Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Alise Post and her UCI Rainbow Jersey

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Alise Post and her UCI Rainbow Jersey



Well, it only took me a million years, but finally the interview I did with Alise Post weeks ago is being posted up. Here we talk about the coveted UCI rainbow jersey, winning Worlds, winning in general and the complicated moments leading up to it.

Beatrice: I understand this is your first rainbow jersey, how many World Championships did you compete as Elite before winning in South Carolina?

Alise: 2017 marked my 8th year racing in the UCI Women’s Elite class and my 7th time competing in the category at the BMX World Championships... and I guess lucky #7 delivered with a win, FINALLY! I have made the final every single time I have competed there and after 5 podium medals, 2 crashes whilst leading the final (2012 & 2015), my 6th championship medal was finally GOLD and earned me my first Rainbow jersey honors :) I couldn’t be happier!

Beatrice: Does having the jersey now take away any of the negative feelings from those super close moments or does it still linger?

Alise: Earning a rainbow jersey has always been the bucket list item that needed to be ticked in my career. Being so close so many times I have always felt I had something to prove to myself to be able to put that race together on the day. The sting of all of those laps and close finishes to earn that rainbow jersey are still definitely there, but now getting the opportunity to wear those stripes out on the track, I can honestly say I have a lot more self confidence out there every time I race, and that definitely plays into those situations when things don’t go perfect or the pressure is on. I think that it has helped me believe in myself and stay positive in all situations.

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Beatrice: So you win Worlds, and you're running up to Sam on the amateur hill, the crowd by the way was bawling their eyes out - thanks Alise. What was the first thing he said to you, or you said to him?

Alise: That moment was so special and will forever be a highlight of my career. We’ve always dreamed of winning a championship TOGETHER as one of us always seems to deliver while the other just misses. Although we weren’t both standing on the podium in that same sense previously pictured, this was more of a “together” moment than ever before. It really was a team effort, no words really needed to be said, we just looked at each other and had that sigh of relief as we embraced each other up on that hill. I had my helmet on and people were yelling so it was hard to hear, but I am pretty sure he said good job.. The only bit I can remember though is the “love you and proud of you”. (editors note: I'm literally tearing up again as I'm reading Alise's response!) 


Beatrice: After that tear-jerking moment, you're on the podium and I remember the rainbow jersey you had on was pretty big. I remember someone telling me that it's just for show while they sort your real size, but was the one you had to wear for photos at least new - or did you get to keep it?

Alise: They have a few sizes on hand and I am pretty sure that’s just your standard Small jersey - I am just that small haha. Yes you get to keep that jersey and that is the one framed up in in our house.


Beatrice: What are the rules of owning a rainbow UCI jersey? Can you only wash them with a specific brand of detergent, how many do you get while you're the champion? Are there restrictions on what brands you can have on them, any weird rules you can share?

Alise: No rules on how many you can have - I guess that part is up to your sponsors! There are weird rules about the sizing and logo placements and all sorts of stuff though, and I would actually be fined if I didn’t wear it in any UCI event as well. So there’s definitely stipulations with it, but it’s all worth it to get to wear those coveted stripes.

Beatrice: What's the jersey material like, anything you've had before?

Alise: Again, there’s just rules on how the jerseys are to be sized and made. The ones I am wearing currently are super lightweight material and fit really well. It feels extra fast ;)

Beatrice: You're a World Champion, silver Olympic medallist, multiple pro title holder... what is next? Is it even possible to stay hungry and motivated at this point? Do you have anymore awards you have to match up with Sam in the trophy room?

Alise: My side of the trophy room is definitely lacking the number of those framed rainbow jerseys! so I’ll definitely need to keep working on that.  To beat him out I think I’d have to aim for that Gold in 2020 - because other than that, he’s seen and done it all himself as well. The thrill of the chase and pushing my personal limits is always the motivation for me, so until I “can’t be beat” I don’t think I’ll ever lack motivation come race day… and since anything can happen in BMX and the women’s side of the sport just keeps progressing, I think I’ll always have some work to do! It’s a pretty common but true saying that it’s easy to get to the top, but staying there is whole other ballgame.


