BMX is short for Bicycle Motocross. A sport which started in the
1970's when bicycle riders wanted to perform jumps and 'getting
air' on their bicycles like MX (Motocross, motorcycle) riders. The
riders started to build neighborhood tracks and began to compete
against other local riders. USA BMX is the sanctioning body. USA
BMX is focused on BMX as a SPORT and to fair competition by member
riders. There are over current 90,000 members and over 400 tracks
in the North America with these numbers growing daily. This is a
FAMILY sport! It can involve everyone in a family, from pit crew
to the parent who cheers the riders as they race.
WHAT KIND OF BIKE
A bicycle - any BMX type and size will do, but it
is recommended that you start with one that has no more than a 20"
wheel diameter - as that is the allowable limit in the Novice
class. There are 2 basic types of bicycles used in BMX:
bicycles with 20 inch or smaller wheels
bicycles with 24 inch or larger wheels BMX racing does not require a
lot of expensive equipment. Most racers start with their 20"
street bike by removing the front brake, chain guard, kickstand
COST OF RACING
An USA BMX membership is required to race at A
USA BMX Track. The following memberships are available.
One Day Free Membership
This membership is intended ONLY for the new rider to have a
chance to experience the sport prior to joining one of the
memberships below. This membership is for one practice or one race
only and is not transferable or re-useable. Entry Fees apply.
There is a $60 fee for this one-year membership, which is valid at
any USA BMX tracks across the US and Canada. Upon becoming a full
member, you will receive an USA BMX Rulebook, an USA BMX number
plate, an assigned number and an official membership card and the
ability to earn points towards year-end awards. The rider will
also receive an annual subscription to the Pull BMX magazine
(delivered monthly). The Pull magazine contains current point
standings for every USA BMX district and all national groups, USA
BMX track directory, current coverage of all the USA BMX Nationals
and noteworthy events, bike tests, interviews and much more. New USA BMX members and renewals
also get their 1st race FREE at River Valley BMX . To get this free race you must credit the
membership to River Valley BMX #115
On top of all this, the full member also receives
a secondary medical insurance coverage. This is something that no
other membership oriented youth activity offers.There are also
discounts available for multiple family members. A membership may be purchased at
the track or by calling (253) 732-6890.
Membership forms are available at the track or you can print them
membership fees are list below under the membership fee
section on this page, if you have a question about race
fee's please email or call us. Once
you have become an USA BMX member, the only cost will be the race
day entry fee. The entry fee entitles you to be a participant in
the days actions. A typical BMX race includes 2-3 qualifying motos
along with the main event. In the main event, you race for awards,
determined by your finish, along with the precious USA BMX points.Race fees vary according to the individual
race. Current race fees are list below under the race fee section
on this page, if you have a question about race fee's please
email or call us.
One Day Free
Memberships Available ~ New Riders Only ~
~ For riders who have never had a membership ~
~ Race fees apply ~
Membership $60.00 (Yearly) ~ First Family Member
Membership $55.00(Yearly) ~ Second Family Member
$50.00 (Yearly) ~ Third Family Member
Strider Membership $30.00 (Yearly)
~ Apply for a full
USA BMX membership or Cruiser membership, credit it to River
Valley BMX and you get a single point race -FREE
~ Renew your
membership, credit it to River Valley BMX, and get a
single point race
~ What should I
bring? Your BMX bike: No chain guards, no kick stand, no
reflectors. Bike must have handle bar grips. Riders must have a
helmet, long sleeve shirt, and long pants.
Find a tracknear
you and look up their hours of operation… Okay, as you probably
saw, your local track is open certain days and times for practice
and others for both practice and racing. Because the USA BMX
season runs January 1st thru December 15th, and because BMX racing
is an individual sport, there’s no better time to start riding and
racing than right now. You don’t need to call or sign up before
you go to the track. In fact all you need to get started is your
bike, long pants and a long sleeve shirt, and any approved bicycle
helmet. Whatever you’re riding now will do fine but be sure to
check out THE BIKE and THE GEAR to see just how cool and advanced
BMX race bikes, components and gear have become.
