Here is some information about BMX racing to help get you started.
To race or train, you must first have a current AusCycling membership.
Go online to https://www.auscycling.org.au/membership/other/free-trial
Maybe start with the "4 Week Free Trial Membership" - this will let you see if your rider likes BMX first!
If you choose to continue after the 4 weeks, you will need to then sign them up with an Annual Membership or can also choose to sign up 4 Months at a time.
Apart from Mini Wheelers all other classes will be allocated a 4 digit race number by AusCycling who will ask you to then contact Southside's Registrar Amanda Tan. She will organise with AusCycling which will take approximately a week. If you can't make it down to the track on Saturdays to meet with her, send a message on our Southside BMX Club Facebook page or email us.
You can also join at the club on Saturday race days, please come and see Amanda at the canteen and maybe pop down a little earlier to give us time to step through it with you.
You must always bring your virtual "Membership Card" for us to scan in each week to nominate for racing. Upon completing your rider's membership AusCycling would have instantly emailed you confirmation that your rider's membership is successful. In this email, scroll down to the very bottom left corner and it will ask you to save the virtual "Membership Card" to your smart phone "Wallet" app. Once you do this, click on the "Wallet" app on your smart phone and you will see the AusCycling Membership Card.
Your Membership is also valid at any other club throughout Perth and Australia at any time.
Transponders are those small little red or yellow plastic items on the front forks that record lap times for each race. These are an additional purchase cost on top of your membership and can be purchased from some local bicycle shops. Otherwise go online to MYLAPS and the direct link is: speedhiveshop.mylaps.com/prochip-flex.html
Prices including postage: 1 year is $50, 2 years is $74.99, 5 years is $139.
Once you have fitted a transponder to the front forks (normally with a couple of cable ties), to view lap times go online and search for Our Sqorz. Scroll down to select Australia, select Southside BMX Club, click on the green highlighted "today", and then find the age class your rider is nominated in. Once your rider has crossed the finish line, the lap time will appear within a few seconds.
RACING AT SOUTHSIDE BMX CLUB
Corner of Parry Avenue & Benningfield Road, Bull Creek
turn in at tennis courts on Benningfield Road.
Every Saturday, all year round February to December.
We have breaks during school holidays.
Nominations: 2.15pm - 3.00pm
Gate practice: 2.45pm - 3.25pm
Mini Wheelers: 3.10pm - 3.25pm (Starting at 2nd berm through to finish line)
5 years and upwards Racing: 3.30pm - 5pm approx
Motos: (races) - 4 Motos each Saturday
We race 2 Motos, have a 10 min break, then race the next 2 Motos.
AGE CLASSES FOR RACING:
Mini Wheelers: 2 - 5 yrs on Strider bikes, $3 per week and race starts at 3.10pm - 3.25pm.
Sprockets: Aged 5, 6, 7 yrs - do not need transponders as they are not scored.
Age class: (8 yrs and upwards, race in the age group they will be by the 31 Dec).
We also have:
Open girls 8 - 14 years
Open women 14 years and above
15 years plus
Open men 20 years and above
30 years plus men
Cruisers - junior (under 12 yrs) and senior
Open Wheel - Combined 20" and Cruiser for casual riders that are 14 yrs and over, that don’t compete in Super Series, States or Nationals but just want to race for fun. Great for beginners.
You will need to nominate your rider each week
Nominations open at 2.15pm and close at 3.00pm
$8 per week plus $1 for transponder hire (needed for scoring,
transponder must be returned at the completion of last moto).
Mini Wheelers $3
Available at the Southside bmx track
and run on a school term basis.
Your rider will need:
Long sleeve pants, jeans are okay.
Long sleeve top - eventually you can purchase a jersey & BMX pants.
Sneakers / Closed in shoes / BMX shoes.
BMX gloves (approx $30).
BMX full face helmet approx ($150).
Gloves & helmets can be loaned from club for racing for four weeks only,
and must be returned after the last moto.
Your rider will need a BMX race bike.
Size will depend on height of rider, ask at a BMX bike shop for advice.
If you have a street BMX bike you must remove reflectors, foot pegs, bell, mudguard, baskets, carriers, training wheels and front brakes to be safe to ride and will need closed bar ends installed on the handle bars.
BMX Racing Bikes, helmets and gloves can be borrowed from the club for first 4 weeks, and must be returned at the end of the last moto each Saturday. Unfortunately we do not lend out bmx bikes and gear for personal use as it must remain with the club.
BUYING BIKES AND BMX GEAR:
See Georges Bike Shop in Willetton for bikes, helmets, gloves.
See Mark at Midland Cycles, Midland.
See Mark at Freedom Wheels BMX Pro Shop, Bibra Lakes.
Check out BMX RACING GEAR FOR SALE PERTH on Facebook
All WA BMX community sell secondhand bikes and gear here.
You will need a bmx race plate.
You can borrow one from the scorers at the canteen to start.
You can buy them from the club and we also have sticker numbers you can purchase.
To obtain race plate number, see Amanda Tan at canteen or message her on our Southside BMX Facebook page.
Different age groups and age classes are allocated different colours.
Race numbers are allocated by AusCycling to members that have "Annual" memberships.
4 month free trial memberships are not given numbers, ask to borrow a numbered plate at registration when nominating your rider.
3 rounds for 2022.
Round 1: Feb 5 - May 16 (11 weeks in total).
Round 2: May 23 - Aug 8 (11 weeks in total).
Round 3: Aug 22 - Nov 21 (12 weeks in total).
Trophies and Participation Medals are presented at a Trophy Presentation at the end of each round.
Riders that attend every week can receive a medal for participation.
Non scoring weeks do not count.
Riders must compete in 8 weeks for Rounds 1 & 2 and
9 weeks in Round 3 to qualify for a trophy:
Non scoring days are not counted.
Generally riders can miss a maximum of three weeks per round and still qualify.
Parents must volunteer 2 times per round (per family).
The club runs on volunteers.
We have many ways to volunteer including:
Race day volunteers
Volunteering at events eg fundraising, Super Series
Drinks or food donations on race days
Please make sure to have your full name and your rider's name put down in the Volunteer Book, this is so we can keep track for Trophy qualifications.
RACE DAY VOLUNTEERS:
Set up track for racing and pack up after racing.
Scorers - nominations & transponder scoring.
Running the Gate.
Bottom Staging - calling out names of riders and putting them in their age classes.
Middle Staging - checking off riders names and allocating their lane number.
Top Staging - checking riders are in their correct moto and lane.
Flagging - Corner Marshall holding a yellow flag, when first aid is needed you hold flag horizontally. You will first need to have an AusCycling Membership which can be found at https://www.auscycling.org.au/membership/non-riding
If you are unable to / have trouble volunteering, please come and see us in the canteen for alternative ways of qualifying, eg canteen supply donations, track prep or setting up.
Please come down and have a look when we race on Saturdays.
If you have questions or need help, ask at the canteen.