FAQs

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS

How much is club night?

It costs $3 per rider per club night, capped at $10 per family per club night.

When is your club night?

Our club nights are on Mondays during daylight savings from late-September to March / April. Checkin from 5.30pm and racing from 6.00pm - 7.30pm. REGISTER HERE.

Can I try out BMX for free?

Yes, we offer the first 3 club nights for free. After that, you must become a member of our club and hold a valid BMXNZ licence to participate. REGISTER HERE or JOIN THE CLUB HERE.

What are the different types of membership for?

  • Strider - not able to use pedals > riders must upgrade to Sprocket when they turn 5 or start to use pedals.
  • Sprocket - for riders in their 7th year or younger. Can race at any club night or race meeting anywhere in NZ. 
  • Challenge - from the year the rider turns 8. Can race at any club night or race meeting anywhere in NZ.
  • Championship - Junior Elite (UCI 17-18) Elite (19+) - this is for top level riders.  

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When is your training night?

Members can come along to training night, held on Tuesdays during the BMX season which runs during daylight savings from September - March/April.

When is the BMX season?

BMX is a summer sport, with the main club and racing season running from Sept - April.  This is also the main membership period for our club. Members are also welcome to use the track during the winter months, as long as the track is firm and dry, and the "track closed" signs are not up.

What do I need to join Te Awamutu BMX?

To join Te Awamutu BMX Club you will need:

  1. A valid Te Awamutu BMX Club Membership 
  2. A BMXNZ licence (we apply for this on your behalf as part of #1)
  3. A transponder (excludes striders and sprockets) - get this direct from BMXNZ here 
  4. A bike 
  5. A full face helmet
  6. A long sleeved shirt, pants + gloves
  7. Closed in shoes
  8. Ideally elbow and knee pads

GEAR QUESTIONS

What gear do I need to participate in BMX?

To participate in BMX you will need:

  • A bike
  • A full face helmet
  • Long sleeved shirt, pants, gloves and closed in shoes
  • Ideally elbow and knee pads

What is a BMX race bike and what size bike do I need?

BMX bikes are split into two classes, 20 inch and 24 inch (also called a cruiser).

BMX bikes are made to be strong, but also light meaning they are fast on the BMX tracks. The tyres on the kids BMX bikes are thin helping with keeping the bike light and fast.

These sizes refer to the wheel diameter of the bike. There is a bike size (Micro-Mini) that actually has 18” wheels for small children. These bikes are used in the 20” classes.

Read more on our member info page HERE.

Can I hire equipment from the Club?

Yes, you can hire some equipment from the club. We have BMX bikes, gloves and helmets which can be hired for the club night. These bikes cannot be taken away and are only to be used on the club night. The cost is $3 per bike. This equipment is primarily for people who want to come and give BMX a go. 

Where do I buy BMX gear from?

If you and/or your child continues to ride, we recommend getting your own bikes and gear. There are shops in the Waikato that sell BMX equipment such as:

  • ADU Industries
  • Avalon Cycles
  • Evo Cycles
  • Wilks-Penny Motorcycles

There are also Facebook pages that are great for picking up second-hand BMX bikes and gear. Some of these are as follows:

CLUB QUESTIONS

Where is the Te Awamutu BMX Club?

Our track is in Kihikihi at 1346 Park Road, Te Awamutu 3800

Who runs the club?

We have a 100% voluntary committee. You can read more about our committee members on our about page HERE.

How do I contact the Club?

You can email us at tabmxclub@gmail.com

LICENCE QUESTIONS

What is a BMX Licence?

All people who want to continue riding after the first 3 initial nights must get a license.  NO LICENSE, NO RACING. BMX NZ run the licensing for a calendar year – January through to December, while club racing season typically runs from September through to April. Some clubs run longer. There are several different season membership options and these costs include the BMX New Zealand and Club fees.

Do I have to have a BMXNZ Licence?

Yes. Even if you're just racing on club night, all riders MUST have a valid BMXNZ Licence after your first 3 club nights. 

What is a Transponder?

A transponder is a timing device attached to your bike and is required if you race in any national scheduled races. A transponder is required as part of your BMXNZ licence. BMXNZ requires each of your bikes being raced to have its own transponder so if you ride more than 1 bike, you need a separate transponder for each. You can purchase transponders directly from BMXNZ HERE.

How do I apply for a BMX Licence?

All people who want to continue riding after the first 3 initial nights must get a license. NO LICENCE, NO RACING. 

BMX NZ run the licensing for a calendar year – January through to December, while club racing season typically runs from September through to April. 

There are several different season membership options and your TA BMX membership fee includes the cost of the BMXNZ licence. We apply to BMXNZ on your behalf, and the new licences are issued starting in January. 

If you join as a new member between Oct and Dec, you will also need a half year licence. This is included in your membership fee.

Where can I race with my licence?

BMXNZ licence holders can attend club nights at Te Awamutu BMX and other clubs and also participate in BMXNZ weekend race meetings at clubs throughout New Zealand, including nationals qualifiers, and major meets such as the Nationals and North & South Island Titles.

What is an NQM?

An NQM is a Nominated Qualifying Meeting. This means that a race meeting has been nominated by BMXNZ as a meeting where the rider can compete to take a step in qualifying for Nationals. Each completed NQM meeting is one NQM, and riders need a MINIMUM of four NQMs to qualify for Nationals.

 

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