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Eric Carter
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Personal information
Full nameEric Robert Carter
Nickname"The Golden Child," "Earthquake"
Born(1970-03-06) March 6, 1970 (age 43)
Long Beach, California, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg)
Team information
Current teamGT
DisciplineBicycle motocross (BMX)
Mountain bike racing (MTB)
RoleRacer
Rider typeMTB: Dual slalom, Four-cross, Downhill
Amateur team(s)
1982
1983–1984
1985
1985–1987
1987
1987
1988
1988–1989
JMC Racing
VDC
Free Agent
Hutch
Bicycle Center
CW Racing
Revcore
Schwinn
Professional team(s)
1989
1990
1990
1990–1992
1992–1995
1994-1995
1996
1997
1997-2000
2001-Present
Schwinn
MRC
Titan Inc.
Brackens Racing
Hyper Designs (BMX)
Barracuda (MTB)
Troy Lee Designs
Rotec/White Bros
GT Bicycles
Mongoose/Hyundai
Infobox last updated on
July 19, 2008
 
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Eric Carter
Eric Carter Fontana 2009 Badge Size.png
Personal information
Full nameEric Robert Carter
Nickname"The Golden Child," "Earthquake"
Born(1970-03-06) March 6, 1970 (age 43)
Long Beach, California, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg)
Team information
Current teamGT
DisciplineBicycle motocross (BMX)
Mountain bike racing (MTB)
RoleRacer
Rider typeMTB: Dual slalom, Four-cross, Downhill
Amateur team(s)
1982
1983–1984
1985
1985–1987
1987
1987
1988
1988–1989
JMC Racing
VDC
Free Agent
Hutch
Bicycle Center
CW Racing
Revcore
Schwinn
Professional team(s)
1989
1990
1990
1990–1992
1992–1995
1994-1995
1996
1997
1997-2000
2001-Present
Schwinn
MRC
Titan Inc.
Brackens Racing
Hyper Designs (BMX)
Barracuda (MTB)
Troy Lee Designs
Rotec/White Bros
GT Bicycles
Mongoose/Hyundai
Infobox last updated on
July 19, 2008

Eric Robert Carter (b. March 6, 1970 in Long Beach, California, U.S.) is a former American professional "Old/Mid School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer whose prime competitive years were from 1983 to 1998. He had the nickname "The Golden Child,"[1][2] and later in his BMX career, acquired the moniker "The Earthquake."[3] More recently, he has been known simply as "EC." Beginning in 1996, he converted fully to mountain bike racing (MTB) and has become one of the most respected racers in that discipline of bicycle racing.

BMX racing career milestones[edit]

Note: Professional firsts are on the national level unless otherwise indicated.


MilestoneEvent Details
Started racing:1978 at age 8. He went out to see his friend Brent Fay (who was also on his soccer team) to race. Fay's father was the track operator and set Eric up to race.[4]
Sanctioning body:Bicycle Motocross League (BMXL).[4]
Home sanctioning body sistrict(s):American Bicycle Association (ABA) California 22 (CA-22) (1985);
United States Bicycle Motocross Association (USBA) California 3 (CA-3) (1986)
First race bike:
First race result:
First win (local):
First sponsor:
First national win:At the 1985 ABA Silver Dollar Nationals in Reno, Nevada on January 6, 1985, as a 15 expert (he may have won nationals as a novice or intermediate). This was a decisive race, for Carter promised himself if he didn't do well here, he would quit BMX racing. He ended up "tripling."[4] Note: By either typographical error on American BMXer's part or Eric's misrecollection, he says he first won in the 1984 Silver Dollar Nationals. There were no Silver Dollar nationals in 1984.
Turned Professional:September 2, 1989 at the National Bicycle League (NBL) Grand National in Louisville, Kentucky at 19 years of age.[5]
First Professional race result:First place in "B" pro at the 1989 NBL Grand Nationals on September 2. He won US$1,260, the equivalent of US$2,090.18 in 2007 (Cost of Living Calculator). He also gained a second in pro cruiser, winning US$250 (US$414.72 in 2007).[6]
First Professional win:See above.
First Junior Men/Pro* race result:See above.
First Junior Men/Pro win:See above.
First Senior Pro** race result:Third place at the NBL Christmas Classic on December 27, 1989 in Columbus, Ohio. He won US$280 (US$464.48 in 2007). He had previously won every NBL "B" pro event he entered.[7]
First Senior Pro win:In "A" pro at the National Bicycle League (NBL) "Round 5: Clash in the Sun" national in Orlando, Florida on February 17, 1990.[8]
Height and weight at height of his career (1990):Ht:5'10″ Wt:~175–180 lbs.
Retired:Largely by late 1995, to concentrate on mountain bike (MTB) racing.

*In the NBL, "B"/Superclass/"A" pro, depending on the era; in the ABA, "A" pro.
**In the NBL, "A"/"Elite" pro; in the ABA, "AA" pro.