USA BMX uses 4 criteria to determine a
racer’s classification for competition—age, gender,
proficiency and wheel size. As BMX racing is a sport for
kids of all ages, even big kids with kids of their own, you
will be matched against riders your own age and proficiency
or skill level whenever possible. *
Everyone — boys and girls — begins in
the NOVICE class. In other words—beginners. Upon winning 10
races, Novice boys move into the INTERMEDIATE class, while
Novice girls move into the GIRL class. But while Girl is the
highest proficiency level in the sport for amateur girls,
Intermediate boys—after 20 more wins—move into the EXPERT
class; the highest proficiency level in the sport for
Finally, there are two bike
categories, based on wheel size/diameter—20” wheel BMX bikes
called class bikes, and 24” wheel BMX bikes called cruiser
bikes. The 20” bikes are the required size for all Novice,
Intermediate, Girl and Expert competition, while the 24”
bikes are the required size for all Cruiser competition. But
while the cruiser classes, like the 20” classes, are age and
gender based, they are not divided into the novice,
intermediate or expert proficiency levels.
*At any given USA BMX race, if there
are not enough entrants to form a legal class, racers may be
matched against racers of different ages and proficiency
levels as per USA BMX race rules.
So, now you’ve found a
track, come prepared with your bike and bike
helmet, become a USA BMX member and
signed-up to race, hopefully taken some
practice laps, and read the moto sheets to
determine your moto number as well as your
gate numbers/lane assignments. And you know
how many and how riders will transfer from
each of your qualifying rounds. Let’s stage
Staging is that area
comprising the back of the start hill, the
starter’s booth or tower, the starting pad,
and the start gate itself. A track official
or “stager” will be on hand to help remind
you of your lane assignment and guide you
into a staging “chute” and then onto the
gate when it is your moto’s turn to race.
Each of the gates or lanes should be clearly
numbered 1–8, with Gate 1 always on the
inside lane and Gate 8 always on the outside
lane of each track. For tracks with a
right-hand first turn, Gate 1 is farthest
right. For tracks with a left-hand first
turn, Gate 1 is farthest left. The starting
gate is hydraulically powered and is synced
with both the starter’s vocal CADENCE and 4
starting lights that will flash red, yellow,
yellow, green to signal the dropping of the
gate. That’s when you go!
AWARDS & POINTS
Make your Main Event
at any USA BMX race event and finish on the
podium—usually top 3—and you’ll win more
than a sense of pride in what you’ve
accomplished; you’ll win an award in the
form of a trophy, prize or USA BMX Saver
Stamps. And you’ll also earn something
In BMX racing, the
ultimate achievement isn’t the bike you ride
or the uniform you wear, it’s to ride the #1
plate—#1 in your district, your state, your
region, your national age group (NAG), or
even #1 in the nation! As you can surely
imagine, it’s an incredibly tough climb to
the top, one that only a handful of BMX
racers will eventually make. But for those
that do, they began their journey like
everyone else—running their USA BMX assigned
number. So how do you earn your next plate
number? Points. Points that—depending on the
level of USA BMX race you’re attending—will
go towards your district, state, regional or
national year-end rankings and determine
your “earned number” for the next USA BMX
BELOW IS IS A LIST OF DIFFERENT RACES A RIDER CAN RACE AT AND
THE AWARDS THEY CAN EARN!
Riders earn points racing at
local races and special events. These points are compiled yearly,
(the BMX season is year-long, January 1st to December 15th). A
rider's yearly points total will determine the number displayed on
the bicycle 'number plate' for the following year.
All riders compete for awards and ABA points. Points are published
in the BMXer magazine which each rider receives monthly. There a
rider can check and compare his or her point standings with other
riders in their own district and across the country. The top ten
riders in each district will also receive a special top ten
GOLD CUP SERIES
The Gold Cup Series involves
a rider counting his/her best score from a Gold Cup Race event,
according to the Gold Cup/State/Provincial Points Table, and
his/her scores from Saturday & Sunday at the Gold Cup Cup Final.
Several tracks in each state will hold a Gold Cup race, these
races offer Triple district points. You can race the Gold Cup even
if you do not plan on going to the Gold Cup Final.
In addition to awarding a Gold Cup jacket and #1
plate to the winner in each age & skill level, ABA will award
Redline Cup #2 & #3 plates at the finals.
Finally, at the Finals, both Saturday and Sunday
will also offer quadruple district points for riders.
our schedule for the upcoming GOLD CUP at RIVER VALLEY BMX!
RACE FOR LIFE also known as
What is the Race For Life? It all started in 1981
when an avid 12 year old BMX racer from Michigan discovered he had
Leukemia. Todd Kingsbury was his name, and like many BMXers, he
had dreams of someday becoming a top pro in the sport.
