The BMX School

BMX, or “bicycle motocross”, popped up in California at the end of the 1960’s. Originally created by children and teenagers who didn’t have to means to participate in motocross, they started riding bicycles on the tracks they build themselves. They kept the image of motocross by using the same style of dress. The concept of BMX developed in the USA, then was exported to other continents, of which Europe starting from 1978. The Associate Française de Biscrossing then la FFC since 1987 presided over this sport at its very beginning in France. The first world championships in 1982, an Olympic discipline since 2008.

Requirements

Physical endurance, fine motor coordination, exemplary technical knowledge, strategic mindset no matter the circumstance.

BMX Track

At a length of 300 to 400 meters, width of 5 to 10 meters, the track is generally composed of 4 straight lines complemented with jumps of various sizes and shapes. The largest jumps at the beginning, the smallest at the end, 3 elevated turns, the race starts from a hilltop comprised of 8 cages equipped with automatic starting gates.

The Lourdes BMX Track

The track can be found on the grounds of la Serre de Sarsan and it is at Lourdes VTT’s disposition under Lourdes municipality. In 2005 the club undertook the reconstruction of the track which had been around since the 80’s. Lourdes VTT’s BMX section started training on site in December 2007.

Authorized Times of Use

  • Winter Period:

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm

  • Summer Period:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm

  • Academic Period:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm

BMX Training

Training sessions take place every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. Three groups are appointed and assigned fitting instruction according to the group’s level.

  • BMX 1: Introduction to BMX and new members 2016

Saturday: 10:30am – noon

  • BMX 2: experienced riders under 13 years old

Wednesday: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Saturday: 10:30am – noon

  • BMX 3: experienced riders over 13 years old (under the condition of a sufficient riding level to create group consistency).

Wednesday: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Saturday: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

The group’s schedule and arrangement may be adjusted according to the number of club members and the riders’ level. The competitions and competitors will be chosen with the supervisors in accordance to the club’s office and sport policy. The club reserves the right to cancel any training sessions due to weather conditions which could be harmful to the club’s infrastructures and/or the riders’ health. Training takes place on the club’s track (or possibly elsewhere following prior notification).

The School’s Supervisory Staff

The supervisory staff is responsible for the youth riders during each session.

Coaches who will be leading the training sessions:

  • Joël Laplace (Federal Certificate 2 – BF2)

  • Arnaud Laplace (Federal Certificate 2 – BF2)

  • Arnaud Lages (Federal Certificate 1 – BF1)

  • Benjamin Sermot (Federal Certificate 2 – BF2)

These coaches (who are mainly volunteers) are on hand for every rider and are only responsible for the training programs which under no circumstances can be contested. An exemplary behavior form both the club members and company is essential to the training’s continuity.

Age Requirements

Applicants must be over 5 or 6 years old to join the BMX school.

Competitive Riding

Multiple riding categories: from novice to veteran. For a given category, competition starts with three qualification phases, three groups of a maximum of eight riders compete, with the end results deciding an ordered ranking. The first four riders will move on to the following competition stages, facing possibly another four eliminatory phases before the final championship race. At each phase the first four riders will move on to the following stage, until the remaining 8 riders will race at the final championship.

While competition is highly complementary to the training sessions, is in no way mandated by our club.

Due to the track’s delayed opening, the BMX branch only started competing at the end of the 2012 season. Early 2013, the first results are in, regional runner-up and first-place cups accompanied by equally excellent results in the Coupe Midi-Pyrénées (podium status) and even two picks for the TFBMBX and the Européan league. The adventure continues in 2014 with even better results and still room for continuous improvement.

In 2015, the installation of starting gates at the track allowed the club’s riders to train in a more thorough and effective manner, giving rise to very promising end-results at the regional level as well as a qualification at the national level, and finally ninth place at Challenge France.

The track’s completion at the end of 2015, partnered with the reorganization of The BMX School, will now allow our riders to take advantage of both bolstered equipment and ideal training conditions with the 2016 season in sight.

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