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NBL BMX RACING FINISHES BIG WEEK IN LOUISVILLE
The NBL Christmas Classic & President’s Cup rocked Broadbent Arena
HILLIARD, OH. (Dec.30, 2009) — The NBL Christmas Classic & President’s Cup, held at Broadbent Arena inside the Kentucky Exposition Center, brought over 1000 BMX racers to Louisville to take part in action-packed National racing. The race was the season opener for the NBL Elite Series which brought fast Pros and top amateur riders from across the country to race on the tight and fast indoor track.
With visions of sugar plums still dancing in their heads, the fastest amateurs from each state unveiled their custom jerseys during the President’s Cup parade lap on December 27th. The NBL paid its respects to Kyle Weisenberger — the NBL rider and Derby City BMX local who passed away over Thanksgiving weekend — with a parade lap featuring his former Battle BMX Racing teammates and a heartfelt song sang by his sister, Karla. His family was also presented with a check for $1185 collected from NBL members to get the Kyle Weisenberger Memorial Fund started. After the moving tribute, the annual State versus State competition got underway. Riders from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and several Kentucky locals all put up a good fight, but the perennial champs from Florida used their 150-strong rider turnout to take home their second consecutive title. Every rider who made their main event was presented with a special silver cup trophy from TB Trophies & Awards.
The Christmas Classic got underway on Monday morning as riders and teams debuted their new sponsors for the unofficial start to the 2010 National racing season. Inside the warm confines of Broadbent Arena, fans were treated to over 200 motos of bar-banging action. SE’s Javier Colombo, 2006 UCI World Champion, proved he has been training hard by taking the first win of the season and following that up with a strong second on Tuesday behind the winning ride of Clayborn’s Barry Nobles. Rookie Elite Pro and reigning Super-Ex title holder, TLD’s Josh Meyers showed consistence in his first NBL Elite race with two third place finishes. Jamie Lilly took two Elite Women wins back to California after starting her “comeback tour” off right. In Super-Ex action, Madera’s Tyler Faoro slid ahead of CJ McGuire on day one, while the two Florida hot shots swapped places on day two. GT’s Joey Albright won the first day in the Masters class and Redline’s Jason Carnes took the day two win, his first in two years. Two of the five 2009 Derby Princesses, Sarah Schneider and Meghan Lampe, were on hand sporting their shiny tiaras to present big checks to the Pro winners and hand out trophies to amateur main-makers. From the looks on the little guys’ faces, the Princesses made their days.
Local Masters rider, Tommy Board, made an appearance on the local ABC affiliate, WHAS 11 News, on Sunday to help explain the sport and hype the event. On Tuesday, Fox affiliate, FOX 41 News, covered the race with a videographer who put together a great video which captured the essence of the event. The video can be viewed here.
The 2010 NBL National Series heads to Lexington, Virginia for the Blue Ridge Nationals, January 8-10.
To find out more information, visit the NBL website at http://www.nbl.org .
The NBL Christmas Classic and President’s Cup were proudly sponsored by Kenda Tires (http://www.kendausa.com), Intense BMX (http://www.intensebmx.com), Camp Woodward (http://www.campwoodward.com), Sinz Racing (http://www.sinz-racing.com), and THE Products (http://www.the-industries.com).
About the National Bicycle League
The National Bicycle League (NBL) sanctions exciting local, state, and national levels of BMX (Bicycle Motocross) racing across the country and in Puerto Rico. With more than 30,000 members and more than 150 BMX race tracks, the NBL is the largest not-for-profit BMX racing association in America. NBL sanctions racing in a growing number of states, offering programs for all levels and ages of riders, both male and female. The NBL National Series is the premier National BMX series in America and comes to a thrilling end on Labor Day weekend of each year with the legendary NBL Grand National.