WHAT IS BMX?
The sport of bicycle motorcross began in the early 1970's in Southern California. A handful of riders started riding their stingray type bikes off road in vacant lots and fields. Not much competition but a lot of fun. Today the sport of bicycle motorcross is sweeping the country and the world. There are over 150,000 riders of all ages racing in organized races at permanent tracks across America. BMX racing is clean, exciting fun that whole families can get involved in whether as a racer, spectator, pit crew or track volunteer. BMX has something to offer everyone. Races are organized according to age group and skill levels, so everyone gets the opportunity to compete on a fair and competitive basis. Even beginning riders have the chance to race safely with other new riders.
All riders compete for awards and ABA points. The ABA points system determines a rider's annual ranking within that rider's district. Points are published in the BMXer magazine which each rider receives monthly. There a rider can check and compare his or her point standings with other riders in their own district and across the country.
WHO CAN RACE?
Races are organized into separate girls and boys classes then subdivided into age groups and skill levels. The age groups range from 5 and under to 51 and over classes. Within these age groups are three skill levels: Novice, Intermediate and Expert. All riders start as novices and work up to the more advanced levels by winning races.
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WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
BMX racing does not require a lot of expensive equipment. Most racers start with their 20" street bike by removing the chain guard and
kickstand and putting some inexpensive padding on the frame, handle bar and stem.
WHAT OTHER EQUPMENT DO I NEED?
First, a helmet is required, and the ABA recommends one with face protection. You will also need to wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and enclosed shoes. Many tracks offer equipment on a nightly loan basis.
WHERE CAN I RACE?
The ABA has over 200 tracks nationwide! Chances are there is one near you. To find the closes track near you click on the link provided: ABA
HOW CAN I GET STARTED?
Simply visit your local track during the practice or racing times and ask for a membership application or information. You can watch the races, talk to other BMX families, or give it a try yourself.