Current Race & Practice Information
We are so excited to start our season. If new guidelines are implemented. This year, we are planning many developments for the track as we prepare for hosting the Canada Cup Aug 5-7th, along with other exciting events and coaching opportunities.
Check out our Rider Guide here.
At Diamond BMX we pride ourselves as a “BMX family”. This means that we encourage and actively practice positive sportsmanship both on and off the track for riders, parents, and spectators. We work together to promote positive relationships and behaviors while helping each other achieve our best.
Last year we more than tripled our membership from the 2020 season and are anticipating another season with a high level of registrations. To accommodate the large numbers, we have recruited more coaches – thanks to Reed and Jeremy for stepping up and taking your coaching courses over the winter / fall months. Additional coaches are always encouraged and if this is something of interest to you, please reach out. We will offer practice in the evenings on Monday’s which is a switch from previous Sunday practice. This change in schedule is to allow for out of province travel which is encouraged for riders to take advantage of as it allows members extra skill development and racing with larger clubs on a variety of tracks.
For both practices/races, members will need to sign up on our new registration platform https://diamondbmx.volunteerlocal.com by 6pm the day prior for races and by noon of Monday for practice. For Monday practice, there are two time slots divided by age (5:45pm-6:35pm for ages 2-9 years and 6:45pm-7:35pm for ages 10+). Each group of riders will then be divided at practice to practice with different coaches, ensuring a smaller rider:coach ratio.
Please be on time so we can get things rolling. Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. While checking in, you are encouraged to sign in for any volunteer position you may have registered for. Signing in will ensure that your volunteer time is accounted for towards your volunteer bond. All other people/spectators will be asked to stay off the track and spectate from the east side of the track where the bleachers are or west side of track on pathway. *Parents of striders are allowed on the track with their riders. Parents of younger/new riders are encouraged to stay with their rider during the initial few practices and assist as needed in staging and at the gate during races while adhering to race guidelines.
First Practice will be May 30th
Practice makes perfect! Each Monday, we will run drills for 40-50 minutes with skills work based on the needs of our riders. Working on starting, balance, speed, cornering lines in the berms, and specific track piece skill development, etc. Riders will be split into two – three groups and switch halfway through in order to gain development on all areas of the track while maintaining smaller group sizes for clear coaching.
We always start the season with a couple club races to help riders get familiar with racing protocol. After these initial races, we open our track up to district racing which allows for riders from other clubs to race our members. Club Only races are on May 31st and June 7th, returning to District races on June 14th.
In order to race in a district race, all members will be required to have purchased a Saskatchewan Cycling License – Provincial Racing License or UCI license (Striders are permitted to race with a general license).
District Races (What you need to know):
District races are where motos (or heats) of riders in the same age and ability race to gain points and of course have fun!
You gain points from all district races, wherever they are. Our sanctioning body Saskatchewan Cycling sets rules for our races, provides training courses for our commissaires, stores the points gained by riders and issues ability upgrades. These ability upgrades can be applied to races on national and international levels to “Build Future Olympians”. Check out saskcycling.ca for full rules/guidelines.
Ability Upgrades (Male)
Novice to Intermediate : 10 wins Intermediate to Expert : 20 wins
Ability Upgrades (Female)
Novice to Expert : 20 wins
Parents – please make sure you read the guidelines.
Once you have registered below here are a few finer details for practice and races that you need to know:
Below is a list of items to have with you to participate:
Bike, full face helmet, proper race clothing, gloves and other race gear
Race License (a picture on your phone will work as well)
Race Plate (should stay on your bike) and if you don’t have one yet please inquire when you arrive
Small toolkit with side cutters, multi-tool, wrenches, hex/allen keys….whatever you might need to make sure you can adjust your gear as needed. Some even bring a tire pump which comes in useful!
Tape and Sharpie or marker- this is for writing down assignments/lanes for you or your rider
Water & snacks