Frequently Asked Questions
Anyone who can ride a bike or balance bike can race! Races are organized by skill levels and age groups. The age groups range from 5 and under to 51 and over classes. Within these age groups are three skill levels: Novice, Intermediate and Expert\Girl. All riders start as novices and work up to the more advanced levels by winning races.
BMX racing does not require a lot of expensive equipment. Most racers start with their 20" street bike by removing the chain guard, the kickstand and removing the freestyle pegs from the axles if equipped.
First, a helmet is required, and we recommend one with face protection. You will also need to wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and enclosed shoes.
Cobra BMX is located in Heer Park, a City of Columbus public park. You can practice whenever the park is open. We do ask that you do not ride on the track when it is wet.
Simply visit our track during the practice or racing times and ask for a membership application or information. You can watch the races, talk to other BMX families, or give it a try yourself.
USA BMX offers a one-time only, 1 day free trial for the first day that you participate in a sanctioned race or practice. This entitles you to race at your local track and provides you with medical insurance coverage. A one-year membership costs $60.00 and allows you to race on USA BMX tracks nationwide. With the full membership you will also receive Pull, the monthly magazine with current point standings and nationwide race coverage. Once you have become a USA BMX member, the only other cost will be gate practice fee ($5) and race fee (typically $10). The entry fee entitles you to be a participant in the day's action. A typical BMX race includes 2 qualifying motos along with a main event. In the main event, you race for awards, determined by your finish, along with USA BMX points.