When we talk about BMX racing and Horse racing you might think that these are two distant worlds apart, but actually, they do share some similarities. The first one involves human-powered bikes through dirt tracks, while the other features horses galloping towards the finish line. Yet, when you peel back the layers (and the mud), the similarities between the two are not only surprising but also wildly entertaining. Yes, it might sound confusing to compare BMXing to horse racing, but let’s see what these two sports have in common.
The Start The start of BMX racing is very similar to horse racing. All the bikers are lined up, their muscles are tensed, their legs ready to spin the pedals, and they are waiting for the gate to drop. The start is crucial and can determine the whole race. In horse racing, we have pretty much the same thing. All the thoroughbreds and riders are lined up, the pulse is going through the roof, and they are all waiting for the barrier to be lifted. So, they have more in common than you might think. After the start of the race, it is all fast-paced action down the finishing line. Though, there is one evident difference. In BMX racing betting still isn’t very popular. In horse racing, betting is quite popular. In fact, you have to learn how to read the odds in horse racing before going to an event, which is not the case with BMX racing. Even if wagering on BMX racing becomes more prominent, the deciding factors will depend more on athletes, while in horse racing the factors depend on the horses.
My family and I have been travelling to the Hawaiian Islands annually, the Big Island to be precise, but this holiday family vacation was a little different. I brought my bike to devote one day, solely to riding.
Here we go! The second stop of the Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge in Glendale, AZ. Big jumps and big tricks are just the start, The progression keeps getting pushed stop after stop so hurry to the play button and enjoy!
Animal, eh?! We've got a treat for you this weekend. Courtesy of Animal Bikes and filmer Andrew Schubert, 'Eh' features full sections from Jordan Hango, Andrew Schubert, Riley Abramyk, a few of the Canadian up and comers, and some US Animal heads. This hits the spot from start to finish. Must-see!
Stop Two is officially in the books! Monster Energy congratulates Monster Army rider Brady Baker on winning the BMX Dirt competition at the 2024 Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge in Glendale, Arizona. In the second stop of the 2024 season, the 21-year-old from Toms River, New Jersey, rose all the way to the top on the dirt course outside State Farm Stadium. Monster Energy swept the entire podium with 29-year-old Daniel Sandoval from Corona, California, taking second place and 29-year-old Ryan Williams from Sunshine Coast, Australia, in third. When the action moved into the spectacular Best Trick, Sandoval also claimed the top spot as the exclamation point to an epic weekend.
Presented by Monster Energy as the official title sponsor, the annual BMX Triple Challenge
Yo, check it, yo! We talkin' 'bout the UCI BMX Racing World Cup, baby, and we kickin' it off in Rotorua, New Zealand, ya feel me? So, boom! We got over 200 BMX riders from all over the globe droppin' in for this epic showdown. Jack and Bennett Greenough, holdin' it down for the home turf, takin' those top spots in the Under 23 Men's class like straight-up bosses. And let me tell ya, them Aussies ain't holdin' back neither, with Noah Elton snatchin' that third spot on the Saturday at Round 1.
But peep this, the track's no joke, y'all. Gaps to clear, grass-filled sections, it's a wild ride out there. Veronika Sturiska takin' a hit in the U23 main with a poor start, droppin' back to 8th. Emily Hutt (GBR) missed out getting 4th. But yo, props to Japan’s Jui Yabuta grabbing the bronze and Australia’s Teya Rufus crossed the finish line in front of USA’s Ava Corley for a first UCI World Cup win of the year.
And don't even get me started on the Elite races, fam. Laura Smulders holdin' it down for the Dutch, snatching second place, but it's Saya Sakakibara from down under takin' that gold, showin' us what's up. She continued where she left off in 2023.
Romain Mahieu makin' moves for France, grabbin' that holeshot like a champ taking that Saturday win. And shoutout to Niek Kimmann bouncin' back from a rough Saturday to snag that third spot on Sunday. Cedric Butti and Joris Daudet showin' us they mean business with some solid finishes. A 4th and a 2nd for Cedric and a 2nd and first for Daudet in Rotorua at stop 1 & 2.
And that's a wrap! But not before one more run in the morning dodging the homeless along the riverbed. That got squeezed in before we checked out at Solarena and headed for Denny's on Main/Ellis for breakfast. 'All American slam' for me please with coffee. Philip had pancakes and a slam. Couldn't finish it, I couldn't help finish it either. $38 bucks later we hit the 405 North. It looked like we had enough time to go see Pete D over at Chase Bicycles and so we did. The Torrance area has some BMX history with BMX Action based there. We didn't actually go see the building or dive in the dumpster for photos.
Traffic wasn't too bad for a Monday morning. We stopped at a gas station to prepare the car for drop-off. Removed the Twin Air/FATBMX/Flame Trails stickers, cleaned the ironside, double checked all doors for phone cables etc. The return at Dollar rental was easy. No extra $urprise$ after that. Not coming back though, we'll choose a different option next time. We hopped on the bus to the LAX terminal. Got dropped off at the wrong one, but still had time to check in. We were able to check in the hand luggage suitcases too for free so we only had the backpacks to take through security. Easy peasy. Spent some time in the lounge, ate some more even though we weren't hungry but you never know what the airplane food looks like. We both had a window seat each and an empty seat next to us for the 11 hour direct flight home. Could have been (a lot) worse.