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What is BMX
Welcome to “BMX”, it is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia. BMX is one of the only sports where total family participation can take place. With riders as young as four and as old as fifty competing on organized race meetings throughout our Country, it is a sport which has no discrimination between boys, girls, mums and dads. BMX Riders of all levels and abilities compete each weekend in events coordinated by Clubs and Zones and annually at the State, National and World Championships.
What does BMX stand for?
BMX stands for Bicycle Moto Cross. It is a sport where riders from fours years of age onwards can compete together in organized race meetings. BMX is not only a sport for boys. Girls race as well, and enjoy competition in their own age groups.
Due to the availability of all ages being catered for within one sporting meeting, it enables all participating riders from one family to be able to race and practice together.
What’s the Appeal of BMX?
BMX is an activity based on pedal powered bicycles which race over a track from 320 to 400 metres in length. It is not noisy like mini bikes as BMX bikes are not motor powered, however, it has much of the excitement and spectacle of motorcycle motocross.
Clubs are like you, they want to see kids and parents have fun or be part of the action! BMX is a family sport where great friendships can be made and by it’s competition structure can give the family the opportunity to visit many new places. It’s everything you make it and more. BMX is an all year round sport, that can be enjoyed either during the daylight hours or at night meetings under lights.
BMX caters for all ages of riders from Under 8s, in participatory classes known as Sprocket Rocket’s through to Junior & Senior Elite and Veteran Classes of competition. BMX is a sport for the whole family.
The aim of the competitor in a BMX race is to complete the BMX track ahead of the other 7 competitors in the same race.
Each race is started with a group of 8 or less competitors, generally matched by age or ability, placing their front wheels against the start gate. When the starters call is finished and the green light comes on, the start gate is automatically dropped to begin the race. Motos, qualifying races are known as motos, are conducted to determine which eight competitors will compete in a finals race. There are usually between 3 and 6 motos in a race meeting.
The last race of BMX competition is known as the final. Up to eight best-scoring riders from the qualifying motos make up the field for the final. The overall winner is the rider who crosses the finish line first in the final.
There is no one standard design for a BMX track. In fact, every track is different in some way, making each track a new challenge for riders. Each track must have an eight lane start gate, jumps and bermed turns to be suitable to host BMX events.