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.
Alberta Provincial BMX Classes
Valid for Alberta Cup Races and District Races
Challenge Male 20” Classes (Novice, Intermediate, Expert)
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17-24, 25-29, 30-39, 40+
Challenge Female 20” Classes (Novice, Expert)
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17+
Championship 20” Classes
Junior Male (17-18),
Pro Women (17+),
Elite Male (19+),
Challenge Male and Female Cruiser Classes
9 and Under, 10-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-29, 30-34, 30-39, 40+
Championship Cruiser Classes
Open Elite (19+),
Open Junior (17-18)
BMX Membership, Licensing and Upgrades
A valid (current year) CCC/UCI race license must be presented to registration staff prior to competing at all BMX races in Alberta. Those unable to produce a license at time of registration are not permitted to compete in or practice on the track of the race in question (riders competing in district races at their home track may be excepted at the Track Operator's discretion).
At Alberta BMX Cup races, it may be possible to verify membership with an ABA Membership list should a rider be unable to present their license; however, all such riders may be fined $10 (payable before the race begins); the fine may be waived if the license of the rider in question was processed less than 5 business days prior to the race in question. Note: This service is not available at CCC or UCI races, even those held in Alberta.
Licenses may be sold by the ABA Technical Delegate at Alberta Cup BMX races; this is a stop-gap measure designed to allow those new to the sport to participate; in general, riders are expected to license with their home track well in advance of attending their first race of the year. Only fully complete license applications (full payment, forms filled out, waivers signed including parental waiver and proof of age for new riders) will be processed; licenses are not processed on Fridays.
It is the nature of BMX that riders upgrade mid-season throughout their career. Riders are upgraded according to the following policy.
Ability Class Upgrades (Male):
Novice to Intermediate: 10 Wins
Intermediate to Expert: 20 Wins
Ability Class Upgrades (Female):
Novice to Expert: 25 Wins
All riders are required to upgrade upon receiving the requisite number of wins listed above. Failure to do so within 2 weeks (14 days) of achieving the required number of wins will result in a $50 fine and suspension from all racing until the upgrade is complete. When upgrading a rider must return their license to the ABA for replacement; the regulations prohibit a rider from holding more than 1 license at a time.
Age-based upgrades are not permitted for any reason. Examples: A 16 year old Expert rider is not permitted to upgrade to Junior. A Junior (17-18) age rider is not permitted an upgrade to Elite. Such upgrades are against UCI regulations.
Challenge to Championship Upgrades:
Any Expert rider 17 or 18 years of age who wishes to upgrade to Junior, must write a letter to the ABA stating their intention to do so. Any Expert rider age 19 or older who wishes to upgrade to Elite must write a letter to the ABA stating their intention to do so. All such riders are then considered Championship Class for both 20” and Cruiser.
Number Plate Note:
If a rider moves into an age group that spans 2 years or more, they must place a “0” in front of their awarded number (Example, AB4 in 16 Expert moves to 17-24 Expert and becomes AB04). Riders who upgrade in ability (Novice to Intermediate, Intermediate to Expert, or for female racers, Novice to Expert) must stop using their earned number if the plate in question is a “P” because it is both an age and ability award plate. Additionally, if a rider upgrades from Challenge to Championship he/she may continue to use his/her awarded plate with the requirement of placing a zero (“0”) in front of the first digit on the plate.