What is BMX Racing?
BMX racing is a type of off-road bicycle racing. The format of BMX was derived from motocross racing. BMX bicycle races are sprint races on purpose-built off-road single-lap race tracks. The track usually consists of a starting gate for up to eight racers, a groomed, serpentine, dirt race course made of various jumps and rollers and a finish line. The course is usually flat, about 15 feet (4.6 m) wide and has large banked corners that help the riders maintain speed. The sport of BMX racing is facilitated by a number of regional and international sanctioning bodies. They provide rules for sanctioning the conduct of the flying, specify age group and skill-level classifications among the racers, and maintain some kind of points-accumulation system over the racing season. There is a list of plates that are able to be obtained. The list is: District , Gold Cup, State, Race of Champions ( ROC ), National, and National Age Group (N.A.G). The sport is very family oriented and largely participant-driven with riders ranging in age from 2 to 70, and over. Professional ranks exist for both men and women, where the age ranges from 18 to 40 years old.
USABMX Season is from Jan 1 through Dec 15 of each year, however depending on the part of the country you are in, some seasons may be shorter because of weather. Your “race age” for BMX is the actual age you currently are. For example,an 11 yr old with a birthday that is on July 15th, from Jan 1 until July 14th you would race as a 11 yr old, then on July 15th until your next birthday you would race as a 12 yr old. The only stipulation to this rule is for the ROC ( Race of Champions ). Whatever your age at your State Finals, is the age you can race the ROC as, even if you age up between the State Finals and the ROC.
BMX racing isn’t any more dangerous than other youth sports. Statistics have shown that kids in the traditional (less “extreme”) sports such as basketball, football, baseball and soccer suffer more injuries than in BMX racing. The reason why, perhaps, is that USA BMX requires protective gear. You can’t go on the track without it. While the level or amount of safety gear is up to you, a rider must at least have the basics of an approved helmet, long sleeve shirt and long pants.
Most tracks have helmets and bikes that you can borrow so just go try out the track nearest to you!