Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Formula Bicycle Company sent four riders to Brazil to get the job done for the good ‘ole USA. dR Donny Robinson, Amanda Geving, Warren McDow, and Chad Kerley made the trip to the southern hemisphere with gold medals on their minds. The trip started out easy enough with dR, McDow, and Kerley meeting up in Miami, ready for the long trip to Brazil. Amanda flew out the week prior to hit up the World’s pre-race. The group hit up Miami’s infamous South Beach during the layover and got their first taste of a clothing optional beach. Kerley, though appreciating the sights, was a little young for this outing, so the group beat it back to the airport just in time to meet up with Bill Geving to get checked in. After the long flight to Brazil, including a stop over in Colombia, the crew met up with NBL president Darol Carr in Brazil, grabbed their rent-a-cars, and braved the crazy Sao Paulo traffic. If you completely ignore all normal road rules and drive like a madman you will fit in Brazilian traffic. After checking into the four-star Caesar Park hotel Monday morning, the Formula crew was ready to relax for two days before practice on Wednesday.

After a trip to the beach at Santos on Tuesday with Mark. Cheryl and Alise Post and Joey Bradford, the crew awoke on Wednesday to hear that practice was cancelled and the UCI crew was working on the track. A practice was arranged at a local track in Sao Paulo. dR and Warren opted out, but Amanda and Chad , who was nursing a severely sprained thumb sustained at the ABA Vegas race 2 weeks prior and needed some track time to see how his thumb would hold up, made the trip. The track turned out to be a nice one, with a hand-operated gate, and the track operator was super stoked to have some of the world’s best riders on his track. Amanda was riding fast and clean and Chad felt some soreness in his thumb, but said he was ready. After a two-hour session, it was back on the road for dinner. Back at the hotel, the crew learned that they did get the track fixed in time and that the US was the only ones that didn’t get to practice. The US had team meetings that evening and everyone learned that there was threat of rain for the weekend, so the Elites were going on Friday and the Cruiser day was switched to Saturday.

Thursday practice went off without a hitch. Chad’s thumb was feeling better, only hurting him when he cased, but he was clearing the huge first straight double easily with signature Kerley crazy style. Chad was getting a lot of props for his fluid style and skill, and many people who had never seen him were stoked on how well he rode. Non US riders love stylish and skilled riders and Chad made a lot of new fans during practice. Warren and Donny concentrated on the second and third straight Pro Sections, trying different lines and figuring out what speed it took to actuay make it through cleanly. dR looked good on the track. Amanda was killing it down the first straight and was jumping the first double with ease. Warren looked ultra fast and dR was impressed with how Warren was pulling with the Elite riders down the first straight. That night, dR shared with Warren his new outlook on racing and they got each other psyched up for the next day’s racing.

Friday was forgettable for the Formula team. During warm-up, Warren was cut off in the second straight pro section and crashed hard over the second set, landing on his back and tearing some lower back muscles in the process. He was already nursing a sprained ankle from a crash in Vegas, but this one was serious. Despite the pain Warren went out and won his first moto. He ran all three and made it out to his eighth main, but by then the pain was too much. The team doctor advised him to let it go and Warren was crushed his day was over. dR looked good all through motos. Come quarter time, Donny was in fourth going into turn two but tangled with Mike Day and went down. Done. Amanda was the only Formula rider who made the main. She looked fast in all her motos and qualifiers, but come main time, an outside gate kept her from getting to the front of the pack. She came out of turn one in seventh and couldn’t get through traffic to pick anyone off.

Saturday was a new day and Amanda and dR were ready to redeem themselves. It had rained the night before and despite not having covered the track until morning, it held up decently. Races were delayed in the morning by a few hours, but the Elites were pretty much on time. dR eased through motos and into the main. He was not to be denied. Out of lane eight, he powered down the first straight and railed around Danny Caluag in the first turn and came out with the lead. After that dR checked out and had himself another UCI World Championship to match his great friend and idol, Mario Soto. He came across the line dead tired, his legs gave out, and he fell to the ground in the finish area. But of course there always has to be some controversy to stir things up. France’s Thomas Allier protested how the gate fell. Apparently the gate moved slightly before it actually fell and Allier felt it was a mis-start. When dR heard that he might have to re-run the race, he told them they would have to go on without him. Luckily, there was no restart and dR was the new Elite Cruiser World Champ. Amanda’s race went pretty much the same way, winning from the outside, railing turn one to come out with the lead and she never looked back. Just like that, Formula’s weekend went from bad to awesome. One rider left, Chad Kerley on Sunday.

