WHAT IS BMX RACING?
BMX racing is one of the most exciting and dynamic sports today!
This Olympic-sanctioned sport teaches riders confidence and positive sportsmanship while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.
BMX races are sprint-style bicycle races on a dirt and paved track. The bikes are designed small and fast and are ridden standing up. A typical BMX track is between 300 and 400 metres long and includes a starting hill with a gate, straights, at least three turns, various jumps and a finish line. Up to eight riders may compete at a time in each qualifying race (or 'moto'). A race will have at least three motos. If there are more than eight riders in a race category, finalists will compete in semi-finals or finals to determine the finishing order. Race points are determined from the riders finishing position calculated over the various motos.
Riders are organized into separate male and female classes, and then subdivided by age group and skill level. All riders start as novice and work up to more advanced levels. At local races it is very common for the categories to be merged based the number of riders are competing.
The sport is most popular with children between 5-17 years though many adults participate. Children may begin racing in Alberta at the age of 4 provided they turn 5 by December 31 of the given year.
BMX racing develops and rewards strength, agility, and advanced bike handling technique. Everybody participates and no one sits on the bench!
BMX is short for "bicycle motocross" and has roots that date back to the 1970's in California. BMX racing became an Olympic sanctioned summer sport in 2008 at the Beijing Games. It featured Airdrie BMX racer Samantha Cools who competed as a member of Team Canada.
BMX freestyle, in which riders perform tricks (in a skate park, half pipe, a dirt trail, or on the street), is a separate discipline from BMX racing.
Cycling Canada has some additional information here.
Airdrie BMX was founded in 1993.
Notable names in Airdrie's history include Samantha Cools, James Brown, Patrick Lebel, and Christine Miller.
The club has grown to roughly 150 members and now the children of some of the original racers are training at and representing Airdrie BMX in their sporting careers.
WHERE ARE WE?
Our track is located in Fletcher Park at the north end of Airdrie, Alberta, just a couple of blocks off of Main Street.
2018/2019 BOARD MEMBERS
If you're looking for the dry details, they are here.
Airdrie BMX Association is a not-for-profit organization operating under the Societies Act of Alberta. It is sanctioned by UCI, Cycling Canada, Alberta Bicycle Association, and Alberta BMX Association. Airdrie BMX is operated entirely by volunteers and depends upon generous donations of time, materials, and funds from a variety of organizations and individuals.
Insurance is provided to riders licensed by the Alberta Bicycle Association. Click here for details.