Brixton BMX Club is a friendly community of riders, supporters and enthusiasts with a shared passion for BMX racing. Our track is Brockwell Park BMX track in London and is open every day. Drop by a training session in the morning on weekends, chat to us on social media or send us an email.
Brixton BMX Club was established by Ken Floyde in 1981 following the Brixton riots. After seeing a BMX demo race at the Earls Court Motorcycle show, Ken had the vision to start a club which aimed to support the disenfranchised and disadvantaged youths of Brixton. Over the last 40 years, Ken has been influential to several of the UK’s most successful racers including Charlie Reynolds in the 1980s, and the Whyte and Isidore brothers who race with team GB today. BMX became an organised sport governed by British Cycling in the early 1980s. Today there are over 100 affiliated BMX clubs in the UK alone while BMX racing has been an Olympic sport since 2008.
Some of our riders compete in competitions all across the UK.
Newcomers of all age ranges and abilities are always welcome to come along to our coaching sessions.
The club is raising funds for track maintenance, fencing and more bikes and storage. We are also aiming to add more bikes and helmets.
Are you looking for a good grass roots community group to support or sponsor? Are you able to make a donation? Do you know of an individual or organisation which might be able to help? Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
We run club sessions in Brockwell Park in South London on weekends, see the Coaching & Racing page. We are a volunteer-led organisation and welcome new riders and volunteers to join our community at the BMX club.
We recommend buying BMX jerseys a size bigger to allow for body armour and pads to be worn comfortably underneath.
Coaching & Racing
Our coaches are British Cycling (BC) qualified and help riders of all ages and skill levels. Not all of our riders race, many are still learning the skills required.
News about extra sessions we hold in holidays and breaking news can be found on our facebook page
Beginners are always welcome.
Brixton BMX Club is now resuming its training sessions at the Brockwell Park track on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
No Pre Booking required.
Through lockdown and the pandemic Brixton BMX club has welcomed many new riders at its track in Brockwell park. This spike in interest has been felt with many attending their first club training sessions and also signing up for club membership.
If you are making payment for sessions or membership: Online preferred. Please enter riders name in the reference field. AC#: 23041768 SC: 30 92 89. We also use a card reader to pay on the day. Cash accepted if needed.
Session timings There are three sessions:
• 9 – 10:30am – Experts
• 10:30 – 12am – Intermediates
• 12-1pm – Novices
Guidelines Each group will be run by one coach. Novice riders should preferably book for the 12-1pm session. Riders should arrive 10-15 minutes before each session.
Interactions between groups at the track should be minimised. Once finished, riders are advised to leave the track to limit the numbers of people on site.
Any riders with pre-existing medical conditions such hay fever or asthma, which are not connected to COVID -19 or the isolation period, should let us know when they secure a place in the coaching sessions.
Club bikes Brixton BMX club is a community club and it serves to support children, including those without bikes, to ride and race BMX. The club can lend out bikes however, those that can access bikes and equipment are encouraged to use their own. This helps the club to provide support where it most needed.
Limited club bikes are handed out by club representatives wearing gloves and wiped down with anti-viral wipes after sessions to minimise the risk of virus transmission. Riders should preferably bring their own gloves, pads and full-face helmets. These can be purchased online or from local bicycle shops. The club can lend out limited safety gear too if required.
Cost per session:
£7 for non-members
£5 for members
Riders must wear:
Full length trousers
Long sleeve tops
Full face helmet
also recommended: Knee & shin, elbow pads or body armour
Brixton BMX club works with a number of British Cycling qualified coaches to give riders a broad range of coaching input, helping them to improve their riding. The club also has a Wingz section. Wingz is a disability-inclusive cycling project.
Racing at the Brockwell Park BMX track
Pre-pandemic, we occasionally hold race events at our Brockwell Park BMX track. These have included hosting the BMX event for The London Youth Games, the London Series BMX races and our own club races, which are aimed at those new to racing.
More information and dates of the different race series that we participate in as a club:
BMX racing is an exciting and extreme sport, but it can be dangerous so you need to follow the safety rules.
Replace any worn or broken equipment on your bike before riding.
Always wear your safety equipment while riding the race track.
Be aware of other riders around you on the track.
Always ride the correct way round the track.
Take your time and do not attempt difficult jumps until you feel ready.
Leave your riding area clean and tidy.
Like all sports, practice and training to become a competent rider takes time. Our club can give you all the training, advice and encouragement you need to get you started.
The National governing body for BMX racing in the UK is British Cycling. They host the BCBMX National Series at various tracks around the country and also the annual British BMX Championships. BMX racing in the UK is a family sport that is open to all ages (The National BMX Series has 28 age-group categories!).
BMX races are held on an off-road track, typically around 300-400 metres in length, with a maximum of 8 riders in a race. The start gate is usually on a slope descending into a series of jumps and banked turns (Berms). Races (Motos) last for one lap, first across the line wins!
Most areas of the country hold Regional races, where a rider can enter as a beginner in a Novice class and work his or her way up to Expert when they feel they have gained enough experience. Clubs also run Local races with the same structure. A big plus for those new to the sport in the Novice classes, is getting the opportunity to win a trophy at every race!
Always take things slowly at first, walk the track without your bike to get a close look at the layout of the jumps and berms. Watch how the experienced riders take the jumps, berms and lines around the track. Use club practice/training and track sessions to gain knowledge of the track and give you more confidence.
The start is the most important part of a BMX race and you need to practice the gate sequence and timing. If you get a bad start you will find it harder, and have to fight your way up through the pack. Most top rider’s work on their starts more than any other aspect of racing.
Remember that there is a gradual progression when starting BMX racing, and getting too No.1 is not going to happen overnight.
For all newcomers to the sport. Here’s some (hopefully) useful links and tips. If you have further questions we’ll be happy to answer them; drop by to training session, chat to us on social media or drop us an email.
We have a limited number of club bikes and protective gear available, so even if you don’t have appropriate bike, full face helmet or protective gear, we can probably sort you out.