Do you have a child who loves to ride or wants to learn to ride a bicycle? BMX is a sport that calls to bike riders from ages 2 and up. BMX stands for Bicycle MotoCross. It’s a form of bicycling that is meant to mimic MotoCross motorcycles. There are all sorts of competitive BMX sports including racing and stunt BMX; however, BMX is also a recreational activity enjoyed by millions of kids – and adults – throughout the world.
What most people don’t know is that Corpus Christi has a local BMX (bicycle motocross) track. BMX is currently one of the fastest growing sports in North America. Unlike most other sports (i.e. baseball, football, basketball), BMX is an individual sport. Although riders can be picked up to ride for a team or sponsor, at the end of the season, they are placed by their individual successes (points earned throughout the season). BMX is a fun, affordable, family-oriented sport that helps build self-esteem by building confidence and teaching the riders to set and reach personal goals. BMX also promotes physical fitness by building strong bodies and minds.
The Corpus Christi track is STX BMX, which is located at 3701 Greenwood Drive (past Horne and located across from Boys & Girls Club in the sports complex behind Universal Baseball).
To give the local BMX track a try, all you need is a bike (without a kickstand, reflectors, or pegs), a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a helmet. Your first time out you will need to fill out a one-day waiver and pay $5.00 to practice. If you like the sport and want to come back to race, you will have to get a membership through USABMX, which is $65.00 per year and can be paid at the track. Races (motos) are run in heats. Each set of heats is $10, which includes pre-race practice time.
If this sounds like something that you or someone you know would be interested in doing, please check the schedule below and be sure to check back for future articles in The Paper Trail regarding BMX – the sport where no one rides the bench.
- Sunday – Practice from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with races to follow;
- Tuesday – Practice from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with races to follow; and
- Thursday – Practice from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Katy is a paralegal, wife, and mother of two boys, both of whom ride BMX. Even Katy has been known to race a moto or two! She is also a freelance photographer in her spare time – SevenTwelve Photography.