown. Please join as Austin Loebe, Max Egdorf, London Wilmot and many others will conduct this two hour instructional seminar.

Once again I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you ALL for your continued support!

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MTB News -CRC Race Team

In preparation for the new season…the team made the trip over to Ireland to visit the team headquarters of Chain Reaction Cycles, easily said, but the Icelandic volcano was really causing some difficulty in getting the numerous team members on their planes and in the air. But after a week delay they finally made it over to CRC and were united with their new Intense M9 prototypes. After an initial build and set up they headed down to the South of Ireland to compete in a very wet and muddy Irish NPS round to get a feel for their new weapons. Everyone rode well and adapted quickly to the new bikes despite the conditions, with Chris, Claire and Matt taking to the podiums in their respective categories.

”I have never ridden anything so much like peanut butter mixed with Nutella in my life! It was crazy. By the time I got down each run, it looked like I was running 4.0 Gazzaloddi’s! All balled up with no grip and we were running full spikes! It was rad though” Claire Buchar

The next day gave the riders a break from their bikes and allowed them to switch off a bit as they met up with the CRC advertising team for a day long photo shoot in the studio and around different locations in the CRC HQ. At one stage managing to coax a smile out of Chris, which he denies and claims was a merely show of teeth. “its a tough life having to pose and smile and not smile on cue” Chris Kovarik

Once fed and given a full nights rest they packed up the vans and headed out to a forest and popular DH track on the north of Ireland called Rostrevor. This was their base camp for the next two days as they spent their time setting up their bikes, fixing snags and generally getting them all sussed out and ready to go for the first race of the season. They were joined on the trip by MTB cut videographer Stu Thompson who spend the days filming and documenting the 2 days riding. As well as one of the resident CRC photographers who photographed the riding as the team took turns tearing apart and shutting down the various lines throughout the forest. A video of the training event in Rostrevor Forest can be found here

Transition Factory Racing: 2nd and 3rd in Plattekill PRO GRT rd #2

The Transition Factory team finished out the weekend with solid results, with two of three riders on the podium.

Bryn took the 2nd spot against 68 competitors in the men's field, while Jill took 3rd in womens. Lars placed 18th while achieving his goal for the weekend being to successfully complete the event on a recently repaired thumb. All three riders were pushed this weekend by their peers, and are setting their sights on a successful US Open next weekend.

Bryn had this to say: "Racing went well yesterday, I qualified in 1st, then finished 2nd, not exactly the ideal way to do it. But Andrew Neethling was riding really well, and he pushed just a little bit harder this weekend. Everything went pretty smooth for me, bike was dialed, weather was good, Nice to have Lars back at it too, he was only 2 seconds off top 10, not bad for his first race back! Unfortunately Jill hit a tree in her run and finished 3rd, but she is still doing great and taking her time getting used to the change in discipline".

Jill commented: "Tracy Mosley has so much experience and was able to take 7 seconds off her qualifying run which was a ridiculous 3.00. Her time was competitive with a lot of the men’s times. Buhly and I were battling it out for the #2 position, and I had a lot of fun giving it my best. I’m not sure how much time I lost hitting a tree, but I got beat, and this experience and learning from every run has been pretty exciting, so I’m happy with that. Just pinning it and letting off the brakes is not something you can just do safely, it takes time to build speed".

Lars said: "I'm really proud of these guys, they've wasted no time getting setteled into their new digs. And I'm pretty happy with my weekend. I really just wanted to come here and give the thumb a good test before the US Open. Yesterday in timed practice I ran a 2m 44secs run, which would have been good for a 3rd today. Conditions were much drier and faster yesterday, but I know now exactly what I did differently today than what was necessary for a podium. I'm really satisfied with my physical condtion, and am looking forward to getting back up to speed over the next couple races. Thanks to everyone here at Plattekill for the hospitality, and for putting on a fantastic event".

The Transition Team will spend the week training in the North East, and will head to Vernon NJ next weekend for the US Open of Mountainbiking.

Keep up to date with the Transition Factory Race team via twitter: www.twitter.com/TransitionRace

Transition Racing is supported by FOX Racing Shox, Crankbrothers, Dakine, KORE, Maxxis, Shimano, THE Products Helmets, ODI, 5.10, e.13, Jetlites, Cadenceworks, Jagwire, Cane Creek, Kinetic, Feedback Sports, Contour HD, and Lezyne.

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MTB News - Wyn Masters video from World Cup #1

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Team Kenda Playbiker - World Cup 2010 #1 - Maribor

BMX News - FLY Racing video from photo/Video shoot with new 2010 Gear.

Intense BMX/Monster Energy Elite Woman Pro Arielle Martin

Arielle Martin reports in from a good weekend of training in Utah

THE & SINZ BMX News - Cool Video of THE Products and SINZ Sponsored rider Maliek Byndloss

MTB News - Great weekend for THE Riders over at the Pro GRT Downhill Stop #2 in Plattekill, NY.

Pro Mens Results:

1. Andrew Neethling 2:43:48 - THE Supported Rider
2. Bryn Atkinson 2:44:47 - THE Supported Rider
3. Justin Leov 2:45:20
4. Duncan Riffle 2:47:44
5. Kieran Bennett 2:47:99 - THE Supported Rider

Pro Womens Results:

1. Tracy Moseley 3:00:49
2. Melissa Buhl 3:05:47
3. Jill Kintner 3:09:14 - THE Supported Rider

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THE Sponsorted Pro Bryn Atkinson scores a 12th in Maribor

The first round of the UCI World Cup DHI series presented the competitors a challenging opener. With rain each day of the event but the first day of practice, the course was as nasty as it gets. The course has seen it's fair amount of traffic over the years and has become more difficult each passing year, and this weekend was no exception. With precipitation in the forecast throughout the weekend the racers had no choice but to look forward to a continually deteriorating course

Bryn charged hard through practice, getting his lines dialed whilst looking for areas to conserve. With so much mud the bikes could gain as much as 10 pounds by the bottom of a practice run. Behind the scene's Transition Racing's World Cup mechanic Jason Marsh worked hard keeping Bryn's TR-450 running flawlessly throughout the weekend. This weekend also marked the first event of the season the two will work together. With Jason's help Bryn earned a respectable 16th place qualifying position, no easy feat given how much the competition has raised the bar once again. In the finals Bryn set the 5th fastest first split time, but due to a couple minor mistakes in the lower part of the course lost valuable seconds. He was able to recover enough in the end to place a strong 12th place.

