After what has been over 2 or so years in the making thanks to COVID, the Team USA Olympic Freestyle BMX Team has been announced. Since the United States are the points leader going into Tokyo in both Mens and Womens standings, they get to send two riders. Based on their own internal points system, they’ve gone with Perris Benegas and Hannah Roberts for the Women’s team, and Justin Dowell and Nick Bruce for the Men’s team! If you have been following along these picks shouldn’t be a HUGE surprise, but the Men’s was going to be a toss up between a few riders. Expect to see all four of these riders holding it down for Team USA over in Tokyo this summer.
The finals videos for E-FISE 2020 Women’s BMX Park have been uploaded for everyone to view and vote on! Here’s a look at what Queen Saray Villegas Serna, Lizsurley Villegas Serna, Natalya Diehm, Minato Oike, Nikita Ducarroz, Hannah Roberts, Charlotte Worthington and Laury Perez threw down for their videos. Check them all out, then go vote for your favorite video over on the E-FISE WEBSITE!
Up top is Queen’s video, you can view all the other videos below!
The nominees for the Women’s Rider of the Year for NORA Cup 2020 have been announced! Here’s a look at the ladies who made the top 5! It’s been amazing seeing more and more women riders popping up all over the world, and the level of progression has been insane over the last few years!
“The women of BMX have voted and here’s your top five nominees for NORA Women’s Rider Of The Year. Congrats to Anahi Valentina, Hannah Roberts, Nikita Duccaroz, Perris Benegas, and Teresa Fernandez-Miranda. Who’s got it this year?!
The pandemic won’t let us have a party this year, so we’ll be debuting winners online in the coming weeks. Stay tuned…
I also have to thank the following brands for supporting/allowing NORA Cup to happen…
Monster Energy, Vans Shoes, Vero, Source BMX, Profile Racing, Mongoose Bikes, Kink BMX, Subrosa, Stolen, Odyssey, Cult, Snafu, Haro Bikes, ODI Grips, Eclat, Sunday Bikes, GT BMX, Cinema, Colony, Pumped BMX’s Trail Boss, Bell Helmets, Shadow Conspiracy, Hyper Bike Co, and Eighties BMX.” – Our BMX
Here’s some sponsor news for you! Hannah Roberts is now doing it for Hyper and Snafu! As many of you know, Hannah has been dominating Women’s BMX contests all over the world and pretty much always lands on the podium at every contest she is riding in and fully healthy, so it makes a ton of sense for her to be getting this deal with Hyper and Snafu since their teams are stacked with some of the top contest riders in the world. Expect to see Hannah crushing it well into the future! Check out her Instagram post below bringing the news!
“It’s Official, Hannah Roberts is now part of the Hyper Family!
All of the guys were stoked to welcome her to the team and we decided to make this video up while everyone was out in China! She ended up winning the FISE Championships, FISE World Cup Series and Best Trick last weekend. UCI BMX FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE UP NEXT!
Congrats Hannah!” – Hyper
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So pumped to announce I am now riding for the @hyperbmx and @snafubmx family! This has been a dream of mine for a while and I’m honored to be on a team with so many incredible riders! Shoutout to @brandonlouposyo for helping make this happen! Excited to ride this beast in China! It already feels so dialed! ?????? #bmx #Bmxlife #ilovemybike #lovethatbmxlife #hyperbmx #snafubmx
FISE has been going off in Montpellier, France! The Women’s BMX Park Final went off and Hannah Roberts found herself on top of the podium once again! Above is a look at her winning run. Below you can find the full live replay so you can check out all of the riding that went down from all the ladies. No shortage of dialed riding to see!
“The USA’s Hannah Roberts took the W in today’s ladies park event at FISE Montpellier 2019 with Perris Benegas and Lara Lessmann following in second and third. What a wild run!” – Our BMX
The ladies took over Source Park and crushed the place!
It’s been so rad seeing all the progress that the women in BMX have been making, especially in the last two years or so. It seems like there’s a TON of girls starting to ride BMX lately, and it’s been awesome to see. Source BMX have been doing ladies nights at the park since it opened, but they threw a big girls only jam to bring the ladies all together for a session. Check out this highlight video showing you everything that went down from a bunch of familiar faces and a bunch of new ones!