Beatrice: With so many HUGE accomplishments, it's hard to believe (and shocking) you started out the year with "next to no sponsors", and I think this is something that a lot of kids don't realise - there's a lot of sweat and tears behind the scenes. Are you able to share what it was like going through a period where your future was uncertain? I would imagine you'd have sponsors knocking down your door!

Alise: After my most successful year with an Olympic Medal in 2016 and having had such a solid program with Redline for so long, it was hard to believe we wouldn’t be continuing our partnership. I think both myself and a lot of other brands felt the same way and simply didn’t even reach out. I think Sam’s accident and all of the other things going on in my life played a factor in my hustle to work to find something as well. The stars just weren’t aligning at that point of time and having to look for things so late in the game when budgets were already sorted was hard, so I just made the commitment to myself that if I had to go the whole year with the few co-sponsors I had on board and nothing new, I would do that because I wasn’t going to sell myself short to go out and take unnecessary risks when I had so much other stuff to worry about on the home front. Thankfully, as things steadied out at home I was able to get in touch with a few key people that had a lot of faith in me as a rider and was able to put together an amazing group of sponsors in GW Bikes, Promax Components, Klean Athlete Nutritional supplements, Troy Lee Designs Gear, USA Cycling support, broski headphones, ODI Grips, KMC Chains, Onyx Racing hubs, Oakley eyewear, Box components, 327 designs plate graphics, and Steve Diamond Elements photography + USA BMX always making me look pro and helping market myself well. Getting those ducks in a row really helped me start backing myself again and my riding got better from there throughout the year, and I got to work with people I was proud to be associated with. It was more work than I’d ever had to put into that side before, but the final program was so worth it and I think it’s something people across the sport could learn from. There’s a lack of financial opportunity out there at the moment and so there needs to be a restructure where consumers are spending the money to support brands and pros they like, and the pros are promoting those brands well without selling themselves short.

Been on a bit of a social hiatus - had some technical difficulties, but I'm back on the grid! .... today was a tough day, for more than one reason across the US, but for us personally, today marked 1 year since Sam's accident. Crazy to think how much has happened in that time and how life has changed in so many ways, yet stayed the same in others. One thing is for certain and that is that "teamwork makes the dream work" and we are forever grateful to the many people in our corner that remain supportive and positive as Sam continues to break down barriers in life's new path. And aside from all of that hard work, I am thankful that he continues to support me in so many ways and wants to take the time to make me the best version of me in all aspects of life... it's amazing the load you can carry when your support beams are so strong 😊πŸ’ͺ🏼 #strengthfor91 ***show your strength on @odigrips site by purchasing a limited edition set of metal bar ends for your lock-on grips! 100% of proceeds donated to @swilloughby91_ @road2recovery fund.**
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Beatrice: What’s your thoughts on there being no masters class for women at the World Championships and thoughts on how ex pro’s are grouped with challengers.

Alise: It does stink about there being no masters class for women, but to be honest, I completely understand why there isn’t. So many women move on from their racing careers after retiring from elite because they have children and things that keep them from competing at the same level as men for so long. I think opting into the challenge classes at that point is a good option, and I don’t see a problem with them grouping master’s in with the top challenge riders or having their own time to shine. The “elite show” needs to stick to being the cream of the crop in the sport for spectators coming to watch.

Beatrice: What do you think about some of the ladies transitioning to track, do you see yourself doing the same in the future?

Alise: Track has always been something I thought would be fun to try as it caters to my strengths as a BMX racer so I could see it happening at some point but I am not making any claims. I have been offered to try it a number of times and never taken the opportunity to even swing my leg over one of those bikes, so we’ll have to see what happens as I get older. A lot of girls are transitioning to multi disciplines and making a good living doing it so I think it’s great. But I also think as the depth of the competitors deepens in all disciplines it will become harder and harder to be successful at multiple things at a high level. The track world is very structured so it would be a tough barrier to break into, but I think at some point I’ll at least see how I go at it :)

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Beatrice: Lastly, other than getting married, any fun trips or plans while on vacation?

