All clubs hold clubbies and members from many clubs are welcome to attend. You must hold a valid 4-Month, Mini Wheeler, Sprocket Rocket or Open licence. Members with club licences can participate only at their own club.
Knox BMX holds clubby race meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday nights of the month. Some races form the Knox Club Championship in which points are accumulated over the year. Every rider that qualifies receives an award at our end of year presentation. The rules of the Championship can be found in the Policy tab.
The next step after clubbies is open races. Each club hosts an open race each year. Some open races form a series
Open races are typically held on a Sunday, but sometimes there are exceptions: Frankston Helltrack is usually held on a Saturday night and at Knox we hold a two day carnival over Saturday night and Sunday. Check the entry form to make sure you have the right time and date.
Open, Sprocket, Mini Wheeler and 4 Month licence holders are eligible to compete at Open races. There are Novice classes for those just starting.
All riders except Mini Wheelers and Sprockets require a transponder, an electronic timing chip, to participate.
4-month licence holders can hire a transponder. Open licence riders need to purchase one here
A list of open meets can be found here. To enter online, go to 'Entry Form', login or register on the sidebar at the right, and fill out the form.
On the day our club sets up pit tents, dubbed 'The Swamp', and all Knox members are welcome to sit together under the tent. The only requirement is that you help pack them up.
Make sure you bring: Your licence/green slip/receipt, all riding gear, a chair and food (all clubs operate a canteen).
The aim of BMX is simple - get to the finish line first. The race starts with riders in their allocated lanes at the top of the hill. As soon as the gate drops, there are no lanes, and the riders can jostle for position pretty much however they like. But, there are some important rules to ensure the safety of all riders.
White lines are painted along the edges of the track. Riders may cross them if necessary for safety e.g. if another rider forces them over, but mustn't gain a position from it.
BMX is a contact sport, and bumping is allowed, but mustn't intentionally or maliciously bump another rider.
On the last straight, riders can't change their line in order to prevent another from passing.
Transferring to finals
Most BMX races use randomly drawn motos to work out who makes it to the finals. Riders are 'awarded' points based on where they are finished. 1st place gets 1 point, 2nd gets 2, and so on down to 8th, which gets 8 points. A DNS (Did Not Start) awards 8 points, and a DNF (did not finish) awards points for last place in the race. Riders are then ranked in order from lowest to highest points. Depending on the amount of riders in the class, quarter- and semi-finals may be necessary.
Please note: Invitational Finals are run in Victoria for riders who do not make it to the final.