It was a big weekend in Cary, North Carolina for the Monster Army BMX team. Three days full of three separate contests that each earned points towards the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Monster Army riders Justin Dowell, Bryce Tryon and Nate McCallister were joined by international Monster Energy riders Gian Carlos Ramirez (Costa Rica), Jonathan Camacho (Equador) and Kevin Peraza (Mexico) in an epic weekend battle.
On Friday, Monster Army athletes competed against their fellow Americans at the inaugural USA National Championships in BMX Freestyle. Leading into the event, your current World Champion and UCI points leader, Justin Dowell had a nasty crash over the box jump that ended with him taking a late night trip to the emergency room the night before the contest. Despite a bruise sternum, Justin was able to compete and finished second in the event. Just behind him was teammate Bryce Tryon, rounding out the podium in third place.
Saturday held the first even Pan American Continental Championships, athletes from North, Central and South America where invited to compete in the inaugural event. All three Monster Army riders made the finals, and Justin Dowell finished in second, for a second day in a row.
Finally, on Sunday athletes competed in a Class 1 (C1) level Olympic points earning event. This time being joined by athletes from all over the world, not just the Americas. The three-day event was action packed and high drama with Nate McCallister breaking his elbow during the event. Bryce Tryon smashed the competition and found himself scoring the silver spot on Sunday. But ultimately, it was Kevin Peraza's creative lines and high energy run would land him the top spot.
Congratulations to all of the athletes that competed in the three-day event. Keep checking back to watch as they progress on their Olympic journey.