Alise: I think the wedding is all I’ll be thinking about this month and then I’ll get to planning that honeymoon ;-)

That's all the questions I have, just wanted to also say congrats to you and Sam, best of luck next month on your special day!

Thank you so much for the support and kind words! Pleasure chatting with you. -Alise
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Friday, December 1, 2017

Nikita with EXTREME // BLACK+DECKER

Friday, December 1, 2017

Nikita with EXTREME // BLACK+DECKER



It's always an exciting day when a female rider is able to pick up a major sponsor. Here's what Nikita Ducarroz had to say about her new partnership.

"A few weeks ago I signed a deal with Extreme and their partner sponsor, Black and Decker. It’s pretty unreal to be able to partner with such an iconic brand. I’m super excited to have jumped on board and can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2018.

I think it’s great when we (riders) are able to go beyond the BMX industry, and showcase our amazing “little” sport to a larger audience that may not have been exposed to it otherwise. In addition, I’m pretty excited to play with all the crazy gadgets that they make, vacuum my car a few times, and see what kind of things I can build!"
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saya Sakakibara Races to the Dance

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saya Sakakibara Races to the Dance



Saya Sakakibara stays absolutely flawless while racing to her school dance. We're living for her helmet hair. Watch all the action here https://vimeo.com/241469047/73f6bf8d17
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spotlight: Emma Finnegan

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spotlight: Emma Finnegan



Emma Finnegan is a BMX rider from the UK, and we did an interview to get to know her. Keep reading below!

Beatrice: Where are you from and how did you get your start in BMX?

Emma:  I'm from Liverpool in the North West of England. When I was 11 years old my friend Liam had a black and gold bmx and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. For my birthday my parents bought me my own bmx and I started riding it around the neighbourhood with my friends, no tricks just getting from A to B was fun. At 15 I saw people doing tricks at the skatepark on bikes. After I turned 17 I began to learn to trick a bmx too.

Beatrice: What is Fise like for someone who's never competed before? Is it welcoming, well scheduled, any tips you'd have for someone new to Fise?

Emma: Fise is a trip! In Montpellier the energy is wild and it can get intense, but having the opportunity to be one of the athletes definitely made me feel part of something. I personally didn't have any issues with the schedules. I'd suggest wandering around and taking a look at what's going on, the whole experience is worth digesting at least once.

Beatrice: What's running through your head when you think about the 2020 Olympics, is it something you're going for, has your country reached out to you and how are you preparing for this huge event?

Emma: The Olympics should be pretty interesting, it's definitely a huge opportunity for bmx. I would say it's something that I'm thinking about but I haven't been approached by anybody about it. Right now I'm just riding and having fun.



Beatrice: How do you feel about there being only a limited number of spots for the Olympics? Does this add any pressure, do you feel that more riders should have the opportunity, what are your thoughts and feelings so far on the information provided about the qualifying process?

Emma:  I'm hyped to see who will qualify. I suppose the pressure will be different for everyone but it would be cool to have more people involved for sure. I don't know much about the qualification process but I'd be interested to know more about it.

Beatrice: Who is Emma when she’s in competition mode?

Emma:  I try to be focused but still have a good time and enjoy riding my bike

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Beatrice: Where are your top three spots where you enjoy riding the most?

Emma:  Rampworx Skatepark in Liverpool, England.
Breaking free Skatepark in Rochester, New York.
Austin, Texas

Beatrice: If you could name a very underrated female rider, someone who should deserve more coverage, who would that be?

Emma:  Wiktoria Maciuk. Her instagram is @god.wifi

Beatrice: In your perspective, how is the BMX scene for the ladies? Is it growing, stagnant, where is it heading and where do you want to be with BMX in 5 years?

