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#1 2008-11-13 10:10am

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BMX Tracks and Novices?

Looked through a copy of BMW World magazine.  Was thinking about re-entry into BMX racing at the age of 39 (last raced in 1987).  I know that they show pros in those mags... but is every track built as big?  2 or 3 story gate drops?  I can only guess what some of the jumps would be?  Live in NW Ohio, so am thinking Ohio, Michigan, Indiana tracks. Any insight?

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#2 2008-11-13 10:15am

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

Local tracks, generally speaking, are nothing like that. You should check out the track in Warsaw, IN. Very nice the last time I saw it. The tracks are geared toward riders of ALL ages. My son was 4 when he started racing and he could make it down the starting hill and over the jumps with little trouble. You should expect that the local tracks are geared toward everyone including you. All jumps will be rollable and the starting hills can very in height...but none are too steep. This isn't Helltrack after all.

Do it, man. You won't regret it!

National tracks and Grands tracks might be a different story when you consider the "pro" sections but those are doable, too. The only thing to think about is how fast you want to go. smile

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#3 2008-11-13 11:27am

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

Do it!!! I did it at 37y/o along w/ my son. I havent raced since '87/'88. I'm having a blast! I actually count down 'til "race day"..LOL.


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#4 2008-11-13 11:49am

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

While I haven't raced yet, I have been riding practice and training sessions for months. I am getting my 5 y.o. out there on the track as well.

He was able to make it around the track on his 16" Free Agent, and is getting used to the GT mini I built him before he rides at the track.

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search for some of my posts to see pix of him riding his 16" at the track.

I think those monster starting gates are for UCI events or something. I saw it for the first time when we went to the Olympic BMX trials here in SoCal.

I'd be scared to do that!!

Oh, I am 37 by the way, never rode BMX before 2007.


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#5 2008-12-08 8:26pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

I will do it with ya! 36 this year, havent raced since 84'. Got my 2 kid into racing this year, and they are hooked. I have two cruisers..ready to roll. And I am going to build a 20" for next year, all just for fun.

Not sure of your area, but around here we have large and small tracks. I havent raced yet, but ride the tracks alot with the kids during practice... call it mortality finally heading my way. I want to feel confident about my track skills before I go gunning for a trophy.

Do it! Lots of 30somethings out there.


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#6 2008-12-09 7:28pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

i started racing recently at age 45... if the tracks were big and bad, i would still be a spectator.  the local tracks that i have been to (three of them) were all relatively mild - and very ridable for a beginner with a little practice. 

go for it!  i am having a blast, and seeing some improvement each week.

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#7 2008-12-09 7:33pm

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#8 2008-12-10 4:23pm

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Do it!!! I did it at 37y/o along w/ my son. I havent raced since '87/'88. I'm having a blast! I actually count down 'til "race day"..LOL.

38 on DEC 21. Started racing 4 years ago.  Just do it man!!!!!!!!!! I just became an NBL OFFICIAL. Been a team manager for a few years.  (not bragging just trying to convince you) BMX is the way to go.


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#9 2008-12-11 5:30am

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

Tracks here at Texsa are the same- my 7,8 and 11 year olds, plus their 38 year old Dad (me) just started- all rookies and having a blast!  You won't regret it.  The ones you see in the mags are usually the supercross tracks- not for us normal people with real jobs!

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#10 2008-12-22 2:24pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

I want in on the fun! I am soon to be 37 and haven't raced since the 80s. I am thinking of rebuilding my old Goose too - have bikes come that far or are the old bikes just as good? Do they just class races by age or equipment too??


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#11 2008-12-22 2:33pm

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Only age as far as I know in the ABA. Have fun!!


