Here is some information about BMX racing to help get you started.
BMXA MEMBERSHIP - LICENCE:
To race or train, you must have a current licence.
You will need proof of age - birth certificate or drivers licence.
Maybe start with a 4 month membership - this will let you see if your rider likes BMX first!
If you choose to continue, you will need an Annual membership or can pay 4 monthly.
You can also join at the club on race days.
Your licence is valid at any club in Australia.
You must always bring your licence to show each week to nominate for racing.
RACING AT SOUTHSIDE BMX
Corner of Parry Avenue & Benningfield Road, Bull Creek
turn in at tennis courts on Benningfield Road.
Every Saturday, all year round Feb to Dec.
We have breaks during school holidays.
Nominations: 2.15pm - 3.20pm
Gate practice: 2.45pm - 3.25pm
Racing: 3.30pm - 5pm approx
Motos: (races) - 4 Motos each week
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, $2.50 per week and race from 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
Open men 14 years and above
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. Great for beginners.
You will need to nominate your rider each week
Nominations at 2.15pm and close at 3.15pm
$6 per week plus $1 for transponder hire (needed for scoring, and returned at the completion of last moto).
Mini Wheelers $2.50
Available at the club for $10 - $15 per week for a 1 hour session and run on a school term basis.
Beginners are Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri.
Your rider will need:
Long sleeve pants.
Long sleeve top - eventually you can purchase a jersey & BMX pants.
Sneakers / BMX shoes.
BMX gloves (approx $30).
BMX full face helmet approx ($150).
Gloves & helmets can be loaned from club for racing, 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 can be borrowed from the club for first 4 weeks, for racing and must be returned at the end of the last moto each week.
BUYING BIKES and BMX GEAR:
See Ellis at Georges Bike Shop in Willetton for bikes, helmets, gloves.
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 race plate.
You can borrow one from the scorers at the canteen to start.
You can buy them from the club.
Different age groups and age classes are allocated different colours.
Race numbers are allocated by BMX Sports WA to members that have annual memberships,
4 month trial memberships are not given numbers.
We have 2 rounds per year, 17 weeks each round.
Trophies are presented at a Trophy Presentation.
Riders that attend every week can receive a medal for participation.
Non scoring weeks do not count.
Riders must attend 10 weeks in a round to qualify:
Non scoring days are not counted.
Generally riders can miss a few weeks 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.
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 need to be a Level 1 Official which can be done online on at BMX Australia
You will need to signup for a Volunteer membership, do a quiz and have a WCC waver form.
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.
Please come down and have a look when we race on Saturdays.
If you have questions or need help, ask at the canteen.