BMX racing as we know it today actually started in the 1970s by a group of kids with BMX bicycles who lived in North Carolina. They were inspired by the motocross racing that those occurring in the area, which took place on dirt tracks and always included lot of excitement.
The Sting-Ray was the most popular choice for this type of racing as it offered various upgrades to increase the stability and handling of the BMX. Shortly after, in 1972 the sport became much bigger in the area, which started to spread throughout the country. In those days, BMX racing took place all for road and even on the motocross tracks when they were not being used. As you can imagine, the idea of jumping the bike and doing tricks in the air didn’t take long to come around.
George E. Esser was responsible for making the sport into something much bigger when he and his wife along with their two sons start of the NBL (national bicycle league). George and his sons were more involved with motorcycle racing, but both sons were also very involved and interested in BMX. For this reason, their father created the league, in which children and teenagers could enter the lead and complete. This made the sport much bigger as children who didn’t have a BMX were simply considered the odd ones out.
By the 1980s, the sport has reached an international demand, which store the first international DMX federation in 1981. This federation held their first championship in 1982, which occurred each and every year since then. In 1993 the DMX Port was recognized and integrated into the UCI (union cyclist international).
Other BMX Sports
Since BMX became so popular within the racing world, many kids and teenagers fun different ways to compete with these bicycles. This is mostly where freestyle and trick riding came from, especially when various modifications became available for these bikes.
As the years went by more and more bicycle designing companies became available, which featured their own modifications and abilities. The bicycles are also became much stronger and designers were focusing on making them lighter and faster at the same time.
When the sport reached the well-known XGames early in the 21st century, it became just as big, if not bigger than other sports featured on these games. Riders became more daring and started coming up with tricks that no one else could perform. Even in today’s time these tricks are still being pushed to their limits, which causes many different injuries, but also some highly impressive tricks to be featured next year at their games.
This form of racing and competing also became highly profitable as sponsorships were offered to the best riders. The sponsors do a lot more than just provide a great salary, but they also ensure you have the latest and greatest accessories on your bicycle. Many professional riders have made careers from the sport, which has proven to be very popular as every kid with a and BMX dreams of reaching a professional level in the years to come.