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#12 2008-12-22 4:37pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

acbrooks2 wrote:

I want in on the fun! I am soon to be 37 and haven't raced since the 80s. I am thinking of rebuilding my old Goose too - have bikes come that far or are the old bikes just as good? Do they just class races by age or equipment too??

classes are done by age and skill level (except in cruiser where its just age)
Amateur Classifications
These are the current classes offered for amateurs by the ABA for
competition purposes:
5 & under Novice
5 & under Inter
5 & under Expert
6 Novice
6 Inter
6 Expert
7 Novice
7 Inter
7 Expert
8 Novice
8 Inter
8 Expert
9 Novice
9 Inter
9 Expert
10 Novice
10 Inter
10 Expert
11 Novice
11 Inter
11 Expert
12 Novice
12 Inter
12 Expert
13 Novice
13 Inter
13 Expert
14 Novice
14 Inter
14 Expert
15 Novice
15 Inter
15 Expert
16 Novice
16 Inter
16 Expert
17-18 Novice
17-18 Inter
17-18 Expert
19-27 Novice
19-27 Inter
19-27 Expert
28 & Over Novice
28 & Over Inter
28 & Over Expert
5 & Under Girls
6 Girls
7 Girls
8 Girls
9 Girls
10 Girls
11 Girls
12 Girls
13 Girls
14 Girls
15 Girls
16 Girls
17 & Over Girls
9 & Under Cru
10 Cruiser
11 Cruiser
12 Cruiser
13 Cruiser
14 Cruiser
15 Cruiser
16 Cruiser
17-20 Cruiser
21-25 Cruiser
26-30 Cruiser
31-35 Cruiser
36-40 Cruiser
41-45 Cruiser
46-50 Cruiser
51 & Over Cruiser
10 & Under Girls Cru
11-13 Girl Cruiser
14-16 Girl Cruiser
17-20 Girl Cruiser
21-25 Girl Cruiser
26-30 Girl Cruiser
31-35 Girl Cruiser
36-40 Girl Cruiser
41 & Over Girl Cru
Nationals, State series, Redline Cup series & Race of Champions
only:
28 - 35 Novice
28 - 35 Inter
28 - 35 Expert
17 – 27 Girls
36 & Over Novice
36 & Over Inter
36 & Over Expert
28 & Over Girls
56 & Over Cruiser
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#13 2009-01-01 3:47pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

I'm new to this site so hello everybody! I never raced as a kid, was a skater,  and started 4 years ago at the age of 45. Now at 49 I'm still having a blast. I race cruiser and class. I am ready for that 41 and over 20" class for sure.Seems like at all the nationals I went to last year on 20" I was stuck with no one over 38.
   As far as starting hills, I don't think any local tracks have hills as big as the UCI, Dew tour  or Supercross tracks. Most of them I have been to are about 12 to 15 feet tall and at verious slopes. I do know that the ABA is trying to get all the tracks to become somewhat uniform as to how tall the hill is and how far apart each obstacle is on the tracks. At least thats what the guy who ABA sent out to our local track said 2 years ago when they rebuilt it.
This year we get another National at our local track. Can't wait.
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#14 2009-01-07 7:40pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

br8knrun wrote:

Do it!!! I did it at 37y/o along w/ my son. I havent raced since '87/'88. I'm having a blast! I actually count down 'til "race day"..LOL.

I'm with you, I started back at 40 on cruisers with my boy. we go to the track as a family 3 days a week and have a blast. This is still the greatest family sport on the planet. It is a lot of fun watching dads who started the sport of BMX (old schoolers as the young ones call us) passing the torch to sons and daughters.


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#15 2009-01-07 7:49pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

acbrooks2 wrote:

I want in on the fun! I am soon to be 37 and haven't raced since the 80s. I am thinking of rebuilding my old Goose too - have bikes come that far or are the old bikes just as good? Do they just class races by age or equipment too??

Sorry, one more post, you may find that the older bikes are a lot smaller with shorter top tubes and chain stays than the modern bikes. The basic principle is the same,however, the modern bike are offered in multiple sizes. Your goose would definately turn heads, but you may be more comfortable on a more modern version. I built a reproduction Quadanble 24 for the nostalgia and love of my childhood bike and it races like a dream. I have it in the museum.


