DERBY CITY
PULL Magazine|November/December 2020
It might not have been LaborDay, but the BMX world was anxious to finally return to the longtime Louisville tradition. ...and it was well worth the wait!

Believe it or not, this was the second-to-last regular-season National in this wild ‘n wacky rebooted 2020 series. That meant we’d witness some mighty intense battles for those last-chance points in NAG and National standings. So, let’s take a look at the major age groups that could possibly capture the National No.1 Amateur title.

13X: Many signs are pointing toward the No.1 Amateur title coming out of the 13X ranks - and FullTilt has two of the leaders. Washington’s Sean Day is holding on to the No.1 spot with a solid 65 point lead over his 10X teammate, Eli Staton, while Cole Frederick sits in the No.6 slot.

The big 13X showdown in Louisville involved not just two FullTilt teammates, but also Answer Factory’s All-Around Champion, “Major” Marshall Gehrke (who by the way, is sitting No.5 in points). Since Marshall ages up right before Grands, this would be one of those rare match-up weekends. For the most part, the battle for the win would come down the two Full Tilt’ers. Speaking with TM Jim Buchanan, he said, “I’ve told them if you can pass the other guy cleanly, go for it. Just, whatever you do, don’t take each other out.” After Louisville, it seems like Sean Day is unbeatable. Frederick, who has just moved up into this class, just couldn’t catch Sean.

14X: It’s everybody’s favorite show to bingewatch these days - and it’s not even on Netflix! The Ronnie and Cedric show held another entertaining episode in Louisville. On Friday, Cedric and Ronnie were coming out of lane one and two, with Kim on the inside. Side-by-side down the first straight, Cedric got an elbow in on his arch-rival, and shut down all of Kim’s momentum.

On Saturday, Cedric did exactly what you’ve gotta do if you want to beat King Ronnie. With a half-a-wheel lead on him, Cedric shut him down ... HARD. It was a move-over often executed by 6 and 7 year old experts; but it worked. Again, Cedric floored his virtual gas-pedal on a jump-infested Louisville track and checked out. By Sunday, all eyes were on the first straight to see if Ronnie would manhandle Cade like a raging WWE wrestler. The two met together at the first jump, only this time, Box’s World Champ just seemed to flick Cedric off of him like a flea. You could almost hear Ronnie mutter, “Get offa me. Not gonna happen today!”

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