sport of BMX, but when you do all that despite the challenges during a pandemic, that is something special," said Shane Fernandez, USA BMX President. "Through all the planning and readjusting schedules and venues, one thing remained the same throughout, and that was the safety of our members, our BMX family while keeping them on bikes."
2020 National Series
The Bounce Back Nationals held at Pryor, Oklahoma's, Mayes County BMX, came at a time of the year in which the BMX family had been in months of isolation, doubt, and unease. The Bounce Back Nationals gave some hope to the BMX racing community, but it also started revitalizing the 2020 National season. From June through September, USA BMX followed city and state guidelines and moved or canceled events, worked with sports commissions and CVBs to host events. For the 2020 season, USA BMX successfully held 21 events as part of the national series.
2020 Grand Nationals
The Greatest Race On Earth was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the week of Thanksgiving, as it has taken place for the last 22 years. This year looked different, the team adapted to new ways of running the biggest race of the year, and unique celebrations came in the form of a one-race-only Pro Championship. The Grand Nationals raced on where pros Connor Fields, Alise Willoughby, and Tyler Brown earned year-end titles.
USA BMX Foundation
To understand the impact remote learning was having on youth, Mongoose commissioned a study of 2000 American parents to understand what will help their children learn valuable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) skills during the pandemic. The study results revealed over 70% of parents fear their child falling behind in STEM subjects, and a contributing factor being the lack of hands-on learning. Hands-on learning is something the USA BMX Foundation specializes in, and in 2019, the programming helped impact over 200,000 kids through bike-centric school activities. Their innovative curriculum included Track Modeling, a BMX STEM bike program, and the incentive-based Read to Ride program to keep kids engaged. In partnership with Mongoose, the plan is to extend these opportunities to even more children with additional programming for 2021 for grades one and two.
USA BMX Freestyle
The inaugural event that began as a grassroots initiative with video submissions and virtual judging for the up-and-coming, artistic talent that is BMX Freestyle, the in-person Amateur National Championships became a reality in December to close out the year with the only female competitor winning the overall title. The top 44 amateur freestyle BMX riders got their time to demonstrate new talent that needed a platform to which USA BMX will help set the stage in 2021.
USA BMX Tulsa Headquarters
Despite the pandemic, the new Tulsa facility is roughly 25% complete and still on schedule for completion in late 2021. Nabholz Construction, Todd Architecture, Wallace Engineering, and the City of Tulsa have worked together to keep things rolling and pressing forward safely. The USA BMX team that manages and executes the national race series and memberships will remain in Arizona. USA BMX will grow the team out of the new headquarters to include marketing, branding, USA BMX Freestyle, USA BMX Foundation, BMX Hall of Fame, global programming, fabrication, and the architectural design portion of our National Track Development team.
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