How It All Works
MOTOS (INFORMATION & POSTINGS)
Motos are built based on the number of registrations. We use software designed for BMX racing to assemble our motos.
Information sheets are posted prior to the motos being posted.
It is important for every child (parent) to check these information sheets.
You are checking that they are registered for the night's races, riding with the right plate number and in the right age class/category.
Any errors should be reported to the moto shed ASAP before the motos are posted.
Every child (parent) needs to check what motos they are racing in (each rider will race in 3 motos each race night, unless, there is a "main"). A main is a fourth race which occurs when there are 9 or more racers entered in a age/category. It is essentially a race-off of the top 8 competitors in a group. Example: 8 year old novice males... there are 12 riders and only room for 8 in the gate, so 6 riders race together and then the other 6 riders race. After 3 races, the top 8 riders compete in the main. Top 8 riders are determined by their points from their 3 mains. Lowest points determine the top finish. If there is a tie in points, we look back to moto #3 and determine who placed better in that moto.
If your child is in a main, they will race three motos to qualify for the main event. They will race their main at the very end to give them a break.
Ensure that the child(ren) are in staging ready to race.
Encourage your child(ren) to have fun and do well.
A good tip is to bring along a roll of masking tape and a Sharpie marker. Once the motos have been posted write on the masking tape the moto number and lane number for each moto. Example: Your child is in moto 13 and in lane 8. Mark on your paper 13:8.
REL & DQ – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
REL means relegated to last place plus 2 for that moto only, regardless of finish.
DQ means disqualified for the event (evening races)
You can be REL'd or DQ'd for the following:
- Crossing the chalk lines in the corner.
- Intentionally taking another rider down.
- Intentionally running another rider off the track (bike/body contact).
- Plate number does not match finish line sheet.
- Competing in a moto other than your own category.
BMX GOVERNING BODIES
There are many different sanctioning bodies in a layered fashion in the world of BMX. At the top is the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). It is the world governing body for all cycling disciplines. Next is the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) who are sanctioned by the UCI to organize and promote cycling in Canada. Our provincial branch of the CCA is the Alberta Bicycle Association (ABA). The mission of the ABA is to act as the organizing body which promotes all aspects of cycling in Alberta. Last but not least we have the Alberta BMX Association.This is the main workhorse for hosting the Alberta Provincial series, as well as promoting BMX as a strong discipline within the ABA.
Mondays and Thursdays are race nights. Racing begins at 7pm.
Wednesdays are practice nights. Practice begins at 6:30pm for Novice and at 7:30pm for Intermediate & Expert riders.
News regarding Bike Pads and Number Plates:
Although bicycle pads are no longer MANDATORY in Alberta or BC (but recommended) they ARE REQUIRED by law in Ontario and Quebec (as anyone who went to the Canadian Championships can tell you) for Provincial insurance reasons. Also, it is mandatory at all CCA/UCI races (and is being enforced at Provincials also) to have a number plate on your bike during all practices, warm ups and races. Numbers shall meet the required size as per the UCI standard.
There are 3 classes, or level, in Canadian (non-international) BMX - beginner, intermediate and advanced. All new racers start out in beginner. Following 10 race wins (each race being 3 motos and any potential semis and mains) the beginner is upgraded to intermediate. After 25 wins the racer moves from intermediate to expert. After each upgrade it is the racer or racer parent's responsibility to contact the Alberta Bicycle Association for a new license that reflects the correct class.
These wins accumulate for your career and do not start over each season. For girls it is 25 wins to go from Novice to Expert as there is no Intermediate girls class. Racing in the wrong class can result in a season ending suspension. Watch your wins
A win at a local, district, Provincial, National, or any Championship race counts as a win for the purpose of upgrading. It is the rider's responsibility to keep track of their wins. Contact the ABA office or your Track Operator for more details.