What you should know about BMX racing, and then some...
BMX racing emphasizes individual performance with a team spirit. BMX racing offers every rider the ability to participate at his/her own pace. BMX racing fosters good sportmanship, respect for others and their property, courage and determination. BMX racers range from 5 and under classes to 51 and older-so the whole family can race!
BMX racing is no more dangerous than most team sports. Statistically, it is safer than nearly every traditional after school activity or sport, with the possible exception of Drama Club. You will get a little bit scraped up, but in general the time you spend on a track will be safer than your time on the street.
BMX racing is not dirt cheap to do, but a sensible rider and his/her family can race a complete season for less money that nearly any other non school supported sport.
Read on to find out what you need to race and what to expect when you get to the races.
What equipment do I need to race BMX?
First and foremost, you need a bike. You don't need an expensive, fancy bike to racee, but USABMX requires that your bike must have:
20" ( for class racing) and 24" (cruiser) wheels ( same size on front and back).
Handlebar grips that fully cover and enclose all metal and openings on the handlebar ends. Handlebars may not exceed 30" in width.
Some form of operating braking system. A rear hand brake is best.
All equipment must be safe and in good condition. Make sure bolts are tight an there are no broken welds or jagged exposures.
A number plate with current earned or BMXCanada issued number.
Your bike must not have:
-any kickstands, chain guards, fenders and reflector brackets.
-any freestyle-type pegs
What gear do I need to wear to race BMX?
To race, you must be wearing:
Helmet with permanent strap attached; snaps are not allowed. A full face helmet.
Long pants (waist to ankles). Shorts are only allowed if worn with shin/knee pads that go to the ankle.
Long sleeved shirt and enclosed toed shoes.
Clips are only allowed for Intermediate and Expert riders. **Novice riders are not allowed to use clips, must use flats**
Age Categories & Skill Classifications
A rider will race the age and proficiency they are the day of an actual race. All the categories are as follows. Categories will combine to make a legal classes so your 6 year old may have to race 7 year olds, etc...
Striders/Half Trackers- They race only half track with smaller hills and dedicated rhythm section.
Novice (New Riders)- This is where boy and girl riders start. Riders are divided into age categories starting from age 5 & Under. After attaining 10 class wins (of any type of race) or 3 title wins (ex. National and Grands), the rider must advance to Intermediate. They can no longer compete as a Novice. ** New this year female riders will advance to Intermediate proficiency.**
Intermediate (Moderately Skilled Riders)- Upon attaining 20 class wins (any type of race) or 5 title wins (ex. Nationals and Grands), an Intermediate will advance to Expert. This is for male riders only. Female riders will attain 10 class wins (any type of race) or 5 title wins (ex Nationals and Grands) to advance to Girls class.
Expert (Highly Skilled Riders)- It is the top category for amateur riders.
Cruiser- This category is for 24" diameter wheel bikes and larger. The cruiser class is for all abilities.
**Please note it is the responsibility of each rider to keep track of their own wins for movement to the next proficiency. Riding out of class will result in the forfeiture of points and possible suspension. Do not wait until you receive your new card, just let track volunteer at the Registration desk know.