Emma:  The ladies scene is small but growing. Three years ago in England, Nass festival hosted its first ever ladies comp with only 5 girls. It has been cool to see more girl riders each year. 5 years from now I want to still be having fun riding and meeting new people.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nikita Ducarroz - New Territory

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nikita Ducarroz - New Territory

Photo: Mongoose Bikes

Nikita Ducarroz just released her latest edit with her sponsor Mongoose bikes. "Mongoose Bikes rider, Nikita Ducarroza moved from a tiny NorCal village to San Diego. Moves are always challenging but now that she's been there a little while Nikita said; "it’s hands-down the only place I’d ever want to live!". One thing that really impressed her was the riding scene. "I especially love the fact that you can ride everything here. For this video, we spent three days hitting up the Claremont and MLK skateparks, Home Ave Ditch, and a few other spots around San Diego." Looks like Nikita likes her new territory."

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Spotlight: Lara Lessmann

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Spotlight: Lara Lessmann


Lara Lessmann is one to look out for. She's been competing in Fise with the kind of support few riders are getting right now in freestyle BMX, and that's the support of her own country. Learn more about her below and her journey to Tokyo in 2020.

Beatrice: For those who may not know you, could you introduce yourself and tell us how you got into riding?

Lara: My name is Lara, I am 17 years old and I come from Flensburg, Germany. I got into BMX when I was 9 years old. My brother took me to a skate park where I tried BMX for the first time and I had a lot of fun.

Beatrice: What do you ride?

LaraAll my parts are from BSD, Haro or Demolition.



BMX Freestyle Jamaica asks: Hello there, I'd like to know, what was it like, the very first time you began learning bar spins. What kinda things went through your mind at times while learning them and what was one of the scariest BMX sessions you've ever had?

LaraIt was a crazy feeling, it felt wrong but after I tried it several times I landed it perfect. My scariest BMX session might be the session where I was jumping over a jump box and a friend jumped beside me and we crashed in the air. I ended up with a concussion and had to rest for 2 weeks.

Beatrice: When you're getting ready for a big competition like Fise, what do you do to prepare?

LaraUsually I don't prepare anything special. I make sure that I'm able to land all my tricks perfectly and if there's 1 trick I'm not able to land 10/10 times, I don't perform it in competition. I try to stay fit and ride a little more safe in the training sessions to avoid injuries.

Cami Harambour asks: How did having a national team influence her riding?

LaraIt was absolutely amazing, it's so good to know there is always someone who's got your back.



Cory Coffey asks: Is she on an official Olympic training regime? If so, what's your training session like?

Lara: Right now I don't have a special training regime. I try to stay fit while doing sports, running and riding BMX. In school I have a special training regime which involves cardio and muscle training at the gym.

Beatrice: What's your plan or goal for the 2020 Olympics, what do you think about the Olympics introducing Freestyle BMX?

LaraMy big dream is it to be a part of the 2020 Olympics. I'm going to try my best and I won't give up until my dream comes true. At first I was skeptical if it was going to be the freestyle I'm used to (format of the competition), but now I'm more excited and I'm looking forward to the future.

Beatrice: Who inspires you in BMX ?

LaraWhen I was young I looked up to my brother, but after I began to go to contests and see some pros live, I became a big fan of Pat Casey. He Inspired me with his riding style.


Beatrice: What advice would you have someone who wants to enter Fise and maybe give the Olympics a try?

LaraTry to get a solid trick rotation, maybe mix the tricks up a little to bring in your individual style, and do it for fun, if you do it just for first place, BMX won’t have any value. When you do it for fun, you will improve and you'll automatically get higher rankings in competition.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Spotlight: Bethany Shriever

Monday, September 18, 2017

Spotlight: Bethany Shriever



BMX is one of the least funded disciplines in cycling, yet you have athletes that arguably train harder and risk greater than any other cycling sport - maybe even any sport period. An example here is Bethany Shriever, British BMX racer and newly crowned junior World champion, who is doing it all on her own.

Beatrice: How and when did you get your start in BMX racing?

Bethany
I was 8 years old and my brother's friend's dad, was the lead coach at my local BMX track, one day he invited both myself and my youngest brother to the track and we fell in love.

Beatrice: Congratulations on getting the win at the 2017 Worlds! For those who were not there and not around you, what was your day like leading up to finals? 

