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tommydone
18th Annual Jack Frost Race
USA BMX
By: Tom Donahue

After coming back to BMX 4 years ago, I quickly learned that the annual Jack Frost classic at EHT BMX was one of the most anticipated races in the Northeast. This year was no different , with the merger of the ABA and NBL into USA BMX there was definitely chatter among the regulars of the Jack Frost about the influx of all the ABA riders. EHT was ready with open arms to greet them , the track has never looked better. Thanks to Dave Dorofee and crew there was a new gate to go along with the track rebuild. The new snack stand was stocked and ready with chili dogs, French fries ,pretzels and other goodies. The woman inside had asked me where Bill Hayden was saying something about she ordered extra food in anticipation of his arrival , sadly Bill never showed but I am getting ahead of myself , preparation for our trip to EHT begins on Friday.


I started by making sure all 4 of our bikes were in working order,pumped up the tires , checked the brakes and made sure we all had our new USABMX numbers prominently showing on our CRIT PLATES (shameless plug of our sponsor). After the bikes were done it was time to make sure that the helmets were packed along with the chairs , tent and snacks for a long day of racing. By the time I was done it was after 9 p.m. and I had to get the kids off to bed as the 6 a.m. wake up call would be here before we knew it.


The alarm went off at 6 a.m. , I jumped up , got dressed and woke the kids.I find it curious that I cant get them up for school at 8 am but have no problem getting them up 2 hours earlier for a race. The kids helped pack the bikes and we all piled into the Cherokee for that all important WAWA coffee run, 1 hour and 45 minutes later we were pulling up to EHT , the gate was already running for practice and it wasn’t even 9 a.m. , how awesome is that? I am telling you ,there is a whole new vibe down at EHT. Dave Dorofee along with his wife,Kim Feinstein , and Janeen Welsh have that place in tip top BMX shape.


We unpacked the Cherokee and found a good spot to pitch the tent , went over to see Stan Russ to have the bikes inspected( I built them , are they kidding me with an inspection of my work? Don’t they knbow who I am? LOL) Got our inspection stickers and headed up to the starting hill to get some practice laps in. The weather for the first hour of practice could not have been better , then the clouds moved in and the skies opened up. We took shelter under our tent as we awaited word from the announcers tower as to what the outcome would be. We were then told that an hour delay was in effect and hopefully the track would be ready after the delay.


Waiting an hour may have been the best decision of the day as the rain stopped and Craig West started dropping the gates on the first round of motos , there was some confusion as to how the new transfer system would work but CJBMX track director ,Craig West and Kim Feinstein were there to answer any questions that the riders had.


The race action was hot and heavy once the first gate dropped on round 1. Austin Loebe and Victor Behm battled it out in the pro open along with Danny Smith and John Paul Pfeiffer. Austin took home the win in the main. Rob Bandoy jr. looked nothing like his dad as he won his class and gave fits to the other 11 year olds in the open. Aiden Zeallor looked like a rider possessed in the 8 novice class , I think he is still pedaling, he got his first win of his young carreer. Mark Smith took home the win in the 35-40 cruiser class. The 41-45 cruiser class had semi’s with 3 racks of 5 riders, yours truly fell over on the gate in my semi and placed 5th so I would be watching the main from the sidelines and I watched Jay Bertles take the win. Evan Eisenhard may be the smoothest rider I have ever seen and he won everything he wanted to. Pete Sylvestro gets the giant gonad award , he was launching everything including the triple and he would take the win in his cruiser class. Rich Farside is a guy that doesn’t seem to age and he took home the win in 46-50 cruiser. The battle of the day may have been in the 16 girls class , Chelsea Moser and Cheyenne Noud battled all day long , I think there were 2 or 3 lead changes in the main. Chelsea took home the win on this day but you have not heard the last of Cheyenne. Future expert and current 10 intermediete Joe Troiano took the win in his class , 1 more win and he will be recieving and expert card in the mail.

There were a lot of teams there today as well, Road kill , Hyper northeast , Chip n Dales , Stampede , Stylin , ECC , Damage Inc. all well represented and Mr. Crit himself Mike Rodrigues was there dropping off jerseys and plates . But let’s not forget to thank our volunteers ,without them none of this would have been possible. Until next time , riders ready , watch the lights !









nigelnyc
You could have caught the guy in 4th in the semi if you didn't wait until the first turn to start pedaling!!!
tommydone
QUOTE (nigelnyc @ Mar 25 2012, 12:05 PM) *
You could have caught the guy in 4th in the semi if you didn't wait until the first turn to start pedaling!!!

I couldnt believe that I fell over , oh well,live and learn. LMAO , glad to see you back out on the track
edwards
Tommy,

Moto count, 50/50, girls classes, how many in the 46-50 and 51-55 Cruiser ( did Chuck Feildson from Stylin' win?), what team won if they did a team sheet, weather.....
tommydone
QUOTE (edwards @ Mar 25 2012, 02:09 PM) *
Tommy,

Moto count, 50/50, girls classes, how many in the 46-50 and 51-55 Cruiser ( did Chuck Feildson from Stylin' win?), what team won if they did a team sheet, weather.....

