Pan American Games

BMX Cycling

BMX Cycling

BMX Cycling

BMX Cycling is an extreme sport in which athletes face each other in a competition of speed and wheeled agility, both for amateurs and for high-level athletes. There are two types of BMX Cycling: BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle.

 

BMX RACING

This sport is contested by eight cyclists on a track full of jumps, banked turns, berms and obstacles. Athletes wear uniforms that protect their entire body, such as integrated helmets that cover their chin; knee pads, elbow pads, gloves, among others. This is an extreme discipline.
Bicycles are assembled with the tools needed to endure the track’s obstacles. They must be strong enough to withstand the stress of high-intensity racing, but they must also be light and fast so as not to affect the racer’s speed.

 

BMX FREESTYLE

This sport is evaluated by a jury, where the rider performs a routine with various stunts on bikes, obtaining a score according to the complexity of the stunts.

Some details

Eight riders compete on a track filled with jumps, tight bends, berms and obstacles. Athletes wear full-face helmets in this rough-and-tumble discipline. Bikes have one gear and one brake and must be strong enough to withstand the rigors of the course, yet light and fast.

History

BMX is the abbreviation for Bicycle Motocross. It began in 1969, in California, United States, when a young man named Scott Breithaupt decided to use a bicycle on a Motocross track to mimic the skills of his idols in this sport.

Terminology

Starting Gate: Start line of a BMX race.
Berm: A banked corner.
Gate: The start line of a BMX race.
Hole shot: The first rider to take the lead out of the starting gate.
Table top: A jump on the track that is completely flat all the way across, from the lip to the landing.
 

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