I just came across this article on www.bmxnews.com and it is all about next years domestic USA BMX supercross series which is looking like it will be one of the richest paydays in BMX history…..$30,000 a day in prize money!!!!!
The series will consist of four different venues with the possibility of a fifth round , so read on and see what you think.
I wonder if British Cycling will do similar series hahahaaahaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!
( Article from www.bmxnews.com)
“Following the release of the 2015 USA BMX National schedule a few weeks back, there has been much speculation and anticipation about the forthcoming domestic SX series, which was teased on the schedule graphic with an unexplained “SX” icon (above).
That was as frustrating as a season-end cliffhanger of your favorite TV series–you were stoked for what was to come, but left saying “aw…MAAAAN!”
BMX News sat down with USA BMX COO, John David late last week to get some early details on the North American BMX Supercross Series, as well as pose a few other 2015 questions. There are still details yet-to-come, burt we appreciate John sitting down with us to give News readers some early tidbits.
NEWS:Tell us about the domestic BMX SX series USA BMX has on tap for 2015.
John David: “We’ve been working and thinking about this as a long-term strategic plan, and wanted to make sure that we created a North American BMX Supercross series–for a lot of reasons–to make sure that the USA BMX series remains one of, if not the premier series in the world. (Also) to make sure we continue to do what we have always done, since the beginning of the pro series in the 80s, and that’s to inspire the best athletes in the world to be here and participate actively in the USA BMX series. This is something that has been in motion for years–we’ve been planning to have a number of facilities, where we can have a Supercross series, and have the biggest purse money in BMX.
The series will be called the ‘USA BMX North American Supercross Series.’ It will be at least four stops in 2015, with a potential fifth stop that we’re still working on the funding mechanism for, but these are the dates for the four:
March 21 – Rock Hill, SC August 21-22 – Grand Junction, CO October 9-10 – Chula Vista, CA October 16-17 – Oldsmar BMX
The Louisville, KY stop, on September 4-6, is the one we are currently working to finalize the funding mechanism for. Certainly, our hope is to have the Louisville stop (in 2015), and we’re able to have a five race series. But, if not, four stops is certainly a great start.”
News: Will there be a new ruleset for these races, or will you be using UCI rules?
JD: Each one of these events are already inscripted with UCI, so they will be part of the USA BMX series as well–it’s all kind of part and parcel. The finer details of exactly how everything is going to be structured will be something we will share with you very soon– more detals on the format–but we need a little more time to tweak and revise things to make sure everything’s solid.
News: At those four/five stops, with the SX racing be in place of the regular Pro Series racing on Sat and Sun, or will this be a separate program–kind of a “Friday Night Show,” of sorts?
JD: Both, in a way. One thing we have done for 2015 is to shift all pro racing to Friday night and Saturday. That was a strategic thing, and something that has been in the making for a long time. Sunday is always tough to get local media out to the event, whereas Friday night is a big night for local sports. And for the pros, themselves, we love the fact that pro warmup at 7:15 on Sunday morning goes away–that was something that was a big “ask” from the pros, since we had so many large pro races, we’d finish up late, then they would have to be back here at 7:15AM. There are some nice things, not only for the pros, but for the program that were thought about in creating that. It also gives us one race under the lights, and one race in daylight, for the most part, which will create some excitement as well.
NEWS: So, will the SX races be part of the USA BMX #1 Pro title chase then?
JD: Absolutely. There is no intent at this point in time to separate that out as its own separate title, but what we’re working out now is exactly how that will be integrated into the existing title.
For these Supercross races, the Elite Men will race for a purse of $20,000 per day. Elite Women will race for $10,000 per day. That makes these races the richest races in all of BMX. We still have some of the finer details yet to finalize, as I mentioned, but we wanted to get some of this info out now, so the national federation teams can make plans, in their budget and schedule, to attend.
News: A quick question on the Rock Hill weekend in March. That square has the little USA Cycling bug along with the UCI and USA BMX “SX” bug. USA Cycling released that on their Nationals Championships schedule, but did not specify if that was the Elite AND Amateur championship, or just Elite. Can you clarify that?
JD: It will be the Elite National Championships. The way that weekend will work out is: USA Cycling National Championships on Friday, USA BMX North American Supercross Series on Saturday, and UCI Continental Championship on Sunday. For the regular USA BMX National that weekend, it will be the normal ‘pre-race on Friday, National Saturday and Sunday’ format. Details for the Amateur National Championships are still being finalized and will be released soon.
NEWS: Here’s a question from a reader: “In Louisville, we are sitting in the hotel having breakfast, and saw Donny Robinson and Connor Fields on the morning news. It was great to see BMX on TV like that. Does USA BMX have plans to do more of that?”
JD: Yes! We have an intensive plan at every single national stop to work with local media to maximize coverage for the sport and the athletes. That’s a big effort, but that is one of the CORE fundamentals of what we do. At the end of the day, we don’t do it to impress our own customers, we do it so that, the wednesday following the event, at the local track (Derby City BMX, in this case), they have the best Wednesday they’ve ever had because of the exposure their track and our sport received leading up to the national.
That was the end of our interview for this installment. John promised to bring more information back to BMX News readers as it becomes available, so please watch for that.
2015 USA BMX North American Supercross Series
Four Stops March 21 – Rock Hill, SC* August 21-22 – Grand Junction, CO October 9-10 – Chula Vista, CA October 16-17 – Oldsmar BMX
*Friday is the USA Cycling National Championships †Possible fifth stop in Louisville, KY, September 4-5, 2015
SX Series Prize Money Elite Men: $20,000 per day Elite Women: $10,000 per day
Pro Racing Schedule Change for 2015 All pro racing in the USA BMX series will be Friday/Saturday. We did not ask, but assume Sunday will be “Pro Open” as it was in South Park this year. We will confirm that. There will be Elite racing on Sunday in Rock Hll, which is the UCI BMX North American Continental Championships (which is not part of the USA BMX series).
Miscellaneous Supercross series races are not for a separate title, and will be incorporated into the USA BMX Pro Series title chase.
Keep your eyes and ears tuned to BMX News for more information on the 2015 USA BMX National Series, and the evolving North American Supercross Series.”
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