The long-awaited 2015 USABMX Pro Series kicked off this weekend at the newly revamped Black Mountain BMX in Phoenix, AZ and team Redline started the year with some great results! This weekend was also the debut of the Friday/Saturday Pro format with elite riders racing under the lights on Friday night, adding a little pizzazz to the pre-race. Here’s how the team fared:
After a dominating 2014 Grand National performance, capped off with a USABMX #1 Pro title (her first since 2006-2007 when she won back-to-back pro titles), Alise picked up right where she left off, winning every lap of the weekend including both finals! After the quick drive back to Chula Vista, Alise had this to say: “It was really good to come back after a healthy off-season and see all the work pay off! I felt strong and great on my bike. It doesn’t get much better than improving from my successful 2014 finish and kicking off 2015 with two wins and lots to pull from the weekend to make the rest of the year even better!”
Sam looked dominant on Friday, winning all of his motos as well as the quarter final. In the semi, he had a bit of bad luck battling for the lead and went down hard, leaving a few fingernails in the first turn. After some rest and lots of coffee on Saturday morning, Sam came roaring back to a come-from-behind victory over his fellow countryman, Anthony Dean! “Bouncing back Saturday with a win was a huge relief for me after a big off in the semi on Friday. Leaving the weekend on that note is not the way I wanted to start 2015,” Sam said after catching his breath. Here’s a great look at Saturday’s win, courtesy of USABMX:
Rookie pro Hunter Pelham rode great all weekend, but a crash in Saturday’s A-Pro semi had him watching the finals from the sidelines. Like Sam, Hunter put day one’s performance aside and came back stronger on day two to earn his first win as a professional BMX racer! Hunter was ecstatic to earn his first big check and gave us a rundown: “After Saturday’s luck, I had to scrape up some energy to just get out of bed at 6am on Sunday. Qualifying was great all day and I ended up with a 1st and 4th in the first two (of three) mains. Jordan Miranda and Tyler Whitfield both had low points so I knew I had to get out front in the last main. Fortunately, I did! I don’t know where I found the energy, considering I had nothing left in the tank, but was stoked to take home my first A-Pro win!”
The other half of our dynamic duo of rookie pros (and USA Cycling Jnr Elite National Champion), Collin Hudson, also had a killer weekend making both A-Pro finals. With a second and first place finish in Saturday’s first two mains, he had a rough third main and had to settle for an overall 3rd place finish…still a great race and up on the podium. After a crash in the first main on Sunday, Collin had to settle for the overall 7th place finish.
The newest rider in the 41-45 Expert/Cruiser classes had a great run on Saturday, winning both main events. Sunday wasn’t as kind to the TM, with a mishap in the Cruiser final taking him out for the day with an injured shoulder.
Phoenix area legend and clinic guru, George Goodall, made both 46-50 Expert and Cruiser finals, finishing with two great 2nd place finishes.
Former World Champ and Chandler (AZ) BMX local, Carly Dyar came out on Sunday and fought her way to a 5th place finish in the 17-20 Women’s class.
We’re proud of the team and look forward to building more momentum on March 20-22nd in Rock Hill, SC at the USABMX Carolina Nationals and USA Cycling Elite National Championships. Big thanks to all of our team sponsors: Tioga, BOX, Promax, Fast Signs Goodyear, Alienation, KMC Chains, and of course a big thank you to all of the Redline riders out there! See you all in Rock Hill!