In 1981 the International BMX Federation was founded. The organisation is now defunct and has been replaced by the well-known Union Cyclist International (UCI). However in its first year in existence, in 1982 it organised the first international BMX competition the world had ever seen. Today it’s the UCI who organise the competition. And although the bodies who govern the competition may have changed, the event has become a staple in the calendar of BMX lovers everywhere. However, it’s most certainly not the only event in the BMX calendar. Here are a couple of our tips for finding some good events to watch.
One of the most fun events in the rider’s (or spectator’s calendar) is the Simple Session. Although it must be said, that this event is very poorly named because the tricks performed here are anything but simple. This event, held annually in Tallin, Estonia, on 1st May features top riders as well as new talent and is the place to be for some of the most impressive performances of BMX and skateboarding tricks. It’s certainly not for the fainted-hearted however. Simple Session is as well-known for its party atmosphere as it is for it mind-blowing tricks. If you’re not afraid of a little partying to go alongside world-class tricks, then head off to Estonia.
It must be said though that Simple Sessions isn’t the only place to find a decent party after a full day of tricks and athletes showing there best. Every summer the Nass Festival near Bristol in the UK hosts some impressive riders. In addition to the skateboarding and music for which Nass is known, there’s also the legendary BMX World Championship, sanctioned by the International BMX Freestyle Federation. Do remember to book your tickets well in advance, as the the tickets for Nass tend to sell out quickly, because, like Simple Session people tend to go for more than just the BMXing.
If you’re on the other side of the Atlantic and might want something a little more low-key than the wild party atmosphere of both the Nass Festival and Simple Sessions, you’ll want to consider checking out the Race for Life race series, usually held in late August or early September. One of the more appealing aspects of this series is that its purpose it not only to entertain spectators, but also to raise money and awareness to fight blood cancers. Also, for those who don’t have the means to travel, this series might be ideal as races are held all over the US.
If you’re unlucky enough not to be in any of the cities in which Race for Life, Nass or Simple are held, then consider checking out an online bookmaker or a local one, as they tend to be reliable sources of information about what sporting events are being held.
And of course, if you’re the more active type then perhaps the best option for you is to get out there yourself and head down to the BMX track