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First Year Racing Nationals….Read on

Is this your first year doing Nationals ??? if it is then you need to have a read of this-Jools over at Braintree BMX club has posted this advice for first time National BMX racers.
If you or your kids are planning on hitting up some big races this year then here is some very good info that will help you through your first National BMX race , it can seem quite daunting but as long as you are fully prepared you will love it !!!!! so read on-

(words by Julian Allan) Braintree BMX-
Hi guys, there are a number of guys planning on their first year of racing at Nationals so we thought we would give you a few things that you may need to know.

Number plates – Challenge classes have yellow backgrounds with black numbers, girls have blue plates with white numbers and cruisers have red plates with white numbers. You must race with the last three digits of your race licence number unless you have a national standing from 2014. You must also have a side plate on your bike (for nationals). These rules will also apply at regionals unless you are using your regional ranking plate.

Helmets – must be of a one piece construction apart from the peak/visor. Also, there must not be any camera mounts or similar affixed to the helmet.

Trousers – jeans are not acceptable at nationals. Specialist racing shorts are allowed but must be accompanied by appropriate hard shell knee/shin guards.

Your bike must have bar end plugs at all times.

Registration for nationals is on line or on Fridays only. There will not be any registration on the Saturday anymore.

White lines – national tracks are lined with white lines on the corners. Do not cross the white lines, you may be relegated.

Be on time – it is your responsibility to be on time for your races. At nationals there is pre staging and staging (like at the brits) and you must be in the right place at the right time or the race will go without you. If you see any of the guys you race against going towards the staging, it probably means you should too.

Parents – riders are responsible for themselves and you. Please behave in a manor that will not cause your rider to be penalised in any way. Do not run onto the track, make yourself known to the paramedics or commissairres and they will invite you onto the track should there be the need to.

Please ask the club coaches or any of the officials if you haver any questions, or comment here and we’ll try and answer them.
The rulebook is here for those who would like a little more detail smile emoticon
http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/…/2014__Rulebook_-_07-BMX.… or please check http://www.bmxracinguk.com/

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