Bethany At the World champs my day went to plan, won every round leading up to the final, I hadn't faced Saya (my main competition) until the final and she also had won all her rounds leading up the final. I felt good all day, comfortable with the track and my competitors, but in the back of my mind I knew it would be a tough battle between myself and Saya in the final, as she also was on top form.

BVC Bikes - Supercross carbon BLK frame and forks

Beatrice:
For the final lap that mattered the most, you had a great start, at what point during the race did you see the opportunity to beat Saya Sakakibara at the line? What was going through your head during the first couple of straights and when did it click in that you won?

Bethany
As soon as I saw Saya ahead of me with that amount of distance I accepted in my head that I was going to get second, so I just kept my cool and kept pushing none the less and managed to close the gap on the third straight and it was only until I entered the last corner where I thought I had a chance of passing her, until that point I thought I had silver. This is why it was such a shock to me when I did take the win, because Saya had made some distance between me and her. I knew straight away when I crossed the line that I had it, and then the initial reaction was shock.



Beatrice: If I'm correct, I do believe you are the first Elite Women since Shanaze Reade, right? First, how does it feel to finally get rid of the Jr title to your name, and what does being Elite mean now, how has your training sessions change and do you get additional support now, if so how?

Bethany
I'm always going to have that World title to my name, but like you say, I'm moving up into a whole new World, the best of the best in BMX and it is going to be tough. My training doesn't really change, I am going to be working extremely hard over the winter to get as strong as I can, I want to have the best chance at making finals in elite women, that's the aim. I am no longer with British Cycling because there is no funding, I am doing it all on my own with the help of my coach I have known for years, and sponsors who are willing to get me my equipment and get me to the places I need to get to to compete and train.

Beatrice: Does the lack of Elite women riders in GB say anything about the sport in GB? Are there not enough female riders or support, what's your take/perspective on this?

Bethany
There is support, just no funding. It is a shame because in the UK we have lots of up and coming girls coming up to junior level and now they have to do it on their own. However, we are a tight network in the UK and we all talk and help each other, I am more than happy to be giving the girls advice and helping them improve.

This F2 CARBON FORGE MIPS helmet is the one Bethany wore at Worlds!


Beatrice: What are your thoughts on the 2018 Worlds location being in Baku, Azerbaijan? Parents are already opting out based on the location and safety. Will you be planning to go?

Bethany
If I am selected by British Cycling I will be more than happy to go, I love it when races are in places like these because you get to see a whole new culture and experience something completely different to what you are usually used to. Everyone will be in the same boat, but it will be one to remember regarding where it is based.

Beatrice: Not sure if you noticed this, but there’s a masters class for male riders, but none for female riders. So you have veteran female racers, competing against the challenge class at Worlds. What are your thoughts on this and the impact on the future of the sport?

Bethany
I never thought about that actually, that's interesting, they should definitely look into adding another veteran type class for women who ride 20'' bikes. I think that the sport for us girls has improved over the years and I think it can only get better, now a days we have equal prize money which we never had in the past, tracks are only going to start getting more technical and more demanding as the skill level keeps on rising.



Beatrice: If you could name 3 people to dedicate your success to, who would they be?

Bethany
Mum, Dad and Mark Seaman

Beatrice: What's your day to day life like now, since we're in the off season and where or when will your next big race be?

Bethany
Currently, I am working part time so I can still train during the week. My next big race isn't until next year now, so now I'm putting my head down and going to work extremely hard and get faster!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vital BMX: The Hannah Roberts Interview

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vital BMX: The Hannah Roberts Interview



This is awesome! Check out this interview Hannah did with Vital BMX. 16-year-old Hannah Roberts talks about her start, her relationship with cousin Brett Bansiewicz, Olympic dreams, competitive nature, and more. It's a great sit down interview, check it out!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Spotlight: Avriana Hebert

Monday, September 11, 2017

Spotlight: Avriana Hebert

Left to Right: Josh Samells, Niko Doyle and Avriana Hebert (Team Canada)

Canadian BMX racer Avriana Hebert has a number of achievements under her belt, including a W1 plate from 2014. She's definitely not a stranger to Worlds, and this young women from Alberta, Canada is for sure someone to watch in the future.

