Anyone aged 4 and up who can confidently ride a two-wheel bike, wants to race, and most importantly HAVE FUN!.
Children must turn 4 by the end of December of the current calendar year to take part in district racing only. Children who turn 5 by the end of December of the current calendar year receive a full BMX license and can take part in district and provincial level racing
BMX Day in Alberta is a great way to try BMX for free. This takes place in late May or early June each year. Check out Alberta BMX for information. Or if you are ready to join, head over to our "how to get started" link. There you can sign up to join Airdrie BMX for the season. You will also need to purchase an Alberta Bicycle license. Just follow the Instructions.
The Alberta Bicycle Association requires a license for any rider in Alberta of any sanctioned bike discipline. This is for liability reasons and all funds go to Alberta Bicycle. For more information, can go to www.albertabicycle.ab.ca. An Airdrie BMX membership is required to join the Airdrie BMX club and those membership fees go towards running our facility and the programs we offer.
Airdrie BMX has an annual club fee. These fees go directly to Airdrie BMX and help support our facility costs, coaching and equipment. All riders are also required to obtain a license through Alberta Bicycle Association. License fees are set each calendar year and vary depending on the type of license you obtain.
We ask that all members of the club commit to a minimum of 20 hours of volunteering per family. If you wish not to volunteer you can pay the "buy out" fee of not volunteering. Our Volunteer Coordinator is Kellie Dean, if you have any questions please reach out to her via firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a volunteer bond contract to abide, please see below.
With an Airdrie BMX membership you can join coaching once a week, as well as take part in district racing on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The season typically starts in early May and ends in late September (all weather-dependent).
You need a BMX race bike to effectively race on the track. These are specific to the sport and do not have kick stands, freestyle pegs or accessories like reflectors. They also have different geometry and gearing than a BMX bike you would normally see on the street or at the skatepark. They are VERY lightweight and strong to withstand the track. You will also need a full-face helmet (a BMX race or downhill MTB helmet), gloves, closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt at a minimum. Most BMX racers wear motocross style jerseys and pants that are tear resistant. Airdrie BMX has loaner bikes available for your use so you can try before you buy.
Head Coach Michael Dowson will appoint your rider into the appropriate coaching group. The focus for the novice/beginner coaching group is to gain confidence on the bike and on the track. Coaches will go over safety, riding and basic techniques to start them racing on weeknights and prepare them for Provincial Racing.
Race nights are the absolute best opportunity for your rider to gain valuable experience and race others their own age, gender, and ability (otherwise known as rider classes which are Novice, Intermediate, and Expert). Depending on the number of riders available, classes / ages /genders may be combined as per UCI regulations. Most importantly, race nights are a ton of fun and will help you appreciate the hard work that is put into practice. New to BMX? Don't worry...there are always many board members and coaches available to help answer questions and point you in the right direction. After a race or two, you'll get the feel of how a district race is run.
At this time we only allow two-wheel pedal bikes for formal racing and coaching. We do support a small run bike ("strider") event before each race night where younger kids can try a couple of laps on the last two straights of the track. Stop by our moto shed on race nights for more details.
We teach kids how to race on a BMX track. Coaching does involve learning core skills such as jumping, how to manual, and pumping - all skills crucial for racing. BMX racing is not freestyle that you would typically see at a skatepark.
Provincials is another term for the Alberta Cup race series held throughout the province each year. There are 8 races each season (one weekend is comprised of two races - one on Saturday and one on Sunday). The season ends in the fall with a championship race. Although you don't need to qualify to participate, you need to sign up for each event and have an ABA racing license. In order to qualify for a year end ranking, each rider must compete in a total of 4 races plus the final. Provincial races are similar to district races in that riders race their same age, class and gender but the events are on a much larger scale (expect 400-600 riders competing). This is one of the largest race series in North America and a chance for new riders to build on the skills they learn at the local level. We highly recommend taking part in the Alberta Cup series but it is not mandatory. For more information, go to www.albertabmx.com.