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Extreme Fun for the Whole Family

Medicine Hat BMX

Looking for a little excitement? 

Training

Becoming an expert at BMX takes time and effort. If you are looking to improve your skills, our team can help guide and train you in various aspects within the sport of BMX.

Racing

For local and national competitions, Medicine Hat BMX grants you access to various competitive races across the country. Perfect for those looking to make a name for themselves in the BMX community.

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Gearing Up

Southland Powersports has an excellent selection of bmx gear. Discounts apply for all Medicine Hat BMX members. Gravity Sports and Cyclepath carry and can order race bikes as well.

Benefits

Why Choose Us

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Learn from the best

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Gain access to race tracks across the country

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Get exercise and excitement at the same time

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Become a legend among racers

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Expert first aid on the track

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Friendly and knowledgeable staff

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what They’re Saying

Client Testimonials

“Great people and great track. It is awesome to see such a well ran and maintained facility in Medicine Hat.”

Jordan Lindfors

“Medicine Hat BMX track is a top notch place for families to participate in a sport together, everyone has an opportunity to ride and race, grow as a BMX racer with amazing coaches and to step out of their comfort zone. BMX has a team atmosphere but with an emphasis on each racer developing their skills at their own pace you can’t go wrong!”

Cathy Oram

“Medicine Hat BMX club is an excellent club for kids young and old to get involved in competitive BMX racing.”

Josh Sehn

Here’s the Scoop

Resources

You may be full of questions at the moment, so here are some valuable resources to help guide you along. In addition, take a look at our executive list of board members. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Don’t forget to check out Alberta Bicylce, Alberta BMX, and Alberta BMX Buy & Sell!

 

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Schedule

Here is our annual schedule. Find out what times work best for you, and get started as soon as you can.

How to Get Started

Like what you see? Time to get started! Here, you will find a detailed explanation on how to get started with Medicine Hat BMX. We make it fast, easy, and understandable for anyone to join. Joining a community of passionate riders has never been so effective.

Code of conduct

Medicine Hat BMX follows a deverse code of conduct. This ensures a safe and considerate environment for everyone involved in the association.

BMX

Bicylcle Motocross

BMX in short stands for Bicycle Motocross.  BMX is bicycle racing around a dirt track head-to-head against other riders.  You race against riders of the same age and skill level.  Racing starts at the starting gate (up to 8 riders) where all riders leave at the same time sprint around a track consisting of a variety of dirt obstacles, banked corners and sprint sections.  Races are 1200 feet approximately in length and you race 3 motos (heats) per event to qualify for the main event (final races) assuming there are more than 8 riders in your corresponding class.

BMX Racing is an extreme sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family.  In BMX every rider gets to participate and compete.  No one sits on the bench and no one gets cut from the team.  Our friendly and supportive environment builds individual character and confidence through healthy competition and cooperation among the riders.  The Medicine Hat BMX Club is a 100% Canadian non-profit organization.  Organized and run by volunteers dedicated to providing children and adults in Medicine Hat and surrounding area a high-quality level of local, provincial and national sport involvement.  We are sanctioned by the Canadian Cycling Association and operate under their rules and guidelines.  Our track is located just past the Leisure Centre Parking Lot on the North side.  Racing Schedule may change depending on availability of volunteers.

Frequently asked questions

My child is interested in joining Medicine Hat BMX, how old do you have to be to join?

Children have to be turning 4 years of age by December 31st of the current calendar year and able to somewhat sufficiently ride a 2-wheeled bike to join BMX. To race Provincially, children have to be turning 5 years of age by December 31st of the current calendar year.

What gear does my child need to try out BMX?

MHBMX can provide loaner bikes for trial period, as well as full faced helmets, full finger gloves and ask that you dress your rider in long pants and a long sleeved shirt, socks and runners. If your rider is wearing shorts, they must be tear resistant race shorts and shin pads must be worn in addition.

What is the schedule for MHBMX?

Our season usually starts the first week of May, weather dependant, through the end of September.  All training and race nights are weather permitted.

 May – June

 

Monday – Open Practice – 5:30 – 7:00pm

                – Ladies/Moms – 7:00-8:00pm 

Tuesday – Practice 6:00 pm (sharp) – 7:00pm – Novice & New racers

Facility gates are open @ 5:45pm

7:00 pm (sharp) – 8:00pm – Advanced & Provincial racers

 

Wednesday – Racing @ 7:00pm  (Strider event starts at 6:45pm)

 

Thursday – Provincial Race Team Only – 6:00 – 7:30pm

                  – Open Practice @ 7:30pm

 

July – August

 

Monday – Racing @ 7:00pm (Strider event starts at 6:45pm)

 

Tuesday – Practice 6:00 pm (sharp) – 7:00pm – Novice & New racers

Facility gates are open @ 5:45pm

7:00 pm (sharp) – 8:00pm – Advanced & Provincial racers

 

Wednesday – Racing @ 7:00pm  (Strider event starts at 6:45pm)

 

Thursday – Provincial Race Team Only – 6:00 – 7:30pm

                  – Open Practice @ 7:30pm

Where can I find bikes and gear?

