Fri, May 06 2011 11:50 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The American Bicycle Association held its BMX Southern California nationals April 15-17 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. More than 2,300 entries were logged for the weekend of competition, including participants from as far away as Canada and England who came to tackle the newest and best-rated track on this side of the country.
Among those entrants from the San Diego region, South County riders scored a surprising degree of success.
In order to accommodate the large entry field — the southwest region was well represented with riders from the Inland Empire and high desert regions of Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas — April’s SoCal nationals was divided into two sessions.
The call of the Olympics Games appears to be great.
In the first session, Chula Vista’s Cameron Stow captured titles in both the 13-14 mixed open class and 14 intermediate class while first-place finishes also were notched by Chula Vista’s Shane Lewis (10 expert) and Julian Hoefert (14 novice).
Chula Vista’s Herman Hirsch finished second in the 14 novice class while third-place finishes went to Chula Vista’s Shane Sexton (7 novice) and Caleb Holland (8 intermediate) and Imperial Beach’s Lillianna Cincotta (9 novice).
Finishing fourth were Chula Vista’s Arturo Salas (8 intermediate class) and Leonardo Garcia (28-35 expert) while Chula Vista’s Dante Silva (7-8 open) placed sixth.
In the second session, division winners included Lewis (10 expert) and Hirsch (14 novice).
Stow finished second in both the 13-14 mixed open class and 14 intermediate class while Chula Vista’s Brandon Pope finished second in the 7 novice class and IB’s Cincotta finished second in the 9 novice class.
Chula Vista’s Devon Jester finished third in the 9 novice class, while Hoefert finished third in the 14 novice class.
Silva finished fifth in the 7-8 open class while Chula Vista’s Jeremy Byrd finished seventh in the 7 intermediate class.
Holland finished eighth in the 7-8 mixed open class and the 8 intermediate class.
The next big weekend at the OTC is the U.S. Open nationals, scheduled Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.
The OTC’s FutureBMX track has been fully redesigned and is now open every Saturday for racing. Open practice and sign-ups are from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with racing starting at 7 p.m. Cost for practice is $5 for ABA members and $10 for non-members. Racing (for ABA members only) is $10.
Practice sessions are held every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Yearly ABA memberships are sold at the track for $45. Required equipment includes full face helmet, pants or shorts with knee/shin pads and long sleeve or short sleeve shirt with elbow pads.
Clinics are held Monday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. by U.S. Olympic coach Greg Romero. Cost is $20 per rider and is open to all ABA members.
For more information, call the hotline at 482-6225 or visit the Web site at www.futurebmx.com.
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