Paris 2024 Olympic Games: calendar, date, location, history… Everything you need to know about BMX Racing

Paris 2024 Olympic Games: calendar, date, location, history... Everything you need to know about BMX Racing

Le BMX Racing se déroulera à Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, à 20 km de Paris. AAP – JONO SEARLE

Before the Olympic Games (July 26-August 11), discover the instructions for all the disciplines. Focus on BMX Racing.

The origins

BMX was born from the motocross culture in California in the 1960s and 1970s. To imitate their motorized idols, children then tried to do the same thing on bikes. The film E.T., released in 1982, greatly popularized BMX, thanks to the spectacular final chase.

A year later, the first World Championships were organized. But it was only in 1993 that the BMX Federation was integrated into the International Cyclist Union (UCI).

BMX Racing appeared in Beijing in 2008, more than a decade before freestyle (in Tokyo).

The Trials

The races take place on a track of around 400 m dotted with bumps and tight turns, which the drivers must cover as quickly as possible. The start is given at the top of an 8 m high hill with an inclination of 35 degrees, and the runners can reach a speed of 60 km/h.

Number of competitors : 24 men, 24 women

Four rounds of competition over two days: quarter-finals, repechage, semi-finals and final. In quarters, the 24 drivers are divided into four series of six riders who compete in three rounds.

In the semi, the drivers are divided into two series of eight drivers and the first four qualify for the final, also in three rounds. In the final, eight drivers compete in a single heat.

Dates

August 1 and 2

Site

BMX stadium in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, next to the velodrome, located about 20 km southwest of Paris

Titleholders

Niek Kimmann (NED) and Beth Shriever (GBR)

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