Sharrah & Post win elites as 36 BMX national titles are awarded

  
  


Over 400 athletes vied for national titles at the fifth annual USA Cycling BMX National Championships on the campus of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., on Saturday.
 
Riders of all ages and abilities, from 5-year-old beginners to seasoned pros like defending 2010 USA Cycling BMX National Champion Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro-Rockstar-Kenda) survived the heat to deliver an action-packed day of BMX racing.
 
(L-R) Amanda Carr, Alise Post and Arielle Martin took home the hardware in the elite women's contest.
(L-R) Amanda Carr, Alise Post and Arielle Martin took home the hardware in the elite women's contest.
In the elite men’s main, Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./GT Bicycles) continued the momentum he gained with last week’s win in the first supercross in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. With a flawless performance, Sharrah topped silver medalist David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Intense Bicycles) and Tyler Brown (Chula Vista, Calif./Factory Crupi).
 
“My goal is to be up there in the top three going into mains,” Sharrah said. “I was able to do that and I got the win. It feels really good. The year’s been going well. The first ABA nationals went well and the first supercross went really well.”
 
Alise Post(St. Cloud, Minn/Redline) rode away from silver and bronze medalists Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro/Rockstar) and Arielle Martin (East Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX) to win the elite women’s gold medal.
 
“Went out there for my first moto and had a great lap and it all just snowballed from there,” Post said. “It just got better and better on every lap. I live here, so it was just like any practice session. I had fun and it all worked out. It’s awesome to win a national championship. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve had some bad luck in the past whether it’s a crash or not the best race. I think what the USOC and USA Cycling are doing with putting their national championship on the supercross track is pretty cool, so I’m really happy to have won it.”  
 
In the junior men’s race, three USA Cycling National Development Program participants took home the hardware. Rusty Nesvig (San Diego, Calif./Factory Intense) earned the Stars-and-Stripes jersey ahead of Justin Posey (Winston-Salem, N.C./Dan’s Competition) and Lain Van Ogle (Auburn, Wash./Redman) in the junior men’s race.
 
“I just had a good gate. I was staying focused,” Nesvig said. “I knew I had to get a good snap to stay up front. Once I had the hole shot, I just had to keep it smooth and it was all good from there.”
 
With the 2012 Olympic Games on the horizon, America’s brightest shone brilliantly in southern California on Saturday.
 
“I’m very pleased with how everything went,” USA Cycling’s BMX Program Director Mike King said. “I wasn’t too surprised by the results. Corben’s been hot lately and Alise has been a little banged up, but she’s showing that she can hang in there.
 
“I’m very excited about how our juniors ran today. They’re the future of the program and think they ran great today.”
 
In addition to the elite and junior elite fields that highlighted the day, amateur racers provided plenty of action as well. Riders between the ages of five and 50 not only competed for the right to slip into a Stars-and-Stripes jersey on the podium’s top step, but also for eligibility to represent the U.S. at the 2011 UCI BMX World Championships from July 27-31, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The top eight athletes in each age group earned invitations to the amateur world championship event.
 
See below for a list of winners in all categories, or click here for complete results.
 
Click here to check out a PHOTO GALLERY of all the action.

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Hosted by the American Bicycle Racing Association (ABA), Saturday’s national championship event was the second of three consecutive days of world-class racing at the Olympic Training Center’s two BMX tracks. Sunday will feature another UCI Continental Calendar event with both Americans and top riders from around the globe.
 
2011 USA Cycling BMX National Championships
U.S Olympic Training Center; Chula Vista, Calif.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
 
Elite
 
Elite Men: Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./GT)
Elite Women: Alise Post (St. Cloud, Minn./Redline)
Junior Men: Rusty Nesvig (San Diego, Calif./Factory Intense)
Junior Women: Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro-Rockstar)
 
Challenge Level
 
Girls 8: Madelynn Desantis (Simi Valley, Calif./Sycamore BMX)
Girls 9: Leyna Jones (Oxnard, Calif./Sycamore BMX)
Girls 11: Madison Martinez (Santa Clarita, Calif./Factory Intense)
Girls 12: Anais Hill (Austin, Texas/Young Guns BMX Factory)
Girls 14: Kelsey Van Ogle (Auburn, Wash./Redman)
Girls 15: Rachel Mydock (Glendale, Ariz./Jr bicycles.com-speed)
Girls 17+: Shay Glynn (Norco, Calif./Profile Racing/Monster)
Boys 5-6: Tyler Grigsby (Rio Linda, Calif./Form-Elite Bicycles)
Boys 7: Peter Choat (Bakersfield, Calif./Hyper Bicycles)
Boys 8: Jack Kelly (Kerns, Utah/Factory Extreme-GHP-Fly)
Boys 9: Patrick Coo (Bellflower, Calif./Bike Alley-Redline-Rocks)
Boys 10: Anthony Saldivar (Ontario, Calif./Bike Alley-Redline-Rocks)
Boys 11: Shayne Lewis (Chula Vista, Calif./Factory QSI BMX)
Boys 12: Kevin Pauls (Simi Valley, Calif./Factory Speed)
Boys 13: Ryan Pettigrew (Watsonville, Calif./Jr Bicycles.com-Speed)
Boys 14: Walker Finch (Fort Collins, Colo./Redman)
Boys 15: Cole Tesar (Huntersville, N.C./Factory Speed)
Boys 16: Maliek Byndloss (Cape Coral, Fla./Ssquared-TLD-Answer)
Men 17-24: Kalvin Davis (Albuquerque, N.M./505 Racing)
Men 25-29: Brandon Panuccio (Phoenix, Ariz./Vendetta-Elite Bicycles)
Men 30 +: Stephen Larralde (Riverside, Calif./Free Agent-Rockstar)
Masters Class: Matt Pohlkamp (Cincinnati, Ohio/Dan’s Competition)
 
Cruiser Class (24”)
Boys 12 & Under: Sean McElroy (Palmdale, Calif.)
Boys 13-14: Ryan Pettigrew (Watsonville, Calif./Jr Bicycles.com-speed)
Boys 15-16: Maliek Byndloss (Cape Coral, Fla./Ssquared-TLD-Answer)
Men 17-24: Chase Hines (Summerville, S.C./SE Racing)
Men 25-29: Brandon Panuccio (Phoenix, Ariz./Vendetta/Elite Bicycles)
Men 30-34: Stephen Larralde (Riverside, Calif./Free Agent-Rockstar)
Men 40 – 44: Jason Carnes (Austin, Texas/Redline)
Men 45+: Eric Rupe (Woodland Hills, Calif./GT-Oakley)
Women 13-14: Destiny Ford (Rio Linda, Calif./Ssquared-AtomLab)
Women 17-24: Felicia Stancil (Lake Villa, Ill./Factory Speed)
 
Photos by Jack McDaniel
 
 
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 70,000 licensees; 2,400 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,900 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year, manages 17 national championship events and is responsible for fostering the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.
 

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