USA BMX - the largest BMX racing organization in North America - announced today the debut of the USA BMX Freestyle Amateur Series that will launch a virtual, BMX amateur series, to host a live national championship in December. Today through October 3, 2020, amateur riders from 12 regions will be invited to submit a 45-second video through USA BMX Freestyle Instagram using any indoor or outdoor park of their preference for their run. Classes for male and female riders will include: 10 and under Sport Class, 11-14 Sport Class, 15 and over Sport Class, Masters (40+ Amateur), Expert (Open). Pending the regression of the ongoing pandemic, and based on regional qualifiers virtually, the top three riders in all classes from each region would advance to the National Championships either virtually or a live competition, to be held in December, depending on several factors.
With communities and tracks across America slowly reopening, USA BMX is working hard to confirm our originally scheduled events for 2020. As you can imagine, this is no easy task. We continue to work daily to assist local tracks in reopening, and currently less than a third are operating at some capacity. We are also rescheduling postponed national series events while navigating ever evolving guidelines. In some cases we are going to the extreme measure of finding tracks not previously on the schedule that can host an event. With that being said, we know your questions center around the return of the pro series. Unfortunately, restarting the pro series at this time is an impossible task considering these unprecedented circumstances.
Here are the challenges:
-Host sites are slow to confirm their ability to host races as originally planned. So while we'd love to say the pro series events on the schedule will happen, we just don't know. -International travel bans limit some of our usual pro participants. -The financial commitment to offer standard pro purses runs counter to our current focus of bringing back our employees who remain furloughed. -Our Pro Series sponsor GoPro has canceled their sponsorship for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. This not only eliminates the GoPro Cup Series but negatively impacts our sponsorship forecast for 2020.
In an effort to provide USA BMX women pro riders more options to compete, we have implemented a
USA BMX announced today that $52,300 in Bob Warnicke Scholarships for 2020 has been awarded to deserving students and their families. Funds are raised annually through the Warnicke Scholarship Race series which assists students and their families in meeting the costs of undergraduate college education, trade school, and other educational avenues they would like to pursue. Awards ranged from $500 to $3,000. USA BMX/BMX Canada members who have a current membership or Track Operators/Officials who participate in BMX racing events sanctioned by USA BMX/BMX Canada are eligible to apply. Since 2013, more than $408,800 has been awarded.
“During this Covid-19 pandemic, it makes USA BMX even more proud of our tracks and incredibly appreciative of our private donors who make this possible to continue this great tradition of assisting in future education,” said USA BMX CEO, B.A. Anderson.
The USA BMX Foundation has created an endowment for the Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Fund.
USA BMX Guiding More Than 300 Sanctioned Tracks Nationwide to Safely Return to Racing with ‘Ready to Race’ Guidelines, Marketing, and Educational Resources. Safety Guidelines, Membership Renewals, Discounts and a Growing Number of Bikes Sold Helping Riders to Get Back on Track. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, BMX local tracks were forced to close over the past two months, giving USA BMX members no place to practice or race. Starting today, USA BMX will provide those members with two free months of additional membership. Any member who has already renewed their membership this year will receive two additional months of membership. Any member who expired on March 1, 2020, or later, will also receive two (2) additional months added to their membership by renewing online today through December 31, 2020. In addition to these promotions, it is equally as important to work hand in hand with our 320 tracks to ensure members a safe return to the track.