Now that my son is a confident bike rider and has a fabulous sense of adventure, I recently introduced him to the world of BMX bike racing.  He hasn’t been to an actual race yet as the rainy weather continues to cancel such events; however, we did get to enjoy a practice session at the Indy Cycloplex BMX Track.  The track is located at 3649 Cold Spring Road in Indianapolis. When visiting the Cycloplex BMX Track, please take note that you need to be able to climb a steep hill to the bleachers in order to have a good view of the track and participants if you wish to be a spectator.  If you have any mobility issues, you may find it difficult to easily access.  The track is open for practice on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.  Races are held on scheduled Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Admission is free to spectators attending any event at the Indy Cycloplex, including the BMX track.  Race entry fees are $10.  Practice is $5 per night.

It was a perfectly beautiful evening to enjoy the practice.  The moment my son watched the first round of bikers ride through the track, he was hooked!  He has been begging my husband and I to get him started in BMX!  He can’t wait until he has the opportunity to practice racing on the various tracks throughout Indiana and ultimately participate in one of many races!  Before we get our son started in BMX, there are a few things in which we needed to research.  Below, I have information on how your family can get involved with BMX racing, too.  Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 12.16.18 AM

Is your child interested in BMX racing? Read on…

In order to get started with BMX racing, find a track near you and check their hours of operation. Tracks are open certain days and times for practice and races.  You don’t need to call or sign up before you go to a track.  Before your child participates in a race, be sure you attend several practices in preparation of his or her first race.  When you arrive, speak with the Track Operator or associated volunteer.  Each track has all the necessary forms to get started.

There are four key items that your child needs to participate regularly with BMX racing:  a bicycle, long pants, long-sleeved shirt and any approved bicycle helmet (full face is preferred).  Whatever your child is riding now will do fine for the first practice or two, but be sure to check out BMX race bikes, it’s components and gear, so you can familiarize yourself with the these bikes that are recommended for the races.  Your child will need an off-road style bicycle to participate regularly.  As your child’s skill level increases, you may look into purchasing other specific race gear.

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There are initial costs, that need to be considered, when your child becomes involved with BMX.  You will need to purchase an annual USA BMX Membership, which is currently $60, and it is valid at all 380 tracks in North America.  At most tracks, race entry fees are $10 per race.  Bicycle and safety equipment can range from $100 to $500 plus dollars.  You can purchase really good quality used equipment and gear at reasonable prices by searching pages on Facebook, through Craigslist or at your local track.  If you choose to use sites such as Facebook and Craigslist, please take in account your safety by always meeting at a public and well populated location and never go alone to meet someone you do not know.

BMX tracks are located throughout the state of Indiana in Evansville, Columbus, Indianapolis, Warsaw, Ft. Wayne, Portage and Hobart.