Intro­duc­tion: It is very easy to get your­self on track for BMX — com­par­a­tively lit­tle equip­ment is required and BMX bikes are sim­ple and robust (which means they’re not too expen­sive), with pow­er­ful brakes and no gears.

BMX is per­haps the most family-friendly branch of cycle sport — often the whole fam­ily will com­pete at an event and there are an amaz­ing 22 cat­e­gories plus 3 Novice cat­e­gories cov­er­ing all ages and abil­i­ties in the National Series.

There is a thriv­ing club struc­ture nation-wide — click on the Club Finder option in the BMX menu to find your local club. Most clubs have their own BMX track, which they use for club events and prac­tice days and evenings. Regional series take place in most parts of the UK, allow­ing you to develop your skills on other tracks. So, why not get down to your local club and give BMX a try?

BMX FAQs

I want to race BMX in my own region, but don’t feel ready for nation­als. What level of mem­ber­ship and licence do I need?

Prob­a­bly the most con­fus­ing area for rid­ers, par­ents or guardians. Go to the mem­ber­ship sec­tion for a full break­down of each level of mem­ber­ship and what ben­e­fits you can gain from Bronze, Sil­ver or Gold mem­ber­ship. For BMX regional events, all par­tic­i­pat­ing rid­ers in the Expert cat­e­gories need to be Sil­ver or Gold mem­bers of British Cycling. Your BMX Regional Sec­re­tary will be able to explain to you how many races you can attend as a Novice before mov­ing to the Expert cat­e­gories, but as a guide, one sea­son in Novice should be enough.

For BMX national events, all rid­ers need to have Sil­ver or Gold mem­ber­ship and a rac­ing licence.

I’m unsure which region I am sup­posed to be rac­ing in?
BMX Regions dif­fer from those of other British Cycling disciplines.

I feel ready to race national events, but I’d like to race against other begin­ners. What do I need to know and what cat­e­gories are there for me to race in?

Novice rac­ing at national level is not deliv­ered con­sis­tently and it is up to the host event organ­is­ers to decide if Novice rac­ing will take place. If Novice rac­ing takes place, the cat­e­gories are defined on the day based on the age of the rid­ers wish­ing to compete.

A Novice rider is defined as: Any rider who has not com­peted in a full Regional series as regional “expert” in the pre­vi­ous year or Any rider who has never com­peted at National level as “expert” or Any rider who has not com­peted in 3 or more National events as “novice”.

Novice reg­is­tra­tion will take place dur­ing nor­mal reg­is­tra­tion on Sat­ur­day morn­ing. Except in excep­tional cir­cum­stances and where prac­ti­ca­ble, no reg­is­tra­tions will be taken on Sun­day. Novice Plate num­bers will be the last three dig­its of the rid­ers British Cycling Mem­ber­ship if they have one, or any ran­dom three digit num­ber start­ing with #9.

I’ve raced events in my region, but I some­times race rid­ers a lot older than me. What cat­e­gories are there at nation­als and can I com­pete against rid­ers my age?

The female cat­e­gories are spaced in mul­ti­ple year age bands until you reach the age of 16. Male cat­e­gories are in sin­gle age bands until you reach 11 years old, then they are in 2-year age bands until you reach the age of 19. See below:

20″ Wheel Classes Male
6 & Under — Male*
7 yrs*
8 yrs*
9 yrs*
10 yrs*
11 — 12 yrs*
13 — 14 yrs
15 — 16 yrs
Junior Male (17 — 18 yrs)
19 Plus yrs
Mas­ters (30 Plus Years)
Elite Men (Money Class)

20″ Wheel Classes Female
7 & Under — Female*
8 — 9 yrs*
10 — 12 yrs*
13 — 15 yrs
Junior Female (16 Plus Years)
Cruiser (24″ Wheel) Classes
12 and Under*
13 15 yrs
16 + yrs
30 — 39 yrs
40 — 44 yrs
45+ yrs
25 + yrs Women (Includes 20)

Note: Rid­ers in classes marked ‘*’ are not allowed to use clip type pedals

My birth­day is in June. How do I work out which cat­e­gory I race in?

The age class a rider is eli­gi­ble to ride is deter­mined by his age, which shall be cal­cu­lated by sub­tract­ing the rider’s year of birth from the cur­rent year. Exam­ple: 2009 — 1998 = 11. A rider born in 1998 would race in the 11/12 Boys or 10–12 Girls.

If I wish to test myself against older or faster rid­ers, can I just move up into the next age band?
No, a rider has to earn the right to “move up”. Any rider who achieves a rank­ing in the top two of their own class may elect to “ride up” one age group the fol­low­ing year. Should the rider again achieve a top two rank­ing they may elect to ride up one fur­ther year.

  • Any Male rider in his 15th year can elect to ride in either 15/16s or Elite Men.
  • Any Male rider in his 16th year can elect to ride in either 15/16s or Elite Men.
  • Any Female rider in her 14th or 15th year can elect to ride 13 — 15 Female or Junior Female.
  • A Cruiser rider aged 30 years or over, may choose to com­pete at either the old­est level below that age level or in the appro­pri­ate age group in one of the 30 years and over Cruiser classes.
  • A 20″ rider aged 30 or over may choose to com­pete in 19+, Mas­ters (30+) or Elite Men.

The choice of com­pet­ing class shall be made for the whole Series. Any rider wish­ing to return to their nor­mal age race class or move out of the Elite cat­e­gory may only do so by writ­ten appli­ca­tion to the BC BMX Commission.

I’ve started rac­ing nation­als, but I can’t under­stand how the points are allo­cated!

For every race (Moto) you com­plete, you are awarded points. The higher the posi­tion, the more points you get. If you get as far as the final, then you are awarded more points. The table below demonstrates:

Posi­tion Moto B Final A Final
1 4 15 42
2 3.5 12 37
3 3 10 33
4 2 8 29
5 2 6 26
6 1 5 24
7 1 4 22
8 0.5 3 20

There were only 7 rid­ers in my cat­e­gory, so there was no final as such. How are points awarded for these races?
This type of race is called a Grand Prix. When there are no more than 8 rid­ers in a class, the rid­ers shall com­pete as one group and race 3 Motos with the points awarded for each plac­ing as in Table A plus a 4th GP Final Race with the “A” Final points based on the results of the four races.

I’m really enjoy­ing my rac­ing, but don’t under­stand how the lane allo­ca­tion is drawn. I won my Motos, but drew lane 6. Is this right?
The inside gate isn’t always the best draw, so the fol­low­ing method is used. In Motos, Qual­i­fier rounds and Main Finals, a rider’s lane will be selected by the com­puter soft­ware, which will auto­mat­i­cally and ran­domly allo­cate the rider’s lane.

I’ve bought my own num­ber plate. What is the cor­rect colour for the plate and numbers?

To ensure we keep con­sis­tency with Europe, we keep the colours the same as Inter­na­tion­als. Regional coloured plates and Regional rank­ing num­bers are not allowed at BMX National Series events, with the excep­tion of cur­rent British Cham­pi­ons and World/European final­ists who may choose to use their Cham­pi­onship plates and numbers.