Stop two of the USABMX North American Supercross Series (stop nine of the overall pro series) took place this weekend in picturesque Grand Junction, CO and the Redline pros were in town on business. With over $60,000 up for grabs in the Elite classes, this promised to be one of the richest purses in BMX history. Set in the Mesa County Fairgrounds at nearly 5,000ft elevation, the Mile High Nationals at the brand new Grand Valley BMX certainly lived up to their name! Here’s how our riders fared under oxygen deprivation:
Sam Willoughby: Flying straight into Colorado from last weekend’s UCI World Cup in Sweden where he finished 3rd, and winning three of the last four USABMX events, Sam looked to keep the throttle wide open in Grand Junction. The Elite Men’s class was one of the largest of the weekend with six groups of riders and quarter-finals both days. Sam had a dominant performance, winning every lap but possibly one qualifier. There were some great battles with Chase’s Joris Daudet and Conner Fields, as well as Haro’s Nic Long, but Sam managed to come out on top, pocketing the $7000 winnings each day as well as the Answer Holeshot Award. After post-race interviews with Mike Redman for the USABMX webcast and Channel 5 News, Sam was seen struggling to close his wallet! These two wins should move Sam into second place overall in the USABMX series, within striking distance of series-leader, American Conner Fields.
Alise Post: Alise has been red hot lately and came to Grand Junction riding a wave of confidence after winning last weekend’s UCI World Cup. She also came straight from Sweden, and the early arrival and training seems to have helped her adjust to the altitude. Alise showed the power that she has become known for and didn’t drop a single lap all weekend, capturing the lion’s share of the women’s $10,000 purse both days, as well as the Answer Holeshot award. Along with the record-setting prize money, Grand Valley BMX presented both Sam and Alise with “one-off,” locally-made trophies that signified the beauty of the region. Already leading the USABMX Series, these wins will put Alise a little further out front.
Collin Hudson: Colorado’s own didn’t have far to travel for this one, as he enters Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction this year on a full scholarship through their cycling program. Collin finished a very close second in Junior Elite last month at the World Championships in Belgium, but lined up with the big boys in Elite this weekend. He showed that he has what it takes to make the transition with multiple top-3 finishes in qualifying rounds and an appearance in Friday’s semi-final. Sunday, Collin raced the A-Pro class and dominated the qualifying rounds. After making it through the semi’s, an early start in the final put him mid-pack, but Collin fought his way back to a third place finish. It wasn’t what he had planned, but was an impressive showing after the antsy start. Timing is everything, and hundredths of a second proves to be the difference in wins and losses in BMX!
Jason Carnes: The Team Manager suited-up this weekend and put the Flight Pro Cruiser on the track, winning both days. With decent rider points, these two wins should move Carnes into second or third overall in the National Cruiser standings, a mere twenty points or so behind the leader.
It was a fantastic weekend in Grand Junction, and the Grand Valley BMX and USABMX crews delivered an amazing event to the racers and the fans! Hats-off to them on the completion of a world-class facility and a great race weekend. Congratulations to our team on a dominant performance and to everyone who was able to race and experience the Grand Junction charm. Also, a big “THANK YOU” goes out to our team sponsors that deliver the greatest support and products available: Box Components, Promax, Tioga, KMC chains, FASTSIGNS Goodyear, Kool Stop, and Alienation.
Next up, the squad will be split with Alise and Hunter Pelham attending the UCI World Cup in Santiago del Estero, Argentina and Sam, Collin, and Jason Carnes hitting the three-day USABMX Derby City Nationals in Louisville, KY (Sept 4-6). Lastly, we would like to send out healing vibes to Elite Men racer, Dan’s Competition’s Justin Posey. Justin went down hard in the first qualifying round of the weekend, suffering a multitude of injuries which required back surgery. Best wishes to you, Justin…hang tough, kid!