Willoughby and Post Podium for Redline Bicycles at Tar Heel Nationals
BMX - Charlotte, NC
The weekend started on Thursday morning with the team suiting up and showing local Charlotte WCNC meteorologist, Larry Sprinkle, how to get around the course. It’s always fun to get a little TV time before the races!
Larry Sprinkle warned us that we might get a few showers on Saturday afternoon, and he was spot on, as the sky opened up just after the pros ran their third moto. Luckily, it didn’t last long and stopped before the semi-finals kicked off.
With a 5-race win streak on the line, Sam Willoughby transferred out along with Tory Nyhaug, while Denzel Stein unfortunately went down with ex-Redline star, Bubba Harris, after making a pass for the final transfer spot in the last turn.
As the finals got underway, the team wasted no time picking up right where they left off in Desoto, TX last month. Sam and Alise Post both charged ahead of the pack winning all three of their mains, leaving everyone else to battle for second. Our Canadian National champion, Tory, took it upon himself to do just that. After a first turn spill in the first main, he came back strong with two 2nds in the final two mains, giving him the overall second place! It was great to see two Redline pros on the podium, and with Denzel getting back to full strength, it will only be a matter of time before we’re standing on all three tiers!
Sunday morning brought more great racing with Sam, Tory, and Alise all transferring into their finals. When the gate dropped on the first women’s final, Alise found herself getting a little weird on the first jump and being pushed back to third behind the reigning USABMX #1 Pro, Dominique Daniels and Aussie Caroline Buchanon. With a great high-low in the last turn, Alise was able to charge past Caroline on the last straight to steal the second place from Caroline. Luckily, this was not a UCI weekend so she had two more shots to even out the points. With a win in the second main and a second in the third, Alise finished with low points and her fourth straight victory!
The elite men’s finals were jumbled and crazy as well. In main one, Tory and Sam came out of turn one in second and third (respectively) behind the two time Olympic gold medalist, Maris Strombergs. With a good drive and perfect form through the second straight pro-section, Tory was able to pass Maris and take over the lead and hold on to the first main win. In main two, Sam shot out to the lead, with Tory getting caught up in traffic, fighting his way to a fourth place finish. Since this was a total-points scenario, it left Sam and Tory virtually tied for the win going into the third main. When the gate dropped, it was the USABMX World Cup champ, Slammin’ Sammy, who made his way to the front, winning the third main and overall for the day. Unfortunately for Tory, the first straight got a little too crowded and he went down battling for position, leaving him with a 7th place finish, and 4th place overall for the day.
Anything but a crash would’ve put him back on the podium, but he had a great weekend of racing! Sam’s win made it seven in a row for him, tying the USABMX record set by another ex-Redline legend, “The Jackal” John Purse.
On the opposite side of the continent, Josh Klatman and Carly Dyar were holding down the fort at the Fraser Valley Nationals in Chilliwack, BC, Canada. Josh is having a great year as a rookie pro, racking up a win or two at nearly every race he has attended. This weekend would be no different as he battled with Canadian Jim Brown all weekend, bringing home a 2nd on Saturday, and following it up with a big win on Sunday. Carly Dyar, on the other hand, left no doubt as to who was the fastest 17-20 year-old female in the house. She flew back to Arizona on Sunday with two wins in her pocket, which will give her a huge boost in the National Age Group standings, as well as her confidence going into next month’s USA Cycling National Championship.
Next stop for the crew: Alise will be on the SX track at the OTC in Chula Vista next weekend to defend her national championship title and “stars-and-bars” jersey at the USA Cycling Elite National Championship. Everyone else will have to wait a few weeks for the USABMX Music City National and USA Cycling Amateur National Championship in Nashville, TN, May 31st-June 2nd.
We’d like to congratulate all of our riders for a great weekend across the board and thank all of the sponsors that help us get the job done out there!
Original story from Redline Bicycles.
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