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 The National Bicycle League?
- 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
- 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
- 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 National
Bicycle League. This is easily done and takes about
20 minutes. There are forms to fill out the day
you first register with the NBL. Bring a copy of
your birth certificate. A legal guardian must sign
your NBL registration. Both the birth certificate
and the registration forms will be forwarded to
the National Bicycle League office with you registration
fee. (See cost information below). You may race
the same day that you fill out the paperwork.
- What Is The National Bicycle
The NBL 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 National Bicycle League. An NBL membership
allows you to race at any NBL sanctioned track in
the USA and Canada (over 130 and growing). It also
provides you with secondary medical insurance, qualified
officiating, national and state point standings, a
subscription to “BMX Today” a monthly
magazine, a list of tracks and schedules along with
a membership card.
- What Does It Cost To
The NBL membership is $50.00 for a one-year period.
There is a 30-day “Trial” program for
anyone unsure about participating. This cost is $30.00.
You simply pay the additional $20.00 if you decide
to become a member at any time during the 30 day period.
Each race day you must pay an entry fee at the time
of registration. If you are racing for the opportunity
to win a trophy, the entry fee at Foothills is $8.00
for a "Regular Race". If you just want race for the
fun of it and earn points only, the entry fee is $5.00.
For the "Bob Warnicke Scholarship Race" its $10.00
and the track will make a donation to the Scholarship
For the "Double Point Races" the entry fee is $15.00
or $8.00 for points only.
NOTE: Be advised that the Double
races are "Pre-Registration Encouraged" and a
fee of $5.00 extra will be charged if you wait till
the day of the race to enter. (State Assoc. Rule).
What Is a Race and How Are They
REGISTRATION: If you already have an NBL 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 12:30 p.m. Any later than
that and we cannot guarantee your entry for the 1:30
p.m. race. You may call in your registration (860-626-1BMX)
starting at 10:00 a.m. on race days. (Do not leave
information on the answering machine).
MOTO BOARDS: The motos are your races. They
will be run as three rounds. 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 three motos. Motos are posted
at approximately 1:15 p.m.
PRACTICE: Gate practice starts approximately
at 11:00 a.m. on race days and continues until about
1:15 p.m. You may show up at any time within that
time window to take practice. Full NBL 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 1:25 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, the running
of the race takes about 2.5 hours. (About the same
time as a little league baseball game).
FINISHING POSITION: To arrive at the finishing
positions for each class, the “Olympic Scoring
System” is applied to each moto. 1 point for
a first place finish, 2 for a second, 3 for a third
etc. The rider with the least number of points for
the three rounds of motos, will be declared the winner.
In case of a tie, the finishing position will be determined
on the basis of the finish in the third round of motos.
(If its a two moto system the second moto is the tie
- What are Classifications?
20” wheels maximum size.
Most new riders start off in the ROOKIE Class. Each
ROOKIE is grouped in the motos with other ROOKIES
of the same age. To become classified as a NOVICE,
a ROOKIE must accumulate 15 overall wins. These wins
must be in classes which had a minimum of three riders
in them on that race day to count towards the 15 win
total. A NOVICE becomes an EXPERT when he accumulates
20 overall wins in his NOVICE career.
There are no proficiency classes for girls. Girl’s
classes are formed simply by age.
There are also classes for CRUISERS. These are 24
or 26-inch bicycles.
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 NBL rules.
- 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.
||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
|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 You Brakes As Little As
||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
||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