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Whether you’re new to the BMX scene or a seasoned rider, there is always room to improve the way you prepare to race. What many of you may not know is that what you do BEFORE the race, is actually just as important as what you do within a race.

Whether you’re new to the BMX scene or a seasoned rider, there is always room to improve the way you prepare to race. What many of you may not know is that what you do BEFORE the race, is actually just as important as what you do within a race. Race preparation is a vital part of competition in any event and is a great way to gain an advantage over your competitors.

BMX Australia spoke to Sydney BMX Club coach Alex ‘The King’ Cameron to get some advice on how you can best prepare for your race.

Here’s a checklist you can use before each event;

  • Pack your riding gear the night before a race day. Lay out your gear and check that everything is there: Gloves, helmet, shirt, pants, socks, shoes, wet weather gear. This will reduce your panic on the morning of a race.
  • Check your number plate against what you entered for the race meeting. Have a spare number ‘1’ or some tape the same colour as your numbers in case you need to change your number on the day.
  • Get mum or dad, or yourself, to go to sign-on early. Check your number, your class and what practice times, if any, you have.
  • Know when your race is on and when you should be warming up. Give yourself plenty of time to warm up.
  • Don’t worry about who you are up against. Focus on what YOU are going to do in a race.
  • Get your head together before you get to staging. If that means going for a walk or being alone when you do your warm up, do so.
  • Don’t let people distract you while you are in your zone before a race.
  • Don’t listen to people who put you down or mock you because you have pink socks on or something else different. Rock your own style 

However THE most important thing to remember before racing is that BMX is meant to be fun! Take it from Joey Graham…

Have you got any special race day preparation tips? Email them to news@bmxaustralia.com.au