“Wednesday nights at the Source Park have always been girl’s night, but never quite like this… This time around over 20 women from all around the UK—as well a few visiting pros from the USA—took over the park for the Girls Only Jam. With no classes or age groups, everyone competed together—from 12 year old Sasha Pardoe to veteran pro Nina Buitrago. The judging premise was unique, as well, as the girl’s scores weren’t affected by what they didn’t pull, but only judged on what they did land. This approach encouraged the girls to push themselves and go for stuff regardless if they thought they could pull it or not. And it worked… just a few things we saw include 12 year old Sasha attempting fly-out tailwhips, Nina hitting the curved wallride, 16 year-old Hannah Roberts stomping a tailwhip air, Angie Moreno icepick grinding a rail off a kicker, and both Angie and Nina double pegging the big rail. A laid back session with your peers helping push each other to progress… sounds awesome, right? You bet it was. Shout out to all the women who rode, the people who showed up to show support, and The Source for supporting the women of BMX.
“Prize Money” – Birocratic – http://birocratic.bandcamp.com” – Ride BMX
Check out what the ladies threw down during Finals at FISE Montpellier!
The annual FISE Montpellier stop is under way! Here’s a look at what the ladies threw down during the Women’s Final that brought a ton of great riding! Check out two videos showing you just what went down!
“The best women riders in the world throw down on the UCI park course at FISE: Montpellier! Riders include Ellie Chew, Hannah Roberts, Angie Marino, Minato Oike, Lara Lessmann, Nina Buitrago, and more!” – Vital BMX
“What a nail biter this event was I had no bloody clue who was going to win this.
So rad to see all the pro riders watching and supporting all the females from the side lines.
The progression is what you could talk most about with this female division, in the last few events these elite females have really stepped it up and definitely competing at a world class level.
This is going to be amazing every step of the way to the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
Todays winner all the way from Japan!
Oike Minato.” – Ryan Guettler
The Team USA Freestyle BMX team has been announced…
If you were wondering who would be the first riders to represent team USA in the Olympics for Freestyle BMX… You now have your answer. Vital BMX just dropped a video and a whole bunch of information about who was selected for Team USA and what that means for these guys. After you check out the video, you can find out more on Vital BMX
“The United States of America officially has a freestyle BMX team.
Yesterday in Colorado Springs at The Olympic Training Center, USA Cycling named the following riders as members of their national team –
Along with naming the team, the athletes (and I, for some reason) got to explore the amenities The Olympic Training Center had to offer. From nutritionists to psychologists to masseuses – and much, much more – the riders have access to countless tools to maximize their abilities.
Is it weird? Yeah. Well, I take that back. No. It’s just new. New to us, that is. US Olympians have been using these tools for many years and have a whole lot of medals to show for it. With freestyle BMX officially becoming an Olympic sport, it only makes sense that – if they so choose – these riders will have access to all of the same things.
In addition to access to The Olympic Training Center, USA Cycling is also supporting the athletes financially. Pending their placings throughout the year, the athletes will land in one of three tiers. The top-tier athletes will receive benefits like fully-covered travel and even paychecks (a little over $2,000-per-month). All of the riders can receive monetary bonuses with good performances at major events.
To put it lightly, all of the riders were stoked at the opportunity to receive more much-needed support.
While this sounds great – and it is – the USA Cycling National Team is reevaluated quarterly. If a rider continues delivering favorable results, they have potential to grow with the team. If their results are less than stellar, they may fall to a lower tier of benefits or even be removed from the team entirely. There’s a good chance that the team in December of 2018 will look drastically different than this recently-announced team. Also, on the flip side, if riders not currently included from The United States are able to make a big impact, they can earn their way onto the team throughout the year. Competition is brutal!
While freestyle is young at USA Cycling and the majority of the people within the office walls are just starting to get familiar with it, I found my experience there enjoyable and promising. They don’t know much and they know they don’t know much. They’re open and they listen. That’s huge. If these guys came in thinking they knew how to run things, the entire US program would surely suffer. The higher-ups admit it’s a work in progress and, as time moves forward, I think we’ll be seeing more positive things coming from the crew.
Also, before you ask, I did discuss a freestyle training facility with USA Cycling. There aren’t currently any solid plans in place, but I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw something before The Olympics in 2020.
The future is bright. Thanks to USA Cycling for having me out and congratulations to all of the riders on taking their next formal steps in this new direction.” – Vital BMX