Beginners Corner

Here you'll find the most Frequently Asked Questions About BMX Racing In Torrington.

  1. How do I go about getting involved with racing?
  2. What Is USABMX?
  3. What Does It Cost To Race?
  4. What Is a Race and How Are They Run?
  5. What are Classifications?
  6. Do you have any Riding Tips For The New Rider?
  7. for USA BMX's New Rider Manual


  1. How do I go about getting involved with racing?
    The track is open to the general public whenever there is not a scheduled event. Get to the track and try it out. Be advised that you always ride the track at your own risk. There are only a few things that we ask:

    - Never ride the track without a helmet on.
    - Always go in one direction only.
    - Do not use foul language.
    - We recommend that long pants and a shirt with sleeves be worn.

    To race on race days you must join the USABMX. This is easily done and takes about 20 minutes. There are forms to fill out the day you first register with USABMX. Bring a copy of your birth certificate. A legal guardian must sign your USABMX registration. Both the birth certificate and the registration forms will be forwarded to the USABMX office with your registration fee. (See cost information below). You may race the same day that you fill out the paperwork.

  1. What Is USABMX?
    USABMX is the sanctioning body for the entire program. We abide by their rules and regulations. All riders participating in our program, must be members of the USABMX. A membership allows you to race at any USABMX sanctioned track in the USA and Canada (over 350 and growing). It also provides you with secondary medical insurance, qualified officiating, national and state point standings, a subscription to a monthly magazine, a list of tracks and schedules along with a membership card.

  2. What Does It Cost To Race?
    USA BMX Membership Pricing as of April 1st 2020
    Balance Bike & 30 Day Trial Membership
    Balance Bike Upgrade to Full Member & Trial Conversion to Full Member $30

    First Family Member $60
    Second Family Member $55
    Third Family Member $50

    There is a race day entry fee payable at time of registration for that particular race. It's $10.00 for the day.

    For special races there are special entry fees. See our schedule for details.

  3. What Is a Race and How Are They Run?
    REGISTRATION: If you already have a USABMX license, present it to the person at the first registration window. Payment is made at the second window. You must register for the days race before 11:30 a.m. Any later than that and we cannot guarantee your entry for the 12:00 p.m. race. You may call in your registration (860-626-1BMX) starting at 10:00 a.m. on race days. (Do not leave entry information on the answering machine).

    MOTO BOARDS: The motos are your races. They will be run as three rounds plus main events. The moto boards are where the moto sheets are “posted”. The moto sheets are the written forms with all the information about your class that day. This includes your race number or “moto number” and your gate position for each of your motos. Motos are posted between 11:45 a.m. and 11:55 a.m. (hopefully)

    PRACTICE: Gate practice starts approximately at 10:00 a.m. on race days and continues until about 11:40 p.m. You may show up at any time within that time window to take practice. Full USABMX required gear must be worn during all race day activities.

    THE RACE: After the posting of the motos, the first 15 are called to the starting hill at 11:55 p.m.. Each moto is run one after the other. When one moto is crossing the finish line, another has already left the starting gate. With an average of 30 motos plus main events, the running of the race takes about 2 hours.

    FINISHING POSITION:The USABMX recommended transfer system will be employed for most of the 2014 season. In classes with four or more riders, the motos will be strictly for the purpose of transferring into the main events. No points are awarded in the motos. In each of the three rounds of motos, riders will not run their next moto if they become qualified by their finishing position in the previous round of motos. Example: 6 riders in a class; 1st round of motos the top rider of the six becomes qualified. 2nd round the top two riders of the five become qualified. 3rd round the top two riders of the remaining three become qualified and the main event will be made up of the five qualified riders. If there are only three riders in a class, they will only run motos and will earn points based on their finishes in the three rounds. Foothills BMX reserves the right to run "Total Points" races on any particular race day. The track announcer will state which USABMX approved system will be employed for that days race.

  4. What are Classifications?
    20” wheels maximum size.

    Most new riders start off in the NOVICE Class. Each NOVICE is grouped in the motos with other NOVICES of the same age. To become classified as a INTERMEDIATE, a NOVICE must have accumulated ten wins. Any NOVICE who voluntarily competes in an INTERMEDIATE class prior to attaining ten wins, will now be classified as an INTERMEDIATE and can no longer race in the NOVICE class.

    A INTERMEDIATE becomes an EXPERT when he accumulates 20 wins as an INTERMEDIATE.

    The above classifications apply to boys classes only.

  5. In Girls classes all new female riders have the option to compete in the NOVICE class (Male and Female). Any female Novice that voluntarily competes in a Girl class at a National or any other race will be considered a Girl in proficiency and from that moment on will be required to race in the Girls class at all events. There are also classes for CRUISERS. These are 24 or 26-inch bicycles. A CRUISER license is included in your membership.

    If there are not enough riders registered to make a class in a particular age group, the clerk will combine them with the closest age group according to the USABMX rules.

  6. Riding Tips For The New Rider
    If you are new on the track, you’ll probably make a few mistakes. Don’t worry about it. Just use these general guidelines to help you avoid some of the most common errors.

    Don’t Get Scared If this is your first race, you’ll probably feel like you’re not too sure what you are doing. You may think that everybody has a better bike than you. You may have a hundred other doubts as well. Just relax. Remember that everybody else in your moto will be a Rookie too. You’re all in the same boat.
    Gate Start The basic one-pedal start is all you need to know to get going. Put your bike straight in the gate, set your pedals so that your starting pedal (strongest) is a little above level. Lean back a little and watch the lights. When the green light comes on, throw your weight forward and push down the pedal. Give a medium hard first pedal, a real hard second pedal and you’re off.
    Don’t Get Carried Away Just because Ernie the Expert is jumping the whoops on the last straight doesn’t mean you have to try them. Don’t push yourself beyond your capabilities.
    Pedal All You Can Coast only in places where pedaling will cause you to lose control, like in a drop off or on the tight curves where you might lean far enough over that a pedal snags on the ground.
    If You Coast, Keep Your Feet On The Pedals If you lift them off for any reason you will spend valuable time getting them back on again.
    Use Your Brakes As Little As Possible Be sure to use them just enough to stay in control of your bike. Taking the lead won’t matter much if you wipe out later in the race.
    Don’t Do Tricks During a Race One fancy wheelie could easily cost you the lead, or worse, take yourself out of the moto.
    Don’t Get Discouraged Especially the first few times out. In fact, don’t get discouraged at all. BMX is just for fun. If you win, great, if you don’t, no big deal. Every rider out there is in a learning process.