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Sport Overview

Inspired by motocross, BMX is a chaotic combination of speed, wheeled agility and fearlessness that pits eight cyclists at a time in an all-out race to the finish on a purpose-built dirt track filled with jumps, tight bends, berms and obstacles.

In Guadalajara in 2011, the U.S. men's team took gold, while silver and bronze went to Colombia and Argentina, respectively.


History

Bicycles pre-date automobiles. Many inventions and adaptations later, the modern bicycle has gears, brakes, pedals, two wheels the same size, rubber tires and a chain. California is credited with the birthplace of two of the younger cycling disciplines, BMX and mountain biking; BMX took off in the late 1960s.


How it works

Eight riders compete on a track filled with jumps, tight bends, berms and obstacles. Athletes wear full-face helmets in this rough-and-tumble discipline. Bikes have one gear and one brake and must be strong enough to withstand the rigors of the course, yet light and fast.


Terminology

Berm
A banked corner.

Gate
The start line of a BMX race.

Hole shot
The first rider to take the lead out of the starting gate.

Table top

A jump on the track that is completely flat all the way across, from the lip to the landing.

Additional Information

Additional Information