BMX racing is a type of off-road bicycle racing. The format of BMX was derived from motocross racing. BMX bicycle races are sprint races on purpose-built off-road single-lap race tracks. The track usually consists of a starting gate for up to eight racers, a groomed, serpentine, dirt race course made of various jumps and rollers and a finish line. The course is usually flat, about 15 feet (4.6 m) wide and has large banked corners that help the riders maintain speed.
There are two BMX racing bikes sizes. One is the 20″ wheel bike. This bike is common with minors and is currently the most common class. The Cruiser bikes are any bikes with a 24″ wheel. However, any bikes that have a wheel larger than 24″ will still be considered Cruisers. Cruisers are more common with older racers and is rapidly growing. The cruiser style bike tends to be easier to jump and rolls better while the 20″ is seemingly more agile.
While BMX racing is an individual sport, teams are often formed from racers in different classifications for camaraderie and often for business exposure of a sponsoring organization or company. BMX racing rewards strength, quickness, and bike handling. Many successful BMX racers have gone on to leverage their skills in other forms of bicycle and motorcycle competitions.
There are all types of BMX jumps, ranging from small rollers to massive step-up doubles. There are pro straights which are for junior and elite men. They are all doubles which range from about 6 m to 12 m, while “Class” straights have more flow and have many more range of jumps.
The Starting hill marks the start of the track. Most BMX Tracks have a gate. The starting hill will normally provide all the speed for the remainder of the race. Generally, the larger the hill, the faster, so pro hills are much larger than the amateur ones.
A jump of which’s landing is at a higher point than the jump itself
Turns are at an angle. Therefore, you can easily turn without having to brake.
The double are two hills close to each other.
A hill, then followed by a shorter hill.
A small hill, normally in groups.
A flat jump, normally for learning to jump.
A set of jumps with only a takeoff lip and a landing, usually spaced 7 to 15 apart.
BMX racing became a medal sport at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing under the UCI sanctioning body. Sanctioning body of the United States of America is USA BMX. USA BMX is certified under the UCI (International Cycling Union), which is recognized by the Olympic Committee