Sunday turned out to be a miserable, rainy day. It drizzled all thorugh motos and was super cold with a biting wind and Chad felt like his legs were really stiff. Chad made it easily through motos and into the main where he was up against fellow Americans Lain Van Ogle and Anthony Derosa. Out of the gate, Chad and Anthony had the pop, but Chad’s legs were too stiff to jump the double and he cased with immediate pain in his thumb. Derosa made it over with more speed and lead it in and out of turn one. Chad got squeezed in the first turn, slid out a bit, and nearly came to a full stop. He came out of turn one in sixth, but with his awesome track speed passed one rider in the second turn. Derosa crashed down the third straight and he was in fourth. Come the second to last turn, Chad pulled his signature move and pimped TWO riders, running them both off the track, putting him squarely in second, but Van Ogle was gone and the Tiger had to settle for World #2. But his efforts pleased his new international legion of fans who were begging for autographs and pictures from the talented young rider.

The crew woke up early Monday morning, drove to the airport, and after a 6 hour layover in Bogota, a 6 hour layover in Miami, the crew was safe and sound at home. Not a bad trip for the Factory Formula team, two World #1’s and a World #2. Bring on the NBL Grands!

Formula has you covered with more options than any other manufacturer, designed to totally dial in your ride. With 28 designs, Formula offers the most frame sizes in the industry, including the Hybrid series frames that are perfect for growing riders making the transition from small bikes to big bikes. Formula’s Pro Series frames are also available in 4130 Chrome-moly, giving riders the utmost choices in frame designs. Plus, Formula’s frames are the lightest in the industry, check the spec sheet at formulabicycles.com.

Formula has also been doing a limited amount of custom work, so if you have a special size need or a design that needs built, give ’em a call.

Formula’s Solution race frames are out now and available FACTORY DIRECT, though your local bike shop, or online at www.atistore.com-- only $299 for the aluminum frames and $269 for the cromo versions.

Give the guys at Formula a call at 619-590-0530 or email at [email protected] to find out all the answers to your Formula questions. Make sure to check out www.formulabicycles.com for further info.

ily through motos and into the main where he was up against fellow Americans Lain Van Ogle and Anthony Derosa. Out of the gate, Chad and Anthony had the pop, but Chad’s legs were too stiff to jump the double and he cased with immediate pain in his thumb. Derosa made it over with more speed and lead it in and out of turn one. Chad got squeezed in the first turn, slid out a bit, and nearly came to a full stop. He came out of turn one in sixth, but with his awesome track speed passed one rider in the second turn. Derosa crashed down the third straight and he was in fourth. Come the second to last turn, Chad pulled his signature move and pimped TWO riders, running them both off the track, putting him squarely in second, but Van Ogle was gone and the Tiger had to settle for World #2. But his efforts pleased his new international legion of fans who were begging for autographs and pictures from the talented young rider.

The crew woke up early Monday morning, drove to the airport, and after a 6 hour layover in Bogota, a 6 hour layover in Miami, the crew was safe and sound at home. Not a bad trip for the Factory Formula team, two World #1’s and a World #2. Bring on the NBL Grands!

Formula has you covered with more options than any other manufacturer, designed to totally dial in your ride. With 28 designs, Formula offers the most frame sizes in the industry, including the Hybrid series frames that are perfect for growing riders making the transition from small bikes to big bikes. Formula’s Pro Series frames are also available in 4130 Chrome-moly, giving riders the utmost choices in frame designs. Plus, Formula’s frames are the lightest in the industry, check the spec sheet at formulabicycles.com.

Formula has also been doing a limited amount of custom work, so if you have a special size need or a design that needs built, give ’em a call.

Formula’s Solution race frames are out now and available FACTORY DIRECT, though your local bike shop, or online at www.atistore.com-- only $299 for the aluminum frames and $269 for the cromo versions.

Give the guys at Formula a call at 619-590-0530 or email at [email protected] to find out all the answers to your Formula questions. Make sure to check out www.formulabicycles.com for further info.