USA BMX HAS OPENED A SUMMER RACING SERIES FOR MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDERS (UPDATED, MAY 8TH)

Mountain bikers can now race on hundreds of BMX tracks in America and Canada

USA BMX and BMX Canada have launched five new classes for mountain bikes. Having started on Monday, May 1st, these classes are now available at sanctioned BMX tracks across the U.S. & Canada in a summer series for mountain bikes.

Here is a link to the USA BMX website to find the tracks near you:  Tracks

The five classes include an all-inclusive MTB Dirt Jumper class and four age-category classes for traditional MTBs. The series will point and rank riders from May 1st to August 31st in 2023. The classifications will follow the popular USA BMX district points, and riders will accumulate points towards their assigned district at each race they participate in. There will be a special award for the winner in each district for both the Dirt Jumper and Mountain Bike categories.

During the week of April 22nd-29th, 2023, USA BMX tracks were encouraged to host an open house specifically for MTB riders.

Craig “Gork” Barrett at USA BMX  told us that the program is off to a good start. He estimated that 30 to 40 new riders showed up at many of the tracks on the first night of the program. Gork went on to tell us: “I spoke with Jacob – our TO [track operator] at the Hardesty BMX Stadium (at the HQ) and they’ve had one of the more successful MTB debuts, with 60 MTB’ers coming out for the initial “open house” and then averaged anywhere from 15 to 30 racers on the Thursday night races. ”

USA BMX had this to say about the announcement: “We are excited to launch this programming and gain feedback to create the highest quality programming for BMX tracks regardless of the wheel size! We continue to look for opportunities within the sport of BMX that allow for additional utilization of BMX tracks. The demand for usage by Mountain Bikes has hit tracks nationwide, and we are happy to welcome new families to the track.”

USA BMX & BMX Canada have created 5 new classes for Mountain Bikes. These categories will be
available nationwide at sanctioned USA BMX races.

The series will point and rank riders from May 1st to August 31st in 2023.

The classifications will follow the popular USA BMX district points and riders will accumulate points towards their assigned district at each event they participate in. There will be a special award for the series winner in each of the districts for both the Dirt Jumper category and the Mountain Bike category.

The Length of the Summer Series:

Riders will earn points from May 1st to August 31, 2023, in either the DJ Class or
the MTB Class. The number 1 rider in each district will receive an award.

Race Length
Riders will race from the starting gate with the cadence and gate drop. The race will be a start-to-finish on the track with no laps.

Equipment
All wheel sizes are allowed, but all of the mountain bikes must have a suspension front fork.  The Dirt Jumper “DJ” class is limited to hardtail bikes with a wheel size of less than 27.

 

Here Are the Five Mountain Bike Classes:

Genderless, Ageless, DJ (Dirt Jumper) Class

Genderless, 36 & Over, MTB Class

Genderless, 18-35, MTB Class

Genderless, 13-17,  MTB Class

Genderless, 12 & Under, MTB class

 

Points
Points are awarded based on the USA BMX
novice district points table for single point
racing. A rider may race in any district. Points
will accumulate in the rider’s home district.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I race laps?
No lap racing for the pointed races. We know of many tracks
that offer non-pointed open classes for MTB riders that race
laps and this is still acceptable for those races not incurring
points.

Can I wear shorts?
Yes. Loose-fitting short pants made of tear-resistant material
are permitted when used in combination with knee/shin pads.
All combinations of knee/shin pads are subject to the approval
of the Sanction and/or Track Operator.

Can I race in the regular BMX cruiser class?
Yes. Just as MTB riders have for many years, this does not
change that ability but rather gives exclusive opportunity to
race only MTB’s against MTB riders.

What happens after the summer series?
USA BMX will continue to develop additional ranking opportunities for
MTB riders. Riders wishing to continue on their MTB can race in the
cruiser class or the newly formed classes. The summer series is a
pilot program to allow tracks the opportunity to provide feedback for
future programming.

What membership do I purchase?
A regular USA BMX membership. Every rider practicing or competing
on any sanctioned track must obtain a membership prior to riding on
the track. [We contacted USA BMX to find out more about the cost, and got back this info: “Participants must purchase an annual membership ($80), and the racing fees vary from track to track, typically between $7 and $15 with an average of $10 or so.”]

Can I ride my MTB prior to May 1st?
Yes. Keep in mind a track has always been allowed to host MTB
riders but you simply choose to race in the novice, or cruiser class with
the mountain bike.

Will there be MTB classes offered at Nationals?
No. This program is being piloted at non-ranking series events

 

Here is the official announcement from USA BMX, copied and shared with their permission:

 

 

 

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