Here you'll find the most Frequently Asked Questions
About BMX Racing In Torrington.
- How do I go about
getting involved with racing?
- What Is USABMX?
- What Does It Cost To Race?
- What Is a Race and How Are They Run?
- What are Classifications?
- Do you have any Riding Tips For The
USA BMX's New Rider Manual
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
- 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
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
- What Is
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.
Does It Cost To Race?
a Race and How Are They Run?
All riders must be a member of USABMX to
race at Foothills BMX. The cost is $45.00 per year
for the first family member, $40.00 for the second
and $35 for the third and any additional family members.
There is a Trail membership for only $25.00 for anyone
unsure if they want to continue. If you chose to stay
simply pay an additional $25.00 for a full membership.
NEWS UPDATE EFFECTIVE
APRIL 1st, 2013
As of April 1st, USA BMX
will be eliminating the need for separate memberships
for class and cruiser. The new USA BMX membership
will work for both bikes. Prior to April 1st, it was
necessary to purchase two memberships; $45 for a 20
inch membership and then $35 for a cruiser membership.
The new membership will allow all USA BMX members
to participate in both class and cruiser with the
purchase of one $60 annual membership.
As of April 1st, all current
members will be able to race in both class and cruiser
regardless of the current membership they hold;
class and cruiser, cruiser only or class only. If
a rider has both a class and cruiser membership,
their new combined membership will have an expiration
from the greater of the two. For example, if a rider
has a class membership which expires May 1, 2013
and a cruiser membership which expires January 11,
2014, the riders new combined membership for both
bikes will expire January 11, 2014. Any rider expiring from April
1st forward will renew at the new member pricing
of $60 and receive the same benefits of racing both
class and cruiser.
USA BMX Membership Pricing
as of April 1st 2013
Strider & 30 Day Trial Membership $30
Strider Upgrade to Full Member & Trial Conversion
to Full Member
First Family Member $60
Second Family Member $55
Third Family Member $50
Pro (Vet and A Pro Only) $70
There is a race day entry fee payable at time
of registration for that particular race. It's $10.00
for the day if your racing for an award (trophy,
Nutmeg trader, USABMX saver stamps), or $6.00 for
a ribbon award.
For special races there are special entry fees.
See our schedule for details.
REGISTRATION: If you already have a USABMX license,
present it, along with your entry fee, to the person
at the registration window. Be sure to inform her
of your age on the day of the race. You must register
for the days race before 11:00 p.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 9:30 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 at approximately
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.
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 is leaving the starting gate.
With an average of 50 motos plus main events, the
running of the race takes about 3 hours. (About the
same time as a little league baseball game).
FINISHING POSITION:The USABMX Recommended transfer
system will be employed for the 2012 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.
- What are
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.
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
eight wins. Any NOVICE who voluntarily competes in
an INTERMEDIATE class prior to attaining eight wins,
will now be classified as an INTERMEDIATE and can
no longer race in the NOVICE class.
becomes an EXPERT
when he accumulates 25 wins as an INTERMEDIATE.
The above classifications apply to boys classes only.
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.
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.
||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.
||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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do Tricks During a Race
||One fancy wheelie could easily cost you the
lead, or worse, take yourself out of the moto.
||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