Nanaimo BMX Association History
The Nanaimo BMX Association has a bicycle motocross (BMX) facility located at Beban Park (Labieux Road entrance). It was developed to be accessible by all bike riders in the Nanaimo area. Our intent is to provide bike riders with a safe and challenging place to ride and help eliminate the hazards of bike riding on the streets and public pathways.
The sport of BMX provides riders with the opportunity to enhance their individual skills; competitively, socially, and physically. Our local membership is comprises of approximately 400 riders who live in the mid island area between Duncan & Nanoose Bay. The facility attracts a variety of different age groups. Our club has riders attending our sanctioned races as young as 18 months and as “young at heart” as 70. BMX is a family sport that encourages both boys and girls; parents and other adults to race.
Our association was incorporated on February 3, 1986 but kids have been racing in Nnanaimo since 1984. In 1989, under the leadership of Marie Davidson, approval from the Nanaimo Kinsmen permitted us to relocate the track facility from Cedar to the Kinsmen Riding Grounds at Beban Park and shortly thereafter we acquired the entire site. The Beban Park location is more accessible to a greater number of riders throughout Nanaimo and surrounding areas. With the support of many local businesses and clubs and a ton of encouragement and enthusiasm from our membership, we are pleased to have had the opportunity to host two world events, one in 1997 and the other in 2004. We are proud of our riders and can boast top ranked island, provincial, national, and world riders.
Our facility attracts BMX bike riders, mountain bike riders, dirt jumpers and strider bikes. The track is open "free of charge" to the public daily during daylight hours with the exception of our weekly sanctioned race events and occasional special race weekends. We welcome everyone to our track and do not charge a spectators fee for any of our race events.