Southland Powersports has an excellent selection of bmx gear including jerseys, pants, shorts, shin pads, armour equiptment, helmets, neck braces, gloves and goggles. Fran will get you set up! Discount applies for all MHBMX members. Gravity Sports and Cyclepath carry and can order race bikes, the best time to place an order is in the fall for the following season.

What is the difference between the two types of memberships and licenses?

A non-Provincial license allows a racer to practice with our club, race district (local) races without accumulating points for the season. This license carries all the benefits of being a member of our club and is geared towards a new racer who is not interested in racing out of town or competing for end of season points. A Provincial license allows a racer to travel and race at all out of town events, held in Alberta. A racer can upgrade their license at any point in the season by contacting our office.

We are interested in BMX but would like to try it out first, is this possible?

Yes!  Every year we participate in Alberta BMX Day, which typically takes place at the end of May, beginning of June.  On this day, anyone can come down to our track and try it out for free.  We have all the gear for you to use! 

What kind of bike is used in BMX racing?

Race bikes are designed to be lighter, faster and stiffer than other BMX bikes for maximum speed and handling on the track.  Race bikes are typically made of aluminum and carbon fiber to help reduce weight and increase speed.  They tend to be lighter than freestyle bikes and will not hold up well if used for stunt or trick riding.  The most popular wheel size is 20″.  There is also 24″ bikes which are known as “Cruisers” and are usually chosen by racers wanting a second race category or by adult riders due to the larger frame size.  Choosing the right size bike is critical to getting the most out of a rider’s experience on the track.  Reputable BMX race bike shops and experienced local riders are a great resource to help you get the correct bike.

What gear is needed to race BMX?
  • Full faced “DOT” helmet with a nice snug fit
  • Gloves (full fingered)
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Long pants (tear resistant, durable fabric, no denim)
  • Fully closed shoes (no sandals)
I’ve just registered my child for the season, does that mean we need to race every week?

How much your rider comes down to the track to race or to train is completely up to them.  We have some riders who just come to practice nights but they have no interest in racing, that’s ok!  We also have some that just come to race nights but not for practice, that’s ok too!  BMX racing is an individual sport so if a rider does not come, it does not affect other riders at all, although coming to practice and racing does help riders improve on their skills and points are accumulated with racing to help determine a racer’s overall standing at the end of the year in their age category.

My kid races…can I race too?

Yes!  As long as you register with the Club and get an Alberta Bicycle Association Licence.  We have many parents who join their kids on race nights and compete against others in their age and riding category/class.  We have a very strong representation of both women and men riders in our Club who race and have a ton of fun on the track each week!

I was told that I cannot go on to the track to help my child if they fall during practice or during a race, is this true?

Yes.  It can be hard for parents when their child falls while on the track to not run out to help them but it is unsafe to do so.  We have first-aid attendants at the track for races and they will be the ones to attend to any fallen riders first.  If your child does fall, please try to remain calm.  More than likely, your child will bounce right back up on their own quickly, or they will after a short while.  The first-aid attendant will assess them if the crash was more serious.  If you are needed on the track, track officials will let you know and you will be able to go to your child when the track has been deemed safe.  The worst thing to do is to run out onto the track as you are likely be injured by others on their bikes. A good rule of thumb is to know that the track is off limits to spectators at all times, unless asked to go on the track.

I’ve heard other members talk about going to “Provincials”, what are these and can any rider go?

Alberta has a race series that runs from June to September called Provincials and it consists of 8 races through the summer and one Final “Grands” event and one Championship race in September.  Different cities and towns host the events each year over a weekend.  Over the summer there will be 4 scheduled events that host 2 races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.  You do not need to qualify for anything to attend, you just need to sign up, have a current ABA racing license and you can go.  You also do not have to sign up for the full weekend of any of the events, you can just go for the one day if you like.  The races are run the same as our regular race nights down at our track; riders race others their same age, class and gender.  If riders want to compete in the Grands, which is the final event of the series in September, they will have to have ridden in 4 races at any location over the summer to qualify.  It does not matter what they placed, they just have to have raced 4 to qualify for the final “Grands” race.  Have a look at our calendar for the dates and locations of upcoming Provincials.

Any rider can register to race in the Championship race in September as well.  These races are run differently though and the categories run by age alone.  For example, all 7 year olds compete in the same race regardless if they are Novice, Intermediate or Expert.  Attending Provincials is a great experience!  If you are considering attending, feel free to ask other Club members questions about it, we would be happy to help explain things, we understand that there is a lot to learn!

Who runs the Medicine Hat BMX Club?

Our Club is run solely by volunteers.  All registered members and their families have an obligation to volunteer as well, which helps to truly make this a family activity.  A board of directors, generally made up of parents or riders, is elected by Club members annually to oversee operations and finances of the facility.  

Do I have to volunteer?

Our whole Club is run on volunteer hours.  Running and maintaining the Club needs as many hands on deck as possible.  We will have “work bees” throughout the season. The work bees are usually on a day where bigger tasks need to be completed and the more people that can come to help, the easier it will be to complete the tasks.  We also always require volunteers at our practice nights and race nights. You will have all season to complete these shifts and sign up sheets will be circulated weekly via email and through our Facebook page. 

Membership Plans

Unlock the benefits of our track and others across the country with a yearly membership through Medicine Hat BMX.