BMX racing takes place across the country and are well attended by Hayes Hawks members so whether you are a beginner or a seasoned competitor you’ll find racing with us gives you a great support network.
To race you need to have a race number which you obtain through British Cycling (you can pick up an application form at the club). Once you have your British Cycling Licence number you use the last 3 digits as your race number. You can also loan or buy a race plate at Hawks.
You can pre-register or register on the day for most races. Once you have signed up at the administration area on the day and paid you can then practice. Typically you get approximately 1-1.5 hours of practice time. Once practice time finishes the officials will put up pre-race sheets. It is your responsibility to check these sheets to ensure you are in the correct age section and race e.g. novice, expert etc.
After the pre-sheets have gone up and any discrepancies have been sorted, the organisers will then put up the moto sheets. These sheets give your name and the 3 races (motos) that you will be in. Typically you will see something like this Novice (age group), your name and then a list of 3 different numbers e.g. 3:2, 25:5, 40:6. This means you are in race 3 gate 2, race 25 gate 5 and race 40 gate 6. There are 8 gates (8 riders) in each race and the races move quickly so you must always keep an eye and are ready for your next race! They don’t hold racing up for you so don’t miss your moto!
Each rider will have 3 races (motos) and your points will be added up – if you are in the first 4 across the finishing line in each race you will go through to the next round. This could be a quarter or a semi depending on how many riders there are on the day. Once all qualifying motos have been finished new sheets will go up detailing your semi/final races and again you must check and be ready for these.
Don’t worry if this all sounds a bit daunting, there are always plenty of people around on the day and you’ll find many people are only too happy to help.
We are affiliated to British Cycling, who are the governing body for racing in the UK and form part of the Southern BMX Region
There are numerous levels of racing and age groups – typically you will find the following:-
7 years and under, 8-9 years, 10-11 years, 13-14 years, 14 years and over
By single age group
6 & Under,7 years, 8 years, 9 years, 10 years, 11 years, 12 years, 13 years, 14 years , 15 years, 16 years, 17-29 years, 30-39 years, 40+ years
7&Under, then double age groups up to 16 Plus.
Payback: Money Payback for riders 16& over
Various age groups from 12& Under right up to 45 & Over, plus Ladies.