By Abi Hill
Who says BMX is a boyís sport??? In
England today there are certain girls who can blow the boys away on
the track with their skills and speed!
BMX is a sport for all ages, male and female and all levels
of competence. You
donít have to be able to jump or manual or even balance on the
gate. Obviously these are a bonus but not essential!
I got into racing
15 years ago when I was 18 years old. I had been to watch my then
boyfriend (now my husband) at a few races and decided to give it a
go, now I canít imagine my life without BMX. What would I do with
my weekends?? . In fact, after having to take a year out due to
being pregnant with my son (now 18 months old) I was itching to get
back on my bike, (especially as I had quite a few pounds to shift!!)
Weíre very lucky and very grateful that there are so many
nice people in BMX willing to look after Kyle so that I can continue
At regional level
the female classes start at 7-9, then 10-12 and 13+. I race in 13+
which is quite funny really as Iím 33 now and old enough to be Mum
to some of the riders but it doesnít put me off, in fact I love
the challenge. Itís a mixed bag of skills and speed but the most
important aspect is we all have fun and its good, clean competition.
There are a couple of girls who choose to race with the boys
at regionals as they are too good for 13+ and need more of a
challenge and they do very well in their respective classes.
start at 7-9 also and work up to 15+, then Elite women (for the
faster girls) and 25+, which I compete in. In 25+ the majority of us ride on cruisers which have 24Ē
wheels and generally more stable than the 20Ē bikes. Having said
that, since 25+ became open to 20Ē as well, there has been an
increase in the class. In fact, at the first national this year we
had a final (which means more than eight riders) and this is always
good. When the 25+ class is bigger than any other female class, it
just goes to show youíre never too old to start!
Many girls from
England race in European Championships and World Championships and
many of them have done very well over the past few years with a few
titles to be proud of. Racing
at International level is of a much higher standard, meaning that
there are many girls in Europe who could show the boys a thing or
two about track skills. Having said that, with the help of coaching,
thereís nothing to say our female hopefuls wonít be mixing it in
the near future!! I
myself am planning to compete in the 19+ ladies cruiser at this
years European Championships in Switzerland, knowing full well that
the class is made up of 90% Elite women (very fast, very skilful)
and Iíll be doing well if my bike leaves the ground on at least
one occasion, but you know what, I canít wait!!! I would be
ecstatic if there was a 30+ class for us mere amateur females but
having tried more than once to get it in there, itís not happening
but Iíll never give up hope!!!
So, on a final
note, whatever age you are, whatever size you are, however fast or
slow you are, it doesnít matter, BMX is where itís at. If you
need any more info or advice or feel you need a gentle push to get
started, please donít hesitate to contact me on email@example.com.