Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN RACE?
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.
WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
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.
WHAT OTHER EQUPMENT DO I NEED?
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.
WHEN CAN I PRACTICE?
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.
HOW CAN I GET STARTED?
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.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RACE?
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.