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WHAT IS BMX

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:
·         BOYS/GIRLS, bicycles with 20 inch or smaller wheels
·         CRUISER, 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 and reflectors.

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.

One Day Free Membership Form

Full  Membership (Annual)
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

US Membership Application Form

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 from above. Current 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.

MEMBERSHIP FEES

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

Membership $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
-FREE
 

~ 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.

 

GETTING READY

 1 ~ GETTING READY

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Find a track near 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.

 

 

CLASSIFICATIONS

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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 amateur boys.

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.

 

STAGING

5 ~  STAGING

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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 ‘em up!

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

7 ~ AWARDS & POINTS

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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 more—points.

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 season!






 

GLOSSARY

BELOW IS IS A LIST OF DIFFERENT RACES A RIDER CAN RACE AT AND THE AWARDS THEY CAN EARN!


DISTRICT POINTS

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 district jacket.


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.

Check out our schedule for the upcoming GOLD CUP at RIVER VALLEY BMX!


RACE FOR LIFE also known as RFL

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. 

Start Now
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 offer FREE DAY of BMX racing at participating BMX tracks around the United States in celebration of Olympic Day. 

The goal of Olympic Day is to promote the Olympic values and participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.

Check out 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 requirements:

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

3. Race in the State Championship Final event of his/her respective State.

Check out our schedule for the upcoming STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE at RIVER VALLEY BMX!


WARNICKE SCHOLARSHIP RACE

The Bob 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.

In 2013, 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.

Anyone can race this event, half of your entry fee goes into the Scholarship Fund!

Please check our schedule for the upcoming BOB WARNICKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RACE at RIVER VALLEY BMX!

For more information about the scholarship program


 

WHY RACE 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.

OTHER EQUIPMENT

A 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 loan basis.

 

AWARDS

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.


 

CLINICS

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.

 

RACE FEES

Race Fees

Single Point Races
Point Classes $10.00
Pts Class & Open $13.00
Strider $5.00
Pro $25.00

Double Point Races
Point Classes $20.00
Pts Class & Open $25.00
Pro $35.00

Triple Point Races
Point Classes $30.00

Gate Practice $5.00

SPECTATORS ARE ALWAYS FREE!
 

USA BMX INFOMATION

USA BMX Web Site

USA BMX Rulebook

New Riders Manual

One Day Free Membership

US Membership Application

SIGN-UPS

 2 ~ SIGN UPS

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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.

US Membership Application

One Day Free Membership
 

MOTOS POSTED

 4 ~  MOTOS ARE POSTED!

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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 official.

 

 

 


 

 

RIDING & RACING

 6 ~ RIDING & RACING

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"Riders ready? Watch the lights."

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 time.

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.

RACE SERIES

8 ~  RACE SERIES

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  1. State / Provincial Champions - 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!
  2. Race of Champions - 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.
  3. Redline Cup Champions - 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 each class.
  4. District Champion - The sixth step in the "Stairway to Success" is to earn a low District Number. Becoming "District #1" in your area is a major accomplishment.
  5. National Age Group - 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.
  6. National #1 - 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 Girls Cruiser.
LIST OF CLASSES

20" BOYS AGE CLASSES

Age Class
5 & Under Novice / Intermediate / Expert
6 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
7 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
8 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
9 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
10 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
11 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
12 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
13 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
14 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
15 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
16 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
17-18 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
19-27 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
28-35 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
36-40 Novice / Intermediate / Expert
41 & Over Novice / Intermediate / Expert

20" GIRLS AGE CLASSES

Age Class
5 & Under Girls
6 Girls
7 Girls
8 Girls
9 Girls
10 Girls
11 Girls
12 Girls
13 Girls
14 Girls
15 - 16 Girls
17 - 20 Girls
21 - 25 Girls
26 - 30 Girls
31 & Over Girls

24" BOYS AGE CLASSES

Age Class
7 & Under Cruiser
8 Cruiser
9 Cruiser
10 Cruiser
11 Cruiser
12 Cruiser
13 Cruiser
14 Cruiser
15 Cruiser
16 Cruiser
17-20 Cruiser
21-25 Cruiser
26-30 Cruiser
31-35 Cruiser
36-40 Cruiser
41-45 Cruiser
46-50 Cruiser
51-55 Cruiser
56-60 Cruiser
61 & Over Cruiser

24" GIRLS AGE CLASSES

Age Class
10 & Under Girl Cruiser
11-13 Girl Cruiser
14-16 Girl Cruiser
17-20 Girl Cruiser
21-25 Girl Cruiser
26-30 Girl Cruiser
31-35 Girl Cruiser
36-40 Girl Cruiser
41-45 Girl Cruiser
46-50 Girl Cruiser
51 & Over Girl Cruiser

PRO CLASSES

  • AA Pro
  • A Pro
  • Vet Pro
  • Girl Pro

STRIDER CLASSES

There are four (4) classes by age (2,3,4,5)