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Getting Started

 

This page is intended as a  guide to "what steps to take" to get going in the awesome sport of BMX racing. If you want to know specifics about what type of bike to buy, where to buy safety gear, what things cost etc, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info. Take a look also at our article How does BMX racing work?


Want to get started in BMX racing? Follow these steps;

  • Contact a club and find out when their club night races are held
    This will give you an idea of when you can ride competitively. Waitakere BMX races on Friday nights, rider registration starts at 6pm, racing starts normally around 6:45pm. Richard Fox is the guy to contact at Waitakere BMX - call him on 021 478 663, or email him at . The BMX racing season in NZ runs from Sept through till May (with some movement either side of those dates sometimes).
     
  • Go to your nearest track and watch a club night race meeting
    Being at a club night race meeting will give you an idea of whether or not you think BMX is for you. Ask questions while you're there, BMX people are helpful. If you're checking this all out for your son or daughter, it's worth noting that many kids really like riding the tracks, but the competitive nature of the racing is not necessarily for them. Take your son or daughter with you to see if they like the look of the racing itself.
     
  • If you've got a BMX bike, get to the track and ride around slowly. Wear your safety gear.
    Most of the tracks in New Zealand are open to the public at any time that they are not being used by the clubs. PLEASE wear a helmet, gloves and cover your skin with a long sleeved top and long pants. If you have elbow and knee or shin pads, wear them. Lace up foot wear is also a great idea. Want some riding tips? - we've got some basic tips coming soon.
     
  • If you don't have a BMX bike, speak to your local club about whether or not they hire them
    If you don't have a BMX bike, we strongly recommend against rushing out and buying one without trying a few bikes first. Often the local BMX clubs will have hire bikes, or riders who are happy to lend you their bikes for a ride (but remember that for some riders, their bike is their pride and joy, so not everyone will be keen to hand their bike over to a stranger)
     
  • If you're hooked and you want to get into it - don't buy a brand new bike to start with
    Bikes can be very expensive brand new. Often, once you've been riding for a while, your taste for a particular type of bike changes. It's worth looking at Trade Me as an option to start with - there are always BMX race bikes available at great prices. Ask for help from some one from your local club - don't rush out and buy a bike without getting some advice.
     
  • So you're ready to go and do your first race meeting?
    You might have bought a bike by this stage, but if you haven't, you should speak to your local club about whether or not you can hire or borrow one for your first three meetings. Here at Waitakere BMX (and most NZ clubs) you get your first three nights racing for free! This gives you the chance to see if you like it before you decide to get serious about it.
     
  • Now get out there and have fun!