All the information you need to get started in BMX racing in Victoria is right here
What Equipment Do I Need?
Any 20 inch or 24 inch (cruiser) BMX bike will be fine. Remove any mudguards, chain guards, kick stand, pegs and reflectors, for safety of yourself and other riders. Ensure that there are no sharp edges on your handlebars (ie No torn grips with exposed metal) or pedals, etc. You need a rear hand brake that works. One of the parents or older riders will check your bike for you and help with any minor adjustments.
What Do I Have to Wear?
Long Pants – Are recommended; jeans or track pants are fine. MTB shorts are OK but must be worn with approved type knee/shin guards.
Long Sleeved Top – such as a windcheater.
Gloves – any type of gloves that have complete hand and finger protection.
Helmet – A full face helmet that covers the ears – some Clubs have a spare that you can borrow.
Pads – Top bar, gooseneck and handlebar pads are not compulsory but are recommended
Shoes - you must wear fully enclosed shoes to protect your feet.
Long Socks - your socks need to be long enough to cover you ankles.
How Much Will It Cost?
There are various levels of membership, but basically three main types of licence. An Open licence allows you to ride at any Club in the country, and at all kinds of event, whether a Club only event or a State or National Titles.
A Sprocket licence is for riders under the age of 8 and allows them to ride in Sprocket (Participation) races at Club, State or National level.
A Club licence allows to riders to ride at their own Club only in Club races (they cannot compete in an Open meeting held at their own Club).
At the beginning of 2012 BMX Australia introduced the 4 Month Licence. The aim of this introductory licence is to allow new riders unlimited access to try BMX for 4 months before joining the sport permanently. The licence is aimed at riders to try BMX at a beginner club level.
Go to the BMX Australia website ‘Memberships’ to get further information about membership, including fees or to download a membership form. Also, you can sign up online at the BMXA Membership Headquarters
As of 2012 BMXA is offering online membership and licence renewal. When you choose this method you are paying for your licence, your Club membership and your BMXV State affiliation. The costs are:
OPEN LICENCE SPROCKET LICENCE CLUB LICENCE BMXA Open licence $ 88.00 BMXA Sprocket licence $ 82.00 BMXA Club Licence $ 64.00 BMXV affiliation $ 20.00 BMXV affiliation $ 20.00 BMXV affiliation $ 20.00 Club membership $ 45.00 Club membership $ 45.00 Club membership $ 45.00 Total $153.00 Total $147.00 Total $129.00
For more information on licensing follow this link to the BMXA website
If you already hold a Mountain Bike (MTB) competition licence you can take out a ‘value-added’ licence for $36.00. Follow the link to the BMXA website for further information.
When Do I Race?
BMX Racing is a year round Sport. Most Clubs run Club meetings on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons, either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. There are also Open Race Days throughout the year, mostly on Sundays. See Race Calender.
Isn’t BMX Racing Dangerous?
BMX Racing has the most successful and requested Risk Management Policy of any sport.
BMX Racing is classified as a contact sport like football, hockey, basketball and soccer. Statistics prove that BMX Racing is the safest of all action family sports.
Riders must wear protective clothing, race bikes that have been checked for safety by officials and race
tracks that have been inspected by accredited officials to ensure that racing is safe for all competitors.
The History of BMX Racing
BMX Racing (Bicycle Moto Cross) originated in Southern California in 1970. By 1976 the sport had found its way to Australia, first in Queensland then spreading throughout Australia. BMX Racing Clubs are now located in every State and Territory of Australia.
Is There A Class for Me?
Yes! There is a class for every age and skill level, from 5 and Under (Sprocket Rocket) to 55+ year old, Male and Female Classes. So Boys, Girls, Mum’s and Dad’s can all compete in their own age class and skill level at the same venue, at the same time. Once a rider reaches 14 years of age, they may choose to race in a money class. Coaching is available by Accredited Coaches at most Clubs or privately for all ages and genders
BMX Victoria Inc. publishes an annual race calendar. This contains all Open Race meetings in Victoria which usually occur on most Sundays of the year. Most Clubs also issue a Club Calendar, some include the Open meetings as well as the Individual Club events.
Some highlights of the BMX Victoria Inc. race year are:
Track Attack - a race series that incorporates 6 race meetings in the last week of January each year. In the past we have had riders from all States and Territories in Australia and some overseas riders participate.
Royal Children’s Hospital Charity Day - a one day event usually held in February each year where all entry and raffle (each Club donates a Prize) money is donated to the Royal Children Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Victorian State Championships - held over 3 days in November each year.
What do I do next? Check the Tracks page and contact a club near you