This post sucks. Here’s a list of what we have now come to coin ‘cutbacks 2014’, essentially all the riders which have been dropped by their sponsors for the coming year. In some cases brands have completely cancelled BMX all together with Mirraco even ceasing to exist.
This list is pretty accurate according to other media sites and social networks, I’m sure we’ve perhaps missed a couple out, or need clarification on each rider as they may have left on their own accord. The pattern appears to be USA based! I’ve not heard much at all about UK riders being dropped because of budget cuts. Which on the one hand is awesome for the UK scene as it’s as strong as ever, but on the other most of our ‘PROs’ don’t get paid and have to work a regular job like the rest of the scene, so kinda makes sense.
Hoang Tran off Odyssey
“Letting a team rider go is never a decision that anybody wants to make, especially when they are great riders and friends. Over the years, our pro team had grown to the point where it was hard to pay enough attention to all of our riders. So, for 2014, we slimmed it down a bit. Hoang Tran and Matthias Dandois are both amazing bike riders and incredible people; there is no question about that. But in order to give the rest of our guys the full support they deserve, we had to make the toughest call and let them go. There’s only time for so many trips in a year, and with so many people on our team, getting everybody out on the road and in front of a camera as much as they should be just wasn’t possible. It really sucks losing Hoang and Matthias; we don’t have one bad thing to say about either of them, and we wish them nothing but the best.” – Walter Pieringer
Kevin Kiraly off Macneil
Cam White off Mongoose, Monster and Unit
Ryan Nyquist off Osiris
Ben Hittle off Kink
Josh Harrington off Premium
Dan Foley off Premium
Sean Ricany off Premium
Colton Satterfield off Madd Gear Pro
James Foster off Madd Gear Pro
Cory Nastazio off Haro
Ronnie Napolitan off Haro
Morgan Long off Stolen
Kevin Porter off Fly
Felt drops their whole team along with Diamondback USA, Mirraco and Redline.
“Over the past 2 and a half years I worked hard to help Redline form a team I was proud of. I worked with the current riders at the time, Brandon Dosch, Josh Hult and Brandon Christie. I then brought in new blood like Zack Gerber, Glenn Salyers and wiz kid Tyler Fernengel to round out what was one of the most diverse and talented teams in BMX. In that time frame together we went on some amazing trips, won an X-Games medal, made the cover of several magazines, produced web edits with view counts totaling over 1/4 million, got tons of web and magazine coverage, ran amuck at this years Texas Toast, turned a lot of people’s opinion of the brand around and most of all just had a damn good time.
However it looks like our momentum has come to an end.
Redline has decided to make some changes so I am no longer going to be part of the brand. I’d like to thank Redline and all my teammates for 2 stellar years of good times and great memories. I wish the brand, the team, and everyone at Redline Bikes the best of luck in the future.”