BMX

BMX

BMX Policy

General Overview

Most BMX racing is conducted on a dirt track of about 300 to 400 metres with a series of jumps.  Up to eight cyclists compete in each qualifying race to determine eight finalists who meet for the championship.  Kids of all ages can compete in BMX racing, and tracks are found in many Alberta communities. BMX continues to garner interest with its inclusion in the Olympic Summer Games beginning in 2008.


History of BMX
The sport of BMX was born back in the early 70s in southern California.  At the time, motocross was very popular, and kids, too young to ride motorcycles, would modify their Schwinn Stingrays (the coolest bike at the time) to look like motocross bikes.  These kids would gather in corner lots to ride and check out each others bikes.  The corner lots quickly turned into organized tracks, and riders would pay an entry to compete in races.