BMX racing started in the early 1970s when the cool kids began racing their bicycles on dirt tracks in southern California, drawing inspiration from the motocross superstars of the time. The 1972 motorcycle racing documentary On Any Sunday is generally credited with inspiring the movement nationally in the US; its opening scene shows kids riding their Sting-Ray bikes off-road. The sport was a phenomenon by the mid-1970s and soon achieved critical mass with manufacturers creating bicycles designed specifically for the sport.

By the early 1980′s the sport spread across the Atlantic and took off in the UK, Europe and of course Ireland. BMX racing in Ireland had a huge following during the mid to late 80′s with National Series races having more than 400 riders, a number we expect to reach again in the coming years. 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.

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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