The sport of bicycle motocross, or BMX, originated in America in the 70's. It was a stepping stone for kids to get into motocross, and quickly blew up into a sport in its own right. In 2008, it made its debut as an Olympic sport!
What is BMX?
BMX bikes are typically based around 20inch wheels, although other wheel sizes can be found on race bikes.
The sport has two distinct genres – racing and freestyle. Racing is where it all began as far as BMX is concerned, while freestyle evolved as a new breed of riders specialising in tricks and bike handling as opposed to banging bars at the race track.
Here at Rush BMX, we love to bang bars and race around the track.
With riders as young as four and as old as fifty competing on organised race meetings throughout our Country, it is a sport which has no discrimination between boys, girls, mums and dads.
BMX Riders of all levels and abilities compete in local events coordinated by Clubs and annually at the State, National and World Championships.
At RUSH BMX we promote a family atmosphere with parents, siblings and any other family members coming to the track to support their riders. We encourage riders of all levels and ages to come along and have a try.
You may decide to just participate at a club level, or for the more adventurous there is the ability to race at open level meetings and championship events Australia wide. The choice is yours.
Here's what our Members have to say about BMX
"I like racing with my friends" - Jonty W. 7 years old
"I like my mini-wheeler, i go, zooom past everyone" - Eli M. 4 years Old
"Its a great for my fitness and it's also now a family activity with both kids and myself all racing." - Ben S.
"BMX has typically been seen as a sport for boys, but now there are more and more girls getting involved in the sport. I'm really enjoying racing with so many other teen girls" - Shallan P. 15 Years Old
What happens in racing?
What’s the aim of the racer?
The aim in a race is to complete the BMX track ahead of the other 7 riders in the same race.
What is a race?
Each race is started with a group of 8 or less riders, generally all matched by age or ability. They will place their front wheels against the start gate.
When the starters call is finished & the green light comes on, the start gate is automatically dropped to begin the race.
Qualifying races are known as motos, and are conducted to determine which eight competitors will compete in a finals race. There are usually 3 motos and a final in a race meeting, however sometimes there are semi finals as well.
What is a BMX Track?
There is no one design for a BMX track. In fact, every track is different in some way, making each track a new challenge for riders. The surfaces of track can also be different. This gives each club its own individual track.
Each track must have an eight lane start gate, jumps and bermed turns to be suitable to host BMX events.
Some tracks also offer larger hiss and "pro straights" to challenge elite riders.
Mini Wheelers are youngsters who aren't ready or confident on a pedal bike. They are able to race, usually the last two sections of a BMX Track, on a balance bike. This is a great introduction to BMX. We encourage youngsters to get out there and have fun rolling over the jumps and crossing the line.