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Cycling BMX

Racing A highly popular discipline that is sure to attract multiple viewers. BMX Racing is a cycling discipline practiced with cross bikes with 20-inch diameter wheels.

Competitors need different types of protection such as a helmet that covers their face, gloves, goggles, and a suit with long protective sleeves. BMX is essentially an extreme and contact sport and spectators can witness riders touching each other in the chaos of the race, but it can result in a penalty or disqualification preventing another rider from advancing on purpose.

In the image, a male cyclist is riding a BMX. He is wearing a helmet and is dressed in a blue, red and white uniform, apart from gloves. He is close to make a stunt.

History of this sport

BMX cycling - acronym for Bicycle MotoCross - was born in California, United States in the '70s, after young people wanted to imitate their MotoCross idols on the same tracks, but with the help of a bicycle. Later, the BMX tracks were adapted so that the wide wheels would not get stuck in the wet loose dirt, so today, the track is made with compact loamy sand.

After the BMX Federation was born in 1981, the following year the first World Championship took place; before the BMX was fully integrated into the International Cycling Union (UCI), in 1993.

In Chile, the first race was held in the Araucano Park in 1979, a few years later the Chilean cycling federation (FCBX) was formed, which brought together the athletes of this specialty until approximately 2012. Since then they have been under the shelter of the cycling federation.

BMX Racing has been considered an Olympic sport since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and in the Pan American Games it has been part of the calendar since 2007, always giving a great show full of speed and adrenaline.

In the image, a male cyclist is riding a BMX. He is wearing a helmet and is dressed in a blue, red and white uniform, apart from gloves. He is close to make a stunt.

How do you play it?

Viewers can now prepare for an exciting competition. BMX races are speed events in which a maximum of eight riders compete. The races start from an exit ramp, with its fence, located 8 meters high and with a 35% slope. Competitors can reach 60 km / h on the jumps and slopes.

The most exciting places to witness these races are the corners. Riders tend to maintain their speed when they enter them to try to advance positions. You don't want to miss it!

Quiz

On the continent there is a woman who is the maximum athlete of BMX Racing, do you know who we are talking about?

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Information for the community

BMX has been a known sport in our country for some time, considering that the first race was held in 1979. For this reason, there are several BMX tracks throughout our country, among which those located in cities such as Santiago, Quilpué and Chillán stand out. For this sport you will need speed and agility to win the race, in addition to a regulation bicycle and corresponding protection.

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