Advertisements

The Grands were off the chain

29 11 2016

I didn’t catch a lot of The Grands livefeed over the weekend but I did have the dumb luck to tune in at just the right time to see a little bit of BMX history go down.

Here’s the setting: Drew Motley was in the gate in the no-joke 46-50 cruiser  main.

He needed a win –and only a win– to take the overall cruiser title.

No pressure, right?

Well, he got it done.

From lane 7, if I remember correctly.

That’s an accomplishment on its own…but what might be more exciting is he did it on a bicycle with no chain!

Drew pulled off the impressive win — and the title — aboard a YESS cruiser kitted out with a belt drive drivetrain. (Just like the one we talked about back in April.)

drew-motley-cruiser-champ

This is the first time a non-chain bike has taken a BMX title!

motley-carnes-rupeMotley is in good company…just check out these former #1s congratulating him. (You know Carnes and Rupe ain’t no slouches.)

Motley’s performance and title certainly add some additional legitimacy to YESS BMX’s innovative concept.

It will be interesting to see if this now prompts other riders (and companies) to jump on the Belt Drive bandwagon.

 

(Pics: BMX News & USA BMX)

Advertisements




The champs are here

30 11 2015

Well, the Grands have come and gone.

A record-breaking moto count, an exciting Pro Spectacular, and — be still my heart — an-honest-to-goodness water jump.

A weekend for which dreams were made.

OK, I’m laying it on a little thick.

By now you’ve probably learned who the #1 Pro is (in the Men’s/Women’s and Vet classes).

Let’s talk about who came out on top in the Big Wheel classes.

Jason Carnes, a long-standing figure in the race scene, proved that he still had the chops to earn himself a title…in this case, the #1 Cruiser plate.

Jason Carnes no 1 cruiser

An Austin local, he might be more well-known these days for driving the Redline Rig around North America and coaching Flight School clinics, but this title shows the 40-something big guy still has some gas in the proverbial tank.

Olivia Armstrong, is the other Cruiser Champ of the weekend.

After a breakthrough season in 2014, where she earned the #1 Cruiser (Girls) title for the first time, Olivia has continued her winning ways.

Olvia Armstrong No 1 CruiserThis weekend was no different with Olivia going on to win the title again!

Back-to-back titles…if this doesn’t put her comp on notice I don’t know what will.

A tip of the visor to our two champions!

(Pics: BMXNews)