ABOUT THE TRACK
What is the length of the BMX track, height of jumps, number of jumps, etc?
The total length of the amateur track is 1,220 feet, and the pro length is 1340 feet. The height of the jumps is not statistically known. Total time for a race is anywhere from 30 to 45 seconds. Riders compete in 2 motos (heats) in order to qualify for the main event.
How tall is the starting hill?
The start hill is 3 meters (9.844 feet) tall.
Do you have to use the start hill to ride on the track?
No. The amateur start hill is not a requirement for those who are new to the sport of BMX. It’s available to experienced riders during open practice if they have the proper skill level and equipment.
How do I get started with BMX?
New riders can attend a free First 10 Weeks (F10W) clinic usally on Monday night. See the track Facebook page for the schedule. These nights are a great time for new riders to gain the skills and confidence to attend open practice and ride down the start hill. Also our practice nights are great nights to come and ride the track.
Is there a certification process?
No. Although there is not a certification process for riders, riders do need to acquire a certain level of proficiency and skill before we recommend them for open practice or racing. In addition to the programs mentioned earlier, private coaching sessions, taught by certified coaches, will be offered in the future.
My child has never ridden BMX before. When can we come to see if he/she likes it?
USA BMX offers a one day trial membership. This allows riders to get out on the track to see what they think. We also offer bike rentals for $20.00 including a helmet rental. There are a limited number of bikes available to use during the “try the track” each night but participants can also bring their own bikes and helmets to use if they pass inspection by the staff.
How old should you be to get started?
We have had children as young as 1 ride the strider track on a pedal-less bike also referred to as a “strider” or push bike. Participants as young as 2 years old can begin racing on the track if they have the proper equipment and skill level.
What is a strider?
A “strider” refers to both a brand of bike without pedals and a classification of a young rider usually between the ages of 2 and 5 who have not yet mastered pedaling a bike but wants to try the track or pump track.
Are there programs and/or races for striders?
Yes on Friday nights we always offer strider racing on the last straight of the back track.
What is appropriate clothing to ride BMX?
Long sleeve shirt and pants are required to ride on the BMX track.
What kind of bike and helmet is required for BMX?
A full face helmet is recommended for riders who participate in open practice and or racing.
Can I bring my own bike? Does it need to meet certain guidelines?
You can bring you own bike and our staff will inspect it prior the your rider riding the track. Your Bike MUST have kickstands, Pegs, chain gaurds, and reflectors removed. A limited number of rental bikes and helmets are available on a first come first serve basis for rent. Not all BMX bikes are suitable for riding on the track, so feel free to contact the BMX staff or a local bike shop for advice before you buy a bike. The board and volunteers at the track are happy to inspect your bike and provide feedback on what type of bike you will need to safely participate in BMX riding and racing. Okeeheelee BMX does reserve the right to disqualify a bike from being on the track if it is unsafe.
PARTICIPATING IN LOCAL RACES
When are local races? How/where do I register?
Check our website for local race schedules and registration information. Generally, registration and open practice will be held prior to each weekly race. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each classification. Race classifications are broken down by age and skill level. The three main classifications are novice, intermediate, and expert with age groups in each classification.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Racing is $8.00 per local race, and Practice is $4.00. ALL riders on the track MUST stop and register prior to riding on the track. WRIST BANDS are required.
Who can participate?
Participants interested in racing must become a member of USA BMX so they can track their results and points through a national data base. Anyone who is 2 years old and up, and has a USA BMX membership and has the skills and confidence is allowed to race.
Can I register/renew with USA BMX at the track?
Yes, our staff will be happy to assist you with renewing or purchasing a new USA BMX membership upon your visit. Please visit usabmx.com for information on becoming a USA BMX member. Memberships range from range from $30 to $60.
Will there be an opportunity for track memberships so I don’t have to pay each time to practice?
Yes, we offer a "season pass" 10 races that can be purchased at the registration trailer.
Where can I find out more about the sport of BMX?
usabmx.com is a great resource to learn more about the sport of BMX. USA BMX is the domestic sanctioning body for the sport of BMX, and they work with local tracks to offer programs and racing at the local, regional, and national level, based on a points system.