Introduction to BMX Racing:
For those in the dark, BMX is basically short for Bicycle Motocross. The BMX sport traces its origins from California, USA where it started with the sole intention of acting as a stepping stone for small children who had shown interest in getting into motocross competition. However, within a very short period of time, the game had escalated into unprecedented proportions for the better by managing to reach a very critical mass.
Due to its surging popularity in America and across the globe, the American bicycle association was inevitably formed in the late 70’s with the overall intention of enhancing the game through provision of the much needed managerial structures and rules.
Fast forward to 1982 the very inaugural BMX world competition was held and up to this very moment, BMX motor race has grown to become one of the most cherished events of the Summer X games. Towards the year 2003 however, there was an acrimonious debate and proposal for the then amorphous sport to be elevated into Olympics for its maiden debut in full flight competitions. Needless to say, the good racing game was finally given the nod to take part in the Olympics competitions in the year 2008 held in Beijing.
A standard BMX racing track usually consists of eight eligible riders. The riders commence from a fast drop and finally race round the track with the sole aim of finishing first. In most cases, it takes an expert rider an average of about 30 seconds to complete a full circuit which is largely replete with numerous obstacles that include banked corners and jumps. However, when it comes to a much more advanced Olympic field, the list of riders escalate to 32 participants and there are four total rounds to be undertaken before the finalist is eventually determined.
When it comes to BMX equipment and gear, it is mandatory for all participants to have a BMX racing bike of course, before they are admitted to take part in the race. A big number of BMX bikes are usually known to use generation 3 chromoly and all participants need to be equipped with specially designed permanent chin traps, comfy knee pads and a mouth guard to cushion them from the effects of unforeseen emergencies and accidents going forward.
Above all, the riders are highly advised to take adequate precautionary measures that are geared towards preparing them sufficiently for the arduous task ahead of them. The tracks are usually replete with numerous start gates, berms, jumps and rhythm sections and therefore riders need to practice from all lanes, besides learning how to balance with both feet on the pedals in the initial stages of the race. In addition to that, focusing on the first jump is of utmost importance from the very moment the gate drops.
And finally, since riders are usually very fast on the ground, the main secret is to endeavor to learn how to maintain lower status on the jumps. Ultimately, riders must focus all their energy on finishing with a bang through constantly pedaling to the finish line going forward.