Unfortunately, this dreaded disease would keep Todd from
fulfilling his dream.
When Todd`s friends and the American Bicycle
Association learned of his diagnosis, it was decided that an
organized effort should be made to help in Todd`s "Race for Life."
The first ABA "Race for Life" events were formed that year, with
over 130 tracks participating and raising funds for The Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society® .
Ever since, the ABA has held a series of "Race for
Life" events nationwide to help in the fight to find a cure for
blood-related cancers. There are awards given to top fund raisers
which include t-shirts, jackets and trips to the ABA
Grandnationals of BMX.
Of course, the best reward of all is the
good feeling of helping others with Leukemia.
Get Involved Did you
know you don't have to be an ABA member to race at the RFL.
After you have received your collection envelope for the ABA BMX
“Race For Life”, you need to start collecting donations from your
friends, relatives, neighbors and businesses in your community.
Instruct the donors to make checks payable to the Leukemia “Race
For Life”. When you go back to the track, put all the checks in
the envelope but don’t seal it because the track operator will
have to verify what you have collected in order for you to be
eligible to compete for the ABA BMX awards that will be given
away. If you need more envelopes please
visit the track. Check out our schedule for the
upcoming RACE FOR LIFE at RIVER VALLEY BMX!
OLYMPIC DAY Olympic Day ~
Free Racing for Everyone
USA BMX HAS JOINED FORCES WITH THE
UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE and USA Cycling to offerFREE
DAY of BMX racing at
participating BMX tracks around the United States in celebration
of Olympic Day.
of Olympic Day is to promote the Olympic values and participation
in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic
our schedule for the upcoming OLYMPIC DAY at RIVER VALLEY BMX!
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE also known as SCR
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL also known as SCF
Anyone can race at an SCR or SCF and you do not have to qualify to
race at an SCR/SCF and you do not have to be from Washington State
to race at a Washington State SCR/SCF. If you are not from
Washington State and you race at a Washington SCR/SCF, you are not
eligible to compete for a Washington title or number plate, but
you are still eligible to receive trophies and double or triple
district points depending on the SCR/SCF. If you are from
Washington State, to become
eligible to obtain the State Championship title and/or a State
number plate designation, a rider must meet the following
1. Race in the predetermined
number of SCR's, which in Washington is 4 SCR Races.
2. A rider may race as many SCR
events as they wish. Only that rider’s best finishes of the
required number of races within that rider’s respective State will
be counted going into the finals.
4. Race 6 single points races before August 1st
Race in the State Championship Final event of his/her respective
our schedule for the upcoming STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE at RIVER
WARNICKE SCHOLARSHIP RACE
Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to assist students
and their families in meeting the costs of undergraduate college
education, trade school, etc. USA BMX/BMX Canada members who have
a current USA BMX/BMX Canada license or Track Operators/Officials
who participate in BMX racing events sanctioned by USA BMX/BMX
Canada are eligible to apply.
the Warnicke Scholarship program awarded $31,000 to 20 individual
students with BMX backgrounds - selected from nearly 50
applicants. As more tracks and riders get involved in the Warnicke
Scholarship races, the number and amount of scholarships awarded
will only grow.
can race this event, half of your entry fee goes into the
check our schedule for the upcoming BOB WARNICKE MEMORIAL
SCHOLARSHIP RACE at RIVER VALLEY BMX!
Children created this sport and it is dominated by children in
numbers but there are mature riders in BMX. It is a sport which
promotes individual achievement, builds character, social skills,
self motivation, self esteem, discipline, determination and is
healthy exercise.BMX involves the whole family and allows
families time together having fun in a Drug Free environment.
Races are FREE to watch and everyone is welcome to come and watch.BMX racing is clean, exciting fun that whole
families can get involved in whether as a racer, spectator, pit
crew or track volunteer. BMX has something to offer everyone.
Races are organized according to age group and skill levels, so
everyone gets the opportunity to compete on a fair and competitive
basis. Even beginning riders have the chance to race safely with
other new riders.
helmet is required: a 'FULL FACE'. You also must to wear
long pants and a long sleeved shirt and enclosed shoes.
Shorts, cut-off's, tank tops or short sleeved shirts are not
allowed at anytime while racing or practicing at a sanctioned
event. Many tracks offer equipment on a nightly
Trophies are normally handed out at the local races and are given
to 1st thru 3rd place. A rider is also
competing for District points. These points are compiled yearly,
(the BMX season is year-long, January 1st to December 15th). A
rider's yearly points total will determine the number displayed on
the bicycle 'number plate' for the following year.
