- Q?Do I need a license to race?
Yes, you do need a license and the details are as follows:
One Day — FREE
This is a one time membership for one race or practice only.
Temporary — $30
A 30 day trial membership. No points are awarded. Can be upgraded to a full membership for an additional $35.
Full — $65
Valid for one full year at any BMX CANADA or USA BMX sanctioned track. Points are awarded. Full members will receive a membership card and a subscription to BMXer magazine.
Valid for one full year at any BMX CANADA or USA BMX Track. Points are awarded. This licence is for trikers, half trackers and run bikes. Can be upgraded to a full membership for an additional $30 at any time.
All the benefits above including special access to the gold members line at National races and monthly race reports will be mailed to your address. Membership applications are available at the track or you can click here to fill in a form before you arrive at the track. The memberships can processed through the track by a cheque made payable to Pemberton BMX or by cash. If you choose to use a credit card, it will be processed through USA BMX and charged in US funds.
- Q?What are the race fees?
Race fees are as follows, with different pricing for special races:
Single Point Races – $7 per person
Single Point Races – $5 with pre-purchase of Punch Card (5 or more races)
Single Point Races – Family rate $20 for 3 or more family members.
Strider / ½ Track:
Single Point Races – $3 per person
Single Point Races – $2 with pre-purchase of Punch Card (5 or more races)
Pre-Registration will be available for Punch Card holders only. (No line up required at the track).
Olympic Day – $Free (single points)
Race for Life – $15 (single or double points)
Provincial Qualifier – $15 (double points)
Scholarship Race – $10 (single points)
Earned Doubles – $15 (double points)
Provincial Final – $30 (triple points)
- Q?What equipment do I need?
Any bike will do to get you started. To race in the Novice BMX class you will need a bike with 20″ diameter wheels or less. If your wheels are bigger than 20″ you will need to race in the Cruiser class which is a combination of all ability levels.
For every race or practice you need to make sure of the following:
- All bolts are tight – especially the axle bolts.
- All axle ends may not exceed 1/4″ past the axle nut.
- Remove all reflectors/brackets for safety purposes.
- If your bike has a kickstand it must be removed for safety purposes.
- If your bike has any freestyle axle pegs they must be removed for safety purposes.
- Your bike must have a working brake system (either coaster or hand).
- Your handle bars must have grips that must cover/enclose the entire opening on the ends and must not exceed 30″ in width.
- Q?What should I wear?
Clothing and Safety Equipment
- A long sleeve shirt is required. Short sleeves with arm protection can be used if approved by the track operator.
- Long pants are required. Loose fitting shorts can be used with a one-piece knee and shin guard with a rigid surface. There must be no exposed skin above the knee or below the shin guard extending to above the ankle. The shorts must have at least 3″ of doubled up excess material.
- A helmet with permanent straps. (Full face helmets are strongly recommended.)
- Any enclosed shoe that protects the feet.
- Q?What do all the categories and classes mean?
Your age category is based on your age as of December 31st of the year you are racing in. For example, if your birthday is September 5 and you will be 12, you will race as a 12 year old right from January 1st to December 31 of that year.
Striders, Run Bikers and Half Trackers
The striders either start on the last feature before the last turn and race on the track until the finish or they will start on the small hill in the infield and race on the dedicated rhythm section. Racers are divided into age categories:
2 and under
3 years old
4 years old
5 years old
This is where most boy and girl racers start. This category is for 20″ diameter wheel bikes and less. 25 district points awarded for a single point win. Racers are divided into age categories starting from ages 5 and under.
Once a boy has had 8 Novice wins or 5 Novice National wins, they are required to move up to the Intermediate category. Novice riders can move up to Intermediate at any time before the required number of wins. 50 district points awarded for a single point win.
Once an boy rider has 25 Intermediate wins or 5 National wins, they are required to move up to the Expert class. It is the top category for amateur riders. Intermediate riders can move up to Expert at any time before the required number of wins. 100 district points awarded for a single point win.
Girls can start out in this category or advance into it once they achieve 8 novice wins or 5 national wins.
Cruiser class is for bikes with a 24″ diameter wheel or larger. The cruiser class is for all abilities, Novice, Intermediate and Expert.
Girl Cruiser is for the female riders on a 24″ diameter wheel or larger bike.
NOTE: Girls will move into the boys category if a legal class (3 riders) cannot be formed with girls alone. Categories will combine to make legal classes so your 5 year old may have to race 6 year olds, etc…
- Q?How can I help out at the track?
Volunteers are an integral part of Pemberton BMX and the track cannot operate and run races without help. Please let us know if you’re interested in volunteering and we can offer guidance and training on the positions that we need filled.
Below is a list and description of the various volunteer roles we need at every race:
This requires 2-3 people to set riders up for the race. These people need to record riders as they arrive, collect fees and process new or temporary memberships.
The stager is responsible for organizing the riders so they are ready to get on the gate when it is time for their moto to race. Calling out riders’ name and lane are usually required.
This position operates the gate and is required to understand the safety features of the gate, be aware of riders on the gate and/or track at all times.
This person needs to be comfortable speaking on a microphone and ‘calling’ each race to add to the excitement.
This person records the riders in order as they cross the finish line. Once racing is completed, the results need to be reported for record purposes.
On Track/Corner Officials
Depending on the size of the event, this could require 3-4 people. These are the positions that watch for infractions to the basic rules of racing and report to the head official if required. More importantly, these positions ensure the safety on the track.
Set-up and take down goes much faster with more hands. Those helping with set up will need to set up the gate, table, P.A. system, clear the track of any rocks and water if necessary. Take down is just helping put it all away and locking the doors.
One person is required and should have first-aid training. A first-aid kit is available at the race shack.
To help raise funds for the track we offer hot dogs for sale, if volunteers are limited this is always the first thing we have to sacrifice.