Denzel Stein #26
You could say that Redline's sponsorship with Denzel Stein was a long time coming. We were first introduced to a young Denzel by our resident Pro Girl Kim Hayashi, at the Phoenix Winternationals. He was sporting a Nag No.1 plate on his handlebars and was a ripe, virtually unknonwn 13 year old at the time. And his dream was to ride for Redline. Since we didn't have any openings, we gave him the usual "We'll watch you" comment and gave him a knuckle-bump "God job on the Nag No.1."
The following year - same race, same scenario. Again, Denzel and his Nag No.1 plate come up and introduce themselves and let it be known that he'd love to ride for Redline. And we're thinking to ourselves, "This kid doesn't give up! He really wants to ride for Redline."
Throughout that year, we kept a closer eye on Denzel and were soon impressed with this Texan's speed and skills. As he was experiencing sponsorship woes with his current deal, Redline began helping him out with product - especially after his bike was totaled in a car crash, coming back from Rockford. Luckily, Denzel wasn't driving with them - only his bike. Eventually, Redline was able to step things up mid-year and put Denzel in a familiar red, white and black jersey. Now with full Redline support, Denzel went on to capture more Nag No.1 plates and was continually in the hunt for the ABA's No.1 Amateur title - yet kept coming up 1 or 2 rider-points short of getting the Silver Cup.
In January 2008, about one week before the season-opener was to kick off in Reno, Denzel made a plea to turn pro. He'd chased the Amateur title enough and getting that No.1 was likely still going to be out of reach and he was ready for the next step. And since Redline's star pro - Bubba Harris, would be concentrating on Olympic qualification, we gave him the "OK" to go Pro.
BMX announcers like to call him "The People's Champ." Denzel is a very down to earth kid from DeSoto, Texas who is humble yet hungry for the win.
My UCI-Worlds - by Denzel Stein
By Denzel Stein #26 on August 19, 2010
My trip to south Africa was great! Team USA had a great group of riders that had been training hard for that event. It all started with 11 of us (4 guys... The people's champ wins the UCI round in DeSoto
By Denzel Stein #26 on March 23, 2009
In front of his hometown crowd, hometrack hero DENZEL STEIN took yet another crystal cup home - winning his second straight Jr. Elite UCi race. This win meant a lot to Redline’s...