All the information you need to get started in BMX racing is right here…

What Equipment Do I Need?

Any 20 inch or 24 inch (cruiser) BMX bike will be fine. Remove any mudguards, chain guards, kick stand, pegs and reflectors, for safety of yourself and other riders. Ensure that there are no sharp edges on your handlebars (ie No torn grips with exposed metal) or pedals, etc.

You need brakes that work, either rear foot brakes or a rear hand brake.
One of the parents or older riders will check your bike for you and help with any minor adjustments.

What Do I Have to Wear?

Long Pants – jeans or track pants are fine.
Long Sleeved Top – such as a windcheater.
Gloves – any type of gloves that have complete hand and finger protection.
Helmet – A full face helmet that covers the ears – some Clubs have a spare that you can borrow.
Pads – Top bar, gooseneck and handlebar pads are not compulsory but are recommended
Shoes - you must wear fully enclosed shoes to protect your feet.
Long Socks - your socks need to be long enough to cover you ankles.

How Much Will It Cost?

Membership Type Victorian Membership Online Payment Total
Volunteer Free Free Free
4 Month Licence $40.00 $1.60 $41.60
Club Membership $131.00 $5.24 $136.24
Sprocket License $149.00 $5.96 $154.96
Open License $155.00 $6.20 $161.20

For a full description of the different membership categories go to the BMX Australia website.

When Do I Race?

BMX Racing is a year round Sport. Most Clubs run Club meetings on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons, either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. There are also Open Race Days throughout the year, mostly on Sundays. See Race Calender.

Isn’t BMX Racing Dangerous?

BMX Racing has the most successful and requested Risk Management Policy of any sport. BMX Racing is classified as a contact sport like football, hockey, basketball and soccer. Statistics prove that BMX Racing is the safest of all action family sports. Riders must wear protective clothing, race bikes that have been checked for safety by officials and race tracks that have been inspected by accredited officials to ensure that racing is safe for all competitors.

The History of BMX Racing

BMX Racing (Bicycle Moto Cross) originated in Southern California in 1970. By 1976 the sport had found its way to Australia, first in Queensland then spreading throughout Australia. BMX Racing Clubs are now located in every State and Territory of Australia.

Is There A Class for Me?

Yes! There is a class for every age and skill level, from 5 and Under (Sprocket Rocket) to 50+ year old, Male and Female Classes. So Boys, Girls, Mum’s and Dad’s can all compete in their own age class and skill level at the same venue, at the same time. Once a rider reaches 14 years of age, they may choose to race in a money class. Coaching is available by Accredited Coaches at most Clubs or privately for all ages and genders.

Race Calender

BMX Victoria Inc. publishes an annual race calendar. This contains all Open Race meetings in Victoria which usually occur on most Sundays of the year. Most Clubs also issue a Club Calendar, some include the Open meetings as well as the Individual Club events.

Some highlights of the BMX Victoria Inc. race year are:

Track Attack
a race series that incorporates 6 race meetings in the last week of January each year. In the past we have had riders from all States and Territories in Australia and some overseas riders participate.

Royal Children’s Hospital Charity Day
a one day event usually held in February each year where all entry and raffle (each Club donates a Prize) money is donated to the Royal Children Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Victorian State Championships
held over 2 days in November each year.

What do I do next?

Contact Geelong BMX Club