Three to four hundred metres in length with a start hill, berms (banked turns) and various rollers, tabletops, step-up and double jumps.
Usually there are 4 straights built up with fun and challenging dirt jumps for all ages, 3 berms and a finish line. Some tracks might have a pro straight.
Depending on track they have a different sizes start hills (for example, from 2.5m to 8m) and an electronic gate.
BMX (or Bicycle Motocross) racing consists of intense, skilful racing on tracks.
A max of 8 riders complete in a single race (or moto). The first to cross the line wins and the race format is generally works on a knockout basis with a series of motos leading up to a final. Tracks are technically challenging so skill is just as important as power.
There are a wide range of racing categories so whatever your age and experience, you will be competing against riders of a similar ability.
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BMX race bikes run only one (rear) brake so you may need to get your bike shop to remove the FRONT brake, chain guard and reflectors.
When BMX racing you need a race plate, which is attached to the front of your bike. Below you can find what colour race plate you’ll need to purchase:
The electronic gate is to ensure there are no false starts for a BMX race.
Riders set themselves up on the gate start and they can either listen to the beeps for the gate to drop or watch the lights to know when their BMX race starts.
Also commonly known as a balance bike. This bike is suitable for kids aged 2 to 5 years old. You can adjust the bike seat height as they grow. There are no pedals on the bike and kids use their legs to push the bike forward.
The Mini BMX bike is suitable for kids aged 5 to 8 years old.
The Junior BMX bike is suitable for kids aged 7 – 10 years old.
The Expert BMX bike is suitable for ages 9 to 14 years and up.
The Pro BMX bike is suitable for ages 14 years and up.
The Cruiser BMX bike is suitable for ages 8-9 years and up. Also available in Junior, Expert and Pro sizes.
A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders pumping (generating momentum by up and down body movements instead of pedalling).
Both BMX and Mountain bikes are used.
Pump tracks are relatively simple to use and cheap to construct, and cater to a wide variety of rider skill levels. Pump track racing works in a similar fashion to dual slalom.
BMX Freestyle is a spectacular discipline where riders perform routines which consist of sequences of executing tricks. It can be carried out in various ways such as on flat ground, in the streets, on dirt jumps, a halfpipe and on constructed ramps. In competition, riders are judged on the quality of their performance (difficulty, originality and style).