Coaching & Racing

All our coaches are British Cycling (BC) qualified to help riders of all ages and skill levels. Not all of our riders race, many are still learning the skills required. 

Beginners are always welcome.

Brixton BMX Club is now resuming its training sessions at the Brockwell Park track on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The first sessions were run successfully on the mornings of the 27th and 28th June 2020



The track has been very busy for free riding since it was reopened earlier in the month.  Many riders not previously familiar with BMX have taken the opportunity to ride the track also. This strong interest has been felt with many new riders attending the first batch of club training sessions which is great to see.

How to book
To participate in a session, riders have to book beforehand. Bookings can be made by emailing Brixton BMX club: brixtonbmxclub@hotmail.com.  Please make sure to email before 5pm on Friday for the following weekend. Given demand levels, it is advisable to book well in advance. Riders will not be able to turn up for a session without prebooking. 

Payment
Paying by bank transfer is safest.  Please let us know who you are paying for by entering their name in the reference field. AC#: 23041768  SC: 30 92 89. 
We can also use a card reader on the day. Cash should only be used if other payment methods are not possible.

Session timings
There are four sessions:

•    9-10am

•    10-11am

•    11-12 midday

•    12-1pm (novices)

Guidelines
Each group will be for a maximum of five riders and run by one coach. Novice riders should preferably book for the 12-1pm session. Riders should ideally arrive 10-15 minutes before each session.

There will be no interactions between groups throughout the session. Once finished, groups are advised to leave the track to limit the numbers of people on site.

Any riders with a pre-existing medical condition 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
The club can lend out bikes. These 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 must bring their own gloves, pads and full-face helmets. These can be purchased online or from local bicycle shops.

Cost per session:  

  • £6 for non-members
  • £4 for members

Riders must wear:

  • Full length trousers
  • Long sleeve tops
  • Gloves
  • Full face helmet
  •  also recommended: Knee & shin, elbow pads or body armour

Annual club membership:

  • £20 for under 16’s 
  • £25 for 16+ (employed adults)
  • £23 students or unemployed 16+

Ask Ken or one of the coaches for a membership form at any track session or email brixtonbmxclub@hotmail.com.

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

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:

Race calendar links

London Series race calendar  

South regional race calendar  2019 

National BMX events 

Safety & rules

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.

Racing

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.