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So, you're going to your first BMX race? There are a few facts really worth knowing before you turn up and find yourself asking people

 "What is a moto sheet?" and "Where do I go to pay"?

That's where this page comes to your rescue. All you could think to ask will be answered for you here saving both you

and the race organisers a headache on the day.

First and foremost lets get one thing straight. You absolutely do NOT need to spend £1000 plus on a bike and £££'s on gear to race!!

The minimum needed is a basic B.M.X bike that must have a back brake and NOT have stunt pegs.

Clothing must include full face helmet, long fingered gloves, a long sleeved top and long trousers

(track suit bottoms are not suitable) and THAT'S IT!!

STEP 1

PRE-REGISTER

Possibly one of the most important things on this list.

This requires you to go online and 'register' your child

to that particular clubs registration system.

Both The South region and London Series use

the  British Cycling’s system.

It's a simple matter of filling out info that shouldn't take more than 10 minutes.

Things to do IN ADVANCE of race day

STEP 2

CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION

As soon as possible after

turning up at the track get to registration

and inform them of your arrival.

They will want to know your racers Name,

plate number and D.O.B s DO NOT go without these!!

If you've not already paid then you will also do this now.

Not sure where registration is? Don't worry

It's usually where a large queue of people are forming!

If not - just ask someone, they'll be only too happy to help.

(unless they are another first-timer, but what's the odds!?)

Things to do on race day

STEP 3

AFTER REGISTRATION

After registration closes the PRE-SHEETS will be posted.

These will remain on the boards for approximately 15 minutes.

Check that your racer appears  on this sheet

in the correct race category with the correct information.

(e.g plate number)

STEP 4

MOTO SHEETS

These will be posted and give you a race number

and a pen lane for each of the 3 motos

(races) they take part in.

STEP 5

RACING

When racing starts, make sure that your child gets to his/her pen in plenty of time.

Go with them for their first race

it can be daunting for the uninitiated!

Moto's come around faster than you'd think.

Don't wander off after one of them as their second

(third) one can be mere minutes away.

It's really not always obvious when 'moto 88' (for example) is!!

There's no trackside sign that tells you. And although the commentator will shout out the current race number,

it can be occasional and sometimes inaudible.

Best thing to do is see what races are about 10 before

(Maybe some older guys) and when they come around again,

take your rider up to the pens.

Not perfect but you do eventually get the hang of it!!

Remember you can always ask someone and

chances are they will know enough to help you out.

STEP 6

AFTER THE MOTO'S

After the 3 moto's are all done there will be a break.

During this time the quarter and/or semi final sheets will be posted.

(If your child has a quarter/semi repeat steps 4 and 5)

STEP 7

FINAL SHEETS

You guessed it - more sheets!!

You should know where they will be by now!

 

STEP 8

RESULTS

After racing the results will be published online.

STEP 1 - PRE-REGISTER

So, you're going to your first BMX race?

There are a few facts really worth knowing before you turn up and find yourself asking people

"What is a moto sheet?" and "Where do I go to pay"?

That's where this page comes to your rescue.

All you could think to ask will be answered for you here saving both you and the race organisers a headache on the day.

First and foremost lets get one thing straight.

You absolutely do NOT need to spend £1000 plus on a bike

and £££'s on gear to race!!

The minimum needed is a basic B.M.X bike that must have a back brake and NOT have stunt pegs.

Clothing must include full face helmet, long fingered gloves, a long sleeved top and long trousers

(track suit bottoms are not suitable) and THAT'S IT!!

STEP 2 - CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION

STEP 3 - AFTER REGISTRATION

STEP 4 - MOTO SHEETS

STEP 5 - RACING

STEP 6 - AFTER THE MOTO's

STEP 7 - FINAL SHEETS

STEP 8 - RESULTS

First and foremost lets get one thing straight.

You absolutely do NOT need to spend £1000 plus on a bike

and £££'s on gear to race!!

The minimum needed is a basic B.M.X bike that must have a back brake and NOT have stunt pegs.

Clothing must include full face helmet, long fingered gloves, a long sleeved top and long trousers

(track suit bottoms are not suitable) and THAT'S IT!!

So, you're going to your first BMX race?

There are a few facts really worth knowing

before you turn up and

find yourself asking people

"What is a moto sheet?" and "Where do I go to pay"?

That's where this page comes to your rescue.

All you could think to ask will be answered

for you here saving both you and the

race organisers a headache on the day.

First and foremost lets get one thing straight.

You absolutely do NOT need to spend

£1000plus on a bike and £££'s on gear to race!!

The minimum needed is a basic B.M.X bike that

must have a back brake

and NOT have stunt pegs.

Clothing must include full face helmet,

long fingered gloves, a long sleeved top

and long trousers

(track suit bottoms are not suitable)

and THAT'S IT!!

Things to do IN ADVANCE of race day

STEP 1 - PRE-REGISTER

Possibly one of the most important things on this list.

This requires you to go online and 'register' your child

to that particular clubs registration system.