Career factory and major bike shop sponsors[edit]

Note: This listing only denotes the racer's primary sponsors. At any given time, a racer could have numerous ever-changing cosponsors. Primary sponsorships can be verified by BMX press coverage and the sponsor's advertisements at the time in question. When possible, exact dates are given.


Amateur[edit]

Professional[edit]

Career bicycle motocross titles[edit]

Note: Listed are District, State/Provincial/Department, Regional, National, and International titles in italics. "Defunct" refers to the fact that the sanctioning body in question no longer existed at the start of the racer's career or at that stage of his/her career. Depending on point totals of individual racers, winners of Grand Nationals do not necessarily win National titles. Series and one-off Championships are also listed in block.


Amateur[edit]

National Bicycle Association (NBA)

National Bicycle League (NBL)

American Bicycle Association (ABA)

United States Bicycle Motocross Association (USBA)

International Bicycle Motocross Federation (IBMXF)

Professional[edit]

National Bicycle Association (NBA)

National Bicycle League (NBL)

American Bicycle Association (ABA)

United States Bicycle Motocross Association (USBA)

International Bicycle Motocross Federation (IBMXF)

Pro Series Championships

Notable BMX accolades[edit]

Racing traits and habits[edit]

Significant BMX injuries[edit]

BMX press magazine interviews and articles[edit]

BMX magazine covers[edit]

Bicycle Motocross News:

Minicycle/BMX Action & Super BMX:

Bicycle Motocross Action & Go:

BMX Plus!:

Bicycles and Dirt (ABA publication):

BMX World: (1991-1992 version):

Snap BMX Magazine & Transworld BMX:

BMX World: (2005–Present version):

Mountain Bike Action:

Moto Mag:

NBA World & NBmxA World (The official NBA/NBmxA membership publication):

Bicycles Today & BMX Today (The official NBL membership publication under two names):

ABA Action, American BMXer, BMXer (The official ABA membership publication under three names):

USBA Racer (The official USBA membership publication):

Post BMX career[edit]

Following in the footsteps of other legendary pros Eric Carter became a pro mountain-biker in 1993 (while still racing BMX heavily). He currently races MTB for Mongoose Bicycles in the mountain-cross and downhill divisions. However, he does race BMX during the winter to cross train and enhance his MTB racing skills.

Mountain Bike Racing Career[edit]

Started Racing: 1993 at age 23.

Sub Discipline:

First Race Result:

Sanctioning Body:

Career MTB factory and major Non-factory sponsors[edit]

Amateur[edit]

No amateur status.

Professional[edit]

Career Mountain Bike Racing (MTB) titles[edit]

Amateur[edit]

No amateur status.

Professional[edit]

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)

National Off Road Bicycle Association (NORBA)

USA Cycling

Notable MTB accolades[edit]

MTB Product Lines[edit]

Significant MTB injuries[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Eric Carter had substantial input on the design of the Hyper Metro pro sized frame of the early 1990, which he raced when sponsored by Hyper Designs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BMX Action October 1988 Vol.13 No.10 pg.22
  2. ^ Go December 1989 Vol.1 No.2 pg.17
  3. ^ BMX Plus! July 1995 Vol.18 No.7 pg.64
  4. ^ a b c American BMXer June 1987 Vol.9 No.5 pg.18
  5. ^ BMX Plus! January 1990 Vol.13 No.1 pg.68 (photo caption)
  6. ^ BMX Plus! January 1990 Vol.13 No.1 pg.74 race results
  7. ^ BMX Plus! April 1990 Vol.13 No.4 pg.28
  8. ^ BMX Plus! June 1990 Vol.13 No.6 pg.69
  9. ^ American BMXer March 1987 Vol.9 No.2 pg.14 (photo caption)
  10. ^ Super BMX/Freestyle Vol.14 No.5 pg.5
  11. ^ History of CW page
  12. ^ BMX Plus! May 1988 Vol.11 No.5 pg.58
  13. ^ BMX Plus! July 1988 Vol.11 No.7 pg.32
  14. ^ BMX Action August 1988 Vol.13 No.8 pg.88
  15. ^ BMX Plus! October 1990 Vol.13 No.10 pg.64
  16. ^ BMX Plus! August 1993 Vol.16 No.8 pg.31
  17. ^ BMX Plus! April 1990 Vol.13 No.4 pg.6
  18. ^ Super BMX Magazine April 1986 Vol.13 No.4 pg.43
  19. ^ BMX Action May 1986 Vol.11 No.5 pg.72
  20. ^ BMX Action August 1987 Vol.12 No.8 pg.38
  21. ^ BMX Plus! November 1988 Vol.11 No.11 pg.78
  22. ^ BMX Action July 1988 Vol.13 No.7 pg.68
  23. ^ American BMXer December 1989 Vol.11 No.11 pg.28
  24. ^ Cycling News September 2005.
  25. ^ Cycling News July 2006.

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