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Friday, June 29, 2012

Pic of the day.

Love it when the little girls battle.Track rats has been building a good team this year and its only getting stronger.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pic of the day.

Mike Day and Corben Sharrah.After watching the performance of these too at the time trials i became fans of both.Even though they arent going to the olympics, i think GT has a solid foundation with both of them.It looks like Gt is building a pretty solid team and its making me flash back to the 80s when to be on Factory GT was the top of the food chain.Should be interesting at the USA bmx grands.Im calling Corben for the win.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pic of the day.

  Last year we attended one of the clinic thrown by Josh Oie and it was great.He is a multiple time national number one winner in the ABA and is one of the fastest Pros in NorCal today.He knows what it takes to win and hes great with the kids.I highly recommend checking out his upcoming clinic in Manteca.Heres some more info:

JOSH OIE/ PETE (Anthony) PASCUAL and other Guest Appearances- Advanced Rider Clinic FRIDAY JULY 6th, Kicking off Spreckels Park Bmx weekend! 6pm-8:30pm-

-$30 per rider, must be USA bmx member

-focus on gates, turns, sprint training, rhythm section, and much more. 
- will supply goodie bags and water for all riders
-please arrive 15 min before to get checked in. 
-please email josh at josh_oie@yahoo.com if attending just for a
rough count of how many riders and/or if you have any questions. — at Spreckels Park Bmx.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pic of the day.

  The obvious peson in this pic is Ashley Cohen and im sure the first question that pops into your mind is if shes named her bike yet.I know thats what everyone wants to know.Ashley loves BMX and every national she goes to she does a little bit better and its just a matter of time before shes killing everyone.
 But the second person in the pic Is my cousin Danny.We grew up together as kids and he was an important part of my childhood.He was my cousin, best friend,brother and sometimes Father all in one.He just started racing again after many years away.Id love for him him to be in a westside jersey, but he needs to earn that shit.Time to hit them sprints.We are picky.But i do have some advice:The 41 and over novice class is filled with dudes that make mains at nationals on cruiser.Dont let those sandbaggers discourage you.Love you bro and its great to see you out there.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pic of the day.

Nick the Brick and Action Jackson Elliot are fast. Theyve been making mains and winning races for years and it doesnt look like its going to stop anytime soon.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pic of the day.

  P-Lo has been a one man westside crew at the races lately.He always gives it his all and i think hes going to kill it the rest of the season and win the grands.Thats just my prediction.Pablo Lopez is the future.....

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pic of the day.

It was an awesome day in Napa.They held their redline Cup qualifier today and pulled in an action packed 52 motos.They even managed to get  The Coov to belt out the national anthem.All i have to say is ...the golden voice of bmx reveled himself today.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pic of the day.

Mike Puckett and crew over at the Dirty 530 have built a family oriented team with a bunch of sick riders.You can always catch them in the mix and here Jake Peebles is representing the Dirty 530 well in Chula Vista.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pic of the day.

 Role models.I cant say enough about Phoenix.They are awesome, and as a bonus Kenny got to be on the team with one of his role models.Bryce is a cool young man dude(#cantcallhimakidheshuge) and Kenny has looked up to him for a long time.Once Kenny gets on his Phoenix we can start making some sweet edits.Cant wait.#gotsomeideas

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pic of the day.

Al and his true love......His cruiser.
  Today is Al Roybals Birthday and we here at westsidebmx.com wish him nothing but the best on his special day.But whats cool about this birthday in particular is A)He moves up into the expros from the 80s class and B)Hes eligible for O.G. status.
  I recently went on a road trip with him and despite all the rumors,pictures,and videos you can find out there showcasing his road trip style, he was in bed by 10 oclock every night.And i believe due to this new regiment of healthy living he was able to double on sunday.Has Roynuts matured?Looks that way.Happy Birthday Al.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pic of the day.

 Phoenix Factory rider BJ Ensey rode some awesome laps in Chula.He seems like he gets faster and smoother at every national,plus he looks super factory in his Phoenix gear.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pic of the day.

SS cranks rider Addison Finch made the trip from Colorado this weekend to Chula Vista.She had herself a great weekend and represented the Finch Family very well.

Olympic time trials.

