I suppose it necessary to put all the rumors and “hoop-la” to rest. Nic Long’s move to Haro had nothing to do with any “Frat Party” that may have taken place at the OTC, nor did we drop Nic because of it. Nic’s decision to make a move to Haro was purely financially motivated. Nic’s dream at becoming an Olympian and top Elite BMXer will improve with Haro picking up his travel expenses and putting Nic on a better salary than the IPOT team could afford at this stage of the game.
Prior to making the move to Haro this week, Nic had talked with both the team managers and his current sponsors before coming to his final decision. Unfortunately in this sport there are not very many financial opportunities for good riders such as Nic Long that come along. We certainly wish we could have kept Nic under the IPOT team tents but it would have come at the expense of the rest of the team. Again, we all felt that at this time and in this economy it was in Nic best interest to take the deal and go forward with his career.
Nic Long has been a pivotal factor in the success and promotion of the Intense-Phantom-On Trac (IPOT) BMX racing program since 2004 when Phantom Bikes and On Trac Racing first merged. Since that merge, Nic has helped the team win 9 Team titles, including 2 World Titles and 5 Factory division championships. Currently only GT has more team titles than the Intense-Phantom-OnTrac BMX program. Along with the 9 team titles there have been 7 Individual National #1 titles and 7 Golden Crank Awards garnished by the team, riders and its sponsors. The IPOT focus has always been and will continue to promote amateurs and the race team atmosphere.
Nic individually won back to back AM # 1 titles in 2007-2008. In his debut as A Pro (Reno-2009) he won both days and went on to win 4 out of his first 6 races which moved him into the AA class after just 5 Events. Nic was also a solid mains maker in the top UCI Elite Men’s class all year including a huge win in Desoto TX just 2 ½ months into his pro career. At the end of the season (2009) Nic was voted by the BMX world as “Rookie Pro of the Year” and received a coveted Golden Crank Award.
The Intense-Phantom-OnTrac family (literally) and its sponsors want to thank Nic Long for all the great years with the team and wish him all the luck and success in his endeavors with Haro and in his future in BMX.