Beatrice: How did you get into BMX?

Avriana: BMX was shown to me when I was four years old through my dad! My dad had done BMX when he was little and thought it would be the perfect sport for my brother and I! After taking my brother and I to the track for the first time it was something that we enjoyed and it stuck with me till now!

BeatriceAre you currently on the Canadian national team?

Avriana: I am currently not part of the national team but rather the next generation Canadian team. The 2016 season was the upbringing of the next gen program with a couple of camps, and at the end of the season a try out for the 2017 team. The 2017 season was supported with many camps including a pre Worlds camp at Rock Hill! The team gave us gym, sprints, and track programs to follow for our training. Along with our training programs, the team prepared us for races and coached us when needed during our races!



BeatriceWhat are your thoughts on the 2018 Worlds location being in Baku, Azerbaijan? A lot of parents are already opting out based on the location and safety. 

Avriana: In my eyes, I'm not horribly worried about the location of next years Worlds. I don't believe that they would pick a place for thousands of people to go if it were dangerous.

BeatriceSince we’re on the topic of Worlds, 2017 was a big year for us North Americans, with it being back “home” for the first time in a decade. What was your Worlds experience like leading up to the crash…?

Avriana: My World's experience was a bit of a tough one to take in. Leading up to my crash I felt very confident through practice and going into racing. I didn't want to set any expectations for myself going into racing because I didn't want to feel any pressure, but I was hopeful that I would do well. Unfortunately after making up some spots along second straight and going for a pass in the second corner I ended up crashing.



BeatriceTell me about your crash, I remember being so proud of the move you made in the 2nd corner, it was risky but the payoff would have been huge! For those who weren’t there, how did the crash happen and do you agree with medics not clearing you to compete in the next round?

Avriana: I ended up crashing with a Colombian junior trying to make a move in the second corner. In trying to make this move we bumped bars just before going into the second corner causing us to start leaning and ended up falling. I ended up hitting my head in the process of this fall and did not get up right away. After being down for a while I got up on my own reaching for my bike to ride it off. At this point the medics didn't allow me to do so and I was taken back to the medics tent for further concussion testing. Following the testing the medics informed me I was not cleared to race and I had not passed the testing. Initially my head hurt as it would after hitting it but after about 5 minutes I no longer had any pain, in which I told them. In my eyes I was ok to ride and I didn't agree with the medics choice of not letting me continue my day. Although I was frustrated with there decision I understand where there decision came from.

BeatriceNot sure if you noticed this but, there’s a masters class for male riders, but none for female riders. So you have veteran female racers, competing against the challenge class at Worlds. What are your thoughts on this and the impact on the future of the sport?

Avriana: I think a masters class for females would make for good racing! I've always been on the side of having all things men and women being equal. So in achieving this I believe it would be fair and right for UCI to make a female masters class.



BeatriceYou recently raced against some really big names in Louisville, what was it like being in a gate with some of the elites, and what are the differences between Junior and Elite racers that you’ve noticed?

Avriana: I really enjoy going to the bigger nationals in the US and racing with the elite women! To me it's kind of an adrenaline rush being with all those big names on the gate. Regarding the difference between junior women and elite in my eyes is the level of experience through the years of racing!



BeatriceIf you could name 3 people, (in no particular order) that you’d dedicate your success to, who would they be and why?

Avriana: The main three people to name off for my success are, to begin with, my parents! I wouldn't be anywhere I am today without the help of my mom and dad! They have helped me in too many ways to name off. My parents were my coaches for many years in my life and they are on of the main reasons of why I am where I am today! The last individual to thank for my success would be my current coach Adam Muys! Adam has helped me from my first 2014 Worlds till now! He has taken so much time to prepare me and so many more for our races and I can't thank him more!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

VIP: Angie Marino

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

VIP: Angie Marino



Check out this new edit from Angie when she was at Woodward East!

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