How to get started
BMX racing is a great family sport, open to all ages, boys and girls. Racing around a track with jumps and corners in the shortest time possible. You can race up to 7 other riders in one race.
There are currently over 6000 licensed BMX racers in Australia. Clubs have riders ranging in age from 2 years to over 40 years.You will need to become a licenced member of a BMX club before you can race.
If you want to give it a try first why not go down to one of the local Clubs and purchase a 4 month licence and give it a go
NOTE: Proof of ID must be supplied with application. All licensed riders are covered under insurance whilst competing.
Check out where your local BMX Club is here
For all Membership fees please see here
BMX Racing Categories
MINI WHEELERS (participation class) Caters for riders from 2-4 years of age, no cranks or pedals (balance bike) are on the bike, revised track, or ground will be used for this category.
SPROCKETS (participation class) Caters for riders up to the age of 8 years, they participate for the purpose of gaining the skills required and may receive awards for their participation.
JUNIORS Aged 8 to 16 years, at this level the rider now competes for points in order to gain awards.
ELITE 17+ these groups compete for awards and prize money.
MASTERS 25+ years also compete for awards
What sort of bike can I use?
Mini Wheelers must not have pedals or cranks
The total diameter of the wheel, inflated tires included shall not exceed 13” (33.02cm)
Mini Wheelers total length including wheels must not exceeded 35” (88.9cm)
Any 16,20 or 24” bike can be quickly and inexpensively modified for BMX Racing. All changes are to make the bike safe for yourself and other BMX competitors.
The modifications needed include:
- The handlebars must have grips that cover to the ends of the bars. Handlebar ends must be covered with bar ends, available from your local bike shop.
- Removal of all protruding objects such as chain guards, stands, bells, reflectors and pegs.
- Front brakes are not permitted, nor are back pedal brakes. Only back wheel lever brakes are permitted.
What safety gear will I need?
- Full face helmets that cover the ears and face.
- Gloves, of any description that cover the entire hand.
- Long sleeve top that is tucked into the pants.
- Race pants may be worn or any long pants that are tear resistant.
- Covered shoes and socks which cover the ankles.
Some Clubs may have Helmets you can borrow to try out BMX, just ask when joining.
Each of the above safety measures insures that BMX is a safer and fun sport.
History of BMX
BMX was derived from motocross racing. BMX bicycle races are sprint races on purpose-built single-lap race tracks. The track is usually between 300 – 400m and consists of a ramp-style starting gate for up to eight racers, and is made of various jumps and rollers and a finish line. BMX racing rewards strength, quickness, and bike handling.
BMX Western Australia is the umbrella organisation for the sport of BMX racing in Western Australia, and currently has 20 affiliated clubs across the State.
Our aim is to grow, promote and provide a comprehensive support system for the sport of BMX, recognizing the benefits of participation for all Western Australians and to provide the best competitive environment where members can reach their potential by providing the best possible developmental pathways in Western Australia. Athletes then have the opportunity to compete at both national and international levels through our affiliation with BMX Australia.