River Valley BMX provides new rider clinics ranging from $10-$30.
These clinics usually last about 2-3 hours. Attending a clinic is
one of the best ways to learn how to get better in BMX. Clinic
dates and times will be posted on our website.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Simply visit your local track during the practice or racing time
listed on our
schedule page and ask for a
membership application or information. You can watch the races,
talk to other BMX families, or give it a try yourself. We
will walk you through the process and show you the ropes.
Single Point Races Point Classes $10.00
Pts Class & Open $13.00
Point Classes $20.00
Pts Class & Open $25.00
Sign-Ups. It’s what we BMX racers call that
1-3 hour window before the start of racing when you can practice
and, as the words describe, sign up to race! Your local Track
Operator will happily walk you through the process to BECOME A
MEMBER. USA BMX memberships are required annually but if you’re
still unsure and just want to give BMX a try, USA BMX offers a
free ONE-DAY TRIAL MEMBERSHIP so all you’ll need your first day
out is the track’s daily practice and/or race fee and a parent’s
signature if you are a minor.
Once every racer in attendance has
been entered into the day’s event, your Track Operator will
print and post MOTO-SHEETS. These sheets list the
order/number of races or “motos”, riders competing in each
moto, assigned bike numbers and rider serial numbers, as
well as starting gate numbers for each of the three
qualifying rounds and the Main Event.
Remember, for the most part you will
be racing others that are your same age and proficiency. It
takes 3 riders to form a legal class and motos are built
according to a specific set of rules. The moto sheet will
give you the specifics about how your race will be run.
Sometimes, you might race in a transfer race, where you will
“qualify” for the Main Event. Other times, you might find
yourself in a “total points” race, where all riders will
race 3 times. If you have any questions about how your race
will be run, head back to the sign-up area and ask an
RIDING & RACING
"Riders ready? Watch
That is the cadence
you'll probably hear from the starter as the
gate is about to fall in front of you for
the very first time. But before you go all
out, first take a moment to scope out the
track. Watch a few laps of practice and
memorize how some of the good riders are
going around. Take mental notes of where
they ride in the turns and where they pedal
and where they stop pedaling. Keep in mind
that, in the beginning, you probably wont be
able to jump like they do; that will come in
Your first few laps
around the track should be slow. Take it
easy. By all means, don't go all-out on your
first lap! Take time to familiarize yourself
with the course so that you know what jumps
are coming up and what it feels like to go
over them. It will be totally different once
you take the track at faster speeds. As
you'll soon find out, a good start can be
the difference between first and eighth, so
we'd suggest working on your gates as much
as possible. And remember that all-so-true
saying, "Practice makes perfect." So...
practice, practice, practice.
Another smart idea for
any BMX rider is to take advantage of the
many BMX clinics and camps that are
available. In addition to the clinics and
programs at your local track there are teams
and pros that travel from track to track,
teaching riders just like you everything
they need to know in order to get better at
BMX racing. During the summer, there are
even BMX race camps that you can attend.
Every track in your state/province will
hold a State/Provincial Race. To become
State/Provincial Champion, USA BMX counts
your best scores from the SCR's (or PCR's).
Do well at the State/Provincial Finals,
and you could call yourself Champ!
First, you must qualify for the Race of
Champions (ROC) by competing in the
State/Provincial Championship Series.
Then, you must win the ROC (the Friday
pre-race at the Grands) to earn this
coveted #1 title.
To get this #1 plate, you must first
qualify at a Redline Cup Qualifier. Then
you've got to attend your designated
Redline Cup Finals (East, Central or West)
and compete Saturday and Sunday with the
best in your region for a chance to earn
the Redline Cup #1 plate. Redline Cup
plates are awarded to the top 3 riders in
The sixth step in the "Stairway to
Success" is to earn a low District Number.
Becoming "District #1" in your area is a
If you're not able to get National #1
Amateur, you might still be able to NAG #1
out of all the kids your same age, in the
entire nation. NAG plates are awarded to
the top 10 riders in each class.
This is the highest ranking in USA BMX,
awarded to only seven riders each year. #1
plates are awarded in AA Pro, Girl Pro,
Vet Pro, Boys, Girls, Boys Cruiser, and