82 motos , didnt catch the 50/50 3 riders in 46-50 and I believe fieldson did win. couldnt comment on all 82 motos,the best in the girls classes was the 16 girls race that I mentioned
tommydone
Just found out the Jason"pinky" Davis got engaged to Heather Havens before the race. Congratulations to both racers
edwards
Thanks for the updates Tommy and congratulations to Davis and Havens.
tommydone
no problem, I will be doing reports of all the bigger races I attend, Ill try to get more info in the next report
bmxgirlmom
Tom: 64 motos + 4 Money Opens.

Teams and 50/50 winners all donated their money to a young girl with stage 4 cancer Can't beat the BMX family, they are the greatest.

JohnHall
Just like any family,blood or BMX, there are arguments, disagreements, and typical banter. However, in the end, we go out there for one purpose....hanging with family and friends and seeing ourselves or the kids pushing themselves. Greatest times of my life and I wouldnt trade it for anything else in the world.
ZeroTolerence
Official Team Results will be posted wednesday or so but top 3 was

Zero Tolerence/Felt
Stylin
Factory Powers


The teams all donated their winnings and entry fees to help 16 year old god daughter of shawn morris named kaely who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma .

Between the Teams and their members raised a little over $450 (dont kill me if the donation amounts were wrong but here is what i remember)

$57 Stampede
$51 Bridge Holland Stone and family from Stampede
$50 Stylin
$50 Powers Bike shop
$54 ZeroTolerence/Felt
$60 Chip&Dales
$20 Shore Cyclery
$20 Hyper Northeast
$60 Roadkill

And I cant remember the rest off the top of my head but will get the paperwork later this week.
tommydone
my apologies guys and gals, I missed a ton of info and forgot my camera. the next race ,I will have the camera and take some notes.
G Elmy
"and 51-55 Cruiser ( did Chuck Feildson from Stylin' win?)"

Yes Chris, the much younger Chuck Fieldson made easy work of us older riders, forcing us to race wheel to wheel, handle bar to handle bar and pedal stroke to pedal stroke for 2nd place.
br8knrun
Thanks for mentioning my son!! I was wondering what happened to you when I was watching your semis.
ZeroTolerence
Some other really exciting classes were

16X had a full rack of 8 with ZT/FELT rider Josh"The Jackel" Santiago taking the moto win with Trevor West of Shore Cyclery taking a close 2nd. I believe it was Trevor who took the main though.

51 and over womens cruiser was a great battle between 3 women with NAG 1 Rider Marcia Caron of Chain Reaction taking the main win but All 3 women led at some point during the day with Stylin's marge Kaminski and ZT/FELT rider Michele Blabac all battling it out.

15 Intermediate had a bunch of riders and i dont know the kid who wons name but he was significantly faster then everyone else..he will be ex soon.

12X was awesome racing between Boissenault of Stampede, Oliver of ZT/FELT and Louie Kaminski of Stylin..dont know the end results but it could have been any of them.
bmxgirlmom
Main results will be posted at our iHigh site in a couple days. www.iHigh.com/ehtbmx

Huge thanks goes out to Joe W. for organizing the team comp. Heard it was alot of fun.

Janeen
justinuv
Had a great time, our first time to egg harbor. great track! met some new faces. also had a great time at cjbmx on sunday. thanks for the gate time craig. also thanks for helping my younger daughter on the gate chuck from stylin.
ZeroTolerence
655 Pictures posted up of the jack frost classic at www.ZeroTolerenceBMX.com
bmxgirlmom
Main finishes are posted. Go to www.ihigh.com/ehtbmx and go to the Recent Documents section. It's in PDF format for ease of viewing.

ZeroTolerence
Team Results from 2012 Jack Frost Classic

1st Zero Tolerence/FELT 171
2nd Stylin 166
3rd Factory Powers Bike Shop 162
4th RoadKill Bicycles 160
5th Shore Cycling Sports 158
6th Hyper Northeast 156
7th Chip N Dales 153
8th Stampede 149
bmxgirlmom
Feedback anyone on the new gate?
ANT DOG 3:16
So much better!!!!!!!!!!!!! I felt comfortable trying to clip in
jw662
Just wanted to Thank all those involved with this event. We had a great time and what the Track, Teams and Families did for the young lady fighting cancer was a true showing of how great the sport of BMX is. I am truly PROUD to say we were a part of it.

Again Thanks for all your efforts,

Jeff Ketron
Factory PowersBikeShop
bmxgirlmom
Thanks guys, it was a pleasure having all of you join us for the 18th year of the Jack Frost.

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