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#16 2009-02-02 9:12pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

38 and racing..Some thing fun to do with two of my boys that race as well...They are 11 and 8 years old.

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#17 2009-02-06 2:15am

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

Hey, I am on OH guy as well.   Started racing again after 19 years off, at 37 in 2007.  I am totally hooked and riding as much as I can. 

Almost every track today is more technical than the 80s, more jumps than before, rhythm sections, and often times lippier jumps.  But, I'll tell you this, it's a blast!! 

I raced the OH state series in '08 and have been to 10+ nationals since I have been back and the only track that really got me was Evansville, IN.  I've been riding at Ray's and learning to jump better.  Still have a ways to go, but think I'd be cool going back.

From what I hear, the big jumping tracks are South Park, Louisville, and Nashville. 

Racing locally in OH, you'll have a great time.  And the tallest starting hill I have been on is Akron, OH - none of the massive 2-3 story drop in.

Chris


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#18 2009-02-06 2:18am

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

I'd also add, that at nearly EVERY local race I have been to, there are way more novices than experts.  I mention that to help ease the anxiety that you'd be one of the few people getting your feet wet.  There are a lot of people at various phases of learning (or re-learning BMX), so you'd be among a number of riders in your situation.

Check out OhioBMX.com and get on the forum, for all the latest scoop on the NBL state series and information on all the tracks in OH.

Chris


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#19 2009-02-19 6:48am

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

I last raced in 87 and when my 6yr old showed interest in bmx I was pumped. We went to a local track last week to check it out and the next day I bought him a mini and a cruiser for myself. My wife thinks I'm crazy being I'm 35 and all. I'm still trying to get used to it before i go to the track with it.  As far as my son, last night was his first time at the track and he loved it. But, he has raced mx for the last two years and I was afraid of bmx being a little boring for him. Not the case at all...This is so much cheaper...Oh yeah this is my first post with plenty more to come....


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#20 2009-03-19 12:20pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

I'm going to turn the ripp old age of 30 in just a few months and I havent raced in over 10 years. My only real consern is there not being any novice rides in my age group at the local track. But I plan to go and watch for a few weeks before hand as I build up my racer.


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#21 2009-03-19 6:47pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

unlikemonkey wrote:

I'm going to turn the ripp old age of 30 in just a few months and I havent raced in over 10 years. My only real consern is there not being any novice rides in my age group at the local track. But I plan to go and watch for a few weeks before hand as I build up my racer.

Don't worry good sir. I'll be there as well, and you know I haven't raced since you last did big_smile


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#22 2009-03-22 12:56am

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

I'm 34 and just started racing my cruiser for the first time this year, decided to ride with my son instead of watching from the sidelines. Everybody has been super friendly to me, both parents and kids. It helps that i have an older GT that I ride, it seems to be kind of a conversation piece.

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#23 2009-03-30 6:16pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

Yeah I'm running my 99 gt speed series. Well I'm going to run it when it's finished smile but I figure ill get some convo out of that haha



GTCruiser wrote:

I'm 34 and just started racing my cruiser for the first time this year, decided to ride with my son instead of watching from the sidelines. Everybody has been super friendly to me, both parents and kids. It helps that i have an older GT that I ride, it seems to be kind of a conversation piece.


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#24 2009-04-08 1:11pm

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

i just got back into racing after ~20 years or so... i'm 29 and having a blast... started racing just a few weeks ago... entered as a rookie and just stepped up to novice this past weekend... racers are super friendly... racing w/ my older brother and his son...


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#25 2009-04-09 8:43am

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Re: BMX Tracks and Novices?

I am going to start racing soon at (31) and I was talking to one of the riders at the track who is 39 and has been racing for 20+ years. He warned me not to start off in the cruiser class because it is mainly guys that have been racing for years and tend to be more aggressive and extremely competitive. Does anyone know if that is true?


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