Frequently Asked Questions
Novant Health BMX Supercross Track, Programs and Races
ABOUT THE TRACKS
What is the length of the BMX track, height of jumps, number of jumps, etc?
The total length of the elite men’s track is 1,400 feet. The total length of the elite women’s track is 1,270 feet. The total length of the amateur track is 1,200 feet. The height of the jumps is not statistically known. Total time for a race is anywhere from 30 to 45 seconds. Riders compete in 2 motos (heats) in order to qualify for the main event.
How tall are the start hills?
The amateur start hill is 5 meters (16.4 feet) tall and the supercross start hill is 8 meters (26.3 feet) tall. The supercross start hill is designed for professional or elite level riders 16 years of age or older who meet the criteria set by the track operator and pass a skills and proficiency evaluation prior to use.
Do you have to use the start hill to ride on the track?
No. The amateur start hill is not a requirement for those who are new to the sport of BMX. It’s available to experienced riders during open practice if they have the proper skill level and equipment.
What is a pump track? Who uses it and why?
A pump track is a circular undulating track much like a mini BMX track without the jumps and start hill. A pump track can accommodate a wide range of ages and skill levels but does require a certain level of bike handling skills to safely use. Participants use it for recreational riding, warming up for the BMX track or developing their skills in preparation for open practice or racing.
How do I get started with BMX?
New riders can attend a free New Rider Orientation session and then a Novice Rider Development program to gain the skills and confidence to attend open practice and ride down the start hill. A schedule of classes, programs and related fees is available on our website, novanthealthbmx.com.
Is there a certification process?
No. Although there is not a certification process for riders, riders do need to acquire a certain level of proficiency and skill before we recommend them for open practice or racing. In addition to the programs mentioned earlier, private coaching sessions, taught by certified coaches, will be offered in the future.
My child has never ridden BMX before. When can we come to see if he/she likes it?
The New Rider Orientation session is an introduction to the sport of BMX that provides new riders and parents with all the information they need to get started in the sport of BMX riding and racing. There are a limited number of bikes available to use during the “try the track” portion of the orientation but participants can also bring their own bikes and helmets to use if they pass inspection by the staff.
How old should you be to get started?
We have had children as young as 2 ride the pump track on a pedal-less bike also referred to as a “strider” or push bike. Although we have had very young riders on the pump track, there is still a certain level of experience needed to ride the pump track safely, so it is not recommended for beginners to use to learn to ride on. Participants as young as 5 years old can begin racing on the track if they have the proper equipment and skill level.
What is a strider?
A “strider” refers to both a brand of bike without pedals and a classification of a young rider usually between the ages of 2 and 5 who have not yet mastered pedaling a bike but wants to try the track or pump track.
Are there programs and/or races for striders?
Not yet, but we are considering offering strider programs and races if there is enough demand for this level of riding.
What is appropriate clothing to ride BMX?
Long sleeve shirt and pants are required to ride on the BMX track and knee pads and elbow pads are also recommended. A full face helmet is required for riders who participate in open practice and or racing. Beginner riders can participate in the New Rider Orientation with a regular bike helmet.
What kind of bike and helmet is required for BMX? What about pads?
For the New Rider Orientations (NRO), most bikes and helmets will be allowed if they pass inspection by the staff. A limited number of program bikes and helmets are available on a first come first serve basis for NRO. A full face helmet along with knee and elbow pads are highly recommended if a participant decides to go beyond the NRO program. A BMX bike that is designed to ride on a BMX track is required once a participant becomes a USA BMX member and begins attending open practice, clinics and racing. Not all BMX bikes are suitable for riding on the track, so feel free to contact the BMX staff or a local bike shop for advice before you buy a bike.
Can I bring my own bike? Does it need to meet certain guidelines?
You can bring you own bike to a New Rider Orientation and staff will inspect it prior the start of the clinic. If a rider wishes to get into the sport of BMX, there is a certain type of BMX bike that should be used during open practice clinics and racing. For example, bikes with kick stands, fenders and coaster brakes are not appropriate for BMX riding and racing, but we allow them for orientation if they are in good working order. The staff and volunteers at the track are happy to inspect your bike and provide feedback on what type of bike you will need to safely participate in BMX riding and racing.
PARTICIPATING IN LOCAL RACES
When are local races? How/where do I register?
Check our website for local race schedules and registration information. Generally, registration and open practice will be held prior to each weekly race. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each classification. Race classifications are broken down by age and skill level. The three main classifications are novice, intermediate, and expert with age groups in each classification.
Who can participate?
Participants interested in racing must become a member of USA BMX so they can track their results and points through a national data base. Anyone who is 5 years old and up, has a USA BMX membership and has the skills and confidence is allowed to race.
Can I register/renew with USA BMX at the track?
Yes, our staff will be happy to assist you with renewing or purchasing a new USA BMX membership upon your visit. Please visit usabmx.com for information on becoming a USA BMX member. Memberships range from range from $30 to $60.
Will there be an opportunity for track memberships so I don’t have to pay each time to practice?
Yes, we are currently working on a fee structure for a track pass that can be prepaid in advance for a certain number of training sessions or open practices.
When is the pump track available?
The pump track is free and open to the public during the hours posted on our website, novanthealthbmx.com.
What do I wear to ride the pump track?
A regular bike helmet is allowed at the pump track; however a full face helmet is highly recommended. A long sleeve shirt, elbow pads and long pants are also highly recommended.
Are there guidelines or rules for the use of the pump track?
Riders must always control their speed and be considerate of all riders when using the pump track. Additional rules for the use of the pump track will be posted at the facility and available at novanthealthbmx.com.
What groups or teams do you expect to use the track?
Participants and race teams interested in using the track and the supercross hill must contact the track operator in advance to schedule a time. We anticipate that international Olympic level race teams will rent the track from time to time for private training sessions.
Where can I find out more about the sport of BMX?
usabmx.com is a great resource to learn more about the sport of BMX. USA BMX is the domestic sanctioning body for the sport of BMX, and they work with local tracks to offer programs and racing at the local, regional, and national level, based on a points system.