   The olympic bmx team has been chosen.It was really cool for me, a huge bmx fan, to see the 8 riders putting it all on the line for their dreams.I have read all of the drama people are putting out there on some of the message boards and i think it would be there no matter what.
   Connor fields was going no matter what and is a great talent and ambassador for our country.The last spot on the team is the one that is raising all the controversy.Mike day and Corben Sharrah put forth some of the best bmx racing ive ever seen at the trials.They put it all on the line and rode like they wanted it more than anyone else, and i think thats what is upsetting to some people.Corbin pretty much dominated the trials and Mikey showed more heart than anyone.The talk after the trials was  which one of these two would get the coaches pick.I think 99% of the bmx community was surprised they gave it to Nic.
   Is Nic our best shot out of those three to bring home a medal?Its impossible to say.This is bmx after all and anything can happen.I personally think Nic is an incredible rider and he is about to live every bmxers dream.Im not sure what made the "coaches Pick" go in his favor, but  he now has alot of weight on his shoulders.With all  of the conspiracy theorists and haters out there, everyone is going to jump all over him if he makes a mistake and say so and so should have gone.But the bottom line is he is going and it doesnt matter what anyone else thinks.
   We have a solid group of riders going to the games and they will have their hands full battling the best in the world.Good luck to all that made it and congratulations.USA USA USA USA.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pic of the day.

We are going out of town so i wont be doing a pic of the day for a few days.Here we have an assortment or NorCal up and comers, heavy hitters and legends.I hope everyone has a good fathers day weekend no matter where you may be.
 We are heading out to Chula Vista for the nationals.Its a proud weekend for us here at westsidebmx.com as we will get to see Kenny Cross make his debut for Phoenix pro cycles.He has worked hard and we are very happy for him and his accomplishments.I wish i could tell you it was easy and it happened over night, but that wouldn't be the truth.We  put in a lot of time and energy as a family to help him get to this point and cant wait to see what he does in the future.
 Also there might be some olympic thing going on but the real story is Kenny.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

pic of the day.

The Weiland bros are awesome.Here we have Jacob on the number 41 bike and to be honest im not sure who the other rider is, i just think its a cool pic from Rosevilles state qualifier.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pic of the day.

Factory Vendetta rider Tyler Grigsby has that number one plate on his bike for a reason.Hes the best.Best in his city, best in the state,best in the country and even best in the world.He even intimidates parents when they see his name on the moto sheet with their kid.He shows no signs of slowing down either, so beware of the California Kid.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pic of the day.

Westsidebmx.com team member Josh "Crazy Chicken" Veron has stepped up his game this year.Even after turning 9 hes been steady on the podium and picked up a couple of wins at the Roseville state qualifier.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pic of the day.

I have heard Factory Tronix rider Stelio Lenakakis called "the Pinch" and also "Stereo" by anouncers at races.I did some in depth research and it turns out he likes Stereo the best.Either way hes a rad little NorCal dude and he rips on a bmx bike.The top photo is from RioLindas state race and he avoided certain carnage.The second two are from Oak Creek bmx in Roseville.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Pic of the day.

Hooligans racing has a nice big family feel to it and Benny The Jet Serini is one of the up and comers on the team.Hes getting faster all the time and has a mean game face.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pic of the day.

D-Man!!! Kenny and Dante Clark have been racing each other for years and they always gone back and forth on each other.They have been great training partners even if they didnt realize it.Id say over the last year Dante has stepped up his game and hes looking really good.Go Dante NOW!!!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pic of the day.

  Rollin deep over the first jump at Santa Clara pal.Bay Area bmxers putting in work during practice.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pic of the day.

If you were hitting fully tweaked cross-ups like this back in the day you were the man.Jeromey Gippetti kicking some old school flavor at Santa Clara pal.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Meghan Matthews interview.

 Meghan Matthews is a NorCal legend in the making, almost there in fact.Shes had a long and decorated bmx career and she just brought home the world number 2 honor to the USA.But not only is she a great racer, she's also a great ambassador for the sport. Ive seen Meghan at races cheering for a kid like they were her own, with passion.I think she is one to keep an eye on, and it should be an interesting story.She took a few moments of her time to give us a quick interview.

WestSide:Whats your name, how old are you, how long have you been racing?
MM:Meghan Matthews 19 and 12 years

WS:What got you into bmx? And how has it impacted your life?
MM:Jon Anderson and my dad are close, and he was racing at the time and he and his daughter Crissy were racing. They got my brother into it first and then when I was 7 I started. It's impacted my life in a good way. I have friends from everywhere, a Bmx family and riding my bike is fun and enjoyable, if I'm not having a good day or not in a good mood going to a track and riding w/ friends always cheers me up, it's something I choose to do over partying and stuff that's gonna get me into trouble.

WS:What are some of your bmx accomplishments?
MM:World 2, 4 ,5 and 8. State one multiple times, district one multiple times ,top 5 nag multiple times, national 13 and redline cup 1 multiple times.

WS:Now being an adult and having alot of new things in life headed your way, what are you plans and goals for bmx?
MM:I still want to ride and be involved in Bmx, I'm going to new Zealand next year to try and get world one, I work and go to school now and I still have time for racing. I'm going to try and stay with racing for a while.

WS:Ive seen you at races cheering for kids like a legit Crazy Mom, what has it been like being a role model and working with riders that are newer to the sport?
MM:I love having little kids look up to me, it's an incredible feeling having kids cheer for me and asking m for help on things they don't understand, and always seeing them smiling when I congratulate them, it's a feeling you will never get from any other sport.