Bryn had this to say about his performance: "I'm pretty stoked aye. I felt really good up top and knew I nailed it. I was able to stay focused until entering the skinny traverse with one foot unclipped. I did my best to maintain my momentum until I could clip in again, but got a little balled up. When I crossed the line I was dissapointed and figured I was back in the pack. So this weekend I'm happy with 12th, I know exactly where I lost it." Next weekend Bryn meet's back up with the rest of the Transition Racing team in the States to ettend the PRO GRT in Plattekill NY, and then the US Open.

Keep up to date with the Transition Factory Race team via twitter: www.twitter.com/TransitionRace. Transition Racing is supported by FOX Racing Shox, Crankbrothers, Dakine, KORE, Maxxis, Shimano, THE Products, ODI, 5.10, e.13, Jetlites, Cadenceworks, Jagwire, Cane Creek, Kinetic, Feedback Sports, Contour HD, and Lezyne

Follow the adventure of the team, as they make there way across the USA for the MTB tour. Check out the Video from the Sea otter

WORLD CUP 4-CROSS, MARIBOR

Maribor, Slovenia was host of the second World Cup 4-cross and the first World Cup Downhill of this season. I've been to Maribor a couple of times, but this time we had the worst weather ever! Since my arrival on Tuesday it did not stop raining! The 4-cross course had some new features in it, but because of the changes the dirt was even more soft and almost unrideable in some spots.

I've always liked this track and I was getting on quite well in practice. My qualifying run went not well at all, I made a lot of mistakes and I had a hard time getting trough the mud and ended up in 4th. World Champion Caroline Buchanan had the fastest qualifying time.

On race day the weather even got worse, it rained all day and when racing started it only got worse. I knew I just had to go for it and try to ride aggressive! I won my quarter- and semi final, which were pretty stacked with good bmx riders, and was happy to made it trough to the final. I had a great first straight in the final and was able to lead going in to the first corner. In the second corner Caroline Buchanan tried to make an inside move on me, but crashed in front of me... Fionn Griffiths road around it and took the win. I ended up in 3rd.

Now it is back to training for the next 2 weeks before we fly out to Fort William, Schotland for round #3.
Watch my interview with Freecaster.tv

Women's 4-cross result:
1st Fionn Griffiths
2nd Sarsha Huntington
3rd Anneke Beerten
4th Caroline Buchanan

For more info and to stay up to date please check: www.annekebeerten.com
See you all at the races......keep on riding.
Thanks,
Anneke

The race in Maribor was a total mud fest but with surprisingly very close times. With all the rain the track turned into peanut butter for the riders with huge holes and very slippy rocks and roots making it one of the most physical World Cup races in a long time.

In the Mens race Matt Simmonds had a great ride placing 14th in the end, less than 3 seconds off the podium and on the same second as 8th. This result equaled Matt's best World Cup finish to date and continues his great form this year. He has put in the work over the winter and it is definitely paying off. We are all proud of you on the team Matt, well done and we know you can improve on this even more as the year unfolds

New signing this year Matti Lehikoinen had a descent run finishing just behind Matt in 18th less than 1 second back. This was not what Matti was hoping for but it shows he has the speed early in the season and has given him the confidence to take to the next World Cup in Fort William. Julien finished 21st only half a second back from Matti.

Again, this was a good start for Julien especially after not racing a World Cup for about 1 year now due to his injury last season. Julien was hoping for a better result after finishing 3rd and 2nd the last 2 times he has raced here - but in the Mens field which is getting closer and more competitive every year, Julien has proved he has the speed to contend with the fastest riders.

Ruaridh and Chris didn't have the best of days, both crashing and having big problems in their runs. Ruaridh ended up 47th and Chris 71st. Hopefully after last weeks great results in Fort William they can do a lot better in the next World Cup.

Greg Minnaar took the win narrowly beating Gee Atherton and Brendan Fairclough.

Claire Buchar had a great run finishing in 7th and only 1.6 seconds of the podium. Congratulations Claire - Well done. Rachael Atherton amazingly took the win in the Womens field with a broken finger.

In the team standings we are 3rd overall and we will be looking to stay in the top 3 and try for that overall no.1 team in the World. Thanks to all our sponsors for their support and the best products available.

Cory Coffey send in some photos from her riding at Woodward West this past weekend. She is getting ready for some shows in Jamaica next week.

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Intense BMX and Monster Energy are proud to announce their partnership to create the Intense BMX /Monster Energy Pro Team. With both companies sharing a huge passion for racing, it makes for a perfect partnership and strengthens Monster Energy’s commitment to BMX Racing.

Pete Dylewski, Director of Marketing for VSI Products, parent company for Intense BMX, views the partnership as a perfect fit. “Monster Energy is the ideal partner for Intense BMX, as we are both leaders in our respective industries as well as leaders in support and racing achievements. Working with Monster Energy strengthens both brands’ commitment to BMX racing. Monster Energy understands racing and the importance of giving back to the fans, so we see it as a perfect fit for Intense BMX and our vision of the sport.”


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