- Mountain Bike
BMX stands for “Bicycle moto cross”. BMX races are held on dirt tracks of around 350 metres, including jumps, banked corners and other obstacles. Eight riders of the same age category and skill level compete head-to head in each heat, with the top four qualifying for the next round. Races are approximately 30-40 seconds in length and riders race three heats or motos heats per event (qualifying rounds, quarter finals, semi-finals) to qualify for the main event (finals), assuming there is more than eight riders in the corresponding class.
BMX began in the in the U.S.A. (California) in the early 1960s as a result of children and teenagers riding bicycles in self-built tracks and motocross gear. The sport grew so fast that several organizations in the U.S. began to sanction organized events across the country by 1974. Modeled after its nearest cousin, Motocross, BMX racing was an affordable alternative to motorized dirt track racing. Anyone with a 20″ bicycle could get into the action. Now there are competitive cruiser classes (24″ BMX bicycles) that also compete on these courses.
Since then, the sport of BMX is rising in popularity and is one of the fastest growing family sports in Canada.
INTRODUCTION TO THE UCI
BMX is a highly technical sport involving high levels of balance, and coordination. BMX is the window to opening up youth driven participation in cycling. As a youth orientated sport BMX encourages life long cycling and fitness practices.
The age category is based on racer’s age as of December 31st of the year he/she racing in. The categories are separated into male and female and range from 5 years old to 50 years & over.