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 other breaking news can be found on our facebook page
Beginners are always welcome.
There are three sessions every Saturday and Sunday:
• 9:00 – 10:00am – Novices
• 10:00 – 11:30am – Intermediates
• 11:30 – 1:00pm – Experts
Each group will be run by a trained and qualified British Cycling coach. Riders should arrive 10-15 minutes before each session.
Pre Booking is required to guarantee a place. We are using the Spond app to manage bookings – please see sign up instructions here. You will receive invites within the app to relevant training sessions and can book on and pay for them there.
If you are unable to book on in the app in time, and if there is space on the day we are able to accept payment by card or cash trackside.
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 targeted support where it most needed.
Limited club bikes are handed out by club representatives. 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
All riders must wear:
- Full length trousers
- Long sleeve tops
- Full face helmet
- Knee and Shin Pads
- Elbow Pads
- Body Armour
All riders and parents follow our code of conduct:
Annual club membership:
- £22 for under 16’s
- £27 for 16+ (employed adults)
- £25 students or unemployed 16+
We also ask that members or guardians sign a consent form for taking and usage of photos and videos.
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 has a women’s only session which takes place with Coach Silvi. The club also has a Wingz section. Wingz is a disability-inclusive cycling project for children with SEND.
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:
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.
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.