A BMX race can be described as sprint cycling over a specially prepared dirt race track. Races are run on tracks that are usually 300-400 meters long and consist of a series of jumps and bumps with banked corners known as “berms”.
BMX prides itself on the ability to offer equal opportunities to both sexes and top class competitive sport to all members. It is common for the whole family to be involved.
BMX bikes come in a range of frame sizes from the Mini for the very young rider, through the expert, pro to the XL and even the XXL. One major variation is a slightly bigger BMX bike fitted with 24″ wheels called a cruiser. Cruisers are made in a range of sizes to suit young riders, and up to full size versions.
For young riders, up to about 12 years old, BMX racing is fun, fast and competitive. Winning races may seem important, but what really counts are fun, friendship, developing skills, and learning the lessons of sport. By participating in BMX as one of many sports, the rider develops physical literacy, the basic movement and sport skills–which are the foundation of athleticism.
When the rider is ready, beginning around age 13 or 14, he or she can start developing the physical abilities, competition skills and experience that leads to World Championship and Olympic podiums. Reaching the top in this sport takes years of hard work and dedication. It demands excellent skills, athletic abilities, speed and power. There is a secret to success: well-developed BMX skills and the overall athleticism learned in other sports is the first step onto the podium. Without those skills, it is difficult to reach the highest levels.
Cycling Canada’s BMX Long-Term Development Model was created to help Canadian BMXers onto international podiums, but also to ensure that every athlete can enjoy participation in cycling for a lifetime.
High Performance and Development Programs
Cycling BC delivers High Performance and Development programs to encourage excellence in sport and help riders develop to their full potential in BMX. These programs provide athletes with enhanced services, coaching, and development opportunities such as training camps and race projects.
For more information on High Performance, please visit the High Performance section of our website.
Riders with BMX licenses can have ability categories for the 20” class as follows:
Within the 20” bicycle class, categories are determined first by the rider’s age group, and then by their ability category as described above. Riders must upgrade when they earn the number of race wins described in the lists above.
For the Cruiser bicycle class, there are no ability categories. Riders race in male or female age categories. Riders who are Junior or Elite for 20” are NOT eligible to race Cruiser class.
BMX events sanctioned by Cycling BC are run according to the applicable Union Cycliste International (UCI) and Cycling Canada (CC) regulations.
Where necessary, the UCI rules and the CC Companion Guide regulations have been revised to accommodate various Provincial Regulations pertinent to events sanctioned by Cycling BC. Please see the 2017 BMX Provincial Rules, and the BC Provincially amended UCI Part VI – 2017