By Transmountain Optimist Club.        El Paso, Texas

What is BMX?

BMX or Bicycle Motocross is a sport where riders of all ages use manual power to maneuver a bike over jumps, banked corners and other obstacles. A lap around the track takes approximately 30 – 60 seconds. BMX was created by kids in the 70's, but it’s become popular with kids and older racers today.

Unlike most sports, BMX racing depends 100% on riders’ performance, not the combined performance of a team, or team effort. Riders compete in classes, and will remain with that class until he/she has a birthday or he/she progresses by a pre-determined number of first place wins.

What Do I Need?

1.  Long pants
2.  Long sleeve shirt
3.  A Helmet (a full-face helmet is recommended)
4.  Fenders, kickstands, reflectors and chain guards must be removed 
5.  Handle bars cannot exceed 28 inches in width
6.  Brakes must be in good condition. Coaster brakes are allowed.

How Much Does It Cost?

A year membership is $60. This gives you the ability to race anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, a secondary insurance, You gain Points for each race for year a end ranking. You can obtain a one day trial membership for FREE however, no race points are awarded. A one month trial membership is also available, however, no race points are awarded. Conversion to a one year membership is an additional fee. A full year membership is also available. The full membership is good one year from the date of purchase. Once you have your full membership, points will be awarded to you at each race and you may compete in any USA-BMX sanctioned track or event. You can get family discounts signing up additional family members. Ask the track operator for more information when you sign-up.

One-day trial membership: FREE
One-month trial membership: $30
Conversion to one-year membership: $35
Full-year membership: $60

BMX Racing Facts:

Statistics have proven that BMX racing is one of the safest of all sports today. Part of this is due to the mandatory safety requirements. All Riders MUST wear long sleeves, long pants and a full faced helmet are recommended.

BMX is an excellent individual and family orientated sport. Races are organized into 20” girl’s classes and boys classes, and then subdivided into age groups and skill levels. The age groups range from 5 & under classes to 41 & older for boys and 28 & over for girls. Within these age groups are three skill levels: Novice, Intermediate and Expert.

All riders start as Novices and must work up to the more advanced levels by winning races. A Novice must move up to the Intermediate class after they have 8 wins in the Novice class. An Intermediate must move up to the Expert class after they have 20 class wins as an Intermediate.

There is also competition in the Cruiser class for boys and girls. The age groups for the boy Cruiser class are 8 & under to 61 & older and girl cruiser from 10 & under to 51 & over. There are also pro classes. Pro class pays money for winning and riders can also tryout for the Olympic team.