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Cycling BMX

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BMX racing took off in California, inspired by motocross. It fast became popular and made its Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games.

California born

Bicycle motocross (BMX) started in the late 1960s in California, around the time that motocross became a popular sport in the USA. The motorised version of the sport was the inspiration for the human-powered competition.

BMX spreads worldwide

BMX racing offered exciting action at a low cost and the infant sport became an instant hit, especially in California. This led to the foundation of a sanctioning body for BMX in the USA in the early 1970s. Over the following decade, the sport gradually gained in international popularity.

Official international sport

In April 1981, the International BMX Federation was founded. BMX rapidly developed a unique sporting identity and it became evident that the sport had more in common with cycling than motorcycling. This was officially recognised in 1993 when BMX was fully integrated into the International Cycling Union (UCI). The sport made its Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Olympic history

It was in 2008 in Beijing that BMX made its debut on the Olympic programme. The men’s event was won by Latvia’s Maris Strombergs. In the women’s event, it was France’s Anne-Caroline Chausson who took the first Olympic title in this discipline.

BMX is one of the fastest and youngest cycling disciplines. Its principle is simple: eight riders compete on a track filled with jumps, tight bends and obstacles. In Beijing, the Laoshan velodrome track was 370m long for the men and 350m long for the women.

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Cycling BMX - Men
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Cycling BMX - Men

(L-R) Niek Kimmann of the Netherlands, Connor Fields of the United States, Jefferson Milano of Venezuela, Sam Willoughby of Australia, Trent Jones of New Zealand and Tory Nyhaug of Canada during the Men's Semi Finals on day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic BMX Centre on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Cycling BMX - Men
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Cycling BMX - Men

(L-R) Anthony Dean of Australia, Corben Sharrah of the United States and Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes of Colombia compete during the Men's BMX Semi Finals on day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic BMX Centre on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Cycling BMX - Individual Men/Women - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Highlights of the Cycling BMX - Individual Men/Women on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic BMX Centre on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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BMX team event

Nanjing 2014 - Athletes participate in the BMX team event
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Ready for take off

Nanjing 2014 - Athletes ready for take off in the Women's BMX Team event
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BMX team event

Nanjing 2014 - Athletes participate in the BMX team event
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