BMX started in the early 1970s when children began racing their bicycles on dirt tracks in Southern California, drawing inspiration from the motocross superstars of the time. The size and availability of the Schwinn Sting-Ray made it the natural bike of choice since they were easily customized for better handling and performance. BMX racing was a phenomenon by the mid-1970s.
By 1977 the American Bicycle Association (ABA) was organized as an American sanctioning body for the growing sport. In April 1981, the International BMX Federation was founded, and their first world championships were held in 1982. Since January 1993 BMX has been integrated into the Union Cyclist International (UCI).
BMX IN NEW ZEALAND
BMX started in New Zealand around the late 70s, with clubs & formalised racing happening by the early 80s. The heydays of the sport saw thousands of kids in approximately 50 clubs throughout New Zealand ride like their motocross heroes. But as the sport split into freestyle & racing, the participants shrunk as it went out of “style”. New growth in recent years has been down to the generation of riders who were kids in the 80s who now have their own children & see BMX as an option, being a much more refined sport, which in 2008 became an Olympic discipline.