Nebraska BMX Hall of Fame

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Doug Olson

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Doug Olson was an original member of the Mr. Bike BMX Race Team from Lincoln, Nebraska. He was a pioneer in the sport during the early days of Bicycle Motocross racing. He helped build the first BMX track in Nebraska – Yankee Hill BMX under the National Bicycle Association (NBA) sanction. Doug also raced in the American Bicycle Association sanction. He was the first rider from Nebraska to receive a sponsorship from a major BMX manufacturer. He rode for the Factory Torker Team from 1978 through the 1980’s. He was inducted into the Nebraska BMX Hall of Fame on August 21st, 2010.

Doug and his good friend Todd Frauen were the driving force behind the Mr. Bike BMX team and Yankee Hill BMX. After riding together for several years at the trails in their neighborhood, they can be credited with contacting Ken Stevens at Mr. Bike to create the team and make plans for the first BMX race track in Nebraska.

Doug was the man to beat in the 15 and over age division for the first years of BMX in Nebraska. Other riders may have been able to keep up with him during the initial stage of a race, but by the end it was all Doug Olson. He rode faster as the race neared the finish line. At Yankee Hill he would often win by several bike lengths.

The news of Doug's talent at the local and regional level soon made its way to California where BMX had been established a few years earlier. Soon a fledgling BMX manufacturing company called Torker BMX offered Doug a full Factory Sponsorship ride - he was the first rider in Nebraska to achieve that kind of success.

Doug moved to California in 1979 after his senior year in high school. His first job in California? Working for Steve Johnson at Torker! While working at Torker Doug continued to race on the factory team and played a key role in product design. Doug helped design Torker's first 24 inch race cruiser.

Doug's last race for Torker was in 1981 - the year he decided to concentrate on getting his degree to start his career in engineering. He has enjoyed success in his personal and professional life and returned to the BMX racing scene in 2009. Doug is still a national contender and has been making mains and winning nationals in the 46-50 year old Cruiser class.

I'm proud to help induct my friend Doug Olson into the Nebraska BMX Hall of Fame.

Tim Lillethorup