BMX racing, or Bicycle Motocross, is a cycling discipline that started in the early 1970s, and which saw another boom in the 1980s when bike manufacturers came on board to produce complete bikes. As a sport it has two distinct genres - racing and freestyle. As a sport it evolved as a stepping stone for children to move into motocross, before becoming a sport in its own right. Fitting with its roots BMX serves as an ideal starting point for young riders to get involved in the sport of cycling. 

The bikes themselves are typically based around 20cm wheels, although other wheel sizes can be found on race bikes. They feature a rigid (often aluminium) frame and fork, alongside high-rise handlebars and a single cassette gear - making them robust and relatively easy to maintain. 

BMX racing today is held on specially designed tracks,  over jumps and around banked berms such as the Ratoath Track in Co. Meath. Typical tracks are 350m to 400m long and races are sprints between 8 riders that last about 40 seconds.


In  2008 BMX racing became an 
Olympic Medal Event , it has since become one of the most popular and the most exciting addition to the Olympic movement. BMX Racing provides a safe and challenging sport for male and female alike. Events cater for riders from under 6 to over 40 years old. It’s clean, exciting, adrenaline fuelled fun that whole families can get involved in whether as a racer, spectator or track volunteer. BMX racing has something to offer everyone.

BMX Ireland run a National Series each year as well as the once a year All Ireland Championships. Various BMX clubs also run races throughout the year.


BMX NATIONALS PROMO 2017 by cabrinha122

For those young riders still developing their biking skills there are strider races for the under 6s.

For more information on the sport, all the latest news and results plus when and where to race please visit the
BMX Ireland web site through the link below.

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