BMX racing is considered to be one of the hottest and most happening events that takes place in South California. Even though this racing championship event takes place only once a year, it is something that everybody waits for with bated breath. Months before the event, everybody marks their calendars, the media hypes up the event, and the tickets are just sold like hot cakes.
Even though there is still some level of confusion about whether it started in 1969 or the early 1970s, it is undeniable as to how big of a craze it has become in a short amount of time. Some of the earliest evidences found of this sport was a handful of kids racing on a dusty track on their ordinary bicycles. They were just doing this as imitation of their favorite racing idols. But little did they know that they were on the path of creating a completely new sport of their own.
Over the course of one short summer, BMX managed to grab the attention of thousands of boys and girls all over the United States. Wherever people went, the sigh of kids and teenagers showing off stunts on their bikes became a common scene. The dusty tracks were being commonly associated with BMX racing. And it is from all this that ABA, or American Bicycle Association came into existence.
With the ABA being created, the BMX racing came into full circle. This is because this association helped to fill in the need of the bicyclists. Not only that, but for the next thirty-five years, they were also responsible for completely changing the landscape of BMX racing. The first step that they undertook was to create a system of qualifying participants which was not only considered to be fair, but which upheld the competitive nature of the sport. In addition, it also provided a fair chance for everyone who wanted to be a winner.
How BMX racing works
The process of BMX racing is divided into eight steps. These are as follows:
Firstly, you need to find a racing track near you and find out about its operating hours. Since BMX racing is considered to be an individual sport, you need to start practicing as soon as possible.
This is the 1-3 hour window before the race commences. During this time, you sign up for the race and start practicing and warming up.
There are four criteria which is used by BMX in order to determine a racer’s classification for the competition. These are gender, age, proficiency, and wheel size. Since this competition is applicable for kids of all ages, you will be paired with someone of a similar age and level of proficiency.
Motos are posted
After every racer has been entered in to the event for the day, moto-sheets are posted. These sheets list the order of races, riders who are competing in each moto, the bike numbers which have been assigned, and starting gate numbers.
This is the area which includes the starter’s tower or booth, the back of the starting hill, the starting pad, as well as the starting gate itself.
Riding and racing
This is when the starting gate falls and all the racers speed up on their bikes to start the race.
Awards and points
After the end of each race, each of the bicyclists are awarded a certain number of points. After this, the top three are announced and medals given to them on a podium.
The BMX racing is divided into different series so that there is a prize for everyone.
Check out the official USABMX website