Bicycle moto cross – or BMX – is the newest cycling discipline to have joined the Olympic Programme have being included in the Beijing 2008 Summer Games.
The head-to-head races are fast paced and crammed with excitement as riders corner and leap through a whirlwind circuit during the knock-out rounds and finals.
The BMX boom began, as many of the recent extreme sports have done, in California. Tracks began to spring up across the US as the sport’s appeal to a group who were hungry for low cost competition exploded.
A governing body for the sport was created in the early 1970s as BMX racing took off properly. It swept across Europe in the late ‘70s and in 1981 the International BMX Federation was founded with the first world championships being held a year later. In 1993 BMX became fully integrated into the International Cycling Union (UCI).