Both The South region and London Series use

the  British Cycling’s system.

It's a simple matter of filling out info that

shouldn't take more than 10 minutes.

  • WHAT INFO DO I NEED TO GIVE?

    Typically the racers name, D.O.B,

    plate number and the club they race for.

    Also the category to race in.

    This is based on the age they WILL be that year.

    E.G. If she is currently 12 but WILL BE 13 that year

    then she will race in FEMALE 13-14 - NOT 11-12

  • DO I NEED TO PAY NOW?

    For both South Region and London Series races, yes.

    British Cyclings registration system requires

    payment up front.

  • I DON'T HAVE A PLATE NUMBER!

    If you want to race in the South Series regionals

    you need a current British Cycling race licence.

    Use the last 3 numbers of that as your number plate.

    (Then go buy a plate available from several sources,

    but Big Daddy Plates are recommended)

    A B.C license isn't required to race the London Series

    so you can choose your own number.

    Your club should have a few spares lying around? If not,

    choose something catchy and get your plate made to that!

    F.Y.I - You absolutly don't need to get

    a plate made up professionally

    I've seen people using a paper

    plate strapped to their bikes

    just make the numbers are legible

  • I DON'T OWN A B.C LICENSE

    You don't need one for the London Series,

    but it is required if you want to race

    in the South Series regionals.

    If you need one you can apply here.

    It is important to stress that it is a good idea for

    new riders to get a B.C license for many reasons.

    It's a good thing for the clubs they ride for

    and those clubs can use the B.C club management tool

    to track their club membership.

Things to do on race day

STEP 2 - CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION

As soon as possible after turning up at the track

get to registration

and inform them of your arrival.

They will want to know your racers Name,

plate number and D.O.B s

DO NOT go without these!!

If you've not already paid then you will also do this now.

Not sure where registration is? Don't worry

It's usually where a large queue of people are forming!

If not - just ask someone, they'll be only too happy to help.

(unless they are another first-timer, but what's the odds!?)

STEP 3 - AFTER REGISTRATION

After registration closes the PRE-SHEETS will be posted.

These will remain on the boards for

approximately 15 minutes.

Check that your racer appears on this sheet

in the correct race category with the correct information.

(e.g plate number)

  • WHAT ARE PRE-SHEETS?

    A sheet of A4 paper with your riders name

    plate number and race category.

  • WHERE IS THIS BOARD?

    Somewhere at the track will be a board that appears

    when the Pre Sheets are announced over the tannoy.

    Sometimes there are two boards.

    Just follow the crowd when there is

    a tannoy announcement

    that goes something like

    "The pre sheets are posted".

STEP 4 - MOTO SHEETS

These will be posted and give you a race number

and a pen lane for each of the

3 motos (races) they take part in.

  • HOW WILL THEY KNOW THEY ARE POSTED?

    Everyone around you will disappear!!

    There should be a tannoy announcement along the lines of

    "The moto sheets are posted"

    then you follow everyone else to the board

    that the pre sheets were posted on.

  • OK, WHAT'S A 'PEN LANE'?

    Close to the start hill of the track will be a set of 'pens' that

    the riders queue up in ready for their race.

    "But there are 10 lanes, yet only 8 riders...

    How does that work?"

    See the next question!!!

  • WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

    The numbers on the moto sheet will go something like this...

    099 (plate number)

    John Smith (riders name)

    GREEN (Abrieviated club name)

    31:3    69:4    90:1

    The first numbers are their races

    (so John Smith is in race 31, 69 and 90)

    so race 31 he lines up in pen lane 1

    race 69, pen lane 9

    and race 90, pen lane 10 - This is why there are 10 pen lanes.

    The second number is their gate number

    the gate they line their bike up on at the start of the race.

    (There are 8 gate lanes) They run from 1 to 8

    and gate 1 is always on the same side as

    the direction the first corner (berm) takes.

    If your rider forgets this, or is unsure of

    where each gate lane is

    it doesn't matter too much as someone up on the start hill

    will be able to point them in the right direction.

  • GOOD TO KNOW

    Riders can start going up to the pens about

    10 races before theirs.

    At this point the 10th race before them will

    already be in the pens

    (So race 21 will already be in pen lane 1

    and John Smith can just start to queue

    at the entrance to his lane ready to move in)

    You don't want to be late as they

    will have a quick look for you

    but if you can't be found they will run the race without you

     

    Most people take their phone to the moto sheet board

    to take a photo of their respective child’s sheet info.

     

    Be prepared for the scrum.

    Lots of people crowd round the board including kids

    who leave bikes for you to trip over in the middle of it!!!

STEP 5 - RACING

When racing starts, make sure that your child gets to

his/her pen in plenty of time.

Go with them for their first race

it can be daunting for the uninitiated!

Moto's come around faster than you'd think.

Don't wander off after one of them as their second

(third) one can be mere minutes away.

It's really not always obvious

when 'moto 88' (for example) is!!

There's no trackside sign that tells you.

