Powerlite Team Rosters

Pre GT factory and factory Support

Tommy Brackens (CA, 1983-85?)

Kurt Chrisco (CA, 1983?)

Todd Cress (IN, 1982-85)

Brent Fay (Location? 197?-1980)

Kenny Mingus (CA, 1975-78)

Mike Rice (WA, 1979-80?)

Mark Rink (CA)

Doug Tedesco (PA, 1979-82

Jamie Tedesco (PA, 1979-82)

Pre GT co-factory/bike shop sponsor

None at this time if you had a ride thru a local bike shop let me know. Often factory’s would hook up local riders thru a bike shop. SE hooked up tons thru Pedaler’s East, as did DG. Langley’s also in Vineland, NJ hooked some up with Robinson. I swear I remember some Eastern PA or NJ riders hooked up thru a shop with Powerlite.

With GT

Erick Bartoldous (CA)

Danny Nelson (CA)

If you know of any that are missing or details like the state they are from (or were) and the years they raced for Powerlite feel free to leave a comment. Thanks in advance for contributing.


26 Responses to “Powerlite Team Rosters”

  1. 1 Kenny Mingus
    March 21, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I rode for PeddlePower Cyclery starting in 75 and retired in 78 (12-15 year old expert class. I was one of the original test riders for the new Powerlite frames. I believe I was one of 4 people that had one (Mark Rink, Steve Skibel, Racker Calderon.

    • 2 Chris Franklin
      July 29, 2011 at 7:37 am

      I remember Dan Loftus back in 75, he rode for Steve Rink and the Peddle power team before they moved the shop a few doors over… (on the other side of the golf shop) Dan also tested one of the first FMF frames and busted it in half… 🙂 I used to ride WSA & Corona all the time.. A few times I carpooled with Stevie Skibel & his dad to the corona track.. Fun times!! Me and Mark Rink used to ride around in the parking lot in front of peddle power/powerlite shop.. They used to rent 3 wheelers and had a “swing bike” which was spring loaded in the middle.. Have to see it to understand it… I raced for 3 years 75 to 78. Most of the races were at WSA.. But the last year 1977 I traveled with Steve Rink on several tracks with Mark & Kenny.. I still have over 200 trophys.. I had the 3rd powerlite frame that steve hand made in the shop. He powder coated it gloss black.. I should of preserved it, instead I gave it to my oldest son 12 years ago.. It got stolen.. Steve gave me the frame to race on in 76. I raced on it all of 76 & 77.. I ended up #13 overall in the NBA grand nationals.. I got a lot of stories to tell… LOL

      Chris Franklin . . .

      • February 18, 2012 at 6:49 am

        Steve Rink visits this bloq from time to time. I live now within walking distance of WSA and Peddlepower’s old location.
        NBA National #13 in 1977?
        Did you ever get a ABA membership or IBMX back in those days? I have never seen a newspaper or points from either sanction.

      • 4 mark
        July 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        Dan Loftus , Robert Fehd, Dennis Dain, Allen Underwood , Myself , Kenny Mingus were the Peddlepower original team… Stevie skibel rode some of my dads frames early on… same with racker calderon.. Stevie was one of my best friends early on in racing… staying at each others houses etc… also hung out with Mark higgins and ronnie ames. Great childhood and Bmx is a great sport… mark rink\

      • 5 Daniel Loftus
        July 10, 2015 at 1:38 am

        Hi gang!

        This is Dan Loftus, wow this stories sure brings back to the early years. Note to mark rink, your Dad, Steve was the best and coolest ever!! He and your Mom helped me TONS during those years, I had to leave racing and the team in April of 77…. Please say hello to your Dad and Mom for me and hope you and your family are doing well! Thanks again for a great childhood…..Dan

      • July 10, 2015 at 3:50 am

        Dan is an early OC legend when it comes to BMX. One of the fastest in those early days from Orange County.

