I think one thing that separates amateur racing from pro racing is how close everyone rides. The first turn is the biggest difference. An elite men first turn is about as close as BMX racing gets. These guys are hanging on where most of us would be grabbing brake.
I guess that comes with some trust that the rider in front of you knows what they’re doing. It’s also interesting to see how they all take slightly offset lines through the gapped jumps as well. There’s no way to pass if you’re directly following someone.
Make sure to watch that last semi lap. Moves were made all over and Renato fought until the end, but wasn’t able to make it happen.
The end of an era has come, and BMX Plus! is printing their final issue. I remember being so stoked as a kid when a new issue would come in the mail. I actually bought my first trail bike based on one of their many bike reviews. Times have certainly changed and this news honestly comes as no surprise.
Sad to say but after 37 years, @BMXPLUS is coming to an end with the November issue. Thanks to our readers for all the support.
After almost sixteen years at BMX Plus! which is about to turn 37, I am very saddened to say that the magazine will be officially closing its doors. It has been an amazing ride for me, from growing up reading the mag, to being able to run it for a decade and a half. It has been an honor. Hats off to Hi-Torque Publications for supporting the magazine based on a pure love for the sport for so many years. I am bummed we couldn’t bring you at least one more issue, but I am proud of all the content we have been able to bring to the sport. Our main focus now is to ensure the archives live on and that the public can continue to benefit from the history BMX Plus! has dating back to 1976. Thanks to all the fans, readers, staff, riders, contributors and companies that have supported BMX Plus! all these years. I never dreamed I would be the one sending it off but on such short notice, I am kind of at a loss for what to say. Enough angry emails may be enough to get a digital version of the final issue released, but either way, this will be the last cover. Special thanks to Chris Arriaga for hanging in the final years and former Editor Adam Booth for teaching me all I know.
This video is about as close as I’ll ever get to taking a lap around a SX track. Niek Kimmann shows you the fast way around the track. Peep that pass in turn 2 during the semis! He couldn’t make it happen again in the main, but it was a solid performance nonetheless. I know I’d be stoked with a podium spot!
“Anonymous Man” submitted this edit of “just few Lithuanian riders” ripping around the local track. It kinda blows my mind that people all the way from Lithuania are checking out Next Level and are willing to submit. This edit is rad, and you should watch it. The head on drone shots are sick.
It’s a Brian Foster video, do I really need to say anything catchy to convince you to watch it? It’s got it all from park, trails, and even a few street clips. Brian has been ripping longer than most of us reading this description have been alive and that’s fine by me. He’s not letting age slow him down one bit! Just peep all those whips in the woods. Butterrrrr!
First lap, no warm up, and then backflip a pro set. Barry Nobles is out of his mind. His partner in crime, Tommy Zula, joins in on the ride. They definitely scared a few UCI officials along the way with close calls. This is reckless at its best and I absolutely love it!
Amanda Carr continues to be putting in work to secure her Olympic spot for Thialand. This vid has got some clips from training at home and racing in Sweden and Colorada. She overcame the rain in Sweden and put up some good results. There’s quite a few clips of her making passes in the second straight. Somehow she managed to keep it smooth when everyone else was struggling. She then followed that up with a podium spot in Colorado.
I thought it was pretty interesting to see her training with more “traditional” athletes. Kind of makes you wonder if it’s necessary to make your training entirely BMX specific or if you should be training like an all around athlete.