BMX, or to give it its rather dated and very uncool proper name - Bicycle Motocross has at last gained credibility with adults, as shown by its inclusion since 2008 in the Olympics. This follows hard on the heels of cycling's governing body, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), recognising and sanctioning the BMX world championships.
BMX has two schools; BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle.
We admit that BMX is an area of cycling we don't know too much about, so if there is anything you think we should include on the Cycle Grampian website then please let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.
BMX racing is an extremely exciting sport open to riders of all ages, making it great fun for all the family. Up to eight riders race, Moto-Cross-style, around a 300-400m track, with jumps, bump and berms (banked corners). It is fast and furious and rewards explosive bursts of speed, great bike handling and a fearless mentality. In fact Scotland's greatest Olympian and multi times world champion at track cycling, Sir Chris Hoy, started out as a BMX racer. Disappointingly there are, as yet, no BMX tracks in the Grampian region, so if you are interested in BMX Racing then it is a long drive to the central belt.
Freestyle BMX is bicycle motocross stunt riding on BMX bikes. It is an extreme sport descended from BMX racing that consists of five disciplines: park, street, vert, trails, and flatland.
Park riders use skateparks and jostle for space on the park with skateboarders, inline skaters and freestyle scooter-riders. There are loads of parks dotted throughout Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray - and even some indoors! See our directory of local skateparks.
Street riders make use of urban and public spaces to perform tricks. These tricks can be performed on curbs, handrails, stairs, ledges, banks, and other obstacles. Styles among street riders vary, as riders often depend upon their own urban surroundings.
Vert riders perform air tricks in a half pipe consisting of two quarter pipes set facing each other. Many tricks consist of the rider grabbing a part of the bike or removing body parts off the bike.
Trails are paths that lead to jumps made of heavily compacted dirt. Trails riding is sometimes also referred to as "dirt jumping".
Flatland differs from the other BMX disciplines in that the terrain used is a smooth, flat surface, for example a car park or large area of pavement. Tricks are performed by spinning and balancing in a variety of body and bicycle positions.