    • 7 Mark
      March 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Hey Kenny… lost your email… Mark

    • 8 Chris
      October 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Do you know anything about a Landis brand bike?

  2. March 21, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Thanks for the info, I updated the Roster to the correct years for you.
    Did you see the && ad I have up on the site featuring you?
    Thanks for stopping by Kenny if you have any stories or anything send me an email I can do an interview for the site. bulletproof2000@live.com

    I know Steve raced for DG did he ever race for Powerlite? Did Racker? Am I missing any riders you can remember that ran Powerlite jerseys?

    • 11 jerry pardue
      August 8, 2012 at 3:26 am

      Hello, my name is jerry pardue i raced for powerlite from 1980-1984, i spent a lot of time with tommy brackens and the lukes,,there was tony luke, shoan luke, jamie tedesco, doug tedesco, trevor pigeot , and im sure a few more name will come to me. i have all kinds of info on the team back then. feel free to contact me, thanks, jerry

      • August 8, 2012 at 5:10 am

        Thanks for posting Jerry. Where were you from? Where you sponsored thru a local bike shop? If so which one?
        What classes did you race back then?

      • 13 jerry pardue
        August 28, 2012 at 12:39 am

        Im from Indianapolis IN, I started out through west lake bike shop, then i was picked up on the factory team, i rode 12 expert/and cruiser, i went to allot of races with Tommy and the Luke’s, It was a blast!!
        Steve Rink was always so good to everybody, i remember flying to Chandler Arizona to first meet Steve in person, i stayed with him and Tommy, that had to be one of the hottest nationals ever!!

  3. 14 tan
    March 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I remember Steve Venard raced for them back in the 80s he was a grate rider won a lot, wone the Gold cup in 85 and went on to race sprint cars! he was big PowerLite Guy.

    • 15 Mark
      March 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Tan… steve Venard is full of crap… i already called him out … he didnt even know my name or my dads…hes goes around telling FIBS just to clear that up….Mark

    • 16 Steve
      April 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      dude as in Mark! Your on Drugs! You never did nothing and you did not call ME OUT Buddy! I have Pictures and Movies My old Friend!

  4. 18 Charles Brackens
    May 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I raced with Powerlite under my brothers shadow from 1984 to 1985, I wish i would have turned Pro when Steve Rink asked me to, but i guess i had the jitters about racing my brothers competition lol, besides i was doin ok as a local hotshot in 16-17 expert class, Those memories are the best thing that ever happened to me in my life. Just wana thank Steve and Mark for all the fun.

    • May 20, 2011 at 4:33 am

      Hey thanks for taking the time to comment. I met your brother just a few times, including at his shoe store in Fullerton BITD. Got any pictures of your racing or old bikes etc, I will gladly post them to the website.

    • 20 mark
      July 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Hey Charlie hows it going.. you and Tommy were ALWAYS two of my dads favorites…Mark Rink

  5. 21 Todd Cress
    July 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Hey, My name is Todd Cress. I rode for Powerlite from 1981 to 1984. Tony Luke also rode for powerlite during that time, although I think he was with them before me.

    • July 21, 2011 at 3:32 am

      Awesome Todd. The glory days of BMX. Did you get a co ride thru a bike shop? If so which one?
      What was your home state in those years and Ill add you to the roster ASAP.
      Any pictures of you riding for them I can also put up, just email me at bulletproof2000@live.com

  6. 23 brent fay
    February 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Brent fay till 1980

    • February 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

      OK added you to the roster. Where you full factory or Factory support?
      What was your first year with the team and what state where you from so I can update the roster.
      Thanks any info or stories from your Powerlite days?

  7. 26 Vector BMX
    July 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Hey Mark and Racer,
    It’s Craig, I Just wanted to let you all know that Paul Scamardi was also on the Factory Powerlite Team. I think he was on the team from 1981 82′-1985 Paul Won the 1984 NBL Grand Nationals.

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