The Profile team made their first stop in the 2012 USABMX national season this past weekend at Oldsmar, FL. This was the first east coast national and also the first UCI Pro race so there was a big turnout of teams, sponsors and riders. It was windy and cold for most of the weekend, but the team made the best of it. On Saturday Madera’s vet pro, Joey Albright, made a huge statement in his first national race since his elbow injury. In the main, he snapped so fast it was like he was shot out of a cannon. He got a big lead quickly and left the other racers behind to take a huge win and the top spot on the podium. On Sunday, Joey was a little sore but still fast and finished second.
The other pro racers, Tyler Faoro, Eli Weiss and Nic Lucas looked good in their motos but they just missed transferring to the main events. The Profile ladies were on point this weekend. Shay Glynn racing 16 girls and junior development didn’t look like the trip from the west coast affected her at all. She racked up a lot of podium finishes with a 3rd in Junior Development and a first in girls on Saturday and a 4th in junior development and another 1st in girls. Mckhenna Calhoun, one of the newer members of the team, racing both 11 girl and cruiser also had a solid weekend. She finished 5th on Saturday in the girls class and then had two podium finishes on Sunday with a 1st in girls and 2nd in girls cruiser. Lauren Lanzalotta bounced back from a disappointing Saturday to make the main and finish 7th on Sunday.
The Profile men also looked strong and didn’t let the wind slow them down. Caleb Minthorn was racing 2 classes each day. On Saturday, he finished 5th in expert and had two 3rd place podium finishes on Sunday in junior development and cruiser. Chandler Denton racing the ultra tough 17-18x fought hard to make him mains both days. On Saturday he finished 8th but improved to a 5th on Sunday. Casey Minthorn racing 9 cruiser did not let the wind or cold slow him down on Saturday. He took a 6 in his cruiser. Garrett Lanzalotta found hard in the challenging 15 expert class but was unable to make the main. Tanner Engel just missed the podium both days with his 4th place finishes in 12 expert.