Get some safety gear
Now that you know where to go to race your bike, all you need for racing is a helmet (sorry - not
one designed for road use or Dirt Jumping!), a long sleeved shirt, long trousers or jeans and
gloves. Rubber soled skateboard or tennis style shoes are recommended and although elbow
pads, knee pads and shoulder pads are not essential, they are always a good idea! If you have
an open face style helmet, a mouth guard is recommended. Blackpool BMX Club have helmets
that you can borrow when you first start riding.
Getting signed up to race
When you get to the track the first thing to do is to find where to register. Usually it's inside a
small building or trailer/container. Here you can sign up to race and also become a member of
the club and British Cycling. If you are under the age of 16, you will need parental consent.
Study the Track
After you've completed the forms and signed up to race, there are a number of things you
should do before you get on your bike. If you have not checked out the track by now, you
should do this next. If practice is going on, it is a good idea to watch the other riders and see
how they deal with the track and the jumps. This way you'll not get caught out when it is your
A race is contested by up to 8 riders, with the first over the finish line winning. A race meeting
usually consists of a series of "Motos" or qualifying races, from which the most successful
riders in each category will progress to a series of ride-offs, culminating in a Final to produce an
overall winner. At big events, races start in quick succession, with the riders from one Moto
hardly completing their race before the next race is charging out of the start gate. This non-stop
action and the sheer number of riders make BMX a compelling spectacle and a great day out
for riders and spectators alike.
It's time to Go Racing. This is the moment you have been waiting for. It would be impossible to
tell you not to be nervous - Pros who have raced for years still get nervous every time they line
up on the gate, but that nervous feeling is part of what keeps people coming back to race BMX
over and over again. Make sure you are ready at the back of the start hill for your race in plenty
of time, around ten races before yours if it is a big meeting. Do not be frightened to ask the
other riders what to do - it will be a good way for you to get to know them. The start is the most
important part of any race. When the start gate drops, 'snap' (i.e. a quick start) is essential.
However, skill is just as important as power and the best riders combine both qualities.
Above all, enjoy BMX Racing. Contact Blackpool BMX Club or British Cycling for further