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1 May 2017
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Bmx - Ready To Race

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Posted By Eileen N.

Finding a track is what a potential rider needs to do in order to race. Local bike shops may have information on where the nearest track is. The websites of the National Bicycle League (NBL) or American Bicycle Association (ABA) can also provide you with information so you may want to visit them. In the BMX racing, these are the sanctioning bodies. Insurance and advice to local tracks are what they provide. If you don't have other insurance and got hurt on the track during a race, you'll have some medical insurance as an NBL or ABA member.

To give permission for the child to race, a guardian or parent must accompany the rider. A birth certificate must be shown as proof of age. For a racing license, most tracks charge $15-35 and these licenses are good for a year. There is also an entry fee for each race, which is usually between $6 and $10.

For your first visit to a particular track, get there about two hours before the first race starts. Sign up once you found the trailer or registration tent.

What you can also do is walk around the track. Familiarize yourself and remember where the jumps are. The next thing you have to do is get some practice. Put your helmet and other gear on and follow the others to the starting gate. Watching what they're doing and where they're going is a good idea. When it comes to beginners, they should put their front wheel against the starting gate and keep one foot on the ground and the other on a pedal. When the gate drops, start pedaling. Until you feel comfortable, go slow the first few times.

After practice, the races will be posted. The people at the registration will be the ones to tell you how the race works and where your race will be posted. You will be in a group or "moto" with other riders about your age. You can line with them in the staging area. When your group is called, go up and race! It will be over after it happens 3-4 times, but it depends on the system the track uses. You might get a trophy if you win. But you'll still have fun even if you don't.

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