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Shawn Carden, BMX Racer

Shawn Carden 2012-11-25 cropped

The post below was first published May 2012, with some updates.

For a 2016 update on Shawn Carden, click here.

Shawn Carden’s 2013 BMX season started in January, with his first national of the year being the Silver Dollar National at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center, January 11-13, 2013.

In 2013, Shawn will be riding for Revolution Cycling Team. He turned 19 on December 30, 2012 and will ride his 20-inch BMX in the 19-24 class, and his cruiser in 19-and-over cruiser. Shawn is now sponsored by Rocktape of Campbell, CA. He has been selected to attend the Bubba Harris Pro BMX Super Camp March 15 – May 15, 2013 in Arizona.

Interview Shawn

Shawn Carden welcomes interviews. If you would like  to schedule an interview, email him:  shawncarden [AT] ymail [DOT] com.

Sponsor Shawn

Each national race incurs a $200 race fee. Local sponsors would be appreciated, to help this Monterey County teen with his fees.  To offer your help or to learn more, email Shawn:   shawncarden [AT] ymail [DOT] com.


A 2012 graduate of Salinas High School, Shawn is now a student at Hartnell College in Salinas. He continues to make Salinas proud with his BMX skills, positive sportsmanship, and overall representation for Salinas and all of Monterey County.  Congratulations, Shawn, from the Monterey County bike community!

Shawn Carden - sponsored by Rocktape 2012-12-29 10.10.41

Above: Shawn Carden, now sponsored by Rocktape.

Photo at top of post: Shawn Carden at the USA BMX Grand National

in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 25, 2012.

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The information below was previously published in 2012.

Shawn Carden of Salinas:

BMX World Championships Competitor

Since the age of five, Shawn Carden has been riding BMX bikes.  Now 18 and a student at Salinas High School, Shawn is off to England on May 21, 2012 to compete for the USA BMX Team  in the 2012 BMX World Championships!

This event offers the biggest annual prize in BMX racing, with the world’s best riders competing to wear the coveted rainbow stripes for the year ahead. It’s also the last event where countries can earn points as they strive for a place at the London Olympics in 2012.

The events take place May 24-27 at the Birmingham, United Kingdom National Indoor Arena.  Shawn is a racer for the Eight01 Racing Team based in Utah.  He qualified for this international competition by virtue of placing 6th (see in the 17-24 age class at the USA BMX National Race in Chula Vista, CA on the weekend of March 30-April 1.

Appreciation for trainer Jacques Mercadal

Shawn has come a long way as a BMX rider, and he attributes the training skills of Jacques Mercadal of Marina, CA for keeping him fit and progressing as an athlete.  Jacques is owner of The Stunning Image and also works as a trainer at Gold’s Gym at Creek Bridge Village in Salinas.

Congratulations, Shawn, and

best wishes at the BMX World Championships!

Note that if riding on California roadways, bicycles must be equipped with a brake that allows an operator to execute a one-braked-wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement. CVC 21201(a).

For related info on this site, see:

Salinas youth and others for bikes:  Bikes make life better

“The Artists of Hijos del Sol: Bryan Perez, BMX Rider


This post was previously published on May 3, 2012 – June 26, 2012. Updated January 2, 2013.


This post was published on 2 January 2013. One or more changes last made to this post on 16 January 2016.

  1. So proud of my little brother and what he has accomplished. I have had the pleasure of watching Shawn race since he started at age 5. Good Luck in London.

  2. The Newgens says:

    We’ll be cheering for Shawn from his old stomping grounds back here in Boise, Idaho. He’s going to be awesome!

  3. Proud of you bud!!!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Shawn is gonna do awesome in England. I know it. Great article. Best wishes for race in Bakersfield this weekend.

  5. Micheal Ervin says:

    We are very proud of Shawn and wish him the best of luck at the worlds. As a first-year factory team, we went after riders that have a positive attitude on and off the track. Shawn has represented our team very well and is a very vital part this program.

    Micheal Ervin
    Eight01 racing

  6. Dawn says:

    Hi Mari – Thank you for posting an article on my brother! I am so proud of him, and I had tears reading this article! I love reading articles in regards to Youth doing positive things in our community! Sincerely, Dawn, Shawn’s oldest sister

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