As part of the build up to the Olympics this year, SportsCover Direct will be publishing a series of blogs shedding some light on some of the lesser known Olympic sports and showing how you can get involved!
BMX involved 8 cyclists racing across an obstacle course – this could be anything from jumps, tight corners and ramps. The first one to cross the finish line is the winner. These races can be brutal, exciting and all over in under a minute!
Bicycle moto cross or BMX originated at the end of the 1960’s in California with the first BMX world championships being held across the country in Las Vegas in 1982. It is the newest Olympic cycling event having its debut only 8 years ago at Beijing 2008.
Who can play?
Anyone no matter age or ability can go along and have a go at BMX. Clubs and coaches will often run taster sessions for those with no previous experience providing you can of course ride a bike! Often the best BMX riders are sprint athletes with quick reactions and nerves of steel!
Taster sessions at clubs will have bikes that can be used but if you do decide to take up the sport your biggest investment will be just that – a bike. Although not the most expensive bike on the market this will still be a cost in addition to your club fees and any safety equipment such as helmets and pads.
The main two pieces of equipment are a BMX bike and full face helmet. Your club will be able to advise you on which bike and helmet is best for you. Be sure to do your research beforehand as a bike is a large investment.
When do you play?
There are plenty of BMX tracks across the country both indoors and outdoors meaning clubs often run throughout the year.
Building strength – often sprint athletes make good BMX riders. Along with quickening your reaction times and aiding bike control.
Team GB prospects for Rio 2016
If this has inspired, you to give sailing a go then check out the British Cycling website to find your local BMX club and more about the sport!