WS:Any plans on turning professional in the future?
MM:In the future.Next year or year after. Yes.

WS:What are your plans outside of bmx?What do you want to be when you grow up?
MM:Right now I'm going to school to just get my general education out of the way, but I want to be an sports trainer/physical therapist.

WS:I think your background in bmx will serve you well in that field. Care to share a training tip with the world?
MM:I would say just go for what you want and know in yourself that you can achieve your goals with hard work, do your sprints and work out and it will all pay off in the long run .

WS:Good advice.Do you tink you will have to change your training program if and when you turn pro?
MM:Oh yes definitely, I'm gonna have to stick with training and work a lot harder if I want to be in the mix with the pro class

WS:I think i remember seeing you hit the big starting hill in Arizona last year.What was that like and are you going to be doing Supercross racing?
MM:I've rode Chulas sx track, so Arizonas hill was about the same, it's crazy how much speed you get off it and how fast you get going down the first straight, I like the hill because there's always a first jump that you have to jump, and when I turn pro I think I will do super cross races.

WS:Thats awesome. Any Olympic dreams? I know every bmxer would want it, but its a serious commitment. Is it something you want?
MM:In 2016, I am still eligible to be in the Olympics and it is something I want and am willing to work for, and be serious about, cause in 2016 there's gonna be tough competition to compete with.

WS:Well Meghan i wish you nothing but the best of luck in all off you future life adventures.Is there anything you want to say or anyone you want to thank?

Meghan Matthews:I'd like to thank you for asking me to do this interview of course  my parents for there support and long weekends of nationals, mike Melvin for EVERYTHING he has done for me, my team manager Dennis Hammond for both of my new bikes, my team "team bc" for all the support, my friends for knowing I can do it, and everyone who is there cheering for me and congratulating me it means a lot to have all of you there for me! Thank you!!Oh and also my trainer James Moore and training partners chad Downey and Nic Lui for making me try harder at training.

Pic of the day

Ben Troia always looks fast and stylish and this weekend in Chico was no exception.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I told you not to count RJ out.

Rj Bean is already back on it as you can see from the photo graphic evidence.

Pic of the day

Meghan Matthews and Nicole Vierra push each other to be better riders.Every time i see them race they are both challenging the other to be a better rider.I dont feel like they are rivals, they just have the oppurtunity to race against a skilled rider often and they take advantage of it.But off the track you wouldn't even know they are competitors. Its girls like these two that are excellent role models for all of the up and coming NorCal grom girls.It must be helping a little because Meghan just scored her self a W2 on her cruiser.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Keeping it fresh.

  When you have a kid start racing when they are 6 or under,dealing with burnout is almost unavoidable. In the early years with Kenny i just wanted him to race as much as possible and work on the basic fundamentals over and over.Kenny,Jessica and myself spent countless hours driving the west coast together.We had a great time and i have some of the best memories of my life from these trips.But the down side is burnout like i said.Kids can only miss so many of their friends birthday parties and and other social non bmx stuff before they start to feel like they are missing out on alot.And if you are chasing something like district number one it consumes your time and money.I never really cared if he got it or not as its not the most important title, but it was a goal we would set and i would use it to get him racing as much as possible.
  So we did this for a few years.He gained a lot of bike skills racing on all kinds of different tracks and we had a blast,but i also noticed it taking the fun out of it for him,He was losing interest.So right before the redline finals we switched up the program completely.I let Kenny decide if he wants to race locals, but really we are just always training for the next big race.A lot of people wont admit that they train, but kenny does a lot and hes been doing it 5-6 times a week for the last 7 months.But this only works because we put in the time racing the locals to develop the bike skills he has now.
  So we mixed the training with the bike skills he had and he got noticeably faster and from the results he gained confidence. But always remember that its different for everyone with bmx.Some kids move up right away and start winning mains  in the expert classes.With Kenny it took a little longer we just never gave up.Now that hes getting ready to be a teenager next month a lot is going to change for him over the next few years and its going to be the do or die time for him as it was with many before him.So my advice to any bmx parents is to always make it fun, be encouraging,always strive for progress and keep it fresh.

Pic of the day.

 I love it when my niece and nephew come over.Matt puts on Kennys old gloves and helmet and we move all of the chairs out of the dinning room.Thats his track, and he puts in work.
 I took one of Kennys old plates with a number 3 on it but he would only let me put it on his bike with a number 1.I didnt actually have a number one so i took one of those seat stickers that comes with the Uni seats and voila.
  When ever he trains he throws some crash practice in there too.Hes constantly working on form and execution.Its all about having the proper roll.
He can ride a wheelie for days and he should start hittin the track soon.I gotta see if Nema can make a jersey small enough for him.