BMXNZ is a competitive sport and the structure is one that is driven by results at the top end be it World Championship or Olympics. The following structure drive the sport to excel and are part of the BMXNZ Athlete pathway. BMXNZ is a competitive sport and the structure is one that is driven by results at the top end be it World Championship or Olympics. The following structure drive the sport to excel and are part of the BMXNZ Athlete pathway.
All riders under 8yrs old are defined as Sprocket Rockets. When registered as a licenced rider they are given a pack contacting the Sprocket Rockets guidebook, a logbook & a Sprocket number plate for their bike. There is training at most clubs based on the guidebook skills & a certificate structure as they complete these skills. When racing within the BMXNZ calendared meets, there are no placings or points scored for Sprockets. This group is considered a participation segment of the sport.
The Junior Test Team cultural exchange with AUScycling. The Trans Tasman series is raced at the BMXNZ North Island Titles and the Australian Series held at an AUScycling nominated event. The team consists of 4 male & 4 female riders. The team selection is open to all riders who will be 11 years old on the 1st of June of the year of selection for the Australian event and 11 years old on the 20th October of the year of selection for the New Zealand event. This is a BMXNZ funded trip with a small financial input by the families. BMXNZ also allocate a coach & team manager to the squad.
BMXNZ DK CRANK IT SERIES
A growing series for the Sport, BMXNZ is supporting this "made by riders - for riders" racing with an open 15+ class, that is the key focus in New Zealand for riders seeking fast racing & developing their skill in a high-end race environment.
CHALLENGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
Each year the UCI holds the BMX World Championships, which is for all amateur riders. To qualify for this event New Zealand riders must attend the National Championships for the year and be ranked in the top 8 in their class to be allocated a spot to attend. The team is completely self-funded and BMXNZ allocate and fund a team manager to the squad. New Zealand generally is quite strong in the amateur ranks & have multiple World age-group Champions in most years.
CHAMPIONSHIP JUNIOR RIDERS
These riders are pre-elite & the numbers are shrinking each year as the opportunities to attend the World Championship are harder to gain. BMXNZ is rebuilding this segment to put in a sound planning and development structure to attain more UCI points to open allocation spots for the World Championships. The team is selected by Cycling New Zealand & BMXNZ but is completely self-funded and BMXNZ allocate and fund a team manager for the riders who can attend the World Championships.
CHAMPIONSHIP U23 and ELITE RIDERS
The Jnrs above & these U23/Elite riders make up less than 1% of the sport. These are generally self-supported & work hard to make an income to travel & race at UCI events around the world. The High-Performance program run by Cycling New Zealand is in a rebuilding stage.
BMXNZ work in conjunction with Cycling New Zealand to select athletes for two events. Firstly the UCI BMX World Championships each year for Junior & Elite Championship riders. Then the Olympic Games held every four years for Elite Championship Riders.
The BMX Selection Regulations & Championship Class Event Selection Application forms can be viewed HERE (link to selection regs on main site)