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 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 one trained and qualified British Cycling coach. Riders should arrive 10-15 minutes before each session.

Pre Booking is required. We are using RiderHQ to manage bookings. When available, the link for Rider HQ is posted on our facebook page and shared with members in the club’s email newsletters.

Through lockdown and the pandemic Brixton BMX club has welcomed many new riders. This spike in interest has seen many riders attending their first club training sessions and also signing up for club membership. A warm welcome to everyone, we are happy that you are getting involved in this great club.

If you are making payment for sessions or membership:
Online payment is preferred.  Please enter the 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 required.

Interactions between groups at the track should be minimised as much as possible during the pandemic. 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 targeted 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
  • Gloves
  • Full face helmet
  • Also recommended: Knee & shin, elbow pads or body armour

Code of Conduct

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+

Membership form can be dowloaded from this link, or ask Ken or one of the coaches at any track session.

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

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.


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.