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.
You can call
River Valley BMX, or just stop by the
(253)732-6890 Mark Hutko - Track Operator
Track is located at 7800 Riverside Dr. E.
You will want
to ask these questions:
Do you have
a Beginner Day or clinics available for
are your sign-up and practice times?
do you begin racing?
will it cost to begin racing?
all bolts are tight - especially your axle
and stem bolts.
freestyle type axle pegs.
reflectors/brackets must be removed for
bike has a kickstand, it must be taken
eventually need a number plate. You will
be provided a temporary number plate with
your membership purchase.
Clothing and safety
A helmet. The
ABA recommends a full-face helmet.
have "loaner helmets" for beginners to
enclosed shoe is sufficient. Skateboard
style shoes are suggested.
Now that you
have everything ready, we'll see you at the
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.
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
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
t-shirts, jackets and trips to the ABA Grand
Nationals of BMX.
the best reward of all is the good feeling
of helping others with Leukemia.
Helping other people is one
of the finest things that anyone can do in
life. This is your opportunity through the
sport we know and love to help people
through your gathering of donations for The
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®
, you will be
helping fight and bring an end to dreadful
diseases that affect thousands of people
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 until
now there are two sanctioning bodies.
These are the
Each focused on BMX as a SPORT and to fair
competition by member riders. Sooner Pearl
BMX Raceway is a sanctioned ABA track and
abides by all ABA rules.
The ABA represents the largest sanctioning
body of BMX riders in the world. There are
over current 70,000 members and over 250
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.
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
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
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
do I get started?
Simply visit your local track during the
practice or racing time and ask for a
membership application or information. You
can watch the races, talk to other BMX
families, or give it a try yourself.
Who can race?
Most any individual with a BMX bicycle,
proper equipment and an ABA membership.
Races are organized into separate girls
and boys classes then divided into age
groups and skill levels. The age groups
range from 5 and under to 51 and over
classes. Within these age groups are three
All riders start as Novices and work up to
more advanced levels by winning races. The
group a rider races in on a given day
depends on several items. Total number of
riders racing, number of riders in an age
group and the riders skill level.
can I race?
The ABA has over 200
tracks nationwide! Check the
web site for one near you.
What kind of bike do I need? 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 and
reflectors and putting some inexpensive
padding on the 'top tube' of the bicycle
frame, handle bar and stem.
What other equipment do I need?
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
How much does it cost? An
ABA membership is required to race at ABA
Track. The following memberships are
One Day Free
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
There is a $25 fee for this 30 day
membership. This membership is valid at
any ABA track, however riders will
receive no ABA points for their finishes.
This is a one-time membership. This
membership can be converted to a full
There are many bike manufactures out
there, that have coupons for this
membership that entitles you to get it for
Full (annual) Membership
There is a $60 fee for this one-year
membership, which is valid at any ABA
track across the US and Canada. Upon
becoming a full member, you will receive
an ABA Rulebook, an ABA 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 BMXer magazine (delivered monthly). The
BMXer contains current point standings for
every ABA district and all national
groups, ABA track directory, current
coverage of all the ABA Nationals and
noteworthy events, bike tests, interviews
and much more.
New ABA 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 T115
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)863-1608
Membership forms are available at the
track or you can print them from above.
Once you have become an ABA 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 ABA
points. Race fee's: Race fee's vary
according to the individual race, if you
have a question about race fee's please
Current River Valley race fee's:
Local Single Point race:
$10.00 for trophy or buy back
All 1st Time Riders will
receive an award on their first local race
day no matter how they finish! New ABA
members also get their 1st race
FREE. Please note, race pricing varies
from track to track, the above pricing
applies to 'regular local single point
races' and not all tracks award the 1st
time riders an award.
What kind of awards can I receive?
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
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.