Friday, March 30, 2007

WATTS new at Milwaukee BMX !!!

Yeah, if you can feel the energy in this post ... it's all about the electrical runs and power boxes that Craig from PRO ELECTRIC is installing at the track RIGHT NOW !!!

Additionally, another +120 cubic yards of clean clay are arriving today.

Please plan to attend the next GENERAL CLUB MEETING - Wednesday - April 4th - at 7:00 p.m. at Bennos in West Allis (7413 West Greenfield Avenue - West Allis, WI) for additional details on upcoming track work days.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


A reminder that the general monthly meeting of Milwaukee BMX is scheduled for next Wednesday - April 4th - at 7:00 p.m. at Bennos in West Allis (7413 West Greenfield Avenue - West Allis, WI)

We'll have lots of ground to cover, but the two top priorities will be:
  1. 2007 Track Preparation / grounds improvements - including finalizing anticipated work weekends

  2. Volunteer Coordination

I should have a short run of print schedules to hand out by this weekend. And, I'm hoping to make the trip to Rockford on Sunday to begin distribution - weather permitting.


From time to time, I'm struck both by the generosity and the loyalty of the Milwaukee BMX community. Recently, there was an article written about cycling as a "business development" opportunity that featured one of my colleagues who works for another architectural firm. The Business Journal article illustrated the strength of business relationships that are being built through group road rides. Now, while I'm not suggesting that we all pimp one another for business ... I absolutely subscribe to the theory that we at least regard ourselves as a community ... and, continue our support of one another away from the track, as well as at it. This little network of BMX supporting superheros we have developed may be small, but can still be mighty.

Many non NASCAR fans wonder what gives NASCAR such strong sponsor appeal. The answer is simple enough ... its the loyalty of NASCAR fans ... many who will choose a sponsors product over a competitive product, simply because of the sponsors involvement with NASCAR.

So, if you are a small business owner with ties to Milwaukee BMX ... no reason to be shy about what you do away from the track. In fact, a response to this post with what you do away from the track would be rad.

Similarly, if you are in need of something ... landscaping is a good for instance, since Fred Yanke is the owner / operator of Sandpiper Landscaping in Waukesha, and made many of the aesthetic improvements to the start area of the track -- Or, Brian Schulz, another Milwaukee BMX volunteer, who is an Operations Manager at Bothe Associates, Inc (Machine Shop) in Kenosha.

In fact, I'll start ... if any of you are, or have any racing friends involved with exterior masonry repair (window lintels and tuck pointing on a lannon stone cape in particular), get in touch ... I'm going to be looking for a quote later this summer and I'd like to hear from you.

Welcome to the Milwaukee BMX community. We'll get the job done !!!

Kevin O'Donnell

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A-Pros -- Kaht, Carter and Lundy exploding out of the first turn and ready to take care of the second straight in a jiffy.

An overdue note of thanks:
As the 2006 / 2007 winter indoor season at Walworth BMX winds to a close -- you read it right, this Sunday will be the last indoor event of this spring -- it's easy to wonder where the time has gone. I want to personally thank Jake and Candy, along with all the Walworth BMX volunteers for continuing to run a program that is such a pleasure to be a part of. I have to say, the weeks I couldn't make it out to the races because of work, or illness ... whatever the excuse, were always bummer weeks. Meanwhile, every week that followed a weekend of racing just seemed to go more smoothly.

Schedule Change:
MilwaukeeBMX, in support of our good friends at the Fond du Lac BMX Club, have agreed to move our Saturday July 14th single points race to Thursday, July 12th. Between Milwaukee, Fondy and Oshkosh, a coordinated effort is happening on that weekend to offer SE Wisconsin racers a whopping 800 point weekend from July 12 to July 15 !!! If you are working toward earning a low district number for 2008 ... this is one weekend of racing you won't want to miss. Schedule is as follows:

  • 7/12 single points, MilwaukeeBMX
  • 7/13 single points, Fond du Lac BMX
  • 7/14 double points, Race For Life, Fond du Lac BMX (daytime)
  • 7/14 single points, Winnebegoland BMX (night race)
  • 7/15 triple pints, Redline Cup, Fond du Lac BMX
Club Notes:
MilwaukeeBMX is now a recognized 501c3 not-for-profit group that is under the common charter of Friends of Milwaukee County Parks. This means, we can finally accept the generous donations many of you offered in the past. Please contact track operator John Mittelstadt @ 414-429-3485 or through e-mail for more details.

We may take a look at adding the weekend of April 13 - 15 to the spring workdays. Workdays are currently scheduled for the weekend of April 20-22 and April 27-29.

* I'm asking any and all who think they can volunteer shoot me an e-mail at to advise of your availability so that I can start to generate a master list of who can work when. The list will be kept and published at

Additionally, if you are interested in volunteering in any of the following areas, please drop John or I a line ASAP:
  • New Rider Registration (help sign up new ABA members and renew existing memberships)
  • Sign-ups and Registration (help sign up racers for each event)
  • Staging (assist riders in identifying and joining their proper moto and lane assignments)
  • Scoring (help score racers in qualifying and main event races and hand out trophy cards during mains)
  • Track Officials
The gate drop now resides at the workshop of Mark Kluth's brother, where it is undergoing some necessary TLC to get prepped for the 2007 racing season.

Print Schedules:
Will be out very soon. We'll have a short run of them by the time Rockford opens with a follow up batch designed by Graphics Arts student Roxanne Schneider produced by middle April.