And although the commentator will shout out

the current race number,

it can be occasional and sometimes inaudible.

Best thing to do is see what races are about 10 before

(Maybe some older guys)

and when they come around again,

take your rider up to the pens.

Not perfect but you do eventually get the hang of it!!

Remember you can always ask someone and

chances are they will know enough to help you out.

STEP 6 - AFTER THE MOTO's

After the 3 moto's are all done there will be a break.

During this time the quarter

and/or semi final sheets

will be posted.

(If your child has a quarter/semi repeat steps 4 and 5)

How will I know if they have a quarter or semi final?!

 

8 riders or less and there won't be a quarter or semi.

9 or more riders usually means there’ll be

the normal three motos

to determine who advances as follows...

 

9-16 riders, this goes straight to final after motos,

so the 8 riders with the worst results get dropped.

(Or sometimes have their own 'B' final!!

 

17-32 riders, this will have three motos to determine

who advances to the semi finals,

with the best four riders from each semi advancing

to the main or “A Final” and the four losers from each semi

going into the consolation B Final

(racing for 9th – 16th place on the day)

 

33-64 riders, this class adds in a quarter final level

of knockout stage.

 

The South Region will have 'A' and 'B' Finals only!

STEP 7 - FINAL SHEETS

You guessed it - more sheets!!

You should know where they will be by now!

 

STEP 8 - RESULTS

After racing the results will be published online.

So, you're going to your first BMX race?

There are a few facts really worth knowing

before you turn up and

find yourself asking people

"What is a moto sheet?"

and "Where do I go to pay"?

That's where this page comes to your rescue.

All you could think to ask will be answered

for you here saving both you and the

race organisers a headache on the day.

First and foremost lets get one thing straight.

You absolutely do NOT need to spend

£1000plus on a bike and £££'s on gear to race!!

The minimum needed is a basic B.M.X bike

that must have a back brake

and NOT have stunt pegs.

Clothing must include full face helmet,

long fingered gloves, a long sleeved top

and long trousers

(track suit bottoms are not suitable)

and THAT'S IT!!

Things to do IN ADVANCE of race day

STEP 1 - PRE-REGISTER

Possibly one of the most important things

on this list. This requires you to go online

and 'register' your child

to that particular clubs registration system.

Both The South region and London Series use

the  British Cycling’s system.

It's a simple matter of filling out info that

shouldn't take more than 10 minutes.

Things to do on race day

STEP 2 - CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION

As soon as possible after turning up at the track

get to registration

and inform them of your arrival.

They will want to know your racers Name,

plate number and D.O.B s

DO NOT go without these!!

If you've not already paid then

you will also do this now.

Not sure where registration is? Don't worry

It's usually where a large queue of

people are forming!

If not - just ask someone, they'll be only

too happy to help.

(unless they are another first-timer

but what's the odds!?)

STEP 3 - AFTER REGISTRATION

After registration closes the

PRE-SHEETS will be posted.

These will remain on the boards for

approximately 15 minutes.

Check that your racer appears on this sheet

in the correct race category with the correct information.

(e.g plate number)

STEP 4 - MOTO SHEETS

These will be posted and give you a race number

and a pen lane for each of the

3 motos (races) they take part in.

STEP 5 - RACING

When racing starts, make sure that your child gets to

his/her pen in plenty of time.

Go with them for their first race

it can be daunting for the uninitiated!

Moto's come around faster than you'd think.

Don't wander off after one of them as their second

(third) one can be mere minutes away.

It's really not always obvious

when 'moto 88' (for example) is!!

There's no trackside sign that tells you.

And although the commentator will shout out

the current race number,

it can be occasional and sometimes inaudible.

Best thing to do is see what races are about 10 before

(Maybe some older guys)

and when they come around again,

take your rider up to the pens.

Not perfect but you do eventually get the hang of it!!

Remember you can always ask someone and

chances are they will know enough to help you out.

STEP 6 - AFTER THE MOTO's

After the 3 moto's are all done

there will be a break.

During this time the quarter

and/or semi final sheets

will be posted.

(If your child has a quarter/semi

repeat steps 4 and 5)

How will I know if they have a quarter or semi final?!

 

8 riders or less and there won't be a quarter or semi.

9 or more riders usually means there’ll be

the normal three motos

to determine who advances as follows...

 

9-16 riders, this goes straight to final after motos,

so the 8 riders with the worst results get dropped.

(Or sometimes have their own 'B' final!!

 

17-32 riders, this will have three motos to determine

who advances to the semi finals,

with the best four riders from each semi advancing

to the main or “A Final” and the four losers from each semi

going into the consolation B Final

(racing for 9th – 16th place on the day)

 

33-64 riders, this class adds in a quarter final level

of knockout stage.

 

The South Region will have 'A' and 'B' Finals only!

STEP 7 - FINAL SHEETS

You guessed it - more sheets!!

You should know where they will be by now!

 

STEP 8 - RESULTS

After racing the results will be published online.